Jelle's Marble Runs is the world's premier marble sports YouTube channel, and is the home of several marble "sporting events" such as the Sand Marble Rally, Hubelino Tournament, and most notably, the MarbleLympics.
These videos usually feature racing and sports competitions between several teams, made up of marbles of a common color theme. For instance, the Pinkies are monochromatic pink marbles, the Rojo Rollers are red, and so on, while Jelle narrates them in the style of a typical commentator, assigning personality to each marble and reacting to events as if they ere actual people. No results are predetermined.
The channel is run by Jelle Bakker of the Netherlands. In late 2018, his channel was accidentally deleted, but he was able to create a new one and upload all of his old videos.
This YouTube channel contains examples of:
- The Ace: The Savage Speeders are often regarded as the strongest team in the MarbleLympics having won in 2016 and finished second in the next two years.
- Butt-Monkey: Team Momo has had horrible luck in the MarbleLympics with one of its' members getting injured in 2017, and having two teammates get injured in 2018 to the point where they have to ask Team Primary for help.
- Color-Coded Characters: Given this is an Olympics parody, this is to be expected.
- Colorful Theme Naming: Several of the teams. Most obviously, the Rojo Rollers (red), Pinkies, Mellow Yellow, Team Primary (red, blue, and yellow), Chocolatiers (brown), Oceanics (blue), O'Rangers, Quicksilvers, and so on.
- Deadpan Snarker: Greg Woods the commentator does crack a few jokes in expense to the shenanigans that happen during the events, such as when a fan runs into the field during events.Greg Woods: Please don't do that. We already had one injured.
- Down to the Last Play: Or rather, the last event. 2017's MarbleLympics ended with a heroic comeback by the O'Rangers, who took the silver medal in the sand rally to pull ahead of the Savage Speeders.
- Every Year They Fizzle Out: Team Galactic have been given the dubious nickname "Champions of the Preseason" since they always seem to perform well during qualifying, but fall off during the main MarbleLympics competition.
- Football Hooligans: The O'Rangers' fans have attempted to storm the field multiple times, most notably after they won the 2017 MarbleLympics.
- Heroic RRoD: In 2017, Momomomo of Team Momo suffered a MarbleLympics-ending injury during the Fidget Spinner Dodge, ultimately leading to his team's exit from the competition and his being replaced by Mimo, until his return for the 2017 Winter MarbleLympics.
- Irony: The Oceanics, water-themed marbles usually do poorly in water events.
- Jerk Jock: The Savage Speeders, who are ruthless and don't care for injuries they cause.
- Miracle Rally: With two events left to play and a large point gap (25 points above Mellow Yellow in the reupload's scoring format), the Savage Speeders looked dead set to win the 2017 MarbleLympics, until they failed to make it past the first heats of both the Underwater Race and Sand Rally. The O'Rangers would win two silvers to pip them for first.
- Non-Indicative Name:
- The Jungle Jumpers have yet to win a jumping event.
- The Oceanics have also failed to win any underwater races.
- The Gliding Glaciers finished last in their group in the Winter MarbleLumpics qualifiers.
- Second Place Is for Losers: The Savage Speeders had this reaction to losing out to the O'Rangers in the final event in 2017.
- Stellar Name: Team Galactic, with members Cosmo, Starry, Astron, Pulsar, and Quasar.
- Team Galactic and Team Plasma were both lifted directly from villainous teams from Pokémon.
- The Shining Swarm features Shiny, Sparkle, and Shimmer, three of who are indirectly named after prominent characters from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.note
- The Green Ducks are a reference to The Mighty Ducks.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the Fidget Spinner Collision event, one fan runs onto the field with the fidgets spinners still going and even runs into one.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several teams that did poorly the previous year tend to excel the next year, such as the Oceanics finishing 3rd in 2018 after faring poorly in the first two years.