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Welcome to EFAP

Every Frame A Pause, otherwise known as "EFAP", is a podcast hosted by MauLer, Rags, and Fringy (formerly co-hosted by The Dishonored Wolf). The main purpose of EFAP is media discussion and analysis, whether that be discussing movies, reacting to video essays, discussing movies while reacting to video essays, and more. It is primarily known for the length of its episodes, with episodes frequently reaching 11-12 hours long.

To watch the podcast, go here. For the website dedicated to the podcast, go here.


Tropes present in the podcast.

  • Accentuate the Negative: Downplayed, as they will happily agree with points brought up that are fair in their eyes, but if the video they are watching leans more towards having holes in argument being presented, they tend to focus on it over any legitimate points because no matter how valid some points may be, it means the video being discussed isn't presenting a good point.
  • Anti-Climax: One episode of EFAP has everyone reacting to No Bullshit’s video “SJW Moments in Avengers Infinity War,” and after seeing him go on for a good few minutes about a scene with three female characters teaming up, they anticipate that he must have been frothing at the mouth during the “girl power” scene in Endgame, given that that scene had the same premise but on a bigger scale. To their surprise and disappointment, he basically just mentions it as a little stupid and nothing more.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Some EFAP streams tend to have this occur due to the number of guests and the length at which they cover topics. At one point when discussing Moviebob’s Joker take, they bring up one of the movies against Joker was a yeti movie, which led to Scooby Doo yeti movies, which led to older Scooby Doo movies, which led to discussing which Hex Girl was the best, which led to...
  • Beat: Discussed in regards to The Nostalgia Critic. MauLer and Fringy note that Critic has a tendency to leave a pause after making a joke to let it sink in, which they argue only makes the comedic timing awkward.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Blatant Lies. Its one thing to get a fact wrong, they might still criticize the point made but depending on the mistake they may just point it out and move on, but flat out lying or manipulating something to make your point seem more valid makes all of them mad.
    • Inability to discuss a work while separating the artist from it. During the episode on Zack Snyder's Justice League, they get annoyed at chat when people bring up Joss Whedon being accused of abusive behavior or bringing up Synder's daughter committing suicide as a reason to either hate on Justice League (2017) or praise Zack Snyder's Justice League. To them, art should be able to be separated from the creator, but they also find it annoying that people would use real world events to make their points better, especially in the case of Synder's daughter, as it is incredibly disrespectful to his family to use the death of his daughter as some form of justification for being defensive over his films.
    • Unrelated to film criticism, one button for Rags is seeing people wear a blazer with a t-shirt. He explains it's a terrible attempt at being casual and formal at the same time. It becomes a Running Gag for him to express disgust upon seeing creators the crew is currently covering wear blazers with t-shirts.
  • The Bus Came Back: Logicked, who hadn't been on EFAP since #18, returns in EFAP #100-2
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The color scheme of the stream background changes depending on the type of stream; normal EFAP is Red, EFAP minis are green, EFAP movies are blue, and EFAP gaming is orange.
  • Crossover: Episodes of EFAP have featured various other guests from different channels, such as Fringy, E Semicolon R, and Shadiversity.
  • Death of the Author:invoked Discussed in episode 127; "Why YOU are wrong about Batman V Superman". When debating the film, and Man of Steel with youtuber Twin Perfect, they discuss how the director/author's intent behind a film or scene ultimately is irrelevant when looking at the final product. If a film shows a character doing something, only for the author to say otherwise outside of the film, it shouldn't matter what Word Of Godinvoked says, because it creates massive issues with the story, and brings up a lot of Fridge Logic or writing problems to just handwave it away like that.
    Fringy: The point that were making is this whole idea of Death of the Authorinvoked is lets say that, in a hypothetical situation that if the writer says something that's just like, absurd, it's ridiculous and shouldn't even be considered at all because it's totally incongruous with what is actually like in the media.
  • Door Stopper: Episodes often run from anywhere between six and twelve hours or more, and that's not even counting all the live reaction podcasts.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the hosts, MauLer is the Superego, Rags is the Ego, and DishonoredWolf is the Id.
  • Here We Go Again!: Upon seeing TheNostalgiaCritic's outfit, Fringy and Rags get into a debate about the fashionability of wearing a blazer with a t-shirt, much to Metal's chagrin as Rags had gotten into similar debates several times before.
  • Holiday Mode: EFAP has specialized stream backgrounds for when they stream during Halloween and Christmas.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: EFAP #50 features nearly every guest from past EFAP episodes, from regulars like Fringy and Jay Exci, to other less frequent guests like JLongbone and E Semicolon R.
  • Overly-Long Gag: The EFAP viewing of Donal T. Delay's videos deliberately slow them down as much as possible for comedic effect due to his already slow voice.
  • Political Correctness Is Evil: Varies depending on who's hosting (most exensuated whenever The Critical Drinker is a guest), but a general running theme is that modern Hollywood, especially Disney, has abandoned a majority of their originality in favor of simply pandering to liberal talking points without actually putting any thought or care into their representation. Rather than having a gay character factor in as a major player, for example, they're relegated to only having a passing line or kiss thrown in that can be easily edited out for foreign releases in less progressive countries.
  • Running Gag: After the EFAP Mini reaction to the 4th episode of the CW's Batwoman, each Mini's stinger ends with Jacob Kane slamming his laptop and demanding, "What'ya bring me?!"
  • Self-Deprecation: The title of their podcast "EFAP" (Every Frame A Pause) is a jab at themselves for how they often take hours responding to a video that’s just ten minutes long, frequently pausing the video so they can respond to and discuss what was said in the video. Infamously, a "response" video to Jenny Nicholson's half hour video about "Joker" was almost 12 hours long, and most of that was random tangents unrelated to her video. And the circlejerk connotations of the title's abbreviation go without saying.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel:invoked Discussed in their coverage on Zack Snyder's Justice League. They all admit that there are things that are better in said version than Justice League (2017), but believe that it isn't all that good nor is it really better than the 2017 version. Many issues in the 2017 version still remain, and some of the plotlines feel inconsistent or were flat out retconned for no reasons. Most of them agree that the reason the film got so much praise on release was because the bar had been set so low that having Synder's take makes it look better by comparison. Snyder's cut has many problems in it that the 2017 avoided, and that many of the people praising the film seem to be doing so more so pile on the 2017 version, or because they have Creator Worshipinvoked for Synder. Putting it bluntly, they almost all agree that Synder's version isn't inherently better, and that the film is just as bad as the 2017 version, but also has areas it is worse in, such as creating plotholes that were actually avoided in the 2017 version.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked A common point in their coverage of the DC Extended Universe is how much wasted story potential each film had with regards to the setting and characters. In particular, they cite Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as being especially bad at this, because they present many interesting plotlines and angles to take the setting, and yet just flat out don't, such as having a Batman who becoming just like the man who killed his parents, or having Clark question his people and their history after having an ideal view of them shattered in the film.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:invoked
    • MauLer, along with Rags, Fringy, and MetalCommander, generally finds Kate Kane of the CW's Batwoman contemptible because she continually lets Alice go because she's her sister, Beth, in spite of Alice's growing list of crimes, including multiple murders and the attempted murder of their father, Jacob Kane. Only after Alice poisons both her stepmother Catherine and stepsister Mary, with Catherine dying after giving Mary the antidote, and frames Jacob for Catherine's death does Kate finally realize that Alice has become an irredeemable monster who must be stopped, but any sympathy they might have had for Kate and her plight is long gone by now.
    • All of them find Jonathan Kent from Man of Steel to be this. The film presents him as a more "realistic" mentor to Clark by having him be more honest about not being sure what to do, in an attempt to help Clark find his own way. All of them find this, and his death, to be not deserved because of how bad his advice is, since he basically suggested Clark should have let a bunch of kids die to hide his powers, and argue that his death failed to make him a sympathetic character.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jim Sterling of the Jimquisition. Rags and MauLer feel that, much like H.Bomberguy, Jim's refusal to honestly engage with viewpoints they disagree with, along with what Rags and MauLer view to be underlying contempt towards gamers (who are Jim's primary audience) that permeates certain videos, can make them rather difficult to watch sometimes. That said, they've both admitted that they respect Jim for their commitment to fighting the games industry’s many shady business practices (such as loot boxes and workplace crunch).