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Something About[...], also known as the Something Series, is a series of parody animations made by a certain Jeremy Chinshue, also known as TerminalMontage. The episodes are often condensed over-the-top parodies of video games, with lots of strange events, running gags, and the occasional sensory abuse... and a bit of memetic mutation, too!

The playlist for the videos is located on the TerminalMontage channel here.


This series provides examples of:

  • Action Survivor:
    • The "Save" ending of "Something About Super Metroid" reveals that Slippy Toad has been surviving on Titania after getting shot down in "Something About Star Fox 64". He shows up to save Samus from Goras with a BFG fashioned from his Arwing, and the two cobble together their ships' debris to escape the planet.
    • At the start of "Something about the Photon Aerospace Control Engineer", only the titular engineer seems to have survived the Ghosts; corpses litter the ship at every turn. The ending reveals that Ms. Pac-Man survived too, and was much more prepared.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Wiz sends a car, a train and a full-sized cargo ship at the Kirbs in "Something about Kirby & the Amazing Mirror".
  • Adaptation Expansion: Surprising for a series known for abridging video games, "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog" adds in the seventh Chaos Emerald and Sonic's super form during his final battle against Dr. Robotnik, a form that's not introduced until the second game (the Chaos Emeralds did exist though but they were just merely bonus items that unlocked a slightly better ending in the first game).
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • While the canon heroes are certainly formidable, their power in the series is ridiculously exaggerated, to the point where they can easily down most bosses in a single attack.
    • The monsters in "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" are still weak to the effects of the power pellet, but instead of turning them into weak Cowardly Mooks, it only stuns them momentarily and removes their Nigh-Invulnerability, allowing the Engineer's weapons to damage them. Even while under its effects, they continue to chase after the Engineer and remain a threat until he escapes.
  • Adaptational Context Change: "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror" has the Kir Bros directly chase Dark Mega Knight around the Mirror World instead of collecting fragments of the Dimension Mirror to rescue Meta Knight. As a result, the heroes never visit Radish Ruins since Dark Meta Knight was the original boss of the area.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: While Yoshi's intelligence is described as being "a high I.Q. from a very early age", according to Super Smash Bros. 64, here, he's stated to be illiterate.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Magma Dragoon, Mac and Green Biker Dude are the other badasses posing next to Zero in Something about Mega Man X.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Generally, the heroes are depicted as much more destructive and violent than they are in their home series. Kirby especially.
    • Zero is a lot more condescending about X's loss to Vile on the highway than in canon, though The Stinger implies that he's just trying to sound tough in front of the other Maverick Hunters.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In "Something about Kirby & The Amazing Mirror", While the Kirbo Gang are at Olive Ocean, they are stalked (and later attacked) by a shark that seems to heavily resemble Baby Shark, complete with a Instrumental Dark Reprise of the aforementioned shark's Leitmotif as it tries to eat them.
    • In "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", the Ancient Minister is not a R.O.B. like in the original story, but instead transforms into Duon to fight the heroes.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Most of the penultimate or final bosses are taken out by a single attack by the hero. A Running Gag involves Meta Knight preparing for a dramatic showdown like in the games, only to be immediately destroyed by Kirbo with ease ("Super Star" has Kirbo simply throw his sword into Meta Knight's face to kill him at the start of the fight, and "Adventure" has Kirbo use a pistol, a bazooka, and a nuke before Meta Knight can even do anything). Bowser probably gets this the worst since he's always slapped around with little resistance from his part.
  • Adapted Out: A lot of these tend to omit key elements, locations, and characters/bosses from games, even if they were essential to the plot.
    • The Great Cave Offensive is completely absent in "Something About Kirby Super Star", despite being one of the key modes.
    • Ganondorf is completely absent from "Something About Smash Bros World of Light" despite being one of the major three bosses.
    • The only boss other than King K. Rool that appears in "Something About Donkey Kong Country" is Very Gnawty.
    • Roy, Wendy and Larry are all missing from "Something About Super Mario World" due to Mario destroying their castles without going inside. Mario kicks Roy's castle into the Valley of Bowser entrance, then hurls Wendy's castle into the gaping hole so it destroys Larry's castle.
    • "Something About Kirby's Adventure" skips over the boss fights for Heavy Mole note  and Nightmare Orb note . Since the video only mentions the Star Rod once at the beginning, the plot relevance of the bosses is largely overlooked.
    • G, The Tower, and The Magician are all absent from "Something About The Typing of the Dead", with the latter not even getting a meme replacement like The Emperor does.
    • Starlight Zone is completely omitted from "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog".
    • Shadow Kirby and the entirety of Cabbage Caverns and Radish Ruins are absent from "Something About Kirby and the Amazing Mirror." Candy Constellation is also reduced to just the iconic Master Hand and Crazy Hand battle, which takes place on Final Destination instead.
  • An Arm and a Leg: X taking Zero's Z-Buster in "Something About Mega Man X" is interpreted as X ripping Zero's arm off to his intense discomfort.
  • April Fools' Day: "Monster Hunter World Part 4" was released on April Fools 2019. It's an endless parade of "Bird Up!" gags, topped off with fake celebrity guest star credits.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Used by the heroes in several installments:
    • "Something About Yoshi's Island" has Yoshi slap Baby Bowser, spank him, and then throw him out a window.
    • In "Something About Kirby Super Star", Kirbo slaps the sun and moon and scolds them for fighting.
    • In "Something About Super Mario 64", Mario slaps Bowser hard enough to outright paralyze him.
    • In "Something About Super Mario World", Mario backhand slaps Bowser so hard it actually leaves Bowser's eyes bloodshot and echoes pretty loudly.
    • In "Something About Smash Bros World of Light", Mario and Yoshi slap Bowser back and forth after Samus cuts off his growth to eclipse the galaxy. The last slap turns him into Dry Bowser.
    • "Something About Kirby's Adventure" has Kirbo defeat Mr. Shine, Kracko, and King Dedede by slapping them.
    • Subverted in "Melee Fox VS Speedrunner Mario", where Mario tries to backhand Fox, but he dodges it.
    • "Something About Yoshi's Story" has the entire Yoshi Clan slap Baby Bowser after he shatters the Super Happy Tree, reducing him to a puddle.
    • "Something About Super Mario All-Stars" has Bowser show up in Peach's room after Mario has already left, but Luigi suddenly warps back in with his Time Machine to slap him instead.
  • Art Shift: Kiibo taking a dump in "Kirby and the Amazing Mirror" is represented with live-action footage of a dump truck being unloaded.
  • Ascended Extra: Boshi appears in the "Yoshi's Island", "World of Light", and "Yoshi's Story" episodes, despite not appearing in any of those games. In said episodes, he gets more screen time than Yoshi himself.
  • Ass Kicks You: Mario rapidly smacks his buttocks against Fox while preparing a BLJ to different parallel universes to destroy him in each and every one of them in "Melee Fox VS Speedrunner Mario", leaving him a broken mess that can barely even stand up.
  • As the Good Book Says...
    • In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", holding a crucifix up to Nightmare causes an apparition of Jesus to appear and recite John 14:6, which causes Nightmare to burst into flames.
    • In "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror", Kirbo recites Psalm 59 in response to Dark Mind showing him a comment criticizing his Religious Bruiser Running Gag. The Kir Bros then summon Jesus again, who recites Matthew 19:26 before disintigrating Dark Mind.
  • Bait-and-Switch: "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" appears to be based on Dead Space, but the engineer picks up power pellet, revealing his suit is actually yellow before "PACMAN" is shown on screen.
  • Battle of the Bands: in "Mega Man X", the Spark Mandrill boss fight quickly turns into a guitar duel, because the music is just that damn good. Alas, there's no real victor; X pulls out a gun and shoots Mandrill at the end of his solo.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • None of the Dark World bosses are defeated against who they initially fight. Dracula looks like he's going to fight Samus and Olimar, but instead he gets defeated by Yoshi. In turn, Marx initially fights Donkey Kong and Simon, but gets defeated by Olimar when his battle gets dragged to Dracula's castle.
    • In the "SAVE" ending of "Something About Super Metroid", Samus crash lands on Titania thanks to the X-infected animals. She's almost immediately confronted by Goras, and is about to be killed by it when Slippy saves her, having survived his own encounter with the beast in "Something About Star Fox 64".
    • In "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer", the Engineer is on the ropes, moments from being devoured by the monsters. Cue a female Engineer meant to be Ms. Pac-Man with a BFG.
    • In "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", the Speed Demon's last-ditch attempt to possess Sonic after being exorcised from Mario is stopped by the Star Variance Authority, who unleash a Curb-Stomp Battle on the demon and take it into custody.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Mario lets out one once Fox destroys the Scuttlebug before he can in "Melee Fox VS Speedrunner Mario".
    • Falco lets out one in one of the stingers from "Something About Super Metroid" after Slippy rejoins the team.
  • Bilingual Bonus: King Golem in "Something about Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" does nothing but constantly cuss everyone out in French.
  • Bloodless Carnage:
    • "Something about Donkey Kong Country" has, among other things, a Kritter being turned inside out with no blood whatsoever.
    • Averted in "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer". The monsters' rampage across the ship has left notable splashes of blood everywhere, including a the message "CUT OFF THEIR LIMBS" written in blood.
  • Brick Joke: In "Something About Yoshi's Island" the Brown Yoshi is arrested along with Burt the Bashful, protesting that he "didn't do nothin'". In the after-credits scene of "Something About Yoshi's Story", the judge determines that Brown Yoshi is not Burt the Bashful and orders that Brown Yoshi be released and compensated for his wrongful conviction.
  • Broken Bridge: Parodied in "Something about Ocarina of Time PART 1". Darunia states that the Gorons are starving because Dodongo's Cave is blocked by a boulder and they can't get rocks to eat. Link just asks "Why don't you eat the boulder?". All the Gorons immediately swarm the cave, eating the boulder along with all the Dodongos inside.
  • Butt-Monkey: In "Something About Star Fox 64", Slippy is beaten senseless by Goras during the Titania briefing and subsequently left for dead as the rest of the crew just goes to Macbeth without him. During the Macbeth briefing, Goras is gone and Slippy is lying motionless on the ground.
    Peppy: (Beat) Slippy's dead.
    Falco: Nice!
  • Button Mashing:
    • In "Donkey Kong Country", a button makes a Kremling run towards DK if set to 'Go' or puts it into hibernation if set to 'Stop'. When DK mashes the button, the Kremling quickly alternates between the two states until it explodes.
    • Fox mashes the A button in "Star Fox 64" to skip through General Pepper's lengthy exposition.
    • Link mashes the A button in "Something About Ocarina of Time PART 1" to skip through Kaepora Gaebora's extremely long lecture... only to cycle back around to the beginning of it all.
  • The Cameo:
    • Geno sometimes appears as a freeze frame bonus.
    • Jill Valentine appears from a door once a ghost appears and flies around the mansion in "Something About Luigi's Mansion".
    • Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2 and Kirbo appear while James and Gary drive through and run over some zombies in "Something About The Typing of Dead".
    • Mallow appears among the clouds once Pichu and Elekid create a thunderstorm in "Baby Pokemon Battle Royale".
  • Call-Back:
    • In "Something About Super Mario 64", when Mario slaps Bowser, Yoshi appears for a split second, using the frame of him slapping Baby Bowser from "Something About Yoshi's Island".
    • In The Stinger of "Something About Smash Bros World of Light", Link crashes through the floor of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl menu like he did in "Something About Smash Bros" to admit that he misses The Subspace Emissary story mode and beg for it to come back, having previously been so disgusted by it that he had vomited on sight in the latter video.
    • In the "Save the Animals" ending of "Something About Super Metroid", Samus crashes on Titania and teams up with Slippy to escape.
    • In "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror" when encountering Master Hand and Crazy Hand, Kirbo recalls how Donkey Kong was able to escape imprisonment from the hands on his own in "Something About Smash Bros World of Light", and inspires him and his buddies to fly into an Unstoppable Rage, quickly ripping both hands to shreds.
      • The chainsaw Kirbo used in "Something About Kirby's Adventure" and forgot about is still racing aimlessly across the countryside in "Kirby & the Amazing Mirror".
    • "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY" reveals that Luigi uses a Scuttlebug in his time machine, similarly to how Mario used them to align parallel universes and escape a black hole in "Speedrunner Mario vs Melee Fox". "The Scuttlebug is the key to the Multiverse," indeed!
    • Also in "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", much like how the first Something Versus episode was made for the one million subscriber special, a second episode of Something Versus takes place in the (belated) two-million subscriber special as part of the episode's plot.
  • Call-Forward: "Something About Kirby's Adventure" ends with a shot of Marx walking up to Kirbo's house and laughing ominously, setting up "Something About Kirby Super Star".
  • Character Shilling:
    • Played for Laughs in "Something About Yoshi's Island" with Boshi, who isn't even in the game. He gets an extended fight sequence with Raphael the Raven and randomly obtains the helicopter bubble so he doesn't have to hand Baby Mario off to the Purple Yoshi.
    • In "Something About Yoshi's Story", Boshi gets a (notably solo, given that the Yoshi's are traveling together this time) extended fight sequence with Cloudjin, where Boshi gets a Black Mage outfit, no sells Cloudjin's attack and one-shots him with Ultima.
  • Christmas Episode: Played straight in "A Very Kirbo Christmas", in which Kirbo decorates his house, gives presents to an orphanage, and volunteers at the soup kitchen. He even exchanges presents with Simon and Luigi. It's much Lighter and Softer than the usual madcap animation and zany plotlines.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fox, who makes odd decisions such as teleporting his crew into a vaporwave dimension, yelling about making mac 'n' cheese, blowing up Solar, and randomly crashing his Arwing around in the Venom escape sequence.
  • Composite Character: The playable Yoshis of Yoshi's Story are young Yoshis implied to be the children of the Yoshi's Island Yoshis. "Something About Yoshi's Story" has the same cast as "Something About Yoshi's Island".
  • Creator Cameo: Jeremy's Author Avatar appears as the owner of the chili dog stand in "Something about Sonic the Hedgehog." He later appears in the Pokémon universe in "Something About The Subspace Emissary", along with his wife Vanessa.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In "Something About Kirby Super Star", King Dedede dies by having his innards sucked out through his mouth and eye sockets, courtesy of Kirbo. His spirit later makes his way back to his body, bringing him back to life.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost every fight ends with the villains being eradicated with ease because it's funnier that way. Ridley is a notable exception, having a rather equal fight with Samus.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The original Luigi's Mansion is a horror comedy with Luigi being scared out of his wits being Played for Laughs. "Something about Luigi's Mansion" lacks much of the comedy, including things like a disturbingly detailed ghost that scares Luigi, possesses E. Gadd and kills the professor by making him slam himself repeatedly into the walls, and has King Boo perform a satanic ritual with Mario trapped in a painting as a Human Sacrifice, with Satan himself nearly succeeding in dragging Mario off to hell.
    • The original Yoshi's Story is a very lighthearted game. "Something About Yoshi's Story" begins with baby Bowser and Kamek gunning down the Yoshis to steal the Super Happy Tree, and at the end of the short thousands of screaming damned souls burst out of the ground after baby Bowser smashes the Super Happy Tree, which as Yoshi puts it, is The End of the World as We Know It. Baby Bowser then gets Dragged Off to Hell shortly after getting slapped by the Yoshis.
    • The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer's episode is basically Pac-Man in the style of Dead Space, but instead of a yellow circle eating ghosts in a blue maze, it's the engineer of a space station who has to survive attacks from demonic aliens. No part of it is played for laughs, as the colors are mostly dark, and the "ghosts" are heavily detailed abominations with skull-like faces, sharp teeth and huge murderous intent, and their handiwork can be seen in the form of the numerous corpses scattered throughout the ship.
  • Darkest Hour: The "SAVE" ending of "Something About Super Metroid" has Samus attacked inside her ship, as the animals she rescued were X-Parasites in disguise. The scuffle leads to her crashing on Titania, destroying her ship and her Power Suit, as well as severely injuring her. She gets ambushed by Goras almost immediately, who she has no way to reliably fight against. With no other options, she just closes her eyes and accepts her fate.
  • Dark Parody: "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" is Pac-Man as a Sci-Fi horror, with Pac-Man being a human engineer and the ghosts being demonic aliens. Compared to the usual fare of the Something Series, it is played completely seriously.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Something About Donkey Kong Country" follows the titular ape, who is normally very minor.
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" is one for Fox McCloud, who is usually a running gag in the Smash Bros episodes.
  • Decomposite Character: In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, the playable Kirbies are Kirby after Dark Meta Knight split him into four. The Kirbies of "Something about Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" are simply just Kirbo's friends.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Mario's bizarre speedrunning-obsessed behavior is a result of him being possessed by a literal Speed Demon. It was seemingly sucked into a black hole in "Melee Fox vs. Speedrunner Mario," but it continues to possess him up until "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY".
    • When Sonic goes Super in "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog", he is seemingly possessed by a demon as well as his flying past Pop Star in The Stinger causes Kirbo to wake up in terror. The Nightmare Face he puts on before destroying Eggman resembles a fusion of the Fleetway version of Super Sonic and Sonic.exe, both of which are actually demons. He seems to be in control of himself in "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY" when he battles the Speed Demon in Mario, at least.
  • Denser and Wackier: The series is much more out there in comparison to every video game it parodies, a few exceptions aside, thanks to the abundance in memes and other comedic moments.
  • Destination Defenestration: Yoshi holds no qualms with throwing Baby Bowser out a window to his death.
  • Destructive Savior: Most of the heroes recklessly destroy everything they're trying to save. This is highlighted in "Something About Star Fox 64", where various citizens thank Fox for saving them, right before they're crushed under the buildings that are being destroyed or randomly exploding by Fox's shooting. Falco in particular seems to enjoy the devastation.
  • Determinator: The protagonists will generally stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Special mention goes to Simon Belmont, who basically blows through the entirety of Dracula's castle without breaking a sweat, no matter how many monsters get thrown at him.
  • Deus ex Machina: In "Something about Kirby & the Amazing Mirror", the Kir Bros recite a prayer, causing Jesus Christ to appear and make Dark Mind explode.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: How do Gary and James manage to defeat the godlike Ultra Instinct Shaggy at the end of "Something About The Typing of The Dead"? Why, type an even more powerful meme into existence: "whomst'd've".
  • The Dreaded:
  • Dull Surprise: Invoked voiced-wise with the general majority of Yoshi's appearances throughout the series, on account of the text-to-speech software used to provide his dialogue being incapable of delivering anything outside of a flat, monotonous inflection. Consequently, no matter what emotion Yoshi is meant to be expressing, he will deliver his lines in the exact same Ben Stein-esque drone every time.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Often the protagonists will just blow through levels and ignore the intended obstacles.
    • "Something about Star Fox 64" has Fox beat Aquas by dumping waste into the ocean to kill Bacoon, polluting the planet and turning it into another Zoness. Immediately after, Fox blows up Solar with a bomb.
    • "Something About Super Mario 64" has Mario use exaggerated versions of actual speedrun tricks to skip the regular courses and do just the Bowser levels for a "zero Power Stars" run, to Bowser's frustration.
    • "Something About Zelda Breath of the Wild" basically goes like this: clip into the dungeon entrance, get the next Sheikah Slate upgrade, smash straight into the chamber containing the Spirit Orb, rinse and repeat.
    • Zig-zagged in "Something About Super Mario World" where Mario uses the Star Road shortcut to Bowser's Castle, then Bowser tries to buy time by telling Mario to rescue the Yoshi eggs from the other Koopalings. Mario still blows through their castles in record time and gets back just before Bowser can finish preparing for the final boss fight.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In "Something About Monster Hunter World", the backgrounds are not colored. This would no longer be the case with the second MHW episode, complete with the subtitle "Now in Technicolor!"
  • Easter Egg:
    • A number of videos have a subtitle option that's actually a Developer Commentary.
    • In Something About Luigi's Mansion, during Luigi's prayer said in "tongues," using the Spanish subtitles has the subtitles translate the tongues to "En el nombre de Jesucristo, libera a mi hermano!," which means "In the name of Jesus Christ, liberate my brother!"
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Kirbo confronts Meta Knight near the middle of "Kirby Super Star," leading to their climactic battle. Before this happens, this exchange occurs:
    Meta Knight: This is it, Kirby. Prepare to Die!
    Kirby: *incoherent yelp* (which the subtitles translates as "???")
  • Extreme Omnivore: Kirbo is depicted as willing to eat anything, keeping in-line with the conventions of the Kirby series, but here it's taken even further, being shown as capable of sucking his enemies' organs out of their bodies (among other things); "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" even features the four Kirbos coming together to cook and eat Dark Meta Knight.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Something About Star Fox 64", Fox defeats Andross by flying into his eye so that he can fire directly at his brain.
    • In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", Kirbo defeats Kracko by slapping his eye out of its body.
    • In "Something About Kirby and the Amazing Mirror", Kirbo defeats Kracko again by inhaling his eye out of its body— which sends Kracko directly to Heaven.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out:
    • Much like the game it's based on, "Something About Donkey Kong Country" has the credits begin to play before the video cuts back to the Kongs by King K. Rool's unconscious body, who tries one last (unsuccessful) ditch attack.
    • "Monster Hunter World 3" has a fake YouTube recommendations screen midway through the video after a particularly extensive "Bird Up!" gag before cutting back to the video proper.
  • Fingore:
    • In "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: World of Light", Donkey Kong manages to escape the clutch of the Master Hand clone holding him, and violently rips it to shreds.
    • Taking inspiration from Donkey Kong, Kirbo, Korbo, Kiibo and Kirb go ape and tear Master Hand and Crazy Hand apart in "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror."
  • Flash Step: In "Zelda: Breath of the Wild", when Ganon escapes from Hyrule Castle and reappears outside it as Dark Beast Ganon, Link suddenly appears right before him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • A common Running Gag has a character's face become incredibly Off-Model for a moment before the scene cuts away.
    • A briefly-seen pair of Badniks in Sonic The Hedgehog bear a striking resemblance to Peppa and George.
    • In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Monster Kid can be seen briefly peeking out from behind a tree before the Kir Bros enter Moonlight Mansion, and when Kirbo summons his warp star to fight Kracko, Coalossal appears for a split second.
    • When the camera first pans out to reveal dead bodies in The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer, the assassinated corpse of an Among Us crewmate can be found among the deceased.
    • Smash Bros. - The Subspace Emissary has a couple.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In "Star Fox 64", during the banter with Granga, a building in the background literally stands up and walks away.
    • In "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog", Scratch and Grounder's mutilated corpses can be seen in the trail of Badnik carnage Sonic left behind.
    • In "Something About The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time PART 1," every time Hyrule Castle is seen, Yoshi and Pikachu can be seen engaged in a Smash match on top of it.
    • In both "Something About Super Mario All-Stars" and "Something About Subspace Emissary", when Mario BLJ's out of the room Peach is in, one of the hills in the distance can be seen eating another one through the hole in the wall. This is a Call-Back to the same thing happening in "Something About Yoshi's Island".
  • Fun with Acronyms: "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer", or P.A.C. Man for short.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Part of the comedy is just from seeing what the subtitles say.
    • Inverted in "World of Light". With the subtitles turned on, Marth's single line is apparently the same as his line in the game proper. What he says out loud, however, is "Harakiri tsunami, kamikaze banzai".
    • Having subtitles on for "Super Mario World" translates King Boo's laughing at Mario's speedrunning tricks, though it goes by so fast it's practically a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
      King Boo: Looks like he's already possessed!
    • The Crabmeat that speaks binary also has it's subtitles in binary, though they don't match up to what it says. While it says 'ye' aloud, translating the subtitles reveals them to spell BIRD UP.
    • The high-pitch child screaming heard when the Kir Bros start rampaging through a castle is described as [Inside voices].
    • The castle boss in "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" quotes lines from Monty Python and the Holy Grail entirely in French. The subtitles also translate what he's saying.
  • Gainax Ending: "World of Light" has Dharkon defeated by Mario turning into Master Hand and flying into it. And then peace returned to all the land, the end. Even the characters are confused as to what happened.
  • Gasshole: According to "Monster Hunter World PART 3," the effluvium of the Rotten Vale is apparently comprised of the farts of the Girros and Vaal Hazak.
  • Goomba Stomp: Link's shown to utilize bouncing off enemy heads to get around in Breath of the Wild, shield surfing off a cliff or something and then bouncing off a Bokoblin, sending him careening into the sky at Mach 5. He even uses it to cross Hyrule Field in its entirety once he nabs the Paraglider!
  • Gosh Darnit To Heck: Parodied in "Something About Donkey Kong Country", where King K. Rool attempts to say "you damned dirty ape!", only for his "damned" to be replaced by a "darn" said by a text-to-speech device that doesn't match the voice from the rest of the sentence. A picture of Kirby shows up on the bottom with the text "Kirbo Says; There will be no swears in my Christian channel!"
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" has Slippy speak a line of Japanese during the Vaporwave-inspired Meteo warp sequence.
  • Halloween Episode:
    • Season 1: "Something About Luigi's Mansion"
    • Season 2: "Something About The Typing of The Dead"
    • Season 3: "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" (aka "Something About Pac-Man")
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Many installments portray the heroes as heroic as saving the day while doing not at all heroic things.
    • Kirbo holds no qualms about violently vacuuming up Dedede's innards while he's still alive, shoots down and completely overkills the Meta Knights, and wrecks havoc through Carrot Castle completely unprovoked (along with Korbo, Kiibo, and Kirb in the case of the latter), all while spouting the Lord's good word.
    • The Yoshi clan casually snap Shy Guys' necks and commit cartoonishly over-the-top acts of child abuse on their journey to get Baby Mario home.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Even the most wicked foes are laid low by the presence of crosses, often accompanied by a chorus of "Hallelujah!": Simon Belmont dissolves crosses in water flasks to create his Holy Water, and Kirbo silences Marx simply by holding up a cross, then later banishes Nightmare with one instead of the Star Rod. Luigi doesn't carry a cross, but a Latin chant repels Satan with a cross-shaped flash on the screen.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Mario and specifically, the Speed Demon possessing him is capable of violating reality and does so hilariously. He's even capable of turning into Master Hand as a Heroic Sacrifice and him coming back is poked on later.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: In "Something About Super Mario All-Stars", Mario activates a speedrun glitch in Mario 3 that involves using a fake pipe that takes him straight to the ending. The actual game doesn't show what happens in the transition period - but this video does, and naturally it's not pleasant.
  • Inexplicably Preserved Dungeon Meat: In "A Very Kirbo Christmas", Simon gives Kirbo a Wall Chicken as a present. He later feeds it to the Nipper Plant that Luigi gives him in order to help take care of it.
  • Informed Attribute: In "Something About Kirby Super Star", Marx accuses Kirbo of "sucking everything up like a fat boy at a Golden Corral." Unlike most fan depictions of Kirby, the only times he's actually shown using his inhale ability here are when he eats King Dedede's insides and when he vacuums up some of Meta Knight's soldiers just before the Halberd takes off.
  • It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context: The Final Boss of Something About Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an otherwise normal Shara Ishvalda...except he has massive, tattooed arms and he raps.
  • It's Personal: In "World of Light", Mario stops Kirbo and everyone else from joining in to fight Bowser for because the beef is between them alone. He still drags Yoshi along.
  • Joker Immunity: Invoked with Bowser, who's repeatedly seen dying through the series only to come back alive and well in time for Mario and Yoshi's next adventures.
  • Jump Scare: In "Something About Super Mario 64", Mario fighting Bowser the second time has him advancing towards a progressively-more afraid Bowser that suddenly cuts to a close-up of Mario's face with tons of sharp teeth and flashing eyes, complete with a loud roaring sound.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: In "Ocarina of Time", the Gorons are starving since they can't get into King Dodongo's Cavern to harvest rocks to eat due to a giant boulder blocking the way. Link points out why they can't just eat the boulder, which the Gorons promptly realize and start chowing down on the boulder, the cave, and even King Dodongo.
  • Kevlard: In "Yoshi's Story", Light Blue Yoshi winds up morbidly obese after eating too much fruit in the first page. When Piranha Plants attack the Yoshis on page three his fat ends up saving his life as he's too heavy to pick up and so tough that the Plants end up breaking their teeth biting him.
  • Large Ham: Marx spends a significant chunk of screentime simply shouting at the top of his lungs.
  • Laughing Mad: Marx is an insane megalomaniac with a visible God complex who near-constantly cackles like a hyena.
  • Limited Animation: Played for laughs with the yellow Yoshi in "Something About Yoshi's Island", whose trip through the castle doesn't give him a walk cycle and just has him slide along the screen, squishing his animation frame at one point to dodge some hazards.
  • Made of Explodium: When something dies or is destroyed in this series, it uses the same stock explosion effect, then completely vanishes. Bonus points to "Something About Super Metroid", where the space station doesn't explode once the self-destruct sequence completes. It just vanishes completely, and then the space it was occupying explodes. The one time it doesn't happen, when Tabuu vaporizes Pit, it comes across as serious and everyone is terrified.
  • Man on Fire:
  • Mook Horror Show: If the hero of any episode behave like they're possessed by a speedrunner or meta gamer, expect cannon fodder, bosses and final bosses to visibly and audibly freak out as they're being steamrolled.
  • Multiple Endings: "Something About Super Metroid" has three different endings, all regarding whether or not Samus rescues the animals in her escape from Zebes:
    • KILL ending: The animals attempt to escape on their own, but die off one by one, the sole survivor just missing Samus's ship taking off. Samus retires from bounty hunting to join the F-Zero circuit.
    • SAVE ending: Samus escorts the animals to her ship, only for them to transform into hostile aliens due to being X parasites in disguise. During the scuffle, Samus crashes on Titania, where she's saved by Slippy, "who crashed there during Something About Star Fox 64". Together, they patch the remains of their ships into one ship and escape.
    • TOOK TOO LONG ending: Samus stands around being indecisive before deciding to just leave. However, a Zebesian Space Pirate beats her to the ship, and takes off with it. Samus tries to take the ship back, but she's blasted off of it and left to die. At the last second, with a little help from parallel universes, she pulls off one last speed boost to ascend and escape Zebes' destruction.
  • Nightmare Face: The Speed Demon is shown to be able to give its vessels this ability. What makes it particularly nasty is that it can cause severe psychological damage to its targets or even kill, as shown in the scene with Super Sanic in "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog."
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis:
    • In "Something About Star Fox 64", Goras mauls Slippy the moment it finds his crash site on Titania.
    • In "Something About Super Mario 64", Mario wastes little time rushing through Peach's castle, including breaking through walls, to defeat Bowser as fast as possible. When Mario actually gets to Bowser, Mario just offs Bowser in one way or another without giving him the chance to talk or retaliate.
  • Non Sequitur: As Link is about to leave the Kokiri Forest in "Ocarina of Time", Saria appears to wish him off. Saria asks if he's leaving and Link just belches in response.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Kracko's eye in "Something About Kirby's Adventure" is a stock photo instead of being animated, though the rest of him is. Subverted with his appearance in "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror".
    • Dharkon in "Something About the World of Light" is made up of a single eye and a bunch of crab legs, all of which are stock photos as opposed to being animated.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • Ridley, unlike just about every other boss encounter in the Something About series, actually puts up a fight against Samus and gets in a few good hits on her. He still loses, but he lasted against a Something About player character much longer than most other bosses.
    • Ganondorf in "Something about Ocarina of Time PART 1" actually gets the chance to abuse Link with fireballs, and then gets access to the Triforce, like in canon.
    • In "Something about the Photon Aerospace Control Engineer", the cartoonish Pac-Man ghosts are reimagined as alien Blob Monster Eldritch Abominations that are NOT played for laughs. Justified as the video itself is a Darker and Edgier Sci-Fi Horror retelling.
  • Nuke 'em: Kirbo in "Something About Kirby's Adventure" uses a nuke to take out the Meta Knights and later to deal the finishing blow against Meta Knight.
  • Oddball in the Series: "Something About the Photon Aerospace Control Engineer", the Halloween Special, eschews the series' conventional fast-paced and loud humor (aside from The Stinger) in favor of a fairly quiet, serious, horror-oriented retelling of Pac-Man in a style similar to Dead Space.
  • One-Man Army: Kirby, Simon Belmont, and Donkey Kong are portrayed as absolutely curb-stomping everything in their path.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Vaporwave Dimension | LÜNE - Rêve Lucide, a vaporwave music video based on a segment from "Something About Star Fox 64". It's played (almost) completely seriously and is surprisingly heartfelt, a far cry from the Rapid-Fire Comedy nature of the rest of the "Something About" series.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Bowser's transformation into Giga Bowser in "Something About Smash Bros World of Light". He keeps getting bigger and bigger, going past the size of the galaxy, before Samus shoots the Master Hand controlling him.
      Bowser: Today you meet your DOOM. But don't worry. I'll make this quick.
    • Used as a Brick Joke in "Breath of the Wild" where Link repeatedly says a very drawn out version of the iconic "Well, Excuse Me, Princess!" line from the cartoon.
  • The Pearly Gates: After being sucked up by Kirbo, Kracko find himself before the gates, which then opens up for him.
    God: Eye forgive you.
  • Person as Verb: When Tabuu gets his head smashed in "Something about Smash Bros The Subspace Emissary", the subtitles say he was "Million Dollar Baby'd".
  • Pit Trap: Subverted. Dark Meta Knight tries to pull the rug under the Kir Bros in Moonlight Mansion so they fall in the hole underneath, but since they can fly, it has no effect and he resorts to making the mansion collapse on top of them instead.
  • Played for Horror: "Something About Pac-Man" (originally titled "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" to keep its game a surprise) turns out to be a Dead Space-esque Sci-Fi Survival Horror reimagining of Pac-Man. As an interpretation of the original game's simplistic arcade graphics and nonexistent storyline, Pac-Man and Mrs. Pac-Man are forced to navigate a dark space station, full of mutilated corpses and haunted by terrifying ghostly abominations.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", Fox radios in to the Star Fox team, but they ignore his call. As a result, after Fox takes over the Halberd and meets up with the Great Fox, Star Fox and Samus immediately open fire.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: In "Something About Super Metroid", Samus defeats Ridley by piercing her Arm Cannon into his stomach and firing until he explodes.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • Delivered by Jesus Christ to Nightmare in "Something About Kirby's Adventure".
    Jesus: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.note 
    • And another one against Dark Mind in "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror", in response to his This Cannot Be!
    Jesus: With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.note 
  • Quote Mine:
    • King Dedede is voiced using quotes from his Right Back At Ya! incarnation, with his only line in "Something about Kirby's Adventure" being stitched together from various quotes.
    • Sonic is also voiced almost entirely by quotes from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, save for his iconic "You're Too Slow!" quote from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a voice clip from Sonic Adventure of him grunting.
  • Religious Bruiser: An odd recurring theme in some installments.
    • Simon Belmont fights with anointed weaponry, which isn't out of question for the Castlevania series.
    • Luigi defeats Satan in "Something About Luigi's Mansion" by literal prayer and repels his possessed brother the same way in the stinger of "Something About Super Mario World".
    • Kirbo in particular is made into one on a mission from God to spread The Good Word, and always tries to defeat major villains with nothing more than a holy cross or a prayer. In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", delivering The Good Word outright vaporizes Nightmare. In "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror", Dark Mind holds up a Youtube comment that complained about the Running Gag of Kirbo being a devout Christian, so he starts to recite Psalm 59, then the four Kir Bros put their crucifixes together to summon Jesus Christ in full majestynote  to obliterate Dark Mind.
  • Reset Button Ending: At the end of "Something About Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", Rosalina resets the timelines because the heroes have gone past what their worlds should allow while chasing the Speed Demon, but Luigi has vague memories of the other timeline and in The Stinger is given a tape from another Luigi labeled "EVERYTHING".
  • Right Behind Me: In "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog, Robotnik crushes Sonic with the Checker Wrecker, but while he's laughing, Sonic somehow teleports behind him, laughing in the same way he was, and performs a Neck Snap on the good doctor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In "Something About Donkey Kong Country", Donkey Kong's whole motivation for going ape-wild against the Kremlings is to get back his stolen banana hoard. Discovering they built Kremkroc Industries on his island just fuels his rage even further.
  • Running Gag:
  • Characters that appear in multiple shorts often carry jokes from past episodes, like Mario doing Backwards Long Jumps, or Fox dash dancing, complete with the sound of a GameCube analog stick for the latter.
  • "Bird Up!" shows up at least once every other short, usually with a drawing of a Kulu-Ya-Ku from Monster Hunter World. In "Something About Kirby Super Star", the audio is associated with Dyna Blade instead.
  • From the Monster Hunter World series, whenever Bill (the white hunter) whistles for Mernos to transport him and Bogues, Mernos uses its talons to grab the hunters by their heads and then take off, while shrieking through the whole scene. Another Monster Hunter World gag is Nergigante appearing (Uusually dropping out of the sky) and roaring at the hunters.
  • Characters drawing a photo-realistic gun to shoot someone with, which happens about every other short and usually replaces any character's personal firearm.
  • If Bowser appears in a video, he will get slapped.
  • Kirbo summons his Warp Star by farting it out. Sometimes he cuts short his own "Kirby dance" after beating a boss by doing it.
  • Jeremy is a big fan of Geno, and likes to sneak in cameos of the star spirit-possessed doll in nearly every short.
  • Satanic Archetype: Nightmare appears as a face in the tainted Fountain of Dreams who tries to tempt Kirbo with a smooth, compelling voice, and is destroyed by the power of the Lord.
    Nightmare: Kirby. Throw [King Dedede] into the fountain. Throw him into the fountain, Kirby, and I will make all of your dreams come true.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Something About Star Fox 64", Samus flies in, takes one look at Andross' forces attacking Corneria, and hightails it out of there. She does so again when she sees Dark World trying to absorb Dream Land.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: The Shy-Guy Pirates in "Yoshi's Story" end up killing the Piranha Plants threatening the Yoshis, and then cause the tower on the page to collapse... Right onto their ship. The Yoshis didn't even need to do anything.
  • Sensory Abuse:
    • There's a reason why most of the videos have a "Loud Noise" warning. Many characters will scream with no warning, with the worst offenders being Marx (who loudly shouts every other word, has an incredibly loud evil laugh, and his deaths in his two appearances are quite ear shattering) and Mario (who shouts incredibly loudly, especially if he's in speedrunner mode, especially in the Super Mario World video, where he screams very loudly when he uses a keyhole to suck the Forest of Illusions up).
    • Most of the videos also contain a "Flashing Lights" warning as well, although most of it is usually from sudden lightning. However, the Donkey Kong Country video is probably one of the bigger violators as the "Stop and Go Station" segment includes Donkey Kong rapidly switching a barrel from green to red, creating a ton of flashing.
  • Sequence Breaking:
    • "Super Mario 64 Speedrun" has Mario abuse glitches to be able to beat Bowser all three times without collecting a single star. Bowser calls him out on it the second time.
    • "Zelda Breath of the Wild Speedrun" has Link use glitches to clip out of the Shrine of Resurrection when he wakes up and clip into each of the Great Plateau shrines, allowing him to skip the opening cutscene and the tower activation.
    • Inverted in "Super Mario World"; when Mario sequence breaks into Bowser's Castle, Bowser tells him to collect all the eggs around Dinosaur Land. Mario goes back to do exactly that, quickly enough to get back to the castle before the Koopa King even gets the chance to get on his Koopa Clown Car with Peach for his boss fight.
  • Shout-Out: Constantly. The Kirby Super Star video parodies this by having a sign that says "pop culture reference".
    • The series makes a load of references to SiIvaGunner. In fact, a lot of his songs are in the videos themselves. Sometimes it results in weird stuff like the World of Light getting invaded by Love Live! spirits.
    • "Something about Monster Hunter World Part 3" has 2 notable references within the first minute: The first is Spongebob's pineapple amongst the growths on the top of the Rotten Vale's entrance, and the second is a corpse of Meat Boy amongst the numerous skeletons.
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" has a segment that's a whole homage to Vaporwave, gratuitous Japanese included.
    • In "Something About Kirby's Adventure" Nightmare begging for his life uses the same "I'll give you one of my planets!" line that King Cold said to Trunks in Dragon Ball Z.
    • "Something About Kirby Super Star" has Mace Knight use the same text-to-speech voice as Moonbase Alpha, and references the "John Madden" and "aeiou" memes from motdef's videos. Yoshi also uses the Moonbase Alpha text-to-speech voice in "Something About Yoshi's Island" and "Something About Super Mario World", but references to any motdef memes are absent in those cases.
    • When the Green Kir Bro turns Dark Meta Knight into curry, the Monster Hunter "So Tasty!" clip plays. When they each slowly take a bite, it's done in the same way as curry in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
    • The start of "Something About Super Mario World" uses a clip of pannenkoek2012 saying "to answer that [question], we need to talk about parallel universes."
    • Also early in "Super Mario World", Mario uses the Backwards Long Jump to rocket off the beach and into Dinosaur Land, slightly lampshading the insane speeds one can get with it by having a Twinkle In The Sky.
    • Later in "Super Mario World", when Mario returns to Bowser's Castle, he speedruns through it accompanied by a sample of one of MetalKingBoo's "Mario Screaming" videos.
    • Something About Fortnite: Battle Royale references the "Thanos Gun" quote from Dunkey's time with the game.
    • In Legendary & Mythical Pokemon Battle Royale ANIMATED, the Simlish Entei speaks in when making volcanos erupt is the first set of lines spoken by The Dog in Ukinojoe's Dog of Wisdom.
    • In "Something About Super Metroid", Samus approaches Ridley in a way that mirrors the memetic scene from Jojos Bizarre Adventure where Jotaro approaches Dio. Interestingly, Samus is in the villain's position.
    • In the SAVE ending of "Something About Super Metroid", the Etecoons and Dachora are revealed to be X Parasites in disguise. Since this doesn't have any basis in the games' canonnote , this appears to be a reference to the Game Theory video on the same topic.
    • In "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog":
    • In "Something About Mega Man X", X checks the weapons he's acquired and his default energy pellets are labelled as "lemons" in reference to Egoraptor's Sequelitis video on the game.
    • "Something About the Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" contains numerous references to Dead Space, such as the design of the engineer's suit and weapon, the ghosts resembling a mish-mash of corpses like the necromorphs, and the bloody writing saying to cut off their limbs, which is the primary way the necromorphs are killed.
    • "Something About The Subspace Emissary" has one in its Closed Captions. "Million Dollar Baby'd" appears on screen when Tabuu falls sideways and breaks his neck.
  • Shown Their Work: Frequently, techniques used in real-life Speed Runs of the games will be implemented into the animation.
    • In "Something About Super Mario 64", Mario's frequent used of rapid-fire longjumping is a common technique used in tool-assisted speedruns of the game.
    • "Something About Zelda Breath of the Wild" shows Link following the route used for BOTW speedruns at the time: clipping out of the Shrine of Resurrection and into each Great Plateau shrine, using a Stasis Launch on a tree log to reach the Temple of Time rooftop, and finally using a specific setup of axe swings to allow him to use a "Bullet Time Bounce" note ] on the Bokoblin below at just the right angle to send him flying towards Hyrule Castle at high speeds.
    • "Something About Super Metroid" is a self-indulgent showcase of the many techniques and glitches that break the original Metroidvania over their knee — up until the Ridley fight. Unlike the other bosses in the game, Ridley does not have an Easy Level Trick and always has to be fought as intended in speedruns. The result in the video is a fast-paced slugfest between Samus and Ridley that actually looks fair, contrasting the usual treatment bosses get in this series.
    • "Something About Super Mario All-Stars" has Mario perform the Flagpole Glitch in 1-1, and use the pipe clip to access the 1-2 warp zone, bouncing off the right wall before entering the pipe to avoid entering the Minus World. Then, in the Super Mario Bros. 3 part of the video, he does the steps needed to trigger the 7-1 Wrong Warp and immediately appear at the credits.
  • Something Completely Different: Halloween Special "Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer" is almost completely devoid of the series' standard humor, opting for a much more atmospheric Survival Horror feel (until The Stinger).
  • Special Guest:
    • In "Star Fox 64", Sr. Pelo provides some extra voice clips for Andross.
    • Spoofed in "Monster Hunter World Part 4" (the April Fools' 2019 video) where the ending credits claim the characters were voiced by Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, and Jack Black.
    • "Mega Man X" has Zero voiced by Lucas Gilbertson... as in, the actual voice of Zero in several of the official games.
  • Stealth Sequel: In "Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY", a second episode of Something Versus starts between Speedrunner Mario and Super Chili Dogs (AKA Super Sonic) as a part of the episode's plot.
  • The Stinger: Every episode has a short extra scene after the credits. For example:
    • "Castlevania" has Death make another punny joke for Dracula to laugh at while they're both literal talking heads.
    • "Monster Hunter World PART 4" has a Behemoth appear and use an attack called...Cataclysmic BIRD UP.
    • "Sonic the Hedgehog" has Super Sanic speeding by Pop Star, causing Kirbo to alert Luigi.
    • "Donkey Kong Country" has King K. Rool try to enact the fakeout ending from the original game; keyword being try, as Donkey Kong finishes him off for real, throws him into the ocean, and drives the Gangplank Galleon around at ludicrous speeds with Diddy Kong while wearing K. Rool's crown.
    • "Kirby's Adventure" has Kirbo return home, with Marx rolling into the scene to tie into "Something About Kirby Super Star".
    • "Super Mario World" has Luigi step in to protect Princess Peach from the speed demon-possessed Mario.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Kirbo slapping the top of Mr. Shine several times is enough to reduce him to a skeleton.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: For the sake of comedy, the series loves to make many things explode in every episode with a realistic-looking pixilated explosion effect. It doesn't matter if it's for enemies, bosses, backgrounds, or even the main characters— they explode just because it's funny.
  • Stylistic Suck: The series uses sketch-like drawings and similar effects throughout all of its episodes. Some of the voices are made by a voice-generating computer program, the same sound effects are frequently used, characters frequently go Off-Model for no reason, and there's a lot of Big Lipped Alligator Moments and Non Sequiturs. However, it's all intentionally done this way for the sake of being funny.invoked
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Marx tends to end most of his sentences by revealing his true colors. His first scene has him start with a cutesy voice before the last word of his sentence becomes much louder and he gains a Nightmare Face to go along with the distorted pitch of his screaming.
    Marx: Hahahahahahaha! FOOLS! While you were sucking everything up like a fat boy at a Golden Corral, I gathered all the Star Power in the universe and became G O D!!!
  • Surprise Creepy:
    • The thumbnail for "There's Something About Pac-Man" (formerly "There's Something About The Photon Aerospace Control Engineer") makes it look like a straightforward rendition of the game, but the video itself is a Dark Parody of Pac-Man in the style of Dead Space.
    • Used comedically when Marx is talking to Kirby in Something about Kirby Super Star.
    Marx: "Kirby, ya gotta do S O M E T H I N G!"
  • Synthetic Voice Actor:
    • Whenever Yoshi has to speak, he's rendered using text-to-speech.
    • Used in "Something About The Typing of the Dead" to simulate the original game's crude voice acting. Every character except for the overweight fedora-wearing man and the meme version of The Emperor uses it.
    • The narrator in "Something About Super Metroid" is also voiced by text-to-speech.
    • Link, Zelda and the Kokiri in "Ocarina of Time" are all voiced by TTS from AcapelaBox.
  • Take That!:
    • Among the trash in the dumpster Yoshi is eating from in "Something About Yoshi's Island" is a Wii U.
    • In "Something About Super Smash Bros", Link vomits upon seeing The Subspace Emissary, though "Something About Smash Bros World of Light" has him admit he now misses it.
    • Amongst the corpses in the Rotten Vale from "Something About Monster Hunter World Part 3", an Applebee's can be seen.
    • When Link enters the third shrine in "Something About Zelda Breath of the Wild", there's a zoom-in on a caption saying "Reaction vids are lazy and bad."
    • "Something About COPPA" is a massive one towards COPPA's policies related to YouTube and how it has created more harm than benefit, which it gleefully demonstrates by turning the normally colorful world of Dreamland and its inhabitants into a dull world by draining the background color and turning Kirbo into a black square, while having a conversation with a rectangle discussing uninteresting topics.
    • In "Something About MHW Iceborn ANIMATED", Shara Ishvalda was causing havoc by rapping to Xavy Rusan's "Ga$ Money."
    • In "Something About Sonic the Hedgehog", one of Eggman's attempts to stop Sonic was to drown him in Totino's Pizza Rolls. While this may seem random for some, more avid Sonic fans would recognize this as a subtle jab at the disastrous Sonic 25th Anniversary stream that just so happened to have Totino's as a sponsor.
    • In "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror", the mirror Dark Meta Knight throws the real Meta Knight into is labelled "Florida".
    • Also in "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" the Kir Bros are attacked by Baby Shark, and later kill it.
  • Take That, Audience!: In "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror", Dark Mind holds before Kirbo and his buddies one particular Youtube comment that complained about the Running Gag about Kirbo being a devout Christian. Kirbo begins reciting Psalms 59, to which Jesus Christ shows up to Deus ex Machina Dark Mind into oblivion.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "Something About Kirby's Adventure" has Kirbo use a pistol, a bazooka, and a nuke to defeat the Meta Knights. Then he uses all of the same weapons just to take out Meta Knight in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Threatening Shark: In "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror", Baby Shark attacks the Kir Bros in Olive Ocean.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: In-Universe. Peach in "World of Light" pleads for Mario and Yoshi to rescue her because she's top-tier now. The two pause, then go on without her.
  • Toilet Humor: Used very frequently, to say the least. Baby Mario's diaper bursting into a constant stream of brown in Something About Yoshi's Island, a Toad having soiled pants in Something About Super Mario All-Stars, Kirby pooting out his Warp Star every single time he uses it, and a bank called Wells Fartgo.
  • Tone Shift: In contrast to the Adaptational Wimp treatment of other bosses in the short and the series in general, Samus' fight with Ridley in "Something About Super Metroid" is played completely straight, with a long buildup, fast and intense action, and an absence of jokes until Ridley's death. Ridley's status as Metroid's recurringly-awesome boss fight may attribute to this.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Kirbo, depicted in the series as an unstoppable death god, will eat anything he feels like eating, but "Something About Kirby & the Amazing Mirror" establishes that Dark Meta Knight is just too evil for him to digest; cooking him up into a curry medley results in the Kir Bros immediately developing stomach problems. Kiibo in particular gets a bad case of the runs.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The purpose of the Something Versus side series, featuring 1 v 1s between characters of the series. While there is only one official episode, a second episode between Speedrunner Mario and Super Chili Dogs (AKA Super Sonic) was shown in "Smash Bros THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY".
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • Mario sacrifices himself to defeat Dharkon in "Something About World of Light". He returns just fine in "Something About Super Mario World".
      Luigi: So Mario, how did you come back after defeating Dharkon?
      Mario: [In Pannenkoek2012's voice]: To answer that, we need to talk about parallel universes.
    • A door in Bowser's Castle crushes Mario, taking away his power-ups and turning him into small Mario. In the next scene he's suddenly Cape Mario again.
    • The flames on Boshi after crashing into a wall earlier in "World of Light" disappear the next time he appears on-screen.
    • "Yoshi's Island" ends with a gag strongly implying that Baby Bowser was flat-out killed from being thrown out of his own castle; by "Yoshi's Story", he's shown to still be alive and well for no reason. Even then, he gets Dragged Off to Hell at the end of that, but somehow manages to come back in time for his adult appearances throughout the series, where he dies again during "World of Light" and again comes back fine and well for "Super Mario World" (which is established as taking place after "World of Light").
    • Meta Knight is not only impaled clean through the face and out the back by Dark Meta Knight in "Something About Kirby & The Amazing Mirror", but is also thrown into a mirror leading to Florida. Somehow, he survived this to give Kirby his sword for the final battle.
  • Time Machine: Luigi assembles one in The Stinger to "Amazing Mirror", and he and Kirbo use it in "Super Mario All-Stars" to travel back to Super Mario Bros. 3 in an attempt to stop the Speed Demon early.
  • Unreadably Fast Text: Used in a lot of episodes as a Freeze-Frame Bonus. The most egregious example is when Kaepora Gaebora begins speaking to Link in "Ocarina of Time PART 1" and the latter utilizes Button Mashing to get through the former's lengthy diatribe. If you slow the video down, you'll see that there is a shit-ton of said text; most of it isn't even about any part of Link's adventure! This leads to Link smashing the owl's face in with the Fairy Ocarina.
  • Villains Want Mercy: In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", Nightmare pleads for Kirbo to go away after escaping to the moon.
    Nightmare: [looks behind to see Kirbo flying towards him] Oh no. Leave me alone! I'll give you anything! You want a planet? I'll give you a planet! Heck, I'll give you your own Solar System! No, I'll give you a house, in Boca Raton! Just please, SPARE ME-!
  • Waiting Skeleton: During what is supposed to be the "Sheikah Slate upgrade" cutscene from Breath of the Wild, Link waits so long he turns into a skeleton, with his jawbone dropping off at the end of the gag to represent how needlessly long and annoying the cutscene is to some players.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Played for laughs in "Something About Super Mario 64". Mario uses glitches to skip to each Bowser fight without collecting a single star, and Bowser tells him that he's "ruining everything" when he reaches him the second time.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: Inverted in "Something About Kirby Super Star" where Sailor Waddle Dee screams so hard, he rips open a mouth.
  • You Fool!: The Yoshis collectively have this reaction in "Something About Yoshi's Story" when Baby Bowser smashes the Super Happy Tree and winds up unleashing the unholy hordes of Hell upon the world. Fortunately, they stop when they drag baby Bowser down with them.


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