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Equals Three (=3) was a YouTube series formerly hosted by Ray William Johnson, reviewing viral videos found by or sent to him. Three videos were shown and a question submitted via video was posed for the commenters to respond to in the comments section (which was discontinued in 2013), with a schedule of new videos being posted every Tuesday and Friday.

On March 12, 2014, Ray retired from the show but promised to find a new host within two months who'd then reboot the series. On July 16, 2014, the show was finally rebooted with Robby Motz, who hosted for a year until he announced his departure on July 24th, 2015 after 102 episodes.


Robby was subsequently replaced by Kaja Martin four days after he left, who only had a 30-episode run before she left on November 24, 2015. She was then replaced by Carlos Santos on December 4, 2015, who served as the final host.

Ray also released songs and videos under the account name "Your Favorite Martian", which, coincidentally, was one of the biggest music channels on YouTube for its time, reaching 2 million subscribers in a time in which you could count the number of channels with more than 1 million subscribers with your fingers. Unfortunately, however, the project eventually was retired in September 2012 due to Maker Studios restricting Ray's musical creativity and threatening to stop funding his music if he decided to make a new album away from Maker Studios. Ray stated that his band did plan to make new music over the next 8 months but nothing ever came of it after their final music video: BOOM HEADSHOT.


The series also had a Spin-Off in Spanish: Igual a tres, hosted by Pedro Flores; as well as a French equivalent in What the Cut, whose host and founder, Antoine Daniel, admitted that =3 was a direct inspiration for his series.

Not to be confused with :3.

This series provided examples of:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Johnson's ethnicity is unknown, with many fans thinking he is Indian, Mexican, Arab, Iranian, Italian, Greek, Native American, etc.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Other guys show up doing the show sometimes, with little actual introduction. So far we've seen meekakitty, KassemG, Garfunkel and Oates, Bobby Lee, TJ Miller, and friggin' Gabriel Iglesias.
    • In fall 2012, he took a break from the show to record a Your Favorite Martian album, and many different guests hosts appeared. One of them was freakin' Kevin Smith. Another was the RZA.
  • Artifact Title: The YouTube channel is still called "RayWilliamJohnson," even though he is no longer the host of =3.
  • Auto-Tune: This episode.
  • Butt-Monkey: In later episodes, the Google+ logo.
  • The Cameo: None other than Robin Williams in this video.
  • Catchphrase: I'm just sayin'.
    • "What's happenin', forum/guys?"
    • "Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section *deep bass* below."
    • "Gee! Zus!"
    • "I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this message!"
    • "Fake and gay!"
      • "Falso y maricon!"
      • "Staged and bi-curious!"
    • "So tell me, forum..."
    • In recent episodes, he maims the Google+ logo.
    • "Here's the dildo."note 
    • "But don't take my word for it. Go watch the original video, link is in the description."
  • Cerebus Retcon: After releasing a vlog and explained his relationship to his father. His self deprecation jokes are now seen as more serious than comedic.
  • Continuity Nod: Ray sometimes references videos that he reviewed in past episodes. A few examples include:
    • In the episode "YOUTUBE FAMOUS! - Ray William Johnson - Equals Three =3", he reviews a video called "Michel & Sven - Der Trampolintrick - Teil 5 / The trick with a trampoline". He points out that the kids in the video are the same kids that were in the video called "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick - Teil 4 / The Table Cloth Magic Trick (Original)" that he reviewed in the episode "THUG GUMBY".
    • In the episode "REDNECK DAD", he reviews a video of Corgi puppies running. He says that he reviewed a video exactly like it a couple of years ago. He reviewed said very similar video in the episode "Epic Boyfriend FAIL".
    • In the episode "METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA", he reviews a news clip that has an anchor named Lisa Dutton in it. He says that you may remember her from the "pick a dick" video. The "pick a dick" video was reviewed in the episode "RHINO SAUSAGE - Ray William Johnson Video".
  • Cute Kitten: Cat videos show up on the series every so often on a regular basis. Ray lampshades the Internet's apparent obsession with cat videos.
  • Don't Try This at Home
    Ray: Now, I know every time I say Don't Try This at Home you guys are like "Sweet, something I'm gonna try at home! Honey, get me my beer, the midget on the internet is tellin' me not to do somethin' so I gotta do it!"
  • Emoticon: =3
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Some of the videos after the show proper have a minute or so of Ray messing up lines, with a whole bunch of Cluster F Bombs.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In The =3 Musical, Ray asks "What kind of lame-ass person uses Autotune" while singing in Autotune himself.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: So, so many. Enough to be a Running Gag.
  • Jerkass: Ray is this in some videos.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: One of Ray William Johnson's viral videos was a series of videos by a couple named Dakoda and Adam involving various knife-throwing (including a on-fire hatchet throwing act) acts done on each other. Warning: Watching video may bring risk of anxiety and heart attack.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Lampshaded heavily.
  • Running Gag: Several: Your Mom, Ray's non-existent social/sexual life or lame jokes, PedoBear, the Troll or any number of viral video-derived audacities, including something about 2 angry camels in a tiny car.
    • Russian virals seem to be the most fun and unsafe-looking of late.
      • Gabriel Iglesias himself admitted he can't host an episode without a Russian video.
    • Epic face, epic face, epic face, epic face, JIZZ IN MY PANTS!
    • He's also taken to assaulting Google+ when he says where you can leave your comments.
  • Self-Deprecation: A part of his style which comes into play quite a lot.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: He tends not to curse in the videos, but does so in his personal vlog (BreakingNYC). He justified it in a vlog by saying he wants to keep the series kid-friendly.
    • This video, "Indian Action" has an uncensored f-bomb, perhaps a first for Ray?
    • He leaves uncensored Fluorine bombs in "Thug Gumby" and "Broken Goat", as well as the word itself appearing on screen in "Jesus Dance".
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Some of the jokes he makes are blatantly sexist. He always apologizes though.
  • This Loser Is You: A character labelled "You" occasionally appears. "You" say a lot of very stupid things.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The Troll.
  • Wham Line: "Hi. I don't believe I've been formally introduced. My name's Ray Johnson, and I'm an actor. And this is Equals Three. It's a show I started five years ago from my college dorm room. And this is my last episode." Averted if you followed Ray on social media before this.
  • Your Mom: An old Running Gag of the series. Reportedly, having sex with someone's mother is the only cure for squirrel AIDS.

Your Favorite Martian provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Exploited in Club Villain. Puff is allowed into the titular club, and uses his politeness to get himself laid.
  • All Just a Dream: The events of "Take Over the World" turn out to just be Wilton's dream, as the visuals rewind until we see him sleeping on the job.
  • And That's Terrible: In The Stereotypes Song in which he jokingly sings about stereotypes, he mentions Scotsmen humping sheep, and at the end he adds, "But seriously, don't hump any sheep."
  • Art Evolution: The video for Whip Yo Kids and the videos onward have much better animation and art than the previous music videos.
  • Art Shift:
    • "Tig Ol' Bitties" switches to a style reminiscent of paper cutouts during the segments in which the boys are in school.
    • Puppet Break-Up was an actual live action song but with the band members as puppets similar to something like Jeff Dunham
  • Ascended Extra: Benatar went from being the band's silent guitarist to getting as much singing time as Puff himself, singing more than Puff in Friend Zone, Complicated, Jupiter, Somebody That I Used to Know, and Bartender Song. According to Ray himself, Axel is expected to be singing at some point as well.
  • Bad Santa: Santa in "Santa Hates Poor Kids", who is depicted as a pedophile (and anti-Semite) who never gives anything nice to poor children.
  • Band Toon: Your Favorite Martian: The Series is now being run on YouTube. The series is a parody of more traditional band toons, only with a lot more sexual jokes and NSFW language.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: It's sort of implied that the boyfriend from "Friend Zone" is this, considering that he's the douche bag from one of their previous songs and because Puff explicitly calls him a douche.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In The Stereotypes Song in which he jokingly sings about stereotypes, he mentions Scotsmen humping sheep.
  • Bigger Is Better: My Balls is a song where Puff brags that his balls can win back his ex-girlfriend (the person he's singing to)
  • Blinding Bangs: The entire backup.note  Even DeeJay with his afro. Although we see his eyes starting in Transphobic Techno.
  • Buxom Is Better: The subject of Tig Ol' Bitties.
  • Call-Back: Tig Ol' Bitties makes a reference to My Balls. "Like my balls—real big!"
    • And in Whip Yo Kids, a call back even further, to the very first song his earlier band, Fatty Spins, put on youtube note  titled "Doin' Your Mom".:
  • Chick Magnet: DeeJay (Fat black guy), bordering on Kavorka Man.
  • Colossus Climb: Booty Store has a moment near the end of the video where they are standing on a giant woman while she's propped up on all fours. Considering the subject matter of the song, it should come as no surprise that they are specifically perched on her butt.
  • Continuity Nod: In Grandma Got a Facebook, all of the people that Puff's Grandma friends are from Club Villain and The Stereotypes Song.
    • Also Mr. Douchebag, who also shows up in Friend Zone and Just A Friend.
    • In Robot Bar Fight, the Terminator does a dance we first saw on Mr. Douchebag.
    • In the remix for the Mike Posner song She Looks Like Sex, among the ugly woman in the place is Oprah and a fat trucker from Epileptic Techno and the Wet-Dog-headed girl from Dookie Fresh.
    • "And I'll rage, just like the nerd."
  • Cover Version: Of one of the ending themes to Equals Three, Stalkin' Your Mom. They will also only be doing covers until their album comes out in January. So far, they've done:
    • Just a Friend by Biz Markie
    • Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
    • Fight For Your Right (To Party) by Beastie Boys
    • Love the Way It Hurts by Eminem
    • My Balls and Alien by...themselves...
    • Jump Around by House of Pain
    • Bartender Song by Rehab
    • High Voltage by Linkin Park
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Superman is this in "Text Me Back."
  • Dan Browned: Scottish people are not really stereotyped for humping sheep.
  • Darker and Edgier: Puff lets out his inner Eminem during the verses of "Alien," which is itself about bullying and isolation. Now, compare that to a song like "Booty Store..."
    • "Text Me Back" is a pretty dark song, but just listen to it without watching the video to see how much darker it becomes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Transphobic Techno" is one for DeeJay- no one else in the band makes an appearance.
    • Benatar gets this in "Friend Zone", where he acts as the protagonist and sings some verses and the chorus, and "Jupiter", where Puff only does the backup vocals.
  • Deconstruction: Transphobic Techno seems to offer a suggestion to why club music repeats the same words over and over again.
    • "Friend Zone" deconstructs Stalker with a Crush. The song itself is presented as very romantic, but the lyrics suggest Benatar is obsessed with his best friend to the point of building a shrine to her and changing religions, even though she already has a boyfriend and has shown that she isn't interested in him at all. This lyrical dissonance is intended, showing that Benatar believes what he's doing is not only socially acceptable, but romantic.
  • Demoted to Extra: DeeJay went from being the second singer behind Puff and actually having his own song to mixing beats while Benatar took his place.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Puff's grandma, AKA Slutty McButtSex, in "Grandma got a Facebook."
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Orphan Tears.
    • One part in Transphobic Techno.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Benatar and Axel started off looking very similarly, with the same features, facial expressions, same hairdo (except Benatar's was blonde and had shorter hair) and the fact they were both just background characters. With the new art style, Axel retained the hairstyle, facial expression and background character status but his muscles grew larger, while Benatar turned into a more Pretty Boy type with softened features and also gained more prominence in the band.
  • Double Subversion: Puff may have made up the story of Robot Bar Fight, but as the lights were turned off in the video, his eyes lit up.
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: Some music videos have a fairly painful amount of flashing lights, like "8-Bit World" and "Transphobic Techno". One of the song is even called "Epileptic Techno".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Chris Brown is kicked out of a Villain's Club, whose denizens include Jason, Voldemort and Charles Manson.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Many of their songs are guilty of this.
  • Fantastic Drug: Orphan Tears.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Faking big breasts?! Unforgivable! (Okay, for some guys this is the most evil thing ever, but still...)
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: The cover of "Love the Way You Lie" has a female angel and male demon, the wearing a skimpy teenage outfit and the latter wearing relatively work-oriented clothing, in a troubled relationship with each other.
  • Finishing Move: Several in Fight to Win.
  • Freudian Excuse: In Take Over the World, Wilton works in a crap job and gets mistreated.
  • Gargle Blaster: The titular Orphan Tears.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Shitty G's girlfriend gets one of these in Bartender Song
  • Hollywood Tourette's: "BARF, PISS, ASS, ASS, BARF!"
  • Homoerotic Subtext:
    • The Unofficial Smithers Love Song. Enough said. Less "subtext" than "text".
    • We get a clear shot of R2-D2 and C-3PO kissing in Robot Bar Fight, before they are interrupted by a gun-toting WALL•E. It's a long story.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Bottles of Beer has named 29 different beer brands in the lyrics.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Fight to Win, both Puff and guest rapper DeStorm claim that fighting games like Mortal Kombat don't make them violent. They then proceed to kick each other's asses over the last nacho.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The Basic Premise of Fight to Win.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The Mom from "Stalkin' Your Mom".
  • In Da Club: Examples include "Club Villain," "Orphan Tears," "Transphobic Techno" and "Epileptic Techno".
    • She Looks Like Sex and White Boy Wasted, to a lesser extent.
  • Joisey: The subject of the song "Mr. Douchebag."
  • Just Friends: Friend Zone, obviously.
  • Madness Mantra: "Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis... Bitch got a penis..."
  • Mistaken for Racist: From the "Dookie Fresh" music video.
    Puff: To be honest she smells like an Indian.
    Indian Guy: Hey, that's not funny!
    Puff: (stammers) No, no I mean like Indian food. Like curry smells bad. Indian food!
    Indian Guy: You're a dick!
  • Mood Dissonance: For no obvious reason, the girl in Tig Ol' Bitties smiles after she gets yelled at by Puff (who is referred to as Your Favorite Martian in the song); she was faking sadness.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Alien" is not a comedic song at all, it's an anti-bullying song.
    • Friend Zone and Complicated are pretty straight love songs with very little comedy.
    • Take Over the World is less comedic, more reminding you that there are greater opportunities out there for you.
    • Hell, all but four songs since Friend Zone have been serious (not counting covers).
  • Mushroom Samba: Orphan Tears is a song describing the effect of the titular drug on Puff, DeeJay, and special guest Wax. Needless to say, it's extremely trippy.
  • National Stereotypes: The Stereotypes Song is all about these.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Throughout "Text Me Back", Lois is seen with three different men, driving Superman crazy. The ending reveals they were just people assisting her for their anniversary.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Zombie Love proves (unintentionally) that zombies have emotions as well.
  • Panty Shot: Happens to the Japanese and Indian girls when they jump around in 'The Stereotype Song."
  • Precision F-Strike: Oprah's purpose when she appeared in Epileptic Techno.
    • In "Alien": "All a bully needs is a FUCKING EXCUSE!"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mr. Douchebag. Bonus points for it being in song.
  • Security Cling: Benatar's friend does this to him when they encounter a knife-wielding clown in a haunted house.
  • Shout-Out: To many well-known Big Bads in Club Villain.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The sole annotation in The Stereotypes Song says "Yes, the Scottish are known for humping sheep. Google it before you start arguing with me about it. :)"
    • Referring to The Unofficial Smithers Love Song: "Yes, that familiar progression you're hearing is Pachelbel's Canon in E. It's commonly used as a wedding song. Get it? :)"
  • Something Completely Different: Compared to a lot of their other work, Alien is a lot less funny and a lot more serious.
    • Same goes for Friend Zone and Complicated. Friend Zone has the occasional sight gag and one or two amusing lines, but Complicated has neither - both are songs about unrequited love.
    • Same also goes for Take Over the World. Like Friend Zone, it has one or two sight gags and amusing lines, but it's mainly about being stuck a job you hate and dreaming about chasing your own goals.
  • The Something Song: "The Stereotype Song".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The mellow song "Bartender" plays over a rather over-the-top bar fight.
  • Stalker Shrine: Benatar has one of his friend.
  • Stock Footage: With many of YFM newer music videos, the chorus, as well as the actions of DeeJay, Axel, and Benatar rely on this.
    • Was subverted in "Alien" until the animations appear again in "White Boy Wasted"...
  • Strange Stage: In "Booty Store", the band performs on a giant, scantily clad redhead. For reasons that should be obvious, they are playing on her butt.
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: Booty Store, natch.
  • Stylistic Suck: It's actually intentional that the lyrics of Bitch Got a Penis repeat over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...
  • Take Over the World: TAKE OVER THE WORLD
  • Take That!:
    • To Chris Brown in Club Villain.
    • The Stereotypes Song is dedicated to calling out stereotypes about most major world countries.
    • In "Tig Ol' Bitties", DJ saw Twilight - immediately afterards, he says "Bummer!"
  • Unplugged Version: They did one for Alien.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Partying" for "having sex".
  • Vocal Tag Team: Puff and Benatar.
  • Yandere: Text Me Back is possibly one of the most prominent example of this trope ever.
    Puff: "I had a dream that I killed you. I'm not certain what it means. I didn't say that I would do it. I said it was a dream. Anger is the lone emotion flowing through my veins. Knowing you, I may spend the night going through some pain. Call me insane, call me obsessed, the fact remains, I'll rage unless you text me back"

"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this trope!"
"So tell me, forum...what's Victoria's Secret?"

Alternative Title(s): Ray William Johnson, Your Favorite Martian


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