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The 8-Bit Drummer, real name Jerod Collins, is a Twitch streamer and YouTuber who specializes in performing live, high-energy drum covers of miscellaneous video game songs (and the occasional meme song).

In addition, Jerod joins ProtonJon, Tom Fawkes, and Stephen Georg on the Disc Only Podcast, airing on Jon's channel.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: While talking about phones, a viewer jokingly said "If you want to hear some more music, please press 1." They were promptly timed out by a mod for trying to hurry Jerod up, but he found the line so funny, he overruled the time-out.
  • Animation Bump: While his normal YouTube highlights are covers from his streams with a black fade-in and fade-out at the beginning and end respectively, his highlight compilations he releases every so often are edited by professional, freelance editor and fellow streamer, HyperCole64. As a result, they include a lot more text edits, zooms, sound effects, cuts and added images.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Since Jerod takes song requests from his chat, more than a few people request songs that end up being this (mostly SiIvaGunner or other "ripping" channels).
    • He has invoked this himself a few times. One example is when he was asked for his opinion on the then-rampant controversy for the Pokemon: Sword and Shield dex cut. His response was to laugh as if he'd been waiting to vent reams of frustrations about it, put on the track "sans." from Undertale, then hype up what appeared to be a very long rant:
    Jerod: Here's my opinion on the Pokemon Sword and Shield controversy...
    Jerod: It's freakin' stupid. Let's move on.
    • During one memorable moment on stream, Jerod played Blend S-tretch, a mix made by one of the viewers. It starts with the beginning of the Blend S anime opening theme, and then 5 seconds in, a clip of Jerod saying "Stretch break Uw U!!!" plays and the song switches over to a remix of Accumula Town from the games Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. At this point, Jerod keeled over, laughing for about a minute.
  • Bilingual Bonus: He used to read out ingredients on anything he could find in the drumming room as a practical joke if someone in the chat were to try and make him play while he was talking. At one point, he finished reading one side of a product and moved onto the other side... only to realise that it was a French translation, since he picked up the item in question in Canada.
    • More recently, he tried reading the instructions for his new microphone to fix peaking issues. Problem was... the instructions were in German. As he put it, his attempt at reading it sounded like he was speaking Spanish.
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  • Blatant Lies: When playing Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, he attempted to catch a Weezing. Each time he threw the pokéball, he jokingly said “First try Chat.” It took three attempts.
    Jerod (reading chat): “First time’s the charm.”
  • Camera Abuse: Jerod accidentally dropped one of his sticks during a particularly fast cover of an Igorrr song, which spun through the air and hit his camera's boom pole/tripod, shaking the whole screen.
  • Catchphrase: When a sub bomb gets dropped, Jerod will tell those gifted a sub to "Take the emotes, spread the love, and rock on."
  • Companion Cube: Along with the plushies, he also has a jug and a water bottle with googly eyes that he drinks to stay hydrated during his streams.
  • Couch Gag: A variation. Every one of his streams start with a different piece of music playing over some art of him rushing to his drum kit to get ready. Sometimes, he plays this straight and performs some kind of joke or gag, such as reading a dictionary upside down or having his wife at the kit, when the camera comes on.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his earlier streams, his snare sounded much different, the camera angle and the stream UI design was different, he owned a less advanced drum kit, he wore gloves, had a time limit, played in a church, and his chat was in light mode.
    • After moving to a different location, his camera appeared to film in a much more sepia tone.
    • He formerly had a whitelist, where viewers could place the name of a band/musician and Jerod would contact them to ask for permission to play their songs. Afterwards, he dropped this and played whatever he wanted. After Twitch started cracking down on DMCA violations, he went back to playing from bands he had permission from. Despite this, the whitelist has not returned.
    • His current drum kit used to have a fourth tom on the far right, which was dropped due to a lack of usage.
      • On the subject of this, his latest kit has changed setup multiple times.
  • Every Episode Ending: The last song of the stream is always "Rainbow Road" by Nanobii.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: Jerod has plenty of these near his drum set, including a blue cat called Mint, a Ditto transformed into a Vaporeon, a Furret from the same franchise, a rounded Mega Man called Mega Bean among others.
  • Eye Scream: Via chat emotes — Chatia pointed out that with the bubble tea straw a few of his emotes have it poking into one of their eyes.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Once streamed for three hours without noticing he wrote "Warining" in the title by mistake, resulting in a reaction comparable to BRIAN BLESSED and an equally good Skyward Scream when his chat told him.
    • He missed the second Z in a regular viewer's name for over a year and a half, resulting in a Running Gag where he'd heavily overemphasize it in later streams. Similarly, he got the y and g in another viewer's name switched around for several months, and continued to mix them up by accident even after realising.
    • He also didn't notice a switch on his hi-hat that stopped it from opening. He played with this hi-hat for over a year with it stuck shut.
    • Has announced that he will Avert this once as for all as of 2021, citing it "The Year of Character Development".
  • First-Name Basis: His chat calls him Jerod just as often as 8-Bit.
  • Fun Personified: His friends won't deny that he has naturally good energy that never turns off. It's hard to find a video where the guy isn't smiling or laughing.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: He explicitly avoids cursing on his Twitch streams. This is parodied in a bumper where he explains "alternative swearing", in which any word can sound like a swear with the right inflection.
    Jerod: Oh EGGS!
    • However, he used to use the word "shite", believing it to be a euphemism when it was actually a different swear entirely. He dropped this word when his chat pointed it out.
  • Happily Married: With his wife and fellow Twitch streamer, Chatia.
  • The Hyena / Signature Laugh: Gather a crowd of a thousand people, have them all laugh and you'd be able to hear Jerod a mile away. His reaction to Jules' accidental Eye Scream is a prime example.
  • Intermission: 8-Bit will usually have 2 stretch breaks during his streams that act as intermissions.
  • Large Ham: He has an infectious amount of energy whenever he performs, a necessity for any rock drummer.
  • Lead Drummer: Why else do you think he’s called “The 8-Bit Drummer”?
  • LOL, 69 / 420, Blaze It: Has an alert for both 69 bits and 420 bits.
  • Meido: For direct relief, he dressed up as a bunny maid. Someone in the chat had the bright idea to ask him to put on furry gloves (which would mess with his grip). He did it anyway after daring the donations to cross the $7k mark.
  • Nonindicative Name: one time, he found dog food that was beef flavor. The ingredients? ...Chicken.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has plenty of these, but a standout moment is when a viewer asked him to play the intro theme of British Youtuber, Ali-A. Not entirely seriously, he agreed with another person who said that he'd do so if one were to gift a hundred subs. After playing the Final Destination theme from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a viewer known for making massive donations bought up his challenge, resulting in said reaction followed by a beg not do do it... He did.
    • More recently, he covered a song by Yona, called We Are Number One but... The catch? The genre kept changing, sometimes to genres that aren't even used in conventional music.
    Yona: Oh and Jerod, just in case you’re gonna cover this one too, I’m sorry lol.
    Jerod: Uh oh.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: 8-Bit has made no effort to hide his love of certain video games (i.e., Shovel Knight, Undertale, and Them's Fightin' Herds).
  • The Pollyanna: Good luck trying to find him legitimately angry. Jerod very rarely loses his cool on stream. Even when he does, he remains calm and civil with the offender, making absolutely certain not to explode.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: A user once requested a speedcore t+pazolite song. One look at the picture, and Jerod went through a list of things about the picture that implied that the song was going to be hard.
    Jerod: Anime Girl: Check. Red glowing eyes: Check. She’s smiling: Check. There’s fire: Check. Religious symbol: Check. She’s in a school-girl outfit: Check. She makes me exceedingly uncomfortable: Check. She also has damage done to her face: Check. And she has a bow in her hair: Check.
    HomykSmash: But Jerod. Does she have a left wing? note 
    (The song begins with an ominous ringing noise)
    Jerod: The song starts with a freaking Church bell: CHECK!
    Jerod: The frick was that? (Laughs wheezily)
    (After a long buildup, an unknown woman in the song screams so loudly that she peaks the audio)
    Jerod: Oh, god! (Starts playing) Whoever requested this is BANNED!
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Downplayed in that we're not talking a full keyboard, but rather the four arrow keys. He's incredibly good at the game StepMania, and makes short work of some brutally fast songs throughout his playthrough.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Jerod’s logo has a cross on it, and started out streaming in a church.
  • Running Gag: His habit of misspelling things and missing it for a long time has been an increasing one over the years. There have even been jokes that it has spread to his highlights editor HyperCole64.
  • Uncommon Time: 8-Bit has covered MANY songs that fall under this. A relevant example that is played often recently is Scourge of the Furies, which has a section where the time signature switches between 5/4 and 6/4, making it 11/4 in total.


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