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Starbomb was a comedy/rap supergroup formed in 2013 by comedy duo Ninja Sex Party (Leigh Daniel "Danny Sexbang" Avidan and Brian "Ninja Brian" Wecht) with the addition of Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson. (All three members are also members of the web show Game Grumps; Danny and Arin are co-hosts.) They later added the Canadian group Tupper Ware Remix Party (better known as TWRP) as their backing band in 2015; they also became the backing band of NSP in the same year.

Their music revolved around parodies of Nintendo titles and other popular video game franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania, and Final Fantasy. Songs often consisted of franchise characters being placed in crass, surreal, realistic, and generally humorous scenarios.

They released three albums — Starbomb in 2013, Player Select in 2014, and The Tryforce in 2019. The lattermost album notably contained statements in several tracks that it was potentially the final Starbomb album; in a 2021 Q&A, Wecht responded to a question asking if this was really so with "Probably." Two days later, Avidan confirmed on an episode of Game Grumps that the band had "essentially finish[ed] its run". However, in 2023, they mentioned in several Game Grumps episodes that they were planning on recording another album and later that they had recorded one, set for future release.

Their full self-titled album was released for free listening on Hanson's channel to celebrate the release of Player Select.

Starbomb provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • The old man from the cave in the first Zelda game, who constantly stalks Link in the Best Zelda Rap Ever, interrupting Link's flow with attempts to get sexual favors from him.
    • Kraid to Samus, once he discovers that Samus Is a Girl in Regretroid.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked for the sake of parody.
  • Analogy Backfire: In Glass Joe's Title Fight
    Glass Joe: You'll never catch me, I am like the Eiffel Tower!
    Doc Louis: That doesn't move!
    Glass Joe: I am the champion, I'm building an Arc de Triomphe!
    Doc Louis: That took like 30 years to build!
  • Angrish: Link, after the Old Man's umpteenth attempt to get Link to give him a handjob.
  • Animation Bump:
    • During the first time that The Old Man says It's Dangerous to Go Alone, he is unusually well animated compared to the rest of the video.
    • In Smash!, when Luigi uses his Cyclone on Meta-Knight, Dedede and Kirby.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: Welcome to the Mario Party has quite a few characters showing up at the party looking to get laid.
  • Ascended Extra: In The Simple Plot of Final Fantasy VII Glass Joe gets a speaking line, but is quickly shot down by Cloud. The next album gives him his own song, Glass Joe's Title Fight.
  • Ass Shove: When Kraid tries to back out of a fight with Samus by offering her desserts, she retorts with this gem:
    Samus: Do me a favor, and take your cakes and your pies, and shove them so far up your ass that they end up behind your eyes!
  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: The reason the Odd Job Gods from God of No More weren't as threatening as the gods Kratos has already killed.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Mario and Luigi at the end of the Smash! video. It's the PG-13 version, though, as most of them look sour over losing rather than dead.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tails in Sonic's Best Pal. He has a crippling addiction to PCP, threatens to skullfuck Sonic's soul, and shoots Robotnik in the head.
  • Bag of Holding: Tragically subverted at the end of A Boy and His Boat.
  • Badass Boast: Simon's verses in Crasher-Vania would be this if the monsters he was killing weren't harmless party goers.
    Simon: T'is I! Never fear, Simon Belmont is here! The power of Christ is enthused in my spear! I'll put an end to your horrible reign!
    Monster: But we're just playing Twister!
    Simon: I rip out your brain!
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Crasher-Vania, Dracula describes playing Twister in his bed. The party was smaller though, since Wolf-Man was dead.
  • Battle Rapping: Parodied and incredibly one-sided in Rap Battle: Ryu vs. Ken. Ryu is an excellent rapper. Ken most assuredly is not.
    • Link also tries to use it as a substitute for actual fighting in Hero of Rhyme. It doesn't work.
  • Being Good Sucks: Or rather, being a Nice Guy who doesn't swear sucks. Expect this alot..
  • Berserk Button:
    • Samus does not like her enemies fawning over her. Or getting dirt on her suit.
    • Cloud does not appreciate it when people interrupt him explaining the plot of his game.
  • Berserker Tears: Samus shows the beginning signs of these in the Smash music video after The Villager gets a bit of dirt on her armor.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In Smash!, Luigi is the only one of the characters who tries not to fight. But, when he finally snaps, he beats up everyone easily.
  • Big Brother Bully: In Luigi's Ballad, Luigi mentions that Mario always jumps in and ruins any chance his brother has with a girl, and the video shows it's since they were babies.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: To an absurd degree. Danny claims in Kirby's Adventures in Reamland that he and Arin have thirty inches each, and Ryu claims in his rap battle against Ken that his dick is ten inches flaccid. To compare, the world record for largest penis is 9.5 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches erect, just to give you an idea of the absurdity.
  • Big "OMG!": Link channels all of his volume and disgust into one of these at the end of the old man's second attempt to get a handjob, when he refers to his penis as an "inflatable poo jabber". He switches right back to calm when he begins the next verse, though.
  • Big "NO!":
    • The host of "Talking Video Games" gives one at the end of The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid when he finds out that the next guest is Sora.
    • The host gets two in the follow-up, The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts, to stop Sora from speaking before the other guests and when Sora cues the music.
    • Danny himself delivers one the third time Arin tries to pitch the "Mario sacrifices Yoshi to jump over a pit" idea near the end of This Song Sucks.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Luigi's Ballad. Despite pouring out his heart and soul, Luigi doesn't get the princess... but at the very least, Mario doesn't either, and the Princess seems happy with Toad. And when she gives her reason (that his entire body is shaped like a penis), both Mario and Luigi instantly agree she made the right choice.
  • Blood Knight: Samus is portrayed as rather violent in "Regretroid". Not only does she get angry when her enemies treat her nicely because she's a woman, but Samus is willing to blow up a basket full of puppies if it means killing Kraid for pissing her off.
  • Boastful Rap: The Hero of Rhyme. Subverted by the fact that nobody is saved by Link's rapping and he dies at the end.
  • Book Ends: Borrowing a trend from Ninja Sex Party's albums, The Tryforce's intro and outro have the two main words of the album title ("try" and "force") as an Either/Or Title.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the spoken intro of Player Select, Dan claims that he and Arin were "partying with supermodels, robots, robot supermodel robots, and occasionally writing music" between the two albums.
  • Brutal Honesty: In Regretroid, Kraid is this when Mother Brain accuses him of never flirting with her:
    Kraid: Oh gosh, I wonder if it's because you're a huge disgusting brain?
  • Butt-Monkey: Danny. His characters often get the short end of the stick.
  • Call-Back: Player Select has a lot of callbacks to songs from the previous album:
    • The intro starts with Arin finishing the song he started in the previous album's outro.
    • Luigi is still the Nice Guy Butt-Monkey in Smash! that he was in Luigi's Ballad. At least, at first.
    • The Hero of Rhyme once again focuses on Link, and he mentions his last quest "got a little off track" and he calls out the Old Man.
    • Toad Joins the Band ends with Mario and Luigi once again agreeing that Toad's body looks like a dick.
    • The New Pokerap starts with Ash getting out of the hospital from Pikachu shooting him in the ballsack. It ends with him shooting himself there so he can go back.
    • Mortal Kombat High has transfer student Ken once again being a sensitive and friendly guy in contrast to everyone else.
    • The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid has the same idea as The Simple Plot of Final Fantasy 7 with the same talk show, and Snake even saying Cloud Strife told him to go on the show. The song ends with the host hoping the next guest will have a simpler plot... and Sora introduces himself. The next album's song The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts picks up from there.
    • The Simple Plot of Final Fantasy 7 had a cameo of Glass Joe. Player Select gave him his own song, Glass Joe's Title Fight.
  • Careful with That Axe:
    • I Choose You to Die ends with Arin screaming "YeeeeaaaAAAAAHHHHHH!"
    • Sonic's Best Pal has Tails screaming in the middle of the song.
  • Closest Thing We Got: God of No More is a long list of these as Kratos tears through the remaining gods such as the god of chairs and drawers, jiggly butts and the lord of sushi sauce.
  • The Casanova: Mario in Luigi's Ballad. He drops sexual innuendos about once a second or so, and it's clear that he's got Peach's attention.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Ryu in Rap Battle: Ryu vs. Ken.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Simon Belmont in Crasher-Vania, after he has killed all of the monsters at the party because he felt left out.
    Looks like I... have won at Twister.
    • The Old Man at the end of It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
    So is that a "no" on the handjob?
    • The beginning of Sonic's Best Pal.
    Danny: Hey kids, would you like to hear a fun story about Sonic and Tails?
    Kids: Eat a dick!
    Danny: Great! Here we go!
    • Snake in The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid constantly misses all of the host's insults and insistence that Snake wrap it up.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Glass Joe uses one to hire Doc as his trainer for an upcoming fight with Mr Sandman.
    Doc: I have to be responsible and tell him he can't win.
    Glass Joe: Here's ten bucks.
    Doc: Fuck it, let the training begin!
  • Cool Shades: At the start of the video for The Hero of Rhyme, Link finds a pair of Proto Man-esque shades and wears them for the rest of the video, up until narrowly avoiding Ganon's first attack.
  • Covert Pervert: Link has a pair of panties in his inventory, along with a list of girls to bang.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Egoraptor is one of the zombies seen in the music video for It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
    • Ross, Danny and Ninja Brian also appear in the same video when Link is in Liberty City as the screen scrolls. It happens fast though so it could also double as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Credits Gag: It goes like this.
    Egoraptor/Arin Hanson: Rapping
    Danny Sexbang/Dan Avidan: Singing and rapping
    Ninja Brian/Brian Wecht: Literally everything else.
  • Dark Eyes, Take Warning: When Luigi finally snaps in Smash!, his pupils become smaller and monocolored.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mega Man snarks about the weaknesses of Fire Man and Ice Man.
    Mega Man: (referring to Ice Man) Oh, is your weakness fire? You just blew my fucking mind.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Robots in need of disguise, Optimus Prime orders his Autobots to take a variety of comically underwhelming new forms such as a burger, a side of fries and a turkey sandwich. The Decepticons still show up as war machines.
    Autobot narrator: The Decepticons are now ten tanks and a giant gun. Well Grimlock's a rake and I'm a warm milkshake. There's a small chance we made a very tiny mistake. Well, it's too late now, we're the good guys and I'm sure that everything will work out.
  • Dirty Old Man: The old man in It's Dangerous to Go Alone who keeps trying to get a handjob from Link.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Dracula in "Crasher-Vania" is livid that Simon has been stalking, harassing and killing the innocent monsters at their parties all because he wasn't invited.
    Dracula: Are you freaking serious?! You killed all my guests just 'cause you felt left out?!
    Simon: No! ...yes.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Invoked in I Choose You to Die. After getting abused by Ash, Pikachu gets him released on bail, only to immediately shoot him in the groin when the two reunite.
  • Domestic Abuse: Ash inflicts this on his Pokemon in I Choose You to Die.
  • Driven to Suicide: Dan at the end of The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid when Sora shows up as a replacement guest for Snake. He changes his mind mid-drawing his gun and shoots Sora instead.
  • Elite Mook: The creeper in Minecraft is for Everyone can blow up multiple times.
  • Fearless Fool: Glass Joe completely believes he can take on Mr. Sandman despite his awful record. He doesn't even seem to be aware that he's a human punching bag.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Vegeta's Serenade. Vegeta is trying to write a romantic serenade for Bulma, but he keeps referencing how much he wants to beat Goku. Trunks advises Vegeta to avoid mentioning Goku at all during the song. Vegeta agrees to try, but when Bulma shows up, the first word out of his mouth is "Kakarot," prompting Vegeta to yell "dammit!" and abruptly stop the song.
  • Foreshadowing: In the animated version of Luigi's Ballad, at one point a roulette is shown and the topmost slot lands on Toad's mushroom cap.
    • Also in Peach's room, there is a photo of Toad wearing sunglasses.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: From the "It's Dangerous to Go Alone" video, the phrase "Press A to Grab Destiny" is framed by what initially looks like an abstract design. It's actually smaller text mirrored top-to-bottom, reading "Skyward Sword was really bad."
    • The music video for Luigi's Ballad featuring Luigi chastising Mario about "yelling stuff about your dick" while pointing out a poster titled "List of Innuendo In the Past 24 Seconds":note 
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Luigi in Welcome to the Mario Party. Mario goes to bed as soon as Luigi shows up to the party, and Sonic throws another party rather than have Luigi in it.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: You have to give Dracula credit for trying, at least. Even after Simon Belmont kills all his monster pals, Drac still invites him to play a game of Twister. Unfortunately the game doesn't last very long before Simon kills him out of force of habit...
  • Groin Attack:
    • In "I Choose You to Die", Pikachu shoots Ash "twice in the sack" with a gun as soon as Ash is released from prison.
      Narrator: Holy fuck! I don't know if you've been shot in the nuts! (Spoiler: it sucks!)
    • Later self-inflicted in the other Pokemon song when Ash finds out how many new Pokemon were discovered while he was in the hospital.
  • Here We Go Again!: At the end of The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid, the host asks for someone with a simple plot to their game. He instead gets Sora from Kingdom Hearts, a series infamous for its Kudzu Plot.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Wily.
  • Highschool AU: The song literally called Mortal Kombat High.
  • Holding the Floor: In The Simple Plot of Final Fantasy VI, Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VII is on a talk show about video games that have very simple plots, like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. However, as anyone who has played any Final Fantasy game knows, Cloud's game is anything but easily explained. As he rambles on about his game's plot, the host tries to move the show along to the other guests. But Cloud keeps interrupting, trying to keep the discussion focused on his game and getting violently mad at anyone who tries to cut him off in kind. He's finally shut up when Dig Dug blows him up with his pump.
    • Snake does the same thing in The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid, until the announcer loses it and shows him how simple is done.
    Announcer: You sneak around and save the world! THE END!
    • Sora continues the tradition in The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts, where he ends up taking up the spotlight from the other guests, until the show gets cancelled.
  • Hypocritical Humor: More on a meta level, but The Angry Video Game Nerd refuses to participate in the New Pokerap because he finds the language too disgusting.
  • Humiliation Conga: Ash goes through one after beating his Pokemon in I Choose You to Die.
  • Hurricane of Puns: I Choose You to Die has a slew of Pokemon puns. Just look at this section from the first verse.
    Fat and depressed, his life had gone south
    So he turned to Pikachu and then he punched him in the Meowth
    He felt so alive! He felt so real!
    He beat all his Pokemon with his fists of Registeel
    He got arrested for domestic violence
    It was a crazy motherfuckin' Cacturne of events
    He said that Pika's bruises happened on the stairs when he fell
    The cops said "GRANBULLSHIT!" and threw that bitch in a cell
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-universe, Cloud does this to Ryu from Ninja Gaiden, and Taizo Hori from Dig Dug.
    Cloud: Sit down Ninja Gaiden, I'm not done you stupid whore!
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy": The old man in "It's Dangerous to Go Alone" at one point refers to his genitals as "Mr. Johnson and the Juice Crew".
  • Incoming Ham: 'TIS I!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ken in Round Two of Rap Battle: Ryu vs. Ken:
    Ken: Alright, two can play at this game, Dick-penis man! Can you lose to me in a rap battle? Shoryuken! note 
  • Insult Backfire: Kind of in Rap Battle: Ryu vs. Ken:
    Ryu: Well, I think we should settle this shit once and for all with a rap battle to the death.
    Ken: Okay.
    Ryu: Do you think you can stop eating penis long enough to do that?
    Ken: Probably!
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sora in "The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts". Unlike Cloud and Snake before him, he doesn't come off as a jerkish Attention Whore; instead, he's simply overenthusiastic about explaining the plot of his game and unaware of how much Danny is suffering from it, athough he does notice that he's having trouble keeping up and makes (empty) promises to explain everything later.
  • Interactive Narrator: Gets threatened by Samus and apparently killed by Tails.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: In Luigi's Ballad.
    Luigi: Oh, Princess... it means so much for me to hear you say that. The only thing I've ever wanted to tell you was that — *Mario jumps in* — Goddammit!
  • Interspecies Romance: What the alien monster Kraid seems to be hoping for in Regretroid after seeing that the human Samus Aran is an attractive woman, as he switches from fighting her to trying to hit on her.
  • Jerkass: Ryu in Ryu vs. Ken. Especially compared to the Nice Guy Ken is portrayed as in the song.
    • Kratos in God of No More, who treats the Odd Job Gods as beneath him. Though, that's really not much different from his canonical characterization.
  • Killer Rabbit: While all of the Nintendo characters get pretty brutal in Smash!, cutesy Pokémon Pikachu and Jigglypuff are depicted as being especially vicious.
    Announcer (of Jigglypuff): He blasted Bowser to infinity with one massive-ass hit, then he took three Falcon Punches like it wasn't even shit!
    Chorus: Pikachu's way less fucking cute when he's trying to electrocute you!
  • Knight Templar: Played with during Crasher-Vania. Simon Belmont is seemingly this at first, killing Dracula's party guests en masse with the justification that they're all evil despite their pleas that they're just trying to have a fun. Eventually we find out that Simon was actually just feeling left out, although he then kills Dracula during their make-up Twister game out of "force of habit", so the Templar personality is probably just ingrained in him.
  • Kudzu Plot: "Talking Video Games" is originally a talk show talking about games with simple plots. Then Cloud Strife, Solid Snake, and Sora go talking about their games, which each having a... not so simple plot.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre:
    • In It's Dangerous to Go Alone:
    "Yes, I can't lie, I have painted my schween / Now grab your destiny, if you know what I mean."
    • In Luigi's ballad:
    Mario: My mushroom is mega, if you know what I mean. SO SUCK IT!"
  • The Last Straw: In "A Boy and His Boat", after Link tells the King of Red Lions he "absolutely cannot carry one more thing", his Sapient Ship reassures him "all that's left is a single piece of string", which breaks Link's back when it goes on top of his bag.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Said word for word by the Announcer after being confused by Sora’s explanation of his games’ plot. Then Sora points out after he finishes each sentence that the Announcer is wrong. To add onto the Announcer’s misery, Sora continues to tell his confusing story while promising to clear everything up at some point, but never does.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In Smash!, Luigi gets fed up with being the Butt-Monkey, saying "that is the last goddamned straw!" after being hit by Samus' Zero Laser, and starts beating everyone up.
  • Life of the Party: Subverted by Luigi in Welcome to the Mario Party. Luigi thinks he's this, but he's absolutely not. When Luigi shows up, Mario decides to go to bed (at only 7:45 in the evening), and Sonic invites everyone else to a party he's holding to get away from Luigi.
  • Lighter and Softer: Player Select in terms of emphasis on sex jokes, considering their first album was pretty dense and excessive on it and actually got flak for it.
  • Longest Song Goes Last:
    • Starbomb has The Simple Plot of Final Fantasy 7 before the "Outro".
    • Player Select has "The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid" before the Outro too.
    • The Tryforce has This Song Sucks before the Outro once again.
  • Male Gaze: Parodied in Regretroid, to Samus' dismay, who is rather annoyed that she is treated like a sex object in comparison to the other female character in the game, Mother Brain. Mother Brain, on the other hand, is implied to be jealous of the attention Samus gets from Kraid.
    Narrator: She stood up to every challenge / no matter however demanding / and her courage was amazing / and her boobies were outstanding
    Samus: WHAT?!
    Narrator: Uh, nothing! I was just saying that you're brave! Um, okay, look over there! Haha, it's Kraid!
  • Medium Awareness: Kraid says that he takes up five screens.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: In Smash!
    "Samus, is pissed, you got a small amount of dirt on her suit"
  • Mistaken for Gay: Link.
    Link: Look, I know I wear a tunic, but I'm not into men!
    Old Man: Don't be that way, bitch...
  • Monster Mash: Crasher-Vania. Though it gets interrupted twice by Simon Belmont.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Sonic's Best Pal constantly transitions between Sonic's jaunty, upbeat verses in which he sings about running around, collecting rings and having fun with his friends, and Tails' louder, much more dissonant verses in which he gets high on PCP, goes crazy, and eventually murders Dr. Robotnik, Big the Cat, and the narrator.
    • I Choose You to Die ends with Arin screaming "YYYYEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!" before calmly saying "Pokemon."
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Cloud Strife becomes this as he tries to explain his game's really simple plot.
    • Tom Nook.
    • Because of the way the album is cut, Egoraptor comes across this way: it is almost impossible to sing-along, because he never seems to take a breathnote .
    • Link in The Hero of Rhyme.
    • Sonic in Welcome to the Mario Party. However, that's because he did a lot of cocaine first.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The intro to their first album. Never has fair use sounded so awesome. (See Sophisticated as Hell below.)
  • Nice Guy: Ken. It never works out for him.
  • Ninja School: Of a sort, in Mortal Kombat High. Most of the cast is some sort of ninja.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Sonic "threatens" one on Robotnik. Tails then intervenes.
    Sonic: Robotnik, you gosh-darn clown, I'm gonna jump on you until you fall down!
  • No-Sell: Jigglypuff took three Falcon Punches (a very powerful move) "like it wasn't even shit" in Smash!
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: At the end of Glass Joe's Title Fight.
    Glass Joe: *After many sounds of punching* W-Whoo-woow, whoo-woow, I love candy corns... Please put them in my donuts! *Punched* Ow!
    Doc Louis: Oh, you beat the French out of him!
    Glass Joe: I have my-*More punching* My favorite color is seven! *Punched again* Noooo more peanuts for me, stewardess... Godzilla is my dad. *Punched yet again*
  • Not So Above It All: Link seems like an Only Sane Man at first, but as time goes on and he loses patience with the old man, he gets angrier and angrier. There's also the odd notes on his map in the beginning of the video, as well as one little scene showing him playing his Ocarina in front of Ganon and Zelda... both of whom shrug in confusion. Also see Covert Pervert above.
    • And in The Hero of Rhyme, he seems to be convinced that his raps are effective against Ganon's forces, or at least until Ganon impales him.
    • Luigi in Smash! after he's pushed too far.
  • Odd Job Gods: Olympus has to send a whole bunch of lesser weakling gods after Kratos in God of No More, because they're the only gods that Kratos hasn't killed yet.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dracula and one of his zombie guests do this when Simon Belmont shows up for the second time, made even funnier by the timing of the line to Simon proclaiming his entrance.
    Dracula: Oh God No!
    Simon: 'Tis I! Never fear, Simon Belmont is here!
    Zombie Guest: Shit!
    • In Smash!, plenty of characters get in on this when Luigi snaps. Of special note are the Announcer, who even does a Glasses Pull, and Donkey Kong, Kirby, Meta Knight, and Dedede, who each get a brief moment of this just before Luigi pulverizes them.
    • In The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid, When the host realizes Solid Snake was invited to the show by Cloud Strife.
  • Only Sane Man: Luigi in Smash! is the only one who takes issue with beating up his friends and first.
  • Painful Rhyme: Invoked with Ken's side of the Ryu vs Ken rap battle. When Ken finally pulls off a good one, Ryu actually stops slamming him for a moment to congratulate him for rhyming on beat.
  • The Power of Rock: Invoked by Pikachu who tries to use music to win pokemon battles in A Wild Guitar Solo Appears. It fails horribly.
  • Prepare to Die: Subverted into an Ineffectual Death Threat in Regretroid, but the line is uttered word-for-word by Kraid.
  • Product Placement: Tryforce's Dream Daddy skit is just 30 seconds straight of the gang reminding everyone the game exists and should be played, then goes straight back to the music.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In "Smash" after witnessing his friends repeatedly beating the shit out of each other, Luigi finally snaps over witnessing and falling victim to the violence, quickly joining in the fight and destroying them all.
  • Really Gets Around: According to his list, Link apparently already banged Midna, Saria, Malon, Ruto, Bombchu Girl and Princess Peach. And he intends to add Din, Farore, Nayru and Zelda to the list.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Regretroid makes this the basis of the entire song, when Kraid realizes Samus is a girl and instantly starts flirting with her. This annoys Samus as she both doesn't share the giant monster's affections nor does she appreciate how he is suddenly treating her differently just because she's not a dude.
    Samus: What pisses me off most in this world, is when enemies get nice when they all find out I'm a girl!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Ash is so fed up with the ridiculous amount of Pokemon there are by the time he gets out of the hospital that he shoots himself in the nuts to go back to the hospital.
    • In It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Link immediately leaves the cave when he realizes the old man is looking for a handjob instead of helping him on his quest.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Danny does all of the backing vocals.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut album.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • Luigi and Mario respectively in Luigi's Ballad.
    • Ken and Ryu respectively in Ryu vs. Ken: Rap Battle.
  • Shout-Out: Being a group that exclusively does songs about video games, this was inevitable.
  • Skewed Priorities: One of the monsters in Crasher-Vania complains that, in the middle of his murderous rampage, Simon knocked over the chips.
  • Slasher Smile: Jigglypuff after "all the murder and devastation" overtook him, in Smash!.
  • Smug Snake: Zero declares his intent to plow Mega Man's wife and how much more sexually capable he is.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Arin's reading of the fair use law in the intro of the self-titled album adds some...flair to it.
    "The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies of photo records or by any other... fuckin' means specified by that section for purposes such as... uh, shit like criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, or research... is not a god damn infringement of copyright."
  • Special Guest: Markiplier is the announcer in Smash!, and Notch adds his voice to Minecraft Is For Everyone.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Arin hopes to be able to sing on a future Starbomb album instead of just rap. He eventually does so in Vegeta's Serenade, much to the surprise and delight of many fans.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: At the end of Luigi's Ballad when Peach chooses Toad over Mario and Luigi because he's shaped like a dick, Mario and Luigi agree it makes sense.
  • Stylistic Suck: Ken in the Street Fighter rap battle is utterly terrible at rapping. Ryu actually congratulates him for getting in one good line.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: During Crasher-Vania:
    Dracula: It was Swamp-Man on vocals, Nosferatu on bass! Boy you should've seen the silly funny look on his- Oh god no!
    Simon: 'TIS I!
    • Also in Sonic's Best Pal:
    Sonic: Hey Tails, we've got fun times in store. What's the first thing you'd like to do today?
    Tails: Whores!
    Sonic: Ha, you're funny, we'll have a great time. There are lakes to swim in and mountains to-
    Tails: WHORES!
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Link in Hero of Rhyme starts thinking that he's such a great rapper that he can defeat evil with only his sweet lyrics. This results in Hyrule's destruction and Link getting stabbed.
    • Glass Joe in Glass Joe's Title Fight decides to fight Mr. Sandman. He hires Doc to train him for a week (the week before the fight, even), admits to training poorly simply because he believes in himself, and gets his butt kicked harshly.
    • The Autobots in Robots in Need of Disguise try to find new disguises to transform into, going through increasingly inane options. When they confront the Decepticons, who are still in their war machine forms, they Autobots lose badly.
    • The remaining gods in God of No More try to fight against Kratos, despite having really crappy portfolios, like baked potatoes and busting nuts. They all die horribly.
    • The player in Minecraft is for Everyone tries to reform a Creeper. He gets blown up in the end.
    • Inky in Inky's Lament refuses to run when Pacman has eaten a power pellet. So Pacman eats him.
    • In Blowing the Payload, turns out that Overwatch agents attempting to use their combat abilities for jobs such as fixing a traffic jam or helping an old lady across the street does far more harm than good.
    • In A Wild Guitar Solo Appears, Pikachu attempts to win his battles through The Power of Rock. He loses in humiliating fashion every time.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: At the end of The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts, the host of "Talking Video Games" laments his fate, and accepts that he'll never get out of listening to over-complicated video game plots. Right as he does this, the show gets cancelled.
  • Tastes Like Purple: Tails under the influence of drugs mentioned he could do this now... among other things.
    Tails: Now I got hallucinations that are out of control / And I can taste colors and I'm gonna skullfuck your soul!
  • Take a Third Option: In Luigi's Ballad, Princess Peach chooses Toad instead of Mario or Luigi.
    Princess Peach: Well, his whole body's shaped like a dick...
  • Take That!:
    • In It's Dangerous to Go Alone, Link says that Liberty City "looks just like Philadelphia, but even more shitty."
    • In one of the Regretroid videos, Other M is shown as an example when Kraid said that Samus "would be digested and then turned into feces".
    • The "Simple Plot of..." series of videos take jabs at the overly-complex plots of (in order) Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Kingdom Hearts.
    • One music video shows Luigi playing Mighty No. 9 by himself. The choice of game is also meant to highlight what a loser he is.
  • Teeny Weenie: Ryu seems to think Ken has one.
    Ryu: Your dick's three inches hard; I'm working with a soft ten!
  • That's Gotta Hurt: Navi's reaction in Hero of Rhyme when Link gets killed by Ganon.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Luigi's Ballad has Luigi and Mario competing for Princess Peach's affection. So who does she pick? Toad (his whole body is shaped like a dick, after all.)
  • This Is Going to Suck: Luigi's reaction when the announcer tells him what Smash Bros. is actually about.
    Luigi: I don't think I wanna do that...
  • Title Drop:
    • "Pika pulled out a gun, and then he said with a cry / 'Suck a yellow dick, bro! I choose you to die!'"
    • It's Dangerous to Go Alone contains numerous instances of Danny singing the title with particular flourish.
    • "And now you know the simple plot of Metal Gear, bitch!"
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Mario seems to have between Luigi's Ballad and Smash, as he displays none of his obnoxious tendencies from the former and happily greets Luigi just before getting his chode "destroyed 200%". He punches Luigi at the end and says "Bite me", but that's the worst he does, and it's probably because Luigi just beat the shit out of him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Ryu and Ken, and basically all the men from Rap Battle: Ryu vs. Ken.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: In Glass Joe's Title Fight, Glass Joe relies on this trope, and only this trope, to help him in the titular match against Mr. Sandman. He loses miserably.
  • The Unintelligible: Optimus presents Starscream as boisterous and loud. He's anything but loud.
    Starscream: [mumbling] Hey, this...I'm Starscream-
    Optimus: What?
    Starscream: [mumbling] I just...I just wanted say that Megatron you-
    Optimus: Speak up man.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Several in It's Dangerous to Go Alone, such as "Mr. Johnson and the Juice Crew" and "inflatable poo-jabber".
    • Also in Minecraft Is For Everyone, the Creeper resorts to spouting these when he's not allowed to curse.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Simon Belmont really needs to chill out...
  • Villains Out Shopping: The monsters in Crasher-Vania are just dancing and playing Twister!
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: A heroic example, or at least a hero under the influence of drugs against a bad guy. Tails decides a better solution for Robotnik is an "Old School Street Justice Death Execution." He then shoots Robotnik in the head.
  • World of Badass: The announcer in Smash! describes the game as "a world of hate and war where you'll assault everyone you have ever known and loved before."
  • World of Pun: I Choose You to Die is full of this, using Pokémon names:
    Narrator: Again and a-Gengar, she'll have Gastly screams that Haunter dreams.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Glass Joe thinks he's the underdog hero of a sports story who has destiny on his side. His trainer correctly points out that Sandman will murder him in the ring.


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"It's Dangerous to Go Alone"

The old man in "It's Dangerous to Go Alone" who keeps trying to get a handjob from Link.

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