What's going on, everybody? For TV Tropes, I'm Sean Evans, and you're reading about Hot Ones. It's the show with hot questions and even hotter wings!
Running on YouTube since 2014, Hot Ones is one of your more unique celebrity interview shows. Guests are offered a succession of ten increasingly-spicy wings, and they have to answer each question to the best of their ability as their mouths light up. Some cry, some have to take a lap, a few have puked (off-camera, thank goodness), and at least one had an accident. Most take advantage of the lack of censorship. But most make it through, lest they join the likes of Ricky Gervais and DJ Khaled in the Hall of Shame.
Sean Evans has been the resident Dungeon Master since the show's inception, dabbing and suffering along with the guests. The channel hit a million subscribers in 2017, which it celebrated by inviting superfan Brett Baker to grill Sean. Sean also appears in other videos for First We Feast and their parent site, Complex. Peppers, however, are never too far behind him...
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- Ascended Fanboy: The legendary Brett Baker, creator of the Hot Ones Power Rankings and the subject of a magnificent serenade by Russell Brand, interviewed Sean to celebrate Hot Ones reaching one million subscribers.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: The whole point of the show: celebrities eat increasingly hot wings as they're interviewed, starting with something very mild and ending with a Hot Ones-branded sauce that's on par with the Carolina Reaper.
- Bring My Brown Pants:
- As mentioned above, Bobby Lee had a little...accident. The look on Sean's face as he realizes that is absolute gold.
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin also talks about how during a match against Yokozuna, he had got slammed down and ended up crapping himself. To him, he's just glad he was wearing black. He gives Yoko the "go home" sign to finish the match so he can shower.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- Eric Andre was a whole new level of crazy, smashing bottles and pitchers over his head and dropping Breathless Non Sequiturs left and right.
- Russell Brand as well, because of course.
- Corpsing: Sean absolutely loses it when Eddie Huang realizes that going in reverse order is a terrible idea.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Naturally with Gordon Ramsay in the Season 8 premier.
- Crazy-Prepared: Gordon Ramsay having everything from Pepto Bismol, donuts, and lemon and lime juice to fight off the burn. Tragically, it appears to only marginally improve things for him, as based on his reflexive cursing, it still really hurts.
- The Dreaded: The infamous Da Bomb: Beyond Insanity hot sauce has earned itself this reputation as the longest-lasting hot sauce on the show. First off is the obvious warning sign: The label is an nuke with a radiation symbol on it. This is the first thing most guests notice upon realizing they just made a huge mistake. Second is the chemistry behind it. At roughly 135,000 SHU, from a chemical analysis, it's hardly the hottest hot sauce on the table and is usually on wing #7. However, what it doesn't specify is that a significant volume of it contains pepper extract, which is awfully bitter, tastes terrible, is extremely painful, and doesn't register on the Scoville scale. By taste along, it's Scoville scale would end up somewhere between two and five million. End result? It nearly always trips the guests up, leading to plenty of coughing, grunting, screaming, and cursing. As Charlize Theron said it, putting it in the middle of the pack is basically just a "dick move." Some of the more hilarious reaction include:
- Shaquille O'Neal smugly looking down on Kansas (Da Bomb's place of birth), before very quickly apologizing and proceeding to have a complete Freak Out, which included drinking a jug of milk, sucking on ice cubes, and asking for "Ice cube Chapstick."
- Idris Elba cooly biting into it, then coughing for 15 seconds straight followed by a meek "Holy shit."
- Gordon Ramsey leaking out of every hole in his body.
- Terry Crews and Charlize Theron hallucinating.
- Russell Brand ascending to a new level of consciousness.
- Bill Burr cursing out Sean, coughing, and caught somewhere between hallucinating and spacing in-and-out of consciousness.
- Keegan-Michael Key damn near losing his mind.
- Ken Jeong immediately telling Sean "Fuck you, Sean" before contorting himself in pain.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Terry Crews declares that he and Sean are friends forever after making it through the ordeal of all ten wings.
- Freak Out: Most guests have one as the sauces get spicier.
- Hiccup Hijinks:
- As the wings progressively got hotter, Bob Saget gets stricken with a case of the hiccups. He notes that this always happens to him whenever he eats spicy foods.
- Both Rhett & Link end up getting the hiccups simultaneously.
- Trevor Noah gets the hiccups at the very end of his episode, and he remarks that he's a little freaked out since, according to him, he never hiccups.
- Hidden Depths: More often than not Sean asks very well-researched and very in-depth questions about his guests, which can often take them by surprise, considering the show's format. Often they expect to be asked softball questions, believing the real appeal of the show is to see them in pain. When in fact the appeal of the show is them being forced to actually give well-thought-out answers while in pain.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Besides reacting this way to the different sauces, this is also the usual reaction as Sean shakes up the last bottle before telling them about the last dab.Andy Cohen: *as Sean shakes the bottle* What are you doing? Why are you doing that?
- Steve Austin had an "Oh, Crap!" moment and had to call a break when he realized the hot sauce was driving his heart rate through the roof.
- Besides reacting this way to the different sauces, this is also the usual reaction as Sean shakes up the last bottle before telling them about the last dab.
- Once per Episode:
- The opening tag
- "Now, the first one's Sriracha. Sriracha's no big deal." (At least until it was phased out as the easiest sauce at the start of season 4)
- Dirty Dick's - very aggressive brand name.
- Explain that 'Gram (and, usually, "Laptop, please!")
- Adding an extra dab of the hottest sauce to the final wing, described by Sean as "tradition." Although Sean says they don't have to, most guests buckle and do it.
- Sean shaking the bottle of said sauce before the last dab.
- "This camera, this camera, or this camera - let the people know what you've got going on in your life!"
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Pops up more than once, and on both sides, in the Jeff Goldblum episode due to his being one of the older stars to participate. Goldblum's surprised that Sean doesn't know the theme song from The Greatest American Hero or who Danny Kaye was, while Sean has to clarify to Goldblum what it means when people refer to the latter as a "zaddy" online and explain hip-hop slang to him. The Stinger of the episode boils down to Goldblum explaining to Sean who James Caan is and from there Sonny Corleone.
- Screaming Warrior: Terry Crews screams at the top of his lungs to psyche himself up and work through the pain as he gets through the last few wings.
- The Stoic: There have been several guests who've made it through without (or at least barely) breaking a sweat. Alton Brown even went so far as to casually critique and rank the sauces, including tossing one bottle in the trash (though he did make sure to coat his tongue in milk before eating the hottest wing).
- It's worth keeping in mind that some guests take only a single bite of each wing, others eat the whole thing, while some barely nibble. Sean Evans expressed in a separate interview that he has no problem with guests eating the wings however they like, but he finds it lame when guests come on who barely touch the wings and then say things like, "Easy", "Not even hot", etc.
- This trope is discussed onscreen in the Jeff Goldblum appearance at the end of Season 6 — Goldblum admits upfront that he's going to nibble because he's been instructed by his voice doctor to avoid spicy foods, and asks if that's cheating. Sean notes, "It's not the Olympics; the people seem to respect the people who commit a little bit more to the wings, but you know what, what do you have to prove?" Goldblum then admits he's not stoic or competitive, so he's willing to risk the Wall of Shame instead of pretending he's something he's not. He avoids the Wall.
- The Stoner: Many have joined Sean at the table. Some are pros, others...less so.
- Unaffected by Spice: There have been a few episodes where the guest makes it through all 10 wings without hesitation, but Guy Fieri stands out as he didn't appear to even break a sweat.[at the end of the episode]
Guy: By the way, for the record—no water, no milk.
Sean: *noticing the difference between Guy's glasses and his* Whoa.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Eddie Huang ends up getting too cocky and tries to eat the hottest wing first. The end result was him excusing himself to the restroom and retching. Cut to ten minutes later, when he admitted to throwing up... among other things.