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"These are crazy times,
and we're only just getting by.
These are crazy lives,
and we'll try to make it a little brighter."
Crazy Brighter Times, The Meme House intro theme.

Meme House is a subseries of Vinesauce, featuring Joel playing a heavily modded version of The Sims 4, as he creates a cast of bizarre Sims and sees their weird, hilarious, or crazy hijinks. Like Vinny's Vinesauce Tomodachi Life streams, Meme House has taken a life of its own. The first stream in the series proper was made on July 31st, 2019, with an earlier Sims 4 stream occurring in 2015 regarded as the series pilot.

While Joel had made many streams of Sims games before, Meme House is the first time Joel stays with a single save for multiple streams, developing its wacky cast of characters over time. Joel continuously adds new Sims to the series, but he mainly focuses on playing with the first three Sims he created in the series: Bogan, Dio, and Garfield.

Season 1 ended on December 4th, 2019, counting 12 Parts and over 36 hours of mayhem.


A playlist of all the parts can be found here.

This series contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: During Part 5, Joel frequently mentions his intentions to kill Johnny Zest, only to never go through with it.
    • After Dio murders the head vampire in episode 3, Joel mentions that the other vampires will find out and hunt down Dio for it, but nothing major seems to happen aside from a couple of vampires walking past and trying to visit the Bogan house in the same episode. (Nobody lets them in and they eventually get bored and wander off.)
  • Absentee Actor: Killer Queen and Stray Cat make no appearance in Season 1's finale. Kira was intially this too until he was shown during the epilogue.
  • All Just a Dream: All of Episode 11 was revealed to be an unusual fever dream by Jill Valentine.
  • Anyone Can Die: Due to the addition of particularly violence-natured mods and Joel's actions, someone is bound to die every episode.
  • Bad Future: In Part 7, it's implied the Liquid household, who are identical clones of the Bogan household, come from a future where Bogan stayed dead after Madeline killed him. Due to Bites The Dust, the two timelines collided and fused together. Liquid Dio not being a vampire, however, kind of puts a cog in that theory, as does the existence of Liquid Bogan.
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  • Bathos: Basically everything related to Bulk Bogan dying in episode 7 is this. Before that even happens, he confesses his feelings to Madeline while Wario Fortnite-dances in the background. Then, when he actually does die, Joel plays "Il mare eterno nella mia anima," the soundtrack to an infamously sad scene from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and his housemates beg The Grim Reaper to let him live. But that doesn't change that the victim is a Gonk-faced mooskle-head, and said housemates are a flamboyantly dressed vampire and a creepy human-sized Garfield. At the same time, Garfield then goes on to kill Wario for the first time, while the Grim Reaper Fortnite dances, either oblivious to the fact that there's another soul to take, or simply waiting to witness Garfield's belated act of heroism.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Joel attempts to make the Kong house look like a treehouse; the result is a hilariously weird house where the main two-story structure is suspended off the ground, which one enters from the second floor through a super-long staircase and pathway outside. In Part 7, he lampshades this by wondering how the house's flushing toilet would work. (He then creates a "shit pit" outside underneath the toilet in Part 9, showing that it's just a hole.)
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Thanks to the Extreme Violence mod, Meme House is significantly more brutal than vanilla Sims 4. Expect a random Sim to be gruesomely murdered every episode.
  • Body Horror: Most of the characters wearing a costume suffer from this. Garfield's jello-like movements are the most obvious (Joel comparing it to "being full of parasites") but they all have it to some degree, more noticeable examples being Dio's deformed hands and Funky's conjoined feet.
    • This is taken to a whole new level when the Demonic Sims started showing up with deformed features or blood soaked bodies and sometimes outright missing parts of their face.
  • Butt-Monkey: Johnny Zest, to an extreme degree.
  • Black Comedy: The whole series has this, and it's not JUST the murders that make it dark.
    • In one part, both Bogan and Garfield twerk in public for money, to the delight of random men, women and children who pass by. On top of that, Dio also tries to do it in the local gym, but he gets between a man and a woman. When he starts twerking, it looks very, very wrong.
  • Call-Back: At the end of Part 12 Garfield ends up burning down the monkeys' house after Bonzi dies and Funky moves in with them by burning macaroni and cheese like in Part 1.
  • Calvinball: The UNO card game that the Bogans own seems to play by entirely different rules from the one we know, as it involves a moving piece and can be played by just one person.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Part 7 definitely falls under this with Bulk dying at the hands of Madeline. Even if it was remedied and Madeline was permanently dealt with, it proved that even your favourite characters are not immune to dying, and not even Joel can stop it.
    • Part 7 also is the start of darker and more serious arcs for the series, as the Bonzi's Corruption arc starts immediately after with the first appearance of the Demon sims in part 8.
    • Part 9 falls even further into this, as it's revealed that Bonzi's corruption of the world is now at 80% complete, and Token Good Teammate Funky Kong is hit by a car and is almost Killed Off for Real.
    • Part 11 is among one of the bleakest starting with Nemesis getting killed by a speeding car, Spongebob getting very sick then getting shot by a robber, his surgery failing twice leading to his death, and Jill having a baby only for it to be taken away. All the sims were basically miserable and crying the whole time. Thankfully none of it’s canon.
  • The Corruption: Part 9 reveals that Bonzi's dark powers are gradually corrupting the world, making it more and more chaotic.
  • Cute Kitten: In episode five of Meme House, the Kira household adopts one to represent Stray Cat.
  • Death as Comedy:
    • Murders in the series are very over-the-top thanks to the mods. Sims have been murdered with axes, chainsaws, gunshots, stylish combo attacks from Berserk-sized greatswords, speeding cars summoned out of nowhere, butchered alive and cannibalized, and more.
    • Strongly averted in the case of Madeline killing Bulk. The animation for stabbing a Sim to death is extremely brutal, as Bulk can be seen desperately struggling as Madeline repeatedly plunges the knife deep into his chest.
  • Death Is Cheap: People die constantly in this series, but thanks to the way Sims 4 handles ghosts, it usually doesn't actually mean much.
    Joel: You know, death is trivial in this world.
    • This is taken further with a glitch in the Cannibalism mod. If Sims of your own household are butchered and eaten, instead of turning to a grave and being taken by the Grim Reaper, they'll turn into playable ghosts. This happens to Layne Hartman in the T-Type household, to vargFren in the Fren household, and to Big Smoke in the Mercury household.
  • Delivery Guy: Pepsiman helps deliver a pregnant demon's baby in episode 9.
  • Denser and Wackier: While this is played straight when compared to regular Sims 4, this is actually Inverted when you compare the series to his 2015 Sims 4 video. Indeed, Joel actually shows restraint in Meme House!
  • Disney Death: In Part 7 Bulk's death at the hands of Madeline ends up being temporary thanks to Kira's Bites The Dust.
    • In Part 9 Funky Kong's sudden death by car is also temporary as Bonzi uses his magic to revive him after his plead to the Reaper failed.
    • In Part 11 the deaths of various Sims, including Nemesis and Spongebob, are completely retconned when it's revealed the entire episode was an extended nightmare sequence. The only character who doesn't get brought back is Jill's son, who was a figment of her dream and never existed in the first place.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: In a parody of the Trope Namer, the post-credits scene of Part 12 reveals that Spaghetti Grapes the raccoon was behind all the events in the series.
  • Drunk Driver: Played for laughs. Joel takes an option to run over Sims via the Deadly Torments mod for a test drive to kill a random Sim outside a bar for wearing a business suit with sandals, and a few moments later he kills a group of Sims that gathered to mourn with the same method.
    Joel: Sorry, it's Happy Hour! Everybody's drinking and driving!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first couple of episodes are weird by way of being normal (by Meme House standards anyway). The Sims world is pretty much normal, instead of the clusterfuck of later episodes with things that are pretty much taken for granted and regular later (such as sims cannibalizing each other, breaking into Fortnite dances and having bizarre appearances, as well as Fire Lady's general existence) being absent.
    • Not only that, but Enyaba Ordonez is actually more of a Butt-Monkey and suffers more harassment from the Bogan household than Johnny Zest, who is yet to gain his Cosmic Plaything status, the Bogan house isn't yet a Haunted House and Trash of the Titans, the Bogan household is the only household and Dio isn't a vampire.
    • There's also relatively little in the way of story arcs (the closest thing to a story arc being the Bogan household's quest to buy the BBQ Pit Boys Grill), and Cerebus Syndrome has yet to kick in.
  • Epic Fail: Garfield manages to almost burn himself and the house down while making Mac & Cheese in Episode 1.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: While not technically a tower, the Kong Household's Treehouse itself gets corrupted in Part 12, with magma (or crappy stock images of magma anyway) covering the ground outside, and the usually vibrant jungle tree looking dead and evil.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Mere moments before Funky Kong is run over and killed a small image of a car suddenly shows up in his queue during episode 9.
  • Foe Yay: invoked A relationship blossoms between Jill Valentine and Nemesis in Episode 8.
  • Foreshadowing: Despite not being scripted, there is some accidental Foreshadowing for several events, mainly Bulk Bogan's death at the hands of Madeline.
    • In Part 3, after being pranked by Bulk, Garfield tells him "I wish the Grim Reaper would just take you away!".
    • In Part 5, after Bonzi Buddy gains demonic powers, he senses that he or another criminal might be in danger and that he and said criminal should try to protect themselves. A few episodes later, Bulk, whose job is literally being a criminal, gets stabbed to death in his own home by his friend.
    • In Part 7, minutes before she kills him, Bulk discovers a new trait about Madeline: Hates Children, hinting that she isn't as nice as she initially seemed.
    • In Part 9, Bonzi once again senses that he or another person might be in danger. In that same episode, Funky Kong gets run over by a random car and dies. He comes back as a ghost after Bonzi's plead to the Reaper fails despite it saying it succeeded and is later resurrected by Bonzi.
    • A meta example: A popular fan-made image had Johnny Zest in clown makeup taking the place of Joker in the Joker (2019) movie poster, due to the similarities of the two characters being failed comedians with miserable lives. In Part 12 the similarities are solidified when Johnny has a mental breakdown; he puts on clown makeup, styles his hair back and colors it green, then goes completely bonkers.
    • Some of the events in the non-canon part 11 foreshadow what happens in part 12: a burglar shows up, someone gets shot, a sim dies at Johnny's lot, two pre-established sims are killed off, Wesker kills some bullies, and Spongebob does drugs. Granted these occurrences are much more positive in part 12.
    • In Part 4, after Bonzi Buddy is brainwashed by Dio to fix the Bogans' fridge, Joel asks the chat "Guys, what if Bonzi Buddy dies, trying to fix our fridge?" In the Season Finale, although it wasn't while fixing anyone's fridge, Bonzi does die.
  • Haunted House:
    • The Bulk household gradually becomes this as the series progresses, with many ghosts of the people who were killed by them starting to swarm the place and appearing constantly to break things.
    • The T-Type house becomes this also after Nemesis kills Layne Hartman. He turns into a ghost, and remains in the house.
    • In Episode 8 vargFren stays in the household as a ghost after he is killed by the cannibalistic owner of the home.
    • This happens again in Episode 10 after Big Smoke remains a part of the Mercury household after he is also cannibalized by a random female ghost.
  • Hell Is That Noise: All the music in the in-game stereos has been changed thanks to mods. To say that some of the modded 'music' is unpleasant is putting it lightly.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episodes are called Parts in reference to Dio's home series.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • In Part 3, Joel uses a cannibalism mod to have Dio murder a Sim and harvest meat from the body. Later on in the same stream, Bulk nearly eats some of the "meat".
    • During the Part 4 stream, an old lady randomly kills a woman in a night club and harvests meat from her corpse, much to Joel and Bulk's horror.
    • During Part 7, Nemesis disposes of Layne Hartman (the original owner of the house he and CBT Wizard Johnson moved into) by killing him and eating the body.
    • As soon as vargFren and Pepsiman move into Arian Mc Nulty's (aka Ceaser Milan's) home, Arian 'greets' vargFren by chopping him up into mince meat.
    • Part 10 has not just one but two deaths due to cannibal sims: one being a random sim in a bar attacked by a female cannibal and the other being Big Smoke after he gets ambushed by a cannibal ghost. Smoke then eats part of his own corpse.
  • Killed Off for Real: Joel has stated that any playable sim who isn't a part of the core Bulk household will remain dead unless the Grim Reaper agrees to spare them. As of episode 12:vargFren and Big Smoke are dead (but still around), while Bonzi Buddy is entirely dead.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Almost all Joel-controlled Sims wear the exact same clothes in all situations, either because that's just what they like to wear/not wear (Bulk, Albert Wesker) or because the clothes ARE their bodies (Funky Kong, Bonzi Buddy, Spongebob).
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Cat-people Garfield and Killer Queen, upright gorillas BonziBUDDY and Funky Kong, anthropomorphic sponge Spongebob Squarepants and zombie monster Nemesis T-Type live in a town otherwise populated by humans (and one vampire).
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Due to Joel's tendency to add 2-to-4 new Sims each Part, on top of whatever NPC Sims becomes relevant to the story, each Part grows the already sizable cast of characters even more.
  • Me's a Crowd: In addition to Liquid Bogan, a house containing clones of Garfield and DIO inexplicably appears after Kira uses Bites The Dust. Only the DIO clone is allowed to live.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Subverted. In Part 9, Dio's moodlet bar briefly displays a baby icon indicative of Baby Fever—which is misinterpreted as pregnancy by the chat—prompting a Flat "What" from Joel when they point it out. He turns out to not be pregnant.
  • Mushroom Samba: Bulk goes on a massive trip after receiving drugs from Wario in Episode 2, which eventually leads to Bulk exercising naked at the gym and murdering someone.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In Part 7 Dio beats the living daylights out of Madeline after Kira activates Bites The Dust and doesn't stop till she's a bloody mess. Though he leaves the honor of killing her to Bulk.
    • Come Part 10 Dio would find himself on the receiving end of one of these after getting ambushed by a pair of bullies. Naturally, Dio is quick to show them how stupid this decision was.
  • Oh, Crap!: Played for Laughs, but Johnny Zest and Joel have this reaction in episode 5 when Joel sees Bonzi Buddy, Bulk Bogan, Kira and Killer Queen walking towards Johnny's house.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Strange, demonic creatures start to appear more and more as the series progresses, implied to be Bonzi's corruption. They tend to have red, bloody-looking faces with holes somewhere in their bodies, but their level of Body Horror tends to differ from individual to individual, such as a female demon having a normal face but a red neck with holes in it, or completely lacking a head.
  • Quirky Household: Every house Joel sets up. Calling them "bizarre" would be putting it lightly.
    • The Bogan Household, consisting of Bulk Bogan, Dio Brando and Garfield is the first and arguably most focused on household. Bogan is a crime-lord in his day job and is a massive Cloud Cuckoo Lander with an obsession with muscles. Dio is just as evil as in his original series, but mostly spends his time kicking trash cans and writing bad books, and Garfield is the Only Sane Man who, ironically, is the profit-bringer to the household. As of Part XII, Funky Kong now lives with the Bogan household as well after Bonzi Buddy's death.
    • The Kong Household featured Funky Kong and Bonzi Buddy. While Funky Kong is one of the only truly moral people in the entire series, Bonzi Buddy quickly surrenders his soul to a demonic entity and gains evil powers. However, the household effectively ceases to be after episode 12 wherein Bonzi is killed off, Funky moves in with the Bogan household, and the house itself is burned to the ground by Garfield.
    • The Kira Household, featuring Yoshikage Kira, Killer Queen, and Stray Cat. A serial killer, his Standnote , and his cat.
    • The Chat Household, consisting of Twitch Chat and Jerma, who live in a basement bunker below a tower.
    • The Squarepants Household, featuring a depressed and reclusive Spongebob with Loners Are Freaks and Yandere tendencies along with Albert Wesker and Jill Valentine. Albert is a Psycho for Hire with a huge sword and Jill Valentine was a former pre-made Sim who got transformed and transferred into the Household by Joel.
    • The T-Type Household, consisting of Nemesis T-Type, CBT Wizard Johnson, and a semi-normal sim named Layne Hartman. Nemesis is an angry monster zombie who likes eating people, CBT Wizard is a weird elderly wizard who likes kicking people in the crotch, and Layne is a completely normal sim who was groin attacked and then eaten by his new roommates and turned into a ghost. He still lives with them.
    • The Fren Household, which features the duo of the faceless heroic mascot Pepsiman and the extremely odd looking but kindhearted vargFren, one of Joel's FrankerFaceZ emotes who's also a controllable ghost sim after being killed almost immediately after moving in by the cannibalistic owner of the home, Arian. As punishment for his crimes Pepsiman "evicts" Arian though his urn is still on the lot.
    • The Bup Household, that consists of a childish Toad from the Mushroom Kingdom who suffers from the unfortunate affliction known as IBS and his pet raccoon Spaghetti Grapes who lives in a society.
    • The Mercury Household, which has the odd crew of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band, Queen and Token Good Teammate, alongside soothing painter Bob Ross who has become a Mad Artist, GTA gang leader Big Smoke(who's also a controllable ghost sim after being killed by a cannibalistic female ghost) and perhaps most bizarrely of all a downright terrifying yellow... thing named Vibe Check.
    • The Zest Household, which features failed comedian and Cosmic Plaything Johnny Zest, and the infamous demon slaying space marine DoomGuy John.
  • Running Gag:
    • Sims being murdered, deaths by cannibalism and speeding cars seem to be the most prevalent.
    • Dead sims returning as ghosts.
    • Dio kicking trashcans, specifically the trashcans of his neighbors.
    • Johnny Zest being tormented in some way, be it by having his house broken into or having a book mocking him published.
    • The Fire Lady appearing in the background and catching fire for no reason at all.
    • Bulk visiting the local gym and getting naked, and nobody minding.
    • Dio laughing evilly after doing simple things like eating Fruit Loops.
    • Dio bursting into tears and crying over little things.
    • CBT Wizard kicking people in the crotch.
    • Joel saying "This is the worst stream I've ever done." or variations. This happens in every episode.
  • Say My Name: Joel after Bulk Bogan is killed, to match his choice of music.
  • Stealth Pun: The theme song for the series is titled "Crazy Brighter Times".
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Sims die at the drop of a hat on the regular, not even the playable sims are safe from dying out of nowhere.
  • Tempting Fate: Said right before Garfield almost burns the house down in Part I:
    Joel: Dude, if he fucks up mac and ch- *gets cut off by stove bursting into flames*
    • Before Jill and Nemesis' wedding, Joel jokingly expresses concern that it's going to turn into a "massacre", with the chat suggesting it's going to be known as "The Ketchup Wedding". The wedding gets interrupted halfway through by an armed robber.
  • Trash of the Titans: The Bogan household is by far the worst of the bunch, with the garden having a constantly broken toilet, giant photographs of Dio on the wall, a literal trash-growing plant and weed. The inside is arguably worse, with ghosts constantly breaking the toilets and sinks and the floors always being inexplicably wet.
    • The Squarepants house becomes this in part 11, with floors wet either with water, blood or urine and nearly everything broken, including the toilet and shower, meaning the Squarepants household keep urinating themselves and aren't able to clean up. Fortunately part 11 is All Just a Dream, and their house in part 12-onwards has yet to fall into this trope.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Part 11 is one for Jill and Spongebob that turns out to be just a dream.
    • For Jill, she gets impregnated by Nemesis before he dies, feeling incredibly depressed for the rest of the stream. Then, after a house invasion and another household member dying, she finally delivers the baby... only for the baby to get taken away as soon as it enters the household.
    • For Spongebob, he gets incredibly ill, then he gets shot in the leg by a house invader, then when he tries to go to the hospital to cure the wound they somehow fail twice, despite the odds of success being 90%. Even after that he refuses to accept his fate and tries to become a vampire through Dio, but it's too late and he dies in Johnny Zest's front yard.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • In Part 1, Garfield sets himself on fire while making his first cooking attempt, causing his roommates to panic. Simultaneously, a couple of random Sims enter the house to visit, and make no reaction to Garfield burning to death.
    • Almost none of the Sim passers-by gave any reaction to the dead body of Liquid Bogan on the street in Part 1.
    • The Fire Lady became this after a while. A Sim showing up out of nowhere who catches on fire and stays like that for hours warrants attention, but by the 3rd or 4th time she showed up everybody kind of got used to her.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Everybody Joel plays in Meme House is a psychopath who murders other Sims without second thoughts, and it is hilarious. The only ones who aren't murderous psychopaths are Funky Kong, Johnny Zest until his breakdown in episode 12,vargFren, Bob Ross, and Layne Hartman.
  • Urban Fantasy: Zombies, ghosts, vampires, demonic entities and talking apes are basically everywhere in the city, hidden in plain sight.
  • Watsonian vs. Doylist: All the weird stuff in the series have perfectly valid mechanical explanations coming from the glitchy game mechanics of Sims 4 and the mods, but it is just more fun for Joel and the viewers to speculate and flesh out the world of Meme House as though it has its own internal continuity.
  • Wedding Smashers: A burglar interrupted Jill and Nemesis's wedding, but is thankfully shot by Jerma and Johnny before he can do anything major.
  • Weird Crossover: We've got characters from JoJo's Bizzare Adventure, Garfield, Resident Evil, Twitch, Donkey Kong, SpongeBob SquarePants, Pepsiman, Grand Theft Auto, real life people like Bob Ross and Freddie, and multiple original Vinesauce characters, all set within the world of Sims 4.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Part 7, for featuring Bulk Bogan's (temporary) death at the hands of Madeline.
    • Part 9 reveals that Bonzi Buddy's corruption of the world is at 80%, and he has now flooded the world with demons. Not only that, but Funky Kong is hit by a car and has to be resurrected by Bonzi.
    • To a lesser extent, part 5, due to Enyaba's death at the hands of Kira being the first major character death in the series and Bonzi gaining the demonic powers that grow and become much more of a threat in later episodes.
    • Part 11, the intended first season finale, had a string of nonstop traumatic events, including Nemesis being run over and Jill being pregnant with his child, Spongebob dying, and the baby being taken away. After an accidental save reset, it was declared noncanon, subverting this trope.
    • Part 12, the Grand Finale of season 1, features Jill and Nemesis' wedding, Johnny finally snapping after all the crap he's been put through over the series and becoming a crotch-kicking Monster Clown, and Doom Guy John moving in with Johnny, going on a demon-killing rampage before finally killing Bonzi Buddy and putting an end to his reign of terror. He also rescues Funky Kong while he's at it, and Funky moves in with the Bogan household while Garfield burns down the Kong treehouse.
  • Wham Line:
    • Delivered by Madeline in Part 7 to a struggling Bulk Bogan, whom she is in the midst of brutally stabbing to death.
      Madeline: Your life has come to an end.
    • Another pops up in episode 9 from the notification wall.
      Funky has been run over by a car!
  • Wham Shot:
    • In Episode 7, a split second before the act happens, Joel mouses over and is stunned by the Stab Chest action in Bogan's interactions queue.
    • In Episode 8 no less than a minute after Joel moves in vargFren and Pepsiman the original owner of the home, Arian, kills vargFren and cannibalizes his body. Pepsiman soon avenges Fren by shooting the cannibal in the head.
    • Early in episode 9, Joel notices Twitch Chat is sad so he selects him to see why and sees his mood is described as Dying due to a fatal illness. Thankfully, in spite of 20% odds, Twitch survives after a successful surgery.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: A spoof of one is shown at the end of Season 1. It mostly shows that most Sims are the same as always. With some exceptions, like Pepsi Man buying the gym, Freddie Mercury not having shown his true power, Liquid Bogan coming back to life, and CBT Wizard falling down and breaking his dick.

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