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John Patrick "Jack" Douglass (b. June 30, 1988) is an American YouTube personality, comedian, entertainer, and musician who runs the YouTube channel Jacksfilms, which has become the home of several of his series.

His best-known series used to be a weekly Long Runner called Your Grammar Sucks, where he reads aloud grammatically painful and typo-laden comments left on YouTube and Facebook. Amongst regular episodes, the series contained specials including skits and songs made entirely out of badly-written comments. The first "season" of YGS ended on November 20th, 2015 with its hundredth episode, a huge hour-long special.

While YGS was in the later episodes of its first season, Jack started a series called Jackask wherein his fans asks him all sorts of questions. It also infrequently featured him asking his fans questions, which eventually became its own series Yesterday I Asked You, or YIAY. This series started on his second channel, but he brought it over to his main channel, where it has become wildly successful ever since. In essence, from Your Grammar Sucks, to Jackask, to YIAY, Audience Participation fuels these kinds of series.

His series are as follows:

  • PMS (Parodies, Music Videos, Sketches), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • YGS (Your Grammar Sucks), a series poking fun at grammatically inept Internet comments, and his second most well-known series to date. During its first season, it premiered every damn Friday.
  • JackAsk, a sarcastic Q&A show which was retired in October 2020 until it was brought back in May 2021.
  • YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You), previously a daily show, now broadcasted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where Jack reads aloud fan-submitted answers to questions he poses to them. Is unique since it's his only series to start on his second channel and continue on his main channel (after 13 episodes). It is also his most well-known series to date, and is perhaps more widely recognized as the source of inspiration for PewDiePie's LWIAY (Last Week I Asked You), a less-than-subtle copy of Jack's series albeit with a different formatnote . It has over 500 episodes, putting it ahead of most of Jack's other series, and has spun off other series such as Fake Facts and Fix Your Pics.

Jack's main YouTube channel can be found here, along with his second channel, his third channelnote , and two old, unused behind-the-scenes channels.

His (parodic) channel trailer can be watched here, and a slightly-outdated one can be seen here.

He has also done acting, namely playing Intern 2 on the web series MyMusic.

He and his wife Erin began a weekly (later changed to monthly) podcast in 2021 titled Erin Is The Funny One. He also made a Spiritual Successor to his YIAY series in the form of a video game adaptation titled Be Funny Now!, which can be played on Android, iOS and Steam.

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  • Actually a Good Idea: In YIAY #580, one of the suggestions for the final fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the pink girl from DanceDanceRevolution. Jack admits that that idea actually makes a lot of sense, and insists that Nintendo get on it.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Jack occasionally cracks up at comments on Your Grammar Sucks that are so-bad-they're-funny, but of special note are his drinking episodes where he has to take a swig every time he messes up or laughs (which, of course, he does).
    • YGS 84 was a regular episode that happened to have such a high concentration of baffling & terrible comments that it gave Jack nearly-uncontrollable fits of laughter multiple times throughout it. This combination has made it multiple viewers' favorite episode.
      Jack: I'm glad this isn't the drinking episode.
  • Adam Westing: In "50 Facts You Can't Even", Matthew Santoro stars as himself, parodying his own "50 Amazing Facts To Blow Your Mind" videos.
  • Affectionate Parody: His parody of Sherlock gained some controversy from viewers who thought he was disrespecting the series. Jack replied that it was "a parody FROM a fan TO the fans", and that making a parody couldn't pay it any higher praise.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Chad's antics make frat boys look like teetotalers by comparison.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked Exaggerated. He interprets Kermit the Frog as a surly, bitter, drunken schoolteacher with frequent fantasies of violence who is in a very unhappy marriage with Miss Piggy.
  • Alter-Ego Acting: Jack plays Chad "Broseph" Huntington, the backwards-cap double-popped-collar-wearing drinkin' fool.
  • Angrish: The comments in ALL CAPS in Your Grammar Sucks are always interpreted this way.
  • The Artifact: As of 2021, the YIAY theme song, which goes "Leave your answers in the comments below, I'll pick my favorites in the next episode of YIAY." It still plays at the end of YIAY episodes despite Jack almost never asking viewers new YIAY questions in the YIAY videos themselves anymore (he instead asks questions and collects answers via the community tab) and no longer choosing the best answers himself (he outsources the answer selection to his "creative council" so he can be surprised on camera).
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his SSSniperwolf exposee video, he criticizes a number of her actions before saying the other primary reason he's making the video is that she made fun of his hairline.
    Jack: Now that's something only my wife, friends, family and viewers get to do. Not you, SSSniperwolf. Never you.
  • Artifact Title: The questions in Yesterday I Asked You aren't asked the day before the episode any more. They are now asked about a week beforehand so that Jack can stockpile episodes.
  • Audience Participation: His channel basically thrives on this.
    • Most, if not all, of YGS' material comes from user-submitted comment screencaps, with YGS #50 and #60 being particularly notable for being the first to include fan submissions.
    • All questions in JackAsk come directly from fans.
    • YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You) where he asks his fans certain questions and features the best and funniest of their answers in his videos.
  • Auto-Tune: Parodied in Dubstep Solves Everything 3 when "Auto-tune Jesus" is called upon.
  • Basso Profundo: Once Justin Bieber hits puberty in this video. Becomes exaggerated when he hits super puberty.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Fixing Your Flags, one user smugly challenged Jack to fix the Australian flag. So how does Jack fix it? Turning it into the British Flag.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Jack tends to react badly when particularly bad comments get a high amount of likes. It's taken to its logical conclusion in YGS 57, where his reaction to a particularly bad comment getting an absurd amount of likes is to angrily lunge at the camera.
    • He is also not a fan of Ray William Johnson, although he has made it clear that he respects Ray's ability to get people such as Robin Williams into his videos, and would also try to keep conversation polite despite not liking his work.
    • One made apparent by JackAsk is when people submit incredibly random questions in attempts to sound funny, citing the rule that "RANDOM doesn't always equal FUNNY"- especially made clear in JackAsk #10.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The YGS comments in Spanish and Portuguese, which he'll read in a hokey Latin accent, while pronouncing laughter ("jajaja") with the English J.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In "When is something no longer cool?" (YIAY #287):
    Comment 1: When Hillary Clinton does it.
    Comment 2: When it's on The Ellen Show.
    Jack: How about when Hillary Clinton does it on The Ellen Show? Oof, that is a dead meme. That is super dead.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • His list of curse words in JackAsk #8.
    • The list of songs in Frozen II:
      I Love Rock and Roll
      Rolling Stones
      Pebble For Your Thoughts
      Elsa's Dead Parents
    • One answer for THE MEANING OF LIFE (in four words):
      Live, laugh, love, arson
  • Brick Joke:
    • In "Escape the Friendzone" (YIAY #89), one commenter leaves an answer to the question from YIAY #88 (superhero names and powers) instead:
      Name: Internet Explorer
      Superpower: Too late to post a comment.
    • Jack uploaded a video on jackisanerd called My shot glass collection (part 1 of 2) which was used for Every Leafyishere video ever, in which GamerGod88 briefly mentioned that it will have a part 2. That part 2 is the majority of his 1000th video special
    • Throughout 2019, Jack had posted the phrase "Twitter for Android" on his Twitter, while interspersing the tweets with seemingly unrelated phrases on certain days. One year and three days later, Jack uploaded Twitter for Android, a song that turns the unrelated words into a piano piece.
    • In "Fix Your Pix #4," Jack struggles to fix a picture of a man in a trenchcoat and a fedora, other than putting a sign in his hand saying, "One at a time, ladies." He notes that they'll come back to the trenchcoat guy in a little bit. Sure enough, a few images later, he "fixes" a picture of a woman who said her husband pointed out cross-eyes in her photo. Jack instead gives the girl Fish Eyes...and adds an image of the trenchcoat guy, declaring that it's the girl's husband coming back, and photoshopping his sign to say "HOORAY! You're no longer cross-eyed! I love you now!"
  • Broken Record: The candy cane song ("stab x16"). Even more so when he re-sang the song in a promo video for his YouNow chat that he was doing that day, when the aforementioned "stab" part is looped extensively to the point where people in the comments report hearing an entirely new word.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Kristen. Even retroactively, in YGS #48 when the line "i thinking now on my girlfriend" brings up a picture of Jack himself in drag rather than Kristen. Although this is justified by them having broken up by then.
    • Thanks to the fan submissions, Olga Kay has repeatedly been mentioned on YGS for her struggle with grammar. OH OLGA. She's appeared in special skit episodes of YGS, though, showing she has a sense of humor about it.
    • "Billy" (whose real name is Jason) in the Kermit animations, whom Kermit picks on more than any of the other students.
    • Jack himself tends to take this role in YIAY and JackAsk videos, where commenters frequently make fun of him in their answers. Examples of how this plays out include making fun of his forehead, implying that his marriage is fake or that he's holding his wife captive, and claiming that YouTube isn't a real job or that he isn't funny.
  • Call-Back:
    • In "Scary Stories with Kermit", Kermit uses the line "shut up, sh-shut up," in reference to GamerGod88's first Dark Souls 2 video.
    • For a YIAY video about the best place to hide a body, Jack re-donned the Dexter getup that he had worn four years prior in a Dexter parody sketch.
  • The Cameo:
  • Carpet of Virility: Despite his boyish face, he has a surprisingly hairy chest. Enough to shave into a Nolan!Batman symbol!
  • Catchphrase:
    • Since Your Grammar Sucks #1, he's used the word "biches" to refer to his fans. In fact, a lot of his Catch Phrases originated from Your Grammar Sucks. Quite a few of them also double as Running Gags.
    • "That's almost a hundred..."Explanation: 
    • ":a what a fucke?!" Explanation 
    • "Oh, Olga!" Explanation 
    • "Help me clean up YouTube! If you see an amazingly bad comment on the Internet, take a screencap of it and send it my way either via Twitter or my Facebook fanpage." Explanation 
    • When he gets two contradicting comments in YIAY (ex: "fuck bitches get money", "get bitches fuck money"), he'll say "Which one do I believe?"
    • "Me Me Big Boy!" was coined when Jack trolled a telemarketer by constantly repeating the phrase. Now it's become a mainstay of his channel, with Jack even putting the phrase on a shirt.
  • Clip Show: Every one of the Your Grammar Sucks specials.
  • Clickbait Gag:
    • The video "I Have Something To Tell You" has a thumbnail with Jack on the verge of tears and opens with him struggling to speak as he tries to admit something... before he says he created the video title and faked crying to emotionally manipulate the viewer into clicking the video. And then he raps about it.
    • "The CLICKBAIT Game" has Jack list all of his fans attempts to make clickbait titles out of everyday situations like "I ate Chinese food." From prompts like that, we get divine listicles like "DOES CHINESE FOOD MAKE YOU GAY?", "MY BEARD GOT DRUNK (THREESOME!?)", and "why im shutting down my channel (not clickbait)."
    • "YIAY #354" features fan-made thumbnails for the YIAY video, most of which exaggerate Clickbait staples, such as light nudity, giant red arrows, promises of face reveals, guilt-tripping, and the obligatory (not clickbait) text. The thumbnail that he loves the most is one that says "Youtube DELETING THUMBNAILS?", which he would've used for the video, but he didn't want to be sadistically manipulative. He instead used one he showed earlier in the video where his head is changed to a thumb; he admitted in the video that he'll probably end up using it for the episode instead of the manipulative one, but it was up to Jack in the future to determine if he'll use the manipulative one or be branded a coward:
      Jack: "I will end up using this one as the thumbnail, or, if I'm brave, I'll use the last one in this video. Eeeh, we'll see how cowardly I feel."
    • "Taking accountability" was named as such as part of the video's gimmick — a YIAY episode where the fans named the episode. Not only was "Taking accountability" the very first submission Jack reads out, but they found it so funny and such a good answer that every other submission was compared to it. Jack went ahead and used it, along with a serious thumbnail, which at the time, had no sign that it was a YIAY episode until the viewer clicked on it (it has since been amended with the normal YIAY suffix and episode number, but the thumbnail has remained the same).
  • Cluster F-Bomb/Cluster Bleep-Bomb: When Justin Bieber searches up puberty and then super puberty in this video.
  • Cock Fight: The plot of Dubstep Solves Everything 3.
  • Colbert Bump: invoked This is the concept behind the revamped JJJacksfilms "Creator Bingo", which has Jack react to and shout out smaller creators who send their work in for him to play bingo to. This process is supposed to mirror and satirize a common claim that internet content thieves make about how they're giving smaller creators more exposure, but in a way that actually credits the creators that Jack reacts to which (hopefully) allows them to actually get an increase in their channel numbers.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: A YGS episode has a Voice Clip Song based around "there's never not not nothin".
  • Convenience Store Gift Shopping: A yearly tradition is a YIAY episode called "The Worst Christmas Gifts", which has been done every year since 2016, and Jack showcases submissions of horrible Christmas gifts that his audience have gotten. Contenders include Christmas decorations or Christmas-themed clothes (which are useless until the following year), gamer quote T-shirts, unofficial video game novels, "make a meme" card games, calendars for the same year they were received (eg. a 2020 calendar received on Christmas 2020), and a drawing book of pooping animals.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: His ballad-esque cover of Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy With It".
  • Crappy Holidays: "The Thanksgiving Song" is about how much Thanksgiving sucks, especially compared to Halloween and Christmas.
  • Cutting Back to Reality: The main gag of the "DUBSTEP SOLVES EVERYTHING" trilogy is that Jack is performing dubstep in real life. We get scenes of him dancing to dubstep music...only for it to cut to the other character's perspectives, in which he's just flailing around and making the sounds with his mouth.
  • Dark Reprise: At the end of YGS #99, Jack sings a very melancholic, ballad-y reprise of the series's cheery outro jingle. It hits HARD.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Referenced in Jackask #38, where most of the answers to his Twitter question (what do you want for Christmas?) are along the lines of "a dad"/"my dad to come home".
      Jack: So I asked you all on Twitter, "what do you want for Christmas?" Here are your best answers: "a dad", "A dad", "a dad", "a dad", "your Mum.", "my dad", "My dad to come back", "my dad to come back", "my dad to come back from the store"-aw, is that what he told you?-, "my dad to finally call me son". Dark.
    • Gets a Call-Back in the following week's PMS, "9 New Christmas Songs".
      "Christmas Dad": (singing): I wish I had a dad for Christmas... [Beat] (talking over the backing track): He told me he was going to the store... [Beat] I don't think he did.
    • And in "Top 10 Top 10 Lists'", when one of the "top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014" is 'dad', and Jack adding "dads aren't even real".
    • One YIAY question asked of fans was "How do you be a good dad?". Overuse of this trope in responses caused Jack to scrap the episode altogether.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: In "I made your terrible video ideas," one request was for Jack to give "an obnoxious and redundant explination [sic] of the previous sketch." Cut to a "Jacksfilms Director Commentary" in which Jack explains all the jokes in the previous sketch, with the camera zooming in creepily on him as he does.
  • Drinking Game:
    • The "Chad" episodes of Your Grammar Sucks, where Chad has to knock one back every time he corpses or otherwise flubs the reading.
    • "YIAY 500" features a drinking game with Jack and his friends, where they all have read YIAY answers and take a shot if someone laughs.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Jack's reaction to serious comments in YIAY will actually be more of a "dude, not UNfunny" sort of thing, since Jack will seem very shocked by the comment and might even tell the commenter to calm down, stating that YIAY is a comedy show.
    • In one episode of YIAY, Jack read off some answers that viewers gave him of book sequels they'd like to see. One answer was The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Goes to Hollywood. Jack reacts with, "That's awful," though he does hide a smile.
  • Dull Surprise: Jack gives a major announcement at the end of Jackask #24, but only gives it a single sentence at the end of the video.
    Jack: New "JackAsk" every Wednesday. [...] "New "Your Grammar Sucks" every Friday, and a new "PMS" every Monday. GamerGod88 is coming back every Saturday, [Jack cringes] Oh God.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A bizarre comment in YGS 67, expressed with each word swapping letters out for symbols or incorrect letters and which Jack dubbed the "greatest comment ever" for the ride it took him on, actually made a brief appearance three years before in YGS 18, where he only showed it in silent, head-shaking disapproval due to its visibly obnoxious writing style. He evidently found it rewarding in a sense to actually read it out for it to gain the title it did in YGS 67.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Jack names all his toy American Eskimo dogs after frozen treats featuring vanilla ice cream: Klondike, Sundae and Chipwich.
  • Entitled to Have You: The (parodied) message of "Dubstep Solves Everything 3" is that, because Jack wins a fight over the girl, he gets to have her, regardless of her wishes.
  • Epic Fail:
    • He once tried to prank call Toby Turner and say that his girlfriend was pregnant, with him not knowing what to do. Toby was watching the livestream he was doing this on, and Jack didn't bother checking to see if he could.
    • Jack once spent five days attempting to recreate a Reddit stunt on YouTube by writing over 700 comments for one of his own videos... and never once realized that most of them would get buried after a few minutes, thus ruining the joke. He laments this in his next video.
    • Guess the Wikihow Article is basically Jack doing one long string of incorrect wikihow article guesses from out-of-context images from genuine articles. Of the 36 his council picked for him to read, he got 13 right (four of which were close enough to the real answers the editor let them have the point).
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Averted with one a fan who sent in a book of sheet music for all of Jack's songs. As it turns out, it even has lyrics for the Dubstep song.
  • Exact Words: In "Fix Your Pix #4," somebody asks for Jack to photoshop some "hot chicks" into the image. Jack responds by putting in photographs of baby chickens that he supposedly heated up in a microwave.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In YIAY #565, he talks about Olivia Rodrigo's "good 4 u" being a hit on TikTok, showing the logo onscreen. For a split second, you can see the logo change to the Vine logo.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": YIAY #572 has the audience requesting absurd things at their funeral such as having restaurant employees sing the birthday song after the eulogy.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • The mainline content is classified as Parody, Music Videos and Sketches. What's the grab-all term for them? PMS.
    • His advertisements at the end of the Jackask videos and some of the PMS episodes use this as a Running Gag, making a company's name (most commonly Audible's) into an acronym. Finally lampshaded and defied in #38:
      Jack: "Audible" stands for... nothing. Because it's not an acronym, it's the name of a cool company that has thousands of audiobooks from which to choose from, it's not that hard to get!
    • One video's premise was meant to be the opposite of YGS, "Your Grammar's Awesome", or "YGA". On its own, "YGA" doesn't mean anything, but he deliberately made the logo loop continuously around the backdrop of the video, running together into "G AY".
  • Gilligan Cut: This one in "Fix Your Pix" #3, when someone asks Jack to give a cat with the missing right eye in the picture an eye:
    Jack: [after giving the cat an eye] See? I told you I would. What, you thought I was gonna do some messed-up shit—
    [cuts to a CNN article with a picture of the same cat, this time with multiple eyes scattered around its face]Neither science nor God can explain foul abomination found in gutter."'Burn it. Burn it. Burn it till it's dead and keep burning,' shrieked both the Pope and Neil deGrasse Tyson in unison."
  • Glass Weapon: Made fun of with one entry of the "WORST INVENTIONS" YIAY being "a glass hammer".
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: One comment that was featured on a Your Grammar Sucks episode was "Abortion sucks and should be band" - Jack agreed that Abortion should be a band.
  • Grammar Nazi: Jack's Your Grammar Sucks series showcases the worst mangling of the English language found in comments across the Internet. He admits that his strictness comes from having studied English.
  • Grand Finale: YGS #60 was played up to be this, but it ends up being averted. It was then said for a while after that YGS #100 would be the finale of the series, and was hyped up as such for months, only for Jack to reveal in a YIAY that the series would continue afterwards.
  • Halloween Songs: "Razors In Your Apple" parodies the common scare about bad things being in Trick-Or-Treat candy by insisting "all of your candy's got to go".
  • Here We Go Again!: In "Tube News", when Jack sees some drama on Twitter and proceeds to have what appears to be a mix between a seizure and an orgasm in the middle of an interview.
    PewDiePie: (in the background) Not this shit again!
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: "If you don't subscribe, that's fine. You know who else didn't subscribe? Hitler."
  • Hope Spot: At the end of YGS #100, it appears as though Jack has finally managed to clean up YouTube, only for yet another bad, bad comment to show up.
  • Hurricane of Puns: This instance from "Strokemeister" combines this trope with AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle.
    Chad: Hey America! Wanna look abtastic? Then quit choking down the cheeseburgers and start stroking your way to an abnormally abstract abyss. You wanna know my abpinion? Check yourself into rehab if you don't habpen to get the reabtions you want!
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • A MESSAGE TO ALL YOUTUBERS involves Jack advising them to keep their endings short. Most of the video itself is taken up by him plugging the Gatorade drink.
    • "You don't have to end every sentence with 'tho' tho."
    • In "Fix Your Pix", expect Jack to say "I hate watermarks", then delete the watermark of the requested image, then insert his own.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In the Sherlock parody, Sherlock sees a dab of ketchup on Watson's mouth, a half-eaten burger, and a bottle of ketchup. What does he assume? Watson killed and cooked someone into that burger.
  • Improbably Predictable: SSSniperwolf is so predictable in her video reactions that the SSSniperwolf Bingo board is full of incredibly specific reaction events that always pop up, such as calling somebody "bro" or narrating the video's description herself. After a certain point, Jack even added a "Jack predicts what SSSniperwolf says" bingo space because he kept guessing out loud what surface-level observation she would make next and getting it right, sometimes word-for-word.
  • Incredibly Long Note: From one of his JackAsk videos: "Do you wanna build a snowmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa--"
  • Inhuman Eye Concealers: A common gag in "Fix Your Pix" videos is that he'll "remove" hair or glasses that are hiding someone's eyes to get a better look at them...only to discover they're not at all human. Then he'll promptly close them again.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title:
  • It Makes Sense in Context:
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Jack, in YIAY #256: "It's not just a mobile game, it also fosters relationships between friends and family. Now if only it could get rid of this zit."
  • Joke and Receive: In YIAY #530, Jack uses a program that animates still photos. He receives a photo of a guy with an odd beard and remarks on how hurtful it'll be when the program can't detect a face. The program actually can't detect the face, surprising Jack as he was just joking.
  • Jump Scare: At the end of "'LYMPIC GAMES, 'LYMPIC GAMES", Jack runs into his green screen and it suddenly cuts to his bloody face screaming at the viewer.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: Many of the grammar and spelling errors Jack mocks end up with someone saying something dirtier than what they intended, like "Huskies are the most genital dogs ever" or "I feel an asshole".
  • The Lancer: Cyr. Sean Klitzner, Roomie, Tobuscus, Olga, and Erin have all have filled in this role as well depending on the particular video.
  • Large Ham: At points.
  • Long Note Teatime: Towards the end of the Valentine's Day song. It's not even that long.
  • Madness Mantra:
  • Microwave Misuse: In a Black Comedy example, the video "punishing my terrible dog" has Jack care for his dog, Klondike, whilst doing the Bird Box challenge note . At the end, he mistakes the microwave for her crate and puts her note  inside, and turns it on thinking he's locking her in for the night.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Several JackAsk questions, especially in the first one, involve whether or not he is gay.
  • Mood Whiplash: Jack often uses these tropes to comedic effect, often overlapping with Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • In YGS:
      • This expletive-filled, ranting YGS entry inexplicably ends with the words "I like that", and Jack reads it accordingly.
      • YGS #88's final comment has this, lampshaded by Jack:
        Jack: "It's pretty bad that people wait an entire year before bringing something special back up. I'm not only talking about 9/11 but also Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentines day... You have 365 days to tell your parents you love them. You have 365 days to tell your significant other you love them and appreciate them. And you all have 365 days to remember 9/11... So why do you only choose one day out of the year to remember? I'm sorry but it seems to me that some people use it as an excuse to be more racist than normal." Where did that come from?!
    • In PMS:
      • "YouTube Is Not a Job" has Jack defending his channel as a legitimate career choice to his family before they agree to watch a video of his to convince them that he does more than just "make cat videos". Cue Jack's supposed latest video, "Top Ten Farts".
      • From "#ChristmasMiracle", "We'll cuddle by the Christmas tree/Doesn't matter if you're not 18!"
      • In "Christmas is my favorite freaking holiday", the songs becomes intentionally offensivenote , but then...
        Christmas is my favorite freaking holiday!
        It's not like any other freaking holiday!
        If you don't like Christmas, you're probably a Jew
        And I don't want nothing to do with you
        Bum bum, bum bum, bum bum ba-dum bum bum
    • Used near-constantly in the Kermit animations.
      Kermit: Ghosts aren't real, but my lust for blood is.
    • From "9 New Christmas Songs": Candy canes, candy canes, lick 'em in a spear and kill your enemies! Stab (x16)-, and later, when ending the video:
      Jack: They sound like Christmas songs you know, but they're not, it's all an illusion, life isn't real, happy boxing day!
    • "Top 10 Top 10 Lists" has a few instances of this: 'Top 10 Songs' is comprised mostly of both real and fictitious pop songs from modern artists, before abruptly ending with #1 being "At Zanarkand" by Nobuo Uematsu. 'Top 10 Shades of Grey' ends with #1 being "my soul". And probably the biggest use comes from 'Top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014', when the background music even cuts out when Jack reveals the number one word to be 'ebola'.
      Jack: And the number one word from 2014 that should stay in 2014... 'ebola'.
    • Jack uses this trope in almost every episode of YIAY, ending with a somewhat thoughtful comment, immediately followed by a joke one. Sometimes, he just ends the video on the serious comment, although this trope is still in play.
  • Motor Mouth: Alexander Hamilton 3 has an incredibly fast rap section that only lasts 8 seconds:
    Jack: My name is Alexander Hamilton, I hammer all my haters
    With an avalanche and cavalcade of proof that they don't stand to win.
    It's sad that you don't see it, you need bifocals and glasses man.
    Imagine that, you're damaged, and your friends have all disbanded. DAMN!
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dubstep Solves Everything, where Jack tries talking to his parents or winning a girl's heart through dancing to dubstep...although occasional cuts back to reality show that the concept is way cooler in his head.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Said by Chad in Get Pumped with Chad after the camera focuses on his pecs.

  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: At the end of every episode of YGS, Jackask, YIAY, and its spinoffs, Jack asks the viewers, "Please subscribe for more [thing related to the episode]" and directs them to the previous episode.
    • Inverted in "WTF is Jacksfilms":
  • Poe's Law: Inverted. At least one intentionally bad comment has gotten onto Your Grammar Sucks.
  • The Points Mean Nothing: In 2021, Jack introduced "YIAY Tokens", an imaginary virtual currency that he sometimes gives to or takes away from his fans based on how good or bad their YIAY submissions are. They're awarded and deducted completely arbitrarily, hold no practical value, and very obviously aren't meant to be taken seriously, but that hasn't stopped one dedicated fan from creating a YIAY Token Leaderboard.
  • Poke the Poodle: In Jackask #97, when asked what Jack would do during The Purge, where all crime is legal for 24 hours, Jack menacingly replies, "I would upload full episodes of Family Guy straight to YouTube!"
  • Precious Puppy: Jack owns three adorable toy American Eskimo dogs named Klondike, Sundae, and Chipwich, and loves to show them off for the sake of cuteness. Klondike was introduced in the 59th YGS episode (in September 2013), Sundae was introduced in the 230th YIAY episode (at the start of 2016), and Chipwich was introduced in the 501st YIAY episode (near the end of May 2020). As a fun fact, as stated by Jack, Sundae and Chipwich are biologically sisters - this is because Sundae's mom and dadnote  had a second litter. Before this, Jack had Sammy in his earlier videos.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In "Dubstep Solves Everything 2":
      Jack's mom: What is dubstep?
      Jack: That's a good fucking question!
    • Another in his Drama is More Popular Than Content video. "We're in the thick of it. And I'm goddamn motherfucking sick of it."
    • In YIAY #473, Jack boasts that he is "the first YouTuber to sell a fucking straw." Yes, it's real.
  • Product Placement: "Jack to the Future" is sponsored by the Lenovo phone, which Jack used to make the higher-budget video. He uses the phone several times in the video to show off its features.
  • Racist Grandma: One of the songs in the fifth installment of "Royalty Free Christmas Songs" has Jack excited to visit his (fictional) grandma for the holidays, but her immediate response to seeing him is to ask if he's still "seeing that colored girl." Jack stands in silence for a second, then silently decides to leave her house.
  • Redundant Parody: The Shrek 5 story YIAY has some gags comparing Puss in Boots to Garfield, including a line where Puss says, "I hate Mondays". Puss had already said this in Shrek 2.
  • Revealing Continuity Lapse: Played for Laughs in "Your Editing Lacks Continuity". Jack is having a dinner with his family as they critique his videos having continuity errors. Of course, that video is full of outrageous mistakes as the conversation is happening, from everyone's clothing and food changing, to the television in the background being turned on and off between shots, even his father turns into a dog briefly, all the while Jack tries to defend his continuity abilities.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...: Done seven times so far, in Yesterday I Asked You.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Obviously parodied quite a lot in Your Grammar Sucks and some of his PMS videos. For example...
  • Rule of Three: YGS 15, 25, and 99 each end in the same two comments:
    thumbs up and copy+ paste in every
    this is the best song every :)
    • Similarly, "theres never not not nuttin" shows up in YGS 10, 50, and 99.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Narrator in the "Royalty Free Christmas Songs" series starts out as a mere happy-go-lucky pitchman but in later installments, his sanity goes out the window as he gets arrested for an undisclosed crime and claims to be the servant of an unpronouncable eldritch entity.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Jack makes fun of the people who take offense to satire. Particularly the "Top 10 WORST Flags" video and the fake feud he had with Pewdiepie over LWIAY.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Jack's reaction to how the last comment got 214 likes in Your Grammar Sucks #43.
  • Screw Yourself: At one point in "Royalty Free Christmas Songs 9", Jack falls in love with his own clone, and somehow manages to conceive a child with him.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Approximately 80% of comments featured in YIAY are direct insults to him. At least one of those was by his parents.
    • Olga Kay showed up in person in YGS #40 to acknowledge her poor grammar skills.
    • In his "acceptance speech" YIAY episode, one commenter stated that they would thank Jacksgap for being the only successful Youtuber named Jack. Jack himself then disproves this... by stating that there's also Jacksepticeye.
    • Jack lists a group of fellow YouTubers who could beat him up, and they include Link, Tyler Oakley, and Marzia.
    • At the YIAY Live Show, Jack gives out copies of his book as prizes.
    Jack: And the most underselling YouTuber book in history... this is more proof YouTubers shouldn't write.
    Jack: You get a poster! And a 25-cent book!
  • Sequelitis: In-Universe, he sings a song lamenting the declining quality of the two The Santa Clause sequels, in the fifth installment of Royalty Free Christmas Songs.
  • Serial Escalation: YGS #60. Despite being just 10 eps after #50, they crank the guest stars and the fan submissions ever further.
  • Sex with the Ex: Stated by one comment in YIAY #116.
  • Sherlock Scan: Parodied in his Sherlock parody, where Sherlock assumes that Watson killed someone and cooked them into the burger that he was eating.
  • Shoehorned Acronym: A common gag involves turning words into acronyms, most notably as a Running Gag for Audible sponsorships. Very rarely do they ever make sense; words are misspelled to fit the scheme, sometimes only the first few letters are utilized, and they almost never have anything to do with the actual word the acronym is for.
    AUDIBLE stands for...Anchovies, Uhhhhh, Dill Pickles, Iiiiiiiiii, Bacon, Lettuce, Everything.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One comment in Your Grammar Sucks #48 is most certainly a reference to My Music.
    • Another one in #49 attempts to sum up Doctor Who, which works as well as you'd expect.
    • In Jack's "dream interpreting" episode of YIAY, he came across a comment that described a dream where a satellite came down and crashed on someone's house. Jack gave two explanations: they had Instagram haters, or they've been watching Donnie Darko.
    • Another dream was that someone was a dragon who got hungry and ate their own family. Jack explained that this represented the dreamer's Appetite for Destruction..."which is the best Guns N' Roses album".
    • The single best answer from every YIAY ever has the number of the episode be in a different logo style every 100 episodes; such as a parody of DC Comics's circle and stars.
    • "$10,000 DOG VS. $1 DOG" has a segment where Jack attempts to test the dogs' ability to play fetch titled "Will It Fetch?", an obvious parody of Will It Blend?
    • To This Very Wiki when showing a well-known trope of disappearing dads.
  • Shower of Angst: At one user's request, Jack did a sketch where he turns on the shower and starts crying for no reason.
  • Slasher Smile: Jack's signature "creeper face" with a big creepy smile, which was his YouTube channel picture until 2020.
  • Small Reference Pools:
    • A comment in One Direction fanspeak slipped clean past the Your Grammar Sucks radar.
    • As did a Back to the Future reference in YGS #12. ("I am your density.")
    • This frequently happens to Jack's wife, Erin, who is self-described as "basic" and has almost no knowledge of video games and anime.
    • A Polandball reference flies over his head in YGS #105.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Whenever his wife Erin appears on JackAsk. The two of them lob insults at the questions and at each other, and they're equally matched.
  • Speak in Unison: Parodied and subverted in one YIAY where Jack plays a set of twins that speak in unison except for the last word of every sentence.
    Twin Jacks: The best movie in the Shrek franchise is Shrek (2/3). [turn to each other] What? Ew! You're wrong, (simp/cuck).
  • Special Guest: Including Grace Helbig (Idol from MyMusic), Brock Baker, Sean Klitzner, Tay Zonday, Tobuscus, Benny and Rafi Fine, and Olga Kay.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Played for Laughs at the end of this video.
  • Stress Vomit: In the "Dubstep Solves Everything" video, Jack's convulsing to his own dubstep noises makes the girl he's coming onto puke in distress and creeped-out-ness.
  • Synchro-Vox:
    • Sometimes Jack will impose his mouth (color-graded white) over his dogs' mouth in an attempt to make it look like they're talking. It's equal parts hilarious and terrifying.
    • In the Kermit animations, Kermit's animation abruptly shifts into this whenever he decides to berate the aformentioned "Billy".
  • Tagline: For a while, YGS had the tagline "Every Damn Friday," reflecting its usual upload schedule. The series eventually fell into invokedSchedule Slip, making it redundant.
  • Take That!:
    • A merciless parody of Taylor Swift's songs basically has sad groaning as lyrics and the actress playing Taylor making pained expressions in the video.
    • From Bro 90 X:
      Chad: You'll lose pounds faster than BPnote  is losing credibility.
      (topical burn)
    • In his Vsauce parody, he discusses a unit of measurement in music that our bodies reject once we listen to it. He calls the unit "biebs". He also says that Nickelback songs have many, many biebs, and that is why people who listen to them feel like committing suicide.
    • In one of his JackAsk videos, he says that everyone has listened to Linkin Park at some time in their life, but then something clicks in their mind and they say, "Wow. What the fuck am I doing?"
    • His video, I NEED TO HOST =3. "But what if it were funny?"
    • This episode of JackAsk has a particularly sharp dig at Sam Pepper, a YouTuber who was at the time being investigated for sexual abuse. Subsequent episodes also took sharp digs at him.
    • TubeNews is essentially a giant one to Drama Alert and Keemstar's desire to milk drama for all it's worth on YouTube.
    • He parodies Logan Paul's infamous apology video after he found and filmed the dead body of a Japanese man who hanged himself in a forest known for being a site of suicides, where Jack apologizes to his audience for doing increasingly weird and criminal things.
    • Loud YouTubers has Jack be on a fake reaction show listening to loud YouTuber intros, with wind blowing into him when the intros start.
    • "$10,000 DOG VS. $1 DOG", which sees Jack pretending to treat his dogs as if they're electronic gadgets, including shaking them inside their boxes and poking a knife into one of the boxes, has Jack proclaim at the end that the video is sponsored by PETA.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In "Fix Your Tinder Bios," Jack remarks that he knows what women want, adding, "I'm just like Mel Gibson!" Cue a beat and Jack going "Wait—" as he remembers Gibson's infamy.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Implied in "9 New Christmas Songs".
    Candy canes, candy canes
    Lick them in a spear and kill your enemies
    Stab (x16)
    • In "Fix Your Avatars," Jack edits a furry avatar by putting it behind bars, then sending it to Alcatraz so it can't escape, then sending Alcatraz to the moon, then nuking the moon.
  • This Just In!: There's an entire YIAY of this.
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket:
    Narrator: If you don't know how to operate a blanket... chances are you're a few chromosomes shorts of human.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In "Royalty Free Christmas Songs 8", the announcer says he got kicked out of Hell for being "too cringe".
  • The Unfavorite: Sundae is treated this way compared to Klondike, most notably in "$10,000 DOG VS. $1 DOG" where Jack pretends to abuse her and berates her for being stupider than Klondike.
  • The Unsmile: Sundae, who has, as Jack himself has described it, a Joker smile.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The song "Jingle My Bells" is built around one of these. The extended version adds two more: "Mistle my toes" and "Deck my halls".
  • Vegetarian for a Day: Variant; he went vegan for an hour, having a plated burger directly in front of him and having to consciously abstain from eating it, only eating ice and toothpaste. He essentially portrayed it as mild torture, and practically tore the burger apart once the hour was up.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tobuscus/Toby Turner; the two prank one another on a near-constant basis, including in their respective videos. Regardless, the two are good friends and regularly collaborate. The same goes for Sean Klitzner, who has jokingly said that Jack is his archnemesis and constantly tries pranking him, and for Olga Kay, although his ribbing on her is more one-sided.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Implied in Your Grammar Sucks #31 as Chad, where the scene quickly cuts to him holding a bucket, shortly after declaring that he may or may not need it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • At the end of "DUBSTEP SOLVES EVERYTHING". The girl whom Jack tries to flirt with via singing dubstep becomes so disgusted by him ends up vomiting slightly.
    • He also (fake) vomits in many other videos, to the extent that it's practically a running gag. An image of him vomiting was even used for his vote page on the Shorty Awards website in 2018.
  • You Keep Using That Word: "Literally", which is a collection of tweets that misuse the eponymous word. The ending card reads "Friends don't let friends misuse the word 'literally'. If not, you're literally Hitler".
  • YouTuber Apology Parody:
    • In "My Apology", he apologizes for producing content and he gets annoyed when the video constantly fades to black.
    • In response to Logan Paul's apology video, he made "i'm super sorry", where he repeatedly apologizes for doing increasingly offensive stuff.
    • For Halloween 2018, he made his own apology video costume, which a kid later wore as a cosplay costume at VidCon 2019.
    • In 2020, he made a Choose Your Own Adventure style game called "Choose Your Own Apology Video", with the goal to either get the absolute best or absolute worst reaction on the hypothetical video.
    • For YIAY #555, he asked his fans to write an apology video one line at a time, and then read the script (which was produced by the moderators of his Discord) blindly. Said script, where he insincerely apologizes for setting fire to an orphan, includes healthy doses of blameshifting, several plugs to his merch store and padding of the runtime to reach the 10-minute mark.

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Sponges are hell

The trope gets parodied by Jack unable to handle a simple sponge.

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5 (8 votes)

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