Joseph Catalanetto, aka JoCat, is an animator, graphic designer, and illustrator whose primary output is on YouTube. He was part of HIJEK, and frequently collabs with Whimseyshrimp and Jet Man Jay while streaming; the channel was the primary output place for HIJEK prior to the 2010s. He was also a guest player on The Unexpectables in 2019 for their Tracadia Arc.
JoCat is most known for his comedic "guides" on Dungeons & Dragons and Monster Hunter called A Crap Guide, which are narrated by "JoCrap", a persona/original character of JoCat's. JoCrap is both Caustic Critic and a master of Accentuating the Negative... even if there's nothing negative to say. JoCrap teaches the player how to play the games, but does so in the most condescending way possible.
JoCat also streams on Twitch, and occasionally posts edited versions of certain streams on his main channel, initially called "J-Overly Edited", they're now referred to as "Stream Highlights". He also does "Character Creator Critique"s, in which he picks apart different character creators in various games, and he has a video essay on Klonoa 2.
Welcome to A Crap Guide to Tropes. *jaunty music plays*
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
- In Crap Guide to Barbarian, he describes the Barbarian's rage as "A Ferocious Frenzy of Force that Foes will Fear For all their Fannies".
- JoCat also has a series titled "Character Creator Critique", where he... well, critiques video games' character creator options.
- The All-Solving Hammer:
- According to JoCrap, Wizards only need Fireballs, Warlocks are Eldritch Blast dispensers on legs, Paladins should just disregard spellcasting and SMITE! everything.Zee Bashew: (scoring a test) You answered "Fireball" for every question.
JoCrap: What's your point, person within Fireball distance?
- Back in Monster Hunter, Insect Glaive users obviously should avoid doing anything that isn't jumping like a spaz and spinning around in the air, because that's clearly the best way to contribute.
- According to JoCrap, Wizards only need Fireballs, Warlocks are Eldritch Blast dispensers on legs, Paladins should just disregard spellcasting and SMITE! everything.
- Alter-Ego Acting: Jo frequently makes clear that his crass and aggressive JoCrap character is in fact a character separate from his regular "JoCat" self. Occasionally in the D&D guides, he depicts both representations of himself as conflicting characters.
- Anything That Moves: Present and accounted for in the "Bard" video, though humorously throughout the A Crap Guide series, the Bard only ever has eyes for and actively pursues the Paladin.
- The Artifact: Even after A Crap Guide to Monster Hunter ended and the series started branching out into other games, JoCrap remained the same, decked out in ridiculous Hunter gear and worshipping his Sword and Shield. The Wiggler head is just too iconic of him at this point, plus there's endless hilarity to be found in a huge burly guy in assless chaps and a plush snake for a head playing tabletop games.
- Ascended Extra: JoCat's cute goblins first appeared back in the Crap Guide to Barbarian, before getting a verse in Races, later a dedicated episode, and eventually an animated short titled Gobboventures.
- Asexuality: Both Busmic Achbaine (the Warlock) and Yathyra Kixit (the Monk) are asexual. The Pride month drawing had them simply play Uno.
- Awesome, but Impractical: He summarizes the Charge Blade of Monster Hunter as this, being able to do a lot of stuff, but being so impractically complicated that his "explanation" of it is a completely unintelligible mess.
- Big "SHUT UP!": In the video on sword and shield in Monster Hunter, JoCrap says that sword and shield deals more damage than anything else. To prove this point, JoCrap shows a sword and shield with an attack of 99,999. When someone points out that JoCrap clearly edited that picture, JoCrap yells at them to shut up.
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: According to JoCrap, if you play a paladin without using a sword and shield, "you're wrong and I hate you and you're a big smelly doodoo head".
- Boring Yet Practical: Openly mocks the common "Human Fighter" phenomenon of D&D in A Crap Guide, calling it the most bland possible option. The "character" he dreams up for it is literally named "John Fighterman" whose description is almost interesting in how bland it is... while also pointing out just how annoyingly good the class is while being insanely noob-friendly.
- Brick Joke: Instead of the typical opening gag or overview, Crap Guide to Fighter begins with a verse of Musical Exposition to the tune of the Spider-Man theme. Instead of the usual outro, a second verse is sung.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: JoCrap accurately knows D&D and Monster Hunter, as well as giving some good advice about how to play a class effectively. It's just he makes weird metaphors and insults the viewer while he does it, frequently going off on tangents and implying that the viewer is a moron for not knowing everything he talks about already.
- Cargo Cult: JoCrap's religion could best be described as "Aggressive Sword and Shield proselytizing."
- Cargo Ship: JoCat describes JoCrap's sexuality as S&S-Sexual, for Sword and Shield. At one point, JoCrap can be seen sleeping in the same bed as a sword and shield.
- Caustic Critic: JoCrap insults classes, races, playstyles, and basically everything associated with Dungeons & Dragons at some point. Unless it's about the sword and shield, which is flawless in every way. Instead, he's criticizing you for not using it.
- Corpsing: In the video on character sheets, JoCrap says that a character sheet can be an app on your phone, but only if "you like being spoon-fed like a baby who laughs at the phrase 'pee pee poo poo watermelon'". JoCrap starts laughing at it.
- Continuity Nod: During's JoCat's Let's Play of Hollow Knight, when asked about making more Crap Guides he responded with "No. I'm going to start a series where I make different sandwiches." On April Fool's Day of the next year, he posted a video of him eating a sandwich.
- Crossover: Zee Bashew makes a cameo in "A Crap Guide To D&D: Wizard". A later episode of the Animated Spellbook confirms that the cameo was canon to that series, as Bashew had to be revived from the Fireball JoCrap threw at him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Crap Guide to Rogue starts off with the Rogue's recounting of his, and is lampshaded by the person listening.
- Dissimile: According to JoCrap, the Wizard is the most powerful class, as long as you ignore any other classes that are stronger. Which are all of them.
- Evolving Credits: The openings of A Crap Guide episodes do this; Monster Hunter slowly piles up every weapon in the game around the campfire, while Dungeons and Dragons has small figurines or some other objects to represent topics that JoCrap has already covered. At the end of each episode, a figurine is added on that video's subject. Goblins adds a shelf with a goblin plushie, Alignments an alignment chart nailed to the wall, and Character Sheets a character sheet next to the Goblin plushie.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The last frame of the Character Sheet episode is a picture of Jo looking down at his computer, being vastly overshadowed by his wackier online persona.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Mentioned in both the 'Crap Guide to Barbarians' and 'Crap Guide to Monks', with the Monk being drawn Toplessness from the Back and her opponents being uncomfortable and wondering if they should hit the naked Dragonborn woman or not.
- Funny Background Event: Throughout the intros and outros to the D&D Crap Guides, JoCrap sits at a table with an increasing amount of figurines of characters based on the classes he covered. Through this, we end up getting an amusing subplot between Felicia (the tiefling bard) and Sasha (the elf paladin) that otherwise avoids any attention:
- In "Crap Guide to Paladin", as Sasha is first introduced, an image of Felicia fawning over her gradually slides in. Once Sasha is placed on the table, Felicia (placed on the other end of it) can be seen with heart eyes pointed towards her direction.
- In "Crap Guide to Ranger", Felicia's figure is suddenly placed next to Sasha in the intro. In the outro, Felicia is tipped over and placed directly under Sasha.
- In "Crap Guide to Warlock", a very brief shot during the Eldritch Blast montage shows that the two got married (and then consequently hit with Eldritch Blast).
- Gender Flip: JoCat has made several drawings of a genderbent version of his avatar named JoCatherine. He also later did a larger picture of several genderbent D&D youtubers playing together, including JessJackdaw (who later came out as trans, making him a subversion), Puffin Forest, the Animated Spellbook and Dingo Doodles.
- The Generic Guy: The Fighter is named John Fighterman, is a human, uses a sword, has almost no personality, etc. He was given a bit of development when Jo made Pride Month drawings revealing him as gay and showing him in a relationship with Hutrax, the wizard.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: In the Crap Guide to Rangers, after explaining that they don't actually need to use a "ranged weapon", JoCrap then proceeds to discuss the class' exclusive abilities, all of which are described as powerful and based on ranged arrows. This gets rhetorically pointed out:Person: But Joseph, you said you don't need to use a ranged weapon to be effective as a ranger! Those all sound like ranged weapon-exclusive spells!
JoCrap: That may be true, however... (long beat as he realizes his mistake) ...anyways...
Jocat: I am no...
- In his first Baldur's Gate III stream, a Mind Flayer calls him thrall and gives him orders.
[mouses over the Mind Flayer to see that it's level 6]
Jocat: I am a thrall, nevermind.
- Knightly Sword and Shield: The Weapon of Choice for JoCrap, to the point where JoCrap believes that paladins who don't use a sword and shield are "big smelly doodoo head(s)". In a separate video, JoCrap is seen sleeping in bed with a sword and shield. He also spends the last Monster Hunter video on the sword and shield, where he gives it endless praise.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Jo plays SCP: Secret Laboratory roleplaying each attempt as a wide variety of original characters... and also Suction Cup Man for some reason.
- Limerick: Crap Guide to Cleric begins with two, and Races uses the rhyme scheme for a few verses.
- Lost Episode: Ranger, Warlock, and Cleric all had Crap Guide entries that were entirely re-done for different reasons: Cleric was re-done because JoCat made a number of untrue assumptions about the power of the classnote , and corrected it by pointing out how wildly overpowered it can get. Ranger was re-done simply because it was too mean to 5e's version of the class. Warlock was redone because it was "weak and unfulfilling".
- Master of All: JoCrap paints bards this way, saying that they can do anything well and that you should never need to play anything else.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: JoCat is nothing like JoCrap. Whereas JoCrap is a Caustic Critic, JoCat is rather kind and cordial when he plays or livestreams a game. Perhaps best exemplified at the beginning of the episode on Character Alignment, in which JoCat goes out of his way to point out the disclaimer at the beginning of the video that his videos are all in good fun. (Though it's also because the topic of alignment is Flame Bait among longtime D&D players.)
- Meaningful Name: Averted for most of the Crap Guide characters, who have names you'd expect from D&D characters. The Fighter, however, is named John Fighterman, highlighting the generic nature of the class.
- Memetic Badass: JoCrap will never let you down when it comes to endlessly praising the Sword and Shield as the mightiest, most broken weapon in the game. Never mind those internet tier lists or obviously edited stat screens. It is the best and can do everything.note
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: The dual-wield chainsaw shotgun laser earrings with detachable missile launchers and drink dispensers.note
- Motor Mouth: JoCrap takes very very fast. He even lampshades it at one point, saying that he invented talking really fast on YouTube. Those other shows like Zero Punctuation are lies.
- Musical Episode:
- The video on the many races of D&D is done entirely as a rap.
- Briefly lapsed into in the Crap Guide to Wizards, where he quickly summarizes the various Schools of Magic.
- Official Couple: In celebration of pride month, JoCat made a bunch of drawings of the Crap Guide characters with their lovers: Chad Magical (Sorcerer) and Rogmesh Wildhorn (Ranger); Felicia Gritasto (Bard) and Sasha Stoutbough (Paladin) and finally John Fighterman (guess) and Hutrax (Wizard).
- Our Goblins Are Different: Discussed in Crap Guide to Goblins. While JoCrap admits you could just use them as Cannon Fodder or Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder, you can customize them beyond that as dangerous menaces, adorable little scamps, or oddly sexy and making you question if you have a new fetish or if it was there all along.
- Painful Rhyme: In the video on character sheets, JoCrap says initiative is when your DM says "clickity clackity, you're about to get attackity". In the same video, on the subject of spellcasting, JoCrap says "sit the shit back dit, ya git" while he explains how spells work.
- Planet of Hats: Has a bit of a beef with it, joking in Bard that playing a D&D class makes you contractually obligated to make your character as stereotypical as possible (hence his bard being a flirty comic relief) and in Races that you really shouldn't think about making your character "fit" their race too much.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Debbie Sprucenails, the character representing Barbarians in D&D, is a dwarf girl and depicted as the most violent and aggressive of all the classes.
- Random Effect Spell: A portion of the Crap Guide to Sorcerers is devoted to exploring D&D's Wild Magic, depicted as a wheel of spells which ends up going for a while after JoCrap spins it too hard. By the episode's end, it finally stops and turns him into a potted plant (which is indeed a real potential outcome in 5e).
- Ridiculously Average Guy: The Fighter character is "John Fighterman", a middle-aged, grizzled white human man.
- Running Gag:
- The Bard's crush on the Paladin.
- Praising the Knightly Sword and Shield as the only real weapon anyone should ever use.
- Fireball being the only spell a Wizard should ever cast.
- Self-Deprecation: Describes his entire YouTube page in a color-coded section of groups of pointing out his content isn't exactly original... while stating everything he's ever done is original.
- Sentimental Drunk: In Drunk Mario Party, JoCat turns into one of these when he's hammered, repeatedly talking about how much he loves his viewers and crying about his past mistakes in a drunken stupor.
- In the Wizard video, JoCrap says that you should use Fireball and only Fireball. He then starts repeating "Just Fireball," taking on the appearance of Monika from Doki Doki Literature Club!, complete with a "Just Fireball" text box in the style of that game's text.
- The Wizard video also features Alphys from Undertale, waving her arms while explaining things to the Wizard.
- In the Alignment video, JoCrap calls himself "such a Slytherin" for being so cunning.
- Crap Guide to Wizard has a Virgin vs. Chad comparison of the Virgin Wizard to the Chad Sorcerer, and Character Sheets of the Virgin Alignment to the Chad Personality Traits.
- Signing-Off Catchphrase: "And now you know how to (do something related to a game). You're welcome."
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: In A Crap Guide to the Paladin, JoCrap starts the video with a poem that ends with a lot more oomph."Do you want to tank? Do you want to fight?
Do you want a class that will instill fright?
Take up some plate and keep the goblins in sight
'Cause you want to make sure they catch this Paladin SMITE!
- Take That!:
- Terrible Pick-Up Lines: To illustrate the Wizard's generally lacking charisma, Hutrax is shown very awkwardly flirting with John Fighterman, most likely delivering one of these. This being John Fighterman, he doesn't seem to pick up on it.
- Tier-Induced Scrappy: JoCrap describes rangers as low-tier scrappies, painting them as someone who is a blend of a fighter, druid, and rogue, but without any of the effectiveness of those classes and balanced around overly specific conditions.
- Toilet Humor: Invoked in Crap Guide to Monk, thanks to a Bilingual Bonus and "Not knowing how to make the [Ki] section funnier"
- Underestimating Badassery: JoCrap highlights how Clerics (at least in 5e) are much more versatile (and arguably game-breaking) than their reputation as designated healers implies.note
- The Unintelligible: In his Crap Guide to Charge Blade, he layers multiple recordings of himself speaking in an attempt to cover all of the complex weapon's ins and outs. This, combined with the slightly accelerated pace at which he speaks, makes it almost impossible to make sense of what he is saying (aside from when he says "So Tasty" and "WHERE'S MY DRAGONATOR?" louder than the other recordings). note
- Wholesome Crossdresser: JoCat (or his collaborators) frequently draws himself in dresses. JoCrap is slightly less wholesome, but he can still rock drag.
- Will They or Won't They?: Throughout the Crap Guide to D&D, the Bard and the Paladin are often shown flirting with each other to mixed success, and almost have a moment where they finally tie the knot...if the Warlock didn't hit Eldritch Blast in the middle of their ceremony.
*jaunty music plays*