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Roommates is a webtoon series created by Joseph Gonzales. It started in 2014 and is about 4 pals trying to live among each other with an Evil Landlord while crazy things happen. The show currently has 9 episodes, 15 shorts and 4 specials. The show is hosted on the YouTube channel Flow Joe, which can be found here, and a playlist containing all the main videos can be found here. The show also has a website containing all of the episodes, comics, and other extras. The website can be found here.

Not to be confused with the dating sim or the webcomic from 2007.


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  • All Just a Dream: At the end of the episode "Ghost Hunt", it is revealed that the episode and a previous episode "The Halloween" were just a story from a book that Dan had made.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different:
    • There's a special for April Fools 2017 called "Toy Store Adventures" where it takes place in a bizarre alternate dimension with the characters animated like an animatic style.
    • The special "Meet the Crew" is set up as an interview with the characters.
    • The short "Queen's Curse" is made out to be a parody of Khonjin House with a similar animation style.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • The April Fools 2017 special mentioned above.
    • The short "Queen's Curse" also mentioned above for April Fools 2018.
  • Art Evolution: Earlier animations were very rough, but as time went on, the art style improved to be more smooth.
  • Art Shift:
    • After the episode "Attack of Teh Clonez!" the show had a somewhat different style, especially after Season 2 started.
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    • The show enjoys switching back to the art style of older episodes whenever a past event is shown.
    • There are sometimes guest animators, resulting in the art looking different than the usual.
  • Author Avatar: All the main characters were named after, voiced by (with the exception of Nathan and Dan as of later episodes) and vaguely based off the creator and his friends.
  • Beach Episode: The seventh episode, "Summer Beachcation".
  • Berserk Button: Dan loves pencils, just never break any of them or else.
  • Black Comedy: The show often jokes about dark subjects or death.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Dan breaks it all the time.
  • Call-Back: In the special "Smart Cig", both Phil from "Summer Beachcation" and Joseph's missing glasses from "Dimension Hopping" can be seen as posters. The episode "Monster Mini-Mayhem" also has callbacks to "Summer Beachcation" which makes sense since chronologically, "Summer Beachcation" came before this episode and was left on a cliffhanger, which was concluded in this episode. Phil is also the main villain in this episode, being teased from the previous episode.
  • The Cameo: "Monster Mini-Mayhem" hosts cameos of other web animators.
  • Censored for Comedy: Dan's privates in the episode "Summer Beachcation" are covered by a pencil.
  • Comedic Sociopath: Definitely Dan.
  • Death Is Cheap: The cast are sometimes killed off in the animations and comics, but are always back by the next episode or comic.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Well, the show is about roommates.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: "Summer Beachcation". Despite all their efforts, the only real way to get out of the simulation was to all "die".
  • Gag Series: Mainly the comics.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Nathan.
  • Jerkass: Also Nathan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Evil Landlord.
  • Limited Animation: Mostly Season 1.
  • Line Boil: Being featured in the series after the 5th episode.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Coy Craig does almost every voice.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Coy jinxed it in "Summer Beachcation".
  • Police Are Useless: The police are never seen handling any of the catastrophic events that happen.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Parodied at the end of the pilot episode.
  • Production Throwback: Potato Man, Joseph Gonzales' previous series, can be seen multiple times on the show.
  • Running Gag:
    • There has been three episodes that feature the character Sammy being injured some way for no real reason.
    • Starting from "Dimension Hopping", Dan always kicks down the front door to the house.
    • Evil Landlord's invention's always break after one use.
  • Straight Man: Coy.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Dan does this all the time.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: In "Summer Beachcation", when Nathan tries to use the shutdown switch, it turns into a trollface and when Nathan tries to use an exit door, it disappears and turns into a note saying how much of an idiot he was to think that would work.
  • Your Size May Vary: The characters are always having different heights.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Kinda happened in "Monster Mini-Mayhem".


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