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"ADVENTURE! YEAH!"
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PeanutButterGamer (real name, Austin Hargrave, born July 25, 1990) is a YouTube personality who does game reviews, Top 10 lists, and hosts a number of other features, such as The G-Files (looking at weird things in video games) and To Kill An Avatar (exploring Video Game Cruelty Potential). He's the co-founder of the now resurrected NormalBoots.com and was a featured contributor on Blistered Thumbs.

He also has a gameplay channel, called PBGGameplay. There he posts a number of different videos: Firstly, the popular ''Hardcore!'' series, in which he and his friends try to complete an objective in a game... but if they die, they're dead for good. The videos star many of his friends, including JonTron and ProJared. Besides that, he has the Collection series where he tries to get every item in a set in various games. And lastly, he has several highly-edited Let's Play series.

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This show provides examples of:

  • Alien Abduction: Done so at the end of "The G-Files: Weird Arcade Games #2", and ends up being dropped at Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil's house to guest star on an episode of The Completionist.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Used in the previously mentioned episode, where a voice from a flying saucer hovering above the sidewalk implores to PBG that he must make a "lackluster, semi-entertaining video" about a series of Japanese arcade games, in order to save humanity from the Caribou people of the Bush Baby solar system.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Given what he was playing, in his Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 video, he eventually makes one of these named "Don't Come Here. You'll Die." and puts Peep versions of Normal Boots members through it to see who survives the rides. These being the Merry-Go-Death, Whoops!, Oops!, My Bad! and Wuh-Oh!.
  • Ax-Crazy: In a brief mention of Rune Factory Frontier, upon finding Mist in his home for no apparent reason, he has Raguna sneak up behind her with his axe ready to chop her into bits (Of course you can't in game)
  • Author Appeal:
    • Makes no secret of his love for The Legend of Zelda, having made a ton of videos on The Legend of Zelda and even designating the month of November as "Zelda Month" on his channel.
    • He also loves the series Arthur, having made several videos about games and two movies adapted from the cartoon.
  • Arc Words: "Memories" and "Treasures". And "Adventure! YEAH!!".
  • Anime Hair: In the Dark Seed II review.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Installed a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that allowed him to kill children.
  • Big "NO!": A few times, most notably in the MySims Kingdom review.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Happens every now and then, such as in "Putt Putt Does Some Things Again."
  • Bloodless Carnage: Downplayed when he shot himself in Top 10 Scariest Video Games. Although he covers the wound with his hand, there is no blood dripping out.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the To Kill An Avatar: The Many Deaths of Link episode:
    Crushed! Oh, okay, more like glitched. GLITCH CRUSHED!
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: When approached with a question about his girlfriend on his official Tumblr page, he answers with an interesting choice of detail...
    "PRETTY AND AWESOME. Likes Harvest Moon, Pokemon, Katamari Damacy and bacon."
  • Brick Joke: Top Ten Funniest Glitches in Video Games. #2 is the infamous Swingset Glitch note  from GTA IV. Then #1 is the Jackdaw Glitch from ACIV. The segment for the latter concludes with a car, accompanied by Niko Bellic, flying out of the air and landing on the Jackdaw.
    Niko: So sue me for dangerous driving.
    text overlay: MISSION PASSED
  • Butt-Monkey: His dog Luka, especially when compared to his other dog Azura. PBG describes him as "not as cute" as Azura, and his A Wonderful Life video has a scene where he alternates between piling affection on Azura and insulting Luka. Luka doesn't really care, as he's, y'know, a dog.
    PBG: Luka ruins everything! That's his special talent.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Many have stated that he looks like Shaggy. He sometimes in preview images of letsplays with other people show a picture of Shaggy in his place.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: invoked When making reference to Yugi Muto (specifically his hairstyle), he refers to him as "a Yu-Gi-Oh!".
  • Crossover: The Hardcore series brings in former Normal Boots members, game reviewers, Let's Players, PBG's brother McJones, and some guy named Dean. He's also done some more conventional crossovers with The Completionist, ProJared, Pushing Up Roses and others.
  • The Cutie: Jeff tends to be. This quote says it all:
    "We made a birthday cake out of our house!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The PBG in his earliest videos is much less enthusiastic than the PBG we see today.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: On his Super Mario 64 hacking video, PBG shows off a game breaking hack called "Mario is 5 balls with flashing trousers and he has no head". And you guessed it, he's 5 balls with flashing trousers and no head.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In his MySims review, when his town gains a star, you can see it's named "Plzsaveme."
  • Freud Was Right: "She shakes your bag around and it gives your wand special... powers... uhhhhhh-"
  • Flat Joy: From his "Putt-Putt Joins the Parade" video.
    • Really his Modus Operandi when it comes to games he doesn't like and baffling game mechanics.
  • Fully Automatic Clip Show: At the end of his "Hey You, Pikachu" episode, as he was unable to come up with an ending to the episode, PBG played every single time he said "Pikachu" back to back.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He rarely curses, preferring not to. He even discusses this during his Dark Seed Let's Play. He swore more frequently in his earliest videos, but this didn't last long and they were never particularly harsh ones.
    PBG: It's so freaking frustrating that I might even say a swear!
  • Geek Physiques: The skinny, he's a Picky Eater as well.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Has two dogs, Azura and Luka (and Namira before having to put her down), who occasionally pop up in his videos.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his cavalier and somewhat loony persona (which the Hardcore series suggests comes pretty naturally), PBG has shown a fondness for fairly serious Visual Novels, using Katawa Shoujo music in one video and doing a showcase of Hatoful Boyfriend.
  • Kill ’Em All: Played for Laughs in the Rollercoaster Tycoon video, as PBG attempts to murder everyone from Normal Boots in a death park. Only Josh lives. Until PBG let him finally rides Whoops! for his prize and he died as well.
  • Large Ham: He tends to get really loud and boisterous at times, especially in his newer videos.
  • Let's Play: Has a secondary YouTube channel, PBGGameplay, detailed below.
  • Logging On To The Fourth Wall: MayorButterGamer from the Animal Crossing New Leaf review is an actual channel. However, it has no channel activity other than subscribing to a few channels, and favoriting PBG's video of New Leaf.
  • Made of Explodium: In Putt-Putt Does Some Things, he has a spigot cover that explodes when you "click" it.
  • Malaproper: PBG does this a lot.
    I don't even like for that to happen!
  • Manchild : He collects and reviews shows, games and toys aimed at younger children, and very often acts and reacts like a child for comedic purposes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He has a Running Gag of adding the Skyrim trailer theme to decidedly non-epic moments, such as catching bunnies or watering plants. Also, toaster ovens.
    • Explains that Harvest Moon can be this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "My pants have come undone in front of everyone."
  • Orphaned Series: It seems as though his To Kill An Avatar and to a lesser extent The G-files series are becoming this.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: From Putt-Putt Does Some More Things AGAIN:
    Alright, just gonna put some stupid (FFOOOOOP) on here. Aaaand done!
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: His raps in his MySims Agents review and his Ocarina of Time hacking video.
  • Mood Whiplash: In his video talking about Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog he closes off the video with an intensely creepy homage to Sonic.exe.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His ferrets, Pixel and 8-Bit.
  • Running Gag: Small one, but he keeps bringing up a "Top 10 Sexiest Girls in Gaming", which he has yet to make. This often comes up in segments where he's working on his videos while waiting for something.
    • Likewise his hatred for MySims, which has been mentioned in several videos. That said, it seems to have more or less petered out since he actually went and reviewed it.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "But this is my list and I can cheat if I want to."
  • Ship Tease: With Pushing Up Roses.
    • Ship Sinking: Him and Jeff address this during their Donkey Kong Country 2 playthrough, with Austin stating they're just friends.
  • Shout-Out: He interprets Arthur's use of "the thing" in Arthur's Computer Adventure as being the creature in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) saying he shouldn't be looking for it.
  • Shower of Angst: At the end of his Pikmin To Kill an Avatar video.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The MySims series.
  • Stunned Silence: In Skyward Sword Hacking, he's rendered temporarily speechless by the sight of Link with long, crab-like legs, complete with Record Needle Scratch.
  • Stupidly Long Filler Sound: PBG had a small one when deciding what colour to make Putt-Putt in one of his videos.
    PBG: Wait... Which colour do I get? WHICH COLOUR DO I GET??? Red, Blue, Green... I DUNNO! Uhhhhhhhhh...PURPLE!
    [The already-purple putt-putt gets painted purple again]
    '''PBG:"' Yeahhhh... I'm purple again!
  • Take That!: In his Top Ten List of Video Game jerks, he says jerks in video games are less realistic than people in real life, stating that people are much kinder in real life, all while the screen is filled with screenshots of various people's YouTube comments with similarly varying insults aimed at him. And Goats.
    • In Super Mario 3D Land Hacking he stretches Mario's character model, and notes that YouTube is now going to brand his channel as non-advertiser friendly due to vaguely phallic shape of Mario. note 
  • The Cameo: Provides one for JonTron at the end of one episode, where PBG wonders how on Earth JonTron managed to run all the way to Texas.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: PBG's videos started off with him being incredibly unenthusiastic and occasionally an outright Jerkass. He's gotten a fair bit better since then.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Explored in the To Kill An Avatar series, where he finds various ways to kill player characters and NPCs.
    Let's see how many ways we can make Link die. You know... For Science!.
    • PBG also explores this in MySims Agents, which leads to him calling EESDESESESR a monster when PBG makes him smash trucks, steal parts from random machines, and essentially organ harvest a friendly robot without his consent.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Poor, poor EESDESESESRDT, born of a poorly-coded naming screen in Hubert The Teddy Bear and made into a Running Gag.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Apparently, PBG has a deadly fear of sharks.
  • Yandere: PBG reveals this side of him for his beloved childhood videogame-girlfriend, the catgirl Mitzi. Her moving away causes PBG to kill Tom the cat and end up on the run.

    PBGGameplay Tropes 

His Let's Play channel provides examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Crops up near constantly in his 'Sucking At' series. A notable example would be in Luigi's Mansion episode 15 when he lit the bonfire necessary to capture Sir Weston while flailing around randomly with his fire jet. And then didn't realize what he had actually done for some time.
    PBG: Oh, I just needed to walk into him. Okay, well, that was easier than I was making it out to be.
  • Angrish: Near-constant in Super Mario 64: Chaos Edition. Given that the game randomly changes Mario's physics, is prone to locking-up and crashing, will cause Mario's health to continuously drain, and even kills him instantly when he touches doors or poles at one point, among other mishaps, PBG's frustration is completely understandable.
  • Anti-Climax: In his second Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate video with ProJared, PBG pulls out his Dual Swords, activates the Demon mode, and runs in to attack...and then immediately turns off Demon mode again. Punctuated by the music cutting out and just leaving PBG's Battlecry of "Hgsheswah!"
  • Art Evolution: Compare the first video in his Majora's Mask Lets Play to the last video of his Majora's Mask Lets Play. Initially, he was rather subdued and more focused on the game than anything else and the whole thing goes unedited. By the last video, he is much more boisterous, incorporates a ton of visual humor and focuses more on the jokes.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: In one episode of Cuphead, when PBG and Jeff are fighting off Hilda Berg's constellations, they refer to Taurus as a bull, but keep calling Sagittarius "Cupid", even though the man wielding the bow and arrows clearly represents the centaur archer. To be fair, they are kind of unable to interpret the constellations or the Western Zodiac right.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While this rarely shows up in his main channel because of it's scripted nature, PBG's tendency to get easily distracted shows up more on these videos. On one livestream he mentions that both fans and friends speculate he could have ADHD, but he doesn't really care and thus has never bothered to get a doctor's opinion on it.
  • Blatant Lies: In Mario Galaxy 2, part 9:
    PBG: Man, I love the Internet, it's such a great place. Everybody's nice and friendly to each other.
  • Controllable Helplessness: Happens to Efanzo the Electabuzz during Episode 24 of the Pokémon Leafgreen Randomizer Nuzlocke, as Efanzo (who only has Electric-type attacks, aside from the non-damaging Flash) gets trapped in a battle with a wild Dugtrio with the Arena Trap ability (which prevents switching or fleeing) who is immune to every attack that Efanzo has. Despite attempting a Hail Mary by trying to catch the Dugtrio, PBG and Jeff ultimately have no choice but to watch Efanzo die.
  • Destined Bystander: Zigzam, Nimnat and Useless in the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nuzlocke. Nimnat, in particular, is a good example of this. He's caught very early on, and is a bit of a laughing stock at first because of how seemingly useless he is, with PBG not even really making an effort to level him up. However, he ends up being the crucial part of the Double Team/Baton Pass strategy that wins PBG the game.
  • Drugs Are Good: Makes heavy use of multiple drugs in his Fallout 3 Bobblehead collection series.
    (PBG is under heavy super mutant fire from several angles at once)
    PBG: More drugs! MORE DRUGS!!!
  • Epic Fail: In his final video of Super Mario 64, he says there is no way he can miss hitting Bowser with one of the spikey balls being practically next to him. He turns around a few times, let's go of Bowser - and misses.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When PBG and Jeff decide to teach one of their Pokémon the move Focus Punch in their Leaf Green Randomizer Nuzlocke, they start fantasizing about how they'll be to get around the downside that being hit on the turn that they use Focus Punch will cause the user to flinch, causing them to miss their turn, by the fact that the Pokémon that they're teaching the move to is incredibly fast, which means that they should rarely have to worry about the downside. However, they completely miss the fact that Focus Punch always causes the user to move last, despite it being spelled out in the move's description. For bonus points, Jeff notices the second part of the move description (that getting hit will cause the user to flinch), but not the first part (that the user will go last).
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: PBG and Jeff lament how, because they forgot to actually record the game footage of their first episode of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, they had to redo it. And they say that the first take was amazing, with both doing well on the platform levels and earning about 16 lives before finishing the first video.
  • Heel Realization: PBG has one of these at the end of the Oblivion Collection Series. After realizing how many evil things he's done to get the Daedric Artifacts, he accepts his death at the hands of an Anvil city guard.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Lafawnda gets put down by a critical hit by the final Pokemon in the Alpha Sapphire Nuzlocke run. Ironically, had PBG not used Recover to try to save her life the turn before and attacked instead, Lafawnda would have have been able to land the game-winning blow, as Mega Metagross was stuck in cooldown from a Giga Impact attack, leaving it vulnerable. It'd be justified by PBG's inexperience... had he not noticed the cooldown from the Metagross's previous Giga Impacts. Instead, Lafawnda dies and PBG ends up winning the battle by the skin of his teeth, with two surviving Pokemon with less than 20 HP between them.
  • invokedStrawman Has a Point: In "POKEMON GO IS DEMONIC", PBG mocks Rick Wiles' review of the titular app (which claims it's demonic), until the latter makes the claim that "we're hypnotized... we would rather live in the virtual world than the real world." PBG states that this is the only valid argument in the whole video, but his tone of voice implies that it isn't as problematic as Wiles makes it out to be.
  • Yandere: Not PBG himself, but this seems to be the comment section's opinion on Nimnat the Nincada. Every single time she'd be switched out or PBG would say he was going to switch her out, someone on the team would inevitably die not long after, forcing him to put her back in or have an empty slot.

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