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Proton Jon (real name: Jonathan Carlton Wheeler) is a Canadian Let's Player, game collector, and Twitch streamer, part of the original group of Video Let's Players from Something Awful. Like most of them, he created a YouTube account to host the videos he made. One day, he posted a two part LP of a level from Kaizo Mario World. It became a huge hit, and one of the seminal LP videos on YouTube, eventually leading to him becoming a YouTube Partner on October 18, 2010.

Many LPers, some of whom have become quite popular in their own right, list him as an inspiration. Depending on both when a video he's done was made and whatever's happening in the game he's playing, his commentary style can alternate between wry, witty commentary and hysterical, profane, and incomprehensible rambling, sometimes in the same sentence. Many of his unique turns of phrase have gone viral, sometimes to his chagrin.

His most popular videos are his Super Mario World romhack LPs and his posts of Super Smash Bros. Brawl matches with his friends, both of which are on indefinite hiatus, especially the former, due to having become burned out on Mario World romhacks as a whole. He is perhaps more infamously known for his long-running Let's Play of Superman 64, a playthrough that, between the quality of the game in question, the significant amount of research and editing that goes into each episode, and real-life events surrounding the LP itself, such as a person Jon was trying to buy equipment from straight-up dying...yeah, it's no wonder Jon himself considers this LP cursed. Although still incomplete after 10 years, Jon does still plan to finish it... eventually.

In addition to his Let's Plays, he also did an occasional brief review series called "You Should Play/Avoid This", starting with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

As of the mid-2010s, Jon has made streaming on his Twitch page his main source of content, with Let's Plays and other YouTube videos on the side. Signature among the varying types of streams he does are "Game Clearing" streams, where he attempts to beat as many of the unfinished games in his MASSIVE collection as he can, and various types of "Fortune Cookie" streams, where Jon rolls a set number of randomly-selected games (usually 5, with additional options added by whomever is commentating with him), and then puts up a poll to see which one the stream audience wants to see him play.

These streams have led to some...interesting in-jokes, such as a full-blown multiverse of "Alt-Jons" and other miscellaneous characters large enough to warrant a dedicated fanwiki, which can be found here. Also affiliated with the stream is an Image Booru for stream fan-art, which can be perused here. You can also view a spreadsheet of most, if not all, of the games Jon has streamed here, and the many, many games in Jon's game collection here.

Since Twitch automatically deletes archived streams after two months, Jon created a second YouTube channel, where all of his streams will (eventually) be uploaded. Currently, barring any issues on Jon's end, newer streams are generally uploaded to this channel roughly a day after they initially went live.

Along with Chuggaaconroy and NintendoCapriSun, he is also part of a collaborative LP group known as The Runaway Guys. Jon occasionally does dedicated streams with the Guys (and the occasional guest) on his Twitch whenever the trio meet up to record footage, and as of 2018, the group hosts an annual live charity marathon on Jon's Twitch called The Runaway Guys Colosseum. Tropes related to these streams generally belong on the Guys' page.

As of May 2021, Jon is also a member of the re-refreshed NormalBoots collective, joining longtime friends and collaborators The Completionist, PeanutButterGamer, and DidYouKnowGaming? creator Shane Gill, as well as fellow newcomers Chadtronic and Lady Pelvic.

Finally, alongside his regular Twitch streams, Jon currently co-hosts two podcasts: a weekly gaming podcast called Top Down Perspective (work page here.), and The Disc Only Podcast (work page here.), an inside joke taken way too far that generally airs live via Jon's Twitch page the first Tuesday of each month, in which Jon, Tom Fawkes, Stephen Georg, and The 8-Bit Drummer discuss everything from things that have happened in their personal lives to the South of the Border tourist trap.

As of 2018, he's married to Lucahjin; the two have also done a few Let's Plays together for her channel, stretching back to around when the two were dating- see Lucah's page for tropes related to those.

As of March 2021, Proton Jon has SIX LPs completely recorded and are planned to be released on a regular schedule. More details here.

When it's done:

Current Let's Plays:

  • Jet Set Radio Futurenote 

Previous Let's Plays:

Upcoming Let's Plays:

  • Star Fox 2 note 

Status unknown:

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  • Accidental Misnaming: A stream in August 2016 featured the first appearance of Jon's friend Brian on co-commentary. During the stream, it was revealed that his name is actually Ryan and Jon had been calling him the wrong name for months, and apparently Ryan never noticed until then. To make matters worse, Jon claims that when they first met, he actually got Ryan's name right, but then someone else called him Brian and he responded to it, so Jon figured Ryan was the wrong name.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
  • Adaptation Distillation: Jon condenses the entire plot of Tri Force Heroes into a single paragraph.
    Jon: The entire game takes place in the kingdom of Hytopia. Princess Styla is the princess there. She's not very smart. She opened a gift that was vibrating. She got cursed. Now she's dressed like she's at an anime convention or a hockey game. Her father spends the entire game going like this: (cue Big "NO!"). Her father put out a call for heroes. For some reason, you're the Link from A Link Between Worlds because Nintendo said so. Madame Couture gives you magical costumes that give you superpowers. Every other NPC is pretty much useless. (cue Big "NO!")
  • Age-Gap Romance: Married to Lucahjin, who is nine years older than him.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • And That's Terrible: The original quote, given a shoutout in Superman 64 part 4.
  • Angrish: When he gets really frustrated, he sometimes lapses into this. The entire second half of Kaizo Special Stage 2 is basically one long string of it.
  • Appropriated Appellation: According to an interview he gave, the name "ProtonJon" started out as a mildly insulting high school nickname based on the weak connection that Jon was a fan of Proto Man from Mega Man (Classic) and they were studying protons in physics.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • If the day a regular stream airs happens to fall on April Fools' Day, Jon usually does a Misfortune Cookie stream, a Fortune Cookie stream in which a bunch of crazy, chaotic rules replace the usual ones.
    • April Fools' Day in 2021 instead fell on a Thursday- the day Jon, following his return to making YouTube videos, set for uploads of whatever the main LP was at the time. So, when viewers went to check Jon's YouTube channel that afternoon, expecting Episode 4 of Blaster Master Zero... they instead got the long-awaited tenth episode of Superman 64. Not a Bait-and-Switch, either- the actual thing.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From the end of Super Kaizo World Part 1:
    Jon: Oh fu-hu-hu-hu-hu-huck, I didn't imagine that! Oh, what the hell! I have to do all that over again... rewind! (Beat) ...I'M OUT OF REWINDS! AAARRRGH, I gotta do all that over again! ...and the phone's ringing!
  • The Artifact: His "Door Gods" Twitch emote, which stems from a Running Gag specific to his Dead Space streams with Patty from years ago. He repeatedly talked about replacing it with something else, but his Twitch channel ended up becoming so popular that he was given more emote slots faster than he could think of emotes to put in them, so it's still around to this day and fans occasionally find ways to revive the joke at unexpected moments in other games.
    • His Bomb emote was also originally a reference to his Bomberman Act:Zero matches, but since those faded from being a regular event, fans have repurposed it to refer to sub bombs (when a viewer gifts a large number of Twitch subs to chat members).
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Several of Jon's recurring Co Comms on his livestreams started off as fans of his before becoming a major part of his streams. These inlude Jewker, who was originally just someone following Jon's cookie streams who sniped his way into a (semi-)private match between Jon and his friend John(gamertag: GermanFatass). He's since gone on to become a chat favorite and something of a Foil/Rival to Dan (who coincidentally enough ALSO falls under this trope), and eventually became one of his most well known co comms. There's also Myohelo, who gained Jon's attention with his video "One Wesker Angel", which Jon loved so much that he modded him.
    • Jon himself counts as one with his involvement with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter. He himself sarcastically describes his reaction to being asked to help as being "not at all fanboy".
      Caption: Actual response I sent.
  • Ascended Meme: Jon's monthly podcast "Disc Only" started in July 2020 is based on a joke segment for an earlier The Runaway Guys Colosseum stream where the cast loaded up the Game Boy Player's boot screen without a cartridge in the device and talked over it for an hour.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: "There's actually a FUCKING HELL!"
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: A rather literal example in Resident Evil 5. Both Jon and especially Jake have a tendency to, if they think they see the telltale glint of a treasure, forget everything they're doing and focus on getting the treasure. Including when they're in the middle of a boss battle. Made even more literal when Jon revealed that he had been diagnosed with adult ADHD.
  • Author Appeal: Jon has several favorite pop culture figures he will sometimes structure projects around, including Batman, Captain Falcon, Robocop and the Ninja Turtles.
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: Jon really likes the word "sassy". More recently (2014/15) he has also started using "sweet" and "sick" a lot as all-purpose intensifiers, especially in a Mundane Made Awesome way.
    • He also really likes the phrase 'a hot minute'.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: At the end of Episode 6 of Aria of Sorrow, Jon moves Soma behind Genya so they stand like this, then has Soma strike a pose. Much to Jon's dismay, Genya doesn't return Soma's supposed fistbump.
  • Battle Cry:
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In this video, Jon says he approves of the romhack level made by one "Xanaboy", and recommends that he make more. Xanaboy does indeed make more, as can be seen in this video.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Invisible Blocks. These things are the bane of his existence. He got so fed up with them, he made an entire level full of them in Lunar Magic and had two of his friends play through them.
      Jon: Stop it with the invisible coin blocks. They're not fu— shit.
    • Jon heavily dislikes people that send him ROM hacks with level designs that have a Game-Breaking Bug that prevents him from progressing, forcing him to edit the level himself to fix it. He also gets upset when people copy and paste the original Super Mario World level designs into their ROM hacks, citing this as lazy.
    • People demanding new uploads for the Superman 64 LP also triggers this. While people have made cracks at Jon for his upload schedule for a while, Superman 64 has run into several snags and some time ago Jon ran into technical issues that have prevented new videos from happening. He's made a Facebook post about it, has mentioned it in the description of every video he's put out since the problem came up and brings it up often in his livestreams, but people keep asking him. In one of his streams, he talked at length at his frustration about the comments and the situation in general.
    • In Yoshi's Island, the Red Coin Fly Guys anger him to no end, as they only appear for a few seconds before flying away and never coming back, forcing Jon to restart the stage (or commit suicide to return to a mid-stage checkpoint) for another chance at grabbing the Coin and getting 100% Completion.
      • From the same LP, Bandits. Especially the ones hidden in the background.
    • As of mid-2017, backseat gaming has become a huge one on his livestreams, primarily due to the large amounts of hostility backseaters tend to display, to the point where it could easily qualify as cyberbullying. He's cut games short more than once because of excessive backseaters, and has even considered banning multiple legitimately good games simply because of the amount of backseating he's gotten while playing them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Reading the page, it should be obvious which LP this came up in.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Often. Whenever he plays a game blind, you're guaranteed to hear lots of these.
    • "My calling card: saying the word 'what' in a very high pitch!"
    • Jon reacts this way when he hears that Bomberman Act:Zero is the 15th most-played game on Twitch.
    • His reaction to getting stuck behind a Chomp Rock in 5-Extra of Yoshi's Island where he's normally supposed to ski right over it.
      Jon: WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. That can happen!?
  • Big "YES!": During a stream when to respond to a friend on a chat apparently.
  • Boob-Based Gag: A Running Gag on his streams is his fans drawing female versions of him with ridiculously oversized boobs, including some the size of the universe itself.
  • Born Unlucky: Though not as prominent as it is in his Runaway Guys co-ops, it still shows up in his solo work enough that he has the "protonLuck" Twitch emote for such occasions, which depicts a four-leaf clover on fire.
    • In any Yoshi's Island minigame with an automatic fail condition, Jon ends up getting it almost every time.
    • Inverted in Aria of Sorrow, where within the span of the first episode, he picks up several different Souls from a variety of enemies right from the get-go, and even a couple duplicates.note  Even Jon himself was surprised, although less so since he made a point of investing in his Luck stat from the start of the game.
    • The trope frequently shows up in his real life as well, especially when airports are involved. There was also the time he attempted to buy a new capture device, only to get an email some weeks/months later notifying him that the seller died before they could ship it to him. After buying another one from another seller, he found that it didn't even fix the problem he thought buying a new capture device would solve, and his old one was actually working fine.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    Jon: Is it a secret? Is it pizza? Is it secret pizza?
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Jon always pronounces "Bubble Bobble" in a Brooklyn-like accent.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: As mentioned on the page itself, Jon will occasionally give out Type 2s:
  • Buffy Speak: In episode 19 of ''Yoshi's Island'':
    Jon: Please don't be anything in this thing. Don't be the thing in the thing with the thing... please don't.
  • But Thou Must!: In one Super Mario World ROM hack, there's a level that is called "Don't go here". Jon decides to ignore it and go there anyway, only to fall into a bottomless pit as soon as the level, causing him to say "Fine, I won't go there!" When Jon played a custom Knytt Stories level called "Don't Eat the Mushroom", he decided to listen to the title, only for the game to suddenly finish for doing so. The former had him go with logic and listen while the latter reverses the trend.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Getting damaged by a flying Cheep-Cheep in Mario's Wacky World:
    Jon:That did not help! ...Maybe it did.
  • Call-Back:
    • At the end of the first episode of Wario Land, a Red Coin Fly Guy appears, followed by Wario with his Jet hat gleefully chasing it.
    • The final episode of Super Adventure Island 2 has a part where Jon comments on how he's had to deal with the consequences of not keeping his mouth shut. This is immediately followed by a gag called "Consequences of Jon opening his mouth:" that scrolls a list of various memes and Running Gags from both his Let's Plays and streams that he inadvertently created (including a Foreshadowing line saying "You doing the gambling minigame for this LP" despite his insistence that he would not be doing it).
  • The Cameo: In The Stinger for Part 18 of Yoshi's Island, Mega Baby Bowser is seen zooming up to the camera with his mouth open... then the Attack Kitty from Aria of Sorrow appears in his mouth, which is then chased off by Yoshi while accompanied by a sound byte of Jon shouting "You're not even in this game!".
  • Canada, Eh?: He hails from the Great White North, and therefore draws out his "a"s and "o"s, and pronounces "z" as "zed", which occasionally results in ribbing from his American peers. It's worth noting, though, that Jon was born and raised in Newfoundland, home to perhaps the most inscrutable dialect in the English language, but he doesn't really talk like that at all.
    • In the Battletoads race, the other three racers got two achievements for dying 100 and 200 times, "All About The Benjamins" and "The Franklin Twins," in reference to American $100 bills. Jon's two achievements, on the other hand, were "All About The Bordens" and "The Borden Twins."
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: In part 26 of Resident Evil 5, overlapping a bit with Dull Surprise:
    Jon: (after the giant Uroboros boss forms itself) Jake?
    Jake: Yo.
    Jon: Run.
    Jake: Okay. Right when it lets me. (Beat) Jon?
    Jon: What?
    Jake: Run.
    Jon: I can't, I'm on the ground.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: What Jon considers the infamous Superman 64 let's play to be. He believes that even if he finished and released the rest of the series in one shot, he will still never get people to stop giving him shit over it due to its memetic status.
  • Cats Are Mean: Bagel clearly has no tolerance for those horrible "video game" things that cause Jon to pay attention to something that's not him for any length of time, and will chew through any cords he can get his teeth on, including the cord to a very expensive and difficult to replace Steel Battalion controller. Multiple streams have been cut short due to Bagel destroying something crucial, such as Jon's headset. He also likes to lie in front of the TV, blocking Jon's view while he's playing a game; and lie on top of Jon's laptop keyboard during streams, preventing him from accessing the stream controls and usually opening every recently closed tab in Jon's browser history at once. Of course, the fans find Jon's frustration hilarious, just like always.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The first time Jon streamed Wheel of Fortune, he and his co-commentators decided that his player avatar looked like Slowbeef in a red suit and and referred to him as such for the rest of the stream.
  • Chaotic Neutral: invokedJon has described his own morality alignment as this, with him being an enabler of chaos who always strives to do what's morally sound as opposed to lawfully sound, but also knows when to hold back lest things fall into complete, uncontrollable disarray.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Batman and the Chocolate Factory, courtesy of Pcull44444.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning of 6-Bonus in the GBA version of Yoshi's Island, Jon hops over a ground pound stump thirty seconds in due to the speed of the autoscrolling. At the very end, Jon realizes that he's missing one Red Coin. When he replays the stage to check, he ground pounds that stump he missed, which does indeed dispense a Red Coin. Jon proceeds to flip out.
  • Chewbacca Defense:
    • Jon will often comment on something illogical in a game with " games" in a Dull Surprise tone.
    • In Resident Evil 5, Jon and Jake explain away any unrealistically badass feats of their characters with "because football" and "I'm Little Red Riding Hood!" respectively.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Whenever he feels like it.
  • Clock King: HyperCole64 has gained this reputation, from Jon's astonished reactions to how he somehow perfectly times live donation alerts as punchlines to the egg videos he makes when Jon plays them on stream.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He will lapse into this whenever sufficiently pissed off, the Kaizo traps in Kaizo Mario World and Mario's Wacky World being two shining examples.
    • Everyone (save for NintendoCapriSun, but even he swears at times) in Battletoads. Especially Super Jeenius.
    • By the time he's done the skiing portion of 5-Extra: Kamek's Revenge in Yoshi's Island for about ten minutes or so, half of his commentary devolves into stuffing "fuck" into every other sentence.
    • The summary of his reaction to missing 100% Completion in the very last stage of his Yoshi's Island Let's Play as the result of passing a stump that showed up for a handful of seconds at the very beginning of the stage.
      Jon: Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you! Are you fucking serious?! Should've fucking known!
  • Comically Missing the Point: From his 2010-2011 holiday special:
    Jon: ♪We wish you a merry Christmashanukkahkwanzaafestivusholidayseason, we wish you a merry Christmashanukkahkwanzaafestivusholidayseason...♪ Uh, no. Hmm, maybe if I say Kwanzaa first...
  • Composite Character: Two major recurring ones. One is a combination of Robocop and Waluigi with an inconsistent name, the other a combination of Jon himself and Rosalina, called Rosajon.
  • Contrived Coincidence: A minor Running Gag on his Fortune Cookie streams is that Jon will start the stream playing a game of his own choosing, then bring up the Fortune Cookie - only for one of the five games it offers (sometimes the first one!) to be another game in the same franchise (which has happened with the Metal Gear series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among others).
  • Cool Big Bro: Has admitted feeling like an older brother for Emile. It can sometimes be heard in the TRG videos, but there he's more like a big brother who wants his younger brother to behave properly. It can however be heard very well in Emile's Luigi's Mansion 2 LP. Where even though they tease each other sometimes, one can hear that they wish each other well and they actually work very well as a team.
  • Cosmetic Award: Given out like candy on Halloween in the Battletoads LP.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Used to cosplay until his mother found out and apparently yelled at him. He hasn't cosplayed since but misses it sometimes.
  • Couch Gag: His playthroughs of Yoshi's Island, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 have these. Most of them depict what was featured in the video.
  • Crack Fic:
  • Crass Canuck: Jon has garnered a reputation for himself of not only being a Canadian content creator, as Chuggaaconroy loves to point out over on TRG, but also for having a very noticeable Hair-Trigger Temper over how unlucky he gets.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Averted often; many of the plans he comes up with backfire quite a lot (such as the time he tried to fire a homing pigeon in midair, only for it to blow him up, or when he tried to use a Chargin' Chuck as a springboard to help clear a gap, only to fail over and over again).
  • Culturally Religious: Mentions it in a Runaway Guys video. Even though he's not Christian anymore, he appreciates the values it gave him.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Happens in one match of Bomberman: Act Zero when agumegaru123 runs into a Good Bad Bug. invoked Thanks to a connection glitch, the player character becomes unable to drop bombs, pick up items...or get hurt by explosions, which allows agumegaru123 to win the match without even trying.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Seeing a cat in a game makes Jon squeal "Kitty!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he isn't raising his voice, he usually talks in this mode, along with the occasional helping of Self-Deprecation.
    • When discussing Xanaboy's romhack, he makes the following quote:
    Jon: I'm sorry if this is news to you, but 111 is more than 84. I may have blown your mind. I'm sorry.
    • "Future Jon" mixes this trope with Lemony Narrator during the Resident Evil 5 run.
    • It often seems like Jon just can't take Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow seriously. Half the time during cutscenes, if he isn't laughing his ass off, he's in full-on snarker mode.
    • It's been noted he has an uncharacteristic tendency to [[Corpsing lose his cool laughing]] when co-comming with StephenPlays, perhaps because Stephen is one of the few people in the TRG community who can out-deadpan Jon himself.
  • Decided by One Vote: A literal example in one of Jon's streams, when he sets up a poll for whether to play more Bomberman Act Zero or do something else, and the incredibly narrow result is decided by one vote out of over 200 cast.
  • Denser and Wackier: His Donkey Kong Country LP is by far the most ridiculous series he's ever done (intentionally), as very little of the LP consists of actually playing the original game and is for the most part an Overly-Long Gag as an LP.
  • Disappointed in You: He expresses in the finale of the Notte Luminosa LP where it was revealed that creator behind the ROM hack lied about himself having leukemia. Later averted when the guy apologized and Jon being proud of him for owning up to his screw up.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Jon: Ridiculous? That's ridiculous! Nothing can be as ridiculous as ridiculousness! ...How ridiculous are you?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jon's reaction to a certain broken puzzle by Xanaboy1.
    Jon: You didn't think this through at all!
  • Divide by Zero: A minor Running Gag of his streams is him accidentally creating an 'infinite void' on his Fortune Cookie screen due to the window recursively showing an image of itself.
  • Documentary: His Superman 64 LP is like this.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Mentions a few times during his Pepsiman stream that he doesn't like "pop" anymore.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His Let's Play of Mario's Early Years with Kelekin had the two of them rolling in a fit of laughter when the game's fill in the blank displays "The Princess has a big _____"
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked.
    • One episode of his Superman 64 LP introduced the "random asshole comment count".
    • His overall reaction to Yanama during the final part of his Notte Luminosa Let's Play.

  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Jon has a particularly bad case of this when he plays the GBA version of Yoshi's Island. Particularly about the camera scrolling up or down.
    • His earlier streams have a few oddities compared to his more recent ones.
      • Fortune Cookie Streams were originally called "random game night" streams.
      • The intermission screen didn't have the wall of gifs.
      • He didn't use straw polls, which made it difficult to tell which game actually won.
      • The "now loading" screen featured regular Robocop instead of Robo Waluigi.
  • Ear Worm: Jon confessed in the Fortune Cookie stream on April 24, 2021 that the Power Pellet melody from Pac-In-Time got stuck in his head when he was young, and it still does to this day.
  • Edutainment: He and his roommate Kelekin tackled a pair of Super NES preschool games called Mario's Early Years.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Carlton, as revealed in a stream. Fresh Prince jokes instantly flooded the chat. Jon justified it as being his father's name.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • One Fortune Cookie stream in 2018 has Jon remove a game after it was chosen and played. While he is willing to play games with varying levels of quality, the game in question, which revolves around a Driven to Suicide Funny Animal and has gameplay where the object is to die in each level, didn't sit well with him or the co-comms. Justified, as he lost friends to suicide, as revealed in that stream.
    • Jon contemplated on putting Senran Kagura: Peach Ball on the Fortune Cookie ban list after playing it as a Mystery Gift. While he doesn't mind fanservice (if the Rule 63 art of him is any indication), he expresses great concern about the game's premise, and how it involves smacking a girl's assets to restore her from a Phlebotinum-induced transformation.
    • While he has notoriously bad games on Fortune Cookie, one game that Jon bars from it is Orb 3D after Jon's experience from clearing it for Game Clearing 2018, as its controls were too frustrating for him.
  • Family Theme Naming: He revealed in a livestream that his older sister's name is Jen ("the 'Proton' and everything").
  • Feed It with Fire:
    Jon: Now, Mother Brain is blue, so we have to warm her up WITH MISSILES.
  • First-Name Basis: Jon will almost always refer to Lucahjin by her real first name, Reese, when talking about her.
  • Fission Mailed: After Lucahjin, Masae Anela and Pcull44444 all distracted Jon from gameplay in a stream with their teasing, he tried making them leave the stream by pretending to Rage Quit and putting up the end-of-stream screen. Lucah sees through the ploy immediately.
  • Foregone Conclusion: There are some games which are practically guaranteed to win the popular vote during Fortune Cookie.
    • Any game based on a game show. This is probably due to a combination of The Runaway Guys' meme-tastic LP of Wheel of Fortune for the Wii U (even though it's usually Chugga, not Jon, responsible for said memes), and Jon usually roping the co-comms into the game with him for multiplayer shenanigans.
    • Any game from The Jackbox Party Pack series, because it's a game everyone, including everyone in chat, can play together.
    • Any game strongly associated with either Jon or Lucah. If the latter, the chat will usually encourage Jon to get Lucah downstairs to join in on the fun.
  • Four Is Death: During Misfortune Cookienote  rounds where the chat does not know what games they are voting for, only voting on "Option 1", "Option 2", etc; almost everyone votes for Option 4 for this reason (because let's be honest here, most of the people who watch Jon on a regular basis just want to see him torture himself playing terrible and/or extremely difficult games). In the first Misfortune Cookie stream they were usually right, too. In subsequent ones, Jon expected this to happen and made sure every Option 4 of the night was a good game that he would enjoy playing.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In stage 8 of Superman 64, he considers the fact that the stage has three floors is important, and will be on the test. He isn't going to write it though, so he encourages people to write the test and submit it to other people, e-mailing it to an address that flies quickly across the top of the screen and reads
  • Friend to All Children: His friends notes that he's good with kids.
  • Gambler's Fallacy: In his Wario Land LP, he does the coin betting minigamenote  pretty much every stage, resulting in truly convoluted theories about which patterns "repeat," eventually calling it "Gambler's Fallacy: The Game."
  • Gender Bender: His fans have a habit of drawing him as a female, often times with an overly exaggerated bossom.
  • Genre Savvy: Becomes this in response to his repeated exposure to Kaizo Traps. In this video, he sniffs one out like a pro.
    Jon: You guys aren't going to get me with that trap any more, you have to understand that.
    • Elsewhere, he says that if you ever want to play Mario professionally, just play a bunch of romhacks because you'll be forced to learn all the tricks.
    • A weird case when playing America's Next Top Model with Lucahjin, Smefanye gets allergic to some of the makeup. One of the NPCs "wakes her up" and says that she has allergies, which suprises Jon that she would know about such a thing. Later when they talk to the other NPCs does none of the other rivals know what it is, proving his point.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In-Universe, he encounters one in 5-Castle of Yoshi's Island, where sprite limitations causes various sprites to freak and vanish. This includes the pinball doors that were between him and the Flower within the room he was innote , which allowed him to toss an Egg at the Flower and snag it with zero issues.
  • Griefer: Patty is this to Jon in their co-op streams of Dead Rising 3: always testing out new weapons on Jon before anyone else (which doesn't do any damage to Jon but does stun him a bit), harassing Jon while he's occupied in the menus (usually by pushing him off his safe perch into the crowd of zombies below), and more, all purely for his own amusement.
  • Growing Up Sucks:
    • Toyed with. Prior to the release of Superman 64 part 2, Jon wrote a message saying he'd stop LPing due to how he will inevitably mature... until it was revealed to be a fake letter.
    • Discussed on a serious level while playing 5-Extra in Yoshi's Island, where he notes that now that he's grown up, he doesn't have the time to marathon games like his younger self was able to.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Becomes this for "The Completionist" in the Gunstar Heroes review.
  • Guide Dang It!: A good chunk of the Sticker Star stream is Chugga and Jon discussing the unimaginably high amount of atrocious design choices used in the game, which include the number of times the game really does not want to tell you how to make progress when it really should.
  • HA HA HA—No: A variation in part 4 of Resident Evil 5:
    Jake: *points his gun at a rat, then walks past it* I thought that was a thing, but it was only a rat.
    Jon: Only a rat?
    Jake: *warily* Are rats something I need to be worried about too?
    Jon: Dun dun du- no.
  • Happily Married: To fellow Let's Player Lucahjin.
  • Heads or Tails?: According to his comment on Chugga and Masae's Mario Party 2 Filler Let's Play, do he decide who to side with when the two having an argument by doing this. Although it could have been a joke.
    "Someday you'll realize who I'll side with by flipping a coin."
  • Heads, Tails, Edge: In his Furious Mario LP, he tried to decide what path to take by flipping a game cartridge:
    Jon: It landed on its corner.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In-Universe, "I'm not sleeping tonight, guys, this is my nightmare sound."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Married to the redheaded Lucahjin.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chuggaaconroy, in a weird sort of way.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Mentioned in part 5 of the Battletoads race.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Did this to Chuggaaconroy's channel for a video, He even Bound and Gagged Chugga before the video begins.
  • The Hyena: Sometimes. Usually when some weird/OOC stuff happens.
  • I Broke a Nail: Jon paused his livestream of Pepsiman due to breaking the nail on his middle finger.
  • Iconic Outfit: His "classy hobo" hoodie and toque hat.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Beginning with his LP of Blaster Master Zero, Jon has had a naming theme for each of his videos in an LP.
    • Blaster Master Zero: Via Fun with Acronyms, the first letters of each episode title spell out "FROGFINDER"note .
    • Super Adventure Island II: The first letters of each episode title spell out "HIGGINS"note .
    • Donkey Kong Country: The episode titles go in alphabetical order (episode 1's title begins with "A", 2 with "B", etc.).
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes:
    • His Superman 64 LP parodies the well-known Adam West Batman version with the zoomed-in-and-out logo and spinning background, except with the Superman logo instead. This is used whenever he has to reset the game and start again due to showing off a Game-Breaking Bug (or coming across one accidentally).
    • A similar one is used in his Donkey Kong '94 LP, but with an 8-bit Mario sprite zooming in and out accompanied by the sound effect from collecting a coin in Super Mario Bros.. This is used whenever his Super Game Boy crashes and he has to restart. Which is often.
    • In an interesting take, his Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Let's Play has Wario throw the footage out of the screen, revealing the next scene.
    • As of mid-2019, these are used on the stream as well, for instance, a cascade of fortune cookies when transitioning to the fortune cookie and a large version of the "art" emote for transitioning in and out of art block.
  • I Hate Past Me: "Future Jon", a.k.a. the text that Jon adds when editing the videos, is prone to making snarky comments about his past self playing the game.
  • I Have Many Names: Is Jon's stream mascot (a combination of Waluigi, Robocop and later also Weird Al as Rambo from UHF in the raid video) called "RoboWaluigi", "Robertcop", "Waluigi Cop", "ProtonCop", "ProtonRaid", etc. etc.? Nobody knows. Even Jon himself has been known to switch from one name to another in the same sentence when talking about him.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Battletoads has the "Alcoholic in Training" achievement: "This game stops sobriety." Of course, they're all just drinking water/soda pop, but the trope is clearly invoked.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: You'd think his Large Ham would mean a Big Ego, but being complimented makes him shy and embarrassed, and then he mutes their audio.
  • Inferred Holocaust: invokedJon points out that should Pepsiman succeed at giving Pepsi to the people stranded in the middle of the desert in Level 3, it would only cause them to die of dehydration even faster than if he had just left them alone.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: His early stream "Random Game Night - The Fortune Cookie Strikes Back With A Vengeance", from August 2013, ended up introducing many things that would become regular staples of his streaming career for the next five years - his intermission gif wall, Bomberman Act Zero, and the Robocop Stream Over endslate. Particularly noticeable as the first two happened organically during the stream rather than being planned.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Tri Force Heroes, both he and Josh immediately break into laughter when Tom chooses the Goron Garb for an ice level on grounds of being too heavy to slide around.
  • In-Series Nickname: In a glitched runthrough of Super Mario Bros. 3, he and the others refer to Rotodiscs as "disco waffles".
  • Insistent Terminology: In Resident Evil 5, Jon refers to the Majini as "not-zombies", "zambies", or occasionally "not-zambies".
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: In June 2022, Jon discovered that the activity that relaxes him the most is painting his nails, as it forces him to not do anything else. He even managed to get compliments from strangers who thought his nail designs looked beautiful, and a Target clerk near where Emile lives while he was visiting him pointed Jon towards an online nail polish shop that offers unique paint designs and tutorial sessions.
  • Irony: During the Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Demo stream, Jon notes that the streamer next to him is experiencing technical difficulties with the demo while his own demo appears to be functioning correctly, contrary to his "habit" of finding arbitrary glitches despite playing normally while most others experience the game as intended. This fact doesn't go unnoticed by neither Jon nor the viewers.
  • Kaizo Trap: His reaction to the Trope Namer made them famous.
    • And in another project:
      Jon: What's up here? Is it a secret? Is it pizza? Is it secret pizza? It's... A KAIZO TRAP! You sadistic son of a bitch. I didn't fall for that.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Loves cats and has one named Bagel with his wife.
  • Kubrick Stare: His banner on YouTube is of Ryu from Ninja Gaiden doing a particularly epic one of these.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • This video has Jon talking about his ancient, somewhat malfunctioning NES, when he says this line:
      Jon: My NES is somewhat like my update schedule, it only works every six months.
    • During his Superman 64 LP, after completing the 1st level of the Gameboy game: "Thanks for hanging around for the first stage. See you again in 2 months when we do stage two."
  • Large Ham: From his rage from his earlier Mario Rom Hacks to him yelling "FOOTBALL!"
  • Leap of Faith: He's made his fair share of these. It even became one of his catchphrases.
  • Lemony Narrator: In the 4-player Battletoads race, the achievements start doing this, especially in the later stages:
    • After Jakenote  gets stuck on Karnath's Lair for an entire video, Jon remembers an easier way to beat the stage and tells Jake, who berates Jon for not telling him sooner. This earns Jon the achievement "My Bad...: Should've said that sooner".
    • Late in the race, Jake turns out to have been ignorant of the fact that Battletoads has a 2-player mode. This earns him the achievement "That Other Health Bar?: Totally there for looks".
    • In Level 12, Patricknote  is killed over and over by a cloud enemy. Jon proceeds to kill it on his first try and brag about it, earning him the achievement "Wow: This guy sounds like a dick".
    • Also, when SuperJeenius is ranting about how the sprint always kills him, he proceeds to say it's the one thing that always gets him. The achievement that follows is "I Thought It Was Snakes?: You were thinking it too".
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In a 2019 Fortune Cookie stream, Jon was playing The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages. As he reaches the name screen, a special donation notification involving yodeling plays, so in order to find the stream file easier, he names the file "Yodel".
  • Literal-Minded: A Running Gag in his Wheel of Fortune streams is when someone wins a foreign trip as a prize, Jon interprets the illustrative picture or video overly literally. (Video of the Pyramids) "You won the Pyramids!" (Picture of a deckchair on an idyllic beach in Cancun) "You won A CHAIR!"
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Mentioned by name during his LP of Super Mario TKO.
  • Logging onto the Fourth Wall: In Wario Land part 3, Jon makes a joke about "" and say "Don't go there. It's not a site. I hope it's not, anyway." It is now. It links to that part in the YouTube video.
  • LOL, 69: Jon completes a stream for Dust: An Elysian Tail for Game Clearing with a 69% clear rate and a time of 8:00:08. He lampshades this by copying the save file to slots 6 and 9.
  • Machine Monotone: Played for Laughs in Tri Force Heroes, when he dons the Robowear for the Cove of Transition.
  • Madlibs Catchphrase:
    • "I know how to X", where X is a grammatically imprecise reference to what he's about to do in a game, e.g. (playing a racing game) "I know how to CAR!"
    • "Because...X" as an 'explanation' for It Runs on Nonsensoleum events, most usually "Because...Videogames".
    • After using the vanilla version for a while, he now typically uses fan-made edited versions of the Wesker "YOU WILL GIVE ME AN EGG!" clip as his stream new subscriber sound, with 'egg' replaced by something related to whatever game he's streaming.
    • When asked by a game to choose which character to play as, there is pretty much always an exchange like this:
    Jon: CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTER! Who are we playing as? (lists characters)
    Co-comms: Uh-
    Jon (ignoring them): Let's be real, we're playing as (fan favourite character / Jon's memetic favourite character)
  • Manchild: In Part 2 of Let's Play Donkey Kong '94, Jon calls himself this after saying that the crocodile creatures from Donkey Kong Jr. resembled the alligators from Gator Golf.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: If you need to laugh at Waluigi, Big the Cat, or even Batman, he's your man. He makes other funny voices too.
  • Mascot: He has Robo-Waluigi (a cross between Robocop and Waluigi) for his streams. Occasionally Albert Wesker is used as a substitute as well. Later streams would add RosaJon, a fusion of him and Rosalina, with ample breasts, and Beefuru, a cow version of Bub from Bubble Bobble.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Jon, Tom, and Josh all receive one at the end of Episode 11 of Tri Force Heroes, when the statue that the boss dropped before dying unbalances the platform, nearly sending them all plummeting to their doom when they don't have enough health to survive. Luckily, Jon barely survives, so they don't have to do the boss fight over again.
  • Memetic Molester: In-Universe, he and his friends finds the child holding Robocop from the Gameboy Robocop 2 game really creepy.
  • Mind Screw:
    • While recording a Let's Play episode with small time Let's Player AriZonia there was an exchange between the two because Ari had used terminology from the N64 era without ever playing the system or it's games:
    Ari: Well, I'm finally at Baby Bowser- er. Bowser Jr. actually.
    Jon: You know what, I always call him Baby Bowser all the time even though I know he's Jr. It's just this weird thing, you're so used to from the older games.
    Ari: That's the thing. I've never played them.
    Jon: *Beat* wait what?
    *Ari laughs*
    • Happens again on 12-16-14 during a poker night stream with SuperJeenius. AriZonia was let into the call to play a round as one of the random chat participants. She had been extremely nervous and when Jon tried to reassure her by confirming she had played poker before, he was quite surprised when she admitted she never played before in her life.
    • And yet again during that same stream the two times Ari manages to win a hand when the odds were stacked against her and she had been running low on chips. Especially since both times the other person had been confident they were going to win.
    • The Donkey Kong Country LP starts off normal but slowly descends into increasingly bizarre and weird territory, to the point where the final episode involves Jon having to deal with a multiverse of Donkey Kong Country LPs created by alternate versions of him playing different versions of the same game.
  • Mondegreen Gag: Jon misheard one of Bub's lines in Puzzle Bobble 4/Bust-a-Move 4 as "Beefuru!", and decided it was Bub's way of saying he wanted beef. Eventually, Beefuru became the name of an alternate character: a cross between Bub and a cow.
  • Mood Whiplash:
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • Mushroom Samba: "What Is Love?"
    Jon: Do mushrooms actually do this to people? I gotta start taking drugs to check this. If I took a hit of acid, and suddenly saw the Burger King on fire, singing What Is Love?, I'd be amazed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A non-angst filled example, he does however regret inspiring people to go out and get their hands on Superman 64.
  • Mystery Box: His Fortune Cookie streams would sometimes include a mystery option, which entailed him picking a game of his choice from a specific pile of games he had set aside for this purpose, usually games that friends or fans had given him. The chat proved unable to resist the allure of such a mystery, and every single time it was an option on the cookie, it utterly destroyed the competition, causing Jon to eventually scrap the option completely because it made the cookie too predictable.
  • Mythology Gag: The Fortune Cookie gag in the final episode of the Donkey Kong Country LP has Jon opening his virtual Fortune Cookie to determine what game he LPs next. The game that shows up is Jet Set Radio Future, alluding to the then-unreleased "Project: Sweet Bike" LP. Sure enough, the next main LP immediately following DKC was, in fact, JSRF.
  • New Game Plus: A self-imposed one in Tri Force Heroes; since he's already beat the game and is replaying it, he has the advantage of being able to choose from outfits Josh and Tom don't have access to, as they haven't finished the game yet.
  • Nice Guy: The real-life Jon is very kind and laid-back, and is closer to this persona in his own Let's Plays than in the Runaway Guy videos.
    • The stream he held 10th of December 2016 had a fan apologizing for unsubbing to save money. Jon almost started crying (or actually did), telling the fan that they were there was way more important to him than any money and they had nothing to feel sorry about.
  • Nintendo Hard: His NES LPs.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Parodied in his second stream onwards for Guacamelee! for Game Clearing 2019. Jon is given a mod that adds RobertCop as a costume with censor bars on his pecs. The mod's creator wanted to give off equal-opportunity censorship for the fun of it.
  • "No. Just… No" Reaction: During Resident Evil 5 when SuperJeenius starts fantasizing over Chun-Li.
  • No New Fashions in the Future: Lampshaded numerous times by Jon in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, especially in regards to Soma's... interesting outfit.
    Jon: Everyone really likes wearing suits in this game!note  Except for... good old pimp coat Sora.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Invoked in his Let's Play of the original Yoshi's Island; after Jon found Yoshi's New Island disappointing compared to the original game, he decided to go back to it to see if his fond childhood memories held up.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: During a stream where he was discussing fanbases, a Twitch user pointed out how Jon was calling Chuggaaconroy's fanbase "kids" as an overgeneralization. Jon then proceeds to explain that he's not overgeneralizing; statistically, Chugga's fanbase is primarily pre-adolescents according to YouTube.
  • Not Quite Dead: When Jon played Aliens: Infestation for Game Clearing 2020, he loses Lucky in the low-gravity segment, but Lucky's profile did not register that death. Jokes implying this trope ensued.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: He encounters glitches so much without seeking them that he can only quote this trope. The PokemonPuzzleLeague one he got on the 10th of December 2016 completely broke him reducing him to a partially laughing, partially crying mess just wondering why things like that keeps on happening to him.
    • He even runs into a few during multiplayer races, such as his four player Mario 64 race with the Versus crew and Tim.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: His reaction to Yanama revealing that he faked having terminal Leukemia just to get Jon to play Notte Luminosa.
  • Older Than They Think: Invoked. In his Let's Play of Donkey Kong '94, he demonstrates that many game mechanics thought to have been introduced elsewhere later on appeared here first. Including Donkey Kong's tie (introduced five months before Donkey Kong Country)!
  • Once an Episode: Jon lampshades the use of "You lift me up~/Lift me high~" whenever he, Tom, and Josh go into a totem in Tri Force Heroes.
    Jon: I swear we've done that at least once every episode.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Happens in one livestream, due to the combined Trolling efforts of Lucahjin and Masae Anela making him frustrated enough. He doesn't lapse into a Newfoundland accent (or at least not a very thick one), but he does start using Newfoundland terminology, which just makes Lucah and Masae mock him further.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Discussed in a September 2018 livestream highlighting The Messenger. As the shopkeep tells a story involving two worst primal fears—fire and reptiles—combining into dragons, a co-commentator notes that he finds bears more terrifying then reptiles. Cue talk about bear-like dragons.
  • Overused Running Gag:
    • Bomberman Act:Zero works "It's still anyone's game" to death and back.
    • This is Jon and the mods' opinion of the Muppets Party Cruise rap as of mid-2018, but they have yet to convince the fans to stop sending in edits of and references to it.
  • Parody Commercial: On stream, a donation is for a mock-up ad for the Glitchen Gun, based on the Kitchen Gun. The possible games that could be displayed are games that have glitched on stream. Apparently, the device can cause glitches in games.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope:
    • invoked Camera Screw. It is one of Jon's biggest turn-offs when it comes to him enjoying a video game, even if the game is otherwise great. When he played through Pikmin with The Runaway Guys, he talked about how camera control can make or break a game for him, most notably Super Mario 64 and Pikmin.
    • He mentions in several videos that he really can't stand Slippy-Slidey Ice World levels, becoming palpably dismayed every time he has to play through one. He explains that he regards the slippery controls as a form of Fake Difficulty that erodes the player's sense of control over their own gameplay. The "slippery shoes" mechanic being omnipresent in New Super Luigi U is stated (frequently) as being part of the reason he spends most of the LP in a fit of rage.
  • Percussive Therapy:
    • Jon hammering the save state key in frustration whilst playing Kaizo Mario.
    • And again while repeatedly loading a save state in Kaizo Mario.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope:
    • Oh, how Jon hates invisible coin blocks. He considers them Fake Difficulty, as most of the time they're used for traps that can't be avoided unless Jon already falls into them. Yet, he keeps seeing this on a regular basis.
    • He also revealed in his LP of Donkey Kong '94 that he hates Ice Physics for forcing the player to relearn how to play the game.
  • Platform Hell: Kaizo, of course. Many of the other romhacks he plays also try for this, with varying degrees of success.
  • Player Tic: During his play through of the Ninja Gaiden series on the NES, he climbs a wall to the top and constantly jumps up from it after killing a boss as his way of doing a victory pose.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: A classical example. He's still a huge fan of shows from the late '80s and the '90s, and bought DVDs. He is as we know a gamer, and an Occidental Otaku. His intermission gifs feature several fandoms like Doctor Who, RoboCop, and many more. He seems to enjoy reading as well but has a hard time finding time for it.

  • A Rare Sentence:
    • In the first part of Superman 64's Stage 6: "Oh no, I pushed him through the wrong part of the floor! ...Never thought I'd say THAT."
    • In the second part of the above video: "Is that forklift humping that robot?!" Which cues a "Never Thought I'd Say That" counter.
    • During the Battletoads race:
    Jon: *gets killed by...* Rubber duck, nooo!
    Pcull: Not very often you hear that statement.
  • Recurring Character: Thanks to them living in the same house, and now being engaged, Lucahjin shows up every so often to Jon's streams. She has a habit of stealing his Fortune Cookie votes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In the 4-player Battletoads race, Jon and NintendoCapriSun are the blue oni to Super Jeenius and Pcull 44444's red oni.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Lucahjin was formerly just a fellow Let's Player. She and Jon would eventually start dating, then she moved in with him. As of September 2, 2017, the two are engaged.
  • Renaissance Man: Of gaming. His Fortune Cookie streams have revealed that there are very, very few game genres that Jon isn't at least fairly skilled at, and there are many (often unconnected) genres of games he is exceptional at.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Introduced in Jon's January 2021 streams is Beefuru (created by Rhyme, one of the viewers), a small adorable bovine modeled after Bub from Bubble Bobble.
  • Running Gag:
    • Sort of. Any time Leet Lingo happens, Jon reads it as if he doesn't understand it.
    • Invisible coin blocks.
    • An occasional one is Jon reacting with exaggerated shock when a character 'dies' in game, especially if it's in a very cartoonish fashion that you wouldn't expect to take seriously. Also shows up in The Runaway Guys.
    • Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 5 supposedly being an (American) football star.
    • Jon glitching a game during a stream to the point where he has a custom emote.
    • People say #Proton______ with the blank being something relevant to the current stream.
      • In the same vein, people will often subscribe to Jon's Twitch channel with joke usernames based on whatever stupid/hilarious thing just happened/is happening in the stream, because Jon has to thank them by name and give them an egg. Also, the vast majority of these are done by the same guy. Since subscribing to Jon costs $5, he must have spent hundreds by now.
    • During the streams, whenever the fortune cookie results in some odd choices for games being played (such as a Kim Possible game, or Jon himself picking the infamously terrible Bubsy 3D), someone in the chat will always point out how said game is in the Top 20 or so most viewed games on Twitch.
    • People Photoshopping 18-year-old Jon's face onto people/characters/things. For extra weirdness, sometimes present-day Jon's face is Photoshopped onto someone/something else in the same picture.
    • Attack kittens appearing in end slates for his Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow playthrough.
    • From the streams, the chat more or less "raiding" itself due to chat having a tendency to spam the same word whenever something happens.
    • Really for the streams, anything that appears on the bingo card could be considered one of these.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, JoshJepson constantly receiving rare items from end-of-stage chests.
    • In Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, referring to treasures he glitches through the floor as "broken" or "used".
    • An occasional one from his streams is that whenever a Mario game shows up on Fortune Cookie, he and the co-comms refer to it as an 'obscure indie title' and act as though they have to explain the concepts of the game to the audience.
    • The Incredible Hulk (1977)'s "The Lonely Man" gets thrown in on occasion in livestreams, usually via fan submissions. This is typically coupled with fading to greyscale, a zoom-in, and a picture of a sad Captain Falcon fading in. This gag got worked into a donation alert.
    • After The Muppets Party Cruise was played on stream, a lot of fan submissions play with the line "One door's red, the other's blue." from the game's theme, even months later. Fans even apply this to other things aside from doors.
    • On streams, whenever Jon is given access to a character creator (usually in wrestling games or Tony Hawk skateboarding ones) he will always manage to produce some sort of terrifying technicolour monstrosity.
  • Running Gagged: Jon has noted that the year 2020 seemed to see a lot of longstanding jokes coming to a spectacular culmination:
    • Tom Fawkes' demands to see Jon play Halo Reach finally being satisfied in the TRG Colosseum Chaos Fortune Cookie stream.
    • The 'Game Boy Player, Disc Only' joke Jon unleashed on StephenPlays at Extra Life 2018 returning and becoming a podcast starring both Stephen and Jon (as well as Tom Fawkes and Jerod 'the 8-bit Drummer' Collins).
    • After almost a decade of constant Albert Wesker and 'You will give me an egg' themed references, Jon got to collaborate with DC Douglas himself on streams! Of Resident Evil 5, a game where Douglas' character Wesker appears, no less.
  • Save Scumming: Justified, as many of the romhacks in which he does this are designed to be nigh-impossible to beat without gratuitous use of savestates.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • During the "Bad Place Mario" romhack, one of the levels is labeled "Don't Go Here." He immediately goes there. It sends him instantly tumbling into the pit, making him lose a life.
      Jon: Fine. I won't go there.
    • In the "Don't Eat the Mushroom" level for Knytt Stories, Jon proceeds to listen to the level's title and avoids picking up the mushroom. This results in the game ending extremely quickly after only playing for 2 minutes.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: About a third of the way through Act 5 of Ninja Gaiden 2, Jon quits for a few minutes, and Ryu replaces him with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • "My NES is like my update schedule; it only works once every six months."
      • A lot of Stage 7 of his Superman 64 Let's Play was spent apologizing about his release schedule.
    • After singing something:
      Jon: I'm pretty sure I'm about to be arrested by the SPCA for killing cats.
    • Before The Runaway Guys' Thrown Controllers panel at PAX: "Welcome to the biggest trainwreck in history."note 
    • At the end of episode 20 of Resident Evil 5:
      Jon: We're going to use this week's "What We Missed" to cover... how you're actually supposed to play the game, because if I've learned anything from watching back this footage and editing it together... it's that we don't play this game right at all.
    • A Running Gag in race streams is Jon saying how he's not experienced with a game/hasn't practiced it and expects to be steamrollered by the other challengers, only to almost invariably then either win or at least place a close second.
  • Self-Immolation: Since Bomberman Act:Zero lacks a spectator mode, each round of any multiplayer match Jon hosts but doesn't intend to compete in himself commences with the "ceremonial lighting of ProtonJon on fire," i.e. dropping bombs on his own location as rapidly as possible to eliminate himself from the round.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In-Universe
    • Defeating Wesker in Resident Evil 5 only using rotten eggs.
    • In 2017, Jon set a goal to clear 52 games that he hasn't beaten before on stream, which he codenamed the "52 in 52". He manages to reach the goalnote , even going one over for good measure.
      • The target's been raised to 64 games in 2018, with specific goals for different consoles. Time will tell how this turns out.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: His Superman 64 LP has much more sophisticated editing than usual, not to mention the detailed trivia and history sections throughout each video. Case-in-point: episode 5. To top it off, his e-mail interview with Eric Caen (the game's producer) became cited as a source for the game's Wikipedia article.
  • Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer: invoked During Game Clearing 2021, a Running Gag occurs during a visually modded Sonic Mania playthrough in which Jon stops what he's doing ingame in favor of the orbnote  challenges.
  • Sizeshifter: Parodied with Rosajon, one of Jon's female depictions, who has this power applied to her breasts. As she has been consistently depicted with varying cup sizes in fanart, lore eventually dictates that they can change their size, as shown in a donation alert featuring her.
  • So Proud of You: Fighting Ridley with super bombs:
    Jon: MOAR EXPLOSIONS! Michael Bay would be proud of me!
  • Sound Defect: Jon usually plays the "you will give me an egg" soundbite from Resident Evil 5 for new subscribers, but several times has played the wrong sound clip by accident.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: During Yoshi's Island part 9, Jon enters Naval Piranha's Castle, which begins outdoors with the game's quirky/smiley art, but still plays the castle music. he comments on it
    Jon: You're going to solve a mystery... while being smiled at by every piece of architecture in the world!
  • Space Whale Aesop: From the end of Episode 6 of Aria of Sorrow:
    Jon: Folks, let this be a lesson: If you do a sweet pose after a friend of yours has been stabbed, respond to the fist bump.
  • Spinning Paper: Done with the Daily Planet as the opening of the supervillain intros in Superman 64, with "pictures" from Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Jon starts his Runaway Guys stream by making Chugga play Wheel of Fortune, both to troll Chugga and because the fans enjoy watching Chugga screw up in a funny way, as he invariably does. Chugga proceeds to win the game.
  • Squee: Jon could barely contain his excitement when he found out he could battle Waluigi in a dance off during his Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix live stream.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Superman 64 Stage 8 has Jon confused by Jimmy Olsen appearing, giving Superman advice, and vanishing completely. Usually by walking off camera and simply not being there when Jon turns around.
  • Stealth Pun: Comes with these rather than Chugga's obvious and at times lame ones, and Tim's more clever ones. One good example is then both he and a friend jokes that he keeps on looking at the player A Girlbreast in one of the Bomberman Act:Zero streams.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: In the second episode of Mission Mode in Chuggaaconroy's LP of Pikmin 3, Jon, Chugga's guest player for the episode, introduces himself as Chugga. Chugga, conversely, introduces himself as ProtonJon, using the most over-the-top, stereotypical Canadian accent he can come up with. Jon is completely and hilariously offended.
  • Straight Man: In both his streams, Let's Plays/Streams with others, and in The Runaway Guys. This also means that he can sneak jokes people find uncharacteristic for him, like puns, Toilet Humour, and even dirty jokes, without as many noticing when he does it, making him seem stern when he's just as silly as everyone else.
  • "Stuck at the Airport" Plot: Oh boy, does Jon have some stories; ranging from simple chain reactions of the hilariously awful kind to straight up almost being barred from the US at one point. Fans and Jon's friends love to joke that the only thing worse than Jon's luck with video games is his luck with air travel.
  • Sturgeon's Law: Ultimately the reason Jon stopped doing playthroughs of Super Mario World ROM Hacks. More than often the hacks he was sent had very little thought put into them and often were only designed to deliberately piss him off with pixel perfect jumps or other unseeable bullshit. While Jon has does some Super Mario Maker levels on his Twitch on occasion, he has a much, much stricter threshold of what he's willing to play and put up with.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: Jon normally does a spiel to describe how Fortune Cookie works for new viewers, but this trope happens when something unexpected happens, such as parts of his tech breaking down (which is often).
    Jon: If you are new here, to Fortune Cookie streams, here's how this works...everything breaks and I get upset. That's...actually pretty standard around here.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Parodied at the ending of Tri Force Heroes.
    (All three of them cheer with cries of "We did it!")
    Jon: Unfortunately, I am the Fierce Deity, so unfortunately, everyone died, like, a minute later.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: In one of Superman 64's many, many glitches, he demonstrates that an innocent bystander seems to be completely impervious to Superman's attacks, including when he throws an exploding crate at her, but immediately keels over if she's even grazed by a Dark Shadow attack.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • In streams, Jon always has a "1% Rule" in place that states that if two leading choices for the Fortune Cookie are within 1% of each other, he just plays both games, one after the other. After this rule caused a few issues, he introduced the "0% Rule" as a joke, which states that if the two leading choices are tied, he ignores both of them and plays the game in last place instead. The 1% Rule has since been modified afterwards to just include the second place game on the next Cookie (which carries over between streams if applicable).
      • During a fortune cookie round on Jon's March 31, 2018 stream, Crazy Taxi 2 and Digimon All-Star Rumble tied for first place and Jon decided to play them both at the same time. It was very dumb.
    • In his Superman 64 LP, Jon wanted to have the ring stages sped up or cut completely since they showed nothing new and he wouldn't have much to say during those stages. He asked his fans on what he should do and it was nearly split between "keep the ring stages" and "cut the stages out". Jon rolls both options into one by showing the ring stage in one corner of the screen while using the other corner to show off other stuff such as other Superman games or random trivia related to the franchise.
  • Take That!: In response to all the ROM hacks he received that heavily relied on invisible blocks, Jon created a level that was filled with over 300 invisible blocks, just to show people how bad levels would get if people didn't stop relying on the gimmick. Jon also had two of his friends play the level so that they could get extremely pissed off at the level design, which would drive the point home. In short, the level was a big middle finger to everyone that relied on invisible blocks, which at the time was a lot.
  • Taking You with Me: In his Bomberman Act Zero livestream matches, ACFan120 (the guy who does the cartoon head logos at the end of Runaway Guys videos) AND Dan The Enigma (though not to the level of ACFan120) keep trying to do this to Jon.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Lampshaded.
    • Jon also attempts this on his second Yoshi's Island video by trying to guess what the comments on the first video would be like, but doesn't do particularly well. This is lampshaded by the "Future Jon" annotations.
  • Tempting Fate: Happens all the time in a Five-Second Foreshadowing way in his videos and streams, but perhaps the best example might be his original Superman 64 test video from 2007, in which he comments that he actually enjoys playing the terrible game and intends to LP it even though all his colleagues from SomethingAwful are warning him he'll regret it.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In episode 4 of his Donkey Kong '94 LP, he refers to a British Challenge Gamer website called "Cyberscore" and describes using it as "Cyberscoring". After a moment he realizes how much this sounds like an Unusual Euphemism...
  • Third-Person Person: Jon does this when he commentates a Bomberman Act:Zero multiplayer stream he's playing in.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • During his stream of Pepsiman, he says this word for word when he sees an extremely narrow level full of conveyor belts.
    • Says it at least twice during his encounter with 5-Extra in Yoshi's Island.
    • Never said outright, but Jon's non-stop complaining and hyping up of Balore in Episode 7 of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow carries a definite flavor of this trope. For good reason, though.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: In world 3 his Yoshi's Island LP, Jon comments that a monkey he finds looks particularly traumatized in this way.
  • Time Travel: Sometimes referenced with respect to "Future Jon", especially in the finale of Yoshi's Island in which Jon plays the final boss level earlier but reorders it to the end of the video, and then halfway through it pauses to insert later-recorded footage of alternate paths. While trying to keep consistent commentary throughout when it's recorded at three different times.
  • Tournament Arc: On February 11th 2014, Jon held a 32-man Bomberman Act:Zero one on his twitch channel which was won by Dan The Enigma.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: During Stage 5 of Superman 64, he essentially interrupted the game (though you could still see him playing it in the picture-in-picture) to do a full LP of the Game Boy version of Superman, returning afterwards to show all the glitches he missed.
  • Undesirable Prize: Jon and his roommate created a custom prize list for their Deal or No Deal PC game. Nearly everything on the list was an Undesirable Prize— top contenders are "Hepatitis A-G", "Wet Cardboard Box", and "A Golden Shower from R. Kelly". Other gems include a year's supply of calendar, Howie Mandel's haircut, and "1337 5P34K 13550N5".
  • Unperson: In an "Un-game" example, there was a period when whenever his Fortune Cookie chose Battletoads as an option (which was surprisingly often), Jon acted as though nothing had happened and went to another option.
  • Unwanted Assistance: During an on stream game of Among Us , Jon needs to use sabotages to allow him to attack and kill someone, only for his imposter parter, Master Time Theif, to use other sabotages that don't help him much.
  • Verbal Tic: He calls these "word of the week", because they change over time. In the specific LP where he mentions this, the tics are "boogie" and "EXTREEEME!", as he himself points out.
  • Very False Advertising:
    Jon: This means today is the SAMUS ARAN BOMBING POWER HOUR. ...Even though it's only 10 minutes.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: He normally doesn't indulge in this sort of thing, but the absolutely hilarious results of crashing on a water slide caused him to dedicate part of his Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 playthrough to causing Tina to crash as much as possible.
  • Visual Innuendo: In "Mario's Early Years," he and Kelekin notice that one stage puts a "Box" in a... very inopportune location on Princess Peach's body. They fall apart laughing.
  • Wait, What?: Jon has this reaction in Bomberman Act:Zero Round 4 when he finds out he technically won despite A Girlbreast taking him out with a line bomb.
  • Walking Techbane: Considering how much he glitches games and has technical issues in general, he certainly counts as one.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: After the end of Kaizo World Special Stage 2:
    Jon: THERE! I GOT PISSED! YA HAPPY?! ...Well, that was fun. I wonder what the next stage is like?
  • Waxing Lyrical:
  • Weaksauce Weakness: "Apparently he's found my one weakness: simple jumps."
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In Epic Fail propotions. When he tried to make a fake Swedish accent people mistook it for him trying to sound like a sexy girl, while he actually tried to ask if there was any sexy girls in the audience/chat. Given that he was dating Lucah who's of Swedish descent and can speak some of it was he probably trying a pick-up line and failing hilariously.
  • What Would X Do?: While battling the Masked Devil in Ninja Gaiden (NES):
    Jon: There was a really good strategy someone showed me once. ..It was so good I forgot it.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: With Lucahjin's assistance, he got a RosaJon cosplay in time for The Runaway Guys Colosseum 2021, and he looks quite attractive in it.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is afraid of dogs due to being attacked by one in his childhood. But he does not hate them and gave heartfelt condolences to a fan who had just lost their dog, and got upset when said fan tried joking about it to get over it. He later has overcome this fear and is willing to adopt a dog should Lucah want one too.
  • With Lyrics:
    • Seen here in the Kaizo LP: "This is the castle... A FUCKING HARD ONE..."
    • In Resident Evil 5 he briefly sings "Point-blank sniping, I am running now!" to the tune of the Transformers theme.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: His (surprisingly catchy) improvised lyrics to "Reptilia" by The Strokes:
    ♪ Come on, come on, now / Let's keep moving now / Why is this so slow / Don't make me fast-forward / Because it really sucks / Can I jump over here / No I prob'ly can't / Goodbye Yoshi, I hate you / AH I GOTTA RUN / Didn't make it in time / Rewind space-time ♪
    ♪ Wish these lyrics would be on the screen so I'd know them / I - hate - make-ing - up - stuff / because my voice goes outta tune ♪


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Shy Guy Says

During The Runaway Guys' play through of the entirety of the first Mario Party game, the first and last board-related mini-game they play is Shy Guy Says, to which this is acknowledged in post.

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