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Brandon Rogers is an American YouTuber, voice actor, and writer. His channel produces sketch videos that often combine elements of Black Comedy, tight plots with twist endings, and a surprisingly dark imagination. His videos often feature surrealist visuals (usually achieved through color contrasting, jumpy editing and the occasional deliberate Special Effects Failure) as well as characters who happen to be awful, horrible people but are mocked for this and have surprisingly solid personalities.

Clips of Brandon's videos became rather popular on Vine, with people often discovering his content after seeing them there.

He is also the co-writer of the Web Animated series Helluva Boss and the voice of the main character Blitzonote . He also provides the voice of Katie Killjoy in Hazbin Hotel.

Main-video and general tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Lord and Lady Mingeworthy are not good parents to their adopted sons.
  • A-Cup Angst: Helen the hall monitor claims that her husband left her because of her bust size.
  • Affably Evil: Noah the Ghost and Annabelle the Doll in DON'T GO TO CHURCH AT 3AM are legitimately vile and vicious specters who nonetheless don't hurt anyone while hustling with Pastor Knees to drum up donations for his church (and their collective pockets), even the bloggers who are out to unwittingly ruin their scam.
  • Affectionate Parody: His Auntie Fee videos, although the creator herself didn't approve.
  • All for Nothing: In the climax of "Normal Western Movie", it's revealed that Vivian and Lucious were in Grimehollow the whole time: they were going in circles and each mapmaker they found and killed was the same one, just brought back differently.
  • All Gays are Promiscuous: In "Things All Gays Say," Dorian Ditsen makes numerous references to promiscuous behavior.
    "Looks like another day of sucking cocks!"
  • All Just a Dream:
    • Grandpa's day at Disneyland is just a kid pretending to be him.
    • Mom is actually a drug addict.
    • "A Day At The Park" is just Mom's son Timmy playing with paper dolls.
    • In "WHY CLOWNS GET STRESSED", Blah Blah The Clown is a mental hospital patient who thinks he's a clown and that his doctors are puppets. Dumb Bitch Linda's "candy" is actually the medication he's forced to take.
  • America Is Still a Colony: Among the time-traveling shenanigans in "A Day at the Beach", Lord and Lady Mingeworthy travel to the nineteenth century and take the opportunity to change the country "for the better". Result: the USA has become the United States of Britain in the present day. The series "Blame The Hero" shows the fallout of this.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • During Grandpa Hates Christmas, Grandpa is knocked unconscious and trapped in a dream while he gets raped by his doctor.
    • The ending of "Normal Western Movie" reveals that Lucious and Vivian are already in Grimehollow, the town where no one ever dies, and that those who try to die just come back as someone else (the mapmaker in each town was the same one in Grimehollow, just brought back a little different). Also, they learn that anyone who tries to leave will somehow find their way back, and suicide is obviously not an option.
    • Cockwaffle was crippled by his adoptive parents and can only speak through a voice machine that they accidentally programmed to only utter foul language.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: The Japanese Girlfriend speaks this way. But it's really all an act.
  • ASMR Video: Sam makes one in "RELAXING ASMR VIDEO With Sam."
  • Awful British Sex Comedy: The British couple, Lord and Lady Mingeworthy, are shown having sex multiple times throughout their videos, most notably shown calling their orgasm in "Halloween Therapy."
  • Bad Boss: Averted with Regina Brothenstankle, but played straight with the CEO.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Lucious and Vivian are seeking immortality by traveling to the fabled undying town of Grimehollow in "Normal Western Movie". They end up finding out that not only can no one ever die in Grimehollow, no one can ever leave either. The sketch ends with Vivian and Lucious seemingly condemned to spend eternity trapped in Grimehollow. They got what they wanted, but not in the way that they wanted it.
  • Black Comedy: Pretty much every single one of Brandon's videos features it in some capacity, particularly his current works.
  • Blind Mistake: Essentially describes Jürgen's entire life.
  • Brick Joke:
    • At the end of "The CEO", the titular character asks to arrange a company picnic. The picnic is why the Angry Office appears in "A Day At The Park".
    • Anisol's side effect of blood farts.
    • The "let it absorb" gag.
    • In "Grandpa HATES Valentines", Grandpa remarks that the Walmart logo resembles an asshole. In "A Day At The Park", what does the Anisol logo resemble? The Walmart logo.
  • British Teeth: Lord Mingeworthy wears these, and they fall out during the end of "Normal British People".
  • The Bus Came Back: The 'Mad Tea Party' characters make a return in Grandpa HATES Christmas as Grandpa's "spooky-ass demons".
  • Camp Gay:
    • Dorian Ditsen in "Angry Office". "Things All Gays Say" shows he's so unabashedly flamboyant that he lives in a house where everything is pink.
    • Jaime has shades of this, and causes greater confusion when he colloquially calls Donna "girlfriend".
  • Camp Straight: Sam behaves very effeminately and camp, but keeps insisting he's straight, harbors homophobic opinions, and has never been seen with a boyfriend. Very few people buy it, however.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm a mom making a difference!"
  • Cats Are Mean: Clifton the cat is based around this trope, repeatedly screwing with his owner and saying "fuck you, daddy!"
  • Child Hater: Elmer always mentions how much he hates kids when he makes an appearance.
    "Thank you for bringing your fucking kids."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: While the world is plausible, pretty much everyone shown is insane, odd, or intolerant in some way or another.
  • Connected All Along: "A Day at the Park" puts the connection between pretty much all of Brandon's characters: The "Angry Office" characters actually work — and are the top performing branch — of the company owned by the CEO, Bryce Tankthrust. Among these characters, Vishalam knows the Japanese Girlfriend, and the latter knows about her fake nationality and Dorian Ditsen is the brother to one of Jurgen's employees. Another one of Jurgen's employees is the Japanese Girlfriend's boyfriend. The Mom is confirmed to be The Grandpa's daughter, as well as Donna and Sam's neighbor, while Grandpa and Donna are revealed to have dated a long time ago. The Mom's son is then revealed to be studying in the school Helen works as hall monitor.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Parodied with the CEO. Then later played for supernatural horror and drama as her character is uncovered.
  • Creepy Monotone: Elmer doesn't really have any expression in his voice. This gains considerable significance in the Stuff and Sam series.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Auntie Fee does this with a stick of butter, cutting a small piece off the end and putting the rest of the stick in the pan.
  • Deliberate VHS Quality: "Christmas is HELL" looks like it was filmed with a VHS camcorder, with the picture looking grainy and full of tracking lines (which are used to obscure the special effects) and the sound muffled. The digital white letters at the start show the video is set in 1994, which justifies it.
  • Demonic Dummy: Appears as an in-universe prank in "Angry Office Christmas Party" and as a haunted object in "Halloween Therapy".
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: The host in "Magic Funhouse!" who is clearly fed-up and has no enjoyment in his show.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Karen beats up Alex Rimmer after having had enough of being insulted by him and her classmates. A montage of Karen being abused plays before she punches Alex out.
    • When Alex and his students lock themselves out of their car in the projects (and don't bother to wheel Karen out of the car), Karen doesn't bother to open the doors, flipping them off instead.
    • In the final episode of "Stuff & Sam", the original cloned Elmer, using the book that controls all of the characters, resurrects Bryce and snaps her legs in retaliation for having crippled him long ago.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • A lot of his earlier videos, particularly his "Theater Class" series, are much more conventionally shot and focused on deadpan humour, and generally lack the frenetic pace and surrealistic visuals of his more current work.
    • The ending to "A Day With Mom" implies that Cathy isn't a mom at all and is just a drug-addicted homeless woman who thinks she's a mom. All subsequent videos featuring her seem to retcon this, as they depict her as genuinely being a mom and having a house. However, her family's still as dysfunctional as ever.
  • Embarrassing Ad Gig: Subverted in the video "A Day at the Park", where Donna is revealed to have starred in a hemorrhoid ointment commercial. Apparently, she's not at all ashamed about it and indeed, seems to be proud of it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When supervillain Bobby Worst plans to go to a Starbucks and decide what he wants to get at the cashier, he draws the line at sending it back for almond milk.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Grandpa, Mom, the American Boyfriend, and the Japanese Girlfriend, despite the former two's names being revealed in "A Day at the Park".
  • The Faceless: Donovan from "The CEO", Ignacio from "No Parents" and Uncle Frank from "Christmas is Hell", who serve as POV characters in their respective videos. With Ignacio, this trait is enforced by his wearing a mask in his only on-camera appearance.
    • Later Averted for Donovan, who makes an appearance in Madam Ex-President.
  • Fake Nationality: In-Universe example. Vishalam turns out to be American, when the Japanese Girlfriend bribes her for money, threatening to disqualify her from the minority program. Then, the Girlfriend also turns out to be, breaking character when muttering under her breath.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Jaime in almost every episode of "Theater Class".
    • Brandon himself has provided this when his characters have appeared in states of undress. It's less related to Brandon's appearance than the characters he's playing and their contexts when undressed.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "A Day With Mom", the cup of coffee she drinks from has a syringe on it. It's later revealed that she's a drug addict, who thinks her drugs are a "cup of coffee".
    • In "Normal Western Movie", the town mapmaker in each 'town' that Lucious and Vivian travel to being played by the same actor foreshadows the reveal that it was the same mapmaker every time: Vivian and Lucious were in Grimehollow from the beginning and came back to it every time they tried to go to a new town. Every time they shot the mapmaker they found for failing to get them the map they wanted, he 'came back a little different each time' as he says shortly before the video's end.
    • Some of the dialogue in the "Christmas is Hell" hints at The Reveal:
      • The old woman saying "Welcome to hell. It's not as hot as you thought it'd be ah?". She repeats the same lines when it's revealed they indeed are in here and she's the devil.
      • The family many times threaten to kill each other. Then it's revealed one of them really did it.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Ditsen brothers. Damien is the responsible (realistic and level-headed), and Dorian is the foolish (antagonistic and takes little responsibility for his work).
  • Gag Censor: The Cheshire Cat's breasts are censored first by mushrooms, then by a "DRINK ME" bottle, then by Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  • Gainax Ending: Almost every single episode.
  • G-Rated Drug: Candy for Grandpa. Justified, though, since the whole video was really a kid pretending to be Grandpa.
  • The Grinch: Vishalam from the Angry Office makes no secret of her hate for Christmas when her colleagues are trying to set up an office party, which she tries to sabotage by throwing the decorations in the trash (in vain as Dorian just puts them back).
    Vishalam: fuck YOU ALL IN YOUR HOLIDAY HOLE!
  • Hope Spot: In "A Day at the Beach", present-day Cockwaffle travels back in time to the day that his adoptive parents crippled him. He manages to warn his past self not to climb up the stairs as requested by the Mingeworthies. His past-self thanks him for saving himself, only to be shot in the legs by Lord Mingeworthy, rendering him a cripple again.
  • Hypocrite: Dorian Ditsen is heterophobic, behaving in the same way homophobes do, trying to get Damian "fixed" at a camp to make him gay.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Nearly all the characters wear hideous and outlandish costumes and make-up, but special mention goes to the Mingeworthies and Bobby Worst.
  • Instant Costume Change: Mom when she finds out she's late for their time at the park.
  • Ironic Echo: "Every decision we've made has lead to this moment" in "Radioactive Love Story", quoted by Bryce at the start and Bobby at the end as the two lay dying.
  • Jerkass: In almost every video. With Helen, it's somewhat justified by the kids being little monsters to her. In "Stuff & Sam", Brandon, as the creator behind the show itself, and all of his other videos admitted that he intentionally writes his characters this way.
  • Jump Scare: One of the burglars in "No Parents".
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • In "Theater Class", when the class leave a paraplegic Karen stuck in the car while they go out to eat, she refuses to open the door and only lets them in when they hear gunshots nearby.
    • The Stinger of "Stuff & Sam" has the first Elmer clone, whose kneecaps were broken by Bryce Tankthrust, resurrect her and proceed to torture her in the same manner.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "A Day at the Park", Dorian Ditsen says people have been talking about Damian, likely a reference to fan chatter after noticing his last name.
  • Left It In: "Sam's Not Having It!" includes a montage of Sam's Amusing Injuries, with Sam requesting to cut out the clip each time.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of the characters have an Iconic Outfit that they are always seen wearing.
  • Literal-Minded: Daniel's mother, who refuses to call him his preferred name, Echo Noir.
    Barbara: Dammit, Daniel-
    Daniel: ECHO!
    Barbara: Dammit, Daniel, Daniel, Daniel...
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In the video "WHY CLOWNS GET STRESSED," Blah Blah the clown is actually a patient in a mental hospital, the puppets he lives with are actually the doctors monitoring him, and the "candy" that Dumb bench Linda gives him causes him to believe he's a clown hosting a children's show about how "we can be anyone we want to be."
  • Mama Bear: While she's incredibly neurotic, Mom does seem to care about Timmy. Her baby...not so much.
  • Manipulative Editing: Used with some Donald Trump speeches to make them work with the Inside Out concept.
  • Manchild: In Brandon's own words in his video "A Message to my 10 Year-Old Self".
    Brandon: I'm twenty four now, and still not a grown-up.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sam is very camp and sensitive, while his roommate Donna swears like a sailor and has a brash personality.
  • Masochism Tango: The entire workplace in "Angry Office" hates each other, but Dorian at least regards working there rather fondly.
  • Megaphone Gag: In one video, he approaches a man preaching through a megaphone. He asks if he can use the megaphone and the man lets him with the caveat that he say something "only about Jesus Christ and not the homos". Brandon agrees only to say "Worship Satan" while the man tries to grab the microphone away.
  • Mind Screw: "A Day with Mom" and "Grandpa HATES Disneyland" both end with the implication that the whole videos were All Just a Dream due to highs, but it's not clear. Rogers stated that they deal with the effects of highs and addiction.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most characters played by Georgina Leahy, such as the prosperous prostitute Vivian Delongprix, Lady Mingeworthy who's always in a bathing suit, and porn actress Rock Bottom.
  • Mockumentary: A lot of videos are presented as this.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Played with. While all of Brandon's characters are horrible people in one way or another, the degree and rationale behind their behavior varies. There are characters whose negative actions stem more from naiveté rather than malice (Sam, Jürgen, Lord Mingeworthy, Alex Rimmer), ones who act out of irritability (Helen, Grandpa, Donna, Elmer, Mom), and those who are just appalling with no justification (Everyone from the "Angry Office" insurance company, CEO, Japanese Girlfriend).
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Elmer is the generic worker character who fills the spot whenever an employee is needed at a location. This later becomes totally subverted. Let's just say that it's not the same Elmer.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Mason in "Theater Class" is the straight man of the group, and has a close bond with the incompetent and bizarre Mr. Rimmer.
    • Downplayed with Sam. Despite being one of the few characters with a clear moral compass, he still has his own hateful opinions within that, which, while portrayed as stupid, don't serve to make him look like a negative character.
  • No Name Given: The daughter from the Nuclear Family. Subverted with Grandpa and Mom whose names were revealed by Donna (Cathy and George, respectively) in the "A Day at the Park" video. Downplayed with the CEO whose name, Bryce Tankthrust, was revealed in the end.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. There are two Donnas, Donna Wright from "Theater Class" and Donna Phitts, Sam's housemate.
  • Parental Incest: Brandon's parody version of Auntie Fee constantly threatens her son-and-cameraman Tavis with various sexual acts when she's displeased with him.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Played for Laughs in "Beauty is Blind" when Jurgen trips and is "in so much pain, he lost his accent".
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The theme of intolerance extends to even his most sympathetic characters, although it's clear these elements are intended to be flaws.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Downplayed, but several of the characters are intolerant and offensive, which is the whole joke.
  • Pun: The Nuclear Family, which is indeed a family of four with one girl and one boy, but it's also a family of test mannequins eating their last meal before a nuclear detonation.
  • Punny Name: Jimmy Rustler at the Angry Office, who references the obligatory "rustles my jimmies" lines a couple of times in his appearances.
  • Purgatory and Limbo: Grimehollow, the 'town where no one ever dies' that Vivian and Lucious are searching for in "Normal Western Movie", could be interpreted as a version of this. No one ever dies in Grimehollow, but this immortality comes at a terrible cost, as no one can ever leave either, and anyone who tries to will simply 'find their way back' in the words of the mapmaker. The ending thus implies that Vivian and Lucious, along with the mapmaker, are dead souls in purgatory who are awaiting judgement at the hands of a higher power. When they die, they come back as somebody else since death still comes at a price, but they can't leave or change their situation in any way.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The sketches are only 3-5 minutes long, but they have enough jokes to fill a 20-minute film.
  • Recycled with a Gimmick: M3gan took Annabelle's parking spot is basically Karen vs. Cathy (NOT FOR KIDS) but with a leaner cast and an arguable "winner" over who gets the parking space.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Boy, howdy!
  • Ridiculous Counter-Request: In "Helen the Hall Monitor," the self-professed Hope Crusher Helen says the following to a student sharing what they want to be when they grow up:
    "You wanna become what? A doctor? I wanted to become a ballerina, and you know what I became? HIV positive."
  • Rule of Funny: Is there any other reason for Marisol to have such tiny hands?
  • Running Gag:
    • Grandpa and pharmacists.
    • "Boy, pull up your goddamn pants!"
    • Grandpa refusing to buy Timmy some candy, and the candy being thrown at him.
    • "I don't want this anymore." *shoves item onto nearby shelf, creating a mess*
    • The "flashlight" in "Grandpa HATES Halloween!"
    • "More asiago!" and "I'm a mom making a difference!"
    • The Flowers providing a Jump Scare, "Take your chair with you!" and the Jabberwock's one-liner endings in the "Mad Tea Party" videos.
    • Sam and "orbs".
    • Helen's shorts being pulled off.
    • Craig and his promotion.
    • Things being thrown at characters' heads, often from offscreen.
    • "I don't think this is the bathroom!"
  • Self-Made Orphan: If the drawings we see at the very start of the "No Parents!" video are to be believed, then this is the reason behind the aforementioned parents' convenient disappearance.
  • Sequel Episode: "A Day at the Beach" is one to "A Day at the Park".
  • Shout-Out: Dr. Dini's show takes some key cues from Supernanny.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Pretty much all the characters played by Brandon Rogers (with maybe the exception of Sam) are foul-mouthed and swear more than they breathe.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: The CEO mentions doing this in "A Day in the Park".
  • Social Media Before Reason: When the world is about to end in episode 6 of ''Blame the Hero", some people are shown regretting how few followers they have or urging more people to subscribe while there's still time.
  • Take That!:
    • If you take his work as satire, a lot of his characters could be this toward dishonest people who aren't treating their position correctly.
    • While his works are more for shock value than to preach, by virtue of how generally awful all of the characters he creates are, it can be assumed that the various kinds of hate (sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, and the like) are being mocked since they are consistently given as traits of these obviously-not-admirable people.
    • Bryce Tankhurst is portrayed as a Trump stand-in and even incited the 2021 Capitol Riot in-universe.
  • Terrible Trio: Bobby Worst and his "shirtty servants", Suck and Swallow.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Jürgen goes camping in the park to work on his creative concentration, which leads him to saying...
    Jürgen: Hurry up with my concentration camp!
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted in "Halloween Therapy" where Marisol de la Gorgonzola is introduced as a therapist to many of the characters from previous shorts. However, she is just as screwed-up as the people she's treating.
  • The 'Verse: All of the videos have connections.
    • Brandon's babysitter in the How-to's is Linda from Theater Class.
    • One of Mom's kids is named Samantha. One of the kids Grandpa looks after, the oldest, is implied to be the same Samantha, and Grandpa's watching her because of Mom's addiction. Further down the line, in "No Parents!", one of the kids mentions getting an erection from thinking about Samantha.
    • Another one of Mom's kids is Timmy, who is also the kid who confesses being gay to Helen at school.
    • The CEO is in charge of the Angry Office, because Janet, the pregnant employee is the same one whose baby shower Dorian refuses to attend. Dorian's assistant, Diesel, is also seen on the files.
    • This is acknowledged by Brandon on "The Nuclear Family", stating that they don't tie into the universe because they're not a real family, just test mannequins at a nuclear detonation test site.
    • Donna, Sam's housemate, is also one of Mom's neighbors.
    • The gay people Sam interrupts are the interns from the second "Angry Office" video.
    • A relative of Dorian, Damian Ditsen, works at Jürgen's factory in "Fashion is Blind". "A Day at the Park" reveals that they are brothers. The American Boyfriend also works there.
    • The subtlety is blown out the window by "A Day at the Park". Grandpa is indeed Mom's father, Mom is Donna (and Sam)'s neighbor, Donna herself may have been in a relationship with Grandpa, and the CEO runs the Angry Office. Jurgen, Elmer, Helen, the Japanese Girlfriend, and Mr. Rimmer also make appearances.
    • Halloween Therapy also shows that characters from "No Parents" and "Normal British People" are in the same universe.
    • "A Day at the Beach" adds the Astrological Lesbians, reveals that Cockwaddle is Jürgen's long-lost son, and reveals that Blame the gangster is actually Sebastian from the year 2033.
    • "Stuff and Sam" is hosted by the same TV station that "Magic Funhouse" was.
    • Blame the Hero reveals that Bobby Worst triggered the bomb that destroyed the Nuclear Family, was Bryce Tankthrust's old childhood friend, and that Blame/Sebastian went back to the 1940s and lost his memories after being shot in the head, was nursed back to health by a young Donna, and later became the grandpa.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Jurgen acts this way in "A Day at the Park".
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Ignacio and Sebastian from "No Parents!" are able to kill two masked strangers and try to kill each other in "Halloween Therapy".
  • Twist Ending: See All Just a Dream above for most of them.
    • Ball Brownstein, Helen's brother and the swim coach, is actually Helen in drag to ensure that there's more "competent" supervision of the students.
    • "Christmas Is Hell"- It's not just a figure of speech. The narrator is stuck in Hell, reliving the events of the Christmas where he and his family died, with the strange old woman nobody knows being Satan overseeing his torment.
    • "Normal Western Movie"- After threatening the mapmaker of what they think is the last town in the west and demanding to know where Grimehollow is, Vivian and Lucious learn from him that they are already in it and have been since the start of the video, since every new town they came to was Grimehollow and every mapmaker they met was the same one brought back in a different body.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Used in "Grandpa Hates Christmas" to show an unconscious Grandpa in Wonderland while he's really being raped by a doctor...who turns out to be the Hatter.
  • Uncanny Valley: Bryce Tankthrust, the CEO. At first her stilted behavior and speech are comedic, but they turn horrific when we learn that she's turned herself into a Humanoid Abomination by replacing her heart with cloned donors' for immortality. She also states that it allows her to feel compassion and behave like a normally functioning person, but it has been established, originally for comedy, that it doesn't work.
  • Vague Age: Ignacio and Sebastian constantly claim they're "like [age between 1 and 10] or something", with their estimated number always changing.
  • Wham Episode: "A Day At The Beach" reveals quite a bit of picture changing stuff: The Thug is Sebastian's future self, Jürgen has a son and it's the son of the British parents, who were the ones to cripple him in the first place. Also, the British Parents were sent to the past and strengthened British control over America.
  • Wham Line: Elmer's "Three...two..." countdown to the nuclear strike, revealing that he was Evil All Along.
  • Wham Shot: Both from "Blame the Hero":
    • After seemingly killing Blame, Elmer is about to escape when he vomits blood over the time machine. As he keels over dying, he notices that it's Duke's poisoned knife.
    • The final shot of Grandpa's arm tattoo, revealing that he is an elderly Blame spared by Donna.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?invoked: Invoked and Played for Laughs with "Quiet Time With Blah Blah the Clown". Supposedly it's geared towards preschoolers, yet all the characters curse and behave crassly, and the title character himself looks and sounds like something out of a horror movie. The ending does make sense out of it in that it's actually a reality dreamt up by a clinically insane patient.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Grandpa has a vague accent, and is apparently an immigrant, but it's not stated where exactly he's from.
  • Your Head Asplode: Dr. Dillon gets a grenade shoved in his mouth, which blows his head off when it detonates. Fortunately, he gets a new head (one from an Elmer who had been murdered.)

Tropes specific to the Stuff & Sam series:

  • The Atoner: In episode 19 of Stuff & Sam, Sam set out to atone for all the people he screwed over in his quest to adopt a baby. Subverted in the following episode when Donna encourages him to stop being an Extreme Doormat and take his money back.
  • Big Bad: Bryce Tankthrust, the CEO plays this role in the series.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Donna, when she stabs Bryce Tankthrust just as she was about to shoot Sam.
  • Creator's Favorite: Brandon (as himself) admitted this In-Universe that Sam was his favorite "character" before succumbing to his gunshot wound.
  • Creepy Uncle: Sam has one, as shown in the Halloween special.
  • The Determinator: Sam would face down the CEO holding a gun at him to adopt a baby.
  • Deadline News: In the Halloween episode, the news reporter (played by Rogers) impassively reports a zombie apocalypse before getting brutally murdered by a zombie. (This is undone as the whole event turned out to be dreamed up by Sam.)
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Sam kills Brandon Rogers himself.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Sam's show in the first few episodes was a sort of talk show with some variety show sprinkled in it. By about episode 5, the show seems to fully shift into some sort of reality show.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Bryce Tankthrust actually does get punished by death, but when the first clone she made of Elmer gets the universe-controlling book, he decides death wasn't enough and resurrects her so he can torture her for her monstrous actions.
  • Foreshadowing: In her titular debut video, the CEO states that she had her heart surgically removed, which sounds ridiculous and hyperbolic per Brandon's usual comedy. Furthermore, in her video on adoption shown to Sam, she is labeled as "so rich [she is] no longer human". The series reveals to horrifying effect that she was being completely serious and has become a sort of Humanoid Abomination.
  • Flashback-Montage Realization: Sam has one when Dr. Dini calls him a good father on her reality show (due to him fostering Blame for a while). He realizes that it counts as a public figure endorsing him, as Helen previously explained he needed if he wanted to adopt a baby like he dreamed of.
  • Freudian Slip: After plastic surgery turns Sam into an African-Asian woman, Sam joyously declares that he's "finally straight-" and immediately pretends that he hadn't.
  • "Home Alone" Antics: In episode 7, Sam, Donna, Sebastian and Ignacio conspire to kick Sebastian's parents out of their house by setting up a series of booby traps. Sam's plan is simply to make the parents so annoyed that they'll leave. The predictable happens at the end as a news broadcast (which even refers to the traps as Home Alone Traps) reveals that the parents became critically injured from the traps.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: When Sebastian identifies Sam and Donna as "two old ladies", Sam takes offense to being called old.
  • Jerkass Gods: Brandon portrays himself as this during his Creator Cameo where he reveals to Sam that he has been in control of everything that's happened to his characters, including causing a bus full of children to crash into a power plant, killing everyone on board. Afterwards, he planned on getting himself a Starbucks as a "reward" for saving Sam from being hit by the same bus.
    Sam: You murderer, those were innocent children!
    Brandon: Children in my universe, yes, and not all of them were innocent.
    Sam: Well I'd appreciate it if-
    Brandon: Some of them were rapists.
  • Long-Lost Relative: The baby that the CEO uses to clone the Elmers is Donna's long-lost son.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Sam visits Dr. Dillon because he wants to be a minority. He leaves the clinic a black/Asian woman. He eventually gets his original appearance back after another trip to see Dr. Dillon. Later, Dr. Dillon helps him sneak inside the adoption agency by changing his face to match Helen. After some disasters, Dr. Dillon, who's missing his head, instructs Donna through texts in the process of changing Sam back to his original appearance, and gets a new head attached to his body.
  • Manipulative Editing: In one episode, Sam wants to air a PSA against gay people. He interviews a group of people about their stance on gay people, whom they support. The footage is cut word-by-word to express an anti-gay sentiment.
  • Mythology Gag: Adam Neylan (who played Jaime Bolton in "Theater Class"), is shown to have failed to get any meaningful work in acting and is stuck answering phone calls for TV-30, the TV network behind "Stuff & Sam".
  • The Reveal: Episode 15 reveals some messed-up depths to the CEO. Bryce is using her adoption agency as a front for an unnatural operation where she produces clones from a baby to be used as heart donors. The hearts she harvests give her immortality and the ability to have compassion, and the cloned donors are set out to work in her various branches. They are all Elmer, robbed of emotion from their heart removal.
  • Self-Deprecation: The in-universe Brandon Rogers has kept all of what he'd written up until that point in a notebook labeled "shirt".
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: In spite of how much Donna and Sam insult each other, how much they care is just as evident. Arguably one of the best instances of this is when Donna saves Sam's life in episode 17 of .
  • Wham Episode: Episode 18 loses the comedy the series had only just regained when Donna regains her memory and throws Sam out since she has her long-lost son back.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The CEO shoots one of her Elmers after her tells her that the baby whose hearts are harvested for her is gone.

Tropes specific to the Theater Class series:

  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Marlena gives Oliver a few of these when he alludes to the two of them having had sex.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Subverted in Episode 5. Mason and Cici are about to kiss after discussing Cici leaving for L.A., which is interrupted by the sound of Linda peeing in the bushes nearby. She even asks if she's interrupting anything important.
  • Butt-Monkey: Karen is hated by everyone in the class itself and almost never catches a break.
  • Call-Back: In Episode 6, Karen gets left behind when the class leaves for a camping trip. Guess what happens in the final episode of Season 1 when Alex treats his former students to pizza?
  • Cute Bruiser: Donna Wright is an attractive, flirty girl who is the captain of the varsity wrestling team and in her own words, "could fuck somebody up".
  • The Eeyore: Karen is suicidally depressed and admits to crying in her sleep every night. Justified, due to all the abuse she gets from her classmates and teacher.
  • Enemy Mine: Alex and Marlena, who'd spent the past episodes destroying Alex's reputation and managed to get him fired, are forced to collaborate so that they can blackmail Dean Shaft into letting the two of them keep their jobs at Value Village.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Everyone hates Karen, but when Linda says they don't care about her mom being dead, Cici, Mason, and Mr. Rimmer have utterly appalled expressions.
  • Expy: Karen is an expy of Meg Griffin from Family Guy, being the depressed outcast that gets picked on constantly. Episode 12 even has Mr. Rimmer lifting up her shirt to induce vomiting in his students.
  • Four Is Death: In the class's horror movie, Room 4 is haunted.
  • Guyliner: Kaden.
  • Hidden Depths: Linda proves to be smarter than she seems when talking to Dean Shaft, but said depths never come out of hiding afterward
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Mr. Rimmer chides Mason not to "fucking swear in front of a child" in Episode 11.
    • In the second season, married father Oliver turns down Alex's offer to join his class, as leaving his kids would be irresponsible. Right before huffing from a pop can.
  • Missing Mom: Karen's mom is dead for quite some time now, but she brings her ash urn to class several times.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When listing off his classmates as his friends, Alex fails to mention Karen, with a shot of Karen lowering her head sadly.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Many episodes feature Jaime stripping.
  • Not So Above It All: Mr. Rimmer blackmails Dean Shaft into letting him sleep at Dean's house for the night by asking him how he knows that the girl's locker room has a broken lock.
  • The Pollyanna: Linda is always cheerful and excitable, but incredibly naive.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dean Sears admits to being at the point of not caring, due to being on the verge of losing her job, the only thing that is good on her life. She cites this as the reason for hooking up with Alex.
  • Secret Relationship: Becomes a plot point when Karen nearly breaks up with Kaden because he doesn't want to be seen with her. Eventually, he admits to having a relationship with her, much to his classmates' and teacher's disgust.
  • Skewed Priorities: Oliver throws a case of beer at a pregnant Marlena during an argument, hitting the baby. Marlena gets upset at having the cigarette knocked out of her hand.
  • Theme Naming: Karen and Kaden have a one-letter difference between their names, and they become a couple.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Karen does get a few good moments, and one of the new students in the second season even becomes her boyfriend.
  • Time Skip: Two years pass between episodes 13 and 14. Marlena and Oliver are married and live in a trailer, Karen wrote a self-help book for lonely, unattractive people, Cici still works as a waitress, Jaime is a "cop", and Alex and Mason opened an art school.
  • World of Ham: All of Brandon's characters all share a universe (baring a timeline or two) and they are all varying levels of assholish and exaggerated.
  • World of Jerkass: In Sam & Stuff, Brandon Rogers himself flat out says that the world he created is one filled with assholes, Sam (who is prone to criminal and bigoted behavior) being the least assholish.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kaden punches out one of Donna's friends for mistaking Karen for a boy.


Brandon Rogers Roast

In "I Got ROASTED by My Characters! (NOT CLICKBAIT)", all of Brandon Roger's most iconic characters roast the hell out of him.

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