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Scott The Woz (real name: Scott Daniel Wozniak) is a YouTube personality who primarily makes content focused on, in his own words, "stupid Nintendo games". He is mostly known for his fast paced narration and the overall humorous tone of his videos.

While he started out his video making in 2009 for school projects, he started making YouTube content around the same time, making top tens and comedy skits under the name "Wozniak News TV", most of which have been reuploaded to a secondary channel called Scott's Stash, which also features videos such as behind-the-scenes and bloopers from the main series, in-depth retrospectives on various Nintendo junk, and even occasional gameplay with his co-stars. He adopted the "Scott The Woz" moniker on November 7th, 2012, with the "Scott The Woz" series starting on January 7th, 2017.

His videos vary from comedy skits, straight game reviews, and retrospectives on video game-related topics usually under-discussed about in the industry. No matter what, this is all coated within a very off-beat sense of humor, which gets even wackier in his later videos.

In the early days of the channel, Scott made a variety of videos, though not much of the channel pre-2016 is known. Prior to the main series, Scott made a few non-gaming skits and short films under the name of "Originals", one of which is The Internet and You. Nowadays, non-gaming skits have been released as "Scott The Woz" videos along with gaming videos.

In 2021, it was announced that Scott The Woz episodes would begin to be broadcast on a television network. They began broadcasting on G4 on December 7th of that year.

No relation to Steve Wozniak.

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  • 555: Scott's phone number is 555-555-5555, as seen in Nintendo DS: Touched at First Sight.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Parodied. Scott throws his Sega Classic box of Sonic the Hedgehog and it "accidentally" (as in, through a series of Jump Cuts) plunges into his toilet, which Scott chalks up to luck. He later throws the game cartridge, which ends up landing right on the cartridge slot of his Sega Genesis that he inexplicably had set up inside his bathroom.
    Scott: Son of a bitch I'm so lucky!
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Scott managed to get a Nintendo Switch the day it had its midnight release at Gamestop... unintentionally. He only showed up because he thought it was a Black Lives Matter rally.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Chibi-Robo Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, Scott's therapist mentions that he previously tried to be a news anchor. His actor previously played the news anchor in A Very Madden 08 Christmas.
    • You're Not an RPG Guy: A Scott the Woz Christmas sees Scott have an at-length conversation with God about how it's perfectly fine to not actually like RPGs. The person playing God has had a history in the past expressing his own non-interest in the genre.
  • An Aesop:
    • A Very Madden 08 Christmas: It is perfectly okay to have beliefs, but you should not force your beliefs onto others just because theirs are different from yours.
      Wendy's Employee: You can't expect people to believe in what you believe. What's the point of beliefs if there's only one thing people can believe?
    • It's a Bargain Bin Christmas: Be thankful for the gifts you are given, and know that the gifts you yourself give can change people's lives in ways you never could have thought.
    • The Dark Age of Nintendo: There's nothing wrong with hating or being disappointed with a video game or video game company, but you shouldn't let it affect your mental health.
    • You're Not an RPG Guy: A Scott the Woz Christmas: It's OK to not like something, as long as you don't disrespect the people who do. Giving it a try sometimes can also expose you to brand-new experiences.
    • Borderline Forever can be read as one towards creative burnout and how to deal with it. It doesn't matter what bad things happen to you, as long as you have and do the things you hold near and dear to your heart, everything's going to be fine.
    • His video on Donkey Kong Barrel Blast has one about how being a virgin or sexually active doesn’t make you a better or worse person, albeit using whether or not you’ve played ''Donkey Kong Barrel Blast'' instead of directly stating it. It also drops the messages that people should be allowed to do what makes them happy without judgement as long as they aren’t hurting anyone and to be yourself.
    • The Commercial Failure has one about how you shouldn't buy games you're not interested in, and instead only support games you care about instead of buying bad games.
  • Air Quotes: Played with. Instead of the traditional hand gesture, Scott holds up two pieces of paper with giant quotation marks drawn on them, when he mentions the "plot" of Devil's Third.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Borderline Forever, which has Scott attempting to break free from the blue border in all of his videos, ends with Scott allowing himself to be contained by the border for good, with the knowledge that everyone else will be spared by it. Lampshaded by Jerry:
    • In Merry Christmas, Data Design, the gang ends up wasting four months playing through Data Design’s catalog, missing out on the Christmas deadline and the chance to compete with Santa.
  • Alternative Calendar: Parodied. Scott hates the fact that first 23 days of December feel like filler, so he moved them back to a new month he dubbed "Bluth", with each day being its own "holiday" (such as "Why Is Scott Wearing That Hat?" Day and National "Shoot, Delaware's a State!" Day). The last six days of Bluth are simply labeled "Empathy."
  • Ambiguous Situation: Scott may have scoliosis; he's alluded to it before, even outright said he thinks he does at the end of Microconsoles, but it's still not clear.
  • Ambulance Cut: In the Super Smash Bros. Melee | The Best One, Apparently, Scott attempts to do a wavedash, and then the scene cuts to a rushing ambulance.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me:
    • Played for Laughs in To Delay a Game where Scott immediately admits that the story he's about to tell is about himself.
      Scott: This is a story of a brown haired white boy with glasses.
      Scott: Guess who.
    • In History of 3DS Rumors and Leaks, he eventually starts talking about a leak of a Yoshi's New Island-themed 3DS XL being reported by gaming websites, with the general consensus being that the design (bright green covered in polka dots) was horribly ugly... before admitting that he made the picture out of boredom back in high school and that it accidentally went viral after a lazy journalist plucked it off Google without checking if it was real.
  • And the Rest:
    • In Retro Gaming Merchandise, Scott lists the built-in titles on the NES Classic Edition as "Ice Climber and twenty-nine more games".
    • In We Dare (Wii), Scott described the Wii's varied library as "Fortune Street and the rest of them".
    • In Game Compilations Compilation Vol. 2, Scott points out that the first Midway Arcade Treasures has "Klax and more".
  • Animesque: The last third of Anime Games, appropriately enough, has Scott pulled over into an anime fight scene (with explosions, hand beams and giant mechas) against one Dr. Anna May, who attempts to eliminate Scott for his distaste in all things anime.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: His views on finding meaning in life, as explained in History of 3DS Rumors and Leaks:
    Scott (on Critique That Leak): You just have to look...REALLY hard.
  • Apocalypse How: In It's Awesome Baby!, caused when Scott hacks a satellite to broadcast a message about Madden 08 in a world where Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops is the only game, causing everyone to go mad, starting an apocalypse.
  • Appliance Defenestration: The very first episode opens with Scott throwing his box of Wii U out the window. 62 episodes later, in Nintendo Before Video Games, Scott parted ways with an inflatable gator he bought by similar means, although the gator (or at least the box it came in) is on his desk in all episodes since. He also threw his high school diploma out the window in Nintendo Labo | Adventures With the Variety Kit.
  • April Fools' Day: Had one on the subject of Raid: Shadow Legends and how it's usually sponsoring too many people on YouTube. It ends with him being sponsored by Ziploc (a brand of plastic cling wrap) instead.
  • Arc Fatigue: invoked The Wii Shop Channel closed on January 30th, 2019, but The WiiWare Chronicles has the Apocalypse start on the 21st. By the final episode, Scott is clearly annoyed that it hasn't ended yet.
    (JANUARY 25, 2019)
  • Arc Words: "So... tell me where it all began." for the Dark Age of Nintendo Trilogy.
  • Artifact Title: Discussed in Ex-Exclusives with the iOS port of Kinectimals, with Scott wondering why the game is still called that when it doesn’t even use the peripheral the original game’s named after.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Three, Scott's problems with Medieval Games are "constant freezing, frame drops, load times, and sexy characters".
  • Aside Glance:
    • RelaxAlax does this in It’s Awesome Baby! when Scott tells him to relax.
    • Scott does this at the end of Game Show Games after being asked what the second question in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on PlayStation 1 was.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: Scott and his friends does this in Borderline Forever, preparing their weapons before facing off against Brett Favre and his Green Bay Packers army.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: In Microconsoles, Scott looks up the price of the Mad Catz Mojo to order one online and review it, when his phone rings:
    Scott: (picks up phone) Y'ello?
    Questiony Max: Hey, Scott! Your old pal Questiony Max here. (Scott sees the Mojo's price) Who is our lord and saviour?
    Scott: JESUS CHRIST!
  • Astral Finale: Borderline Forever's final act involves Scott and his friends travelling to outer space in a rocket built from shovelware Wii games to defeat the blue border once and for all.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In Wii U: Birth of a Death (Part 1), Scott recounts having audibly gasped upon seeing the Wii U GamePad for the first time. He then asks whether that was from imagining the possibilities or because "ooh, shiny," before answering that question:
Scott: Well, I feel like you're underestimating my comprehension skill- (turns to the jar of pickles on his desk) AW, PICKLES?!
  • Audience-Alienating Era:invoked His Dark Age of Nintendo videos focus on the late days of the Wii U (and, to a lesser extent, the 3DS), which he regards as such. During 2015, Nintendo was essentially forced to support their consoles by themselves due to lack of interest, and was already planning their transition to the Switch. His "big three" of the period (Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, and Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash) all came out within two months of each other.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Just Buy The Game" in The Commercial Failiure, a sappy ballad about how it's important to buy every game as it's partial to it's success... however Scott realises that people should focus on the games they want to play, thus the song changes gears.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: A frequently brought up point when discussing attempts at replacing home consoles.
    • In his video on mobile ports of console games, he points out that, while a nice idea, mobile ports of console games are often too compromised (whether in terms of graphical downgrades or in terms of controls) to be a good substitute for the console versions.
    • Similarly, portable versions of home consoles are held back due to factors such as being too big and bulky (defeating the portability), cost or technical knowledge needed to build them for newer consoles such as the GameCube, or due to how large the cartridges for the NES, SNES, and Genesis are (once again defeating the portablity). They’re made increasingly redundant as time moves on given how the 3DS Virtual Console allows you to download NES and SNES games and the Nintendo Switch flat out allows for home console games on the go.
    • Once again his main criticism against Cloud Gaming. While playing full quality games on any device with no download required sounds cool, Cloud Gaming services generally have crippling issues such as limited libraries, not owning what you buy (meaning if you get banned or the service shuts down you essentially lit the money you paid for any games you bought on fire), needing a fast internet connection constantly (and even then they still play worse than running them on the system), and, in certain cases, redundancy as anyone who has the money to buy a cloud gaming console (such as an NVidea Shield) could easily buy a normal console for a similar price. Not to mention the lack of a necessary download only helps when you have a poor internet connection… in which cases you won’t be able to play cloud games either.
  • Back from the Dead: Chet Shaft and Officer Steel Wool rise from their graves at the end of Memory Cards.
  • Backup Twin: After Wendy's Employee is killed in Memory Cards, his identical brother appears in Speed Dating to take his role in Scott's friend group.
  • Bad Future:
    • Played for Laughs in The WiiWare Chronicles, which imagines a post-apocalyptic world after the Wii Shop Channel closes on January 30th, 2019, where Wii consoles with pre-downloaded WiiWare titles are treasured as highly valuable currency. Inverted at the end of the final episode when everyone realized how dumb it was to think the world was ending because of the Wii Shop closing.
    • Super Mario Galaxy | Ten Years of Bliss opens with Scott looking forward to the year 2027, which is overrun by a Robo Ebola epidemic.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Virtual Boy: I've Seen Better, he sets up his look at the games by saying he's starting with the first year's worth...only for it to abruptly end when he gets to the point that the console didn't even last that long.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
    • From Launch Titles regarding the Nintendo 64's Launch:
      Scott: Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Sure, one is one of the most revolutionary games of all time, and the other is Mario 64, but my God, only two titles?
    • From Game Boy: When Boy Met Game
      Scott: What's shaped like a brick and gives you hours of fun?
      [shows a picture of a brick]
      Scott: [as a picture of a Game Boy is swapped in] It's a close second.
  • Beat Without a "But":
    • Scott's review of the New Super Mario Bros. franchise ends with Scott saying, "All in all, the New Super Mario Brother Series aren't bad games..." then pausing until the end screen comes on.
    • In "E3 2021," after the Square Enix presentation concludes, Scott remarks, "I didn't like it..." and holds his finger out as if he's going to continue the sentence. He just stands there with his finger out for a few seconds before moving on to complain about the presentation.
    • While wrapping up "Plug and Play Games," Scott seems like he's about to compliment the Plug and Play games but doesn't get very far.
    "On the surface, these things may seem like nothing more cheap toys with extremely basic games for children..." [beat] "That sentence was finished long ago."
    • A variation of this trope occurs during his video on Mario Kart: Double Dash!! when he talks about Birdo (who has a very...interesting history) and immediately brings up Toadette a mere second later after mentioning Birdo's name and nothing more.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Scott somehow manages to beat Donkey Kong Barrel Blast without having sex despite the game's final mission specifically stating that Scott has to have sex in order to complete the game.
  • Bait-and-Switch Silhouette: A variant occurring in a few episodes such as Wii Channels and Borderline Forever. Scott would show the silhouette of a console, only to reveal a completely different console's picture, poorly shopped and fitted onto the silhouette. An example from Wii Channels:
    (silhouette of Wii appears)
    Scott: [...] The system with a menu setup and pre-installed software I remember the most fondly, will always be... the Nintendo Switch.
    (a picture of a Nintendo Switch suddenly appears, oriented sideways to fit into the Wii's silhouette)
    • In his episode on Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, he at one point shows a silhouette of the character Toadette, only to announce his exitement that they had added Grover Cleveland into the game, with a picture of the aforementioned president poorly edited over toadette's silhouette.
  • Big Damn Heroes Just as Scott's friends are about to be destroyed by Brett Favre, the latter's ship is barraged by attacks from seemingly nowhere; it turns out to be Vince Young in his Madden 08 spaceship, saving them.
  • Big Damn Movie:
    • It's Awesome Baby! involves Scott going on a journey to save the world from an evil dictator obsessed with Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops. The video is in collaboration with a lot of popular YouTubers as well as some fan-submitted content.
    • Scott edited his Dark Age of Nintendo series together as if it was one, big, hour-and-forty-five-minute long movie.
    • Borderline Forever is a full hour long movie, where Scott finally realizes that he's been haunted by the blue border that surrounds every single one of his videos, and he attempts to break free from it. Along the way, he and his friends ponder the tropes they have been acting out for years, attempt to raise awareness about the blue border, and then travel into space in a desperate bid to defeat it once and for all.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Scott yells one at the end Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Half of a Masterpiece when he sees a billboard that says "Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball exists".
    • Happens during Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo in response to hearing that the titular game exists, after hearing a statement that he was adopted (in which he gave a much more positive response to, instead).
    • Multiple times throughout his Shovelware Variety Hour mini-series, especially in Round Three in response to Data Design Interactive and its games.
    • A really big one in You're Not An RPG Guy, once he discovered that Madden 08 can technically qualify as an RPG because of how broad the term encompasses.
    • Rex Mohs does several of these as he hopelessly loses to Jeb Jab during the Crane Game mini-game from the Mario Party 2 episode.
  • Big "OMG!": Scott does this in Toys to Life after seeing the graphics for the Wii version of Skylanders: Trap Team.
    • In the first part of his Wii U retrospective series, he yells this upon seeing the Wii U port of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, aka the worst version of said game.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Lets one out during Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival | The Dark Age of Nintendo in response to his usual "'But Scott!', you may say!"
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: From the opening of Mario Kart 7 | Burnin' Rubber and Retinas:
    Scott: I have hobbies; I'm only human! I like talking harshly about Mario Kart 7, being somewhat critical of Mario Kart 7, negatively speaking about Mario Kart 7, hiking, f*cking despising Mario Kart 7...
    • In the Console Exclusives video, he sums up the recent Xbox-only game releases with "Halo, Gears of War, Forza" said twice, followed by "Super Lucky's Tale" before repeating the previous phrase one more time.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • At the end of It's Awesome Baby!, Madden 08 is destroyed forever in exchange for a non-Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops obsessed timeline. Subverted when Scott wins a sweepstakes to create any game he wants. He chooses to recreate Madden 08, obviously.
    • In Borderline Forever, Scott fails to rid himself of the Blue Border, but by reassimilating it into himself nobody else has to deal with it, and he now knows how to manage living with the border. As for his friends, Jeb Jab admits to Terry he's not able to be vegan anymore (which the latter accepts) and Target Employee seeks to get a job at Wendy's.
  • Black Comedy Pet Death: Death of a Franchise opens with Scott adopting a pet fly he named Ringo. He had to bury it 20 seconds into the episode after he accidentally swatted it.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • In the first two parts of The Dark Age of Nintendo, he manages to lure in his friends to play bad games through these: the first time, he claims they're playing Gex, the second time, he claims their uncle died. Rex Mohs isn't fooled, but knows Scott just wants him to come over and play games, and the other, Jeb, is still convinced that they're playing Gex even while the game is right in front of him (and also that his uncle has somehow died more than once).
    • When saying that he was a big fan of Wii Chess, he lampshades this by saying that he was also a big fan of lying.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Scott spits out a sizable amount of blood after falling from space at the end of Borderline Forever.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • In Toys to Life, regarding the end of the genre, Scott states, "[Skylanders: Imaginators] sold quite poorly; it was obvious the fad was over... Or was it? ...Yes!"
    • In The Gifts of Gaming, when Terry asks if Rex Mohs genuinely believes he's Jesus Christ, Rex responds with one of these.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: invokedHis biggest critique of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is that "Mega Battles", the game's main selling point, don't work all that well—if one player is giant and the other isn't, the game becomes one-sided, but if both players are giant, then the game isn't really any different from playing normally. He argues that there's no real strategy, since Mega Mushrooms aren't contested or hard to reach, but at the same time, they're not crazy and chaotic enough to make the game a hilariously unbalanced rollercoaster.
  • Book Ends:
    • Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Two both starts and ends with Scott laying in a pile of something. In the beginning, it's shovelware Wii games while at the end it's Duncan Hines food products.
    • Season 4's first and last episodes, Anime Games and You're Not an RPG Guy respectively, both involve Scott talking about interests that he's not a fan of and ultimately coming to accept that it's okay if he's not a fan of them and that other people are welcome to enjoy them.
    • The first episode after the finale of The Dark Age of Nintendo (titled Game Packaging) sets up a subtle Myth Arc with Scott's hatred of shapes. Come Episode 200 (Borderline Forever), and Scott has to deal with his hatred of shapes in the form of The Blue Border itself.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: A Very Madden 08 Christmas sees two people adopting Scott's "Hey all, Scott here!" catchphrase: Terry, one of the vegans, with "Hey Scott, all here," and the police with "Hey all, 911 here."
  • Bottled Cool: Definitive Editions features a fake ad for a brand of bottled water named Water Z EX+, "the cooler, more anti-p*ssy way to stay hydrated!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • From Get Rich Quick!:
      Scott: Woah, "two truths and a lie"? Uhh, I'm white, I'm near sighted and I eat f*cking dogs.
    • From Super Smash Bros. Melee | The Best One, Apparently:
      Scott: Man, look at all the features this thing touts on the back [of the box]! The characters, stages, secrets, trophies, epilepsynote ; this game has it all!
    • In Old Series, New Developer, Scott explains that he never got into the original Sly Cooper trilogy when it first came out because he was too invested in stupid Nintendo games, kindergarten, and "totally not alcoholism."
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Homecoming, Scott discloses that, rather than actually go to his school's homecoming dance, he would stay home and count all of his copies of Premium Rush. At the end, when Scott's forced to abruptly end his homecoming dance, it's discovered that the goodie bags he made only contain Premium Rush.
    • In Game Boy Color: It Just Sorta Happened, Scott says that if Nintendo ever published The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy for the system, he would scream. 5 minutes afterward, while listing the third party offerings on the system published by Nintendo, Scott mentions The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy being among them, causing Scott to hunch over his desk and let out a scream.
    • In Gaming Press Conferences, Scott decides to squeeze in some laughter about Ubisoft's "funny host" four minutes from then into his schedule. Almost exactly four minutes later, after criticizing Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation for its slow pacing, he suddenly lets out a giggle.
    • In The First E3 (1995), one of the articles in The Pause This Frame Times is "Leprosy: Comeback of the Century?" At the end of Console Redesigns, Scott points out how console redesigns can prevent a console from fading away like a fad, "like the Tamagotchi or leprosy."
    • At the end of Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, Jerry expresses his desire to start his own therapy business, calling it the Think Barrel. Borderline Forever reveals that he made this dream into reality, with Scott arranging for an appointment with him there.
    • In the Toys to Life video, Jeb Jab managed to buy thirty acres of farm land (for no reason or purpose) on behalf of Rex Mohs's Waste Chasers business. At the end of the video, after the company was revealed to be a complete scam, Jeb manages to use up all thirty acres of farm land for the sole purpose of keeping the massive waste of "Toys to Life" related stuff.
    • Also in Toys to Life, Scott opens with a bit where he proclaims himself as a god, granting a bunch of “toys” (implied to be of the adult variety) life. This seems to have very little to do with the rest of the episode’s plot until the end, where he reflects on what happened:
      Scott: The Waste Chasers showed me that even the biggest wastes of energy on the planet exist for a reason… to exploit children and give landfills a purpose. Even God has epiphanies!
    • In the Donkey Kong Barrel Blast episode, his review of the game opens with him declaring his intent of defeating the titular cursed game, and "get recognition - a custom mug, at least!" At the end of the video, the curse manifests, it and Scott face off in a big Animesque clash... and it immediately cuts to him at his desk, battered and holding a "World's Best Virgin" mug.
      Scott: I did it.
    • In Sonic & Knuckles | Locked & Loaded, when Scott sees the game gives the choice between two playable characters, he remarks "I hope one of 'em's Jimmy Buffett!" Later, at the end of the video, as he compliments the Genesis era Sonic games and says more people should appreciate them, he makes one concession:
      Scott "But they chose Knuckles over Jimmy Buffett, so I think they were kind of asking for it."
  • Broken Aesop: You're Not an RPG Guy ends with Scott accepting that there is nothing wrong with disliking another game genre (in his case, RPGs) as long as you are respectful of those who like them and aren't afraid to occasionally dip your toes in. This, despite a previous scene where Scott meets God, the latter decrying the existence of RPGs and proclaiming that he had created humanity with an innate instinct to hate RPGs.
  • Broken Record: When covering Gearbox's E3 2021 show, he repeatedly wonders if Homeworld 3 is coming out soon (a gag relating to how random nondescript snippets about the game were spread through the presentation).
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • Of the Out Of Bounds variety in his video about the first E3 conference in 1995, the same video that introduced his knee slap rating scale. Sony's "$299" moment led to Scott slapping his knee at such a rapid, continuous pace that he was noticeably scarred and his knee was bloody. He was up to 14 slaps before the video cut away.
    • The Meaningless Value type shows up in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U | For Here or To Go?, he considers the ability to use the 3DS as a controller in the Wii U version a feature worth a (cough cough) out of 10.
    • Development Hell brings up another Meaningless Value when Scott claims that the general consensus regarding The Last Guardian when it finally released was "eh/10".
    • He brings up how Chibi-Robo! Zip-Lash didn't do well critically with a 59 on Metacritic, and raises the question if it was deserved. He then proceeds to say "no, even zero's too high."
    • Unique to Classic NES Series for Game Boy Advance is the Worth $20 Scale, Scott's means of identifying whether each individual game in the series is worth the $20 you would've paid for them at the time, with the three ratings on the scale being Sure, Eh, and Anti-Sure. His verdict on the worth of Classic NES Series: Pac-Man is so far below Anti-Sure that it reaches off-screen.
  • Brutal Honesty: Who Will Be the Next Sega?note  sees Scott look at the three major video game console companies currently operating, and tries to speculate which of the three is most likely to drop out of the hardware busin-
    Scott: It's Microsoft.
  • Buffy Speak: A pretty recurring staple of the series. For example, his description of the Nintendo Entertainment System boxart header in Game Packaging is, verbatim, "It was red, and, small... (Beat as Scott looks at a piece of paper that says 'Tip of the Day: Explain things better') Like ants."
  • Call-Back:
    • In Console Redesigns, Scott pans the original PlayStation 2 design and says it "fell apart with two swings of a hammer," thinking back to when he pummeled a PS2 with a hammer in Game Consoles That Refused to Die.
    • It's Awesome Baby! has Scott accidentally causing a city wide apocalypse after broadcasting a message about Madden 08. His reaction calls back to the WiiWare Chronicles series, where there's a similar mass hysteria caused by another video game-related subject:
      Scott: Well, looks like the Wii Shop Channel closed early.
    • In It's a Bargain Bin Christmas, Kay Swiss asks why all of Scott's copies of FlingSmash are wet, a reference to the end of Legend of Zelda (NES) | Tales from the Backlog, where Scott wonders why his copy of FlingSmash is always wet.
    • In Nintendo 64: Nintendo's Best Mistake, Scott still heralds Pilotwings 64 as one of the greatest games ever made like he did in Launch Titles.
    • In Memory Cards, Scott mentions that he usually uses a watermelon to make a jack-o-lantern instead of a pumpkin, a nod to the watermelon jack-o-lantern he made in Polybius.
    • Also in Memory Cards, Jeb dresses up as Gex's pirate costume from Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko, a nod to the Dark Age of Nintendo arc wherein he openly expresses his love for Gex.
    • The description of Cross Generation Games is, "Scott finally has a reason to talk about FIFA 14 on the PlayStation 2," calling back to Game Collecting wherein one of the highlights of Scott's collection that he brings up is "FIFA 14 on the PS2, I just like how this exists."
    • Console Launches has two call-backs to season one episodes, both in the form of flashbacks. The first is a flashback to Scott buying the Nintendo Switch at launch while commenting that it was "a weird civil rights rally", references his claim in Mini Consoles Wish List that he attended the Nintendo Switch launch because he thought it was a Black Lives Matter Rally. Likewise, the other flashback shows him waiting outside a Bed, Bath & Beyond for the Xbox One X launch, a nod to the opening gag of Black Friday.
    • In the Personal Trainer: Cooking episode, Scott says, "I'm gonna wear this chef's hat like it's 2027," calling back to the time Scott looked into the year 2027 in Super Mario Galaxy | Ten Years of Bliss.
    • In his Nintendo Switch: Four Years In video, he brings back the wheel from his Instruction Manuals video for a gag involving him deciding which month he should start the recap with. Alongside a lot of joke options (and March 2020), "The L Button" is among one of said joke options, which the wheel landed on previously in the aforementioned video.
      • Also in Four Years In, his island's name in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is "Five Below", referencing the Desert Island Gaming episode where he ended up finding a Five Below in the island he's stranded on at the end of the episode.
      • A little later, he quickly goes over how Empire of Sin went, and brings back his clip from the E3 2019 video of him 'reacting' to the end of the announcement trailer for said game (i.e. shrugging while looking straight at the camera, confused).
    • Scott does a similar joke based upon the aforementioned Empire of Sin reaction gag in the Game Titles video when he reacts to three video game announcements, with each one of their titles becoming less catchy and exciting to exclaim out loud (with Scott bluntly saying "...yeah!" over the last game trailer).
    • Borderline Forever has many references to past episodes, for example, another reference of "The L Button", "Team F*cked" from The WiiWare Chronicles, Scott's bedroom having a sign saying "You're Entering the Mushroom Gorge" from Mario Kart Wii | Motion Sickness, as well as the "No Sex Allowed" sign from Anime Games, a copy of FlingSmash being wet as first mentioned in The Legend of Zelda | Tales from the Backlog, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast "repelling virginity" as first mentioned in Viral Games, even a reference to the blue border shrinking after the intro to A Very Madden 08 Christmas.
    • In the opening of Cloud Gaming, it starts with a message from Future Scott, who is wearing a chef's hat, a reference to Super Mario Galaxy | Ten Years of Bliss, where "(Scott) wears a chef hat, and robo-ebola reigns supreme!"
    • Also from Cloud Gaming, Scott brings up On-Live, and mentions how he tried the free trial and played Saints Row: The Third on his white 2010 MacBook, similar to how he also brought up On-Live in Microconsoles.
    • In Dollar Store Gaming, Scott breaks the Intellivision Flashback miniconsole be got over his knee, similar to when he tried to break the Xbox 360 E over his knee, but this time he manages to break it after a few attempts.
    • In part one of his Wii U retrospective video, he brings back the joke involving people cheering after words were being said from his E3 2019 video.
  • The Cameo:
    • Get Rich Quick! features Indiejacob advertising Scamo.
    • AntDude has a very brief cameo as the Styrofoam Productions CS that Scott prank-called in Nintendo Labo | Adventures with the Variety Kit.
    • It's Awesome Baby! features cameos from AntDude, Indiejacob, Caddicarus, TetraBitGaming and The Completionist, in addition to featuring RelaxAlax as the Dick Vitale-obsessed Big Bad.
    • It's a Bargain Bin Christmas features opening narration by James Rolfe and a brief appearance from Vince Young, former NFL quarterback and the featured athlete on the Madden 08 cover.
    • Speed Dating features Shelby from Girlfriend Reviews acting as a 911 operator. She also pops up at the very end for the speed-dating event, only to be ignored by Scott and his friends.
    • You're Not An RPG Guy: A Scott the Woz Christmas features videogamedunkey as the voice of God.
    • Borderline Forever features countless gaming YouTubers that require a whole list to mention, Jacksfilms as talk show host Hector Andfriends, as well as a reappearance from Vince Young and Brett Favre, cover athlete of Madden 09, as an antagonist. It even has an uncredited cameo from Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall fame among the civilians who became aware of the border.
    • In Toys To Life, the bizarrely young CEO of the Waste Chasers is actually Zak, the Make-A-Wish kid who asked Scott to make an episode on the topic.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Scott begins almost every video with "Hey all, Scott here!" and the ones he doesn't begin the video with have him say it at some point in the video.
    • Scott introduces counterpoints with "'But Scott', you may ask-"
    • He also likes to say "What's up virgins and virgettes?" during his live appearances at conventions and also during It's Awesome Baby!.
    • Jerry has “I F*CKING HATE CIRCLES!”
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: Parodied in "Game Packaging." Scott decides to leave the door open (because "air is fun, and I've been on a good streak lately"), and within a week has several diseases and things that aren't even diseases.
    Scott: I have it all now! Scoliosis, mitosis, bed bugs, bed bats!
  • Caustic Critic: Typically averted with Scott giving each game a fair shake, in his own unique way, but there have been games that pushed Scott to near Angry Video Game Nerd levels of anger and bile. Him slipping into this is usually done to show just how offensively horrible what he is reviewing is.
    • Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash is the most common victim of his hate, being thrown in his toilet en mass and being the subject of the finale of the Dark Side of Nintendo mini-series.
    • The review of Ride To Hell: Retribution sees Scott get steadily angrier and angrier until he's yelling near the end.
    • Parodied with his hatred of Madden 09 which has him loathing it with his heart and soul in spite of it being near identical to his beloved Madden 08.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • His summation of why Chibi Robo: Zip Lash blows is examined more thoroughly in the full review, and his tone of the delivery in the final summation is in a more serious light than it had been previously.
    • In You're Not A RPG Guy, Scott's friends are all trying to get him into RPGs but turn out to not even know what a RPG is: among other things, Terry thinks it's a gun and Dr. Attricks thinks it's a Guinean political party.note  Much later, Scott realizes... that he doesn't really know either. The genre has evolved in so many ways and "RPG elements" are so varied and widespread in the medium that a game's status as a RPG can be very debatable (most notably The Legend of Zelda). He reacts with horror when the game the "RPG Delivery Guy" gives him turns out to be his beloved Madden 08.
    • This is done with, of all things, the blue border that appears in every single one of his videos: Borderline Forever reveals that the Blue Border is a fully fledged villainous character that targets Scott and has been obstructing his peripheral vision for as long as he can remember.
  • Channel Hop: The subject of the episode Ex-Exclusives, regarding games that were originally exclusive to one platform before later being ported to others.
  • Character Development:
    • A Very Madden 08 Christmas revolves around Scott learning to not force Madden 08 on everyone and that different people have different preferences. It's Awesome Baby! starts with Scott singing a musical number about how all Madden games have value (except Madden 09).
    • Lampshaded and then defied at the end of Value Pack Games; Scott realizes that value pack games aren't as bad or worthless as he thought, and then he realizes what he just said, looks up the dictionary definition of "character development", then exclaims, "I mean, hahahahaha, f*ck these things."
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • The Polybius episode begins with Scott carving a watermelon into a jack-o-lantern. At the end of the episode, he uses the jack-o-lantern to trap the spirit of Polybius.
    • Early on in Super Mario Kart | Baby on Board, Scott receives a video message from his future self with an eye patch warning present Scott that he thinks Super Mario Kart is just okay. Later on in the video, we learn that what led to Scott wearing an eye patch was a paddle ball to the eye.
    • Midway through Game Packaging, Scott makes fun of the boxes for DSi games, and claims that he's free to do so because karma doesn't exist. At the end of the episode, he finds out karma *does* in fact exist, and that it has made him sick again because he made fun of the boxes for DSi games.
    • At the beginning of Memory Cards, one of the Halloween costumes Scott considers going as is "somebody who ate a f*cking Wii", but he decides that maybe such a costume would be better for the following year's Halloween. Toward the end, Scott actually eats a Wii to stop a haunting.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Sega Genesis with Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops sat on Scott's desk from the start, and became the focus of Episode 100.
    • invoked Scott's "Madden" sign in The Great Mysteries of Gaming is what saves his life during the climax via the Madden Curse Pop Culture Urban Legend.
    • Scott frequently throws copies of Chibi Robo: Zip Lash in the toilet as a Running Gag. In the episode dedicated to the game, all the copies he's flushed coalesce into a giant monster that threatens to consume him and his friends.
      • In the same episode, the copy of Gex: Enter the Gecko that Rex gives Scott turns out to be the key to defeating the monster at the end.
    • Scott's explanation of the definition of a Role-Playing Game, moreso the fact that the broad definitionnote  means that technically any video game could be considered an RPG, winds up biting him in the ass later on when Jeb shows up while working as an RPG delivery man to give Scott an RPG... and hands over a copy of Madden 08.
    • The first half of Borderline Forever has Scott admit he actually kind of likes the sheer amount of Shovelware on Wii, and says that he's sure he'll find a use for all of them someday. By the third act of the episode, he's built an entire rocket ship out of Wii games.
  • Christmas Episode: Happens every year, and is usually the Season Finale, with the exception of Collector's Editions for Christmas 2018. To note:
    • 2017's A Very Madden 08 Christmas sees Scott's excessive love for the video game Madden 08 putting him at odds with the vegan community at a gathering he was invited to.
    • 2018's Collector's Editions is a regular Scott the Woz episode instead of a finale, with him explaining various forms of video game collector's editions. This was followed up by It's Awesome, Baby!, the actual Season Finale.
    • 2019's It's A Bargain Bin Christmas has Scott attempting to host a charity gala with cheap bargain bin games as prizes to the attendees, after he landed himself into bankruptcy.
    • 2020's You're Not an RPG Guy sees Scott's friends pulling off an intervention on him due to Scott having a major dislike for RPGs, and trying to get him into wanting to play RPGs (even though most of them don't even know what an RPG is). Tons of RPG tropes and elements are explored as Scott explains why he is, as the title puts it, not an RPG guy.
    • 2021's The Gifts of Gaming is a compilation of four Christmas Scott the Woz related topics with a framing story of trying to find who Scott's secret Santa is and Rex Mohs thinking that he's Jesus Christ.
    • The 2022 season finale (even if it came out early 2023) Merry Christmas, Data Design has Scott and friends attempt to compete with Santa at the "Left Pole" (Scott's house) but find the only gifts they have available are Scott's collection of Data Design shovelware.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo features Scott preparing to review the third and final game that came out during Nintendo's Audience-Alienating Erainvoked phase in 2015 (and is also a game that ruined a beloved series he cares for), Mario Party: The Top 100. He then realized that game came out two years later, but then also realizes a trail of toilet water that leads to him encountering the infamous Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash! game that he chucked in the toilet, ages ago. Cue Scott screaming from the top of his lungs, and a Smash Cut to the endslate.
    • Played for laughs in the end of the first part of his Wii U retrospective series, where Scott makes a coma-related analogy about the range of the launch titles for the console- which then leads to a brief Cutaway Gag of a comatose Scott being found by Target Employee and Jeb Jab in Scott's game room.
  • Clip Show: Scott usually ends each year with a "Best Of" compilation video featuring his best/funniest moments of that year (or most recent season in the case of Season 6).
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Scott's incredible leaps in logic often turn out to be spot on. Like how the Madden Curse isn't a quirk of sports performance statistics, but an actual curse that befalls people who wear the word Madden on their chest.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb:
    • The only way Scott can properly introduce Chibi Robo: Zip Lash is with one of these.
      Scott: Chibi Robo: Zip Lash is a stupid f*cking f*ck sh*t f*ck f*ck sh*t.
    • A quick one happens when Scott compares Mario Kart 7's method of unlocking characters with its predecessor, Mario Kart Wii.
      Scott: You kinda want there to be a balance between "f*ck this f*cking sh*t f*ck f*ck" and "this is a little too easy."
    • One from the cops in A Very Madden 08 Christmas, as they bust down the door to the vegans' gathering in an arrest attempt caused by Scott framing the latter.
    • In Wii U: Birth of a Death (Part 1), Scott kicks off the Wii U discussion proper with one of these.
      Scott: Let's talk about Nintendo's F*cking F*ck Sh*t Garbage F*ck F*ck Sh*t!
  • Colorblind Confusion: Scott is colorblind in real life, which is often brought up for comedic purposes, such as when he's discussing the Game Boy Color.
    • And then parodied in Memory Cards, which reveals that Rex has fruit blindness — the inability to see fruit.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Happens frequently with Scott or his friends. Some examples:
    • Gaming Press Conferences opens with Scott attending an unnamed gaming convention event, so excited in his anticipation for the announcements of new games that he mistakes an on-stage We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties prompt and an evacuation order for game titles.
      "But first, they have to show off the game Technical Difficulties: Please Wait, and then after that, they're going to reveal the game There Is a Fire Backstage, Please Exit Immediately. I really hope that's a working title."
    • In You're Not an RPG Guy, Terry tells Rex to shut Scott up using duct tape; instead of taping Scott's lips shut, Rex proceeds to stuff the entire roll of tape into Scott's mouth.
    • The "Super Mario Cereal" video on Scott's Stash sees him describe the history of how the cereal was originally released to coincide with the release of Super Mario Odyssey. At the end of the video, he happily opens the package, takes a bite of the (six years old) cereal, nearly throws up, and blames it on the milk expiring one day ago.
  • Compensating for Something: Scott's alternate title for the Call of Duty franchise is "Hey Guys, My Crotch is Huge, I Swear!"
  • Complaining about Games You Don't Play: Discussed at length in the Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash episode:
    Therapist: So you've barely played this game, and yet you hate it this much?
    Scott: No, I hate it way more than this much.
    Therapist: You can't form an opinion on a game you've barely played. That's unethical! That's why we have HR.
    Scott: So I should play 10 hours of a game I already know I don't like just to have an opinion on it?
    Therapist: Well, if you don't like it, don't play it!
    Scott: But how would I know I don't like it if I don't play it?
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo:
    Scott: I would love to find out what happened to this game in the background, but it'll never make it not totally never not bad.
  • Content Warning: In "Viral Games," Scott gives a warning during the Doki Doki Literature Club! and Baldi's Basics sections for "spoilers and distrubing content" (since he shows Sayori's suicide and Yuri's death) and gives a timestamp for people to skip to if they don't want to watch him discuss the games.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Believe it or not, the always-present backdrop seen in every video is an ever-evolving one. Once in a while, something used in a skit will become a permanent fixture in the backdrop from there on out:
    • The earliest examples would be the mock-VHS case for The Internet and You and the other things that call back to it, such as the rainbow hat sitting on top of some denim (referencing what he wore as the main character of it) and the Genesis with Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby!" College Hoops in it, the latter of which also came from there (albeit in a Nintendo 64 instead).
    • The bottle of Pepto-Bismol was originally used in a gag during Nintendo Switch Presentation where he used it in preparation for holding back any vomit-worthy reactions.
    • The black and white party hat originates from What the Wii U Did Right when Scott is throwing a death party for the console.
    • The goggles sitting on the hat were first used in A Look Back at the 3DS, and are what he referred to as his "Nostalgia Goggles".
    • The Ouya controller became a fixture after the release of Microconsoles.
    • The red headband was used, fittingly enough, in Fitness Games.
    • Scott uses an inflatable alligator as a gag in Nintendo Before Video Games, after which the box for it became a permanent feature on his desk.
    • Scott brings out a tambourine for Wii Music | 10 Years of Terror, and it's promoted to a shelf piece from there.
    • Scott's Madden 08 collection grew to include the Mac, PSP and 08 Collection versions that the gala attendees gave to him at the end of It's a Bargain Bin Christmas; this is one of the few cases where it was made obvious to the viewer.
    • The Xbox shampoo from Game Baths joins the ranks with the party hat and the Pepto-Bismol after said episode.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Half of a Masterpiece, Scott's copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 still has the line he drew on it during The Rarest of Games.
    • In Call of Duty on Wii, Scott still has the same Wii Remote that he broke in The Wii: Underpowered but Underrated.
    • Scott still has the framed Wario World cover art he acquired in The Art of Box Art, as shown in various videos like Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Two and Game Collecting.
    • Both Wii Channels and Wii Chess | It Exists! show the same European Wii U that Scott bought to play We Dare on.
    • In Wii Chess | It Exists!, Scott adds a third right to the list of rights first shown in Pre-Orders.
      1. to pre-order
      2. to live
      3. to have access to e-chess on your computer for free
    • In Borderline Forever, Scott's shelf has fake VHS covers of various other VHS styled bits he's done over the years. The Glover Room from Value Pack Games also makes its return here.
  • Continuity Porn: "Borderline Forever" sneaks in tons of references to past sketches, way too many to individually list here. One of the opening shots alone is a Continuity Cavalcade in and of itself, including the Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy, the hair dryer from Game Collecting, Sonic Jam from The Rarest of Games, the broken Wii Remote from The Wii: Underpowered Yet Underrated, the Captain Marvel shirt from Loot Boxes, the Call of Duty canteen from Collectors' Editions, and Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby!" College Hoops. And it just keeps going from there. A supercut of every Continuity Nod being explained that a fan put together runs for seven and a half minutes.
  • Continuous Decompression: In Borderline Forever, Brett Favre shoots at Scott's rocket ship and creates a hole, which sucks out all the air from the ship until Target Employee throws a Whopper at it and plugs it.
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: The Supreme Leader falls for Jeb's Look Behind You trick, even though he knows that he's lying, because he doesn't want to take any chances.
  • Convenience Store Gift Shopping: It's A Bargain Bin Christmas has Scott giving his friends cheap bargain bin video games for Christmas because he ran out of money. His friends are understandably upset at him.
    Rex: WHAT THE F—K?!
  • Cool Sword: In Borderline Forever, just after Scott and his friends launch to outer space, the bottle of Pepto-Bismol that Scott carries with him spills all over and the liquid freezes, turning the whole thing into an impromptu sword that Scott uses to attack Brett Favre's forces.
  • Courtroom Episode: The Trial follows after The Great Mysteries of Gaming, and has Scott representing his murdered friends (except for Wendy's Employee, who instead took up Jury Duty even though he was also murdered) in trying to sue the murderer. Courtroom Antics ensue.
  • Critical Dissonance: In-universe. In Chibi-Robo Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, he brings up how the titular game didn't do well critically with a 59 on Metacritic, and raises the question if it was deserved. He then proceeds to say "no, even zero's too high."
  • Curse Cut Short: You're Not An RPG Guy has Scott letting out a "WHAT THE FU-" (in reaction to being given Xenoblade Chronicles 1) before Rex tackles him and ties him up.
  • Cutaway Gag: When Scott mentions that Wario Land: Shake It! has great animation, the video immediately cuts to an in-game clip of Wario shaking his rump.
  • Cutting the Knot: The end of The Art of Box Art sees Scott's solution for serial killers: Yelling the word "STOP!"
  • Dancing Bear: invokedOne of his main criticisms of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is, oddly, the fact that it lacks this. The game was clearly intended to make use of the DK Bongos as a control method, similar to the prior Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, but at some point was shifted to use Waggle-based controls instead—the Bongos don't even work as an alternate method. While he feels the game would likely have been mediocre no matter what, if it had used the Bongos, then that would at least have made it unique and interesting to check out, something that definitely isn't the case in the final product.
  • Damned by Faint Praise:
    • His Shovelware Variety Hour videos involve this frequently, including stating that he could play Pizza Delivery Boy "for dozens and dozens of seconds", and referring to Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball as "the best pirate game on our list today" (it's one of two).
    • In New Super Mario Bros. | What's New Is Old, the last thing Scott had to say was that "the New Super Mario Bros. series aren't bad games," followed by a half minute of silence.
    • His quick introduction of Sega for E3 2000:
      Scott: Sega. You know, the company with the name?
    • Scott mentioning how the release of Paper Mario: The Origami King was met with "...reception."
  • Dark Reprise: The ending of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo replaces the usual cheery 8-bit theme song with an intense dark orchestral remix of it, which sets up the next installment of the trilogy, where he reviews none other than Chibi Robo: Zip Lash.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Downplayed. The Funeral is another ensemble episode featuring Scott's friends. But this time, Rex ends up with the most recurring bit, learns An Aesop and even defuses everyone else's issues. In comparison, Scott doesn't have as much going on for him in this video.
  • Death Is Cheap: In the Scott the Woz world, Death (especially in the form of murder) is basically just an ailment you come down with, like the flu.
    • Over the course of The Great Mysteries of Gaming, six people die. Scott tells the audience that they are getting treated for it at the hospital, and will be fine. He's actually right—they're all just fine come It's A Bargain Bin Christmas, with the exception of Chet Shaft, and Officer Steel Wool... The former of which is only a ghost on weekends as a hobby, and both of them come back to life on their own without much fanfare as of Memory Cards.
    • When Wendy's Employee dies in Memory Cards, everyone hardly remarks on it outside of lamenting that they wanted to be the first to die, and the only real protocol being that his brother Target Employee shows up in his stead for the following videos... and his brother discusses Wendy's Employee's status like he's on vacation, rather than anything resembling dead.
  • Deconstruction: Borderline Forever is one of the main characters' attachment to their respective tropes, as following their tropes makes the blue border wider. They're forced to counter it via Character Development and defying their tropes. At the end of the episode, that character development sticks for Jeb Jab and Target Employee, with Jeb downgrading to volunteer vegan and Target Employee looking for a job at Wendy's.
  • Deliberately Monochrome:
    • The old-timey commercial at the start of the The Guy Game episode is black and white, like an old movie reel.
    • The framing skit in When Gimmicks Go Too Far plays like a 1950's B-movie.
      B-Movie!Scott: It's also an honor to be a part of this whole 1950's B-movie shtick. Remember, it's not a phase - it's a lifestyle!
      (cut to a full color Scott at his desk)
      Scott: It was a phase.
    • The cemetery scenes in Gaming Revivals are shot in black and white.
  • Deliberate VHS Quality:
    • In E3 1999, Scott puts up a VHS tape of himself at E3 1999 as a proof that he was there, even though he was only 2 years old at the time. The video ended up being fully grown Scott "reporting" the event, in a VHS filter.
    • Borderline Forever opens with Scott playing a VHS tape of himself providing a tutorial on how to talk about video games for a living.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Scott describes the objective of Doki Doki Literature Club! as "talk to these girls, speak to them, and have conversation."
  • Deserted Island: Played straight and discussed. Scott ended up on one after getting into a freak train crash, with barely any supplies with him, and then the first thing he does is thinking about ordering some games to play, and then passing out from heatstroke. His inner monologue then proceeds to talk about games he'd play if he was stranded on a deserted island.
  • Designated Hero: In-Universe. One his greatest recurrent complaints levied against Ride to Hell: Retribution is just how unlikeable Jake Conway is. Towards the end of his video on the game he’s venomously angry at the game for wanting you root for him despite him killing people at the drop of a hat, torturing people for information repeatedly before killing them anyways, and sexist behavior.
  • Deus ex Machina: At the end of It's Awesome Baby!, Scott managed to restore the timeline... at the cost of having Madden 08 be erased from it as a result... only to then immediately receive a phone call stating he won a contest that allows him to make any video game he wants...
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Scott is unimpressed to learn that four people were murdered because Steel Wool was too shy to admit he killed Chet for money laundering.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: E3 2019 sees Scott successfully filing a patent for his "It looks fine" catchphrase, which he uses often when reacting to E3 showcases.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • In Wii Accessories, Scott comments on the many Wii Remote accessories that connect to the remote's port, saying, "There's never been this many possibilities with just one hole!"
    • After Scott has an emotional breakdown during his RPG intervention and leaves the room, Terry decides to order food from Stale Pretzels, only for Target Employee to keep hounding him to order ribs from there (when he's the only one in the room who wants ribs). This causes Terry to ask if this is how the others sounded when fighting with Scott over his reluctance to play RPGs.
      Jerry Attricks: Depends on how he pronounces "ribs".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Inverted in The Trial.
    Terry: Focus, we gotta reel this [case] in!
    Terry: a fish!
    [everybody cheered and high fived]
  • Double Entendre: Used quite a few times in It's Awesome Baby!, usually when Dick Vitale is mentioned.
    Wendy's Employee: [Dick Vitale's] just the perfect blend of Dick and Vitale.
  • Downer Ending: The WiiWare Chronicles saga as a whole: in the fifth and final episode, the Wii Shop channel closes, and after a brief apocalypse, everyone realizes how stupid the apocalypse was and things calm back down. Meanwhile, Scott ends the video monologuing how upsetting it is that it's now gone... before bluntly admitting it wasn't worth doing five videos about the subject.
  • Dumbass DJ: The DJ Scott hired in Homecoming... isn't especially bright.
    DJ Abstinence: <speaking into a microphone> Hey, I'm just throwing it out there; I called the police, asking them if it was illegal to give beer to kids without asking for their IDs. They're gonna be here in ten minutes.
    Scott: Alright, Homecoming's over. Take your goodie bags.
    <the attendants go through their goodie bags>
    Attendant: This is just a copy of Premium Rush.
    Scott: Get out.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: His earlier videos relied less on his surreal humor (although it's still very much present) and had him speaking in a more subdued and deadpan tone. When his videos became more wacky, Scott became a lot more expressive and eccentric. Notably, his first Scott the Woz video ends on a goodbye rather than a gag. See the “evolution” for yourself. Also Scott's friends played different minor roles until solidifying into their main roles around "The Great Mysteries of Gaming"
    • Scott makes it a rule to avoid directly mentioning the fact that his show is a web series or that he has a YouTube channel. However, several early episodes do not follow this rule, and will suggest the viewer "leave a comment" or something similar.
    • Similarly, Scott also makes it a rule to not reference real world current events that aren't directly related to video games, or using humorous analogies when he doesn't have a choice (both as a rule to keep his videos timeless and because he prefers his show be an escape from reality to his viewers). Early episodes break this rule on occasion though, such as in the first episode where he does a cutaway to the past where he jokes about how funny it would be for Donald Trump to become president, or when he mistakes a Nintendo Switch launch event for a Black Lives Matter rally.
    • Also, in early episodes a lot of the characters' personalities are less defined. This is most notable with Rex Mohs (he was far more unhinged and seemed more like an animal than a human), and Jeb Jab (lacking his now-famous love for Gex).
    • The very first season finale, A Very Madden 08 Christmas, uses an original theme instead of an iteration of the famous "Breakout" theme that the later finales have.
    • The first Shovelware Variety Hour episode doesn't feature Scott ranking each of the featured games from worst to best like the future installments do.
  • Embarrassing Cover Up: From Memory Cards, when Scott reenacts a scene of a parent finding their kid's notes of game passwords and asking what the notes are for:
    Uh, coordinates... For a bomb.
  • End of an Era:
    • The 175th episode is all about Chibi Robo: Zip Lash, and by the end, Scott confidently states he got all his hatred over the game out of his system.note 
    • Borderline Forever, even if it was released a week before the next regular episode of the channel came out, was treated as such, as its the 200th episode in the series (treated as a Big Damn Movie) that wraps up a character arc of Scott hating shapes (as previously mentioned in Game Packaging). It also hosts a MASSIVE collection of call-backs and references to the past 199 episodes as if the 200th episode (which has a special logo shown at the end credits to commemorate it) was it's last.
    • The Season 6 premier "Donkey Kong Barrel Blast | The Curse" marks the end of Scott using "Breakout" from 3D Dot Game Heroes as his outro theme and starting to use his original theme, marked by the episode ending on a rock remix of "Breakout" that transitions into the Scott the Woz theme.
  • Epic Fail: Scott plays Wheel of Fortune on the PS2, and manages to land on "Bankrupt" on his very first turn.
    Vanna White: Too bad. But I guess it could've been worse.
    Scott: Yeah, if I die.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Apparently, as revealed in Borderline Forever, the rest of the world in the Scott the Woz universe doesn't believe Ohio (where Scott is based on) is a real place.
  • Expospeak Gag: Scott pokes fun at the Game Boy's original concept pitch ("a portable game system using interchangeable cartridges and a dot matrix screen") by calling a pair of scissors "a manually operated fiber divider!"
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: The First E3 (1995) opens with Scott playing the role of the paperboy typical of the trope, holding a newspaper that announces the looming E3 2017.
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: The Super Mario Kart episode has Scott being visited by himself 14 minutes from the future, wearing an eyepatch. It turns out that future Scott got the eyepatch from accidentally swatting his eye out with a paddleball. Also, the now-future Scott (which was the regular Scott from 14 minutes ago) is then visited by another Scott from farther into the future, with eyepatches over both of his eyes.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: Parodied. Scott's face is on a carton of almond milk alongside the caption "MISSING — Scott's Ability to Drift Well in Super Mario Kart."
    • Come the Mario Kart: Double Dash episode, the poster on the side of the milk carton is changed with the caption "MISSING — Scott's Ability to Complain About Mario Kart: Double Dash's Drifting."
  • Failed a Spot Check: In Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, Scott decides to dedicate himself to playing the game through and glues his hands to his 2DS...only to realize afterwards that he forgot to insert the actual game first.
  • Fake Longevity: Discussed in Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, on two points:
    • The Destination Wheel, which determines what the next level you will be playing in the world is, even though the levels were clearly designed with a logical order in mind with increasing difficulty and you still have to beat them all anyway. He also points out that you're forced to play a level all over again if you land on one you've already played.
    • The fact that the final boss is locked behind a certain amount of cash. He laments that this was never done anywhere else in the game and since he didn't know he was supposed to be saving coins, he is now forced to backtrack through the rest of the game (and ultimately decides that this is the final straw).
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: invoked Although Scott accidentally uncovered the part of the label on the product itself before the punchline, when talking about Call of Duty: World at War's collector's edition, he makes a point of showing the back of the box. As he does this, his thumb covers up part of a blurb concerning the collectible canteen. As we soon learn, the blurb was a warning that the canteen can't actually be used for consumption.
  • Flashback Cut: Seen in Game Stores, when Scott tries to apply for a job at a game store:
    Chet: You know, we're really looking for somebody who's into all different types of games. Are you that kind of guy?
    Scott: ...
    [cut to scenes from previous episodes with Scott proclaiming that he doesn't care about various game titles and genres]
    Scott: ...I like the Wii.
    Chet: Perfect, you're hired.
  • A Fool for a Client: The Trial sees Scott representing himself and his friends in their case against Steel Wool. When his friends express doubt on him as their lawyer, Scott reasons with this:
    Scott: Guys, I was there throughout the entire thing; I know what happened. And plus, representing yourself in court always works out, like-
    [Footage Missing]
    Scott: And-
    [Footage Missing]
    Scott: And even-
    [Footage REALLY Missing]
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In The Great Mysteries of Gaming:
      • Steel Wool is the only person at the dinner table to not be shocked alongside everyone else about Chet's sudden murder, foreshadowing The Reveal of him being the culprit.
      • Later in the same episode, the glowstick used by Jeb's killer is the same color as Steel Wool's, implicating him further.
    • In Borderline Forever:
      • These lines from the "Stupid Nintendo Games" musical number foreshadows the entire episode's plot and ending:
      If you're down and feeling blue when life crops in around you
      There's a solution for all that pollution pollutin' your brain:
      Stupid Nintendo games!
      • Prior to the show's border becoming the episode's main focus, many of the games Scott talks about also utilize borders. There's the customizable borders for the Super Game Boy; the design of Super Nintendo boxes with game art surrounded by a black border; Yoshi's Story showing what fruit you've eaten in a stage as a border; SNES games converted into Game Boy games having shrunken borders; etc.
    • There's a brief mention of Madden NFL games, specifically stating that Vince Young on the cover of '08 was followed by the disappointment that is Brett Favre on the cover of '09. Brett Favre himself acts in an antagonistic role in the second half.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
    • Since starting his main series, Scott has made nine videos that have nothing to do with video games (Tinder, Stop Smoking!, Get Rich Quick!, As Seen on TV, Homecoming, Chia Pet, The Trial, Speed Dating, and The Funeral). He has also made several videos that aren't even part of the Scott The Woz series at all, and are simply standalone sketches; these are grouped into the "Originals" playlist on his channel.
    • Of the videos connected to previous ones plot-wise, The Trial and The Funeral are the only ones that don't cover video games.
    • Played with Subscription Services. While the video covers some video game streaming services like Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now, the bulk of the video is really the streaming services with movies and TV such as Netflix and Hulu, since that was where the streaming craze began from.
    • The Season 4 finale, You're Not an RPG Guy, doesn't begin with Scott's signature catchphrase, "Hey all, Scott here." Rather, the episode ends with it.
    • Scott usually does musical numbers for holiday-themed and/or milestone episodes, but he breaks this trend by featuring a musical number to end Season 6's final regular episode (The Commercial Failure), making it the first regular episode in the channel's history to feature a musical number.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Lampshaded in The First E3 (1995) with Scott holding up a newspaper titled "The Pause This Frame Times".
  • Frying Pan of Doom:
    • Scott uses a frying pan to swat a copy of Paper Mario: Color Splash he encountered on his desk in The Best Games of All Time.
      Scott: Always keep a frying pan handy, you'll never know when a 7/10 game is gonna strike.
    • Scott himself ends up on the receiving end of one to the head in Virtual Boy: I've Seen Better and Borderline Forever.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": The aptly named The Funeral takes place at Wendy Employee's funeral, where the usual shenanigans ensue as they come to farewell him.
  • Funny Background Event: In his video covering The Bible Game, a person is seen failing a backflip in the background near the end.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • When Gimmicks Go Too Far has Scott as part of a space federation of sorts in a B-movie setting, with the name of said federation being the Fellow Unity of Certified Killers of Bad Astronomic Resistant Ne'er-do-wells, which is lampshaded when Scott considers abbreviating the name.
    • Rated E for Irrelevant starts off with Scott starting his own ratings board for food and all other goods and services, which he calls the Food Eating And Ratings association, or FEAR for short.
    • Mario Party (N64) | Party Hard has Scott calling a helpline to provide him with friends to play Mario Party with. Said service is named the Mario Party Assistance Agency, or the MPAA for short.
    • Lampshaded in Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Three when Scott notices that the subtitle for Calvin Tucker's Redneck: Farm Animals Racing Tournament can be shortened as F.A.R.T.
      Scott: That's funny.
  • Gag Sub: The Animesque scene in Anime Games has Gratuitous Japanese subtitles; as in, they're Google Translated gibberish which has nothing to do with the dialogue that plays along with them. An excerpt (translated back to English):
    Do you think you can enter this into the translation website?
    This is a kanji
    I just typed something like this, so I could have copied the lines word by word.
    But who actually reads it?
  • Game Show Goofballs: The entire plot of Game Show Games is that Scott is trying to learn stuff by playing game show video games so he can do better on a game show he flopped on.
  • Gargle Blaster:
    • The end of Star Fox Zero | Bad Game or Baddest Game? reveals that the alcohol Scott had been drinking was actually rubbing alcohol.
    • In New Super Mario Bros. | What's New Is Old, Scott drinks milk that's been out on the counter for a week, assuming it'd be fine as he hadn't opened it, hence it was "new".
  • Geek: "A carnival performer who bites the heads off live chickens," according to the Jeopardy! NES game that Scott reviewed in Game Show Games.note 
    Scott: I really need to re-evaluate what I am.
  • Get Out!:
    • Said by Scott to his party guests in Homecoming, after the DJ called the cops on him.
    • Also in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival | The Dark Age of Nintendo:
      Scott: But we've played the entirety of what [the game] had to offer!
      Rex: Didn't we forget the Fruit Path game?
      Scott: ...Get the f*ck out of my house.
  • Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: The appropriately named Get Rich Quick! episode has Scott attempt to join a multitude of these after he accidentally bought 20 houses with no money to pay for them.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Scott already censors all severe swear words, but G4 (which airs Scott's show under a TV-14-DLSV banner) bleeps them out even more so the word is harder to make out. Despite that, the G4 airing of "Plug and Play Games" did not censor Scott saying "They weren't the only ones to not give a shit" nor his "Oh, fucking shit" when he finds the dead battery on his Plug and Play game, even though the rest of the episode censored "fuck" and "shit." Even the original upload didn't leave that uncensored, indicating a technical error.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • After Scott finishes playing the top 10 worst reviewed games on Metacritic in The Worst Games of All Time, he expresses hope that those games didn't affect his sanity too much. Cut to Scott letting out an Overly Long Scream.
    • At the end of Console Gaming on the Go, Scott comes to the conclusion that he doesn't want to go inside ever again...only for it to rain. Subverted in that it only convinces Scott to double down.
  • Gone Horribly Right: When working at Games on a Shelf in Game Stores, Scott is told by Chet to lose subtleties and manners and just push the store membership. When the next customer walks towards the register, Scott greets them with this:
    Scott: (cheerily) Join our membership, f*ckhead!
  • Guilt by Association Gag: When Scott and his friends are about to be blasted by Brett Favre for hating Madden 09, Jeb Jab protests that he likes Madden 09.
  • Guilty Pleasure: invokedHis opinion on New Super Mario Bros. 2 is that while it's an incredibly lazy game that does almost nothing to innovate on its predecessors and mostly wastes its potential, it also has a lot of well-designed courses and a very satisfying focus on coin collection that causes him to come back to it, comparing it to junk food.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: At first, Borderline Forever just seems to be another instance of Scott talking about game graphics and box art design, up until he rants about the screen border in Super Mario 3D World's multiplayer, and openly wonders why it refuses to go away. And then he notices the video's own blue border.
  • Halloween Costume Characterization: The costumes everyone wears in Memory Cards mostly reflect (sort of) the things they fear the most. Scott's costume is the front cover of Madden 09, Terry's is "a person" (i.e. himself carrying ground beef, although it helps that Terry is vegan), Wendy's Employee also dresses as himself, Jeb dresses as a pirate (which he says is a Gex costume; the only costume in the episode to not reflect someone's fears), and Rex tapes a mirror onto his face in order to "dress up" as Scott.
  • Halloween Episode: Happens every year.
    • 2017's episode covers the rumors surrounding the fabled Polybius arcade machine.
    • 2018's episode has Scott play Night Trap in a haunted house in an attempt to scare the piss out of himself.
    • 2019's The Great Mysteries of Gaming shows a murder mystery happening in real time while an audio recording of Scott's voice talks about video game rumors and mysteries.
    • In 2020's Memory Cards, Scott invites some of his friends over for a half-pumpkin party, half-Halloween party only for the five of them to have to deal with a haunting.
    • 2021's Gaming Revivals involves Scott making a last ditch effort to pay off his debt to the bank by opening a ghost selling business in a cemetery, eventually resulting in Steel Wool coming back to life and attempting to kill Scott and his friends again.
    • 2022’s It Came from the Nintendo eShop involves Scott being arrested over Rex eating a 3DS he gave him during trick or treating, while looking for the cause of the death of the 3DS and Wii U eShops. He concludes that they died due to people’s ignorance of them, and the revelation unleashes a horde of angry ghosts of doomed eShop games that carry Steel Wool away to Uncertain Doom.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Scott's custom "glorious victory noises" and "scream of defeat" sounds for Wheel of Fortune in Wii Accessories are screams that are exacerbated by the Wii Speak's poor microphone quality.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Downplayed since no one actually got hurt in the end, but it still applies. At the end of Borderline Forever, Scott manages to weaken the Blue Border but he finds out that he can't stop it entirely, and that it'll just get bigger if left alone. He realizes that it needs a host, so he willingly allows himself and only him to be obstructed by the Blue Border, saving everyone else from being affected by it.
  • High-School Dance: Homecoming, as the name implies, is an episode where Scott attempts his best to plan and hold his own homecoming dance, to make up for the underwhelming one he attended 7 years ago in high school.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: His secondary channel, Scott's Stash, features outtakes for several episodes.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Wendy's Employee (and his identical Backup Twin Target Employee) have names that are literally their job descriptions. As the Wendy's Employee introduces himself in The Great Mysteries of Gaming:
    Wendy's Employee: Wendy's Employee, Wendy's Employee.
  • Historical Character Confusion: In Chia Pets, he begins things off with an Abraham Lincoln pet, and...
    Scott: I'm a big fan of Lincoln, couldn't tell a lie, wooden teeth, that Lincoln.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: In You're Not An RPG Guy, Scott's friends chastised him for not liking RPGs by comparing him to Stalin.
    Rex: Stalin f*cking hated RPGs, but loved Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
  • Holiday Episode: Besides all the episodes for Valentine's Day, April Fools', Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas listed on this page, Scott covered the Christian family trivia game The Bible Game for Easter 2018. Hell, in Season 1, he's even done a 4/20 special!
  • Hollywood Restraining Order: "Launch Titles" sees Scott getting one after trying to set up bets on "which pregnant woman will squirt one out first" at a local hospital. His punishment includes staying 50 feet away from any pregnant woman and talking about console launch titles for 14 minutes as community service. At the end of the episode he gets another restraining order for heckling dogs at a local pound.
  • How We Got Here: Downplayed: the final WiiWare Chronicles video explains why Scott's room was wrecked in the fourth installment. As it happens, when word of him owning a Wii full of WiiWare games got out, someone lobbed a grenade into his room, prompting him to flee, leading into the intro of the first installment.
    • The first two Dark Age of Nintendo videos have Scott relaying his experiences with Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash to a therapist, with the events catching up to the present in the Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo.
    • To Delay a Game has Scott realize he should get around to doing the laundry, only to find out the washing machine is broken. While waiting to repair it, he tells the story of a brown-haired white boy - i.e, Scott before realizing he should get around to doing the laundry.
  • Humor Dissonance: invoked Discussed in the 200th episode special Borderline Forever. The episode opens on Scott doing an instructional video on how to be a Video Game Talker, lampshading and deconstructing YouTube Video Game reviewer tropes. One of which is when you are worried that a joke won't land, just throw up yellow text on the screen declaring it to be a "Funny Moment!" and another is to constantly use a humorous tone even without actual comedy, to make escaping criticism easier.
    Scott: You gotta be funny, especially if you're not funny!
  • Humongous Mecha: Two fight in episode 100, It's Awesome Baby, and another two fight in episode 151, Anime Games.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In Midnight Releases, Scott decides against buying snow pants for the midnight launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield due to them not being something he realistically needs, despite him buying, among other things, lots of food rations, an emergency snake bite kit, bug spray, and camouflaged clothes.
    • In Used Games, he goes on a rant about game cases and cartridges that are worn or have been damaged in any way, and to illustrate it, he deliberately damages some game cases.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Any episode that talks about a specific video game/video game series are titled "(insert game name here) | (insert a phrase describing the game)". Examples include: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U | For Here or To Go?, Star Fox Zero | Bad Game or Baddest Game?, and Super Mario Galaxy | Ten Years of Bliss
    • The Dark Age of Nintendo arc videos all have similar subtitles, going from Dark for Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival to Darker for Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash to Darkest for Chibi-Robo: Zip-Lash.
    • Both of the videos covering game compilations are labeled Game Compilations Compilation as if naming a game compilation, complete with the second video being called "Volume 2".
    • The Shovelware Variety Hour series of videos are titled as "Rounds".
  • Idiosyncratic Ratings Scale: Played with; he never sticks to one consistent rating scale (for the sake of comedy). For instance, in Launch Games, he uses a one-to-six rating scale, while in Virtual Boy | I've Seen Better, he rates the games on a scale of one to twelve. The two exceptions are for the two Wii Play videos, both of which see him using a one-to-four rating scale to rate each minigame in Wii Play and Wii Play Motion, and for E3 videos, where he always sticks to a scale of one to five knee slaps to rate press conferences (with a half point determined by a snap).
  • I Knew It!: invoked Shortly after Scott steals Madden 18 from Target, a prerecorded News: The News segment from August 2016 airs, where the news anchor (a then unnamed Jerry Attricks) takes a stab in the dark and reports that Target had its copies of Madden 18 stolen. And then the segment is interrupted by breaking news:
    Jerry: (gleeful) HOLY SH*T, I CALLED IT!
  • Implausible Deniability: In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Half of a Masterpiece, Scott continually convinces himself that Sonic Spinball was just a lucid dream, which he admits - while holding the game's case - gets more difficult to do by the minute.
  • Implied Death Threat: Inverted: in talking about Wonder World Amusement Park for the Shovelware Variety Hour video, Scott highlights the behavior of the carnival's employees:
    Scottnote : But one of the most memorable things about this game is how the employees treat you like sh*t! "Partner, ya have two ways to leave this establishment... immediately or dead-" yep, that's a threat!
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • One of the cops in A Very Madden 08 Christmas is armed with a pair of stapling pliers, instead of a gun like the one his partner uses.
    • Pretty much the entire gang in Borderline Forever uses these when fighting against Brett Favre's forces: Scott wields his frozen Pepto-Bismol sword, Terry uses a pack of carrots as stabbing weapons, Target Employee slaps enemies with his spatula, and Jerry beats foes with his clipboard and pen. Averted with Rex, who instead uses the power of chastity, and Jeb, who just shoots at them with a gun.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun:
    • In Wii Channels, Scott screams in utter excitement at the display theme setting option on the Nintendo Switch's settings menu.
    • Similarly, Game Boy: When Boy Met Game has Scott express how amazing it is that an old Game Boy can "play" newer Game Boy Color games... even though all the Game Boy does is show an error screen. Somewhat justified since Scott was recounting a kindergarten memory.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Near the end of A Very Madden 08 Christmas, right as Scott attempts to turn himself in for stealing all of Target's Madden 18 copies, the police no longer consider it to be a crime due to Madden 28 being recently announced.
    • The end of Game Consoles That Refused to Die sees Scott put the saying "If you can survive the first 13 years of your life, you can survive just about anything" to the test... by plugging in the PS2 he had been smashing with a hammer.
      The PlayStation 2 is having trouble reading the disc. Have you tried anti-pummeling it with a hammer?
    • The bottle of alcohol Scott was drinking in Star Fox Zero | Bad Game or Baddest Game? apparently derives its flavor from how Scott had his thumb placed over the label. The end of the episode reveals he was covering the word "rubbing".
    • The plot twist of The Great Mysteries of Gaming is that Officer Steel Wool had killed Chet because of his money laundering, but he was too shy to admit it. So he decided to kill everyone else.
    • As Scott gets more and more anxious over the Wii Shop Channel closing down in The WiiWare Chronicles V, one of the things he says to himself is, "They should just make death illegal."
    • Most of the humor in The Trial comes from this trope.
      Steel Wool: I think I might have killed some people.
      Liza Lots: Your honor, that wasn't a confirmation. If anything, it makes him less likely to be the killer.
      Judge: That is true. A real killer would remember killing.
    • In Speed Dating, when Terry asks why what is supposedly Scott's blood in a jar yellow, Scott explains that it's because he's colorblind.
    • Kay Swiss shows up to Scott's intervention in You're Not an RPG Guy to essentially accuse Scott of ruining the economy by buying RPGs and not playing them. Essentially, because Scott keeps buying them, that causes game companies to produce more of them because he apparently wants to play them... only for people to wind up not buying them because he keeps complaining about them being made.
  • Inherently Funny Words:
  • Interface Screw: The border in Borderline Forever gets larger whenever Scott and friends adhere to their character tropes too much. When the border is defeated and absorbed by Scott, every scene where Scott isn't present has no border.
  • Interquel:
    • Mario Party 2 | Party Harder takes place during the four years in the video for Mario Party 1 while Scott was thinking of something better to do than throw a party.
    • Following up on that, The Funeral takes place immediately after Mario Party 2, revolving around Wendy's Employee's funeral after his death in Memory Cards.
  • In the Style of: "Just Buy The Game" from The Commercial Failure is done in the style of 80s charity songs like "We Are the World".
  • Is That a Threat?: The Running Gag of the Wii Play video is Scott wondering if the box's variations of "Wii Play. Do You?" is this.
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Scott's main takeaway from the experience he had in Midnight Releases.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: invokedHis breakdown of the New Super Mario Bros series leans heavily on his impression that the games quickly became rather stagnant—while he generally has nothing bad to say about their nature as platformers, complimenting the level design and the occasional new features, he also attacks them for their Strictly Formula nature and lack of advancement—at one point going so far as to switch around footage from the Wii and Wii U versions to show how little the series had evolved. He even extends this to the 3D Land and 3D World games (though he's a lot more positive about those games on the whole), saying that their strong similarities to the New series when previous 3D platformers had mostly charted their own direction made it hard to get excited for them.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The complete compilation video for The Dark Age of Nintendo retroactively makes Scott's therapy session during the Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival part into one of these.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • It takes talking to Wendy's Employee in A Very Madden 08 Christmas for it to sink into Scott's head that framing the vegans for his mass Madden 18 theft was a dick move.
      Scott: ... (cheerfully) Sh*t, I'm an asshole!
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: At one point in Borderline Forever, Scott asks Jerry to knock him out so that he can travel inside his own head and figure out what the deal with the blue border is, while Jerry assists him from the outside by peering into his ear with a flashlight.
  • Jump Scare:
    • In Viral Games Scott discusses them in relation to horror games that achieved viral fame, demonstrating a reaction to one with Slender.
      ''Oh sh*t, it's a white guy!
    • In It's Awesome Baby!, after Scott quietly walks around inside the giant rampaging SEGA Genesis, he turns around and is suddenly assaulted by the Big Bad.
    • His Mario Sports Superstars amiibo Cards opening video on Scott's Stash ends with him suddenly screaming after opening the final pack.
    • Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Three opens with Scott being ambushed by a copy of Space Chimps.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Officer Steel Wool was left in a state of Uncertain Doom after the dinner party, but The Trial confirms his survival. However, he is sentenced to death for the murders and formally executed.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Chet Shaft, unlike all the other people who were treated for murder, stays dead and appears as a ghost in It's A Bargain Bin Christmas.note  What's strange about this is that Chet was seemingly murdered over television. Same with Officer Steel Wool after The Trial, who gets sentenced to death.
    • Speed Dating reveals that Wendy's Employee really did die for real during the events of Memory Cards.
  • Lampshade Wearing: "History of Nintendo Switch (NX) Rumors and Leaks" opens with Scott wearing a lampshade on his head, after attending a so-called "leak party" the night before.
  • Large Ham: Scott's therapist in The Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy loves hamming it up with his dialogue. His voice is so loud that his audio often clips whenever he talks.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: What Scott suggests everyone at the dinner party do in The Great Mysteries of Gaming, after the dinner host was killed.
    "Listen, maybe the murderer isn't one of us. Maybe the murderer is hiding somewhere in the building. We should split up into groups - that way, we can't all get murdered!"
  • Literal Metaphor: In Virtual Boy: I've Seen Better, Scott monologues as Nintendo in 1994-1995, panicking at its competitors releasing brand new consoles and saying, "Throw something at the wall, see what sticks." Cue the Virtual Boy being thrown into a wall, bouncing off of it, and then Scott commenting, "Well, that doesn't."
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Rex reveals in You're Not an RPG Guy that he's been Scott's roommate for nine months... something that Scott only now was informed about.
    Rex: ...I thought you knew.
  • Look Behind You: During It's Awesome Baby!, Jeb pulls one on the Supreme Leader after the latter attempts to execute the guys for knowing too much about the Leader's backstory, plans, and Madden NFL, by saying that Dick Vitale is right behind him. The Supreme Leader knows Jeb is lying, but falls for it anyway because he doesn't want to take any chances.
  • Lured into a Trap: In Borderline Forever, at the space station where the Blue Border resides, Scott and his friends find a cartridge of printer ink lying on the floor, which Scott's friends pick up. By the time Scott realizes that it's a trap, his friends are already captured by the Blue Border.
    Scott: But you took advantage of my group's love for printer ink!

    Tropes M - Z 
  • Madness Mantra: In The Fall and Rise of 2D Gaming, Scott mentions how the success of New Super Mario Bros. Wii caused Nintendo to make another 2D game. And another 2D game. "And another! And another! And another! And another! And another! And another! And another!"
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Happens often. Scott can get his hands bleeding all over or a gunshot wound on his leg and he'd only be slightly irritated.
  • Malaproper: Combined with frequent use of Spoonerism and switching around the order of words in a sentence, it's a trademark of his brand of Surreal Humor.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • He constantly refers to Toadette as Grover Cleveland in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo. This is less out of dislike for the character and more mocking the game's attempt to conceal she was unlockable, despite still showing her very distinct silhouette.
    • He expresses frustration against Grundla Saha, which in his opinion is the most difficult boss in Devil's Third, by constantly calling him names such as "Granola Sandbag".
  • Master of None:
    • Microconsoles makes this conclusion: Microconsoles are supposed to marry mobile and console gaming, but they fail to appeal to mobile gamers because they're less convenient and require a separate device, and they fail to appeal to console gamers because they're too underpowered and most of their titles can be played on something you already own.
    • In The Best Selling Consoles of All Time, he comes to this conclusion regarding why the PlayStation Portable didn't do better commercially: It's supposed to offer home console games on the go, but some of these games were consequently not designed to be played in short bursts like a handheld game. The games that were designed as handheld games felt watered-down compared to the home console entries, not helped by them having been made by B-grade developers instead of the same studios as the home console games. The PSP itself was still underpowered compared to its home counterpart, the PlayStation 2, making it suboptimal for play at home, and it used a disc drive, making it not as easy to play on the go as its competitor, the Nintendo DS.
    • Toys to Life brings this up as to what made the Disney Infinity series, LEGO Dimensions, and even Skylanders: SuperChargers not feel as magical as Spyro's Adventure, SWAP Force, or Trap Team: Disney Infinity advertised a massive crossover between various Disney IPs with playsets and everything, but between most of the initial figures mostly just being from the latest ones and the games' insistence on keeping the playsets "pure", it came across as more of a platform for Disney tie-in games, and by the time they started to make it feel substantial with the third game the toys to life market was already declining. LEGO Dimensions was a traditional LEGO game whose toys to life mechanic utilized LEGO minifigures that you could build which could appeal to people who only cared to collect LEGO sets and didn't want to play the game itself, but the portal gimmick felt clunky to use and the only LEGO Dimensions related thing to come with paper instructions came with the game, meaning you had to open the game up every time you wanted to build any of the other figures, and downloading the data for the post-release figures broke through the illusion fairly quickly. Skylanders: SuperChargers had a gimmick that focused on racing, but at that point it was more cost-effective to simply buy a standalone racing game and a platformer separately, and while it was neat to be able to play with the vehicle toys, it was harder to ignore that it was simply because of using the same technology as the character figures that it worked with the game.
  • Mathematician's Answer:
    • He brought up the debate of whether Mario Kart 64 had controls that stood the test of time or have aged poorly, then answered with a gavel hit and a "Yes".
    • You're Not an RPG Guy has Jerry pulling out Scott's biodata written on a piece of paper. Said bio lists Scott's sex as "no."
    • In Borderline Forever, he responds to someone greeting "Morning!" to him by checking his watch, and exclaiming, "Correct."
  • Medium Awareness: Deconstructed in Borderline Forever. The Blue Border not only exists within canon, but acts as a parasite, obstructing Scott's vision.
  • Metaphorgotten:
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: When he checks his birth certificate, it turns out his full name is Scott Will Eventually Take A Look At The First Mega Man Wozniak. In a twist, whenever his full name comes up on degrees and other paperwork, it's always Scott W.E.T.A.L.A.T.F.M.M. Wozniak, even years after Mega Man (NES) | Growing Pains.
  • Mickey Mousing: Mobile Games on Console has Scott gasping in shock and saying "DAMMIT!" to the first notes of the Super Smash Bros. 64 intro music.
  • Mid-Review Sketch Show: While most Scott The Woz episodes are mostly about the games or other gaming-related phenomena that Scott reviews, some episodes have a much greater focus on an overarching narrative, with plot and other characters besides Scott. This includes the season finales and episodes such as Game Stores, The Great Mysteries of Gaming, Memory Cards, The Commercial Failure, The Dark Age of Nintendo mini-series, and Borderline Forever. Some episodes skip the "review" part entirely in lieu of original sketches, such as Homecoming, The Trial, and Speed Dating.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: In contrast to his recurring Major Injury Underreactions, Borderline Forever sees Scott, after a disastrous therapy session which includes waterboarding and a frying pan to the head, being admitted to a hospital solely because he stubbed his toe after the session.note 
  • Mirror Monologue: The therapist in The Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy reveals that he uses a mirror to "go to therapy". We actually see this happen halfway through the first installment (with him venting out his frustrations over Scott), and in the opening of the second installment in the trilogy (with him giving himself a pep talk in front of his mirror).
  • Mood Whiplash: "Hey, all! Scott here, and you know what I could go for right now, a working kidney! I have three days to live."
  • Motor Mouth: His delivery of jokes and lines is often really quick.
  • Mouth Full of Smokes:
    • Microconsoles shows an entry for "microconsole buyer man" on the dictionary; the entry lists nothing but a photo of Scott with his mouth stuffed with cigarettes.
    • The guy in the Wario hat Scott hires to play Mario Party does this after Scott agrees to the $10 nicotine fee.
  • Musical Episode: The 200th episode Borderline Forever is basically this, as it contains not one, not two, but four numbers in a single episode.
  • Musical Nod: The last musical number (a reprisal of "Stupid Nintendo Games", to be exact) of Borderline Forever has the final seven notes note  take reference from Scott's usual ending theme (which is "Breakout" from 3D Dot Game Heroes).
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    • In E3 1997, Scott states that 1997 "was a year featuring some of the most iconic and greatest games of all time...and Sega was there, too!"
    • The description for Cancelled Games is "Scott takes a look at games that sadly will never come out and Project Giant Robot for Wii U."
    • In Games Compilation Compilation Vol. 2, Scott refers to The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition as "three of the most beloved games of all time and Zelda 2".
    • In Game Packaging, he compares the arrival of a new console to having a new child, "picturing what it'll look on the shelf next to the rest of your children and Sega Saturn."
    • In Virtual Boy: I've Seen Better, before properly talking about the aforementioned Virtual Boy:
    Scott: Nintendo is guilty of creating some of the most beloved and iconic video game platforms of all time. Even though nearly all the PlayStations outsold it, that original NES will forever be more widely recognized as "video game". They have the biggest war chest of the most quintessential characters of all time and ashtray of characters they'll never use again. And the games they make can be masterclasses of design; they appeal to damn near everybody, and most will forever hold the test of time.
    (cut to the Virtual Boy)
    Scott: They also made this f*cking thing.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The end of "Instruction Manuals" has Scott attempting to follow a manual for a game titled "You Should Put Your Fork in the Microwave: The Video Game". A good joke on its own, but it's also a reference to a non-Scott The Woz sketch released a year prior to this episode, "Cookin' Hard".
    • The revelation of Wendy's Employee having a brother named Target Employee calls back to Scott having first met Wendy's Employee at Target in A Very Madden 08 Christmas.
  • Narm Charm: invoked One of the reasons Scott prefers Dead Rising to Dead Rising 4 is because the former presents itself and its protagonist, Frank West, as super serious, but allows you to do ridiculous things and use very silly weapons, leading to an amusing contrast. Since the fourth installment makes Frank a more self-aware wisecracker, Scott believes it loses some of the first game's charm.
  • Nerds Are Virgins:
    • A running gag. For example, he only joined the Vegans Anonymous Group in A Very Madden 08 Christmas because he thought it was a V.A.G. club.
    • His video on Viral Games plays with the trope: the sole point of the video was talking about enough viral video game in order to be labeled a virginnote . But at the end of the video, as he was listing off other viral games in order to put himself over the top, Scott accidentally mentions Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, shooting him severely into the negative Virgin Points rangenote .
    • His video on Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball reveals that prior to February 2019, he used to think the word "breasts" was pronounced "beans".
    • In E3 2018, Scott claimed that the EA Play demo of a mobile game dragged on for so long that he defied virginity, conceived, and had a biological child in the time it took for said demo to finish.
    • Speed Dating ends with Scott getting certified as a virgin.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In Plug and Play Games, Scott recklessly cuts open the package one game was shipped to him in, accidentally cutting a vital wire in half. After a Beat, he claims that it was shipped to him "with the wires pre-cut for some reason".
    • Brought up frequently in Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, where he notes that Nintendo seemed to be pathologically averse to admitting that the franchise was struggling not because the games were inherently bad, but because Nintendo, the distributor, kept persistently screwing up how to market and sell the games — the original was released at the end of a low-selling console's lifespan and got very little advertising, Park Patrol was made Wal-Mart exclusive at the last minute, the remake of the first game and Clean Sweep never made it out of Japaninvoked, and Photo Finder was a gimmicky title that came out at a point when people had lost interest in the 3DS's gimmicks.
  • The New Adventures: Discussed as one of the reasons for why New Super Mario Bros. for the DS isn't looked back upon with the same admiration that the older 2D Mario titles have.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Borderline Forever, Scott and Rex hijack a talk show while the rest of his friends go on streets, to warn people about the blue border obstructing their visions. It wasn't until after the fact that the gang (aside from Scott) realizes that they've only started to see the blue border after Scott mentions its existence to them. Cue a breaking news segment reporting that the entire state of Ohio has become affected by the blue border as well.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Scott’s neighbors are said to constantly scream "Pine Time"note  in It’s Awesome Baby!
    • The "L Button" episode that Scott apparently managed to make 23 minutes out of in Instruction Manuals. He also did something similar a few years later in E3 2000, somehow getting distracted enough to talk about the Nintendo DS stylus for 20 minutes offscreen.
    • E3 1999 has Scott saying that he's legally obligated to warn viewers about the knee slap rating "after the last E3 1999 retrospective incident." There are no E3 1999 episodes before or after this.
    • In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo, Jeb reveals that his uncle somehow managed to die twice prior to Scott contacting him.
    • In Wii Channels, Scott attempts to hack his Wii to be able to connect to the internet, since the WiiConnect24 dedicated online service shut down back in 2013. We don't see what happens in the meantime, but Scott comes back from his attempt with what appears to be blood all over his face.
    • The therapist asks for a death certificate in Speed Dating, because he is "not f*cking a ghost again."
    • An actual figurative "noodle" incident, in this case: in You're Not an RPG Guy, after Target Employee tells Scott, "We just want to fix you!", Scott proclaims that he's already been castrated before.
    • The "How to Talk About Video Games" tape that plays in the beginning of Borderline Forever turns out to have been recorded over a security tape that "proves Scott's innocence".
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Invoked as part of the discussion in False Advertising, as one of the reasons to why false advertising is so prevalent in gaming.
    "It's just sometimes, marketing takes over projects, and a lot of marketers don't care. Their job is to get people interested, and even if it turns out to be over lies, well, that's more publicity for the project!"
  • Notary Nonsense: Scott and Rex appear on a talk show about people that have throats. The host asks him if he's been notarized for having a throat. He hasn't, so he's promptly kicked off the show and considered not to have one.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: From Handheld to Console closes with Scott asking the viewer to imagine him as an ant. While the visuals of Scott as an ant aren't shown, the sounds of explosions and screaming as Scott's smile fades - followed by him wishing he couldn't imagine it - say it all.
  • Not Named in Opening Credits: Will Kanwischer is omitted from the opening credits of "The Gifts of Gaming" as to not spoil Chet Shaft's resurrection.
  • No, You: In The WiiWare Chronicles IV, Scott decides to read from a paper that lists how many of the games spotlighted he didn't care about, which reads "Most of them". However, before we cut to the paper, we can clearly see that Scott wrote "No JonTron YOU sound like a terminal illness".note 
    • Scott hits his former therapist with one in the Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash video.
      Therapist: Listen, can you just get over this trauma so I can enjoy my therapy in peace?
      Scott: No, you need to get over your trauma!
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: In his episode on Nintendo DSiWare, Scott mentions that the service shut down on March 31st, 2017. Cut back to Scott to see his room with a big hole in the wall and fire everywhere. Scott gives a nonchalant "Oh?" as another post-apocalyptic future similar to the one in "The WiiWare Chronicles" series has begun.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The opening music for "It's Awesome Baby!" is accompanied by chants of "Scott the Woz", as revealed in the official upload of the track by composer Nick Karr.
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: Scott ranks E3 press conferences on a scale of one to five knee-slaps, with a flick counting as a half.
  • Once a Season: There are a few Scott staples that usually occur once each season, which Scott counts as a year's worth of episodes:
    • As of Season 4, every season has had exactly one episode based around a Sonic game, usually uploaded in August.note 
    • Every season in March, Scott uploads a video discussing the Nintendo Switch (these videos are usually uploaded on the first week of March, around the time when the Switch was first released on 2017). Other than the first of these videosnote , they all follow incredibly similar formats: yearly retrospective videos in which Scott lists the games that came out within the year, reviews specific games on the list, discusses other Switch news and tidbits, and generally talks about his experiences with the system for the year.
    • Every season except Season 4 has a video covering that year's E3. note  You can also count on at least one video about an older E3 each season, though the first two seasons actually had two of these.
    • At least one non-game related sketch episode.
    • The Season Finale will always be a much longer, higher production values episode than usual (with some of them featuring a musical number), with an actual plot and heavily featuring Scott's friends. Almost every one of them so far has been a Christmas Episode.
    • Every 50 episodes (the first three of them being season finales), Scott adds more physical releases of Madden 08 to his desktop collection.
    • Since Season 2, Scott will have at least one episode/special per season that features a musical number.
  • Once an Episode: The Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy has several gags that are used in all three episodes:
    • Scott calling his friends over for a game night, and Rex rushing as fast as possible to do the door with Scott responding with a sentence that starts with "Did not take you as...", with a response "I'm not, I just..."
    • Scott pretending they're playing Gex, and the TV (or 3DS in the final episode) having a piece of paper with "GEX" written on it taped to it.
    • The line "So...tell me where it all began" being used, mostly by the therapist but it gets subverted several times throughout the series.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • Averted; about two humans named Jim have been seen or heard from in the series - the deceased Reporty Jim in Console Wars and Sweepstakes Winner Announcery Jim in It's Awesome Baby! - as well as two Mikes - Game Fan Mike in The Video Game Walkthrough and Wrong Opiniony Mike in It's Awesome Baby!
    • Defied in Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Two when Scott plays Puppy Luv and names both his character and his dog "Tums" and later on when Scott plays Petz: Crazy Monkeyz and names all three of his monkeys Jim.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, the fact that Scott doesn't say "Hey all, Scott here" until about four minutes in hints at the Sanity Slippage his experience with the game has caused.
    • Scott typically ensues a lot of classic "angry gamer reviewer" tropes so when Ride to Hell: Retribution has him sounding like one by the end you know how much it's trying his patience.
  • Our Product Sucks: Spoofed in Virtual Boy: I've Seen Better, in which he wonders if the product would have sold any better had they tried marketing it with reverse psychology:
    Scott: (August 1995, no units sold) Oh, don't buy the Virtual Boy, you'll f*cking hate it.
    Scott: (December 1995, no units sold) Seriously, don't buy it, it'll kill you.
    Scott: (March 1996, no units sold) For the love of God, don't buy it!
  • Overly Long Name: Scott's full name is Scott "Will Eventually Take a Look at the First Mega Man" Wozniak (working title).
  • Overly Long Scream:
    • Scott lets one out after he played the top 10 worst reviewed games on Metacritic, only stopping while signing a timeshare.
    • He lets out another one (although it's more of a mix between a scream and a groan) at the beginning of Console Gaming on the Go.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: A sizable staple of his humor. Such gems include:
    • In The Worst Games of All Time, when talking about Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta Episode 1, Scott points out, "At least they saw the growing market for cinematic action-adventure games that begin with 'Un'."
    • In The Wii: Underpowered Yet Underrated, Scott refers to the Wii as "everybody's least favorite favorite console".
    • In E3 1997, Scott points out that "great stories generally don't start with, 'The year was 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia.'" Later on in the same episode, he calls the Sega E3 1997 brochure "everybody's favorite brochure from E3 1997".
    • In Super Smash Bros. (N64) | Smash Hit, the Kirby series is referred to as "everybody's favorite pink-tumor-based platformer".
    • The description for Super Mario Galaxy 2 | Derivative Bliss is "Scott takes a look at his least favorite Super Mario Galaxy game!"
    • In Tech Demos, Scott points out that Conker the Squirrel is "definitely at the top of everyone's Top 10 Alcoholic Video Game Squirrels list".
    • In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Return of a Laughing Stock, Scott considers the first Sonic the Hedgehog game to be "the worst first entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series out there".
    • In Collectors Editions, as Scott covers the collector's edition of Saint's Row 2, he calls it "everybody's favorite Grand Theft Auto game until a real Grand Theft Auto game comes out".
    • In Game of the Year Throughout the Years, Scott calls 2016 "[his] favorite garbage year in gaming" and later on calls the Wii U "[his] favorite worst Nintendo console".
    • In Mario Kart 64 | The Original King of Kart, Scott compares the back of Yoshi's head to Warren Harding, "[Scott's] favorite 29th President of the United States". Later on in the same video, he sarcastically expresses anger over Mario Kart 64 excluding "[his] favorite thing to waste so [he] can get a shell or something".
    • In Mario Kart: Super Circuit | Oh Yeah, That One, Scott points out that "unlocking tracks is what some Scotts playing Super Circuit right now would consider a pain."
    • In E3 2019, Scott calls the titular event "[his] favorite E3 of 2019!"
    • In Reboots, Scott says that the price of Super Bomberman R is "something us people who are talking about reboots right now call bullsh*t."
    • In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! | Double Trouble, as Scott goes over the prerelease period of the game, he says that it was "looking to be the greatest Mario Kart: Double Dash!! of all time".
    • In Mario Kart Wii | Motion Sickness, Scott calls Mario Kart Wii "the best Mario Kart for the Wii" and proceeds to lampshade the narrowness of the superlative by adding, "But at that point, it's also the worst."
    • In Wii Play Motion | Eh, Why?, Scott calls the Flutter Fly minigame lame, and then follows it up with, "'But Scott,' you say, 'There's no way a game where you flap a balloon with a leaf named Flutter Fly in a game called Wii Play Motion can be lame!'" The description for the same video reads, "Scott plays the most obscure/most well known sequel to Wii Play."
    • In Call of Duty on Nintendo DS, Call of Duty is referred to as "everybody's favorite best-selling first-person war shooter franchise".
    • Scott calls E3 2000 "one of the worst E3s that could've possibly happened in the year 2000".
    • Scott puts the first Mario Party game at the #1 rank... on the list of Mario Party games he has reviewed, of which there's only the first two games, by the time the episode takes place (he starts playing it in the year 2024).
    • Toward the end of Wii Chess | It Exists!, Scott says, "Introducing Wii Chess, the only chess game on Wii called Wii Chess!"
    • When talking about Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball in Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Three, Scott calls it "the best pirate game on our list today." It's one of the two pirate games he reviews in the episode.
    • During the denouement of Gaming Revivals, Kay Swiss informs Scott, "It's pretty stunning! I've only worked with someone who paid off their debts and bought a house unconsciously twice before."
    • In DSiWare, Scott calls Photo Dojo "the most amazing thing [he's] seen all sentence!"
    • Scott considers Donkey Kong Barrel Blast to be "one of the slowest damn ape racing games [he's] ever played."
  • Painting the Medium: Borderline Forever, which is centered around the blue border on Scott’s videos, has the border constantly shifting in size in during the video, even outright disappearing briefly after Scott defeats it.
  • Paste Eater: Literally; The WiiWare Chronicles V has Scott mistake a jug of glue for a jug of milk.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Quite literally, Scott was tricked into playing Devil's Third because the game was covered by a paper cover of the Wii U game "YUP, IT'S A GOOD GAME".
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Scott opens 2D to 3D by coining a new word to describe "that dimension fever we all have from time to time." The new word is "dimentia."
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • invoked Unsurprisingly, the Madden Curse gets spotlighted towards the end of The Great Mysteries of Gaming, with Scott being surprised how "Madden on your chest could lead to injuries". And when Officer Steel Wool attempts to kill Scott to cover up his crimes, Scott abuses this notion.
    Scott: (while on the ground, fending off a gun) You ever hear of the Madden Curse? (slaps his Madden sign onto Steel Wool's chest, causing him to collapse from foot pain)
    • invoked Scott comes to the conclusion that the infamous arcade title Polybius is one, as the evidence just doesn't add up. Of course, that's before the titular arcade cabinet tries to murder him in the woods.
  • Prank Call: In Nintendo Labo | Adventures with the Variety Kit, Scott prank calls a styrofoam company to mess with them.
    Scott: Hi, yeah, I'd like some packing peanuts, hold the packing.
    [closes phone, holds back laughter]
    Scott: I'm a f*cking maniac!
    Styrofoam Productions CS Center: [nonchalant] ...Well, he sure got me.
  • Precision F-Strike: The original upload of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Return of a Laughing Stock left one instance of him dropping an F-bomb while talking about the Special Stages uncensored. Despite the video quickly being reuploaded to censor said F-bomb, he left the original take on his Scott's Stash channel for all to hear.
    Scott: [The Special Stages] require so much memorization, the fake 3D makes the perspective difficult to judge at times and fuckin' Tails!
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: From Anime Games, as Scott finishes off Dr. Anna May by using his copy of Mighty No. 9:
  • Production Foreshadowing: In Toys to Life, Mario Party 2 can be seen sticking out of Scott's Nintendo 64 in the background. Mario Party 2 would be the subject of the very next episode released.
  • Puff of Logic: At the end of Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Three, Scott declares that whoever contributed to the Wii's shovelware problems by buying these obviously terrible games "should disappear." He then pops out of existence.
  • Punny Name: Several of the characters in the series, such as Dr. Jerry Attricksnote  and lawyer Liza Lotsnote .
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • After mentioning that people in 2013 thought that microconsoles had a chance to succeed, Scott goes off an almost two minute long rant about how stupid they are, wrapping up by voicing his concerns that he may have scoliosis (and yes, he's still yelling when he does this).
    • He goes on similar rants at the end of Third Party Controllers and Pre-Orders about those videos' respective subjects.
    • Scott becomes so angry at Mario Kart 8's lackluster Battle Mode that he swings a hammer at the shelf on his desk, breaking it apart.
    • As for the other characters, Rex becomes increasingly frustrated at Mario Tennis Ultra Smash's modes that lack the Mega Mushroom feature. He loses it once Scott gets to review the Classic Mode (i.e. basically just regular tennis).
      Rex: Alright, you know what? That's the last f*cking straw, alright? I don't f*cking need this, ALRIGHT?! F*CK YOU, F*CK THIS, AND F*CK TENNIS!!
  • Rage Quit: In Chibi-Robo Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, Scott officially gives up on the game when he discovers he doesn't have anywhere near enough coins to unlock the final boss. After all the game has put him through, and partly because he was frustrated there was no hinting that he would need to save up the coins, he concludes the best course of action is to just watch the end of the game on YouTube.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Absolutely. Game Show Games in particular averages a joke every five seconds, in a video that is 12 minutes long.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Said by the therapist in the Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash episode, after learning that said game is only the second out of three bad Nintendo games from 2015 that ruined Scott's mental state.
  • A Rare Sentence: A major source of comedy in his videos.
    • In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! | Double Trouble: "How many sentences start with 'I bought NBA Live 04 because of the Mario Kart bonus disc!'?"
    • In Game Packaging, in regards to the sentence, "I mean, the PlayStation box art sort of ripped off the original Game Boy box art," Scott adds the first tally to a "How Many Times Somebody Has Said This" chart.
    • In The WiiWare Chronicles II regarding Muscle March: "I'm part of a band of greased-up muscle freaks trying to regain their protein powder, and that's only the third time I've said that today."
    • In Shovelware Variety Hour: Round Two: "I'm sure you've heard this today already, but I have to reiterate it: Smurf Dance Party's main problem is a lack of content."
    • In Retro Gaming Merchandise, regarding Scott's disappointment with the My Arcade mini cabinets: "Now, I'm sure somebody must be saying, 'Well, Scott, that's just Pac-Man. You should try Karate Champ!' [beat] Who the f*ck said that?!"
    • In Wii Play Motion | Eh, Why?: "There's not much to Pose Mii Plus. I didn't think I'd say that today."
    • In The Video Game Walkthrough: "The Strategy Guide is the thesaurus of video games!" Cut to Scott with a mostly-filled tally chart saying, "I have said that so many times today."
    • In Game Boy: When Boy Met Game: "Mole Mania debuted on the Game Boy, that's something you hear everyday."
    • In Gamecube Was Best:
      Scott: The Gamecube's like Van Gogh — it really started to get recognition after its death. And the PS2 and original Xbox are moreso like... Pogs — popular at the time, not as loved these days.
      Offscreen voice: (fanfare plays) CONGRATULATIONS! That was the first use of that analogy ever!
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • It's blatantly clear in hindsight that the reason why Scott's house burned down at the end of Game Compilations Compilation was because he was moving. Ditto the "Scott gets repossessed" arc that spanned from Mobile Games on Console to Gaming Revivals.
    • The sole point of The WiiWare Chronicles was to go over as many WiiWare games as possible before the Wii Shop Channel closed on January 30th, 2019. Part 2 in particular had a brief tangent about the ability to add Wii Shop Points being removed not too long before the video was posted.
    • Limited Edition Consoles sees Scott being sick during the duration. In reality, Scott was in fact sick at the time of that particular episode being done.
    • Shortly before the characters enter the sewer in Chibi Robo: Zip Lash, Rex runs away, and does not appear again until after Jeb and Dr. Attricks are attacked by the Anti-Gex. Rex explains that he left to get a corn dog, but the real life reason is that they needed somebody to hold the camera in the scenes following Rex's departure, and therefore needed one of the actors to be off screen for a while.
    • The commentary for Great Mysteries of Gaming confirms several examples of this. Originally, the person inviting everyone to dinner was a new character, but the actor who was supposed to play him wasn't available. So then Chet Shaft took his place - but the actor who played him also wasn't available that day. As a result, Chet Shaft appears on a television rather than in-person. Oh yeah, and at one point the episode was going to take place on a train, but this was scrapped because of difficulty finding a suitable location to film.
    • Downplayed with Merry Christmas, Data Design!, which ends with Scott and the gang missing out on their deadline to deliver Christmas presents. In reality, Scott managed to miss out on uploading the holiday special on time, something that he wasn't intending on doing at all.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: Apparently talking about the same game twice causes the space-time continuum to "give up", as seen in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | Newton's Worst Nightmare Again.
  • Real Joke Name: The host of the talk show "Throats for Thought" that Scott and friends attempt to hijack in Borderline Forever is named Hector Andfriends. He opens his show with, "That's not the name of the show, this is my name, dammit!"
  • Refuge in Audacity: invoked Due to coming into some pretty bad financial trouble in It's a Bargain Bin Christmas, to the point where he risked having the bank repossess his stuff, Scott managed to work out a deal with the bank's bankruptcy patrolman, Kay Swiss: 50 hours of charity work, and his debt is settled. Eventually, Scott happens upon the idea of having a charity dinner for "The Foundation for Recent Murderees"... except he needed to fund it. His initial plan?
    Kay Swiss: What the f*ck is wrong with you?!
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Starting in Season 6, the track "Breakout" from 3D Dot Game Heroes that was previously used in the end card of most Scott the Woz episodes (as well as becoming a Leitmotif for the show, often remixed or otherwise referenced in compositions made for the show prior) was replaced with an original end theme made especially for the show, fittingly titled "Break In".
  • Replacement Goldfish: Played for Laughs in Chia Pet where Scott replaces his dead Chia Pets no less than three times.
    Scott: What better way to mourn the loss of a loved one than to fully replace them?
  • The Reveal: Not only does Chibi-Robo Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo reveal that Scott's therapist and the news anchor from A Very Madden 08 Christmas are the same character, but at the end, he reveals his name is Dr. Jerry Attricks.
  • Review Ironic Echo: From his review of Ride to Hell: Retribution, on the episode "The Worst Games of All Time".
    Game dialogue: "You look like shit, Jake."
    Scott: Thank God this game is self-aware, now I don't need to comment on how the visuals look like if arthritis could code.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Scott highlights the problem with Microsoft/Bethesda's E3 2021 showcase not having gameplay previews to back up their new titles announcements, asking, "Raise your hand if you remember the name of the new game by Avalanche announced in this press conference." Cue someone raising their hand right in front of Scott, much to his dismay.
    Scott: Come on, I was trying to make a point!
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: While he soon takes to Google to find out the full scope, the key sign for Scott that the timeline was altered in It's Awesome Baby! was all of his copies of Madden 08 turning into copies of Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops.
    Scott: All my copies of Madden 08 have been Vitale'd.
  • Ripple-Proof Memory: While reviewing Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby" College Hoops Scott suddenly finds himself in an alternate timeline where the only sports game that exists is Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby" College Hoops. Turns out that the episode's villain tampered with the timeline and Scott, being the only person in the world playing the game at the time, is the only one who remembers a world with Madden.
  • Rousing Speech: Parodied; Scott convinces his friends to go to space and deal with the blue border in Borderline Forever with a song all about how they've got nothing else to do otherwise. The gang bluntly agrees to help Scott anyway after the song ends.
  • Running Gag:
    • Scott's obsession with Madden 08, the last game ever released for the Nintendo GameCube, and equally unexplained and extreme hatred of Madden 09.
    • Scott also likes to make potshots at Wii Music and Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash; the latter is frequently subjected to being thrown into his toilet.
    • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast has also become this as of recent, as it constantly makes appearances in his videos, sometimes in the context of getting laid, but most of the time for no particular reason. It's also been joined by FlingSmash in a similar capacity and Wario: Master of Disguise to a lesser extent.
    • Scott's copies of FlingSmash somehow always ending up getting wet.
    • Scott misspelling his own name when entering it in a game, usually as Scitt or Scatt.
    • Scott buying or obtaining way too much of random objects from Super Smash Bros. Melee to cake mix to houses.
    • Scott's palms suddenly bleeding and his underreaction to it.
    • Most of the time cards used throughout Scott's videos are usually played off with the final five notes of the original Thomas & Friends theme song (this has been reduced to the final three/four notes in most recent usages of the time cards).
    • Scott's complicated relationship with his virginity: the full range from being ashamed, being in denial, being proud and even trying to get officially declared a virgin. He manages to get certified at the end of Speed Dating.
    • Scott evading his taxes.
    • Whenever the PC was brought up, Scott always brought attention to the fact that he only owned a Mac computer. Even after buying a PC, Scott still brings attention to his preference in favor of using his Mac computer.
    • Scott's bizarre ratings scales for various things, such as his 5 kneeslap rating scale for E3 press conference, and the "Piss-o-meter" for measuring how close he is to pissing himself.
    • Speaking of E3, Scott often says "It looks fine," in response to E3 game showcases that he doesn't really care about, to the point where he got himself a patent for the "It looks fine" phrase in the E3 2019 episode.
    • Any time Scott brings up ailments, scoliosis and bed bugs are the two most likely candidates to be mentioned. Mentions of scoliosis are most prevalent in the first season, but it's been brought up as recently as Game Packaging.
    • Scott finding something out, and responding with a simple "...huh."
    • Unusual age rating descriptions such as "Hitler Sh*t" for Call of Duty: World at War from Call of Duty on Wii, "Ethan ass" from Heavy Rain | Interactive? Drama?, and "Hahahahahahahahaha oh wait Nintendo you're actually releasing this?" for Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash from Shovelware Variety Hour.
    • Whenever Scott talks on the phone, instead of lifting the phone off its cradle he will always pick up the entire device including the base, and talk to the underside of it instead of the actual phone.
    • Scott denying the existence of Sonic Spinball during the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 episode.
    • Throughout Demo Discs, whenever Scott mentions Pizza Hut he goes on a brief tangent saying, "You know Pizza Hut," followed by a slogan for something other than Pizza Hut.
    • Console Gaming on the Go constantly sees Scott going outside to try out hardware that allows to play console games portably, only for him to reluctantly go back inside anyway because he has to plug the hardware in or the screen isn't bright enough against outdoor sunlight.
    • Scott constantly being freaked out at the clock on a console's hub menu in Wii Channels.
    • Everyone being an overly huge fan of the economy in You're Not an RPG Guy, high fiving each other and cheering loudly at the mere mention of it.
      Rex: God, I want to f*ck the economy.
    • Scott refusing to mention the COVID-19 Pandemic by name when discussing the issues that Nintendo and other game companies run into throughout 2020 in Nintendo Switch: Four Years In; instead, he refers to the pandemic with names of various skin diseases such as lupus and dermatitis.
    • Scott turning to the camera and making a shocked o-face while the camera quickly zooms in on him.
    • Scott prefacing a word with "anti-" to describe the opposite thing happening instead of using any known antonyms.
    • Scott using Luigi and Wario in strange contexts. For example he mistakes a bottle of bleach for a Wario game and claims he's forced to play bad games by Nintendo as he need to play most Luigi-based products.
    • Rex Mohs squirting a bottle of mustard onto the table in Board Game Video Games.
  • Running Gagged: In a sense: Mario Tennis Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo ends with Scott realizing he has to talk about Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash by pulling it out of his toilet in horror.
    • Super Mario Kart | Baby on Board began a running gag of Scott complaining about the controls in Mario Kart games, only for that to come to a close in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! | Double Trouble, complete with a change of "MISSING" poster.
    • In Cloud Gaming, Scott repeatedly does a Spit Take every time he mentions Google Stadia (*spits*) by name. After doing that multiple times, he finally cuts it out by saying "I ran out of fluids".
  • Scooby Stack: Parodied in The Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy where whenever Jeb Jab arrives he leans in the doorway much higher up than he should logically be. Only Rex Mohs seems to notice anything is off about it.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: A lot of Scott's videos are discussions of some of the more mundane aspects of video games that you wouldn't think would warrant much discussion, such as game packaging and memory cards.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Invoked in Subscription Services:
    Scott: Netflix is amazing!
    Scott: Netflix is okay!
  • Self-Deprecation: Scott laments about the borders that can't be turned off in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection by comparing it directly to the blue border he uses in every episode of his.
    • Scott admits that he played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a Mac — cut to a scene of Scott doing a little jig before a text appears, stating "I'm Irrelevant".
    • Borderline Forever has a lot of fun with this. The video opens with "How To Talk About Video Games", a tutorial VHS lampooning every standard trope of the genre. Not only Scott uses quite a few of them himself, a good half of the reviewer sphere are seen actively taking notes (including James Rolfe, who is the Trope Maker for the vast majority of them). A later plot point of the video is that Scott's blue border starts acting up whenever he or his friends push their respective one-note running gags too hard.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Scott's commentary reveals that for the sake of getting gameplay footage for Mario Party, he had to play all 3 players simultaneously, hence all the gags with only one of them bothering to play the minigames.
  • Serial Escalation: So far, every season finale has been much bigger than the last.
    • A Very Madden 08 Christmas was just a simple, goofy Christmas skit that wasn't much longer than any of Scott's other episodes.
    • It's Awesome Baby! had a much more ambitious plot about alternate universes and included musical numbers, art-style shifts, and an giant robot fight between two video games.
    • While not as ambitious as the previous Christmas special, It's A Bargain Bin Christmas included two of the biggest cameos in any Scott The Woz episode, and ended with an actual change to the status quo, being Scott selling his desk and getting a new, albeit broken, one.
    • The Dark Age of Nintendo trilogy uses this trope and runs with it, with each sketch subplot becoming more and more absurd as each video goes on.
    • The 200th episode special Borderline Forever is an hour-long movie that not only sees call-backs and deconstructions of all tropes and running gags in the Scott The Woz series up to this point, but features countless YouTuber cameos, four musical numbers, and a story of Scott and friends attempting to defeat the blue border once and for all, traveling to space and fighting powerful foes along the way. It's not a season finale, but it might as well be.
    • The Gifts of Gaming isn't as grand in story scale but is a half hour long compilation of four holiday themed episodes with a framing device.
    • Zig-zagged with Merry Christmas, Data Design!, due to the penultimate episode of that season having a grandiose musical number at the end, while the season finale does not feature any musical numbers at all. To make up for it, it is a holiday-themed Spiritual Successor to the Wii Shovelware Variety Hour series of videos thats dedicated to Data Design, one of the biggest shovelware game developers in gaming history.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • Scott's attempt to work on a video game in Development Hell has him start work, meet with disaster, have to explain himself, and then the cycle repeats. Once he finally submits his game to the publisher, he finds out that he wasn't even supposed to make a game. What Scott was making was supposed to be a Snickers bar.
    • Midnight Releases sees Scott pre-ordering the digital version of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, only to fall victim to Gamestop's early 9:00pm release for the physical version of Jedi: Fallen Order; it's because of feeling unsatisfied with this purchase that Scott opts to do the midnight launch for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Scott's journey at experiencing a midnight launch for that results in him wasting his time waiting outside of Best Buy (which wasn't doing a midnight launch), finding himself unable to do Gamestop's midnight launch due to not having pre-ordered the game beforehand, buying Pokémon Shield at Walmart around 1:03am, and once he finally gets home at 1:30am and starts playing (specifically, we see him load up the digital version of Pokemon Sword, implying he already pre-ordered that):
      Scott: (zoned out on the couch with a controller) ...wait, I don't even like Pokémon...
      (cut to Scott at his desk)
      Scott: (cheerful) And that's what you call wasting $240 dollars and four hours on two games I didn't really care about!
    • In Game Boy Color: It Just Sorta Happened, Scott tries to figure out whether the Game Boy Color was its own system or an upgrade of the original Game Boy. Scott's final verdict is that it was an excuse for him to waste seventeen minutes.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • In To Milk a Franchise, he said that "what once was as consistent as Mega Man became as consistent asinvoked Mega Man."
    • His introduction of Devil's Third pondered "But how does something so bad... become so bad?"
    • In The Best Selling Games of All Time, he points out that "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, also known as 'Scott's Favorite Grand Theft Auto,' is my favorite Grand Theft Auto."
    • Scott accidentally reveals his blood type on a piece of paper in Cancelled Games. His blood type is "blood".
    • In History of Nintendo 3DS Rumors and Leaks, Scott calls the 3DS "a monumental leap forward for all things called 3DS".
    • In Old Series, New Developer, Scott explains that the primary function of the first Luigi's Mansion game as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube was "to show off just how graphically impressive a Luigi's Mansion could be."
    • In Super Mario 3D Land | 3D in 3D, Scott calls 3D Mario "a staple of 3D Mario games."
    • In E3 2001, Scott explains, "E3 2001 occured from May 17th to the 19th in 2001 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as any E3 2001 would."
    • In Nintendo GameCube: Shaping a Generation, Scot refers to the Nintendo GameCube as "Nintendo's first foray into the GameCube market."
    • It's a running gag in his Mario Kart retrospectives. Aside from Double Dash!!, the series doesn't exactly reinvent itself often, which isn't bad considering the core gameplay is really strong (he does hold against Mario Kart 8 that the antigravity gimmick doesn't really change anything gameplay-wise, besides wackier track design). But it does make for some funny reactions.
      Scott: Well, let's hop into the first cup. And... IT'S F***ING MARIO KART AGAIN!
  • Skewed Priorities: After Scott realizes his PS2 doesn't work anymore (after pummeling it with a hammer), his reaction?
    • God's priorities also seem to be skewed, from punishing Scott for daring to play console games outdoors to having created humans to not like RPGs.
  • Sick Episode:
    • Limited Edition Consoles saw Scott trying to recuperate from having come down with mild congestion throughout the video, and at the end he got a note from his doctor saying that without treatment, Scott's going to die in 60 to 70 years.
    • The setup for "Game Packaging" is that Scott leaves his door open for a week and comes down with various diseases, allowing him to analyze game packaging as he heals. The end of the episode reveals that talking about game packaging cured him through the power of karma... but he gets sick again because karma hates that he talked shit on the DSi boxes.
  • Single Tear: Played straight and lampshaded in False Advertising, with Scott ordering a "single tear" choice from the Menu of Disappointment when talking about how Super Mario Galaxy, his favorite game of all time, still falls a bit short of how it was advertised.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Scott, Jeb Jab and Rex Mohs collectively have the Hard CPU Donkey Kong as an enemy in the Mario Party episodes with them thinking he's some kind of diabolical mastermind when in reality they mostly lose due to their infighting and incompetence. Also counts as Enmity with an Object.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible: In-Universe. This is Scott's general thoughts on the Data Design Interactive games due to their games being mostly the exact same (right down to the menus and the back of the box having the same template), having an awful lack of content, poor controls, awful camera and unresponsive attack buttons. In the first Shovelware Variety Hour, he only completed one of them, and the game didn't have an actual ending.
    "I can't really think of more deserving games to be the worst of all time. I don't think I consider them my least favorite, I mean I had no expectations for them. But I think in general they have to be some of the worst things ever conceived."
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Extreme swear words are always bleeped out of each video.
  • Speed Dating: The premise of the episode aptly titled "Speed Dating". Scott and the boys host a speed dating event in honor of Wendy's Employee and to help Scott get over his virginity, but since no one's shown up, they end up speed dating with each other, with hilarious results.
  • Spit Take:
    • Often lampshaded whenever it happens. An example from "Physical vs. Digital Games":
      Scott: Now if you'll excuse me, before I reenact what checking the prices of PlayStation Now was like back in 2015, I need to take a hearty gulp out of my hourly bottle of water.
      [Scott notices the price of rent for Final Fantasy XIII-2 and spits out the water]
      Scott: God, that's such tart water! And what gross prices!
    • Made into a Running Gag in "Cloud Gaming", in which Scott spits out some water whenever Google Stadia's name is mentioned, until he can't do it anymore because he "ran out of fluids".
  • Spoof Aesop:
    • The grand conclusion of The Dark Age of Nintendo series:
      So what if somebody likes a game I dislike? It doesn't matter! They're wrong anyways!
    • Scott's main takeaway from the events of Memory Cards:
      What a pumpkin means to those guys, memory cards mean to me! They're just such fun little experiences to have, with or without possession, and that's how you know you truly care about something...if you don't need possession to enjoy it.
    • Zig-zagged: The main takeaways Scott gets from the events of "You're Not an RPG Guy" are that it's perfectly okay that he's not an RPG guy, as that's just his own opinion (and that he at least likes some RPGs) and he shouldn't have to force himself to be something he isn't... and that sharks are just sexy fish at the end of the day.
  • Spoonerism: Discussed in Shovelware Variety Hour
    Hunting games are all over the place but Buck Fever is the only one that has a funny title if you swap the first letters of Buck and Fever.
  • Start X to Stop X: In Stop Smoking!, Scott decided that the best way to stop smoking is to start smoking himself.
  • Story Arc:
    • Of course, there were the WiiWare Chronicles, Shovelware Variety Hour and Dark Age of Nintendo arcs. There was also an arc revolving around Chet Shaft, starting with his introduction in Game Stores, followed by The Great Mysteries of Gaming with his death at the hands of Officer Steel Wool, and leading up to The Trial where the arc was for the most part resolved until he and Steel Wool rise from their graves at the end of Memory Cards.
    • Mobile Games on Console began a seven episode arc involving Scott's belongings getting repossessed by the bank, eventually culminating in Gaming Revivals with a battle against a freshly revived Steel Wool and Scott using his own resurrection technique to restablize his finances while also buying himself a new house in the process.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Scott spends a chunk of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo talking about how the "you can randomly become a giant" feature doesn't really work as a selling point. When Scott invites Rex Mohs over to play, he announces that he despises tennis games and would never want to play them, unless they were to add a feature where the players can turn into giants.
  • Straw Vegetarian: A Very Madden 08 Christmas has Scott being invited to the third annual Vegans Anonymous Gathering, a convention/cult meeting of vegans during the holiday season. Said vegans aren't too happy when they discover that Scott has brought milk strapped onto his person to the gathering. They also later talk about the joys of consuming vegan bread and coffee.
    Terry: [commenting on Scott having a jug of milk taped on his clothes] To me, you're basically wearing a racial slur on a shirt.
  • Stylistic Suck: The The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review ends with Scott starting a new channel "Scott Hates Breath of the Wild," complete with poorly-done greenscreening, a shaky voiceover, and fairly awkward acting distinctive of amateur YouTubers from back in the day. The video and channel actually exist too.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In The Bible Game, Scott sings a song at the end of the video. The rest of the song rhymes, but Scott gives this line near the start:
    Regardless of faith, you gotta admit
    This game right here is pretty sick
  • Sudden Soundtrack Stop: In Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo when the Anti-Gex explodes, the swelling and triumphant orchestral music abruptly stops to accompany the Anticlimax.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Done twice in the Dark Age of Nintendo arc:
    • The first time, in the Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash part of the trilogy, Scott calls Rex and Jeb to inform them that their uncles died. When Jeb asks if it's Gex night again, Scott decides that that's easier than trying to explain how Jeb's uncle died for the third time.
    • The second time, in the Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash part, Dr. Jerry Attricks's diagnosis of Scott's problem with the game, that it's so good that Scott feels inadequate in its presence, leads Scott to respond with a simple, "...Sure."
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In Gaming on a Budget, Scott quickly realizes that homelessness isn't as nice as he thinks it is.
      Scott: I should be in poverty!
      Cut to Scott squatting in an attic
      Scott: This blows!
    • In The Worst Games of All Time, Scott assumes that the creation of the worst games of all time is the work of someone called Mr. Scoliosis. Once Scott finds him, however...
      Scott: Yeah, it turns out those games were bad due to mismanagement and not because of a guy with a curved spine.
    • In the Dark Age of Nitnendo miniseries finale, Chibi-Robo Ziplash, Rex attempts to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment by throwing a corn dog at the Anti-Gex. The dramatic moment falls flat when it just bounces off harmlessly.
  • Surreal Humor: Scott's bread and butter when it comes to humor. For example, A Very Madden 08 Christmas, an 18-minute long Christmas Special featuring terrific "acting", reviews of four different ports of Madden 08, vegans, someone robbing Target, a police procedural parody, and a brief stop-motion segment.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In It's Awesome Baby!, when the world leader questions how someone got their ringtone.
    Not from somebody who told me all about the wonders of Madden NFL Football, that's for sure!
  • Sweeping the Table: Scott clears everything off his desk in Remakes, Remasters and Rereleases because he wants start "cutting content" in order to properly remake himself. The desk remains empty throughout the entirety of the episode.
  • Take Our Word for It: Somehow, Scott managed to get 23 minutes out of talking about the L button. We don't get to see the end result, though, in lieu of 10 minutes about instruction manuals.
  • Take That!:
    • The very first Scott the Woz video, concerning the Switch announcement, opens with Scott chucking his Wii U out his window.
      • A few videos later, in Most Wanted Nintendo Switch Games, he shows off how he's passing the time waiting for the Switch launch... by cutting to him driving around a parking lot with his Wii U, before smashing it into the pavement.
    • In Call of Duty on Wii, he states that there are two kinds of Wii games: anti-Nazi, and pro-Nazi. Wii Music is the only game in the pro-Nazi pile.
    • "This game blows! (chucks Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash case into toilet)"
    • Right before Scott gets into discussing Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct, he pauses briefly to "wipe some sh*t off of [his] shoe". Cue him slamming a shoe onto his table, adorned with a piece of paper reading "Nintendo's E3 Conference 2018".
    • The Art of Box Art sees Scott's take on the "Are video games art?" debate, which can best be summarized with his blunt remark that "[The question] is one of the dumbest questions out there[...]; of course they are."
    • Scott points toward a Burger King as proof that he has a mental breakdown after learning about the origins of his name.
      Scott: And just to show you how insane I've been lately...
      [cut to the parking lot of a Burger King]
      Scott: I ATE HERE.
    • "I've seen enough things sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends to the point where I truly know I never want to play it."
    • It's A Bargain Bin Christmas has characters repeatedly express ire at Scott for getting them Battleborn. Also, a clip of all the Recent Murderees groaning, with Rex shouting "WHAT THE F*CK?!", used in reaction to anything from Scott giving them all of the bargain bin games, to... Spree Candy Canes.
    • E3 2019 has Scott saying that he likes the initial look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but complains that "this pesky little thing won't come off" as he tries to scrub away the EA logo from the game's title logo.
    • One of the games Scott tries out in Wii Accessories is Cabela's Big Game Hunter with a Wii rifle gun accessory included. As the game boots up and the logo for Activision (who published the game) appears, Scott panicks and aims the gun desperately at it.
    • During You're Not an RPG Guy, Target Employee reveals that his brother, Wendy's Employee, had desired to see Scott play NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... only to wind up giving up saying the full title, and assuming his brother was having a stroke.
    • Whenever the Nintendo 64 is mentioned, you can count on Scott to mention the controller, and not in a positive light.
    • The first 5 minutes of Borderline Forever is a roast against the entire "video game discussion" genre of YouTube videos and the YouTubers who create said videos themselves, making fun of the commonplace tropes, cliches and running gags common amongst most of them.
  • Talkative Loon: Goes on long, nonsensical diatribes, as per his brand of humor. Even his friends find this annoying sometimes.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Parodied. In Homecoming, after Scott decided he wants his homecoming party to allow alcohol and drugs, he starts to deliberately spike all the food and drinks. Cue Scott filling the punch bowl with cigarettes, putting a beer can between two halves of a slider sandwich, and pouring beer into the homecoming ballot box.
    • Also parodied in It's A Bargain Bin Christmas; some of Scott's guests for the gala are vegan, so Scott laced all the meat dishes with tofu.
  • Tastes Like Purple: In "Game Foods," Scott's reaction to drinking Mega Man and Sonic energy drinks is, "Wow, this tastes blue," likely due to the franchises' blue themes. He's surprised to see that the drink is actually green.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In discussing which version of Resident Evil 4 to use for his Tales from the Backlog video about it, Scott decides to not use a Nintendo version, as he wants to spice things up and talk more about games outside of Nintendo. And no sooner does he decide to do this:
      Scott: So, let's start playing (holds up the Wii edition) Resident Evil 4... (looks at hand) ...damnit.
    • The last thing Scott wears before he got into a train crash in Desert Island Gaming is a shirt with "# of Train Crashes Today: 0" written on it.
    • Scott opens Old Series, New Developer with "I like candles, sue me!" — cut to Scott receiving an actual lawsuit for "candle enthusiasm".
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The Great Mysteries of Gaming has Scott attending a dinner party with a few other people, and all goes well until the host is suddenly murdered. Scott refuses to let anyone else leave because the party is over at 9 and "we at least owe [the host] this." Scott and the others then attempt to figure out who the murderer is between all of them.
  • Thanksgiving Episode:
    • 2017's Black Friday episode sees Scott reviewing all the purchases he's made for Black Friday prior to that year, as well as taking a look at some Black Friday deals for gaming over the decades.
    • In 2020, Scott covers the DS game Personal Trainer: Cooking and attempts to use the game as a way to prepare food for Thanksgiving dinner. Hilarity Ensues.
  • That Man Is Dead: Exaggerated in Mario Sports Superstars | Five in None, which closes with Scott holding a funeral for the Scott who wanted to play Mario Sports Superstars.
  • Theme Tune: A portion of the track "Breakout" from the game 3D Dot Game Heroes.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Scott's response to having to look at anime in Anime Games is a simple, "This is gonna sting."
  • Time Crash: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | Newton's Worst Nightmare Again starts with Scott repeating his bit from the Mario Kart 8 video (pretending his desk is a bar)... but after a moment's pause, the timeline glitches out and breaks due to Scott talking about Mario Kart 8 a second time. He attempts to rectify it by making a case that Deluxe is a different enough game, only for time to collapse further due to him failing.
    Mario Kart 8!Scott: Hey all, Scott here. What'll it be?
    Audience!Scott: Mario Kart 8!
    Mario Kart 8!Scott: This is a bar. ...wait-
    Mario Kart 7!Scott: What-
    Mario Kart Wii!Scott: Is-
    Mario Kart DS!Scott: Happening-
    Mario Kart: Double Dash!Scott: I-
    Mario Kart: Super Circuit!Scott: Already-
    Mario Kart 64!Scott: Talked-
    Super Mario Kart!Scott: Mario Kart 8-
    Scott: (appears in a glitched out version of his room) Before. ... (looks around the glitching landscape) Wow... See, that's a fun quirk in talking about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the space time continuum thinks you're just talking about Mario Kart 8 again, so it just... gives up.
  • Title Theme Drop: The show's Theme Tune appears as a subtle backing track near the end of Scott's song in The Bible Game, and as a brief snippet in "Why Don't You Play Them?" from You're Not An RPG Guy.
  • To Be Continued:
    • Lampshaded in the end of EyeToy for PlayStation 2, where he goes to a store called "To Be Continued" to buy yet another shoelace and it turns out he bought the Xbox Kinect (which is Xbox's take on the PS2's Eye Toy).
    • Done more seriously at the end of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash | The Darker Age of Nintendo when Scott realizes to his mounting horror that the final game from the Dark Age of Nintendo he has to talk about is "Chibi-Robo Zip Lash".
    • "The Gifts of Gaming" ends with Scott opening his present from Chet Shaft... which turns out to be Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. Scott in response openly states "[he'll] get to [it] next year".
    • Played straight at the end of the first part of his Wii U retrospective video, obviously, proceeded after a joke "cliffhanger narration title card" stating on whether or not Scott will talk about LEGO City Undercover.
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: In the Nintendo GameCube video, Scott demonstrates the alleged portability of the GameCube with its "handle" by exaggeratedly fumbling around with and then dropping a PS2.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Target Employee really likes ribs.
  • Trash the Set:
    • At the end of Game Compilations Compilation, Scott realizes too late (when filming the ending of the video outside) that he left his s'mores maker on.
      Scott: (is watching his house burn; annoyed) God, (looks at his copy of "Propane Classics Collection") I deliberately left this one out to avoid this from happening.
    • Scott unintentionally punches a hole in his wall at the start of The Game Room.
    • Downplayed: in order to fund his charity dinner in It's a Bargain Bin Christmas, Scott is forced to sell his famous desk, but gets a new one as a Christmas present at the end of the episode.
    • In Mario Kart 8 | Newton's Worst Nightmare, Scott smashes the mini bookcase on his desk with a hammer while ranting about the game's Battle Mode.
    • The beginning of Remakes, Remasters and Rereleases, where Scott says if he wants to remake his entire life he'd have to start cutting content. Seconds later, he shoves everything off of his desk.
    • The beginning of Physical vs. Digital Games shows Scott complaining about clutter, also leading to Scott shoving everything off of his desk.
    • In History of Nintendo 3DS Rumors and Leaks, as Scott recounts having been pissed off at Steel Diver: Sub Wars leaking in a voiceover, on screen Scott starts throwing stuff off of his desk.
    • In Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo, Scott's therapist throws Scott onto his desk, knocking over nearly everything on it in the process.
  • The Triple: In Scott's deep dive of Super Smash Bros. 64:
    Scott: Super Smash Bros., the most prolific crossover series on the planet, allowing you to pit Nintendo and gaming icons against each other. Mario versus Link, Samus versus Kirby, Brown versus Board of Education...
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo reveals that prior to being a therapist, Jerry Attricks originally was a news anchor, confirming that he's the "News: The News" anchor from A Very Madden 08 Christmas.
    • The judge shown on the advertising in The Trial introduces himself as Judge Abstinence, calling back to his previous appearance as DJ Abstinence in Homecoming.
  • Uncertain Audience: Invoked in Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash | The Darkest Age of Nintendo: he points out that the game was too radically different to appeal to longtime fans, but it was also too generic to stand out from the tidal wave of high-quality 2D platformers on the 3DS, especially when Chibi-Robo! as a series had never been popular enough to sell by name recognition alone.
  • The Unishment:
    • The reason for talking about launch titles in the video about them: Scott tried to combine illegal gambling with pregnancy, and his punishment was 14 minutes of community service... of talking about console launch titles.
    • Scott is put under house arrest in It's Awesome Baby! after ranting negatively against Dick Vitale in public following the timeline being altered to where Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops rules the land. Scott's response was to spin a review out of it.
      Scott: Hey all, Scott here! I've heard the requests, and yep, I'm finally gonna do it, (reveals his ankle bracelet) today, we're gonna be taking a look at house arrest!
  • Vagueness Is Coming: A subtle one in False Advertising.
    Scott: No matter what, false advertising is always gonna stick with gaming. It's been there since the very start, and will be there 'til the very end in four months.note 
  • Valentine's Day Episode: Happens almost every year, with all of them as of yet emphasizing Scott's loneliness and focusing on him either trying to break his streak of loneliness or coping with not having a mate. 2021 never saw a Valentine's Day episode since Scott was taking a three month long break at the beginning of the year.
    • 2017's episode covers Tinder and Scott's attempts of finding a date using the app.
    • 2018's episode has Scott covering The Guy Game, an infamous NSFW quiz game.
    • 2019's episode features the Fanservice-y spinoff of the Dead or Alive fighting game series, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.
    • 2020's episode has Scott talking about We Dare, an "adult-oriented" Wii party game released only in Europe and Australia.
  • Video Game 3D Leap: Discussed extensively in 2D to 3D; Scott talks about the history of the 3D leap and the challenges that companies had to overcome when iterating their 2D game franchises into 3D, as well as listing and reviewing examples of franchises that succeeded or failed at the leap.
  • Video Game Perversity Potential: Discussed with the PictoChat (which kinda stretches the definition of "video game") in Nintendo DS: Touched at First Sight and Wii Channels, shown below in respective order:
    Scott: You may ask, "Scott, what's the point of messaging people if you have to be in the same room?" Well, just ask the Nintendo DS Stylus, or as I like to call it, the Crotch Doodler!
    Scott: Yeah, opening up the Nintendo DS and seeing a little option called PictoChat? You could draw whatever you want and crotches. [posts a hand-drawn huge "CENSORED" bar into the chat log]
  • Visual Pun: In Borderline Forever, Rex channels the power of chastity to defeat the Green Bay Packers through his chastity belt — that is, a regular belt with the word "CHASTITY" written on it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Shown in the Wii Music episode, with Scott playing a tambourine accompaniment to the game's rendition of "Daydream Believer" before suddenly vomiting.
    • Also in the episode covering the Virtual Boy; at one point, Scott attempts to line up his eyes with the Virtual Boy's eyepieces, and then he suddenly vomits some water.
  • Watching the Sunset: After Scott learns in Mario Kart 8 | Newton's Worst Nightmare that the final new racer addition to the game is Pink Gold Peach, the video cuts to a clip of Scott watching the sun setting over the sea, wondering what's the point of it all.
  • Water Torture: Played for Laughs in Borderline Forever when Jerry Attricks uses a wet cloth on Scott in order to revive him, only to realize the cloth was "not wet enough". Jerry succeeds and desires to use the method again.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date:
    • New Super Mario Bros. | What's New Is Old opens with Scott drinking (and spitting out) milk that he left outside but had never opened for a week, believing that not opening it makes it technically still "new."
    • Game Foods ends with Scott eating a can of Super Mario soup, not realizing until it was too late that the soup expired 3 years ago. He ended up being admitted to the hospital again.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Reporty Jim, who died while reporting on the console war grounds in Console Wars.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Chet Shaft and Steel Wool rising from their graves at the end of Memory Cards.
    • Doubles as Wham Line: Right at the end of "The Gifts of Gaming", Scott is given a present from Chet Shaft.
      Scott: (estatic) OH BOY! I can't wait to own something from somebody who cares! (rips open present) Something I'll make the most out of to show my gratification! Something new! Something I don't own 40 copies of! (finishes opening gift) Something... ... (holds up a copy of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast) I'll get to next year.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Chet dies in The Great Mysteries of Gaming, Scott's immediate reaction is to continue playing his recorded episode about game mysteries.
    Rex Mohs: (incredulous; punches the table) SOMEBODY F*CKING DIED!
  • Wheel o' Feet: Discussed when talking about Sonic's design on a can of energy drink in Game Foods.
    "What is going on with Sonic's legs here? Like, yeah, Sonic usually runs so fast his legs are nothing more than a figure-8 or something, but... there's that, and then there's having no legs but just scribbles below you."
  • When I Was Your Age...: In the opening for New Play Control! for Wii.
    "Kids these days have it so easy, they only have to walk 20 miles in the snow to go to school. Oh yeah, well, I had to battle leprosy."
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: In Toys to Life, Scott criticizes the names of most of the Skylanders for being weird and unappealing.
    Scott: And I don't get some of these names! They're not even names! One of them's named "Lightning Rod". His parents were dicks!
  • Working Title: Invoked and parodied. Turns out his name in his birth certificate (Scott "Will Eventually Take a Look at the First Mega Man" Wozniak) was intended to be a placeholder name, denoted with a "(working title)" at the very bottom; the name ended up never being changed at all.
  • World of Weirdness: Every cast member is their own brand of Cloud Cuckoolander, nearly everyone has one iteration of a yearly sports game to obsess over, Virginity reigns supreme, death is like the common cold... The world of Scott the Woz is a strange one, to put it lightly.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Scott tried to go to the Microsoft offices to pitch his idea for a new Xbox console, but thanks to Google Maps and a few wrong turns he ended up in the W. K. Kellogg Institute for Food and Nutrition Research.
  • X Meets Y: In The WiiWare Chronicles III, Scott describes TV Show King as "Wheel of Fortune meets Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? meets a 65 on Metacritic".
  • You Just Had to Say It: In The Trial, Jeb says that they should be fine as long as they aren't up against a real lawyer. Immediately afterwards, guess who shows up?
    Liza Lots: Hi. Liza Lots. Real lawyer.
    Rex Mohs: ...DAMNIT!
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being well-versed in the history of video games and looking like someone in his mid 20's, Scott was only 19 years old when he started his channel.

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Advocate for Murder

Defense attorney, Liza Lots, proudly admits that she loves defending murderers.

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