The JrEg YouTube channel is operated by Greg Guevara, who is a satirist, artist, Ottawan mayoral candidate and content creator who makes sketch comedy and music videos. The satire is often political, focusing specifically on extreme and obscure political ideologies.
Jreg blew up upon the release of the "Political Compass Rap", which led to the invention of the satirical ideology Anti-Centrism, which advocates for political extremists of all kinds joining forces to kill all centrists and political moderates. This concept has been turned into a full-on webseries called Centricide, in which a Nazi, an authoritarian communist, an anarcho-communist and an anarcho-capitalist are assembled by Jreg to fight a league of centrists and moderates.
Many of jris videos are oversimplified parodies of political science that try and explain various ideologies through visual compasses and memes. Thanks to Poe's Law, some people have mistaken the videos as genuinely advocating for the political ideologies that the videos make fun of.
Jre's also a musician with a couple of originals, parodies, and web series-specific songs under jris belt. Both jris main web series, Centricide and The Mental Illnesses, feature musical numbers.
In 2021, jre rebranded jremself as JrEgnote , marking the beginning of the second JrEra and the move away from political content. After the conclusion of Centricide, JrEg began a new series about personified mental illnesses appropriately titled The Mental Illnesses. In January 2022, Jreg publicly came out in a video titled Gender Tier List. Jre had came out to jris livestream audience a month prior when the Gender Tier List livestream was recorded. Jre uses jre/jrem/jres (also spelt jris) neopronouns.
In August 2022, jre renamed the channel again to Gregory "Jreg" Guevara and announced jre's independent mayoral run for Ottawa, promising to build a giant wall around the perimeter of the city and then make it an independent state among numerous other positions that can be seen here. Jre have denied claims of running a "joke campaign" and has promised to actually intend to implement the policies if jre are elected. Jre are taking donations of up to $1,200 from private individuals living within the city.
Note: This page refers to both Jreg the Centricide character and Jreg the YouTuber. This page assumes the character goes by he/him while the YouTuber goes by jre/jrem.
Jreg videos contain examples of:
- 10-Minute Retirement: On July 22, 2020 Jreg uploaded a video "I'm Quitting YouTube" and cited reasons like stress from being a public figure, problems with family and friends, and lacking motivation, saying that it won't be like others where jre'll return in an hour or so. Exactly an hour later, jre uploaded "I'm Returning To YouTube".
- An Aesop: As per Jreg Says Trans Rights, don't hold a bad person in high regard just because they say something you agree with or is pleasant.
- And I Must Scream: In "Negative Politics", by the Eight Circle, political dissidents are given robot bodies that are impervious to lava but can still feel pain, and are then dropped into lava for all eternity.
- Anarchy Is Chaos: What Nazi says will happen throughout "Anarchist Uprising", expecting the anarchist society to crash and burn.
- Anthropomorphic Personification:
- The Centricide characters are personifications of political ideologies. Other political ideologies, including made-up ones like communo-capitalism/capcomnote show up in other videos.
- The Mental Illnesses characters are personifications of mental illnesses, mental disorders, trauma disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and possibly more. The Neurotypicals are personifications of how non-mentally ill people treat those who are mentally ill.
- Bad "Bad Acting": In "The Election of 2024" which parodies a movie trailer.
- Becoming the Mask: In jris video "Post-Irony, Meta-Irony, and Post-Truth Satire," Jreg brings up a hypothetical case of someone initially pretending to be homeless ironically, finding themselves enjoying the lifestyle, and starting to live on the streets because of it as an example of post-irony.
- Black-and-White Insanity: "Modern-Day Political Satire" parodies a TV satire that portrays President Trump saying blatantly stupid things, after which "The Script Writer's Preferred Candidate" arrives to shoot him with a gun, subsequently declaring that Trump's ideals have died with him. The viewer appears to take this all in stride, but then he actually prepares to shoot himself.
- Blatant Lies: In Addressing Allegations That I Have Ties To The Far Right, Jreg strongly denies having far right ties- while wearing a Nazi uniform and using the War Ensign of Germany as a background.
- Bread Milk Eggs Squick:
Ottawa! Ottawa! Justin Trudeau!
- 5 WaCkY Ways The World Could End! lists implausible apocalyptic scenarios. That is, except for number two, when the music stops and Jreg gives a speech about how humanity needs to deal with climate change before its too late.
- In Jreg's song "Ottawa!":
Ottawa! Ottawa! The Parliament buildings!
Ottawa! Ottawa! The canal!
Ottawa! Ottawa! Ottawa! Unceded Algonquin land!
- Butt-Monkey: When they collab, fellow Canadian Political Youtuber J.J. McCullough often plays this role, who as a moderate conservative is often mocked and (jokingly) abused for being the type of centrist that JrEg despises.
- Cast of Personifications: Most of the videos involve one or more personification of a political ideology, especially the Centricide series.
- Cutting the Knot: Jregs solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is to nuke the Middle East.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The video "A Hugh Conspiracy" posits the existence of a worldwide conspiracy headed by people named Hugh that wields power behind the scenes in a manner deliberately similar to far-right anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: In "Negative Politics" Jreg designs a society meant to maximize human suffering.
- Easy Evangelism: In the "Anarchist Uprising" video, The East (a character embodying non-western society who is planning to invade the communes that have taken over America) is instantly convinced to embrace anarcho-communism by one of the Ancoms asking if everyone could just get along and joins quem in chanting "Hail Anarchy!" at the end of the video.
- Eat the Rich: Often mentioned by the leftist extremists.
- Equal-Opportunity Offender: Jokes are made at the expense of all the many ideologies portrayed.
- Fate Worse than Death: In "Negative Politics" by the Eighth Circle, people get trapped in a VR world and are forced to repeat their worst experience over and over for millennia.
- Good Capitalism, Evil Capitalism: Minarchist brags about treating his trade partners like family and is heavily implied to have considerable sympathy for the less fortunate. In contrast, Ancap is extremely cutthroat in his business practices and blatantly exploits his workers.
- Grand Theft Me: "A Neo-Nazi With They/Them Pronouns" is subject to this with his other four personalities (a nonbinary person, a demon who repeatedly says "I AM LEGION," self-declared 'Wacky Frank' and a regular dude).
- Hypocritical Humor:
- A t-shirt that says Fast fashion is destroying the planet with the crossed-out image of a t-shirt on it.Authoritarian Right: It boils my blood when I hear someone call me something that Im not.Interviewer: So then would you call someone by their preferred pronouns?Authoritarian Right: Ahahaha!
- "lefttube" portrays a left-wing YouTuber "humbly" asking for support on Patreon to "defeat capitalism", until funding grows to a ludicrous degree. In the end, they are making $21,163 a month and have converted to Libertarianism.
- In the video "Political Ideology Tier List," Jreg ridicules the idea of an ideology whose only trait is being against something, despite the fact that jris ideology is Anti-Centrism, an ideology whose main trait is opposing centrism.Jreg: I mean, can you imagine making an ideology that's nothing but against something? Anyway, let's continue with this Anti-Centrist tier list.
- A t-shirt that says Fast fashion is destroying the planet with the crossed-out image of a t-shirt on it.
- In a World : Is said in "The Election of 2024" which is a parody of a movie trailer. "In a dystopian future ruled by centrists..."
- In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race: Jris "Race Accelerationism" video.
- Loads and Loads of Roles: Jreg plays almost every character on jris channel. Those not played by Jreg are usually one-off roles or cameos.
- Literal-Minded: In the video "A Neo-Nazi With They/Them Pronouns," the titular character has they/them pronouns not because they reject the gender binary, but because they have five entities possessing their body.
- Media Scaremongering: In "Do NOT See Joker!!!!", Liberal Media warns the viewer of the movie Joker (2019), saying it glorifies violence. He predicts that an incel will shoot up a theater because of it. When weeks pass and Joker becomes a box office success, Liberal Media decides to put on a clown wig, grab a gun, and take matters into his own hands.
- Midword Rhyme: "If the world was ending I would go to Mars", a parody of "If the World Was Ending" by JP Saxe:
- Mind Screw:
- Jris channel intro video is this combined with Trolling Creator, featuring jremself constantly contradicting and interrupting jremself and ends with jrem curled into a Troubled Fetal Position and swirling on screen with the extremists at the corners of the video a fire consumes the background.
- The Schizopolitics videos feature Jreg speaking into a microphone for an extended period of time. The videos contain themes of frameworks, politics, and schizophrenia explained in a mind-boggling, surreal manner. Little explanation is given by Jreg as to what's the purpose or meaning of these videos.
- Mx. Fanservice: Parodied in multiple videos where jre disparages people for making pornography and then proceeds to strip down to jris underwear and showing off jris 8-pack abs.
- Multiple-Choice Past: One of the examples of Jreg being a Trolling Creator was jrem uploading a series of videos outlining jris unironic political beliefs and how they influenced jris satire-the issue being each video differs on what jris views are (centrist, progressive, libertarian, identitarian, Marxist-Leninist or unironic anti-centrist) as well as details of jris personal background (for instance, the Marxist video has jrem claim to be a distant relative of Che Guevara, the identitarian one has jrem claim jre is of a mixed European background and the progressive one has jrem claim to be of Jewish descent) and motivation for making jris content (some of the videos have jrem Doing It for the Art, but the libertarian one has jrem claim jre's Only in It for the Money and each one has jrem claim that ideological standpoint informs jris takes).
- Jris other channel averts this, and it's clear jre had a conservative background years ago, but it's never revealed if that past is indicative of jrem today.
- Centricide 6 shows what seems to be jris actual DNA results, and jre's 50% Jewish and 50% Basque (A Spanish-French ethnicity). While said genetic chart was actually for Nazi, who is initially horrified but decides to become a Jewish fascist instead, It's most likely Jreg's actual results.
- Not Me This Time: In "Illuminati postpones world domination due to pandemic", a spokesperson for The Illuminati explains that, while they are trying to bring the entire human race under their rule, they had nothing to do with the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it forced them to delay their plans due to multiple key operatives of theirs being sickened by it.
- Poe's Law: Be careful while watching jris videos. You will definitely run into this all the time while watching jris videos. Remember that jre's a satirist.
- Political Rap: Every Extreme Is On the Same Team
- Before that, "The Political Compass Rap" was the video that introduced the earliest iterations of the extremists.
- Postmodernism: Parodied or even mocked as an entity that aimlessly kills the personification of God, Community and Truth, leaving Modernism upset without any purpose. Realizing that all he can do is destroy without actually giving people a foundation to be happy and find meaning, he simply offs himself which forces Modernism to become Post-Postmodernism to gain any semblance of sense.
- Riddle for the Ages:
- What are Jreg's actual political views? Jre plays this as the biggest Running Gag in jris channel especially when jre released a 6 contradictory videos that while framed as sincere, were about jrem being a centrist, anti-centrist, Marxist, Identitarian Nationalist, Progressive and Libertarian at the same time. Jris other channel, however, notes that jre had a conservative background years ago with Christian groups that may or may not reflect what jre believes today.
- In "Mistakes I Made While Making My Webseries", a relatively unironic video where Jreg reflects on the process of creating Centricide, jre says that jre'll release jris real political views once jre reaches 400k subscribers. When jre reached that goal, jre released a 9-second video proclaiming to be a social democrat with no elaboration. Ensue multiple tweets by Jreg claiming how much jre "loves" social democracy, along with putting a sock emoji in jris Twitter display name. It's still unclear if jre's actually a social democrat and this is an example of post-irony, or if jre is joking about the popular assumption that jre is a moderate leftist.
- Being the Spiritual Successor of the political views question: what are Jreg's actual mental illnesses? A question prevailing many times since The Mental Illnesses's inception. The only one Jreg's confirmed is depression. For a long while, it's been a running joke that Jreg's schizophrenic. Jre mentions it jokingly in many videos. Same with ADHD, Schizotypal Personality Disorder, and BPD, the latter of which jre claims to be diagnosed with in jris channel's trailer video (the seriousness of which is debatable). People wonder which disorders Jreg is writing from a personal point of view, but it's unlikely jre'll reveal them. The JrEg/Junior Egg character in The Mental Illnesses claims to have every mental illness.
- What are Jreg's actual political views? Jre plays this as the biggest Running Gag in jris channel especially when jre released a 6 contradictory videos that while framed as sincere, were about jrem being a centrist, anti-centrist, Marxist, Identitarian Nationalist, Progressive and Libertarian at the same time. Jris other channel, however, notes that jre had a conservative background years ago with Christian groups that may or may not reflect what jre believes today.
- Running Gag: Jris hatred of the "Centrists". Expect jrem to immediately rate anthing centrist in nature an absolute bottom tier in any tier list video jre makes.
- Self-Deprecation: Jreg is not averse to taking potshots at jris own content, jris status as a YouTuber or jris own political leanings (wherever they may fall Jreg has made fun of them).
- Reaches its apex in Centricide 6 where both Jreg (the anti-centrist character) and Radical Centrist accuse Greg (the YouTuber hosting Jreg in-universe) of being a narcissistic self-promoter.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: JReg Gaming (a completely unrelated gaming Youtube channel that happens to have a similar name) is jokingly portrayed as a rival.
- Shown Their Work: Behind all the silliness, Jreg clearly knows quite a bit about a number of political philosophies, even fringe ones like Posadism or National anarchism (though jre refers to it as anarcho-fascism). Several of the videos jre makes involve discussing these fringe ideologies in depth in ways that, while Played for Laughs, are largely accurate.
- Stylistic Suck:
Jreg: (in the description of "Centricide 1") They told me I could never make a series in my room all by myself. They were absolutely right and it was a mistake.
- The fact that Centricide is made by one person in an apartment with a crappy green screen only makes the comedy better.
- The main character design for The Mental Illnesses are the characters wearing giant posterboards on their heads with their names.
- Take That!: "The Worst Possible Political System || Hell || Negative Politics" was designed as a way for Jreg to come up with the most unbearable political system that maximizes the suffering of those in it without collapsing the society that practices it entirely... only by the end that jre realizes that jre is basically describing modern Neoliberalism.
- In A Message From America's Future, future Jreg warns jris past self not to wreck America by voting for the 'old, senile, decrepit pedophile' in the 2020 presidential election. Present Jreg fails to act on this advice because when jre considers each point jre determines they apply to both candidates.
- Jris appearance on Russia Today was mostly Jreg doing jris usual Anti-Centrism bit, but Jre also made some brutal digs by way of sarcasm:
"Meanwhile Biden only wins if he wins, which is a bad strategy."
- When the hosts discuss how Trump supposedly wins even when he loses:
"...if people start off as anarchists and end up uh disliking you know liberal democracy because its uh devolved into a corrupt oligarchy that only benefits the wealthy unlike a good country like Russia..."
- When discussing anarchism, and jre calls out the fact that they removed the part attacking Russia:
- Take That, Critics!: ''Removing Problematic Centricide Characters'' has Jreg responding to the controversy of playing "offensive" characters like Nazbol by removing them, which means that Centricide ends early with Queer Anarchism being the only one left who proceeds to bore Jreg by reading queer feminist theory.
- Tick Tock Tune: In the song "I Watch My YouTube Videos At 2x Speed". The ticking is continuous throughout the song, but it becomes more prominent in the latter half as the song speeds up.
- Villain Ball: Defied in "Illuminati postpones world domination due to pandemic" in which the Illuminati, who'd been planning a global takeover for centuries, asks why they would randomly start a coronavirus outbreak while they'd been working for decades on their 5G surveillance/mind control system.
- War Hawk: In "Accelerate"Class war now! Race war now! Honestly, I just want a fucking war.
- War Is Glorious: I Want To Die In A War offers a look as to why young men would want to enlist and die in combat despite the advent of War Is Hell tropes. Namely that many of these young men are so disconnected from society that war offers them a chance to die for a cause as part of a collective team of like-minded people. That, and it offers their Death Seeker lives a chance to have an impactful death to escape the harsh realities of the modern world since many still aren't willing to kill themselves or fear dying for nothing.
- Anti-Villain: It goes without saying that the Extremists are of the Well-Intentioned Extremist variety type because despite being genocidal or willing to resort to violence really quickly, they do want what's best for a select group of people and are genuine in their beliefs (Except arguably Nazi). Ancap skirts the line more into Noble Demon in Centricide 4 due to acknowledging that his unrestrained capitalist beliefs can kill millions like the authoritarians, but refuses to engage in any further purges or aggressive behaviour outside of his domain.
- Arc Number: 4. 4 quadrants of the political compass, a 4 sided shape. 4 colours are used to colour-code the characters (red, yellow, green and blue. Black and gray are not colours). 4 Extremists representing the 4 corners of the political compass. 4 Moderates representing the 4 corners of the Overton window, also a 4 sided shape. 4 ideologies inhabiting Ancapistan (Ancap, Libertarian, Minarchist, and Hoppean). 4 letters in Greg, Jreg, and Nazi. Jreg is possessed by the ghosts of 4 notable extremists, each representing a different quadrant. 4 ideologies in Centricide 4.5 wear a nice hat (Nazi, Tankie, Ancap and Libertarian).
- Artificial Limbs: Robot arms are portrayed as the goal of transhumanists.
- As Jremself:
Greg Guevara: Hi, Greg Guevara here. I started off by playing Jreg as a character but I can no longer differentiate where [jre] ends and I begin. Soon, Anti-Centrism will be my entire artistic identity. I'll stop making songs and poems and I'll just become an ideolog. Won't that be fun?
- In-universe, Jreg is Greg Guevara with 4 spirits possessing jrem. Jre formally debuts in Centricide in episode 6, "Identity".
- This reaches its apex in Centricide 7 "Greg Guevara", where Radical Centrist tears apart the fabric of reality to speak to Greg Guevara the content creator.
- Bittersweet Ending: Centricide 8 ends with Accelerationism and the centrists all dead though quite a few had to perish on the way. The Extremists also decide to get along and not fight as the world is their own to control, though by the band getting back together they've restored their status quo in episode 1, much to their shock.
- Black-and-Grey Morality: Oscillates between this and Evil Versus Evil. Every ideology is deliberately portrayed as either unhinged, lazy or bizarre with their only saving grace being a few good points they raise to show why people follow their ideology.
- Black Dude Dies First: When the Impossible Ideology Monsters attack, Pan Africanism is its first victim. Homofascism feels like he should've seen that coming.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Ancap is the most prone to this since his end goal is money no matter what, but in general the ideologies are either eccentric strawmen or so unhinged that your personal views are the only thing bound to determine who is right. Likely invoked on purpose in order to keep with the satirical spirit of the show.
- All said and done, Nazi and Commie take Ancap's morality to task in the 4th Centricide when they note that despite him not being politically violent, he still advocates for an ideology that kills millions due to the shitty conditions unrestrained capitalism causes. This causes Ancap to have a bit of introspection.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Anarchist Left.
- Break-Up Song: "Leftist Unity", though not officially romantic, between Ancom and Commie.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The distinction between Jreg the YouTuber and Jreg the anti-centrist character is increasingly muddled as the series goes on, culminating in the latter outright arguing with the former during Centricide 6 when the latter begins discussing the underlying logic of the video/setting and promoting the upcoming installments.
- Character Celebrity Endorsement:
- Centricide 2.5 ends with a long sponsored ad, all performed in-character by the four extremists. The jokes and character exploration delivered in this ad section alone are entertaining and interesting enough to keep you watching, though.
- "Print Money" ends with an ad from Raycon and has Ancap and Nazi talking about how much they endorse the earbuds.
- Commie Nazis: The ideology of National Bolshevism is portrayed like this.
- Countrystan: Ancapistan, which has no government and is completely driven by capitalism. Communist and Nazi have to go through it to reach the Centrist HQ, but Anarcho-Capitalist makes them pay the toll and sings about it with several other inhabitants.
- Death Flight:
And if you're a commie the NAP cannot stop me
- Ancap talks a lot about having statists (particularly communists) thrown out of helicopters to their deaths.
From throwing you out the choppie and then McNuking your body!
- Hoppean openly brags that in his territory, anybody he considers degenerate gets "forcibly removed into the ocean". The background of his section in "Ancapistan" is the inside of a helicopter.
- Decon-Recon Switch: The sincere moments of the show deconstruct the foundations of an ideology and highlight their flaws, but also show why they are supported anyway based on the valid points they can raise.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: In Centricide 6, Jreg reveals the true leader of the anti-centrist movement is JReg Gaming, the Name's the Same Sitcom Arch-Nemesis of the channel. However, it ends up being subverted when Jreg admits jre only used JReg Gaming as a means of delaying Radical Centrist until Tankie can arrive.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: In the original Political Compass Rap:
- Ancap used to be purple, not yellow tinted.
- They all spoke with Jreg's normal voice as opposed to their signature accents (Tankie being Russian, Nazi with a manipulative tone, Ancap with a flamboyant one and Ancom being whiny and screechy).
- A character just named "Centrist" appears at the end, whose character is based somewhat off of what Moderate Lee would become, although the Centrists are split into multiple entities representing different forms of centrism in Centricide.
- Enemy Mine: A common premise to many of the videos is different extremist political ideologies joining forces to fight centrists.
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex: In "Anarchist Infighting", the video ends with Queer Anarchism revealing that all of the anarchists are in a polyamorous relationship and they're all definitely having sex. Even the indecisive Post-Left Anarchist is cool with this.
- Evil Versus Evil: Oscillates between this and Black-and-Grey Morality. The 2 ringleaders of the series are objectively both Big Bads in their own ways, with Jreg being a sociopath who cares nothing for his pawns and possessed a teenager in order to sew discord for questionable intent, while Radical Centrist similarly treats his soldiers as having no value, and deliberately murdered one of them in order to spark a war.
- Flat World: Centricide 6.25 reveals that the world of Centricide takes place on a flat Earth. Justified as the whole series technically takes place on the political compass.
- Foe Yay Shipping: In-universe. lil nas(bol) contains art shipping Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
- Foil: So many examples to count, given that Jreg likes to point out that even enemy ideologies are simply parallels to each other in some way whether it be goals and methods. As for the most recurring use of foils that are based more on personal dynamics than ideology (which are in turn found on the character pages):
- The extremes always bicker but can at least accomplish things over their willingness to use all means given regardless of morality, while the centrists are friendlier to each other but are indecisive.
- Ancom and Authleft tend to be friendly but acknowledge their long term desire to purge each other. Ancap and Authright throw blows at each other but secretly intend to keep the other as an attack dog in the long term. Also, Ancap and Ancom tend to be more chill with each other even if they'll never acknowledge the similarities between them in order to claim the title of "true" anarchist, while Authleft and Authright are willing to begrudgingly agree they can be similar at times even if they constantly bicker.
- Foreshadowing: The early Anti-Centrist theory videos such as "Know Your Enemy" contain multiple pieces of foreshadowing for the Centricide series.
- When talking about centrists who believe in horseshoe theory, Jreg says, "keep them away from the Nazbols". The Nazbol kills Horseshoe Centrist.
- After mockingly saying that Dead Centrists just so happen to believe that the answer to all political issues lies in the exact center every single time, Jreg says they die first. This is exactly what happens in Centricide 1.
- Many plot points in Centricide 6 were foreshadowed in earlier videos.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In Anti-Centrism: Know Your Enemy, one of the lyrics of the end credits asks the viewer to type what kind of centrist they are in the comments so they know who to kill first.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nazi is this for most of the Centricide series, as the other Extremists hate his genocidal political views. However, once Ancom leaves the Extremist cause and Commie and Nazi strike up an Odd Friendship, Ancap ends up taking this role as Commie and Nazi tear into him for commodifying people's lives and accuse capitalism of killing millions more than their regimes did.
- Nazbol exaggerates this. His social and economic views make Authleft and Authright dislike him, he's not a centrist since he embodies extremist viewpoints and he's technically a coherent ideology even if strange, so he rejects the Wacky Ideologies. Probably for the better though, as a future where he was chosen as world leader due to Jreg enabling anti-centrism too much has him create an omnipresent totalitarian state. He does join up everyone for the final fight though, where it's hinted one of the reasons the ideologies fear him is that he'll make sense as indicated in a Bad Future episode where he took over.
- Fusion Dance: In Centricide 5, Commie and Nazi perform one of these to form Nazbol and defeat the Horseshoe Centrist.
- God Needs Prayer Badly: The characters are all embodiments of political ideologies, empowered by the beliefs of their followers. The Centrists are under threat by the Extremists radicalizing people away from their beliefs.
- Gold Is Yellow: While the color associated with right-wing libertarianism on the political compass is usually purple, in Centricide it is colored yellow because "it definitely works better aesthetically." Various ideologies that fall within this section of the compass are tinted varying shades of yellow (Anarcho-Capitalist, Libertarian, Minarchist, Hoppean, etc.) and considering they are defined by their greed and wealth, this was the intention.
- Golden Mean Fallacy: Centrists are portrayed as falling victim to this.
- Grand Theft Me: Jreg is canonically the result of the real-life creator of the channel being possessed simultaneously by the ghosts of Kim Il-sung (Juche), Ayn Rand, Julius Evola, and Che Guevara.
- Greedy Jew: Nazi, naturally, buys into this stereotpe and hates capitalism in part because he thinks it's being controlled by Jews. Ironically, after the revelation that he's half ethnic Jew, he starts acting like one himself. When Conservative gives some entirely justified criticism of his decision to continue his racism (albeit as a Jewish supremacist rather than a white supremacist), he accuses him of anti-Semitism and demands "reparations".
- Historical Badass Upgrade: After they died, Kim Il Sung, Che Guevara, Julius Evola, and Ayn Rand went on to possess Greg Guevara and became the embodiment of anti-centrism, forming Jreg. Together, they led the Extremists in their quest to eradicate centrism in the Centricide.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Used symbolically in the music video of Agree With Me, with each of the Extremists being represented with one of them:
- The Horseshoe Effect: In the Political Compass RapTotalitarian Left: That's right! Wait why am I agreeing with you (Totalitarian Right)?Your ideology's killed millions! (Nazi gives Commie a Disapproving Look) Okay, true.
The way I see it, there was no difference between them having Civil Rights and not having Civil Rights
- Horseshoe Centrist takes this position to its extreme.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Centricide 6, Nazi insists that the centrists are all Jews because of their hair and noses. Since he's played by the same actor as all of them, he shares their "Jewish" features. Then Christian Conservative reveals Nazi's of Jewish descent, driving the point home.
- "I Am" Song:
- "Political Compass Rap" for totalitarian right (what will turn into Nazi in Centricide), totalitarian left (what will be Commie), anarchist left (what will be Ancom), and anarchist right (what will be Ancap).
- "Ancapistan" for Minarchist, Hoppean, and Libertarian.
- "All The Same To Me" for Horseshoe Centrist and Nazbol.
- "Lil' Nas(bol)" (a parody of "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X) for Nazbol.
- Ironic Echo: In Centricide 5, the titular line of the song "Every Extreme is on the Same Team" is quoted by Horseshoe Centrist to show how the extremists have proved his point for him.
- "Just Joking" Justification: In Centricide 7, "A Joke", Jreg explains that all of jris videos are just a joke, as it's funny to image a capitalist teaming up with a communist, or to have people guess what jre is and getting it wrong. It's all just one big, very serious, joke.
- Loose Canon: Centricide 7 is described as "dubiously canon" by Jreg In-Universe.
- Lucky Charms Title: One of the videos is called "🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡NOW ENTERING THE CLOWN ZONE🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡". Flowcharts for Centricide 7 usually simplify the emojis to "[CLOWNS]".
- Mind Screw: Centricide 7 starts as a confrontation between the Radical Centrist and Jreg, but breaks out into this as Radical Centrist confronts Greg Guevara who gives a tutorial to follow the video through the youtube annotation system. From there, the viewer is sent down a rabbit hole of more than forty short videos. It only avoids Gainax Ending because it isn't the ending and Centricide 8 features the Extremists vs Accelerationism.
- Multi-Part Episode: Centricide 8 is split into 3 parts.
- Multiple Endings: While there is only one ending for Centricide, the Loose Canon Story Branching Centricide 7 contains several endings, some good and bad.
- No Fourth Wall: A lot of the videos have a pretty thin fourth wall, but Centricide 7 ends up being this completely, with the rabbit hole of videos largely being Greg Guevara musing on jris overall creative process and jris relationship with jris audience and the work jre has created.
- No Song for the Wicked:
- Despite being the main antagonist, Radical Centrist never gets his own song. The only proper centrist song is "All The Same To Me" sung by Horseshoe Centrist.
- To a lesser degree, Nazi. Although he sings his part in "The Centrists Gotta Go" and in the proto-Centricide "Political Compass Rap". However, he is the only extremist who doesn't get a song focused primarily around him. Ancom and Commie get "Leftist Unity" and Ancap gets "Ancapistan".
- "Not So Different" Remark:
- "Political Compass Rap" includes a line where Nazi tells Tankie there are many they agree on. Sure enough, after Ancom becomes Post-Left Anarchist and leaves the Anti-Centrists, the two end up bonding due to their ideologies holding a lot of common ground.
- In Centricide 6, Radical Centrist invokes this on Anti-Centrist while channeling the powers of the horseshoe, noting how both of them hold wildly incongruent beliefs and are willing to sacrifice their pawns for slight advantages.
- Nuke 'em: Ancapistan's response to violation of the Non-Aggression Principle is a "recreational" nuclear bomb. The Posadist believes in using nuclear war to cleanse the world of capitalism. He's shown making an offer to Ancapistan for their nuke in Centricide 4.5.
- Off-into-the-Distance Ending: Centricide 8 ends this way with the four extremists bickering among each other as they walk into the horizon.
- One-Word Title: The "Centricide" is the extermination of the centrists, led by the Extremists.
- Our Spirits Are Different: Usually, when a human dies, their soul passes on. But when their will is strong enough, their spirit lingers around. Spirits are also able to combine into "mega-spirits." Ghosts can only possess blood relatives, which is how Che Guevara was able to possess Greg Guevara, also allowing Kim Il Sung, Julius Evola, and Ayn Rand to possess jrem too by combining into one mega-spirit.
- Paying for Air: "Centricide 4.5: Ancapistan" has the Capitalists mention that in the episode's titular city, they pay 12 bucks each breath of air, but everyone's a billionaire (except for the cripplingly poor).
- Pocket Protector: In Centricide 6, it's revealed that Conservative survived being shot twice by Nazi thanks to two books he had on him at the time. One was a copy of The Bible, and the other was 12 Rules for Life by Dr. Jordan Peterson
- Privately Owned Society: Anarchist Right wants this and forms this in Ancapistan, which even gets its own song.
- Putting the Band Back Together: By episode 8 the extremes unite again, including an Ancom that Took a Level in Badass, and defeat Accelerationism. They decide to subvert the expected ending of turning against each other and decide to hang with all the centrists now dead as per their objective, though they realize to their horror that getting back together means they've restored the status quo....of their friendship.
- Recap Episode: Centricide 7.05 recaps the entire series up to that point within a minute. It is not listed on the official Jreg channel, but it gets linked to in the middle of Centricide 7.
- Rejected Marriage Proposal: If you go to Centricide 7.4, Jreg will ask you if you'd marry jrem. Centricide 7.4B is called "No", selecting it makes jrem start talking about how this was not intended to be this long, then start saying jre doesn't want to do this anymore repeatedly.
- Rewatch Bonus: Radical Centrist explicitly describes the Jreg channel as "pure unchecked accelerationism" in the first episode. This sentence seems innocuous until The Reveal when Jreg's Evil All Along intentions are to form Accelerationism with Radical Centrist.
- Riding the Bomb: Posadist in the final part of Centricide 8.
- Royal Inbreeding: Monarchists are on the receiving end of jokes about being incestuous whenever theyre mentioned.The monarchists will kiss their sis
If monarchists are inbred, absolutists died in the womb.
- Especially with Absolutists (aka Absolute Monarchists).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Ancom abandons the anti-centrist cause after being converted to a post-leftist. Ancap and Libertarian do the same to the anti-centrist and centrist cause respectively after the former is pushed away from the extremists by the united authoritarians and the latter is nearly converted to Neoliberal by the Centrists. Nazi gathers up a few other ideologies to form his own team.
- Series Continuity Error: Centricide 6.25 shows the Wacky reinforcement going up against Radical Centrist. But at the beginning of Centricide 6.5, Anmon and Anprim appear in the anarchist commune before leaving to join the battle. It'd be more accurate to describe Centricide 6.25 as Centricide 6.75.
- Sex Is Evil: Subverted. Post-Left seems initially taken aback by the revelation that all the leftist Anarchist ideologies are also a polycule, complete with ominous music, only to reveal that qui is totally okay with it, and the resulting off-screen orgy helping to stabilize quis physical and mental state and reassume quis original form as Ancom for the finale and the battle against Accelerationism.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Horseshoe Centrist's southern accent is dropped completely when he sings in Centricide 5. When Nazbol joins the fight and begins singing, his staple wacky voice isn't present as well.
- Strawman Political: Literally every character is some form of strawman.
- The extremists are all ideological caricatures-Authoritarian Left is a Huskie Ruskie who threatens his opponents with the gulag, Authoritarian Right is A Nazi by Any Other Name who gleefully supports genocide, Libertarian Left is a Straw Loser who alternates between doing large quantities of drugs and assaulting opponents while screeching that they are Nazis and Libertarian Right wants to privatize all government functions, own private nukes and has several child sex slaves.
- The centrists are likewise all strawmen (save for Radical Centrist and the Posthumous Character Dead Centrist). Political Nihilist regards all politics as stupid and is apathetic about practically everything, Horseshoe Centrist does not see any differences between any two positions whatsoever, Anti-Radical reacts to the words 'extreme' with anger and Ape-Political will beat up anyone who expresses any form of political belief. Nazbol, meanwhile, is a Commie Nazi, but that is Truth in Television.
- This is Downplayed with the more moderate members of each quadrant-Socialist and Progressive are depicted as fairly reasonable and mostly realistically. However, Conservative mixes more realistic espousement of conservative positions with strawman elements such as praying to Jordan Peterson and saying he hates black people but 'not enough to do anything about it.' Libertarian, meanwhile, is an absolute Straw Hypocrite who espouses anti-government beliefs but makes most of his money selling weapons to foreign governments.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The four political extremists dont get along with each other, especially Authoritarian Right. That is unless they're fighting centrists, in which they're united.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Downplayed, but in Centricide 4 Ancap realizes he doesn't want to be a purge-happy fanatic and realizes his ideology unintentionally kills more than what Authleft and Authright could ever hope to do. After leaving the Extremists and rescuing Libertarian, however, the two still decide to come up with various illicit ways to get money. By Centricide 4.5 he's acted on this by finding Ancapistan which while a hellhole, doesn't wish to attack anyone that avoids crossing it.
- Token Evil Teammate: Multiple
- For the Extremists: Authoritarian right/Nazi/White Identitarian is the most blatantly evil extremist and is the only one depicted as having no valid points whatsoever, with anything that does come off as positive being a smokescreen for a bad idea or already being said by Authoritarian Left or Ancap.
- For the Centrists: It's Anti-Extremist/Anti-Radical, who is notably more violent and bloodthirsty than the other centrists, who are usually too apathetic/confused/contradictory to do anything and don't have particularly violent instincts.
- For Ancapistan: Hoppean who is such an elitist that he has genocidal views on race and wants to exterminate poor people as well who are no better than queer and POC in his eyes.
- For the Anarchists: Insurrectionary Anarchism is only in it for toppling whatever he sees as a hierarchy without something to replace it given that he's just a Blood Knight. He mocks the idea of a better world while Anfash is at least capable of conceptualizing an ethno commune where people get along. Not that Anfash didn't try to be this as he believes the state is the only thing preventing him from committing genocide.
- For the Moderates: Averted with Conservative, who highlights the positive aspects of traditionalist thought and unlike Socialist and Progressive, isn't idle and tries to reform his extremist counterpart. Though it's a bit downplayed with Libertarian, who isn't totally evil as well, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive just like AnCap and gives into his greedy urges in Ancapistan.
- For the Wackies: Also averted with Nazbol given that his ideology technically makes sense despite having both totalitarian economic and social policy and won't leave humanity in a contradictory mess, hence him getting kicked out of the Wackies. He's also ironically less unhinged than Nazi and Commie so far in the series.
- Token Good Teammate: Depending on the definition, Ancom or Ancap could qualify. Ancom's positions are depicted as being the most reasonable of the four extremists and while the other extremists favor genocide, gulags and child sex slaves, quer most unreasonable position is giving children drugs. On the other hand, Ancom is eager to assault anyone que thinks is a Nazi (which happens to be essentially everyone who isn't quem). Ancap, meanwhile, while endorsing a number of morally dubious policies, is the least violent extremist , lets his more moderate purple quadrant colleague Libertarian escape unharmed rather than kill him as ordered and displays far more angst over whether or not he's a good person than the rest of the extremists do.
- Transhumanism qualifies as this for the Wackies, as while the other ones want societies that are dysfunctional and likely hellish to live in (or bring about in the case of Posadism), Transhumanism just wants to get 'that robot dick' which is far less objectionable. Ironically, he is the only one who betrays all the others once Accelerationism manifests, since he wants to exist in a post-human world.
- Transhumanism: An extremist ideology occasionally mentioned. Portrayed as wanting robot arms.
- Underestimating Badassery: Nazi and Commie think the Horseshoe Centrist poses no threat to them, especially since they have him outnumbered 2-to-1. But their teamwork only proves his point for him, allowing him to use his abilities to put them both on the ropes.
- Villain Team-Up: From the centrist perspective, this happens whenever the 4 extremes hang out to oppose centrism. The ideologies that get along better end up with Villainous Friendship.
- Villainous BSoD: Nazi suffers one in Centricide 6 when he is informed he has Jewish ancestry. It hits him so hard he stumbles backwards taking his greenscreen down with him. He recovers by becoming a Zionist, reasoning that it means that "his people" are the smartest and richest as well as secretly in control of the world with their own ethnostate.
- Wham Line: In "Centricide 6"Conservative: (to Nazi) I confirmed my suspicions. You're a Jew.
- Artistic License Pharmacology: When characters drink from the Fountain of SSRI, they are granted immediate positive results. Depression describes himself as feeling amazing directly after drinking. Actual SSRIs take a few weeks before the person begins to benefit. Side effects of the SSRI are prevalent in the first weeks as the body adjusts.
- Aside Comment:
Anxiety: I'll have a, uh... I'll have a, uh... [Inner Monologue] Oh God, oh God, oh fuck, I knew this would happen. I knew this would happen. Oh God, why do I even try? How could this possibly get any worse?
- In Robbery:
Sociopathy: [pulling out gun] This is a robbery. Everybody put your fucking hands in the air!
Anxiety: [to audience] Oh, that's how!
Schizophrenia: Oh, should I go visit [Autism]?
- In Laugh Track:
PTSD: Hm, no, he doesn't like to be disturbed so... [looks to camera] I wouldn't go there.
- Audience? What Audience?: PTSD's reaction to Schizophrenia's fourth-wall breaking.PTSD: Yeah, Schizophrenia, I guarantee nobody's laughing.
- Bait-and-Switch: In an example of Trolling Creator, the entire series is technically a bait-and-switch. The original The Mental Illnesses video came out directly after the last Centricide video. The video portrays the concept of personified mental illnesses as flawed and possibly harmful due to how complex disorders are simplified. Some took it as a satirization of Centricides concept. At the end, Neurotypical declares the series a very bad idea and states there should not be any more of this. On Twitter Jreg posted the video and made a poll captioned Should this be the next series with both answers of the poll being no. Three months later? Its an actual series.
- Bungled Suicide: In episode 4, Depression tries to shoot himself and discovers he cannot die.
- Burger Fool: Depression works at a fast food joint. He doesn't appear to like it, considering his experience in life is so bad that he actively wants to stop living.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Anxiety to Depression in "The Mental Illnesses 4", possibly an Interrupted Declaration of Love.Anxiety: Depression, people really care about you. I care about you. I... I might even l...lo—...l—.
- Company Cross References: Schizophrenia, being a Fourth-Wall Observer, references Centricide multiple times.
- In "Laugh Track" he says they're the "spiritual successor of a web series about political ideologies", referencing the concept of Centricide.
- In "Schizophrenia Explains Schizophrenia", he describes people with schizotypal personality disorder as having "magical thinking". Saying "they might believe in some wacky stuff that nobody else believes, like some random - like some political framework that doesn't exist but they believe it unironically for some reason." This is a callback to anti-centrism, a fictional ideology that's the driving force of the Centricide series.
- In "The Fountain of SSRI", a mysterious figure that calls himself "Junior Egg" appears before Schizophrenia, represented as the Anti-centrism Polcomp Ball.
- Destination Defenestration: Socipathy pushes Neurotypical out the window from at least the second floor in "The Mad House"
- Edible Ammunition: Inverted in episode 5, where normal bullets are used. Pica eats the lead bullets PTSD shoots at her. Although according to him, he was just offering her a meal.
- Ensemble Cast: The Mental Illnesses features a cast of over 7 main characters.
- Episode Title Card: Present for the first three episodes. Absent from 3.5 and the fourth. Returns in the 5th.
- "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Played straight in the first episode of The Mental Illnesses.
- Exploiting the Fourth Wall: Schizophrenia is aware he's a 2D sheet of visual information. He exploits this in episode 5 in a fight with a neurotypical where he manipulates himself to dodge the neurotypical's weapon. But the neurotypical also exploits the fourth wall by pulling back Schizophrenia's green screen and "smashing" reality, sending Schizophrenia into a temporary daze.
- "Friends" Rent Control: The Mad House has at least 10 residents. It has multiple stories and is next to a city. The only characters shown to have some way of making money is Depression and Autism, who has a Mc Job and trades stocks respectively. So unless Autism is really good at trading stocks, this goes unexplained.
- Healing Spring: The Fountain of SSRI is a spring. The fountain spews selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which are used to treat depressive and anxiety disorders. The fountain grants drinkers immediate positive effects.
- Hypocritical Humor: In "The Fountain of SSRI", PTSD chastises Sociopathy for using a gun, right before proceeding to gun down Neurotypicals.
- Laugh Track: In keeping with the Sitcom theme of The Mental Illnesses, the series utilizes canned laughter. The laughter plays even when nothing funny is occurring. At the end of the third episode Laugh Track, its revealed that the laughter is coming from a group of neurotypicals next door who are watching the mental illnesses through their TV. Although its not clear if this applies to the entire series. Schizophrenia is the only one able to hear the laugh track.Schizophrenia: There was nothing funny about what you just said but... but they laugh. Why do they laugh?
- Melancholy Musical Number: "Stockholm Syndrome With Being Alive" from the Mental Illnesses episode of the same name. The song details Depression's bleak worldview and how he views the "normal ones" as having Stockholm Syndrome with life, disillusioned with reality. Yet, at the same time, Depression desperately wishes to be like them.
- The Reveal: In episode 5, the SSRIs triggered "Depression's" mania, revealing he's actually Bipolar Disorder.
- Roommate Com: See Sitcom.
- Shout-Out: In the "The Mental Illnesses" video, the background music of Dementia's section is "Everywhere At The End Of Time" by The Caretaker, an album relating to the illness.
- Sitcom: Compared to its predecessor Centricides Myth Arc, The Mental Illnesses takes a more sitcom approach to storytelling. Schizophrenia outright calls the series a sitcom premise in Laugh Track. The series is a Roommate Com centering around the many residents of the Mad House.
- Spiritual Successor: The Mental Illnesses is the spiritual successor of Centricide. Fourth-Wall Observer Schizophrenia outright calls it a spiritual successor in the third episode.
- Stealth Pun:
- DID's segment in the "The Mental Illnesses" video mostly consists of him switching his name; from "Split Personality Disorder" to "Multiple Personality Disorder" before settling on "Dissociative Identity Disorder".
- The house the mental illnesses reside in is called "the Mad House", named in the first episode title. A "madhouse" is an informal, somewhat offensive term for a psychiatric hospital that houses mentally ill patients.
- Trauma Button: PTSD's trauma is accidentally triggered multiple times, usually by another character asking what traumatized him.
- A Very Special Episode: "Schizophrenia Explains Schizophrenia." The episode has no plot and is light on humor. Schizophrenia speaks directly to the viewer about what schizophrenia is and how it's like to live with it. He also talks about things similar to schizophrenia such as schizotypal personality disorder and schizoid personality disorder. Near the end, he elaborates on the deep-rooted stigma surrounding schizophrenics and the ableism they face. He urges the viewer to treat schizophrenics like people while also cutting them some slack if they act a little off.
- Welcome Episode: The first episode of The Mental Illnesses. Neurotypical is introduced to the residents of the Mad House.