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  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: The Ewoks. Only the more hardcore and invested fans will find it shocking.
    • Dwarves are too in Aventures out of and in-universe and are the subject of a lot of jokes (including "dwarf-tossing" and everything size-related). Grunlek doesn't like them, but is too much of a Nice Guy to really replicate.
    • In Les Survivants, latinos and arabs are fair game for the players and the occasion for caricatural accents and behaviours. Then again, so is the redneck character.
  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Any Church for three of the heroes: B.O.B. because they would see him as an heresy, Shin because he's been harrassed by the Church of Water, Grunlek because he doesn't like their control over the population. They ended up torching a church ablaze and nuking a region where the various Churches were meeting. Even their role in the fate of Arcana, a character who actively helped them at every turn, doesn't bother them. The one Church they didn't attack is not linked to any Elemental/deity (but still requires the lifeforce of its followers).
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  • Accidental Innuendo: Quite often. For example, by Bob when Shin was freezing to death. Oddly enough, only the GM seemed to notice this one:
    Bob: I'll have them lick him.
    Mahyar: (beat) Oh, you mean the flames, right?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are the players Heroes with Bad Publicity trying to save the world and keep the balance between the various mystical and political forces, or a bunch of Entitled Bastards who, because they literally stumbled on a giant elemental who gave them a vague prophecy, consider themselves above any law and run amock in the country, murdering political and religious heads or soldiers because they feel like it?
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The various Big Bads so far are pretty disappointing as far as the actual fights go (maybe at the exception of the first Live series' Mêlée à Trois between the heroes, Enoch and the Light elemental). Apparently the Random Number God is on their side only for the bosses.
    • Knight Vlad stands still in his strange contraption and doesn't even counterattack when Shin and Théo destroy it, despite being presented as an imposing Black Knight. Spider!Rapier Man really was the Final Boss and Vlad a formality.
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    • Death proved to be dangerous, powerful, and clever, but ultimately didn't do much itself outside of unleashing some zombies and stabbing Viktor. Most of the danger came from B.O.B. who went One-Winged Angel to kill it.
    • The third season finale continues the tradition: Icarus is turned into a pincushion by Shin, "Darkana" doesn't put up much of a fight, Enoch confronts B.O.B. but doesn't actually hurt him, and the real danger, once again, comes from a Brainwashed and Crazy adventurer and results in a Battle in the Center of the Mind. The actual threat, the Titan, is too powerful for them to fight it.
    • The second Live series suffers from this because of Shin's Critical Hit. Once again, the danger came more from his summoned minions than Sir Délénor himself.
    • The Big Bad from Starventures also gets this. Although badass enough to parry multiple attacks, he's dispatched rather quickly without doing any damage to the party (thanks again to a Critical Hit), making him less dangerous to the heroes than the Ewoks tribe, the rathtar or even the Stormtroopers. He even had to No-Sell a Wookie tackling him with his jetpack-powered charge just to be slightly more difficult.
  • Awesome Music: The show uses a lot of (not really copyright-free) good background music from various sources. The comments are always full of people asking "what is this song at xx:xx please?" and for them to put musical credits in the descriptions, which would be nice at least for all the non-professional cover artists they use who could use the publicity.
    • The opening music, an original creation, is also very good and fittingly epic.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: Courtesy of Brithney, at the end of the second episode.
  • Cross the Line Twice: Almost constantly whenever Fred or Bob are involved.
    • In Starventures, when leaving on relatively friendly terms with the Ewoks who had captured them earlier, Fred asks if they could give them the detonator of the satchel charge 808 placed in their house without telling them what it does.
    • In the fourth Live storyline, when learning that there's a race of immortals that acquire said immortality by unknown means, his reaction was "Oh, I'm sure they eat babies or ass-fuck fetuses" prompting everyone to laugh and Krayn to say that they would cut that when editing (they didn't).
    • The players' comments in Les Survivants run on this.
  • Crossover Ship: Shinddha x Apple.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Maeda. While she was haughty and enforced dubious laws, the most she did against the group was to test their might by unleashing a gargoyle and muting two allies who participated on an attack against her church. She even seemed to reluctantly accept Theo's offer to follow her leadership. The group, in turn, took deadly shots against her under a banner of peace or while she was grievously injured because she was disrespectful.
      • To be fair she did enjoy seeing them getting beat up by the gargoyle and tried to ruin their plan, but the group could have easily ignored her and went on with their quest.
    • The Intendants Guild. They're mostly a case of Offstage Villainy, and the party pretty much matches and surpasses their evil deeds.
      • They plan to use the Codices. So do Grunlek, B.O.B and Sanguinus.
      • They humbled the Churches under the threat of the Codices. The party burned down the Church of Whispers and assassinated their religious head, along with other Churches emmissaries.
      • They tried to have the party either killed or captured because they were a threat to their plans. The heroes killed simple guards for the same reasons.
      • They allied with the Mercenaries Guild who act as assassins. The party allied with Sanguinus, who use sacrifice and was ready to use civilians' blood, with the Thieves, who pretty much ransacked the city thanks to the adventurers, and with an amoral businesswoman who may finish to destroy the region economy.
      • They plan on summoning a titan to take care of their enemies, B.O.B did a Deal with the Devil to achieve the same results
  • Demonic Spiders: The Ewoks of all Star Wars creatures are surprisingly dangerous (or not, after all they beat the Empire). Their traps, while primitive, trounce the team.
  • Discredited Meme: The excessive use of "Witness!" turned it into an Overused Running Gag for many fans. Seb occasionally referenced it, but it can be grating when Bob starts to repeat it again and again (usually during another player's turn). He significantly toned it down after the second live storyline though.
  • Dry Docked Ship: The players themselves tried to push Viktor x Maeda but it really did not go anywhere.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Some people are more invested in the storyline itself than the players hijinks, but for most fans it is precisely the good Story-to-Gameplay Ratio that makes the series so great. Note that the opposite (people just wanting to see the players goofing around and not caring about the plot) is rather rare but it is true that some persons mostly see Aventures as a comedy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: B.O.B.'s demon father, Enoch, is extremely liked by the fanbase for his dandy appearance and sense of humor. Krayn even said Enoch was cool and that he wouldn't mind be turned evil by him. His Papa Wolf moment in the second live only increased his popularity.
    • On a lesser level, the "pinetooth tigers" are quite popular, which is especially notable since they actually never appeared in the game.
  • Fanfic Fuel: This is four extremely liked YouTubers playing in a Standard Fantasy Setting and the first season begins with all the characters knowing each other for a long time. Fanfics were bound to come up.
  • Fan Wank: With all the Fourth Wall Breaking jokes and Out of Character moments, it is sometimes difficult to separate the actual storyline from the players just goofing around. For example: did Viktor actually insulted the gargoyle's mother and said his Famous Last Words?
  • Foe Yay: A strange one-sided case when Elyren spends some quality time with young women dressed in the party's clothes and equipement.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Aventures is often called "the new Naheulbeuk", as both are web original, humorous take on the Role-Playing Game. The only difference is that Naheulbeuk is meant to be a parody, Aventures is supposed to be serious but often gets out of tracks because of its wisecracking participants and their unbelievable bad luck.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the 4th episode of the second season, when Shin accidentally shoots Viktor in the back, Fred asks if he can use his advantage to reduce the damage but Mahyar counters that he didn't expect the danger to come from their ranks.
    Seb: That's the twist of season 2.
  • Game-Breaker: Seb has a really odd luck that takes the scenario to the extreme: on one hand he can make a hard battle a Curb-Stomp Battle in their favor (like the second Live or Starventures) but on the other hand his failures tend to make the game a bit slower since he is out of mana fast.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 3 has a clear bump in budget but also in characters and storyline, which lot of fans see as a net improvement. While the first season was basic since they wanted to explained RPG to the viewer and seasons 2 started world building, season 3 has the players and Mahyar being more serious while still cracking jokes.
    • Fred being more involved in role-playing Théo coincides with the character growing an actual beard, possibly invoking this trope.
  • He's Just Hiding!: It's never explicitly stated that the little girl that Théo slammed into actually died. A fact that Théo keeps insisting on, earning her the nickname of "Schrodinger's girl".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the fifth episode of Starventures, Fred says that if the natives of the planet they crashed on are Ewoks, he'll kill them all. In the very next episode, Apple (his character) is captured by Ewoks.
    • At the end of the second Live series, Seb shouts to the Big Bad to "Go back with the Harry Potter fanfictions!". Which is pretty much half of the reactions to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Ho Yay: Often Invoked and Lampshaded, like the time right after the group managed to escape from prison when Shin (due to a Critical Failure) was slowly freezing to death and had to be warmed by B.O.B.'s flames while being shirtless. Who said Fanfic Fuel?
    Seb: No! Not the homoerotic subtext! Bring me back to the pit instead!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Théo was arguably that with the reveal of his backstory, but it is taken to new levels since Viktor's death and his slight Jerkass Realization, accentuated by him drowning his grief in a senseless Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Shinddha's Chick Magnet status that he earned in the lives makes him the go-to guy to ship with any girl coming into the series, even when she doesn't interact with him.
  • Lost in Medias Res: The In Medias Res intro of Starventures lasts 5 episodes before the action calms down and the players have the chance to present their new characters. And after that, the group is caught in a rather filler arc about them being captured by Ewoks. Even the GM eventually lampshades that.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • After several lucky rolls and successful actions, like strangling his (wounded) captor, fighting off several zombies with a metal bar and saving a wounded survivor while being ready to brave bullets, Andrew Cricket from Les Survivants is turning into this. Comments in Episode 12 compare him to Theo from Aventures, Indiana Jones (also done by the players), Yoda and Chuck Norris' master. His luck ran out however after the Time Skip, because of a suprise attack from a zombie.
    • Jokingly, in the more recent episodes, the players and the commentators are turning Lily-Rose Litchfield from Les Survivants into a Little Miss Badass who, if the other survivors let her, would fight off the Future by herself. The fact that she has better stats for using firearms than Janet has not gone unnoticed by some... The first thing Fred does while controlling her in the final episode is nailing a critical success, then saving John after sneaking behind a zombie and stabbing it with broken glass. The others start to theorize that she may be a ninja. And she's one of the few survivors still standing at the end.
    Bob: "That little girl is an assassin!"
    • Again from Les Survivants, John Mc'Brian the bus driver for both the viewers and the players, after he alternated between a Critical Failure and a Critical Success, which meant he crashed the bus he was driving but survived without a scratch.
  • Memetic Loser: Because of Shin's impossible bad luck with his dice rolls, everybody expects him to fail when he rolls (and are shocked when he doesn't).
    • His "curse" was progressively averted and even inverted throughout the course of the second season and the different lives, eventually earning the nickname of "Final Boss Killer" and a reputation of Chick Magnet. The turning point might have been the fight against the gargoyle, in which he did a Critical Failure and a Critical Success in a row.
    • In Starventures this reputation passed to Apple. Even Mahyar is willing to cheat to not let her roll the dices.
    • B.O.B. is this on a romantic level.
    • Théo halfway through Season 3 gets a really bad streak of luck and does a Critical Failure hitting a corpse. It gets better near the end where he saves the whole group from falling to their death.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Downplayed in each case, since it is more "crossing the Anti-Hero line", but:
    • If killing the druidess was a well-intentioned accident and Drin a Mercy Kill, Théo killing the little girl (or at least crippling her) was downright a careless move, and him being unapologetic about it doesn't help his case at all. He even completely rejects the fault on B.O.B. for not following his initial plan consisting of burning the house were the hostage was, pretending that at least "the girl would still be dead, but so would be the bad guy".
      • Or there is him cutting the throat of the defeated and unarmed mercenary in the season 3 preview because he Had Outlived His Usefulness. For someone who always placed "honour" in such a high ground, this is pretty ruthless and dark. The Death of Viktor really broke something in him.
    • B.O.B. burning Jenko alive, an old man unarmed and tied up who had no chance to even defend himself and was not presenting any danger at this instant, because he willingly sold them to Vlad definitely was a Disproportionate Retribution, and Balthazar enjoying it like a maniac makes it even worse.
      • In the first Live, even if he eventually did not do it because of Grunlek's opposition, he intended to kill The Mentally Disturbed hobo who thought that a spider was his mother while he was unconscious.
      • In season 3, he ordered Sanguinus to kill everyone that wasn't part of their group on the Intendants' island. Even Théo is shocked and opposed to the idea, prefering to judge them.
    • Shin killing Sister Maeda while she was severely crippled and laying on the ground in the middle of her friends. Sure she was trying to do something against them but Shin's reasons were more being sick of her, hating churches, and wanting to join the avatar of Death.
    • Gaar killing Zaart the Trandoshan. Not only was it a Disproportionate Retribution towards someone they barely knew, who helped them right before and who was apparently leaving more driven by fear than by intent to betray them, but this is a clear Fantastic Hate Crime against a creature who indeed was from the species who decimated Gaar's one but it has never been stated that he participated in the slaughter. Plus, if 808 is to be believed, he probably was an outcast due to the fact that he was albino.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    B.O.B.: I'm supposed to be the half demon here!
    • In the fourth Live, the group have a water elemental prisoner. Théo propose the two following punishments: 1) Keep him imprisoned, go kill his whole family and clan so that he would cross the Despair Event Horizon and kill himself when they would release him. 2) Leave him hanging in the air so he would literally dry to death. Everyone else was Squicked by the idea.
    • The rathtar crushing and slamming the Stormtroopers all over the place until you can only hear the squishy sound of their scattered bones and flesh echoing through their metallic suits. Squick!
    • In season 3 episode 16, B.O.B. torture a helpless servant and shows that Bob learned a lot from the torture sequence of Gods Will Be Watching, going fully into Faux Affably Evil and coupled with a creepy music.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The flesh drinkers for the players, who find their tokens too ridiculous to be taken seriously (despite their Nightmare Fuel description by Mahyar). At least Sorina-Chan's illustration was actually scary.
  • Never Live It Down: Théo (maybe) killing the little girl. It's constantly brought up, every single time Théo suggests a strategy that might cause someone to die. And every single time, he insists that they were never actually sure that she did die.
  • Recycled Script: A few adventures had really similar plot elements.
    • Villains using characters as power sources: Vlad in the first season of Aventures, Dr. Adrynn in Starventures.
    • The heroes receive a Call to Adventure through a fake MacGuffin in both Starventure with its Treasure Map and the 5th Aventure Live storyline and its letter from the "Princess".
    • The Caper plot from Fred's Live campaign is quite similar to the party's infiltration of the Intendants Guild headquarters during the third season.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Some people felt like this about Viktor replacing Théo, mostly those who like to see Joueur du Grenier angry and brutal and didn't relate to his angst, only asking for the previous character to come Back for the Dead.
  • Scrappy Weapon: In season 1, Grunlek's mechanical arm was Cool, but Inefficient. His short range forced him to put himself in danger, and actually using his Lost Technology power ended up doing more harm than good. Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in season 2 and its Grappling-Hook upgrade.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Aventures could be inspired by the live-action RPG parodies in Joueur du Grenier, which already featured Bob Lennon.
  • Squick: Bob seems extremely squicked at the idea of having Shin inflict Literally Shattered Lives on someone in the third live. Thankfully, it doesn't happened.
    • When Apple's leg is broken by the rathtar in Starventures.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Knight Vlad wanted to protect humanity by getting rid of all magical beings which is a bit extreme, but everything that happened after didn't really prove him wrong. Théo acknowledges that he may have been right towards the end of the third season.
    • The Churches don't trust the group and ask them to turn back and go away when they arrive to the Conclave because they're considered dangerous, incompetent and untrustworthy after the event of Wonders City and the Church of Whispers. The very fact that the group unknowingly brought a powerful entity controlling the dead proves them right.
    • Viktor is ridiculed by B.O.B., Shin and Grunlek when he tries to dissuade them from allying with Death, saying that it is too powerful an entity to control. B.O.B. maintains that it was not aggressive, forgetting the fact that the party was attacked away from the camp as soon as zombies were summoned and that he himself was bitten while trying to flee, so any civilian in the region would have been killed by Death's minions at that point.
  • That One Rule: The reputation system from Season 2, a game mechanic which influenced the opinion of the NPCs depending on the actions of the heroes. It never stopped the party to act impulsively or foolishly (The Church of Whispers, The Conclave) and it screwed them hard at the end of said season, but the players still complained they didn't get any sign of respect from anyone. It was quietly dropped in Season 3.
  • Tear Jerker: The Cliffhanger that ends Season two. Théo wakes up on his horse, alone, and sees in the distance meteorites falling. And knows that he lost his friends.
  • Theme Pairing: As soon as Cygne appeared, a lot of people were already shipping her with her fellow half-elemental and Launcher of a Thousand Ships Shin. Her smooth attitude and the comically out-of-place romantic music used during their conversation probably helped.
  • Unexpected Character: Several characters from Season 1 make a brief and unexpected return during the group's time-travelling hijinks in Season 4, including the Rapier Man and the little girl herself.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The fourth Live was about about a sexy redhead and a clan of blood half-elementals fighting over a powerful magical artifact. But because it was supposed to be a "one-shot" arc - and possibly due to Mahyar losing most of his files in a computer crash before the session - the ending was rushed and the group left the conflict before its conclusion, though now in possession of a water elemental. We didn't even got the opportunity to see any Blood Magic in action!
    • A pack of creatures appears in the shadow, described as "feline" by Mahyar. Flesh drinkers? Pinetooth tigers?! Nope: just plain old Savage Wolves.
  • What an Idiot!: Did we have to mention the little girl again?
  • The Woobie:

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