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  • Acting for Two:
    • At the end of the Excalibur 2555 A.D. episode, Merlin (played by Seb) exchanges a few words with Seb.
    • The Les Visiteurs/Astérix episode has a gag where Fred and Seb interact with Getafix, played by Seb.
    • In the Mortal Kombat episode, Scorpion and Sub-Zero are played by the same guest actor, Ironquest (animator of a French Youtube channel about bodybuilding). The characters never appear onscreen together, though.
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    • In an inversion, Nightmare Circus has the same character played by two different actors. The first appearance of the Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl is played by Sorina (when she doesn't approach the camera), then by Benzaie when she unmasks.
    • In the 11th Anniversary videos, Bob Lennon plays both the Pyro-Barbarian and George Yunohu, who at one point are present in the same scene (but not onscreen at the same time).
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The 11-year anniversary video had a character voiced by Richard Darbois, one of the most famous voice actors in French. Word of God said he was specifically aiming for the absurdity of having such a big-name dubber voicing a ridiculous character in a youtuber's vid.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Fred has grown tired of the "The developpers took drugs!" Running Gag and heavily toned it down after a few episodes, as it was already becoming a Dead Horse Trope / Dead Unicorn Trope of game reviewers.
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    • Combined with Critical Backlash; in their earlier videos, whenever Fred would talk about the Dragon Ball series, he would be very harsh towards Dragon Ball GT. However, he watched it again years later and went on to say it's not actually that bad.
  • The Danza: Frédéric Molas is called "Joueur du Grenier" or "Grenier" in the show but is sometime referred as "Fred" while Sébastien Rassiat is always referred to as "Seb".
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Fred and Seb put a lot of time and effort into making an episode of JdG, and despite the change of the YouTube environment over the years which harmed their channel format in favor of more casual, less scripted content, closer to the TV format (which was alluded to in the Rambo episode), they stick to their guns and are still working to bring entertainment to their loyal fanbase in the style of small independent films.
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    • Fred is entirely aware that, due to the unprecedented ambitious scope of the 10th anniversary episode, the video's own ad revenue will never be enough to refund what they spent to make it. He doesn't care and prefers doing something perfect, no matter the cost.
    • In a case of this, as well as Screw the Money, I Have Rules!, the special episode about video game advertisements originally came out with JDG's trademark Product Placement skit for a new sponsor. But an hour after the video's release, the team was contacted about a joke the advertiser was uncomfortable with and wanted to see removed from the video (to be absolutely clear, the sponsor didn't request an after-release change to sponsored introduction ad, they attempted to censor the actual JDG video which followed the ad). The JDG team's response was to cut out their product placement instead.
  • Extremely Lengthy Creation: According to "The Tier List of Crappy Games", Fred and Seb started working on The Fifth Element review while they still lived in Southern France (i.e. in 2012, if not earlier). The video was eventually released in 2019.
  • Fake Nationality: Fred's wife, Sorina, is French of Cambodian descent. Any female Japanese character is played by her.
  • In Memoriam:
    • The Matrix episode has an in-memoriam for Willy Gauchet, the actor for Charlie in the Star Wars episode.
    • The 11th Anniversary episode ends with one for Mabner Toussaint, the camera operator who worked on the episode and passed away shortly after it was completed.
  • Lying Creator: When he started doing commentary on his earlier episodes on his Twitch channel, Fred claimed they never did "the developers were on drugs" jokes on his series... ironically, during the Tintin in Tibet review, where he gets an almost Immediate Self-Contradiction as his older self mentions that the developers were on crack.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Fred lost a lot of weight since the early episodes, and both his persona and voice evolved as well, to the point that he looks like a different man. This led to a (mostly) tongue-in-cheek rumor that he actually is another person, in a "Paul is dead" situation. In a FAQ, Fred only gives a last mysterious smile when told about this rumor... and he has referred to his older self in an older video as "it wasn't me, it was Fat JdG". He also did a crude drawing during a Twitch livestream where "Thin JdG" murders "Fat JdG".
  • Missing Episode:
    • The pilot episode that was called Big Review and focused on reviewing Flash games. The only footage he has ever shown was a reaction clip repurposed for the Tintin in Tibet review, which also served as the basis of his icon and logo.
    • For a while, a playthrough of the Marsupilami game with Wahwah (from BackintoysTV) made in 2011 was withheld from public viewing because JdG kept calling the game an Infogrames game (which is false, it was developed by Apache Software), and this was too much of an embarrassing and distracting mistake to be shown as it was. This video would resurface in 2017, with an intro by Fred and Wahwah explaining the context.
    • A review of SimCity (2013) was made but they weren't allowed to release it under heavy pressure from Electronic Arts.
    • They started shooting an episode for The Goonies II, but cancelled as they just didn't have enough material to do a full review. This is why there is footage of the game in the intro. This was addressed in the X-Perts video, where Fred explains that the intro was thrown together in 20 minutes and the game itself is nothing noteworthy.
  • Old Shame:
    • Fred explained in the September 2019 FAQ that he isn't very fond of The Legend of Zelda-themed Papy Grenier, for reasons including the episode's jokes about the Zelda franchise having been seen over and over again in many other parodies before, and the mean comments insulting the actress who played Princess Zelda (the character has been reimagined as a vulgar woman). He also blames the bad reception to the focus being given on different actors.
    • In "The Tier List of Crappy Games", Fred tells he has some regrets not having the means he has now when making some of the early episodes, due to how cheap some of the Mid-Review Sketch Shows looked at the time, and that we would have an absolute blast if he had to do them with all the resources he's now able to use. He explained this while reviewing the Jurassic Park games, pointing out the related episode's (released in 2010) mid-review sketch show featured Fred as an Alan Grant expy (dressed with Fred's usual Hawaiian shirt and a straw hat), there were no actor beside Fred and Seb, the exotic locations were shot on greenscreen, and the dinosaurs were World of Warcraft assets.
    • Fred is not very proud of the comic book series based on his character.
  • The Other Darrin: When he was introduced in the show, Viceroy Frangipanus was dubbed by Nico (the sound engineer of the team). In the 11th Anniversary video, he's dubbed by Richard Darbois.
  • Prop Recycling: Papy Grenier and Jean-Michel Bruitages' costumes both use the same wig.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Reccuring extra Sorina is Fred's wife.
    • Seb's brother had a few minor roles in the earlier episodes, like Ken in the Barbie games review. His longtime girlfriend Shun-Geek is also a recurring extra.
  • Recycled Set: The finale of RPG 3 has been shot in the Château de Fougères (a Middle Ages castle in Fred's town), which has been reused for most of the Harry Potter video and in parts of the Robin Hood episode.
  • Referenced by...: Astro Bot Rescue Mission lists David Goodenough and Jean-Michel Bruitage in its credits.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to their frequent use of copyrighted music, JdG's videos are often hit by copyright claims, a subject Fred regularly complains about on Twitter. Their review of Disney games has notably even been blocked on tablets at one point. Because of this, more recent episodes would rarely use "real" music anymore and Fred would often cry "demonetization!" if a sample appears.
  • Spoiled by the Cast List: Not an actor... but at the end of the GIGN Anti-Terror Force episode, JdG is silently facing Doug Walker who plays a villain. The credits follow, which lists the song Gettin' Jiggy wit It which hasn't been heard in the episode before. When The Stinger appears, it's quite obvious what you'll hear, and thus, what will happen. They dance to the song.
  • Throw It In!:
    • In the Fort Boyard video, the scene when one of the contenders slaps his wife has been added by the extras themselves. It’s incidentally the scene that attracted the most controversy and made the episode pretty disliked even among fans.
    • In the sketches of the Enter the Matrix video, Fred wearing awry sunglasses wasn't an intentional decision to make his character look goofier, but a honest mistake due to him wearing the wrong prop.
  • Troubled Production: A special episode to celebrate the 10-years anniversary of the channel was initially planned for the Fall of 2019 (roughly the actual date of said anniversay), but its shooting schedule was moved to early 2020. The Dragon's Lair: The Legend Bottle Episode (released at the end of August 2019) was intended to allow the release of a normal, monthly JdG video while saving time to allow working on the anniversary special, but in practice it didn't save enough time to be of much use. Then, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put the project on hiatus again, as the containment rules in France didn't allow Fred and Seb to meet the extras and shoot the planned scenes at the time they were supposed to do it. The two parts were eventually completed and released in November and December 2020.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In several of his older videos, he unironically used Internet memes that were popular at the time of their uploads (late 2000s-early 2010s), such as Shoop Da Whoop or parodying the Bref TV series. Due to average meme longevity, these tend to be dated and awkward when viewed again nowadays. Fred himself calls the "Shoop" meme a "time capsule" when looking at it again ten years later. On a lesser note, he also embarrassingly looks at a joke in the first episode where he does a Brief Accent Imitation of an Asian person, and gives the excuse that it was 2009.
  • What Could Have Been: See its own page.
  • Word of God:
    • The September 2019 FAQ video gives explanations about why the Zelda-themed Papy Grenier has key differences from the usual Papy Grenier formula:
      • The episode is told as a fake news report instead of Papy Grenier telling a story because Fred was aware his jokes about the franchise were overused/cliché, and the news report format was an attempt to make them look more original.
      • Link was played by a guest instead of Fred because the costume didn't fit him.
    • In July 2020, Fred and Seb made two videos, titled "The Tier List of Crappy Games", where they quickly commented most game reviewed in Joueur du Grenier so farnote , and sorted them in various categories, corresponding to grades ranging from the least bad to the worst. The games ranked as belonging to the worst category were Ghostbusters (NES), Bubsy 3D, Link: The Faces of Evil, Dragon's Lair (NES), Airwolf (Amstrad CPC 464), Fantasia (Mega Drive), and Instruments of Chaos Starring... Young Indiana Jones. They then crowned Bubsy 3D as the absolutely worst game they ever reviewed, though Fred found it a tough choice, as Dragon's Lair was a serious contender for the title.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: According to "The Tier List of Crappy Games", the Gainax Ending of the Nightmare Circus video's ending was this. The written script ended when Seb entered the cabin in the forest (they started the episode's shooting without writing the actual ending), and the final scene with Santa Claus and the actors headbanging on "Silent Night" has been improvised because they didn't know what to do next.

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