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Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986), better known as Jenna Marbles, is an American former YouTube personality.

She has a subscribed viewership of over ten million and over a billion total views on her videos to date. A good majority of her videos are satirical impressions such as celebrity impersonations, tutorials on sociability (sometimes as a joke), general self-mockery, and other comedic representations of real-life living aspects.

She has four dogs, named Mr. (Charles Franklin) Marbles (a Chihuahua), Kermit, Peach (Italian Greyhounds), and Bunny (a rescue Greyhound) who are frequently featured throughout her videos and especially at the ends where she talks affectionately to them in addition to encouraging viewers to subscribe to her channel.

Currently she has two YouTube channels, one for the funny stuff, the other mainly for video logs.

On June 25, 2020, she announced that she would be taking an indefinite break from her YouTube career due to some of her older videos having caused people to become offended and upset.

Was featured in an episode of Teens React and Epic Rap Battles of History.

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  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Played for Laughs in "I Gave Myself a Claire's Makeover", which is exactly what it says: Jenna gets a bunch of items from Claire's and puts them all on at once, all the while lampshade-hanging the absurdity of a woman in her 30s wearing sugary-cute accessories meant for tween girls, though she does comment that if she wore one of two of the accessories at a time instead of all of them, they'd probably be viewed as cute and fun.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Quite a few of the people listed in People I would fuck are women. With that said, some of them are also animals, and inanimate objects, so it's hard to say how honest she's being.
  • American Accents: She has an upstate New York accent, being from Rochester. However, someone close to the source of the videos states she has a Pacific Northwest accent like in Idaho or Washington.
  • Attention Whore: Kermit, who cries if he's not the center of attention.
  • Berserk Button: See What Bitches Wear At The Airport. She raises some valid points and is understandably pissed about them.
    • Also seen in her video "People Piss Me Off At the Gym."
    • She no longer mentions him on air, but on Twitter or whatever, don't bring up Max. Just don't.
  • Big Eater: Peach, who is very much snack-motivated and had to be put on a diet from how much weight she gained. She even randomly grew boobs in "Reading Mean Comments About My Dogs 2."
  • Big Little Sister: Bunny is actually the youngest of Jenna's dogs, but she towers over them as a greyhound.
  • Breast Expansion: Demonstrates how a woman - in this case herself - can go from boyish to curvy depending on the top.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Done to show off Asics sports shoes in her crossdressing video How Guys Pack A Suitcase.
  • Caption Humor: In the Landshark and I Hate Being A Grown Up skits, the occasional captions match only the first couple of words from Jenna's rapping, only to display completely different words that change the context as a cheap gag.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hey what's up you guys yes", jokingly stolen from her friend Shane Dawson
    • "Aw, hell yeah!"
    • Julien has "When the ____ hits..."
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Interrupting Adele has Jenna trying to take a leak/dump when Adele abruptly barges in. Offering to clean her posterior.
  • Censor Suds: Come in handy in Thoughts From a Bathtub.
  • Chewing the Scenery: In many brief instances throughout her videos, but most noticeable in the music video Bounce That Dick.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: This also falls into Kayfabe territory.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In many of her videos, especially the rant videos. See Berserk Button entry.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Cooking With Sarah Palin.
    Jenna(as Palin): ...The next ingredient we wanna add is three eggs. But we're not going to crack the eggs because that's abortion.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: The Magic video depicts Jenna's mascara deliberately made messier looking as time goes by.
    • And then there's the "100 layers" video where Jenna puts on 100 layers of lipstick, hairspray, fake tan and eyelashes.
  • Cowardly Lion: Believe it or not, Kermit is actually the most socially confident of the four dogs. In fact, Jenna mentions Kermit's useful for introducing Bunny to new things, as seeing him try it makes her more accepting of the idea.
  • Crossdresser: Whenever she acts out a topic involving boys. With a drawn mustache and a jockey cap to keep the hair.
  • Curse Cut Short: In her How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking video, as she gives a possible reason for spending a significant amount of time showering. See Jump Cut entry.
    Jenna: Probably took a while cuz you're one ugly mother-
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when having a guest (usually Max, her (now ex-)boyfriend) on the videos. Case in point, in the episode where he does her make-up, Jenna begins the video excited; as Max reveals how clueless he is with makeup, however...:
    Jenna: ...For some reason, I thought this was gonna be fun. Now I feel a tension in my chest.
  • Dumb Blonde: Gloriously averted. She has a Master's degree and is rather bookish.
  • Fanservice: What I Would Have Done In Cancun.
  • Flexing Those Non-Biceps: Subverted as Jenna does have noticeable biceps whenever she flexes them.
  • Follow the Leader: Jenna got the idea of making a train for her dogs from a Cream Heroes video where they made one for their cats.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Doing an Easter Egg Hunt For My Dogs" Jenna casually mentions that it would be the sort of thing that's fun with a big dog. The following video was the official introduction of the newest member of the family: Bunny, a rescue greyhound.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Peach is Sanguine, Kermit is Choleric, Bunny is Phlegmatic, and Marbles is Melancholic.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Jenna's usual way to get crap past the radar is though fast changing notes in her intoduction texts. For instance, the full title of "How to midly annoy your dogs part 2" is "How to midly annoy your dogs part 2 the remix motherfucker".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jenna and Julian are big-time animal lovers. They have four dogs, and a hamster. Jenna managed to raise some caterpillars a fan sent into butterflies, made a thirty minute video about her plants, and gushes over her friend's cat Melody. Julien made friends with a Pitbull that showed up at his door.
  • Gentle Giant: Jenna and Julien's fourth dog, Bunny. For starters, she's a greyhound and is physically the biggest dog of the four; however, because of her background as a blood donor dog, she's painfully timid and shy. She's been shown to get along with the other three dogs, and is the most gentle of the four.
  • Growing Up Sucks: What I Hate Being A Grown Up is about.
  • Guyliner: Jenna gives one pair to MaxNoSleeves in the sequel video I Do My Boyfriend's Makeup.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Deliberately invoked in her video Tips For Good Hygiene. See Vomit Indiscretion Shot entry.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: One of Julien's hobbies is cooking, and he has no problems wearing girl's accessories or letting Jenna turn him into a pinup girl, his only question being would his mustache still work with the outfit. (Surprisingly, it does.)
  • Inherently Funny Words: In her video "Playing Episode: Love Life", Jenna names her character "Beech", and promptly cracks up laughing every single time a character in the game calls her by name.
    Noah: Pretty basic of you, beech.
  • Irony: Peach is the only one of the dogs who does not like fruit.
  • Jump Cut: Works well with a stationary camera angle, where each bits of speech are trimmed appropriately to stay concise and preserve viewer attention, sometimes to hilarious effect. See Curse Cut Short entry.
  • Kayfabe: A downplayed example. She has a slightly more exaggerated personality for public appearances but it's not quite Alter-Ego Acting. What is certain though, is that it's more of a public persona, but close to her real one.
  • The Klutz: Kermit, Kermit, Kermit. From 2015-2018, he's sprained his tail, fell into the house's pool, got bit by a spider, stepped on a bee's stinger, hurt one of his legs, and so on.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Belives this to be the reason why she broke her hand in How I Broke My Hand.
  • Lady Drunk: A lot of her videos feature her talking about alcohol, doing something while drunk, or drinking/getting drunk.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Kermit. They've forgotten his birthday once.
    • After Jenna adopted Bunny, Peach has begun to suffer this trope as well, namely being omitted from a beach trip with Bunny and Kermit.note 
  • Motor Mouth: One example is in the video Text Message Decoder where she plays a female stereotype.
  • Mr. Muffykins: Kermit, who is quite spoiled and a big-time Attention Whore who has a habit of humping on dogs at the park. Averted with Marbles and Peach, who are also small and spoiled but don't have as many behavioral issues as Kermit does.
  • Nervous Wreck: Kermit. Jenna frequently describes him as "nervous", plus he's prone to crying for attention and apparently doesn't like being left at home.
  • Not So Above It All: In "Playing Episode: Love Life", Julian frequently comments on how stupid the game is, while getting really invested in the story and staring intently at the screen the entire time.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: Julien does this to Jenna in "I'm Dog Stairs For Halloween", much to her ire. She gets him back later in the video.
    Julien: Ha ha, I am naked.
  • Parody: Especially with celebrity impersonations.
  • Potty Dance: My Favorite Dance Moves.
  • Running Gag:
  • Satire: Particularly noticeable regarding videos that show her pretending to be a stereotypical male/female dealing with certain issues.
  • Self-Deprecation: Edges really close to this in her Apps Are Ruining My Life video.
    • Also her "I'm Addicted to Leggings" video.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: A topic of several videos, be it serious or satirical. Regardless, seeing videos that show her devoid of makeup contrasting with the rest of her appearance with, strongly suggests this trope.
    • Deliberately invoked and deconstructed in the Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work video. Explaining that yes, women can look different (and be treated differently as a result) depending on what they're doing. Like competing in the Olympics.
  • Shrinking Violet: In contrast to Jenna's other dogs, Bunny is very timid and prefers to keep to herself. Justified in that she was rescued from donating blood to racing Greyhounds.
  • Spoiled Brat: Kermit, Kermit, Kermit, who once demands Jenna buys him everything in a pet store and pisses on the floor when she refuses to get him an entire aisle of Greenies. He also bites Jenna on-camera and she never disciplines him despite clearly being in pain from him doing so.
  • Toilet Humour: The My Dogs Hate Farts video. Also, Jenna generally makes random references to posteriors and excrement every now and then in her various videos.
  • Tsundere: Kermit, towards Jenna, such as in the beach video when he growls when Jenna tries to cuddle him, but when she walks away from him to take Bunny down the beach for five minutes, he promptly starts whining and looking around for her.
  • Ugly Cute: As someone commented in one of the "Reading Mean Comments About my Dogs" videos, Kermit is "ugly from most angles." But despite how funny-looking and unattractive he can appear sometimes, he still has a cuteness about him.
  • Valley Girl: Jenna plays one in Things Girls Lie About.
    • Whenever she does a voice for Peach, Jenna makes her sound like this, even though Peach is actually easily the smartest of Jenna's dogs.
  • Verbal Tic: WEEEE in a very affectionate and whimsical tone. To the point that it was a criteria for taking a shot as part of a drinking game.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Used as punctuation for scenes in Tips For Good Hygiene, and as an eventual consequence. Played for Laughs when Jenna barfs all over a conveniently present banana while on her belly... before proceeding to peel and eat it. Then she rolls over and shoots the partially digested mixture out.
  • Western Zodiac: Whenever Jenna and Julien work on something together, it's specifically mentioned that Jenna is a Virgo and Julien is an Aries. That's because they tend to play into their zodiac's stereotypes whenever they approach a task: Jenna is more perfectionistic and to the book, while Julien has a huge amount of chaotic energy. Interestingly, the roles reverse when they paint.
    • All of their dogs were born in June, making them Gemini - except for Bunny, who they thought was a Gemini as well before they found out she was actually born in March, making her a Pisces. Comments on the video joked that this was obvious because Bunny's favourite place to be is in the pool and Pisces are a water sign.

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