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  • Anvilicious:
    • The sole purpose of "MOVIES ON DRUGS" was to get across a Drugs Are Bad moral. However, the video seems to know how dumb it is.
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    • Subverted with "21 THINGS YOU'D RATHER DO THAN SMOKE", which is done in the style of a high-school video project.
  • Archive Panic: Having been uploading for around a decade (as of 2016), you will have to spend a very long while watching if you want to understand all of the in-jokes and references to previous Smosh videos. Fortunately, Smosh videos are standalone for the most part.
  • Awesome Music: Assassin Creed. As we're speaking, it's getting more and more positive comments.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Stevie is either a scrappy or an Unpopular Popular Character.
  • Broken Base:
    • There's a divide in fans about the content Smosh produces. Some people still like what Smosh does today, but there's a group of fans who insist that Smosh declined after 2009 or a few years after.
    • Smosh's gaming channel, Smosh Games. Is it an entertaining spin-off with promising updates, or is it just another generic gaming channel with the Smosh brand name on it in an attempt to create a Cash Cow Franchise?
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    • Anthony's new haircut. Is it awesome or a loss of his one defining trait?
    • Most, if not all, members of the newly added Smosh Squad are either welcome additions to the Smosh family or the very reason for the Seasonal Rot.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Smosh has several moments which poke at dark or sensitive subjects, but it works due to their World of Ham:
    • The episode in which a leprechaun invites Ian into a white van. The van begins to shake and Ian complains that he's hurting him... cut to inside the van, and the Leprechaun is pouring gold coins into his hands. A cheerful tune plays at the end, like something you'd see in a children's show: "Always trust a man in a big white van!"
    • The how-to video on covering up a murder involves Anthony plotting to blame a murder on a black guy. The black guy's over-the-top reactions with accompanying humorous title cards (such as "WTF?!", "YOU SCREAM LIKE A BITCH!", and "SLAMMER TIME") make it dark but humorous.
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  • Designated Hero: The two of them can be seen as this in their Pokémon Theme Song Revenge video. For starters, it can be interpreted as a giant Take That! towards the Pokémon company for an incident that happened years prior, and that the company was entirely allowed to do. Explanation  For another, they constantly try to justify their video with lines like "You don't know the law!" and "It was a parody!" - which, as stated in the parentheses, is not exactly the case. And to top it off, they outright taunt the company, declaring "Try to sue us now!" as the chorus. Again, bearing in mind that this alound:
  • Funny Moments:
    • "I'm the Teleporting, Teleporting, Teleporting Fat Guy!!!"
    • One word: Stranded.
    Day 17: "I found an apple in the sand, but it only lasted us a day. We knew that we would have to choose which one of us we would eat first. Robbie and I both chose Jamal, but he called us racist and threatened to eat himself. We told him that wasn't physically possible."
    Day 18: "We were wrong. Jamal ate himself."
    • Anytime Officer Anous shoots somebody and goes overboard with it.
    • In their recent Pokemon parody, the Monkey/Mankey gag.
    • This, from the epilogue of the "Anthony is Bald" videos, where Anthony and Ian sing about being best friends:
    Hugh Jasshol: "GAAAAAY! Why don't you two fairies go get married already?! UNSUBSCRIBE!!" (gets beaten)
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The brief music video in "Anthony Is Mexican" which shows Ian mourning over Anthony being gone can be a bit hard to watch in light of Anthony's retirement.
    • The Adult Magic School Bus short features Miss Frizzle reuniting with all but two of her students, with those two students being Keesha and Phoebe. In The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Phoebe has been replaced by another character, though Keesha still appears.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Every Walking Dead Ever Smosh accidently predicted how the episode Honor of Walking Dead would end.
  • Hollywood Homely: Ian is frequently described as being ugly and unattractive, but he's average looking at worst.
  • Moment of Awesome: Defeating Ryan Higa with a dual X slash in Pokémon Theme Song Revenge.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I forgive you. BUT MY TOMMY GUN DON'T!!!" Bizarrely popular in Japan, of all places, where Jesus is commonly replaced with various Kantai Collection characters.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • A double whammy occurs when an actress pukes after Ian describes a Facebook post about somebody using a toilet which hasn't been flushed and ends up overflowing on him.
    • 'Lie Detector' has Ian falling into a barrel of radioactive waste. He spends the rest of the video without any skin on his face... complete with close ups!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: "Smosh" was Anthony's username when he first posted flash animations on Newgrounds before YouTube came into existence.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Mari got a lot of hate when she was first introduced as the new hostess of Smosh Pit Weekly, but after a few episodes passed, people warmed up a lot to her. (The fact that the show got rid of a few annoying elements may have helped as well.)
  • The Scrappy: Stevie, the new recurring character, on the other hand has a high, nasally voice, not attractive and is a borderline one man Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Seeing as how he also counts as an In-Universe example, this may have been deliberate.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some long-time fans feel their more recent videos show a notable decline in quality compared to their older ones, with a more prominent emphasis on gross-out humor, sex jokes, and other techniques perceived as immature.
  • Special Effects Failure: A Tropes Are Not Bad example; Most of their videos that otherwise require special effects fall under this category, but the blatancy of it only adds to the humor.
    • In "5,000,000 Subscribers," the guys presented a Mockumentary about the production of Smosh on a Hollywood soundstage, NOT in the Sacramento suburbs they call home. They showed themselves shooting an "outdoor scene" on green screen, and it was, again, painfully conspicuous.
    • "Stuck In A Toilet!" featured a pretty weird one - at the end, when Anthony shuts the car door on his genitals, but if you look at the reflection in the door itself, his fly is very clearly not open. But it also results in a hilariously new definition of Right Through His Pants!
    • Hilariously lampshaded in "Good vs. Surprisingly Good!"
    • "JURASSIC POKEMON" takes this as far as it can go.
  • Squick: In "What if Holidays Were Real", Ian and Anthony finding out where Easter Eggs really come from.
    • And a bunch of other things besides that.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The end of Anthony's Draw My Life video was funny and heartwarming, but there are some depressing moments throughout, such as his mother suffering from panic attacks and his grandmother dying when he was 14.
    • The ending of Stranded, at least through the eyes of the stranded guy.
    • In 2015 Ian bluntly announced in a Q&A at vidcon that Charlie the guinea pig died of old age. Long time Smosh fans will remember him as Charlie the Drunk Guinea Pig.
    • As of June 14, 2017, Anthony Padilla (one of the two co-founders of the channel), has left Smosh. He even made a video on his own channel giving reasons on why he did so. This all comes to a huge tearjerker for long time fans of the channel.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: With the addition of five new regulars on the main channel, known as the "Smosh Squad", who were also given their own series "Every [Blank] Ever", many viewers were shocked at the change in formula in their skits. Then, Anthony and Ian ended their annual "Food Battle" series in 2016, a staple tradition for a decade, marking off the last long-running series they had since the conception of their channel... and now Anthony is leaving.
  • Values Dissonance: Quite a few of their videos from the late-2000s/early-2010s contained a lot of gay jokes that would more often than not reach homophobic levels. It should be noted that even then, the LGBT community still wasn't as vocal as it is today.
  • What an Idiot!: Food Battle 2006. You'd expect that when called upon to use a donut as a telescope that Ian would look through the donut's hole. He looks through the donut's side instead. And that's just one example of the many stupid things Ian does throughout the series.

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