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- Accidental Innuendo: A running gag throughout Robbin' Hood Ruins, of which Chugga is continually the butt.
- In part three of Peach's Castle, Stephen lands on one of his own properties and says he's going to "spruce up his junk." It does not go unnoticed.
- The Ahnold: This is how Carver talks, apparently.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe.
- According to the Guys, Waluigi's true passion in life is running his high-end bridal shop on Yoshi's Island. This has expanded since then to Waluigi finding distinctive ways to run every business he gets his hands on.
- In Mario Stadium, Chugga claims that Mr. Dink is actually a pedophile.
- Carver is a Schwarzenegger wannabe who loves to frolic and flex his muscles.
- In the Super Mario Bros. board, Luigi is a deadbeat dad who's trying to raise money to pay child support for his numerous children, some with Peach and others with Daisy.
- In Bowser's Castle, according to the guys, Yoshi's heavy financial losses on the board are the Start of Darkness for his later committing tax fraud.
- Arc Fatigue: In-Universe, Robbin' Hood Ruins. One quote summarizes just how slowly that board went.
- Ascended Extra: Fortune Street was planned to be just filler, but the Yoshi's Island videos became so popular that the Guys decided to make it a "side collab" and it got its own playlist.
- Badass Boast: Tim gets a good one in on the second playthrough after willingly landing on a space that closed all his shops. It helps that he won on the first playthrough.
Chugga: Why'd you close for the day? You could've gone to the arcade!
NCS: Yeah, I could've.
Jon: Or you could've gotten a suit.
NCS: I'm just trying to go easy on you.
Jon: What? WHAT?!
Chugga: Damn, boy! Tim's got an ego now that he's won!
NCS: You can just call me Egoraptor.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: After he runs into trouble due to getting drawn into high-stakes bidding contests at auctions in Delfino Plaza, Tim starts doing it to the others in Robbin' Hood Ruins.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Tim in Peach's Castle. He played everyone like a damn fiddle, particularly that innocent request for an additional 100 gold, yes 100, from Jon to exchange their shops that was all that was needed for him to win the board.
- Beginner's Luck: Lucah, who's never played the game before, mentions trying to invoke this in The Observatory, and does manage to finish in second.
- Born Lucky: Chugga's luck is discussed several times in Mario Stadium, particularly near the end when a random event card drawn by Tim, which was to pay a 100 g flat rate, inadvertently secures Chugga's victory.
- In Robbin' Hood Ruins, Chugga takes the risk of trying to get through Jon's expensive district so he can get a suit he needs, only for everyone to then get Suit Yourself cards so he doesn't need it. When Lucah lands on a venture space, he asks her to get a card that will warp him straight to the bank. She does.
- Breaking Old Trends: During the series, the Guys and their guest would allow everyone else to fill rows of their color when picking a Venture cardnote . During the Pirate ship board, Tom Fawkes bucks this trend by blocking opposing rows with his color, initially by accident until he decides to roll with it.
- Later on in the series, the Guys increased the amount of gold needed to win to 20,000, after seeing the chaotic, high-stakes games the higher win condition produced.
- After every other board ended with one of the main trio winning, Tom became the very first guest to win a board.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Jon's Waluigi voice, which sounds like a bad Mexican accent to Chugga.
- Broken Pedestal: (Jokingly) invoked by Chugga in The Observatory when he talks about how Jon inspired him to be an LPer and now they're Vitriolic Best Buds. "Never meet your heroes!"
- Butt-Monkey: Chugga has been the victim of rotten luck on half of the boards they've played so far, having finished in last place on Yoshi's Islandnote , the Observatory, Delfino Plaza, Bowser's Castle, and Good egg Galaxy (and he didn't do much better on Slimenia). He even went bankrupt during Alefgard, and is the first of the main Guys to go bankrupt.
- Tom ends up continuously in last during Spaceship Mario because of sheer dumb luck of not been able to get any properties in the early game apart from those on the board's island and then anyone who got caught in the island ended up getting out in one or two turns. Then he becomes the first person in the whole project to go bankrupt. Bonus points, that was the first time any of the Guys had seen a bankrupt.
- Call-Back: They compare the Slurpodrome minigame to "A Day at the Races" which plagued them in Mario Party 2.
- Call-Forward: During Mt. Magmageddon, Chugga tells Jon that he has changed the future and tells him that "he is the Monado, foreshadowing Chugga doing the game that weapon is from.
- Catchphrase: A few specific to this game, often started by one of them and then echoed by others.
- Jon: "Well, I know what you should do."
- Jon (specifically in the Good Egg Galaxy board) "I hate everything about this!"
- Character Select Forcing: A meta example: after Jon's take on Waluigi was such an unexpected hit in the first board, Chugga notes at the start of the Observatory that he's basically expected to reprise his role. This is somewhat confusing for Chugga, as he actually plays as Waluigi a fair amount offscreen, and gets confused about this early on.
- The Chessmaster: Tim of all people in Peach's Castle. Placing stock on the District surrounding the Bank and "innocently" requesting an additional 100 gold from Jon for a trade so they both get monopolies and just letting the price of the stock rise when Stephen boosts up the costs of his own district gave him the clear victory.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Jon outright calls the Delfino Plaza board this, with Tim doing the curb-stomping. He's wrong.
Jake: Well, you're sitting pretty.
Jon: Tim, that's what we call a curb-stomp victory...
Jon later wins the board
- Good Egg Galaxy ends with Tom making a massive runaway win. Due in combination to good stock investment and extremely good luck while near everyone else suffered from extremely bad luck and multiple misplays, including failed attempts by Jon to make power plays and Chugga simply mishandling his monopoly. He was so far ahead that he even put off winning for a few turns just to see the Venture Board filled out.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!:
- On the Slimenia board, Jake accidentally buys a property from Tim for five times its value just because he was used to answering "yes" to all the prompts. This arguably cost him the game.
- The same thing happens to Masae on the Mt. Magmageddon board, which costs her the lead. Subverted in that it didn't cost her the game—as she and Chugga both reached the 10,000 net worth at the same time.
- Dark Horse Victory: Jon is in last place for the entire first half of Delfino Plaza. He ends up winning.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: In Bowser's Castle, Tim is close to a monopoly early in the game, but Jon owns a relatively cheap property in his district. He buys Jon out before he can spruce the shop up, spending all his stock and leaving him with almost no assets besides that district and one other shop. It didn't end up in glory.
- Designated Villain: Invoked in the Observatory playthrough: "What evil thing has Waluigi ever done in a Mario game?" Everyone else's response?
Jon: He beat up Luigi in tennis.
Tim: Threw a shell at me in Mario Kart.
Jon: He hung out with Wario a bunch.
- Didn't Think This Through: In Good Egg Galaxy, Chugga realizes far too late that pumping all of his cash into a "kill space" that also happens to sit at a junction where everyone can simply choose to avoid it by landing on the shop only costing 100G+ right next to it was probably not the best idea.
- A Dog Named "Dog": According to the guys' cheering at the Yoshi's Island Slurpodrome, all the slimes are named Slime.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first board is the only board they play with just the 3 of them, and hence is the only board that features an AI.
- Fan Nickname: In-Universe.
- Starting with Mario Stadium, Jon (and eventually the others) refer to rolling a seven on the dice as 'rolling an H'.
- In Mt. Magmageddon, after the different players build up their properties on different "islands" of the board, they end up getting dubbed "Yoshi's Island", "Waluigi Island" and "Muscle Island" (split between Carver and Donkey Kong).
- Felony Misdemeanor: Josh reacts this way a lot in Mario Stadium to things like the dice having a 7 and 8 on it and Jon 'crashing the stock market', partly because Josh hasn't played the game before.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: On Mario Stadium:
Chugga: "Jon always rolls ones, it's his thing."
Jon: *demonstrates this*
- For Want of a Nail:
- In Mario Stadium, Chugga is all set to win, but has to pass two of Jon's spaces that would cost him over 1000G on his way to the bank. He lands one space before the bank, on one of Jon's properties...but not before Tim randomly draws a card that changes all shop rates to a flat 100G for the turn, leaving him with enough money to win. Had Tim not drawn that card, Jon likely would have won, as he had enough money to do so and was already on his way to the bank, while Chugga would've had to do another lap around the board.
- Jon's win in Slimenia. After collecting a heart, his card lets him teleport anywhere, so he goes to the spade, since it was the only suit he didn't have, and draws another card. Said card lets him teleport to the bank at the cost of 100 G and with all four suits in hand, he instantly cashes the 10,000 G needed to win the game.
- In Delfino Plaza, if only Tim had just bought that 510G property, Jon wouldn't have been able to make a huge comeback, and Tim very well could have won the board instead. Alternatively, he could have not bought the second property Chugga was forced to give up (the first had given him enough to win the board).
- In Mt. Magmageddon, Tim and Masae could have prevented Chugga winning. Tim had to not pass Chugga's property to get the heart and instead just teleported to Waluigi's island and Masae had to crash the stocks in the district that Chugga and her both had stocks in. Both of these things would have needed to happen though as the promotion that Chugga was about to get would have let him win anyway.
- In Peach's Castle, Tim innocently requesting 100 more gold for a trade between Jon and him ended up giving him the extra boost he needed after Stephen increased the value of his property.
- In Super Mario Bros., Chugga asking for 22 gold in a trade deal with Jon cost him the game as Jon ended up getting a debt that requires selling his properties and he had to give up one of his monopolies because he was 1 gold short of repaying his debt.
- In Alefgard, Jon buying out one of Masae's shop in her second monopoly ruined her chance at winning the game as the other players started to land in that district after Jon broke the monopoly. Had Masae raised the price of the shop to prevent Jon from buying the shop, since the shop was very cheap to buy out so there wasn't much to risk, or had Jon landed on one of her other, more expensive shops, Masae would've had enough money to stay in the lead even after Emile landed on Jon's super shop and bankrupted.
- Foregone Conclusion: Near the end of the Observatory, it becomes clear that Jon is going to win, so, in editing, Chugga just speeds up the video until the game is over.
- Foreshadowing: On the Yoshi's Island board, mention is made of a 'Mexican Penguin', with Chugga adding that viewers "will know what that means in a few weeks." This is Jon's character in LittleBigPlanet.
- Gasshole: Large portions of Robbin' Hood Ruins are dedicated to Jon and Lucah literally feeling Tim's farts from the other side of the couch.
- Guide Dang It!: Because of the long time periods in between boards, the main trio are not especially cognizant of the fact that what you're actually supposed to do with stock is to buy into a district before its value increases, then pump up the value with either a monopoly, shop upgrades, or more stocks to bloat your net worth quickly. This results in them mostly playing the game as Monopoly but with a stock mechanic added on, which is usually not a problem as their guests typically play the game the same way. However, this ends up biting them when Tom, who learned how to play the game elsewhere, joins up for Bowser's Castle and Good Egg Galaxy and easily wins both.
- Heroic BSoD: Jake has one after the complete gongshow that is "Delfino Plaza [Part 5]." Masaeanela has one after getting sent off by a teleporter and nearly missed the bank.
- History Repeats: In Bowser's Castle, both Jon and Tom bought an entire district where the path from the bank branches. Then in Good Egg Galaxy, both Jon and Tom ended up nearly taking an entire district adjacent to the bank in the first episode. Jon is not amused by this.
- The same board ends with the players getting the same placements like in Bowser's Castle, with Tom winning.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- In Yoshi's Island, Chugga's decision to pay 400G for an 80G shop in the sticks was what initially left him severely underfunded.
- This trope seems to be in effect in the final part of Delfino Plaza, when Tim (who has reached the target amount of net worth) uses his money lead to win both of Chugga's auctioned shops, which causes his funds to drop and thus allows Jon to win the board instead. However, it's really an aversion, since (had the later turns gone the same way) Jon still would have won due to reaching the bank first, regardless of Tim's actions.
- In Bowser's Castle, Jon investing a lot into a district next to the bank ultimately cost him the game, as the district is in a branching path, meaning that the other three can just avoid it by going to the other path, and Tom takes advantage of this by investing in the other path to create a not-as-dangerous monopoly. As a result, Tom has access to a much more consistent flow of money through Tim and Emile landing on his spaces while Jon basically has a glorified shortcut.
- He also passes up several opportunities to salvage it: by loading up on stocks in his monopoly, going all-out investments, and making money off the stock price, which is how Tom won; or by swapping the checkpoint nobody passed for something useful like a tax office, house or 3-star shop.
- Honor Before Reason: In Good Egg Galaxy, Tom prolonged his victory lap in order for the venture board to be completely filled, of which Jon express concern that he might ruin his victory by delaying his return to the bank. Much to the guys' surprise, completing the venture board will completely reset the board to be filled again. Tom wins, anyways.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Lucah steals Chugga's thunder with her "How many Mexicans does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan!" joke, which causes him to high-five her.
- Irony: At the end of Mt. Magmageddon, Jon owns the most shops on the board (with three district monopolies), but finishes in last place, with the lowest net worth and the lowest amount of sales. The former is justified because he only got so many shops by making some forced buyouts.
- Meanwhile, Chugga wins the board despite being the lowest-leveled.
- On Starship Mario Tom, who only lost Pirate Ship due to Jon getting better rolls which is the closest any guest has gotten to winning a board, becomes the first person to go bankrupt.
- Emile thought Starship Mario would take longer than Robbin Hood Ruins; thanks to Tom going bankrupt it is one of the shortest.
- In the Galaxy based Starship Mario Tom ends in last place due to bankruptcy, in the next Galaxy based board Good Egg Galaxy Tom wins after spending most of the board in first place.
- Kingmaker Scenario:
- Chugga realizes he has no hope of winning on the Yoshi's Island board, so he devotes his efforts into making sure Jon doesn't.
- On Mario Stadium, Josh does the same thing, trading properties to give Jon a monopoly simply so that Chugga wouldn't win. It fails due to Tim accidentally playing a big part in giving Chugga the win.
- This is discussed during Alefgard, Emile is far behind the other players and is gradually losing money while the others keep improving their properties, increasing the amount of dangerous spaces. Jon points out that whoever Emile lands on and bankrupts will likely become the winner, turning Emile into the unwilling type of the trope. In the end, Jon wins due to Emile landing on his space and bankrupting.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Jon shows off many different voices on the Mt. Magmageddon board; it gets to the point where Chugga lists off all the voices Jon's whipped up midway through the game.
- Marathon Level: Robbin' Hood Ruins winds up taking 2 hours and 37 minutes to record due to the mechanics of the board. Chugga notes that they customized the victory amount to 10k, and that the default amount is 20k, meaning if they hadn't turned it down it would have been even longer.
- Mascot Mook: Slime, who serves as the token COM player.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played for Laughs at the end of the Mt. Magmageddon board where Jon claims that Masae's more muscular than Chugga.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Lucahjin's constant references to ChuggaXDaisy during Robbin' Hood Ruins. note
- Also In-Universe, in Castle Trodain, Masae not trading shops with Jon to give them both monopolies, leading to Jon buying his way into a decisive monopoly and easy win anyway. No one misses a single opportunity to mention this.
- Jon quotes this verbatim in Bowser's Castle after Tim's chain of decisions lands him very much in last place, capped off by choosing the guaranteed bad outcome in Memory Block.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In Delfino Plaza, NCS gets a big lead and has a good chance of winning the board, so he decides to go easy on Jon by not buying the 510G property in District D. Jon later buys the property, which ends up allowing him to beat NCS and win the board.
- Noodle Incident: Jon mentions that he apparently had a bad experience with a girl he dated who liked wearing maid outfits. It sounds funny on paper, but from Jon's tone and refusal to elaborate, it obviously wasn't as funny as it seems.
- Number of the Beast: Jake invests in a scrap metal shop in "Delfino Plaza [Part 6]," bringing it to 666G: The Scrap Metal Shop of the Beast.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Chugga's reaction in Delfino Plaza [Episode 3] upon rolling a 3 and landing on Tim's 556 G property.
Chugga: Watch it pause the game until he reconn-*realizes what happened* -EEEEEEEEEEEEEEECCCCCTTTTTSSSSS!!!
Jon and Jake: *synchronized slow clapping*
- MasaeAnela's reaction in Mt. Magmageddon [Part 6] upon buying one of Tim's properties by mistake.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Jon States that he thinks that Slimenia is this to him, as it was a close game between him and Jake for most of the end game... and then he got two cards in a row that won him the board instantly, making the victory feel very unearned.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": Masae does this after Tim separates the island in Mt. Magmageddon, and again where she lands on the teleporter near the bank.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Carver, the big muscular manly man of Dragon Quest, loves to frolic wherever he goes, has pink hair, and loves accounting.
- Ridiculously Difficult Route: In Bowser's Castle, Jon gets an early monopoly next to the bank and pumps all his shops up extremely expensive. Unfortunately, the paths branch, so everyone else avoids that path at all costs. Tom takes advantage of this by claiming the other path and making the shops expensive, just not as expensive.
- Sadistic Choice: In Delfino Plaza, at one point Jake lands on a cannon and has to shoot to one of the three other players' locations. All three of them are in 'the Ring of Death' as Chugga dubs it, surrounded by massively expensive shops.
- Selective Obliviousness: Jon does this at the end of the Robbin' Hood Ruins board:
Jon: Well, on the plus side, we don't have any more long boards to do.
Chugga: No, no, no, no, no!
Jon: On the plus side, we don't have any more long boards to do.
Chugga: Starship Mario will be longer than that!
Chugga: I warned him. He'll pay the consequences when the time comes.
Jon: On the plus side...
- Share the Male Pain: When Stephen begins adding more children in his "interesting" views of Luigi, Jon tells him to get sniped, which causes Emile to cringe.
- Something Completely Different: Although Stephen is no more familiar with the game than the other guest players, he brings a very different approach to it than them (or the main Guys), negotiating shop exchanges quite early in the game (whereas usually this only happens at Jon's instigation and in the late game).
- Spoonerism: In part 3 of Mario Stadium, Chugga turns "There goes the shop Josh wanted" into "There goes the shosh Jop wanted".
- Stay in the Kitchen: Jokes about this in The Observatory due to the fact that Lucah actually had been cleaning Chugga's kitchen.
- Tempting Fate:
- An epic example at the end of Part 4 of The Observatory. Jon invests a large sum in improving a store that Tim is 1 away from, then Tim gets a card that increases the prices on every store for one turn by 30%. Chugga points out "if Tim gets a one"... He does.
- This becomes something of a Running Gag, with Delfino Plaza for instance having two examples in a row of Guys rolling a 1 onto an expensive property after it's pointed out that they're 1 away.
- In Part 6, Chugga states, "Don't give me a 1". He rolls the 1, and lands on Tim's 1303 G property, giving Tim the amount of money he needs to go to the bank and win the board.
- In Delfino Plaza, when Tim gets a Round the Blocks minigame, Jon jokingly says something about him getting triple 7s, and Chugga adds that he's never seen it happen... right before Tim gets a line of them, causing Chugga to cut himself off to scream.
- In Mt. Magmageddon [Part 3], Masae mentions how she keeps landing on one of Chugga's propertiesnote and Chugga mentions that she can buy it to save her trouble. She mentions that she's "not that desperate." Three episodes later, after accidentally buying one of Tim's islands and losing her lead, she buys it.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Tim finally wins a board game (Yoshi's Island) for the first time in over a year.
- After some pretty bad luck on the first two boards, Chugga finally wins Mario Stadium and later Mt. Magmageddon
- After becoming the first player to get bankrupted, Tom is the first guest to win a board (Bowser's Castle), and wins the very next board (Good Egg Galaxy).
- In the same board Tim manages to get third place after spending most of the board in last place, after a series of misplays and bad luck, thanks to Jon landing on his tax office at the end.
- Too Awesome to Use: Chugga's RPG bad habits come back to bite him in "Starship Mario". Early on he wins two Suit Yourself cards at the arcade, which (as the Guys note) would let him bypass a loop of the board with two suit spaces where Tim and Jon are building up expensive stores. Chugga says he will save the cards until they've built up the stores into the thousands. In the end, he NEVER avoids taking the loop even when they have done, paying out two thousand-plus payouts to Jon and briefly going into fourth. He even gets a third Suit Yourself card from a suit event near the end, and ends the game never having used any of them!
- Took a Level in Badass: Tom Fawkes, after being the first person to go bankrupt in a video, plays again and becomes the first guest to win a board. He also wins the next board with a commanding lead, also making him the first guest to win two boards.
Emile: This is scary, you suddenly being so good at Fortune Street.
- Trauma Conga Line:
- Happens to Chugga, but he doesn't let it bother him... until it happens again in the Observatory board. It bothers him.
- Then happens to Jon toward the end of "Super Mario Bros." as due to a combination of bad luck and bad calls he is forced to sell off shop after shop after shop, including multiple monopolies, in what he calls an "auction of shame."
- Tim makes a series of baffling misplays on "Bowser's Castle" that severely cripples him early, including making a forced buyout from Jon within the first few turns for extremely limited advantage, blowing all his cash on upgrading shops in a district he doesn't have stock in, then getting a Promotion and blowing more cash on upgrading said district without stopping to buy stocks. This leads to Tim being forced to sell multiple shops from his almost-monopoly when he inevitably lands on a big money space and doesn't have the stocks to pay for it. Then Jon sarcastically tells Tim to pick a small block in the Memory Block minigame, which always contains a Bowser card; Tim, apparently not paying attention and/or having a lapse in judgement, actually picks it, much to everyone else's shock, resulting in his remaining shops decreasing further in value.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Waluigi's distinctive accent, as provided by Jon. It actually gets worse as the game progresses.
- Worthy Opponent: Chugga for Jon at the very end of Mario Stadium.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In Alefgard, Emile's luck starts to improve late in the game and he gets 7s from the slots and finally gets a monopoly, but not long after the latter does he land on Jon's 4000+ property and bankrupts as a result.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Invoked by Stephen when he notes that they had to re-record Peach's Castle after the recording was lost, but the same person won both times.
Wheel of Fortune
- The Ace: NCS, in contrast to his usual Master of None status.
- Blessed with Suck: Chugga still has his usual ridiculous luck, judging by the fact that he keeps consistently getting first choice for the minigame puzzles (determined by everyone spinning the wheel and then a random choice for whether the highest or lowest will go first). However, this only means he has more chances to embarrass himself when he tries to solve the minigame puzzle.
- Chugga, whose inexperience with word puzzles leads to constant low scores and embarrassingly bad guesses.
- Downplayed for Jon; he tends to get screwed over by bad luck, but he still usually comes out ahead of Chugga. He seems to have gotten rid of most of his bad luck by Round 2, at the cost of it going over to NCS.
- Call-Back: Jon makes several references to when he has played (different versions of) the game in his livestreams.
- In Game 15 on the Wii, Chugga changes his Mii's shirt to resemble the "John Goodman" one from his avatar on the Wii U version they played before.
- Celebrity Resemblance: The Guys think Chugga's avatar looks like John Goodman.
- Cloning Blues: Due to the Guys' unfamiliarity with the customization process of the PS4 version, for the first round they all end up with identical avatars, who have similar mannerisms and even sway and blink in sync during the toss-up rounds. Chugga speculates that that round of Wheel of Fortune was for some scientists to identify which clone was the smartest, after which they'd destroy the other two.
- Collector of the Strange: Jon says during 2nd Edition that he collects home editions of Wheel of Fortune.
- Corpsing: Jon's reaction to Tim's intro to the Happy Holidays board.
- Cross Player: Tim uses a female avatar for his character.
- Curbstomp Battle: The first match sees Tim win with a little over $20,000, more than double of second place.
- Happens again with the same player in the Cruise Time match.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe.
- In Part 2 of "Match 1," Chugga gets to guess during a High/Low minigame. The answer is "Celebrity Chef Paula Deen," but he has no idea what the first two words are, so he guesses "Calibrary Cuff Paula Deen." Jon pokes fun at this for the rest of the video.
- This moment became so infamous that even when Jon later streamed the Xbox Wheel of Fortune on Twitch (which Chugga had zero involvement in), his chat continued to poke fun at it.
- Nyooo!" has been repeatedly mocked by Jon in numerous videos since, much to Chugga's annoyance and embarrassment. From Part 1 of "Cruise Week," Chugga's weirdly pitched, almost catlike "
- In Part 2 of "Hawaii" Chugga's guess for "The Metropolitan Museum of Art" is "The Metropolitan Mutant of Ark." This causes Jon to completely snap, and he again refuses to let Chugga hear the end of it for the entire video.
Jon: "ARE YOU A REAL HUMAN BEING?! DO YOU EXIST?!"
- Chugga's bad guesses in general are subject to frequent mockery.
- Orwellian Retcon: Chugga jokes about doing one of these during Part 2 of "Hawaii", following his mistake as shown in Never Live It Down.
Jon: No, don't you dare. You leave that pristine! That needs to be left alone, and framed, in a goddamned museum...OF ART! IT NEEDS TO BE FRAMED IN A MUSEUM OF ART, LIKE A METROPOLITAN ONE!
- Power Creep, Power Seep: After spending the entire first series as videos as The Ace, NCS goes through a notable case during the Round 2 videos. He commonly gets terrible spins that either land on Bankrupt or Lose a Turn, and starts having trouble with puzzles, giving both Jon and even Chugga chances to figure them out, ultimately failing to win a single game. Tim seems to have realized this, making a comment about him losing his mojo.
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: Discussed and Downplayed. When Chugga is winning their first game of Wheel of Fortune: 2nd Edition, it crashes. The Guys joke that it's because Chugga's doing so well. They can't get the game to work afterwords.
- Running Gag:
- Chugga tends to make a crazy ridiculous guess at solving a puzzle at least once per game.
- Tim usually solves at least one puzzle almost immediately after very few letters have been revealed, to the others' astonishment. This is often followed up with "You need to be on the show!" whenever he does.
- The prize of a spinning motorcycle coming up.
- More generally, Jon interpreting all the prizes in a Literal-Minded fashion, e.g. if the prize is a picture of the Pyramids implying a trip to Egypt, he'll say "You won THE PYRAMIDS!"
- In Happy Halloween 3, Jon saying "still not convinced" about Chugga not cheating due to his constant good spins and successful guesses.
- In all versions of the game, when the winning contestant spins the envelope prize wheel at the end (which reads AMERICA'S GAME SPIN & WIN around the edge), the guys read out the segment that's visible as though it's the entire message, e.g. 'Erica's Game' or 'Me Spin & Win!'.
- In the Wii U version when the timer runs out and Pat spins the wheel, the guys almost always comment on his whiny-sounding voice clip "It's my turn to spin!" which Chugga seems to consider to be a Most Wonderful Sound.
- Sanity Slippage: Chugga unintentionally puts Jon through some, as Jon is repeatedly flabbergasted that Chugga keeps making random guesses that would require great leaps of logic to make even a lick of sense.
- Tempting Fate:
- During Happy Halloween, Chugga comments that they've never landed on the $5000 wedge (at least on camera). It's landed on for the Final Spin.
- On "Disco" in the PlayStation version, everyone comments on how Bankrupts are appearing far less often than on the Wii U. Tim promptly gets a Bankrupt a few spins later.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
- Jon is worried about the category On the Map because he isn't good at geography... until the clue turns out to be a place in British Columbia. Jon: "I know this because I'm in Canada. It's Whistler."
- Chugga winds up being the only one to spell chihuahua correctly to win a puzzle that both NCS and Jon fail at, claiming that this marks the one time being Mexican will help someone solve a Wheel of Fortune puzzle.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Beginning with The Great Outdoors, Chugga is able to start solving some of the puzzles. After the first one he correctly guesses, "Bus Stop", he finds being able to finally solve one enough of a personal victory.
- In the Round 2 videos Chugga wins New Orleans, Happy Halloween, and New York.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he still makes his insane random guesses, Chugga shows that he's definitely improved in the Round 2 videos as he's able to figure out some incredibly tough puzzles, some before even NCS and Jon, makes some sensible guesses for answers that still turn out wrong, and even winds up winning the New Orleans, Happy Halloween, and New York rounds.
- Trauma Conga Line: For all the guys in round 2 of the first match, when the wheel lands on Bankrupt no less than five times (and once on Lose a Turn), at least once for each player. Then it happens again in round 3 of the second match!
Jon: That is an angry wheel!
- Uncanny Valley: Referenced in regards towards the awkward character designs and animations.
- Useless Spleen: During Chugga's breakdown after the "Paula Deen" incident, one of the things he gasps out is, "My spleen..."
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: The opening of the first video for the game on the Switch, owing to the fact it was the first video the group had to record over long distance. We see an entire blooper segment of attempts of the guys to get in the same room to play before they finally pull it off a whole HOUR later.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- In Part 1 of "Hawaii", Chugga gains several thousand dollars and takes the lead (mainly thanks to luck allowing him to guess the right letters and avoid bad spins). And then comes Part 2, where he embarrasses himself yet again and loses badly to NCS.
- Jon gets hit with this one HARD in Part 2 of Hollywood Round 2. He landed on the million dollar wedge during the actual game, got first place WITH said wedge, actually LANDED on the slot in the Bonus Round...and didn't win the final puzzle. Ouch.
- The two times it looks like NCS is finally going to win a round during the Round 2 videos (Happy Halloween and Washington DC) he loses respectively to Chugga and Jon, the first due to Chugga sniping the puzzle from him, and the second due to the final puzzle stumping Tim.
- In "Disco" on the PlayStation version, Chugga crushes Jon and Tim in a Curbstomp Battle, winning two out of three boards and scoring over four times as much as Jon. Then when the game is in the middle of transitioning to Bonus Round, it locks up and crashes, preventing Chugga from completing the game.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Winner: ProtonJon
- Mario Power Tennis - Winner: Chuggaaconroy
- Super Smash Bros. - Winner: Tyler of WRTP
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - Winner: Koopa Krew
- Bomberman Live: Battlefest - Winner: ProtonJon
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Winner: PKSparkxx
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Anti-Climax: The final battle ends with SKA killing himself via falling off the stage. Twice.
- Apologetic Attacker: Jon apologizes to Donnabellez before their battle, since she hadn't played the game in a long time and he had a big advantage over her.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: SuperJeenius' nickname during the tournament is ύÓÌÇÈ. He says this is because he had nothing else to put in there.
- Battle Cry: According to the finale, Jon's is "I'm going to bed".
- Big "NO!": Donnabellez lets one off when she loses her final stock in her first match.
- Bookends: The first and last battles of the tournament involve ProtonJon winning. If you don't count the preliminaries as an actual episode, then the first and last matches are also a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Butt-Monkey: Donnabellez is the first to lose two matches and be eliminated from the tournament. The first match is a Curb-Stomp Battle, and the second match has her being killed in Sudden Death by Tim.
- JoshJepson as well, getting beaten in the preliminaries by Jon and in the first loser's bracket round by Chugga, with neither of them breaking a sweat.
- Crisis Crossover: One of the first of many of multiple Let's Players.
- Ending Fatigue: In-Universe, the tournament starts to wear on some of the players, for going late into the night.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Jon reacts this way when Chugga starts wondering if Slowbeef is basically the God of Let's Playing and Diabetus is Jesus. (For that matter, so does Diabetus, who is clearly uncomfortable with the Blasphemous Praise..)
- Foregone Conclusion: Donnabellez says her loss to Jon was this, since Jon is a pro at the game and she hadn't played it in a long time.
- Jon being the winner was probably predictable, but not guaranteed. However, given that he still could lose twice by the time of the final match and the video didn't have enough time for one more match, it was no secret that he'd beat his final opponent.
- Funny Background Event: For the players but unseen by the viewers; during the final match, Chugga, who is remaining quiet due to not being involved in the fight, apparently starts dancing.
- One of these gets Diabetus's attention throughout a match — the Polar Bear on the Ice Climbers stage.
- Irony: Tim, who normally is Yoshi, plays as Diddy Kong, while Donnabellez plays as Yoshi instead. Later, Tim fights Donna, meaning he's basically fighting his usual main. He wins, too.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Jon dies almost instantly after noticing he had 69 damage and commenting on it.
- Like a God to Me: Chugga refers to Slowbeef as the God of Let's Players (as he created the genre) and then wonders whether that would make Diabetus Jesus, an archangel, or the Voice of God.
- Out of Focus: Due to the way it works, each of the main three Guys has least one video where they're either absent or not saying anything at all.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A couple:
SuperJeenius: (to Chugga) Goodbye. Nice knowing you.
Chugga: (to Josh) FIRE YUMS, BALLS!
(Chugga kills SuperJeenius with a flaming soccer ball)
- Running Gag: Take a drink everytime Lucas uses his Final Smash. It doesn't help that there were two in the tourney.
- Also, every time NCS is MC, the tournament gets a new name.
- Tempting Fate: Lucahjin comments how she is "going to die in two seconds" at the start of her first match. She then almost instantly falls off the stage and dies.
- Took a Level in Badass: Tim's skill in fighting has increased since Subspace Emissary, as shown in his fight with Donnabellez. Inverted, as the tournament was recorded before Subspace Emissary.
- Worthy Opponent: Jon considers ALoyalGamer and SuperJeenius to be this.
Mario Power Tennis
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Jonny Paula makes a joking accusation towards ProtonJon of this:
: No one's ever caught you? What about Your Mom
that one time in your bedroom?
- Anti-Climax: Jon Paula was likely the guest most fans were excited about... and he's the first one knocked out, beaten by ProtonJon in the very first match. Since this is single elimination and not double, that means he was out of the tournament less than five minutes in.
- Ascended Meme: Tim randomly came up with the name 'invitational tournament' in the Brawl tournament; for this one, everyone uses the phrase.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Chugga attempts to do an impression of Tim, but (in his words) ends up sounding like a drill sergeant instead. He then attempts another voice and ends up as Mmaxie from Teamm Mmagmma!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: There were a few one-sided matches. However, Chugga to ProtonJon takes the cake, as the latter is the only receiver who didn't score!
- One Steve Limit: The first game is a match between Jon and Jon. They spend several minutes discussing how not to get them confused.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: It's the last game the Guys are doing in a row that is a Mario game (or has Mario as a major character), and instead of being a regular Let's Play, it's a tournament.
- And, in a case of the first of these not being like the others, the very first person to play (Johnny Paula) is not known for gaming, but for Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This?.
- Also, all of Chugga's matches are curbstomps in his favour, except the last one — he still wins, but it's actually a close match.
Smash 64 Tournament
Mario Kart: Double Dash
- Button Mashing: The clacking of control sticks sometimes threatens to drown out the commentary.
- Call-Back: Team Beard Willis is a reference to The Completionist's Gunstar Heroes review, in which Jon, his teammate, guest starred. They also played through the game on Jon's channel.
- Captain Obvious: When Chugga or Jon asks some of the first-time guests what they do on their channels, more than one person replies with something like "I do Let's Plays" or "I play video games".
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Several guests suffer from this due to being used to the controls from Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 7.
- Evil Laugh: Chugga lets one loose when, after the supposed finals, he reveals that the tournament isn't over yet. Jon, in true Jon fashion, tells him that it wasn't necessary.
- Foreshadowing: On Josh Jepson's vlog, a scene was shown where the teams, who are not playing, are sitting in the hallway outside of the room talking. One of them says "You promise this is Mario Kart: Double Dash." Additionally, you can see everyone's reaction to Lucahjin and Dodger screaming in the Qualifying Round.
- Nonindicative Name: Neither of the Koopa Krew team play as Koopas in their first or final appearance (confusing Jon the announcer in the latter case, as the opposing team Purple Pwniez are playing as Koopas).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Slowbeef constantly acts like he has no idea what he's doing.
- Running Gag: Every time a coin is tossed to decide who goes first, tails seems to come up. "Tails Never Fails!"
- Heads finally comes up once in one of the later rounds, prompting Chugga to joke "It's not Tails - it's Sonic!"
- Jon even lampshades this in the finale, with the coin only having come up heads once in the whole tournament, suggesting it's a weighted coin.
- Take a Third Option: When ShadowMarioXLI is asked to call heads or tails, he says "Both!"
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The Koopa Krew wins the final race in the tournament against the Purple Pwniez on Rainbow Road, only for Chugga to declare that there isn't a winner yet because there can't be two.
Bomberman Live: Battlefest
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Lucahjin vs. Yoshiller 2. Lucah admits that she didn't practice much, and it shows.
- Smooth McGroove vs. SomeCallMeJohnny. Similarly to above, Smooth didn't practice at all, mainly because he was expecting a Mario Kart tournament instead.
- PKSparkxx vs. MasaeAnela. Downplayed] since Masae gets some good damage on PK during their second match, but she still fails to KO him even once.
The Runaway Gaiden
Super Smash Bros.
Mario Kart 64
- Ambiguously Gay: Jon starts to think this of Chugga when his constant cries of "SUCK IT!" take an even more awkward turn:
Chugga: *about to ram into Jon with his kart and defeat him* "SUCK IT!" *misses* "AGH! Dang it! I almost made him suck-" *dissolves into laughter*
Jon: "Would you stop saying 'suck'?!"
Chugga: "I didn't mean to say it..."
Jon: "I'm really starting to wonder what your sexual preference is!"
- Call-Back: Quite a few. Among them were "I'm witnessing something", "Press L to P", and their "thing" conversation.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Apparently, the original take had Jon winning every battle. Even for him, that is impressive. That recording was lost and we never got to see it.
- Another offscreen moment that may also double as a moment of funny is when Tim was so excited he yelled "YES!" so loud it reached Chugga levels. Considering who he usually is, this is pretty cool. Fortunately, they managed to recover at least that audio portion and play it for us. He then later does a slightly quieter one when he wins on Rainbow Road.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
- The Ace: Jon wins easily with the most coins and even shows his perfect 30,000 coin run.
- Accidental Misnaming: Apparently Chugga once misremembered Lucah's real name as "Hershey" rather than "Reese", having only vaguely remembered that it had something to do with chocolate.
- Ambiguous Gender: As there are two female guests, Chugga and Lucah suggest it should be boys vs. girls...only for Tim to point out that given "Tim, his wife!" he's not sure what team he should be on.
- Call-Back: Jon gets in some "FOOTBALL!" references from his Resident Evil 5 co-op with Super Jeenius.
- Eagleland: As usual, Chugga tries to use 'I'm an American!' as an excuse for bad driving or impatience, only for Jon to point out that he (Jon) is the only one there who ISN'T American.
- Golden Snitch: Subverted with the final stage - it has a much larger possible score than the other two, but everyone gets large but relatively close scores, so it comes down to their performance in the previous two stages.
- Running Gag: Everyone using the same vehicle in the first stage, copying Jon, even though he only picked that one as a joke. Lucahjin breaks the pattern...and promptly misses the collision altogether.
- Tempting Fate: Averted for once in a Runaway Guys video. After a previous Epic Fail, Lucah constantly talks about how she's going to fall off the bridge in the third stage, only to get the second highest score.
- Women Drivers: Joked about by Lucahjin in an N-Word Privileges fashion.
Dokapon Kingdom Battle Royale
- The Ace: Jon excels in this game, winning every 2v2 match and having the highest score by a significant margin. He even takes on Chugga, Tim, and Masae simultaneously — and wins!
- Widget Series: Repeatedly mentioned, as the game is considered by the Guys to be one of those "weird but fun" titles.
- Anti-Climax: The final game is a round of Pong that is announced in an epic manner, complete with "the Final Countdown" playing in the background, getting the audience excited... but then it takes forever to set up due to computer issues and ends in less than a minute once it starts.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tim gives us this gem after a That Came Out Wrong moment:
: Yeah, I'm pretty well known for that. (beat
) Anyone want a quarter? (throws a quarter into the audience)
- Audience Participation: A few of the Audience Video Game Challenges invoke this. It's played even more straight in the following panels.
- Continuity Nod: The name of the panel, Thrown Controllers, could be a Call-Back to when Jon got pissed at Tim in Subspace Emissary's bonus episode and threw his controller.
- There are a few references to the Guys' videos, as expected.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Brawl 3-on-1 match between a Pikachu-player and three audience members playing as Ness, Lucas, and Kirby. Three guesses as to how that ended, and the first two don't count.
- The final, deciding game of Pong was also this in Team Mario's favour.
- The Cameo: Slowbeef showed up near the end of the video and Diabetus was heard in the background. medibot also showed up, but he passed himself off as Oyster (another SA LPer). Ironically, they (except Medibot) were partially there to Retsupurae them (Though Slowbeef admitted in his video that he also wanted to support Jon).
- And while he doesn't introduce himself, you can see Josh Jepson helping out with the panel.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first of the Thrown Controller panels is the black sheep of them for a variety of reasons, from the different setup to the technical problems that made it run far less smoothly than the others.
- Finagle's Law: The panel started about twenty minutes late due to technical problems, and when it finally did work, the program could not be fullscreened and ran slowly. When they had to skip to the end of the event due to this lost time, Jon's computer crashed as everyone got pumped up for the final challenge and the entire thing had to be restarted in front of 700 people. This led to the aforementioned Anti-Climax.
- Funny Background Event: A vocal one rather than a visual one; a couple of times, when Jon stops the counter to allow the player to move, you can hear someone in the audience call out the number like the Count from Sesame Street if you listen closely:
Person: Two! Two spaces! Ah hah hah!
- Someone also recites the Konami code.
- Both were said by the same person, as seen here and here. It might have been a Funny Background Event to most people, but the kid was actually obnoxious and annoying for a majority of the panel.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: As expected.
*the game for a team versus battle turns out to be Shaq Fu
, both players are Shaq*
: The stakes are high, whoever loses goes home to their...shack
Jon: Get off the stage!
- Nintendo Hard: The Brutal Questions are designed to be this.
- Out of Focus: Chugga and Tim don't say much aside from the odd comment, with Jon taking over as the main announcer.
- Take That!: Chugga's hatred of a certain Sonic game doesn't seem to stop in his let's plays:
Jon: (referring to Sonic's slow walking in a game they're doing) 'Cause Sonic runs that fast all the time.
Chugga: It's Sonic Next Gen.
- Audience Participation: With the new rules setup, audience members are called up if their numbers are picked to play a round choosing from various questions and video game challenges.
- Epileptic Flashing Lights: It's nowhere near the technical issues in the Pax East Panel, but the screens facing the audience flicker on and off whenever a game with too little resolution (like Super Mario Bros. 3) is played.
- Handicapped Badass: One of the Video Game challenges was a Runaway Challenge in which a Runaway Guy chose what challenge to do. The person who was doing this had to fight Glass Joe...blindfolded. The contestant successfully pulls it off, making this a Moment of Awesome!
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Chugga says this after a person named Spencer came up to play:
- Even Tim joined in with his "That sounds like a Contradiction!" line.
- Something Completely Different: The panel was drastically changed into the style used now starting with this panel.
- The Cameo: Madame Wario and YoshiToMario were amongst the competitors in the competition.
- Four Is Death: The first contestant chooses the 4th panel...which held the Brutal Question inside.
- Funny Background Event: In the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! challenge, slowbeef can be seen driving the wrong way on the course for half the round.
- Lethal Joke Character: A contestant fights Chuggaaconroy in a Pokémon Stadium 1-on-1 fight, the only stipulation being that their choice must be a starter Pokémon from any of the games. Chugga chooses Squirtle, and the contestant chooses Meowth, a starter from the Mystery Dungeon series. When the Pokémon come out, the battle appears to be in Chugga's favor...until Meowth's moveset is revealed and it's shown he has Thunder! It was the most powerful Electric-type move at the time of Pokémon Stadium's release, and Squirtle is a Water-type. Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Oh, Crap!: After the moves are revealed, the audience slowly starts to gasp and yell as the gravity of the situation sinks in, Chugga himself can be seen putting his hand over his mouth in obvious flabbergasted shock, and Jon just kind of stammers.
- Back from the Brink: The final contestant wins the grand prize by winning four straight, after another contestant hold on the lead with two wins through most of the event.
- The Cameo: Slowbeef is one of the contestants to be called up to play. though he claimed to be DarkSydePhil when he came up.
Emile: Go on, introduce yourself kind sir.
Jon: Oh boy.
Slowbeef: My name is DarkSydePhil, nice to meet you.
Tim: Are you serious?
Slowbeef: No, I'm, my name's Slowbeef.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Can't have a Thrown Controllers without one.
*Slowbeef drops his prize
Chugga: You dropped the prize, what's your beef pal?
Jon: C-Can, Can you just stop please? Actually.
- Absentee Actor: Tim is completely absent from this panel due to an illness that prevented him from going.
- Running Gag: Chugga makes a joke that if they don't know the answer, they should just say, "Bob". And a few of them do.
- Scrappy Mechanic: In-Universe example, as Jon and Chugga use regular raffle tickets instead of numbers. They end up just picking random people since they found the idea too inconvenient.
- Tempting Fate: When a little girl is called up, Jon hopes that she doesn't get the Brutal question. She does.note