->''"Hey, [[VideoGame/LaMulana La-Mulanites]]!"''

Samuel Kaplan, a.k.a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DeceasedCrab DeceasedCrab]] is a personality in the LetsPlay community, notable for playing a key role in spreading the LP phenomenon to Website/YouTube.

He's developed a SignatureStyle: He's a LargeHam who employs copious {{catchphrase}}s and {{Unusual Euphemism}}s, and he almost exclusively plays 8-bit games, WidgetSeries, or indie FreewareGames. Or some combination of the three. (Or, [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Power%20Master/Update%201/index.html a Choose Your Own Adventure Book]].) As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aim91HIBts#t=0m45s he himself puts it,]] "What's the point in me playing a game that everybody already knows?"

He has, on several occasions, teamed up with fellow [=LPer=] Madamluna on co-op [=LPs=]. To quote the eponymous second author...
-> On that fateful day in 1972, Deceased Crab was a small-time guitarist in the Bay Area hopping from band to band. Madamluna was a waitress in a small cafe off the side of the interstate. When their eyes met, they knew it was destiny.\\
They would later disappear in [[NoodleIncident a tragic macadamia nut accident]], never to be seen until thirty-five years later, when they suddenly resurfaced on Youtube with a series of Let's Play videos that are said to be "pretty good, I guess."

[[MultipleChoicePast Now with optional second backstory!]]

-> [=DeceasedCrab=] was a lowly salesman, building lightweight laser weapons and doling them out to kindergarteners like a futuristic, crab-shaped Johnny Appleseed. I was the stodgy teacher who insisted on not having any laser weaponry in my classroom. But soon, with a song and a dance and a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick demonstration of technology that could vaporize a bear at three hundred yards]], he scuttled his way into my heart.

[[RuleOfThree Or...]]
-> In the future, [=DeceasedCrab=] was an inmate at the Black Moon State Penitentiary. He escaped with 14 other inmates, and fled to the only safe place; the past. Arriving at an integral part of American history, and having damaged his time machine, he reformed and devoted his life to making his country and history correct.

[[OverlyLongGag Or...]]
-> Actually, Madamluna is the world's leading expert on forensic psychology, and I am a shady used car salesman. I sold her a bad car, and she keeps having to get it repaired. I do this for tax purposes!

[[OverlyLongGag Or...]]
-> Madamluna is the Duchess of Kensington from the year 3026, at which point Kensington is no longer a duchy but the best waffle house on the planet. I am the biggest waffle addict in the timestream (there were others who liked waffles more than I did, I erased them from history).
-> Which reminds me, Madamluna: we need some more waffles!

[[folder:Games he's Let's Played:]]
* ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure''
* ''ActRaiser''
* ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames''
* ''VideoGame/AmazingPenguin''
* ''VideoGame/ArabianMagic'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/{{Archon}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}}: Doh it Again'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}}'' ''[[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer D]][[TranquilFury S]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheArtOfTheft''
* ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' (started as just a Madamluna LP, but DC jumped in part-way through)
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheMagicOfPegasus''
* ''VideoGame/BalloonKid''
* ''VideoGame/BioMiracleBokutteUpa''
* ''VideoGame/BlackLodge''
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory''
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''
* ''VideoGame/ChuckRock''
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}''
* ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' (with Madamluna and Enigmaopoeia)
* ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}''
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyTowers'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/DontLookBack''
* ''VideoGame/DontShitYourPants''
* ''EscapeFromTheUnderworld''
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''
* ''VideoGame/FrogFractions''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Gokujyou Parodius]]''
* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/GoofTroop'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/TheGreatWork''
* ''VideoGame/{{Harpooned}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hatris}}'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/HeiankyoAlien''
* ''VideoGame/HeroCore''
* ''VideoGame/HotThrottle''
* ''VideoGame/IAmLevel''
* ''VideoGame/IWasInTheWar''
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''
* ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu''
* ''VideoGame/{{Jaws}}''
* ''Jikkyou Oshaberi VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Da''
* ''JourneyToSilius''
* ''VideoGame/JoyMechFight''
* ''VideoGame/KabukiQuantumFighter''
* ''VideoGame/TheKarateKid''
* ''{{Karoshi}}''
* ''VideoGame/KidDracula'' (NES version)
* ''{{Klax}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Knytt}}''
* ''VideoGame/KnyttStories''
* ''VideoGame/KnyttUnderground''
* ''VideoGame/LAbbayeDesMorts''
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' (both the original ''and'' its remakes, the latter with Madamluna. In total, he's actually on his third LP of this game by now.)
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard''
* ''VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster''
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings 2''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Mappy}} Mappy-Land]]''
* ''MazeOfGalious''
* ''VideoGame/MeikyuujouHydra'' (translated as “Hydra Castle Labyrinth” in the LP)
* ''MendelPalace'' (with Madamluna)
* ''MerryGearSolid''
* ''MerryGearSolid 2''
* ''VideoGame/MinotaurInAChinaShop''
* ''VideoGame/MondoAgency'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/MondoMedicals'' (With Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/MonsterParty''
* ''VideoGame/MoonCrystal''
* ''VideoGame/MountainManiac''
* ''VideoGame/MountainManiac: X-Mas Edition''
* ''VideoGame/NightSlashers'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain''
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperSolvers Operation Neptune]]''
* ''VideoGame/OwlCountry''
* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease''
* ''VideoGame/PanicRestaurant''
* ''ThePower''
* ''VideoGame/PowerBlade''
* ''VideoGame/RedhooksRevenge'' (with Madamluna)
* ''[[SugarWiki/RobotUnicornAttack Retro Unicorn Attack]]''
* ''VideoGame/RockinKats''
* ''VideoGame/RockyRodent''
* ''RoseAndCamellia''
* ''VideoGame/RunSaber'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadowgate}}'' (Sorta. While Madamluna was the one actually playing the game, DC tagged along as a navigator.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' (SNES Version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Skuljagger}}''
* ''VideoGame/SnacksNJaxson'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/SolarJetman''
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}: Wanpaku Graffiti''
* ''VideoGame/StanleyTheSearchForDrLivingston''
* ''VideoGame/StarTropics 1'' & ''2''
* ''VideoGame/SweetHome''
* ''VideoGame/TakeshisChallenge''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''
* ''VideoGame/TwinkleStarSprites'' (with Madamluna)
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ufouria}}''
* ''VideoGame/VegetableGame''
* ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'' (the demo and beta)
* ''WarWithTheEvilPowerMaster'' (the previously mentioned Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure book)
* ''VideoGame/{{Way}}''
* ''VideoGame/WhompEm''
* ''VideoGame/WithinADeepForest''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Ys III: Wanderers From Ys]]''
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!!Provides examples of:
* {{Angrish}}: This trope shows up a few times in the LP of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'''s Hell Temple.
-->'''Deceased Crab''': A bridge...[[TheBridgeOverTheRiverKwai a bridge over the riv]]--\\
''(His character drops through an unseen trap in the bridge, back down to the Hell area)''\\
'''Deceased Crab''': ''(spews furious gibberish through clenched teeth)''
** In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX6OK-A0pV4 episode 3.5 of his ''Goonies II'' LP]], the title itself is in angrish, with DC spending the last ten seconds in it because of an apparent cheap death.
* AnimalNemesis: Deceased Crab often talks about a seething hatred for whales.
** [[MobyDick A reference]], perhaps?
* BerserkButton: Demands or internet abbreviations in comments.
** He isn't too fond of people correcting his pronunciation of names, if [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} Kitsune's]] fate is any indication.
** In his LP of the ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' remake, people bugging him about doing the Hell Temple (which [[TheScottishTrope he doesn't even refer to by name]], only in vague terms like "that area I haven't gone to")
* BigNo: When [[spoiler:Shorn steals the treasure of La Mulana]], coupled with some {{Angrish}}.
* BlatantLies: DC will occasionally drop {{foreshadowing}} by claiming that [[ChekhovsGunman a character]] or [[ChekhovsGun plot point]] is unimportant and will never come up again. For example, after first meeting Curly Brace in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'': "Yeah, we'll never see her again."
* BuffySpeak: Among others, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPI5g7DgZns here]] (at 09:34):
--> Get back here! [[{{Angrish}} Th! Nnnngh!!]] Stupid fiery spinny ball jerk!
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[VideoGame/CaveStory Huzzah!]]"
** Specific form: "...because I am [=DeceasedCrab=]! Huzzah!"
** "[[UnusualEuphemism Bakesale!]]"
** "[[LaMulana Hey, La-Mulanites!]]"
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fxj-4xIjzY#t=6m20s his LP of]] VideoGame/{{Iji}}. "Hey, La-Mulanites!" * pained scream*
** "I'm [=DeceasedCrab=]. Goodnight!"
** "[[WidgetSeries What is your problem, Japan?]]"
** "[[ActRaiser Suffer my wrath.]]"
** "It HURTS!"
** "[[GoshDangItToHeck Dagnabbit!]]"
** Crikey! [[note]]Videogame/GardenGnomeCarnage, anyone?[[/note]]
** The TakeshisChallenge LP has "Save here, because...[[NintendoHard let's face it.]]"
* ClusterFBomb: Being [=DeceasedCrab=], he gets his own, mild version of this.
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEw490T86ho#t=191s Crudnutshelldamncrap!]]
* CreatorBreakdown: He had one of these in the middle of his ''Shadowrun'' LP all because his viewers tried to correct his pronunciation of the name "Kitsune" complete with TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and disabling the comments for several parts. Whether this was for comedy purposes is still unknown.
* CurbStompBattle: ''Redhook's Revenge'' ends with DC and Madamluna getting completely dominated by the AI-controlled Le Boucher with over 70,000 gold (while the closest the two can manage is 16,600.)
* DropTheHammer: On an ''{{Arkanoid}} DS'' game cartridge.
* EvilLaugh: During his Let's Play of ''{{Actraiser}}'', the citizens of Kasandora claim that they can look after themselves. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJS7sMWzTZE#t=50s Then this happens.]]
* FlatWhat: He gives off one after [[VideoGame/LaMulana Palenque (remake)]] [[TakingYouWithMe self-destructs]] [[KaizoTrap in front]] [[OneHitKill of him]].
** {{Angrish}}: This follows soon after.
---> ''"I'm [=DeceasedCrab=]. AAAAAAAARGH!!"''
* GenreSavvy: In the Guardian battle of ''VideoGame/HeroCore''.
-->What should I shoot now? The head, the feet or the floating core?\\
The choice is [[{{Gradius}} ob]][[CoresAndTurretsBoss vious]].
* GoddamnBats: "Cat-Ball!" "Surprise Fish!" "UMBRELLA!!!" [[invoked]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: Somewhat unique among [=LPers=] for eschewing {{Cluster F Bomb}}s in favor of family-friendly curses and {{Unusual Euphemism}}s.
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzLpbzLbs8 That just kicks butt. Heck yeah.]]
** Because of his habit of avoiding swear words, his LP of ''VideoGame/DontShitYourPants'' may seem a bit out-of-place.
** DC has [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] this from time to time.
--->'''Deceased Crab:''' I was going to turn around and hurl insults at him, but somehow I don't think '[[UnusualEuphemism Bake Sale]]' would register with that guy.
* GrammarNazi: Don't use common internet expressions (like "lol", "u" instead of "you", "r" instead of "are") or bad grammar when you comment on one of his videos. If you're lucky, he will hide the comment. If you're less lucky, he will block and mock you.
* HeadDesk: A frequent response to nonsense in a game's plot.
* HeroicBSOD: Doesn't even begin to describe his reaction to the "reward" for completing Hell Temple in ''La-Mulana''.
--> "I knew it was a [[spoiler:Skimpy Swimsuit]]. I had no idea we were going to be seen [[spoiler:wearing it]]. The response was genuine." ([[http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=45815&cmd=tc - As heard on Moonhawk Studios Presents June 30, 2010]].)
** Also late into his ''MazeOfGalious'' Let's Play.
** And a minor one also in his first La-Mulana LP, his reaction to [[spoiler: Getting the Flare Gun before getting the gloves resulted in the following video being "[[MonsterParty La-Mulana]]", with "Lemeza" beating up on "Deceased Crab"]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Constantly, though subverted for his Eversion LP. He's had no problem being a mass murderer in Actraiser or driving Iji to complete sociopathy.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Wellknown as a GrammarNazi, yet when someone tries to correct him, he has the above mentioned CreatorBreakdown.
* HypocriticalHumor: One episode of the ''AbobosBigAdventure'' LP admonishes the viewers not to be gross and ask why he didn't pick "that one option in that one room" in the previous episode, although the option he did choose is arguably grosser.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Four [=LPs=] were recorded while he was loopy from painkillers after dental surgery: ''Owl Country'', ''Barbie and The Magic of Pegasus'', ''Minotaur China Shop'', and ''Hexagon''.
** He was also borderline-drunk during some late videos of ''LaMulana'', apparently the result of a breakup.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: One of his biggest complaints about ''VideoGame/SweetHome'', to the point of becoming a RunningGag.
* JekyllAndHyde: Deceased Crab's evil split personality, Deceased Cuttlefish, takes over to play Mountain Maniac and Mountain Maniac Xmas Edition.
* {{Keet}}: Anyone else suddenly think of Peewee Herman on a crack high when Deceased Crab starts talking?
** Oddly enough, he started his ActRaiser LP in a more normal, quieter voice and was barraged with people thinking he was depressed.
* KilledMidSentence: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKCluNG_O7k&list=PL5AE8EE0B96CB97E2&index=29&feature=plpp_video this video]]:
--> '''[=DeceasedCrab=]''': Sweet! Eternity is mi- [[KaizoTrap *is crushed by the ceiling*]]
* KindheartedCatLover: As abrasive as DC gets, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy7NMx4F30Y#t=01m06s genuinely cares for his cats]]. He occasionally yells at them "Silence, Kitty!" but to be fair, it's hard to discipline a misbehaving cat any other way.
* LamePunReaction: Tends to treat every pun as bad. Given his reaction, you'd think ''MerryGearSolid 2'' was killing him.
* LaughingMad: During the LP of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'''s Hell Temple.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: When drying the treasure map in TakeshisCastle (which requires 5 minutes in real time of doing nothing,) DC just starts rambling the whole time (mostly about Creator/TakeshiKitano.)
* LoadBearingBoss: Discussed in the last part of his ''{{Ufouria}}'' LP.
* LostEpisode: His beta test of ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'' was seemingly recorded just for Terry Cavanagh (the game's creator) to watch, but he has since decided to upload it to Youtube. He even calls it "The Lost LP". To take the trope even further, he ''literally'' lost the LP, but luckily Terry still had the videos and sent them to him.
* {{MST}}: Done by WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}. Sort of. They added their pre-recorded audio track to a random video to prove their point that what can be said about one of his videos, can be said about all of them.
* MadnessMantra:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_z467kUheY&list=PL5B54DE9111EE0A59 Stop your cheery lies! STOP YOUR CHEERY LIES! Stop! Stop...]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY0IH80cHB0 Don't wanna drop me!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6eGkcIokFo Don't trust the floors!]]
** Mappy Land Mappy Land Mamamamamamamappy Land Mappy Land Mappy Land...
* MilesGloriosus: PlayedForLaughs as part of the role he plays in his [=LPs=].
* MultipleChoicePast: Usually recounted by [=MadamLuna=]. The snippet above is but one of many.
* NeverSplitTheParty: In his LP of ''VideoGame/SweetHome'', he attempts to keep the FiveManBand as close together as possible, using the 'Call' feature to ensure everybody participates in most of the battles and gets experience. Considering that monsters seem particularly prone to attacking whenever there's a decent amount of distance between the groups...
* NoodleIncident: How getting the FlareGun in ''LaMulana'' resulted in a HeroicBSOD for him was this until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFw2EYce6rg the missing video in this happened]] was uploaded. (He expected another item, probably the chain whip.)
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He has played (most of) the games he's [=LPed=] before, but he acts like he hasn't to show the viewers everything. Madamluna [[LampshadeHanging calls him out on this]] during the ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' remake when he dies to [[spoiler:Palenque's TakingYouWithMe]], pointing out he knew it was coming because he was one of the beta-testers.
** "We have to go this way. Not for any particular reason, mind you. I'm a little lost. ...or am I?"
* PerspectiveFlip: "Balrog Story," ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' narrated from the perspective of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* PlayingAgainstType: His [=LPs=] of Creator/{{Nifflas}}' games (''VideoGame/{{Knytt}}'', ''VideoGame/KnyttStories'', and ''VideoGame/WithinADeepForest'') feature DC at his least hammy--he's almost sedate.
** He was fairly reserved in the first few episodes of ''ActRaiser'', as well
** As he explained when he went back to his usual hammy-ness for ''ActRaiser'', he did so because so many people asked him if he was depressed or if something was wrong because he wasn't at his usual level of energy. As he put it: "Apparently if I don't talk like a game show host, everyone assumes I'm depressed."
* PrecisionFStrike:
** One in ''La-Mulana'''s [[BonusLevelOfHell Hell Temple]]. He promptly chastised himself for it.
** Also in his "Franchise/{{Castlevania}} [[LedgeBats Birds]]" song.
* PromotedFanboy: NIGORO, the development team behind ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', liked his LP of the game so much that they mentioned him in the site's official blog. Not only that they put his name in the WiiWare version's credits under "Special Thanks".
* RealMenWearPink: Real men recover from wisdom tooth removal by playing ''Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus''.
* RunningGag: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F5_Yxxbqmo It is the nineties...]]
** PapersPlease has DC repeatedly exploding like wild tiger.
* SanitySlippage: If you want to see him pretend to lose his mind, watch his ''{{Eversion}}'' LP. If you want to see him ''really'' lose his mind, watch his blind run of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'''s Hell Temple.
* ScreamingAtSquick: Deceased Crab's reaction to seeing [[spoiler:Professor Lemeza wearing the Skimpy Swimsuit]].
* ShoutOut: In Part 9 of ''Civilization'', he references, of all possible things, ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. ''Twice'', quoting the RussianRoulette scene and the opening to Cloudman.
* SoundtrackDissonance: In the aforementioned ''Barbie'' LP, he replaced the soundtrack with songs by {{Manowar}} and MaximumTheHormone. When he played ''I Was in the War'' and ''Don't Look Back'', he switched the soundtracks of the two games.
* StealthParody: For ''Don't Look Back'' and ''I Was in the War'', he doesn't mention that he switched the soundtracks at any point, and comments on the games as if they still had their original soundtracks. For ''Harpooned!'' he pretends to take the game completely at face value and insists that it doesn't have any message.
* TakeThat: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ScQPsBHaE&list=PL435ECB944F6CF528&index=3&feature=plpp_video this video:]]
-->'''Samantha Harty:''' They're an insane masochist cult who think pain is the answer to everything.
-->'''[=DeceasedCrab=]:''' They sound like the IRS.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTQzTOP9AFM Wall jumps]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Stink.
* TheUnfavorite: From ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}'', Nibble. Ironically enough, DC chose to build/use Nibble because he needed a StoneWall. Or so he thought...
* TranquilFury: He reacts to unfavorable events either with this, an {{Angrish}} outburst or [[LaughingMad crazed laughter]].
* VictoryPose: After finally defeating the Eliminator in ''VideoGame/HeroCore'', DC poses so violently that he hurts his neck.
* WheresTheFunInThat: Often uttered by him.
* WithLyrics: He does this a lot. One example is [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3645661737840311329 his "Castlevania Birds" song]], ranting about the GoddamnedBats (or birds) of ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' to the tune of the game's theme tune "Bloody Tears".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnaqpv52KME#t=342s "Bomb jellyfish/Because this game is sill-y..."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1O3Q869mRQ Singing Ninja Tank!]]
* YouMonster: Utters this many times during his beta test of ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'', especially while trying to collect the hardest trinkets such as "[[ThatOneLevel Doing Things the Hard Way]]" (aka "[[FanNickname Veni, Vidi, Vici]]") and "[[CheckpointStarvation Prize for the Reckless]]".

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