->''"Hello, everybody! My name is Markiplier."''
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Mark Fischbach, better known under his YouTube alias Markiplier, is an aspiring VA and gamer based in Cincinnati, OH who broadcasts LetsPlay videos on Website/YouTube. His channel predominately features playthroughs of SurvivalHorror games, such as ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' and ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', though does feature non-horror games, such as ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' (played drunk with his friends, [[PluckyComicRelief Bob]] and [[ButtMonkey Wade]]) and ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''. Markiplier shows a lot of appreciation and support for indie developers with customized stories based off of various Mods created from game engines, frequently those adapted from Amnesia and Half-Life. Notable examples of the latter include CryOfFear and AfraidOfMonsters. Part of Markiplier's appeal is his lifelike, bloodcurdling screams (lovingly captured via reaction-cam) when having the crap scared out of him.

Markiplier reached [[SerialEscalation over two million subscribers]], a number which continues to grow; as of this writing, he has over 450 million views of his videos, which can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/user/markiplierGAME here.]] His brother, Tom, makes the webcomic Webcomic/{{Twokinds}} and has appeared in Markiplier videos.

[[folder:Games Markiplier Has Played]]
* 1916 Der Unbekannte Krieg
* VideoGame/SevenDaysToDie
* VideoGame/AfraidOfMonsters
* VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent and VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs, including Justine's campaign and custom stories:
** La Caza
** Abduction
** Followed by Death
** The Machine
** Lost the Lights
** Tenebris Lake
** Gary: Dark Secrets
** Gary: Snowy Secrets
** The Attic
** Isle
** Agony of Insanity
** Oblivion: Drops of Wine
** Kidnapped
** Weird Dreams
** Study of Insanity
** The Dark Room
** Poisonous
** The Things in the Night
** Disponentia
** Black Forest Castle
** The Cruel Ways of Dr Richard Jones
** Through the Portal
** Emma's Story
** Digressiophobia
** Killings in Altstadt
** White Night
** The Great Work
** Rain
** Obscurity
** When Life No Longer Exists
** The Grey Eagle
** It's Hurting My Eyes
** A Late Night Drink
** Fear Amnesia [[note]]Based on VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon[[/note]]
** Castle of Devastating Diseases
** Fekete Keres
** Gustav
** Destiny Rebellion
** A Coward's Debt
* {{Ampu-Tea}}
* VideoGame/{{Anna}}
* VideoGame/AoOni
* BlackSnow
* GameMod/BrutalDoom
* VideoGame/BunnyManLostSouls
* VideoGame/CalmTime
* VideoGame/CastleCrashers with {{LetsPlay/Yamimash}}, CinnamonToastKen and {{LetsPlay/Yamimash}}
* VideoGame/ChivalryMedievalWarfare with {{LetsPlay/Yamimash}}
* VideoGame/{{Closure}}
* VideoGame/TheCorridor
* VideoGame/{{Condemned}}: Criminal Origins
* VideoGame/CryOfFear and its various custom campaigns
* VideoGame/DarkOcean
* VideoGame/DeadIsland
* VideoGame/DeadSpace
* VideoGame/DeadSpace2
* VideoGame/DeadSpace3
* VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}
* VideoGame/DontLookNow
* VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim
* VideoGame/{{Erie}}
* VideoGame/{{Evil}}
* {{Exmortis}}
* VideoGame/{{Fibrillation}}
* VideoGame/{{Forest}}
* VideoGame/ForgetMeNotAnnie
* VideoGame/FromDust
* VideoGame/GarrysMod horror maps in collaboration with {{LetsPlay/Yamimash}}
** G-mod [[MurderMystery Murder]] with {{LetsPlay/SeaNanners}}, {{LetsPlay/Hutch}}, and {{LetsPlay/AllShamNoWow}} in one instance, {{LetsPlay/PewDiePie}}, {{LetsPlay/Ohmwrecker}}, and {{LetsPlay/MangaMinx}} in another, and more often with his own crew.
* VideoGame/{{Grave}}
* VideoGame/{{Grey}}
* VideoGame/{{Grimind}}
* VideoGame/TheGrudge
* VideoGame/HappyWheels, of which he does Highlights rather than full-length episodes
* VideoGame/{{Hide}}
* VideoGame/TheHouse 1 and 2
* VideoGame/{{Hyde}}
* VideoGame/{{Hylophobia}}
* VideoGame/{{Ib}}
* VideoGame/{{Illusion}}
* VideoGame/IllusionGhostKiller
* VideoGame/TheImpossibleQuiz
* VideoGame/{{Imscared}}
* VideoGame/{{Inculcation}}
* VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuyGaiden
* VideoGame/KnockKnock
* Labyrinth (the one involving "naked Slender Men")
* Labyrinth (the one based on Greek Mythology)
* VideoGame/{{Lasting}}
* VideoGame/{{Limbo}}
* VideoGame/LoneSurvivor
* VideoGame/MadFather
* VideoGame/{{Maze}}
* VideoGame/MentalHospital
* {{Minecraft}}
* NightmareHouse 2
* {{Octodad}}
* VideoGame/OneLateNight
* VideoGame/OrcsMustDie 2 [[note]]Played multiplayer with his brother, [[Webcomic/{{Twokinds}} Tom]].[[/note]]
* VideoGame/{{Outlast}}
* VideoGame/{{Paranormal}}
* VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Overture
* Penumbra: Black Plague
* Penumbra: Requiem
* VideoGame/{{Pesadelo}}
* PokÚSlender
* VideoGame/{{Psycosis}}
* VideoGame/TheRakeHostel
* VideoGame/TheRakeReturnToTheAsylum
* VideoGame/ResoluteDark
* VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach
* SCP-087-B
* VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013
* VideoGame/{{Slender}}, including the Slenderman's Shadow maps and Slender: Haunt.
* VideoGame/SluggishMorss
* VideoGame/{{Spectre}}
* VideoGame/{{Stalked}}
* VideoGame/StonewickManor
* VideoGame/SonicExe
* VideoGame/SuperHot
* VideoGame/{{Tanatophobia}}
* UnExit
* VideoGame/{{Underhell}}
* Unfair Mario
* VideoGame/{{Vanish}}
* VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}
* VideoGame/{{TheWitchsHouse}}
* VideoGame/{{Which}}
* VideoGame/WhereAmI
* VideoGame/TheLastOfUs
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!!This gamer provides examples of:
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Mark managed to solve a riddle in his playthrough of ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'' without knowing what the riddle was.
** He knew the numbers in the safe combination in ''Videogame/AoOni'', but the clue provided was of no help, so he was relegated to making a guess. He got it right on his first guess.
** During his playthrough of Videogame/{{IB}} he managed to solve a puzzle involving several of the same paintings... by walking to a row and happening to pick the right one without even knowing how the puzzle worked.
** In the Silent Hill Alchemilla, Mark solved a box puzzle by mashing random buttons and a valve puzzle by turning random valves. In his words, "this game sure is good at making the dumb feel smart!"
** In ''VideoGame/MadFather'', he used the mini-chainsaw on a random person, causing the person to [[{{Gorn}} explode into bloody chunks]]. While it caused him to have a HeroicBSOD, it was nonetheless the correct solution to advance.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Attempted in his playthrough of ''Silent Hill: Alchemilla.''
-->'''Markiplier:''' Is some diabloic demon gonna come dashing down this dank and dusty hallway filled with death and destruction? Dare I say that it doesn't...know...what...I am gonna do to that demonic...dastardly devil. Yeah!
* {{Adorkable}}
* AGoodNameForARockBand: During his ''Outlast'' playthrough, he comes up with "Tea Party of the Dead." Of course, he immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
** He's now come up with another. "Murder in a Minute."
*** It turns out Murder in a Minute really is a band name.
** From the final part of ''White Night'', he suggests that "Eyeballs in the Wall" would be a good name for a Death Metal band name.
** In ''Fibrillation'' he comes up with "Origin of Insanity". He then demands that anyone who uses it give him 25 cents for every note they play.
** In ''Videogame/TheCrookedMan'', he gives the name "Menagerie of Insanity". Humorously enough, Menagerie of Insanity is already the name of a few things including an e-book by Jacob Russell Dring.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Drunk Minecraft. The only conclusion where you get a group of drunk adults playing Minecraft with an admin that's happy to give them whatever they want, provided they don't piss the admin off, which of course they do.
* AlterEgoActing: Wilford Warfstache.
* AmbiguousSyntax: In part one of his "Fear Amnesia" playthrough, he takes note of a giant-ass knife. He then clarifies "Not a giant ass-knife, a giant-ASS knife. Got to watch where your hyphens are."
* {{Angrish}}: Regularly ventures into this, especially when playing particularly obtuse puzzle games or ones riddled with FakeDifficulty.
* AsianAndNerdy: Well, half qualifies since Markiplier is part-Korean and part-German.
* AtomicFBomb: [[http://youtu.be/GEDLqaJi11o?t=10m21s Drops one during his Slender: Haunt 1.1 playthrough.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Russians, he loves Russians.
* BackToBackBadasses: Mark and his brother Tom in VideoGame/OrcsMustDie 2.
* BadassBaritone: When not [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl scared shitless]], Mark has a pretty deep voice. This lends itself well not just to narration, but also to [[EvilSoundsDeep giving viewers and/or fellow players a nice scare.]]
* BadassBoast: Markiplier will make ridiculous boasts while playing [[SurvivalHorror horror]] games, usually to the effect of him being "too tough" or "so handsome" that the monsters are avoiding him, only to have one crash in and scare him into screaming bloody murder.
** In part six of his Eleusis LetsPlay he brags about how he could take on a wolf.
* BadassMustache: The signature of Mark's AlterEgoActing, Wilford Warfstache, is a giant pink mustache. It has now become something of an official Markiplier emblem. Sometimes he even wears it while recording!
* BadBadActing: Mark's attempt at hiding his knowledge of the fact that "Error #53" is a horror game and not a cutesy adventure game is... Unconvincing. Especially noticeable as unlike his other videos he doesn't react to the scares at all, and blames all the monsters and jumpscares on TechnoBabble terms.
* BerserkButton: Perhaps [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKp7tg_sgcY THIS]] is his best known example.
** Interrupting him mid intro isn't smart either, as several Drunk Minecrafts will show you.
-->'''Markiplier:''' Hello everybody, and welcome back to...\\
'''Bob:''' Adjga...\\
'''Markiplier:''' [[BigShutUp SHUUUUUT UUUUUP!!!]]
** And this one
-->'''Markiplier:''' Hello every...\\
'''Bob:''' Third time in a row!\\
'''Markiplier:''' God Damn it!! - *incoherent babbling and FacePalm on webcam* [[INeedAFreakingDrink I'm finishing off this bottle of wine]].
** ''{{Octodad}}'''s gameplay. He liked the game but damn did he rage over it.
-->'''Markiplier (on ''Catlateral Damage''):''' Hope you enjoyed that. Was it good for you? It was good for me. Because we won this little shindig, and now we know, that there's more to life, than screaming at a stupid fuckin' octopus, that doesn't know what he's doing, and WON'T EVER COOPERATE WITH YOU, AND WON'T EVER DO WHAT YOU [[SmashCut S-]]
** He simply can't stand ''Vanish''. Despite being close to completing it several times, Mark just can't seem to beat it. The game's habit of [[TrialAndErrorGameplay telling you to pick a path and go with it]], and then metaphorically kicking you in the balls when you pick the wrong path, certainly doesn't help. The worst of these moments was when Mark found the exit, [[HopeSpot was in the process of unlocking the door]], and then the [[DespairEventHorizon monster snuck up on him and killed him]]. One such ''Vanish'' video is appropriately titled "I HATE EVERYTHING", wherein at the end, after being killed yet again, Mark [[RageBreakingPoint flails and mashes his keyboard, ranting at how much he hates the world]] before [[HeroicRROD slumping down, motionless, into his chair]]. The normal outro music doesn't even play at the end of that.
-->'''Mark:''' Why can't I beat you? WHY? It should be literally impossible that I HAVEN'T beaten you! I've played you for hours! ''HOURS''! [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels Random chance]] should have been on my side by now! ''RANDOM CHANCE''!
*** [[spoiler: Which, of course, made it all the sweeter when [[http://youtu.be/0PHk0rDUtG4?t=26m14s he finally did beat the game]] in July 2014.]]
* BigNo: [[http://youtu.be/kmpmeiVhuNI?t=10m Markiplier accidentally knocks the heart out the edge of the screen in Surgeon Simulator 2013.]]
** [[http://youtu.be/wkl5tSOARr0?t=17m When Mark thinks he's finally completed Vanish, only to be killed while unlocking the gate.]]
* BlatantLies: "Totally not afraid" of X. Running to the exit for "efficiency". "Just unlocked this door here, with a super secret code I guessed on the first try."
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: When playing "Cry of Fear: Halloween Collab", Mark hears a noise he's never heard before. He says "What was that!? I never heard that! It was like a frickin' bull! Or a moose! Or a moose bull! Or a boose! Or a mole! I don't know. It was something. I didn't like it."
* BullyingADragon: In episode 13 of Drunk Minecraft, Mark spends a large chunk of the episode taunting Latingoddess (the server moderator) by {{Shipping}} Zombiemold (Latin's boyfriend and the owner of the server) with all of his female fans. Needless to say, [[TraumaCongaLine the end result is what you'd expect.]]
* CaptainObvious: His reaction to seeing an unmoving man covered in blood and wounds in part two of Grey was simply: "That guy is dead!"
* CatchPhrase:
** [[CoolChair "I got a chair!"]] in VideoGame/{{Amnesia|TheDarkDescent}} and [[MakeSureHesDead "I don't trust you!"]] in VideoGame/DeadSpace. "(HOLY) BALLS!!!" in general.
** Addressing each scare as an unwanted door-to-door salesman. "''(shuddering laugh)'' "Noooo, thank you" and "I don't want any."
** "Hello, Baaaaaaaaaaaabay!" to female characters, statues, and pictures.
** "Like a boosh!", "I booosh you!" "I boooll you!" while playing box-jumping puzzles.
** "Haaaaa-biskey!"
** "Totes [[NameMcAdjective McScrotes]]."
** "Thank you all so much for watching, and as always, I will [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger SEEEE YOOOUUU]]... in the next video. BYE BYE!"
** Also uses the word "diabolical" and "ergo" quite often.
** "I'm too pro!" [[spoiler: almost invariably, something bad follows this statement.]]
** "Ding-dong-damn!"
** "SHADDAP, NURSE!" ''(apropos [[TheGhost no one in particular]])''
** In Drunk Minecraft: "ZOMBIE!!!" (the owner of the server) and "Shut up, Wade!/[[BlameGame I blame Wade"]]
** "BOXES!!" whenever he spots a pile of destructible crates in a [[VideoGame/GarrysMod GMod]] horror map.
** "Don't kill me, bro!"
** "All right, all right, all ''riiiiiiight''."
** "[[GroinAttack Dick-punching party]]!" Said when extremely frustrated at a game's developer.
** Expect Mark to say "OW, MY ASS!" or "OW, MY PENIS/BALLS!" if he dies a rather...[[GroinAttack painful]] or [[AssShove embarrassing]] death in ''VideoGame/HappyWheels''.
** "All right, kiddies!", for whenever he's imitating Santa Clause.
** He occasionally calls monsters - such as the AoOni - "buttstabbers".
** "That's what she said." Said whenever he makes an innuendo.
** In ''Outlast'', he's taken to saying "Little piggy no no, little piggy go go home now" whenever he goes through a narrow squeeze, thanks to the [[ImplacableMan big burly guy]] calling him a "little pig" before [[DestinationDefenestration tossing him off]] a two floor ledge.
** "Eff you in the Ay, and have a nice day!"
** Asking "Did I won? Diiid I woooon?" when endings are unclear, not even providing AWinnerIsYou screens.
** In {{VideoGame/Happy Wheels}}, whenever he plays as Wheelchair Guy, he starts off by saying, "I'm just an old man!" Doubles as CaptainObvious.
** Every time he successfully accomplishes ''anything'' in {{VideoGame/Dishonored}}, be it [[FlashStep teleporting behind a foe]], [[StealthExpert sneaking by a guard]], [[OneManArmy slaughtering his way through a group of enemies]], or [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking picking up a piece of bread]], he will proudly say "Like a shadow in the NIIIIGGHHT...", or "Master Assassin!"
** "[[HughMann Normal human]]! [[{{Octodad}} NORMAL]]!"
** When figuring out game objectives, he'll usually say "I'll play your game, you ''rogue''", or "I'm picking up what you're putting down..."
** "You are so weird!" for whenever he comes across a strange person/creature repeatedly.
* ChristmasEpisode
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWIrrIFFDV8 Gary Snowy Secrets]] for Amnesia
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYoJlZX5mG0 Slender: Christmas Special]], though it was posted in January.
** [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNwlIuILqeY A Drunk Minecraft Christmas special]], with FyreUK
* ClusterFBomb: Markiplier typically makes a conscious effort to use [[GoshdangItTOHeck PG language]] (saying such things as "hecky-heck" or bleeping his own language), even while playing video games that qualify as an M-rating, though will start swearing (sometimes A LOT) when he gets too frustrated with glitches in the games, his inability to overcome obstacles within them, or just generally freaked out.
** His Let's Play of ''Dreadhalls'' is notable for possibly having the highest F-Bomb count in any Markiplier video to date.
** One part of his Surgeon Simulator 2013 Let's Play had him so furious that he stopped playing for a moment just to let out a series of cusses.
-->''"I have to get all the fucks out."''
** On his second playthrough of Vapour, he [[spoiler: dies very many times]] causing him to rage. [[spoiler: In the end, he gives us an amazing series of f-bombs, while [[FlippingTheBird Flipping the bird]] with two fingers.]]
-->'''Markiplier:''' God fuck me! God fuck it, fuck-fuck it, I dont want it! Fuck you, and fuck all of you, fuck you to hell, FUCK OOOOOFFFF!
* CompanionCube: In the [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Amnesia]] custom story ''A Late Night Drink'', Mark finds a tiny version of the normal wooden box and [[CutenessProximity grows fond of it]], calling it Tiny Box Tim. He gets separated from it later on, much to his sorrow, and when he finally crosses paths with the tiny box once again near the end of the story, [[YankTheDogsChain he's unable to pick it up.]] Tiny Box Tim has since become a recurring "character" in any of his Let's Plays of Amnesia custom stories.
* ComicalAngryFace: From about 20:32 to 21:02 of his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7ObQS5CxI video]] of the Cry of Fear mod The Stairway.
* CoolChair: Makes frequent use of and references to these during ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' and its subsequent Mods as a useless weapon/security blanket against the unkillable monsters featured in the games.
-->'''Markiplier:''' I have a chair! Yeah! You didn't like it last time! [-You'll like it even less this time. 'Cuz it's goin up yo butt.-] [[AssShove Whole chair, up yo butt!]]
* {{Crossover}}: Quite a few with other Lets Players, most often [[http://www.youtube.com/user/yamimash Yamimash]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/FyreUK FyreUK]] in some of his ''Drunk Minecraft'' videos.
* CutawayGag: When enraged by Amnesia: A Late Night Drink, Mark takes a break to calm himself down. During this break, he cuts to images of kittens.
* CutenessProximity: His response to finding a tiny version of the wooden box in the [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Amnesia]] custom story ''A Late Night Drink'', whom he names Tiny Box Tim. It's also touched upon in his video of the Markiplier mod for Videogame/DontStarve, explaining that he has a tendency to become fascinated by tiny versions of normal objects (like baby shoes, for example).
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Mark beginning to realize the stalker with VaderBreath is SCP-106. "He's gonna ''get'' me and... bite my nipples off!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Common to most [[LetsPlay Let's Play]] videos, Markiplier is humorously underwhelmed by the lack of logic that motivates the storyline, making aside comments to diffuse the tension and point out cliches in games.
* DelayedReaction: During his let's play of ''VideoGame/TheCrookedMan'', it took him about a second to realize that the Crooked Man is standing behind him in one segment. He promptly lets out a terrified shriek upon the realization.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite how much the game frustrates or scares him, Mark is determined to beat Vanish, even though the game appears to be equally determined to never let him win. [[spoiler: And, eventually, after nine videos plus hours of playthroughs that we never saw, he finally succeeded.]]
* DieChairDie: When playing an ''Amnesia'' custom story, Markiplier will usually make sure to smash any of the small glass display cases lying around.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: He practically waves his hands and dances in front of SCP-096, then barricades himself behind three doors to see if it gives chase. [[TheJuggernaut Yep]].
-->'''Mark:''' ''(wiggles eyebrows)'' ............Is he coming after me? YEAH HE'S COMIN AFTER ME! AAAAGGGH ''(ripped to shreds)''
* DrinkingGame: An interesting example is the ''Drunk Minecraft'' series, where Mark and his two real life friends Bob and Wade drink alcohol while playing ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. It's more awesome than it sounds.
** For a drinking game within a drinking game, take a shot every time a reference is made to ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''.
*** For his YouTube channel in general: take a shot for every video that has the words "scariest game ever" (or a variation thereof) in the title.
* DrJerk: This is how he portrays himself when playing ''Surgeon Simulator''. He's constantly yelling at his "nurse", and the way he treats his patients could be considered MeatgrinderSurgery...except calling it "surgery" is probably being generous.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2. In his eighth Vanish playthough, he passes a lot of the time by recounting the history of America to his viewers.
-->'''Mark:''' We Americans like coffee. We dip our hamburger and donuts into coffee every morning and then we drink that, and then we pray to the American flag, which has a big middle finger on it, by the way...
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first batch of videos didn't use a facecam. Since Mark's reactions are considered one the best things about him, it makes watching his earliest videos feel very strange.
* EpicFail: A lot of his HappyWheels highlights highlight these moments, especially the assassin levels where he somehow manages to kill himself a bunch of times, but never the target.
** Of course, bad enough when he manages to stab himself in the head a few times. But repeatedly stabbing yourself in the ''ass''?
** ''Especially'' especially in [[http://youtu.be/NBSfikrbLV4?t=2m26s this moment]] where the most damage he does to the target is knock him over..
** In VideoGame/PropHunt video 13 he managed to [[http://youtu.be/5VObP-Kv-4s?t=10m die]] ''before the round even started''.
** During ''The Impossible Quiz'' he opted to use a skip on a question that could never be gotten wrong.
* EvilLaugh: Sometimes does this, such as in [[http://youtu.be/887Ctfk5rSY?t=14m this video]].
** [[HappyWheels Kill Them All]] levels.
* FailedASpotCheck:
** Mark fails to notice on-screen prompts and hints quite often in his Let's Play of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''.
** In Part 4 of ''VideoGame/AoOni'', he manages to miss [[spoiler:a hanging body]], as he's more focused on solving a puzzle at the time. It's only after it [[spoiler:hits the ground]] that he notices it.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: He will ''never'' beat Vanish... [[spoiler: well, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome until he actually did]].]]
* FlatWhat: Has a visual reaction upon finding the "Dancing Room" in ''The Darkest Words''.
* FollowTheLeader: Mark's channel is unabashedly inspired by Pewd's. Their style of humor and title cards are also identical.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: This is somewhat the case with his brother Tom. While Tom acts more mature, Mark acts more silly. This can be seen in their VideoGame/OrcsMustDie 2 Let's Play. Also, Mark likes to tease Tom occasionally. In his VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Let's Play, Mark makes fun of furries... His brother writes a fairly famous furry webcomic.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Parodied in the Sonic.EXE playthrough.
-->''Don't turn around; that thing standing directly behind you will just get pissed off.''
* GameBreakingBug / GoodBadBug: Has a nasty habit of causing these, especially in ''VideoGame/{{Amnesia|TheDarkDescent}}'' custom stories.
* GenreSavvy: Tends to quickly figure out how to avoid monsters in the games he plays. And usually can tell [[ThisIsGonnaSuck when things are going to get scary very fast]].
* GoshdangItToHeck
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: When he likes a game he is playing, he doesn't hesitate to compliment it. Even explaining his reasons why he likes it.
** ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike: While he dislikes giving out mean comments about a game and prefers to play good games, if he has an issue with a game he's playing he will explain what issues he has with them. The biggest example of this is his playthrough of Evil, which completely failed to scare him.
* HellIsThatNoise: [[invoked]] The scraping stone feet of SCP-173. Mark invariably runs headlong into it, not grasping that 173 can navigate vents.
** SCP-173's music cue whenever he's in the vicinity. Somewhere.
--->"WHAT? WHY IS THERE IS THERE MUSIC?!"
* HeroicBSOD: When going through his first let's play of Slender: The Arrival, Markiplier was foiled by the proxy in chapter 3 just as he was about to escape via the mine-shaft elevator, sending him into a screaming mess. The next time, he manages to get to the elevator and up the shaft before this can happen again, and everything seems okay with the level effectively over. Then a bug in clipping issues when stepping off the elevator platform towards the exit sends the player character plummeting to their death. Mark is so utterly shocked and unprepared for what is quite possibly the most epic unintentional "screw you" destiny could ever give a gamer, that his commentary stops in it's tracks, as does his ability to even use facial expressions as he stares blankly at the screen for the next fifteen to twenty seconds in absolute silence, un-moving.
** His playthrough of ''VideoGame/MadFather'' featured a puzzle where he had to recreate a murder scene. He used the mini-chainsaw on the "terribly frightened" girl in the puzzle room, causing the girl to explode into bloody pieces. Mark sat, unmoving, with his mouth hanging open for a good five seconds.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Mark will occasionally point out moments that he FailedASpotCheck, or otherwise couldn't figure out a relatively obvious solution to a puzzle. The most notable of these moments was during a playthrough of ''{{VideoGame/Outlast}}'', where he spent a good few minutes wandering around, only to find that [[EpicFail he only needed to jump up a small gap]], which caused Mark to declare himself "the biggest idiot who ever lived." Even worse is that Mark added in a JumpCut to cut out even more pointless wandering around.
* HilarityEnsues: Every. Single. Drunk Minecraft. Especially when they have a serious objective in mind.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUPY75g177M This]] one in particular. They try to build Smokey the Bear. It turns out as... uh... just watch it.
--->'''Wade:''' Why do we try to build things? They NEVER turn out right!
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During Mark's playthrough of A Late Night Drink, Mark spends 15-20 minutes searching for 4 keys in a library. He pulled out books for 20 whole minutes. One key was behind a candlestick NEXT to some books, but other than that, Mark needlessly pulled out books for 20 whole minutes.
** What makes this even worse was the fact that Mark failed to recognize this as his own failure.
* HypocriticalHumor: In one of the VideoGame/GarrysMod horror maps Mark ran with Yamimash, he takes a second to good-naturedly mock a "bananus buttsex" poster, saying "We'll stick with our highbrow humor." He then turns on noclip and [[ToiletHumor proceeds to fart his way across the map]].
* IHatePastMe: In part 17 of "Afraid of Monsters" Mark is forced to backtrack through an area he had already went through. He's forced to fight several monsters he had originally run past and wonders why he left so many. "Damn you, past me!"
* InelegantBlubbering: His first run-in with SCP-106, aka "Radical Larry"
** Now with subtitles, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_GmUpy6ArA The Impossible Lets Play: Hot Sauce Challenge]].
* ItMakesSenseInContext: A lot of his lines tend to be very odd, but they do make sense, even [[MindScrew this]] [[BodyHorror one:]]
-->'''Markiplier''': [[http://youtu.be/ZdYqOsaNT-s?t=5m "The head of my dead child is pinned to my ass!"]] \\
[[http://youtu.be/NBSfikrbLV4?t=4m "At least it's in my ass, it can't kill me if it's in my ass!"]]
* JumpCut: One of his [[RunningGag running gags]].
* JumpScare: Falls victim to many while gaming.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M-dO7_UKhY This playthrough]] of ''Slender: The Nine Pages'' has Mark encounter [[http://youtu.be/2M-dO7_UKhY?t=4m an incredibly frightening jump scare]] that greatly terrified Mark so much, it looked like it could have given him a heart attack.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=i98eb1VXy4Y#t=188s And manages to pull one on us nicely.]]
* KubrickStare: Invoked for two minutes 13 seconds in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC0xVc7Mso8 Hello Kitty Online]] episode. It's not a still photo.
* KillItWithFire: Has this reaction to one of the [[spoiler:alien's]] body parts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0juVK_vz-H0&t=3m making noises]] in ''SurgeonSimulator2013''.
* LargeHam: Especially when he does his "[[Franchise/DeadSpace Isaac Clarke]] voice".
* LaughingMad: At the end of his VideoGame/DeadSpace2 playthrough. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbQ-GkRGXmQ It even got a Highlight.]]
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: During his birthday stream he was playing ''VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013'''s new mode ([[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Meet The Medic]]), and after finally beating it, Wade was laughing in the background at Mark taking as long as he did and almost failing. Que an angry Mark making Wade play until he either won or failed, while he was sitting in the background with a rather funny (but angry) expression.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: During [=TheGameStation=]'s VideoGame/GunsOfIcarus Battle Royale, teaming up with [[OMFGcata Jesse Cox]], [[WebVideo/PressHeartToContinue Dodger]] and [[LetsPlay/ChaoticMonki Cry]] against [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit Total Biscuit]], [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]], WebVideo/PeanutButterGamer and LetsPlay/{{Criken|2}}. And again for Creator/{{Polaris}}' US vs. EU tournament, with the same teammates and fighting alongside Angry Joe, Bedbananas, [[WebVideo/LazyGameReviews Phreakindee]] and WebVideo/{{Videogamedunkey}} against [[LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} Simon, Lewis, Strippin, Pyrion Flax]], Aypierre, Criken, Harrylafranc and Unsterbliicher.
* MilesGloriosus: According to his boasts, Markiplier will gloriously kick the butt of any monster he encounters. [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl Just don't get him anywhere near the actual monsters]].
* MisplacedNationalism: In his ''Ampu-Tea'' video, Mark satirized the negative stereotypes that the British have of Americans--for example, claiming "Britain is a ''whole country''! I know this!" Unfortunately, some of the British viewers took Mark at face value and [[DudeNotFunny reacted accordingly]]. Many even used his antics as an excuse to spew hateful comments--including labeling all of America as {{Eagleland}} Flavor #2.
* MrFanservice: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P51uplvbkwY WARNING! This video contains the sexiness of Mark.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Mark had a heartbreaking case after playing ''Ripest of Fears", a fangame dedicated to him. He realized that he's been trying so hard to get more subscribers that he's been neglecting the fans he already has. He promised to go back to how he used to be, and was desperately holding back tears at the end of the video.
** He has an in-game example for ''VideoGame/MadFather'' when he was setting up the final murder scene in the memory section. He playfully swung his mini chainsaw at the female statue only to successfully kill her. Obviously, he didn't realize this was part of the game and was just messing around.
** Another in-game example is when he played ''VideoGame/CalmTime''. He admitted that he just finished Drunk Minceraft and wasn't prepared for such a dark game. He especially felt bad for being forced to kill the only kid there.
* TheNicknamer: Markiplier will, on occasion, randomly nickname characters in video games things like "Billy" (that's the name given to [[SCPFoundation SCP-173]] as well as to the Scavenger Bots in ''DeadSpace3'') if he doesn't trust the character (as seen in his play-through of VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} and [[NightmareHouse Nightmare House 2]] as well as a sewer pipe he called "Jerry" in an ''Amnesia'' Mod.
** The Brute from ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' was dubbed "Mooseman" by Markiplier, mostly due to [[HellIsThatNoise the sound he makes]].
* NoIndoorVoice: He can get quite shouty, to say the least.
* NoJustNoReaction: During his Outlast: Whistleblower playthrough, Mark reads the subtitle "childhood, sexual, reptile imagery" in reference to weird dreams a patient is having. He starts asking what that is and seems to start asking for someone to make fanart of it, but he stops himself at the words "draw some f-" and says, "No, no. God", instead.
* NothingIsScarier: Markiplier often praises game developers for making use of this and gets easily freaked out from a games suspense and atmosphere when this trope is successfully implemented.
** His collaboration with Yamimash on the Abandoned Metro Garry's Mod map shows that he has little tolerance for games and maps which seem like they're building suspense and atmosphere, but then [[AntiClimax don't do anything with it]].
* OhCrap: A couple in-game reactions:
** In his play-through of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', he was not happy to encounter a second Bloater.
** Encountering Chris Walker in ''Outlast: The Whistleblower''. The character was so impactful that he somehow remembered his name.
** Just about anytime a monster from {{Vanish}} appears. Usually, though, he gets upset with them.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: When he plays "BWAK" he describes it as "a horror chicken game unlike any other" and jokingly says he knows there have been a lot.
* ProperlyParanoid: Because he has played so much ''Amnesia'', he has become terrified of mannequins. Even if they're inanimate, he freaks out and takes off their heads.
* RageQuit: The entire ''{{VideoGame/Vanish}}'' game, according to his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_L7Yb69hYM last released video]] of it. No matter what, though, he is determined to complete it.
** [[spoiler: And beat it he did.]]
** He does this at the end of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9-JvZ3fibY Hell Was Here]]'', when he [[ObviousBeta immediately dies upon spawning in an empty room]].
* ARareSentence: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3qmCXB2qx_U "I just turned all our diamonds into pork chops!!!"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PML1MFplyM&t=21m "This waterfall doesn't touch the penis!"]]
** Drunk Minecraft in general tends to produce these. Some gems include the aforementioned waterfall doesn't touch the penis, "I'm being molested by an albino spider", and "Get your head out of my thong."
** In part six of his ''Grey'' playthrough, he says "I shouldn't have wasted so much ammo shooting those babies. That's something I never thought I'd say ever in my life."
** SCALE gives us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfFhQ8K-2pM "Oh God I fell through the penis!"]]
* RunningGag: There's a few others that occur throughout most of his videos:
** Poof! :3 (Mostly in the compilations, but it still counts.)
** "Hating" Wade in general.
** On his twitter feed, Mark has taken to tweeting about how excited/happy he is for something with a picture of him looking incredibly grumpy.
** "Pressing B to Blow" is rapidly turning into this.
* SanitySlippage: After a tough time in the final boss fight of ''Dead Space 2'', he goes LaughingMad and fills his inventory with nothing but [[MoreDakka Pulse Rifle]] ammo and health kits, and it's a little bit like watching SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker do a Let's Play.
** His entire ''Surgeon Simulator 2013'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxOU6G8zvXQ video]] is an 11-minutes plus epitome of this trope. Just watch it.
** Throughout the first play in the [[RageQuit final]] video of ''Vanish'', Mark becomes increasingly frazzled and panicked.
** In a Happy Wheels montage where he played ONE Dark Souls based level, he slowly slipped into this. And he was well aware of this.
--->"Do you think - in the future - when I'm at my insanity hearing, that they'll use this as evidence that I really did lose my mind?"
* TheScream: Becoming cornered or trapped by SCP-173. In one playthrough, SCP-173 hops through an office window rather then [[ThereWasADoor use the door]] as expected...
-->'''Mark:''' No! NO! '''NOOOOO--AAAAAUUURRGHG''' ''(neck snap)''
** And in another, Mark [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces it down]] as his eye meter depletes to zero...
--->'''Mark:''' '''[[TakingYouWithMe I'm taking you with me!]]''' KEEP LOOKING AT ME! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-- ''(neck snap)''
** In Part 8, Mark ''finally'' gets the jump on 173 via surveillance cam, then does an end run around it. (Or does he?)
--->'''Mark''': ''Imma getcha. Imma getcha. Imma getcha! I SEE YA! I SEE YA! I SEE YA!'' Oooohh yeah, like a boss! ''(neck snap)''
** Part 10, "Worst Scare Ever", is so named for 173 zipping right in front of Mark, who grips in forehead in pain from so much screaming. Finally, he just saunters up to it.
--->'''Mark:''' ''(snarls angrily)'' HI!♥\\
''*pokes statue*''\\
'''Mark:''' 'SCUSE ME!\\
''*173 doesn't budge*''\\
'''Mark:''' Fine, kill me! ''(neck snap)''
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Virtually every horror Lets Play. Especially funny if he had previously been boasting his toughness.
** Quite a few videos, particularly Drunk Minecrafts, have him screaming in fury as well.
* ShoutOut: Mark occasionally quotes stand-up comedian BrianRegan in his videos. He also uses "Alright, alright, alriiiight" from comedian Kevin Hart.
** In Happy Wheels Highlights #25 Mark says "Mycaruba," a catchphrase/running gag that was started by the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' (Mark is friends with the members of the GG channel). He also once asked "Barry" to edit his video while in-game.
** During a play-through of ''Phobia 1.5'', he uses a fast-forward cut while singing "Escape From the City" from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "Thank you all so much for watching. Click the annotations for more videos that I've done. And as always, I will see you in the next video. Bye-bye!"
* SlasherSmile: One of his running gags.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLFBEB0USA Case in point.]]
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter!: The Latin's Wrath episode of Drunk Minecraft. At one point Mark jumps on top of the house to taunt Latin.
** Mark: Latin, bring it on! Bring it OONNN! [[TooDumbToLive EVERYBODY WANTS TO BONE YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!]]
* [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]]: Markiplier plays Mods featuring The Slender Man and even filmed a sketch involving the character, who is now "[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a heroin addict and registered sex offender]]".
* StunnedSilence: This happens to him when he sees the TwistEnding in ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse''. He stays quiet for over a minute before he recovers.
** More so when he completes the game Reunion. [[spoiler: He finally reaches the boy he had been trying to find, to find out that the character he had been controlling was trying to kill the boy due to him suffering from schizophrenia. Mark is in complete shock from that point until the end of the video ]].
** More humorously, when he finds the "Dancing Room" easter egg in ''The Darkest Words'' all he can do is [[FlatWhat stare]].
* SurvivalMantra: "Little piggy no no, little piggy go home", starting with his first encounter with Chris Walker in Outlast, he sings this little verse in an attempt to ward off another incident of the man pulling him out of his hiding places. It even transfers over to VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs when he is running from the manpigs.
* TakeThat:
** Usually doesn't do these and if he has a problem with a game he is usually direct with expressing it. Still does this occasionally, such as in Part 2 of his ''The Curse of Blackwater'' playthrough, when he gets attacked by a Necromorph, he comments that there must be a portal in the game to the DeadSpace universe and mocks that it's where all the scariness of the series went.
** There's also this little bit from ''Probably Archery'':
--->'''Mark''': "I'm like [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] crossed with [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} that guy from]] ''[[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} that no one cared about!]]"
* TemptingFate: Poor Mark just can't win in ''Containment Breach''. He was sure that he'd eluded 173, only to open a sliding door and see the statue leering at him. Mark had just blinked before opening the door.
** In another instance, Mark fled SCP-106 by ducking into an elevator. 106 simply walked through the wall.
** In his ''Cry of Fear'' LP, Mark laughs off a warning telling him to 'watch out for the trees'. [[http://youtu.be/YZY4WQlXmxE?t=2m30s Guess]] what happens next..
* TooDumbToLive: During a segment of Drunk Minecraft, Mark teases the server's mod, [[ClingyJealousGirl Latingoddess]], who then proceeds to kill him. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill With lightning.]] ''A lot''.
** In case you're wondering how he was teasing her, he was teasing her with Zombiemold (the server's owner and Latingoddess's boyfriend) having a lot of fangirls. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VWlrK8q734]]
* ViolationOfCommonSense
-->'''{{Limbo}} LP:''' ''These look dangerous. I should probably not jump face-first into them.... but when have I ever listened to good reason? Whop! *jumps into bear trap* Ew...''
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Wade, a lot. They pick on, insult, and screw each other over in games all the time, but they are friends.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Markiplier has one of these after he rages on an Amnesia Custom Story.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Mannequins]]: Creepy mannequins/suits of armor are his archnemy, seeing as he encounters them [[OhNoNotAgain a lot]] (starting with [[NightmareHouse Nightmare House 2]] and then again in the ''VideoGame/{{Amnesia|TheDarkDescent}}'' custom stories).
** After a particularly hair-raising puzzle involving false books and stalking mannequins, one of them is crushed in a bookcase trap, prompting Mark to [[EvilLaugh cackle maniacally]].
** Not too fond of creepy things pertaining to Children or Babies, calling them "Diabolical" , obviously referencing the use of creepy Children in horror.
* {{Yandere}}: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MxQiDG6aCg Best Friends Forever]], Markiplier acts pretty much ''exactly'' like this to Ken. It is... surprisingly terrifying, even when PlayedForLaughs...
-->'''Video Description:''' ''"Markiplier wants to be your best friend! Who are you to ignore my love? No one ignores my love..."''
* YankTheDogsChain: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkl5tSOARr0 In his fifth]] ([[RageQuit and supposedly final]]) episode of ''Vanish'', [[spoiler:he finally reaches what appears to be the end of the game and begins to unlock the exit door. Then a monster sneaks behind him and kills him]]. Cue ''several'' [[BigNo Big "NO!"s]].
** His eighth Vanish video had him get the keys twice, but he was unable to find the door and escape.
** Fortunately for him, though, his ninth video shows him ''finally'' beating the game. He thought that he wouldn't, but he managed to see the end.
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--> "And as always, I will SEE YOU...in the next video. BYE-BYE!"