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YMMV / Sidemen

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YMMV tropes for members without their own pages and the group in general:

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • EA for their handling of FIFA, although it's almost Biting-the-Hand Humour considering that it's also most of the members' main game.
    • Each other.
    • GudjonDaniel,note  Sam Pepper,note  and Keemstar.note 
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Their Golf with Your Friends videos are rife with these, with all the talk about balls and getting in holes and such.
    • Ethan has acknowledged in his Guts and Glory videos how "doing wheelies" sounds like "doing willies" when he says it.
  • Awesome Music: All of the Sidemen use great, catchy music in their videos. Most of it can be found on a playlist such as this one.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Harry, for the fact that he was already famous before the Sidemen, and doesn't participate in the Sidemen's published gaming sessions as much, thus he is seen as simply only attached to the Sidemen to make use of his popularity. He doesn't even participate as much in the Sidemen's FIFA events and tournaments any more, with Calfreezy usually taking his place in them. Although he still occasionally pops up in Cards Against Humanity and GTA, his collaborations with the Sidemen are mostly non-gaming videos and public appearances. He could clear his name through Sidemen Sundays, however.
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    • JJ had this mantle as well, as he was largely absent from Sidemen gaming sessions for much of 2014/15. He returned to regularly gaming with them in August 2015, but then he would leave the group two years later... only to come back within a few weeks, which led to some fans believing that this "departure" was all a ruse for publicity.
    • People tend to find Ethan and his laugh either infectious or just flat-out annoying. Combined with the fact that he's quite temperamental, there's hardly a middle ground with him.
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    • Some say Tobi's nicer demeanor makes him more likable, while others see him as an unappealing member of the gang.
  • Broken Base:
    • Over, of all things, the surnames of Josh and Tobi. Edit wars have happened on The Ultimate Sidemen Wiki over whether their respective last names are Zerker and Lerone (as the two say they are), or Bradley and Brown (as some random anonymous commentator who claimed to have known them from their school years said, which another wiki user did some research to confirm this).
    • The fanbase is considerably split over Golf with Your Friends because games can sometimes turn into everyone relentlessly trolling each other. A prime exhibit is this video from Simon, which got an uncharacteristic number of dislikes (over a thousand, in fact) because people didn't like his and Josh's relentless trolling.
  • Critical Research Failure: In this episode of Cards Against Humanity, Simon says that "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a song by Elvis Presley, even though it's actually by Queen.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of their humour.
  • Double Entendre: All over the place. Their AGAR.IO videos are especially prominent.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Basically everyone has their own unique following within the fanbase, but the biggest Sideman that fits this trope is probably Simon. He may not be the most subscribed member of the group, but as evidenced by the results of these two fan polls, he is many fans' favourite Sideman.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: With the shocking news of Minecraft YouTuber LionMaker having a pedophilic relationship with a teenager, even uploading pictures of her in underwear and naked to his Twitter, the joke of Vik being a pedophile is a bit sour in some's mouths.
  • Heartwarming Moments: See here.
  • Ho Yay: In bucketfuls.
  • Memetic Badass: Lord Bendtner.
  • Memetic Molester: The joke of Vik using his Minecraft channel to get 12-year-olds.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has gained enough to warrant its own page.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Ethan's laugh can be this to many viewers. There have been many comments on the other Sidemen's videos calling for them to kick him out because of this.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: A lot of people like Simon's laugh, seeing it as one of his most adorkable traits.
  • Nausea Fuel:
  • Never Live It Down:
    • JJ's rapping. It started with his verse on Sway's "No Sleep", which the rest of the group wouldn't let him hear the end of it for over two years. Then it was the "Vroom, vroom" line in JJ's own "Lamborghini". Now, it's the "Can you, can you keep up!" line in "Keep Up".
    • Simon's admission that he jerked off on his self-balancing scooter/"hoverboard" (or "swegway") has become one for him.
    • The Running Gags of Vik being called a pedophile or terrorist have grown to the point where they've basically been immortalized in his persona, and are the quickest routes to take when a card needs to be made with a joke about Vik. Ethan has been added to the pedophilia jokes in more recent videos.
    • Ethan's Wembley Cup fall.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This bit from Simon, Ethan, and Josh's game of Trivial Pursuit, which has Simon's character (a nerdy girl) perpetually clapping with a very empty expression of happiness on her face. It just screams Uncanny Valley.
  • Periphery Demographic: Like you wouldn't believe. Despite their edgy, at times off-colour, and generally inappropriate humour, their audience is composed mostly out of preteens. This makes videos captured of their live shows really awkward to watch, as the crowd is literally all kids.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • "Emon" for the Faux Yay pairing of Ethan and Simon.
      • "Emosh" for the three-way pairing of Ethan, Simon, and Josh.
    • "KSImon" for the pairing of JJ (KSI) and Simon.
    • "Minizerk" for the pairing of Simon (miniminter) and Josh (Zerkaa).
    • "Minishaw" for the pairing of Simon and Harry (wroetoshaw).
    • "Vikkminter" for the pairing of Vik (Vikkstar) and Simon (miniminter). Alternately, there's "Vimon" (Vik and Simon).
    • "KSIJZL" for the pairing of JJ and Tobi (TBJZL).
    • "Vobi" for the pairing of Vik and Tobi.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: There have been custom cards in their Cards Against Humanity sessions taking potshots at Harry and (formerly) JJ's absences.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Some of the Sidemen's reactions on Twitter (Josh, JJ, Vik, and Tobi; the two Cals also expressed grief) to the unfortunate death of Christina Grimmie are bound to get people emotional.
      Josh (1): We lost a fellow YouTuber today, heartbreaking news. Shot dead after her concert during a meet and greet. 💔 #RIPChristinaGrimmie
      JJ (1, 2): Fuck man, that's such a fucking shit way to die. AH MAN 😞😞😞 #RIPChristina. Why the fuck would someone do that? She's literally the same age as me and because some weird fucking cunt wanted to just ruin her thing she's now dead. Ah man fucking bullshit
      Vik (1, 2): So young & so talented. Devastating. #RIPChristina It pains me to even think such heartless people can exist.
      Tobi (1, 2): #RIPChristina I can't remember the last time I cried. Actually heartbroken.
      • The saddest reaction by far has to be from Tobi, who was a big fan of Grimmie. Imagining a happy, nice guy like him being completely heartbroken over something is devastating. During this time, Tobi replied to an old reply of his to one of Grimmie's tweets in 2012. (His old reply has a smiley face, and his new reply has a heart.) He also said on his Snapchat that he had to distance himself from Twitter because the replies to the news were making him too emotional.
      • Sidemen associate Callux was also saddened by the news, and this picture of him and Grimmie together at some event is all the more heartbreaking to look at.
    • The 2017 Manchester Arena bombing after an Ariana Grande concert was made sadder and far more personal for the Sidemen since one of the bombing's victims was a fan of the group. However, this did end up with some good being put back into the world, since Tobi got together with some of the fan's relatives and asked his fans to help get the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger" to #1 as a tribute to the fan (as it was her favorite Oasis song) and the rest of the victims.
    • Although it didn't last, KSI's departure from the group in August 2017 came as a shock to the fans at the time.
    • The announcements in late 2018 that the four Sidemen living in the Sidemen House (Vik, Josh, Simon, and JJ) would all be moving out into their own flats in Londonnote  by early 2019 was upsetting to the fanbase, since it meant that (save for Simon and JJ) none of the group were living with each other anymore and they no longer have a true central location for the group to do videos together. They thankfully denied that they were disbanding the group, however.
  • The Scrappy:
    • People are not enjoying Ethan in the Sidemen's Monopoly videos. It has gotten to the point where, on any given video with Ethan in it, most of the comments will be asking the group to take Ethan out and/or replace him.
    • Harry for not being part of the Sidemen's activities as much outside of FIFA and conventions. There's also a No True Scotsman mentality against him as the only non-original member.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Often, they are split into the "Whites" (Simon, Josh, Harry, and Ethan) and the "Ethnics" (JJ, Tobi, and Vik). Tobi usually is the one who mentioned the implications of it. In fact, it's also almost the same split that divides the Adder Gang and the Zentorno Gang.note 

Alternative Title(s): Ultimate Sidemen


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