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The Super Gaming Bros. is a Let's Play channel run by SomecallmeJohnny. Originally the name of his series of reviews before changing it to simply "Johnny Vs." once his brother Elliot stopped reviewing alongside him (with the exception of the odd review here and there), the name of the channel is dedicated to Johnny and his brothers (and occasionally his uncle) and friends doing Let's Plays of games.

The trio had announced and planned for 2020 to be their last year as an active channel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end of the channel was put on hiatus until the crew eventually decided to do their last batch of Lets Plays through Discord. With Johnny moving to Georgia in 2021, this brought a somewhat end to it. Johnny posting a video that was pretty much a send off to the Let's Play Channel, though has stated they'll do one now and then whenever they get together.

On June 24, 2023, The Super Gaming Bros. have confirmed that they are returning to the Let's Play scene after Johnny was able to own a house at his home state of Pennsylvania and with the rescritions of the COVID-19 pandemic toning down.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: The channel was retired in 2021 due to several factors like personal obligations and the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult for the group to get together to make content. In June 2023, Johnny and the rest of the crew made their return to the LP scene.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Sonic Genesis was cancelled because of Johnny losing a lot of lives from Labyrinth Zone and therefore Johnny and Elliot decided to cancel the LP in the end.
    • It should also be mentioned that although the Sonic '06 LP did happen, it was originally going to be live commentary. But because of the recording curse taking effect and lack of commentary, it was Post Commentary instead.
    • Despite being back since June 2023, their Let's Plays on Final Fantasy VII, Spider-Man 2 and Saints Row 2 haven't been updated since the break. Their Slender: The Arrival playthrough for Halloween-Fest 2023 has them reveal that they will be continuing where they left off starting in January 2024.
  • Abridged Series: In Reverse/Rebirth, Johnny wanted to avoid repetition by editing out all of the levels except for boss fights. In other words, he made an abridged series of an abridged series.
  • The Ace: If there's a game that either one of the guys grew up with and loved, than you'll know that they'll play the game extremely well.
  • Alliterative Name: Matthew Michael Matelli, or as the ladies say it, "Mmm".
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe, they like to make some outlandish interpretations of certain characters.
    • Omega is a huge Jerkass willing to make fun of anyone, especially his own teammates.
    • Riku in Chain of Memories is a creeper who knows the women based off of scents and develops into accepting that he's an asshole.
    • Winnie the Pooh is a sociopathic, hedonistic tyrant who doesn't care about his friends. In KH2, he is only faking his amnesia just so he can eat other people's honey.
    • Slender Man is an affable abomination who is only trying to return the missing notes to Lauren.
    • The Blue Toad is a Jerkass known as Troll Toad who repeatedly griefs his companions out of hatred for everyone (himself included) because of Parental Abandonment and having to grow up in the streets of the Mushroom Kingdom alone.
    • Frank Castle is a bit of a racist, he's very politically incorrect, kinda klutzy and enjoys making very bad puns.
    • General Pepper is a thespian who sometimes has a case of dyslexia.
    • The Demon Door in Barrow Fields is a gay, hedonistic, and creepy Chubby Chaser who takes way too much pleasure out of watching men get fat.
    • Aku Aku in the N.Sane Trilogy is massive creeper.
    • Luigi is a manic depressed person from being the Butt-Monkey for so many years.
    • Doctor Light is an abusive father who takes pleasure in giving X weak and unintuitive upgrades or lying to him.
    • Mugman is very loud, verbal and foul-mouthed who is absolutely furious for Cuphead wagering both souls to the Devil in a fixed game.
    • Michael Jackson is a serial killer leaving various clues and ticks about his craft through his song titles.
  • Angrish: Johnny's prone to this whenever epic failure repeats itself more than once.
  • April Fools' Day: Subverted. There was going to be a Sonic Genesis April Fools playthrough, but according to Johnny in the BrainScratch run of the game, he and Elliot lost their marbles during recording and cancelled it. The footage has long since been missing since Johnny deleted it.
    • In 2016, Johnny and Elliot played Rugrats: The Search For Reptar for April Fools Day, though the video was uploaded in April 2.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Matt's driven mad with the shadow blobs in Tales of Symphonia. Many commentators on the video have agreed that the HD collection fucked up the coding on the blobs to make them worse than the gamecube version.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: Johnny and Matt spend most of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories shamelessly mispronouncing words like "sleight" and "respite."
  • Atomic F-Bomb: When Johnny lost a life during the trek to the Great Palace due to a combination of Knockback (his sworn nemesis) and his own fault, he unleashes an Atomic F-Bomb worthy of the The Angry Video Game Nerd... which is what we would be saying, if he didn't cut it off with... the opening to Paranoia Agent?
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Aside from Matthew having a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, he slams Rebecca Chambers for staring at a door while Chris is dying. Granted, it's a load screen taking longer than it should, but the joke was still valid.
  • Artifact Title: The name Super Gaming Bros. was during the early days where the channel was only Johnny and Elliot. With the inclusion of Matt (Johnny's friend), Greg (Johnny's uncle) and Sabrina (Elliot's girlfriend), the "Bros." in the title doesn't work anymore. Lampshaded by Elliot in their Mortal Kombat 9 LP where his introduction has him say "Super Gaming Bros...and a friend" since this was where Matt was introduced as an official member of their group after his debut in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Audience Participation: At the end of Sonic 4: Episode I, Johnny made a voting of which Sonic game he would play next. It was a close call between Sonic Adventure, Sonic Colors, and Sonic '06. Sonic '06 won.
  • Ax-Crazy: Elliot and his comments about Nabbit in the New Super Mario Bros. U playthrough are less than settling.
    Elliot: I love chopping him up into pieces and using his foot for good luck.
    • Let's not get started on his treatment of ants, according to the MediEvil LP.
  • Backtracking: The guys only hate this when it becomes apparent that the player has to do tons of it. Justified, as they do their sessions live, they don't have the time to edit out parts of the game they don't want to show off. One of the chieftain complaints Matt and Elliot had against Resident Evil – Code: Veronica (that wasn't Steve-related) is that it took the previous backtracking the other games did and ramped it up to the point where getting around the entire area was a slog. Super Metroid, however avoided these claims from everybody because all of the power-ups Samus would've backtracked for were optional, and didn't require as much to get the other weapons.
  • Bad Liar: Johnny and Matt use this as their shtick during their time in Zozo during the Final Fantasy VI let's play. In the game, Zozo is a town full of liars, so the duo decide to act out the part. Johnny eventually drops the act since the lies get more silly, but Matt still keeps the act up while giving his truthful commentary at the same time.
  • Batman Gambit: Lampshaded and mentioned by name in his Sonic 2006 LP.
  • Berserk Button: Elliot becomes this for Johnny in the home stretch of the Dusty Desert (Second Level in Sonic '06) multiplayer.
    • Pretty much any time they're all stuck on a certain level for a while.
    • Offering Matt a tip or trick during a let's play is always welcome. Telling him to play a game exactly like someone else or that it has to be done perfectly is a surefire way to piss him off.
    • Sexualization of minors in fanarts or in general is another off button for the brothers. Johnny and Matt expressed disgust over this in the South Park: The Fractured but Whole when you had to collect art of the minors in the game. Neither of the two cared what the context was that Elliot was trying to bring up.
  • Bias Steamroller: Matt has a raw, undying hatred against Final Fantasy XIII.
    • Johnny and Matt (possibly Elliot) don't give two shits and a fuck about Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
    • Metroid: Other M is another game that irks them. Johnny at least is willing to accept the gameplay. Matt and Elliot hate the whole thing.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Everyone says this whenever something odd or cheap happens. This one takes the cake:
    Johnny: If we ever use the warp whistle, we have to cancel the Let's Play again.
    Matt: And I'm going to strangle him.
    Elliot: And I'll sodomize him.
    Matt: That- WHAT? WHAT?
    • On the final part of Sonic 4: Episode I, Johnny let's one of these slip when Elliot defeated the Lost Labyrinth Zone's part of the Boss Rush (which killed him a few times) without dying once.
    • Johnny lets out a beautiful one during the Code Veronica play through after Steve Burnside contradicts himself in the span of two sentences.
  • Birthday Episode: Elliot's 17th birthday "Let's Play" of Slender: The Eight Pages.
    • The Donkey Kong Country recording happened on Elliot's 16th birthday...without the birthday boy himself.
      Matt: Happy birthday buddy and what a better way to celebrate your birthday than by excluding you from our Let's Play.
    • And to add to Elliot's 17th, his 18th was done to Slender: The Arrival.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: This little exchange as of video 3 on Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels playthrough:
    Elliot: So, there's this kid who considers himself a "Game Reviewer"...
    Matt: Johnny?
    Johnny: FUCK YOU!
    • Also, this from part 1 of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.
      Elliot: (when filling the personality inventory form) "I have enjoyed role-play during sex"... yeah, that's not gonna happen for another 20 years.
      Matt: Twenty? What are you, Johnny?
      Johnny: I thought I was being a positive role model...
  • Blackout Basement: Episode 8 of Luigi's Mansion is called this.
  • Bond One-Liner: Vaya con dios.
  • Book Dumb: In earlier Let's Plays, Elliot was not that bright on information, or at least in terms of Nintendo games. As he matured, so did his conversations and subject matter.
  • Book Ends: The first and final rounds of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend on Smackdown Sunday were of Johnny playing as Mu-12 battling against a purple Valkenhayn controlled by Elliot in the Altar. Naturally, this is lampshaded by Matt.
  • Born Lucky: When Elliot stepped up to play Sonic the Hedgehog 4, he phased through one of Eggman's projectiles during the Boss Rush.
    • Also played straight and inverted many times throughout the Lost Levels commentary.
    • In the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, Johnny was lucky to get THREE encounters with the White Mushroom Heartless without trying to get all the Arts for all the spells he could cast at the time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Elliot during 2D Mario Games and Flame Core in Sonic '06 Multiplayer.
  • Button Mashing: The guys do this in the Jeopardy episode to see who could answer first. After a while, their thumbs start to get sore.
  • Captain Obvious: Johnny points it out to Elliot during his LP of Resident Evil 2 when his health was critical.
    Elliot: Danger!
    Johnny: No shit, Elliot!
  • Catchphrase: Whenever Elliot makes a screw-up in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Johnny yells "Elliot! Seriously!".
    Johnny: Elliot, seriously. God damn it, how many times am I going to say that? ...I want a complication of all my Elliot-seriously's. It's probably at three hundred and seventy-four.
    • Johnny also has his orgasmic catchphrase where he yells "My Dick! My Dick!"
    • Elliot has quite a few: "FAIL!" "That was close." and "You're a dick." "JESUS!" is Elliot's most common phrase whenever something big/shocking happens in the game and it gets lampshaded by Johnny once when Elliot screams out "Holy shit!" with Johnny noting how he was surprised to hear Elliot say something other than Jesus.
    • When Elliot is having trouble, Johnny will never fail to give him the sagely advice of: "Take your time." Spoiler: It doesn't really help.
    • "How's that phone, by the way?" Deserves a t-shirt.
    • "SUBSCRIBERS UNITE/ASSEMBLE!" is used by Johnny or Matt whenever they can't come up with an answer or information for a topic they're talking about and need the subscribers to help out.
  • Childhood Friends: In regards to John and Matt, as they met each other in the 9th grade.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: More so Elliot, but Matt has his moments.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Matt. BIG TIME. To put it bluntly, if Matt goes three sentences without cursing something out, Johnny thinks something is wrong with him.
    • Whenever Johnny encounters a Slicer in his Sonic the Hedgehog 2 LP.
    • What happens when Silver escapes the invisible wall in the Sonic '06 Sonic's Story Extra video. John himself is shocked about this, treating it as if Silver is a escaped murderous psychokinetic psychopath. He begins to fear Silver like he was Jason Voorhees in hedgehog form.
  • Comic Trio: Johnny (The Leader), Elliot (The Fool), and Matt (The Only Sane Man).
  • Continuity Nod: In the Zelda II LP, Johnny's save file from the then recently completed review of the game is clearly visible in the file select. No one makes a reference to it, though.
  • Cosmic Plaything: During the Sonic '06 Multiplayer, Elliot gets killed by meteors three times in a row in roughly twenty seconds, one of the few times in which the poor kid was legitimately screwed over by the game.
  • Creator Thumbprint: It's only been acknowledged in the Mega Man X4 Let's Play, but many series where Matt is at the controls demonstrate his liberal item usage; even OOT's fairly useless Farore's Wind (which Matt shows off how to use quite well) doesn't go untouched. Matt mentioned offhand that, as a technician by trade, he likes to play with the tools he's given, and he'll mark a game down if the tools suck.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Elliot has very little skill at platforming games. But when it comes to fighting games and wide open sandbox games, Elliot can kick serious ass.
    • Elliot also demonstrates this during the Sonic 2 and Sonic '06 multiplayer parts against Johnny. He manages to end the former in a tie and the latter winning. Keep in mind, Johnny has been playing the classic Sonic games since he was a child, being able to master Sonic '06's stiff control, and Elliot barely having experience with either.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During Part 7 of his Mega Man X LP, he took on Storm Eagle, to get revenge for his embarrassment in BrainScratch Commentaries's playthrough. He completely decimates Storm Eagle in the boss fight, by taking him down, with no effort, taking no hits, and insulting him as he does so. Later, in part 5 of the same LP, he purposefully wastes a sub-tank before the Storm Eagle rematch, so he can savor the moment of obliterating Storm Eagle with the HADOUKEN!
    • Johnny set up a Lethal Frame deck for the second Riku fight in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories so that Johnny could stop time, attack Riku and set up another Lethal Frame then when time started again, Riku lost 5 big chunks from his health bar and then Johnny repeated the process.
  • Cut Short: When the COVID-19 Pandemic happened, several lets plays (Final Fantasy VII and Saints Row 2 to name a few) were put on hiatus since the guys couldn't get together without breaking social distancing protocols. After several months, the group decided that they would not continue the lets plays and retire from the channel in order to focus on their personal lives.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's not unusual for any one of the three to snark once in a while, though Matt is the most adept at it.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Invoked by Matt as he calls himself this in the Lost Levels commentary.
  • Determinator: The whole basis for Johnny in the later worlds of Lost Levels.
  • The Ditz: Elliot has his moments of this.
    • In World 7-6 of Mario 3, he makes it to the hole with a few seconds left despite the various amounts of him falling off platforms.
  • The Dreaded: Conceptually, Johnny fears the editing room floor whenever Matt or Elliot either commentate terribly or breathe heavily.
    • Judging from comments in Chain of Memories; Matt absolutely FEARS Lingering Sentiment and Vanitas Sentiment.
  • Drinking Game: Their yearly drunk playthroughs of various Mario Party games starting with Shy Guy's Jungle Jam from Mario Party 4 on St. Patrick's Day 2013, where Johnny, Matt, and Mark duke it out by taking shots after losing a minigame, not getting a star, landing on red spaces, etc. Elliot plays as well, but substitutes Jack Daniels for Pepsi and Mountain Dew instead due to being under the US legal age for alcohol consumption of 21.
    • The tradition continues on St. Patrick's Day 2014 where they did a drinking game for Mario Party 5's Pirate Dream. They also did drunk lets plays of Superman 64 and Project M.
    • Though they missed St. Patrick's Day 2015, they returned to Mario Party 4 to get themselves drunk on Bowser's Gnarly Party, and then some Sonic Genesis. They would have also played Smash 4, but Matt broke the rules to have a drink and paid the price for it.
    • 2016 brings in a drunk LP of Mario Party 3's Woody Woods. Then Elliot, Matt and Mark played some Mario Kart 8 after Johnny passed out.
    • When Elliot finally turned 21 in September 2016 and became allowed to drink, they celebrated by playing Wario's Battle Canyon from the original Mario Party...but then the game crashed in the last 5 turns, so they had to settle it in Smash 64. Afterwards, Elliot played the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Demo while drunk.
  • Drives Like Crazy: If the Let's Play of L.A. Noire is anything to go by, the minute Elliot gets a driver's license in the real world, he should be knocked unconscious, flown to the Gobi Desert, and buried 40 feet under for the sake of the human race. (And the sake of the Pennsylvania Budget Planning Meeting)
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Invoked and Justified. Elliot (at the time) has never beaten any of the Classic Sonic games and Johnny made him play it on Easy (using Sonic Jam) and with Tails just to make it different from the previous Let's Play.
    • Adding to that, Johnny mocked Elliot because of how watered down the final boss was compared to when he would fight it normally.
      Johnny: They must think you're the pussy of pussies.
    • Inverted in Mario Lost Levels. Elliot and Matt call Johnny a pansy for not playing the All-Stars remake of the game, which is superior and less frustrating.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Sort of. In MediEvil, Johnny gets a bit upset that his name is a homonym for toilet (a John). Adding to that, Elliot finds out that his name written backwards sounds like toilet. They wonder if their names were meant to be connected somehow.
  • Ending Fatigue: In-Universe, they can enter "when will this end" territory with some of their LPs and prefer to get it over with.
    • Elliot gets increasingly bored by the time he and Johnny play Sonic the Hedgehog 3 due to having to endure a marathon of Sonic games (they had played Sonic 1, CD and 2 beforehand) for several hours in a row and being unable to fully play as Tails due to Johnny doing all the work as Tails gets strung along. Matt takes over for Elliot when Johnny takes on Knuckles' portion of Sonic 3.
    • Johnny really starts to lose patience toward the end of LEGO Batman due to a bit of aimless wandering when looking for the solutions to a few puzzles.
    • The group's let's play of Batman Forever starts off with the three of them having a fun time ripping the game a new one, only to quickly despise the game's glitches and bad level design and becoming more angry, annoyed, and frustrated at the game while they progress. By the end of the game, the trio barely make any effort to come up with some funny commentary and just want the game over with.
    • Elliot gets increasingly annoyed by the massive amounts of backtracking Matt had to do in Resident Evil – Code: Veronica due to bad game design and Matt screwing up a few times. By the end of the game, Elliot just wants the game over with so that he doesn't have to keep watching the backtracking.
    • Spark the Electric Jester gradually wore down Johnny and Elliot over time due to the large number of stages to play, with the two of them repeatedly asking which stage is the final stage. The viewers also felt that while fundamentally fine, the game went on too long for its own good.
  • Epic Fail: Since they're live LPs, there are a ton of them. Mostly by Elliot. And you know that's one of the reasons you go there.
    • Know anybody else under the age of 75 who got a game over in World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros.?
    • Johnny also died against the first Mecha Sonic boss on the Egg Wrecker, who is exactly the same as the first Sonic the Hedgehog boss.
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 LP, Elliot got a Game Over on Easy Mode.
    • Matt drowned in Angel Island Zone!
    • Matt sometimes forgets to un-mute his microphone, leading to him being barely audible; Johnny has expressed his frustration with this by editing in notes.
    • The group manages to get a Game Over in Super Mario 3D World on World 2. They also manage to lose their first life on World 1-1 that sends them back to the start of the stage.
    • In part 4 of the Lost Levels playthrough, Johnny kicks a Koopa shell to the right and then runs right into it. Matt is in stitches.
      • Incidentally, this coincided with Elliot asking the two what a molar is, another possible example of the trope.
    • In Part 3 of the Super Mario Bros. 3 LP, Elliot died on a TREASURE SHIP. Worse than world 1-1.
      • To be fair, why is there a boss fight on a secret bonus level?
    • Elliot failing to use the cloud item correctly in the same part.
      Johnny: Jeez, did you want to do a dramatic entrance with the cloud?
    • Elliot dying in the Green Switch Palace.
    • Elliot dying from an enemy hit while riding a Yoshi. Riding Yoshi acts as an extra hitpoint for Mario or Luigi in Super Mario World and getting hit only causes them to get knocked off, but Elliot still somehow ended up dying from this.
    • The Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped LP might as well be Epic Fail: The Elliot Cancel Story.
    • Pretty much anytime Elliot makes the exact same mistakes multiple times in a row after Johnny told him exactly what to do or not to do in a game. Johnny at one point accused Elliot of not even bothering to try to avoid the enemies/hazards.
    • Matt playing Resident Evil – Code: Veronica during Chris' scenario and dying after playing several parts without saving the game, which causes him to restart the entire scenario from the beginning.
    • Matt playing the "Spider-Bowing" minigame in Spider-Man: The Movie, which sees him more often than not crashing into the ceiling and wasting his turns.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Matt's a real trooper when it comes to Kamek. Then again, 8 castles and a frustrated Libido is going to inhibit judgment.
    • Comes back in Lost Levels where he says after World 5 he'd settle for Toad.
    • And Enyuu from Genma Onimusha. Did we mention Enyuu is a sword?
  • Fake Difficulty: Downplayed, but the guys don't really mind this IF the case is unforeseen or something done not out of malicious intent or an accident such as what they call a "developer's shortsight", in which something bad wasn't done intentionally of bad ideas of challenge or poor design, but rather they didn't think out the entire scenario, like when an otherwise well designed level in Mario Maker 2 has a part of the level that a player can be unintentionally soft-locked in it.invoked
  • Fast-Forward Gag: Part 9 of the Persona has Matt shopping for weapons at absurd speeds (complete with the sound sped up as well), leaving Matt completely dumbfounded to what the hell was going on until Johnny explained he sped up the video due to Matt taking too damn long with his shopping.
  • Fatal Flaw: The trope and when it springs up is discussed among the trio whenever a game commits a massive screw-up. One notice is the infamous plot twist in Sly 4. To use Matt's words for it, the trope is like "when a game does just one thing wrong, but by the gods it's a Hell of a One Thing Wrong."
  • Filler Arc: Johnny says that the Super Mario Land LP is this.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • In HuniePop, the game went badly until Elliot remembered he can power up his phone.
    • In Kingdom Hearts II, Matt forgot Donald and Goofy can hold Ethers, making the Demyx rematch harder.
  • Freak Out: Johnny is terrified when Silver escapes the boundaries of the Sonic vs. Silver boss fight and begins chasing him through Soleanna. The fact that he had to frequently slow down and even stop to make sure Silver could keep up nearly drags the scene into Narm territory though.
    • On a more serious note, Johnny usually gets these when he starts losing his patience. Mostly when it involves Elliot doing something stupid.
  • Gag Censor: See Atomic F-Bomb above.
  • Game-Breaker: The guys claimed that Ned Flanders was the most broken character in The Simpsons Wrestling. Flanders' main gimmick is that, upon being knocked out, he'll immediately revive, forcing the likely worn-down opponent to continue fighting him in that single round. That's not the only divine intervention at play; Flanders' lightning attack is among the most powerful projectiles in the game, if not the most powerful.invoked
  • Gasp!: Mark's common reaction in the New Super Mario Bros. games.
  • The Ghost: The fourth brother of the Ortiz/Cancel family, Stevie. Mentioned only a few times, never seen.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In Part 44 of L.A. Noire, Matt and Johnny briefly speculate that Elliot is Cole Phelps's evil Split Personality who makes Phelps drive around recklessly and endanger countless civilians for laughs.
    Matt: On one side, Cole Phelps. A Goody Two-Shoes who wants to uphold the law. The other personality, Elliot Cancel. A maniac who runs down everyone and disobeys completenote  traffic laws.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: During the Super Sonic Super Stream & Knuckles, Johnny's stream was joined by Kirbopher and Mike Pollock.
    • And during the Super Sonic Sequel Stream, John was joined by Ben Diskin.
  • Halloween Episode: While not being released at October 31, their Castlevania Let's Play was posted to start off Johnny's Castlevania reviews.
    • In October 2012, there was a dedicated month of horror or darker games LP'd, aptly named Halloweenfest.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Any game that lets the player rename a character will be abused, mostly by Matt. Link is dubbed Bort for The Legend of Zelda and its sequel by Johnny while Matt uses "I Say" in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Persona has Matt dubbing the Heroic Mime as "Hei Yu".
  • Hurricane of Puns: The gang produces countless puns using "Boo" and the names of various shows.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During the Resident Evil (original) playthrough, Elliot slips vocally, suggesting Rebecca Chambers has a degree in Ph.D's, with the other two teasing him as a result. In the first part of said playthrough, Matthew said the same thing and nobody caught it.
    • Again in Silent Hill 3's finale. Matt lets Johnny and Elliot try to score the killing blow on Claudia, only to get game overs. Matt was ready to call them out on not seeing the Aglaophotis and was ready to shame them for not paying attention to the story...only for himself to gleefully tell the viewers and his friends that he too did the same thing three times on his first playthrough.
  • I Have Many Names: Matthew has gone by many names, such as Turd Ferguson, Slim Shady, and Pretty Fly for a White Guy.
  • I Have No Son!: What's that, Elliot? You don't like TV Tropes? Then Matt disowns you from the family.
  • Idiot Hero: Elliot in the 2D Mario games and Crash 3.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Elliot courtesy of The Finale of Sonic '06's Multiplayer Mode.
    • Another one in Kingdom Hearts after Goofy obtained the MP Gift ability.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: In the Donkey Kong Country playthrough, Matt calls a Zinger with a dark-greenish color a "Zombee".
    • This might also be an example of So Unfunny, It's Funny because Johnny and Matt start laughing as a result.
      Matt: You got Kang Banged!
  • It Amused Me: Elliot admits he plays L.A. Noire recklessly (running people over, damaging cars, etc.) since he gets amused from annoying Johnny.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: John is Sonic and Elliot is Tails! It's a Sonic Marathon! All the Sonic games on the Genesis! (That includes Sonic CD!) Plus Sonic 4: Episode I! Played in a row! No breaks of significant measure! Two have more than 10 zones! Of considerable length! And don't forget the Special Stages! Arc Fatigue for our Let's Players is definitely NOT a very high possibility!
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Mentioned a few times In-Universe during the Innocent Sin playthrough that because the enemies do so little damage to you; there's no threat of combat or death and the game becomes harder for Matt to sit through.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matt. While he does have his moments of trolling and the occasional jerk moment, he really cares and loves his friends, family, and fans.
  • Jump Scare: Johnny after he finds out that Slenderman can pop up out of nowhere rather than following you constantly. Later, everyone has this when Slender appears in an enclosed area.
  • Kaizo Trap: Discussed during Part 8 of Devil May Cry.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Elliot in the Tails in Sonic 2 Let's Play, which is mainly the reason he got the Game Over in the first place.
  • Large Ham: Elliot really likes to go full ham sometimes. Matt also has his moments of hamminess as well, although not as much as Elliot.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Elliot and Johnny both wanted Matt to hit the bankrupt space in Wheel of Fortune, however both brothers ended up landing on the space on their turns.
    Matt: Yeah, Fuck You! Just goes to show that malice is full circle!
  • Last Lousy Point: Matt said the Banjo-Kazooie run was going to be 100% and include the stop n' swop items. However, he forgot completely about the bottles puzzles above the fireplace. When called out, Matt agreed that he completely forgot about it; but othe projects were starting up, making the run a 99% run. Johnny also ran into this during the Metroid Fusion run for the channel which he missed a pickup for, leaving him at 99% at the end; so he showed off in a cut bit at the end of the LP what he missed.
  • Laughing Mad: Matt just plain loses it when Elliot gets murdered three times in less than five to ten seconds in Flame Core. To the point where he could not breathe!
    Johnny: Joker here! I've infected the room with laughing gas! Our first casualty: Matthew Metelli!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Elliot often recklessly rushes through sections, and naturally if often results in either him dying or losing powerups immediately after gaining them. However, both Matt and Johnny have repeatedly pointed out that he actually does better adopting this play style than when he attempts to be more cautious.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!: Johnny delivers one to Matt in their Persona LP in a post edit after Matt complained to Johnny that he had cut out some new enemy encounters.
    Future Johnny: Well, learn how to edit, Matt.
  • Long-Runners: Along with his LP channel, Johnny has been doing reviews and let's plays since 2008.
  • Love to Hate: In-Universe, this is their mindset on Big the Cat. None of the trio liked him by himself, but it sure didn't stop them from having a roaring good time ripping into him, imitating him, or making fun of him overall.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Johnny's been noted for his wide range of nearly flawless impersonations that he pulls off every now and then, the most famous and popular of which being his Luigi voice. Most impressively was his impression of Louis Armstrong during the LP of Sonic Adventure 2. The only voice Johnny can't do is Chris's voice in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, so he resorts to mimicking the voice actor of the character from Resident Evil instead.
  • Manipulative Editing: Utilized mostly for comedic purposes, seen most prominently in the Sonic 2006 and Genma Onimusha LPs.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Elliot + Crash Bandicoot 3 = Failure.
  • Metaphorgotten: Johnny started talking about how Mario was able to defeat Sonic in the console wars, then started rambling about the inefficiencies of taking a taxi compared to taking a train.
  • Mood Whiplash: Episode 3 in The Walking Dead has the death of Duck affect the mood the guys greatly. Matt, a guy who will crack the most inappropriate jokes at a whim, is heavily disturbed at the death scene because he saw Elliot do the deed himself while he (Matt) could never bring himself to putting Duck out of his misery before he turns. Of course, Everybody goes back to cracking inappropriate jokes shortly after the scene.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Not to a recurring character, but instead to the main character of L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps, who the Let's Players have given multiple jobs off the top of their heads (with the phrase, "Cole Phelps, X") often to the parody of whatever is happening on screen.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Johnny is the intuitive nice, Matt is the card-carrying mean, and Elliot is the reckless in-between.
  • No Indoor Voice: Matthew is about as subtle as a flying hammer across the room when it comes to vocals. When he finds something funny, you'll know it.
    • Elliot screams a lot in the LPs.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Everybody calls him Johnny.
  • Non Sequitur: Johnny claims Elliot is the king of bringing up random shit.
  • The Nose Knows: Riku in Chain of Memories is able to identify darkness and light based off of scents. The trio thinks this is utterly stupid and rips on the ability.
  • Notable References to TV Tropes: Matt quotes many tropes in the videos, and Johnny occasionally does so as well.
  • Obviously Evil: In their Press Your Luck episode, Elliot's avatar looked like he was plotting something nefarious.
  • Oddball in the Series: While Johnny always does his Let's Plays with Elliot, Matt, and sometimes a 4th random person, his Let's Play of Shadowgate and the NES game of Back to the Future consisted of himself and his friends from college
  • Oh, Crap!: The guys say different variations of this in the Jeopardy episode when they didn't know a question.
  • Once a Let's Play: Fuzzy Meatloaf being blurted out. As Matt says it, it's obligatory.
    • Bort also seems to make its way into every lets play as well.
  • Original Character: Bort.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope: As revealed in Bayonetta and in Johnny's review of Sonic Adventure 2, they absolutely despise grading rubrics in video games. The brothers' feel as though that grading a player after surviving a harrowing battle is pointless and only serves to rub in the player's face how badly they did. They also don't like it when said grading rubric comes with severe penalties for using items, getting hit (by this, they mean if you get hit once your "damage incurred" rank goes from an S to a B or that when you get hit by a cheap shot you can't dodge in time) or by taking a bit longer than planned in a fight. They feel as though games like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry should have the halo/orb rewards at the end of a fight be more or less be enough of the incentive to the player, rather than add on false difficulty or needless replays to a game.
  • Put on a Bus: The A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)note  LP. Deeming the game too difficult (and it is) for the moment, the three have decided to accept the loss and try the game again at a different time.
    • The Bus Came Back: The trio played A Nightmare on Elm Street again, completing it during Halloweenfest 2013 (due to high difficulty, an infinite lives cheat was used to complete it).
  • Rage Breaking Point: While not shown, Johnny has this in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP after everybody starts to lose several times in World 9-5.
    • It happens again in Part 2 of Sonic '06 Multiplayer, when Elliot tries to attempt fate on their last life during the end of Dusty Desert.
    • Happens yet again in Part 14 of Super Mario World, after Elliot died right at the end of Star World 5, and then when he accidently dropped the P-Switch needed to progress through the level.
    • Happens far too many times to count in the group's LP of New Super Mario Bros. U where Johnny starts screaming at the top of his lungs whenever Matt, Mark, or Elliot keep fucking up ans screwing the group over.
  • Rage Quit:
    • Part 18 of Resident Evil 0 has Matt rip off his headset in silent rage when Billy dies to the Leech Queen and the game wasn't saved in quite a while. This was also building up from every screw up Matt made where he had to redo large portions of the game several times whenever he died.
    • The finale of Cave Story has Johnny and Elliot (after many deaths) reach Ballos and they die to his second form. Upon learning that dying meant having to redo the entire hellish stage, the fight against the Heavy Press, and having to fight Ballos again from the first phase, Elliot (who already wasn't having a good time due to not liking how the game's co-op is implemented) completely gives up in frustration and lets Johnny do the finale by himself. Matt, who wasn't even playing the game, also quits the commentary in annoyance since he had to watch the duo repeat the Sacred Grounds level numerous times due to their constant deaths and also getting angry over the level's lack of checkpoints and needing to beat the Sacred Grounds to get the good ending.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Johnny and Matt's response to some of Elliot's more questionable content during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play.
  • A Rare Sentence: Said by Matt in the South Park: The Stick of Truth LP after a particular Refuge in Audacity moment.
    Matt: So now the Nazi Zombie Babies have run roughshod over the defenseless abortion clinic. That's a sentence I'll never fucking use again.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Matt and Elliot are the red to Johnny and Mark's blue.
    • In terms of horror gameplay, in particular. While it's explicitly brought up in Slender: The Arrival, Johnny and Elliot have developed dramatically different approaches to horror games as of 2023. Elliot’s long-term status as a fan of horror media have completely desensitized him to most scares, leading him to steamroll through games without much concern or fear. Johnny, on the other hand, is steadfastly determined not to make "Stupid horror-movie character mistakes", and avoids obvious Shmuck Bait and dangerous situations unless he’s railroaded into them.
  • Running Gag: The SGB have a few. Their most famous one is "Fuzzy Meatloaf", which stemmed from Johnny mishearing Elliot saying "Buzzy Beetle". Since this slip-up, Fuzzy Meatloaf has been mentioned many times throughout their numerous Let's Plays.
    • Every time Johnny uses green souls to become invincible in the Genma Onimusha LP, an invincibility theme (usually from Mario or Sonic games) plays for the duration of the invincibility.
    • If a question about something odd is asked and there's no clear answer, In the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, one of them will shout "THE VOID!"
    • "How's that phone by the way?" said whenever Elliot is on his phone.
    • In conjunction with "THE VOID!" gag, the crew tend to find a way to insert Exdeath from Final Fantasy V into the plot of a completely unrelated title.
    • They've also managed to make Legends of the Hidden Temple jokes frequently as of late.
    • "Don't enforce running gags!"
    • With the exception of Super Mario Bros. 3, Matt has always introduced himself in some funny way.
    • Elliot's apparent hate of Suitcases, Hotdog Stands & Green Cars in L.A. Noire
    • Cole Phelps, whatever job I was given in the last 25 minutes.
    • P!! in the Zelda II LP.
    • Rydia calling Cecil a Jinx throughout the Final Fantasy IV Let's Play.
    • Elliot getting "disowned" from the family by Matt. Gets inverted by Elliot in the group's let's play of Sonic Adventure 2 where he disowns Matt, complete with Matt realizing what it felt like to get disowned from the family (if only for a few seconds). Matt also disowns Johnny as well during Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus when both Elliot and Johnny admit to not caring for The Flintstones.
    • Johnny comparing Elliot's screaming to a bird. Gets brought up again in their let's play of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica where Elliot complains that the self destruct alarm sounds like a bird, which has Johnny say that Elliot can relate with his "bird call" noises.
    • "Avast! Virus Database has been updated!"
    • Anything funny that happens in a game that the crew covers will usually be the running joke for the rest of the LP.
    • Weeeee!
      Matt: No, [system the game they're playing is on]!"
    • Anytime they bring up Enrico (or Enrique), one of the guys will give the hilariously monotone "Yeah?" quip used by a character in Resident Evil, which is where the catch phrase originated from.
    • Often Elliot will commit some sort of Fandom Heresyinvoked involving an otherwise popular work, which will lead Matt to declare "you're out of the family!"
    • "YOU GOT TO HAVE MO DISK!" pops up when they play any of the classic Resident Evil games.
    • Anytime Billy in Resident Evil 0 does something to amuse or annoy the group, they'll add yet another life sentence to Billy's already long list of charges.
    • From the Valiant Hearts let's play, Matt referring to the playable character Fred as various other Freds since the game does not give him a last name.
    • "PIECE OF POWER!" in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
  • Sadist Teacher: Matt torturing a Chao while teaching the audience all about the Chao Gardens.
  • Sanity Slippage: Johnny starts suffering this in the Crash 3 Let's Play because of Elliot's fails.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Johnny despises the fact Mario can't just lose what is essentially a mini-game; he has to die from it. He notes it as thus far being the only thing that sours his joy of Super Mario Sunshine.invoked
  • Scrappy Weapon: Averted in the Ocarina of Time playthrough. One of the items which almost never sees use by many players is the Farore's Wind. Matt used it quite handily to warp through maze portions quicker than planned in the Water Temple and used it to recover from a few nasty falls or have failsafes ready in case he slipped off and fell through. one youtube comment said it best: "He's one of the only other guys who actually thinks to use the warp spell in the bloody puzzlemaze level."invoked
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: All 3 of the guys were subjected to this during their LP of Slender.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • The Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) let's play was going to have the trio as normal, but due to repeated technical problems and the game itself having its own share of issues, Matt and Elliot ran out of things to talk about and gave up on the let's play, which left Johnny to do the let's play by himself as post commentary. The two did return for the multiplayer modes.
    • When Johnny decided to declare the last few parts of Super Mario Sunshine to collect all the blue coins, Matt and Elliot left Johnny to do the hunting by himself since they wouldn't have anything to talk about and watching Johnny doing nothing but coin hunting would be too boring for him to endure. Johnny doesn't blame them since he hates the blue coins as well, so he made the coin hunting post commentary and dedicates most of his time answering questions from his fans.
    • invoked Towards the end of the Cave Story run, Elliot was growing increasingly frustrated at the game's overall difficulty and was growing to dislike the game (it also didn't help the game wasn't designed for co-op play). By the time Johnny and Elliot reach Ballos, Johnny gets killed and realization of the two of them having to redo the entire level from the beginning causes Elliot to abandon the game completely. Matt also left the commentary since there'd be nothing to talk about by just watching Johnny do multiple attempts at trying to beat the level and Ballos. Johnny does post commentary where he clears the game alone and doesn't blame Elliot for being turned off by the game's sharp Difficulty Spike.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Johnny's LP of Metroid Fusion had him aiming for a 100% Completion run under 2 hours. Johnny's final result? 1 hour 40 minutes with 99% of all items obtained. Johnny decides to reload his save file to show where the last item was, only to see he had not saved in a long time, making his promise obsolete. He does show the item anyway by using a clip from his stream.
  • Shout-Out: Many of their jokes are references to something or other. For example, the pun above is an actual combo from Mortal Kombat: Deception for Liu Kang. There are also lines dropped from Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.
    • In the finale of their Batman: Arkham City playthrough, Matt brings up the question of who they think will line up in Arkham Knight to "twat that bat."
      • He also mentions later in that conversation that an example of reaching for a villain to fight Batman in newer games would be Firefly, unless Batman overburns his soufflés.
      • Matt is of late bringing up a lot more references to Zero Punctuation.
    • Elliot seems to be relying heavily on references, mainly from Family Guy and South Park, as of late for humor.
  • Sibling Team: Johnny and Elliot... and Mark.
  • Signature Mon: In the Pokemon Let's Plays, Johnny's favorite is Raichu while Matthew's is Gyarados. The two also talk about differing playstyles in that Johnny prefers fast, hard hitting special attackers while Matt, not against special attackers, finds himself gravitating towards hard hitting physical attackers that can also take a punch.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone curses to an extent, but Matthew outright shines in this department.
    • Mark too, the few times he speaks in multiplayer sections.
  • Smash Cut: Johnny has begun doing this recently.
  • Split Personality: The guys claim that Cole Phelps has this. See Gollum Made Me Do It above.
  • Take That!: Matthew called out BrainScratch Commentaries head Ryan after getting all the Super Emeralds in Sonic 3 Complete during Sandopolis Zone.
    • Matt takes a jab at the newer Crash Bandicoot games in the Crash 2 playthrough.
      Matt (as Crash): My life is a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Oh well, better than Activision.
    • The end of Persona where the game tells the player that it's up to them to decide how the main character's life changed after the events of the game.
      Matt: He became a loser.
      Johnny: And he is sitting on his friend's futon while working at a 7-11.
      Matt has a Beat and then sighs.
    • Despite being Sonic fans themselves, the trio like to take jabs at the franchise whenever appropriate. One memorable example is when they named the turd mountain in Conker's Bad Fur Day after all kinds of Sonic games (and not just the bad ones).
  • Technology Porn: Referenced in Galaga where Matt shows off the PC Board of the game.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Not explicitly said, but you get the vibe from the description of Shadow of Destiny.
    Eike Kusch was murdered by an unknown assailant. Luckily, he's been given a second chance, and can now time travel to the point of his death to prevent it.
    Unfortunately, Eike Kusch is not intelligent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Elliot plays Mario U way better than any other 2D Mario game he's played on the channel. How much better? He gets his first game over in World 8.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Although Elliot's confidence and ego have increased along with his play style.
    • How many people on YouTube do you know that made it through the main five nights in Five Nights at Freddy's with only ONE DEATH? Probably only one: Elliot.
      • Made even more badass by the fact that Elliot had only played Night 1 prior to the LP. Elliot did 80% of the main game BLIND and only suffered one death.
  • Troll: Matt is this full stop, mostly within the New Super Mario Bros. series as he griefs Johnny and Elliot for giggles.
    • During Johnny's Let's Play of Metal Gear Solid, Elliot and Matt started to sing random songs from films and TV shows just to mess up Johnny's button mashing attempt to stay alive during the torture scene. Johnny loses focus and gets killed, forcing him to do the button mashing sequence all over again.
    • During Elliot's LP of L.A. Noire, all of the shenanigans he causes in the game has the group dub Cole Phelps as Troll Phelps because of the character (through Elliot) is always slamming into cars, running people over, and causing massive property damage for the giggles.
    • During Matt's turn in Super Smash Bros. Brawl while in the Subspace stage, he purposely kills off his character, Princess Peach, sorely because he doesn't like playing as her. This completely screws over everyone since the crew is now down one character and they get a game over afterwards.
    • In the New Super Mario Bros. U LP, Elliot griefs Matt back, while also griefing Mark in the process.
  • Verbal Backspace: In the finale of Shadow of Destiny, Elliot mentions Hugo is going to die. Matt celebrates since he doesn't like the kid, only to realize he's happy over a child dying, thus he tries to backtrack.
    Elliot: We're kinda gonna kill Hugo here.
    Matt: YES! *Beat* I can't believe I said that over a child murder. NO!
  • Verbal Tic: Matt keeps sayings "Anyways" after he says something out-of-topic.
    • Now Matt uses "Whatchamacallit" when starting a new topic.
    • During the course of Sonic '06, the viewers commentated that Johnny kept saying "You know" multiple times. One part has him being stuck in that phrase for a while.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Johnny and Elliot both find different things to care about in the games that they play.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Matt doesn't...most of the time. He's been called out on his abuse of Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 by many of the trio's fans as a detriment. Johnny only enters this when he dishes out vigilante justice, such as chainsawing a serial killer in the dick. Elliot loves to mow down innocent civilians in L.A. Noire.
  • Watsonian versus Doylist: The guys' are Doylist-Minded with Kingdom Hearts regarding the story. Johnny and Matt both find themselves listening to the story; only for Johnny to find it needlessly complex with relatively unsatisfying concepts and conclusions (with Matt finding quite a few contradictions). The guys frequently argue that the game has convoluted itself, and that it's not fair for the series' fans to just say "You don't get it." to other people who want to understand a plot that doesn't requires a massive amount of games (Many of which aren't really valid anymore due to massive retcons) and some outside sources to piece it all together.
    • In the games they play, Johnny's usually the Doylist while Matt is the Wattsonian, though they're likely to switch it up.
  • Weird Aside: As described below, Elliot is supposedly the king of bringing up irrelevant topics.
  • Weirdness Magnet: If Elliot's doing the game (or is playing sections alone), expect to see more glitches and oddities than a game would normally have.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mark disappeared after World 2 of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii LP. Justified due to the audio glitching up and forcing them to do it all over again, but Mark left because as Johnny says it, "He has a life".
    • This happened again in the Injustice playthrough, where Mark was around for the first four parts, but was absent afterwards. Justified because he was called back into service in between recording sessions.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Averted in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Johnny and Matt absolutely refuse to believe that of all the members recruited into Sly's new gang in Sly 3, that one of them would be the Panda King; a member of the clockwork gang that murdered Sly's parents and forced him into the orphanage. Though Matt hams it up; neither of the two accept that Sly just welcomes in the murderer of his parents. The dialogue making casual mention about it though not doing anything to enforce this doesn't help the game in their eyes.
  • With Friends Like These...: Matthew takes it upon himself to be the total asshole during the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Let's play, with hilarious (yet annoying) results, including "paying homage" (read: Plagiarizing) to the Freelance Astronauts near the endgame flagpole... twice.
    • Matt also hurls Elliot into harm's way far, far too many times for a sane person to count.
    • With New Super Mario Bros. U, Matt continues to be Trolltoad, screwing anyone he can throughout the game.
  • Wrap Around: Frequently referenced, only referred to as "Pac-Man Syndrome".
  • You Keep Using That Word: In Crash Bandicoot 3, Johnny asks Elliot if he even knows the meaning of the phrase "I swear!," as Elliot was constantly saying it whenever he was giving an explanation for his latest screw-up.