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[[caption-width-right:240:''[[{{Music/DanBull}} Enter the domain of the Nerdł...]]'']]
-> '''Hello, procrastinators!'''


Nerd Cubed is a British LetsPlay channel on WebSite/YouTube created by Daniel Hardcastle and run by Daniel Hardcastle and Wot Fanar, devoted to gaming and reviewing games. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialNerdCubed here]]. Largely inspired by Hannah Hart's My Drunk Kitchen series, it combines quick editing with strange, unexpected humor and real-time gameplay.

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!!''Nerd Cubed'' provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: Dan's ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' complete series, before the entire "[=NerdCubed=] Completes..." series was axed altogether. However on December 14th, 2013 the ''Completes'' series was announced to be back although ''3 Free Game Friday'' would be canceled due to issues with {{Youtube}}.
** As of June 24th, 2014, the ''Completes'' series seems to be returning, starting with ''The Simpsons: Hit & Run''.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Evie/Cleverbot prononuces her own name as "Cle-VER-but". Cue Dan bursting into hysterical laughter.
* {{Adorkable}}: Daniel himself, without question. That is, when he isn't being a DeadpanSnarker.
* AllJustADream: Dan wonders if the events that happen in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' are just a dream.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Invoked. Due to some out-of-context lines from {{Barbie}}, Dan views her as an international terrorist.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Dan wonders in his ''Flight Simulator X'' video if pilots fly really close around the Golden Gate Bridge for fun. [[http://sploid.gizmodo.com/incredible-photo-of-an-f-18-zooming-through-the-golden-1645700221?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow He is completely right, as it turns out]].
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: [=DadCubed=]. Oh, god, [=DadCubed=].
* AprilFoolsDay: For April 1, 2013, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDaUQ1JXw8g Dan decided to take a new direction and play]] ''VideoGame/HappyWheels'' with a face cam, not unlike LetsPlay/PewDiePie. [[spoiler:The video only lasts for about two minutes before showing twenty minutes of WebSite/YouTube's "An error occurred. Please try again later" message.]] Mostly meant as a TakeThat. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxCk23RwmZo For April 1, 2012, ]] Dan also decided to conquer his fears and play ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. [[spoiler:Unlike the {{Happy Wheels}} video, this one is actually a full video of Dan playing "Petz Horsez" 2.]]
* ArchEnemy: Ducks, and Brad.
* AscendedExtra: ''Westerado'' was originally going to be a short on ''Nerdł's Three Free Games Friday'', but Dan enjoyed it so much that it got its own ''Nerdł Permadeath'' series instead.
** A similar process happened for ''VideoGame/SuperHot''.
* AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity: Awkward isn't really the right word.
* BerserkButton:
** Being named ''Brad'' and being around Dan will not fare well for you, even if you are on the same team as he is.
** Ducks, ever since one particular incident in a ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}'' Let's Play.
** He doesn't take kindly to the objectification of females in videogames. It's one of the main reasons he loathes ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.
** Homophobia will REALLY piss him off.
** A downplayed one is when a game doesn't offer invertible controls.
*** A not-quite-as-downplayed one along the same lines is not being allowed to change the field of view.
** As of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYtnRYfe13s TMI Vlog With ''Emma Blackery''!]], baths have become a new one.
** He absolutely ''despises'' {{Microtransactions}}. He went so far to put "Every single game with microtransactions" at the top of his worst games of 2013 list and made an entire video ranting on the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper for taking it too far.
* BigEater: Dan
* BigNo: Dan does this in his ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' video when [[spoiler: the train he was riding on kills his horse.]]
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: The first person to die in "Nerdł Challenges! Blindfolded Driving! - GTA V" was Franklin, although this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since Dan was [[ItMakesSenseInContext blindfolded]] at the time.
* BlatantLies: Dan makes blatant lies so often that it has become one of his catchphrases.
** During the "Space Racists" challenge for ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', he claims he got the ship's name by hitting random letters. The spaceship's name? The USS [[{{UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem}} UKIP]].
* BolivianArmyEnding: The ending to "Nerdł Plays... Gang Beasts".
--> You see from this ending, you don't know who won. Sort of.
* CaptainObvious: Cleverbot
--> '''Cleverbot:''' Chinese is Asian.
--> '''Dan:''' I'm not even debating that.
* CatchPhrase: "Hello, procrastinators!"
** *Dan makes obviously false statement* "True story."
** "Lovely jubbly!"
** "Are you ready for this jelly?" and variants.
** "Don't you hate it when [an unusual and extremely game-specific situation]."
** [Improvises something bizarre or says a word wrong] "Well done, brain/Thank you for that, brain."
** "Goodbye, procrastinators." and/or "Too-ra."
** For [=DadCubed=]: "[[IncomingHam YEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAA!]] Hello everybody, and welcome to [=DadCubed=]! Yeah, the old man from Essex is back again!"
* CatsAreMean: Demon Kitty from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas.''
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: His 100,000 subscriber special.
* ClusterFBomb: Most notably the Dungeon Keeper Mobile review.
* CozyCatastrophe: The people in the Tsunami mod sat around and drank coffee while the water was reaching their necks.
* CurbStompBattle: Dan goes into ''Gang Beasts'' on his own after a few updates, and feels he's so good at the game that he'll make this happen. And indeed it does.[[spoiler:..with him on the receiving end of many beatings.]]
* CurseCutShort: See TemptingFate.
* CrossOver: With ''Hannah Hart'' of ''WebVideo/MyDrunkKitchen'', ''{{Emma Blackery}}'', ''LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood'', ''Creator/StevenMoffat'' on Dans Vlog channel, and [[spoiler:NightHood & Decoy]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Daniel again. He frequently does this when making a joke about the matter at hand.
* DeathFromAbove: When playing ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' Online with Martyn Littlewood of the Yogscast, he flies around in a cargo plane with Martyn riding in the back in a car. Then Dan pulls up and drops Martyn down to Earth. He survives. Three guesses as to what happens next...
-->'''Dan:''' Incidentally, [[OhCrap look up]]!
* {{Determinator}}: Dan must be if he plays Desert Bus for eight hours straight for his 1,000,000 subscriber special.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Almost everything that Dan does when he is police officer in ''GTA IV''.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Driving fast without looking forward is common. [[{{Creator/Thecynicalbrit}} TotalBiscuit]] made a brief note of this in his video ''Why We Watch''.
* EpicFail: Every time he plays a simulator. Every time.
-->'''Dan:''' (Before every simulator) I sincerely apologize to anyone that [insert anyone who actually does what the game is simulating].
** Also Lampshaded in his Microsoft Flight Simulator X video, where he fails all video at one objective: landing the plane.
-->'''Dan:''' If you ever get on a plane and the pilot's voice comes over the intercom and it's mine, run. Just jump out of the plane. You have a better chance of survival.
** And according to Dan, the London 2012 Olympic Games's (the official video game) keyboard controls.
-->'''Dan (After failing at the triple jump):''' The problem with this jump, my friend, is that this game was made by a GIBBON!!!
*** Though in his Nerd Challenge of winning the Olympics in the game, he said if you played with a controller it worked much better.
* EvilGenius: Kenneth Kennethson.
* ExactWords: Dan's reason for playing the aforementioned London 2012 game with a keyboard instead of a controller. The controller was simply "recommended", so to Dan, that meant he didn't need it.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Dan]] when he became NightSnake.
* FanCommunityNickname: "Procrastinators".
* FatBastard: The single striped badgers in ''{{VideoGame/Shelter}}''.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Nicknames [[FinalBoss MACE]] from ''{{VideoGame/Intrusion2}}'' "Carl", since it resembles the name of a puppy, and, "I'll never fear someone called Carl. [[BlatantLies True]] [[CatchPhrase story]]".
* FreezeFrameBonus: "Vote Kitty President" from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
* FreudWasRight: Invoked in his video on ''Underground Mining Simulator''. He looks at a spiky, phallic-looking drill and comments that he's, "seen that on dodgy websites".
* GeniusSlob: Kenneth Kennethson, the EvilGenius started to dig through the garbage to find things.
* GilliganCut: Early on in his first solo ''Gang Beasts'' video, he goes in [[TemptingFate with great confidence]].
-->'''Dan: '''''There is a downside to playing this game - it's that I've got too good at it now, so this is going to be sort of [[CurbStompBattle a bit of a merciless domination]]. Don't expect this to be one of those videos where a black screen with the word 'Attempt' comes up every few minutes, because I won't be having a lot of goes with this. I'm probably going to do this the first time. Seriously, it's going to be easy-'' '''ATTEMPT 1'''
* GoodBadBugs: The ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag]]'' video runs into a few glitches.
--> '''Dan:''' If you see someone ping themselves off into the stratosphere, that's a known bug and I never want them to fix it.
* GroinAttack: He ends up having his character land on his crotch at least three times in his ''Skate 3'' video. He [[ShareTheMalePain shares the male pain]] when he isn't killing himself laughing.
-->'''Dan:'''''"Karate kick! (Lands with a ledge between his legs) Oooohohoooohhhhhh...my [[UnusualEuphemism sausage-sandwich]]!"''
* HelloInsertNameHere: Dan often plays around with these features for the sake of a joke. For example:
** His ''Car Mechanic Simulator 2014'' video has him click on a new save file labelled "Empty" by default. He then names it "Empty".
** His video on the patched version of ''Simcity'' had him name his city "Wank", just so that the main menu would have an option that said, "Resume Wank".
* InnerMonologue: Used throughout his video on ''I Get This Call Every Day''.
* JumpCut: Dans main style of humor inspired by [[MyDrunkKitchen Hannah Hart]].
* JumpScare: At the end of Dan's ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' video.
* JumpTheShark: [[InvokedTrope Literally]]. Dan opens his Skate 3 video by trying to jump a massive fake shark. He fails, and ends up [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Crushing The Australian]].
* JustForPun: Dan will do this occasionally.
** From his VideoGame/{{ARMA}} 2 video " Guess who? NUN OTHER THAN ME!".
* JustOneMoreLevel: Goes for one more attempt at beating MACE in ''{{VideoGame/Intrusion2}}''...[[SubvertedTrope and then falls off the platform immediately]].
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Inverted; Dan's dad, Steve, began to show up on the channel in "Father and Son-Days" videos. Apparently, he really enjoyed the experience, because he eventually got his own YouTube channel, [=DadCubed=].
* MadDoctor: Dan in Surgeon Simulator 2013. He will tear every organ out of the body even when it isn't in the way, use a hammer to destroy ribs and skulls, and at the end of his Surgeon Simulator in Space video even tried to achieve the quickest kill using what he called a tomahawk.
** And [=DadCubed=]. Especially after he finds the laser.
*** When Dan accepts a challenge to do a blind brain surgery and has [=DadCubed=] as his assistant. Eventually after getting frustrated, [=DadCubed=] decides to just kill the patient.
--> '''[=DadCubed=]:''' Okay. Back towards us. Down. Grab! *Dan grabs the drill* Lift up, lift up, perfect!
--> '''Dan:''' What've I got?
--> '''[=DadCubed=]:''' [[BlatantLies Umm...you've got the hammer.]] Now right. Forward. Forward. There! Yes, yes! Now left! *The drill stabs the patient in the side of the head, killing him* Perfect! Right in the ear hole!
--> '''Dan:''' What've I done?
--> '''[=DadCubed=]:''' You've killed him. [[HesDeadJim He's gone now.]]
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Every video's description ends with "All other music is in game music. It makes me want to [something related to the game played]."
* MakesSenseInContext: The entirety of "Nerd Cubed Out of Context" is to catalogue these moments.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: On multiple occasions in his video on ''Cook, Serve, Delicious'', he get's particularly anxious when the game asks him to "'''''FLUSH THE TOILET!'''''".
* NoIndoorVoice: Mocked in the AprilFoolsDay video for ''Happy Wheels'' when a reading a description typed entirely with CapsLock on.
--> '''Daniel''': FEEL FREE TO RATE FIVE AND SAVE ALL YOUR CRE-AY-TIVE REPLAYS, said this person.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Repeatedly happens as the ''{{VideoGame/Liero}}'' video goes on.
* OverlyLongGag: His yell of "WHOOOOOAAAAA" as he uses a fire extinguisher in ''Airport Firefighter Simulator'' lasts for quite a while.
** He got into an argument with Cleverbot repeatedly alternating between "No, I don't" and "Yes you do". According to the ensuing caption, it took over 26 minutes.
** The TrainingMontage from his first solo ''Gang Beasts'' video.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: He uses the phrase, "delicate flambambos of chocolate" in his ''VideoGame/CookServeDelicious'' video, possibly as a hurried corruption of the word, "flambé". [[CatchPhrase Well done, brain.]]
* PinchMe: Dan tests if he is dreaming when he finishes off the Metal Gear RAY in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' by slapping himself.
-->'''Dan:''' *whak* No, I slapped myself in the face and I felt it, so I'm definitely awake...
* RageQuit: Dan throws his controller after failing the [[NintendoHard last mission]] of ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', something he has spent the best part of two episodes making over a dozen attempts at, by crashing [[FinaglesLaw right next to the last objective]]. This particular Nerd Completes series will likely remain technically incomplete due to how frustrating this particular section was.
* RapidFireNo / SerialEscalation: Gets into a contest of alternating between a large number of "no"s and "yes"s while playing with Cleverbot.
* RecycledTitle: This confuses him when he tries to play ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (a video that mostly amounted to a rant about always-online {{DRM}}):
--> '''Daniel:''' Hello procrastinators, and welcome to ''[=SimCity=]''! This is the ultimate city building...sand...box...balls! I put the wrong footage up! ''Why do modern games all have the same name as old games!?'' I don't understand, I do apologize, hang on... (switches to ''[[FanRemake Micropolis]]'')
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Dan does this to every town he can find in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' after [[spoiler:his horse is killed]].
* RunningGag:
** "All music is in-game music. It makes me want to [do something related to the game in question]."
** In the 2012 Olympics challenge Let's Play, there are numerous occasions where Dan yells at the audience to stand up for the national anthem.
** "Defence Baby", a pack of toilet rolls with a picture of a baby on it in the ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' video.
** In his video for Robot Wars Extreme Destruction, the cow head on Dan's robot gets knocked off every single fight, much to his annoyance.
** "Have you preordered this game yet?!" after he demonstrates cool things you can do in the tech demo of Next Car Game.
** Airport Simulator 2014 has him refer to the driver of the vehicles as [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]], due to the guy's appearance.
** Dan often tell BlatantLies throughout all his videos followed up by him claiming they're true and factual.
* SanitySlippage: As he fails more and more in the [[ThatOneLevel more]] [[NintendoHard difficult]] missions of ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', his composure visibly begins to break apart more and more. This came to a head in part 19, where at the end of him failing the infamous "Set to Kill" mission for the umpteenth time, he lets out an [[SensoryAbuse ear-piercing scream]] that only lasts for a couple of seconds, but is enough to make someone jump.
-->'''Video Description:''' [[IRegretNothing I'm not sorry for the ending]].
* SelfDeprecation: In ''VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013'':
--> '''Daniel:''' Ok, you may feel a small prick...hitting you with a very large hammer.
** Also from his ''Simpsons: Hit And Run'' video:"We have to put up with MORONS SPOUTING SHIT. Speaking of, hello!"
** And from his Plague Inc. Evolved video, he chooses to start off his virus in the UK "'cause fuck those guys".
** Dan doesn't collect trash, he only makes it.
* SensoryAbuse: After failing [[ThatOneLevel Set to Kill]] in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' for the umpteenth time, he lets out a ''loud'' scream which only lasts a couple of seconds before [[SmashCut the video cuts to the outro]].
* SequelEpisode: "Nerdł Challenges! 3 Day Baby - The Sims" acts as a sequel to "Nerdł's Month of... The Sims 3", by having an older Kenneth Kennethson return to do more evil.
* SoBadItsGood: Dan's in-universe reaction to ''The Fast and the Furious: Showdown'''s lack of a physics engine and ugly textures / backgrounds. Because of that, he considers it a better game.
* StarbucksSkinScale: Referenced in Airport Simulator, as a TakeThat to airport security tending to select darker-skinned people for [[BlatantLies "random searches"]].
* TakeThat:
** In his Microsoft Flight Simulator X video, upon attempting a loop in a 747 and crashing into the houses of parliament:
--> '''Daniel:''' Whoops, I killed the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Tories]]!\\
'''Video text accompanied by applause:''' And nothing of value was lost.
** Also in part 21 of his Nerd Completes: Bully Let's Play to homophobes. Jimmy needs health, but there's no girls around to kiss. So he ends up kissing a guy, resulting in "THIS GAY KISS!"
--> '''Dan:''' Before we begin, I do have some serious news to discuss. I received a record number of complaints about a video. Nearly a hundred people complained about the last episode of ''Bully'', as it featured THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* Now, a lot of people wanted me to edit out THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* from that episode, but unfortunately, I don't keep raw video files, so THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of kiss* is going to be there forever. They've also asked me if I would kindly (I say they asked me kindly. [[HateDumb They didn't.]] [[{{GIFT}} They shouted.]]), they asked me kindly if I would not show things like THIS GAY KISS! *shows footage of the kiss* in any future or current videos. Welll, I've decided...Jimmy is now bi. Deal with it! *shows footage of kiss* Right, that's people dragged into the 21st century [[FlameWar and the comments section annihilated...]]
** Also the entirety of "Nerdł Plays...Day One: Garry's Incident"
** In his video of the London 2012 Olympics game, he doesn't have many positive things to say about the Olympics themselves, referring to them as "a massive sports day that rolls into town every four years and bankrupts a country."
** For his ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' "Space Racists" challenge, Dan names his ship the "USS [[{{UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem}} UKIP]]", [[BlatantLies by hitting random keys on the keyboard]].
* TalkativeLoon: Usually whenever he isn't explaining the game he is playing, he goes on and on with barely any breaks, even during the longer, slower pace, Completes videos.
* TemptingFate: "Pfft...tanks can't hit shi-" *explosion*
** Dan starts off his first solo ''Gang Beasts'' video claiming that he's gotten better at the game. [[spoiler:So did the enemies, apparently. Not even a TrainingMontage helps him.]]
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: Specifically painkillers, in the case of his ''[[{{VideoGame/Peggle}} Peggle Nights]]'' video, resulting in him rambling nonsensically for most of the video trying to get through his unfortunate illness. He even admits this in-universe.
* TitleScream: Dan does this when he announces that he's playing ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' with the '''''SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE RACIST!''''' challenge in mind.
* TrainingMontage: He indulges in a lengthy one in an attempt to get better at ''Gang Beasts''. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* UncannyValley: Invoked - Dan repeatedly gets creeped out by the unsettlingly-calm expression on [[{{Website/Cleverbot}} Evie's]] face. [[NightmareFuel And then she starts winking.]]
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: In competitive multiplayer games, Dan will lie and cheat as much as he can, and then gloat if he wins and have shouting fits if he loses.
* VillainProtagonist: [[EvilGenius Kenneth Kennethson]] from Dan's ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' lets play.
* WorldGoneMad: When he challenges himself to survive ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'''s Carmageddon mod, he very much believes that Liberty City has turned into one of these. And for good reason.
* WorstAid: Pretty much guaranteed whenever Dan plays ''SurgeonSimulator2013''.
-->'''Daniel:''' Stop struggling! I know I've taken your lungs out, just let me do what I'm doing! I'm a doctor, [[BuffySpeak I know this thing]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: In ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' he knew all the horror tropes to avoid. [[spoiler: In spite of the game's emphasis on NothingIsScarier, this would have been useful if ''Gone Home'' actually ''was'' a horror game.]]