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Welcome to the basement...

"Greetings. And welcome back... to the basement."

Jordan Underneath is the host of his self-named Internet Review Show, with a taste for the dark, eerie, and flat out disturbing. Subsequently, the bulk of his videos focus on Horror Video Games, though he has occasionally strayed into less creepy territory, albeit rarely.

In 2017, however, Jordan began focusing instead on making original Black Comedy, Surreal Humor, or Surreal Horror short films, utilizing odd puppets, props, and various accents, changing his name several times to emphasize his new focus (it is currently Jordan Go To Sleep). On June 17th, 2018, Jordan removed all videos before the puppet era of his channel, but he would later create a new channel called Jordan Underneath Archive where he re-uploaded many (but not all) of his Jordan Underneath-era videos.


Jordan Underneath provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Arch-Enemy: Caddicarus would likely qualify, since the latter often interrupts the former's videos, Jordan often pokes fun at Caddy, and Jordan is one of the few people to guest star on one of Caddy's videos who has killed Caddy, instead of vice versa.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Skele-Jordan is rather whimsical and odd, but will threaten Jordan with a knife when he wants to.
  • Catchphrase: "And welcome back... to the basement."
    • "Hey, Jumpscare Kirby!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: From the outside, the titular Eldritch Location of "This Is My House" is the size of a birdhouse. On the inside, however, it's an endless void.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jordan doesn't like Sad Jordan at all, constantly insulting him and making fun of his attitude.
  • Caustic Critic: Averted; Jordan calmly gives both praise and criticism to both good and bad games, if they deserve it.
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  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jordan himself at times, though his characters frequently play this trope for horror rather than amusement. The creature from "This is My House" frequently talks in non-sequiturs to the camera, but it's to portray how casual it is about the horrors that surround it.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: "This Is My House" is a short film about a child trying to escape the "house" of an Eldritch Abomination, all while said Eldritch Abomination talks about it's life to the viewer. It doesn't end well...
  • Creepy Child: Apparently, he was one. He frequently told doctors that he felt "empty" inside.
  • Creepy Good: "I'm Here To Help" introduces an emotionless reptilian monster who works as a therapist.
  • Darker and Edgier: This Is My House is one of the darkest, weirdest, and scariest videos Jordan has done. And one of the funniest.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of his muppet video protagonists are creepy or demonic entities, but with a few exceptions they're more likely to be quirky than (intentionally) malevolent.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The Monster... Thing from "This Is My House" always addresses the audience in a calm and even quite personable manner, despite always moving and acting in very unnerving — and at times — outright threatening ways. It helps really to up the eeriness of the piece.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The host of "This is My House." What appears to be a purple... thing with tired eyes is actually capable of manipulating reality inside of its house to be extremely scary and dark, trapping and killing children for no adequately-explained reason.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The basement where Jordan resides in. In his IMSCARED video the skeleton says, "You don't know the way out, and I don't know the way out either," and in another video Jordan hears "the people upstairs" and says that not even he knows who they are, bringing into question what the basement really is and why Jordan is there. In fact the only video where Jordan leaves the basement is "The Cat Lady" also raises some questions.
    • The house from "This is My House" is filled with surreal horrors, and is seemingly endless.
    • All of the locations from his short films are odd and filled with strange things.
  • The Eeyore: Sad Jordan, who has black lines running down his face that look like tears, and always talks about how depressed he is.
  • Emo: Seems to identify as one.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
  • Jump Scare: He has some fun with these, but ultimately finds them to be a weak, uninspired device for scaring the audience.
    • Also parodied with Jumpscare Kirby, using Kirby to perform jumpscares despite being cute and cuddly.
    Jordan: Hey, Jumpscare Kirby!
  • Literal Split Personality: Many of the characters on his show are other versions of himself, representing exaggerated emotions.
    • Sad Jordan is a perpetually sad Jordan that represents Jordan's sadness and depression. He is characterized by the black tear streaks coming from his eyes, his friendship with the scary Mr. Whiskers, his habit of saying depressing things and his compulsion to remind Jordan constantly of those depressing things.
    • Skele-Jordan is Jordan. And a skeleton. He might also be insane and a representation of his inner Nightmare Fetishist.
    • Evil Jordan is Jordan's evil side who tries taking over as the dominant personality in the Silent Hill 3 review. Half of his face and his right hand are painted black with one red eye. The other half of Jordan is normal.
    • Anxiety Jordan represents Jordan's anxiety. He has swirly eyes, a cracked face and wears a white hoodie, and usually mutters all of the little things that bother him.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: The Monster has, "This is my ___."
  • Mood Whiplash: His videos have plenty of this, there can be a moment of eeriness just for a funny joke to be made or a set up to a funny joke being interrupted by something creepy.
  • Nightmare Face: Jordan will occasionally show off some rather frightening face paint.
    • His avatar as of May 2017, a still from a now deleted short, also counts.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: His whole schtick, really. He outright admits he's fascinated by the dark and macabre, and that reflects in his taste in games.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Resident Evil Month" and "Silent Hill Month" went on for longer than a month.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: He greatly enjoys this trope. He says that building tension only for nothing to happen is a great way to unnerve the audience, no matter the medium.
    • This is one of Jordan's favorite things about the Silent Hill series. He even makes comparisons to other horror video game franchises, and how different the scares are. A scare in Resident Evil might be a dog jumping through a window and coming to bite you, whereas a scare in Silent Hill might be hearing a woman cry while you're in a bathroom... and you never find out who cried or why.
    • His video "Come Here For a Second" uses this. It features a worm-like creature whispering to the viewer in a hushed tone to come closer for a few seconds before slinking back down behind a rock. The entire time, nothing happens.
  • Perky Goth: While Jordan may not exactly be goth, he usually wears dark clothing and has a keen interest in some gruesome games and shows, but despite all that, he's quite a cheerful and humorous person.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Jumpscare Kirby, who was killed by Evil Jordan to make Jordan feel hate.
  • Slasher Smile: Skele-Jordan is quite good at these.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Sad Jordan, despite normally being a harmless person suddenly becomes hostile in Jordan's video on The Cat Lady, threatening to have his friend Mr. Whiskers hurt him if he doesn't give advice on depression.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He's been shirtless in several of his videos.
  • Wham Episode: The Silent Hill 2 and Depression review, wherein he talked about his past and how he came to be so... dark.
  • Villain Song: Gives one to Tom Nook at the beginning to his "Animal Crossing and Depression" video, about his Greed