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Campaign 1: Vox Machina (2015-2017)

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein (2018-Present)

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Campaign 1

    Running Gags 
  • The comment cards of Episode 1 are an episode-contained Running Gag.
  • There are quite often mistakes about who's Vex and who's Vax, and jokes surrounding that.
    • In the first dozen episodes or so, Marisha Ray is completely unable to remember which of the twins is which. She seems to have gotten better at that, but still makes the mistake from time to time.
    Marisha: (after being told she can only use a boosting skill on one person) [I cast it on] Vex.
    Laura: Did you mean him? (points at Liam)
    Marisha: ...Yes.
    • Not even the DM himself is safe. In Episode 14, Gilmore refers to Vax as "Vax'ahlia". Liam uses this as a segue for Vax to basically ask Gilmore out. Matt reassures them that Gilmore looks very ashamed.
    Vax: You naughty man, you called me by my sister's name. That is going to cost you.
    • It happens again in Episode 21, which Laura pointed out to him after the game.
    • At one point Laura corrected Marisha with, "I'm Vax, not Vex," and Marisha took it as truth until Laura told her she was joking.
    • And yet again in Episode 55, to the point where after being corrected, Matt jokingly says to Liam and Laura, "I will stab you."
    Sam: If I ever have to roll a new character, I'm calling him "Vix".
    Matt: I will cut you.
    • Reaching new heights in Episode 70 when Laura refers to Liam's character as "Vex."
    • The two players eventually get matching shirts reading "I'm Vax, That's Vex" and "I'm Vex, That's Vax," which they occasionally wear to sessions.
  • Anytime the players address the characters by their player's names.
  • Beard Check. Bonus points if it's rolled right after a dramatic moment for some hilarious Mood Whiplash.
  • Laura throwing away her "cursed" dice after failing several rolls and and constantly buying more to replace them. Whenever she's picky about her dice, the look on Travis' face is priceless. She even tries to get her fellow players to replace their dice sometimes, and it generates the same reaction from Travis. Bonus points if she's trying to convince Travis.
  • Anytime the players reference something that doesn't exist in the setting and then have to improvise like hell to cover the break in character. Examples so far include Venn diagrams, Jesus Christ (whoever that is), NyQuil, Randy Savage, skywriting, and radar.
  • Any roll of 19 is usually pronounced "n-n-n-nineteen", especially if it's rolled by Vax. At one point in Trial of the Take Part 4, most of the party says it in unison.
  • Any time Percy/Taliesin facepalms. It could be said that he does so both as himself and as his character reacting to the party's antics, seeing as he is the only human and the Only Sane Man of the group, and maybe the most experienced roleplayer.
    • And, for that matter, whenever the DM facepalms.
  • Anytime Matt is whispering something into the ear of one of the players, Sam usually breaks the fourth wall and tells the stream to subscribe to Geek and Sundry and buy t-shirts.
  • Pretty much any song that Scanlan sings. Special props to : the song Scanlan sings to the illithid, Clarota, that heals him... which is a riff on Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing. Yes, really. Apparently, Clarota is a fan of slow jams.
    • Relatedly: (operatic singing) "Bigby's HAAAAAAAAND!" That, or, "It's Bigby's Hand, Bigby's Hand, you know it, shamone!"
  • The cast singing lines from musicals relevant to the situation.
  • Somewhere between this trope and Awesome is Scanlan's ability to deal damage with an insult - in particular the moment where he kills a duergar with a Your Mom joke.
    • And his habit of humming loudly whenever he critfails stealth checks.
    • Speaking of failing stealth checks, there's Pike, clad in heavy metal armor which imposes a disadvantage on said checks. Usually followed by her or someone else imitating the sound of her gear ("CLANK! CLANK! CLANK! CLANK! CLANK!") or Ashley mentioning she should oil her armor.
  • Every time Percy introduces himself with his full name, at least one other party member says "You can call him Percy."
  • Vanessa's husband's name constantly being said wrong, usually by Vax.
  • Kashaw not saying Tiberius' last name correctly.
  • Rakshasa jazz hands!
  • Keyleth getting arrested and/or scaring the crap out of some innocent bystander in animal shape.
  • The phrases "I would like to rage" and "I encourage violence" have been adapted to almost every situation. For the first, see "I would like to rage-climb" in Episode 13, "I would like to rage...and...RUN!" in Episode 10, "The chat would like to rage," in Episode 19, and "She would like to rage!" in Episode 25 for Vex's double crit. For the latter, "I encourage violence!" returns in Episode 23, and "I encourage sandwich!" happens in Episode 26.
    • “I encourage violence” is also brought back in a Heartwarming way in Episode 72, with Scanlan requesting that “I encourage peace” be the epithet on Tiberius’s grave.
  • The Running Gag of Scanlan shooting his Lightning Bolt from his crotch with a pelvic thrust.
  • Whenever Grog tries to move or bash down a heavy obstacle and Pike decides to assist, it always has adorable results. Grog usually always rolls high enough, while Ashley usually rolls below a 10. (The below quote is from Episode 22)
    Travis: I take the Warhammer, activate it, run up to one of the walls and swing as hard as I can.
    Matt: Go ahead and roll a strength check.
    Ashley: (brings out d20 and rolls) Can I assist?
    Travis: 19.
    Ashley: (puts away d20) Oh, you don't need assistance.
    Travis: (grins adorably) Yeah I do. From Pike, anytime.
    Laura: 9!
    Ashley: (proudly) 9! (holds imaginary mace and knocks it against the wall) Tink!
    • Inverted in Episode 32, when Grog tries to move a statue away he throws out his back. Vox Machina collectively fails as well. And who moves it out of the way? 3 foot gnome Pike.
  • Any time Grog rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence Check.
  • For some reason, the players' greatest enemies in the Whitestone arc have been Whitestone's awful, awful... doors. Vox Machina has been briefly defeated and even injured by these diabolical doors of death, doom, and destruction so far during their stay in the city.
    • Preceded in Episode 12 when guest group Vox Moronica fail miserably to get through a perfectly ordinary door using both lock picks and a flying kick. Eventually they just burn the building so that someone inside opens the door to escape.
  • Every week, Sam seems to add a new sticker to the bottom of his giant tankard of ale.
    • In Episode 55, they are covered by a piece of paper with "Your Ad Here" written on it (and the next episode it's Scanlan fan art). Scanlan Shorthalt: Corporate Shill.
    • Taken further when Sam changed mug while playing Taryon Darrington. And after the one-year (in-game only) timeskip, he brings in the old mug, only to open it and take the other mug from inside.
  • Vax'ildan calling Vex'ahlia "stubby," and states that she is two inches shorter than he is. According to his character sheet, he's 5'11, making Vex'ahlia 5'9". 5'9" for a female half-elf is not stubby at all! It's actually above-average.
  • Pike continues to show up the team at every turn (except stealth checks).
  • Sam's prepared limericks.
    • Later, he inspires people by reading from a book called Dad Jokes and a book of Shakespeare insults.
  • Critmas: from plushies to art to selfie sticks to people feeding Matt's addiction to minis (much to the chagrin of Marisha and jealousy of Liam).
  • The delivery of the painting Scanlan commissioned in Episode 36 seems to be turning into a minor one now that Vox Machina has been forced to temporarily abandon Greyskull Keep because of the Chroma Conclave.
  • Every time the show is about to air, the players start yelling swear words to try to make Matt corpse when they go live. Matt advises online campaigns not to do the same unless you want to invoke Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
  • Minor one: Vax feeding Trinket chocolate, much to Vex/Laura's vexation.
  • Liam plugging Wyrmwood Gaming in increasingly absurd and creative ways during the pre-show announcements.
  • The servants in Scanlan's mansion are apparently incapable of cooking anything but whole chickens. It gets to the point that they have Pike's grandfather Wilhand go in and try to teach them how to make proper meals. They have limited success. Scanlan's daughter, however, actually manages it. So instead of only cooking chicken, now they only prepare salads.
  • Any time that Matt's NPCs have a whispered conversation amongst themselves, and Laura reminds him that Vex can read lips.
  • Vax'ildan and the theatre.
    Keyleth: (to Vax) What is it with you and the theatre?
  • Keyleth being a happy drunk and then needing to be carted off.
  • Sam's increasingly ludicrous Loot Crate pitches before each game.
    Sam: I'm an actor. Why would you listen to me about this stuff, I'm a liar and a deceiver. But what you can listen to [...] is hardcore maths.
    Sam: I've been dabbling in the hip-hop world lately, so I've prepared a little rap.
    Sam: Ancient Greece: Zeus presents a lovely crate to the first woman on Earth, a lovely gal named Pandora; it contained death and evil, corrupted the world forever more.
    Sam: I prepared a word game.
    Sam: I did learn a magic trick.
  • Seeming is the gift that keeps giving. First flying cows, then lots of de Rolos, then nesting doll sexy sextuplets.
  • Vax never washes his armor, so apparently it's smelly.
  • Tiberius murdering an old woman was treated a What the Hell, Hero? moment in-universe. That doesn't stop them from regularly making jokes about attacking the elderly.
  • After the show started airing on Alpha, the crew began putting amusing commentary in the lower left hand corner.
  • Episode 85's Wham Line, "What's my mother's name?" has started being called back to in humorous contexts.
  • Sam's shirt. Not only they are always different (at one point he notices he almost wore a different one per episode, only thrice wearing a shirt he already wore, and came wearing four different ones to even it out), they often have humorous immages too. The most frequent are pictures of Matt's faces and the "shirtception" (started by him wearing a shirt with his face on, then a shirt with him wearing that shirt, then a third one with him wearing the second one...).
  • Vex is always getting hit with Finger of Death and other necrotic magic. Enough that Matt took notice and nudged her into a situation where she would gain innate resistance to necrotic damage.

    Vox Machina Origins 

Volume 1

  • Vex and Vax meet Keyleth for the first time.
    Vax: I'm dying. I'm dying and I'm hallucinating a squirrel who can turn into people.
  • The second comic, which features Grog and Scanlan traveling together with their pre-Vox Machina group, has a minor running gag of the paladin/cleric pair that they travel with never getting introduced. Even when the opportunity comes up to do so, Scanlan deliberately does not say their names.
  • Also in the second comic, Scanlan asks Grog what someone like him is afraid of. Grog says spiders. Scanlan agrees.
  • In the third issue, Tiberius and Keyleth are tracking the scent of the poisoned water, all the while the two are conversing like normal... despite Keyleth having transformed into a dog and is speaking in woofs and barks. At first it seems like Tiberius Speaks Fluent Animal, but then...
    Tiberius: This conversation would be somewhat less absurd if I could understand you.
    Keyleth: Woof.
    Tiberius: Oh, really? I hadn't considered that.
  • In issue 4, Vax tries to get Scanlan on task.
  • After several issues of Vex being frosty to Keyleth, what changes her mind? Trinket likes Keyleth immediately, which prompts Vex to outright declare they can be friends. Cue Keyleth daydreaming about chibi versions of the two riding around on Trinket.

Volume 2

  • In issue 1, Keyleth has some difficulty understanding what Scanlan means by the fine "company" in the tavern.
    Vex: I'm not explaining this to her.
  • The next morning in issue 1, Vex, Vax, and Scanlan are very hungover. On the other hand, Keyleth and Tiberius are not, and won't stop talking. Vex has to be stopped from shooting them with an arrow by Vax.
  • In issue 4, a fight with basilisks renderes Vex'Ahlia petrified. Vax tells Grog that they need a basilisk's blood to reverse it. Grog proceeds to tear one open with his bare hands, then cheerfully announces, "I found the blood!"
    • Later, after finding the pool of a nymph they're looking for, the twins take a few minutes to work up a plan of attack. While they do, Grog happens to see the nymph bathing, walks over and politely introduces himself. By the time the twins' attention turns back to Grog, he's being led through a fey portal by the nymph, only to pop out again moments later with a very affectionate nymph having already given Grog what they were searching for.
      Vax: Grog! Are you alright?!
      Vex: What did she do to you?!
      Grog: That is a very personal question. Also I kinda don't really remember it.

    The Legend of Vox Machina 
  • The Kickstarter announcement video opens with Travis having a Catapult Nightmare of the cast and fans demanding a Vox Machina animated show. After bolting upright, Laura sits up next to him. Makes sense, they are married. But then Taliesin sits up next to Laura, and moments later we see that the entire cast is sleeping together on a giant mattress on the studio floor, in matching pajamas.
    • A fan captioned the shot of Travis, Laura, and Taliesin in bed as "My Husband, My D&D Husband, and Me".
  • Two days after the Kickstarter campaign went live, they had already raised seven times more than they had asked for in the original pitch. So the Q&A video that was posted to the CR website began with 90 seconds of Matt, Marisha and Travis unable to form coherent sentences and giggling to each other.
  • The animated intro ends with Vox Machina in a badass V-formation, staring down a giant monster. After a beat, Scanlan tries to slip away, and Vax grabs him by the scruff of his collar without looking to put him back.
  • On April 1, 2019, an early animatic for the show was released... in the style of Scooby-Doo. It must be seen to be believed.
  • Travis goes through a haunted house because the Kickstarter raised $10 million dollars. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Travis (who is 6"4 and built like a brick shithouse) begs Laura (half his size in every way) to go in ahead of him. She does, and immediately ditches him.
    • Travis recognising Sam dressed up as a Monster Clown because of his teeth.
    • "Why does that look like Brittany in a clown costuAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!"
    • In the intro Matt is the only person in a mask instead of facepaint ...and he's just happily swanning about, clearly having way too much fun.
    • When Travis finally makes it to the end Laura reappears to lead him to the backstage area, but he clearly hasn't forgotten her ditching him.
      Laura: There's no more, I promise.
      (Travis turns and stares at the camera)


Campaign 2

    Running Gags 
  • Caleb's dirty appearance and terrible smell, and the tendency of the others, especially Jester, to point it out.
  • As a Call-Back from the original campaign, old people are a common target.
  • Sam wearing the same shirts that he wore in the corresponding episode of Season 1.
  • The group chanting "Le-vel X! Le-vel X!" whenever their characters fail at something mundane in the campaign's early stages.
  • Nott's terrible Charisma being required for hilariously frequent rolls, with single-digit (or lower) results. Same holds true for her Perception rolls with a modifier of +0.
  • Due to Caleb's vaguely German accent, any dice roll that amounts to nine inevitably draws a chorus of "Nein!"s. This gets to the point that, in Episode 8, Caleb gives the group the name of "The Mighty Nein".
    Matt: You guys sound like Rammstein over there.
  • The trend of Beau's first attack being a flashy maneuver that misses horribly, and her second being a Boring, but Practical attack that is much more successful.
  • Chanting different phrases to the tune of "Breaking the Law"—for example, "Regular gnoll, regular gnoll!"
  • Making puns of Fjord's name with Ford Motor Company cars or slogans.
  • Yasha announcing "I would like to rage", followed by Travis breaking into barbaric whoops of approval. Sometimes preceded by Travis trying to mime to Ashley that she should rage when she forgets.
  • The ever-unlucky bandit gang that keeps showing up and becoming progressively terrified of the Nein.
  • The Black Comedy surrounding Frumpkin's 1d4 HP and his multiple deaths.
  • Liam using Caleb's Keen Mind feat to force Matt to repeat information whenever it's convenient, using some variant of "Liam doesn't remember this, but Caleb does."
  • Caleb's method of counting/spelling: by painstakingly emphasizing everything. This includes slowly spelling out The Mighty Nein as if talking to a young child, counting out every bit of his gold when need be (130+ being the current record) and counting the number of arrows that are lodged into his chest when the group got robbed, as he painfully pulls them out one by one.
  • The normally flippant Molly casting Vicious Mockery in Infernal using gory, evil-sounding threats, and Jester casting Hellish Rebuke in Infernal by saying juvenile or even complimentary things.
  • People being confused by the Mighty Nein's name, noting "but there's only six/seven of you".
  • Jester using Thaumaturgy to make windows fly open, startling whoever happens to be around.
  • Nott ending her Message spells with "You can reply to this message".
  • Jester responding to a closed door to an occupied room by instantly assuming someone's naked inside or claiming she's naked in her room when someone tries her door.
  • Fjord coaxing politeness out of Beau, with limited success.
  • The team introducing new people to Pumat Sol(s) without any advanced warning as to what to expect, just to enjoy their reactions.
  • The team harassing town criers in Zadash, asking for elaboration on the stories they're telling (usually to the response of "I don't know, I'm just reading what's written here!" This includes Yasha snatching the paper they read the stories from to confirm that that's all it says, and Jester yelling the stories with her own special twist once they've walked away.
    • Another Zadash running gag, is the players confusing two separate bars, The Leaky Tap and The Evening Nip, as one bar, The Leaky Nip. This annoys Matt to no end. The first time this mistake is made, a pregnant Laura Bailey opines "that's gonna be me in a couple of months!" much to the entire table's chagrin.
  • Sam trades in his tankard for a giant flask, but continues posting messages on it like he did in campaign 1. This includes one to Laura apologizing for having eaten Indian food that day (he definitely passed gas in her direction at least once during the course of that evening).
  • Comments about Taliesin being some sort of immortal being, often initiated by Travis.
  • Taliesin slipping and saying he's taking a shot when Molly attacks.
  • Liam rolling an Insight check on other party members when they reveal bits of their backstory, but not actually gaining any additional insight, with Matt simply stating that they "appear to be telling the truth". It reached a point where Liam was told to simply ask if they were being truthful to Matt instead of rolling.
    • The joke has extended to the others as well, such as when Nott was going into detail on her past, only for Taliesin to suddenly announce he was wanting to roll an Insight Check.
  • The "Metagaming Pigeon", usually in the form of random pigeon coos.
  • Kiri using overheard phrases out of context. Fans have taken to pointing out when Matt is writing something during a conversation, predicting (often correctly) that he's saving a line he just heard for Kiri to use later.
  • Beau doing something impressive, and regardless of the situation, Ashly Burch says "Keg is aroused."
  • Jester casting Sending to relay information, only to forget each time the spells character limit, resulting in her sending barely explained messages, and forcing her to cast it again to finish.
    • While Jester has since learned to be more careful with her Sending word count, it's had the lasting and humorous effect of the rest of the party actively keeping count with every sending. Eventually this mutated into Fjord keeping count in-universe. Laura/Jester speak so quickly that Travis occasionally has trouble keeping up with her.
      Travis: This isn't Guitar Hero, slow down!
    • Jester is aware that she doesn't actually need to send full 25 word messages, insistent that she utilizes all of them anyway, and is confused that other wizards are more concise with their casts.
    • She has figured out that the Word Count of a Sending Spell isn't nearly as important as how the spell is utilized. Naturally, she uses them for prank calls and casual conversations.
  • An idea being brought to or around Molly that sounds either silly, stupid or risky, only for Molly to point out how silly, stupid, or risky is is, before agreeing to do it because it sounds fun/funny.
  • Laura’s hatred of healing, despite Jester initially being the party’s only method of healing.
  • Matt constantly having to remind the players that they are bringing (or, in a few cases, forgot to bring) one of their pets into a dangerous situation.
    • Although most of the pets have been left elsewhere, Sprinkle remains and has become the Butt-Monkey, repeatedly surviving despite the odds but usually coming out of situations disheveled and haggard and chittering angrily. Even Beau lampshades it in conversation with Dairon as an argument for Dairon to name her pets.
  • The way Taliesin plays Caduceus’s 20 wisdom and 9 intelligence- going from saying something profoundly deep and encouraging, to saying something comically random and/or ridiculous.
    [the entire party learns the connection between Jester and the Gentleman]
    Caduceus: ....oh my god, your mom knows the Gentleman, that's so cool!
    Nott: It's... a little more complicated than that.
    • Caduceus’s confusion whenever the group discusses anything even mildly complicated.
  • One or more players creating a mysterious echo whenever the name Uk'otoa (Uk'otoa!) is spoken.
  • The chair from episode 48 is becoming a nearly mythic example of this in the span of only a single week. Ostensibly there only as a clue that a certain minor location had been visited by someone AFTER being ransacked, the lack of other information quickly gave rise to theories of its importance. These range from being an essential clue to solving the entire campaign, the campaign's true Big Bad, or a Demi-God worthy of its own whispered echo. (Chair'k'otoa!)
  • Sam's D&D Beyond promos usually end with Matt apologizing to D&D Beyond for what he's just witnessed.
    • One promo went so far off into being a comedic bit, Matt had to then remind the viewers that D&D Beyond is an online product with various features which players could use in their campaign.
  • Fjord shouting "Eldritch Blast" in-universe as he casts the spell. How many times has he said it before it was pointed out (well, Crit Role Stats would know).
  • Matt's one-time mispronunciation of "auditor" to "otter" has led the players to go off on tangents imagining officials as cute aquatic mammals that float on their backs... much to Matt's chagrin. Whenever they meet an "auditor" they now echo "otter".
  • Ever since they first contacted a familiar-looking member of the Tal'Dorei Council, the players have been desperately curious to know who else is currently on the Council roster, and so the Mighty Nein have been asking for information from virtually every NPC who might possibly know (even though, in character, they have no particular reason to care). Matt has trolled them back just as hard by constantly coming up with some excuse for the NPC not to divulge anything.
  • Marisha describing Beau's actions as "trying some dope/crazy/insert-adjective-here monk shit." This has carried over to other monk PCs and NPCs.
  • Ever since Caleb got access to Teleportation Circle, the Mighty Nein has had a bad habit of arriving at their destinations without letting people know they were coming. This has lead to more than one instance of giving local security a scare.
  • Tusk Love.note 
  • The Mighty Nein spends multiple episodes in and around the village of "Vo." Sam repeatedly calls its inhabitants as "the V-O community" so he can make references to voice-over work.
  • Marisha getting so excited that she smacks Liam has happened at least half a dozen times. Even after they switched to a socially distanced set because of COVID concerns, Sam puts a boxing glove on a pole so he can punch Liam on Marisha’s behalf.
  • Caleb and/or Jester using Polymorph to turn dangerous enemies into (usually) non aggressive animals so they don't have to face them in combat. They turn them into turtles most of the time... despite Fjord's protests, as he developed a phobia for turtles when Caleb turned a Dybbuk who frightened him into "a giant turtle" and he was not able to shake off the effect even if he was rolling with advantage.
    • Multiple times Matt does not have a minifig for whatever animal they chose, so he uses a horse as a substitute. Of note a horse has stood in for a cow and, of all things, a killer whale. All animals are horse minifigs.
  • The cast (Ashley and Marisha in particular) starting to sing "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton when they need to move on a map or when Matt starts to say "making your way..." during the description of a movement.
    • A second musical favorite is "It's Been Awhile" by Staind.
  • Jester, the second-shortest member of the party, being the second strongest party member (after Yasha) is often commented on. As is the fact Fjord is almost as physically weak as Caleb (because both of them made STR their dump stat).

Other Shows

    Talks Machina 
  • Overall, the repeat appearances of Arsequeef.
  • Campaign 1 Wrap-Up
    • At the end, all of the cast members are invited to reminisce on some of their favorite memories from the campaign, such as the cannonball contest or Grog dropping on Kevdak from the necklace. Laura decides that she'll never forget the first time she was able to speak with Trinket. Sam's quiet, sincere response turns this sweet moment into utter hilarity.
      Laura: Talking to Trinket. For the first time.
      Sam: Trying to kill Trinket. For the first time.
      • More Black Comedy from Sam, earlier in the wrap-up when Keyleth talks about the time she killed a child pre-stream, Sam adds: "You never forget your first."
    • A fan asks if there were any women that Grog met that he had genuine feelings for past a sexual level.
      Travis: Nope.
    • Between the sets of questions about each arc, Brian reads some stats about the campaign, one of which is "DM facepalms: 264." Matt's response is, of course, to facepalm.
  • 2019 Campaign 2 Retrospective
    • Before the show, various cast members stick notes onto a whiteboard labeled: "20 Nein-teen Resolutions". These include Dani promising not to use Brian W. Foster's name as a swear word, an in-character note from Nott saying "Beau should smile more", and an in-character note from Beau posted over it saying "Nott should FUCK OFF!"
    • When asked if Jester is missing her mother for romantic advice:
      Laura: It's weird I can look to Matt and go 'mom'...
      Brian: And then what's cool is Travis can look at Matt and roll over and light a cigarette, too.
    • Liam makes an offhand joke about "Travis piratefucking live in front of people" (aka Fjord flirting with Avantika at the live show) that Travis' Apple Watch, for some reason, records and texts to Postmates.
    • When Brian says Cole56290017 wants to ask a question:
      Liam: (interrupting) And I'm Javert!
    • Upon being asked which character has changed the most over the first year of the campaign, everyone admits that they immediately went to variations of Taliesin changing characters/Molly changing from living to dead.
    • Sam being warned that if he pulls the same character swapping stunt that he did in the last campaign again, the rest of the group will promptly kill him.
    • Nott’s perspective on the leadership hierarchy of the Mighty Nein.
      Sam: Caleb’s the leader, and this guy (Fjord) keeps talking all the time!
  • In Episode 54, Brian asks Taliesin if he sees himself as being between Percy and Mollymauk in terms of personality. Taliesin, however, takes it a different way. Even better is his slightly distracted reply of "that's hot" before hurriedly correcting himself and bursting out laughing.
  • During Episode 68's follow-up, which also included Search for Bob questions, Liam reveals that part of why he had Lieve'tel hook up with Bertrand is so he could say he "D&D boned" Travis' D&D character before Laura did.
  • The follow up for Episode 17 of Campaign 2, "Harvest Close," had a question from "Pull Out King" at 50:57 mark that caught Brian laughing so much he had tears coming from his eyes. It had everyone laughing as well (even the camera crew got in on the action by pulling the camera away from and pushing it toward Ashley repeatedly), and after some time discussing it caused Marisha to collapse on the couch bemoaning "WHY!? Oh, God, WHY!?"
  • The follow up for Episode 61 of Campaign 2, "Agreements," are filled with funny.
    • One off color joke about Caleb's dead parents makes Brian go Oh, Crap! when he realizes LIAM is still in the building. (Liam later visits the set where he cuddles Henry, the dog.)
    • When Marisha mentions "That's what every bad guy does, right?" after Brian goes "I love it when a plan comes together," Travis teases her mercilessly, and Brian and Dani join in. The awkwardness of the situation causes Marisha to blush and cover her face Dani dubs her "Marisha RED!"
    • After Brian wants to take a break from having Travis on Talks (he's been on two shows in a row), Dani rebuts, "But I really like looking at his face." Travis thanks her, then bemoans, "I wish my wife would say that more!" Then proceed to drain his tankard in one swig. After Dani suggests getting more ale for Travis, then Brian, Travis and Marisha try to coax an imaginary Ronin Willingham to come to Travis.
  • When Ronin Actually DOES appear on Talks Machina with Travis and Laura, it can be equally Funny (when Travis holds/plays with Ronin) and Heartwarming (when Ronin's Cuteness Proximity kicks in).
    • Episode C2E30 had Laura and Travis bring Ronin on for the start, and the Cuteness Proximity Ronin radiates from being adorable warms even Brian who suggests they skip asking questions and just show Ronin for the entire hour.
    • Likewise, the Halloween 2018 episode that dealt with "Critical Role and the Club of Misfits" (Laura's one-shot as DM) had Ronin for the opening as well. Brian, who's wearing neon glasses he was gifted at MCMLondon, gets a tummy-tickle on the giggling baby. Laura then jokes that this appearance is "One more credit for his IMDb page", which is a real page that someone started after his first appearance on Talks Machina.
  • The Talks episode for C2E74 has special guest Mica Burton, whose character the episode had debuted. Mica had NEVER seen Talks Machina before and is the first guest to ever say, out loud, "Why am I here?"
    • Speaking of Mica, she was well-received enough on Talks Machina that many made joking remarks about her becoming Brian's co-host, or flat-out taking his job as host. On the next episode, a Running Gag is made out of her sparking a rivalry with Brian and gunning for his job.
  • On the Talks Machina discussion for Through the Trees, Laura reveals that Jester left home with 1000-2000 gold, but blew most of it before the first episode. One of the things she spends an insane amount of gold on? Custom-made dresses, for herself and a horse. So she and her horse could have matching outfits.
  • The reveal that Travis genuinely did not realize that getting back on the ocean might expose him to Ukotoa again.
  • On the Talks Machina discussion for New Homes and Old Friends, we finally got Liam's version of the Disintegrate anecdote: it turns out that he forgot about Vokodo's ability to reflect the attacks until Matt rolled the dice for it. The story of his mental journey of inward panic while he was crossing all the Five Stages of Grief in less than 90 seconds must be seen to be believed, and Brian and Ashley's comments and expressions during the tale only make it better.

    All Work No Play 
  • From the Legacy series, Sam and Liam set up a Hunger Games-like scenario on the Warner Bros. studio lot for Jennifer Hale, having her go up against her fellow voice actors. While the duo has the initial intent of "kill or be killed" for Jen, she decides to use diplomacy on her voice actor friends, until the duo narrate that Laura Bailey decides to go crazy and attack her... only for Jen to Vulkan nerve pinch her.
    • Adding to this, Jen brings up that if she wanted a safe-haven on the lot, she could just climb up the watertower and hide out in there. If only she knew what is in the tower.
  • The "Rage Room" episode, where Stephanie Sheh has joined Liam and Sam, and we see inside the room Brian Foster has decorated it so his picture is all over the place, and Sam, Liam and Stephanie wreck the items inside it.
    Liam: You and your fucking puns!.
  • The "Goat Yoga" episode had T.J. Storm and Travis join Liam and Sam, and the physical comedy from it was hilarious, especially the positions they were in. The episode must be seen to be believed.
  • The "Fire Twirling" episode, has Marisha with the boys as they learn Fire Twirling, and the fire must be smothered—"like a baby."
    Sam: This episode brought to you by Pampers.
    Marisha: Hashtag (breaks up) "Smother the Baby."
  • The Ghost Hunting episode. The contrast between Laura Bailey and the actual ghost hunter (who believe in ghosts) versus Sam and Liam's (who absolutely don't) approach to the whole thing.
  • The Magic episode sees Sam, Liam and Ashly Burch learn how to get someone to pick a card you want so you can make it appear on your arm in ash. Naturally, Sam immediately abuses this power to draw a dick on his arm in ash... And then he remembers he has a meeting later and frantically tries to scrub it off.
    • They then learn how to toss a deck while leaving you with the cards you want. Sam does not prove to be adept at this.
    Sam: It helps when you're with... (he tosses the deck, scattering it all over the table) two aces.
    Ashly: What's the three then, my dear?
  • The Extreme Spa Marathon episode, which mostly consists of Sam making horrified faces as Liam thoroughly enjoys being stuck full of pins and getting his back very bruised up.Yes, really.
    • Early in the episode, there’s also what can only be described as an editing-gasm, which includes a wrecking ball labeled ‘Sam’s Penis’ knocking over a bunch of pictures of Liam while bowling noises play in the background.

    Handbooker Helper 
  • Taliesin narrates the Tiefling quick-build episode, which contains this gem when he discusses classes.
    Taliesin: Of course, this is D&D, you can build anything you like. Blood Hunter, for example. [cue black-and-white filter and sad violin music]
  • Marisha acting out all the condition affects in the Conditions video.
  • The Gnome episode has Sam calling on himself to sing the theme song at the beginning and end. It also has Sam admitting he's never watched an episode of the show and wondering if he has to point to various promos at the end. Then he decides to have fun with the editors, who promptly strike back.
    Sam: I can just point to things...
    Editor: (via caption) Watch the show, Sam
    Sam:...and [bleep] you guys...
    Editor: (via caption) Or be at the editor's mercy
    Sam:...because look at this!
    Editor: *puts in a picture of Sam's face superimposed over a donkey's face*
    Sam: Ooo, and then this!
    Editor: (via caption) SAM RIEGEL SMELLS LIKE BUTTS.
  • Taliesin explains the Intelligence-based skills with a door with writing on it: For Arcana, it's mystical runes. For History, it's elvish writing. For Religion, it's "Y'all hear about that Pelor guy?".

    MAME Drop 
  • The initial promo where the MAME cabinet from "All Work No Play" is discovered by Taliesin and Marisha.
    • It all started from an #EverythingIsContent episode that was the Backdoor Pilot for the show. Liam and Taliesin are just enjoying playing video games and sating their inner children.
  • The LaserDisc Classics episode.
    • It starts with Taliesin and Liam playing iconic games of the genre, like Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. Then they try Us vs Them, a 1984 videogame featuring fully acted cutscenes with real actors, flashy colors and loud sounds that cause Liam and Taliesin to be greatly confused by what was happening... enough for Travis to show up and remain to play with them for most of the episode!
      Liam (trying to explain the game to Travis): This is the latest Call of Duty. It's just a minigame search.
      Taliesin: It's called Call of Duty: Duty Calls.
    • It gets even better. The game after Us vs Them is Cliff Hanger... a 1983 game that uses scenes from The Castle of Cagliostro and The Mystery of Mamo as cutscenes, and changes Lupin's name to Cliff because it is not a Licensed Game.
      • Travis and Liam learn soon why "Cliff Hanger" is the name of the game: because Lupin/Cliff's death scene is him getting hanged, as it was the only Lupin's death scene animated at the time.
    • Then Sam and Marisha join them too. Travis and Marisha start talking about getting a gumball machine to dispense peanut M&Ms. Taliesin apologizes for what is happening.
    • Sam being Sam, he puts himself in front of one of the cameras, smiling like a maniac. Taliesin claims that he will break their already frail fourth wall if he is not careful.
    • Taliesin and Liam show Sam and Marisha the games created by Don Bluth. Sam is so entranced by the animation that he is unable to play properly.
  • The entirety of the episode where Erica Lindbeck guests.
    Taliesin: I just collect Ericas that are a lot.

    Narrative Telephone (Round 1) 
  • As everyone in LA remained stuck at home due to COVID, the cast decided to amuse themselves and everyone else by playing a game of "Narrative Telephone," where a story first told by Matt would then be retold by the rest of the cast-with each of them having watched the video of the previous person telling it exactly once. Thus was recorded everyone's account of Pumat's Stroll, which went off the rails immediately with Ashley, the first person after Matt, losing half the details of the story of Pumat's encounter with a hungry wolf, who spent several iterations of the story sporting a beak. It mostly got stranger from there. The only thing that stayed consistent besides the appearance of both Pumat and a wolf was the presence of mushrooms involving a "lupine flavor," which at one point possibly turned Pumat into a werewolf.
    • Worth noting at this point is that the premise is illustrated with pics of all the cast as they appear in the Campaign 2 second-wave title cards, photoshopped onto different backgrounds to emphasize how they're all far apart at the time. Laura is in front of a wall of pastries and lollipops and so on; Ashley is in a forensics lab; Travis is in front of an incredibly Texan barn; Liam is in front of a burning house.
      • The end of the graphic shows everyone talking together with their names in the bottom left corner of their backgrounds, much like a Zoom call. Travis’s name is given as ‘Mr. Laura Bailey’.
  • Episode 2 takes a slightly different approach as Laura starts the chain this time, delivering what turns out to be a ridiculously elaborate story, all in character as Jester. What follows is all of the guys doing their best Jester voice, although Sam sounds more Romani than Russian, Taliesin sounds like Christoph Waltz and Ashley sounds like the New York mafia trying to negotiate with the Italian mafia.
    • Liam: "She's trying to do War and Peace in two minutes."
    • Matt brings up how his trying to work out Liam's incorrect compass directions out of Nicodranas caused him to "bleed out of one nostril."
    • Also worth noting is that Liam went directly after Laura, and aside from a few details (such as the aforementioned compass directions and the name of the hippogriff), reproduced the story with startling accuracy, including the song, which is both awesome and hilariously unexpected.
    • Oh, and that song? Sam subsequently forgot about it, which the others declare to be the most un-Sam Riegel thing he’s ever done.
    • Liam describes Taliesin's attempt as his favorite scene from Midsommar.
      • It's a Running Gag at this point that the game has an almost supernatural ability to render the orator unable to function like a human being.
    • When deciding how to choose who goes next, Sam suggests playing Rock, Paper, Scissors over Zoom with everyone else shooting it down and Laura asking how you can play that game with more than two people. Come episode 104...
  • After episode 2 ended with Sam designated as the next up to bat, and Ashley told him to do Nott's voice to give her reference, episode 3 has Sam tell his whole tale as Scanlan... because he forgot, despite Producer Max explicitly telling him to do it as Nott.
    • Liam: "What an amazing story that I've never heard before."
    • Sam's story revolves around a magical pince-nez note . We soon discover that no other cast member knows what they are.
      Ashley: Oh, you say that like we all should know what it is!
    • Matt gives the love interest in the story three different names. Travis, the next in the chain, remembers none of them.
    • Liam has a Scanlan body pillow. Really. And it's Scanlan so it's a normal-sized pillow.
    • After the guys gave Sam grief for killing Laura's song the last time, Sam adds a song to the story... which eventually mutates into a rock opera.
    • In the previous episode, Sam was harshly criticised by everyone, especially Laura, for getting details about Laura's story wrong and straight up adding things because he forgot. Here, the story suffers a drastic change when one of the reciters decides to add an ending out of whole-cloth that completely changes what the story is about. The person who caused this extreme change to the tale? Laura!
    • Sam posits that since Laura and Travis seem to have recorded their stories in a different room every time, some dedicated fan will be able to eventually create a 3D map of their house.
    • At the end of the episode, the five cast members who haven’t started the story (Travis, Liam, Taliesin, Ashley, and Marisha) all roll a d20 to determine who’ll go next, and Liam gets a Natural 20. He then threatens the others with his most powerful weapon - Gratuitous German. Laura begs him not to, with Travis declaring that they’re going to offend an entire country.
  • Episode 4 is a classical German Fairy Tale told by Liam as Caleb. Despite the scary nature of the story, we still get a few good laughs.
    • Liam decides to shoot his video in an entirely dark room while holding a flashlight to illuminate his face, which is as corny as it is appropriate.
    • As promised, the Gratuitous German has our guys screwed over immediately, as Liam starts out with a least a dozen German words, of which Taliesin only repeats two: the German word waldhexe (forest witch), which is misheard into "vortex", and then lost forever, and "drei". And thanks to Ashley, most of the guys start thinking the German for three is "tri" - until Travis decides to reverse-engineer it and arrive at the correct "drei". Which is immediately lost when Matt does it.
      • Speaking of Matt, he went all-in with the horror theme, in a dark room with red light and even Guy Liner - while Taliesin is the one who did it normally. Next after Matt is Sam, whose attempt at Guy Liner is just haphazard due to him having all of 2 minutes to prepare.
      Sam: I made use of the only two resources at my disposal; corks and fire.
    • Ashley: "What an amazing story that I've never heard before".
    • The German accents on display do not dissapoint, with Marisha's accent alternating between Italian, Jester, Vampire, and Marisha but with a husky tone.
    • Marisha has such a hard time remembering details from the story that she describes it as Ashley-ing it.
    • Similarly to when he got a nose-bleed from the awful directions in Jesters story, Matt's knowledge of where the story is set brought back details that were lost.
      • Marisha notices Matt's makeup from the video.
      Marisha: Oh, is that my really expensive palette?
      Matt: I love you.
    • At the start of the review, Laura is inspired by the horror theme to pull her hair into Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl style, and later Sam gets the idea to troll the entire Zoom by setting up a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl puppet behind him, courtesy of his wife Quyen. Travis is the one freaking out the most over it.
    • Ashley rolls the highest at the end of the episode, and is designated as next up to bat. As it turns out, she had already prepared a story, which Brian called ‘too mean’, but Liam’s German has inspired her to get her revenge for the previous four episodes of poor memorization.
    • Episode 7 ended up making this episode Hilarious in Hindsight. Taliesin unleashed an alliterative nightmare upon the crew not because of the episode that rendered him a neurotic mess, not because of the episode where he sang a love ballad so embarrassing that he blanked it from his mind, but because Liam made him do some funny accents. He promised that his story would have been brutal at the end of this episode, and Liam could not wait to hear it.
  • Episode 5 apparently has Ashley taking cues from Sam and Liam, crafting a simpler but still Grimm-worthy fable with an Outer Limits ending:
    • Much like Liam’s dramatic lighting last time, Ashley’s video seems bathed in a hazy, angelic glow. This was entirely accidental, as something was on the camera lens, but Ashley left it.
      • While everyone else thinks that Ashley's video looks almost angelic, Ashley considers it to look like something out of a 70's porn.
    • Due to Ashley doing the whole thing as Pike and even doing up her hair in "fun buns", some of the guys do their hair into fun buns as tribute. Naturally this is limited to those with long enough hair, which includes Marisha, Laura and Matt. Really.
      • Liam, Sam, and Taliesin, meanwhile, improvise with increasingly ridiculous alternatives. Liam uses steampunk goggles that he put on his head, Sam holds two stress balls next to his temples, and Tal just puts on his headphones. And Travis, of course, is just wearing his snapback cap. On the last snap, because his head is so big.
    • A comment from Marisha when her voice starts to slip causes several subsequent retellers to begin their story by specifying that they are Pike Trickfoot, not Jester. Then it gets dropped, then Taliesin brings it back.
    • Sam’s take on a Pike voice ends up sounding more like a stereotypical valley girl. Well, an insane stereotypical valley girl. He recorded his version late at night after he'd put his kids to bed, and it shows.
    Taliesin: I've had this nightmare.
    • Ashley included an ending where Pike states that she forgot the recipe, and will tell you more next time. She did this to deliberately invoke retellers adding things to the ending because it feels like the previous person forgot. This ends up, however, causing every subsequent teller to just blame the previous person for forgetting something. Specifically, Marisha blames Travis, Matt follows suit, Laura blames Matt, Liam concludes Matt and Laura had a miscommunication, Sam thinks Matt and Marisha had a fight, and Taliesin says it was all probably Sam’s fault, as he’s been an agent of chaos since episode one.
      • Just fact that Travis "What is an attention span?" Willingham managed to do such a good job retelling the story that it threw Marisha off.
    • At end of the show and tell, Ronin wakes up and Travis has to leave to give him "Dad pats" and put him back to sleep, leaving Laura to roll for him at the end of the episode. Matt makes this comment:
      Matt: That’s how Travis puts me to sleep at the studio, he just kinda pats my tummy, and then I’m out.
    • Marisha wins the roll-off, and the right to start the next story, which she decides will be from Beau. After floating several ideas to be the next episode’s "fun buns", including undercuts and crop tops (which Laura categorically refuses), they finally land on all holding large sticks.
  • After tales of fanciful encounters and fables with dark endings, episode 6 is a fairly mundane story from Marisha, about Beau wreaking havoc at a rival family winery. Also nobody is holding large sticks.
    • Right off the bat, Beau's Sir Swears-a-Lot reputation affects all the retellings (Liam in particular holds the record), despite the original version having none.
    • Travis’s retelling was filmed in the closet, probably to avoid Ronin making noise. There is an instance of hilarious timing where Laura comments "Hey, that's in our closet" and is immediately followed by Recorded Travis saying "Yep."
    • Sam: "This is a game about blame and today it's [Marisha's] turn"
    • Amusingly, the end of the story turned from the rival winery merely rescinding their flyers to the rival winery agreeing to stay out of the Lionettes' boundaries like it was a mob deal, long before the tale got to Ashley.
      • By the time the story reaches Travis, the story has effectively morphed into Beau finding a flyer & turning up at frat party, with boundaries being mentioned.
    • Early on in Show-in-Tell, Sam’s son wanders into the room and draws his dad’s attention away from the Zoom call.
    • After Sam's pretty close and accurate version of Marisha's story, Travis comments that second-in-line is where people do the best. Ashley, clearly remembering her immediately-off-the-rails story from the very first episode, pipes up "That's untrue."
    • After watching Travis' video, Travis states that it was the first time in the series that he truly didn't lose anything since Liam gave him, to quote Sam, "Seven words, of which one of them was fuck."
      • To give you a clue as to how garbled the story became by the time it got to Travis:
    "You know, you did what you did because you did what you had to do and you did it because you had to do what you did. BOUNDARIES!"
    • Upon Taliesin winning the draw for the next episode, he’s asked which character he will be using & Marisha notes that he’s got three characters to choose from, unlike most of the group. At this point, Laura notes that there are also the characters from the Darrington Brigade & upon this realization, Travis begins smirking evilly - keep in mind that Travis’ Darrington Brigade character has a voice comparable to Stitch.
    • Taliesin reveals that closing his eyes while recounting the story is him retreating into his mind palace to try and find the information. The episode ends with everybody going into their mind palaces, except for Liam, who stares at the camera with an exasperated look and shakes his head.
  • Taliesin's story, while not the scariest or most complicated, shows that the alliterative additions alter the actors associated accounts to an almighty accord.
    • Taliesin decides to introduce his story during show and tell with the following words:
    Taliesin: Sometimes I wake up having dreamt of a terrible thing. And normally I just file that away for thing I will never do because I wanna maintain friendships. And then, Liam did something to me.
    • So, yes, this entire story was an elaborate revenge plot that almost failed, because Laura moved into the second spot and pushed Liam into the third, but Laura’s retelling was so comedically bad that it successfully flustered Liam anyway. His on-camera breakdown has to be seen to be believed, as almost every single detail is lost in hilarious fashion.
    Sam: I followed it - I found it quite refreshing, because there was no content.
    • When Matt, who went last, hears Taliesin's initial story for the first time has this to say to Taliesin:
    Laura, after a long beat: ...Come?!
    • Ashley's recounting is done in the most yeehaw southern accent she can manage, resulting in pronunciations that really must be heard to be believed.
    Yeehaw-Ashley: "And it was a Ken-KOO!"
    • Her complete breakdown only contributes to this.
    Yeehaw-Ashley: "This Ken-KOO is just dead! That's why it's a corpse!"
    • Travis' recounting is so phoned in that the others are convinced that he was either about to get on a conference call, or was in the middle of a conference call when he was asked to do his story.
    • After watching Taliesin's story for the second time, the group admits that it was a fairly good story and that he clearly put a lot of thought into it. Sam, on the other hand...
    Sam: You really are a C-word.
    The cast die laughing
  • Travis doesn't really have a story, more that he decides that Grog is a fitness YouTuber with a surprising knowledge of muscle groups, when he's not being interrupted by one Macaroni Samsonite.
    • You know how every other story had a fair amount of thought put it onto them, written and rewritten to maximize confusion while still making sense as a story? Yeah, Travis just turned on the camera and started talking.
    • Despite having, quite literally, no story there is still a serious amount of degradation between each and every retelling.
    • Ashley was quite worried that she was the one who dropped one of the few moments of story in the video and was so happy that she wasn't that she forgot that she failed at the first hurdle by calling him Grog Stonejaw after sitting next to the guy for years. And it somehow gets worse!
      • Ashley had a coaster in front of her with Grog Strongjaw's name on it. The fact she messed this up is Beyond the Impossible
    • Macaroni Samsonite, whose most well defined trait is his accent, is voiced by Sam like he's ready to play The Artful Dodger in Oliver!
    • Sam describes Taliesin's retelling as a microcosm of the whole show, including getting accents wrong, forgetting details you really shouldn't like the ending, and blaming someone else when you screw up.
    • Laura is straight up reduced to a laughing fit at the end of hers due to thinking that she has forgotten everything at the end, which involves her leaving frame multiple times in a panic.
    • It is fitting that the last telling of the last story is the one where the teller finally forgets the end and has to give up. The fact that it was Laura telling a story her husband originated is the icing on the cake.
      • Taliesin was particularly impressed. He carefully crafted his constantly consonant conveying tale in hopes this would happen, but Travis did it with something he partially winged.
    • After all is said and done, Matt reiterates his promise: he went easy on them before. He will not make that mistake again.
    • We are treated to a special epilogue. It turns out that Taliesin somehow accidentally recorded his portion in slow motion, leading to some Googling of how to fix it. It is amazing to watch, and the cast's reactions are hilarious.

    Narrative Telephone (Round 2) 
  • To underline that this is the second round the background of the cast pictures during the show premise changed, but Travis is still credited as "Mr. Laura Bailey".
    • Sam meanwhile, is pictured in front of a yacht, being menaced by an "IRS Audit" sign.
  • It's Matt's turn again as Narrative Telephone starts anew, with a tale that combines literally everything that tripped everyone up in Round 1, featuring half a guest Brian W. Foster.
    • Even apart from what it does to everyone, the story itself is a masterpiece of comedy, featuring four characters telling various stories-with varying levels of truthfulness-about Vox Machina. One of them is Kaylie Shorthalt, who simply sings a song that's mostly just slut-shaming her father.
      • Not only did Kaylie's song fail to survive a single retelling, she quickly became just "an Irish woman."
      • Even better, Liam initially mistook Kaylie's accent for Scottish, but somehow Laura brought it back to Irish and it survived until the final retelling!
    • To give an idea of how much the story degraded and changed by the time it hit Taliesinnote :
    • We may have set a record for the fastest time for not giving a shit with Liam, who went second, lasting all of seven seconds before he just jettisons everything he heard Matt say from his brain.
      • In the Show and Tell, Liam claims that this is because his memory has deteriorated from prolonged quarantine. He would apologize for that, but quarantine has also removed any sense of shame.
      • It turns into a Heartwarming moment when, for the first time in the history of Narrative Telephone, Laura apologizes to Liam for blaming him during her retelling. Even the other narrators recognize that Matt's story was bound to turn whoever would have ended up in the second position into a wreck, and Liam just happened to be that person.
    • Laura, who went immediately after Liam, ends up telling a better version of Matt's story that she didn't hear than Liam did.
      Liam: I was terrified by Matt's intricacy and Laura was just disgusted with my failure.
    • The character who presents the story had a name when Matt told the story. But it was such a complicated name through such a thick accent that subsequent tellers just call her Archivist NPC.
    • Laura, spur of the moment, decides to wear glasses at the end of her telling. By the time Brian gets round to the story this mutates into wearing them at the start of the story too, which means that come Brian's turn at Show and Tell we get hear Ashley confirm that she and Brian wore the same sunglasses for the bit.
    • Brian, who is known to critters as almost more of a wild card than Sam, ends up giving an almost Lynchian performance that ends up adding a moral that had literally nothing to do with the story, yet still lasted longer than the Archivist's actual name.
      • In the re-watch, Matt revealed that, since most of the previous stories either had a moral to begin with or gained one, Matt deliberately didn't give his story a moral because he knew someone would end up adding one. He is proud of Brian for this.
      • Then Travis botchers the moral by turning it into a grim reminder of human mortality. Brian is genuinely upset.
      • Brian's telling is such a mess that Travis ends up looking and sounding barely cognizant.
        Liam: Travis, Brian sucked all of the acting out of you.
    • Brian decides to have the Archivist thank every person at the end of each interview. It stuck until the final retelling.
      • As a result, the Archivist looks like a late radio DJ interviewing his listeners during Travis' retelling, Ashley makes him interview random people he met on the street, and Marisha and Taliesin turn him into the announcer of a Talk Show called "Tal'dorei Today".
    • Taliesin knows that he is the last storyteller. He decides to ignore the sunglasses or eventual substitutes, he gives the host a new name out of nowhere and he makes up new anecdotes for the interviewed people to tell as there was little to nothing left of the original story. He does an amazing job.
  • Episode 2 is a first for several reasons - Brian W Foster starts the chain, the story has zero established characters, and there's a bit of Writing Around Trademarks with a not-Menagerie Coast that he named the Menage-a-Trois Coast. Oh, and a content advisory featuring none other than Henry Crabgrass. Yes, the whole thing is really about 80% Double Entendre seemingly catered to the next in line, Laura Bailey.
    • The name of the father, Ignacio, gets lost early on, turning it into Ignatius, but the real kicker is how many times the guys second-guess it and nearly get it right again, only to flip back to the wrong one.
    • The original story was about two brothers disputing their ships' heraldry and tagline. There is no need to guess what the dispute became about once that detail was lost.
    • Like the first season's pince-nez glasses, almost no one of the cast knows what a "glizzy" is, affecting some of the retellings. Liam states it is a beverage at the beginning of his story to turn it back into solid food later on, confusing Matt that does exactly the same. After Matt there is Ashley, who knows what a glizzy is and corrected it by calling it with its more commonly known name, eliminating every confusion for the last three storytellers.
      • Hearing the word for the first time in his life causes Sam to repeatedly ask what a glizzy is during the show and tell segment of the show, with Taliesin sharing his curiosity and Liam claiming that he doesn't want to know the answer. Brian challenges them to try and guess what it is before the final retelling, but Laura gives the answer away halfway through, when Matt asks the question.
    • Marisha's retelling was overall good, until she messed up the sister's name, changing it from Susanette to Fiona. Her confusion for trying and failing to remember her name survives for several retellings.
    • Liam wore his Critical Role purple shirt for his retelling, and it blended so well with the purple backrest of his chair that he appears to be wearing a shirt with a ridiculously high collar. His appearance and the mood of the story made him look like a theater actor who decided to give the performance of his life even if the show is bound to be a disaster.
    • Matt loses the tagline dispute, turning the story of the two brothers' boats into a generic Sibling Rivalry that their sister exploits to Troll them. In general, he sacrificed the story's details for the sake of being descriptive.
      Matt: No, that was the one! That was the one that did it in! He starts feeling it churn and all sorts of other adjectives about the insides of the stomach.
    • Sam recorded his version of the story very late at night and it shows. The two brothers are two full-blown fratbros living their best life and bragging about their boats until their father decided to put on a contest to make them stop. As the contest part and the sister's scam reveal now make absolutely no sense to the plot, Sam points everything on the enactment and the result must be seen to be believed.
      Liam: My favorite part about that story is that two sweet little children are sleeping 17 feet behind.
    • Travis (the final storyteller) somehow changes the ending by revealing that one of the two brothers was murdered and replaced by their long lost sister, who was wearing his still bloody face like a mask. It is given no elaboration about how it happened.
      • He also happens to create the first crossover between stories by making one of the brothers claim out of the blue that he saw Beau Lionette drink at the Tossmans. note 
    • Ironically, one part of the story that's remained staunchly intact till the end is the moral of the story, courtesy of Brian. Doubles as an Awesome moment.
      • Matt and Marisha's dog, Omar, is barking throughout the review section which keeps distracting everyone from the stories.
        Ashley: Who is he yelling at?
        Marisha: I don't know, ghosts?
  • Episode 3 starts normally, with a pre-credit sequence of the cast trying to perform the story. It ends with Taliesin looking straight into the camera.
    Taliesin: I deserve this.
  • Episode 4 starts with Mica Burton telling a story in character as Reani. When it begins it is just like one of the many fairytales already told during the show... then Mica starts to speak Elvish as the elven princess her story is about. And then it is revealed that the story has three different endings, as they change depending on who you ask. As no one in the cast (except Matt) speaks Elvish, the language doesn't survive a single round, and it quickly degenerates from an attempt to make it sound like a foreign language into random sound effects.
    • Mica wore a flower crown and golden glitters to impersonate her character. Travis did not, so no one else did. Everyone is upset about the lost props, in particular Liam and Laura.
      • Travis had otherwise stuck to the story really closely considering he was the second one up, but then ends up losing the name of the elven king Malendor forever. His idea of what the king's name was? Mando.
    • During the Show and Tell segment it is shown the last second of Mica's video. She shuts down the camera shouting "Two!" because she finally managed to keep her story within the two minutes time limit she was given after several attempts.
    • Thanks to an off-hand comment by Liam, the male main character William Tanner goes from being a sailor to be "an actor of ALF's fame". When Matt gets the confirmation that William Tanner was indeed the name of the father in Alf, everyone is impressed that Liam was able to remember it.
      • Mica is instead surprised that someone connected the name to Alf (that used to scare her when she was a child) but no one got the real reference behind it: it was inspired by Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean, who was played by Orlando Bloom, who played the elf Legolas in The Lord of the Rings. The kicker is that Taliesin misreads it into "Turner" just once, after which it's laid in the dirt when Marisha misreads it into "Teller". Yes, William Teller.
      • Speaking of names, the Alf reference is similarly lost after Sam misreads it into "Alpha", after which Ashley can't remember the name of the show, but she is absolutely certain it wasn't "Alf".
    • Marisha's confusion about the end of the story causes the three endings to become that either the princess opened her own tavern, either she poisoned the king, either she became a mermaid, a centaur, or a mer-centaur.
    • Defining Matt's retelling of the part of the Elvish Love Confession and the king's reaction to it as "Chewing the Scenery" would not do it justice. At all.
      Matt (as the king): How dare you tell me of this sort of love affair and in our own secret national tongue?!
    • Sam mistakes the princess's name as Enfamil, and Ashley immediately notices that it's actually a baby formula.
    • Laura is the last one of the chain and she sounds like Jester making a Reani's impression. She also comments that Caleb could not hear the story because he was "busy reading his stupid books". Liam is offended for Caleb. And she also wonders if the story had a moral before wrapping it up.
    • When the cast has to roll the dice to determine who will be the next narrator, Ashley gets away from the conference call to take her dice. It takes them one minute to notice that Ashley is not there anymore, and they notice just because she was not telling them her dice roll result.
    • As the episode is being wrapped up, Travis belches and it smells so bad that Laura looks like she is about to puke.
      Travis: It smells like Fritos Corn Chips!
      Sam: Did you have Fritos?
      Travis: No!
      Taliesin: How long have they been sitting in there waiting to attack?
  • Episode 5 has Liam tell a story as Buddy the Ogre from the Darrington Brigade one-shot. It is a glorious, rambling, incoherent mess on par with Travis' Round 1 episode.
    • The decay of the "story" is so bad that Matt (the final narrator) during The Teaser claims that either that was the shortest story ever told on Narrative Telephone, or it was completely lost before he could hear it. During the Show and Tell segment it is revealed that the original story was actually three minutes long (the normal time limit is two minutes, but that was allowed because most of it were long pauses and Buddy picking his nose), while the final retellings lasted one minute or less.
    • Upon the rewatch, while watching Liam's original version, the cast was struck by how adorable Buddy is.
      • Liam explicitly requested Ashley or Marisha to go after him because he knew they would have had problems with Buddy's voice. Marisha corrects him - she would have had problems with Buddy being too cute for her to concentrate and remember whatever he was saying.
    • Sam forgot for a moment that Buddy was an Ogre and he introduced him as "Buddy the Elf" before correcting himself.
    • Laura thought that Special Guest Dani Carr was the first one to go which caused a lot of confusion for her, thinking that Dani was being extremely conceptual with her telling of the story.
    • Liam wore a pair of coke-bottle glasses to impersonate Buddy. The rest of the cast puts on glasses and sunglasses they had at their disposal to keep up... until Travis just mimics to put on the glasses as he had no props nearby. Again.
    • The name of one of the ducks was Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo IV. The narrators kept up well as they know the character the duck was named after... this until Dani the lore keeper dropped the name.
    • This happened during the rewatch of Liam's story:
      Liam (as Buddy): I don't want to get in trouble with Lionel... or with Macaroni.
      Travis (as Macaroni): That's right, bitch!
      (The cast laughs for the perfect timing)

    Travis Willingham's Yee-Haw Game Ranch 
  • The opening interruptions by the critter puppets are a rich source of laughs thanks to the utterly savage insults they direct at Brian Foster coupled with Travis being completely confused about what's going on. Highlights include this gem from the New Super Mario Bros U episode.
    Brian: But if Travis is the Chosen One what does that make me?
    T. N. Tina: A liability!
  • The May 16, 2019 episode, where instead of Travis and Brian being Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Laura and Ashley take it over and it becomes more Thelma & Louise.
  • Travis finds the fire extinguisher in the beginning of Overcooked and plays with it, wondering what it's for (he chases Brian with it). Later...
    • Travis tries to use the boost to get to the other side of the separated truck (that's not how it works).
    Travis: Boost Mobile!...The boost is a lie.
  • If you're a fan of Black Comedy, Travis' and Brian's absolutely horrified reactions to T.N.Tina having her head ripped off and thrown at them, complete with blood pouring from her neck, remarkably realistic viscera and her body still twitching. They clearly did not expect the special effects to go so far. This right after they ask if they're actually supposed to be afraid of a puppet cat in a spooky cloak.
    Travis: WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED? What do you do you guys do in between these episodes, what is the matter with you?!
    • Last episode, Travis mentioned being on the fence about the critter puppets' ever expanding lore, saying he was fine with staying at the ranch. After seeing that, he's eager to escape to the next universe.
  • According to his former friend and possible lover Alfred Dingbat, the reason Bast'alar adds so many titles to his name is that his real one is Mittens Mcfluffyfloof.
  • Travis and Laura's joint game. Turns out there is one person even more revered than the Chosen One, and that's the Realm Walker, Grand Titan Above, and Mother of all Critters Laura Bailey.
  • Drakar Noir fails twice in a row to pronounce the word "raise", and then claims that that's just the way it's pronounced in Fantasy Ranch. Cut to 13 episodes later, when Brian and Travis are joined by two knights from Fantasy Ranch, who pronounce it the exact same way.
  • Thanks to COVID-19, Brian and Ashley do a special "Off the Ranch" episode of Yee-Haw Game Ranch. They receive a call from Bast'alar, who insults Brian a few times before launching into a series of threats. He goes on so long that Brian and Ashley pretend that the call is breaking up in order to end it.
    • Also, it is strongly implied that Bast'alar actually misses the Chosen One and the Liability. That, and even he is bored by the quarantine (though he caught up on Tiger King, that was good). Or hell, the simple fact that even Bast'alar, the Blighted Priest of Netherearth (among many other titles) is obeying quarantine.
    • They are called again by Dynamite Dan, T.N.Tina's twin brother (literally the same type of puppet with a black mustache added). Not only is the character also played by Brittany Walloch-Key, but the puppet takes a shine to Ashley and an instant dislike to Brian, dropping both new lore and new slams.
  • "Off The Ranch: Yoshi's Crafted World gives us Giddy-up Gary, a new critter who is definitely not a sock puppet attached to Travis Willingham. Brian and Ashley figure it out halfway through and get him to break the charade by insulting the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Plenty of the advertisements for merchandise are absolute gut busters.
    • The promo for Vex/Percy-style wedding rings:
      • The fact that the entire promo is one big parody of the old DeBeers diamond commercials that aired in the 1990s, only with more guns, archery, and crying over dead bodies.
      • While the shadows of Vex and Percy are dancing, Travis walks in. The shadows act surprised, and Travis flees the studio in fear of the shadows, who then pretend to chase him out of the room. This is funnier when you remember that Travis is the CEO of Critical Role Productions.
        Travis: This studio is HAUNTED! (*while crying*) Marisha! Marisha! BURN IT ALL DOWN!
      • A Critter's top-voted YouTube comment just takes the cake.
        Matt: Oh, hey, you're back early.
        Marisha: Studio's haunted.
        Matt: What?
        Marisha: (loads gun) Studio's haunted.
    • The Cobalt Soul Journal ad has Marisha reading a letter addressed to a ‘Dearest Husband’ containing quite a bit of innuendo. At first, you might think it’s something Marisha wrote to Matt, only for the letter to end with her reading. “Gimme dat butt. Liam O’Brien”. Cut to Marisha awkwardly hiding the journal under the cushions of the Talks Machina couch.
      • Liam realizes Marisha read his journal by sniffing the cover.
    • The advertisement for Yee-Haw Game Ranch...defies words. See it for yourself.
  • At Sakura Con 2017 (45:18 in this video) Matt is asked about the Wil Wheaton dice curse. He goes into an extended rant about its sheer impossibility.
    Matt: There is no explanation! That is — that is some... like, I don't know what ancient relic his family uncovered two generations ago and has led this blood curse, from generation to generation to this day, but that man breaks math and physics. I don't understand it. Like I heard about that, I heard about that in advance. I was like, "Ah, man, it would be kind of funny if he rolled really poorly." No. No. Like I had an existential crisis after he guested, both times. I will not touch him physically, I don't want to go anywhere near the possibility of, of capturing what dark entity has cursed his numeric existence.
  • Matt, Marisha, Taliesin and Brian did a panel at MomoCon called "Beyond Critical Role", which apparently was recorded while they were all particularly jetlagged and punch-drunk. The result is one of the funniest con panels anyone has ever done, with highlights including Brian arriving late because nobody told him he was supposed to be there, and Taliesin has a glorious rant about playing a molested child for an after-school special. There's also the first appearance of the Baywatch story, which is why Taliesin stopped on-camera acting just before he reached his teens.
  • The entire cast, prompted by a Verbal Tic of Ashley Johnson, have taken to saying, "okay-okay-okay" to themselves when needing to decide an action on the spot, usually during combat. This was taken even further when Ashley made it a scripted line of dialogue for the Critical Role DLC of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
  • Matt and Marisha did a special livestream to celebrate the release of The Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. It was just the two of them, plus their pet bird Dagon, streaming from their house. To make it extra special, they decided to do it by an actual fire in their fireplace. They don't use the fireplace much because they live in Los Angeles. They even mentioned how much they've wanted to have actual fires for their fireside chats at the studio, but regulations forbid it. But this is their home, they can do what they want, and nothing will go wrong. Sure enough, their disused chimney flue caused the house to fill with smoke, setting off the smoke alarm several times. They didn't want to put the fire out, because that would actually cause more smoke. Also, Matt was barefoot during the segment, and accidentally showed his bare feet a couple of times, a violation of Twitch's TOS. The smoke eventually got too much to bear, the smoke alarm went off again, and Travis gave them a short call... in his capacity as CEO. The stream was shut down while the fire was put out. When the stream resumed, both Matt and Marisha had soot streaked over their faces and clothes, along with Marisha's hair slightly messed up. So yeah, they won't be doing that again any time soon.
    • And of course, the entire fandom (including Liam O'Brien) made plenty of "Caleb's parents" jokes concerning the entire affair.
    • When the recording of the stream was uploaded to Youtube, the part where Travis calls Marisha and has the stream shutdown temporarily is replaced with a We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties title card. The card features a cartoony drawing of Marisha and Matt desperately trying to put out the fire while Dagon flies towards the screen in panic. To top it off soothing classical music plays in the background.
  • They break new ground by parodying, of all things, the Chilledcow "Lo-Fi Hiphop Beats to Study To" stream. Replacing the anime girl with Jester is just the beginning, as the lovingly elaborate array of easter eggs is simultaneously hilarious and awesome.
  • The karaoke version of Your Turn to Roll must be seen to be believed. Enjoy, and try singing through your laughter.


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