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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The fanbase sees Justin Bieber like this. If a "kill the ragdolls" level has Irresponsible Dad's son hanging around as a target, expect him to be labeled "JB".
    • "JB" is also often used as a synonym for a bad player. Often there would be levels where the map maker writes sarcastic comments if someone dies in an early spot or an easily-avoidable hazard. Example: "Even Justin Bieber could make that jump." or "If you lose, you're a Justin Bieber."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Some of the more creative user-made levels, including one where the Wheelchair guy is just one of several clones, and one where the Irresponsible Dad is smaller than a mouse.
    • Quite a lot of user-made levels depict Wheelchair Guy as a pedophile.
  • Archive Panic: There's no way for anybody to ever play all of the available levels due the the massive volume of users adding them. Then again, there's little reason to want to play all of them due to their repetition and general low quality.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The Irresponsible Dad tends to react to the deaths of his kid with a mildly annoyed dammit.
  • Awesome Music: To Victory by JT Music
  • Broken Base: The creator's attitude towards Let's Plays in general has split the base. Some think that this is a case of him being too defensive, others think that he's entitled to his opinion and is at least content to leave them up, unlike other developers.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: You'd think general dismemberment of handicapped elders, children (and one toddler), and even Santa Claus would be nothing but horribly outrageous, but this game manages to go so far with it that it becomes hilarious.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Any hazard could be made deadly with clever placement, but special mention goes to the Harpoon Gun. It has perfect accuracy, lightning speed, piercing ability, and is heavy. This combination means you'll be lucky if it doesn't make you literally explode on impact. Even if you survive, an anchored one in your body means you might as well restart; it's near impossible to get free. It's no wonder that most obstacle course levels have the harpoons nerfed.
    • Chompers, which are blade weapons connected to a pin joint. If they end up in your character's body, it's only a matter of time before they tear them apart.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Though it takes practice, it is possible to fly using the Wheelchair Guy's rocket. Needless to say, this makes clearing most levels very easy.
    • The Irresponsible Dad can do it too, to some extent. Mashing the lean keys will have him glide for as long as you can keep it up.
    • Beating the "It Keeps Happening" level is ridiculously easy if you're playing as Pogostick Man. Just jump upwards and the finish line is right there.
    • Helicopter Man can straight up fly, and therefore has maneuverability incomparable to other characters.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Irresponsible Dad is without a doubt the most popular of the current characters, likely due to being a favorite of many of the Let's Players who have taken a shot at the game. It doesn't hurt that he's tailor-made for Video Game Cruelty Potential due to his son.
  • Good Bad Bug: Though some of said bugs fall into this category.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One popular level was called "Jurassic World" before the actual film was announced.
  • Memetic Badass: If you're on a spike fall, pogo jump or anything of the sort, more often than not, the most difficult part of it will be labelled "Jim Bonacci".
  • Memetic Molester: The Wheelchair Guy is occasionally portrayed as a pedophile who preys on the Irresponsible Dad's kid.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Dammit!"
    • "Ow my leg!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are many levels named for the Saw series, but are merely about creating contraptions/animations to kill NPC characters for fun rather than having anything to do with the signature aspect of choice in the devices. Given that the gore is what people remember most, though, it's understandable.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Pogostick Man's over-the-top screams of pain can be funny at first, but when he constantly makes them it's unbearable. Expect this to happen if you're going through the stage with a blade weapon stuck in his body.
    • If there's more than a dozen finish lines layered on top of each other and thus triggered, then it results in this.
    • Wheelchair Guy shouting "Ow my leg!" especially since he usually says it when something other than his legs are injured.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The victory sound. Dun dun NUUUUUUUH! (pssshh)
  • Nightmare Fuel: A rather major case of YMMV, as to some people all of the death and dismemberment in the game can come off as more disturbing than funny.
    • Some of the user-made levels can also contain plenty of nightmarish content, such as the ones made by user "kirbypwnage" (especially his "Haunted Mansion" levels).
  • That One Level: "99% Impossible" levels, which at least 90 percent of the time are fully dependent on luck in order to complete them and have the difficult-to-use Pogostick Guy as the playable character. The ones that are actually well-made aren't usually any less difficult, but at least that's because they are difficult for more legitimate reasons.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Explorer Guy is one of the least popular characters in the game. Very few fans like him because he's difficult to control, very top-heavy and prone to falling over, can't jump, and a relatively useless special ability (see This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman). It's very rare seeing players pick this guy or there being maps where he's the set character.
    • "R8 5 To Unlock" levels, where an object that would make an otherwise nearly impossible level easier to complete or even the victory line is blocked to the player with a message telling them to rate the level with five stars and then it will be unblocked. Even among the more hated level gimmicks in the game, this one really takes the cake for the userbase as the uploader is attempting to artificially inflate their level's rating just so it will get a higher rating, and thus appear early on in the level lists. Combined this with the fact that the uploader rarely follows through with unblocking the objects/finish line, (likely out of fear of ceasing to get the 5-star ratings they aren't legitimately earning in the first place) and you get one of the most hated gimmicks in the game's history.
    • "Naked Character Glitch" levels. All of these levels are largely identical: Your character sits inside a box with either the Irresponsible Mom or the Motorcycle Couple Woman outside with a message claiming either that a glitch causes them to appear to be naked or that the level maker will make them appear to be so if the player rates 5. Not only does this "glitch" not actually exist (nor do the characters actually become naked unless the level maker puts a flesh-colored graphical effect over them), but once less-skilled level makers realized that they could score 5-star ratings this way (in a similar vein to the above), the level list became flooded with this type of level. Very quickly, these levels became another widely detested level gimmick and is almost always listed in lists of level gimmicks that need to stop.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Basically Trials' R-rated, drug-addicted stepbrother.


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