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Jonathan "Jon" Lajoie (born August 21, 1980) is a Canadian comedian, actor, rapper, singer, musician and Internet celebrity from Montreal, Quebec. Lajoie first became popular through the music video "Everyday Normal Guy", in which he, in ironic contrast to typical rappers, sings about his bland, run-of-the-mill daily activities and his peaceful nature.

Lajoie has also worked on television; his main break was the character Taco MacArthur on The League.


Associated tropes:

  • Analogy Backfire: MC Vagina does this a lot.
    • In "Very Super Famous", he brags that "in Iraq they found WMD's — Women on My Dick." As was widely reported in the media, and in a major embarrassment for the Bush administration, there were no WMD'snote  found in Iraq.
    • He claims he's "like AIDS", because everyone has heard of him and he's happiest inside vaginas. Naturally, ignoring all the other things about AIDS.
    • He has claimed to be "the Anne Frank of erections" before realizing what exactly that would be implying.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the Mysteries of the Universe video:
    "Why does war exist? Why do we hate, why do we keep killing each other and who keeps making these Martin Lawrence movies? Big Momma's House 2? Two!? What the f—"
  • Artistic License – History: MC Historical Inaccuracy in WTF Collective 2.
    I drop lyrical bombs like Hiroshima in '73
    I write rhymes like Shakespeare when he wrote Ann Frank's Diary
    Which is about the Civil War of 1812 in Germany
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  • Artistic License – Geography: A lot in "Very Super Famous", for example:
    All the Mexicans love me down in the South America
    From Colombia to Brazil all the way to Algeria
  • Audience Participation Song: At the end of his shows, he keeps the chorus to "2 Girls 1 Cup Song" going and invites the audience to sing along.
  • Back from the Dead: Zombie Chorus Guy in WTF Collective 3.
  • Beige Prose: The "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogy is built around this trope.
  • Black Comedy: The foundation of his humor, along with Self-Deprecation. Nothing is off-limits. Good examples are probably "Cold-Blooded X-Mas," "Mel Gibson Love Song," and "Rapist Glasses"/"Pedophile Beards."
  • Black Comedy Rape: At the end of WTF Collective Numbers 1 & 3 and You Are Not Alone.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Used frequently in songs.
  • Brick Joke: MC Fatigue, passing out (a-gain) in WTF Collective 2 and finally waking up at the very end of WTF Collective 3.
    "... did I miss anything?"
  • Boastful Rap:
    • Parodied in the "Everyday Normal Guy" and "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogies, as well as the epic "WTF Collective."
    • Turned up to eleven in "Very Super Famous"
    • Inverted by Everyday Normal Guy from the song of the same name and "WTF Collective
    Everyday Normal Guy here to get the track started
    my average lyrics are between genius and retarded
  • Brand X: Everywhere in "Please Use This Song." Every single Bland-Name Product is named "Your Brand Here."
  • The Cameo: MC Vagina can be spotted in the crowd shots during "Pop Song".
  • Canada, Eh?: Jon Lajoie is Canadian, and while he himself is not that stereotypical, there is MC Canadian Stereotype from WTF Collective 2.
  • Casanova Wannabe: MC Vagina is pretty obviously this; his Blatant Lies, Jerkass personality, and naked misogyny aside, there's only one video where he's shown hanging out with women, and none of them look very happy to be there.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Most apparent in "F**k Everything". Which drops the F-bomb 62 times from start to finish.
    Fuck you! Fuck me! Fuck the sky! Fuck trees! Fuck the sun, I don't need heat or vitamin D!
  • Creepy Monotone: MC Vagina.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Alone In The Universe."
  • Deadpan Snarker: During the breaks between songs in his live performances, and his non-musical YouTube sketches. But even some of his songs are bitingly sarcastic and incredibly cynical (see "Pop Song" and "Radio-Friendly Song").
  • Driven to Suicide: Chorus Guy in WTF Collective 2
  • Dude, Not Funny!: An "in-universe"- example He calls himself out in the lyrics to the final chapter of the "Show Me Your Genitals" trilogy, "I Kill People," after making an Anne Frank joke. This is something of a Running Gag with MC Vagina, whose raps tend to include incredibly tasteless comparisons (including 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, or the JFK assassination), which often results in a Verbal Backspace. Also used by MC Inappropriate Rhymes in WTF Collective 2 and Lampshaded again by MC Extremely Politically Correct.
  • Dude, Not Ironic: WTF Collective features MC Doesn't Know What Irony Is. In either context we hear him use the word, it's not clear exactly what he thinks it means — the point is, he doesn't get it.
  • Dull Surprise: MC Vagina.
  • Erudite Stoner: "We don't have racism in Canada. We have... weed."
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The rapper names in his WTF Collective videos.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Courtesy of MC Uses Time Machines Irresponsibly:
    Then I traveled in time to the night I was conceived
    I met up with my parents and we hung out all night
    Come to think of it, they didn't have any alone time... NOOO
  • Fake Charity: His fake Kickstarter is a remarkably honest example, in that he just outright calls it the "Help Jon Become Super Rich" project.
  • Gag Penis: 25 inches long and 12 inches thick claims MC Vagina in "I Kill People".
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: MC Uses Time Machines Irresponsibly gave his iPhone to Bill Gates in 1973.
  • Gratuitous French: At the end of Very Super Famous we hear "For all you French ladies out there: Le feu sur le cheval était brisé" (Meaning: The fire on the horse was broken).
  • Harmful to Minors: "A New Beginning" is about a time when Jon saw Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning as a young boy, and was horribly put-off by the events in the movie, unable to understand anything that was going on or why that woman got murdered.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: MC Vagina, especially in these lines from "I Kill People."
    ''So if you'll come at me I'll trip you then I'll suck your nuts
    I-i mean I'll punch your nuts
    Sucking them would be gay and I'm totally not gay
    I'm all about V-A-G-I-N-A.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: MC Vagina is a textbook case; he barely even sings, he just kind of mumbles along to the tune in a flat tone. The guy in "I Can Dance" also qualifies... though being a terrible singer is the least of his problems.
  • Hypocritical Humor: MC Extremely Politically Correct in "WTF Collective 2" references "Michael Jackson Is Dead".
    [Lajoie's lyrics] are offensive, insensitive, and in very bad taste
    Like that guy who wrote that song when Michael Jackson passed away
  • I Am the Band: His "WTF Collective"s and "Pop Song" parody this.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Invoked by MC Vagina in "Very Super Famous":
    All around the world, people know who I am
    Even in the Chinese countries, like Japan
  • Lampshade Hanging: The final chapter of the "Everyday Normal Guy" trilogy, "Everyday Normal Crew."
    We just a regular, everyday, normal crew
    The joke's gettin' old, I fuckin' agree with you
    I'm just repeatin' the same shit from Normal Guy 1 & 2
    What a twist, in this one I'm rappin' about my friends too
    I think this cow's been milked dry...muthafucka
  • Lyrical Dissonance: All of his songs. Special mention goes to "Stay at Home Dad," one of his very few songs with no dark humour or profanity, which is Rage Against the Machine pastiche about how much he enjoys looking after his infant son.
  • Metaphorgotten: MC Vagina is proficient in this:
    • "My love is like lightning. It gives girls orgasms. My dick is like an airplane. It gives girls orgasms."
    • "Yeah, the Eiffel Tower is a lot like my dick, it's big and it stings when soap gets inside the tip."
    • "Fame is like a tree. It helps you get pussy."
  • Mind Screw: Visit his website. We DARE You. And in his commercial for hands.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: "Michael Jackson is Dead" plays with this. Jon both defends Jackson ("we didn't care if it was true or false") and insults him ("remember when he dangled his kid from a balcony"), but his biggest Take That! is to people who made Michael Jackson jokes when he was alive and then canonized him as a saint when he died. His overall point seems to be that Jackson was a human being with flaws and foibles, and that dying doesn't change that.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Most of the WTF Collective members are based on famous rappers, at least in their voices and delivery. For instance, MC Fatigue is Sean Paul and MC Final Verse is 50 Cent.
    • Also "Pop Song" has some the typical Boy Band stereotypes, such as the good looking lead singer, and the effeminate one that is probably gay.
    • MC Vagina references Jeff Clooney, Boy Soldier, Brad Pitts, and Puff Daddy. He likes to go to famous people parties with them.
  • N-Word Privileges: In "Everyday Normal Crew", Jon angers his Token Black Friend KC by calling him the N-word, then immediately backpedals and changes the lyric to "friend".
    Jon: This is my nigga KC—
    KC: What the fuck did you just call me?
    Jon: Sorry... I'll say friend. This is my friend KC, the only black one in the group.
  • Only in It for the Money: Chorus Guy makes it clear that he's only singing the chorus because he can't find any other work. Even then, it's not enough to keep him from killing himself.
    • This is also the main joke of "Please Use This Song" - the singer creates the most commercial-friendly song ever, while spending the entire video begging a company to license the song out and give him some exposure.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His sister, Jessica Lajoie. Sure, she's good-looking, has a good voice, but... yeah. She even says, in an introduction to one of her videos, that she's not quite sure what happened in the gene pool for them to be related. She loves him all the same.
  • Perma-Stubble: He's only rarely clean-shaven.
  • Pluralses: Inverted with MC Don't Know How to Pluraize Word.
  • Precision F-Strike: Inverted in the "Pointless Profanity" video. OH SNAPPING TURTLE!
  • Protest Song:
    • Surprisingly played straight in "Song for the Students," a song in support of the 2012 Quebec student protests.
    • Also, arguably "Osama Is Dead."
  • Red Herring: Before WTF Collective 3 was released, MC Vagina appearing to sing the chorus at the end of WTF 2
  • Refuge in Audacity: Cranked up to eleven
  • Running Gag: "You want some of this, Bitch?"
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "I Kill People":
    Guns don't kill people
    (Uh uh)
    I kill people
    (Chik chik)
    With guns
  • Self-Deprecation: The foundation of his humor, along with Black Comedy. The best example is "Too Fast."
    • Another example is his joke Kickstarter video, where he declares, after listing off people that make less than him (decorated war veterans, teachers, doctors), he declares that it's "because what I do is way more important." Cue clip from "Show Me Your Genitals."
  • Shout-Out: His music video for "A New Beginning" can be considered this for the Friday the 13th film series. Even the song's name is a reference to one of the films in the series. (Specifically, the song is about an incident when he watched the movie as a kid and didn't understand what was going on.)
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In "Fuck Everything":
    And fuck birth entering the world of space and time is a bitch
    Searching for purpose in the random universe sucks dick!
    Is it deterministic or am I free to choose my way?
    Did I choose to not give a fuck about ice cube trays?
  • Stripperific: The girls in the video for "Pop Song".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: His 2016 work with his new band, Wolfie's Just Fine, can be considered this. Especially the music video for A New Beginning, where relatively calm folk music music is played while the video shows murder scenes reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie.
  • Stylistic Suck: All of MC Vagina's songs.
    • "The Best Song" turns this trope up to eleven. And then twelve.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: MC Knows Too Many Facts About Bees ends his verse with "Just 'cause I know a lot about bees doesn't mean that I'm gay." As it turns out, he's also MC In the Closet Homosexual.
  • Talking to Himself: Every member of the WTF Collective is played by Jon.
  • Take That!: In "I Kill People:"
    I'm bad, like the movie Attack of the Clones
  • Three Chords and the Truth: His songs that don't parody Boastful Rap pretty much always fit this style.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: The video for "Pop Song".
  • Token Black Friend: "Everyday Normal Crew" has KC, who is the only black guy in the group. Everyday Normal Guy admits that he doesn't actually know KC all that well, but insists that he's not racist because he likes black actors in movies.
  • [Trope Name]: "Everyday Normal Guy," "Pop Song," "Radio-Friendly Song."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: His Kickstarter video's last half is based on the terrible "rewards" for donating money. There's no reward at all for donating twenty dollars, because "twenty dollars don't mean shit to rich people like me", fifty dollars gets a photograph of Jon riding a jetski and burning a fifty-dollar bill, five hundred gets a plug for your business, a thousand dollars gets a video of him reading your social media and being disgusted at how pathetic you are, and ten thousand gives you the privilege of saying you met him. Not actually meeting him, just the ability to tell your friends you met him.
  • YouTube: How he became famous. The reason he routinely sells out comedy clubs, even thousands of miles away from his hometown, on weeknights.
  • Wham Line: "You can't spell chorus without... Vagina."
    • Also, in "Tennis Ball:"
      • "...helps me forget about my cancer."
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After Chorus Guy shoots himself, he comes back as a zombie:
    This must be a bad dream
    Why am I still singing?
    I motherfucking killed myself...
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Parodied in "Pop Song":
    And now the token rap verse that doesn't make any sense
    But helps me get a small percentage of the urban music market
  • Word Salad Lyrics: MC Confusing's entire schtick:
    "And I play air guitar with the tuba toothpaste, and I say, karate pencil case, and put it on tape."