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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Many fans believe that Ted secretly loves Gen 4 and The Legend of Zelda and may possibly be BillyMC.
    • The Kirby games would like you to believe that Kirby is the hero. The BSC Crew doesn't really see it that way.
      Ted: Our villain-I mean hero, Kirby...
    • The guys talk about how Animal Crossing after going into the mythology of the Kappa end up thinking he's taking you to purgatory.
    • According to the Mario commentaries:
      • Luigi's a silent, but snarky sociopath who loves money and hates everyone.
      • Waluigi's an annoying jerk who's not only a drug addict, but he also has a gambling problem. He's also Luigi's rival.
      • Wario and Waluigi are the Scapelli brothers, as seen in the Super Mario Bros. movie.
      • Mario is positively obsessed with seeing Boom-Boom (the fortress miniboss of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 3D Land)
      • Toad is Satan, and Chance Time is hell.
      • Yoshi's a drug addict, who apparently makes logs of everything that happens around him. Along with being incredibly unlucky.
      • Peach is either really lucky or she pays Toad to tip the game in her favor.
      • Bowser can't do anything (not even rearrange his spice rack) without either Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad or all four coming to beat him up. As well, he's invited to everything they do except for the parties. As Ted puts it:
      Ted: No, parties are too formal for Bowser.
  • Arc Fatigue
    • For those who aren't fans of the series, the Mass Effect commentary can be a real slog to sit through, for one primary reason (to Lewis's credit, this is more a result of the game's design than the fault of his playstyle).
    • Averted with most of their RPG playthroughs nowadays. The commentaries for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Final Fantasy IX were released in blocks and went back-and-forth in order to keep either game from dominating the channel. Lewis's Persona 5 playthrough was designated as a weekend upload so as not to break the pace of the regular commentary schedule.
  • Base-Breaking Character::
    • Amanda. To clarify, it's not because she's a girl. It's because she has no charisma or sense of commentary identity, likely due to lack of experience. Because of this, she comes across to some as trying too hard to be funny and being awkward as a whole when talking when compared to the others, seemingly ending sentences abruptly with irrelevant topics and then just stopping, leading to an awkward silence. Some people will endlessly bitch about her even when she's not in a commentary. Others are more optimistic and say she's getting better.
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    • Ryan gets a lot of flak for complaining a lot, having a perceived unfair advantage in multiplayer games (he DOES win most of the times. This is particularly on display with Mario Party), and coming off as an elitist. He also can draw some flak for feeling like a poor sport when they have trouble with multiplayer games, being extremely negative towards the over all game primarily because of the multiplayer.
    • Ted was, at one point, well on his way to becoming the most divisive member of the crew. Examples include his voice being grating to some (it's probably his accent), coming off as egotistical (both in his intolerance for people liking games against his bias and his Holier Than Thou attitude toward anyone with the slightest issue toward him), his tendency to overstate his issues with games that he has distaste for, and to some, coming off as preachy and stubborn. It's worth noting, however, due to this backlash, he's stated he's trying to become better about this sort of thing. Despite efforts, he still comes off as stubborn on social channels and in the Pikmin 2 commentary, and thus remains the most divisive member.
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    • Starting with the Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil playthrough, Lewis started to get more and more hate for going off on tangents (usually gender related) almost immediately as the parts starts and not focusing on the actual playthrough.
      • He also tends to get a bit of criticism in co-op multiplayer LPs, as earlier ones with shared lives meant his lesser play led to more Game Overs. Not to say he isn't trying, but there are a few instances such as in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, where he keeps trying to use the boot after losing almost 5 lives, and suiciding to switch off Kirby rather than just use the normal character switch mechanic. Subverted in LittleBigPlanet, where very often Lewis is the only player left and clears challenges fairly well on his own, and averted with Rayman Legends, where Lewis's gameplay stops impacting the others thanks to the absence of lives.
      • Lewis has also became this during the Dragon Ball Fighter Z commentary. His dislike of the animation, graphics, and lack of knowledge on the show has put many people off the series. It doesn’t help that no one seems to call him out on getting things wrong when talking about the series.
    • Hell, pretty much every commentator is a base breaker to varying degrees - Johnny is probably the only commentator without a significant hatebase. The only thing that comes close is a minority of people sometimes getting annoyed with his "philosophical reasoning" about some things, like his reasoning for keeping most of his Wii U games digital. If that's not petty, we don't know what is.
    • Everybody discusses their haters in their 2014 Black Friday Super Smash Bros. 4 Video.
  • Bizarro Episode: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker. Lampshaded by Ted in the opening.
    Ted: John, what were you drinking?
  • Blatant Lies:
    • A lot of fans, and the entirety of the BSC crew (with the exception of Ted), believe that Ted got lost in front of dungeon 3 in Zelda 1. This is because Ted made a jump cut in front of the dungeon, and Ted stated previously that whenever Ted made a jump cut, he's looking at the guide. He claims that he was just starting a new recording, but very few people believe him.
    • Later revealed in the crew's Let's Play of Kirby's Return to Dream Land that they were just teasing Ted the whole time and they did believe him. That didn't stop the fans from running it into the ground, though.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The two times Worker and Parasite are used.
  • Character Tiers:
    • Discussed in Brawl.
    • Occasionally brought up with Pokemon.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Although it in itself WAS a Funny Moment... Johnny states in Kirby's Return to Dream Land that HAL is making the 4th installment of the Super Smash Bros. series when in fact Namco Bandai are making it.
    • Ryan is the one that most often makes factual mistakes about the topic at hand, such as repeatedly stating Pokemon Gold and Silver came out in 2001, when it was actually 2000, and saying Captain Planet isn't in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, when he is actually the last character you unlock. He also said that Mega Man 9 and 10 were for the Virtual Console, when they were actually for WiiWare. This one could be written off as a slip of the tongue. The team also seemed all convinced that the period between The First Movie and Gold and Silver was extremely brief, when in reality it was almost a full year after the movie came out that the games hit America.
    • Every. Damn. Time. Fritz was on screen during the Frankenstein commentary, the team repeatedly called him Igor, even when his real name is said in the movie.
    • The crew show shades of this during the various Star Wars commentaries, particular in the crew's commentary of Attack of the Clones. For example, on multiple occasions, Ryan and Johnny say that Master Sifo-Dyas is an alter-ego of Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus. Sifo-Dyas was actually a friend of Dooku's and was murdered before the events of the film. Otherwise, apart from the occasional Critical Research Failure, it should be noted the guys are extremely knowledgeable about Star Wars.
      • Minor example given it's a much newer entry, but in discussing The Last Jedi, they refer to Praetorian Guards as "The Knights of Ren," with the former being Snoke's guard meant to look like the Emperor's, while the latter are a group of presumably Dark Side users who have not yet appeared.
    • In the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon commentary, Ryan says that the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios would be closing and Disney planned to "put in something else." While this was the case, the Tower of Terror that closed was actually at Disney's California Adventure, where instead of it being replaced, was rethemed into a Guardians of the Galaxy drop ride.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • John by default, considering he's the only main commentator not listed below in the Scrappy listing. Much of his relative popularity is likely because he is the most well-known of the main four, with the most active personal channel (only Ted's even begins to approach his activity), and even when he doesn't like a game, he won't complain nearly as much as the other crew members unless the game really deserves it. There is often disappointment in the comments for videos that he is unable to attend.
    • Clement and Gareth enjoy noticeable popularity over the other guest commentators.
    • Pretzel Bag, too. Before he died.
    • The Mario Party videos. They provided a lot of laughs and many fans requested them to do more playthroughs of them.
      • A lot of people also seem to like the longer videos, like lists, retrospectives, and impressions. They ARE nice to have going in the background while working on something or playing a game on mute. The impressions videos in particular seem to make people forget that videos take time to record and render.
    • Out of the guest commentators, Nathan, Masae, and Tom have all been very popular. This may be due to them naturally fitting in with the chemistry of the group (tone, style, etc.)
    • Qatherine, after she recorded the footage and basically chaired the commentary on Spyro 2.
  • Fan Hater: Ted was once pretty bad about this, saying on several occasions that he doesn't get how [insert game he doesn't like] has any fans, and frequently starting arguments with the game's defenders in the comment section. He was probably most condescending toward Pokémon Gen 4 fans (and in general was much more vocal about his hatred of the games in earlier videos). Recently, he's shown some awareness and remorse for this trope (though not to the point where he is above putting those he antagonized in the wrong for any lingering resentment). He has also been on the receiving end of this trope for trying to portray Metroid: Other M and Sonic Boom as So Okay, It's Average.
  • Fridge Logic: Lampshaded in the Pokémon Crystal commentary as they got confused why the people of Lavender Town dig up Pokémon graves in the Pokémon Tower and turned said tower into a radio tower when they clearly had trouble in the town Ghost Pokémon because of disturbing the graves.
  • Growing the Beard: Amanda's commentary in their playthrough of Sailor Moon R was seen as a significant improvement. She's largely quieter than she used to be, her chipper personality is a nice contrast to the guys' deadpan remarks, and her enthusiasm for things she's a fangirl of give her a Genki Girl appeal. While she still has some quirks to iron out, her reception is much better with several comments expressing a desire to see her more often.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Amanda mentioned in the Ib commentary she doesn't like to bug people out. And then she found out that she's considered The Scrappy of the group by many.
    • Many jokes about Ryan being quiet in some commentaries became a lot less funny after he revealed it was because of his Depression.
    • During recording for the second part of the Sonic Mania commentary, Lewis had doubts that the PC version's delay was for improving the DRM on the game. At the same time the part went live, controversy was already breaking out about the PC version having the Denuvo DRM.
    • In Part 8 of the N Sane Trilogy version of Crash Bandicoot Warped, Johnny mentioned that he listened to Nostalgia Critic in the background while working, causing a brief discussion on their opinions on him... However, by the time that this part was uploaded, the March 2018 Mass Exodus was recently released and revealed a lot of mismanagement in Channel Awesome.
    • In part 4 of the Gravity Rush commentary, Ted joked how he tweeted about Dragon Quest every 2 days... However, when that was uploaded, Ted recently announced he was going cut down on how much he uses Twitter due to the recent backlash on his opinions on RO Ms counting as Piracy.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • Ryan has gotten flak for his hatred of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword; even its detractors believe that he bashes it too much.
    • Ted got a lot of this (especially from Matt) with his not-so-favorable opinions of the first Legend of Zelda. To be fair, having never played the game before making a bet with Johnny, he had to keep a walkthrough open the entire time; even Zelda 1 fans will admit that the game can't be enjoyed without memorizing how to complete it. He was also heavily picked on by the other commentators for his constant deaths.
    • Also, his hatred of Gen 4. And that's all we'll say on the matter.
      • On the topic of Pokémon, Ryan with Gen 3. It's not that he outright bashes it so much as that he feels the need to repeatedly say that he doesn't know about its Pokémon nor considers them worth learning about. Johnny actually has a similar attitude toward Gen 3, but gets off with relatively little hate for it because he's not saying "Gen 3, don't care" every time he sees one of its Pokémon. Ted's apathy toward Gen 3 has also netted him some ire, but not nearly to the extent of Gen 4. Gen 5 seems to be the first generation since Gen 2 all 3 that still care have completely embraced, particularly Black and White 2.
    • Ted also gets this with Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, and the MOTHER series; the first one in particular.
    • Ted in particular tends to get this more than the others, regardless of the game he's bashing, due to the aforementioned Fan Hater attitude.
    • Interesting, an aversion of this trope with Pokémon has somewhat helped Amanda's popularity, with her usually being the only commentator in Pokémon videos without a bias toward any generation, such as Ted's blind nostalgia for II and hatred of IV, or Ryan's indifference that still somehow causes him to compulsively bash them with III. In fact, Amanda has almost no bias to speak of.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Watching Lewis' kleptomania in the Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) playthrough prompts Johnny to ask what will happen if Lewis ever decides to play Pokémon for the channel. Cut to two years later, as Lewis begins his playthrough of Pokémon Leaf Green, which, before being commandeered by Johnny, is insanely slow-paced (it takes 2 and a half parts to get to BROCK). Lewis catches multiple fodder Pokémon, takes the time to explore every aspect of the game ad nausea (as in talking to EVERY NPC and reading EVERY sign at the lowest possible text speed), and remains consistently lax at actually editing bits out (enough to make even Ryan complain).
    • To add to this, Ryan made jokes during the Sonic playthrough about a Pokémon playthrough by Lewis having hundreds of parts and taking forever. Johnny points out at one point during the actual playthrough that if it were to continue in that manner, it would take them well over two years to actually get through it.
    • During a random bout in Brawl, Johnny told Clement Mega Man wouldn't be in Super Smash Bros. 4. Come the official announcement and Mega Man was the HIGHLIGHTED new character.
      • Later, in their final Brawl livestream, Johnny specifically invokes Clement's prediction while saying Palutena should be in Smash 4. Guess who was announced for the game.
    • An earlier one. In their Super Mario 64 playthrough, they speak about Miyamoto's opinions on cats. Lo, and behold...
    • During the Pokémon 2000 movie commentary, when Ash asks for a boat to fulfill the prophecy, the crew jokingly says he's going to use it to climb a mountain. Later on, that same boat is actually used to climb a mountain on one of the three islands and helps Ash obtain a MacGuffin. The boat goes on to become the most important thing in the movie.
    • In part 4 of the Sonic Heroes commentary, Lewis mentions that Sonic Shorts had ended. While it's debateable at the time it was recorded if it happened, but by the time the part was uploaded, the Sonic Paradox team had finally put their Grand Finale out.
    • In Part 9 of Shadow the Hedgehog, the guys have a debate about the president in the Sonic universe until Lewis says "Mr. President should have vetoed Sonic 06, but he didn't.", and Johnny follows up with "And that's why we have Obama." what puts this here is that this part was recorder before, and uploaded after, the 2012 presidential elections, where presumably everyone voted for him.
    • In Part 6 of Devil May Cry, John talks about him wanting hover boards before 2015. Later in March...
    • In Part 4 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the guys talk about wanting a Luigi's Mansion for the 3DS (It should also be noted that they discused potential names for what would become the Wii U earlier in the Playthrough).
    • In Part 3 of Link: The Faces of Evil, Ryan mocks fans of Gen 3 for their expectations of remakes that won't happen, and Ted agrees that such fans should stop getting their hopes up. About a month after the recording was posted, look what was announced....
    • In Part 3 of Sonic '06, Ryan jokes about how Lewis is so good at the game, that he'll be the one playing Superman 64 for the channel. When they got around to playing that game, Lewis ended up being the most competent at controlling Superman.
      • It became even funnier when it turned out that Ryan was way better at the game than both Lewis and Ted combined. And it was his second time playing it.
    • In Part 2 of Mario Party, Lewis claims that chance time is only good "when it gets me a free star." And then in Part 3, Lewis ends up stealing Mario's star via chance time.
    • In the Space Jam commentary, Lewis claims that Slam Jam is the Guile's theme of the next generation. There is a remix that combines Slam Jam and Guile's theme.
    • When Ryan wins the first board of their Mario Party 3 playthrough, he quotes "You're Winner!" and John replies with "you're always winner!" Ryan would then go on to win all three boards that they played.
    • During the Majora's Mask commentary, Ted comments on the unlikelihood of a 3DS remake of the game. An official remake had been announced just before the part came out. Johnny (the editor of the commentary) lampshades this by showing the remake's box art while repeating and slowing down Ted's voice.
    Ted: Iii doon't thiiink it's goonaa haaapen.
    • Ted said that parties were too formal for Bowser. Well, he's going to have to take that back now, since Bowser stars in Mario Party 10, enough that people are calling it Bowser Party.
    • In Azure Striker Gunvolt Part 4, Johnny makes a reference to the fact that Brainscratch's videos are uploaded at midnight. The video came out after Ryan announced the videos were going to be uploaded at noon from now on.
    • At the end of the Mario Party 3 live playthrough, the group was so disgusted by Waluigi winning despite doing nothing but going in circles that they decided to play Sonic Shuffle next year instead of more Mario Party. Cue them live playing Sonic Shuffle at Momocon 2015 and finding it so incredibly boring that they went back to do a playthrough of Mario Party (the fourth one though, not the third).
    • In the DmC: Devil May Cry commentary, Lewis discusses how he dislikes the constant use of Dante's outfit from Devil May Cry 3, namely as a DLC costume in DmC, and prefers the design for his outfit in the original game. In the Definitive Edition, an extra skin for Dante is added in the form of that exact outfit.
      • Made even funnier when Lewis describes Vergil's Downfall, highlighting how Vergil's hair at the end becomes spiked up, to which Johnny asks if it could have been referencing Vergil's look in Devil May Cry 3. Vergil also found himself with a bonus costume in the Definitive Edition: An outfit designed to mimic his original design in Devil May Cry 3.
    • In the first part of the Mario Kart 64 commentary, they predicted the DLC for Mario Kart 8.
      Ryan: That would be funny, Link in a go-kart!
    • In Part 10 of Sonic Unleashed, Gareth jokes about the enemies in Cool Edge Night, referring to them as "Poliwhirl and Fire Poliwhirl", with Ted jokingly saying not to give Game Freak ideas. Come Pokémon Sun and Moon, Alolan forms were introduced, some with equally contradictory types (such as Ice Vulpix), though no Poliwhirl form appeared in the final game.
    • In Part 14 of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, the group jokingly bring up the various NX rumors that were happening at the time. The part was released the same day that the NX was officially revealed, now called the Nintendo Switch.
    • In Part 26 of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker a discussion about game releases lead to Gareth joking about Kingdom Hearts rereleases being rerelased till the end of time. The day after the part went up, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 were announced to being released on PS4.
    • For Momocon 2017, the guys did a Bubsy playthrough for the audience to commentate over... Guess what happened 6 days later.
    • During the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Live LP, Ted comments on how Marina often loses to Pearl... hours after it was uploaded, Marina lost Splatfest yet again.
    • In part 19 of Gravity Rush, Ted accidentally brings up Space Jam. 2 days later, Space Jam 2 was announced.
  • Ho Yay:
  • Kudzu Plot: Played with in Kid Icarus: Uprising part 16 where Lewis reveals a bunch of plot twists that make no sense that lead to more plot twists that make even less sense.
  • Love to Hate: Ted's behavior has earned him much mocking (some merely joking, others actually spiteful) from several viewers, as well as Gareth and the mysterious entity called Fake Ted.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Join the Church of Captain Falcon today!
    • That fucking boat from Pokémon 2000: The Movie.
  • Moe: Amanda. A cute Genki Girl with a tendency to be shy, comes off as Adorkable, and The Woobie as she takes fan criticism personally and seems to have trouble with social cues.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Pretty much any time Johnny laughs. Simply put, that man's laughter is very contagious.
  • Never Live It Down: Pretty much every member has one. Here's a list:
    • Ryan: The Sonic 3 & Knuckles playthrough, and dying to Toad Man.
      • Though Ryan's editing skills have gotten better, the internet will never forget Parts 7 and 8 of the Mega Man 3 playthrough.
    • Johnny: IT'S STORM EAGLE!note 
    • Ted: The Zelda play through. Oh so much.
    • Lewis: He attempted to fight Brock using a Kakuna's Poison Sting rather than Level Grinding Mankey and spamming Low Kick.
    • All of them: Kirby's Return to Dream Land World 6-2... while it IS That One Level the guys end up spending a part and a half having to do the level over and over again.
      Ryan: We're NEVER playing that level again!
  • Pet-Peeve Trope:
    • When it comes to co-op games, Ryan absolutely loathes griefing since he finds it incredibly annoying and stops the team's progress. He mentions his hate for griefing during the group's Super Mario 3D World run and asks the others to keep griefing to a minimum. Ryan also tells Johnny that he's glad that Matt (Johnny's friend) wasn't playing because he knew Matt would be griefing the entire time as he did in SGB's let's play of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U.
    • Ted goes absolutely nuts whenever anyone blatantly ignores items or power-ups in the game since he believes that every item, no matter how little of a purpose they serve, all have some use and should be picked up. Ted gets on Johnny's case a lot for ignoring items during the Metroid Fusion commentary and he also gets annoyed in the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask commentary when he hears Johnny and a few others don't bother collecting maps for the regions of Termina. Ted has been compared to Lewis with their kleptomania many times; Lewis collects everything in the game for the sake of collecting them while Ted collects stuff that are helpful to him, even if he won't ever use it.
    • Desert levels. Whenever a level that uses this trope shows up, one or all of the commentators will likely break into a tangent on how dull they are. Doubly so if it's the second world/area of a game as seen in a lot of Nintendo games.
      Lewis: And that's why I generally tend to lose interest in Nintendo games by the second world. I dislike desert themes.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Curse in Paper Mario is this to Ted, especially shown in the playthrough since it ends up doing the worst possible things at the worst possible times, the worst being in the battle with the Superboss in part 36 in which it ups his attack on the turn he's CHARGING HIS ATTACK.
    Ted (multiple times): FUCK YOU, CURSE!
  • Squick: Gareth's reaction to a joke about There Are No Girls on the Internet is this, however it can be seen as hypocritical as this is from the guy who claimed that Eggman powers his robots with semen (see the Hellfire Commentaries Funny Moments page for more information on that).
  • That One Player:
    • Lewis wins by doing absolutely nothing.
    • Ryan shows many shades of the trope during the group's playthrough of Super Mario 3D World. Ryan screws up the least due to having the most experience of the game and he is quick to complain the minute someone in the group screws up and makes everyone else suffer for it.
    • Ryan (who plays as Waluigi) wins on the Waluigi board by going in a circle pretty much the entire game. The other players (Johnny, Ted, and Lewis) are understandably infuriated.
      • The commenters are also getting annoyed by Ryan winning almost every Mario Party board, even saying that what were once the most popular playthroughs are getting boring due to knowing how they will likely turn out.
  • The Woobie: Amanda, a nice, energetic commentator who is often hounded by the viewers for some forced attempts at humor to the point that some will leave the video the second they hear her voice. It's only become even worse in recent livestreams, where it's clear just how deeply Amanda has been affected by all the criticism. She's been trying desperately to improve her commentary style, though some would a little too desperately.

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