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->''Hello everybody! And welcome to Northernlion's TV-Tropes page!''

Northernlion (real name Ryan Letourneau) is a Let's Player, hailing from Canada. Aside from Let's Plays (with daily episodes of ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' taking a starring role), he also does other shows such as Let's Look At and Only in Korea (started because he moved to Korea to teach English). He has become fairly popular, gaining over 200,000 subscribers. He is also a {{Machinima}} director, and runs a show called Poison Mushroom, where he takes a look at terrible games and makes fun of them. His channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Northernlion here]]

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, he hosts a live stream that usually goes on for 3 hours, with his partners in LP LetsPlay/JSmithOTI (Josh) and [=RockLeeSmile=] (Nick). Frequent games played on the stream include {{Dark Souls}}, {{Spelunky}}, Speedrunners and {{Family Feud}}. Every Sunday he hosts an additional stream where he allows his paying subscribers to play multiplayer games with him on private servers. This is usually done solo, although he is often accompanied by Nick. ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' is a frequently played title on these streams.

In a group called Saving Progress, also containing LetsPlay/JSmithOTI and michaelalfox, although this seems to have disbanded recently. His girlfriend, Kate is frequently mentioned in his videos and has appeared in some (she's also apparently better at some games then him). He is also good friends with LetsPlay/{{Chaoticmonki}}, having a few videos of playing Monaco together and Northernlion made an appearance in one of Cry's streams.

Now with a Quotes' Page in serious need of some WikiMagic[[note]]He has LOTS of amusing quotes[[/note]].

Games he has Let's Played (not counting Let's Look At):
* VideoGame/{{Bastion}}
* [[VideoGame/MeatBoy Super Meat Boy]]
* VideoGame/{{Terraria}}
* VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac
* [[Series/GreysAnatomy Grey's Anatomy:]] [[TitleTheAdaptation The Video Game]] ({{MST}} style)
* VideoGame/{{Facade}}
* VideoGame/{{Fez}} (Abandoned)
* VideoGame/{{Braid}}
* VideoGame/{{Limbo}}
* VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame
* VideoGame/CaveStory
* VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry
* [[Videogame/AdventureIsland Super Adventure Island]]
* [[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch Out]]
* Virtual Bart
* VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}
* StarWars: ShadowsOfTheEmpire
* VideoGame/MegaManX
* VideoGame/MegaManDrWilysRevenge
* Videogame/HappyWheels
* VideoGame/DarkSouls
* VideoGame/MegaMan10
* VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}
* VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram
* VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight
* {{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}} (Abandoned)
* VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown (Base game, ''Enemy Within'' Expansion, and ''Long War'' GameMod)
* VideoGame/TheCave (Knight, Adventurer, and Scientist)
* Skulls of the Shogun (Abandoned due to technical issues)
* VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance (Abandoned due to technical issues)
* [[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]
* VideoGame/RogueLegacy
* [[VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis Europa Universalis IV]]
* VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft
* VideoGame/NuclearThrone
* VideoGame/{{Starbound}}
* VideoGame/{{Banished}}
* VideoGame/DarkSoulsII
* A Wizard's Lizard
* Videogame/{{Magicite}}
* Videogame/SniperEliteIII
* Videogame/AbyssOdyssey
* VideoGame/GodsWillBeWatching

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!!Northernlion and his commentary provides examples of:
* ApologisesALot: Especially when he says something that could be construed as an insult to the developers of a game he's critiquing, or when he otherwise says or does something that he anticipates will cause controversy in the comment section.
* BadassBaritone
* BaldOfAwesome: A prime example.
* TheCameo: On his Northernlion Live Super Shows, VideoGame/{{ThomasWasAlone}} creator Mike Bithell often cameos (and hands out Thomas Was Alone steam codes).
* CatchPhrase: In ''The Binding Of Isaac'' let's play: "Stupid damage!"
** Other catchphrases include "Oh no, the pills made me retarded!" and [[ARareSentence "That's]] ''[[ARareSentence another]]'' [[ARareSentence thing I thought I would never say in my life."]] He even mentions possibly opening up an online store selling shirts with the phrases on them.
** "[[OhCrap That's bad for business!]]
** "Bob's your uncle. Everyone's happy."
** "Let's put it that way."
** "Everything seems to be [[TheSimpsons coming up Milhouse]]."
** "I botched this."
** [[Film/IronMan1 "That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it... and it's worked out pretty well so far."]]
** "Who dares wins.", particularly in the Binding of Isaac and {{Spelunky}}, immediately before performing a highly risky maneuver or action.
** His ''fans'' have one, too: "'X': The Northernlion Story" where X is a phrase that Northernlion said in the video. For example: "[[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram Tie It All Together With Struts]]": The Northernlion Story
*** He has even embraced this one, especially in his Spelunky LP[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4F053C6109DC7667]][[/note]], adding "The Northernlion Story" to random and sometimes nonsensical statements he makes.
** His fans also have "Scumbag Northernlion - [Description of incredibly stupid mistake made during the video]".
** "Never send a man to do a woman's job."[[note]]In XCOM, whenever a female squad member kills an alien that male members failed to kill in the same turn[[/note]]
** He also always says "Stranger things have happened." whenever he mentions something happening with any level of luck to it.
** And, particularly in his Binding of Isaac Challenge runs, whenever he mentions doing something that does not hold to that episode's challenge rules, it's "against the spirit of the challenge".
** "Shots fired," used in his live streams whenever something insulting comes up.
** NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat
** "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
** "If its and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas."
** "That's the way the cookie crumbles."
** He has so many for his live stream that fans even created a wiki dedicated to archiving and explaining them all, which can be found at http://nlss-jargon-etymologies.wikia.com/wiki/Catalogue
* DreamworksFace: His logo, which usually appears in the thumbnail of each video.
** Also used as GagCensor during his ''Seduce Me'' Let's Look At.
* EpicFail: In episode 18 of his X-COM Let's Play, [[spoiler: he tries to wait another day to do the London terror mission to get his heavy, which results in him completely losing the United Kingdom. Shortly afterward, he fails an interceptor mission.]]
** During his run on the Ord Mantell level of ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', he almost referred to his battle with IG-88 as this since the assassin droid had him on the ropes for a good portion of the fight.
** During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMJXFAEbBuw one of his Spelunky daily challenge runs]], he collected the damsel, to sacrifice to Kali below for the Kapala. [[spoiler: He ends up dropping just enough to do fall damage, landed on the altar and sacrificed himself. This ended the run (which was going well) prematurely and daily challenges can only be done once.]]
** During his [[http://youtu.be/FUKIWFfU94U?t=12m50s multiplayer play-through of Crusader Kings II]] with Mathas and Arumba, he and Arumba had been in a war with northern Africa and had just beaten back an enormous 25,000-strong army and got to 100% War Score. [[spoiler: Then Northernlion accidentally surrenders instead of enforcing demands and puts his country 500 gold in debt and doesn't capture Tangier as he planned.]] In the same episode (literally a minute and a half later), he royally screws up his succession line (which can't be changed back) and [[spoiler: puts Arumba as his next heir for over half of his land.]] A few episodes later his next ruler [[spoiler: dies prematurely, putting an 11-year old girl in charge of his land.]] Needless to say, Arumba and Mathas will not let him forget him single-handedly destroying his empire in 5 minutes.
--> [[CaptainObvious "I've made some terrible decisions."]]
** Happens on several of his ''The Binding of Isaac'' runs where a game that seemed to be a certain win turned into a catastrophic victory because of a blatant mistake such as forgetting to pick up a Full Health pill just before entering an Isaac boss fight with low health. He lampshades it every time.
* FanDisservice: His let's look at of 'sexy' Xbox Live Indie games. "Dominique is a man, baby, look at that jaw!"
* FailedASpotCheck: ''Yes''. The comments are quick to point out things that he was looking for but missed. The most frequent case is missing the Key in {{Spelunky}}, even if it's directly on screen.
* ForcedMeme:
** In the NLSS: "Up down to the side welcome to the lion pride", which is a snow clone of [=JSmith=]'s welcome catch-phrase. ("Up, down, all around, welcome to the [=JSmith=] town!")
** "Stick 'em up"; though, that one has faded as time goes on.
* GameMod: One exists to turn ''The Binding of Isaac'' into ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJTdlJlqPyo The Binding of Northernlion.]]''
* GroinAttack: He is particularly amused when, in a ''DarkSouls'' video, he ends up shooting an arrow into an enemy's crotch.
-->You've heard of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim an arrow to the knee]], well, how about an arrow to the dick?
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Roll Fizzlebeef ends up being his sacrifice in his X-COM series.]]
* LongRunner: His let's play of ''The Binding of Isaac'' has been going on for over 700 videos, and he doesn't show any signs of stopping.
* IntoxicationEnsues: For three videos of ''The Binding of Isaac'' let's play[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byVYTY0_iT4 Starting on Ep. 82]][[/note]], he was slightly inebriated. Needless to say, this led to some hilarious shenanigans.
* MilestoneCelebration: His ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' LP just hit its 500th episode.
* MirrorMatch: He has played a ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' mirror match with Bisnap with the same generating seed. Northernlion goes to the dark side, getting [[spoiler: Brimstone, Polytheus and Mom's Knife]] while Bisnap goest light side and gets [[spoiler: Sacred Tears and Quad Shot]].
* MotorMouth: He's one of the most verbose [=LPer's=] out there. His talking speed is quite normal, but the density of his commentary stream is notable.
* {{MST}}: Invoked during the ''Grey's Anatomy'' let's play. Also his Machinima series ''Poison Mushroom''.
* NiceGuy: He's an all round amiable guy, who generally takes care to be respectful to his viewers and the developers of the games he plays.
* TheNicknamer: He nicknames several enemies and characters in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac''. (Crying gray puffy thing? "Human Popcorn". Large flies with gray bodies? "Grandfather Flies", because their gray bodies resemble beards. Beggar sitting on the floor? "Judgement", after the tarot card of the same name, which summons a Beggar.)
** A fan even put up a video of the game's credits, which shows all of the enemies and their names, edited to instead show the names Northernlion has given them.
* NintendoHard: He's a big fan of these kind of games, and he's actually quite competent at them. (despite what some of [[UnpleasableFanbase the commenters]] might say) He's hardcore enough to unlock [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]] in ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' and all the {{No Damage Run}}s achievements in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac''.
* NoodleIncident: A running part of his humor.
* OfficialCouple: Him and Kate.
* ReferenceOverdosed: To other games, movies, series, cartoons and miscellaneus pop-culture subjects. It's almost impossible for a single person to get them all, because some make allusion to kinda obscure stuff. [[MazesAndMonsters Case in point:]]
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfxXug5ZMdk "J.J., what am I doing here?"]]
* RunningGag:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LygyUsWoOfs&feature=youtu.be&t=20m14s Shackleton ER]]'', Northernlion's pitch for a [[CanadaEh Canadian]] [[EskimoLand Arctic]] MedicalDrama.
** Whenever he does a "Let's Look At"-video of a SimulationGame, like ''Street Cleaning Simulator'' or ''Railworks: Train Simulator'', he ''will'' conclude the session with an extravagant accident that would have surely reduced his vehicle to a smoking piece of rubble in real life.
---> [[LampshadeHanging I was thinking during the entire video]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCaqR3vihPQ "How is he going to kill everyone in this game when he gets bored?"]]
* SelfImposedChallenge: He did numerous challenge runs of ''The Binding of Isaac''.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Compared to other Let's Players, Northernlion's vocabulary is much larger. Always {{lampshaded}}.
* SophisticatedAsHell: He's not above peppering his speech with some context sensitive profanity or disturbing (and odd) commentaries.
* TakeThatMe / SelfDeprecation: The premise behind his (super funny) "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4rgHNBgWIA Vintage Isaac]]" series; in which he revisits his old ''The Binding of Isaac'''s videos to snark, cringe and reflect about [[HilariousInHindsight his past (failure ridden) adventures]].
* TaughtByExperience: His approach to gaming; he prefers to figure out things on the go and to learn from mistakes instead of consulting a walkthrough/FAQ, because it makes for a [[RuleOfFun more fulfilling experience to him]].
* TemptingFate: Whenever he mentions he has not been taking damage during gameplay, guess what happens a second later.
* [[TitleDrop Subtitle Drop]]: Plenty of times during ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' LP.
* TooAwesomeToUse: Has mentioned the trope by name and also thinks the D6 in ''The Binding of Issac'' to be this.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He addressed on his ''Let's Look At'' ''InsanelyTwistedShadowPlanet'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8hrDNSSQx8 video]] that the deep sea and its creatures, particularly jellyfishes, seriously creep him out.
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->As always: Thank you guys for reading, and I will see you next time!
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