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  • Acceptable Targets: Vinny insulted New Jersey by comparing a photo an islander took to a dirty beach there and when he revisited Animal Crossing: New Leaf after starting this series he compared a town intended to look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland to the same state.
  • Accidental Innuendo: The title of Episode 20's SB Edit, "Planting a Seed in Lamb Chop". "Seed" is supposed to mean "idea" in this context, but one person in the comments got the wrong idea and thought it was like the title of a porno.
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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Despite her horrible raspy voice (among other things) leading to her being the first loser in Survivor Edition by a mile, a very large portion of viewers were sad to see Dheerse go. The same goes for Two Faced and Seabiscuit in Episode 54.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Some have wondered if Walrus's Happy Dance after eating a sausage after he gets dumped is really just from the sausage, or the fact that he's aware Vinny's being nice to him. A tongue-in-cheek example.
    • Is Jahn #3 taking up the role as captain simply in an attempt to decimate the island and acquire chicken cutlets, or is he angry at the loss of his group's only true supporter, Skelorita?
    • The Jahns' true motive. Sure, they may have just wanted chicken cutlets, but was that all? The fact that Jahn & Jehn remained on the island some time after they were supposed to leave causes Vinny to imply otherwise.
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    • Virtually every character is susceptible to this, since Vinny oftentimes can't be trusted (e.g., claiming to have not sabotaged Vinesauce's proposal to Balegdah and Two Faced's proposal to Walrus). Whether any given character is "good" or "bad" is generally left up to the viewers, since all we have is his word (Vlinny being the main target of this, especially since Vineschnoz ended up being more of an Evil Knockoff). Not helping is that, since Vinny almost always enters bizarre and sexual things into Quirky Questions, almost every islander can be counted as a Covert Pervert (if not an outright pervert).
    • One artist's interpretation states that Sponge's princess is Skelorita.
    • In one of Southbird's derivative videos, which was made quite a while after Vinny stopped mistreating Walrus, Walrus says he likes Limes better than Vinny. Of course, this is mostly because Limes has a fondness for seals and Walrus himself is a pinniped.
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    • Did Donkey Kong really get together with Two Faced because he knew it would hurt Vinny, like Vinny speculated? Or was he simply trying to gain Vinny's favor by breaking up Two Faced and Walrus, while fundamentally misunderstanding why exactly Vinny hated Walrus in the first place?
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Thanks to how the game works, this can happen in situations involving evicted islanders. Since evicted islanders are treated as never having existed by the game, you'll never seen anyone react badly about them being missing, unless Vinny says it about them. Clear examples include Alpaca after Bonzi is evicted to the corrupted island, Alpaca and Walrus after Levi gets assimilated, and Vinesauce and Seabiscuit after their lovers get assimilated. It's justified in one case, as Wario's mind being messed with means that he probably forgot about Wii Fit Trainer (his girlfriend then), meaning her being murdered/evicted by Vinny in a fit of rage while he was gone doesn't really matter to him.
      In the Survivor Edition, this extends to DK and Gordon Ramsay, who end up having their lovers eliminated, and don't react to it (though Gordon is depicted in fan art as being distraught over it). Vlinny manages to subvert this as much as he can, with a few signs pointing to him being aware of and upset by Dheerse's eviction.
    • It's a little jarring to see Walrus go from depressed by Two Faced cheating on him to being immediately happy and ready to move on after eating a sausage in Episode 37. Less so when you think about how much finally being treated well by Vinny means to him.
  • Archive Panic: By the time the Survivor Edition is wrapped up (marking the series' "end"), it has gone on for more episodes than Star Trek: The Original Series, and is by far Vinny's most streamed game. Vinny estimates the final total to be at least 70-90 hours long, which is an overestimate due to a few extremely short "check-up" episodes, but the series still takes more than two days to watch fully. Even if condensed, it'll take more than half a day. Not bad for a Web series of a game that is widely considered to fall into It's Short, So It Sucks! (Vinny himself eventually remarks that "if you have 100 hours to kill...").
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Two Faced is easily the most divisive character in the series, ever since Episode 37. To a point where Vinny lampshades it in Episode 53, calling her the most beloved and hated islander. How much of a jerk is she? Some fans think that she is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and deserves to be hated as much as she is. Others think that her cheating on Walrus has become a bad case of Never Live It Down, and that her haters are starting to interpret everything she does as relating to her being a jerk. Then there are people who think she's mean, but like her anyways because she's interesting and influences the plot more than other islanders.
      Does she deserve to be voted off in the Survivor Edition? One side wants her gone because she's still acting like a jerk to others (and to properly apply karma for when she cheated on Walrus), while the other side thinks she's still more interesting than many other islanders (her being there since the first stream helps) and doesn't need to go this early in (and also point out that Vinny wants people to place their votes based on Survivor Edition events only). Episode 53 complicates things more, as Two Faced was almost voted off, but Vinny intervened to make things fair, putting her on extremely thin ice... and then she's evicted in the next episode, due to a few factors like Vlinny being given an advantage due to voting and Vinny Moving the Goalposts. Suffice to say, whether you're a Two Faced fan or not greatly influences your opinion on this.
    • Donkey Kong was responsible for turning Two Faced into a Jerkass and isn't a very nice character to begin with (particularly because he once yelled at Vinny for no reason). As such, his betrayal of her during the Battle Royale is seen either as a well-deserved redemption or him crossing the Moral Event Horizon. Most everyone agrees that his brutal rejection of Clown Lady in Episode 56's first timeline was completely uncalled for, at least.
    • The Jahns. They started as huge Ensemble Darkhorses, but after their joke started to run stale and the Jahn invasion happened, they became disliked more clearly. Except for Lumber Jahn.
    • Vlinny, after Episode 54. Said episode give him several cool moments and establishes him as a badass, enough to increase his popularity by a lot... if you choose to go with the theory that he wasn't involved in the assimilation plot and if you don't mind him being the reason Two Faced is gone. If one of those things doesn't apply, chances are he's your most hated islander.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Vinny often interrupts the stream in order to show the viewers something, including funny videos, odd facts, and the like. While they sometimes become a Running Gag for that episode, generally they never get mentioned again. Southbird usually cuts them out of his edits for this reason and once completely rerecorded a small amount of footage to remove images that were accidentally left onscreen.
    • In Southbird's edit of Episode 6, the conclusion has the image-sharing plane explode for no reason. The next episode has it keep burning, only for it to reform halfway through and never come up again. Southbird himself doesn't seem to understand it.
    • In Episode 12's SB edit, after the episode turns out to have only enough content for a one-minute video, Southbird adds in some filler... in the form of a recap with clips and fan art, set to "When I'm Bored". He never does anything like this again.
    • HOTDOG's return in Episode 47 in its entirety. It comes out of absolutely nowhere (Vinny himself doesn't comment on it, leaving Southbird to fill in the blanks; the SB Edit implies it's something done to cover up Skelorita's eviction, but why that's being done is unexplained), it doesn't have much relevance to the plot other than some jokes, and is never mentioned again after he gets assimilated in the following episode. It seems the main reason it was done is to foreshadow that other things would happen off screen in the future, though simply wanting to troll viewers probably had something to with it, depending on whether the Jahn invasion had been planned at that point.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • Episode 28. It's certainly not a normal episode when most of what happens in it ceases to exist, at least normally.
    • The Tomodachi Collection corruptions episode, which is a given for corruptions in general. What makes it hit this spot more is that it's canon to an extent, as the Bonzi and Dolan there are the real deals, while Vineschnoz made it to the main island.
    • Episodes 48-49 see a shift from the standard formula to become a horror-focused Alien Invasion story, complete with Vinny slowly going mad. Considering the arc started on April Fools' Day, it could easily be confused for a joke initially, especially since there were joke streams from other Vinesauce streamers that day.
    • Episode 54: With the Genre Shift the Battle Royale brought, to the space montage with Vlinny, to Isaac and/or Jesus crashing the game again, it ends up being one of the most eventful and weirdest episodes in a while.
    • Episode 55 was weird in a completely different way: After that last episode, you'd expect something grand, right? Nope. It's a standard episode in which hardly anything weird happens, and the islanders just go along with their lives. The only major difference from the original series was the popularity poll at the end. With a series like this, it's oddly fitting for a finale.
  • Broken Base:
    • During Episodes 48-49, Vinny began replacing islanders with Jahns, among other odd things, causing a very dramatic shift in the otherwise silly playthrough. Some fans enjoy this recent string of events, as most of them believed that Tomodachi Life was getting a tad bit uneventful in the past few streams. However, some fans particularly enjoyed the Tomodachi Life playthrough just to see what happens in the islanders' daily lives, causing them to be generally unamused by the Jahn invasion, which is removing some of their favorite islanders. Episode 50 helped resolve this a bit, but the effects will probably last even after the finale.
    • During the Survivor Edition, there was a split in the fanbase on who should be voted off. One crowd wanted the boring, uninvolved islanders to be eliminated first (allowing the ones with personality to stay and get involved in plotlines), while the other crowd wanted the islanders who are actively being annoying jerks off the island (to dispense justice and let the newer ones establish themselves as characters). This showed especially during the Episode 52 voting, in which Birdo, an overall uninteresting islander, competed with Broccoli, who has more personality but proved himself to be very immature that episode. Birdo "won" in the end, but it was relatively close compared to the last voting session, and not everyone is satisfied, at least not until Broccoli got the axe the very next episode. With the ending of the Survivor Edition after only a few eliminations, the split stayed relatively minor.
    • Episode 54 fractured the fanbase. To one side (which Vinny himself seems to be on), it's full of Moments of Awesome and manages to be the most interesting episode of the Survivor Edition. To the other side, it actively harms later parts of the series. This hinges almost entirely on people's opinions of Two Faced and Vlinny; specifically, if the former deserved to be evicted and if the latter deserved to keep living. Considering how the series only went for one episode more (main series-wise), it ultimately became more liked than hated.
  • Creepy Cute:
    • The Jahns are either drawn oddly cute (generally sticking close to how the Miis look) or utterly terrifying (such as a drawing of Lumber Jahn made before his Heel–Face Turn). There's no in-between, and the two overlap sometimes.
    • Vlinny, oddly enough. Despite being said to fall squarely into the Uncanny Valley, there's a good amount of fan art that depicts his weird facial deformities as being more silly than scary. There was a decent increase in this depiction after Dheerse, his brief girlfriend, was evicted, and he started to be seen as more sympathetic.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Sponge's depression manages to be played both for laughs and for drama. Sometimes both at once, depending on how Vinny is feeling.
    • Karl's failures at getting dates. Normally, any time a relationship on the island is turned down or fails, it's never a laughing matter. However, not only do Karl's love escapades happen constantly, but it gets more hilariously hopeless for him every time, including having his best friend take Banana when they both ask at the same time, his brief stint with Groose as the Sloppy Seconds Brothers, attempting to woo Peach with bizarre poetry, asking Banana out after she had already gotten with Mac, and the crowner in Episode 49, Two Faced not even bothering to meet with him. Twice. By the end of the series, he's yet to get in a relationship, despite trying one last time in Episode 55.
    • Vinny refusing to spend money on Toad, just to keep him as the least splurged Mii.
    • Vinny insisted on asking Miis about the most unpleasant traits possible during the premiere of the Survivor Edition, which led to one character (Dheerse) eagerly answering several of the questions, resulting in her getting the lion's share of the eviction votes, even after becoming Vlinny's girlfriend.
    • "BABY♥", Vineschnoz' song in the Collection dimension, starting from its very first lines:
      "kick へ baby
      Go go go"
    • Anything related to Pee-wee's movie theater incident. Heck, most things relating to Pee-wee in general.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Vlinny. Vinny claims that he's an Eldritch Abomination and has sinister motives... but Vinny is an Unreliable Narrator, so most of this stems from being afraid of his creepy face. In-game, while he's not overly nice, he has his fair share of friends and tends to not cause trouble. Also, he seemingly refuses to assist in the assimilation plot and finds love in Dheerse not long after, implying that he may have more morality than Vinny lets on. Contrast Vineschnoz, who exhibited bizarre behavior during the Tomodachi Collection corruptions and voted to delete Vineland Island not long after being added to Tomodachi Life.
    • Walrus is treated as a villain by Vinny simply because he got together with Two Faced. Fades away after he gets cheated on.
  • Discredited Meme: While BonziBUDDY himself predates Vinesauce, Vinny added him because of his appearance in Joel's Windows XP Destruction stream. After Joel disowned Bonzi, Vinny came to despise the character as well, leading to constant insults directed toward him and his eventual removal.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Two Faced and Vlinny are not the most heroic of islanders, with Two Faced cheating on Walrus and Vlinny possibly manning the Jahn invasion. They still manage to be popular islanders, with some fan art ignoring these traits, largely because the nature of the series allows for lots of Alternative Character Interpretation for them in particular.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: So, so many.
    • For a long time, Two Faced was the most popular of the islanders, receiving tons of fan art (including ones containing Fanservice, as Cling On later came to be known for to a greater extent). This died down once she abruptly left Walrus for Donkey Kong, but she still has significantly more fans than most islanders, with some even having a Love to Hate view on her.
    • Cling On basically took Two Faced's role as the fan favorite girl due to her eccentric mannerisms and being oddly cute. She didn't really catch on until Southbird focused on her in his SB Edits of the series, and Episode 43 was the first time Vinny acknowledged her popularity boost. Cling On eventually started dating Vinesauce (which Vinny didn't veto, in contrast to Alpaca) and managed to get second on the popularity poll in Episode 55, cementing her as this.
    • Lolly gets this partially because of her lack of focus for most of the series, and partially because of how innocent and cute she is. This increased exponentially after she gets assimilated immediately after her birthday.
    • Sponge is so popular that he gets a plethora of fan art and even his own ROM hack. He scored first place on the final poll in Episode 55, and by a large margin to boot.
    • Pretzel, even as Sponge's brother, didn't get this initially. Then came Episode 55, wherein he got a ridiculous voice (which Vinny never gave Sponge) that was a major highlight and led to him becoming much more recognized. Now, he's more or less close to his brother in popularity.
    • Vlinny's popularity skyrocketed during Episode 54, for several reasons: Getting to go to space in an extremely awesome moment, schooling Two Faced and Vinny himself in Smash, and winning several rap battles. While also a Base-Breaking Character for events around that time, he's still a lot more loved than hated, and he got fourth place on the popularity poll in Episode 55.
    • Karl, thanks to the hilarity he causes and the amount of sympathy he induces, has become a fan favorite as of the later episodes. He got third place on Episode 55's popularity poll, competing with the likes of Cling On.
    • The Jahns were loved from the start due to their unique gag and providing several weird moments. This faded away after the invasion, but Jahn #2/Lumber Jahn is still loved for being unique and being the Token Good Teammate.
    • While most of the islanders introduced in the later episodes aren't very memorable, Gordon Ramsay manages to be surprisingly popular, due to Vinny's fantastic impression of him and his Running Gag of cooking with frying pans, particularly because he often cooks things that aren't even fried. He managed to score fifth place on the popularity poll in Episode 55, which surprised Vinny immensely.
    • BootlegVin gets a lot of attention due to being a complete contrast with the other Vinesauce copycats (as in, he's a calm, gentlemanly person while the others are all weird or crazy), as well as being the only Mii Southbird's created for the series. Southbird took notice, as he has appeared in his other Tomodachi Life videos made after "Euro Vineland Island".
  • Epileptic Trees: Given that most of the game is pretty vague, the fans have various opinions as to what certain things mean. (For example: What does the lock in Clown Lady's mind symbolize?)
  • Fanfic Fuel: What exactly happened in between Episodes 49 and 50? The viewer gets very little information on it, so it's a source of speculation.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The complete lack of votes for Ringo Starr in the Judgment Bay poll about The Beatles seems like a typical case of Ringo being ignored in favor of the other three, but a different poll in the same session revealed that the islanders preferred Satan over Jesus. As it turns out, Ringo says "Peace and love" quite often in real life, with peace and love being concepts Jesus is in favor of but Satan opposes.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • When Two Faced and Walrus become friends in Episode 3, Vinny hopes that it will be "a long, fruitful friendship". By the time said relationship ends, Walrus has been tortured and cheated on, Vinny feels pretty guilty, and overall no one is feeling very fruitful.
    • All those times Vinny said "the Groose is loose" become a lot more tragic after Lamb Chop divorces him, setting him loose indeed.
    • For quite a while, Vinny would convince almost every male islander to pursue Two Faced in their romantic quests, despite her being with Walrus; she would always reject them, but Vinny would keep sending people after her to break the two up. This gag becomes less funny after she actually goes along with Vinny's plot when DK asks her out.
    • When Alpaca and Bonzi get married, Vinny states, "This marriage will last forever, don't worry." It didn't, and Vinny's the reason why.
    • On the old Vinesauce forum, user TitaTitanium made a post in January 2015 joking that the end of the series would involve "some kind of climax involving an influx of horrible, similar-looking creatures invading the island". Later that year, the Jahn invasion happened.
    • In Episode 41, there is a fan comic with Skelorita expressing admiration for the Jahns and desires to be like them. She is speculated to have been a victim of the Assimilation Plot, either willingly or unwillingly.
    • This bit of fan art, more specifically the lower-left corner (Dheerse tearfully begging not to be deleted), becomes this after being the first on the chopping block in Survivor Edition. Vinny knows — immediately after the event in question, he shows that piece of fan art, specifically noting that corner.
    • In Episode 46, Vinny evicts Skelorita, forgets that she existed, and moves Pee-wee into her apartment, a moment that is considered the highlight of the episode. In Episode 49, the exact same thing happens with Wii Fit Trainer and a Jahn, respectively; it's still a highlight, but not for its humor.
    • Karl appears to exhibit a poor grasp on reality throughout much of the series. He would later claim that he can't stand reality in Episode 49.
    • Any of the David Bowie-related jokes could have potentially become less funny after the real David Bowie's death, which happened about a year and a half after the first Tomodachi Life stream. The joke hit by this the hardest was from something outside the series. During Vinny's Super Mario Bros. X contest in 2015, one of the levels he played was "Touched by a Sponge", a story-based level about Sponge's life. At the end of the level, Sponge discovers that Bowie (alongside Vinesauce) was killed by the Jahns, and is Driven to Suicide. Back then? Black Comedy. Now? Dark foreshadowing. The eeriest part? That level was the 56th level Vinny played; Episode 56 was the episode the island's David Bowie got released in.
    • The fact that Vinny referred to his Mii's rented dogs (whose odd behavior he had made fun of multiple times) as Molly, after his dog in real life, became less funny after the real Molly had to be put to sleep due to frailness and poor health (both due to old age) in 2016.
  • Growing the Beard: The point where the series starts to get interesting is when it shifts from focusing on weird events happening to islanders to focusing on the islanders themselves. Episodes 8 and 9 are good indicators of this shift, as the former added the long-running issue of Walrus and Two Faced, while the latter started Alpaca's relationship issues. The dimensional split in Episode 28 also had a lot to do with Vinny taking the series more seriously; before then Vinny mostly focused on the random and silly nature of the streams, as shown in his "Greatest Hits" video.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The very first line of "Jahn of the Jahngle": "We the Jahns will assimilate."
    • While "Ticket to Hell", the song featuring Isaac, Jesus, and Satan is Awesome Music in its own right, the line "Good and evil, it's all in your head" becomes harsher when you consider that it's on the nose.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Space Charity", a song celebrating Vinesauce succeeding in raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, turned out to be commemorating the community helping people in the situation its singer (David Bowie, who died of liver cancer about a year and a half later) was in around that time in real life.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • Fans didn't take Lolly's assimilation so well, and devised theories how she survived. Despite this, the finale confirms that all characters assimilated besides Wario are dead.
    • Inverted with BonziBUDDY and Dolan. For the longest time, Vinny had to remind viewers that they were still alive but not on the island anymore. He eventually caved by admitting the corrupted island is probably Hell anyway.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At the very beginning of the series, Vinny comments, "This is just going to be one of those weird streams, isn't it?" He was justified in wondering that.
    • In Episode 2, Vinny comments that he doesn't like Ben and wonders whether he should evict him. He ended up being spared by the "Great Meme Purge" and was never voted off during the Survivor Edition. In addition, Vinny never even encouraged people to vote for him in the case of the latter, despite his opinion of him early in the series.
    • At the end of the second episode, Vinny states that the game will most likely get old soon, so there won't be too many streams of it. Yeah, Vinny, about that....
    • In an early episode, Vinny shows a fan-made video depicting a lonely Vinesauce wishing he had more friends, after which BonziBUDDY, Microsoft Sam, and a Moonbase Alpha astronaut show up. The series would later contain a large amount of characters, with several becoming friends with Vinesauce.
    • In Episode 10, Vinny shows the viewers a picture of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, which was built right next to a graveyard, saying that it was where famous clowns are buried when they die.note  The segment was accompanied by a story about how Clown sneaks into people's rooms and wakes them up with a bicycle horn. Despite the story resembling a ghost story, this was before Vinny discovered Clown to be a ghost.
    • There happens to be a decent amount of irony earlier in the series after Vinesauce and Cling On get in a relationship. Highlights include Vinny's constant grumbling about Cling On's voice, him turning down an attempt by CD-i Link to introduce the two to each other, Cling On stating she can't stand Vinesauce at a Quirky Questions session, and Clown saying that he thinks the two look similar. (Note that Vinny didn't find out about Southbird's obsession with the character, let alone the fact that he was a Vinesauce fan, until a while after first playing his game. It was well after this that Vinny ended up being OK with his Mii dating her.)
    • In Episode 15, Vinny comments on Tingle's disposable camera's obsolescence using his Pinkle voice. Pinkle herself would later become an islander.
    • In Episode 28, Vinny mentions that Small Face has to eat small foods. It's pretty similar to the Li'l Bits fake commercial in the Rick and Morty episode "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" that aired a year after the episode was streamed.
    • In Episode 33, Kenny is given "Duck, I miss you" as a catchphrase. It turns out he really, really hates eating Peking duck.
    • After Episode 41, Vinny showed a piece of art by CookuBanana titled Sponge & Pretzel, which parodies Mario & Luigi. Vinny commented that he had no idea who Pretzel was. Several episodes after actually adding Pretzel, Vinny came to like the character and gave him a goofy voice.
    • Southbird's edit of Episode 46 has a brief moment in which a caption lampshades how ridiculously Out of Focus Lolly is. The very next episode is her birthday, where she finally gets some attention.
    • A Jahn used "potato" as an insult during a fight with Two Faced. In Episode 50, Vinny would go on to say that Darren was the first person they asked for chicken cutlets.
    • In the time before the Survivor Edition started, fan artist murugo drew art of Vlinny that got Southbird's attention, with him commenting how well the art showed how Vlinny can be such a scary Evil Knockoff. This becomes a bit ironic when you consider that events in the Survivor Edition (mainly the eviction of Dheerse) led to Vlinny's "evil clone" characterization largely dying off (as said event led to fans looking back and seeing that Vineschnoz had been much more directly antagonistic compared to Vlinny in a fraction of the screentime).
    • On separate occasions, Vinny added Vlinny and Dheerse, who were both made by fan artist Chinigan. In Episode 51, the two get together, though it doesn't last long.
    • There is fan art (spoiler warning) of Groose losing his hair, which was made sometime around Episode 48. Come Episode 52, and Groose gets a comb-over wig, effectively making him bald.
    • Among the many Noodle Incidents Vinny mentions during Episode 53's item-selling montage is the time he stopped Alpaca's pregnancy. She decides to have a baby with Walrus the very next episode.
    • In Episode 54, Vinny says "It's a-me, Pretzel!" when visiting Pretzel, before saying that it's probably not what he actually sounds like. Good chunks of Episode 55 are devoted to showing us what Pretzel actually sounds like.
    • One of Southbird's derivative sub-series was "Tomodachi VS", wherein the islanders dueled as Mii Fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Come episode 54, this idea becomes canon (albeit with the Wii U version) and is used to determine whether Two Faced or Vlinny will get voted off.
    • In Episode 51, Karl had the third-highest amount of votes in the elimination poll, for no reason other than his natural Butt-Monkey-ness. It's reversed in Episode 55, when Karl gets third place on the popularity poll, reflecting the love he gets from the fans.
    • Vinny has made it clear that he doesn't like Apple Dave or the other fruit-headed people he inspired. He would later mistype "foot job" as "froot jon" during Quirky Questions, which resulted in something that unintentionally sounded similar to one of those characters.
    • In December 2015, during The Angry Video Game Nerd's run of episodes on box art, there was an episode on the Atari 7800 game Scrapyard Dog, with the Nerd laughing at and joking about the nose of the guy on the box. The guy on the box looks somewhat like a short-haired Vineschnoz. On the same note, the protagonist of Ooze resembles Broccoli, right down to the signature punchable face.
    • Vinny accidentally discovered that Tucker, who idolizes him and will do anything he says, has a strong fondness for buttered potatoes. Potatoes, of course, being a food strongly associated with fellow Vinesauce streamer Darren.
    • During one stream, Vinny discusses how difficult and time-consuming it would be to shorten the streams. During a stream of Super Mario Bros. 3Mix, Vinny would later find out that its creator, Captain Southbird, is a Vinesauce regular who actually did this, in addition to previously spending considerably more time and effort reverse-engineering Super Mario Bros. 3.
    • It makes sense that Vlinny managed to beat both Two Faced and Vinny-as-Pit in the Battle Royale. He is the former (or future) Dark Curse.
    • Vinny seeing Bowser as a talk show host on Mii News leads him to say "Doesn't Bowser work for Nintendo?" After Reggie Fils-Aime announced his retirement as COO of Nintendo of America in early 2019, Doug Bowser was named as his successor.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Vineschnoz's second song in the Collection corruptions implies that he got a blowjob from Dolan on his birthday (or perhaps the other way around). This doesn't appear in Southbird's condensed version of the stream, but it does appear in Vinny's own condensed version.
    • Episode 52 reveals two things — Little Mac doesn't like eating bananas (despite being married to an anthropomorphic, female banana), and Two Faced eats them constantly (to the point where it may be affecting her state of mind). The implications are... interesting.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • "Balegdah" was originally said by Jesy Nelson of Little Mix. The Mii's name ignores this and is simply called either Boleg Dah or Balegdah, with the former being closer to the spelling the title of Darren's video used for the "word" in question and the latter being a spelling commonly used elsewhere.
    • Art of Tucker's mom is sometimes given the "Mrs. Blankface" tag on the Booru. Vinny has never actually given her a name and the "Blankface" name is simply a misspelling of Blankfaece, whose Tucker art inspired the character's Mii. The reason Tucker was given that as a last name is because the game doesn't allow Miis to have Only One Name, and Vinny rarely gives him a last name (though he did refer to him as Tucker Friendperson during a stream of Chaos CompleXX).
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Vinny seems to not understand what happens when a Mii in a relationship accepts another Mii's love confession, meaning that his plot to sabotage Two Faced and Walrus by sending islanders after the former would only keep the problem going. He doesn't realize this until after his plan succeeds and only creates more problems.
    • The entire reason the Jahn invasion happened was because Jahn #3 was too reckless to simply ask for chicken cutlets. Definitely intentional, though.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: In a meta sense, this is the series' greatest flaw; while the story has a lot of room to develop, the game that's being played is very simple and short on content, even when not being compared to other life simulators. The basics are all covered about ten episodes in, and Vinny sees everything major Tomodachi Life has to offer by Episode 38. From then on, the game itself becomes increasingly overshadowed in lore development by Vinny, Southbird, and the fandom, to the point where the game is an afterthought and starts limiting the plot. This is the main reason why Vinny ended the series as a recurring stream and only visits it every few months. Despite the game's lack of depth, it nevertheless ended up receiving far more streams than the majority of games Vinny plays.
  • It Was His Sled: Several plot points have become so ingrained with the series' lore and/or certain characters that spoilers are practically inevitable. Examples include Isaac crashing the game, Two Faced abandoning Walrus, Bonzi and Dolan (eventually) being evicted, and the Jahns' Assimilation Plot.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Karl. In addition to the accidentally insensitive weirdness that comes with the character, he's become infamous for being extremely Love Hungry. However, the fact that, not unlike his real-life counterpart, he's a Butt-Monkey to ridiculous proportions (not only has he been rejected in increasingly embarrassing ways, but Vinny has fed him his worst ever food three times) means that most fans still feel sympathy towards him.
    • Groose, the other Sloppy Seconds Brother, gets this as well. There's no denying that he's desperate for love; however, not only is he less desperate than Karl, he also has more of an excuse, because he lost his first love, Lamb Chop, partially from his own failures, but mainly because Vinny encouraged Lamb Chop to divorce him. Like Karl, he also gets no respect from the islanders or Vinny, and the one time he tried to save a relationship (Cling On and Small Face), he failed and then got torn apart by Vinny.
    • As of Episode 53, Two Faced (of all people) is beginning to be seen as this, as Vinny remarks that there's a 50/50 chance she'll die after he had to intervene in voting. Quite a bit of sad fan art was born from that moment. And indeed, she gets eliminated the very next episode.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Episode 49 ends with Vinny very nearly deleting his save data. He doesn't go through with it, but given what he'd done beforehand (including deleting several islanders without much notice and changing Vineland's pronunciation to "Jahnland") the chat was genuinely tense.
    • This managed to be averted with Episode 50. For various reasons (mainly the game running out of content), people thought the series was actually going to end with everyone being assimilated and thus forcing an end to the series. Thus, many people were surprised when Vinny actually didn't end the series harshly, and in fact made sure it was ready for future episodes if demand was high.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Sponge has gotten this treatment. Around the time of the Jahn invasion, fan art depicted him as one of the big forces in La Résistance, and even though canon states there wasn't really a resistance (at least not on screen), this depiction has stuck.
    • Vlinny has become this as of Episode 54. After all, someone who manages to beat Two Faced and Vinny himself in Smash is certainly not a wimp.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Both of the Sloppy Seconds Brothers can count, but Karl especially. When you have a charm ranking of -113, you know you've hit rock bottom. He was a winner on the end-series popularity poll, though.
    • Tucker was created specifically to be a loser. He's an unflattering caricature of hero worshipers (doing this with Vinny, in this case), and Vinny will insult him at every opportunity.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Troll: Waluigi gets this status once he inadvertently ruins Vinesauce's attempt to propose Cling On ("TOO BAD, WALUIGI TIME").
  • Narm Charm:
    • Even though the series is extremely silly on purpose, there are moments that can get surprisingly emotional. The Two Faced and Walrus montage in Episode 37 is a good example; even though Vinny laughs at how over-the-top it is, it still leaves him feeling pretty sad for Walrus.
    • One of Southbird's videos of the European version of the island shows songs from the main series being played with various language settings, such as BootlegVin singing Vinesauce's "Right Em' in the Wrong Hole" song in his upper-class British accent (resulting in the song sounding Sophisticated as Hell) and Smellz Like Feet (Witch and Waluigi) singing their mostly gibberish song with the language set to Spanish. Most of the songs sung with the language set to something other than English mispronounce those songs' English-language lyrics due to those settings' voice synthesizers not being intended for English and applying those languages' spelling rules as a result, but Sponge's ballad, which is sung with the language set to German, ends up with the English lyrics being pronounced correctly more often and the accent ends up adding to the song's effect, as its singer was established as being European in the main series.
      Later on, when Southbird made videos of the Japanese version of the game, Sponge received an episode showing him singing an enka song (a genre only present in Tomodachi Collection and the Japanese version of Life) and its tune ended up being significantly more sad-sounding than that of Vineschnoz's goofy enka songs from the Collection corruption stream (enka in general is often sad-sounding in real life, despite that not being the case with Tomodachi Collection's enka song).
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Southbird will forever be associated with Cling On due to his fanboyism. He embraced it by the time she became part of his YouTube and social networking branding, courtesy of Teckworks, though she was later replaced by Bella from Animal Crossing as a reference to Southbird's "Beast Intersection" series.
    • At least for Vinny, Walrus was, for a long time, nothing more than the guy who stole Two Faced from Vinesauce, regardless of what else he did (if anything, things like his being Pals with Jesus only made things worse).
    • Fans are not going to let Two Faced forget that she dumped Walrus for Donkey Kong, as shown by votes during the Survivor Edition. It eventually does her in.
    • Karl and Groose, no matter how their love lives go in the future, will probably always be best remembered as the Sloppy Seconds Brothers.
    • Isaac's entire character is based on the dimensional split he caused, despite him never doing it again until Episode 54. This is actually a positive example; the event made him very notable along the many islanders, and allowed his personality to be developed more than most of them.
    • Vineschnoz, while he didn't have much character beforehand, has become defined by him wanting the island deleted immediately after arriving in Episode 50. It's especially odd because he wasn't the only one added that episode to want the island deleted; Scully also wanted it gone, although she was a little unsure of her choice, and she has the excuse of it being the easiest way to make sure she doesn't have to deal with the Jahns or whatever else the island comes up with ever again.
  • Newer Than They Think: Vinny once claimed that TV Tropes said that Clown is a ghost and that Scully is investigating him. The idea that Clown is a ghost is an example of Older Than They Think because it's something Vinny himself came up with, while the idea that Scully is investigating him was something completely new, because TV Tropes only mentioned her and Mulder's role in ending the Jahn invasion between Episodes 49 and 50, which was mentioned by Vinny himself, and didn't connect either of them to Clown prior to this.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The scariness of the Jahn invasion arc is mostly dulled when Episode 50 reveals that they were just looking for good food, and left without much fuss. However, the existence of Jahn & Jehn implies that this could still be turned around in the future.
    • Among the many bizarrely frightening questions asked during Episode 49's Quirky Questions is "Who can't live without a jahnjob?" Considering what the other questions ask, it's decidedly non-threatening.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • This is actually the second time Vinny's named a location Vineland; the first time was for his original town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. His streams of that game started before the Full Sauce channel and very few streams were viewable on YouTube until several VineClasssics were uploaded in mid-2016. However, after Vinny installed New Leaf's Welcome amiibo update, which provides the option to sell towns to obtain funds for building a new one, he sold his original town from that game for over 13 million Bells and named his new town Da Burbs (a reference to the "Scoot the Burbs" song he came up with during a stream for various Game Boy Color games), leaving his Tomodachi Life island as the only Vineland.
    • Due to the in-joke nature of many islanders, those who aren't familiar with Vinesauce's early years may think they originated from this series. While most everyone knows about the origins of Ralph and Sponge and possibly Tucker,note  less are likely to recognize islanders like Alpacanote  or Balegdahnote , since the former came from pre-Full Sauce streams. The biggest culprit is Banana; while she seems like a standard food-based islander, she actually originated from a stream of Luigi X Waluigi, a visual novel with a huge case of Translation Train Wreck.note 
    • The idea of Clown being a ghost is often mis-attributed to TV Tropes. It actually comes from a comment made by Vinny after Clown phased through Clown Lady, likely due to a glitch, some time after his rainy street apartment was replaced with one that looked like a Fluffy Cloud Heaven. Even Vinny himself seems to have forgotten about this over time.
    • Vinny actually reset the game without saving in Episode 8, in an attempt to Save Scum. This completely flew under the radar (both Vinny and Southbird consider the "Tomodachi Quest" minigame to be boring and due to the latter's tendency to ignore it, it isn't included in the SB Edit), and fans tend to recognize Episode 28 as the first time the Reset Button was hit during an episode (when it was just the first unintentional occurrence).
    • Vinny's accusation that Vineschnoz was "jostling" sheep wasn't the first time he had used the word as a sexual euphemism. He had previously accused Professor Birch of "jostling" a Zigzagoon when corrupting Pokémon Emerald and accused Link of "jostling" Cuccos when using them to fly short distances in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
    • HOTDOG's sudden return and the Jahns' assimilation of several islanders weren't the first times Vinny did something in-game without streaming it. He had previously deleted and re-added the Jahns offscreen because he wanted their nicknames to be spelled "Jahn" and not "Jon" and the fact that their nicknames were read-only meant that he couldn't do this himself. In addition, he mentioned during an Animal Crossing: New Leaf stream that in that game he caught beetles on Tortimer Island in between streams (using his non-streaming 3DS), with selling said beetles being a common way for players to quickly make lots of money.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In a way; at least three islanders that were created to be disliked and forgotten instead became very beloved and major characters:
    • Cling On was made by Regaulity, a Vinesauce regular and infamous troll. This is why Cling On looks nothing like a Klingon and has her trademark voice; her main purpose was to tick Vinny off. Then Southbird discovered her and Vinny discovered Southbird, and the rest is history.
    • Vlinny was always intended to be a joke character at best and a villain at worst. This was mostly true throughout the main series, but when the Survivor Edition happened, a sequence of events led to his popularity going out of control.
    • Pretzel wasn't necessarily created to be hated, but Vinny still thought of him as a Overused Copycat Character. Once he got his personality and his stupid voice (the latter of which Sponge, the original Bootleg Mario Brother, never got, though Joel's Mario knockoff, Qario, did previously receive one), he became significantly more liked.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Jahns, for those who don't like the Invasion arc. Jahn #2/Lumber Jahn doesn't fall into this as much because, in a way, he agrees with those people.
    • Birdo gets a particular amount of hate, partially because she's Gonk, partially because she has a slow voice (a big pet peeve of many viewers) without any endearing vocal traits to make up for it (such as the somewhat similarly slow-speaking Cling On's trademark inflection), and partially because she doesn't have much going for her as a character. The fact that she was introduced alongside Pee-wee and Tucker, two unique islanders who have a presence, doesn't help much. Even Vinny hates her. This all causes her to get eliminated in Episode 52, and unlike Dheerse, she got no memorial art.
    • Broccoli was originally just a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Vinny. However, after a blatant display of immaturity in Episode 52, many fans also hate him. He doesn't last to see Episode 54 as a result.
    • Little Mac, for being boring. He just doesn't do anything of note in the entire series (the one time he does, going on vacation with Isaac and Satan, it's never followed up on), which is a death sentence in a series that runs on weird people. Not helping is his marriage; getting married has a habit of making islanders Out of Focus, and it also connected him to Banana, his far more unique wife. Vinny says in the Episode 55 that he's probably his least favorite (current) islander.
    • Any boring islander with no quirks falls into this eventually. Little Mac is the prime culprit due to being around for so long, but others include just about every assimilated islander that isn't Levi or Lolly and Pinkle.
  • Self-Fanservice: Despite them being rendered as Miis (which look cartoony and Super-Deformed) in-series, fan artists have had a lot of fun with drawing the islanders as attractive, particularly Two Faced and Cling On. Vlinny's a unique case; despite canonically being a botched clone with disturbing face, his makeover led to a lot of handsome drawings of him that either removed or toned down his weird features.
  • Shocking Elimination: Played with — Vinny saves Two Faced from elimination in Episode 53, though he makes it clear that she'll be gone next episode if no one else gets more votes than her... then she gets eliminated the very next episode, albeit not by votes.
  • Signature Song: "Right Em' in the Wrong Hole" and "Dragon's Dilda" are probably the most well-known songs made in the game, but "The Ballad of Sponge" is considered the best by far (to the point where Vinny declares that "it wouldn't be a Tomodachi revisit stream without [replaying it]"). However, "Dragon's Dilda" no longer exists on Vinny's copy of the game because Wario was removed temporarily.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Survivor Edition generally thrives on this, as the viewers are actively voting off a character each episode. Thus far, virtually everyone who's been evicted was a scrappy.
    • For those who dislike Two Faced, seeing Seabiscuit compare her to Birdo in Episode 52 is satisfying.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • A rare case of a single episode being this. Episode 54 managed to be one of the most interesting, awesome, and all-around best episodes of the series (to most people) that fans wondered how Vinny could top it. This ended up being a negative, because Vinny couldn't think of a way to top it, resulting in a several-week hiatus while he had writer's block. When Episode 55 finally came out, he decided to go in the complete opposite direction and make it simple.
    • This, along with the game running short on content and Vinny losing interest, is the main reason the Survivor Edition lasted 1/10 the length of the original series.
  • Ugly Cute: Plenty of islanders fall under this. A girl with two faces and three eyes? An alien with a huge nose? A sentient hamburger? All considered adorable by the fans, at least when they're depicted in fan art.
  • Unexpected Character: In Episode 54, Vlinny's won his Super Smash Bros. for Wii U match against Two Faced, and so he liv—nope, Pit suddenly appears to try to keep him from living another week.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Sponge's only friend is David Bowie, and he's perpetually depressed. Due to how sympathetic he is, he's received tons of fan art and attention (helped by managing to have a vague semblance of a character arc, managing to smile and enjoy himself shortly before the invasion).
    • Walrus, in a way; Vinny absolutely hates him after he gets together with Two Faced, and abuses him in various ways. Fan art around this period often depicted him as a martyr of sorts. Eventually subverted when he gets very coldly dumped, which causes Vinny to turn around and treat him nicely.
    • The Sloppy Seconds Brothers (Groose and Karl) are considered pathetic and slightly rude by the islanders and Vinny. Doesn't stop them from being fan favorites.
    • Cling On was probably created to troll Vinny, who did express annoyance at her at first. After Vinny played Super Mario Bros. 3Mix, he discovered the fact that its creator was one and the same as "that guy" who made abridged versions of the Tomodachi streams. After he and the viewers discovered the SB Edits (more specifically, Cling On's prominence in them), fan opinion of her and the amount of fan art of her on the Booru shot up, and eventually she started dating Vinesauce and Vinny approved of it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Tomodachi Life is a simple kids' game about watching over an island of quirky characters. It's being played by an adult known for reveling in Vulgar Humor and jumping back and forth across the line. The result is the game being filled with masturbation jokes and attempted cursing. Even without Vinny's influence, the game ends up showing a lot more dysfunction than the average Tomodachi Life playthrough, and not just on a dramatic level.
  • The Woobie:
    • Alpaca was rejected by everyone she has feelings for and once had a Girl Charm rating of -26. Eventually, she finds her true love: Vinny himself. Or rather, his Mii. Vinny was not pleased. But then Walrus set her up with BonziBUDDY and the two ended up getting married even more quickly than Groose and Lambchop. But then BonziBUDDY was diagnosed with Not Funny....
    • Walrus was nothing but friendly to Vinny (even devoted to him, as shown in a Quirky Questions round), but kept getting tortured. Really comes to a head when Two Faced dumps him, and even Vinny starts to feel bad.
    • Levi, considering what sort of childhood he had. He lost his dad just after infancy, and the game refuses to acknowledge this. Even with Walrus as his stepdad, his life still isn't easy. He also seems to have severe self-esteem issues, if the first line of his song is anything to go by.
    • For the three above, life got happier for them, since Alpaca and Walrus started dating, leaving Levi iffy about his newfound stepdad. However, Levi attended Walrus and Alpaca's eventual wedding, accepting Walrus as his new father with open arms. Then he gets assimilated.
    • Sponge, based on his song and Vinny's description of him as an empty void. Goes even worse in the Super Sponge Bros. hack from which we learn the princess didn't leave him, she died waiting for him, and Sponge believes he's to blame. Thankfully, he eventually gets a bit better.
      "Why couldn't you get here faster?"
    • Lolly received no attention from Vinny, but then finally had a birthday — only to get assimilated in the next episode.
    • After Episode 52, Clown Lady (or rather, Mime Lady) falls squarely into this. Everyone ignores her jokes, and Tingle leaves her. It gets worse later on during the David Bowie special, where DK rejects her in the cruelest way seen thus far, by sending Bowser in his stead, but then it gets better when Vinny erases that event from the timeline and she asks out Sponge instead, who's far more willing.
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