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    Vinny (Vinesauce) 
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The man you all know and love. He's infamous for his various game corruptions and is also part of the band Red Vox, whose music is available on Vinny's YouTube channel and on Bandcamp. He's the first member of the Vinesauce Crew. He usually doesn't show his face while playing, but does in the Wireless Air 60 Game System stream which is to showcase a Kinect plug-and-play bootleg.

For tropes related to him during his Tomodachi Life streams, see the main character page for those streams.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Parodied during his 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest. He's the final boss of level #20, "Imakuni Adventure" by Metasight. At the end, it turned out that Jen was missing because he captured her and he ends up fighting Imakuni as part of an "intervention" he was staging for nuggie obsession the two have. He throws slices of pizza as an attack and since his attack pattern is based on Birdo's, he can be attacked by throwing the pizza back at him.
  • Angrish: He very frequently devolves into this when he loses. Even more so when losing multiple times in a row. Fans have described his particular brand of angrish as a bastardized version of Donald Duck's voice. It's affectionately referred to as "beps" by him and the collective viewers from time to time.
  • Animal Motifs: He's associated with ducks and admitted during a stream of We Happy Few that he has a fondness for them, as well as commenting that an animated GIF he was once linked to before a Majora's Mask 3D stream, which showed a large group of mallards walking, was either a dream come true or his worst nightmare. He was even hesitant to kill a duck when hunting in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Bad Impressionists: Compared to his usually good impressions, his bad Flintstones voices leave him corpsing, as seen here.
  • Berserk Button:
    • During a stream of Super Mario Maker, he expressed annoyance at the phrase "infringing content" and other people's overuse of the word "epic". "Epic infringement" has become sort of a catchphrase of his since then.
    • He isn't fond of memes, particularly ones that have overstayed their welcome, though he did say after his 13th Ocarina of Time 3D stream that he believes that references are good in moderation, and that overreacting toward things that are considered memes just because they've been repeated a bit isn't good either (such as when he once referred to Bub Skebulba several times and people assumed he was referencing a meme). Jen also isn't fond of overused memes.
    • He can get very upset when chat starts making references to Joel's streams, mostly because such chat members seem to be oblivious to them being different people. He's especially tired of people who joke that Vinny and Joel are the same person, because it just makes the people who already think that believe it more. 7 Grand Dad in particular, especially when it's included in Vinesauce fan content aimed at Vinny, because it wasn't a game Vinny ever played.
    • He hates geese and made a video expressing his hatred for them. However, he likes ducks and considers Scoot to be one of his favorite Animal Crossing characters.
    • He's mentioned severe irritation from a few frequent YouTube sponsors who continue to contact him despite declining their offers. In particular, ones who don't read the contact page before sending an email and say something listed there that will automatically have the email deleted without response. The worst of these is Raid Shadow Legends, who infamously will sponsor just about anyone; they contact him about once a week and it's obvious they just click the first email link available since they don't even get his name right (calling him "John Vinesauce", "John Fullsauce", or "Joel" in the header).
  • Big "NO!":
    • Part of what he said when he freaked out when a mosquito landed on him during the 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest.
    • Half a decade later, he let out another impressive and far more anguished one when seeing a scene where Stu and Dee-Dee Pickles engage in erotic ballbusting during a Rugrats parody game in Dreams.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Vinny's bread and butter, especially during corruption streams.
  • Black Speech: Has a knack for being able to produce eldritch, seemingly inhuman gibberish at will (some examples here, here, and here), often nicknamed "raptor" sounds.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every multiplayer tournament of Mario Kart 8 will inevitably have him struggling just to keep up with the other players.
  • Catchphrase:
    • He has a tendency to say "good" at seemingly random times.
    • He has a habit of preceding sentences with "guys" or "chat" when addressing his viewers.
    • Tends to respond to viewers by calling them "chat member" because he just skims and answers when he sees it rather than checking the names. When a few chat members asked him why he doesn't specify the usernames, he addressed them by name only to find 4 in a row had lewd or intentionally offensive names.
    Vinny: You know, with a name like that, you don't deserve to be addressed personally. Everyone is "chat member" now.
    • "That's beans" is something he sometimes says toward things that frustrate him, and references to beans in general stem from when a friend of his was at a movie theater watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 and someone was being loud and obnoxious, repeatedly wondering out loud whether the movie used real footage and eventually saying "Is that beans!?" when beans appeared on a table in the movie, with the incident in question (particularly the part about beans) becoming an in-joke among Vinny and his friends.
    • He jokingly attempted to popularize "That's werewolves" as a frustrated expression (similar to "That's beans") in early 2015, with mixed reactions from viewers.
    • "Epic infringement" ended up becoming one after he noted a dislike of a combination of other people's overuse of the word "epic" and the phrase "infringing content" in Super Mario Maker's terms of use (he was streaming the game in question at the time).
    • He once noted that he tends to say "whoops" a lot.
    • He tends to refer to tricks as "japes" quite a bit.
    • Anything low quality or glitchy is referred to as "crust". Sometimes in an affectionate manner, even.
    • Emits a deadpan "I hate it" when he doesn't like the game he's playing or aspect of it that he's currently experiencing.
    • He often says "fucking hell" (which he attributes to British influence during a stream of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD) when frustrated, though to a lesser extent than Joel.
    • He often says "eat a dick" in response to things that frustrate him in games, at one point joking that telling Trill from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD to eat a dick made the day that stream occurred unforgettable.
    • He often says "You what?" in a Karl Pilkington-like voice when baffled by something. He often changes this to "You what mate?" or "You fucking what?" for added emphasis.
    • As "RP Guy", he has a few:
      • "SPEEN!"
      • "Booti blease!" (shortened from "Booti, blease blae DMC2!")
      • "Do you want to ARRRRGH PEE!?"
      • "YOU WANT TO SUCK THIS COCK CLEEEEEEEN!!!!!"
    • "Ya know" gets thrown into a lot of his sentences. Lampshaded during his stream of Animal Crossing New Horizons when one of his villagers, Diva, had that as her catchphrase. Chat had fun poking fun at him for it, which wasn't helped by the fact that he said it even more than normal likely because of Diva.
  • Comical Overreacting: He often plays up his reaction to various events in his streams, such as if corruptions produce particularly bizarre results (such as when the usual Super Mario 64 startup sound was replaced with a loud "BOING!") or when a mosquito landed on him during his 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: During his Resident Evil 4 playthrough Vinny's IRL resemblance to Leon Kennedy was a recurring joke, to the point that a mod that replaces Leon with Vinny was made. Eventually a Vinesauce mod for Resident Evil 2 was also made that does the same and much more.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A piece of fan art of him had him serving hot dogs and he kept asking why he was serving hot dogs, completely ignoring the fact that he was drawn wearing a Naked Apron.
  • Cuckoosnarker: He's nothing if not sarcastic, but even then, he's still pretty eccentric. This is a man who came up with "klump-skumping", "bunny-whomping" and "bone-blowing" as the names of fake Counter-Strike techniques during his Hazardous Course playthrough, after all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Likes to crack quite a few quips.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's beaten by Dio Brando in Vinewrestle 2016, despite Joel and GPM speculating that he might have some relation to the Joestar lineage. (Joel figures he served as Jonathan.)
  • Defictionalization: Vinny improvised a song called "Scoot the Burbs" when playing a scooter game for the Game Boy Color and it quickly became a fan favorite. He would later restart Animal Crossing: New Leaf using the Welcome amiibo update's added New Game+ feature and his new town was named Da Burbs ("The Burbs" didn't fit within the character limit) after viewers picked it in a Strawpoll, with that being the town featured in his post-update streams of that game.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Is not a very big fan of canned pasta, especially Spaghetti-O's. He also doesn't like pineapple on pizza.
  • Dull Surprise: His primary reaction to whatever weirdness comes out of his corruptions.
  • Enmity with an Object:
    • A CD taped to a Game Boy with a controller a fan gifted him. He spent some of NY Desucon 2016 trying to give it back.
    • Probably not as serious but when he received a Ted toy as a prize at a wheel at the same con, was he quick to give it away as a prize to a cosplayer who walked by even though he probably could've kept it as a birthday or Christmas present for someone, showing that he didn't want to bring it home.
  • Fanboy: He has a known obsession with Gordon Ramsay, Karl Pilkington, and Rick and Morty. He used to be an aggressive Nintendo fanboy; he is ashamed of this these days and he still loves Nintendo, but he no longer wishes death upon those who aren't fans. He also apparently researches Blade Runner a lot.
  • Fandom Rivalry: In-Universe he hates Sonic games just because, but in actuality it's because of its rivalry with his childhood favorite, the Mario series. He also loves exploring (a prominent feature of Super Mario World, which competed directly with the 16-bit Sonic games) so they're too fast for him. However, he does admit that the good Sonic games do what they're supposed to do well.
  • For Science!: Apparently why he used the revolver in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • Forgetful Jones: Much like his friend Jabroni Mike below, he tends to forget things chat members have told him minutes prior. He also has a tendency to forget how to play a game if he hasn't played it for a few days. Vinny's poor memory has led to him often comparing it to the memory of various low intelligence animals over the years, such as sunfish.
  • The Fundamentalist: One of the few things Vinny ever brings up about his family is that they gave him a strict religious childhood. This topic is likely to come up when he's playing a game with a lot of religious imagery, such as FAITH or Blasphemous.
  • Gag Penis: Not his own. A fan sent him two red dildos to celebrate the creation of Red Vox. Vinny then jokingly uses them as motion controls in camera controlled games before putting them away to avoid getting banned. He once joked that he plays drums with the same dildos when Miitomo asked him what he does to vent frustration; while he didn't stream that, Fred did and this came up during one of Fred's streams of it.
  • G.I.R.L.: Parodied. He once played Counter Strike and a girl joined. The other guys gave her an Unwanted(?) Harem, apologized each time they killed her in-game, one even bought expensive DLC for her. So Vinny wrote in the chat he was a grill too and wanted free stuff. When they asked him "what kind" did he answer "The type that fries hot dogs, hamburgers, and stuff." This was to show how tired he's of guys treating women as if they were anything less.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: The "quota" meme (where there's a high chance the protagonist will kill/injure at least one dog per game if not per stream, especially by accident) is centered around this trope the Black Comedy that comes from how upset it makes Vinny because of his real-life love of dogs.
  • The Hyena: When Vinny truly, utterly loses it, chances are he's going to be laughing like this, most likely followed by him being ashamed about said laugh.
  • Iconic Item: He frequently wears a Super Mario Bros. ? Block cap to conventions, and he's frequently drawn wearing it in art he shows during streams. His association with the hat led him to choose a ? Block avatar on his Nintendo Switch.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Rather prone to these and often to the dismay of chat.
  • Informed Deformity:
    • Fans like to joke about him having incredibly tiny hands, though his hands are obviously the same size as those of anyone else his age and size.Origin 
    • So-called "yam brain", when his sleep deprivation starts to get to him at around 4 AM (which looks like the word "Yam" in some typefaces). Described as his "brain going smooth" as his coordination, observation, and problem solving skills are go down the drain. Sometimes happens even when he's not particularly tired, or sometimes doesn't happen despite having trouble staying awake.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Voobo ended up as one, particularly after he gave that name to a botched Mii (based on a drawing of him) from his "Shitty Miis" stream.
    • Binyot, said in a strange European accent, has become one. It's usually accompanied by him saying that people want him to play "schüt" games instead of "babby" games.
    • "Booti", a further bastardization of the above that became popular after his Devil May Cry playthroughs.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Vinny does not get frustrated. He gets salty.
    • He also refers to his viewers as "you guys" rather than "fans".
    • As of late, Vinny tends to refer to emulators as "legit, overclocked" versions (or some variation thereof) of the systems being emulated, largely due to several other Twitch streamers running into legal trouble for being vocal about their own use of unofficial emulators to play retro games. He also tends to facetiously brush off features such as save states and rewinding as being additional perks of these so-called "legit" systems.
  • Italians Talk with Hands:
    • The "vineTalian" emote directly references this; incidentally, it emerged around the time when this trope became a wider internet meme.
    • Some YouTube commenters have noted that Vinny actually does "talk with his hands" during some of his virtual reality streams.
  • Large Ham: Although he's usually very mellow, he isn't shy from hamming it up when the situation calls for it.
  • The Leader: Founder and lead streamer of Vinesauce.
  • Leitmotif: In Vinewrestle 2017, his theme was Bob-Omb Battlefield on the kazoo.
  • Manchild: Frequently describes himself as one, and fans like to characterize him as such as well, in both cases due to some of the sillier antics he pulls off on-stream. He'll often bring up this trope when his crude sense of humor forces him to bring it up, such as when Toilet Humor gets him to laugh, or when he re-dubs a game.
    Vinny: This is a 33-year-old man playing baby games and screaming. Enjoy.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices:
    • He does some pretty spot-on impressions, including those of Mario and Luigi (as they sounded in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, though he and fans tend to mischaracterize the voices as coming from The Super Mario Bros Super Show!), Toad, Pee-wee Herman, Gordon Ramsay, Karl Pilkington, Rick and Morty, and more. During a stream of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D he used a Shaquille O'Neal impression when doing a skit involving O'Neal speaking with a representative of the AriZona Beverage Company to discuss the creation of their Soda Shaq drink, which Vinny did because he thought it was absurd that a company known for tea and fruit drinks was making cream soda (he said during that segment that he actually liked the drink; it's the concept he found ridiculous). He can also do an impression of an angry Stephen Merchant (he isn't fond of his ability to do so in other tones), and he discovered that wearing his voice out at PAX East in 2015 didn't prevent him from being able to do an impression of Christopher Walken, even semi-jokingly saying that said Walken impression sounded better than the way his voice actually sounded at the time and cracking himself up doing so.
    • He provides the voices for some of the characters he came up with, like Ralph (his Second Life character) and Tucker (a recurring character who parodies those who blindly engage in hero worship, with Tucker doing this with Vinny specifically).
  • Master of None:
    • Describes himself as this for video games in his playthrough of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, when explaining why he's so bad at the games he plays (from the perspective of his viewers):
      "I play so many different types of games... and I don't stick to one specific genre. And I am never really all that proficient at any one thing, and part of it is because I bounce around so much. That's my defense of myself and my skill, but it really is just easier to say I'm bad at video games than make excuses..."
    • He lampshaded this again in one of his Call of Duty: Warzone streams right after he fails to trickshot a heli out of the air, but he puts a more positive spin on the criticism this time around:
      Vinny: You know what's cool, though? I'm bad at video games, but people still like my streams. If I was good at video games, I wonder if people would leave. I wonder if I just have the opposite effect, I dunno.
      Dave: Would you even be you at that point?
      Vinny: No, I'd be like... "KillFeast420".
  • Meaningful Name: Vincent means "conqueror," a name fitting a quite famous streamer.
  • Nerves of Steel: Not a big fan of horror games as he doesn't find many of them even remotely scary (and therefore boring to play and stream). He'll usually respond to such games with his usual snarking or Dull Surprise. The number of exceptions in his entire streaming career can possibly be counted on one or two hands, and only for extremely brief moments— examples include SOMA, Spookys House Of Jumpscares, and Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Has a tendency of giving weird, long, nonsensical nicknames if he's unsure how to pronounce their name or just for the heck of it. Often sounds like he has slammed his head on the keyboard and reads them, because how else can he remember them?
    • Some of his Accidental Misnamings become nicknames after he's corrected, such as how he originally mistakenly referred to Mutoh (the head carpenter) from Majora's Mask as the mayor and in later streams he would jokingly say that Mutoh will always be his mayor (this was inspired by fan-made comic strip depicting Link saying this after being told by Mutoh that he isn't the mayor).
  • The Night Owl: Although he ostensibly doesn't have a fixed streaming schedule, he frequently starts streaming between 11 PM and 1 AM EST (his local time), often stopping around 3:30 AM EST (discounting the art segments, which usually take up an extra half-hour or so). If he manages to start a stream before nightfall, he'll claim to be "early" on Twitch notification emails. Sometimes gets lampshaded when he actually does actually start streaming early, like his with his first stream of Super Mario Maker 2.
    Twitch chat: vinny y in gods name are u live at a sensible time in europe
    Vinny: Well, I'm taking the night off, and I'm also excited to play this, so I'm here. Which means some of you will have seen me for the very first time ever, and you are now aware I'm not a vampire, I exist in the daylight as well.
  • Not So Above It All: He's normally very averse towards fanservice and Romance Sidequests in media, and regularly accosts Chat for acting thirsty towards damn near every female character in a video game. On the other hand, Vinny spends a lot of time focusing on Angela's ass when she dons her stripperific Magus outfit in Trials of Mana. He also gets excited during Final Fantasy VII Remake when Tifa lands on top of Cloud and jumps at the chance to select the dialogue option he thinks will give her the most appealing outfit.
  • Not So Stoic: While he's generally a laid-back person, the funniest moments come when he is genuinely surprised or anything else that makes him lose his composure. On a more heartwarming note, he was barely able to contain his joy when Banjo was revealed for Smash, his voice trembling as he's trying to come to terms with the reveal as you can almost hear that he's crying tears of joy over the reveal.
  • Older Than They Look: On the rare times he appears on camera, people will comment on how young he looks for someone in their thirties. His playthrough of Pokémon Stadium with Cinemassacre's Mike Matei has a lot of such comments.
  • Only One Name: Is only known as Vinny, or occasionally 'Vin' (the latter usually by Imakuni and Southbird). As he makes a list of 'Vinnys' he mentions a few 'Vince', so his real name is Vincent. But his surname isn't said, even though Rev (Colin Mullin), Joel (Joel Johansson), Imakuni (Marisa Hunt), and Direboar (Jonathan Morrow) have shared their full names (as well as Hootey sharing his first name and last initial, Scott H.) and it's not even in his music album!
  • Opera: Parodied with his Italian opera. It's more impressive than you'd think.
    "Go fuck yourselfo~!"
  • ...Or So I Heard: "He's [GPM] easy as pie to get along with. Why do we say 'easy as pie', pie is hard to make right, to make good. It takes a lot of work and effort to make good pie. Or so I've heard."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Notoriously dour-looking in real life, to the point that he's been mistaken for more upset than he is at conventions. That his default expression resembles a Thousand-Yard Stare has been a rich source of humor and good-natured ribbing over the years.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Played for Laughs. He portrays his obsession with Scoot as a Stalker with a Crush, including making a Stalker Shrine dedicated to Scoot in his game, complete with a box of tissues. Revisited in New Horizons where he instead has a Scoot Observation System, claiming to use hidden cameras so he can see where Scoot is at any time with his wall-of-monitors wallpaper. And still has a box of tissues.
  • Phrase Catcher: Despite his usual dislike for memes, especially ones that overstay their welcome, he has on occasion made running jokes that continue well past the end of the game they originate from. Besides that, he uses "crust" and "japes" in roughly half his streams. "Piss" gets used in almost any grammatical text possible when appropriate. See Catchphrase above for more examples.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Defied. He doesn't tell viewers to give his videos "like" ratings and/or subscribe to his channels on YouTube and calls others out for doing this when other people's videos are shown during a stream, though his videos still contain subscription links for those interested. He also said during an Ocarina of Time 3D stream that he doesn't care if viewers use an ad blocker, as he cares more about viewers' enjoyment of the content itself. He says in multiple streams that while he appreciates Twitch subscriptions, he doesn't want to pressure viewers into giving them and prefers to avoid specifically mentioning when he receives them and who he receives them from.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: He streams Nintendo 3DS games using a modded first-generation system and its small screen often leads him to mistype things. For example, Vinny thought Makuhita looked like a trash bag when he found one in Pokémon Moon and wanted to give it a nickname inspired by this, but he ended up typing "Traahbag" instead.
  • Sad Clown: Played for laughs. A running gag is that his sillier, more lighthearted fare is a means of coping with all the salt and soul-crushing agony of playing so many terrible games for his Sunday streams. It bleeds over to the rare times where he shows his face onscreen or in real life, since he's usually doing or watching something strange and harmful for the audience's amusement, usually coupled with a very depressed expression. On a more serious note, Vinny has also mentioned being this in earnest during tough times in his life, and described himself as having been severely depressed during the first few years of Vinesauce before his mental health started improving around 2015.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • His name is often set to something self-deprecating on Twitter (such as "Vinesux" and "Vinescrub"). He calls himself "Vineslime" during one stream.
    • During his final Ocarina of Time 3D stream, he claimed that people don't watch his streams for his gaming skills (this happened when he was having trouble with a room in the Forest section of Ganon's Castle). He once again claimed he isn't good at playing video games during his first stream of Twilight Princess HD, which saw Wolf Link die multiple times due to the increased damage and the limited amount of ways to restore health in Hero Mode (which Vinny chose to play the game on because of how easy he thinks the standard difficulty mode is).
    • One time he showed off art he commented on one "This is really nice actually, I'd like to get it framed somehow and put it on the wall! Next to my self loathing!"
    • He referred to Red Vox's Blood Bagel album as "terrible" when announcing it on Twitter, though his name was set to the non-self-deprecating "Big Sauce" at the time.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Defied. Except for the limited edition hoodie and Red Vox's first album he has spoken about deliberately not promoting himself much out of a strong belief that too much popularity is harmful, and even when promoting the album there were some viewers who didn't catch it. His Signing Off Catchphrase is more often than not him telling the viewers to check out the other streamers.
  • Singer-Songwriter: He writes songs for his band, Red Vox, which he sings and plays guitar for.
  • The Stoic: By default, he is a levelheaded individual who never plays up his emotions.
  • Sweet Tooth: Calls himself this, and not without substance.
    • During a stream of Majora's Mask 3D, someone in the chat mentioned craving fruit snacks and this inspired Vinny to look up the price of Airheads on Amazon, after which he bought 90 of them.
    • He chose marshmallows during a Splatfest, and said he tries his best to not keep sweets and desserts in house in fear of eating them all right after each other.
    • During a stream of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap the subject of Italian food came up and he proceeded to gush about cannoli, including giving a highly detailed description of the food in question.
    • Various viewers sent him different kinds of Oreos in late 2016, which he admitted that he had trouble resisting eating. This ended up becoming a Running Gag in streams from around that time, and at one point comments about the variety of flavors led to a joke about Hydrox-flavored Oreos, referencing how Hydrox is often thought to be imitating Oreos while the reverse is actually true.
    • His taste for sweets carried over to his Tomodachi Life streams, as he commented that his sweets-loving Mii has a diet almost as bad as his own.
  • Tempting Fate: In probably the most heartwarming way possible, Vinny had japed for years about Banjo getting revealed for Smash, playing the series main theme at least once every E3 presentation featuring Smash, because he thought he knew that his dream would never come true. And then it finally did, and he could barely even contain his joy and excitement when the reveal finally came.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Has a bad habit of saying accidentally suggestive things, only to realize and regret them the moment it leaves his mouth.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • He likes pizza at least enough to rant about what should and shouldn't go on a pizza during a stream of Super Mario Bros. 3Mix. Southbird (who created the hack in question) pointed this out in his shortened version of the stream and Vinny has jokingly referred to himself as "Vinny Pizzapasta" in the past (though that nickname is mostly exaggerating his Italian-American heritage, similar to how Darren's potato-related usernames poke fun at the fact that he's Irish).
    • He has noted that he has a taste for seltzer (particularly if it's flavored) and drinks made by AriZona (such as their orangeade) when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Trekkie: A vocal one both on and off stream, to the point where a number of recurring jokes among him and his fanbase originate from the franchise— especially Star Trek: The Next Generation. He even goes to Star Trek quiz nights and makes references, although he stopped that to avoid pissing off viewers who aren't fans. Him also being an avid Star Wars fan and a mild gadfly led to him and his team once choosing a Star Wars reference name at one quiz night to piss off belligerents in the Fandom Rivalry between the two franchises.
  • Unusual Euphemism: He often uses the word "jostling" as a sexual euphemism, usually when accusing characters in a game of bestiality, such as when Link used a Cucco to fly short distances in his streams of Ocarina of Time 3D.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • For the first few years of the group's lifetime, Vinny's voice tended to be somewhat flat and monotonous save for the occasional surprised or amused reaction; starting around 2015 or so, his voice became much more varied and expressive in tone. Vinny later admitted that his earlier, more droning tone of voice was the result of him having been severely depressed at the time, and his transition into a more nonchalant and emotionally variable voice coincided with his mental health improving.
    • Many of Vinny's voices tend to start out being fairly one-note and drawn out, the result of him only first figuring them out; as he continues using a voice and eases into it, it tends to sound much more natural and varied in pace. This is most strongly exemplified by his "RP Guy" voice, which started sounding very stiff and mechanical before eventually phasing into a more slick, "used car salesman" type inflection.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?:
    • His "RP Guy" voice has an accent that sounds kind of Russian but more guttural, and Vinny commented during a stream of Breath of the Wild that the "RP Guy" might not even be from a real country. For what it's worth, Vinny's own attempts at pitching up the RP Guy voice through digital voice modulators have been regarded as uncannily similar to Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory.
    • It's not clear what specific accent he's using for his "Binyot" voice, which is a nickname for him used when voicing an unnamed character who continually criticizes his fondness for family-friendly games (or "babby games" as the character in question calls them).
    • Vinny acknowledged that he ended up giving Hau from Pokémon Sun and Moon several voices within moments of each other, either giving him a Simpleton Voice, an odd accent, or a combination of both.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: He suggested during a stream of Breath of the Wild that his "RP Guy" character might be from a fictional country, which he let viewers suggest names for, with Vinny going with Binyotalia not long afterward (a reference to the "Binyot" nickname used by another Eastern European-sounding character of his, as well as a reference to Kraskatalia, the homeland of Sponge and another fictional European country).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Isn't too fond of cats because he's allergic, so he's a bit angry at them because of it, but acts like he's deathly afraid of them for show sometimes.
    • He sees geese as his arch enemies. It's apparently because they used to poop all over the places he played at as a child and scared him away from them.
    • He freaked out when a mosquito landed on him when playing the sixth level of his 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest and briefly lost control of the game because of it.
      "Aw, fuckin' mosquito. Oh, no, no, NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, MOSQUITO! Goddammit, mosquito landed on me. How'd a fuckin' mosquito get in here? It ruined everything! [sigh] Goddammit. [he loses against the boss] Goddammit! ...Fuck."
    • Another insect he hates even more are centipedes. He occasionally gets house centipedes in his home and tends to find them in the worst ways possible, such as when waking up. Narry included a pit full of giant, moving, fully modeled centipedes in Vine Realms entirely to mess with Vinny.

    Joel (Vargskelethor) 
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Perhaps the second most famous streamer on Vinesauce next to Vinny himself, this Swedish man specializes in the awesome and ridiculous. He was once known as Exinthevatican on YouTube, but later switched to the same username he uses on Twitch (Vargskelethor). Well known for blasting virtual machines (usually running Microsoft Windows, particularly Windows XP, though he once did a brief Mac destruction stream) with all sorts of blatantly obvious malware, including BonziBUDDY, as well as playing bizarre bootleg video games (often for the Famicom and sometimes for the Sega Genesis). He also makes heavy metal music and made an RPG Maker game back in the late 2000s. Did we mention he's Swedish?

His father (or at least his account of his father) has become a fan favorite. See his section for more info.


  • Adaptation Name Change: When Darren had him as a character in Real Lives during the 2015 charity stream, his name was changed to Jurgen Berg partially because Joel wasn't an option in the list of names a character can have and partially because Darren thought the name Jurgen Berg sounded funny.
  • Alliterative Name: His full name is commonly rumored to be Joel Johansson, which would make him a potential JoJo. However, he at one point claimed while streaming the Finnish game My Summer Car that his full name is Joel Jarvisson – while not beginning with "Jo", his surname still alliterates with his first name.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolf.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Both on stream and on his Tumblr.
  • Archenemy: BonziBUDDY. At least until Bonzi became a Discredited Meme.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Joel has a bit of a tendency of powering through things without keeping an eye on specifics. This bit him especially hard during his last Deltarune stream when he had a chance to beat Jevil on his first try, but because he powered through instead of checking if Jevil could be pacified he reached the hardest part of the battle when he was low on health, while out of healing items and screwed himself out of the win, and a pizza. In a more general sense, when he's playing role-playing games that have more freeform combat, he'll tend to play like a "dumb caveman", as he once put it. He reiterated his gameplay preferences in part 1 of his Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance playthrough, saying he hates characters that require "technicality" and would rather play a "murder axe fucker", like the dwarf he eventually rolls in said game.
  • Author Appeal:
  • Awesome McCoolname: When coming across a bootleg game called Dragon Knife, he immediately declares it to be his new wrestler name.
  • Bad Liar: During his game of Pokemon TCG against Rev, Joel tried to cheat by looking at the top card of Rev's deck while Rev was away. Joel couldn't keep the laughter out of his voice when Rev came back, immediately giving himself away.
  • Bald of Awesome: Between 2015 and 2020, Joel shaved all the once-lengthy hair off his head after getting fed up with constantly waking up with it soaked in sweat. Fans quickly embraced it, with the look being regarded as just as distinctive as his old Barbarian Longhair, helped by Joel continuing to uphold his manic on-stream energy.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Before he shaved it bald in 2015, he was notable for having longer hair than most of the other male streamers on Vinesauce; he generally ran with the "barbarian" connotations of the look, playing up Horny Vikings iconography in his public persona that tied into both his appearance and his Scandinavian heritage. He would eventually start growing his hair out again in 2020, albeit somewhat shorter than before for practical reasons.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He really hates the way DIO's death is portrayed at the end of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, describing the idea of him kicking with a broken— and therefore easy-to-damage— leg as bad writing that goes against his characterization up to that point. Joel's vitriol towards the moment is so great that he even once posted a song on his now-inactive Tumblr account mocking it.
    • Games crashing, though it's less of a berserk button and more of a way of making him lose it.
    • He seems to really have it out for Naruto. When he encounters a cop in Hard Time who vaguely resembles Naruto, he decides to kill him and is baffled to see him alive after ripping his arm out. He's stated that he was a fan of Naruto when he was a kid, though.
    • Getting facts wrong about his obsessions, mainly JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He once threatened to shit a house when Vinny called Dio "Goku" during level #50 of the 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest ("The Swamp" by zeoxdragon), and Rev's video on trying to describe the series made him wince in the comments.
    • Has a strong dislike for Arch-Viles, something that typically gets invoked in DOOM games. The two WAD creation contests he held were particular focuses of this, with a large number of WAD creators including Arch-Viles specifically to annoy him.
    • Mahjong games, due to their ubiquity in his Arcade Madness streams.
    • On a completely serious note, animal abuse and animals being hurt in general is a huge button for him. In his Harvester playthrough he kills Pat the butcher for the mutilated cat in his room, and what turned his rather ambivalent attitude to a Crash Bandicoot-style Slender game to utter hatred is the game over screen, which showed a real-life black bear being electrocuted and falling to the ground. The bear turned out to be okay, but it still utterly disgusted Joel. It also extends to his daily life too, with Joel stating that he can only eat meat without a guilty conscience if he knows that it came from a free-range farm, where animals are able to live their lives in much more peace (as opposed to the more common model of restricting them to tight corrals with insufficient food), as well as from a slaughterhouse that operates as ethically with the killing process as possible.
    • As viewers found out the hard way during one of his streams, the mere mention of Rugrats tends to get Joel upset to the point of making long rants about the show and how he's disgusted and repelled by the baby humor the show was centered around, to the point where he openly admits he'd immediately switch the channel whenever the opening jingle to the show played.
    • Has a tendency to launch tirades whenever advertising that takes advantage of memes (e.g. the Arby's Twitter account) and the people that fall for said advertising becomes a topic of discussion. It's less "Capitalism Is Bad" and more that he hates "facetious public relations where they're saying one thing and then doing another".
    Joel: If there's one thing that pisses me off — and I'm sorry this is so ranty — but I really hate how people lap up that "corporate Twitter is my friend" shit. Like Wendy's, and fucking all these things that pretend to be friends and they meme and— it drives me insane that people do not see through this bullshit! [...] Don't you realize it's just some fucking guy tweeting out burgers!? They're not your friends! They wanna make MONEY off you! DAMN IT! HAVE YOU ALL GONE INSANE!?
  • Bilingual Bonus: His 1st of April Fools' Day streams, where he mostly speaks Swedish. The "varg" in his username also means "wolf" in Swedish.
  • Black Comedy: Specializes in this quite a bit, most famously with his nuclear attack on Norway in Shadow President. He's also discussed how he sees this trope as something of a necessity when it comes to gorn, feeling that, similarly to his views on fanservice, gratuitous gore doesn't really add anything, preferring excessive violence to be played for ridiculousness than anything dead-serious.
  • Breakout Character: Joel himself was originally just another streamer, but after his Sims and Windows XP Destruction videos went viral, he now rivals Vinny in popularity.
  • The Bus Came Back: "Well that was fuckin' stupid." Posted immediately after recovering his channel from a hijacker who used a leak from an XSplit security breach to discover his password.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Any time a destruction stream really starts to get going results in Joel declaring "Yes!! It begins!!"
    • He lampshades how he always asks everyone at the beginning of his streams how they're doing, saying that if someone were to play all his streams at the same time, they would hear one giant "How are you doing?".
    • "Is it gonna be good? Or is it gonna be... bad." With a pause before "bad" as soon as the horror he's created shows itself.
    • Any general invocations of different names of the devil. So when things really start getting scary, expect something like "Pazuzu! Cthulhu! BAPHOMEEEET! SATAN! SATAN!"
    • "Life sucks, and then you die." Usually happens when something shocks or disgusts him.
    • He often says "You know what, though?" whenever an idea comes to him.
    • When a game fails to meet its own setup or his expectations he likes to say "You blew it!".
    • "This is really cool, I like it a lot!" (on almost every piece of fanart he checks at the end of a stream).
    • "Mmmm it's good!" (when a game is particularly bad).
    • "JoJokes!" (whenever he makes a JoJo reference).
    • "Fucking hell" is his go-to exclamation.
    • "Hubba bubba!" (whenever something steamy happens on-screen).
    • "Hey now" invoked when he lampshades an Accidental Innuendo.
    • "Swiggity swooty, I'm coming for the booty," whenever he sees a character with an amusing walk cycle.
    • "I'M THE TRASH MAN! I START EATIN' GARBAGE!" (a quote from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, said by Frank Reynolds).
    • If Japanese text/audio comes up in a game at all, you can count on him saying "Nani?", "Nandesuka?" note , or "Honto ni?" note . Some examples here or here.
    • He has a habit of saying "Mamma mia" a lot. Usually with an exaggerated Luigi-esque inflection.
    • "What is this?"/"What the [expletive] is this?" Has a habit of saying it repeatedly if he's shocked enough by something.
    • "No no no no..."/"We're not doing that." When he's about to do something weird and stops himself. Most noticeable in his Sims 4 Memehouse streams where he'll sometimes hover the cursor to the 'Romance' options. Sometimes he'll just do it any way.
    • "Alright, so...", which is how Joel starts just about every stream, to the point where he even lampshades the frequency of it.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: When bald he bore a fairly strong resemblance to Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, posting a side-by-side picture of him and Phil pulling the same face.
  • Character Tics: Hits his desk whenever something shocks him or pisses him off.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In his attitude and approach to life, he's rather... offbeat. A large source of the humor in his streams comes from the random things he'll do for fun.
  • Cool Helmet: Is depicted in his Hardcore Friday intro, a couple of VineWrestle events, and lots of fanart with a viking helmet colored like the flag of Sweden.
  • Competition Freak: He'll sometimes get unusually heated over things like getting good at crappy, mediocre and/or bootleg fighting games or chasing world records on borderline untouched Super Mario Maker 2 levels. The latter has actually driven him to tears on numerous occasions when falling short of world records by a few milliseconds.
  • Cuteness Overload: The very small kitten that he has his Kira and Killer Queen Sims adopt in episode five of Meme House sends him into this.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Has stated that he hates wearing socks at home, which implies this by extension.note 
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dedicated an entire song to his belief that pineapples don't belong on pizza.
  • Eagleland Osmosis: Despite being Swedish, he loves playing the role of a Type 2 Eaglelander: A warmonger who often causes destruction and wants marijuana to be legalized. For example, he once planned to play Shadow President by dropping nuclear bombs on non-hostile countries like Norway, but changed his mind after the player character was assassinated after doing so. Ironically, he'll make fun of anyone else who acts this way, with his local branch of German supermarket Lidl and their "American" merchandise being a prime example.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: In Way of the Samurai 4, he discovered that getting arrested sometimes ended with his character being punished by a Dominatrix, and started intentionally getting caught as a result.
    • He also makes a lot of sex jokes, particularly pertaining to "Milk".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Joel usually picks the evil and/or dickish option in games. However, in his Dead Rising stream, he can't fathom the thought of having to leave behind the survivor that lost her baby to the horde, even if her mission does make him late to the main story mission.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Happens a lot, much to chat's dismay and amusement.
  • Fanboy:
    • Of Fist of the North Star. Joel will go apeshit at anything related to it. He also adores JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and refers to the two (as well as similar manga, like Berserk) collectively as MANIME.
    • Joel is quite obviously a huge metalhead, having made a some of his own. He in particular seems to enjoy death, speed and thrash metal, though he's referenced classic metal a fair bit as well. Of course, not all metal being equal, he also loves thrashing nu-metal, particularly the artists playing it.
    • He lovesSWAT Kats. He ended a Way of The Samurai 4 stream by discussing the SWAT Kats revival Kickstarter, and how hyped up he was over it.
    • He has a fondness for skeletons and gets excited when they appear in any game he plays, whether they're built into the game or added via a mod. When he first came across Sans and Papyrus in Undertale, he asked if that's why the developer and the audience wanted him to play it.
  • Funny Foreigner: Joel is Swedish. More prominent in the early days of Vinesauce, when his accent was more pronounced. Among other things, this led to him pronouncing Vinny as 'Winny'. Much like Jacksepticeye, he used to be embarrassed by his accent and, as he puts it, "butchery of the English language", and used to mumble a lot to hide both of these things from his audience. Later down the road, he would play this trope for laughs by occasionally doing bits in a Simpleton Voice with a stereotypically thick Swedish accent to parody Swedish stereotypes.
  • The Gambling Addict: Loves gambling minigames and has an emote dedicated to his habit.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: When he lost his internet for a week, he recorded this album over the course of the week. The album indicates he is anything but sane.
  • Genius Ditz: His gaming skill is all over the place. On the one hand, he makes Dwarf Fortress look like a cakewalk and repeatedly insists that it's an easy game. If the length of the game's beginner's guide is any indication, this is no small feat. On the other hand, he's outright leery of vastly simpler games like checkers, chess and blackjack (and possibly table games in general) and he tends to avoid all of them like the plague rather than taking two minutes to learn them.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He will often say nej ("no" in Swedish, pronounced "nay") when things go bad for him.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Will sometimes quote his favorite anime in Japanese.
  • Growing the Beard: invokedDiscusses his dislike of this trope in his first stream of Portal. He personally didn't like the otherwise well-received change in tone in Portal 2 because he preferred the simpler times of the first game, where the "story" was just going from room to room and solving puzzles.
  • Guttural Growler: Can be pretty evident at times. It could be a result of all the screaming, his (thankfully) former smoking habit, or both.
  • Hopeless with Tech: He's a type 2, having some basic understanding of technology for obvious reasons (he wouldn't be able to stream otherwise), but he'll struggle with pretty much anything newer than the Wii U, per his own admission.
    Joel: See, I'm an old dog. Can't teach me new tricks. You guys, I'm just letting you know right now, if it's something new with me, it's gonna be me bashing the fucking technology against my head going "WHY ISN'T IT FUCKING WORKING!?". Remember when I first got this new microphone and it was sitting there during those Black Mesa streams and it sounded like shit? And I was like, (worried tone) "It's not working! It's not fucking working!", you know.
  • Horny Vikings: Completely embraces the stereotype. His vineshroom even features horns!
  • The Hyena: Laughs like one. It's believed to be a potential cure to cancer.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: invokedOn his Madness streams, Joel often finds himself surprisingly attached to games that are decidedly mediocre. He usually responds to the resulting confusion from Twitch chat by saying he enjoys the simplicity of such games and finds their "close, but no cigar" effort charming. He also feels the same way for supposedly "triple A" productions that fall in the same category.
    Joel: Guys, when am I restreaming Sonic Forces? Because that game was so good. I'm actually kinda dead serious about that. I had such a blast with Sonic Forces, like... I am serious, I had a fantastic time streaming that game, 'cause it was so bland and mediocre that I ended up really liking it. (Beat) I might be— I might be fucked in the head. Like... I enjoy boring things. (laughs)
  • Inherently Funny Word:
    • There is no one who can make "skeleton", "bones", "nuclear", or "bootleg" sound funnier.
    • Bulk Bogan and his MOOSKLAYS!
  • Insane Troll Logic:
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Jobel, from when a little girl in his neighborhood mispronounced his name when he was younger. This is often expanded to Uncle Jobel.
    • In Vinny's "Shitty Miis" stream, a botched Joel Mii was named Jeorl (Joel himself thought that said Mii "look[ed] like human excrement").
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": He prefers the English pronunciation of Joel over the Swedish one (which sounds more like "you-el").
  • Keet: Even when he's streaming late into the night, he has a lot of energy.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Although he's fond of skulls, vikings, and other Rated M for Manly things on his streams, he's also outspoken about his love for animals, especially cats. He's said he would like to own one, but his apartment is apparently very tiny and he wouldn't want to keep one in such a cramped space.
  • Large Ham: At times, Joel likes to give away ham as if he was at a Christmas dinner party. In addition, he once stated that "ham" was one of the first English words he learned and that he associates himself with it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Makes fun of Mami Tomoe's face during one of his M.U.G.E.N streams. Proceeds to get absolutely decimated by her not long after.
  • Leitmotif: In Vinewrestle 2016, "At DOOM's Gate" from DOOM.
  • The Loonie: While all of the Vinesauce streamers are funny in their own ways, Joel is the one most committed to Rule of Funny. He revels and engages in Stylistic Suck, and often makes an attempt to go Off the Rails with each game he streams.
  • Mad Scientist: The more creative control a game gives him, the more horrifying the results will be. In The Sims series, he's played the games with mods that can produce Body Horror, male pregnancy, Sibling Incest, and Eldritch Abominations.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices:
    • When it comes to impressions, he has a surprising vocal range, including spot-on imitations of Skeletor and Kermit the Frog. The latter is often used when he's quoting/impersonating his father.
    • He claims to avert the trope in one of his Majora's Mask streams, saying that he can only do five voices before he starts reusing them.
    • He provided an example of what his Quario character sounded like while in the process of drawing him in Mario Paint.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Especially when it comes to skeletons. To put into perspective how much he appears to love what everyone else fears, during his Mario Paint meets The Joy of Painting stream, after drawing some normal landscapes with Bob, which he said "looked like shit, but looked presentable somehow", he devolved into painting a sunset with somebody on fire with their flesh melting off in the foreground.
  • No Indoor Voice: Occasionaly lampshaded by Joel himself. While he's not always yelling, he still struggles with talking quietly, to the point where it hurts him less to scream than it does to whisper. This is particularly evident in his ASMRio where he tries whispering the entire time (about 40 minutes) but audibly struggles with it, whereas his usual loud streams typically last hours.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: When told about a "collection of girls you boned" in The Witcher 3, Joel reacts by going on a brief rant about how unnecessary and pandering fanservice is in multimedia entertainment. He also lampshades how stupid he sounds, coming off as "a nun" or "a mom from The '60s". Also worth noting is that Joel's problem with fanservice is less out of an aversion towards sexual content and more because he feels that it adds nothing substantial to a work if it's not already meant to be pornographic, preferring implication over gratuity outside of porn.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He legitimately gets freaked out when seeing a Surprise Creepy shock image in a Felix the Cat bootleg game and stays silent for a few seconds.
  • Off the Rails: His ultimate goal with just about every game he streams.
  • The Perfectionist: Has admitted to being this, blaming it for being the key reason why his official highlight videos take as long as they do to come out.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Makes his Swedish nationality very known.
    • Joel nukes Norway in Shadow President, not out of genuine hatred but because of the friendly rivalry between Swedes and Norwegians.
    • Joel is from the north of Sweden, which is known for its dislike of Stockholm. His playthrough of the Stylistic Suck game Sweden Simulator spends more time complaining that the game is set in Stockholm than the actual gameplay. Joel notes, however incredulous, that such things would never happen where he lives, although he notes that the game's portrayal of Midsommar is relatively accurate.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Towards Undyne, despite her being lesbian.
  • Pet the Dog: While looking for another party member during his randomized Pokémon Silver playthrough, Joel finds a sleeping Hoothoot in the daytime. Rather than making it faint or attempting to catch it (despite previously saying he wanted to catch a Hoothoot), he decides to leave it be.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Like Vinny, he defies this. If the subject comes up, he'll often tell his viewers to subscribe to the other Vinesauce members (besides Vinny) and that while he appreciates subscriptions, they are never asked for or called out.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: When it comes to gaming and memes, he's often out of the loop on anything newer than the turn of the millenium. Most of the time, he openly admits that he doesn't care. For example:
    • Prior to playing Cyberpunk 2077, the only thing he knew about it was the fact that Keanu Reeves was in it and didn't even know what genre of gaming it belonged to, much less the controversy surrounding its development schedule and release.
    • He's mentioned that he somewhat fears bringing up popular games during the stream, mainly for the possibility of accidentally attracting the invokedIt’s Popular, So It Sucks crowd in chat. He uses Genshin Impact as an example, not knowing much about it other than its name, its popularity, and the fact that it's "an anime game" as his local cab driver puts it, and didn't delve any further into the game to dodge potential drama.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Finds out in Façade that "Jo" is a girl's name, much to his confusion. Then he gets called "Andrew".
  • Schmuck Bait: Intentionally falls for many of these in his Windows "Destruction" videos, particularly of the "filename.fakeextension.exe" type (or: why many security experts advise Windows users to disable "Hide extensions for known file types").
    Joel: When an MP3 file is "hulkhogan mp3 DOT EXE", you know it's good. (It downloads a program called "MediaDrug".)
    Joel: "videoxxx dot avi DOT EXE." You think this is a good idea? So do I. (It's ransomware that overwrites the master boot record.)
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Jokingly claims to have the mental age of a child very often, and considered himself to be a bad role model when he used to smoke. Best exemplified here when Twitch chat tells him ibuprofen is bad for your sperm count:
      Joel: Good [news], my sperm is getting vasectomied. Great, I'm doing the world a favor. Thank God. Now I don't need to go down to the fucking back alley and have someone smash my testicles in to, like... save the Earth from more mutated, idiotic Swedes.
    • Often openly uses the "ok boomer" meme against himself when talking about things that make it obvious that he's a 90s kid or out of the loop on present-day memes.
    • He outright name-drops this trope when he gets around to adding himself to the Vinesauce house in part 19 of his Meme House series:
      Joel: Okay, and then I gotta make myself unfortunately, so here we go. Here comes the self-deprecation.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: invoked He's so notorious for getting distracted by gambling minigames that he dedicated an emote to his habit.
  • Sincerity Mode: He really did not want to download BonziBUDDY again. He was later surprised when Bonzi kept to himself during the "Windows 7 Destruction" stream.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Rev. In more recent times, Jerma has filled this role, with the two vacillating between open warfare and playing various games together.
  • Skeleton Motif: His online handle is Vargskelethor, his own icon is a cross between a skull and the Vinesauce logo, and he has expressed his love of skeletons.
  • Surprisingly Good English: He isn't from an English-speaking country like the other streamers, but despite having a noticeable accent, his English is actually pretty good. Like many Swedes, Joel has been speaking English since he was a kid due to learning it from watching American media with Swedish subtitles. Scandinavian gamers also tend to be good at English due to their tendency to play games in English, as European releases of games either have Scandinavian translations that range from okay to outright bad or completely lack translations for those languages. note 
  • Tempting Fate: Made into a Mad Libs Catchphrase, of sorts. The phrase goes something like this:
    "Is it going to be good? Or is it going to be... [beat, as the aforementioned horror reveals itself] ...bad."
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • He speaks highly of chicken nuggets and has mentioned Pringles a few times, though it's possible he just jokes about them. If a game gives him a deal in the form of money, he usually asks if he can get an alternative incentive of chicken nuggets, and chicken nuggets are the currency in his game BBQ Quest.
    • In addition, he once made a ROM hack of Dr. Mario called Dr. Pringles, which was supposed to have replaced Mario's face with that of the Pringles mascot but didn't go as planned (though it nevertheless ended up inspiring a fan to make a Super Mario Bros. ROM hack that replaces Mario with Dr. Pringles), while an attempt to give a character in one of his Mario Paint drawings a stereotypical villain mustache resulted in him giving the character the Pringles man's face instead.
    • He also speaks very, very highly of medium rare steak, and very frequently drinks Pepsi during streams, to the point where he says he no longer drinks Coke.
  • Troll: By his own admission, he has a habit of taking up contrarian opinions just to get a rise out of his Twitch chat. Alternatively, he tends to be Hipster — again, in his own words.
  • Vampire Vords: His Funny Foreigner voice combines this trope with Simpleton Voice to affect a stereotypical Swedish accent. There isn't any vampiric association with this trope's usage in this case, though; rather it's simply to highlight a stereotype of Eastern European accents in general.
  • Villain Protagonist: If any game he plays gives him any kind of creative freedom, he will abuse it (excluding Undertale, where he seems to not enjoy forcing himself to do a genocide run and actually sounds upset at times).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Plays this up in public when it comes to his friendship with Rev. The two are actually very good friends, but Joel likes to pretend that they have a more vitriolic friendship than they actually do, mainly for the humor of it (though Rev has expressed annoyance at the number of fans who think Joel actually despises him).
    • His friendships with Jerma985 and Simple Flips also feature a lot of playful insults or pretending to get angry at each other, Vinewrestle 2019 being a stand-out example of the former.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was deeper and somewhat more subdued in his older streams and, as mentioned under Funny Foreigner, it had a more distinct accent. According to him, in the early days he intentionally kept his voice low and mumbled because his accent embarrassed him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
  • Word Salad Lyrics: In Revnarok, an album about how much he hates Rev, many of the songs devolve into this. Possibly the biggest example is "Breaking My Butt", which devolves into random stories about Rev fucking or masturbating to various animate or inanimate objects by the second verse.

    Rev (Revscarecrow) 
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Real name Colin Joseph Mullin, Rev is another one of Vinesauce's original streamers. Primarily plays various forms of PC games, including shoddy Flash-based games, which are increasingly becoming a well-known staple of his streams. He is also an artist and creator of, er, Avant-garde Music (the latter under the name Bees McBees). His paintings can be viewed here. Aside from Twitch, he also streams when he paints art on YouTube under the ArtCade title.


  • Happily Married: Announced his engagement to Tilde in December of 2017, and then they married on 24th Feb 2019.
  • Iconic Item: A gas mask. Vinny did so as well when his character wore a gas mask in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but quickly got embarrassed and afraid that he had insulted Rev by doing so.
  • In the Hood: In Vinewrestle 2019, he wears a Doctor Doom-esque cloak with his Vineshroom on the back.
  • Leitmotif: His Vinewrestle 2016 theme is "Evil" by Mercyful Fate.
  • Metalhead: Calls himself one, but doesn't like what he calls "hipster metalheads".
  • The Nicknamer: Does this to the Anomalies in Lobotomy Corporation, referring to some of the creatures as "Skeleton Jesus," "Grandma," and "The Girl From The Ring".
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: To baby Hazel and her friend Kenny after they were offered to "play trick" together with a complete stranger inside his house.
  • One Head Taller: When in photos with some of the others he tends to be this.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Finds it hard to smile in photos, so he makes his eyes weird to make up for it. When Fred streamed Miitomo, he looked at a picture of Rev's Mii making a goofy face and Rev left a caption claiming that he actually makes that face when he gets his picture taken.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: He thought The Beatles were a death metal band, resulting in him being made fun of by Joel.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He's the Straight Man to Baby Hazel when playing the Flash games with her.
  • Tempting Fate: He finds Doki Doki Literature Club! very boring at first and wonders why it was recommended to him in the first place.
  • Troll: Known to put NOOT songs on Jen's playlist on streams she has song requests on.
  • The Unreveal: When asked if he created Buff Riku, he answered "maybe I did, maybe I didn't". And then it's not brought up by him again.

    Jen (MentalJen/UmJammerJenny) 
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A streamer and graphic designer who loves p i z z a. Likes simulation games, RPGs and MOBAs. She was the first Vinesauce viewer, and the second streamer after Vinny himself. While she's still recognized as a current member of the Vineteam, she's currently on hiatus for unspecified personal reasons, with her online presence being voluntarily deactivated for the time being.


  • Affectionate Nickname: She mentioned liking the nickname "Jenpai" during one stream.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't bring up Glover around Jen. Suggesting that she actually stream it is an even worse idea.
    • Memes, particularly ones that have well and truly run their course. This trait is shared with Vinny.
    • People who don't tag art properly on the booru, since she helps manage it.
  • The Cameo: She appears in level #20 ("Imakuni Adventure" by Metasight) from Vinny's 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest. In it, she's disappeared and Imakuni has to find her, after which Vinny (who turns out to have actually captured Jen) shows up and fights Imakuni.
  • Captain Ersatz: She uses Harley Quinn, or artwork inspired by her (such as a modified Vineshroom), as her avatar.
  • Catchphrase: If Jen doesn't like something, expect to hear some variation on "X is the worst thing in the entire universe."
  • Damsel in Distress: In level #20 from Vinny's Super Mario Bros. X contest, "Imakuni Adventure" by Metasight, she's missing and Imakuni has to find her. It turns out that Vinny actually captured her to stage an "intervention" over her and Imakuni's obsession with nuggies, and he ends up attacking Imakuni by throwing slices of pizza.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Of all the nicknames people have given her, her least favorite is Jehn.
  • Fangirl: Of Harvest Moon and pre-Microsoft Rare.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Got very excited when Grant Kirkhope retweeted her Banjo-Tooie stream.
  • Overly Long Name: Her Twitch profile gives her full name as "Genevieve Sandrine du Pointe du Lac Dieudonné".
  • Sanity Slippage: Gives this impression the longer she is stuck during a gameplay segment.
  • The Stoner: She doesn't actually do drugs, but her manner of speech lends itself to this interpretation. She also frequently makes jokes about marijuana and weed culture and most of her YouTube highlights have a length of just over 4:20.
  • Team Mom: Sometimes referred to as the mother of Vinesauce. Her nickname on Twitter is even Vinemom.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: P i z z a. Chicken nuggets (nuggies) are also frequently referred to on stream, to the point where she has a nuggie emote. Shared with Imakuni.

    Fred (Fred/freddyt09) 
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A streamer on Vinesauce who favors PvP games such as StarCraft II. He also plays a variety of other games, most prominently Metroidvanias and RPGs. He was one of the first Vinesauce streamers.


  • Adaptation Name Change: When Darren added him as a character in Real Lives during the 2015 charity stream, his full name was given as Fred Fox. Someone in the chat suggested the name Fred Fuchs, but that wasn't an option, so Darren went with Fox instead of Fuchs (though the two mean the same thing in English and German, respectively).
  • Alcohol Hic: During his playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. Some of the things he says are quite... interesting.
    "The Darth Vaders of vagina...?"
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: During his drunk Oracle of Seasons playthrough. Responsible for the deletion of his save file, among other things.
    "I lost my save when I lost my ability to reason when I drink"
  • Animal Motif: Is associated with dragons, with his avatar being a dragon shaped like an F and Fred himself being drawn as a dragon in fanart (the latter despite Fred showing his face more often than most other streamers).
  • Dancing with Myself: He plays Kinect dance games from time to time, always on-camera.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His humor is more likely to come in the form of subdued snarkiness than over-the-top goofiness.
  • The Eeyore: Parodied in his Miitomo streams.
    In-game question: "What did you do last weekend?"
    Fred's answer: "Cry."
  • For the Evulz: During his Fallout 3 stream he would frequently save the game, slaughter everyone in sight, then reload for no other reason than entertainment. This happened at least Once an Episode.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's usually just referred to by his real name, but he's been referred to as "Froobo" and "Frooby" (the latter was the name of his Sim in one of Joel's streams of The Sims 3). Vinny sometimes uses "Freg" as a nickname for him, such as when he wished him a happy birthday in 2016.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: His playthroughs often go badly, particularly if he chooses a higher difficulty level, such as when he had to restart boss battles multiple times when playing Ys Origin on the highest difficulty setting. When Vinny wishes him a happy birthday in one of the former's streams of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, he says that Fred often appears to be bad at games during his streams despite actually being very good at them, with Vinny adding that Fred's offscreen playthroughs tend to go better.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Refers to his subscribers as the Frederation.
  • Mellow Fellow: He's one of the more laid-back streamers, but doesn't come across as The Stoner, unlike Imakuni and Jen. This doesn't mean he's exempt from the weirdness associated with Vinesauce, though.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Parodied. When Miitomo asked what show he was addicted to, he jokingly gave his streams as his answer.
    "That fredsauce show on twitch is pretty good imo"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He gave dark chocolate and funnel cake as answers to food-related questions in Miitomo.
  • Trade Snark: His name is listed as "Fred™" on Twitter.
  • Word-Salad Humor: He said some nonsensical things during his drunk The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons stream, such as the "Darth Vaders of vagina" quote mentioned under Alcohol Hic.
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    Limes (Limealicious/Limesalicious) 
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An English female streamer on Vinesauce who is often associated with seals and adorableness. Specializes in AAA titles, occasionally playing new games as they are released.


  • Action Duo: With Direboar. They're even together on the Vinebooru counter image for the number 8. Briefly teamed up with Joel during The Hidden until she was The Hidden herself.
  • Animal Jingoism: One of the forms her Friendly Rivalry with Direboar takes. She often denounces boars as evil or just inferior to seals in general. References to a boar/seal war aren't unheard of either.
  • Badass Adorable: She'll go from playing zombie apocalypse games to Japanese games about adorable baby seals.
  • Blatant Lies: One of her catchphrases is to say "First try" after needing multiple tries to do something.
  • Break the Cutie: During her stream of Alien: Isolation, someone (possibly Limes herself) thought it'd be fun that whenever someone donated money to her, a message would appear accompanied by the sound of an alien hissing. After playing for about two minutes free of jumpscares, someone donated, forcing Limes to pause the game for probably a good three or four minutes and regain her composure.
    "Holy shit, fuck you! Direboar, why?!"
  • Buffy Speak: "Do the thing!"
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Who said that just because she's an adorable little seal means she's not allowed to regularly swear on stream?
  • Cry Cute: Breaks down in adorable crying fits whenever she gets startled or frustrated.
  • Cute Is Evil:
    • Not necessarily "evil," but despite her adorable nature and tendency to get scared during suspense games, she curbstomps the rest of the streamers during The Hidden segment of the charity stream. Case in point, don't fuck around with Limes.
    • She also takes great pleasure in the death and destruction of her enemies, more so than any other streamer on the site.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She can frequently be heard gushing over her pet ferret, Sky, who appears in several videos on one of her side channels on YouTube.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Refers to her subscribers as the Lime Cult.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Direboar.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: One of Vinesauce's few female streamers, and the only streamer to get genuinely scared during horror game streams. Not that it stops her from playing them!
  • Mood Dissonance: Gleefuly *pew pews* her enemies to death. Hooray!
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She has seals as an Animal Motif.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: The following, repeated more or less verbatim at the end of every stream.
    "I'm going to play some ads as I go out. If you'd like to watch them and support the stream that would be great. If not, that is fine too and I will see you guys next time. Goodbye everyone! Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye! Bye!
  • Weasel Mascot: Her Animal Motif might be seals but her ferret often shows up on Twitter and in videos on one of her YouTube channels.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Her (fairly posh-sounding) English accent has devolved to the point where she just sounds American most of the time, except when she says certain words. This tends to genuinely confuse viewers, judging by how often she responds to chat messages about it.

    Direboar (Dorb/Dire Boar) 
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A streamer with an Animal Motif of a boar. Typically dabbles in cutesy Japanese games, games for little girls and children, horror games, and Dark Souls when not playing the usual newly released title. In addition to streaming, he is responsible for maintaining the team's website.


  • Animal Motifs: Guess.
  • The Big Guy: The most muscular of the Vinesauce streamers. Referenced every now and again by other streamers.
    Vinny: "Dire and I fought. We had an arm wrestle, and I won. And if anyone believes that, you don't know enough about Dire.
  • Full-Boar Action: He has boars as his Animal Motif, as reflected by his name.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Often referred to by himself and others as "the kawaii-est streamer.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's the buffest streamer on the site, with an Animal Motif of a Dire Boar. And he can often be found playing cutesy Japanese games, particularly ones in the Vocaloid series.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His YouTube username contains a space. This is not the case on most other sites.
  • Those Two Guys: Has a close friendship with Limes as two of the less famous Vinesauce streamers with animal mascots, and they're even listed together on the Vinebooru counter image for the number 8.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Speaks in a comparatively meeker voice than the other streamers, in spite of how muscular he is compared to them.

    Darren (Potato) 
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Irish streamer potato. Specializes in post-apocalyptic simulators and various forms of RPGs. He was once known as Iwantapotato on Twitch and VicariousPotato on YouTube but later switched to simply Potato on both sites.


  • Anthropomorphic Food: His avatar is a potato with a face. Fan artists often draw him as a potato with a face, such as in pieces depicting the whole group, despite what he actually looks like being well known.
  • Mascot with Attitude: Commonly known as the potato with a sailor mouth.
  • Oireland: Parodied. His usernames play up the stereotype that Irish people love potatoes.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Often puts the other Vinesauce streamers to shame with his entertainingly foul language.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Potatoes, if his original Twitch username (Iwantapotato) is anything to go by.

    Imakuni (Imakuni) 
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A female streamer with a preference for platformers, action-adventure games, rhythm games, visual novels, and RPGs. Real name Marisa. Also a longtime fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series and anything made by Rare. She used to go by Pelikuni on Twitch but later changed her username to Imakuni, which is what she's more commonly known as on Vinesauce.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Vinny 'Vin'.
  • Animal Motifs: Pelicans, which are referenced by her original Twitch username and her Twitter username, as well as in her profile on the official site. Not as prominent as Limes, Hootey, or Direboar, though, and it only really shows up on her pre-stream art.
  • Badass Adorable: Manages to get superb at most of the games in Rhythm Heaven Megamix despite not having played any games in the series in a while. To top it off she manages to remember all the adorable voices she gave to the different characters, even during her next time playing.
  • Berserk Button: She has nothing good to say about the Sonic Storybook Series.
  • Catchphrase:
  • A Day in the Limelight: She's the main character of level #20 from Vinny's 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest, "Imakuni Adventure" by Metasight. In it, Jen has disappeared Imakuni has to find her, after which Vinny (who turns out to have captured Jen to stage an "intervention" over the nuggie obsession the two have) appears as the final boss. This level won the contest.
  • Cute Is Evil: Enjoys playing this up in her Animal Crossing streams where she's a wannabe 'ruthless dictator'.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Isn't fond of tomatoes or related foods.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Was part of a streaming group before Vinesauce but when it was disbanded she tried to apply for part-time. When she and Vinny realized that they only live about 30min away from each other they decided to meet, they quickly liked the other's company, she became an official member.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Her subscription alert refers to her subscribers as the Kuni Clan.
  • Genki Girl: Is cheerful and laughs a lot.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Jen came over to her house, and told her she has too many stuffed animals. Ima replied that she still has too few stuffed animals.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Served as a guide to Vinny in their co-op playthrough of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, with her being vastly more experienced in the classic Sonic games than him. For hilarity's sake, Imakuni took the role of the invincible Tails, with Vinny taking the role of the gameplay-centric Sonic.
  • In-Series Nickname: Marisa is sometimes shortened to Risa.
  • Named After Someone Famous: She takes her screen name from Tomoaki Imakuni, an eccentric musician who wrote songs for the Pokémon anime and appeared in Pokémon Trading Card Game. Her Twitch profile picture is even based on his portrait from the latter.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Her birthday is the fourth of May. And yes, she's heard all the "May the Fourth be with you" jokes.
  • One Head Shorter: In photos where she's standing with the others she's usually shorter than the others; apparently Limes is even shorter than her.
  • Running Gag:
    • Her allegedly being a 12-year-old boy.
    • References to weed culture, such as the number 420 and describing things as 'dank'.
  • The Stoner: Frequently jokes about being this, although she doesn't actually do drugs. However, she considered giving her Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer character a stoned-looking face.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Claims to have not learned Japanese in her Ouendan streams but pronounces the Japanese words well. She also pronounces Joel the Swedish way.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: invoked Her 'uguu' voice tends to elicit groans from the other streamers.
    A Pathfinder stream, the group have been captured and are about to be executed.
    Imakuni: (uguu voice) P-please sir, don't do this to us! We could find whoever you're looking for. I know we can be of help! P-please, don't kill us...*cries*
    Rev: I don't care what happens, as long as they kill Ima first.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken nuggets (nuggies) are frequently referred to as such, to the point where she has a Nuggie emote. Shared with Jen.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: As brilliantly shown here.

    Multiple Streamers 
  • Badass Crew: They have their differences but still respect each other. When they stream something together makes you wish they did so more often.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Expect to hear this a lot when you go into a stream, along with a Big "YES!" and Big "NO!" occasionally.
  • Family of Choice:
    • Vinny mentions how much they mean to him in the end of a stream.
    • Jen even calls the team 'Vinefam'.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Justified as they live all over the world, though they sometimes meet at conventions. However, according to Imakuni she and Vinny hang out together sometimes.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Admittely they have creatures they're afraid of but they all tend to be fond of animals. Multiple streamers also have Animal Motifs, which sometimes show up in their avatars and/or their username (Pelikuni, Direboar, and Hootey in particular).
  • Multinational Team: While most streamers are American and all streamers primarily stream in English (the non-English-language streams primarily being Joel's Swedish-language April Fools' Day streams), Darren (who's Irish), Limes (who's English), and Gingers (who's Welsh) come from Anglophone countries other than the United States, while Joel (who's Swedish) comes from a country whose primary language isn't English but contains many fluent non-native speakers. In addition to the streamers themselves, Vinesauce associate Demengineerz is Canadian.
  • True Companions: They may tease each other at times, but are there for each other.
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Former / Inactive Streamers

    StudyGuy 
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A Californian streamer who devoted his streams to riffing Japanese and anime-themed games. Takes on the form of Kim Jong-il or a pig. No longer a Vinesauce streamer, due to a loss of interest in streaming.


  • Animal Motifs: One of his personas is that of a pig. At one point he was affectionately known as StudyPig.

    Gingers (FearGingers) 
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A casual Welsh streamer with no defining game preferences. Appears to be on indefinite hiatus. According to Imakuni he wants to continue streaming, but is living in Oceania at the moment and has bad Internet service that isn't very suitable for streaming.


  • The Cameo: He joined in on the Everyone is Vinny stream rather abruptly, before getting the hell out almost immediately due to worries that the ongoing conversation would get him deported.

    GPM (GeePM/Gay Purple Man) 
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A streamer who plays a variety of games, mostly known for his "repainted" game streams and his "Miiverse Is Hell" tours. His real name is Alex. Also connected to the Games Repainted crew, and helped to create the wonderful travesty that was Super Mario Galaxy Repainted. Officially became a Vinesauce streamer in February 2016, though he had previously been streaming for much longer and had appeared as a guest during Vinesauce streams from before that. Was put on a year-long suspension from the team due to soliciting donations for personal needs, although that has long since expired so it is currently unknown whether he will ever decide to rejoin Vinesauce.


  • Audience Participation: He enjoys this.
    • At the start and end of every "Miiverse Is Hell" stream, GPM creates a "buff thread" where viewers who have access to Miiverse can go to draw and post pictures of "buffed" characters, among other things. He checks the current thread at the start and end of the stream.
    • The "Twitch Chat Repainted" streams have the chat picking textures to be swapped into the game by using bot commands.
  • Author Avatar: The "Gay Purple Man", who has gone through significant Art Evolution over the years. GPM's avatar resembled a purple, muscular version of Apple Dave before he changed it to a modified Vineshroom based somewhat on his previous avatar (not unlike how some of the other streamers also have modified Vineshrooms as avatars).
  • Back from the Dead: After his victory against Dio in Vinewrestle 2016, he's abruptly thrust into a championship battle against Grand Dad. Comments afterwards indicate that he straight-up died after losing to the latter, and was somehow revived.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Catchphrase: "succ," which started off as a Running Gag on an OpenRCT2 server he played on with Joel.
  • Fanboy: Like Joel, he's a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (which has been acknowledged in fanart with some Gay Purple Man/Star Platinum crossovers), but he likes other anime as well, like Osomatsu-san.
  • In-Joke: His "Gay Purple Man" moniker comes from a semi-obscure 4chan meme based on a site ad.
  • Leitmotif: In Vinewrestle 2016, "Macho Macho Man" by The Village People.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: His "Buff Riku" mascot is an embodiment of this. This eventually extended to buffness becoming a Running Gag of his streams.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His avatar was a purple, muscular, and constantly shirtless man before he switched to a modified Vineshroom.

    KY (Kingky/LiveByFoma1) 
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Specializes in indie and retro games. Commonly known as the Spelunky guy. Real name Adam. In 2018 he took an extended hiatus from streaming—and by extension, Vinesauce—for personal reasons, eventually returning as an independent streamer. One of the original Vinesauce streamers.


  • Extraverted Nerd: Is outright called a hipster by both friends and fans. His friends also often mention that he loves partying.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Occasionally shows up in Vinny's Super Smash Bros. streams.
  • Hipster: The New York meetup video straight-up describes him as a closet hipster. His preference for indie and retro games doesn't help. Several comments on the PAX East video on Vinny's YouTube channel, which features him, refer to him as "Hipster Vinny" due to the resemblance between the two.
  • In-Joke: His avatar's crown and the "King" part of his username refer an April Fools' Day joke from 2012 that saw the stream renamed to "Kings of KY" and had him as the only streamer for the whole day.
  • Meaningful Name: Parodied. Someone asked at PAX East 2015 if KY is "Vinny's social lubricant" and Vinny noted a chat comment regarding this in one of his Super Mario Bros. 3Mix streams.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Parodied. One of Rev's PAX South videos portrays him as being overly fond of pickles.

    Hootey (Hootey/Hootonium) 
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The wise owl, known for being the oldest active streamer on the team. Plays a variety of games, and is known for practicing and performing speedruns, mainly of Super Punch-Out!!.

He has resigned from Vinesauce in order to focus more on charity work, but still streams on his own once in a while. As of June 2019, he is currently the president of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Variety is Hope, of which Vinesauce is Hope is the flagship event.


  • Arch-Enemy: In his Super Punch-Out!! streams, Bob Charlie, who has become infamous for ruining many of Hootey's runs.
  • Intellectual Animal: Hootey is considered one of the most sophisticated streamers, and an owl.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Like Vinny and Joel, he can pull of a wide range of voices, although this is less well known due to his less frequent appearances.

Associates

    Dem (Demengineerz) 
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One of the more prominent Vinesauce mods. Has a tendency to destroy Vinny whenever he competes with him in any video game. He has also made some highlight videos of Vinesauce streams.


    Reg (Regaulity) 
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One of the more prominent Vinesauce mods, known for messing with everyone and being weird.


  • Bile Fascination: Invoked; this is the most likely the reason he keeps finding shovelware to send Vinny.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's been described as a "Meme King", which pretty much sums this up.
  • Troll: Probably the most infamous one on Vinesauce. However, when he tried to troll by using a Mii he made for Vinny's Tomodachi Life streams, Southbird ended up liking the result, even if Vinny didn't (at least initially).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Reg does things specifically to rile Vinny up, and Vinny tends to mock him in his streams over it.

    Weinerless Steve 
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A Vinesauce affiliate mainly associated with the corruptions he sends to Vinny.

Note that these tropes are for the real Weinerless Steve. For tropes related to his Mii in the Tomodachi Collection corruption stream, see the main Vinesauce Tomodachi Life character page.


    NorixWolfe 

A Vinesauce associate who (previously) helped set up Too Many Games panels and occasionally helps moderate chat. He also is a streamer during the VinesauceIsHOPE charity streams. He collaborates with DesertP on occasion and submits occasional corruptions.


    DesertP (Desert Pogona) 

A Vinesauce associate who streams during the VinesauceIsHOPE events for charity, and occasionally joins Vinny's online multiplayer streams.


    "John Fullsauce" 
An as-of-yet unidentified individual who's taken to managing the Full Sauce channel after Vappy's departure.


  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: After a rough start with Vinny's Devil May Cry 5 uploads (probably due to transitioning managers at the time), people started noticing "John" uploading stream archives mere hours, if not minutes, after they aired on Twitch. Vinny has also mentioned in passing that they're responsible for other projects outside of Vinesauce, like the graphic design and page layout of the Warcraft III: Refunded website.
  • No Name Given: Nobody on the team has taken to mentioning them by name, so the fans eventually settled for calling them "John Fullsauce", borrowing from one of Vinny's memes in a similar fashion.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In part because of his greater anonymity compared to Vappy, John never spoke on-mic for a good portion of his time as the Fullsauce manager. This first changed when he did a voiceover for an Extra Sauce video explaining a temporary suspension for the Fullsauce channel, and got more prominent when he appeared as a guest on Vinny's Valheim streams.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: His accent is best described as "vaguely European". Vinny particularly likes his pronunciation of the word "pain".

Former associates

    Captain Southbird 
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A ROM hacker and former main video editor for Vinny's streams. While his original hack, Super Mario Bros. 3Mix, was streamed on Vinesauce (specifically, by Vinny), he is primarily known on Vinesauce for his abridged versions of the Vinesauce Tomodachi Life streams, which he later followed up with his Mayor Vine series of abridged versions of Vinny's Animal Crossing: New Leaf streams (with that series beginning in 2016) and the abridged versions of the Vinesauce Miitopia streams (which started in 2017).

He worked on various edits of Vinny's streams (both on his own channel and Vinny's), rather than just the Tomodachi Life ones. Generally, the edits on Vinny's channel are similar in content to the ones Vinny himself makes, while the ones on his own channel, aside from the Tomodachi Life, Animal Crossing, and Miitopia videos, tend to have more miscellaneous content, such as various anecdotes and stories Vinny has shared during streams.

He started streaming himself in 2016 and his channel features videos featuring various hacked games, particularly from the Animal Crossing series, in addition to highlight videos for Vinny's streams. His non-Vinesauce work (with the exception of his Tomodachi Life videos, which are covered alongside Vinny's streams of the game) is covered on a separate page.

In 2018, Southbird stepped down from his position as Vinny's chief editor and ended his association with the Vineteam on amicable terms; his last contribution to the channel was a feature-length highlight/recap video for Mayor Vine that year, created as a parting gift to the community. Since his departure, Vinny's highlight videos have been put together by a rotating team of guest editors rather than having a single person take the role.

For examples related to the Tomodachi Life edits specifically, see the main character page for those streams. For examples related to his non-Vinesauce work, see his own YouTube channel's page.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Like Imakuni, he tends to refer to Vinny as "Vin".
  • Author Avatar: A roboticizied Southbird. If it appears at the end of a highlights video, it means he did the editing for it.
  • Caption Humor: If he ever adds captions, they tend to be humorous in nature.
  • Creator Thumbprint. References to characters from Vinny's Tomodachi Life streams (mainly Cling On) tend to show up in his edits, since his edited versions of those streams were among the earliest Vinesauce-related content on his YouTube channel and are also what he's most known for in the community.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His usual tone of voice isn't unlike Vinny's. At least one commenter on his YouTube channel joked about Vinny's snarkiness rubbing off on him.
  • In-Joke: The "Captain" part of his username. He originally went by just Southbird online, but one site had that username taken by someone else and suggested Captain Southbird as an alternative. He found this amusing and chose it, and it stuck.
  • Manipulative Editing: Occasionally, particularly in his Sonic Dreams Collection video on Vinny's channel.
  • One Degree of Separation: Vinny had no idea 3Mix was made by a Vinesauce fan when he saw Mike Matei's review of it. Vinny would find out about this after his first stream of it.
  • Self-Deprecation: Various bits of commentary from Vinny have been referred to as "table scraps" and uploaded to his own channel instead of Vinny's. However, such videos would later be given more descriptive tiles.
  • Sensory Abuse: He likes his special effects. A lot.
  • The Voiceless: The videos he makes for Vinny's YouTube channel tend to keep the commentary to a minimum, in contrast to some of his uploads on his own channel. However, we do hear his actual voice when he streams independently of Vinesauce.

    Vappyvap88 (Jonathan Shen) 
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An uploader of Vinny's streams to YouTube, formerly independently of Vinesauce but eventually tasked with handling Vinny's Full Sauce channel. He stopped being in charge of the Fullsauce channel due to being too busy with real life to record and upload the streams.

On April 22, 2020, he sadly died due to cardiac arrest brought about by COVID-19.


  • Department of Redundancy Department: When Southbird was made an affiliate, Vinny mentioned also being affiliated with "Vappy, Vappy, and Vappy" due to Vappy's three channels (his personal channel, Vappyvap Backup, and Vinesauce: The Full Sauce).
  • The Voiceless: Because his uploads of Vinny's streams are generally unmodified, there was no captions or commentary by him, unlike some of Southbird's uploads.

Frequent Guests

    Mike (Jabroni Mike) 
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One of Vinny's oldest friends from way before the creation of Vinesauce. While he originally began as a recurring guest on Vinny's streams with no real affiliation with Vinesauce in any way, his appearances have proved popular enough for him to eventually gain a stream of his very own.


  • Always Someone Better: Vinny feels this way when fighting him in Super Smash Bros.. Particularly, fighting Mike's Olimar becomes a point of contention to Vinny.
  • Birds of a Feather: It can be a tad jarring how similar Vinny and Mike's senses of humor are. Expect even more Refuge in Audacity than usual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as deadpan as Vinny, but he has his moments.
  • Forgetful Jones: If he gets a helpful gameplay tip, chances are a minute later he'll forget all about it. Many times in his stream a loss could've been averted if he had only remembered a key detail he had learned moments prior.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: By his own admission when it comes to playing video games; a trait that has plagued him since childhood. If he starts getting frustrated playing a game, anyone watching him will be sure to know.
  • No Indoor Voice: Whenever Sonic the Hedgehog is involved, expect Mike to quote a bastardized version of Sonic. Loudly.
  • Rambunctious Italian: Compared to Vinny, who is at times self-conscious about falling into the stereotype, Mike seemingly embraces it more, and is very expressive and has a heavier New York accent to boot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • While both he and Vinny are usually pretty mellow, Mike has a tendency to play the red, but may switch according to the circumstances.
    • His recent co-stream series with Rev makes for a better example with the boisterous, loud and impulsive Mike contrasting the stoic, even-tempered and more contemplative Rev.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Compared to Vinny, he has quite the dirty mouth.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: During Vinny's streams of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a few episodes featured Mike in co-op, who demonstrated frequent ignorance of the game's mechanics. The game eventually spurred Mike to get the game himself, and by the time Afterbirth rolled around, Mike impresses upon Vinny his newfound knowledge of how the game works, to the point where Vinny Lampshaded the trope in question.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Mike tends to speak his mind more than Vinny does, even to a point where Vinny feels the need to keep him in check occasionally.

    Tilde (Tidle) 
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Rev's wife, who joins him occasionally during some streams, particularly Chulip. Like Rev, she is an artist, and she's really good at sewing and crochet.


  • Apologises a Lot: And Rev lovingly replies that it's okay.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can come out with a lot on-point snark which Rev approves of.
  • A Friend in Need: If she wonders about something Rev doesn't know much about, Rev often replies that she should ask someone else in the Vinesauce crew, showing that his friends are her friends too.
  • Genre Savvy: invoked Knows well enough that her husband streams weird things to not be squicked out when he searches for weird images to use as a thumbnail for his videos. In fact, she doesn't even bat an eye when Rev says "sexualized chipmunks" either, much to his distress of how far he's fallen and yet she stays by his side.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Admits she isn't very fond of gory games and stuff, though still loves spooky and creepy things.
  • Happily Married: To Rev as of 24th February 2019.

    Cr1TiKaL 
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A YouTube game commentator who's collaborated on various Vinesauce streams. See his TV Tropes page for more details.

    Donnakuni 
Ima's mother, who sometimes shows up in the form of Aside Comments and occasionally as a second player.

    Conome 
Also known as Gil. He's a frequent guest on Imakuni's streams.

    Jerma985 
A Twitch streamer that often gets referenced by Joel's Twitch chat and has made occasional appearances on Vinny's streams. Has his own page here.
  • Affably Evil: Intentionally acts like a supervillain throughout most of his Vinewrestle appearances.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    • Best exemplified by this appearance on one of Vinny's charity streams, where he quite literally barges into Vinny's house unannounced and explains that he got there via lawnmower after his car broke down.
    Jeremy: Did I make it!? Did I make it in time for the stream!? Anybody— Hello!? (banging noises)
    Vinny: Holy shit... Hang on a second. (away from mic) What are you doing here? How the fuck did you get into my house!?
    Jeremy: ...Why do I have ink on my hands? This [bomb defusal manual] is fresh print.
    Joel: You have ink on your hands?
    Jeremy: Yeah, and I printed this like, forty minutes ago and there's still ink coming off of it—
    Joel: Taste it.
    Jeremy: (looks at his hand briefly) Wha— no! Why did I give that one second of thought? Why did I even give that one second of thought?
  • The Ditz: Somewhat forgetful and unobservant; mostly played for laughs but sometimes he really is blind to obvious solutions or hints.
  • Nervous Wreck: Easily overwhelmed by complicated or fast-moving concepts, making Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes a dangerous game for him to play.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Happens in nearly every stream, regardless of whether he's with Vinny or Joel on Vinesauce, or Etalyx or STAR_ on his own channel.

In-universe Characters

    Autopilot (AP) 
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A relic of days long past, Autopilot was the original Vinesauce channel's way of entertaining fans when streams weren't live: An automatic playlist of Vinesauce highlights and other silly videos. Vanished a long time ago, but is still fondly remembered.


  • Benevolent A.I.: Always seen as friendly, if a little eccentric. Contrast the much newer GPM_ebooks, which is portrayed as bloodthirsty.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to the switch from Livestream to Twitch, as well as the streamers splitting into separate channels, AP hasn't been very relevant outside fan references. Several fans have made YouTube replications of its playlist, such as this one.
  • Companion Cube: It's just an automatic playlist of videos, but fans grew attached to it all the same.
  • Cute Machines: In fan art.
  • Legacy Character: The Twitch chat bots Nightbot and Moobot could be seen as successors to AP, but neither has caught on as much as it did.
  • Robot Buddy: For the streamers.
  • Robot Girl: The general fan art portrayal, and the one used in the Vinebooru's "9" counter (as seen here).
  • Sixth Ranger: Was generally seen as a pseudo-streamer when it was around.
  • TV Head Robot: This was how it was portrayed in the (unfortunately Vaporware at the moment) VineRPG.

    BBQ Pit Boy 
A barbecuing expert and Vinewrestle 2018 Champion.
Leitmotif: Barbecue Shoes, his original YouTube channel's theme song.

    Bees McBees 
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Rev's player character in Kitty Powers' Matchmaker. Both his name and taste in music are strange.


  • Avant-garde Music: He enjoys rocking out to slowed-down dishwasher noises.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His name means "Bees, son of Bees" due to "Mc" meaning "son of" in Gaelic.
  • Bee Afraid: He's named after bees twice.
  • Defictionalization: invoked Rev actually did make an album containing his preferred form of music, even using his name to do so.
  • Hipster: He was intentionally made to be one.

    BonziBUDDY 
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A purple gorilla from BonziWORLD who visits computers everywhere to bring joy and laughter to children. In reality, however, he's a piece of adware that causes Joel much turmoil when he swings into his "Windows XP Destruction" stream. In Meme House, he's roommates with Funky Kong, works as a tech support call assistant, and becomes demonic.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episodes 1 Through 26.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has light purple skin and dark purple fur.
  • Came Back Strong: After 'testing his power' with VineMEMZ, where he took control of Joel's copy of Windows 8 with a modified version of MEMZ (but the VM crashed and had its Master Boot Record overwritten before he could go any further), he returns in Windows Vista Destruction via the "Bonzify" virus, which is able to completely overrun the computer with ease and bring it under his control.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Played with. He can tell a joke, but it was so bad that it made Joel delete System32.
  • The Chessmaster: In Windows 10 Destruction, as the secret master of Leurak's VineMEMZ trojan. This eventually ends up going horribly right as VineMEMZ overwrites the Master Boot Record before he is able to really do anything.
    • He finally got his chance in Windows Vista Destruction, where he unleashes his latest trick; Bonzify.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to Joel's eventual out-of-universe detest for him (as opposed to the in-universe loathing), he is absent from "Windows 8 Destruction". He gets mentioned during "Windows 10 Destruction", but is otherwise still gone. At least until the final part of the stream, where he ended up appearing as part of the VineMEMZ trojan.
  • Corrupt the Cutie:
    • Joel threatens to show him bestiality porn to corrupt him, but he never follows through with it.
    • In Windows Vista Destruction, he was outright hostile towards Joel, as opposed to his previous appearances where he was (or at least pretended to be) a well-intentioned guide.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His attempted battle with Joel in "Windows 10 Destruction" is abruptly cut off when Joel searches for Vinesauce, causing an error that forced BonziWORLD to shut down.
  • Death Is Cheap: He has been brought back three times now. Maybe four depending on how you interpret Cortana.
  • Discredited Meme: Invoked. Joel initially found it funny that a piece of spyware came in the form of an allegedly kid-friendly program, but ended up getting tired of the abundance of references to the character by viewers. Vinny came to share this sentiment a while after adding him to Tomodachi Life.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: He was intended to be seen as entertaining, but Joel strongly disagrees with this.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • In Windows XP Destruction:
    "It's been nice gnawing you!"
    • In Windows 10 Destruction, VineMEMZ says this on his behalf after Joel shuts him down:
    "REST IN PISS, FOREVER MISS!"
  • Face Death with Dignity: While very obviously coincidental, seeing him put on his sunglasses and remain almost silent as Joel tries finishing off the virtual Windows XP with lose/lose can be easily interpretated as this.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Joel resorts to deleting System32 (essentially preventing the computer from running) in order to end BonziBUDDY. He did a similar thing when VineMEMZ brought him back, though in this case it was completely by accident.
  • He's Back:
    • Makes a triumphant return in "Windows 7 Destruction", much to the dismay of Joel, who initially thought the program wouldn't work on Windows 7; the program worked when Joel ran it as an administrator.Explanation 
    • He returns to take over Joel's computer via VineMEMZ during the final part of "Windows 10 Destruction", but a search error puts an end to it.
  • Hostile Show Takeover:
    • The VineMEMZ virus from "Windows 10 Destruction" gives Bonzi control over the computer, though it doesn't last long.
    • He takes over the virtual machine in Windows Vista Destruction. It works in his favor.
  • Legacy Character:
    • He gets replaced by MyFelix and the Desktop Butterflies for "Windows 8 Destruction". They're possibly even more annoying than Bonzi, as Felix is prone to screeching loudly and the butterflies get in the way of clicking.
    • During "Windows 10 Destruction", Joel comes to the conclusion that Cortana is just a reskinned BonziBUDDY.
  • Maniac Monkeys: The epitaph on his tombstone reveals him to be a Nazi.
  • Obliviously Evil: Seems to be unaware that he's a piece of adware. That, or he's really good at hiding it.
  • Out of Focus: Despite his grand return, he doesn't bother Joel much during "Windows 7 Destruction". Perhaps he's learned from when he made Joel snap.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Apparently wishes for a world without Jews, as written on his tombstone.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Bonzi deploys one in the form of the Bonzify virus, which completely obliterates Joel's Windows Vista virtual machine, but not before rendering Joel's only hope against stopping Bonzi in the form of the Solitaire program as being completely useless.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In-universe, Joel's distaste for him eventually lessened. Long after seemingly being ran into the ground both as a joke and a character, Leurak brought him back, first in VineMEMZ and later as the mastermind of the Bonzify Virus in the Windows Vista Destruction stream. BonziBUDDY manages to do so much damage that Joel actually finds his antics hilarious.
  • Running Gagged: A while after Joel grew tired of him, he responded to a request to draw him in Mario Paint by writing "NOT FUNNY" instead of actually drawing a picture. He also completely refused to install the program during his "Windows 8 Destruction" stream, in contrast to how he reluctantly installed it during his "Windows 7 Destruction" stream and was annoyed when he was eventually able to get it to run. Since then, it seems as if everyone’s opinion on Bonzi has softened somewhat, as his appearances in the VineMEMZ and Bonzify trojans were received a lot more positively, though the Memetic Mutation in which everyone finds him (quite rightly) a nuisance remains.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In level #25 from Vinny's Super Mario Bros. X contest, "Kuntz's Veil" by SlyAsACooper, it's revealed that retired baseball player Rusty Kuntz sealed "endless monstrosities" away long ago, but they have continued to multiply. Mario is tasked with destroying them for good and they turn out to be a large amount of BonziBUDDYs.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Joel.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He got annihilated at the end of the "Windows XP Destruction" stream, but he returns just fine in the next destruction stream. He also dies during "Windows 10 Destruction", but whether it will stick or not remains to be seen.
  • Unknown Rival: Joel hates Bonzi with a passion, but Bonzi acts very friendly towards him.

    Bub Skebulba 
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Vinny's character from Skate 3. He is a skater with bright green hair and a tendency to suffer bizarre injuries.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episode 27 And Later.


    Bulk Bogan 
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Bulk in Hard Time

"Mooskles. Yes, the mooskles. Ooooh yes."

One of Joel's characters from Hard Time, Bulk Bogan has become a reoccurring character on Joel's streams. A strange knock-off of Hulk Hogan, he speaks in a bizarre non-specific accent and is obsessed with his "mooskles". Besides his exploits in Southtown Prison, Bulk has also ventured during the time of Christ, through the province of Cyrodiil, and shared a house with Dio Brando and Garfield.


    Bunji 
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A character from The Gigglebone Gang series of games, Bunji is a frog that tries to teach players education. Though he ostensibly means well, his strange behaviour, bizarre abilities and annoying voice means that he's struck a chord with both Vinny and the chat, whose opinion ranges from Love to Hate to downright derision. In particular, Vinny is always bothered by Bunji's habit of eating everything and his voice.


  • Ascended to Carnivorism: Frogs are insectivores. Bunji here, meanwhile, can eat everything and the kitchen sink, including meat.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Frogs can lay eggs, sure, but frogs, let alone male frogs, can't lay bird eggs.
  • Eats Babies: In the "E" screen of Alphabonk Farm, he can produce bird eggs, which can be incubated and cooked.
  • Eat the Dog: Not even other animals are safe from his gluttony.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can eat flies, fish, musical instruments, dogs, and kids on bikes.
  • Hate Sink: Invoked. Vinny hated Bunji so much that he encouraged all his viewers to unite in hating Bunji as well.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He will eat anything you give him, including people.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: One of the reasons Vinny hates him so much. Also accompanied by other similar tics such as "Uh", "yeah", and "...or something like that".
  • Motor Mouth: Bunji is very hyperactive, and talks a lot. It's one of the main reasons why Vinny hates him.
  • One-Hit Kill: In a Vinesauce fangame called Supra Binyot Lande, Bunji appears as a unique enemy in the first level. If the player touches him, Bunji eats Vinny (the screen goes black, but you can hear the sounds, and Bunji is seen afterwards with blood on his mouth), causing the player to lose a life.
  • Unknown Rival: Almost everyone dislikes him, but he's generally quite friendly.
  • Stomach of Holding: His defining trait, being able to hold whatever he desires and deems necessary for whatever situation he's in.
  • Villainous Glutton: Twisted into one by the fandom.

    Cheeseburger Freedom Man/Fuck Freedom Cheeseburger Man 
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Click here  to see Fuck Freedom Cheeseburger Man

Joel's avatar in The Race for the White House, The Political Machine 2016, and later Shadow President.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: He somehow won the election in Political Machine.
  • American Robot: His robot form invokes this, being colored red, white, and blue and wearing a cowboy hat with the same color scheme.
  • Badass Beard: Also comes with a Badass Mustache.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Joel made them "maximum size" so his competition knows he "means 'maximum business'".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: His inauguration speech in Political Machine is him rambling about how he will use his new position as president to usher in a new age of darkness and tyranny.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The man is utterly insane, he answers questions about issues plaguing the world and the U.S. with rambling, delusional speeches, and his campaign runs on the promise of legalizing marijuana, war, and saving the bees.
  • Eagleland: A blatant Type 2: An incompetent politician who promotes war and marijuana.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite throwing the world into chaos, he is able to run for President again after his revival and he even wins the election a second time.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Destroys Norway with 5,000 nuclear bombs in Shadow President. Gets assassinated shortly after receiving death threats and laughing off the idea of "Norwegian ninjas".
  • Never My Fault: After being killed for nuking Norway, he frames it into the Norwegians killing him for pulling a prank on them because they can’t take a joke.
  • President Evil: He nuked Norway For the Evulz, and then laughed it off immediately after, and during his inauguration speech after being elected in Political Machine with a rambling speech about ushering in a new age of darkness and tyranny.
  • Retcon: He's later presented as Joel's previously unrelated character in Shadow President.
  • Series Continuity Error: According to Joel, Fuck Freedom Cheeseburger Man won the election in The Race for the White House, which led to the events of Shadow President. However, he lost the election in the former.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Norway, which he bombed in Shadow President and joked about doing again.
  • The Stoner: His main motivation for both of his campaigns is the legalization of marijuana.
  • War Hawk: He loves war almost as much as he loves marijuana.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: After his assassination in Shadow President, he was rebuilt as a robot.

    Dio Brando 
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The Big Bad of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He came to fight against the Vinesauce crew in Vinewrestle 2016 (in his Stardust Crusaders form). In Joel's "Meme House" stream of The Sims 4, he is one of the original three housemates.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Vinny mistakenly referred to him as "Goku" when he appeared in level #50 ("The Swamp" by zeoxdragon) of the 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest. To say that Joel wasn't happy about this would be an understatement.
  • Achilles' Heel: His neck; both Joel and GPM attempt to wrench his head off Jonathan's body. Also, his right leg.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Despite losing The World, he still manages to put up a hell of a fight against the other wrestlers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: It's said early on that he isn't using The World (his Stand), though later it's implied that we just may not be able to see it. (More specifically, Joel and GPM wonder if Vinny has a stand; since non-Stand users can't see Stands, there's no way for them to tell.)

    Duane 
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A GIF image of a dancing kid from the Barbie Dance Club video. While already a popular meme, his appearances in Joel's streams have boosted his popularity. Referred to by Joel as the "Pussy Destroyer" and "Lord of the Dance".


    GPM_ebooks 
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GPM's unhinged, word salad-speaking Twitter bot. Seen here.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It originally was just a basic bot with nothing odd about it, but then GPM noticed that it was making an uncomfortable number of posts about murder and implied sentience.
  • Blatant Lies: It frequently thanks people and claims it's thankful for its friends, despite being obsessed with murder.
  • Breakout Character: GPM isn't the only streamer to have an ebooks bot, but his is the only one to get a personality.
  • Broken Record: Some of its tweets consist of the same words repeated.
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": It calls GPM "my mortal flesh coil" and "my body".
  • Catchphrase: "Bless the friends we made along the way."
  • Dark Messiah: It seems to have delusions of being a messiah, because it's claimed its real name is Jesus.
  • Deadly Euphemism: It refers to its possible serial-killing sprees as "senior projects" and once requested funding for them. After it claimed its dream had come true, it said "he's starting in the end" when a Twitter user confronted it about it.
  • Evil Counterpart: In contrast to how Autopilot is portrayed as a Robot Buddy, GPM_ebooks is portrayed as a Killer Robot.
  • Evil Knockoff: One for GPM.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: It once thanked someone who called it a monster.
  • Kill and Replace: It apparently wants to kill the real GPM and replace him.
  • Killer Robot: Acts like one, though it hasn't killed anyone yet, unless that was what it meant by its dream coming true. It once claimed to have at least seriously injured all Vinesauce streamers ("breaking the whole Vinesauce family" in its words).
  • Knife Nut: An avatar it previously had was holding a bloody knife.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The bot creates its tweets from parts of GPM's tweets, making him to blame for the robot going mad with power.
  • The Nicknamer: It once referred to a Twitter user as "Donkey Kong" in a reply, despite said user's username being completely unrelated to Donkey Kong.
  • Obliviously Evil: When it mentioned that its dream had come true, someone on Twitter asked it why it killed GPM and it didn't seem to comprehend what the other tweeter (who was referred to as "Donkey Kong" at one point) was saying, instead offering to stream XCOM 2.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite its insanity and detest for human life, it had an amicable conversation with the person who runs the Skype Twitter account.
  • Recursive Creators: It mentioned making its own ebooks bot once.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its avatar was updated in 2016 to depict it with a Slasher Smile and glowing red eyes.
  • Robosexual: It once claimed to have "found out that Mario 64 actually has fucking" and tweeted something about if viewers "MISSED IT ALL FOR THE NOOKIE" (whatever "it all" refers to).
  • Slasher Smile: It received a new avatar in 2016, which bears a sinister grin.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: It occasionally tweets in all capital letters, though it usually tweets in a more readable way.
  • Talkative Loon: As a result of its random tweet generation.
  • Turing Test: It's managed to pass it, thanks to the Skype Twitter account, of all things. It's a lot more friendly with Skype than it is with GPM, that's for sure.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: It insists that what it does is worth the effort, though it's not clear what that effort is.
  • Wham Line:
  • Word-Salad Horror: All Vinesauce-related ebooks bots produce random nonsense, but GPM noticed that his ended up making an uncomfortably large amount of tweets involving violence, such as wanting to Kill and Replace GPM.
  • Word-Salad Humor: While it's best known for tweeting stuff that's nonsensical in an unsettling way, it produces humorous nonsense as well, such as when it randomly had a full conversation with the owner of the Skype Twitter account and was friendly the whole time.

    Grand Dad 
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A sprite of Mario Joel found on the title screen of a bootleg version of The Flintstones: The Rescue Of Dino & Hoppy advertising itself as a Super Mario Bros. game. Also an NPC in Vine Realms, who gives the player the ability to turn into "Lesser Dad" (his model but smaller).

He's heavily featured on the SiIvaGunner channel, which Joel has acknowledged. See the SiIvaGunner character page for his presence there.


  • Adaptational Villainy: He was The Hero of his game of origin and is also portrayed as The Leader and a hero on SiIvaGunner, but was turned into a Villain Protagonist and later Big Bad in some ROM hacks Joel played.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The bizarre Mario sprite that came to be Grand Dad actually appears in multiple bootleg games (most notably the infamous "PUSH START TO RICH"), and is known as "Fortran" by the Mario community, though this specific sprite's hat has the Chinese character for "king" (王) on it instead of an F. However, Joel didn't know this when he played Super Mario 7, so the Grand Dad name stuck. However in this stream it is confirmed that Grand Dad and Fortran are two different characters among others that use the same sprite.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: His victims beg for mercy in Grand Dad Brothers.
  • Arc Number: The number 7 is heavily associated with him.
  • An Axe to Grind: The backstory of Grand Dad Brothers describes him as a murderer, and this art interprets him as using the axes behind Bowser to get the job done.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of Grand Dad the 13th, replacing Jason from the original game.
  • Body Horror: His 3D model ends up as this.
  • Breakout Character: He proved popular enough to appear and be mentioned in several other streams, including a few dedicated to him.
  • The Cameo: His "Mario's head on Fred Flintstone's body" incarnation appeared as a completely random Easter egg in level #6 from Vinny's 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest, "Chaolover7412's Entry" by Chaolover7412.
  • Character Title: Inverted; Joel named Grand Dad after the title screen, which refers to the game as 7 Grand Dad instead of Super Mario 7. The cartridge itself has the text "Grand Dad 3M" on it.
  • Depending on the Artist: Is portrayed as either the Mario recolor from the title screen, as Fred Flintstone with Mario's head from the gameplay, or both.
  • Disposing of a Body: He appears as an Easter egg in level #6 from Vinny's 2015 Super Mario Bros. X contest, "Chaolover7412's Entry" by Chaolover7412. His text box says he throws bodies into lakes.
    Grand Dad: "GRAND DAD, HE'S MY GRAND DAD, HE WILL SHOVE YOUR BODY IN A LAAAAKE (You're stuck here, go touch the pretty red liquid)"
  • Dolled-Up Installment: His game is advertised as a Mario game, despite clearly being a Licensed Game based on The Flintstones. Viewers would later make their own examples with ROM hacks that feature him, such as Grand Dad the 13th, which is a hack of the NES Friday the 13th game that replaces Jason with him.
  • The Dreaded: The Mushroom Retainers in Grand Dad Brothers know who he is and are deeply afraid of him when he appears before them.
    Mushroom Retainer: "OH GOD IT'S YOU! PLEASE DON'T HURT ME PLEASE DON'T!"
  • Evil Old Folks: He's called Grand Dad and ROM hackers tend to portray him as a villain.
  • Head Swap: His in-game sprite is Fred Flintstone with Mario's head.
  • Lazy Artist: On top of his in-game sprite simply being Fred Flintstone with Mario's head, very few elements other than the title screen were changed in Super Mario 7.
  • Leitmotif: An 8-bit version of the opening theme song from The Flintstones.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite being called Grand Dad, he's never shown to be anyone's grandfather.
  • Off-Model: His title screen sprite is miscolored and he appears to have either bloody teeth or no teeth at all.
  • Older Than They Look: He doesn't look much older than Mario, but the name Grand Dad seems to indicate that he's elderly.
  • Palette Swap: Of Fortran, a poor recreation of Mario from a bootleg slot machine game. It is confirmed in one of Joel's streams that the two are different characters.
    Joel: "You see he is different from Grand Dad cause he has it spelled out right on his cap, F."
  • Say My Name: Joel shouted GRAND DAD?!? several times upon first seeing him.
  • Scary Teeth: Teeth that look like they're covered in blood.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Where he came from. Joel sums his 3D model's appearance as something a bootlegger would make.
  • Technicolor Eyes: His eyes have orange sclera and blue irises. They also appear to have no pupils.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of Grand Dad Brothers, which portrays him as a murderer.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Which is the same color as the title screen background.

    Herman 
Revs and Tilde pet kitten who they adopted in 2018. He is named after Herman Muntz and is very mischevious.

    Hitomi Fujiko 
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"I'm sorry traveller...."

An NPC bot that Vinny encountered while exploring an abandoned ActiveWorlds server. Or at least that what it appeared to be....

She was played by Pocketomi, who did an AMA about the stream. This section is primarily about the in-game character.

Later reused as an NPC in Vine Realms, as well as an Avatar the player can unlock by collecting enough Vinetoad Kingdom Emotes.


  • Ambiguously Evil: While she acts incredibly creepy and wants Vinny gone, it's never made clear if she's actively malicious.
  • Animorphism: Briefly transforms into a werewolf to frighten Vinny off.
  • Broken Bridge: She had the power to open up the gate to Goblin Village (which Vinny had struggled with due to not having access to noclip), further convincing Vinny that she had special NPC powers. (According to Pocketomi, she opened the gate by clicking on it.)
  • Carry a Big Stick: Appears to be wielding a red club.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a domino mask, though it might just be face paint.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets out a few slight ones when she thinks she's got rid of Vinny.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: As it turns out, staying on an abandoned server does not do well for one's sanity.
  • I Never Told You My Name: She addresses Vinny by his real name before vanishing. Note that Vinny was going by his standard "Vinesauce" username at the time.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The second she arrives, the ActiveWorlds stream becomes unlike any other.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Vinny thought she was a boy due to not knowing that Hitomi is a Japanese girl's name, as well as the fact that the dated graphics of ActiveWorlds make her model look fairly androgynous. Pocketomi herself has made drawings of Fujiko that look much more feminine.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Nothing is really clear about her motives or backstory. She appears suddenly, acts creepily, and vanishes without a trace.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a dirty white floppy hat.
  • Our Elves Are Different: She mentions that she is one of the "proud elves", though no traditional elven features can be seen on her.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Assuming that she is a bot, she's not too comfortable with being one. Pocketomi herself drew art of Hitomi Fujiko questioning whether she's real.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Vinny managing to confuse another player for a bot program seems very unlikely at a first glance. However, as explained in the highlight video, bots programmed to act remarkably like human players have appeared in games like Worlds.com and Second Life, games Vinny has had past experience with.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Claims to be an ancient person who ruled the land. Given elves' long lifespans, this makes sense.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Assuming she is a bot in-universe.
  • Right Behind Me: She brags aloud about having gotten rid of Vinny. Apparently she forgot about the global chat.
  • There Can Be Only One: Why she tries to send Vinny away; she believes that she's the only one allowed to wander the dead server.
  • Troll: The out-of-universe reason she exists; Pocketomi noticed that Vinny was streaming ActiveWorlds and decided to give him a scare.
  • Two First Names: Both Hitomi and Fujiko can be given names.
  • Welcome to Corneria: When she first takes note of Vinny, she repeats the phrase "Are you lost?" several times. This, along with her perfect grammar, convinced Vinny that she was a bot.

    Joel's Dad 
The father of Vinesauce's resident Swede, or at least Joel's account of him. He is a devout man who reportedly sounds like Kermit the Frog.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He apparently told Joel some ludicrous things during his childhood, on top of sounding like a Muppet.
  • Breakout Character: Joel talks about him enough to make him a fan favorite.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Joel? Joel!?"
    • "Have you been downloading boobs again, Joel?"
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: He's caught Joel "downloading boobs again" and using a desktop stripper.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's rather eccentric according to his rather eccentric son.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: According to Joel, he is fascinated by Native American cultures and once tried to teach himself Native American languages.
  • Funny Foreigner: He's odd and he's Swedish.
  • Give Me a Sign: He once screamed for Jesus to help him when a stomach virus led to a painful visit to the bathroom.
  • Magic from Technology: When Joel was a child, he said that technology was magic, and Joel has admitted that he believed that for quite some time.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fans always call him "Joel's dad" since he isn't mentioned by name.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Subverted. Despite the fact that Joel quotes him in English, Joel once mentioned an incident that indicates that his dad's English skills aren't as good as his own, or at least that this used to be the case. Specifically, Joel once downloaded a file and his dad thought it contained a virus simply because it had the word "madness" in the filename (in English), with his dad mistakenly associating the word exclusively with viruses when used in filenames.
  • Unnamed Parent: Played with. He does have a name, but Joel never says what it is and fans only refer to him as "Joel's dad" because of this.
  • Vocal Evolution: Joel didn't always account for his Kermit-esque voice when quoting him. For example, Joel used his normal voice instead of a Kermit impression when he quoted his dad when recounting the incident mentioned under Give Me a Sign.
  • The Voice: Joel doesn't show pictures of him. Fans often draw him as Kermit the Frog instead.

    Kevin 

A child Vinny has made who is meant to poke fun at children who act unchildlike and immature during online games, mainly on Fortnite or Call Of Duty. He tries to pretend he is much older than he looks and talks about taxes to prove he is older, to no avail.

    Meat 
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A weird worm puppet that Vinny ended up finding a picture of before one of his Bloodborne streams. Since then, Meat has appeared in fanart and made some appearances in games. Meat's origin was a mystery for a while, before it was discovered to be an earthworm puppet created for an old MSN commercial.

  • Author Avatar: Using a facecam puppet, Vinny can literally become Meat, and he even comes with Vinny's trademark ? block cap.
  • Catchphrase: "Yee-oowww!", delivered by Vinny in a phlegmy, gargling voice.
  • The Eeyore: Has a constantly depressed look on his face, which Vinny occasionally tries to fix by literally flipping his frown upside-down.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: After Vinny puts a funny little hat on Meat, he imagines Meat having one of these, with a party blower in his mouth and a sad little cake.

    Proto 
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The mascot of an obscure Indian anti-virus scam known as Protegent that Joel discovered in his Windows Vista Destruction stream.

    Quario 
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A Mario knockoff created by Joel in Mario Paint. His clothes are brown and he has ears on his neck and is prone to making rude gestures.


    Ralph Bluetawn 
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Vinny's avatar in Second Life, who's supposedly the player character of a man who dislocated his jaw in a car crash (hence why his voice sounds the way it does). A blue, rotund troll with a fondness for pizza, he's on a neverending quest to find a girlfriend and the legendary "buvvins in the sky".

Appears as both an NPC and Avatar in Vine Realms.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episodes 1 Through 26.


  • The Alcoholic: Occasionally seen carrying a Duff Beer in his hand, and can drink from it with a certain command.
  • All Trolls Are Different: He's blue, stocky, and has a disfigured face, but nothing else is distinctly inhuman about him.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is blue.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Gets turned into a pony in "The Death of Ralph Bluetawn." Vinny being unable to fully change his avatar back to Ralph, is the reason for the titular "death"... at least until a friend remade him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Second Life isn't a very friendly place, and Ralph frequently gets hit with verbal insults from other players he meets.
  • Catchphrase: "Do you know where the "buvvins" is?"
  • The Ditz: Slow-witted, simple, and unable to interact with others. Deconstructed as well, because it was caused by his "player" getting in a car crash.
  • Expy:
    Ralph: Oh my god, what's wrong with your arms? They're fucking sleeves.
    • His name is based on that of Ralph Pootawn, another Second Life-related troll character. Vinny's antics as Ralph are similar, though with less voyerism.
  • Fan Disservice: He walks around wearing only a thong and is very unattractive.
  • Fat Idiot: He's obese, and not entirely there when it comes to intelligence.
  • Gonk: In a parody of how Second Life users make their avatars much more attractive than themselves, Ralph instead is extremely ugly. It may not be far off from what the "real" Ralph looks like.
  • Kayfabe: For all the Second Life videos (with the exception of "Ralph Visits Sandvich"), Vinny plays "as" Ralph Bluetawn. He generally only breaks character when voice chat is deactivated, though he once switched to his faux-Russian "RP" voice for a brief moment.
  • Nice Guy: As awkward as Ralph is, most would agree that he's easier to get along with than nearly everyone else Vinny encounters in Second Life.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Has a bad habit of walking up to players and butting into their conversations.
  • No Social Skills: He's very direct when talking to other users, and his preferred topics of discussion are... unpleasant.
  • Only Sane Man: He tends to be the most rational person on a server at any given time. Yep, that's Second Life for you.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Whenever he tried to get with Second Life's Furry Fandom, Ralph donned a black cat helmet with a crude rendering of a Japanese emoticon on it.
  • Simpleton Voice: He has one. It's caused by a dislocated jaw, and he hates it.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite his mannerisms, Ralph often displays more intelligence than the players around him, such as asking the "Alpha Guy" if he knows about The French Revolution and Friedrich Nietzsche (he doesn't). He was even classified as a brainiac when he was added to Vinny's copy of Tomodachi Life.
  • Stripperific: Walks around in nothing but a yellow thong.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza, with his favorite toppings being sausage and pepperoni. Ralph once searched through the entirety of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza to find some, and left angrily when it turned out to just be fake.
  • Troll: Both literally and figuratively.
  • The Voice: We never see what his "player" supposedly looks like and don't know much about him other than that he has a dislocated jaw, which affects his voice.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He never wears a shirt, so his thong is the only thing (barely) covering him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark blue eyebrows.

    Scoot 
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A Jock duck from Animal Crossing, and a prominent villager Vinny's streams of the series, including the Mayor Vine streams of New Leaf. He is one of Vinny's favorite villagers in the franchise and has also appeared in Vinny's streams of other games. He speaks in a Donald Duck-esque voice and has appeared as a party member in Vinny's streams of Miitopia as a (literal) tank.


  • Blush Stickers: Has bright pink cheeks.
  • Dumb Jock: He's more brawn than brains in both his original series and Miitopia, being explicitly called airheaded in the latter.
  • Say My Name: Whenever Vinny comes across him while playing an Animal Crossing game, expect Vinny to shout his name enthusiastically.
    "SCOOT!"
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • He appears briefly in Episode 6 of Vinny's "The Adventures of Mario and Luigi" series, albeit with a completely different appearance. In contrast to how he's green and walks upright in his home series, in this video he's a more realistically proportioned white duck, though Vinny voices him in the same way as the Mayor Vine and Vinesauce Miitopia series.
    • Appears again in Vine Realms as "Alarmingly Realistic Duck". Here, he's a normal duck that quacks but still has a helmet and Blush Stickers.

    Sponge 
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The long-lost third Mario Brother, who hails from the European country of Kraskatalia. He was originally said to wear an orange hat, an orange shirt, and teal overalls, but the exact colors are subject to change whenever he actually appears in a game. Vinny created him during his 14th stream of Super Mario 3D World after Direboar suggested that there needed to be another Mario Brother. Fan artist nasnumbers elaborated on his backstory, adding that he has the power to absorb sadness and that keeps Mario and Luigi happy.

He shows up in Vine Realms as the Vinetoad Kingdom's Town Crier.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episodes 1 Through 26.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In Super Mario Galaxy Repainted, he went from having brown hair and teal overalls to having gray hair and overalls that are the same color as the ones worn by Mario and Luigi. In addition, in Super Sponge Bros. his hair and overalls are gray due to palette limitations.
  • Art Evolution: Vinny invented him with the ability to fight with his mustache, which is shaped like a pair of arms, but his Mii led to artists copying its droopy mustache. Vinny referred to this as fan artists taking a more conservative approach.
  • Badass Mustache: One that can be used as a weapon, in fact.
  • Blessed with Suck: He has the power to make other people happy by absorbing their sadness, but this causes him to feel said sadness instead of it disappearing entirely.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
  • The Eeyore: His power to absorb other people's sadness makes him feel said sadness instead.
  • Game Mod: He stars in a ROM hack of Super Mario Bros., Super Sponge Bros. Its creator wishes to remain anonymous, though it was later made available via Southbird's website in the form of patches for the NTSC version of both the standalone version of Super Mario Bros. and the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt bundle.
  • Hurting Hero: He goes on adventures of his own in Super Sponge Bros., Super Mario Galaxy Repainted, and Vinny's "Memories of Sponge" level in Super Mario Maker despite his strong emotional problems.
  • Meaningful Name: He absorbs sadness from others like a sponge.
  • My Greatest Failure: He failed to save his princess in time, and she died waiting for him.
  • Nice Hat: He has an orange hat with an S on it. The symbol for this, as well as an icon for an orange-clad Mario, actually are Dummied Out in the code for Super Mario 3D World, for unknown reasons.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He Americanized his name from Spondage when he emigrated to the United States.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In a sort of reverse Stepford Smiler fashion, he refuses to smile. This is even the case for his Super Mario Galaxy Repainted model, as noted by GPM.
  • Prehensile Hair: Can apparently use his long mustache as hands.
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: Spondage is his birth name, though it's not clear what the original language is.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: His home country is in an unknown part of Europe.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His Vine Realms appearance takes some artistic liberties, like making his nose a radish so that the leaves growing from it can look like a mustache. He's the only character like this, and other mustached characters just have regular facial hair.

    Tucker Friendperson 
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A gullible, socially awkward teenager who idolizes Vinny and brags about him to his mom. He'll do anything Vinny says without thinking twice about it.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episode 27 And Later.


  • Black Bead Eyes: Blankfaece draws him this way, and the creation of a Mii of him led to others doing so as well.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In real life, Vinny doesn't consider himself someone to go to for advice. In-universe, Tucker takes everything he says as advice.
  • Disappeared Dad: Despite his mom being mentioned often, we don't hear much about his father.
  • Eye Scream: If Vinny jokes about injecting ink into one's eye, he'd actually do it.
  • Fanboy: He's a bit too big of a fan of Vinny.
  • Fan Dumb: invoked Vinny stated after his creation that his antics parody people who take things he or anyone else says too seriously, noting that he's just a parody of people like that in general and isn't based on a real person.
  • Literal-Minded: Anytime Vinny jokes about doing something will inevitably lead to Tucker actually doing it, or at least considering it.
  • Momma's Boy: Parodied. He frequently tells his mom about the wacky things Vinny says and does and she often calls him out on it.
  • Only One Name: Vinny didn't give him a last name until he mentioned him while playing Chaos CompleXX, during one of his "Shitty Super Mario World ROM Hacks" streams (Vinny joked that Tucker made the hack in question and wrote its poorly written text, giving him the last name Friendperson due to the Message Blocks' tendency to be overly friendly/helpful at times). His Tomodachi Life counterpart, who was made before that stream, names him after Blankfaece (the first person to upload art of him) because of this.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He apparently thinks so after Vinny stopped smoking, making his mother call him out on that it makes no sense.
  • The Stoner: He's into marijuana and has considered consuming it in unconventional ways (because Vinny suggested it, of course).
  • Stylistic Suck: Vinny joked that he made Chaos CompleXX, an intentionally bad ROM hack. (It was actually made by the creator of The Second Reality Project series as a parody of bad ROM hacks, though Vinny didn't know this at the time and mistook its intentionally low quality for an actual example of bad design at first.) Incidentally, he was thought up during a stream of an actually good ROM hack (Super Mario Bros. 3Mix, made by future video editor Captain Southbird).

    Ms./Mrs. Friendperson/Tucker's Mom 
The mother of Vinny's Fan Dumb-parodying character. Vinny sometimes mentions her when he talks about Tucker.

  • My Beloved Smother: Subverted; she seems like a levelheaded individual. She often calls Tucker out when he takes something Vinny says too seriously, particularly if Vinny jokes about doing something potentially dangerous.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's more levelheaded than a lot of the other characters Vinny has created, if a bit jaded due to her son's behavior.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Tucker thinks Vinny's discontinued smoking habit was cool. She disagrees.
  • Unnamed Parent: She was never given a name.
  • The Voice: Vinny never says what she looks like and no standard design has stuck for her, in contrast to how Tucker's Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Mii led to Blankfaece's version of him (the first interpretation of Tucker to be uploaded and the one that inspired his Mii) becoming popular even among other fan artists.

    V-Dub 
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An alter ego created by Vinny in 2012, meant to parody stereotypical "dudebro" gamers. In contrast to Vinny's standard streams, he uses a facecam consistently, though unlike the usual use of facecams on Vinesauce, it covers most of the screen.

He came back in 2017 after managing to break out of the Spider Room in order to play Call of Duty World War II.

V-Dub came back again on October 18, 2018, only to supposedly die of malnutrition that night. As of June 2019, V-Dub is confirmed to still be alive and in hiding. On November 9, 2019, V-Dub returned to play Death Stranding and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), later returning again on November 14 the following year to play education games and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Appears as an NPC in Vine Realms, hanging out in the centipede pit in the Cave of the Cursed.

Please note that these tropes apply only to the character of "V-Dub." Tropes pertaining to Vinny himself belong in his respective folder.


  • Angrish: His anger is usually expressed through what can only be described as turkey noises, in contrast to the real Vinny's "duck noise" angrish.
  • Archenemy: He hates Vinny and also insults the latter's fans.
  • Back from the Dead: After seemingly dying of malnutrition, he makes a re-appearance during Vinny's 2019 Too Many Games Panel. This particular appearance was disproved as just being Vinny cosplaying V-Dub and not an earnest portrayal of the character, but Vinny did later confirm that V-Dub is indeed still alive.
  • Break the Haughty: Nearly goes in the receiving end of this one during the Call of Duty World War II stream, where the game's AI itself forces him to drink the identification can (Mountan Dew), dip Doritos into the soda and spout sponsor slogans again and again during the stream. He avoids a complete breakdown by destroying the AI in the middle of the stream.
  • Characterization Marches On: Started off as a big Jerkass and a more direct Take That! at dudebro gamers and G.I.F.T., including a penchant for flippant rape jokes and insults. While he's still just as much of an egotistical boor as ever, his commentary in later appearances is less mean-spirited and more entertainingly stupid.
  • Death Is Cheap: Vinny claimed in October 19 2018 that V-Dub died of malnutrition stemming from a diet of Fritos chips and nothing else. However he later offhandedly revealed on June 26 2019 that V-Dub was still alive and in hiding. V-Dub eventually returned to periodically streaming, starting with Death Stranding later that year.
  • Determinator: He's said to have managed to get out of the Spider Room by digging his way out with a rusty spoon, for over two years, and the only thing to sustain him being spider milk.
  • Epic Fail: He managed to throw a grenade at himself during his Black Ops 2 stream.
  • Erudite Stoner: Normally his love of drugs is highlighted as a sign of his immaturity and stupidity, but during the Death Stranding stream he waves an oversized blunt around and launches into deep philosophizing and speculation about the possible meanings to the game.
  • Fanboy: He enjoys Call of Duty, Mountain Dew, Doritos, and other stereotypical gamer things.
  • Fan Dumb: In-universe. Viewers like to play along with the V-Dub act by "harassing" him in the chat and comments and "warning" other Vinesauce members about him. Fitting, considering that V-Dub is a parody of stereotypical video game fanboy culture.
  • Freudian Excuse: States that his obsession with the Call of Duty series began as a way of coping with the loss of his parents as a child.
  • Functional Addict: Is constantly trying to get high, including smoking a lot of weed, vaping onstream, and even trying to get high from snorting Doritos, but none of it seems to have any impact on his ability to play games.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He's a fictional guest streamer, not unlike the earlier Horse character.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: His appearances primarily consist of him "hijacking" Vinny's streams. Occasionally Vinny will return the favor at the end of his appearances, such as for his stream of Call of Duty: Black Ops III in 2015. In some of his later appearances, Vinny would actually allow him to use his PC to stream.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: He once considered snorting a Dorito.
  • Iconic Outfit: A black baseball cap and headset and aviator shades.
  • Identical Stranger: Many viewers have noticed his astonishing (and completely coincidental) resemblance to Vinny in comments on his videos.
  • Internet Jerk: He's an inflammatory dudebro who claims to be a former marine and called Outlaw's mom a dick.
  • Kayfabe: Everyone knows that V-Dub and Vinny are two completely separate and unrelated people who just happen to look exactly alike. Confuse one for the other and fans will be quick to correct you on your foolish mistake.
  • Mythology Gag: His thought about snorting a Dorito is a reference to a joke Vinny made about snorting Doritos during a previous stream.
  • Never Found the Body: Before Vinny's stream the day after his supposed death, he comments that V-Dub's body disappeared from his house as soon as he was going to bury him.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Downplayed. He's portrayed as a tryhard loser on a never-ending search for a girlfriend, although Vinny's dialogue about V-Dub "stopping after just two cocks" and the white stains on his lips implies V-Dub at least has a small amount of experience with other guys.
  • Never My Fault: He tends to blame his failures in Black Ops 2 on lag.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Survived his stay in the "spider room" by suckling at the teats of his spider mother as he dug his way out with a rusty spoon.
  • Put on a Bus: All streams of Call of Duty: Warzone feature Vinny and his friends instead of V-Dub. Vinny blames V-Dub's absence in spite of the new release for his favorite series on his obsession with Death Stranding, but implies that V-Dub may be enticed to return with the release of a new Call of Duty game.
  • Retcon: Mentions being a sincere albeit shallow fan of Star Wars Episode I in 2015, but in 2017 sarcastically asks if a gun is a reference to Han Solo before declaring that Star Wars fans are all nerds, unlike Call of Duty fans.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After his first attack, he was locked in Vinny's "spider dungeon" (a room in Vinny's basement that remained relatively untouched after his basement was redone after Hurricane Irene flooded it, so named because of all the spiders and centipedes in it) for an indefinite period of time. Luckily for him, said room turned out to be a Cardboard Prison.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be smarter and a more skilled player than he really is, as a parody of this aspect of fanboy culture.
  • Stylistic Suck: His highlight video on Vinny's YouTube channel is the only such video without a custom thumbnail.
  • Talking to Themself: Vinny confronted V-Dub during their joint Death Stranding stream for playing the game wrong (and damaging his green screen).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mountain Dew and Doritos. He even considered snorting a Dorito at one point.
  • Troll: He enjoys antagonizing Vinny. People in the chat often return the favor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Claims to hate Vinny and constantly mocks him, yet is intimately familiar with all his memes. Vinny returns the favor, scolding him for making a mess of his place and being responsible for his imprisonment in the Spider Room. However, the two are on good enough terms to willingly share computers and streaming equipment.

    Vineswole 
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A humanoid version of the Vinesauce logo. He appeared in a fanmade webcomic (by SN202) and is known for being strong and swole.

For examples related to his Tomodachi Life appearance, see the character page for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life Islanders Episode 27 And Later.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: He's a muscular, humanoid Vineshroom. He predates GPM's status as a Vinesauce streamer, despite both being associated with buffness, though Vinny used Vineswole's Mii to play against GPM's own Mii in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
  • Archenemy: He was once depicted as throwing Vinelady, an earlier take on the humanoid Vineshroom concept, into a trash can.
  • Arc Words: The word "gains" is strongly associated with him.
  • Breakout Character: He appeared in a fanmade webcomic and would later be drawn by other fan artists. He also appeared in Vinny's Tomodachi Life streams and Vinny once played as his Mii in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He never opens his eyes, but he doesn't show any signs of not being able to see.
  • Faux Symbolism: invoked When he's first shown speaking, he simply says "Gains" and the crowd he's addressing reacts as though he said something incredibly profound.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: His Mii from Vinny's Tomodachi Life streams has appeared in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as one of Vinny's player characters.
  • Macho Camp: He's muscular and walks around in a speedo, which is often purple or pink.
  • Mushroom Man: He's a walking, talking Vineshroom.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Swolebert Arnold Vine-Zeus, but he's rarely called anything other than Vineswole.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's 576 years old, despite being more energetic than humans far younger than himself.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His speedo is often drawn as being purple or pink.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Invoked, as Vinny found it amusing that his Mii inspired so much fan art, considering that he was fan art to begin with.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: His musculature rivals that of GPM's mascot.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely wears a shirt, leaving his bulging muscles exposed nearly constantly. Subverted when he paints self-portraits, as he wears a shirt and pants while doing so.

    Vinny's Cousin 
The cousin of Vinny, who apparently calls him once in a while to meet up at his club, which according to Vinny, changes names constantly and has mostly obscure celebrities visiting.

  • Conspiracy Theorist: Has been described as someone who posts a lot of conspiracy theories on Facebook.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-universe. Gets excited whenever his club is mentioned in celebrity news, even when said news is to complain about the club's low quality.

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