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August 23rd, 2010 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge

An old lady in Twoson will usually comment on how Ness and Paula make a good couple… but what happens if you only have Jeff in your party?

Fanfic writer squad, activate!

I think a lot of people know about this little oversight already – you can get it to happen after Paula gets kidnapped in the Fourside department store – but I like to document little things like this on the site anyway.

Thanks to Karl151k for posting about it on the Starmen.Net forums the other day!


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54 Comments to Ness and Jeff, Sitting in a Tree

Mato said on Aug. 23, 2010

BTW, can someone get a better screenshot of this? This one is kind of blurry and is a lossy jpg.

KingDarian said on Aug. 23, 2010

oh, baby~

Umbreonic said on Aug. 23, 2010

Well, they do look pretty cute 😛

Cubivore10 said on Aug. 24, 2010

I can hear the fangirls now.


LucasTizma said on Aug. 24, 2010

They DO make such a nice couple. 🙂

MG said on Aug. 24, 2010

I guess they could make a good couple.

TBird said on Aug. 24, 2010

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Yes we’re a couple of guys all right!

Berserker said on Aug. 24, 2010

Well, I guess Jeff would always be the receiver because…

Jeff has no PP!

Phi said on Aug. 24, 2010

Kay eye ess ess eye en gee!

Anonymous said on Aug. 24, 2010

Let’s hope Tony doesn’t hear about this…

somepartsareme said on Aug. 24, 2010

mato i read your comment as loss.jpg what does that say about me as a person

no name given said on Aug. 24, 2010

poor Jeff, first tony now this.

SuperLyra said on Aug. 24, 2010

“FanFic writer squad, activate!”

Don’t give them ideas like that. D:

Moonside said on Aug. 24, 2010

Poor Tony…..

Ginrei said on Aug. 24, 2010

Aaah Berserker, you made me facepalm. XD

Anonymous said on Aug. 24, 2010

Yaoi sucks.

chaobreeder20 said on Aug. 24, 2010

I hate to see what Yaoi suppoters think.=/

wiimotemaster said on Aug. 24, 2010

i love this!!!

Anonymous said on Aug. 24, 2010

Would that be a glitch?

Robert said on Aug. 24, 2010

its not really a glitch but more of an overlooked situation.
They didnt expect people to go back to Twoside and talk to the old lady when Paula was kidnapped

Raikousei said on Aug. 24, 2010


Here’s a better screenshot of this:

DragonKazooie89 said on Aug. 25, 2010

“Fanfic writer squad, activate!”

That’s what I thought too when I saw this screenshot but the pairing of NessxJeff isn’t anything too new, IMO.

Whatever said on Aug. 25, 2010

I like how either the comments are people smiling and making jokes or people being homophobic morons.

It’s a joke guys, grow a pair.

Instead of being the later i’ll just make a joke and say that i’m pretty sure Tony’s going to kill Ness, can I get an agreement on that? 😛

SuperLyra said on Aug. 25, 2010


How do you know the “homophobic morons” aren’t just creeped out by the idea of their childhood having sex with itself? Besides, we’re not completely serious.

Anonymous said on Aug. 25, 2010

Freakin’ liberal.

Violet said on Aug. 25, 2010

I always find it hilarious how people in the Land of the Free spit the word liberal like its a bad thing.

MoonSide said on Aug. 25, 2010

I really hate to barge in…

but, we are talking about a accident in programing. They expected for us to not go back to Twoson after being able to proceed to Threed. Let’s all be peaceful…PK Love?

At least, Let’s not fight, kay-o?

rotschleim said on Aug. 25, 2010

“I hate to see what Yaoi suppoters think.=/”

I’m a yaoi supporter, and…

…I think this is hilarious. I’d never ship it, mind you–in fact, NessXPaula and DusterXKumatora are the only MOTHER pairings I ship, to be honest–but this is just…”lulz” as the kiddies say.

Didn’t someone once say this old lady says, “Of course, I’m nearsighted…” or something after this line if you just have Ness and Jeff?

LucasTizma said on Aug. 25, 2010

Wow. Way to derail here, guys… @Mato, can I have WordPress admin rights?! 😀 😀 😀

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Aug. 25, 2010

I think its something nintendo didnt think about before making the game

Roo said on Aug. 25, 2010

Hmmmm, yaoi. Boy did this thread take a wrong turn…

rotschleim said on Aug. 26, 2010

Apparently the message of “lol funny oversight but eww” I was trying to convey was totally lost. Whoops.

Andydark said on Aug. 27, 2010

Fun picture. I love noticing oversights such as this. I think a similar one happens in Final Fantasy VI somewhere, not necessarily a thing about couples but it’s just awkward dialogue moments.

I love it when people say “Freakin’ Liberals” and such when really the only point of gay marriage, abortion, and other such ‘ethical’ debates is mainly a smokescreen to cloud the fact that the government’s financial plans are running it into the ground and that the majority of voters vote on such superficial things.

Anyway. That’s my spiel.

I could go on and say that decisions such as gay marriage and what not have nothing to do with your lives and point out the flaws in slippery slope arguments in which people say next we’ll allow the marriage of people and cats or something. But that’s just stupid and doesn’t deserve a counter argument.

Starstormer said on Aug. 28, 2010

I always thought of Ness and Jeff just being friends not like that.

Luigi said on Aug. 28, 2010

I had already seen the sceen at home and I had to laught a lot. Of course the fact that Tony likes Jeff (or so it seems) makes it look even more like a soap opera.

I just wonder what would she say if one of them (either Ness or Jeff) is dead. After all, she sais something different if you have the four members of the team and Paula (and only Paula) is dead.

DrNoooo said on Aug. 29, 2010

I love it. When it’s one boy and one girl it’s cute and innocent and nobody bats an eye, but when it’s two boys people are all “eww” and “poor Jeff” and “noooo my childhood is having sex with itself!!” (what)

You want to explain to me how there’s *not* homophobia in that? I’ll wait.

Anyways cute oversight 🙂 Considering Tony and all, though, I have to wonder if a tester realized this in development and Itoi was all “nah keep it”?

flaminshrooms said on Aug. 30, 2010

Hee hee, something similar also happens when you call mom after Paula is abducted. I think I might’ve mentioned this somewhere else, too.

Ralph said on Sep. 1, 2010


homophobia means “fear of homosexuality”

There’s a difference between fearing something and being opposed to or weirded out by it. Grow up, stop throwing the word “homophobia” around and use it correctly.

PokemonMasato said on Sep. 4, 2010

What’s Tony gonna think of Jeff Now??

Trolololo said on Sep. 4, 2010

Please dont make a Yaoi threesome with Tony Fangirls DX

anonymous said on Sep. 6, 2010

Ohoho… yaoi fanfic writers, it is time to write fanfics, crack or otherwise 😉

Homophobes, etc.: Grow the frick up already. It’s just a silly little joke, get over it.

OtterOtter said on Sep. 9, 2010

The Mother games and Azumanga Daioh I respect and revere waaay too much to even look at the characters in a sexual light that isn’t tasteful (or intended by the creators)…it always deeply disturbs me when people people make slash fiction or draw porn of Mother, because it sort of feels like if my little brother or sister were having porn made out of them if that makes sense. I don’t view them as a platform with which to project my own sexual desires upon to warp and twist what the creators have done with something that is very emotional to me. :X

I mean, I know it’s just a game and all, and they’re fictional characters, but that’s just how I feel for my own self I guess.

Pseudo3D said on Sep. 13, 2010

IIRC, the old lady says after this something along the lines of “then again, my eyes are getting old…”

So now it becomes a joke on the elderly and short-sighted! Yay?

exodus941 said on Sep. 14, 2010

OtterOtter summed up my feelings perfectly. It’s just not right to sexualize/fetishize/pervert every little thing under the sun, Rule 34 notwithstanding. 🙁

Eric said on Sep. 14, 2010


Nyarly said on Sep. 18, 2010

And the yaoi fangirls go wild…

StarFan said on Dec. 3, 2010


Ash said on Mar. 26, 2011

rofl, why did I not know of this before? Oh well, what a funny/cute/random discovery. : )

Ninten3274 said on Apr. 19, 2011

Ness: What the FU-
Jeff: I hope Tony doesn’t hear this!

BigDream said on Aug. 19, 2011


Zoom! said on Sep. 18, 2011

Man this really turned into a big mess over a simple oversight.

Earth Saturn said on Mar. 4, 2012

Um…..I think that woman needs better glasses. O.o

Earthbounder said on Oct. 22, 2012

Only itoi knows what TRUELY happend after paula was kidnapped at the department store… 😉

Motherer said on Jan. 8, 2014

Huh. If Tony’s confirmed, and this lady is accurate, then is Jeff semi-confirmed? …Oh, and since Ness is the primary character and an extension of the player, that makes HIS thoughts a blank slate and up for interpretation. So Ness x Jeff is equally likely to Ness x Paula? Then again, EarthBound is more linear than Mother was, and the progression of the story means that the developers didn’t think of a situation when the player would go back and talk to this one lady with this particular party setup… Either way, maybe I’m reading too deeply into this.


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