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"My name is Juan Ortiz, though some call me Johnny."

"Insert joke about the Void and Ex-Death from Final Fantasy."

SomecallmeJohnny (Juan Ortiz) is a game reviewer on YouTube. He is 1/3 of the trio (originally a duo) known as "The Super Gaming Bros", along with his younger brother Elliot. Originally, Johnny and Elliot teamed up to do reviews under the Super Gaming Brothers name, but when Elliot got older and more preoccupied with school, Johnny took up the reviewing mantle by himself under the name "Johnny Vs. the World". Typically, his reviews are informative but mix in some live action comedy and short animations drawn by himself. He reviews games from well-known franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros. and Metroid, sometimes dedicating a month/marathon to one specific series.He is also one of the primary members of BrainScratch Commentaries.

While Johnny's reviews became their own thing, the Super Gaming Brothers name lived on and solely became their Let's Play channel, now with Johnny's long time friend Matthew Metelli as the third Super Gaming Brother. Tropes for that channel go to the Super Gaming Bros. page.


See the games reviewed and Let's Played here.

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  • Accentuate the Negative: A thankful aversion for the most part. Johnny will be pretty even handed with the games he plays, going as far to talk about aspects games will do right. However, it's played straight when it's a game he thoroughly despises.
  • All Just a Dream: His review of Resident Evil 2 (remake) where most of it is him stuck in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse and having to fend off his zombified brothers, Mark and Elliot. He wakes up after it looks like he's cornered and meets up with Mark who gives him some coffee before suddenly turning into a zombie and attacking him.
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  • Amusing Injuries: John gets a minor wedgie from Elliot in the end of the Super Mario 3D World Review.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different:
    • Elliot reviewing Left 4 Dead by himself.
    • Johnny's two Sonic Anniversary Interview animations (for the 19th anniversary and the 21st anniversary respectively).
    • The Johnny vs. Pokemon Training Card Game episode wasn't a review, rather as a talk about Johnny, Elliot, Matt, and Ryan's experience with it, and also it has a small How-To-Play guide to the game.
    • His Playstation retrospective as it doesn't cover a certain game, but more of a personal reflection as it was the console that defined his late childhood.
    • The Donators Marathon brings us many licensed games.
    • Sonic Free Riders during the Sonic Racing review doesn't get a full depth review like its predecessors. Instead, Johnny shows some behind the scenes footage to show the viewers how difficult it was to do basic shit like jumping!
  • Anti-Climax: In the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny and Elliot prepare to fight Tails Doll who was disguised as Jigsaw. Before they even start, Mark comes by and the others tell him to back off. So what does Mark do? He just turns off the television Tails Doll was in.
  • Anything but That!:
  • April Fools' Day:
  • Arc Villain: Tails Doll, the personification of all the bad Sonic games and loves to make people play horrible games and watch them suffer.
  • Arc Words: As Johnny points out, in the Adventure Era 3D Sonic games, the phrase "Long time no see!" pops up frequently.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Johnny is pleading with the Cuccos to spare his life for attacking one of their own, his reasons for doing it in the first place are, in order: Hunger, getting a "Torque", his Uncle dying, the King being burned to the bone, his hair being colored pink, and not wearing any pants.
  • Art Evolution: Johnny's review intros shows a cartoon version of himself standing next to the cover of the game he is reviewing for that episode. Johnny's cartoon self had several exaggerated features typically found in cartoon characters, but as he gotten more practice, the style gradually shifted into a less exaggerated version of himself.
  • Artifact Title:
    • Johnny's "Month of..." video game reviews. While the game series being reviewed does stay intact, the length of them doesn't. As of recent, any collection that takes over a month is now called "[Insert Video Game Series] Marathon". This is lampshaded in the Pokémon Gold and Silver review:
      Ted: It's been more than a month, John. I didn't know this was the Month plus One Week of Pokemon.
      Johnny: Will you shut up? You see, this is why making a Month of RPGs is a bad idea.
    • As Johnny has pointed out twice now, his internet handle, "Somecallmejohnny" should probably be changed to something more like "Mostcallmejohnny" or "Allcallmejohnny."
  • Ass Pull: In-Universe. Twice over from Sonic Adventure 2.
    • He found Eggman having a space shuttle in his base to be this. It doesn't make sense to him for a man with a teleporter to the Ark to have a shuttle to it, as it would be a major security risk.
    • Sonic using Chaos Control, which is something he's never once done in his life and only learned about through watching Shadow is another one for him. Johnny even outright calls it this.
  • Audience Participation:
    • Johnny vs. the Subscribers, Round 2, and Hangin' Out.
    • From April 26th to June 14th, 2014, Johnny had his next game to review be chosen by his fans from a pre-set list of 3 to 2 games.
    • In some marathons, he asks the viewers to choose in a Strawpoll what games he may review, with the most-voted game going first.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Johnny does this for BrainScratchComms in the SGB version of the Sonic '06 review.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: While reviewing Super Mario World, he asks the developers to create a Bullet Bill even larger than the Banzai Bills. Cut to Johnny freaking out over the results in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Berserk Button: Basically, any game that is of very poor quality (or of immense and/or unfair difficulty) is enough to rile up his rage to awe-striking levels:
  • Big Damn Heroes: Elliot in the Sonic R review.
  • Big NO!:
    • Johnny's reaction to the Metroid: Other M delay. This turns out to be ironic in hindsight, considering how much he dislikes the game when he reviews it.
    • Our protagonist; only briefly phased by a demonic monstrosity from hell sent by the Demon Video Game Overlords gives him the big scary speech with fire surrounding him, but when he flips that N64 cartridge over, his screams of despair carry over five city blocks.
  • Blatant Lies: At the start of the Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location review, he states that there will be no jump scares. Come the end of the review...
    Johnny: It's good to see them change things up while still retaining the same sense of dread, emptiness, and jump scares-
    cue Ennard's Jump Scare
    Elliot: *Screams Like a Little Girl* I thought you said there were gonna be no jump scares, you dick!
    • This was foreshadowed by Johnny swearing with his left hand raised, as opposed to his right hand as shown in previous FNAF reviews. In addition, he doesn't say "Trust me." like he did in the past FNAF videos he did.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded by Johnny in the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review with the Tails Doll capturing him, but it's justified because the Tails Doll doesn't actually want to kill him.
  • Book-Ends: The Sonic the Hedgehog Marathon began with the song It Doesn't Matter (Sonic's theme in Sonic Adventure), and it ended playing the same song.
  • Born Lucky:
    • In the review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Johnny somehow stuns an enemy in a small corridor and clipped through a Hammer Bros. hammer.
    • Lampshaded in his Pokémon Generation 2 review. He easily defeats Whitney's Miltank (infamous for being That One Boss) and Morty's Gengar.
    • In his Sonic '06 review, he considers himself lucky that he never encountered the numerous glitches that others did when they played the game, aside from sticking on walls.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In his Super Smash Bros. series review:
    Familiar single-player modes return and new ones arise to help you score prizes, money, prize money, and trophies.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Sonic Figurine appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II when Johnny had no clue how to end the review, a few episodes later the figurine falls near a box, which leads to the Pokemon Training Card Game review.
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, and at the reveal of his Pokemon Trading Cards.
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • Johnny gives Superman 64 a -64 out of 10 after he realizes it's his review and he can do whatever he wants.
    • From the Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review:
      We're not going to give it a score, it doesn't deserve one.
    • Sonic Genesis didn't receive a score, but the absence of one wasn't even noted in the review.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the description of his Braid review, he gives the page quote from its page, and then adds: "...Okay, bye." This is a reference to his Metroid review.
    • His Sonic Mania review contained some references to his past Sonic reviews, such as mentioning the Knuckles Twins (one's a beatnik, one's a rastafarian) from Sonic 3CD & Knuckles & Knuckles as well as the FLICKY ARMY OF DEATH from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
  • Call-Forward: During his Bastion review, while arguing with the narrator, he shows footage from Dust, his next indie review.
  • The Cameo: Jirard the Completionist, SlimKirby, Chuggaaconroy, Matt from Tails' Channel and gillythekid in Johnny vs. The Sonic Advance Trilogy.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • The Batman: Arkham Origins & Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate review, though that only translates to Johnny wearing the Santa hat and beard with his Batman mask worn on top of them. Not to mention it came out one day after Christmas of 2013. And the only real reason it was a Christmas Episode was because of timing and the fact that Origins took place on Christmas Eve.
    • There's also the review of Merry Gear Solid (a Christmas-themed Metal Gear fan game) that came out Christmas Eve of 2015. Johnny reviewed it because of how appropriate it was considering it was Christmas season, and he was in the middle of the Metal Gear Marathon.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Johnny swears so much in his review of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels that inserts censor bleeps in his special censor mode. Due to the sheer difficulty of the game, Johnny swearing up a storm is justified.
    • When he talks about the Special Stages in Sonic Heroes, he just can't contain his inner AVGN.
    • His review of The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures also uses this, but this time it's done partially to be In the Style of... the Nerd.
    • Thanks to the level design and frustrating controls of Sonic Advance 3, he goes full AVGN again and Ant Dude has to turn on Censored Mode till he cools off.
    • He ended up going an another swear-laden rant from fear after seeing the return of the Poison Mushroom in Super Mario Maker 2. Gilly activated Censored Mode until he cooled down... then promptly broke it, so now Johnny's cursing is permanently censored.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cool Uncle: Most of the series Johnny grew up with and loved were introduced by his uncle. Johnny even thanks his uncle by reviewing the classic Castlevania games. His uncle even helped Johnny with his reviews of Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales by loaning him highly-valuable hardware like the JVC X-Eye and the Atari Jaguar CD.
    • Uncle Greg would later go on to feature in some of the Super Gaming Bros. playthroughs, proving himself every bit as cool as Johnny made him sound and becoming an Ensemble Dark Horse in his own right!
  • Continuity Lockout: There's a small plot that started from the very first review Johnny uploaded, Sonic 06, with a possessed Sonic hat, that carried on over all the way to 2010... and the origins of this possessed Sonic hat are forever lost, as Johnny has since removed that video.
  • Corpsing: Johnny's reaction (or at least it's a reaction that looks very much like corpsing, as he has no real reason to try and hide his laughter) to the outstanding voice acting in Mega Man 8.
  • Crossover: With Hellfire Commentaries to do Sonic Labyrinth.
  • Cue the Sun: When the Tails Doll traps Johnny in Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, the room he's in is lighted with a dark blue. When the Tails Doll departs, the room becomes lighted with natural sunlight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Not a definite example, but when Johnny and Elliot fought the Sonic hat, the battle seemed to be suspiciously dominated by Johnny, and it only got more extreme when Elliot entered and they then literally stomped on him right in the middle of his Badass Boast.
    • And when they fight the Sonic Hat again, now revealed to be the Tails Doll, he could only scratch them in comparison to their quadruple 9 attacks.
  • Darker and Edgier: His Resident Evil 2 Remake video, while not devoid of comedy, is notably darker than any of his prior reviews. It begins with the world succumbing to a zombie apocalypse, his brothers turning into zombies that he had to kill, and he's completely shaken up by the situation he's in. Even his upbeat intro is completely cut off because he found it inappropriate for the setting.
  • Deconstruction: He discusses this trope at the start of his review of The Stanley Parable in regards to how he feels about games doing this. He states that he's all for it, but above all else, the game must still be fun to play. If it goes through with the deconstruction and ultimately isn't fun to play, he'll feel they were better off making a book.
  • Demonic Spiders: He considers Metroids to be this, even namedropping the trope and giving a Shout-Out to Tv Tropes itself.invoked
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Being irritated by this in the first two Metroid games, he's absolutely ecstatic when it is inverted in Super Metroid. In fact, he provides the page quote.
    • He's also irritated by it in The Legend of Zelda, feeling that it compounds to the already stiff controls and leads to him getting unfairly dogpiled too many times.
    • He finds it rather baffling that Mega Man can't shoot anywhere but directly in front of him without special weapons.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In his Metal Gear Solid 4 review, he calls Solid Snake with the PS1 Snake head camo "Old Old Snake".
  • Difficulty Spike: He got so pissed off at this in the Cave Story review that he provides the page quote.
    Fuck!! I know things should get progressively harder and harder as you move along, but this... (dies) THIS...
  • Discontinuity Nod: The montage comparing the length of Metal Sonic's transformation into Metal Madness to an average load time in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes itself and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is a reference to his original Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) review (where a similar montage was used to compare the average loading time in that game to loading times in the other games listed above) . The review in question has been taken down to make place for a better, more detailed review, so the reference is lost on new viewers.
  • Double Entendre: An insistence on always using a misspelling of Dr. Wily's name that was featured in the Mega Man game currently being reviewed leads to an... interesting moment in Mega Man 7:
    Johnny: Nathan, I've played 6 Mega Man games at this point, I think I can handle another Willy.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Johnny has to do this when discussing his very painful memory of 100%-ing Super Mario Sunshine during the entire summer of 2003 only to discover that the prize was A Winner Is You postcard and a Cosmetic Award next to his save file. As such, prepare for Drunk Johnny.
    Oh hey there! Oho man, it looks like you're on fire! S' too bad! Alright, seems you don't feel the need to run into the ocean that's just to your left, I'll put you out! With Yoshi's juices. Good to see you're back buddy! There you go. Putting that fire out. With those guttural, acidic juices. YOSHI JUICE FOR EVERYONE!
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Johnny's style has notably improved between the time he started compared to now, but that's a given considering that time usually improves a person.
    • Reviews posted before April 2011 were mostly made in cooperation with Elliot and were called "SGB Reviews". The now familiar "Johnny VS" branding appeared in the Super Mario Bros. review.
    • The Story Arc with Tails Doll was given less and less importance as time went by, and as of 2016, seems to have been concluded.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Tails Doll tells Johnny to just stop Ghosts 'n Goblins after beating the game the first time because the game (specifically some incredibly annoying enemy noises) are too torturous even for him.
  • Evil Laugh: What he did after beating Clement's record. Since then it's becoming a meme of sorts.
  • Evolving Credits: Since going to the Johnny VS. format, an intro has been introduced with a few changes here and there. Starting with the The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, he now sports a full intro with him getting ready for the review, and showcasing clips of the game he's reviewing.
    • The updated version of the intro - with the slow jazz music rendition of the main theme, and all - is being used starting with Celeste review.
  • Exact Words: Johnny's comment on the Flying Battery Zone level in Sonic 3 & Knuckles:
    So this is what the inside of an Energizer looks like.
  • Fake Difficulty: Hates it from the traditional angle. If he's losing because he's not in complete control of the events, he'll cry foul.
    • One of the biggest cases of this for him was Ghosts 'n Goblins, as all the control issues, coupled with RNG enemy appearances and needing specific tools to finish the game (coupled with having to do the game twice) practically made it a phobia of his.
    • He also hates the idea of bosses having insanely bullshit attacks or tactics that are only avoidable by repeated dodging. Using his Birth By Sleep review as an example: To him that's less of a competent boss battle, and more of a circus act.
    • Mega Man X6 for him thanks to asinine enemy placement, stage hazards that could only be crossed with specific armor types, frustrating nightmare effects, and the no-win scenarios with High Max made the game a slog to go through without exploiting glitches.
      Johnny: This game cheats, so I cheat back. Fuck it.
  • Fan Boy:
    • It should be clear that Johnny (and to a lesser extent, Elliot) is a fan of Sonic games, though not a gullible, biased one.
    • Johnny's a big fan of the Metroid series. Viewers can tell in his AM2R review that he's been going through some "Metroid withdrawal" and is very giddy when playing.
    • Besides Metroid, he's also a major fan of the Metroidvania genre in general, as he loves the feeling of exploring the unknown, having several ways to reach your destination that don't immediately connect with each other, and getting stronger along the way. This led to many of his fans recommending different Metroidvania games for him to try out.
    • Eliot is shown in the Naruto: Clash of Ninja review to be a big Naruto fan.
  • Fan Disservice: Matt doing the truffle shuffle in the Too Many Games 2014 announcement video.
  • Fanservice: He states that this trope is why he's still a Kingdom Hearts fan even after he mentally checked out of the series when it came to the story. He just loves seeing Final Fantasy and Disney characters fight together on-screen. He also acknowledges that this is a rather shallow reason to be a fan, but it's ultimately one he can't help.
  • Fate Worse than Death: At least implied. Johnny, after seeing that he has to do yet another complex, difficult, and annoying puzzle while playing Saw: The Video Game, he declares that he's not going to play the game anymore, either forgetting that he will die as a result in his frustration, or just not caring anymore.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Johnny's Kingdom Hearts marathon has been interrupted at various points by reviews of Knuckles Chaotix, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania, Metroid: Samus Returns and Jump On-Demand Gaming.
  • Four Point Scale: Subverted. Scores below 4 are considered terrible since he judges on a scale of 1-to-10. It's averted after his Sonic Generations review, as he dropped the scoring system completely, deciding to let the review speak for itself.
  • Franchise Original Sin: In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, he finds the fact that a ten-year old is stopping Cipher undermines them as villains. He states that this has been a thing with the franchise since day 1, but in past games, stopping the villains was just something the protagonist happened to do while trying to "catch 'em all" or become a Pokemon master, while in Gale of Darkness, it's expected of the main character and that just makes him question why the military or police can't handle it.invoked
  • Good Bad Bugs: Johnny found a lot of enjoyment from abusing the glitches in Mega Man X6, though he does stress that it's because it's fun to break the game and that the only way he can enjoy it is by outright cheating at it.invoked
    Johnny: That ain't an accolade, for the record: that's just me being a stubborn dumbass.
  • Guide Dang It!: As his The Legend of Zelda and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest reviews show, he does not like this. He doesn't hate it, he just doesn't think a game that has a ton of it can be enjoyed very much without the guide.
  • Halloween Episode: Three of them: their Left 4 Dead, Superman 64 (both for Halloween 2009), and Saw: The Video Game (for Halloween 2010) reviews.
  • Heroic BSoD: Brought on by the Ghosts 'n Goblins theme in his Mega Man 7 review.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The end of the Saw: The Video Game review hosts a gag reel of John and Elliot Corpsing, and some reviews have a humorously flubbed line as The Stinger.
  • Iconic Outfit: Johnny's hat and gray hoodie sweatshirt. He eventually ditched the look, but it was his most iconic clothing for most of his career.
  • I Lied: In his Five Nights at Freddy's reviews, Johnny swears using his right hand that there will not be any jump scares in the video. This is true except for his review of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location where he jump scares the viewers twice. If you pay attention to his solemn swear at the start of that video however, you'll see he uses his left hand.
  • It Amused Me: In his review of Pokémon Gold and Silver, Johnny goes out of his way to knock out all the legendary Pokemon just to piss off Ted and Ryan.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: At the end of his Braid review, Johnny decided that he would let the viewers decided the next indie game. The game that had the most liked comment would be the winner. It worked as well as you'd think.
  • Killed Off for Real: Big Rigs (both the CD and data) and Tails Doll, not quite...
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the Ghost 'N Goblins & Super Ghouls N' Ghosts review, The Tails Doll decides that it seems inevitable that he'll fail to kill Johnny (even admitting the reason for that may be that he's just not very good), so after escaping from his TV, he's decided to depart from Johnny's life...but not without making him suffer some, hoping for another Heroic BSoD.
  • Lampshading The Obscure Reference: During his Sonic Labyrinth review, Johnny compares the nerfed and unable-to-jump Sonic to Mr. Big... before admitting nobody would get that reference.
  • Large Ham:
    • The montage of motion controls in his Metroid Prime 3: Corruption review:
    • His Super Smash Bros. Retrospective video has some moments where Johnny hams it up. One of these moments has him say "YOU WILL REMEMBER THE SUBSPACE EMISSARY, DAMN IT! LOVE IT AS IT LOVED YOU!"
    • At the very beginning of the Too Many Games 2015 panel, after it was mentioned that there was no PA system in the Expo Lounge (the panel had to move there last-minute due to high turnout), Johnny shouts "LOOK HOW LOUD I HAVE TO YELL!"
    • The motion control montage in his review of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Laugh Track: Used for the very end of the Cory in the House review, as well as the beginning the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 & 3 review.
  • Left Hanging: Who did win the Pokemon Battle between Johnny and Ted? I guess we'll probably find out... never.
  • Leitmotif: Many Johnny vs. episodes end with the track "In The Groove" by S0lv0.
  • Long List: Ted's list of his favorite Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal music, in which Johnny promptly cuts Ted off.
  • Makes Sense In Context: Why did the Sonic hat seem to consider Sonic R the worst Sonic game? It's bad, but not atrocious...oh. He was born from it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ted takes advantage of the fact that Johnny was so exhausted from doing a marathon of RPGs that he'd agree to anything to get Ted to leave, including a Kirby marathon.
  • Marathon Level: Or rather, a Marathon Episode. Early episodes lasted about six to fifteen minutes at best; however, several of Johnny's reviews can get extremely long (he has to cover everything about the game as possible). The second review of Sonic '06 lasted 50 minutes. That's his longest review to date.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • He often speaks fast for very long game synopsis'. The best example was explaining the plot for the first Metal Gear Ac!d game.
    • Johnny also spoke very fast during the end of his Sonic Mania review.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: You sure love eating pizza and drinking soda, don't you? But it does get a tad plain, doesn't it? Don't you wish that the No More Heroes theme would play whenever you did it? Well, Johnny's got you covered! I mean, you're probably going to be humming it, anyway.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Part of his motif. He's usually always seen with a cup of coffee in his later reviews. So much so that it was used as a banner on his website, Youtube channel, and Twitter page. He's seen getting a cup in his intros (with the second even putting more emphasis on it) and even the image of the second intro has him holding a cup. Heck he's holding one on the image of this very page if that wasn't a big enough clue for you and part of his slogan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During his review of 8-bit Sonic 2, he felt this way upon finding out the implication that Tails possibly died in the bad ending.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Used to increase Johnny's horror at the walking-towards-you version of the Hammer Bros. in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Review.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Despite his real name being Juan Oritz, literally everyone always calls him Johnny. He even lampshades that he should probably change his internet name to reflect that.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Usually, when reviewing a game, Johnny does what he calls an "establishing shot;" i.e. showing his copy of the game going into the console before starting up the review (if it's a digital game, he'll either skip it or show the game being selected in the menu of the console it's stored in.). When it came time to review Sonic and the Secret Rings, he instead let the game fall onto the floor. In the review, he states that he considers it worse than Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Shadow the Hedgehog. Good control in a video game is of the utmost importance to him.
    • Super Mario Sunshine also has this happen, Johnny confronts the game over how it scarred him with it offering a canteen instead of a Versus Title Intro.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: He starts off his Haunted Castle & Castlevania Chronicles review video by saying that at one point, Derrick of GameXplain was marathoning the entire Castlevania franchise and Johnny challenged him to play the former arcade game, not expecting him to actually do it since for the longest time, it was only available via emulation before getting a PS4 re-release. So Derrick beat the game and challenged Johnny to review it on his channel. Johnny agrees to do it with a smug look on his face, and then he gets hit once and looses a giant chunk of his health.
    Johnny: Alright, what do we got here, zombies? Well, I whipped plenty of those in my day. Oh my God, my health! Beat Shi-
  • Out of Focus: Subverted. Even though Elliot left the group for the main channel, he still appears as a cameo or for a special occasion, and of course the LP channel. The Big Rigs review even lampshades this by slapping the words "Super Gaming Brothers Forever" at the end.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story:
    • In-Universe, he discusses this in the Metal Gear retrospective. He criticizes this mindset, even stating in Metal Gear Solid 2 that the games as a whole need to be judged by both story and gameplay, because both are intrinsic to the franchise (as well as the high cutscene-to-gameplay ratio). However, he does feel this way about Metal Gear Solid V. He compliments gameplay, game design, and sheer variety of content with it, but criticizes the story both in the fact that many parts are unfinished and the parts that were don't add anything to the mythos.
    • He also feels this way about the Kingdom Hearts series, saying how he stopped caring about the story after the second game, but loves the gameplay enough to go back playing them.
      • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Ironically this is the opposite of how he views Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, claiming the story to be okay, but hated the gameplay for being extremely dull, limited, and repetitive, to the point where he actually fell asleep recording footage.invoked
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Attempting to dissect Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)'s plothole-ridden story-line has caused him to lose his cool.
    • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg's problems with the egg getting stuck, having to wait for one to respawn, and the game essentially flipping him a massive middle finger has him snap, then cool down by cooking eggs.
  • Rage Quit:
    • Jokingly done so during Ryan's experience with the Pokemon Training Card Game, Johnny throws the table when playing and starts to beat Matt.
    • Played straight for the Saw: The Video Game review, Johnny gets sick of being cheaply killed and trying to solve multiple timed puzzles (some who have extremely short time limits).
    • Also played straight for Ecco the Dolphin when he died trying to finish off the final boss.
  • A Rare Sentence: After Ted tricks Johnny into agreeing to a month of Kirby, John calls him a "slimy ass cheek".
    Ryan: That's... a unique insult.
  • Rated M for Manly: The main theme for the Contra 1-4 review.
  • Redundant Parody: He considers The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures to be this to old-school NES games, feeling that while its extreme difficulty is trying to mock and parody those games on how cruel and unfair they can be, the game played it up so much that it was pretty much exactly like an old-school NES game, just as cruel and unfair as they can be.
  • The Reveal: Matt, who for some viewers, they thought Matt was someone totally different.
    • Elliot with hair in the second Big Rigs review.
  • Rule of Three: Three games were given a 10 out of 10 in 2010.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever he mentions the iconic Screw Attack power-up of Metroid fame, a cool voice with a slight echo says: "Screw Attack!" It ultimately came to an end at the hands of Johnny's NES Zapper in his Prime 3 review, and confirmed dead (again) in his Federation Force video.
    • Every time Metroids appeared in his Month of Metr- (cue scary music) AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! OH GOD NO! NOT THEM!! NOT THE ORIGINAL METROIDS!!!!!! THEY TAKE 5 MISSILES AND THE ICE BEAM!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • After commenting (and then demonstrating) that the Unknown Item pickup jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission would be great for increasing the drama in any situation, it's then used in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 review, in the Super Mario Bros. review, at the reveal of his Pokémon Trading Cards, and in the Mega Man 9 and 10 review.
    • In the Mega Man Marathon, whenever one of the games misspells or mispronounces Dr. Wily's name, Johnny pronounces Wily's name in that manner for the rest of the review.
    • After Johnny used the official subtitle for the Master Sword in his A Link to the Past review ("the blade of evil's bane") it gets a more silly and/or more immediate subtitle with every future appearance, e.g. "the blade that fucking matters," or "the blade that tips 20%."
    • "There's always a room for a Bob". Johnny names characters like this whenever the games he's reviewing have the contemporary setting. He one-ups it by calling his Reshiram "Bob".
  • Running Gagged: In his review of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Johnny finally shoots the odd disembodied voice who keeps saying "Screw Attack!", with the NES Zapper. And in the event the now-dead voice got any ideas to show up in his Federation Force review, Johnny mentions the Screw Attack and almost immediately the video cuts to him on his futon very seriously stating that he "shot that asshole dead."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Goes with Broke the Rating Scale. Johnny declares Superman 64 so terrible that he gives it a -64/10
  • Self-Deprecation: In the Cory in the House review, Johnny questions if he runs in the same awkward animation as the titular character, calling himself "quite the heavy fuck".
  • Serial Escalation: His Sonic 06 review. It's almost an hour long, which is more than double the usual time of even his longest reviews, with a close second being his Sonic Adventure 2 review, clocking in at almost 40 minutes.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase:
    Johnny: Thank you for watching, have a fantastic night, and take care.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Of all the games Johnny reviewed, he considers Sonic Lost World, Crash Bash, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal to be this.invoked
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: He usually plays this for comedic purposes, but it's in full effect nowadays even in a non-comedic sense due to YouTube's demonetization laws in regards to excess profanity. However, it is give in-universe reasoning as Gilly the Kid shorted out the Censored Mode controls.
  • Special Guest:
  • Stock Footage: A minor one, Johnny uses the same loading screens footage from his Sonic '06 multiplayer Lets Play to compare the Metal Sonic transformation scene from Sonic Heroes.
  • Story Arc: One involving a strange Sonic hat that warps the mind of whoever wears it to commit horrible misdeeds, such as... playing Sonic R.
    • He returned for revenge in the Sonic R review revealing himself as the Tails Doll.
      • He returned again in the Saw review disguised as Jigsaw - only to be trapped in the TV.
    • If one counts the several Months of's as Story Arcs, there's been (in chronological order):
      • The very first Month of Sonic (done in celebration of Sonic Unleashed, and now missing because Johnny was dissatisfied with the results).
      • Month of Metroid, which covered all of the 2D Metroid games.
      • Month of Sonic 2, which covered all of Sonic's games in the Classic Era in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
      Johnny: Episode 1.
      Johnny: You just never know what's gonna come out of this box.
      • The Second Indie Showcase, which showcased a lot of indie games for the second time in a row. Like last time, viewers could vote on which games were reviewed, only this time though a organized strawpoll. Also, a curve-ball was thrown where two winners were already chosen, so forth and fifth place ended up winning. He reviewed in order (long inhalation of air) Journey, the first three games in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, Speedrunners, Shovel Knight, Skullgirls Encore, Terraria, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Axiom Verge, all of the games in the Shantae series released at the time, Papers, Please, Hotline Miami 1 and 2, Five Nights at Freddy's 4, and lastly The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. (gasp gasp). The review of AVGN Adventures also happened to coincide with his 100th Johnny vs. review.
      • By popular demand, Johnny did the Metal Gear Marathon, covering all the games from Metal Gear to Metal Gear Solid V. This is also known as the longest marathon so far as it started in mid November 2015, and ended in early April 2016.
      • Right after the Metal Gear Marathon, Johnny goes to the cult classic MOTHER Series, looking at all three titles, and Undertale.
      • Star Fox Marathon covered all the games up to Star Fox Zero. A break took place in the middle of the marathon as Metroid Prime Galactic Federation and the fan game AMR2 were released around that time.
      • For the fourth time, Johnny goes back to Sonic the Hedgehog, this time covering the handheld titles (along with a few Sega Master System titles), as well as looking at the Sonic Rider trilogy, Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed, and a re-review of Sonic Unleashed. It has the official tile of The Sonic Handheld Marathon, despite the non-handheld games. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was reviewed in the middle of it.
      • Johnny did a "Zelda Revisited" marathon by looking at the rest of the console titles of Legend Of Zelda such as Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild. A short break with a review of Scanner Sombre occurred in the middle.
      • For Summer 2017, Johnny decides to finally look at all of the Kingdom Hearts games, excluding the mobile ones. With the series infamous for its complex storylines, it was an interesting look for Johnny. It ended up being his second longest marathon yet, stopping just short of beating out the Metal Gear Marathon by one day. It helps that it was constantly interrupted by other games, those being Knuckles Chaotix, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania, Metroid: Samus Returns and the streaming service Jump On-Demand Gaming.
      • For his first marathon of 2018, Johnny does the Second Donators Marathon. Like last time, Johnny pulls out a random game from the black box and reviews it. However, unlike last time, Johnny does not reveal what the next game will be at the end of the video, instead deciding to add suspense for the viewer. In addition, games donated to him via Steam became eligible in this marathon. That year, he looked at Go, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue, Dragon Power (oh wait, I mean an American version of Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo), Naruto: Clash of Ninja, Ōkami, Enter the Matrix, The Stanley Parable, and Dark Souls.
      • For Summer 2018, Johnny goes back to the Mega Man franchise, this time covering the Mega Man X games. In that marathon, he covered the eight main titles, the Xtreme mini series, and ended the marathon with Mega Man X: Command Mission. A short break in between X8 and Command Mission took place with a review of Mega Man 11.
      • As hinted at the end of his Spider-Man (PS4) review, Johnny returns to the Pokémon series after six years. For that marathon, he stared with Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, before moving onto Generations 3-5. He also included some spin-off games such as Hey You Pikachu, Pokemon Coliseum, and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. In the interim between Generations 4 and 5, Johnny sidetracked into his favorite Metroidvania genre by reviewing Eagle Island.
      • The Double Marathon was mentioned in the channel update video which Johnny posted right after finishing Pokémon Marathon. It will feature games from 2 franchises: Resident Evil and Kirby.
  • Sudden Name Change: After Elliot left the group, the series name changed from SGB Reviews to Johnny vs. [Insert Game Here]. The older reviews kept the SGB Review name.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: In his Ocarina of Time review, he refers to the Master Sword as "the blade that gets shit done".
  • Squick: He invokes this in his Sons of Liberty review by having Raiden repeatedly do flips naked (he refers to them as "taint flips") to make his viewers wince.invoked
    Johnny: I'm doing it to make you wince, and I'm not sorry.
  • Take That!: In his Sonic Generations review, when talking about the 30-Second Challenge Leaderboards, he showed the top three for Classic City Escape, with him at the top & ClementJ642 at the bottom, causing him to say: "Ha! Take that Clement!" Clement would beat the record soon after, which led to Johnny beating Clement's new record, complete with a small "The Reason You Suck" Speech before signing off.
  • The Television Talks Back: Elliot in the Metroid Prime 3 review. It could had been justified since it's a webcam chat, but moments later, Elliot throws him the Metroid Prime Hunters game, while still on TV.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: invoked
    • He found it disappointing that Link was completely unexplored in Breath of the Wild, especially since he actually goes by Link and not a player name, signifying that this incarnation of the character has his own personality and identity instead of just being the player's means of interacting with the world around them.
    • Found it really disheartening that Wes, the protagonist of Pokemon Colosseum, wasn't explored at all outside of the intro. Since the intro establishes him as being a former criminal who blows up his boss's base while smiling and stealing his old unit's equipment, Johnny was expecting a more fleshed out and darker take on a Pokemon protagonist. Instead, he ends up being the standard silent protagonist that Pokemon has always had with nothing from the intro explored about him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot invoked:
    • One of the many problems he has with Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is that there's barely an attempt to flesh out the surroundings and provide world-building. The only time any world-building is done is in an optional side-quest.
    • A rather persistent problem he has with the Kingdom Hearts series is that all the Disney worlds visited are just abridged retellings of their respective movies with Sora and co. inserted in. He finds it to be both shallow and wasted potential for telling original stories set in those worlds.
    • Something that bothers him about Pokémon Colosseum is that the region of Orre isn't explored well and is just treated as the standard "Stop Team Rocket" story. While he notes that this is practically a staple for the series, it's more disappointing here for him due to Orre being a much darker and amoral region, where stories of Black and Grey Morality are ripe for telling.
  • Think of the Children!: Ryan's plea to Johnny and Elliot when they assemble every Genesis Sonic game and peripheral into one.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His Shadow the Hedgehog review begins with him lying as if dead on his couch. The next review, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), starts with him preparing coffee, Pepsi and wine to drink throughout the review.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mark when he sees Tails Doll on the TV.
  • Updated Re-release: These are covered in ROUND 2 series of videos which are glorified Johnny vs. sub-episodes.
  • Versus Title: The Johnny vs. X reviews.
  • Vindicated by History: His "Then and Now" videos (and his later "Round 2" videos) are all about seeing if a game does this over time, though he sometimes sees if a game has aged well outside of them. Games like Sonic 4, Sonic Unleashed, and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood all invert this as they've aged badly in his eyes. invoked
    • When he looks back at Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, he doesn't find them as enjoyable as he did when he was younger or back when he reviewed them in 2008, so these are inversions.
    • Majora's Mask recieved a major case of this for him. When he first played it, he gave up after an hour and a half and never touched it again. After revisiting it years later, he considers it one of his favorite Zelda games.
    • Super Ghouls and Ghosts became a much better game for him after slogging through the unfair hardness of Ghosts and Goblins.
  • War Is Hell: He occasionally lampshades when a game gets particularly preachy with this trope, such as the Metal Gear games (with him considering The Phantom Pain to be the most blatant Kojima gets with the message). He playfully jabs at this using the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective "War... IS HELL!" clip.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?:
    • Called out by name in the Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime 3 reviews for the Galactic Federation secretly creating Metroid breeding programs (and Space Pirate clones, recreating Tourain, and an artificial Mother Brain) and using Aurora Units (basically Mother Brains) for running their military defensive systems, respectfully.
    • He summarizes Bubsy's career by calling out that line, then pointing directly to Bubsy 3D.
  • The Worf Effect: Discussed. This is something that he states rubbed him the wrong way in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Since the past installments always made a big deal about when Snake had to destroy a single Metal Gear, Raiden being able to take out multiple advanced Metal Gear RAYs at once was something that weakened the Metal Gears as a concept to him.

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