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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: All of them, but especially Jon randomly sticking accessories on everything and trying to break the game.
  • Author Catchphrase: In Episode 10, with them all using Antiquated Linguistics, Chugga likes using the words 'orthodox' and 'barbaric' a lot. Jon calls him out at one point for using 'orthodox' in a context where it doesn't really make sense.
  • Bad Impressionists: Chugga's attempt at Stephen Fry (the narrator) sounds more like a cross between Bane and Scooby-Doo. Of course, after Jon complains, he proceeds to read out every text box in the voice, even if it's not something Stephen Fry narrates in the game.
    • In Episode 9, Jon thinks attempts at Japanese accents by Chugga and Lucah respectively sound more like Scooby-Doo and Kyle's mum from South Park.
  • Bookends: The first Episode ends with Jon enlarging a King of Hearts card, yelling "AND THE KING OF ALL CAAAAAAAAARDS!" while doing so. The finale begins with the guys discussing the King of All Cards as though he is a wanted criminal, and Jon enlarges the card again.
    • Also, the guys (without Lucahjin) were playing Wii Party before they switched to this game, then went back to Wii Party when they finished. So the weeks directly before and after this collab started had Wii Party videos.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Lucah borrows Tim's "IN THE BATHROOM!" in the finale.
  • Call-Back:
    • Lucahjin makes several references to MAH BALLS from her Barbie LP, including her character's costume.
    • Jon's Mexican Waluigi voice appears again in Episode 6, this time with Waluigi as a detective.
    • In the finale, NCS compares a stage to one in Battletoads and he and Jon mention the race of that game they both took part in.
  • Camera Screw: Partway into Episode 8, Tim gets left behind at a Spawn Point while the other Guys and Lucahjin are jumping over things, almost leading to their deaths.
    Jon: Okay, Camera. C'mon, Really?
  • Cross Player: Tim as "Victorian Lady Gaga". Leads to Viewer Gender Confusion in Episode 4 with Chugga accidentally referring to Tim as 'she'.
  • Foreshadowing: An odd case. While the Guys were good about keeping Lucahjin's identity under wraps until the first video debuted, there were some strange references to her in the videos shortly preceding this one, what with the drug-dealer look-alike of Lucahjin outside their window when they were filming Minigame Island and the computer picking "Luca" as their fourth player in Board Game Island. It seems the universe was foreshadowing her involvement in this LP.
  • A God Am I: Jon becomes slightly megalomaniac at the end of the final level...
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In Episode 9, NCS falls into some poisonous gas and lets out a small "fuck!". He quickly corrects himself, leading to Jon and Chugga to make their own family-friendly swears.
    NCS: Fuck!...I mean sh-sh...I mean shoot.
    Jon: Darn! Jiminy jillickers!
    Chugga: Gosh dang it.
    Jon: Consarn it.
  • Hurricane of Puns: About Chugga's Moustachioed Shark avatar in Episode 2, including Sewer Shark, Jumping the Shark, and Sharktopus.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Episode 6, Jon invokes it to try and explain the strangely unrelated pictures used to illustrate the Rolling Run level. "It's medium difficulty because her hair is black... just like her eyes".
    • He also claims repeatedly that penguins are experienced with fire.
  • Japanese Ranguage: In Episode 9.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Chugga's playing style, leading Jon to dub him 'Impatient Shark'. The result is that he has more deaths than usual as he runs into traps, but also wins most levels because he gets most of the score bubbles before the others can.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Their player avatars, to some extent.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Jon's reaction in Episode 4 when Lucah puts on a Canada, Eh? accent.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Everyone's avatars except for Lucahjin.
  • No Indoor Voice: All of the guys are usually vocal, but they take it Up to Eleven in this LP.
  • Overly Long Gag: In Episode 10, they carry out the Take That, Audience! below for an entire half hour.
    • In the final Episode, The Stinger: "YEAH COFFEE! YEAH COFFEE! YEAH COFFEE!" Which has its own stinger where Jon reverses it: "Less coffee... less coffee... less coffee..."
  • Perspective Flip: In the finale, Chugga suggests that Big Bad Final Boss The Collector is like an accomplished Pokémon player who really had caught them all, and the Guys effectively erased his save file, making them the real villains.
  • Running Gag: At the start of nearly every Episode, Jon had added some ridiculous accessory to his costume (like tentacles or springy hands). Often he's put them on Lucahjin too.
    • An unintentional one is that almost every Episode starts with a disclaimer about how something or other has gone wrong with technical aspects of the recording. Eventually they start to lampshade this.
    • Another unintentional one is that every time they're about to explain something general about the game, they get distracted and never end up doing it.
    • Jon's habit of sticking hipster glasses on things getting bigger and more audacious with every Episode.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of Episode 9, Tim gets up and leaves before the group can do the outro. Jon and Chugga jokingly act like it was this.
  • Simpleton Voice: Jon does a distinctive 'stoned Cloudcuckoolander' one a few times in the finale.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the finale video, after some blank space in the video, Jon going crazy with the "COFFEE" sticker.
  • Take That, Audience!: Episode 10 is devoted to this, mostly the complaints regarding their loudness and the presence of Lucahjin despite her being a girl.
  • Tempting Fate: While riding a giant skateboard...
    Tim: As long as it doesn't flip over.
    (guess what it proceeds to do mere seconds later)
    • Jon continues to weaponize Tempting Fate to screw over Chugga as he did in the Mario Party 2 LP.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: In Episode 4, Jon puts a bow on Lucah's head instead of on her neck, so she's not "wearing it like a boy." This is the only visual clue that Lucah's a girl, since it's Tim who's playing Victorian Lady Gaga.
  • That One Level: invoked "The Bunker," which had the four actually working together to get through the part with the wheel.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: A very minor example; at the start of Episode 5, Chugga announces that he got Tim, Jon, and Lucah gifts since he hasn't seen them in a while. Tim and Lucah are surprised and curious, but in the background, you can hear Jon sigh in annoyance. Possibly justified, given how the last two times Chugga did this, he got Poison Mushrooms.
    • Then subverted, double-subverted, and Played for Laughs in the span of a few seconds; when Jon actually gets his gift (a "Batman For President" shirt), he seems genuinely surprised and thankful... then he covers Chugga's in-game player avatar in zebra stripes.
    Jon: I made you a rainbow shark zebra.
    • In Jon's defense, Chugga did eventually take a liking to the rainbow shark.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Chugga once accidentally calls Tim 'she' due to him using a female avatar (as does Jon later), and also insists some skeletal Aztec-ish characters 'look like women', which Jon finds bizarre.
  • World of Chaos: The game already has shades of this to start with, but it goes Up to Eleven when Jon is let loose.

    Castle Crashers 
  • Accidental Misnaming: Chugga calls Jake "Stephen" in episode 6, then referenced Steve the trooper. The other guys are surprised that he referenced it, as it's his main Berserk Button.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Chugga in episode 3 to the bear enemies.
    Chugga: How does a bear make a tornado?
    Jake: How do we make magic?
    Chugga: 'Cause we're magical knights.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the second part of the finale, the guys somehow get on the topic of discussing what the Necromancer's old roommates say about him:
    Jon: "Has issue with bringing people back from [the] dead...the smell of rot is everywhere...always left the fridge door open..."
  • Big "NO!": Done by everyone in Episode 9 as they fail to escape the alien ship in time.
  • Brick Joke: In a BreakingNCS Vlog, Jon bought a toy gun. He opens fire on Chugga in the last Episode.
  • Call-Back: SuperJeenius wants both the lollipop and chainsaw items, referencing his LP of Lollipop Chainsaw.
    • Jake/ SuperJeenius is referred to as 4 v2.0 during the intro. Later when he teams up with Jon against Chugga, Chugga says "I didn't want another Josh!"
    • In Episode 4, Jake also references "credit where props is due", a joke from his co-op of Donkey Kong Country Returns with Josh.
    • Chugga comes to the realisation that he can, in fact, kick Jon out of his house, in reference to the famous incident from the Subspace Emissary videos.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Jon claims Chugga has it after he agrees to form an anti-Jon alliance with Jake and then kills Jake (although Chugga says it was accidental).
    • Just before that Jake formed an alliance with Jon to take out Chugga, then after realizing Jon was the bigger threat decided to join forces with Chugga against Jon, leading to an accidental Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jon to the other Guys in Episode 5.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Jake is aiming for this by increasing his strength while completely ignoring his other stats.
    • He abandons this after it backfires on him in Episode 5.
    • Tim meanwhile focuses mostly on stamina and defense. While this means he's nigh-on impossible to kill, he does so little damage he may as well not even be fighting, and all his crazy survivability ultimately accomplishes is annoying the others in the Arena fights.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Jon states this in the finale, as he opts for committing "ritual suicide" by having his character getting killed by an NPC and not getting the ending.
  • Fan Nickname: invokedThey refer to the Cardinal animal companion as 'the Angry Bird'.
  • Gender-Blender Name: A character limit on names means that Tim plays as "NintendoCapriSu".
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Chugga's opinion of the game's Medusa. He gets mocked for it.
  • Hypocritical Humour: In Episode 6, Chugga unexpectedly brings up Steve the Trooper, but then adds that he refuses to let anybody else make reference to him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Episode 9 Chugga claims the nurse who gives you information on animal orbs is hot for Jon 'because she's wearing glasses'.
  • Insistent Terminology: Chugga maintains that Jon is 'ten levels higher' than everyone else, despite Jon pointing out that this is "hyper-bowl".
    • In Episode 9, Chugga insists that the animals they ride are "Camellamas".
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: In Episode 5, Jon mispronounces hyperbole as "hyper-bowl" (as Chugga points out).
  • Joke Exhaustion: Done in Episode 4 with 'bee' references as soon as they enter the Flower Fields level and start fighting bees.
    • Then done again in Episode 10 with a corn-related Hurricane of Puns when they fight a corn-themed boss.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently five years ago, Jon started a forest his house. With hotdogs.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Tim in Episode 9 does an accent that oscillates between The Ahnold, Scottish, and Vampire Vords.
  • Stone Wall: Tim ends up putting most of his stat points into Defense, resulting in him having over 700 HP by the game's end.
  • The Social Darwinist: Jake accuses Chugga of being one in Episode 9 after he says the aliens deserve to die because they're weak.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Chugga saying "necrophilia is appropriate" in Episode 6.
  • That One Player: The others accuse Jon of being this in Episode 3.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chugga took one after he learned how to properly use his magic. Even Jon considered him a threat in the arena afterwards.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Trolls?
    Jon: Because it wasn't snakes.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Jon has a moment when fighting NCS in Episode 11. Due to NCS's high defense (and accidental potion usage), he spent a while before he fell.
    Jon: Tim, you are ridiculous to kill!
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Jake accidentally refers to Jon as Josh in Episode 8.

    Dokapon Kingdom 
  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Numerous times, they have intentionally mispronounced the name of the Atrophy spell book as "a trophy". Additionally upon receipt of said spellbook they will quip "You win a trophy!"
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Jon's reaction to Chugga's quip that the game was made by "one-third of The Police" (i.e. Sting) in the first episode of the Story Mode.
  • Anti-Climax: In Episode 107, Chugga uses the Mystery spell he stole against Jon, which is referred to as the "legendary Dokapon spell". It sets Traps all over the world map. Everyone is immediately disappointed with the effect, including Tim, whose voice becomes monotone for a few minutes "out of shock".
  • Anti-Climax Boss: In-universe, the Final Boss is turned into this. Jon uses Magic Medicine and Afterburn to boost his ATK to 999, then kills Overlord Rico in one turn with a combined 9099 damage Attack.
  • Battle Cry: Jon uses "Who wants to live forever!" before taking on an enemy at the end of Episode 5 of the Battle Royale. As of the story mode, he and Chugga agree it has since become his catchphrase proper.
  • Buffy Speak: When Jon (playing as a warrior) kills a random enemy with his character's weapon, he rejoices by claiming he killed the enemy "with his stabby thing!"
  • Butt-Monkey: Flip-flops a lot between Chugga and Tim, since they tend to be in competition with each other for 2nd and 3rd place and have a lot of bad luck thrown their way. Jon on occasion as well, although not nearly as much since he tends to hold more decisive leads, so setbacks aren't nearly as damaging.
  • Call-Back:
    • After Jon points out Chugga's crummy impression of the announcer's voice, Chugga himself says that every announcer voice he does ends up sounding more like Elmo.
    • In the first Episode of Story Mode, Jon briefly considers using the player name "Protonathan Jonathan", a reference to an old joke on his now defunct website.
    • Episodes 96 & 97 of Story Mode have Jon listing off all the incorrect guesses Chugga's made in their Wheel of Fortune videos.
  • Captain Obvious: Jon in Episode 1 of the Battle Royale.
    Chugga (talking about player classes): The magician, I assume he's high damage...
    Jon: He's magic.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Episode 42 of Story Mode, Chugga whips out a Charm Potion that he had been holding for so long everyone had forgotten that he had it, and uses it to steal a high level town from Tim to take the lead from Jon, putting Jon out of the lead for the first time in the entire game.
  • Cliffhanger: The second story mode episode ends with Chugga and Jon starting a battle, which continues in the third episode. NCS even comments on this.
    Tim: This is going to be a cliffhanger episode!
  • Crippling Overspecialization: This ends up working for Tim in the final chapter. Due to being an ATK-skewed Glass Cannon, the fight against his Clonus ends up being a battle of "who gets initiative", since Tim has enough ATK to pulverize himself in one hit. Tim gets initiative and scores a One-Hit Kill on his Clonus, allowing him to enter Overlord Rico's castle first.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In Episode 73, Chugga was blinded by a random enemy, causing a lot of his attacks to miss and putting him in danger of dying (after already dying once in the episode). The next turn, instead of attacking, the enemy tries to blind Chugga again, leading to this exchange:
    Jon: Now you're even more blind! You've gone from Ray Charles to Helen Keller!
    Chugga: Wow! Poor taste, dude!
    Jon: Wait, how is that poor taste? They're both known for their blindness; they both achieved great things!
    Tim: ...and they're both dead.
  • Cursed With Awesome: During his stint as an Alchemist, Chugga is met by Weber, who gives him a Big Bug. The Big Bug proceeds to consume everything in his inventory... including the Nitroglycerin, which had been stuck in his inventory for several dozen episodes. The Big Bug is largely harmless after that as well, since as an Alchemist, Chugga sometimes auto-duplicates items, which the Big Bug eats, so it has no real effect on his inventory other than eating the dupes.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • After Chugga's Butt-Monkey status is established, he ends up with the potential to become the Darkling, a possibility that alarms Jon. He does not succeed in his first attempt, but finally gets it in Episode 13.
    • Jon gets stalled out by Chugga in Episode 102, then slain by Darkling Tim in Episode 103. Jon manages to immediately bounce back by killing Chugga for money, acquiring a Rare Random Drop that gives him the Acrobat's 50% revival chance as an Accessory, then killing Chugga again to get rid of his Big Bug, then killing Tim to take his Shield and get the Demolition Man.
  • Earth All Along: Parodied at the end of the Battle Royale Episode 3 when the world map comes up and Chugga notices it looks like a real map of Earth:
    Chugga: It was our world all along! FRIENDSHIP IS GOING TO DIE!
    Jon: ...Okay. (video ends)
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Inuniverse, the Guys (especially Jon) like Hans the Arms Dealer best of the shop NPCs for his Large Ham voice.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • The Guys consistently refer to Cusco Castle as having no value despite the fact that a Castle's value isn't static upon earning the Castle and changes as the Castle's owner earns Towns on its respective continent, meaning that the value of the Castle rose as Tim took back some Towns after he used his Darkling powers to activate another New Game+.
    • In Episode 131, Chugga hammers the 2 button through mandatory text boxes (again) and nearly misses a prompt to change his Battle Skill to Alchemy. Chugga, not realizing he had skipped the prompt to change his Skill, fails to read the text box below and assumes that the prompt is asking him to change his Skill, and selects Yes, completely unaware that he had just turned down the offer to take Alchemy.
    • In Episode 133, Tim gets a Level-Up Fill-Up at a critical moment, restoring him to full health. Three minutes later, Tim has a memory lapse and burns off his Miracle Serum, a very rare and powerful curative, because he forgot that he got said Level-Up Fill-Up.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In Episode 101, Chugga, armed with three Deathblocks, a Revival, and Heal, engages Jon in a fight he can't possibly win to stall for time until Tim becomes the Darkling, in a gambit to get Tim to kill Jon. Jon, despite his overwhelming stat advantage over Chugga, can't kill him due to RNG giving him "First" for five turns and Chugga healing off the damage, so his only other option to not get destroyed by Tim is to Give Up. Chugga is immediately accosted by Rico Jr. the following turn. Then Darkling Tim shows up and kills Chugga.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Albeit an unintentional example early on in story mode with the guys' chosen classes; Tim as the fighter, Chugga as the mage, and Jon as the thief. They eventually switch to other classes, however.
  • For Want of a Nail: On a whim, Emile attacks Jon to potentially die and get out of Overlord Rico's castle. He does (after a fashion), but picking this fight and losing the Underworld Staff upon death left Emile at a standstill for nearly the entire time before Jon killed Rico in the Underworld and ended the game. He couldn't progress the story due to not having a weapon, so he went to buy a weapon, but the weapons near him were too weak, so he went across the board to later continents with better shops, but a random event robbed him of his cash and left him unable to purchase anything, so he tried to rob the store, but lost, and lost, and lost...
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • For all intents and purposes, the Magic button may as well not exist for Tim. He never uses any Magic whatsoever even if it's tactically advantageous to do so, and simply tanks status effects and punches things to kill them. This includes disposing of Banish in Episode 106, considered one of the strongest Battle Magics in the game, for cash he figured he could use to buy a Shield.
    • After Jon changes to Robo-Knight, he decides to get Copy at Job Level 2 as he's anticipating Tim becoming the Darkling. In Episode 102, Tim becomes the Darkling and kills Chugga, but is weakened from Chugga's Magic and the Z-Plague. Jon, seeing an opportunity, moves in for the kill... and uses Strike. He only realizes he should have used Copy after Tim kills him.
  • Four Is Death: Episode four of story mode, which features all three dying just minutes apart from each other.
  • Friendly Rivalry: They're more friendly than they are in Mario Party, but they are also rivals, and it shows.
  • Game-Breaker: Demonstrated in-universe; once Chugga unlocks and switches to Alchemist, he spends his next turn showing off an extremely overpowered strategy that can net him limitless cash. He then proceeds to throw away the Skill that allows it at his next Job Level Up due to not wanting to abuse it.
  • Genre Savvy / Took a Level in Badass: The third time Tim became the Darkling he proceeded to target Jon (who was in first place) and prevented him from returning Princess Penny to the castle with the added bonus of getting the princess. He then kept killing Jon every time he was revived. After performing Global Domination to take over everyone's towns and he was not the Darkling anymore he performed a simple but effective strategy to get lots of towns; he bought lots of spinners from the nearest item shop and used those to cover as much ground as possible and used his last spinner to buy even more spinners to repeat the process, giving him an easy lead. It was so good Chugga copied it.
  • Glass Cannon: Tim, as the result of only dumping extra points into ATK and SPD. He has the highest ATK and SPD of the three Guys, but his DEF, MAG, and HP stats are abysmal, to the point where most attacks against him will almost immediately kill him. Even moreso when he goes without a Shield for a spell and can't buy a new one due to being in debt; at the time, he also happened to be armed with a deadly Underworld Staff, which was far and away better than what Jon and Chugga had, the combination of the two alongside his monstrous ATK stat adding up to Tim essentially one-shotting pretty much everything on first initiative but immediately dying to anything that he didn't outlevel by a factor of at least 1.5. His weak MAG is eventually what also helps Chugga get the edge on Tim despite being Tim being a Darkling; even at 300+ MAG due to the Darkling's triple stats, it's not enough to stop Chugga's Zapper from ripping holes in Tim's HP. Tim is currently the Magician Class to rectify this problem.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In Episode 101, Chugga tries to stall Jon to make sure Tim can become the Darkling so that Tim can kill Jon. Tim manages to become the Darkling, then proceeds to kill both of them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After Tim becomes the Darkling again in Episode 57, he kills Jon to steal the princess Jon was then currently carrying. Towards the end of Darklingdom, Tim uses Global Assault to spawn Monsters in all towns, effectively negating all of the town captures up to that point, again. Once Tim changes back, he takes the princess to the king, who rewards him with a castle. However, since he just used Global Assault to put monsters in all of the towns, the value of his new castle is... 0G. Jon, who was killed twice more by Tim during Darklingdom, is absolutely ecstatic.
    Jon: (While laughing hysterically) Fuck you, Tim!
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Chugga says this, once Tim and Jon start calling him Steve the Poo, or just Poohead.
    Chugga: I liked it better when you called me Steve. I never thought I would say that.
  • I Hate Past Me: When the Guys lose the audio recording for one session and end up recording post-commentary a full year later (after they are much further into the game and know more about it), they all criticise their past selves' playing, especially Tim.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Chugga accidently ended up fighting Jon when he hit the wrong button when trying to fight Overlord Rico.This lead to Jon fearing he had just prolonged something that was already wearing the Guys down due to fatigue (since Jon gave up and could not act leaving it all up to Chugga). It didn't, since Chugga was able to take down Overlord Rico by going first and felling him in one attack. Even if he had not gone first, Chugga would have still won since he had two Revivals.
  • Irony:
    • A Running Gag in the series is that Jon keeps getting stuck in battles with (often relatively minor) enemies that drag on for turn after turn, much to his annoyance. The game ends with Jon getting to go first on his first turn against the Final Boss Overlord Rico, and killing him in a single hit.
    • Jon is known for being notoriously unlucky with dice rolls no matter the game, managing to roll a 1 in the worst situation innumerable times. Jon wins the game by rolling a 1, the exact number needed to get to Overlord Rico's boss space.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: In the first episode of Story Mode, Jon insists on pronouncing 'knife' with the k, making it 'kaniffy'.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Jon. He distributes bonus points evenly according to the situation and makes a point of mastering as many classes as possible, causing his stats to grow fairly balanced across the board. This gives him a one-up against Chugga and Tim, who have both skewed their stats towards certain extremes and thus have slightly more limited options in combat in terms of effectiveness.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After Jon Gives Up against Chugga in Episode 101 due to being stuck in a nearly unwinnable fight, Chugga decides to take the Angel Wings that Jon poached from Rico Jr. a few episodes earlier. The problem being that neither of them have any use for it due to not having the requisite classes mastered to unlock Hero at the time, so Chugga stole the Angel Wings purely so Jon would have to fight Rico Jr. again (or kill Chugga) to unlock the Hero.
    • After Chugga killsteals from Jon by forcing Jon to give up and defeating Rico Sr. in his place, the Guys come back six real-time months later to find themselves needing to get out of the Tower of Babble to defeat the Final Boss. Chugga immediately decides that the best way to do this is to attack Jon to get one of them killed. Jon is exasperated and frustrated at his needless decision to fight. The fight drags out for five days, and due to luck (ironically) kicking in for Jon by triggering the Sun Shield's full heal and activating the Angel Choker three times in a row, Chugga ultimately dies picking a fight with Jon after burning off his Revival.
  • Killer Rabbit: At the beginning of one week there is a Wabbit Explosion. Wabbits are creatures that are the same level as the character which usually just cast Sleep or run away, making them basically harmless, but hard to defeat. Which, of course, means that Chugga gets killed by them. Twice. In one week.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Darkling Tim, after resetting all towns to "Overtaken" status, kills Jon multiple times to steal Princess Penny and returns her to the castle once he's no longer a disciple of all that is evil to claim Cusco Castle at the end of Chapter 4... only to discover that, since none of the towns are liberated on the continent, the castle is worth NOTHING.
    • Chugga picks a fight with Jon after defeating the Chapter 8 boss (six real-time months later) for no good reason other than trying to get one of them killed to get out of the Tower of Babble faster. By a stroke of luck on Jon's part, Chugga winds up dying to Jon despite his HP and equipment advantage.
  • Long Runner: By far the single-most infamous game they have ever done solely due to its sheer length, spanning a grand total of 144 Episodes and a real-time length of over four years.
  • Mathematician's Answer: At the end of Episode 5 of the Battle Royale, NCS gives up in a hopeless battle and drops a Squall item...
    Chugga: How do you drop a tornado?
    Jon: Very carefully.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-universe.
    Jon: *imitating Hans* We're having a sale!
  • Mighty Glacier: While not slow by any means, Chugga has fairly balanced stats all around, except for his SPD. Chugga's SPD stat pales far in comparison to either Jon or Tim's; this makes him highly susceptible to Field Magic, which he proceeds to complain about every time Jon busts it out.
  • Narm Charm: Inuniverse, the Guys' reactions to some of the victory sound clips.
  • New Game+: Any time a Darkling uses Global Assault, it is referred to as this by the Guys due to resetting all of the Towns.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: After Chugga shows off what a Darkling can do. Tim gets the Darkling contract twice, with the second time having this from both Jon and Chugga.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: When Chugga questions the actual in-universe reason why Jon was able to rename him while he was temporarily dead for three turns, he imagines Jon animating his corpse with strings and marching him down to the government office to sign a form.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When Jon combines the Cleric class with the "horror" hairstyle, (Which consists of a shark on your head) he calls himself the "Shark Pope". Later on, when he switches his hairstyle to an afro, he calls himself the "funk pope", instead.
  • Oh, Crap!: Chugga's reaction to when Jon renames him Steve in the third video of story mode.
    • Which goes even further when Chugga remembers his character is dressed in red.
      • Which goes even further than that when Tim kills him in Episode 4, and changes his hairstyle to poo, which Chugga says makes him look like a red Pikmin.
    • Jon has this reaction when Chugga, well on his way to wrecking everyone's face as the Darkling, triggers a random event, and is met by a puff of purple smoke...
    Jon: Oh no, not Weber, right now?!
  • One-Hit Kill: Jon one-shots Overlord Rico with a 9099 damage attack to end the game.
  • Pet the Dog: After Jon finally nails Tim and steals his Underworld Staff, the best weapon anyone had on-hand and the reason Tim was able to plow through most everything without a Shield, the game takes pity on him on his next revival and gives him some free mid-game equipment so he isn't helpless. Coincidentally, the weapon he gets is a crossbow, the first appearance of such a weapon in the game.
  • A Rare Sentence: Used and immediately lampshaded in the video description of episode 26:
    "The Pope retires to join the Harlem Globetrotters! ...That's something I never thought I'd say."
  • Real Is Brown: Joked about in Episode 13, when Chugga and Jon discuss how Wabbits bring happiness to those around them, yet they're on a killing spree on said creature. Chugga comes to the conclusion that killing them will kill off the happiness with it, and before they know it, the game will have HD graphics and everything will be brown.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Nitroglycerin not exploding, regardless of whose possession it's in.
    • Tim getting powerful, very rare gear then losing it for one reason or another.
    • Jon constantly getting events while he's trying to level grind, wasting turns.
    • Every time Jon uses Field Magic on Chugga, even from halfway across the map, it has a very high hit chance, which Chugga proceeds to complain about. Likewise, Chugga trying to hit Jon with Field Magic and seeing a rather low hit change, which he also proceeds to complain about, and sometimes hitting anyways.
    • Alchemist Chugga duplicating something that prevents his death, including Deathblocks and Revivals.
    • Robo-Knight Jon says "GOTO ACTIVATED" in a monotone robotic voice whenever it activates.
    • Later episodes have Chugga Button Mashing through what he thinks are obligatory text boxes out of sheer impatience and causing a lot of problems at the expense of his own performance and other players. Usually Jon.
  • Slow Clap: Done after Chugga accidentally says something racist (again).
  • So Bad, It's Good/So Okay, It's Average: invokedChugga's opinion on the voice acting (actually, his second opinion — he at first thinks it's the latter, then changes his mind to the former).
  • Tempting Fate: In Episode 2 of the Battle Royale, Chugga lands on a red chest space which starts a roulette that will either give him a very useful item or something that will hinder him; he states that the roulette will land on the space that robs him of money, but averted when the roulette gives him a new magic spell.
    • Played straight in the Battle Royale Episode 5, when Jon takes on an enemy slightly higher leveled than he is; he uses a strike with everyone certain that he'll handle his foe before Jon makes an offhand comment about his move missing. It does.
    • And then in the final Battle Royale Episode, Chugga gets Mitch Digger, who will increase the value of all the towns he owns on a roll of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. The others note that if he gets this, he wins the game. Of course, Chugga just had to say "watch me actually lose"... then he rolls a 1, indeed costing him the game.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jon unleashes a massive one against Chugga when they accidently end up fighting each other when Chugga is given the choice between fighting Jon or Overlord Rico and accidently selects Jon. Jon feared Chugga doing this would prolong the already long time it was taking to defeat Rico. It didn't
  • Springtime for Hitler: Chugga attacks Jon in a bid to kill himself to get out of the Tower of Babble, despite the fact that Jon is still considerably weakened from challenging Overlord Rico (and having the victory stolen from him by Chugga due to a mistake on Chugga's part). Jon calls him out on this play. Chugga does get what he wants, but has his weapon stolen by Jon in the process. Everyone is rather surprised at the outcome due to everyone expecting Jon to bite the dust first.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Jon boosts up to 999 ATK and One Hit Kills Overlord Rico for a combined 9099 damage, which is nearly triple Rico's HP.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Chugga becomes a Darkling in Episode 13. It's unlucky for NCS and Jon.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Emile does this after being renamed Steve due to still being in the lead.
    Emile: You know what? Steve is on top...Bitches!
    Jon: Yeah, you should really stop just trying to say bitches...because it does not work coming out of you.
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Jon warns the audience that they'll be stuck on This Very Wiki for hours. Chugga mentions that one night he had to get up early in the morning to edit a video because he spent too much time on here the night before when he should've been editing.
  • Up to Eleven: "If you guys thought Mario Party was the game that ruined friendships..."
  • Why Won't You Die?: Alchemist Chugga becomes so stacked with anti-death items due to his duplication Field Skill that despite his lackluster stat spread and gear, he's essentially unkillable by anyone or anything that doesn't take him out in one hit. Darkling Tim rectifies this and depletes Chugga of all of his anti-death items before killing him.
  • The Worf Effect: Jon warps the Death Cloud to nearby in an attempt to defeat it. It promptly kills him in one hit.
    Chugga: He killed Jon!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Almost as soon as Tim gets a Wabbit Shield (a rare shield that grants him +20 to all stats and 200 HP), Chugga becomes a Darkling and destroys it when he kills him.
    • Midway through the game, Tim becomes the Darkling a third time, and winds up rolling high enough to target Jon. Jon, who had snagged the "????" skillnote  a little earlier, plans to use it against Tim if he rolls the right skill. However, when Jon gets to go first... he can't use his skill. When everyone's confused, Jon goes and checks and realizes he got Delete, a Darkling skill that lets him destroy a random piece of equipment on the opponent, which would've been fantastic... if he wasn't fighting the Darkling, whose equipment can't be destroyed. Jon then proceeds to attempt to Strike Tim, but the Darkling Counters for a One-Hit Kill, and then Tim tosses Jon's weapon.
    • Tim manages to get a very rare Dokapon Ring for rolling the same number on all the Spinners on a 3 Spinner... then loses it not a few episodes later.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The opening video of story mode features Chugga's annoyance at how the term alchemy is used to mean almost anything in modern media, rather than its initial meaning of turning lead into gold.

    Rayman Origins 

    LittleBigPlanet 2 
  • The Bus Came Back: Lucahjin returns for this one.
  • Couch Gag: The episodes always open in The Pod (barring Episode 1), but the decor changes every time.
  • Developers' Foresight: In Episode 8, Chugga shows off what happens after he stuck a brass fist on a guy's hand doing a heavy metal gesture. The game then censors the giant hand that is meant to match his gesture.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jon's reaction when he sticks a giant sun on NCS's character at the start of Episode 19, only for Tim to comment that he's "NintendoCapriSun", much to Chugga's delight.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Like in the first game, their avatars count as this.
  • The Reveal: At the end of Episode 20 (as a joke) Jon reveals who The Unknown Adventurer is...
    Jon:It was me, Sackboy, all along!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Episode 19 has Jon playing as The Unknown Adventurer, which is really Tails wearing a trenchcoat and a cardboard box. He doesn't even have his trademark tails covered. Hilariously, since Lucahjin is playing as Eggman, she says that she should know The Unknown Adventurer.
  • Pungeon Master: Chugga as usual, but Lucah and Tim join in as well (much to Chugga's glee), sometimes leading Jon to see himself as the Only Sane Man.
  • Oh, Crap!: The finale has all four players do this when they realize that the game froze right after the final boss.
  • Once an Episode: Every time it's Jon's turn to do the intro, he has a new costume, which is introduced as someone standing in for Jon's usual costume.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Episode 13 was never uploaded due to the recording of it getting corrupted.

    Sonic Adventure 
  • Abusive Parents: Parodied with Jon and his harsh treatment of Chao. He insists that it's only Tough Love, but Chugga thinks otherwise.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Jon's interpretation of Big the Cat is more vulgar and violent, and won't hesitate to lash anybody who doesn't know where Froggy is.
  • Call-Back:
    • Jon references Chugga's "this is not Sonic next gen" line from some of his previous LPs.
    • When commenting on how Sonic is somehow able to stay on Tails' plane while it's flying sideways, Chugga asks this of Jon.
    Chugga: Have you ever played a game with sticky shoes as opposed to slippery shoes?
  • Companion Cube: "Old Man," the mannequin that the three (especially Jon) frequently take around with them whenever they're in the Station Square field.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Chugga skips the entirety of Windy Valley with Tails via flying over the edge until he lands on the island with the Chaos Emerald. Jon's quip at the end of the stage sums it up.
    Jon: Hi Sonic! You ARE the fastest thing alive! I'm the cheapest thing alive!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Inuniverse, the Old Man Mannequin which Sonic can pick up and carry around. At first Jon, and later the other two as well, become obsessed with trying to bring it into parts of the game it was never meant to be in and make it appear in cutscenes.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Easily the best of their entire series, Emile dying to the FIRST boss! And on the very first hit, too! He also runs right into and gets damaged by one of the first enemies of the game. All this in the first episode, no less.
    • In Tail's Sky Deck stage during Episode 19, Emile somehow attempts to fly past a set of monkeybars... in the exact wrong direction, going backwards through the state, and into death.
    • In Episode 41, Jon falls through a tiny crack in the raft that takes players to the crashed Egg Carrier from the Mystic Ruins and, because Tim didn't get any extra lives when he was playing through Red Mountain earlier in the episode, this results in Jon getting the only Game Over of the LP.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In one of Jon's Twitch streams, he recalls a moment after the LP and during post-production editing where Chugga himself tells Jon that Jon overdid his parody Big voice.
  • Fan Nickname: In-universe, E-102 Gamma is almost always referred to as "Humpbot" by the Guys because his idle animation makes it look like he's humping the floor or other characters.
  • Filler: Expect episodes with Jon playing in them to have this.
    • Episode 3, which consists almost entirely of Jon playing with a mannequin.
    • Episode 7 has him forgoing the next segment of the game in favor of messing with the Chao Garden.
    • Episode 11 involved Jon exploring the ship and messing with another Chao Garden. The only thing he accomplished was defeating E-102 Gamma.
    • Averted in Episode 12; he was planning to derail the episode by visiting a minigame that Chugga mentioned, but realized that he couldn't access it due to a ledge that was too high for him to jump to, so he just went to the next stage.
    • Subverted in Episode 17. Chugga was planning to derail the episode by visiting the aforementioned minigame now that he could access it with Tails, but then quickly found out that it was plot-relevant, so he was forced to do it anyways to progress. He doesn't go back after doing it once, though.
    • Episode 27 primarily consists of Jon attempting to beat the hammer minigame; while he does need to beat it once to continue and get a powerup, Chugga makes him mistakenly believe that he immediately needed to beat it again to get the next powerup toonote . The last several minutes of the video consist of Jon trying to make Amy walk up the slope of a missile in the Chao Garden.
    • Episode 32 sees Jon roaming around Station Square as Big, doing almost all his commentary in the character's voice and (exaggerated) mannerisms.
  • Funny Background Event: In Episode 17 the trio are so focused on the blocked entrance to the sewer that they fail to notice a man literally walking in midair in the background, even though Jon walks right by him at one point.
  • Furry Reminder: Regarding Big the Cat:
    Emile: (climbing a ladder) Whoah, he climbs fast!
    Jon: (as Big) I'm a cat, you idiot.
  • Good Bad Bugsinvoked: The game winds up having so many glitches that the three end up having more fun discovering what hilariously bizarre bugs they can find than anything else in the game.
  • Irony: Chugga notes that of the three of them, Jon was the least enthusiastic about Let's Playing Sonic Adventure, but whenever Jon gets his mitts on the controller, he likes to make his turn drag out the longest.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": When listing the characters one can play as in the game, Jon pronounces Knuckles, Amy, and Big's names as "kenuckles", "amme", and "baiga."
    • Tim can be heard in the background pronouncing Big's name as "baij" at the same time.
  • Loophole Abuse: Their rotation system dictates that the turn player will pass off the controller to the next person once they finish the next stage. Jon takes advantage of this by screwing around as long as possible to drag out his turn on the controller. Most of what he does accomplishes absolutely nothing.
  • Mondegreen: Chugga confesses that when he was younger he thought the Panzer Dragoon series was called "Pants Of Dragoon."
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Jon's approach to this project is largely in line with his streaming habits rather than standard TRG fare, where he's nicer and is more prone to screwing around because it amuses him. Jon states that he did it this way because he wasn't really feeling Sonic Adventure, but realized that he could squeeze more fun out of it if he treated it like he was streaming.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Jon just can't believe Chugga messed up as early as he did:
      Jon: You were the most gung-ho about this, too! You fucking died on Chaos Zero!
    • Chugga does this when performing a Dungeon Bypass.
      Chugga: I am Tails, so fuck you level design!
    • Jon flips when he clips through a floor and falls into the water, thus netting him the first (and only) game over in the entire series.
      Jon: (Stunned Silence) What the fuck!? Game, come on, that's fucking bullshit, and you know it!
  • Rubberband AI: Chugga calls Sonic out on this in Windy Valley when he continuously catches up to Tails even though Chugga is Sequence Breaking the vast majority of the stage.
  • Running Gag: Jon messing around with the statue in front of the burger shop, doing so with every character at least once.
    • All the Guys trying to create a 'Knuckles party' by attracting a crowd of the Ice-Cream Koan-spouting echidnas at the pyramid.
  • The Scrappy: Surprisingly, Big the Cat averts this, as his story's episodes are actually quite hilarious.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Discussed by the guys, who note that while the amount of content present in the game was unheard of at the time of its release, video games nowadays have just as much if not even more variety. invoked
  • Simpleton Voice: Big's is present, as should be expected, but Jon also tries his hand at impersonating it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Pointed out in-universe; Jon notes that Sonic Adventure is not a very good game, but he mentions this while Chugga is having way too much fun glitching out a scripted run sequence.
  • Something Completely Different: Noted by Jon, stating that they've been doing multiplayer games, a good chunk of them being Nintendo-based. The guys decided to experiment and go the complete opposite; a single-player Sega game.
    • Also due to how Chugga has cut the episodes, Jon taking control has so far had an episode of him screwing around instead of actually advancing through the game.
  • Swapped Roles: Chugga winds up receiving Tim's role of often dying, Tim takes Jon's role of trying to seriously beat the game, and Jon has Chugga's role of screwing around.
    • However, given Jon's history and reputation with buggy games, said screwing around is to be expected especially since he's basically playing as if it was another stream for him.
  • Take Over the City: Discussed, as the guys note Eggman is only interested in conquering Station Square, and not much else.
  • Take That, Audience!: The guys discuss that, after Big's reviled appearance in Adventure, Takashi Iizuka, director of the game and its sequel, gave him a cameo in every level of Adventure 2 just to spite his detractors.
  • Tempting Fate: After his first death in Final Egg, Chugga notes throughout the level that he hasn't died and might make back the lives Jon lost in Lost World and then some. He also often calls himself out on this, noting his poor track record with this trope. Miraculously, he manages to avert it and makes it to the end without dying again, with an excess of lives as he mentioned before.
  • Undercrank: During a segment when Jon was forcing Amy to walk up a slope she wasn't meant to walk up, the footage is sped up significantly, with the side effect of giving everyone chipmunk-esque voices and making them nigh-impossible to understand.

    Rayman Legends 

  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Emile and Tom admits that they never finished Overcooked! for the series, Jon reacts with horror.


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