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  • Author's Saving Throw: After 2018 saw Jon's infamously lax update schedule reach previously unprecedented levels (not uploading the entire year until December, a severe drought even by Jontron standards), early 2019 saw him get his ass back into gear in a major way with three new videos in the first two months of the year, and keeping up the record pace since then.
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: It's become a well-known inside joke of the Jontron fandom to wait forever for a brief moment of happiness and continue to wait forever for more Jontron.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Many of the endings of Jon's videos are this, especially since they tend to be Gainax Endings.
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    • At the end of his Dino City review, Jon sings Katy Perry's "Firework," and he even reenacts a scene from her music video. His performance of this song is noted on his Awesome Music page. Despite later references (and performances) of this song, the BLAM that particularly sticks out is at the end of the first performance, the music cuts off, Jon turns to face the camera, and a caption displays on the screen that reads (with some sound distortion) "Death comes to us all." This is never referenced in following performances.
    • At the end of "Bootleg Pokémon Games," Jacques says "Boobs," then there's a close up on Jacques followed by an image of a sumo wrestler. After a beat, there's an image of an udder, and the video ends.
    • The end of "Hercules Games" has Jon commit suicide while confessing how he never wanted immortality anyway. As we see his body on the couch, the word "POOP" appears flashing. And then the video ends.
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    • The end of "Food Games Part 1" has Jon force a strange, Gollum-like thrall named "Grimbo" bring him food. This character has never been alluded to in the entirety of Jon's videos up to this point.
    • The end of "Food Games Part 2" has the random appearance of the Kool-Aid Man, played by Ethan Klein of H3H3 Productions.
    • The inexplicable appearance of Goblin Head Boy in Episode 2 of Starcade, who arrives with absolutely no prior foreshadowing and is disposed of just as quickly.
    • In his movie review of Dark Dungeons, a man named Rich the Homeless Guy enters the video and startles Jon. He's never mentioned again.
    • The Monster Clown gag from his Howling II review, which arrives out of nowhere and is gone in seconds.
    • In his movie review of Christmas with the Kranks, Jon randomly slits his wrists. At the end of the video, Jon interviews random people on the street, one of whom claims to be Allah and starts proselytizing for his personal religion. There's a relatively large portion of time given to this strange man at the end of the video despite there being no foreshadowing or relevance to Jon's work. Neither of these things are foreshadowed or brought up again.
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    • The VR Troopers review has Jon talking with a bizarre VR Chat player dressed as Piglet, who asks Jon to touch his ears in an uncomfortably suggestive manner and then jumps off a cliff. Aside from a vague commentary on how real VR isn't like people in the '90s imagined it would be, it's never explained, referenced, or mentioned ever again.
    • A brief gag in "Buying Dumb Things Online" has Jon toss his newly acquired pillows into a chair, whereupon they appear to form a sentient being complete with the kanji font from Jojos Bizarre Adventure.
  • Broken Base:
    • The StarCade series. Some feel that it's a funny and well crafted love letter to the Star Wars saga, others feel that it's unfunny, disappointing, and The Nostalgia Critic-esque jokes ruin it. Some people feel that Jon himself doesn't seem interested in it, leading to rumors that were plausible, such that Jon wasn't in control of the series and is merely the star, to the outlandish ones like Disney produced the series to hype up The Force Awakens. Jon denied these rumors in his Jon Spills The Beans video, confirming that he was, in fact, in control of the series. There's also the fact that the series continues to suffer from Schedule Slippage despite Jon repeatedly insisting that all the filming had been finished for a while now and that the rest of the series would have a more frequent upload schedule.
      • This is somewhat helped by the finale – it was over 20 minutes long, made a nice Call-Back to an older review, brought closure to the overarching plot with Darth Vader that was never referred to after the first episode, and (most importantly) finally saw Jon & Arin in a video together for the first time since the finale of their Super Star Wars playthrough on Game Grumps, exactly two and a half years prior.
    • As with any popular Youtuber, there are inevitably people who feel his newer content has lost that special spark, and those who like it just fine. It all depends on whether you think Jon is making good use of the show's obvious Big Budget Beef-Up, or if it distracts from his signature style. Lampshaded when Jon meets the Great Bootleg.
      "That's hokey, and old JonTron was better!"
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In his Hercules episode, he points out that Herc's Adventures has a piece of soundtrack that sounds like the Binary Sunset theme to A New Hope. It's very clear from looking at the disc itself, as well as the title screen, that the game was made by LucasArts, which was well-known for inserting nods to the franchise in even unrelated games.
    • The bootleg Pokémon episode ends with Jon playing the Pokémon Black hack, depicting the game as being possessed, floating in the air, and reaching through the screen to steal Jon's soul. While this was most likely done for the sake of ending the video on a joke, it can put off those who enjoyed the original creepypasta because it managed to be creepy without including any supernatural elements, thus standing out from the likes of so many haunted video game creepypastas. He also refers to the Lavender Town Syndrome when describing this hack, even though Pokémon Black and Lavender Town Syndrome are two separate and unrelated creepypastas. There's also his listing of Moemon as a bootleg Pokémon game, when it's technically just a romhack.
    • While the grommet gag is funny, it slightly falls flat when you find out it is actually a very common surfing term, and it has been since the 70s, which means a young child. On a similar note, the graffiti reading SWOOD was probably meant to be SWOOP (although it's not like that is common lingo, and it may have been straight up Rule of Funny).
    • In the Clock Tower review, he says that the Scissorman's real name is Dan. However, the first game's Scissorman was actually Bobby Barrows. Dan is actually the giant baby monster that made him vomit candy corn. (This is most likely the result of the fact that most runthroughs of the game will not see the sole scene to name the two characters while Dan returns as the Scissorman in the second game.) He also mistakenly claims that the game requires the player to restart upon dying even though it contained an autosave function.
    • In his top 10 best boss battles, when he talks about Jubileus he says that after punching her into the sun, Bayonetta has to go in the sun and destroy her. While in the game, she punches Jubileus so hard her soul went to the sun and she must destroy the body before it crashes on earth, hence the flames surrounding the body.
    • In the SNES port of Space Ace, Jon says that there are areas in which he could transform Dexter into Ace, but he tried pressing every button and nothing happens. The thing is, you could actually transform into Ace by pressing the left shoulder key on the SNES controller.
    • In "Food Games Part 2", one of the things that makes Jon launch into a Faux Symbolism sequence is the fact that there's no music in Pepsiman... except there is, meaning that something was wrong with Jon's disc/emulator. While it's justifiable (Jon mentions in the review that he hadn't heard of the game beforehand), the fact that the music is one of the most iconic things about the game makes it a pretty glaring oversight.
    • In "The Zoo Race", he comments on a flag reading "Shalom" seeming out of place. However, the game's focus is on an Old Testament story which is also part of the Jewish faith.
    • In his Disney Bootlegs video, he comes across what looks like a swastika, leading to some Funny Moments. However, it's an easy mistake to make: the Nazi swastika is flipped around and tilted slightly. The Buddhist one is said to represent the exact opposite of the Nazi regime's ideals, and was also made into a dungeon in The Legend of Zelda. May have been on purpose for Rule of Funny.note 
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    Jon: You're telling me there are ten classic Namco video games in this one small box that looks like a tiny version of the box it used to be in? WELL, SIGN ME AND THE REST OF AMERICA UP! We got a couple years before the housing crisis, let's have some fun!
    • His videos with the character "Malkovich" run almost entirely off this style of humor.
      Malkovich: It is always fun to see the misfortune of others, especially a mother who has lost her child!
    • "I WANNA MAKE THE VIDEOS BUT I'M NOT FAST ENOUGH, DADDY! STOP BEATIN' ME!"
    • This line, roughly paraphrased, from his 2015 Q&A video, discussing the high production values of Starcade vs. his older videos:
      Jon: I understand what people were saying about the older videos, my older videos had a very sort of voyeuristic feel....y'know, like, I put a camera in your bathroom, watch you takin' a shit......maybe that's a little too far......
    • *toots toy horn* "I CAN STEEL HEAR THE SCREAMS, PAPA!" *toots toy horn*
    • When a 'duel' with Obi-Wan in one of the Star Wars Plug-n-Play games mostly consists of Jontron wailing on him with his lightsaber:
      Jon: I tried this tactic on my grandpops to get him to stop drinking and throwing stuff but all he hid was screeeeeeeeeaammm....
    • In Jon and Ethan learn Kung Fu, Jon gets Ethan a karate gi... off of a child's skeleton collecting cobwebs in Jon's closet.
    • Disney Bootlegs gives us Hitler singing Hakuna Matata.
      Hitler: Hakuna Matata. What a Reich-worthy phrase. Hakuna Matata. No Jews, crips, or gays!
    • From the same video, Simba hanging himself is actually pretty disturbing...at least until Jon lets out the mother of all "Oh My God"'s and then autotunes it into himself singing "The Circle of Life."
    • Really, his Disney Bootlegs video runs on this humor throughout. Tons of Nightmare Fuel, Nausea Fuel, Suicide as Comedy, and that's not even mentioning the fucking Elsa games... Eventually the viewer will end up in tears of laughter, but mostly as a coping mechanism to avoid permanent mental scarring...
      "Wanna see something re-e-e-e-e-al bad?"
    • Waterproofing My Life with FLEX TAPE has Jon finding increasingly bizarre and rather disturbing uses for the Flex Tape until he finally becomes one with the Flex Tape, and an epitome of perfection that no longer belongs on Earth.
    • The ending of "Turducken Chef", where the titular Turducken comes to life and kills all of Jon's friends before he shoots it with a shotgun, blowing it apart and spraying blood everywhere.
    • In the VR Troopers review, he shows footage of a user in a VR chat who seems to believe Jon is a little boy, wants Jon to touch his ears in a disturbingly sexual manner, and invites Jon to form a suicide pact with him. Ordinarily, this would be very uncomfortable, but the fact that the man doing this has an avatar of Piglet turns it from disturbing to hilarious. His morose-depressive voice and ambiguous accent just makes it that much more absurd.
      Other User with a SPARTAN avatar: We must inform Pooh.
    • In the opening of his "Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Skull Vodka" video, he cycles through the original four Ghostbusters before settling on Dan, and...
    Jon: (looking at Harold Ramis on his list of contacts) Definitely not gonna pick up.
    • MY PARAPLEGIC GRANDMA CAN DO MORE THAN YOU GODDAMMIT!
    • In his "Buying Dumb Things Online" review, he finds a positive customer review of the novelty Yodeling Pickle, from someone who claims that it helps their father with Alzheimer's disease, because whenever he gets angry, the pickle goes off and causes him to forget what was making him mad. Jon then cracks that it's not that impressive, because "forgetting's what he's already good at."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Great BootLeg, who only had thirty seconds of screentime in just one review ("Disney Bootlegs"), is beloved by the fans for being a clever, creative, and hilariously dark and twisted gag.
    • Grimbo, the Gollum-like goblin creature that Jon keeps chained to his couch, only appears twice (and the second time as a corpse), but is one of the most memorable gags in Jon's entire repertoire, being just out there even by Jon's standards.
    • Phil Swift became a real-person example of this with the Flex Tape video, thanks to his impressive acoustics, habit of violently destroying various objects (before fixing them with Flex Seal products) and sheer infectious glee in doing so making him extremely popular, to the extent that Jon acknowledged the overwhelming fan demand and made a Flex Tape sequel, in which Phil himself actually participated.
  • Fountain of Memes: Thanks to his popularity, numerous quotes and moments from his videos have popped up in various places online, with gifs of him being especially popular.
    • A secondary fountain is Phil Swift, with his sheer enthusiasm and unusually destructive methods for selling Flextape and related products making him very quotable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • During the top six horrible boss battles video, Jon makes a joke saying "finishing games is for Bioware" and "Sorry guys, we ran out of time making the game." at the same time. A little harsh since this was made at the start of 2011... And Mass Effect 3 was released a while later.
    • A joke from Jon's Daikatana Part 2 review where he says "we don't hate Bill Cosby just because he made Leonard Part 6" is rather cringe-inducing years later when Cosby was accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, three counts of which he was convicted for.
    • Jon states that it would be easier to control the Mars Rover than to control the characters in the Titanic bootleg game in the Titenic review. In February 2019, the Mars Rover Opportunity would shut down.
    • "Dr Ho: License to Practice" has a joke where Jon acts as the hunchback of Notre Dame, who's happy he can move on from just staying in the bell tower all day. The episode was uploaded the exact same day of the Notre Dame fire. Jon found the memes blaming him for the fire hilarious though.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • When the D&D cult's lair is collapsing in "Dark Dungeons", Jon notes that "John is clocking in at a whopping 3:19". Those who know their Bible verses would be aware that that specific verse actually has thematic connections to the plot of "Dark Dungeons". note 
    • In "Flex Tape II", Jon is brained by a bust of Prometheus before seeing a vision of Phil Swift. Prometheus was, of course, the god known for bringing mankind a truly wonderful invention.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • When Jon got his start, he was much less atypical in terms of his reviewing style and comedy. It wasn't until his "Joe and Mac" review that the editing and comedy started to improve to a form more resembling his current works.
    • "Hercules Games", the first episode of Season 2, shows a further increase in production value and sets the tone for the following episodes. According to Jon himself, this trope was his exact intention.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The ending to “Hunting Dungeons in a Dungeon” has Jon never realize his wife is just a cellphone program. Years later, and the man’s engaged.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jon predicts that there'll be a Final Fantasy XIV-II that would bring about the Reckoning. Then Square had to redo the entire game... and decided to do so by bringing an apocalypse to the game world, setting the new game a couple years after this "event". And it quickly becomes Irony when the redone version, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was so well-received that the influx of subscriptions raised their quarterly revenue by nearly fifty-million dollars and singlehandedly pushed Square Enix back into financial stability.
    • One of the bootleg Pokémon games JonTron reviews is basically a Sonic the Hedgehog ripoff with Pikachu as the main character. It's a Sonichu game! Simultaneously, his bringing up the existence of a Pokémon double-hack game is this considering the second occurrence of this phenomenon two months later.
    • The Plug n' Play console review includes a game called Brave Boy. Turns out the main character (occasionally) looks like a naked KAITO, scarf included, although he has white underpants on. Even better: it's also the name of a Vocaloid song for the Kagerou Project.
    • Jon calls the enemies of the Barren Wasteland level of Space Ace for the SNES "mutant purple bunnies" and is perplexed by how they're much of a threat. In 2014 Five Nights at Freddy's would be released with one of the game's animatronic threats being a big purple rabbit.
    • Jon "gettin' upset" at the "Jerry" weapon in the Harmful Park segment of his "Japanese Shoot-Em-Ups" video becomes a whole new kind of funny for fans of Undertale, which features an In-Universe scrappy named "Jerry," who everyone prefers to ditch.
    • In the intro for the Nostalgia Critic's "Nostalgia-Ween' in 2014, Jon "kills" the Critic for reviewing Foodfight! after he did. Fast forward a year, and JonTron has reviewed the movie "Titanic: The Legend Goes On," which the Nostalgia Critic has already done. And the video was released on Halloween, no less.
    • Another example of this happened in episode Bootleg Pokémon Games, where Jon said that he cannot see a game about monsters using phones catching on. Undertale is about monsters, many of which use phones... and it's insanely popular.
    • Another Pokémon bootleg example comes when Jon criticizes the concept of cellphones in Bootleg Pokémon Diamond, sarcastically claiming it “totally gets him in the Pokémon spirit.” This was two years before Pokémon GO was released.
    • In the first Are You Afraid of the Dark? video, Jon has a brief Suddenly SHOUTING! rant at Canada because "[their] money's cartoon" with a picture of Looney Tunes (referring to the fact that their one-dollar and two-dollar coins are called "loonies" and "toonies" respectively). One year later, the Royal Canadian Mint puts out commemorative coins featuring, you guessed it...
    • Many people have said that Reuben, the Bible-promoting librarian who argues for the existence of God in "Zoo Race", bears a remarkable resemblance to current US Vice President and known religious conservative Mike Pence.
    • The ending of "Bootleg Pokémon Games" implies that Jon got sucked into one of the games. Then, when Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire came out, many said that Professor Birch looked like Jon.
    • In Starcade Episode 8, he reviews the fighting game Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. In this game, Princess Leia wears short brown robes, has her hair tied up and uses a staff to fight, which makes her look remarkably similar to Rey.
    • Jon's Clock Tower review has him scared shitless of the Scissorman. Then, in his "Jon & Ethan Learn Kung Fu", he promotes Kill la Kill, whose protagonist wields a pair of scissors.
    • Since Starcade has Jon in an SS Uniform as a gag with him channeling his "inner bad guy", one could say that now he's a Nazis and a Star Wars.
    • Lampshaded onscreen in VR Troopers, in a video uploaded mere days after Bitcoin cryptocurrency crashed in the markets, a Bitcoin joke is accompanied by flashing text on screen reading "I RECORDED THIS JOKE 6 MONTHS BEFORE THE BITCOIN BUBBLE LOL"
    • In his Charlie’s Angels game review he talks about how “even talent can’t escape its gravitational pull”, with the AVGN’s face being the one of the many talents that floats by. Guess what game the Nerd reviewed 5 years later...
    • In Jon's review of the Home Alone based video games, he's haunted by the ghost of Macauley Culkin. Who in 2018 would actually appear in videos by RedLetterMedia and The Angry Video Game Nerd, discussing the Home Alone games and films.
    • In Waterproofing My Life with Flex Tape, Jon says before riffing on the Flex Seal infomercials that he is in no way sponsored by Phil Swift or Flex Seal in anyway, but jokingly says that he wishes that he was. Come Flex Tape II: The Flexening and not only is he being sponsored by said company in the video, but Phil Swift himself helped work on the video with him.
      • This could also double as a heartwarming moment as well as it shows that Phil has a sense of humor at least, and had no hard feelings towards Jon for essentially poking at him and his products in a fun and silly way.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The grommets of the internet lost their collective minds when Phil Swift actually appeared As Himself in the Flex Tape sequel video.
  • Memetic Badass: Phil Swift, who fans and YouTube commenter frequently depict as an all-powerful god of home repair who can fix anything - even underwater! - as long as he has enough Flex Tape/Seal. Flex Tape Part II: The Flexening almost canonizes it, depicting Phil as the holy ruler of his own dimension called Flexworld made entirely of Flex products.
  • Memetic Molester: He depicts William from Titanic: The Legend Goes On as this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Audible Gleam at the end of the intro.
  • Narm Charm: Obi-Wan's monologue on Anakin's betrayal set to video of a toy the flash games Jon was playing was based on. It manages to be both humorous and depressing.
  • Nausea Fuel: Some of the bootleg creatures in the Disney Bootlegs video are disgusting, not to mention some of the bootleg Frozen flash games and their Squick-filled ugliness.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Jon's cameo in episode 8 of Songify the News. The comments on that video became rife with references to Jon's show (helped by the fact that Jon and Schmoyoho have collaborated) as well as comments happily praising Jon's singing.
    • Markiplier and Ross' appearances in episode 2 of Starcade.
    • People flipped their shit when Jon was actually seen on the news when Apple released the iPhone 6 in stores. Jon himself acknowledged this on his Twitter, stating he found it weird the news reporter asked him to take a picture with him for the story segment (even though Jon was only included for B-Roll...).
    • The absurdly adorable miniature horse that Jon shares his Thanksgiving brick with in the first part of "Food Games".
    • The DVD seller in "Foodfight", who has three seconds of screen time.
    • His cameo in Mike Tompkins' acapella cover of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (in honor of the 2013 World Series). Although Jon only sang one line ("If I never get back"), everyone in the comments has unanimously agreed that Jon made that video.
    • Grimbo in "Food Games", who only appears for one brief scene in the first part (in the second part, he's dead from a Pepsi overdose). The second part also has Ethan Klein as the "Kool-Aid Boy", and the bizarre delivery man who brings in Jon's replacement for his broken Macaulay Culkin head bust.
    • Arin appearing as Darth Vader in the final Starcade episode. Complete with Dance Party Ending.
    • That one man Jon interviews at the end of the Christmas with the Kranks review pretty much stole the show.
    • The bizarre creepy-depressive VR Chat player with a Piglet avatar and a thick foreign accent who only appears in the first two minutes of "VR Troopers".
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: In the early months of 2017, Jon decided to make his political views publicly known via his Twitter account... This, along with some politically charged statements he made while making guest appearances on a few streams, inevitably resulted in a massive amount of Flame War that culminated in the equally controversial (if not more, depending on who you ask) removal of his originally planned cameo from Yooka-Laylee shortly before its release. That said, Jon ultimately ended up apologizing for his statements afterwards, avoiding politics from that point on, along with managing to keep it out of his work. It's kinda become a Never Live It Down moment too—any time someone mentions Jon, expect at least 10% of following comments to mention the infamous stream/political discussion.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "It'll be out faster than you can say 'Issa- issat someone in my bat'room? Issat someone in my bat'room? I can see an outline, but I'm not sure...'"
  • Scapegoat Creator: In the Sonic R video, Jon blames the game all on Sonic Team, even though it was developed by Traveler's Tales. Though in all fairness, Sonic Team was involved in some capacity, so their hands aren't completely clean, but they weren't even the main developers.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • During the hanging scene in "Disney Bootlegs", Jon's right hand exits the green-screen range. Given the nature of the scene, though, it's more reassuring than anything.
    • The new set introduced in the Titanic: The Legend Goes On review uses green-screen effects for the windows behind Jon's couch. The effect is decent if the camera is stationary, but whenever it starts panning or zooming, it becomes painfully obvious that the editing team hasn't mastered the effect yet. Thankfully, they solved the problem by adding curtains on the set in the "Disney Bootlegs" video.
  • Squick: EVERYTHING in "Disney Bootlegs", especially those horrifying Frozen games. Bonus points go to Bootleg Zazu and the Great Bootleg slowly vomiting a game disk onto the ground.
    • A good majority of "Turducken Chef", where Jon rather messily tries to cook a turducken. note  Key word being "tries".
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Many were not happy with Starcade for a multitude of reasons: the triple-A budget strayed away from Jon's usual tastes of comedy, the amount of time it took to release them slowed down the main show's schedule, and people even perceived the joke delivery to be lackluster.
    • Season 3 is getting hit with this as well as Jon's sitcom-esque set, more elaborate skits, and increase in movie reviews has some fans yearning for Season 2's setup to return, feeling that the show's higher budget is interfering with Jon's comedy style. Not helping matters is Jon putting away videos he considers to be Old Shames or not fitting with the current style of the show, leaving fans that loved his old videos feeling irate.
  • Unexpected Character: So, how many people expected Phil Swift to appear in Flex Tape 2?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Jon's Starcade miniseries, on top of his usual brand of wit and humor, features some rather impressive special effects and set design for an internet review show. Jon reviews games in replicas of different parts of the Millennium Falcon, the intro to the comm room features a rather nice panning shot showing the extensiveness of the set, and some rather impressive CG effects are used for exterior space shots.
    • Jon's video for his Fireworks cover has impressive animation in it. Check it out.
    • Jon's new theme on Flex Tape 2: The Flexening for the show after a nearly year-long absence. The visuals make it feel like a public access television opening.
  • Win Back the Crowd: For those not won over by the large scale of Flex Tape 2, the smaller scale and more riff-focused Soulja Boy Makes a Game Console brought back fans of his older content style.

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