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"The creator of the hack Super Mario Bros. 3Mix, now making cartoon video game animals say things they shouldn't."
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Captain Southbird is a content creator on YouTube, better known as a former video editor for Vinny of Vinesauce fame. On his own channel, Southbird’s specialty is hacking and editing games, using a self-programmed tool called Tomodachi Munger, which was named after and originally designed for Tomodachi Life. He focuses on applying scripts to coding to distort and swap out in-game text; sometimes it’s obfuscated with repeated translations, and other times it’s randomly replaced with bits of YouTube comments, Reddit posts, movie scripts, and snippets from various websites. Comedic moments abound, and so do some coherent stories.

Southbird's major series include:


Southbird’s YouTube channel can be found here, and his Twitter account here. He also has a Twitch account here, which he occasionally uses to stream obfuscated games before cutting them into highlights. Teckworks (the thumbnail artist for most of Southbird’s series, and occasional co-op gaming partner) has a YouTube channel here, though his other pages cannot be linked to due to being Not Safe for Work.

For Southbird's work on Vinesauce-related projects, see the pages for Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, Vinesauce Miitopia, and Mayor Vine. Southbird also made the Super Mario Bros. 3 ROM hack Super Mario Bros. 3Mix and made highlight videos for Vinny's streams of it.

The non-Vinesauce Tomodachi Life videos Southbird made before 2020 are covered on the Vinesauce Tomodachi Life pages, since they're Vinesuace derivatives; Tomodachi Life videos made after "Metadachi Life" are covered on this page instead.

Southbird's videos contain examples of:

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    Beast Intersection (Kaostown; Wolfburg; Birdston; Canislupus) — Tropes A to M 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Southbird is caught off guard when Wendell says he wants to marry Bird in "Rat Races of the Heart".
  • Absolute Cleavage: The thumbnail for "What's up, Doc?" shows Bella wearing her doctor's coat open with nothing under it, referencing how in-game graphics make it look more revealing than it actually is, which Southbird points out in a caption.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Mabel thinks Bird's name is Terry when he visits the Able Sisters' shop in "For Whom the Bella Tolls".
    • Whitney calls Bird "Nook" twice in "Hello Whitney". Southbird comments that she never learned his name.
    • The Stinger for "TMI Day" shows Southbird initially misreading Kapp'n's text from that episode, reading Percy as "Perkin".
    • In "Percy's Bedside Manner", Bob comments on his vision, followed by mistaking Bird for his mom. Southbird comments that Bob's vision isn't quite perfect.
    • Bob mistakes Bird for Nook in "What's up, Doc?" and Southbird comments that he needs glasses.
    • Southbird refers to a purple cat on Main Street in "Santa Bird" as Bob, only for him to turn out to be Toby, an identical-looking cat Southbird thinks could be Bob's brother.
    • In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, Bird receives a letter from Bob asking for help paying for his college tuition, but Bird is mistakenly referred to as Chief.
  • Accidental Pun: In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Chief rants that car alarms have cried wolf too many times to be taken seriously, and adds that nobody cared when his dad's car alarm went off in a parking lot when his dad was locked out of his car. Since Chief is a wolf, Southbird can't help but chuckle at his use of the phrase "cry wolf".
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Lyle lacks the sleaziness he has in the original games and instead mostly acts as Tom Nook's sidekick, occasionally providing Bird with advice when he visits Nook's Homes. Southbird states in the commentary for the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation that Lyle and Tom Nook often blend together and he often forgets who said which lines.
    • Resetti randomly shows up at Bird's house in "Saving Face" to say he has Bird's back, as opposed to how he's known for angry rants in his official depictions. In "Happy Toy Day!", he shows up at Bird's house again and tells Bird to have good luck with his band and that they had a good session, with Southbird not knowing he was even in a band, as well as yelling "Good luck!" when he leaves. He keeps this up in Wolfburg starting in "Freaky Freya", where he starts popping up at Bird's house to talk about his days at work and offers life advice.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In the Birdston season's "Escape from Kaostown" episode, Harvey reappears at KaosTown's campground, but his name is now Ar'vi.
    • In Canislupus, Raymond's name is shortened to Ray.
  • Adapted Out: Tom Nook doesn't appear in Canislupus, because Southbird modified the game to replace him with Kapp'n (who doesn't appear in vanilla New Horizons); Southbird explains this as saying that Nook doesn't think managing the island of Canislupus is worth his time, so he handed it over to Kapp'n. Timmy and Tommy are still around, but they work with Kapp'n instead of their uncle.
  • Addled Addict: In Wolfburg and Birdston, Mabel has an unspecified drug problem, but lacks the mellow nature Erudite Stoner Chief already had in KaosTown, instead saying bizarre things and lashing out at Bird. Sable finds it irritating in the former season, but in the latter she gives in and offers to help Mabel.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • In the KaosTown episodes, Chief generally refers to Bird as "shorty" and calls him "Mr You" when greeting him in "For Whom the Bella Tolls". In the Wolfburg episodes, "shorty" is a Verbal Tic instead of a nickname.
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Southbird wonders if Ankha's mention of "righteous space buns" is referring to a nickname she started using for Percy after the two got engaged.
    • In "Chief and Shorty", a portion focusing on Chief features a reference to Bird as "Bird Guy" in addition to "Shorty".
  • Alliterative Title:
    • The title of "Freaky Freya" uses alliterative phrasing to summarize Freya's unwanted attraction to Bird and her bizarre way of showing it.
    • The title of "Freya's Fangs" refers to how various NPCs discuss Freya's violent behavior and the relationship she had with Bird after he cheated on Bella, with newcomer Chrissy catching onto it within a day of moving to Wolfburg.
  • All Women Are Lustful: All the girl villagers clearly want a piece of Bird, as well as the male villagers and each other. Coco and Labelle are the sole exceptions; the former is either faithful to Chief or just stays away from everyone, while the latter only talks about Bird being with others and not herself.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In-universe, Coco believes that the odd behavior from the villagers is because they're being used as test subjects for drugs and gases.
    • In-universe, Chief comments on Coco's references to the "It's hip to fuck rats" phrase and says that means she isn't as innocent as she seems.
  • Amateur Sleuth:
    • In "Chief and Shorty", Chief makes it his job to rescue Bird from Freya, asking the residents of Birdston for clues on where to find him. After the townsfolk prove to be of little help, he ends up following the railroad tracks out of town.
    • In "He Didn't Last Long", Bird decides to investigate Ray's apparent murder, and Chadder and Audie are named as suspects.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different:
    • "Kaostown" in Birdston features several scenes in the eponymous town (from the first season of the series) from Freya's point of view as she talks to her wolf friends (and Coco, who never moved from KaosTown to Wolfburg or Birdston) about love.
    • In "Chief and Shorty", Chief is featured as the player character in several scenes that have him trying to track Bird down after the latter's previous encounter with Freya.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Wolfburg's name references the continued presence of Chief and Whitney in that town, as well as the prominence of the newly introduced Freya. In "The Doctor Is In", another wolf, Fang, starts moving in.
    • The titular island of the Canislupus season is named after the scientific name for wolves (Canis lupus), not unlike how one of its predecessors, the town of Wolfburg, is named after wolves' English name. Chief is the only wolf to appear in the debut episode, "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", despite Freya being mentioned; more wolves appear in later episodes, including Audie, who's heavily implied to be Freya's sister.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: In-universe, in "Paging Doctor Percy" Marshal talks about how the word "cartoon" is often used to refer to children's animation and that not all animation, whether it's anime or Western animation, fits into that category.
  • Anti-Climax: After all of Freya's stalking Bird leading to him dreading and avoiding her, she eventually switches her attention to Percy (and makes a sex tape with him, too), leaving Bird and her on decent terms... for a short while, as it eventually becomes apparent that Percy's plan didn't work and she's back to her old habits in Birdston.
  • Arc Words: The word "face" shows up multiple times in the later parts of "Saving Face", first foreshadowing Coco's changed appearance and later being said multiple times by Coco herself.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Starting with "For Whom the Bella Tolls", Southbird has started editing the textures in New Leaf in addition to text, from subtler changes like changing Bella's model to make her look more similar to how Teck draws her and giving Chief under-the-influence eyes, to major changes like removing Harvey's eyes and sunglasses and replacing Coco's Gyroid-like face with a more normal-looking one to implement one of Teck's ideas.
    • In the City Folk-based Wolfburg season, Ankha has a smirk on her face instead of always frowning, in contrast to both the KaosTown season and the official games. As in the base game, her forehead lacks the cobra emblem she had in her series debut and regained in New Leaf. In "Truth or 'Dere'" Ankha's model is modified further, changing her eyes and eyelashes to look more like how Teckworks draws them.
    • In Wolfburg, the Able Sisters' shop's exterior gets changed to look run-down, while Nook's Cranny's sign was changed and it's now called Nook's in Your Cranny Adult Novelty Store. In "The Doctor Is In", Southbird comments on the former after seeing dysfunctional behavior from the sisters.
    • Birdston sees the start of model editing for characters, with Bird getting wing-arms and longer legs, Chief wearing a green jacket in addition to his trademark Red Bar Shirt, and many of the villagers being edited to resemble Teck's renditions of them (such as adding a ponytail to the back of Percy's head and giving the female villagers shapely bodies). After Freya moves to Birdston in "Santa Bird", her eyes are shown to have been modified to look more unhinged and sinister, including replacing her facial expression for being overjoyed with having her eyes turn into red hearts.
    • Canislupus doesn't feature models edited to the same extent as the previous season, Birdston, but Bella, Chief, and Coco have had the same edits made to their models as in the latter half of the Kaostown season, Audie's sunglasses have been removed to make her more closely resemble Freya, and Raymond, or Ray as he's known as in this series, has a scar around his left eye due to this series giving him the status of a hardboiled police detective who works on cases involving violent crime.
  • The Artifact:
    • Some of the villagers from Vine's towns, prominently Scoot and Mac, stick around after "Animal Crashing" (the only one to feature Vine's villagers exclusively), even though they mostly stick to the background and eventually move out.
    • Mayor Bird's beak accessory is initially just a reference to Mayor Vine, which the series is initially a derivative of. After Bird receives a suit of armor (or "protect" as it's called in-game), Southbird decides that the armor and beak complement each other as a makeshift Southbird outfit instead of simply copying Mayor Vine.
    • Southbird refers to "Birthday Intervention" as his birthday stream despite it being the first episode to not be streamed live. Southbird originally planned to stream that episode as well, but decided not to so he could edit out filler and other unwanted footage.
    • Southbird removes the river between "Bella Aqueous" and "Birthday Intervention", but the bridge remains. Bird can't walk on it afterward, but Scoot is later seen levitating over it.
    • References to Bella being a rat instead of a mouse carried over from the series' origin as a derivative of Mayor Vine, which features jokes about Bella being a plague rat due to implied instances of her spreading fleas in that series.
    • Southbird continues to refer to the suit of armor as a "protect" even after dropping the text obfuscation, which reverted items' names.
    • Verbal Tics that were changed by the text obfuscation in "Bella Aqueous" and "Birthday Intervention", such as "what what" becoming "what" for Cherry and "eeks" becoming "wet" for Bella, remain changed in later KaosTown episodes, which lack text obfuscation and primarily focus on adding YouTube comments. The former change was reverted in Wolfburg when Cherry was hacked into City Folk, while Bella, who was already in City Folk, still says "wet" in Wolfburg due to her use of that word being a Running Gag.
  • Artifact Title: The Beast Intersection title, which was first used in the wholly text-obfuscation-based Part 2 ("Bella Aqueous"), then later used for other Animal Crossing videos and retroactively given to the "Animal Crashing" video, originally referred to the text obfuscation used in the video and not the video itself. The name is an intentional mistranslation of Animal Crossing's title, akin to how Kronos Trigger does the same thing to the script and title of Chrono Trigger, and would later influence the titles of Southbird's other text-hacking series. Southbird refers to his mistranslated-sounding titles as "thesaurus names" in the commentary he and Teckworks did for the first ten Beast Intersection videos' compilation.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Discussed by Shrunk in "Welcome to Birdston", who talks to Bird about how plumbing in movies runs into problems that don't happen in real life, such as water spouting out of toilets.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Bella the mouse quickly becomes the star of the series after she provides one of the funnier moments in "Bella Aqueous", the second episode (while she appears in the related Mayor Vine series, she leaves the town early on). Her picture replaces a picture of Lolly in Bird's house in "Birthday Intervention" while Southbird says "She's the new star" and her prominence eventually escalates to her replacing Cling On as the channel mascot and Southbird's "waifu".
    • Chief moves in without Southbird and Teckworks expecting much from him, only for him to gain a tendency to say nonsensical things that Southbird attributes to drug use. Southbird comes up with "the gravelly Chief voice" specifically for reading his text and his species later provides the name of the Wolfburg season's eponymous town, with that season featuring repeated instances of him overthinking random topics. In the Birdston season, the "Chief and Shorty" episode heavily features him and shows him looking for Bird ("Shorty") after he ends up being one of the few characters to realize that Bird is missing after the preceding episode's events.
    • Dr. Shrunk makes few appearances in the KaosTown episodes, and Southbird admits that Bird doesn't talk to him much when speaking to him at Club LOL in "For Whom the Bella Tolls". In Wolfburg, Bird frequents his stand-up shows in the city, with his jokes running the gamut from puns Southbird reacts negatively to to sexual jokes about girlfriends. In Birdston, Shrunk's back to being a club owner instead of a stand-up comedian, but his conversations with Bird feature the same sorts of jokes he used in Wolfburg.
    • Lolly appears infrequently in KaosTown and is absent for half of Wolfburg. In Birdston, she appears more frequently and talks about and asks for overly personal information, and tends to creep Southbird out. Southbird finds it suspicious when she asks for a hug and carries a shovel around town.
  • Ascended Glitch: In the intro of "Y'know I'm Right", after Isabelle ends up sharing Kapp'n's vulgar and poorly written dialogue, Southbird states he didn't intend for that to happen. He decides to roll with it anyway and says Isabelle is trying to be like Kapp'n.
  • Ass Shove:
    • In "Scandals, as Usual", Shrunk refers to giving prostate exams as an unlikely career for Edward Scissorhands. Southbird is grossed out by this.
    • Ankha randomly says she's going to give Bird a suppository in "Freaky Freya" and claims it'll make him feel better. Bird runs away to talk to Percy about it due to his status as a doctor, but he turns out to agree with Ankha's idea, though he's kept from carrying out Ankha's plan because he doesn't have any suppositories on hand.
    • Brewster's claim that "A finger up the ass for good measure [is] an iconic dad moment in a nutshell" leads a disgusted Southbird to respond by saying "That is not a dad moment."
  • Author Avatar: Southbird often treats Bird as a direct in-game representation of himself, in contrast to how the title character of Birdette's Satchel Creatures is an 11-year-old girl and the main character of The Millennium Age Gate is Mario, a completely pre-made Nintendo character. Southbird often refers to Bird using first-person language, and his commentary is often in-character as Bird. In more explanatory videos, such as the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary and the "Southbird Tech: My Text Obfuscator Tool" video, Southbird more clearly distinguishes himself from Bird, with Southbird commenting in the former video that Bird ends up not being the "innocent victim in a sea of smut" he thought he was after an encounter with Cherry.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Scoot seems to be referring to Bird as Teck in "Birthday Intervention" and Southbird comments that he isn't Teck, then Scoot dances and says he's Teck.
    • Pelly tells Bird that she thinks two people would be a nice couple, and Southbird assumes she's in on other villagers' attempts to set Bird up with Cherry or Bella. She then says she thinks Jesus needs a sweetheart, thus meaning she was referencing Vinesauce Tomodachi Life instead of being a Shipper on Deck for Bird.
    • In "For Whom the Bella Tolls", Isabelle says "Let's settle this once and for all, runt" to Bird after they get off the train, as though she wants to fight him. Then they're seen in front of the CAT Machine and she offers him some Viagra, taking the conversation in a different direction.
    • In "Scandals, as Usual" Bob talks about wishing to retrieve things from the past and Southbird comments on how he thinks this is a deep thought. Southbird expects more deep thoughts from Bob, so Bird speaks to him some more, but his following text instead names desserts, with Southbird commenting on how those aren't deep thoughts.
    • In "The Doctor Is In", Percy proclaims "I, a baby daddy" when bragging about his success with Freya's therapy. When Bird speaks to Freya, she says she used birth control, leading Southbird to doubt Percy's claim.
    • In "Escape from Kaostown", there's no indication that the Soulcalibur VI fight between Bird and Freya, which ends with Bird winning, only represents how Bird imagined the kidnapping situation was resolved until after the fight is shown, when Southbird says "Well, I like to pretend something like that happened." It's revealed that what actually happened is that Freya gets arrested by Copper and Booker.
    • In "He Didn't Last Long", Ray is collapsed by the beach and Southbird suspects that Audie and Chadder killed him. In the following episode, "Enough Hot Nonsense", it's shown that he was just unconscious when he's seen walking around Resident Services, but Bird still finds the murder attempt worrying.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: In "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", Blathers brags that he's been with plenty of big girls. When he sends something to Bird's phone, Southbird wonders if he's sending pictures of big girls.
  • Big Red Button: It's as yet unrevealed what it does, but facing the threat of Freya, Percy gives Bird an "unknown machine" with a button that Bird puts in his basement, "just in case".
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Birthday Intervention" takes place on Mayor Bird's birthday, and Scoot throws him a party. It doesn't go that well, as Scoot finds Bird's wish for a "good video" to be crazy and Bella doesn't enjoy the party at all. Skye is also present, but congratulating Bird is all she says regarding the celebration; instead she talks about "ratsex" trending and says "Vine is a fucking Vine."
    • "Ankha's Birthday" features the titular birthday party, which only Bob and Bird attend. Bird gives Ankha a pharaoh's outfit after being insulted by her and doesn't get thanked for the gift.
    • Bella's birthday occurs in "Happy Toy Day!", the final episode of the KaosTown season. The only attendee besides Bird is Cherry (one of the few townsfolk who didn't have beef with Bella), and Bird presents Bella with a wet road sign.
    • "Birth[day] of a Southbird" in Wolfburg takes place on Bird's birthday and features Freya hosting the party, with Southbird not trusting Freya with it and repeatedly trying to get rid of the cake she gives him after suspecting it of being poisoned. Bird also changes appearance to look like Southbird's avatar after a visit to Katrina. While Bird walks around town with his new look, Bella misinterprets a joke from Bird saying she should take his birthday cake and takes it anyway, while Sable asks Bird if he got anything good for his birthday.
    • "Happy Birdsday", the finale of Birdston, features Bird's birthday party, and references it in the title. Marshal hosts the party, and Skye and Ankha also attend. The party occurs without any signficant problems, unlike the parties in the KaosTown and Wolfburg seasons.
    • In the Canislupus season, "Birthday Minisode!" centers around Bird's birthday, which is shared with Southbird himself. Bella hosts the party at her house, with Chief and Bob also attending.
  • Black Comedy:
    • Shrunk refers to "Inevitability Funeral Homes: We'll get you in the end" as an unlikely business slogan in his "Paging Doctor Percy" stand-up show.
    • Shrunk's stand-up show in "Truth or 'Dere'" has him saying his dad died after forgetting his blood type, adding that his dad kept telling everyone to be positive.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Bob goes on a tangent about various kinds of cookies and asks Bird what kinds of cookies he likes, then ends his tangent by offering Bird drugs.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In The Stinger of "TMI Day", Olivia tells Southbird that she likes his videos, but the sex and romance make her feel alone, adding that the videos are getting more coherent and "elbowing [her] in the face whilst still asleep". Southbird says he's never heard them described that way, but it's interesting.
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: In "TMI Day", Chief starts talking to Bird about coffee interfering with sleep, then abruptly shifts to talking about people talking about colonizing Mars even though the moon hasn't been colonized, adding that the moon hasn't been visited since 1972.
    Southbird: "Where are you going with this, Chief?"
  • Broken Record:
    • Mac says "Oh my God,Coco [sic]" twice in a row when he's spoken to on Main Street in "Saving Face".
    • The Stinger of "Rat Races of the Heart" features Bob saying his "pthhpth" Verbal Tic several times in a row, which messes up the text formatting so some of it overlaps and some of it flows out of the text box.
    • Shrunk says "Why does Batman wear a mask?" in two consecutive conversations in "Welcome to Birdston". Southbird thinks he's trying and failing to come up with a punchline for a joke he's working on.
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Bob says the same sentence about having imaginary, usually negative conversations with bosses or coworkers twice in a row in a long conversation. His example of "I am going to be a few minutes late for work" underwhelms Southbird, who comments on the buildup and redundancy.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • The things Bob says rarely make sense and his judgment isn't always sound, but nevertheless in KaosTown he has a teaching career that Chief wishes him good luck with, while in in Wolfburg he has a career in rocketry, with the latter job being thought of as a kids' toy by Bob.
    • Despite Kapp'n's tendency to have vulgar and often insulting conversations with his passengers, he's consistently good at driving a bus and piloting a boat. In the Canislupus season, he manages the titular island despite the getaway package being a Tom Nook venture; Southbird explains this as Nook thinking the island is a waste of time for him and handing Kapp'n the reins.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Lolly makes her Wolfburg debut in "Birth[day] of a Southbird" after initially being absent since KaosTown.
    • Tom Nook and Lyle reappear in Wolfburg's "Emotional Baggage" in roles similar to what they usually have in City Folk, instead of being shown together, with the main difference being that Nook runs an adult store instead of a general store. They had previously made recurring appearances at Nook's Homes in KaosTown.
    • Due to Wolfburg being based on City Folk and Birdston going back to New Leaf, Isabelle returns in the latter after being absent from the former.
    • After previously leaving Wolfburg, Bob is shown to have moved to Birdston in "Squirrelly Jealousy". Isabelle claims he was transferred there.
      Southbird: "Oh, look, it's Bob."
    • After Bird thinks he's free of Freya in Birdston, she makes a return in "Santa Bird".
    • After being absent since the original run, Skye returns in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, still living in the eponymous town. She's shown to have moved to Birdston in "Happy Birdsday", and appears at Bird's birthday party along with Marshal and Ankha.
    • After previously only appearing at the end of Wolfburg, Fang returns in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, living in KaosTown instead of Wolfburg.
    • After drifting Out of Focus in Wolfburg, Whitney returns in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, reappearing in the episode's eponymous town after previously moving from there to Wolfburg.
    • After being absent in Wolfburg, Coco reappears in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, still lacking her Gyroid mask and living in the eponymous town instead of Wolfburg or Birdston.
    • Harvey, now called Ar'vi in-game, returns in "Escape from Kaostown", about a year and a half since the conclusion of the KaosTown season. He's still missing his eyes and Chief is curious as to what happened to his eyes.
    • After leaving Birdston before "Chief and Shorty", Marshal returns in "Happy Birdsday" to host Bird's birthday party.
  • But Thou Must!: When Bird is speaking to Bella in "Birthday Intervention", a dialogue box provides a "choice" consisting of "Calm your shit" as the only option.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Bird catches Bella sitting on her sofa in "Ankha's Birthday" and Southbird is caught off guard when she talks about how she's received harsh harassment from other villagers.
    • In "Saving Face", Skye gets insulted by Whitney after asking to speak to her, talks to Bird about people making fun of her, and is rudely being asked to be left alone by Chief, who says she's his boss. Chief says later in the episode that he had sex with his boss, with Southbird pointing out that he previously said Skye is his boss.
  • The Cameo:
    • Broffina appears on Main Street in "Ankha's Birthday" despite never being shown as a resident of KaosTown nor being shown speaking. She previously appeared in Mayor Vine, which Southbird does editing for.
    • Scoot appears as a random visitor to the city in The Stinger of "Paging Doctor Percy" after previously leaving KaosTown offscreen and not living in Wolfburg at all. Southbird uses this as an opportunity to mimic Vinny's Scoot voice.
    • Drake appears on Main Street in "Welcome to Birdston", but doesn't have a speaking role. He's a resident of the town of Da Burbs in Mayor Vine, which Southbird does editing for.
    • Broffina appears in the Able Sisters' shop in "Pussyfooting Around", despite never being shown as a resident of Birdston. She previously appeared in Mayor Vine, which Southbird does editing for.
    • Kapp'n singing "What the fuck is that statue tho" in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston features a clip from Mayor Vine, featuring Scoot and a brief appearance of the title character of that series. The clip is accompanied by fanart made in response to Vinny joking about the Beautiful Statue's topless chest, since Scoot received one for his birthday.
    • In the Wolfburg season, Poppy has a brief one-off appearance in the city. In the debut of the Canislupus season, "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", Bird invites her to move to Canislupus, though later episodes do not feature her as an islander.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: In "Saving Face", Bob botches a "What has two thumbs and..." joke by saying "What has two thumbs and likes to bone yourBird mom?" to Bird and failing to finish his joke, getting lost in thought afterward.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Played for laughs in The Stinger for "Escape from Kaostown". Southbird semi-jokingly declares the appearance of Phoebe in an otherwise deleted scene to be non-canon due to previous events.
  • Canon Foreigner: Percy isn't originally from the games.
  • Canon Immigrant: Cherry and Marshal appear in the City Folk-based Wolfburg episodes, despite their official debuts being in New Leaf.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In "Percy's Bedside Manner", Kapp'n sings about how he saw Chief passed out in the road after drinking, adding that Chief can't hold his alcohol.
  • Catchphrase: In "Y'know I'm Right", Timmy and Tommy have a tendency to say "Love it! That was awesome." after Bird buys something from Nook's Cranny, regardless of what the item is.
  • Caustic Critic: In "Animal Crashing", Isabelle advertises her YouTube channel to SBirdo, saying that it covers games that she refuses to accept exist in 2016.
  • Celebration Miscalculation:
    • In "Santa Bird", there are two cases of Chief wishing Bird a happy birthday in December, despite Bird's birthday being on May 20. In one case, Chief does this at his own birthday party on December 19.
    • In "Enough Hot Nonsense", Bob talks about Santa Claus and randomly wishes Bird a merry Christmas in the middle of May.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In "Animal Crashing", Southbird thinks Skye stands out because of how often she spouts Vinesauce memes and in-jokes compared to other villagers. In later episodes of the original run, Skye is usually calm and quiet, and in the Part 1-10 compilation's commentary, Southbird and Teckworks comment on how she doesn't stand out.
    • Earlier episodes feature villagers commenting on a supposed relationship Bird has with either Cherry or Bella. Later episodes focus on Bella exclusively.
    • In "Birthday Intervention", Bella acts rude and foulmouthed at Bird's birthday party and Southbird says she isn't invited to future parties. In the following episode, "Peer Pressure", she confesses her love for Bird, which remains part of her characterization in later episodes.
    • Bird initially shows interest in Lolly, similarly to the title character of Mayor Vine, such as how a picture of her is prominently displayed in his house at the very beginning of the series and he hits on her in a letter in "Hail to the Chief", the latter of which she thinks is weird. Other villagers at the time primarily suggest that he gets together with Cherry or Bella, and his interest in Lolly is dropped in favor of Bella.
    • The eponymous character of "Hail to the Chief" is obsessed with Isabelle in that episode and refers to her as his favorite villager, which is emphasized by the thumbnail showing him hitting on her and the title card image showing a "favorite villager" caption on a picture of Isabelle. Later episodes primarily show him with Coco and his Isabelle obsession isn't brought up.
    • Freya's "full-ass it" and "have a shitload of fun" comments in "Scandals, As Usual" (the first Wolfburg episode) lead Southbird to say that he likes the way she thinks. She later shows a bizarre obsession with Bird and becomes despised by Southbird, who ends up disliking it when she hosts Bird's 2018 birthday party and suspects her of poisoning his cake.
    • Cherry's first text in the Wolfburg season features her angrily yelling at Bird. Conversations between the two in later episodes are calmer, with Cherry being confused after both she and Bird get yelled at by Ankha.
    • In earlier Wolfburg episodes, the insults Kapp'n uses during Bird's bus rides primarily involve "yer nan" if they don't involve Bird himself. In later episodes, as well as post-Wolfburg, Kapp'n's insults tend to focus on the townsfolk instead of Bird's grandma, aside from one "yer gran" insult in Birdston.
    • In KaosTown, Isabelle shares other villagers' lewd dialogue, leading to unprofessional workplace behavior. In Birdston, she's one of the more normal villagers and is ditzy at worst; after Bob is transferred to Birdston, she says so in a no-nonsense way, adding that explaining Birdston is tiring.
    • In KaosTown, the letters Bird's mom sends to her son tend to be nonsensical. Her letters aren't shown in Wolfburg, but in Birdston they're coherent, and tend to contain gossip.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Happy Toy Day!" focuses on various December events, with Bird acting as Santa Claus for a day and only making a few mistakes when delivering presents. Bird's role as being Santa for a day begins with him falling in a hole and ends with his payment being a $25 gift card, underwhelming Southbird, and Bob later gives his present back despite initially appearing to like it.
    • "Santa Bird" features Toy Day 2018 alongside other December 2018 events, with Bird taking on Jingle's request of being Santa for a day. Bird's Santa outfit clashes with his armor, but the gift deliveries only feature a few mistakes, with main villager to be disappointed being Marshal, who says his gift is "wrong in more ways than one".
    • The "December 2019 Special" of the Birdston season features Toy Day 2019 alongside other events previously featured in "Santa Bird", such as Bella and Chief's birthdays and the 2020 New Year's celebration.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Bird's mom's letters to her son in the KaosTown season tend to be bizarre, saying things like "It's hip to fuck Satan" and "I'm scared." Bird's dad never shows signs of sharing his wife's unhinged nature and instead shows a poor grasp of the English language, from the broken English in Bird's birthday letter to the word salad "breasts'Not'" letter he sent for Toy Day in "Happy Toy Day!". Bird's mom's letters aren't shown in Wolfburg, but in Birdston they're significantly more coherent than in KaosTown.
    • Bob has a tendency to say nonsensical things, such as referring to a flea he had as amazing and laughing at "a board with wheels" when Bird goes to ask him to sign the petition to open Club LOL. In "Truth or 'Dere'" Bob is standing nearby when Bird catches a flea off Cherry and claps after Bird catches it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "What's up, Doc?", Percy says Bella's only flaw is a fear of heights. Southbird points out that, as a doctor, Percy should be more concerned about the fact that Bella's impersonating a doctor.
  • Companion Cube: In "Investigation", Lolly names a branch after Bella and sings to it.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Jitters, who makes his debut in "Enough Hot Nonsense", has conversations with Bird that involve speculation about aliens and their technology, plus speculation about government involvement. After Chief talks about aliens later in "Enough Hot Nonsense", Southbird assumes he's been talking to Jitters.
  • Continuity Creep: Starting off as mostly a compilation of amusingly randomized lines in the first episodes, over the Wolfburg and Birdston episodes the characters took on consistent personalities and actual continuing plot arcs began. By the episode "Kaostown", The Stinger shows Bird adjusting a particular villager so she'll be standing in the right location for the planned shot.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Happy Toy Day!", Bob sells Bird the pear he received for Toy Day earlier in the video. He says they're even when Bird speaks to him right after buying the pear and Southbird isn't sure why he's saying that.
    • One of the posters behind the driver's seat of the bus in the Wolfburg season shows Bella in a Sexy Santa Dress, which appears in the thumbnail for the KaosTown finale.
    • Labelle talks to Bird about No Tell Motels in "Rat Races of the Heart" and Bella's reference to motels being dirty and sexy in "Paging Doctor Percy" is interpreted by Southbird as referring to the same motels.
    • Cherry has a package for Bob in "Paging Doctor Percy" and Southbird references when Bob mentioned having fetishes for Cherry's feet and sneezing in the KaosTown episodes. After the package is delivered to Bob, the anger he shows when Bird first talks to him dissipates after he opens the package, after which he blushes and shows more attraction to Cherry.
    • Bella references meeting Bird at a party last year in "Freaky Freya" and Southbird interprets that as referring to Bird's birthday party. A clip is shown of Bella being underwhelmed by said party.
    • In "Birth[day] of a Southbird" Freya mentions KaosTown being better and wanting to go home, with Southbird pointing out that she never lived there.
    • In "Freya's Fangs", the episode shows a flashback of Bird speaking to Freya at the beginning of the season. Bella asks how long Bird's affair with Freya went on before the sex tape filming started, and Southbird says Freya wasn't crazy immediately.
    • Marshal says "Ohhh dear God, the pantsu shots! YES!" in "Welcome to Birdston". This is one of the first lines he said in the Wolfburg season.
    • Leila's first line in Birdston reuses an insult her father uses in Wolfburg, except she insults Bird's girlfriend instead of his grandma.
      Leila: "oi m8 i bet u look like yer bellas bumcrak on a sweaty day u fokin kunt"
    • In "Welcome to Birdston", Lolly says she's seeing a therapist. After a strange conversation between her and Bird in "Squirrelly Jealousy", Southbird references this by saying she's seeing the wrong therapist.
    • When Percy's text is entirely in German in one scene of "Percy's Bedside Manner", Southbird comments that it's always him who speaks in languages he doesn't know, referencing when he spoke Spanish in one scene in the previous episode.
    • In "What's up, Doc?", Percy mentions that he has Skye's medical records. Southbird comments on how he hasn't seen Skye since KaosTown.
    • The Freya segments of the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston take place in the eponymous town, which was last seen at the end of the first season. Things like the Japanese-style town hall, the Southbird flag, and the pile of furniture next to the town hall, which appear in "Hail to the Chief", are present, despite KaosTown's town hall being remodeled again in "Ankha's Birthday".
    • At the beginning of "Chief and Shorty", Chief is sitting on a bench on Main Street reminiscing about the time he spent with Coco in KaosTown, and some scenes of the two together are shown.
    • KaosTown's campground, which only appeared in two episodes in the KaosTown season, returns in the Birdston season's "Escape from Kaostown" episode, and the entrance sign's logo is still a skull and crossbones instead of the daruma doll logo from the base game. When Chief speaks to Harvey, or Ar'vi as he's now called, at said campground, he's still missing his eyes and his text still features the writing of H. P. Lovecraft, as in the KaosTown season.
    • Bella's comment that "wet bridges can be slippery when wet" in "Happy Birdsday" is interpreted by Southbird as a reference to her "wet" Verbal Tic from KaosTown and the beginning of Wolfburg.
    • In the first episode of Birdston, Southbird is frustrated by a time capsule being buried where the road is, and Bird digs it up. The exact same thing happens in the December 2019 special.
    • In "Investigation", when Whitney is shown to be a resident of Canislupus, Southbird points out that she was part of Freya's "gang" in the Birdston season.
    • When Bella has fleas in "He Didn't Last Long", Southbird reluctantly brings up when she was called a plague rat early in the series.
  • Corpsing:
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Chief rants about car alarms' uselessness and shares an anecdote about nobody caring when his dad's car alarm went off in front of a hardware store when he was younger. Southbird, who's otherwise reading Chief's text normally with "the gravelly Chief voice", can't help but chuckle when Chief, a wolf, uses the otherwise metaphorical phrase "cry wolf" when claiming nobody takes car alarms seriously in modern times.
    • In "Chief and Shorty", an episode that's almost fully in-character, Southbird can be heard stifling back laughter when Fang says "Click here to get a reminder to check back later" after a melodramatic speech.
  • Couch Gag: Starting with "Birthday Intervention", every episode has a different icon pop up alongside the Beast Intersection logo. This doesn't carry over into the Wolfburg season, which instead features jocular warnings about the characters' vulgar dialogue.
  • Crossdresser: Nook says in "Emotional Baggage" that he might be wearing girls' clothing, though all he's wearing when he says this is his usual apron.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ankha claims in "The Doctor Is In" that the poor behavior she showed in the past was because she was treated poorly by her family, usually as a scapegoat.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In "Paging Doctor Percy" Ankha says "The only sport Percy is good at is jerking off to hentai" followed by blushing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "Chief and Shorty", Southbird hacks the game to make Chief playable, and his plotline features him trying to find out where Bird, who's referred to as "Shorty" by Chief, went after the previous episode. In the episode, the portions featuring Bird show him having been tied up by Freya and forced to work for her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Wolfburg, Ankha lacks her more obvious anger issues from KaosTown and instead insults others in more subdued and less aggressive ways. Southbird says in "Paging Doctor Percy" that he isn't sure which way he prefers her.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Bella says "A wet bridge can really be Slippery When Wet" in "Happy Birdsday". Southbird's only response is that she knows better than anyone, due to the "wet" Verbal Tic she had in previous seasons.
  • Disappeared Dad: In "Emotional Baggage", Ankha says her father left her mother for another woman when she was younger, so she has no early memories of him.
  • Disposing of a Body:
    • Bird catches Lolly walking around with a shovel in "Truth or 'Dere'" and is concerned by this. She refuses to say why she has it.
    • In "What's up, Doc?", Lolly is holding a shovel while telling Bird that there was a murder, leading Southbird to suspect that she's burying the body.
    • Freya buries Phoebe behind a random tree after axing her.
  • Dissimile: Southbird ends the "Animal Crashing" video by saying "My town is doomed, but I have a nice flag. Isabelle crashed my game." He says what he said is like a haiku, except not patterned correctly.
  • The Ditz: In "Welcome to Birdston", Isabelle tells Bird she heard dog paws smell like popcorn and wonders if it's true. Since she's a dog, Southbird points out that she can verify the claim herself.
  • Double Meaning:
    • Discussed in the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary. Teckworks says he thinks that Ankha saying "Why do I want to fuck a rat alluvasudden?" could be using the word "fuck" figuratively in the sense of "screw over", since she's a cat and Bella's a mouse.
    • Ankha saying "Where is that little rat bastard?" to Bird in "Rat Races of the Heart" is interpreted as using the phrase "rat bastard" less figuratively than usual because Bella happens to be standing behind Bird.
      Southbird: "Little rat bastard, huh? Uh huh."
    • The title of "Birth[day] of a Southbird" refers to both Southbird's birthday and the fact that Bird's appearance is completely changed to look like Southbird's avatar.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Bird speaks to Coco in "Escape from Kaostown", the latter says she's also going through a breakup. Southbird points out that Bird's problem isn't a breakup, but that he's been kidnapped.
  • Drives Like Crazy:
    • Chief assumes he's a bad driver in "Scandals, as Usual" because he's never driven before, though his assumption is all that's seen.
    • In "Emotional Baggage" Bob says he checked his email while driving and ended up being flagged by a state trooper.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Bird catches Nook at the Roost and he talks to Bird about how he "can never have nice things" and is upset about his inability to have children until recently, though this time he's drinking coffee instead of the alcoholic drinks he's offered Bird.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Chief calls Bob "Ma'am" when wishing him good luck with his teaching career. Later on, Bob manages to fool Ruby the rabbit into thinking that he's a 40-year-old woman just by wearing sunglasses.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The residents of Bird's towns quickly pick up a host of problems. Bella has severe attachment issues and some form of depression, Chief is almost always under the influence, Ankha is incredibly aggressive and has trouble forming relationships as a result, Freya is a psychotic yandere with several targets, Skye lacks confidence and is treated poorly by the other wolves in KaosTown in "Saving Face", Coco has extremely low self-esteem, Marshal is a reclusive otaku with unrequited love, Scoot and Bob are generally eccentric, Percy is unfaithful in his engagement and prefers to ignore any problems that come up even if they put others in danger, and Lolly is a weird Covert Pervert. Bird serves as a Straight Man but is hardly a saint himself, which leaves Cherry as the one regular who is relatively stable.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Whitney appears in the city in the Wolfburg season's debut ("Scandals, as Usual") before she officially moves in.
    • Fang is among the random visitors to the city in "Freya's Fangs". He's shown to have moved to Wolfburg in the following episode, "The Doctor Is In".
    • Phoebe is shown to be a resident of Birdston during a conversation between Bird and Chief in "Welcome to Birdston", but she has no speaking role. She makes a proper appearance in "Squirrelly Jealousy". Then she gets murdered and buried by Freya.
    • Freya is intentionally absent in "Welcome to Birdston", but Bird finds a picture of her in Percy's house's wall in that episode and Southbird mentions that he "feels a disturbing presence" upon seeing it. She stays absent for the first half of the Birdston season, not returning until the intro of "Santa Bird".
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The "Animal Crashing" episode, which wasn't originally part of the series, contains less stable coding than later episodes. For example, random question marks end up in large amounts of the text ("Bella Aqueous" instead has excess vertical bars scattered through text), some text doesn't fit into the dialogue box, and the game crashes at some points. The same video also features Mayor SBirdo in the town of N Jersey instead of Mayor Bird in KaosTown.
    • "Animal Crashing" was made around the time Mayor Vine was ongoing and was intended to tie into that series, so it features animals from the towns of Vineland/Da Burbs and uses comments from highlight videos on Vinny's channel. Starting with "Bella Aqueous", most of the animals are replaced by different ones, and the inserted text is instead taken from comments on Southbird's channel, separating the series from Vinny's streams.
    • The two "pilot" episodes were streamed to Twitch and then highlighted; "Birthday Intervention" onward have Southbird playing offscreen so he can edit the clips to form a narrative.
    • In the first season, YouTube comments are the primary text source in all except for the second episode, which uses an intentional Translation Train Wreck instead. In later seasons, YouTube comments, as well as film scripts, are mainly used as filler. Starting with Wolfburg, posts from various themed Subreddits are the primary text source; to decrease the randomness of text placement, different characters are assigned different posts, such as /r/scenesfromahat providing some of Dr. Shrunk's standup, /r/uwotm8 providing Kapp'n and his family's vulgar and intentionally poorly written text, and /r/Showerthoughts providing Chief's random musings.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Isabelle mentions in "Animal Crashing" that "It's Hip to Fuck Bees" has been stuck in her head for several weeks.
    • Chief tells Bird that he's angry about being unable to get a trailer song out of his head.
  • The Eeyore:
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Brewster tells Bird he thinks most people he knows won't remember him after he dies. Southbird tells him to buck up and that they'll probably remember him. In the December 2019 special, he mostly stays silent, but says "Being alive is the cruelest thing to exist" after handing Bird his coffee.
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Chief lets out a big yawn, followed by claiming that a yawn is just a silent scream. He adds that this means he screams every night before he goes to bed, and has a somewhat sad look on his face while telling Bird this. In "Santa Bird", he tells Bird he's "down and tired of life" when the latter is at the former's birthday party, and in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston he says his mother never paid much attention to him, and he turns out to be self-loathing later in the episode.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Since the Freya situation was resolved before the finale for Birdston, "Happy Birdsday", that episode is significantly more laid-back than the preceding few episodes, and Bird's birthday party turns out fine for the first time in the series. Despite things appearing to be fine in the episode and the scenes being accompanied by calm music instead of previous episodes' ominous music, at the end of The Stinger of the episode, Ar'vi's (Harvey) story ends with a vague and ominous statement that "something is coming".
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: In "Hello Whitney", Whitney randomly tells Bird she feels like she's being strangled at an erotic asphyxiation sex club. Southbird considers this to be over-the-top even compared to the other fantasies she discusses in the episode.
  • Erudite Stoner: Southbird edits Chief's eyes to look like he's under the influence and villagers call him high in-game, though he occasionally has intelligent things to say in addition to rambling nonsensically. After he starts dating Coco, he claims the two have the ultimate goal of eliminating sobriety from the world, and Southbird believes him. Southbird and Teckworks don't elaborate on what he's on in the commentary for the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation (though it's later stated to be marijuana in Canislupus), but Teckworks jokes about him being high on life after Southbird comments on his occasional words of wisdom. He's introduced as "the rambling, derailed-thought-train wolf" in the description for his KaosTown debut episode ("Peer Pressure"), but Southbird changes his text to make him overthink things instead in the Wolfburg episodes.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • In "Hail to the Chief", after Bob urgently says he needs to speak to Chief, Bird goes to get the latter. After Bird finds Chief, he's standing in a pile of furniture and wishes Bird a good evening in broad daylight, then he ends his nonsensical conversation with Bob by turning to Bird and accusing him of doing something he shouldn't, without saying what it was. Southbird then concludes that Chief is under the influence.
    • Whitney's sex obsession is seen in her debut episode, "Hello Whitney", when "HOLY SHIT IM HORNY" is one of the first things she says to Bird.
    • Subverted when Freya's "full-ass it" and "have a shitload of fun" lines at the beginning of Wolfburg turn out to not be indicative of what she's like. Southbird says he likes the way she thinks because those lines make it sound like she simply likes having fun, but she later turns out to be a yandere who's violently obsessed with Bird.
    • The first conversation with Kapp'n in the Wolfburg season only produces one sentence, but it provides a sample of the poorly written, yet surly text that makes up everything Kapp'n now says.
      Kapp'n: "Mi gramps be tellin me 'is stories frum teh golden days, fookin ledge 'e is."
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: In "Emotional Baggage", Shrunk tells a joke about how a drunk man walks into a bar and says "Lawyers are all assholes" and offends another man by saying that. The other man is asked if he's a lawyer, and he says "No, I'm an asshole!"
  • Eyeless Face: Harvey's sunglasses and eyes were removed. Southbird calls him an "eyeless demon" upon seeing him after the Welcome amiibo update is installed.
  • Fake Kill Scare: In "He Didn't Last Long", Ray appears to have been murdered after his body is found by the beach, as referenced by the episode's title. Bird legitimately believes that he's dead and suspects Audie and Chadder of being responsible. In the following episode, "Enough Hot Nonsense", it's shown that he was just unconscious due to a head wound.
  • Fanboy: Timmy calls Southbird "the grand master" and says his work is synonymous with "nice" in "Peer Pressure".
  • Faux Horrific:
    • When Bird is speaking to Bella in "Pussyfooting Around", both Percy and Ankha casually approach Bird, with the latter wanting to speak to Bird, leading a surprised Southbird to exclaim "Oh no, the cats are attacking!"
    • In "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", Bird receives a letter containing an item called "Oh, God, no.", piquing Southbird's curiosity regarding why it's considered shocking. Bird places it in his home and it turns out to simply be a washing machine.
      Southbird: "And an 'Oh, God, no.' would be...?" [Bird puts it in his room] "A washing machine. Oh, God, no!"
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", when a freezer at Nook's Cranny is called a "No", Southbird reads its new name in a way that implies it's something to be avoided, despite it being harmless.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: In "Happy Toy Day!", Bird catches Bella sleeping standing up when visiting her at her house. After waking up, she exclaims that she isn't wearing pants, despite never wearing pants to begin with.
  • Fetish:
    • Scoot says he wants to "blow candles on her head" in "Birthday Intervention", though it isn't clear who he's referring to.
    • Bob says he heard Cherry has nice feet and comments about how she was once sneezing a lot, and he's seen standing outside her house in "Hello Whitney" and claims he's just going back to work. He still turns out to be attracted to her in Wolfburg's "Paging Doctor Percy" when Bird delivers an MVP shirt from Cherry to Bob.
    • In Birdston, Lolly's defining trait is being a creepy pervert, which Southbird often finds unsettling, with her main focus being butts. When various villagers impersonate doctors in "What's up, Doc?", she sees it as a way to further her butt obsession.
    • In "Pussyfooting Around", Bird gives Marshal a desk light and Marshal says he thinks that some people have a weird desk light fetish.
  • Flat "What": Cherry's "what what" Verbal Tic ends up as simply "what" due to the text obfuscation and stays that way in the rest of the KaosTown season, and it's usually said with no inflection. It's back to "what what" in Wolfburg, which she appears in despite not originally being in City Folk.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Despite her hatred of her, Freya keeps a picture of romantic rival Bella in her house just to glare at it, and when she returns to Birdston, Bella claims that she grabbed her bust and propositioned her.
  • Food Porn: Discussed when Bob talks about looking at shrimp tempura in "Saving Face" and Southbird agrees that that would be nice to look at.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Lolly mentions shards of glass shaving Coco's face off in "Saving Face" and multiple villagers act surprised by Coco, foreshadowing the change in appearance for Coco referenced by the episode's subtitle.
    • In "Welcome to Birdston", Southbird mentions feeling a disturbing presence after seeing a picture of Freya's at Percy's house, implying that Bird's Freya problems aren't over. He's correct, as Freya returns in "Santa Bird".
  • Freaky Is Cool: Marshal, a reclusive, somewhat perverted nerd, is a firm believer that being weird is a good thing, expressing that he wants to be his own person instead of being a "normie".
  • Freud Was Right: Tom Nook runs Nook's in Your Cranny Adult Novelty Store in Wolfburg and a pawn chess piece is being sold in "Emotional Baggage". Due to a combination of the store's new name and the chess piece's shape, it earns suggestive commentary from Southbird and is given to Bella.
  • The Friend No One Likes: In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, most of Freya's "friends" seem terrified of or at least deeply concerned about her mental stability, for good reason, and act like she might snap on them for suggesting she get over Bird and Bella.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In "Birthday Intervention", as Scoot leads Mayor Bird into his house, the video zooms in on Ankha walking behind some trees to the right of Scoot's house.
    • In Wolfburg's "Scandals, as Usual", the camera zooms over to Ankha giving Chief her outfit and dancing with him while Bird is talking to Bella. Later on, the camera zooms in on Ankha as she's walking away from Chief and Bird conversing.
    • In "Freaky Freya", Southbird chooses to zoom over onto an intense conversation between Bella and Freya while Marshal rants about people's misconceptions of Japan to Bird.
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", when Bird is at Resident Services, the camera zooms in on Isabelle gleefully smelling her pot of tulips, since Southbird didn't know what she was doing.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • In "Happy Toy Day!", Chief, who's a humanoid wolf, claims he's received a call for animal control.
    • In "Paging Doctor Percy" of Wolfburg, Bird buys a Cat Cap from the clothing store and wears it around town. Ankha, an actual cat, sees this as offensive and yells at him.
    • In The Stinger of "Santa Bird", Marshal yells "Oh, God.a squirrel [sic]", despite being a squirrel.
  • Gag Censor: In "The Doctor Is In", Bird looks in Percy's cabinet and the interior is censored, while the text "Damn it!" is shown.
  • Genre Shift: In "Escape from Kaostown", the gameplay shifts from Animal Crossing: New Leaf to Soulcalibur VI when showing Bird fighting Freya and the former winning the fight. It turns out that Bird simply likes to think that's how the Freya situation was resolved, and the situation was actually resolved with Freya's arrest.
  • The Ghost:
    • Lyle and Ankha both say a line about rethinking a divorce with an unseen and unnamed wife. Lyle mentions an orange cat when he says it and Southbird assumes that's his wife, while Ankha doesn't elaborate and Southbird comments that he didn't know she was married.
    • Ankha tells Bird that she was quarantined when she was younger and her father gave her a telescope to use to look out her window, followed by mentioning a guy with a hat. Southbird doesn't know who he is, but assumes that's all Ankha used her telescope to look at.
    • Digby has a girlfriend or wife, but it's not stated who she is and it's only mentioned that their relationship isn't going well.
    • When the campsite is unveiled in "Hello Whitney", someone is already camping there and Isabelle asks if they're coming out. They're never seen.
    • When Bird meets with Jingle in "Happy Toy Day!", the latter mentions having a wife named Deborah, who's never seen.
    • Isabelle mentions that things between her and Clark are good, but not great in "Happy Toy Day!", with Clark never being seen and Southbird not knowing who he is.
    • The first thing Chief says in Wolfburg is that George was right, but he doesn't say who George is.
    • When Whitney is seen in the city in "Scandals, as Usual" before she becomes a resident of Wolfburg, she says she used to have a good relationship with Mayor Wallace. It's never said who he is, but all Southbird has to say about him is "Oh, Mayor Wallace. He's a jackass."
    • Bob says his half-sister is in town in "Rat Races of the Heart" and tells Bird that he thinks she's weird, but he wonders if he should visit her. She's neither seen nor named.
    • Kapp'n angrily insists that "me nans a saint [sic]" when Bird is on the bus in "Freaky Freya". His grandmother is never seen; only his mother, wife, and daughter appear in Birdston, and they're as rude and vulgar as he is.
    • Cherry mentions having a roommate in "TMI Day", without saying who she is. Southbird's response is "So who's your roommate, exactly?"
    • Bob mentions making out with someone followed by mentioning someone named Annie in "Percy's Bedside Manner" and Southbird wonders if that's who he was making out with.
    • In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, Bird's mom's letter to her son says Dave is an adorable baby, leaving Southbird wondering who Dave is.
    • In the Birdston December 2019 special, Bob mentions having a 20-year-old son, who's unnamed and unseen, leading Southbird to wonder how old Bob is.
    • In "Investigation", Percy is referenced multiple times, even though he doesn't appear.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
    • Text obfuscation results in the golden shovel's name being in Czech instead of English (written "Zlata LOPATKA" in-game), albeit misspelled due to the absence of the diacritic in "zlatá", with the obfuscation also rendering "lopatka" in all caps.
    • The grandpa hat is called the "babu hat" due to text obfuscation, using a Georgian word for "grandpa" instead of the English word.
  • Gratuitous German: Percy randomly speaks German in "Percy's Bedside Manner" and Southbird isn't able to understand him, also noting when he previously spoke Spanish.
  • Gratuitous Italian: In "Y'know I'm Right", Chief receives a shirt that says "Island Life" in Italian. Since Southbird isn't fluent in Italian, he shows the translation in a caption.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Marshal's Verbal Tic is changed to "baka" ("idiot" in Japanese) in "Freya's Fangs".
  • Gratuitous Spanish:
    • When Bird tries to speak to Percy about Phoebe dating Freya in "Squirrelly Jealousy", Percy's text in that scene is completely in Spanish and Southbird can't understand him. Southbird thinks he's acting like he doesn't know English as an excuse to not help Bird with the situation with Phoebe.
    • The Stinger for "What's up, Doc?" has Marshal saying "Si, señor", itself a misspelling of "Sí, señor" ("Yes, mister" in Spanish; the misspelling says "If, mister" instead), but encoding issues cause the "ñ" to be rendered as gibberish.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Ankha threatens to give Bird a "coconut kick" after accusing him of destroying a package.
    • Digby mentions being punched in the testicles by his unseen and unnamed lover and that she withheld sex from him after that.
    • Bella calls being punched in the testicles funny in "Saving Face", with Southbird adding that it isn't funny to the receiver.
    • In "TMI Day", Samson says that a sexual mishap led to testicular injury.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The series debut of Tortimer, the retired former mayor of Birdston, is his brief appearance at Birdston's dock in "Welcome to Birdston". When he speaks to Bird, he proceeds to repeatedly insult Bird, including claiming he's overly sensitive and saying he looks as bland as the default Mii.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Ankha is always angry at Bird and other villagers comment on it. When Bird tries to ask why she's angry, she gets even angrier.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal:
    • Lampshaded in "Happy Toy Day!" when Bella mentions that she isn't wearing pants after Bird catches her sleeping standing up in her house. Southbird notes that she's unfazed by this and thinks she just felt like pointing it out.
    • In "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", Chief discusses how certain types of pants are harder to undo when using the bathroom. Since he doesn't wear pants at all, Southbird jokes that he simply gave up on wearing pants.
    • When Mabel shows up to sell clothes in "Y'know I'm Right", Southbird points out that it's odd that clothes are being sold by someone wearing nothing but an apron.
  • Halloween Episode: "Hello Whitney" features Halloween 2017 in addition to introducing Whitney. Pranks result in Bird's beak and suit of armor being replaced with a pumpkin mask and patched shirt, respectively. Bird ends up having to replace the clothes that were taken from him, and he's shown receiving a replacement for his suit of armor in early November after ordering one from the Nooklings.
  • Hardboiled Detective: In "Canislupus", Raymond (or just Ray here). It's not totally clear if he's here to protect Bird or investigate him for his role in the Freya incident (and the murder of Phoebe), but he's very serious about his job, he's keeping an eye on Audie, and Bob becomes visibly disturbed when asked if he knows Ray before admitting that he does. To add to his hardboiled nature, particularly the fact that his line of work features cases involving violent crime, Southbird edited his model to add a scar around his left eye.
  • Hard Head: In Canislupus, a head wound leaves Ray unconscious for the duration of "He Didn't Last Long", with Bird believing him to be dead. In the following episode, "Enough Hot Nonsense", it's shown that he regained consciousness with no noticeable problems.
  • Heel Realization: By "The Doctor is In", the final episode of Wolfburg, Ankha realizes that her Jerkass tendencies aren't helping anyone and becomes noticeably nicer. In the final episode of Birdston, "Happy Birdsday", she attends Bird's birthday party, which would have previously been unthinkable, especially since said birthday party is the first in the series to not be disastrous.
  • Hellish Pupils: Freya's model was edited to give her slitted pupils in Birdston, to emphasize her violent nature.
  • He's Back: "Escape from Kaostown" ends with Bird's titular escape from KaosTown, thanks to Chief, and Freya getting arrested.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Nook acts easygoing at his office, frequently saying "nice" and occasionally offering Bird drinks, but Bird catches Nook sorrowfully drinking coffee at the Roost and he talks about his personal life, saying that he "can never have nice things" and that he's been unable to have kids until recently.
    • Chief mostly exists for the sake of humor due to his ramblings, but the latter half of the Birdston season shows that he cares about Bird and considers him a good friend, to the point of ensuring his safety. One episode after the situation with Freya has been resolved, he personally tells Bird he cares about him in "Happy Birdsday".
  • High School Rocks: Discussed in "Y'know I'm Right" when Chief mentions that a lot of people call high school the best time of their lives, though he begs to differ.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In "Freaky Freya" Chief claims Bird is hypocritical, though instead of elaborating he rambles about being a urologist.
    • In "Pussyfooting Around", Percy says everyone hates people who cheat, and Southbird finds this comment suspicious due to his relationship problems with his fiancee, Ankha. According to Cherry, Percy's still involved with Freya.
    • When one of Kapp'n's songs in "What's up, Doc?" ends with a request to tone down vulgar language, Southbird sarcastically adds the lyric "I am a saint" to the song due to Kapp'n's inability to follow his own advice.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Grams calls Bird a "doggo" in "Santa Bird" and adds that "Ur lucky I like doggos, so I won't rek u this time." Southbird is confused, because Bird isn't a dog, nor does he look like one.
  • Identical Stranger: Original Character Toby, who's first seen on Main Street in the "Santa Bird" episode of Birdston, is a purple cat who looks identical to Bob, leading Southbird to wonder if the two are brothers.
  • Improperly Paranoid: In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Bob's return to the series starts with him telling Bird he doesn't believe in demons or spirits, but still feels like there's something demonic in his new house. Southbird brushes this off and says to get a priest.
  • I'm Standing Right Here:
    • In the KaosTown episodes, Ankha has a tendency to ask Bird if he wants to have sex with Bella while Bella is nearby. In "Rat Races of the Heart" in the Wolfburg season Ankha insults Bella more directly by saying "Where is that little rat bastard?" to Bird right as Bella walks by.
    • In "Freaky Freya" Bella yells while asking Bird why Ankha is angry and Ankha is standing right behind her, looking in her and Bird's direction. She speaks to Ankha herself right after this.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Tom Nook says "Bird scotch perfect" with a depressed look on his face in "Hail to the Chief". Southbird responds by saying "All right, hit me up, Nook."
    • Discussed by Bella in "The Doctor Is In" when she says to buy friends beers when they're in stressful situations.
    • When Bird encounters Ankha at The Roost in Birdston after witnessing relationship problems between her and Percy, Southbird wonders if her drink is coffee or something alcoholic.
  • Infodump: In the intro to "Saving Face", Lyle gives a fairly long summary of what has happened up to that point.
    Lyle: "Here's what I can get so far: Ankha is just a really mean person, the Nooks like nice things, Redd is sexually harassing his customers, Chief is a half creep half sarge heavily armed with insults, Bella wants Bird leading to a near forced relationship, Digby was cucked, Skye is into some weird shit, Coco possibly gossips?"
    Southbird: "That was a mouthful."
  • Informed Deformity: Chief says Bird is extremely thin, but he looks no thinner than any other human character. Southbird responds to this by saying he figured he was short and not thin because of the "shorty" nickname Chief uses.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Dora claims "happy" is a funny word in "Rat Races of the Heart" and Southbird says "Dammit Dora!" in response to this and the rest of her conversation with Bird.
  • In-Joke: Southbird has stated on Twitter and in the commentary for the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation that he hacked Chief's text in the original Animal Crossing years before the start of the series. When Chief moved to KaosTown, he saw that as an opportunity to do the same in New Leaf.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Bella saying "Come!" to Mayor Bird in "Bella Aqueous" ends up sounding lewd due to the wording, particularly because of her "wet" Verbal Tic. She ends up with intentionally lewd dialogue in later episodes due to this scene.
    Bella: "You know what? wet |, come on now! come!"
    [A choice of "Come!" and "Today is bad." comes up and Southbird chooses the former]
    Southbird: "COOOOME!"
    [Bella starts following Bird to his house]
    Southbird: "You come one time and then they follow you home."
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Southbird is often called "Sootbirt" by the villagers, with the nickname's spelling being subject to change.
    • Cherry calls Bird "buddy" in KaosTown and "kiddo" in Wolfburg.
    • In the Birdston 2019 special, Southbird refers to Bob as "Borb".
    • In Canislupus, Audie refers to Bird as "beakboy".
    • Whitney refers to bird as "cheeky beaky" in Canislupus.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Chief is introduced as "the rambling, derailed-thought-train wolf" and starts out as mostly a gag character due to his Erudite Stoner tendencies causing him to say random things, but over time he becomes a close friend of Bird (or "shorty" as Chief calls him), who's a human-turned-bird robot. When Bird goes missing in the latter half of the Birdston season, Chief ends up being the only one who bothers to look for him.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Southbird interprets a reference to a proposal in a delivery request from Skye (a wolf) in "Bella Aqueous" as her wanting to propose to Scoot (a duck).
    • Cherry (a dog) mentions that she "want[s] Scoot because of the distance" in "Bella Aqueous" and Southbird interprets that as her wanting to have a long-distance relationship with Scoot (a duck).
    • Villagers repeatedly comment on how Bird (a human who later becomes a bird robot) is supposedly in a relationship with Cherry (a dog) or Bella (a mouse). Later episodes stop focusing on Cherry being with Bird and Southbird himself plays up Bird's relationship with Bella.
    • Coco (a rabbit) turns out to be in love with Chief (a wolf) in "For Whom the Bella Tolls". They're no longer together in Wolfburg, with the "TMI Day" episode of that season showing Sable (a hedgehog) claiming she got together with Chief, with Sable claiming Chief is her lifelong crush. Despite Sable's claim, Chief is still shown to have feelings for Coco in the intro of the "Chief and Shorty" episode of Birdston.
    • Ruby (a rabbit) mentions in "Freaky Freya" that a 40-year-old woman she found on Tinder was actually Bob (a male cat) wearing sunglasses. However, in the following episode, "Birth[day] of a Southbird", Bob instead shows interest in Lolly, another cat.
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Phoebe (an ostrich) tells Bird that she's dating Freya (a wolf).
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: In "The Doctor is In", Percy gives Freya therapy that involves sex to successfully cure her of her yandere tendencies.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: In the KaosTown season, Cherry says she thinks the next thing Bird will tell her that the scariest animal is a shark. She then says she thinks someone could make a shark, after which Southbird points out that sharks already exist.
  • It's All About Me: Whitney says she had sex with a snowman in "Hello Whitney" and that they're extremely egotistical.
  • It Runs in the Family: The Birdston season reveals that Kapp'n's family (who weren't present in City Folk) are just as Australian and vulgar as he is.
    Southbird: "It's an island full of them."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Skye tells Bird that Whitney "oozes sexuality" and asks to speak to her for advice. Whitney responds by calling her stupid followed by coldly leaving Skye's house after speaking to her. Despite her tendency to brag about her sex life and act rude to other villagers, she tells Bird in "Happy Toy Day!" that she cares deeply for her grandma and doesn't consider life to be worth living without her, followed by saying Bird should meet her grandparents. Teckworks refers to Whitney as "Ankha Lite" in the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary due to her personality.
  • Joke and Receive: Southbird keeps Bella's Verbal Tic as "wet" even after dropping the text obfuscation. He says during the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary that he checked a wiki to see what presents she likes and a wet road sign is one of them. As a result, she receives one for her birthday in "Happy Toy Day!".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Freya's romantic obsessions are played for laughs in Wolfburg, but mentions of her in Birdston are handled more seriously. And then she murders a villager and kidnaps Bird...
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • Shrunk's joke that "occupies" are the kind of pie that take up the most time earn a deadpan "God, Shrunk" response from Southbird.
    • Shrunk's jokes in "Truth or 'Dere'" that birds don't live in caves because "it would be too much of a bird den" and that the difference between frozen yogurt and ice cream is that ice cream doesn't have culture both earn underwhelmed reactions from Southbird. However, Southbird reacts more positively to the joke about trains being for crazy people and "loco motion" from the same show.
  • Land Downunder: Kapp'n finally appears in the Wolfburg season as the bus driver, and all of his text is swapped out with misspelled, swear-laden Australian speech.
    Kapp'n: "Ur all ugli. oi m8 i bet u look like yer nans bumcrak on a sweaty day u fokin kunt"
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    • The names of Bird's tools in "Bella Aqueous" are mostly in English that's either badly translated ("catapult gold" for golden slingshot, "stick" for rod) or misspelled ("Goldene Axt" for golden axe), but the last tool shown, which Southbird calls "his favorite" before showing it, is the "Zlata LOPATKA" (golden shovel), whose name is in misspelled Czech (the diacritic in "zlatá" is missing) instead of English.
    • Bird's letters to other villagers in "Hail to the Chief" are a letter hitting on Lolly, a letter to Scoot referencing Vinny's tendency to shout his name in the Mayor Vine streams, and a letter to Ankha asking why she's mad at him, in that order. The first two letters are Played for Laughs, as is Lolly's response to the one she received (which earns laughter from Southbird), but the letter to Ankha isn't Played for Laughs, and after Ankha yells at Bird for sending it, Southbird's response is more serious in tone than his response to Lolly's reaction.
  • Laugh Track: The theater emcee's text in "Truth or 'Dere'" says "[Laughter]" at the end of Shrunk's show.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Mayor Bird stays in the same outfit for the entire KaosTown season: A beak put over his mouth, an Armor Suit (referred to by the game as "Protect"), and a pair of shorts. He sometimes puts on alternate outfits for holidays, however, such as when Halloween pranks turn his beak and "protect" into a pumpkin mask and a patched shirt, respectively, after which the patched shirt is replaced with a Weavile shirt until the "replacement protect" arrives in the mail. His appearance gets a more thorough overhaul that makes him look like Southbird's avatar in "Birth[day] of a Southbird" after being knocked out by an object dropped on him by Katrina and waking up looking like that afterward.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight:
    • Cherry catches Isabelle passing Bird some Viagra (actually the CAT Machine card) in "For Whom the Bella Tolls", and questions him about it later on.
      Cherry: "Bird... You got no scrote?"
      Southbird: "T-that's not what the Viagra means, okay? It's not that I have no scrote!"
    • According to Rosie in "TMI Day", her lover has trouble getting an erection during sex, but has no problem doing so when watching the neighbor.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Canislupus starts out with Bird and Bella's previously seen relationship intact. "He Didn't Last Long" introduces Chadder, who shows interest in Bella early in the episode.
    • After "He Didn't Last Long" starts with Chief and Coco appearing to be back together, Chief refers to Whitney as "honey" and goes on a walk with her, making Southbird suspicious.
  • Lysistrata Gambit: Digby mentions that his unseen and unnamed lover punched him in the testicles and withheld sex for an extended period of time.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Chief asks Southbird if he's going to continue the Mi(i)sfits or Beast Intersection series in "For Whom the Bella Tolls" and Southbird simply says yes in response.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • Ankha mentions a 20-minute video in the intro to "Hail to the Chief".
    • Labelle comments about if the content is still good in "Ankha's Birthday".
    • Isabelle says she loves the series in "Ankha's Birthday", calling the series nonsensical and calling the video cool.
    • Bob says the game is over during the countdown to 2018. Southbird points out that the year is over.
    • In "TMI Day", Wolfgang rants about YouTube videos being taken down for no apparent reason.
  • Messy Hair: Mayor Bird's hair turned into bedhead between the first and second episodes due to a delay in playing. Southbird decided to stick with it since Shampoodle wasn't available at the time.
  • Mind Screw: In "Scandals, as Usual" Chief becomes very confused when trying to decide what the opposite of opposite is, giving both "opposite" and "identical" as answers and leading Bird to say "Once more?" in response.
  • Mirror Self: According to Southbird and Teckworks, Harvey's depiction in the KaosTown season is meant to sharply contrast with his official self, being an "eyeless demon" who speaks entirely in the form of dark horror stories instead of an easygoing hippie who loves life and nature.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In "Birth[day] of a Southbird" Chief tells Bird that the latter's husband is gay. Southbird thinks he's referring to Percy, who's shown to be attracted to other men in "TMI Day", but Bird has only shown interest in women.
  • Mondegreen: When Bella starts singing in front of Resident Services in "Investigation", Southbird adds a caption joking that one "lyric" is "Fuck the police."
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The "Kaostown" episode of Birdston begins with Freya running around with an axe and using it to murder Phoebe. The scene then shifts to Bird standing on Birdston's Town Tree and Southbird lightheartedly commenting on how he's a bird roosting in a tree, followed by wondering how he's supposed to get down.
    • Southbird acts serious and apologetic when Bird plants a shrub by what appears to be Ray's corpse in "He Didn't Last Long", only to start laughing after seeing that he got Nook Miles for that.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Lolly hands Bird an apple in "Peer Pressure" followed by posing proudly while calling the apple important.
    • Skye talks about planting flowers as though it's a huge accomplishment in "Ankha's Birthday".
      Skye: "Damn! LOOK! That is hella cool."

    Beast Intersection (Kaostown; Wolfburg; Birdston; Canislupus) — Tropes N to Z 
  • Nice Guy: Invoked by Bob, who says he thinks Bird was born a nun when he offers to deliver a package.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's implied that Percy's habit of sleeping around during Birdston managed to undo the progress he made on Freya's mental state, causing her to find Birdston and go after Bird again. As with most of the issues he's caused, he refuses to acknowledge this.
  • Non-Answer: Lolly says "Fucking love that cat" in "Hail to the Chief" and Southbird isn't sure which cat she's referring to, as there are three in KaosTown, including Lolly herself.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The eye patch accessory is called a "shoe" due to text obfuscation.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Southbird's model edits in Birdston often involve making female characters more shapely, making them look more like how Teckworks draws them, and this includes giving Phoebe breasts, despite her being an ostrich.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Character models are often edited, but the NPCs who get their character models altered the most are the "stars": Bella, Ankha, Freya, Cherry, and Percy.
    • Since one of his older 3D models had to be ported into New Horizons so he could return, Kapp'n is more low-poly than the other characters in Canislupus.
  • Noodle Implements:
    • Isabelle claims she figured out Bird's goal in "Happy Toy Day!". Southbird doesn't know what she thinks it is, but she thinks it involves women's underwear in some way.
      Isabelle: "I figured out your goal."
      [Bird sits down at his desk]
      Isabelle: "Some panties,Bird or Like a thong or G-string, T-back?"
      Southbird: "Whoa. What do you think my goal is?"
    • In "Freaky Freya" Cherry says there's bound to be a more ridiculous prostitution story than one involving two girls and one chicken.
    • In "TMI Day", Percy refers the use of a glass containing strawberries and whole milk during sex.
    • Bird buys Percy a "metal dangus" to help with the latter's sex-related issues. It's not stated what a "metal dangus" is or what it's used for, but it's sold at Nook's in Your Cranny Adult Novelty Store.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Chief accuses Bird of doing something he shouldn't after Bird takes him to see Bob, but it's not said what he's referring to and Southbird says he didn't do anything. Southbird assumes Chief is saying this because something is wrong with him, which turns out to be drug use.
    • In the description for "For Whom the Bella Tolls", Southbird jokingly explains the hiatus by saying Mayor Bird was apparently on medical leave. The description doesn't get more specific than this, and the only onscreen events related to Bird's medical leave are Isabelle giving Bird Viagra and Cherry misunderstanding why Bird is taking Viagra.
    • Isabelle says something isn't her fault in "Hello Whitney" without saying what she's referring to. Southbird isn't sure what she's talking about and Isabelle claims she's just making chitchat.
      Isabelle: "Hmmmm . . . This isn't my fault."
      Southbird: "What... isn't?"
      Isabelle: "Just making chitchat."
      Southbird: "Uh... uh... uh... I think we need to go back to the part where something isn't your fault."
    • In "Saving Face", Skye talks to Bird about how she's upset about Bird making fun of her and others laughing at that and shows him a letter he wrote apologizing for pushing her. Southbird says he completely forgot about the letter and its subject.
    • The description for the first Wolfburg episode ("Scandals, as Usual") claims that KaosTown was destroyed after the last KaosTown episode ("Happy Toy Day!"), though no details are provided in the description and this doesn't come up at all in the video itself. Despite this, the town is shown to still be intact in later episodes of the Birdston season.
    • In "Truth or 'Dere'", Percy says he "came home to a duck" and that someone serenaded him by name. Southbird is left wondering which duck he's referring to, and how someone named Percy is serenaded.
    • In "TMI Day", Moe attracts a crowd while saying he had his hands covered in blood in the shoe department of a store. Southbird is grossed out and points out the crowd's presence.
    • In "Squirrelly Jealousy", Isabelle states that Bob's return is because he was transferred to Birdston instead of moving there voluntarily, but she doesn't say why, instead switching to commenting that explaining Birdston is tiring.
  • No-Tell Motel: Bird visits GracieGrace in "Rat Races of the Heart" and Labelle suggests taking someone to a motel and having sex with her, followed by Southbird being confused about who she's referring to. Labelle adds that he loves the motel trips in question and that she isn't sorry for talking about it, but she wishes she could have helped. In "Paging Doctor Percy" Bella tells Bird "Because a motel is dirty and it is sexy" and Southbird says this is referring to the motels Labelle was talking about in the previous episode.
  • Not a Mask: Inverted; Coco's famous Gyroid-like face is a helmet in this series' continuity. She breaks it sometime before "Saving Face", revealing that her actual face is plain-looking, though she's embarrassed to reveal this when Bird talks to her.
  • Occidental Otaku: Marshal is characterized as an anime-obsessed Japanophile, as he talks about how much he likes "pantsu shots" and goes on a tangent about waifus when Bird visits him in "Scandals, as Usual". Southbird gives him an appropriately nasally voice. As of Birdston, his house has Japanese decorations (such as a tanuki statue) rather than his normal messy theme, and his radio plays "K.K. Folk", which is based on traditional Japanese music.
  • Offscreen Breakup:
    • In the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary, Southbird and Teckworks discuss Coco's absence in Wolfburg and say it might be related to her breaking up with Chief. The "Kaostown" episode of Birdston shows that she still lives in KaosTown, despite Chief moving to Wolfburg and later Birdston. The Canislupus episode "He Didn't Last Long" starts with them appearing to be back together, only for Chief to show interest in Whitney.
    • In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, Bob says in a letter that he broke up with Skye, despite Skye not living in Birdston, and her reappearance in that episode showing her still living in KaosTown.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: At the end of "Scandals, as Usual", Shrunk claims his show contained a good moment while Bird is at the theater, leaving Southbird wondering what he missed. The end of the show doesn't elaborate further, instead having Shrunk say "Oh, wow!" followed by bursting into tears.
  • Offscreen Romance: "Welcome to Birdston" shows that Percy and Ankha got engaged between the finale of Wolfburg and the beginning of Birdston. Despite this, Percy's promiscuous behavior continues after this, leading to relationship issues between him and Ankha.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Parodied in "Emotional Baggage" when Southbird talks about Whitney adopting Freya's "uff da" Verbal Tic as though it's a sign of a conspiracy.
    • After Bird gives Ankha a shirt in "TMI Day", Freya starts walking by and Bird gets jumpy and tries to run away because he dreads her presence, but he ends up talking to her instead and she proceeds to gush over him.
    • After reading a strange letter from Percy in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, the attached present turns out to contain an Unknown Machine. Southbird gets a bad feeling about it, referencing its destructive capabilities in Southbird's edits of Mayor Vine.
    • When Southbird sees Audie at Bella's house in "Enough Hot Nonsense", he gets worried due to a combination of Audie being Freya's sister and Audie's assumed involvement in the attempted murder of Ray.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Cherry says she looks young for her age, but her actual age isn't stated.
    • In the Birdston December 2019 special, Southbird wonders how old Bob is after he says he has a 20-year-old son, since he doesn't look old enough to have a son that old. His actual age isn't stated.
  • The Oldest Profession:
    • In KaosTown, Bird buys something from Cherry, unaware that he paid for a night. He turns down a similar offer in "Happy Toy Day!". In the Wolfburg episodes, she openly calls herself a slut and discusses prostitution.
      Cherry: "Good I'll see you tonight.4,704 Bells ! That's a better deal than you'd get elsewhere. How 'bout it?"
      Southbird: "Uh... what am I buying?"
      [The game displays a choice of "Ooh" or "La La?" and Southbird chooses the former]
      Cherry: "Well, well, well, Mr"
      [Bird hands Cherry 4,704 Bells]
      Southbird: "I... just paid for a night. All right, Cherry!"
    • When Bird visits the city in the Wolfburg season, Rosie says she took a part-time prostitution job. When she says there's been a shortage of strawberries, Southbird wonders if "strawberry" is a prostitution-related term in this case.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Villagers repeatedly bring up Bird having sex with Bella. Reactions from those against it range from taunting Bird to considering it depraved, while reactions from those in favor of it range from complimenting him for it to explicitly saying they want more of it. Ankha's view on it starts out negative, but she shows the opposite view in later episodes, such as calling Bella cute in "Hello Whitney" and saying "Why do I want to fuck a rat alluvasudden?" in "Happy Toy Day!".
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, Southbird is caught off guard when Lolly suddenly acts serious instead of perverted, randomly sending Bird a letter saying "Welcome to Kaostown", then saying she "hate[s] this stupid town with all its stupid, terrible people" and "This is bad" when Bird confronts her about the letter. Southbird suspects that Freya's reappearance has something to do with Lolly's unusual behavior.
    • In "Investigation", Southbird is worried when Bob suddenly acts completely serious instead of being a goofy Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Original Character:
    • Percy, a custom cat character added in the Wolfburg episodes, is based on Teckworks' avatar instead of being from a different Animal Crossing installment; despite this, he is not an Author Avatar for Teck, unlike Bird being a stand-in for Southbird. After donning a doctor's coat and attending a job interview in the Wolfburg season, he becomes the town's doctor, a job he keeps post-Wolfburg.
    • A purple cat named Toby, who looks exactly like Bob for unexplained reasons and is initially mistaken for Bob, appears in the "Santa Bird" episode of Birdston. Despite there being an official Animal Crossing character named Toby, said character is a rabbit and not a cat.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Conversed in "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", when Chief speculates that poltergeists could be dead wizards.
  • Our Product Sucks:
    • "Animal Crashing", the first episode of the series, quickly starts with a statement that "the game sucks" from Isabelle.
    • Tommy says "10/10 would uninstall again" and "it's just made of dicks" when trying to sell SBirdo wrapping paper.
  • Out of Focus: Scoot ends up appearing less frequently in the original run, and he eventually moves out offscreen without his move being acknowledged until the commentary for the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation. This is intentional, as Southbird cut instances of him saying the sort of lewd things said by other villagers, as he found it jarring compared to his more innocent Dumb Jock characterization on Vinesauce, particularly Mayor Vine, and thus had second thoughts about including him.
  • Overly Long Gag: A very long conversation Whitney has with Percy in "Emotional Baggage" ends up being punctuated with cuts and fast-forwarding, and it ends up wearing Percy out.
  • Overused Running Gag: Southbird starts to see through the tendency for random characters to put on doctor's coats in "What's up, Doc?". By the time Ankha, who's one of the few villagers to not change into a doctor's coat, starts talking about bridesmaids' dresses, Southbird wonders if the bridesmaids' dresses are actually doctor's coats.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Invoked by Bird in "Paging Doctor Percy". He buys a Cat Cap thinking it's enough to convince Ankha that he's also a cat, but Mabel doesn't understand Bird's idea and Ankha ends up acting offended and dumbfounded by it.
      Southbird: [after Bird walks toward Ankha] "Hi Ankha! How you doing?"
      Ankha: "Just exactly what in the hell is this?"
      Southbird: [laughs] "What? I'm a cat. I'm a lovely pussy."
    • Not seen directly, but in "Freaky Freya" of Wolfburg, Ruby the rabbit tells Bird that she dated a 40-year-old woman via Tinder, only to discover that she was actually Bob wearing a pair of sunglasses.
  • Percussive Therapy: At Bird's 2020 birthday party in the Canislupus season's "Birthday Minisode!", the party features a piñata with a badly drawn doodle of Freya on it, due to Bird's hatred of her. While Bird is breaking it open, the other attendees, Bella, Chief, and Bob, cheer him on.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: "Dangus" is a "word" sometimes used in the Wolfburg episodes; Bird buys Percy a "metal dangus" from Nook's in Your Cranny Adult Novelty Store and Chrissy says "you dangus" as her Verbal Tic.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "It's hip to fuck [X]" is a Mad Libs Catch Phrase frequently said by villagers in response to Bird's sex life. The phrase is a snowclone of the "It's hip to fuck bees" lyric from an "It's Hip to Be Square" parody that became a meme on Vinesauce in late 2015, which itself is said verbatim in "Animal Crashing".
    • Many characters mention "Awesome Southbird" and "I'm not happy" during "Birthday Intervention".
  • Portmanteau: Timmy randomly mentions a "dreadmill" when selling Bird a Sleek Sofa.
  • Production Throwback:
    • Redd mentions the marriage between Groose and Lamb Chop from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life in "Hail to the Chief", albeit not referring to them by name.
    • "I'm not happy" phrase commonly used in "Birthday Intervention" originally belonged to Sponge in Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, which were among the first Vinesauce streams Southbird edited. However, Sponge himself originated as a one-off joke Vinny came up with during a stream of Super Mario 3D World after Direboar joked that there should be a third Mario Brother, with Southbird having no involvement in that stream.
    • Nook says he's from Vineland, the original town in the Mayor Vine series, in "Hail to the Chief".
    • Bird receives a letter from Bella saying "mmmmmm that gives me an idea" in "Happy Toy Day!". The line in question is a reference to how Vinny from Vinesauce had to put up with a glitch in We Happy Few that caused the line "That is a terribly charismatic duck. Hmmmm... that gives me an idea." to be repeated multiple times during the stream.
    • One of the posters behind the driver's seat of the bus in the Wolfburg season is a drawing Teckworks did of Cling On in a Playboy Bunny outfit.
    • Bird sees Scoot in the city in "Paging Doctor Percy" and Southbird uses that as an opportunity to imitate the Scoot voice Vinny uses in Mayor Vine and Vinesauce Miitopia.
    • Bella has fleas in "Freaky Freya" and Southbird implicitly references the flea-related incidents from Mayor Vine.
    • Southbird portrays the Unknown Machine furniture item as causing destruction in his edits of Mayor Vine. When Bird receives one in the "Kaostown" episode of Beast Intersection Birdston, Southbird is quick to interpret its presence in Beast Intersection as a bad sign.
    • Kapp'n singing "What the fuck is that statue tho" in the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston is accompanied by an image of Scoot with the Beautiful Statue he received in Mayor Vine, featuring Vinesauce fanart referencing Vinny's joke about Scoot grabbing the statue's topless chest and imagining Cyrus, which followed Scoot's multiple instances of appearing to have a crush on Cyrus in that series.
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", Bird receives a letter saying his Minecraft YouTube channel isn't going to be successful. Southbird points out that he's done videos for other games, implicitly referencing the Minecraft series he's done with Teckworks.
  • Professional Killer: After Ray is presumed dead in "He Didn't Last Long" after his body is found by the beach, Southbird suspects Chadder of being responsible, with Audie being suspected of hiring him to do it.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title of the "Pussyfooting Around" episode of Birdston references how Bird deals with the relationship problems of two of the town's cats, Percy and Ankha. Bird also witnesses interactions between the other two cats, Bob and Lolly, and Southbird questions why Bob is nearby when Percy is standing around depressed.
  • Purple Prose: Harvey's text is specifically replaced with Lovecraft's writing, which stands out when everyone else is speaking in YouTube comment fragments.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Mayor SBirdo from the "Animal Crashing" episode is never seen after that episode, with Bird replacing him as the main character.
    • Scoot leaves KaosTown offscreen. Southbird says during the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation video's commentary that he thinks it's for the better because he thinks the dialogue from this series doesn't fit him, due to the more innocent characterization he has in the Mayor Vine series and on Vinesauce in general. He returns for a cameo in the city in The Stinger to Wolfburg's "Paging Doctor Percy".
    • Lolly, who first appears in Mayor Vine, does not initially appear in Wolfburg, despite being present throughout the KaosTown season. She makes a return in "Birth[day] of a Southbird".
    • Coco, who's a regular in the KaosTown season and appears in the Da Burbs-based episodes of Mayor Vine, does not appear in the Wolfburg episodes. When she's brought up in the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary, it's suggested that she broke up with Chief offscreen.
    • Skye, who appears in the Vineland-based episodes of Mayor Vine and appears throughout the original run of Beast Intersection, does not appear in the Wolfburg episodes, despite the other wolves making an appearance there and giving the town its name. This is enforced because she debuted in New Leaf, so putting her in City Folk would require extra programming, as with Cherry, Marshal, and Percy.
    • Bob begins leaving Wolfburg in "TMI Day" and is absent in "Freya's Fangs", with Chrissy having moved in after he left.
    • Freya is absent in "Welcome to Birdston" after being present throughout the Wolfburg season. Justified due to the villagers having left Wolfburg to get away from her. She ends up moving to Birdston in "Santa Bird".
    • Phoebe, a prominent newcomer in Birdston, is shown to have moved out in "Santa Bird".
    • Marshal moves out in "Chief and Shorty" and his moving-away letter saying "Spring Hunting Season is upon us" makes Chief uneasy.
    • Between Happy Birdsday and the Birdston December 2019 special, Percy is shown to have moved out offscreen.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Isabelle calls herself a slut in "Birthday Intervention", though she doesn't have as much sexual dialogue as other villagers in that episode.
    • Ankha angrily claims she senses a pattern of Bird wanting to have sex with all the female villagers, specifically claiming he said he wants to have sex with Isabelle.
    • Mac says he assumes Bella is "the slut of the town" in "Ankha's Birthday". Southbird tells him to shut up because he doesn't even live in KaosTown.
    • Whitney says "[Her] ass belongs to these people" in "Hello Whitney". Skye claims Whitney "oozes sexuality" and wants to learn more about that in "Saving Face", which results in Whitney insulting Skye and abruptly leaving after Skye finishes responding. In "Saving Face", Whitney happens to be at Bella's house while Bella asks Bird why others call her a slut. Both "Saving Face" events are discussed in the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation's commentary.
    • In "TMI Day" Percy is implied to have been with Bob and Cherry's reference to medical gloves being used during sex is interpreted as her being with Percy (the latter is referenced in the thumbnail), and in "The Doctor Is In" Percy's therapy for Freya involves sex and he asks Bird to pay for said therapy with sex. Despite being engaged to Ankha in Birdston, Percy retains his promiscuous tendencies, leading to unfaithfulness.
      Percy: "Now, who haven't I Bird slept with yet?"
      Southbird: "Percy! Ankha's right there!"
      Percy: "I honestly don't agree that it's an indication of how he will be as a husband."
      Southbird: "It might be, if you're wondering who you haven't slept with yet."
  • Recursive Canon:
    • When Chief says he doubts Coco's innocence because of her use of the recurring "It's hip to fuck rats" phrase, he says he began to think this after rewatching previous Beast Intersection episodes.
    • In The Stinger of "TMI Day", Olivia comments on the Beast Intersection videos and compliments Southbird himself for them.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Freya, who violently stalked Bird throughout the Wolfburg season, moves to Birdston in "Santa Bird" and her facial expression for looking overjoyed was replaced with one that has her eyes turn red. Southbird emphasizes this by distorting the footage during one of multiple scenes that shows her violently showing attraction to Bird. (A closer look reveals that they're actually hearts.)
  • Retcon:
    • Tom Nook's store is initially Nookington's in Wolfburg, which is the final form of the store in the base game. In "Emotional Baggage" Tom Nook makes an actual appearance, this time running Nook's in Your Cranny Adult Novelty Store, which takes the first form of his store in the base game and combines it with the Vulgar Humor normally seen in Beast Intersection.
    • In KaosTown, Ankha shares a story about her father giving her a telescope when she was quarantined when she was younger. In Wolfburg, she says her father left her mother for another woman, so she has no early memories of him.
  • The Reveal: The intro to the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston shows that Phoebe's absence in "Santa Bird" isn't because she moved out, but because Freya killed her with an axe.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin:
    • Cherry's text misspells "paltry" as "poultry" in "Birth[day] of a Southbird" and the resulting text's reference to "suit[ing] poultry needs" leads Southbird to suspect her of using a bird-related insult.
    • In "He Didn't Last Long", Southbird jokes that Chadder was given his name because his parents didn't know how to spell "cheddar", adding that mice should know better.
  • Rummage Sale Reject:
    • Bird's primary clothing style in the original series and the first half of Wolfburg consists of a beak and a suit of armor, with the latter being referred to as a "protect" in-game in "Bella Aqueous" and "Birthday Intervention" due to text obfuscation and continuing to be referred to as such by Southbird after the text obfuscation is dropped.
    • Halloween pranks in 2017 replace Bird's usual clothes with a pumpkin mask and a patched shirt. Bird removes the mask and replaces the patched shirt with a custom Weavile shirt until he has a chance to go back to his standard style.
  • Running Gag:
    • Bird's parents frequently mail him bizarre encouraging letters, which he checks at the beginning of any episode where he gets them.
    • Various villagers talk about Bird having kids in "Happy Toy Day!", such as Bird being sold a cradle at Super T&T.
    • The Wolfburg episodes feature Katrina either reading Bird nonsensical fortunes during his trips to the city or rambling about things that have nothing to do with fortune-telling. However, "Birth[day] of a Southbird" gives her a more prominent role in the plot, which occurs despite her text in that episode's fortune-telling session being unmodified from the original game.
    • The title of "TMI Day" refers to recurring instances of characters providing Too Much Information in their personal stories, primarily regarding their sex lives.
    • Birdston characterizes Lolly as a creepy pervert, and she often talks about and asks for overly personal information. When she asks Bird which questions she's asked in "Welcome to Birdston" were overly personal, Southbird says all of them were, and when she asks Bird if he wants a hug, Southbird thinks it would be a bad idea.
      Lolly: "Wanna hug?"
      Southbird: "Not really. I'm a little afraid of where it would lead."
    • Birdston features multiple instances of Bird uttering a single word after finishing a cup of coffee at The Roost, with said word being either nonsensical (such as "Come") or simply not a complete sentence (such as "Thank").
    • "Squirrelly Jealousy" features multiple instances of villagers randomly following Bird after conversations. Southbird finds this confusing at first, but he wants Percy to get Ankha to stop following him the third time this happens.
    • "What's up, Doc?" features multiple instances of characters posing as doctors in November after Halloween ended up being uneventful.
      Bella: "I could prep, like, a thousand diagnostic tests. Bird"
      Southbird: "Look, just wearing that coat doesn't make you a doctor."
    • "Santa Bird" features multiple instances of Chief wishing Bird a happy birthday in December, well past the correct date of May 20, including at his birthday party on December 19.
    • "He Shouldn't Have a Phone" features multiple instances of items' names being replaced by random phrases, such as an item called "Oh, God, no." simply being a washing machine.
  • The Scapegoat: In "Investigation", Ray claims that Bird was an accomplice in the murder of Phoebe.
  • Schmuck Bait: When Bob is walking near Bird's house in "TMI Day", Southbird tells him to go behind it because Freya is back there. Bob goes in front of his house instead, followed by Bird failing to attack Freya with a net.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In "Birthday Intervention", Southbird elects to end his play session when Ankha has an swear-filled outburst at him.
    • The premise of the Birdston season is that Bird and most of his friends have left Wolfburg to get away from Freya, with Bird becoming the mayor of a new town named Birdston.
    • In "Pussyfooting Around", Percy and Ankha both approach Bird, and the latter asks Bird to speak to the former for her due to their relationship problems. After this, Percy runs off and the footage emphasizes this, with Southbird wishing he wouldn't have run off.
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", Bird has a few conversations with Audie at her house. Things get awkward after she mentions defending her sister, and Bird interprets that as a cue to leave her house after realizing she's referring to Freya, who strongly resembles Audie on top of being Bird's archnemesis.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Shrunk yells to the audience that a joke of his that he tells in "Freya's Fangs" may end up terrible and apologizes in advance.
    • Marshal calls himself a piece of trash in "What's up, Doc?" when he's speaking to Bird.
  • Sex for Services: In "The Doctor Is In", Bird gives Percy wallpaper as payment for providing therapy to Freya, only for Percy to ask about sex instead.
    Southbird: "I guess Percy's expecting payment for his services. Ugh."
  • Sexual Euphemism:
    • Bella refers to having sex as "taking a poke" in "For Whom the Bella Tolls".
    • Bob mentions crawling out from between a couple of large boulders while at Ankha's birthday party in "Ankha's Birthday" and Southbird interprets the word "boulders" as a euphemism for breasts.
      Bob: "BOOM.Ankha I am slowly crawls out from between a couple large boulders."
      Southbird: "You referring to Ankha's boulders?"
    • In "Scandals, as Usual" Bird talks to Bunnie in the city and she says "If you ever want to come down here,Door's always open" followed by looking downward. Southbird finds this to be questionable.
    • Bird travels to the city in "Rat Races of the Heart" and Southbird says "Excuse me?" in response to Walker saying "Man, I would love to burn your candles!"
    • In "Rat Races of the Heart" Mabel says "The cake's really good" when Bird leaves the Able Sisters' shop, which Southbird interprets as part of the sisters' repeated attempts to set Bird up with Sable.
    • In "Birth[day] of a Southbird" Cherry talks about adult stores putting "sell by" stickers on expired meat and Southbird is grossed out by what "expired meat" would mean in this case.
    • In "Truth or 'Dere'" Rosie mentions having a part-time prostitution job and that there's been a shortage of strawberries. Southbird wonders if "strawberry" is a prostitution-related term.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: "Happy Toy Day!"'s thumbnail depicts Bella in a revealing Santa Claus dress. The same image later appears on a poster behind the bus driver's seat in the Wolfburg videos.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Bird dresses up as Santa Claus to deliver presents for Jingle on Toy Day in "Happy Toy Day!". He starts by falling into a pitfall right after accepting Jingle's request, then he delivers all the presents, only making a few mistakes. Southbird is underwhelmed when all he receives in return is a $25 gift card. Not long after Toy Day, Bob sells his present back to Bird despite initially liking it, then says they're even for unclear reasons.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter:
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • Skye says "Vine is a fucking Vine" while at Bird's birthday party.
    • Skye says "You look like you" to Bird in "Hail to the Chief".
    • Chief says he thinks too much sex is sexy in "Happy Toy Day!".
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • The Able Sisters insist Bird is in a relationship with Cherry in KaosTown, while Mabel tries to set him up with Sable in Wolfburg and Sable is in favor of it.
    • Timmy insists that Bird should be with Bella.
    • Tom Nook says he thinks Chief and Coco are good together in "Ankha's Birthday", comparing their relationship to a drug.
    • Chief says "The world needs more Bella-Bird DNA" in "Saving Face". He also adds that he'll help, which Southbird objects to, followed by mentioning that it'll kill Digby, who's stated to be the head of the condo association.
    • In "He Shouldn't Have a Phone", Chief tells Bird he should move forward with his relationship with Bella by giving her an engagement ring. Southbird says he hasn't thought about that yet.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In Birdston, Marshal, a character with consistently goofy dialogue, moves out of town in "Chief and Shorty" near the end of the season as things start getting more serious. He returns in the finale of Birdston, "Happy Birdsday", which occurs after the situation from previous episodes has been resolved.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Skye says "Watch me swooce right in" in "Animal Crashing" as a reference to The Misadventures of Skooks when first speaking to SBirdo and mentions Zygarde using Fling and Graffiti Kingdom while at his house.
    • Labelle randomly mentions The Angry Video Game Nerd being right about something while SBirdo is looking at accessories.
    • Timmy calls Gorillaz awesome while Bird is browsing.
    • Coco says Ayla from Chrono Trigger is "fucking thick" in "Hail to the Chief".
    • Bella mentions something about someone not seeing a Chain Chomp in "Hail to the Chief".
    • Cherry's "You got no scrote?" line in "For Whom the Bella Tolls" originally came from Back to the Future Part II. The line originally accompanied a Groin Attack Marty receives from Spike.
    • Lolly gives an incomplete summary of the series in "Ankha's Birthday" and Southbird assumes she's writing the TV Tropes page.
      Lolly: "the prefect storm of bullishit NOTHING!
      Next, there's a rat named Bella, who is constantly horny but can never seem to get what she wants ."
      Southbird: "What, are you writing the TV Tropes page?"
      Lolly: "sluts sluts and *MENACING* shit
      It's hip to fuck Cherry hail lewds"
    • After Bird loses his trademark suit of armor to a Halloween prank, he replaces the patched shirt he receives from said prank with a red and black shirt with the Pokémon Weavile on it. Weavile used to be in Teckworks' avatar.
    • In "Saving Face" Lolly calls Coco an ignorant slut, referencing a line from early Saturday Night Live episodes.
    • In "Freaky Freya" the title character refers to love as a weapon to surpass Metal Gear, after which Southbird points out that her comparison is strange.
    • Cherry talks about Rick Sanchez setting up portals in The Stinger of "Freaky Freya" after talking about how she disliked selling cigarettes when she worked at a gas station.
    • In the Birdston December 2019 special, Bob says he ordered 100 Pokémon cards. He discusses keeping the rare ones for himself and giving the others away.
    • In the Birdston December 2019 special, Bella mentions buying Luigi's Mansion 3 during a conversation with Bird at her house.
  • The Shrink: Percy puts on a doctor's coat in "Rat Races of the Heart" and says he has an interview. In "Paging Doctor Percy" he's shown to be a therapist, in "Freaky Freya" he refers to his house as a hostpital, and in "The Doctor Is In" he provides therapy to Freya, resulting in her no longer violently showing attraction to Bird.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • In the KaosTown episodes, Ankha really hates Bird, often cursing him and his town right to his face. She's less aggressive in Wolfburg, but still prone to rudeness, and in "Emotional Baggage" she ends up showing interest in Bird and also warns him that getting involved with Freya is dangerous.
    • Bird starts actively avoiding and dreading Freya in Wolfburg after repeated instances of her showing attraction to him in bizarre and even violent ways. When she shows up at his house to host his birthday party, Southbird is quick to call it the worst birthday ever and suspects the cake of being poisoned. In "Emotional Baggage" Freya catches onto the fact that Bird is avoiding her, while Ankha, who was Bird's arch-nemesis in KaosTown, warns Bird about Freya in that episode and continues her warnings in later episodes, particularly "TMI Day".
    • Downplayed in The Stinger of "Percy's Bedside Manner", when Southbird says Joan's name with contempt after seeing her and Bird pushes her after this, with nothing else coming out of this one-sided rivalry.
    • In "He Didn't Last Long", Bird and Chadder start feuding after the latter shows a strong interest in the former's girlfriend, Bella. Later in the episode, Southbird suspects Chadder of being involved in the apparent murder of Ray, which is referenced in the episode's title.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    • Whitney comments in "Saving Face" that the human body is capable of great things with a powerful brain, then says "Fuck me♥ Is it classy enough?"
    • Invoked by Bella, who refers to "Talk classy, act nasty" as a saying she picked up from her mom.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Played for laughs after "bird brother" Gulliver dies in "Squirrelly Jealousy", when Southbird's only concern is that someone should clean his dead body off the beach. This comment is directed toward both Kapp'n and Cherry, with only the latter being concerned; her concerns about Bird's brother being sent to do the dirty work and her condolences for him dying are brushed off, and Southbird is still only concerned with keeping the beach clean.
    Cherry: "send your brother in to dirty work, huh? He passed away."
    Southbird: "Look, I'm sorry about Gulliver, but... somebody should probably clean up the beach."
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • The setting for all but the first episode of the first seasonnote  is written in CamelCase as KaosTown in-game, but it's written as Kaostown, without CamelCase, in the playlist and some text for Wolfburg and in in-game references to the town in Birdston, including the "Kaostown" episode of the latter season.
    • Marshal's name has an extra L added to the end in "Freaky Freya" for unknown reasons and stays that way for a while, while it has only one L when he debuts in "Scandals, as Usual"; the latter is the spelling Nintendo officially uses. His name's spelling is later reverted to the official one.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • When Bird visits Redd's tent, Redd rambles for a while followed by sexually harassing Bird.
      Redd "I am, come in You."
      Southbird: "I would not like that, Redd."
      [Bird starts to leave the tent]
      Redd: "Oh, won't you be my sweet potato?"
      Southbird: "No, Redd. Sorry."
    • Wolfburg's resident yandere, Freya, is seen waiting at the bus stop in "Truth or 'Dere'" right after Bird comes back from the city. She then insists he's going to love her.
  • Stealth Insult: Cherry tells Bird she can't "bend time to suit [his] poultry needs" in "Birth[day] of a Southbird" and the misspelling of "paltry" as "poultry" leads Southbird to suspect her of using a bird-related insult.
  • The Stinger:
    • Every episode ends with an extra clip tagged onto the end, which fades into Southbird's end slate as he talks over it.
    • The end of "TMI Day" has Olivia saying she likes Southbird's videos and giving her opinion of them.
    • The end of "TMI Day" features Shrunk's stand-up show featuring a "joke" that simply consists of Shrunk saying his dad taught him how to peel a banana when he was a kid, followed by giving a step-by-step explanation of how he peeled bananas. Southbird is left confused by the lack of an actual joke.
    • The end of "The Doctor Is In" has Chrissy claim it's a meme that programmers have several unfinished projects. Southbird comments that that's actually the case and not just a meme.
    • The end of "Welcome to Birdston" shows Bird taking his helmet off, showing his white hair.
    • The end of "Percy's Bedside Manner" features one of the few appearances of Joan in the series, other than in "Animal Crashing", and Southbird says her name with contempt while Bird pushes her. Nothing else comes from this one-sided rivalry.
    • The end of "Percy's Bedside Manner" features Percy randomly giving Bird $35,000, which Southbird thanks him for.
    • The end of "Percy's Bedside Manner" features Bird visiting Labelle, with the latter initially saying nothing to the former. She then apologizes to Bird, due to his armor making him unable to use the accessories she sells.
    • The end of "What's up, Doc?" has Shrunk telling the joke that a spoon is a waterproof fork and a fork is a perforated spoon. Southbird thinks the joke is stupid instead of funny.
      Southbird: "That's not a joke, it's just stupid."
    • The end of "What's up, Doc?" shows Labelle selling bananas and mangoes instead of clothing.
    • The end of "Pussyfooting Around" shows Bird unsuccessfully using the megaphone to call for Phoebe. Southbird tries saying her name in a goofy voice and the megaphone works properly when he does that.
    • The end of "Happy Birdsday" ends with Harvey, or Ar'vi has he's called in this season, telling an H. P. Lovecraft story, as in previous episodes. He ends his storytelling by ominously saying that "something is coming".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Audie heavily implies herself to be Freya's sister. They're both wolves with pinkish/reddish fur.
  • Stupid Crooks: Shrunk's first stand-up joke in "Rat Races of the Heart" is to say that the world's worst bank robber tries to steal all the bank has, followed by asking to open an account to deposit the stolen money.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • The insult-filled, profanity-laden text used by Kapp'n and later his family is intentionally misspelled and miscapitalized.
    • At Bird's birthday party in the Canislupus season's "Birthday Minisode!", Bird breaks open a piñata that has an intentionally bad doodle of Freya drawn on it, as well as Freya's name written on it in intentionally bad handwriting.
  • Sucky School: In "Y'know I'm Right", when Chief talks about people saying high school is the best time of their lives, he says that isn't always the case and bursts into tears when talking about his bad experience with high school.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Apropos of nothing, Bob insists, shortly after moving to Birdston, that he is not a spy, and would never reveal classified information. The following November, Brewster tells Bob he's the best agent he's ever seen.
  • Sweet Tooth: One scene in "Scandals, as Usual" features Bob naming various desserts while saying nothing else. He talks about desserts again in "Squirrelly Jealousy", particularly regarding cookies.
  • Take That!: Skye randomly mentions YouTube when visiting SBirdo's tiny house in "Animal Crashing" and Southbird adds that it's the kind of house that YouTube money can buy.
  • The Teaser: The beginning of "Santa Bird" shows Freya returning on December 14, 2018, and resuming the violent behavior she showed in Wolfburg. The rest of the episode shows various December-exclusive events and ends on New Year's Day 2019, with Freya making no more appearances until a non-speaking appearance at the end of the episode.
  • Tap on the Head: In "He Didn't Last Long", Ray appears to be dead after Bird finds his body by the beach. "Enough Hot Nonsense" shows that he's fine and was just unconscious due to a head wound.
  • Title Drop:
    • In "Welcome to Birdston", Southbird says "welcome to Birdston" while Bird is leaving Percy's birthday party after hearing Percy talk about his relationship with Ankha.
    • In the "Kaostown" episode of Birdston, Bird receives a letter from Lolly saying "Welcome to Kaostown" and little else. Southbird doesn't know what she means because Bird left KaosTown a year ago. When Bird confronts Lolly about the letter, she says she hates Birdston and adds "This is bad."
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", Audie quotes the title multiple times during her first few conversation with Bird.
  • Tone Shift: The first episode simply features characters repeating random Vinesauce YouTube comments, often with Vinesauce memes and in-jokes, while the script for the second episode makes an intentional Translation Train Wreck out of the official script. The third episode begins a shift away from the second episode's text obfuscation in favor of revisiting the use of YouTube comments, this time using comments from Southbird's own channel to form a more coherent plot that contains both serious and comedic moments. While the comedic moments primarily make use of Vulgar Humor, said humor relies less on Vinesauce references.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Cherry starts out acting like she's in love with Bird when other villagers say she is, but later on she says she erased the petition to build Club LOL when she's asked to sign and asks Bird if he's "got no scrote" and if he's a loser with a capital L in "For Whom the Bella Tolls". She also turns out to have a grudge against Chief in "Saving Face".
    • In "Freaky Freya" Mabel acts rude to Bird, either insulting him or simply refusing to acknowledge him. Sable claims she wants attention and later angrily glares at her after multiple instances of her insulting Bird.
    • At the beginning of Birdston, Isabelle generally acts mature. In the December 2019 special, her conversations with Bird are filled with insults.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Ankha gradually gets nicer in Wolfburg. She initially goes from being overly aggressive and foulmouthed in KaosTown to being rudely snarky in a calmer way in Wolfburg. At the end of the Wolfburg season, she rethinks her behavior and ends up on better terms with Bird, which continues post-Wolfburg. After Freya, who replaces Ankha as Bird's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, begins showing violent behavior toward Bird in the middle of the Wolfburg season, Ankha begins to find said behavior tiring. In Birdston, she eventually starts to openly speak to Bird about her relationship problems with Percy, and attends Bird's birthday party in the finale.
    • In "The Doctor Is In", Freya acts much calmer after intervention from Percy, and Fang takes a liking to her. According to Bella, the situation between Freya and Percy is important enough to be in the newspaper twice.
  • Too Much Information:
    • Chief muses about why "Happy Birthday" isn't sung to newborns, with his reason coming in the form of a highly detailed description of what the room is like after a baby is born, and he ends up grossing himself out.
    • Invoked by the title of the "TMI Day" episode, which features a Running Gag of characters sharing overly detailed and generally disgusting information.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: At the beginning of the Birdston season, Chief says he considers a pantry to be fully stocked if it contains 30 bottles of teriyaki sauce.
  • Troll: When Bird visits Chrissy shortly after she moves to Wolfburg, she already knows about Freya's violent behavior. A conversation between Bird and Chrissy leads to the former's problems with Freya being met with laughter and Southbird comments that it isn't something to laugh at.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: "Welcome to Birdston" shows that Leila, a small child, is just as vulgar as the rest of her family, insulting both Bird and Bella and using strong profanity.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • Lolly says "Bird shows boiling today" in "Bella Aqueous" and Southbird wonders if she's calling Bird hot.
    • Coco calls the police station "the can" while outside it in "Ankha's Birthday".
    • Bob tells Bird he's "off [his] gord" when the latter is trick-or-treating at the former's house. Southbird assumes he means "gourd" and is insulting Bird's pumpkin mask.
      Southbird: "Well, I suppose that's one way to put it."
  • Vague Age: In the Birdston December 2019 special, Bob mentions having a 20-year-old son, leading Southbird to wonder how old he is.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Southbird has changed Bella's verbal tic (which is "eeks" in the base games and originally "wet" in Beast Intersection) multiple times over the course of the series:
      • In the Kaostown season, Bella randomly inserts "wet" into her sentences due to the text obfuscation changing her original "eeks" phrase.
      • Southbird manually changes Bella's verbal tic to "wet" in the City Folk-based Wolfburg episodes, despite that game not being subject to the same text obfuscation as the Kaostown season. It's changed from "wet" to "lover" after she and Bird get back together after their breakup in Wolfburg.
      • In Birdston, Bella has a tendency to say "dude" frequently, though her original "wet" phrase is referenced in the final main episode.
      • Southbird changes Bella's phrase back to "wet" Canislupus, which was last done at the beginning of Wolfburg.
    • Tom Nook and his nephews frequently say "nice" while Bird is browsing at their stores. Brewster picks it up after Nook visits the Roost in "For Whom the Bella Tolls", leading to this:
      Brewster: "Hah, nice.... Nice. [...] nice... Nice meme.... cool vid"
    • Whitney's commonly used "snappy" phrase was replaced with "Fuck me♥" offscreen, and she says that randomly. It's back to "snappy" in later seasons.
    • Blathers says "good" several times when speaking to Bird in "Saving Face".
    • Ankha's frequently and randomly used phrase was changed from "me meow" to "nyhaha" in the Wolfburg season to complement her no longer being a Perpetual Frowner. It's later changed to "nyah" and stays that way in Birdston.
    • Original Character Percy, who was added to City Folk for the Wolfburg videos, says "nya know" in many of his sentences. The space is removed in Birdston, rendering it as "nyaknow".
    • "Shorty" was originally Chief's nickname for Bird in KaosTown, but in Wolfburg it's something he says completely randomly when speaking to everyone, instead of just when speaking to or referring to Bird.
    • Bob uses Marshal's frequently used "sulky" phrase when talking about how he passed his driving test in "Scandals, as Usual" despite his default phrase being used elsewhere in the series.
    • Marshal's frequent tendency to say "sulky" was changed to have him say "baka" in "Freya's Fangs" to go with his Occidental Otaku status. In Birdston, he says "man" instead.
    • Chrissy already has a tendency to randomly say "you dangus" by the time she's shown to have moved in in "Freya's Fangs".
    • In "Y'know I'm Right", Audie has a tendency to end sentences with "Y'know I'm right." It's changed to "beakboy" in "Investigation".
    • In Canislupus, Marshal has a tendency to say "dude" randomly, as opposed to "sulky" in the official games and "man" in Birdston.
    • In Canislupus, Bob has a tendency to randomly say "ol' buddy", as opposed to how previous seasons borrowed his "pthhpth" phrase from the official games.
    • Coco says "My Chief" in multiple sentences in Canislupus, referencing the relationship between her and Chief.
    • In Canislupus, Lolly's tendency to randomly say "bonbon" is replaced with saying "*purr*".
  • Villain Episode: The "Kaostown" episode of Birdston shifts between having Bird and Freya as the main focus, with the latter resuming her violent and erratic behavior from Wolfburg and the former dreading her return.
  • Visual Pun: In "Enough Hot Nonsense", when Ray is using a broom to sweep outside Resident Services, Southbird takes note of the fact that a Hardboiled Detective is sweeping up the town's dirt in the literal sense.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite Fang being a humanoid and human-sized wolf who says "cha-chomp" frequently, the voice Southbird uses for him is quiet and wheezy-sounding.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Southbird just uses his normal voice when reading Chief's text after Chief debuts, but starting in "Hail to the Chief" Southbird uses a gravelly voice, which he calls "the gravelly Chief voice" in the commentary for the KaosTown Part 1-10 compilation.
    • Southbird uses his normal voice to read Dr. Shrunk's text in the KaosTown season, with Shrunk appearing infrequently in that season and generally lacking characterization. When he gains more prominence in later seasons with his joke-focused text, Southbird starts voicing him with a somewhat nasally voice.
  • The Voice:
    • Bird's parents never make physical appearances, though their letters to him are often shown onscreen.
    • In the "Birthday Minisode!" of Canislupus, one of Bird's birthday wishes is signed by someone named Mandelbaum, who never appears at any point in the series. Southbird comments on their signature due to other birthday wishes being signed by characters he's actually seen.
  • Vulgar Humor: Many of Shrunk's jokes in Wolfburg contain sexual humor, which is primarily focused on girlfriends and wives. In "Rat Races of the Heart" he refuses to finish a "The last thing you'd expect to come out of your daughter's mouth" joke, albeit because he thinks it would get him kicked out.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Gulliver makes his series debut in "Squirrelly Jealousy" when Bird finds him washed up on Birdston's beach, unconscious. Southbird refers to him as a "bird brother", then Bird tries and fails to bring him back to consciousness, leading Southbird to declare him dead.
    • Phoebe, one of the starting villagers in the Birdston season, gets only a few scenes across the episodes before she moves out and gets killed and buried by Freya in "Kaostown".
    • Subverted. In Canislupus, Ray has a small amount of screentime early in the season. His body is found by the beach by Bird in "He Didn't Last Long", and he's presumed dead. The title of "He Didn't Last Long" references Southbird's assumption, but the following episode, "Enough Hot Nonsense", shows that he was just unconscious.
  • Welcome to My World:
    • In "Rat Races of the Heart", Ankha's claim that Bird will "blossom into a sensitive cat lady" leads Southbird to hesitantly interpret her as saying Bird will become more like her.
      Ankha: "Don't worry, someday you'll blossomBird into a sensitive cat lady!nyhaha"
      Southbird: [nervously] "Heh heh heh... just like you!"
    • In a variation, Bird gets a letter simply reading, "Welcome to Kaostown". Though he moved out of there long before, it's clear from the context what it means: Freya's coming, back from KaosTown, and going to make Bird's life just as miserable as she has everyone else's.
  • Wham Shot: The "Kaostown" episode of Birdston shifts perspectives between Freya's violent and erratic behavior and Bird's dread of it. The last shot before The Stinger is Bird running into Freya while she's holding her axe, causing Bird to faint.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In "Emotional Baggage" Bird speaks to Poppy in the city and Southbird reads her text with an accent of unspecified origin.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • Conversed by Cherry in "Hail to the Chief". According to her, Bird gathering signatures for the petition to open Club LOL is just like Journey to the Center of the Earth, which Southbird responds to by saying it's nothing like that.
    • Freya's arc in Wolfburg is essentially a retelling of Fatal Attraction. It begins with Bird cheating on Bella with her as what he intended to be a one-night stand, followed by the slow revelation of her love-struck insanity and her becoming a Stalker with a Crush. At one point, she even directly quotes the film's most famous line.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Discussed by Ankha in "Hello Whitney", who randomly asks Bird "Are you wearing lady clothes?" Southbird is confused because Bird's pumpkin mask is the only change in his wardrobe at the time.
  • Wingding Eyes: In Birdston, Freya's eyes have hearts on them with her overjoyed facial expression, with said hearts being red.
  • Word-Salad Humor: The obfuscated/randomized text leads to a lot of this, especially early on in the series before Southbird edited text placement to be less random.
  • Word Salad Title: In the post-episode gag reels for the Canislupus season, Southbird often has Marshal say he's watching fictional anime with titles pulled from a random title generator, intentionally resulting in unusual-sounding titles.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Percy's (successful) sex therapy to calm down Freya makes the front page of the newspaper in "The Doctor is In".
  • Yandere: When Southbird shows some of the code for the Wolfburg season's text-hacking scripts in the "Southbird Tech: My Text Obfuscator Tool" video, the source code for Freya's text pool is labeled "yandere". Freya starts out seeming normal, with Bird not suspecting anything when he cheats on Bella with her, but in "Freaky Freya" she suddenly goes crazy for Bird and talks about her fantasies directly to his face, including sharing a fanfiction she wrote about him. Bird is understandably disturbed, and Bella also takes it poorly. In "Birth[day] of a Southbird", Freya talks to Bella about her supposed relationship and Southbird emphasizes the uneasy look Bella has during the conversation, Freya hosts Bird's birthday party and Southbird calls it the worst birthday and suspects that the cake he receives is poisoned, and Mabel mentions previously being in a relationship with Freya and Southbird says she's better off without her. In "TMI Day" Ankha discusses Freya's bizarre behavior with Bird and says she's tired of it, while Chrissy, who moves in offscreen before "Freya's Fangs", is shown to have caught onto Freya's behavior after spending only a day living in Wolfburg, and she continues to discuss the problems with Freya with Bird in "The Doctor Is In".
    Ankha: "You see, Freya's got a unique way of treating the things important to her. Ready? I'll only say it one more time. I'm sick of this."
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • Lampshaded in "Saving Face" regarding Coco's face, which turns out to have been changed to have more clearly defined facial features instead of Gyroid-like holes. According to Southbird and Teckworks, her original face was a mask that she broke prior to the episode, and the mask is still absent when she reappears two years later in Birdston.
    • In "Birth[day] of a Southbird" Bird visits Katrina and is knocked unconscious by a bucket she drops on his head. He wakes up looking like Southbird's avatar instead of just a guy with a beak and suit of armor, with Bella being impressed by his new look and Mabel being indifferent to it.
    • Kapp'n is fatter than usual in Canislupus and wears a different aloha shirt than his normal dark-blue one, since he's a head-swap/recolor of Tom Nook.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Once Shampoodle opens up in KaosTown, Bird gets his hair dyed light grey.
  • Your Mom:
    • In "Scandals, as Usual" Ankha taunts Bird by talking about whether she or Bird masturbates more to a photo of Bird's mom.
    • In "Scandals, as Usual", Shrunk's stand-up show finishes with "Things your mother would say if she wasn't a bitch" being given as an inappropriate suggestion. Southbird refers to this joke as a horrible ending.
    • Kapp'n likes to insult Bird's grandma, who he usually calls his nan, aside from calling her his gran in "Pussyfooting Around". For example, when Bird takes the bus in "Rat Races of the Heart", Kapp'n calls him ugly and adds the comparison "i bet u look like yer nans bumcrak on a sweaty day" to his misspelled insult.
  • Your Television Hates You: The first episode of Wolfburg ("Scandals, as Usual") sees Bird, who had a break-up with Bella at the beginning of the episode because of unfaithfulness, heading to the city to see Dr. Shrunk's stand-up routine. His first joke of the night is about "bad ways to announce that you're cheating on your significant other".

    Birdette's Satchel Creatures (Original Series; ULTRA; Get Lost, Eevee!; Damascus Blade) 
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Birdette's Pokémon League number in Damascus Blade is 13, with Southbird specifically noting the superstition that the number is unlucky when choosing it at Motostoke Stadium.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • In Get Lost, Eevee! Part 2, a Team Rocket Grunt claims that an unseen and unnamed blonde person is Freya. Southbird points out that Freya is actually a pink wolf.
    • After Birdette becomes Champion and returns home at the end of Get Lost, Eevee!, a Youngster refers to her as Cindy after she leaves her house.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 4, Hop refers to Birdette as Donna during a battle between the two. Southbird notes Hop's mistake.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 5, Professor Magnolia refers to Sonia as "Nook".
    • Before Birdette catches "Chear" (Eternatus) in Damascus Blade Part 5, Hop refers to Birdette as "Chris", leading Southbird to correct him.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In ULTRA, Ilima's more prone to rudeness than in the original series, claiming making out with him is part of his trial, calling Birdette an idiot when he's introducing her to his trial, and saying he hopes to never see the Pokémon involved in his trial instead of either rambling about Vinesauce or speaking incoherently.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In Part 4 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Giovanni claims that his real name is William Barnes.
    Southbird: "Oh. Truth revealed."
  • Aerith and Bob: In the first two seasons, Birdette and Hau's starters end up being "Magearmy" (Litten) and "Ross" (Rowlet), respectively. Due to modified Pokémon names being gibberish more often than sounding normal, the original series shows Southbird not knowing Hau's mention of "Ross" was referring to Rowlet until after Rowlet is registered in the Pokédex.
  • All There in the Manual: Southbird uploaded a script dump of every randomized Pokémon name from the original seasonnote  on Pastebin and linked to it on Twitter, with most names going unseen in the videos.
  • Alternate Continuity: The description for Part 1 of ULTRA refers to the series as an alternate take on the original series.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In Get Lost, Eevee! Part 4, Sabrina says "I'm so sorry" just before the battle with her.
  • Atrocious Alias: In the original series, Ace Trainer Jim in Wela Volcano Park is now called "Lousiest Jim" in his pre-battle shot. Southbird jokingly acts like it's an accomplishment that he stumbled upon the lousiest Jim.
    Southbird: "We found him, the lousiest Jim."
  • Awesome McCoolname: When Birdette's Corvisquire evolves into Corviknight, Southbird thinks Corviknight's obfuscated name, "Zana", sounds cool.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, after Chairman Rose talks about finding a new role for Mayor Bird, Southbird shows a fake end card, followed by the onscreen text "(just kidding)".
  • Black Comedy: Discussed by Marnie in Damascus Blade Part 5; she refers to "Dotithifbley", her Grimmsnarl, as "the guy who starts dark humor posts".
  • Blatant Lies: In ULTRA Part 1, a sign outside Iki Town says Tapu Village is nearby, despite it being on a different island.
  • Broken Record:
    • In the original series, Ilima gets stuck on the line "You'll need to do is..." while trying to explain how his trial works, despite speaking coherently earlier. He ends up angrily giving up trying to explain the trial.
      Ilima: "You'll need to do is... is a... and collect the cave...
      You'll need to do is..."
      Southbird: "I think you have problems."
      Ilima: "Da fuq and why."
      Southbird: "'Cause you don't make any sense!"
    • In the original series, Gladion says "He'll come" three times in a row when talking about meeting Nanu at the pier.
    • In the original series, Lusamine says "Guzma. With me." twice in a row after being confronted at Aether Paradise. Lillie repeats the same line after seeing that Nebby has evolved into Cosmoem.
    • In ULTRA Part 1, Lillie says "The professor said..." three times in a row when asking Birdette to go to Professor Kukui's lab. Mom says the same line before handing Birdette her allowance.
    • In ULTRA Part 1, "gain access to" is said twice in a row in Phyco's post-Verdant Cavern text.
      Phyco: "I believe we are received for our tendency to gain access to gain access to meet you."
      Southbird: "Wow, that's a lot of access."
    • In ULTRA Part 1, Tauros says "Oh,no [sic]" twice in a row when it runs to Iki Town.
  • Butt-Monkey: Near the end of the original series, Southbird finds it unimpressive when another opportunity to steal Hau's Raichu (now known as "Binytus") shows up (with the previous time never being shown), and after Southbird acts impressed by five of Birdette's six party Pokémon when they enter the Hall of Fame, Raichu's appearance in the Hall of Fame is simply brushed off.
  • Calling Your Attacks: During the first battle with Hop in Damascus Blade Part 1, Hop says "I might make my move then!" during the last turn of the battle.
  • Catchphrase: After the match between Birdette and Leon in Damascus Blade Part 5, Leon says he doesn't know how many times he's repeated the words "Lube is your friend." This is referenced in the thumbnail.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • In ULTRA Part 3, Molayne abruptly talks to Birdette about talking to him about supposed problems outside the Mount Hokulani Observatory, and after the trial he asks for his handcuffs to be removed, despite the fact that his hands are quite visibly free and he's moving them around while speaking.
    • In Get Lost, Eevee! Part 3, Erika randomly talks to Birdette about something being a delicacy, then calls her a kitchen. "When do we eat?" is the first thing she says post-battle.
    • Raihan rambles incoherently before his match with Birdette in Damascus Blade Part 5, first saying Birdette has a nice tuxedo despite her wearing a Pokémon League jersey (which baffles Southbird), then saying other random things.
  • Continuity Nod: After Birdette examines her Eevee plush in Damascus Blade Part 1, Southbird says "It's Aurromortis!" as a reference to Eevee's obfuscated name in Get Lost, Eevee! When Birdette receives Gigantamax Eevee later in the episode, its name starts out as "Lugtrio", but Southbird changes its name to "Aurromortis".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • In the original series, Torkoal, or "Slo" as it's called in the games' modified scripts, is the Touching Pokémon and its Pokédex entry says "Thanks for the tissues after I just played with myself."
    • After Bede is defeated in Galar Mine No. 2 in Damascus Blade Part 2, he says "I began my ritual of my afternoon wank" at the end of the battle. Southbird claims that's how Bede gets over losses.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In ULTRA Part 1, the option to wave good-bye is listed twice when Birdette interacts with a Rockruff outside Iki Town.
  • Disappeared Dad: In Damascus Blade Part 1, Mum talks about her husband after Birdette returns home from the Slumbering Weald, despite Birdette's father never being seen.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In ULTRA Part 1, Ace Trainer Makana says that after a friend said onions are the only food that make people cry, he threw a coconut at said friend.
  • The Ditz: In ULTRA Part 1, Hau gets his Rowlet stolen by Birdette outside Melemele Meadow and says something is part of the trial, with Southbird assuming he means getting his Pokémon stolen.
  • Double Take: In the original series, Southbird first reads the "Touching Pokémon" species name of Torkoal (now known as "Slo") as though "touching" means "emotional" in this case. He disgustedly realizes he was thinking of the wrong definition of "touching" after seeing that the main Pokédex entry talks about masturbation.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In the original series, a malasada shop customer claims a nearby Black Belt is so focused that it's like he's tuned out the outside world. When Birdette speaks to said Black Belt, he screams for help from a medic.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the original series, Birdette's Pokémon thievery is established when Southbird declares Hau unfit to own Pokémon, followed by Birdette stealing his Rowlet (known as "Ross" in-game).
  • Evil Costume Switch: In the original series, Birdette changes into a Team Skull uniform after she's spent some time stealing Pokémon.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Southbird reads the text for Necrozma (now known as "Dei"), which is called a monster and feared in the original games, with a deep, menacing voice when it appears in ULTRA and adds an echo effect to the recording, with this voice contrasting with Lunala's ("Macotte") quiet, wimpy-sounding voice.
  • Faux Horrific: In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, a Team Yell Grunt, or "Trigonometrical Grunt" as she's known in-game, says Birdette's Eevee "creeped [her] the fuck out". Southbird comments that Eevee is a "little furball".
  • The Ghost:
    • In the original series, Rising Star Joseph's pre-battle text calling him "Goofier Joseph" is interpreted by Southbird as implying the existence of a Joseph who's not as goofy.
    • In the original series, Hau claims he has two relatives who share their names with ducks from Animal Crossing. The only relative of his who's seen is Hala.
    • In the intro for ULTRA Part 1, Professor Kukui claims he and the mayor are just colleagues. The mayor is never seen.
    • In Get Lost, Eevee! Part 2, a Team Rocket Grunt references an unseen and unnamed blonde person and claims that's Freya, leading Southbird to point out that Freya is actually a pink wolf and not the person the Team Rocket Grunt is referring to.
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, a man in Stow-on-Side says Carlos is the first to be decapitated. Southbird asks who he is, and wonders if he could be the kid by the Bronzong in the plaza.
  • Good Counterpart: Freyr seems to be this for Freya- he's similarly obsessed with Birdette, but at no point does he do anything on par with what Freya did. It would appear he's just very competitive, wants Birdette to enjoy their matches as much as he does, is prone to talking trash, and wants to be the first one to win against Birdette.
  • Happily Ever After: Get Lost, Eevee! ends with Birdette giving permission for Freyr to "love away", then a triumphant declaration by the narrator (and presumably Birdette) that "I love him!" and an NPC stating that, in relation to Freyr, "it all worked out okay".
  • Hell Is That Noise: After Birdette and Hop hear Zacian howling in the Slumbering Weald in Damascus Blade Part 1, Hop says "Fear. Birdette." Southbird then says "It is a pretty scary noise, I must say."
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]:
    • Birdette's name is always manually entered by Southbird, instead of being pulled from a third-party text source or run through a text randomizer. This is shown onscreen in Part 1 of Get Lost, Eevee!.
    • Freyr's name is manually entered by Southbird in Part 1 of Get Lost, Eevee!, and serves as the rival of the series.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: The first thing Guzma says in ULTRA Part 3 is "Women ain't shit", despite the fact that many of his allies are women, and he also repeatedly insults Birdette before battling her. Birdette steals his Golisopod (now known as "Pet") in response.
  • Hollywood Satanism: In ULTRA Part 1, a Team Skull Grunt says someone is really into the devil, without specifying who she is.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Near the beginning of the original series, Mom calls Professor Kukui a monstrosity right in front of him when he shows up at her and Birdette's house.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In Part 4 of Get Lost, Eevee!, a Super Nerd at the Cinnabar Island Gym takes losing hard; he slumps over and says he wants a beer after being defeated.
  • Inherently Funny Words:
    • In Damascus Blade Part 2, Southbird finds himself saying the name of "Blax" (Timburr) repeatedly after finding its name amusing. After "Blax" evolves and Gurdurr's name turns out to be "Maw", he continues to joke about its name.
    • When Nessa's Golisopod is shown to be named "Eggey" in Damascus Blade Part 5, Southbird finds "Eggey" fun to say.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • In Part 4 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Southbird calls Blaine "Santa" after the latter randomly says "Merry Christmas!" after Birdette defeats him.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 2, Southbird jokingly refers to Minccino (known as "Rest" in-game) as "Tiny Rat", including saying "Do I want to make 'Tiny Rat' giant?" before Dynamaxing it during the battle with Nessa.
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, Southbird refers to the Bronzong in Stow-on-Side as "ding-dong bell Pokémon".
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, Southbird refers to "Jumerp" (Inteleon) as "the skinny boy" during the battle with Opal. He uses this nickname multiple times in Part 5.
    • Southbird refers to Zacian and Zamazenta as the "Mystery Dogs" and the "Sword and Shield Dogs" in Damascus Blade Part 5.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: Part of Mallow's pre-Lush Jungle dialogue in the original series is in broken English, which Southbird jokes about.
    Mallow: "Yup! It's time I can tell just what I knew it be?! You got that? Could be pretty interesting if I knew how to write story good."
    Southbird: "Could be pretty interesting if you knew how to talk good!"
  • Jerkass: In the original series, a Corsola at Hau'oli City Marina says nothing but "Fuck off" when spoken to by Birdette and Southbird comments that it isn't a nice Pokémon.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: In the original series, Lillie calls Hapu "Mr." after meeting her at her house.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Invoked by the description for Part 1 of Get Lost, Eevee!, which describes Get Lost, Eevee! as taking place before Birdette started stealing Pokémon, due to Birdette lacking her Pokémon-stealing nature from the original run and ULTRA.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • In ULTRA Part 1, Southbird is underwhelmed by text saying that fish can't pass high school because they're all below C level and it earns sarcastic laughter, followed by Southbird abruptly saying "Who told this?" because the text box doesn't say who told the joke in question.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 3, Sonia's joke that it smells bad when someone farts in an Apple Store "because it doesn't have Windows" is met with a sarcastic and unimpressed response.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: When the Pokédex entry for "Relipol" (Grapploct) says it "cannot compete with the cleavage shots", Southbird wonders if its "Cockfighting Pokémon" species name isn't using the usual definition of "cockfighting".
  • Marshmallow Hell:
    • In ULTRA Part 2, a glitch causes Birdette's face to clip through Professor Burnet's chest when the two are speaking at the Dimensional Research Lab, leading to jokes from Southbird.
    • The Pokédex entry for "Moltant" (Dhelmise) says to "hug his face into your tits".
      Southbird: "That's... just a recommendation, not a request...?"
  • Meaningful Name:
    • When Skwovet's name turns out to be "Win" in Damascus Blade Part 1, Southbird jokes that it's called that because it's easy to win battles against it.
    • When Toxel's name turns out to be "Lump" in Damascus Blade Part 3, Southbird says "It sure looks like a lump."
  • Medium Awareness:
    • In the intro for the original series, Mom mentions that she wants the game for her birthday while stretching on the porch in the intro.
    • In Part 1, Lillie asks "What is this game?" while outside Birdette's house.
    • In the original series, Professor Kukui calls the game stupidly awesome while at the Trainer's School and Ilima adds that it's hilarious.
    • In the original series, a clerk at the Hau'oli Tourist Bureau says the game sucks, but good arguments were presented in its favor.
    • In the original series, at the Battle Royal Dome The Masked Royal asks how something is being shared on YouTube, while Kiawe rants about someone questioning his comment about the Twitch chat being awful.
    • In the original series, Lusamine asks Lillie if she feels she's ever not in control of her 3DS. Lillie responds by saying she has an emulator, which amuses Lusamine.
  • Mondegreen:
    • In onscreen text in Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Southbird jokes that Eevee is saying "FUCK BOI" at the beginning of the battle with a Bird Keeper on Route 13. He makes the same joke again in Part 4, this time with Eevee having an angry expression on its face.
      Southbird: "Yeah. 'Fuck boi' indeed."
    • In Part 4 of Get Lost, Eevee!, after Eevee hands Birdette a bouquet after the latter becomes Champion, Southbird uses onscreen text to joke that Eevee is saying "YEAH, BOI!" after handing Birdette the bouqet.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, Southbird shows a caption interpreting Eevee's cry as "YA BOI" when it's sent out.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 2, Southbird displays a caption interpreting Gigantamax Eevee's cry as "HAAY FUUUCC".
    • When Birdette is camping in Damascus Blade Part 4, Southbird uses captions to jokingly say that "Aurromortis" (Eevee) is saying "Ya, boi!", then says the misinterpretation out loud when making curry.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In ULTRA Part 1, Southbird comments that "Ferpu Buzz" (Drowzee) was the "Edgiest Pokémon" in the original series, followed by being less impressed by its new "Interdictory Pokémon" species name.
    • In ULTRA Part 1, Southbird implicitly references how "Ross" (Rowlet) was the first Pokémon stolen in the original series when stealing it during the battle outside Melemele Meadow.
  • No Fair Cheating: In the original series, Hau asks for his Poké Ball back when he and Birdette are at Kukui's lab and Dexio is surprised after Birdette steals from Sina, but otherwise the game acts as though Birdette won her Champion title legitimately, despite winning most battles by stealing opponents' Pokémon.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • After Bill's merge with a Nidorino is reversed in Part 2 of Get Lost, Eevee!, he says he was previously a bird. Southbird interprets that as indicating that the now-reversed experiment isn't the first of its kind that Bill's done.
    • In Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Birdette catches Eevee ("Aurromortis") wearing a bucket on its head, then the in-game text says it "[has] seen some shit, man", followed by Southbird referencing "The Great Bucketpocalypse of '83".
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, while Birdette and Hop are leaving Motostoke, Nessa mentions dealing with multiple bug bites recently, and Kabu says last night was a crazy night. Neither says exactly what happened.
  • Non-Indicative Name:
    • In the original series, Youth Athlete Hiromi's pre-battle shot's description of "Stupendous Hiromi" is thought to be inaccurate by Southbird because she only has a Pikipek, or "Pip" as it's now called.
    • In the original series, Type: Null, or "Xurshres" as it's called in the games' modified scripts, is referred to as the "Unlocked Pokémon" despite it not breaking free of its face-covering mask until after it evolves. The footage zooms in on the "Unlocked Pokémon" text, which earns a sarcastic remark from Southbird.
      Southbird: "It's the Unlocked Pokémon. Yeah, sure."
    • In the games' scripts, Lurantis is called "Magby" despite being unrelated to the real Magby.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 2, Southbird notes that "Phartozer" (Magikarp) is the "Unwatery Pokémon", despite being a Water-type fish Pokémon.
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, the paintings in Hammerlocke have names that have nothing to do with what's depicted.
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • In the original series, Youngster Joey tells Birdette that she's standing too close to him. Southbird shows a piece of fan art showing Birdette doing this intentionally and smiling creepily.
    • In Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Southbird calls a Pokémaniac on Route 12 creepy, then he tells Birdette to "Kiss the owie" after she speaks to him.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the original series, Lunala (or "Macotte" as it's now called) claims it's "Not even joking" about the things it says, with the things it says mostly being non sequiturs.
  • Older Than They Look: In Spikemuth, when Marnie talks about a 30-year-old sportsperson seeming old at first, Southbird wonders if Marnie is saying she's actually 30, despite looking much younger.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In the original series, after Birdette starts following Professor Kukui to Iki Town, he says "First, we're off to hurt somebody." A nearby Youngster then says "He doesn't usually do that" and Southbird wonders if he's referring to Kukui hurting people.
  • Our Product Sucks: In the original series, Professor Kukui says "fucking sucks Birdette" while pointing to the Pokémon League he's having built on Mount Lanakila.
  • Overused Running Gag: Opal frequently talks about kissing in Damascus Blade Part 3, leading Southbird to say "What is it with you and kissing?" when meeting up with her at Ballonlea Stadium.
  • Prequel: According to the description of Part 1, Get Lost, Eevee! takes place before previous seasons of the series, and shows Birdette before she started stealing Pokémon.
  • Production Throwback:
    • In the original series, Lillie asks why Clown from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life is dead after Birdette receives her starter Pokémon.
    • In the original series, a sign says to keep Cherry as a loyal subject and calls her the best villager while Hala shouts Scoot's name not long afterward, referencing those villagers' presence in the Mayor Vine streams.
    • In the original series, a Team Skull Grunt confuses Sponge from Vinesauce with Karl Pilkington when trying to steal berries. Both previously appeared in the Vinesauce Tomodachi Life streams.
      Berry farmer: "Anyone know where Sponge comes from?"
      Grunt A: "he is absurd HE IS KARL FUCKING PILKINGTON"
      Southbird: "No he's not. Different characters, guys. Come on."
    • In the original series, part of Ilima's introduction to his trial involves a random mention of Pretzel from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life and a desire for nine seasons focusing on him.
    • In the original series, a Black Belt mentions that the Jahns were mostly destroyed in the in-game universe, referencing the Jahn invasion from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.
    • In the original series, Mallow references the "It's hip to fuck bees" meme on Vinesauce by saying "It's hip to get fucked up by bees" followed by referencing Groose's "My Groose is loose" line from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.
    • In the original series, Mallow says Waluigi will be cheating on Witch in Vinesauce Tomodachi Life after Birdette completes her trial.
    • In the original series, Lillie tells Plumeria that she wants a friendship like Sponge and David Bowie from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.
    • At the end of the original series, Southbird says "I don't know you but I like to play golf" when Kahili is first seen. Vinny from Vinesauce said the same thing as a reference to her involvement in the game's plot.
    • Freyr, the rival from Get Lost, Eevee!, is named after Freyr from Norse Mythology as a reference to Freya, Bird's archnemsis from Beast Intersection, whose own namesake is the original Freyr's twin sister. He seems friendly when he's at Bird's house, but ends up sounding more like Freya when he says he wants Birdette to die at Professor Oak's lab.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, there are two references to Ankha, who's a recurring character in Beast Intersection.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, Chairman Rose yells "Where's Freya?" before introducing the Gym Leaders at Motostoke Stadium, providing a brief reference to Freya's prominence in Beast Intersection.
    • In Damacus Blade Part 2, after Chairman Rose's League Card is shown to say "Ankha" and nothing else, Southbird says Rose is a Beast Intersection fan.
    • In Part 3 of Damascus Blade, Chairman Rose talks about finding a new role for Mayor Bird from Beast Intersection. Southbird then pulls a Bait-and-Switch by showing a fake end card followed by a "(just kidding)" caption.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 3, a Morelull in Ballonlea randomly references Chief from Beast Intersection.
  • Professional Killer: At the beginning of ULTRA Part 2, Hau mentions that a hit is scheduled for 4:00.
  • Puppy Love: In the original series, Hau shows attraction to Birdette a few times, with both being 11 years old and "angel yeah I like it when you get it fresh" being the first thing Hau says to Birdette.
  • The Reveal: In Part 4 of Get Lost, Eevee!, after Giovanni says his real name is William Barnes, Southbird responds by saying "Oh. Truth revealed."
  • Rhymes on a Dime: At the beginning of the first battle with Hop, the game's display of Wooloo's name (Glor) and Sobble's name (Tor) results in the text "The Phraseologic Hop sent out Glor! Go! Tor!" After this text is displayed, Southbird acknowledges how well these bits of text rhyme.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: In the original series, after "Pip" (Pikipek) evolves, Gordon Ramsay is referred to as "Chef Ransay" in the Pokédex entry for "Shestarglip" (Trumbeak).
    Pokédex: "Chef Ransay assaults Southbird with an egg'."
    Southbird: "Well, that wasn't very nice."
  • Rule of Three: Invoked in Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee!, when Southbird says "I mean, third time's the charm, right?" just before the third of Tamer Edgar's three "Casecroa" (Arbok) is knocked out. After the battle, Southbird says "I mean, you do the same thing three times; keep expecting a different result", followed by Birdette accidentally leaving the Fuchsia City Gym's maze.
  • Running Gag:
    • Characters have a habit of making random animal noises in both the original series and ULTRA.
    • Hala and Professor Kukui both have a habit of yelling Scoot's name in the original series.
    • Part 2 of Get Lost, Eevee! features multiple instances of Southbird joking about Eevee using Bite on multiple opponents, including saying "I'm gonna bite my way to victory!"
    • Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee! features multiple instances of Birdette accidentally going the wrong way during puzzles, starting with falling down a hole twice when attempting a stone-pushing puzzle in the Seafoam Islands, then accidentally restarting the maze in the Fuchsia City Gym. After Koga says "Again", Southbird assume he's referring to Birdette's mistakes.
    • In all seasons, the weights, heights, and species names of Pokémon in their Pokédex entries are replaced with completely random words, but unlike the Pokémon's own names, they aren't nonsense words. The words tend to range from simple words like "edgiest" or "fattish" to more complex words like "Finno-Ugric" or "interdictory". Southbird often doesn't know the meanings of the words used, so he makes a point of showing the definitions onscreen in Damascus Blade.
    • In Get Lost, Eevee! and Damascus Blade, Southbird tends to display intentional misinterpretations of what Eevee's cry sounds like, such as "HAAY FUUUCC" for Gigantamax Eevee's cry in Damascus Blade Part 2.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 2, Southbird jokes about the obfuscated names of the Timburr line, with Timburr being called "Blax" and Gurdurr being called "Maw".
  • Satan is Good: In the original series, during a conversation between two Office Workers, one asks if Satan can keep being the bad guy, and the other responds by saying he's just different, as well as depressed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In the original series, Nanu abruptly decides he's going home right after meeting Birdette and Gladion at the pier.
    • In ULTRA Part 1, after Nebby is saved by Birdette, it says "Bye-bye" and wanders off.
      Southbird: "I'm leaving. Forget this shit."
  • Self-Deprecation: In the original series, Faba calls himself a loser before taking Birdette to Aether Paradise.
  • Series Mascot:
    • Birdette's Torracat from ULTRA, known as "Purk" in-game, appears in every thumbnail for ULTRA, frequently appears in battles, and is never allowed to evolve into Incineroar.
    • Get Lost, Eevee! inherits the eponymous Pokémon from the base game, Let's Go, Eevee!, with the first episode, "Play with Aurromortis", showing Birdette aquiring it from Professor Oak, while the thumbnail depicts it. In-game, it's known as "Aurromortis" due to the text randomization Southbird applied to Pokémon's names when doing the programming work for the series as a whole.
    • Birdette chooses Sobble (known as "Tor" in-game) as her starter in Damascus Blade, so it appears in every thumbnail for that season. Unlike "Purk" (Torracat) from ULTRA and "Aurromortis" (Eevee) from Get Lost, Eevee!, it is allowed to evolve further, and Birdette often uses other Pokémon.
  • Sex God:
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, the Pokédex entry for "Tor" (Sobble) is "I can sense the sex radiating off this guy." Southbird's respose is "Look at him. Sex. Pure sex."
    • When the Pokédex entry for "Zana" (Corviknight) says "When you see her again, see if she'll attempt to lay you", Southbird comments that "some birds lay eggs, but 'Zana' lays you".
  • Shaped Like Itself: In the original series, Gladion says "When THIS is happening THIS is THIS" when confronting Guzma.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the original series, a reference to sanity effects from Eternal Darkness shows up when Lillie is first seen at the bridge on Mahalo Trail.
    • In the original series, Hau says he doesn't see PeanutButterGamer when looking at Kukui's lab's loft.
    • In the original series, the clerk at the salon in Hau'oli City randomly says "Bag fuck" as a reference to the odd syntax for in-game messages in Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal.
    • In the original series, a Drifloon randomly says Wario's name while saying nothing else.
    • In the original series, Hapu calls Ayla from Chrono Trigger "fucking thick" at the end of a conversation with Birdette.
    • In the original series, Guzma mentions a game being seen on a Shovelware Showcase episode from Vinny from Vinesauce when he's seen in Ultra Space.
    • In Get Lost, Eevee!, when an NPC in Viridian City says "Freyaa", Southbird refers to "Freyaa" as "the new Sega sound", referencing the startup sound from several Sega Genesis games.
  • Signature Mon:
    • Birdette's Torracat in Birdette's Satchel Creatures ULTRA, which is known as "Purk" in-game, appears more frequently than Birdette's other Pokémon, and is never allowed to evolve into Incineroar. It also appears in every thumbnail for the ULTRA season.
    • Birdette's Eevee in Get Lost, Eevee!, known as "Aurromortis" in-game, is used more frequently than any other Pokémon. It spends most of its time on Birdette's head, as in the base game. In-battle, its trademark moves are Bite and Double-Edge.
  • Sore Loser: After a Picnicker outside the Seafoam Islands calls Birdette a slut, Southbird assumes she's saying that because she's a sore loser.
  • The Stinger:
    • Part 1 of the original series ends with footage of an abnormally large Birdette walking around a glitched version of Melemele Island.
    • Part 2 of the original series ends with a clip of Southbird imitating the voice Vinny uses for Scoot from Animal Crossing in the Mayor Vine and Vinesauce Miitopia streams.
    • The end of ULTRA Part 1 shows part of Birdette's Mantine Surf trip to Akala Island.
  • Talkative Loon: In the original series, the Pokémon Center café clerk serves drinks with bizarre names and spouts nonsense himself, only briefly discussing the drink itself.
    [Birdette speaks to the café clerk]
    Clerk: "Not targeting you personally."
    Southbird: [speaking in a growly voice after after choosing the drink called "I am You."] "I am you."
    Clerk: "A I am You. demon. 198"
    [Birdette buys "I am You."]
    Clerk: "It makes no sense... I am You." [the camera zooms in on the drink] "This is also quite nice."
  • Technologically Blind Elders: When Birdette gets to Iki Town in ULTRA Part 1, Hala is seen talking about how he can't figure out how to use an iPod. Southbird attributes this to his old age.
  • Tempting Fate: In the original series, Southbird wishes for Type: Null to evolve into something with a name that's easier to pronounce when it becomes Silvally. It evolves from "Xurshres" into "Yameasknow".
  • Troll: At the beginning of the original series, a Pyukumuku Birdette talks to on Hau'oli City's beach says "F I R S T" and Southbird accuses it of being the one posting "first" in the comment sections on YouTube.
  • Title Drop: In Part 3 of Get Lost, Eevee!, titled "I Didn't Bring Dip", the guide at the Fuchsia City Gym asks Birdette if she brought dip, then prevents her from taking the Gym on. Southbird then says "I didn't bring dip." When Birdette is accepted into the Gym later in the episode, the guide turns out to actually be Koga in disguise, then the actual guide shows up.
  • Unfortunate Names:
    • Southbird notices that Grimer is now called "Magcunt" when he first encounters one.
      Southbird: "Also, this thing's named Magcunt. Good name."
    • Zubat's new name is shown to be "Hor" during the first Team Skull battle in the original series. It's still called that in ULTRA.
    • When Goldeen's name is shown to be "Lude" in Get Lost, Eevee!, Southbird thinks its new name is questionable.
  • Vague Age: In Damascus Blade Part 5, Piers says he has a wife and is a father of three, and Birdette is quick to ask how old he is. He doesn't answer this question.
  • Verbal Backspace: In the original series, Hala refers to Litten as Water-type, then the game displays its proper type after Southbird points this out.
    Hala: "The Water-type Pokémon Magearmy"
    Southbird: "No, uh, it's not."
    In-game text: "The Fire-type Pokémon"
    Southbird: "There you go!"
  • Vocal Dissonance: Lunala (or "Macotte" as it's called) is a large, bat-like creature with strong powers, but Southbird reads its text with a quiet, wimpy-sounding voice. In ULTRA, this voice makes a briefer appearance than in the original series, but contrasts with Necrozma's (now called "Dei") deep, echoing voice.
  • Vocal Evolution: As Get Lost, Eevee! progresses, Southbird starts voicing Freyr using the sort of sinister, raspy voice he uses for Freya in Beast Intersection Birdston.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In the original series, Southbird says it's appropriate that Slowpoke says "Chill" when Birdette speaks to one in the Trainer's School, then comments that it has a new name that he doesn't know yet. Its new name ("Chirtleo") is never shown in the video itself, only in Southbird's list of name changes.
    • When "Wario" is the only thing a Drifloon says in the original series, Southbird acknowledges that it has a different name. Its new name ("Deina") is only seen in Southbird's script dump and not the videos.
  • Word-Salad Humor:
    • In all incarnations of the series, Southbird obfuscated Pokémon's names by taking the official names, scrambling bits and pieces of them, and distributing the resulting text fragments across all Pokémon's names. In the Alola-based seasons, results range from normal-sounding names like "Ross" for Rowlet, to Unfortunate Names like "Magcunt" for Grimer.
    • In ULTRA Part 3, Phyco's repetitive speech from ULTRA Part 1 is replaced with long-winded nonsense.
      Phyco: "It seems we may do not know if we may do what we might yet be able to leave us in a Poké Ball can be able to do not know if we might It seems that we could use Z-Power."
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, the first thing Sonia is seen saying is completely random-sounding, and all Southbird has to say in response is "What you said."
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In the original series, Hala refers to Litten as the third in his line of starter Pokémon, leading Southbird to comment that it's the second.
  • You Are Fat:
    • Professor Kukui yells "fat and ugly" before Birdette chooses her starter Pokémon in ULTRA Part 1.
    • In Part 2 of Get Lost, Eevee!, Venonat (known as "Gal" in-game) has its weight listed as "Fattish" in the Pokédex. Southbird's response to this after catching a Venonat is to say "I got a tiny fattish gal."
  • Your Mom:
    • During the battle with Rocker Baily in the Vermilion City Gym in Get Lost, Eevee!, the text "Your mama so fat" randomly appears.
    • In Damascus Blade Part 1, Marnie tells some Team Yell Grunts "Your momma's so fat" after Birdette and Hop defeat them in Motostoke.

    The Millennium Age Gate 
  • Absent-Minded Professor: When Mario and Goombella seek help from Professor Frankly, he annoys Mario by asking if he's wearing a tie, leading Southbird to point out that he's actually wearing overalls. After his introduction, he rambles nonsensically about topics like adopted kids, L. Ron Hubbard, and telling Toad that someone is Luigi. When Mario hands him the map he came to ask about, Frankly has no idea what it is and says he's going to stop asking questions for a while. In Part 3, Goombella tells Frankly that his rent is three months overdue and he complains about her not giving up.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Koopley confuses Koops with Chuck Quizmo after being saved from Hooktail, though Koops has no problem with this.
    • TEC-XX mentions "King Mario" when only Peach is present.
    • The game displays the text "Or, uh, Pauline Mazursky" when Flurrie is introduced.
    • When Mario returns to Professor Frankly after Chapter 2, Frankly yells "You're Koopa?" and annoys Mario by doing so.
    • Goombella says "Thanks for the update, Toad" after an unrelated Twilight Town citizen gets turned into a pig.
    • The game displays the text "I like you, Luigi" when Doopliss (disguised as Mario) obtains a Crystal Star.
      Southbird: "That's not the real Mario!"
    • After Mario has his identity stolen by Doopliss, he talks to Vivian and is called Luigi and Conker.
    • Kammy refers to Pennington as Mario after he threatens to kill Bowser for breaking a fake Crystal Star he claims to have spent weeks making.
    • When TEC-XX displays footage of Mario and Vivian, Mario is referred to as Luigi.
    • When Peach held captive by Grodus in Chapter 8, she calls Mario Luigi.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • In contrast to how Rawk Hawk is very reluctant to give Mario his belt in the original game, he simply tells Mario to take it before the two fight.
    • In the modified script, Flavio isn't the Jerkass he is in the original game, instead being a friend of Mario's who hasn't spoken to him in a year. He's glad to see Mario again and the two have a brief, but pleasant conversation before the two head out to Keelhaul Key, with Flavio bringing several CDs for the boat ride there. While their friendship isn't perfect, as Flavio wonders if Mario killed Admiral Bobbery and claims Mario didn't win anything after Cortez is defeated, his "Flavio hates you all" line isn't present in the new script.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Kroop introduces himself as Reverend Zebediah Kale after Hooktail is defeated.
  • Adapted Out: The battle with the Shadow Queen is not seen; only the cutscenes featuring her are shown.
  • Alternate Universe: Goombella brings up alternate dimensions after she and Mario enter Rogueport's square, suggesting that a meteor impact created an alternate universe. A Goomba in the western part of the square suggests that the meteor is two centimeters to the right in another dimension, while a Goomba standing to the right of the gallows claims there are five realities in total, with the latter comment leading Southbird to wonder which reality the game takes place in. In Chapter 7, it's claimed that the in-game reality is one in an infinite series of realities.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Mario and Goombella are greeted with "Hideho,mammals!" when they enter Petalburg, despite Goombella not being a mammal.
    Southbird: "I don't think Goombas count."
  • Atrocious Alias: Rawk Hawk mentions "The Super Koopa Cousins" when he's first seen and Southbird says that isn't a good ring name.
  • Celebrity Impersonator: Koops claims he's Luigi in Part 2, with the original game showing Luigi being more famous than Mario in the Rogueport region.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Koops shows a tendency to speak nonsensically after he's first seen, randomly talking about going to another planet before Ms. Mowz escapes through the window in Hooktail's Castle and randomly talking about dinosaurs being in Brooklyn instead of focusing on the fact that Hooktail ate several of the Toads in the audience right in front of him. He also has no objections to being called "Quizmo" by Koopley after the latter is saved from Hooktail.
  • Deadly Euphemism: The first thing Goombella says to Mario is "Take no prisoners" when he confronts Lord Crump and the X-Nauts, after which Goombella says the incident left 30 injured. The same euphemism is said when Bowser and Kammy are confronting the X-Nauts in Part 3, though Bowser directly threatens to kill Lord Crump if he attacks Kammy.
  • Dirty Coward: After Mario defeats Lord Crump in the Great Tree, Crump says the fight "Scared the hell out of [him]" and runs away, though he says he meant no offense.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Immediately before Mario frees the first Black Chest Demon, it asks where its father is.
    • Lord Crump claims his father is dead when the X-Nauts are attacking Cortez's ship.
  • The Ditz: A Toad in Petalburg comments that he saw an airplane not long after Hooktail flies by. Southbird points out that he actually saw a dragon.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In Part 3, a Pianta takes the time to point out how cannonballs are like large bullets while Cortez's ship, which is in the process of taking everyone back to Rogueport, is currently being attacked by X-Nauts.
  • The Eeyore: In the intro, Lord Crump sadly says that even in a crowd, he's still alone.
  • Elective Mute: Invoked by Punio, whose first line is saying he's sworn to silence, despite continuing to speak later in Chapter 2.
  • Epic Fail: Part 4 begins with Mario repeatedly failing to jump on top of a pipe, followed by falling into the ocean, amusing Southbird.
    Southbird: [chuckles] "We're not gonna talk about that."
  • Faux Horrific: An X-Naut calls Ms. Mowz "terrifying" after she subdues him after he's caught spying on Mario's group, while Goombella says "I think I'm gonna crap my pants" while Ms. Mowz is leaving.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: A crow in Twilight Town claims it's getting arrested for being a plumber.
  • Fetish: In Petalburg, Koops says to "watch this" and walks offscreen. When Goombella says to watch the way he moves, Southbird interprets it as some sort of fetish.
  • Flanderization: The Puni Elder's short temper is exaggerated in the modified script; now she orders the Punis to kill Bowser and Kammy upon encountering them. She claims Bowser is a killer himself, after which Bowser calls for a ceasefire.
  • The Ghost:
    • Goombella asks Mario to search for someone named Mario Kline in Rogueport. The only Mario to ever appear is the protagonist.
    • In Part 1, Goombella says Scapelli is in the Rogueport Sewers, making threats. He's never seen.
    • TEC-XX asks Peach if she's looking for Chuck when the two first meet. Chuck is never seen.
    • Professor Frankly says "The scary little man is gone" while speaking to Mario and Goombella after Chapter 2 is finished, despite no one else being present before those two were there.
    • Doopliss claims there were thousands of Froggix present and then killed when he's confronted by Mario. Only Doopliss, Mario, and Yoshi are present during that scene.
    • Merlon claims that a "fat asthma kid" is a great American mystery when Mario speaks to him after returning to Rogueport from Keelhaul Key.
    • Yoshi claims "the guy downstairs" knows where he and Mario are going at the end of Part 3. Southbird is confused by this.
    • A Bob-Omb in Part 4 says "It's the Kline family" before Mario and his allies are shot out of the cannon. The Klines are characters from Max Landis' Super Mario World, but they don't appear in this series.
  • Global Ignorance: Professor Frankly claims that Rogueport is in New England and was voted the best city there by the East New Jersey Tribune.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • In the intro, Luigi says "What the blast?" when reading a letter Parakarry delivered to the Mario Bros.' house.
    • The Cheep Cheep working at the airship dock says "Come on...Heckin'" to Kammy when she confronts him, then flees.
    • When Flavio meets Mario after Chapter 4, the two are revealed to be old friends who haven't seen each other in a year and Flavio says it's "just shmeckin' wonderful" that the two were able to meet again. "Shmeckin'" is shown to be fictional profanity in Max Landis' Super Mario World, but the line appears out of context in this series.
  • Iconic Outfit: Lampshaded by Grodus in Chapter 8, who mentions putting on the boots, the overalls, and the shirt when Mario confronts him.
    Southbird: "And what do you get? You get a Mario."
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Kammy mistakenly refers to the Puni Elder as male after she suddenly appears and orders the Punis to kill Kammy and Bowser.
    Kammy Koopa: "He nearly ripped my face off!"
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Red Crystal Star is called a "turtle dragon" when Mario gets it after defeating Doopliss.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Flavio, the lepers of Rogueport disappeared for unclear reasons, with them being thought to have been killed by either cult-like mass suicide or radiation.
  • Obliviously Evil: After Mario gets his identity back from Doopliss, the defeated Doopliss asks what Mario and his allies are doing while looking sad, despite what he put Mario through.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Goombella refers to Hooktail as her cousin in Chapter 1.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin:
    • "City" is misspelled as "sity" in Goombella's text in the Rogueport sewers in Part 1, and Southbird pokes fun at the misspelling.
      Southbird: "...'Sity' spelled with an S."
    • One instance of the word "were" is written as "where" when Flavio is telling his story about the mysterious disappearance of the lepers of Rogueport.
  • Rule of Three: Invoked by Peach, who claims that the third time's the charm when taking the chest in the intro, which is the only time anything is shown happening with the chest. She adds something about doing this with a gun.
  • Running Gag: Mario tends to collapse due to frustration after Professor Frankly, who's an Absent-Minded Professor in the modified script, says nonsensical things to him.
  • Schmuck Bait: When Mario encounters a black switch in the Great Tree, Koops tells him not to touch it. Mario ends up hitting it with his hammer, after which Mario is shown fighting Lord Crump.
  • Self-Deprecation: In The Stinger for Part 3, a Twilight Town resident claims he's a born loser when he's in his house after being turned into a pig.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The scene featuring Admiral Bobbery reading a letter from his deceased wife is still present, including the sad music, but the mood is ruined when the letter is shown to say "Don't be an idiot" and nothing else, which makes Southbird laugh.
  • Speech Impediment:
    • The game's file selection screen text has a lisp; the text "Well yeth, but Bird" is shown when Southbird names his file.
    • Toadsworth is shown speaking with a lisp when speaking to Mario after the latter returns home.
  • Technology Marches On: In-universe, the first call Mario receives from "X" asks "What the hell is that thing?" and Southbird points out that it's a phone booth and kids these days don't know what they are.
  • This Cannot Be!: Hooktail says "It's notsupposed to be this way!" upon defeat.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Lord Crump asks "How many bullets does this thing carry?" in Part 3... while in the process of working a ship's cannon. Southbird points out that he should have thought of that ahead of time.
  • Tragic Villain: When Grubba transforms into a monster after Rawk Hawk's defeat, he says that all he wanted was to be Mario's partner.
  • Unusual Euphemism: TEC-XX says "Flomp my dorn!" to Peach after Chapter 4. While the phrase is shown to be fictional profanity in Max Landis' Super Mario World, it appears randomly in this series, followed by Peach saying nothing in response and leaving the room.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: The game's script features several missing spaces in its text, often leading to separate words being combined.
    Bowser: [speaking to Kammy Koopa] "Whatsinglecellorganism didyou evolve
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Shadow Queen is caught off guard when someone offscreen shoots her, with a normal gun being all that's needed to take her down.
  • You Are Fat: Ghost T. calls Mario "pudgy buns" not long after he materializes. The item he hands Mario is called a new diet.

    Tomodachi Life GPT-2 
  • Ambiguous Robots: Bunny B, multiple times, responds to romantic offers with computer speak (text from a Reddit automoderator or hex code).
  • Casanova Wannabe: Charlie Brown constantly tries to butt in to others' romantic efforts (him seeking girls out on his own is surprisingly rare), though he never really succeeds.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: Five episodes after divorcing, Weasel and Aurro patch things up and become sweethearts again.
  • History Repeats: Twice, Weasel manages to steal Aurro away from Mario. The first time, he hijacked Mario asking Aurro out, while the second time, he flat-out stole her while she was dating Mario.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with the two Bunnies. Southbird takes to referring to them as "Bunny A" and "Bunny B."
  • Polyamory: Santa makes multiple references to an unseen boyfriend, even after getting together with and dating Pink Shark. It's unclear whether this is an example of polyamory or infidelity, though the fact that Santa is so open about it implies the former.

    Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits and Miitopia Crossing 
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Sassy Child Hailey refers to Worried Mother Ralph B. as "Peewee" when the two are reunited in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits. Pee-wee Herman previously appeared alongside the two in Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.
    • In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Witch says "Vinny?" after being rescued. Southbird points out that Vinny isn't the one playing the game.
    • In Miitopia Crossing, Dominic confuses Isabelle with Snoopy before the finale.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Lolly is known for being friendly in both her home series and Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, the latter of which her Mii in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits comes from. The first thing she says to Cling On when the latter gets to Greenhorne is "FUCK OFF, CUNT."
    Southbird: "Must be from my town."
    • The Guardian Spirit is a purely benevolent force in the official Miitopia script, but in Miitopia Crossing they tell Isabelle to give up just as she's started rescuing people, and they also reveal themselves to be a womanizer after Coco joins the party.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Miitopia Crossing fits the entire 20-hour main game of Miitopia into nearly thirteen minutes, almost completely skipping over the sidequesting that follows the Dark Lord fight.
  • Adipose Rex: In Miitopia Crossing, King Villager is much fatter than his kingdom's citizens, despite otherwise looking similar to them.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In Miitopia Crossing, Isabelle yells "BEES!" while being attacked by butterflies.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In Miitopia Crossing, Isabelle comments on the game's subtlety during the Dark Lord's attack on Greenhorne Castle.
    • In Miitopia Crossing, Digby tells Southbird he did a good job when Isabelle encounters him as the Ex-Dark Lord.
  • Cain and Abel: The protagonist of Miitopia Crossing is Isabelle, and the evil Dark Lord is... Digby, her brother. Southbird points out how Isabelle lands the final hit in the battle with him.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: During one battle in Miitopia Crossing, Lolly says she's drunk and falls asleep immediately.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Isabelle's war cry is set to "For Mayor!" as a reference to her role in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
    • Ankha's war cry is set to "Screw you" as a reference to her overly aggressive attitude in Beast Intersection.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, "And now we must fop" is the first thing Dubious Mayor Vineschnoz says.
  • The Ditz: When Great Sage K.K. Slider makes his entrance in Miitopia Crossing by thwarting an attack by Dark Lord Digby, the former brushes off the latter's actions as a result of stupidity.
    K.K.: "He's slow, you know, in his brain."
  • Gender Flip: Ralph Bluetawn goes from being Hailey's father in Vinesauce Tomodachi Life to being her mother in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, taking on the role of Greenhorne's Worried Mother.
  • The Ghost: In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, BootlegVin claims that "Jill knows" upon meeting Cling On. Nobody named Jill makes an appearance.
    • In Miitopia Crossing, K.K. Slider mentions Chief after becoming the Darker Lord, even though Chief doesn't appear.
    • In Miitopia Crossing, Dominic tells Bob to leave when carrying the party, even though Bob is never seen.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The numerous Villagers in Miitopia Crossing aren't just villagers, they're named Villager.
  • Humble Hero: In Miitopia Crossing, Great Sage K.K. Slider makes a point of saying that the fight against Dark Lord Digby isn't about him when he first appears. He calls himself simple and rustic when he speaks to Isabelle directly.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: When an area displays the title card of "COCAINE!" in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Southbird wonders if that's the area's name.
  • Jerkass: In Miitopia Crossing, Dubious Mayor Villager tells Isabelle to "get help" and that "[she] can eat 50 dicks" at the very beginning of her quest to save Greenhorne. She simply shakes her head in silence in response to this.
  • Joke and Receive: In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Cling On saying she'd date Alpaca is merely a result of text randomization, but events in Vinesauce Miitopia lead to fan art interpreting the two as a couple, which Vinny says he approves of during the post-stream fan art showcases for that game.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: When Southbird adds Hamburger from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life as the fourth party member of Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, he makes her a chef. Southbird jokes that food is particularly good at cooking other food.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, the first line from Cheery Granny Big Face is "Hahaha, wonderful.<3" This is a reference to a dream from Tomodachi Life, which has shown up in Vinny's streams of that game.
    • Waluigi and Witch are the Lovey-Dovey Couple in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, referencing their status as the longest-lasting couple in Vinesauce Tomodachi Life.
    • Broccoli from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life is the Sarcastic Guy in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, referencing his smugness in his original appearance, as well as his smug-looking face.
    • The two Evil Knockoffs of Vinny from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, Vlinny and Vineschnoz, are the Dark Lord and Dubious Mayor, respectively, in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits.
  • Nice Guy: In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Southbird decides to have Cling On be defined primarily by kindness.
    • Southbird gives Isabelle, the protagonist of Miitopia Crossing, a kind personality, putting her more in line with her official depictions than her Beast Intersection counterpart. Despite this, Cheery Granny Villager still claims that she's toxic.
  • Noodle Implements: In Miitopia Crossing, the Guardian Spirit asks the party if they want to RP while they're camping, followed by Isabelle saying "With the body of a porcupine!" The scene cuts off there and switches to Princess Villager being reunited with her face, saying "Kinky".
  • Noodle Incident: The Guardian Spirit in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits says 2013 was a strange year, without elaborating on how it was strange.
  • Number of the Beast: In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, the "Gift of Divine Power: Ava Mendez" text is followed by a mention of giving a video the 666th like on YouTube.
  • Original Character: BootlegVin, who appears in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, is a knockoff of Vinny from Vinesauce who previously appeared in Southbird's Tomodachi Life videos, but hasn't appeared in any of Vinny's own streams, unlike Vlinny and Vineschnoz, who appear as the Dark Lord and Dubious Mayor, respectively.
  • Planet of Steves: Most NPCs in Miitopia Crossing are basic Villager Miis, all of whom are simply named Villager.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title of Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits contains a portmanteau that references the fact that the player characters are a varied group of Miis from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life as well as Southbird's own Tomodachi Life videos.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In Miitopia Crossing, Desert Celebrity Villager first appears in the Travelers' Hub after going unseen when the party is in Neksdor.
  • Running Gag: Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits contains more than one instance of a party member mistaking an HP Banana for Wario.
  • Scenery Porn: In-game text in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits refers to a forest in Greenhorne as amazing when the camera pans across it.
    Southbird: "Look at this scene! It's amazing!"
  • Shipper on Deck: In Miitopia Crossing, Ankha dreams about statues of Lolly, Coco, and Isabelle. When she wakes up, she says "They don't kiss" in a disappointed way.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Antique Charm in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits makes a "Doyoing" sound, referencing the default Verbal Tic of Coco from Animal Crossing.
    • In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Great Sage Clown randomly compares his first appearance to a scene from Robot Chicken Star Wars.
    • In Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, Gift of Divine Power is referred to as "Ava Mendez", referencing someone Vinny from Vinesauce mentions his cousin bragging about seeing often while clubbing during a stream of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
    • In Miitopia Crossing, Great Sage K.K. Slider says Ayla from Chrono Trigger is "fucking thick" and says that's important.
  • The Stinger: The last part of Miitopia Crossing shows three Ankhas in Haven Hollow, which is an unintentional byproduct of Southbird choosing the same Miis for each party.
    Southbird: "I had nothing to do with this."
  • Take That, Audience!: After Southbird selects the protagonist in Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits, the text "Get a hobby you sad sack of shit" is displayed in-game during the intro.
    • In the ending of Miitopia Crossing, the game displays the text "You don't know anything! Congratulations!"
  • Transplant: The player characters and NPCs of Cling On's Band of Mi(i)sfits are taken from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life and Southbird's Tomodachi Life videos, with the main character being Cling On, who was Southbird's mascot before Bella.
  • Word-Salad Humor: In Miitopia Crossing, Dominic wakes up after Dark Lord Digby's defeat and proceeds to spout complete nonsense.
    Dominic: "*fukking Or was it the game? Bombastic Egg LOL Er Nope. No, trust me. ..."
  • You All Look Familiar: Miitopia Crossing substitutes all NPC Miis with generic male Villager Miis, including female NPCs.

    Minecraft (Nature's Beauty; FTB Revelations; Escape from the Nether; All of Fabric 3), Terraria (Unmodded; Calamity; Journey's End), Starbound (Frackin' Universe; Troubled Waters; Shellguard), and Risk of Rain 2 — ft. Teckworks 
  • Bag of Spilling: Teck and Southbird justify starting Troubled Waters from scratch and with new names as a result of wrecking their old settlement while digging to the center of their home base's planet, and finding a wormhole that warped them to a new planet and damaged their gear.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In the Starbound series, this is how they portray the relationship between Burd/Itzam (Southbird's Avian avatar) and Phocks/Phédria (Teck's custom Vulpes avatar).
  • Book-Ends: The Troubled Waters season of Starbound ends on Episode 19 similarly to how it began: blowing up the Supervoid planet creates a wormhole that warps them back to their Frackin' Universe settlement, which was mostly repaired during their absence.
  • The Bus Came Back: Episode 4 of Shellguard features the return of Asra Nox (last seen in Starbound Season 1) and the orange ship, pet cat, and bounty hunter guild (last seen in Season 2).
  • Casanova Wannabe: One of the running gags throughout the Starbound seasons is Burd flirting with various NPCs that end up following Phocks around instead.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Malokeh, Southbird's character in the Calamity season of Terraria, is one of his few, if not only, non-bird, non-metallic, and/or non-Pokemon Trainer avatars.
  • Cyberspace: Episode 15 of Troubled Waters is about Itzam and Phé becoming bounty hunters, and one of their targets is fought in a Synthwave-themed digital world, featuring neon grids and palm trees.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Episode 8 of Frackin' Universe, titled "Sacred Poptop Plushie", has the Hylotl shooting at Phocks for stealing a Poptop Plushie (and other decor) from their underwater city, and Burd responding to that by attempting to flood the whole place.
  • Evil Matriarch: Venus considers Plantera, a plant boss in Terraria, to be their mother.
  • Exact Words: Episode 15, due to a bug with the bounty hunting quests, makes Itzam and Phé explore an inhospitable "Dense" planet that no modern technology could help them survive. They get around this with console commands, but it's also noted that ancient technology (as in, the sphere upgrade they'd gotten earlier from a series of mod quests) seems to be immune to the Dense planet's effects.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Teckwork's art for the Calamity avatars shows that Venus' eyes and hair(?) are located inside her mouth. However, her "head" has occasionally been called just a helmet, which means this could be subverted...if she ever took it off.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Episode 6 of Frackin' Universe is all about finding Florans in order to progress a story quest...which Southbird forgets to actually activate until the episode's end.
  • Fantasy Character Classes: One of the new mods for Troubled Waters incorporates experience orbs and the ability to specialize in a class, such as Warrior or Caster.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Played straight in Calamity, in that Venus is associated with wands while Malokeh has swords (though admittedly, most of the swords wielded can also shoot stuff). Inverted in Troubled Waters; when given access to Fantasy Character Classes, the male Itzam goes for Caster while the female Phédria goes for Warrior.
  • Halloween Episode: Episode 3 of Troubled Waters, uploaded on Halloween, features Itzam and Phédria fully exploring the Halloween biome planet they began on and had immediately left, discovering things like ghosts, bats, giant arachnids, chest mimics, and a refinery run by partially-dressed Avians.
  • Idiot Savant: In Troubled Waters, it's noted that being a Caster relies on Intelligence, and Itzam (as in the character, not Southbird himself) becomes as intelligent as he can be in Part 14. But his writing skills and battle tactics, as Phé notes in the same episode, are somewhat lacking.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: In Frackin' Universe, Southbird/Burd is incredibly anxious about a planet named "Delta Freya II". They finally explore the place in the Season Finale.
  • Lizard Folk: Southbird's avatar in Calamity is Malokeh the "Lihzahrd".
  • Marathon Boss: Encountered in both the final episode of Calamity and Episode 12 of Troubled Waters, completely frustrating the players.
  • Medium Awareness: After dealing with the Marathon Boss in Episode 12 of Troubled Waters, Phé and Itzam write a letter directed at the mod's creators, though Itzam's part is notably messier. A follow-up letter is written in Episode 14, after a much more enjoyable experience unlocked by beating the first. A third letter is written in the Season Finale.
  • Mr. Exposition: A.V.I.A.N., already an in-game provider of knowledge on minerals and environments, gets an expanded role starting in Troubled Waters by having an avatar of her explain complicated terms encountered during an episode.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In Episode 17 of Frackin' Universe, the Cultivator gives congratulations for uniting the six races that were bestowed artifacts...and also the Vulpes (Phocks' race), who got roped into things by accident.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: In Episode 17 of Frackin' Universe, right before the Ruin explodes with them still inside, there's a series of flashbacks/clips of Phocks and Burd spending time together.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Another running gag throughout the Starbound seasons is the "Lewd Alarm", a red warning siren that gets placed whenever there's a Double Entendre.
  • Never Learned to Read: Burd interacting with a bookshelf during Frackin' Universe has the flavor text of Avians revering books despite some being unable to read, which he states includes himself. This comes up again in Troubled Waters, where he reveals that "Burd" isn't his real name, but was easier to spell.
  • The Nudifier: Episode 12 of Frackin' Universe, aptly titled "Full of Stolen Clothes", focuses on Phocks crafting one of these and stealing new outfits for her NPC crew.
  • Plant Person: Teckwork's character in Calamity is one, named Venus.
  • Production Throwback: Episode 6 of Calamity has Mal and Venus find small planetoids in the sky, and for a brief moment, you can see Burd from the Starbound series standing on one.
  • Punny Name: Southbird and Teck's Starbound avatars, Burd and Phocks, are...well, a bird and a fox, respectively. They turn out to be nicknames in Troubled Waters, with their real names being, respectively, Itzam-Yeh and Phédria Sharr.
  • Rebellious Princess: Episode 13 of Frackin' Universe involves clearing sidequests, one of which involves a kidnapped Hylotl princess named Koto; as soon as the mission ends, Phocks/Phédria gets her to join her crew. However, by Shellguard, they claim she's left the pirate life and returned home.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Episode 10 of Frackin' Universe, titled "A Pretty Big Nope" because of it, has the arachnophobic Teck react this way upon uncovering a bunch of giant underground spiders.
  • Series Mascot: "A.V.I.A.N." is depicted on all the video thumbnails for the Frackin' Universe series. She's replaced by Burd and Phocks themselves for the later seasons, but is still present in the episodes.
    • The third Terraria season, covering the "Journey's End" update to the base game, features the new Foxgirl Zoologist NPC in its thumbnail.
  • Snarky Non Human Side Kick: One of the mods installed for Frackin' Universe replaces the default ship A.I. "S.A.I.L." with the snarky "A.V.I.A.N."
  • Space Sailing: In Frackin' Universe, after finding a pirate outfit, Teck turns their spaceship into a galleon, complete with sails. The ship returns for Shellguard, as do most things from the first season.
  • Story Arc: The base content of each game of Southbird and Teck's collab videos is usually dealt with in the first season, with subsequent seasons tending to focus on completing specific mod packs.
  • Student and Master Team: Teck has prior experience with the various games they play together, and occasionally acts as the Master to Southbird's Student when it comes to how to play.
  • Suddenly Voiced: A.V.I.A.N. gets a feminine digitized voice in Shellguard for her Mr. Exposition moments, when she was previously just text boxes with background music.
  • Team Pet: In Troubled Waters, the white cat pet that comes with the new spaceship is seen and made note of semi-frequently, if mainly due to the vessel being more cramped than the first season's galleon. It, and the ship, have been reclaimed by Itzam when appearing in Shellbound.
  • Trash the Set: The end of Frackin' Universe (and start of the next season) has Burd accidentally blow a hole in their house, followed by him and Phocks intentionally wrecking parts of the lab next door, followed by drilling straight down to the planet's core. The lab's repaired by their return for Shellguard, though the house is still busted, and ultimately demolished mid-season.
  • Who's on First?: In Troubled Waters, Phédria quickly becomes frustrated trying to verify Itzam's last name, as it's pronounced "yeah".

    Starbound (The Varmints) — ft. Teckworks, Jello Fox, and Many Others 
  • Anti-Climax: Towards the end of the second episode, a relative of the gang from the first episode shows up seeking revenge...and is not only promptly ignored, but is instantly eradicated by Karkinos, part of the Protectorate hiring The Varmints.
  • The Bard: Hotspot's career is listed as "Travelling Minstrel".
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Grey, the ship's "Trash Mechanic", appears to be the only one actually keeping the ship running, often having to do repairs with scrap or build entirely new rooms while feeling the coldness of space.
  • Big Red Button: Tresma Sharr, President of the Protectorate, has one installed in her office that opens a Trap Door.
  • Cat Girl: Sharpie's race is Felin, which are intelligent felines.
  • Continuity Nod: There are references made to Phédria and Itzam of the two-person series, with Sharpie referring to Phé as her honorary cousin, and Phé's sister Tresma being introduced as the President of the Protectorate that hires The Varmints.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Southbird's character in "The Varmints" is miss Esta Rho of the Kirhos, a race of intelligent rodents, rather than a bird/Pokemon Trainer/robot. Additionally, Esta is the group's leader (if in name only) and Sharpie is her #2, contrasting how Itzam is usually led by Phé.
  • Dark Horse Victory: The winner of the Mech battle tournament in Episode 2 isn't Esta or Sharpie, but Jello, who remarks at how he's usually the least-dependable in situations like this. Additionally, in the deleted scenes, the original victor was actually Ivo, one of the guest participants from Southbird's Discord group, but they decided to redo the scene because having a non-Varmint victor would muck up the plot.
  • Dramatis Personae: Whenever a character is introduced in "Meet the Varmints", there's a subtitle displaying their name and profession. This continues into later introductions in the series, such as important Protectorate members.
  • Excuse Plot: Rather than follow the plotline of a set game or mod, such as in the Starbound videos with just Teckworks, this series focus more on the interactions between the players and crafting an original story with the game as just the backdrop.
  • Homeless Hero: Kujo has "...Vagrant?" as his listed career, and apparently just set up his own room full of cardboard boxes in the team's ship without anyone actually hiring him.
  • The Lancer: Sharpie is introduced as Esta's "Business Partner", and the "Talent Manager" responsible for hiring the current crew.
  • The Leader: Esta Rho is introduced as the CEO of "The Varmints".
  • Living Hat: Shade Hatmann, as the name implies, is a sentient hat that moves around with a shadowy humanoid body.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: "The Varmints" has the most characters of any gaming series on Southbird's channel such far. The list of just the players consists of Esta Rho (Southbird), Sharpie (Teckworks), Hotspot, Shade Hatmann, Alec Renard, Grey, Kujo, Custos-CXI, Mint and Jello (Jello Fox). There are also the unnamed bartender, who is an NPC.
  • Lovable Rogue: Alec Renard is listed as a Treasure Hunter. It's clear that he's not an archaeologist when one of the first things he discusses is a mounted skull he stole from a Glitch hunter. Jello also admits that many of his requisitions came "at a steal", or at least from corpses that didn't need those things anymore.
  • Meaningful Name: Jello decided to name the crew's ship the USCM Tetanus Shot "'Cause it's a Rust Bucket".
  • No OSHA Compliance: Part of the ship is attached to some landmasses completely exposed to space, and Jello tells his bosses that the best way to avoid floating away is to fire their guns and use the recoil to return groundwards.
  • Production Throwback: When the initial tour of their ship reaches the Armory, there's a mannequin dressed just like Venus from the Terraria: Calamity series, as well as one that looks like Southbird's usual robotic bird persona. They state the latter looks "pretty hideous".
    • Episode 2 inexplicably has an Eevee hanging out at the USCM Tetanus Shot's bar, calling back to Aurromortis from Southbird's various Pokemon videos.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The crew of the USCM Tetanus Shot, AKA "The Varmints", are a diverse bunch of characters from different races that have all come together to make some quick bucks.
  • Robot Soldier: Custos-CXI is a sentient combat droid Sharpie rented from Karkinos to keep the ship safe.
  • Running Gag: The words "(annoyed kirhos noises)" pop up repeatedly in the "Meet the Varmints" episode, as ship captain Esta Rho the Kirhos deals with little frustrations like a door repeatedly closing in their face, or chairs and speakers that don't actually function as more than decoration. At one point it's replaced by Sharpie making "(confused felin noises)" at being told about all the different crafting machines on-board.
  • Spy Cam: Jello, in charge of the Requisitions Department, has one installed in a large toy unicorn because other people tend to take the stuff he "requisitioned" without paying.
  • Tournament Arc: The second episode is one big Mech battle tournament that The Varmints are requested to participate in as a sort of "job interview" before The Protectorate hires them.
  • What a Piece of Junk: The USCM Tetanus Shot, even before its current crew started doing things like accidentally blowing holes in it, apparently wasn't exactly the most reliable of spacefaring vessels.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: The first time we see The Varmints in Episode 2, Alec Renard has just come back from an incredibly violent and somewhat embarrassing quest to retrieve an Avian artifact...and it turns out that everyone else on the ship already has one exactly like it, procured from online shopping or just found in the trash.

    Other Projects 
  • Our Product Sucks: The Nugget Bridge Team Rocket Grunt in "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! with GP-2 Generated Text" tries to convince Birdette to join Team Rocket by saying it'll be awful.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the "Southbird Tech: My Text Obfuscator Tool" video, Southbird shows footage from his scrapped followup to the "Metadachi Life" video, which was also planned to be derived from Vinesauce Tomodachi Life. When Southbird says he dropped the plans for that video because he thought it wasn't funny enough, the accompanying in-game footage features the top screen displaying the word "awful" (quotation marks included) and nothing else.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • In "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! with GP-2 Generated Text", an Ace Trainer at the exit to Viridian Forest says that a Pokémon having higher CP means it has more CP.
    • In "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! with GP-2 Generated Text", a sign in Pewter City describes the city as providing "A Pewter City experience".
  • Shout-Out: When the Viridian Forest Poké Mart worker in "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! with GP-2 Generated Text" tells Birdette to say hi to her mom, Southbird calls him Biff Tannen.

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