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So This is Basically... is a Web Animation series created by JelloApocalypse (real name Brendan Blaber), best known for his Welcome to... series. In fact, So This is Basically is a Spiritual Successor to that series, but instead of summarizing websites, Jello explains pieces of media, mainly Western Animation, Anime, and Video Games. It is his dominant series after the final installment of Welcome to.

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Each episode features Jello as a narrator talking about the work in question, with his own illustrations displayed instead of screenshots from the work (episodes after the first few are drawn by other artists in Jello's style, though Jello still does storyboarding). Most of the humor is carried over from Welcome to; expect lots of lampshading and lighthearted (and some not so lighthearted) jabs at the work's problems.

The episodes can be found here. In order, the series has tackled:

Contributors to Jello's Patreon can vote for what the next episode of So This is Basically will be.

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So This is Basically a Trope List:

  • Accidental Misnaming: One of the biggest Running Gags is Jello getting names wrong in his narration. They generally persist for the entire video.
    • Steven Universe: Amethyst is "Armrest", Pearl is "Squidward", Rose Quartz is "Mrs. Marshmallow", Jasper is "Hulk Hogan", Ronaldo is "Curly Fries Man", and Yellow Diamond is "the evil space giraffe".
    • Miraculous Ladybug: Ladybug is "Ladybubs" (real name given as "Marionette") and Cat Noir is "Catnerd" (his real name is given as "Brady Bunch").
    • Gravity Falls: Mabel is "Marbles", Dipper is "Dipstick", Grunkle Stan is "Martin Mystery", Gideon is "Gilderoy Lockhart", Soos is "Dr. Seuss", and Bill Cipher is "Razzle-Dazzle Dorito".
    • Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel is "Spike Spencer", Jet Black is "Jet Set Radio", Faye Valentine is "Mai Valentine", Ed is "Danny Elfman", and Julia is "Mrs. Bebop".
    • Overwatch: There's one for every single playable character (well, the ones that were playable at the time of the video's creation), plus extra ones for Soldier: 76 ("Call of Duty" for when he was Jack Morrison and "Call of Duty: Ghosts" for how he is now) and Reaper ("Death Gun" for when he was Gabriel Reyes and "Little Timmy's First OC" for how he is now).
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    • Adventure Time: The Ice King is "Ice Cream", The Lich is "The Snitch", and BMO is "Beebo".
    • Pokémon: Professor Kukui is called "Professor Tree".
    • Danny Phantom: Tucker and Sam become "Sucker and Tam".
    • The Legend of Zelda: Every place where Link's name should be said is replaced by one of Link's signature yells. It even replaces the word "link" when it shows up ("linked" timelines and the GBA Link Cable). Ganondorf is once referred to as "Gambledork".
    • Rick and Morty: Rick is "Brick" and Morty is "Mortar".
    • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Surprisingly, nobody is incorrectly named, but the show itself is called Star vs. the Faces of Evil.
    • My Hero Acadamia: Deku is referred to as both "Deku Scrub" and "Small Might".
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The title is renamed to "JimJim's Bizarre Advimvim's", while the main protagonists are all called "Joje" instead of "JoJo" like they usually are.
    • Ace Attorney: Phoenix is "Knick-Knack Patty Whack", Maya is "Hamburger Helper", Pearl is "Literal Todler", Kay is "Technically Not a Thief", Rayfa is "Dancing Queen", Franziska is "~She's So Pretty~", Luke is "This Reminds Me of a Puzzle", Trucy is "Gramaryevil", and Edgeworth is "Miles Legwork". Averted with Gumshoe, Apollo, and Athena.
    • RWBY: Ruby is just Ruby, Weiss is "Whine", Blake is "Bland", and Salem is "Mommy Salami". And lets not start with how many times he butchers "RWBY" including "Rubby", "Rude Bees", "Roomba", and "Kanga-RWBY". He also refers to Faunus as "Laguz".
    • Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic is "Sonic Hedgehog", Dr. Eggman is "Large Egg", Eggman Nega is "Rotten Egg", Chaos is "Scrambled Egg", Mephiles is "Century Egg", Zavok is "Devilled Egg", The Egg Robos are "Easter Eggs", Erazor Djinn is "Egg... Benedict" and Shadow is "Gamer Sonic". As well, the Chaos Emeralds are known as the "Hair Dye Emeralds".
  • Affectionate Parody: It's clear that Jello loves all the series he's making fun of, aside from a few criticisms. The sole exceptions are Adventure Time, RWBY, and, to a lesser extent, Kingdom Hearts, and it shows.
    • With Adventure Time, he finds Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum unsympathetic leads, the humor to be awkward and stupid, has too much Toilet Humor, doesn't conclude character arcs, focuses too much on romantic subplots, and much rather prefers the stories of the tertiary cast over the main story.
    • With RWBY, Jello finds that the show has too many plotlines that go nowhere, finds Blake bland and a garbage character, has too many characters and no idea what to do with any of them, takes forever for the main plot to start, tries to paint Ozpin as morally grey and fails at it, and doesn't do sufficient world building for a world that really needs it. While he admits people should watch the first three volumes and consider it a single season, he then says to avoid volumes 4 and 5 altogether as they are garbage.
  • Animal Motifs: The Original Characters in the hypothetical JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 9 get appropriately ridiculous outfits in the style of the series, with Joanne adorned with ladybugs, her Tagalong Kid wearing a milkman suit with a cow-patterned hat and bowtie with a cowbell, and the user of Smash Mouth having a row of sharp teeth while wearing alligator-themed clothing
  • Author Avatar: A drawn version of Jello occasionally pops into the screen to express something.
  • Author Filibuster: Jello will occasionally break character and go on a tangent when he covers a specific character or plot point he does not particular care for, such as in the Steven Universe and Gravity Falls, or if he is not fond of the series entirely like Adventure Time and Kingdom Hearts.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In "So this is Sonic the Hedgehog", the narrator claims that Sonic can breathe in space because there's no water around to get in the way.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Lampshaded in “so this is Fire Emblem” where the narrator says “killing is ok so long as its gross people.”
  • Blank White Eyes: Generally the standard for character's eyes as depicted in Jello's art style, though higher-detail pictures use normal eyes.
  • Broken Aesop: In-Universe, the Pokémon episode points out that, while the games push the idea that the titular creatures should be treated as friends and you should use the ones you love, the actual mechanics make some Pokémon objectively worse than others, and the best way to get a good one is massive amounts of inbreeding.
  • The Cameo: Sonichu makes a brief appearance in "So this is basically Sonic the Hedgehog".
  • Corpsing: At the end of the Pokémon sketch, Jello cracks up at the Pokémon "Alomomola" and can't even keep doing the silly voice:
    Jello: Pffffha-ha ha ha ha it's so dumb!
  • Critical Research Failure: invoked Played with; while Jello does get things wrong about whatever he features, it's usually just for Rule of Funny and it's very clear that he knows what the actual facts are, as shown with his character of "Typo" in the video on My Hero Academia.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Lampshaded in RWBY, when Qrow explains to Ruby that he was given the power to turninto a bird. Except that it's explicitly not a curse, and he can control it and switch between his forms at will. Ruby points out that this sounds exclusively beneficial, but Qrow is too into his rant to care.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Parodied in the Gravity Falls episode; when Jello explains that Dipper wants to learn who wrote the journals, a musical sting plays as it zooms in on Waddles the pig.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Ace Attorney, for a split second, Prosecutor Ducky (who was last seen cheerfully calling out penalties for not keeping time with the game's logic) reacts like the killer's Insane Troll Logic that keeps a guilty verdict on the judge's mind is beyond her scope.
  • Expy: The lord in the Fire Emblem video resembles Lyn, especially her hair, and has Roy's comically late promotion.
  • Funny Background Event: When Jello is talking about how Jerry from Rick and Morty is a spineless loser, a computer monitor in the background can be seen that reads, "Patient: Jerry Smith; Prescription: Euthanasia".
  • The Generic Guy: In-universe, Jello's opinion of Morty.
    Jello: Brick is an amoral mad scientist and the smartest man in the universe, with enemies lurking in every corner of the galaxy! ...And Mortar is also there.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The Trope Namer himself gets called out for this in the Legend of Zelda episode.
    Jello: Ganon is always the bad guy even when he isn't. Sometimes he shows up at the end of the game to steal another villain's hard work using the darkest magic of all: plagiarism. (accompanied by Ganondorf showing a nervous Zant a "Twilight Realm Deed")
  • Hurricane of Puns: The "Typical Danny Phantom Fight Scene" illustrates this with an Original Character, Rebreather.
    Danny: Change of plans: it's time for some cruise control."
    Rebreather: (traps Danny in a ghostly fishing net) FOOL! You've fallen for my trap hook, line, and sinker! Now, prepare to sleep with... THE FISHES! (shoots fish skeletons at Danny)
  • Informed Attractiveness: In "So this is basically Sonic The Hedgehog", Eggman/Large Egg is described as hot. He is a bald, egg-shaped man with cartoony proportions, for those who don't know.
  • Kick the Dog: Parodied in the episode on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In the hypothetical Part 9, Joanne is hit in the head with a tooth by the villain "Smash Mouth", but survived because before it hit her, it killed multiple dogs.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The main antagonists of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are Dio, DIO again, DIO boyfriend, DIO babies, Dio but he's a dinosaur, and the United States President.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Jello is a professional voice actor and it shows. He's performed near-perfect imitations of Principal Nezu, Kermit, Sora, Ruby, AND Qrow! Keep in mind that Ruby is a squeaky-voiced teenage girl and Qrow is a gravelly-voiced alcoholic in his mid-forties.
  • More Popular Spinoff: In-Universe. Jello notes that RWBY Chibi uses the characters better than the actual series. Mind you, that's less praise towards Chibi and more damning towards the main series.
  • No Budget: In-Universe, Jello claims that the sudden popularity of RWBY was despite being made on "a budget of seven dollars".
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Jello has trouble pronouncing "Alomomola".
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Jello introduces Vicious in the Cowboy Bebop episode, a note below his name reads "That's not a joke, it's seriously his name".
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: In the Sonic the Hedgehog episode, he points out that male Sonic characters only wear shoes, while female Sonic characters wear entire outfits. He theorizes that this is because they all have to cover up the sexiest part of the body; the toe.
  • Parody Assistance: The episode on Danny Phantom had Butch Hartman, the creator of the series, designing and voicing an Original Character, Rebreather, in the style of the show's usual Monster of the Week villains.
  • Replacement Scrappy: While Jello himself has the opposite opinion of her, he takes a jab at the Ace Attorney fans who consider Athena to be one for Maya. invoked
  • Running Gag:
    • The frequent misnamings of characters.
    • Jello often demonstrates a character being a jerkass by depicting them attacking a dog with a jackhammer.
    • In the Pokémon episode, a mockup of the "Who's That Pokémon?" screen appears thrice, each time showing a forgotten/ridiculous Pokémon (Qwilfish, Probopass, and Alomomola) in place of an iconic one (Qwilfish replaces a silhouette of Charmander, and Probopass a silhouette of Pikachu, though Alomomola really is the third silhouetted Pokémon.)
      "Shoutouts to the best Pokémon... [name]! (sunglasses descend onto the Pokémon) Keepin' it real since [inaccurate year]."
    • Throughout the Zelda episode, any mention of Link's name is replaced by one of Link's random screams or grunts. This includes uses of the word "link", such as HYAH cables or explaining how the timeline HAAAHs the games together.
    • In the Kingdom Hearts episode, he declares that you could replace the word "darkness" with "bees" and everything would make just as much sense. And then he does just that for the rest of the video: in the monologue, in the images (bees surround everything tainted by darkness), and in having darkness-infused Kermit tell Sora that he should be a beekeeper.
  • Running Gag Stumbles: In the Adventure Time video, the jackhammer gag is turned on its head by having Jake the Dog be the one to use it on something (specifically, a worm).
    • Similarly, after the reveal of the massive dog slaughter in the hypothetical 9th JoJo series, one of the dead dogs is clearly shown to be lying next to a jackhammer.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: In-Universe, the Zelda episode brings up the series's habit of generating these.
    Enjoy dealing with each installment's signature annoying mechanic, like kinstone merging, the Temple of the Ocean King, HMMM cables... all of Skyward Sword...
    • In Ace Attorney he makes fun of some of the requirements for advancing the cases.
    Prosecutor Ducky: Hold on now. You can't present this banana. You need to present the PHOTO of the banana. They are completely different. PENALTY!
  • The Scrappy: In My Hero Academia, he, like pretty much everyone else in the fandom, clearly hates Mineta. invoked
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • In-Universe, the later seasons of Danny Phantom are seen as this, with the cited reasons being a weak finale, poor use of the established cast, and neglecting elements that had made the early seasons worthwhile.
    • In-Universe, while Jello can recommend watching the first three volumes of RWBY as a single season, he suggests people simply ask others who already watched 4 and 5 what happened so they don't have to watch garbage.
    • In-Universe, the narrator points out that Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) was so bad that it literally retconned itself out of existence. It was at that point that fans kept mocking Sonic to the point where he decided to mock himself.
  • Shown Their Work: Whether Jello is making fun of a series or praising it (usually the former), he always does his research on it so his riffs are accurate. For his video on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, he read every single volume of the manga. It took him three months.
  • Space "X": The "SPACE MAIL" from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Take That!:
    • So far, the Adventure Time, RWBY, and to a lesser extent, Kingdom Hearts videos are the only ones where Jello outright dislikes the featured series, and he picks apart the shows for several flaws.
    • The Stinger of the Pokémon episode takes a shot at the Shadow Pokémon duology, which Jello isn't fond of from a gameplay perspective.
    • invoked When talking about bad mechanics in the Zelda games, Jello mentions "the entirety of Skyward Sword" as one. He also mentions the Hyrule Historia timeline as something that "makes everything worse" and thus should be ignored, fitting with the video showing the cast as composites of all their appearances.
    • In his My Hero Academia video, he calls people who call the series Boku no Hero Academia "annoying", and tells people to stop sexualizing the cast since they're fifteen. He also picks on Class 1-B (saying they don't matter), implies that he doesn't understand why Tooru Hagakure is so popular and accuses her of not having a personality and takes a shot at people who nitpick at him. He makes a jab at the shipping in the fandom towards the end of the episode, but this one feels a bit more playful.
    • In his Kingdom Hearts video, aside from not liking the series in general very much, one of the lingering questions he thinks people may have is "Why does Re:coded exist?"
  • Talking to Himself: invoked Lampshaded in the Gravity Falls episode, wherein one of its major mysteries is that "half the cast is voiced by Soos" (Alex Hirsch).
  • Those Two Guys: You think Sonic's biggest friends are Tails, Knuckles and Amy? Nah, it's Mighty, Danica Patrick and the US President.
  • The Worf Effect: In the RWBY video, Jello describes Weiss' (or "Whine's") special power as "losing every single fight she's ever been in."

 
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