->''WARNING: non-sequitur content ahead''
-->-- ''tagline for his Youtube account''

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CatchPhrase this is raocow!]][[note]]Loosely counter-clockwise from bottom: raocow, [[VideoGame/CatPlanet cat planet cat]], [[VideoGame/TouhouProject Nitori Kawashiro]], [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Kirby]], [[VideoGame/BunnyMustDie Bunny]], [[VideoGame/CatPlanet little angel girl]], [[VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}} Captain Viridian]], Black Plague, Boon, Voxatron, [[VideoGame/AnUntitledStory Bartholomew the bird]], [[VideoGame/TouhouProject Marisa Kirisame]], [[VideoGame/RunmanRaceAroundTheWorld Runman]], :), [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros that]] [[FanNickname stupid horse]], [[VideoGame/TouhouProject Alice Margatroid]], [[FanNickname football charlie]], [[VideoGame/{{Crazd}} Loon]], [[VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing Demo Roseclair]], and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario]].[[/note]]]]

[[http://www.youtube.com/raocow raocow]] (real name Samuel Tanguay) is a notable, though somewhat minor, personality in the LetsPlay community, known and loved by many for his NonSequitur commentary and pleasant-yet-amusing voice. He became a Website/YouTube partner on March 17, 2011.

Also artist and co-creator of ''Webcomic/ArtificialTimeXS''. His community forum, Talkhaus, created ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing'', which raocow also contributed to.
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[[folder:Games that raocow has LP'd]]
* ''Blob's Adventure 2''
* ''VideoGame/BowsersLastStand''
* ''BunnyMustDie''
* ''VideoGame/CatPlanet!''
* ''VideoGame/CatPoke''
* ''VideoGame/ClarencesBigChance''
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' (up to the fourth installment)
* ''VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself''
* ''VideoGame/CopyKitty''
* ''{{VideoGame/Crazd}}''
* Desunoya[[labelnote:*]](a DoujinSoft circle)[[/labelnote]]'s Games:
** ''Marisa & Alice 1 and 2'' (or just ''[=MariAri=]'' for short)
** ''Fantasy Explorer Nitroid''
** ''Hina's Fluffy Dream''[[labelnote:*]]Surprisingly ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers not]]'' a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fangame.[[/labelnote]]
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty'' 1 and 2
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Facade}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Karoshi}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Kirby's Dreamland 3]]''
* ''VideoGame/MarioAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManADayInTheLimelight'' 1 and 2
* ''VideoGame/MegaManRockForce''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManRocks!!''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManUnlimited''
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' 1 and 2
* ''VideoGame/NezumiMan''
* ''VideoGame/NormalSuperMarioBros 1-3''
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''
* ''VideoGame/PsychoWaluigi''
* ''VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar''
* ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''
* ''RunmanRaceAroundTheWorld''
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}''
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXMegaMan''
* ''SuperMarioBrosX''
** ''The Great Empire''
** ''The Invasion 2''
** ''SuperTalkingTimeBros''
*** ''Super Talking Time Bros.''
*** ''Super Talking Time Bros. 2''
*** ''Super Talking Time Bros. 2.5: The Last Levels''
** ''Tower of Biased 2''
** ''[[VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing A Super Mario Bros X Thing: Prelude to the Stupid]]''
*** ''[[VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing A Second Mario Bros X Thing]]'' (aka ''A2[MB]XT'')
** ''Apocalypse of Foroze''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''
** [[SelfImposedChallenge Ascetic Super Mario World]], where raocow is not allowed to get any coins or stage points. (Unless if they're absolutely required to go through)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' [[GameMod Hacks]]: His trademark/specialty.
** ''VideoGame/AnSMWCProduction''
** ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing''
** ''[[VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing A Second Mario Thing]]''[[labelnote:*]][[DevelopmentHell What's done of it]], [[ObviousBeta or even playable]], at least.[[/labelnote]]
** ''Drama Mistery''
** ''HyperV''
** ''VideoGame/{{Karoshi}} Mario''
** ''MushroomKingdomMeltdown'' 1 and 2
** ''Notte Luminosa''
** ''RiseToTheChallenge''
** ''ScarletDevilMario'' 1 and 2[[labelnote:aka]]''Mario's Challenge from [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa at the Scarlet Devil Mansion]]''[[/labelnote]]
** ''VideoGame/TheSecondRealityProject'' series: the original, ''Reloaded'', and ''Zycloboo's Challenge''
*** Original
*** Reloaded
*** Zycloboo's Challenge
** ''VideoGame/{{Something}}''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld [=FreedoMN=]''
** ''SuperMarioInfinity''
** ''The Variety of Chance''
** The ''VIP'' series, 1 through 5
** and a few more...
* [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]] [[GameMod Hacks]]:
** ''KameksRevenge''
** ''New Super Mario World 2: YoshisIsland''
** ''Super Mario World 2+''
** ''Golden Yoshi Returns'', ''Golden Yoshi Returns Again'', and ''Yoshi's Island: Forlorn Lands''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarisaWorld''
* ''SwimIkachan''
* ''Takkoman -Kouzatsu World-''
* ''VideoGame/AnUntitledStory''
* ''VideoGame/UpgradeComplete''
* ''VideoGame/ViViD''
* ''VOXATRON''[[note]]BBS LEVELS[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Worms}} Worms Armageddon]]'' (with LetsPlay/PinkKittyRose, LetsPlay/RoahmMythril, Kit, Shagg, [=CutmanMike=], Chompie, Zack, [=BandanaStan=], et al)

A full list can be found [[http://everything.raocow.com/by_game.php here]]. Note that due to server problems from a while back that list is very outdated as of the moment, but for now [[https://www.youtube.com/user/Raolists/playlists?view=1&sort=dd this youtube account]] has also created and currently maintains a full list.
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!!Tropes that apply to raocow:
* AccidentalMurder: In the final ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'' video, [[spoiler:he accidentally sucks up Eddie when attempting to suck up some extra lives]].
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: He has a surprisingly large English vocabulary, but often pronounces things strangely, due to English not being his first language.
** He stated that he doesn't mind people correcting his pronunciation, but that sometimes his odd-sounding words are on purpose. In addition, words that have a French origin often confuse him due to his uncertainty of which native pronunciation to use.
* {{Adorkable}}: His silly commentary and happy-go-lucky nature is rather charming.
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: An extremely annoying version can be seen in this VIP 4 video in the Temple of Homing level, where the entire second half the level is trying desperately to outrun a homing missile at top speed, including flight ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3fPfDgm1SE&feature=channel_page link to video]])
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM632GCg4VU Sawdust]] level in Mario Gives Up.
* AllLowercaseLetters: raocow types like this almost exclusively, and has frequently [[InsistentTerminology requested his name be spelled with a lowercase r as well.]]
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Poochy is basically the unreliable steed to Mario's unreliable steed.
* AltText: raocow uses the tags on his videos for basically the same purpose. To quote the tags in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAm0l8qZQTo this video]]:
-->'''''I''' tend not to use tags properly instead [I tend to use] them as one of those alternate image tag joke things you see sometimes in webcomics and whatnot''
** This eventually verged into EasterEgg territory when YouTube stopped showing tags on the pages-- as of August 2012, they're only visible through reading the site's source code.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Referenced. During his LP of Runman, he notices the still shot of a serious-looking Runman during World 2's intro cutscene. raocow says "that must be American Runman".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_t3Ng_PU_k&t=10m18s "Hrrrggg!! American boxart Kirby! So extreme but so fluffy! Raaahhh!"]]
* AmusingInjuries: raocow accidentally fractured his foot during his VIP 3 playthrough. He makes fun of it.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVuSPmAB1OM&feature=player_embedded Episode 60]] of his ''AnSMWCProduction'' [=LP=] abruptly switches to an [=LP=] of ''Santa Mario'' due to technical difficulties.
** When he's having trouble with an especially hard game, he'll often randomly switch to playing ''Voxatron'' for a day or two.
* {{Angrish}}: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when he, after numerous attempts, completes level 8-5 of [=MariAri2=]. It's complete gibberish to symbolise relief.
--> ''BASHISHUSHAJBUAY!'' Whew! Which I'm pretty sure is pig latin for ''bashishushajbuay''.
* ArcWords: While his stream of consciousness commentary style may seem completely random at first, certain words get referenced semi-regularly. raocow himself mentioned he notices he uses the word "laundromat" a lot when he tries to think of a random word.
** New Jersey and TimHortons are referenced a lot as well.
** And buckets. Lots and lots of buckets.
** As well as lozenges and [=McCain=].
** "Mayonnaise!"
** "Video game!"
** "Scary like bananas."
** Juice.
* TheAristocrats: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] after completing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPrBseaePKg rather arduous desert level]] in ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing''.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Every episode of his [=LP=] of ''Craz'd'' is named after a mental disorder, like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iae0St7XpLs Paranoia]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEWHG_qHszg Bipolar Disorder]]. Episode seven is named [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmpbvEFFF04&feature=relmfu Lactose Intolerance]]]].
** And again with #22, [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oO3Zj0e-BM&feature=feedu PEOPLE WHO PREFER DOGS OVER CATS]]]].
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS60WvCb4zU It's a little known fact that every single talkhaus member...]] ooh, little shiny shinies with my fingers!"
* AscendedExtra: Not with raocow, but with [=N!SMW2=] Yoshi's Island, Lord Puddington was originally just a one-level appearance enemy (Although it did make another appearance in the GBA version) that wasn't necessary for collecting any Red Coins or Flowers.
* AuthorAppeal: [=LP=]'s a ''ton'' of Super Mario fangames (ROM hacks in particular, though he's done a lot of fangames made with the SMBX engine as well,) {{Touhou}} fangames, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Super Mario/Touhou crossover fangames.]]
** He's a huge fan of games/levels with minimalist aesthetics (like the foreground and background being two solid colors.)
** He enjoys calm and soothing music in the games he plays. Good examples are the [=BGMs=] for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZI9JFqKmG4&t=11m25s Nitroid's fourth stage]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTB2TSk-opg&t=16m30s ASMBXT's second hub area]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcFjtK9Hefo&t=8m20s this arrange]] of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Lullaby of Deserted Hell]]''.
* BaitAndSwitch: Done in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=A83g8gB7ZxI#t=247s this]] video.
--> '''raocow:''' Now, I've got a lot of requests here to play as a certain green-hatted dude[[note]]Link is a playable character in Super Mario Bros. X[[/note]], so... sure, I'll play as Luigi.
* BerserkButton: Oh, mentioning Youtube video errors on his videos' comments page.
** raocow's fine with being given hints on how to complete things that he misses in his Youtube comments, but gets ''extremely upset'' when full solutions are given. His [=LP=] of ''BunnyMustDie'' was put on hold for over a month because [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVofsxT5eAQ commenters just wouldn't stop telling him how to play.]]
** Seems he's also getting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqP_nJ0cbQ8&t=10m50s pretty annoyed]] with people making ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' references every time he says the word [[DiscreditedMeme "space."]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYtLcYYksz4&t=12m25s He may or may not have punched a swan in the face]].
* BilingualBonus: raocow occasionally speaks his native Québécois French, leaving what he's actually saying to whoever else understands the language. Most of the time though, he's just venting his frustrations with the level at hand, incorporating the French cuss words of merde[[labelnote:*]]shit[[/labelnote]], tabarnak[[labelnote:*]]approx. goddamnit[[/labelnote]], and simonaque[[labelnote:*]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_French_profanity According to Wikipedia]], stems from the sin of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simony simony]][[/labelnote]], along with the non-swear exclamation voyons[[labelnote:*]]approx. oh come on![[/labelnote]].
** On a few occasions, he does translate:
--->'''raocow:''' Hello. How's it going? ''Rock'n Nonne''. That's the name of ''Film/SisterAct'' in [Canadian] French, for some reason.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6sLUUmTPjg one video]], after realizing that he needs to start the level all over, he spends the last 5 minutes performing the commentary in French. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa0SD2e-E6Y A translation video from a fan exists.]]
** In one video, where he finishes a Castle, he proceeds to read the English text as if it were French.
*** DoubleEntendre: The episode title "La petite Kappa" translates (with some awkward French grammar included) to "The little Kappa", aka Nitori, the main character of the game he was playing. But, seeing how he [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming replaces one word in all the episode titles in Nitroid by "Kappa"]], one can figure out that the title is actually a reference to the French expression "la petite mort" (little death), which roughly translates to "having an orgasm". Said expression very accurately describes his commentary in that particular episode.
* BlackComedy: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] at the end of his playthrough of Mario Gives Up 2. His consensus is that, while the ending [[spoiler:(Mario sending Peach into a lava pit, [[BookEnds like in the intro of the first game]])]] would have been funny to him if he were younger, it strikes him as disturbing as an adult.
* BlatantLies: Overly frustrating levels will sometimes cause raocow to [[SaveScumming suddenly discover a hidden checkpoint or repeatedly fall into a time vortex]]. In worse-case scenarios, [[RageQuit the game will suddenly break.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Oyster's translations of the VIP level titles (which were out of context, sans kanji) resulting in, among other things, the memorable "Dodge The Beefsteak."
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "It's a cat! It's a bubble! It's a Bubble-Cat!"
* BreathlessNonSequitur: '''All the time.''' Let's just say that if you don't enjoy Non Sequiturs, you won't enjoy raocow. One example from [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6fwr4_tsrpr-08-pipeparadisosewageunderpas_videogames#from=embed&start=419 this video]]:
-->"That guy is wearing a helmet, but it doesn't protect him from the dangers of mustard. Probably because mustard is something you eat. I've once received a drop of mustard on my head and I don't think I've suffered a lot of brain damage although, I mean, I could be wrong. I've been wrong about a lot of things in the past such as: Yogurt is not a cat, I had to learn that the hard way, and you can not play the piano if your piano is resting precariously on top of the CN Tower."
** The title of his Youtube channel even says "WARNING: non-sequitur content ahead"
** From [[http://youtu.be/6rer3LCWDuk?t=14m52s this]]:
-->"I just collide words together and stare at the train wreck."
* BreakTheCutie: Some of his [=LPs=] are of games he's actually highly looking forward to, which turn out to be loaded up with FakeDifficulty or poor level design, causing him to become more frustrated or lose interest in the game, which he still tries to complete out of obligation. The biggest example is probably [=N!SMW2=] Yoshi's Island.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:Black Plague, the [[{{Narm}} hilarious]] TrueFinalBoss of Super Mario Infinity, shows up years later as the ([[AnticlimaxBoss rather weak]]) TrueFinalBoss of A Super Mario Thing.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLEbdRJP9B4&feature=player_detailpage#t=55 Six years after his first appearance, he's back! Time bomb and everything.]]]]
*** The same boss is referenced in one of his ''Bowser's Last Stand'' videos, when the identity of the ManBehindTheMan is revealed in the penultimate castle- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOLy3PG2uLE&feature=player_detailpage#t=574s he refuses to use its actual name]] and calls it [[spoiler:Black Plague]] instead, since both are equally as ridiculous.
** While playing ''Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown'', raocow spends several minutes on a non sequitur about skeleton growth being the cause of bodily aging, to the point where the skeleton will pop out of the flesh. Weeks later, during ''Nezumi Man'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baX1CMZPnso&t=1m35s this happens.]] He mentioned skeletons pushing on skin several times in the LP; it's one of the few jokes that he repeats. If I'm not mistaken, he also makes the reference in his Yoshi's Island hack LP.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXL1DkJgLQ&t=0m20s legendary ending of SMI2]] is not the only time he has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnfyPxGnpY&t=8m18s faced a time bomb]].
** During ''The Great Empire'', in episode 10, there's a stage called "Boomerang Bro Bonus". It features a single Hammer Bro, rather than a Boomerang Bro. In episode 11, he calls a Hammer Bro's weapon a boomerang.
** In one episode of ''Vip 5'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATNIVzB_iJk raocow goes off in a tangent about a squid that had too much (political) power.]] In ''Super Mario World Freedomn'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jEfG0LVlM&t=9m48s he runs into a giant Blooper]], calls him Ikachan (referencing [[SwimIkachan another [=LP=] of his]]), and then says he shouldn't hold that much power.
*** Was subtly referenced in Ikachan's LP itself, which raocow made up a political backstory for. During the Ironhead fight, it was more explicitly mentioned, with raocow asking Ikachan if he knows what he's doing with all that political power.
*** He references this again at the end of New! Super Mario World 2. The game in general gave him a lot of trouble, and the final level was particularly massive and confusing. He ended one video stuck in the middle of a long sewer section, and then picked up the start of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6eVTMdHdSc the next video]] back in the same sewer saying "No sewer should be able to hold so much power."
** In Distorted Travesty 2, early on Claire [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIb6sKvb0SY&feature=player_detailpage#t=31s mentions a key boss]]. Now, where did we hear that before...
** In ''Super Talking Time Brothers 2'', he pretended to have forgotten Kirby's name, calling him "Zbambabar", among other random words (see LaserGuidedAmnesia in this same page). When playing the prequel, he says that "it's a shame that Zbambabar is not here".
** In one episode of Notte Luminosa, he jokes that him saying "oh man" actually means "brrr," because he lives in Canada and it is cold. Later, at the end of the episode:
-->"Oh man. (beat) I really should close that window."
** In ASMBXT, the final boss is [[spoiler: the Key Boss]]. The Toads you meet just before the battle are talking about [[spoiler: how they finally found a way to beat him once and for all]].
** [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/CatPlanet The cat planet cat]]]] gets a [[http://youtu.be/jMjJUKRVpyA?t=48s cameo]] in Apocalypse of Foroze.
** In [[https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecl99pgQBBU&t=4m52s Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown]], raocow says "That was some quality playing, courtesy of raocow and friends. The friends are the many voices just kind of chilling in my head. I don't hear them, but they're there," and then goes off on a tangent about whether that makes him crazier than someone who actually hears voices in his head. Three-and-a-half years later, during an episode of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U0YXtAh5p4&t=13m3s Apocalypse of Foroze]], he casually mentions the voices in his head that he can't hear.
** ''The Variety of Chance'' brings us a double brick joke [[http://youtu.be/L80e4JzASfw?t=12m15s in the same level]]: [[http://youtu.be/buLCXHUEd6E?t=5m47s raocow is Climbing a Mountain]], with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YtjPQipGZQ the Food Song]] playing on the background (and with its corresponding skeleton, too)!
** That [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4VvpSA2LHc&t=1m27s Uncle Broadsword]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPdFyIdCHuo&t=5m07s his wacky get-rich-quick schemes]].
** [[http://youtu.be/aVHaLSQixsQ?t=1m28s There is a raopoop made from this song!]] [[http://youtu.be/JYHfYPpjdWk?t=34s Kirby 3!]]
* BrokenRecord: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd00OZruE3U&t=15m41s I repeat: the risk is not worth it.]]
* BuffySpeak: He is fond of referring to everything as a thing with a thing, and enemies as guys ("Hey there, guy").
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as raocow is from Quebec, and French in Quebec has many, many words that mean "thing" with different connotations that don't translate well into English.
*** Particularly arduous levels are especially often referred to as being "a thing."
** He decided on "Mr. Bean Man" as his name of choice for the Meep enemy in the ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' Let's Play.
* ButtMonkey: Yoshi, the green mistake of nature. Except for Yellow Yoshi, whose fart-powers apparently amuse the cow of rao.
* CanadaEh: Along with Psychedelic Eyeball, one of the two big ''French''-Canadian [=LPers=] to have come out of SomethingAwful.
* CanonDisContinuity: raocow does not make any mistakes. Any mistakes he makes are either "demos" to show off what happens when you DO fail, or experiments done ForScience. When he does make a mistake, he will call a mulligan.
** "That totally just happened."
* CatchPhrase: "Hey there, everyone, this is raocow..." "That was a demo." "It's pretty great." (sometimes pronounced "S'pretty great") "Oh boogers." "Chipmunk time!" "Panic panic panic." "Not gonna lie." "Like it was no thing." "Science." "Jesus-hell!" "Good times." "This is raocow, see you guys."
** "Destroy the world!" when something chaotic is going on.
** "That totally happened." He says this when state-rewinding to avoid a cruel and/or unfair trap.
** His earliest [=LPs=] have "I am not feeling this one." and "That was pointful." He even [[LampshadeHanging mentions that he hopes the former doesn't become a catch phrase.]]
** "Join me next time, possibly/probably tomorrow..." at the end of his videos.
** "Isn't that great? Not really."
** "That's crazy town!"
** After particularly nonsensical non-sequiturs he says "What am I even saying here?"
** "That guy, he has opinions."
** He often describes things as "destroying the world" when said action only involves destroying a small object of little significance.
** He sometimes calls people "happy Dan"s, including himself.
** Hitting an enemy while the enemy hits him back is often referred to as "an exchance of services."
** If raocow dies at one point, more often than not, the video will cut to when he gets back to the point where he died, with him saying "the return of the revenge".
** There's also the occasional reference to beefsteaks and dodging them (in reference to a particularly nonsensical alternate reading of one of the level names in the [=VIP=] series.)
** "Oh man".
** As well as repeated mentions of raocow being the greatest video game.
** [[GoshDarnitToHeck "Fart."]]
** After making a mistake: "I'm pretty good at video games, by the way."
** [[{{Wishbone}} "What's the story, Wishbone?"]]
** "I can tell you that, using words of the English language."
** When responding to text in the game, he says "You don't say".
** He's actually lampshaded all his various catch phrases at one point, saying that he sometimes takes a look at this trope page for examples of things he should be saying less often.
* CharacterAsHimself: raocow is a playable character in ''A Super Mario Bros X Thing''. As if it wasn't meta enough already.
* CharacterDevelopment: He overcomes his abject terror of squashing eyeballs during his Drama Mystery playthrough. "[[LampshadeHanging That's good, that means]] [[ParodiedTrope I'm growing as a character]]".
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: It's really weird hearing raocow swear a lot in his earlier videos. Though you probably won't hear a ClusterFBomb, he still swears a lot more in his earlier [=LPs=]. Also, his typical TalkativeLoon personality evolved slowly, to the point that he barely even seems eccentric in his early videos.
** Then, of course, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufyvJSQKceo&t=12m26s something like this happens]].
** Or [[http://youtu.be/6MkMAtLI_Ak#t=1101s something like this.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]TalkativeLoon: raocow's LetsPlays are filled with some of the most bizarre and surreal commentary one would ever hear. It helps that he's a French-Canadian for whom English is a second language, although he's still rather fluent in English.
** He periodically speeds-up random bits of footage to squeeze a video in Youtube's 11-minute (or 15-minute as of July 29, 2010) mark. Sometimes the chipmunked footage is no less intelligible than the real-time.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUmSXLSbw8 This]] video ended right after the game explained to him that the level he was about to play could potentially break the game simply by playing it.
* ClusterFBomb: During his Let's Play of ''Super Mario Infinity: Mystery of the Magic Wand'', he talks about a point in another game he was trying where it becomes a series of "'Fuck you' after 'fuck you' after 'fuck you.'"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyS6qk-uKQQ&t=493 And in French, of course]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** In one [=MaGLX=] episode, he [[{{Beat}} pauses for a while]] when Peach says [[http://youtu.be/5naVeqq49VQ?t=35s "I think [Samuel Tanguay] looks hot"]], and then points out a typo in the same dialogue box.
** [[http://youtu.be/5naVeqq49VQ?t=3m45s From the same video]], when a Toad points out that the Toad raocow's looking for is in a different cave, he exclaims "Oh no, I have failed my mission! I did not get all the dragon coins!"
* ContinuityNod: When experiencing a lot of slowdown in the fourth video of his ''Romancing Mario'' LP, he says "Hey there, everyone, this is raocow playing ''Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown.''" Later in the same video when he got to a section that had a white foreground and white background, he said, "Hey there everyone, this is raocow playing ''What the Hell''."
** In the third video of Super Talking Time Bros, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=858zcmJCDzQ#t=356s when entering a room full of ghosts]], he went with "Hey there everyone, this is raocow [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9u9unEno4s&feature=player_embedded#t=581s playing]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarisaWorld''."
** Episode 16 of ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' is titled "Heaven is a very... I said enough."
** In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KAlKzFIDtY&t=8m 20th video of STTB2.5]], raocow frees a mole after defeating a farmer, after which it vows to pay him back by ruining his crops, much to raocow's dismay. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52kdAcUdpPg&t=10m40s "I played a video game about this once, and it ended in tragedy..."]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Lampshaded in a Website/YouTube LetsPlay of the 2ch ''[=VIP2=]'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' romhack
-->'''raocow:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ3bdpOAxkQ&t=6m57s The lava might be scary, but it's only like a very hot bubble bath.]]
** He more specifically addresses this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1YviZN9SXM&t=3m40s here]].
** raocow lampshades it again [[http://youtu.be/R_7FgIq3Ues?t=11m8s in this video]].
--->'''raocow:''' This is just barely hair-singing me, because you know, lava, normally, like, at this proximity, Demo would be something like evaporated by now, but I mean we're talking about reverse-gravity lava, which has ''COMPLETELY'' different physical implications.
* {{Corpsing}}: There are some videos in which raocow laughs continuously for several consecutive seconds ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXL1DkJgLQ sometimes]] even minutes). It helps that he has perhaps the most contagious laugh you will ever hear.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: As mentioned above, his trademark style of commentary.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: raocow's preconception of the level ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76jHnQF1IrU&t=12m19s 90 Degree Climate]]'' in Super Talking Time Bros. 2
** And his one of VISTA in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDlxS7cgeqs Romancing Mario]]''.
* CuteKitten: (LetsPlay of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdtehRUfzWc cat]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGtR_iAC1y0 planet!]]'')
* DamnYouMuscleMemory:
** Invoked in his ''Kouhai 2'' Let's Play, when he notes that playing ''VideoGame/SuperMarisaWorld'''s squirrely controls has made it hard to go back to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
** He discusses it when he goes from ''Super Mario Bros. X's'' controls to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'''s slightly looser controls, and the differences cause him to (among other mistakes) die 8 seconds into the first level of the ROM hack ''Romancing Mario''.
* DeadpanSnarker: mostly in the YouTube comments (as opposed to his usual hyperactive {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in the videos, but that has shades of it too).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: As raocow himself put it: "I need to resist the allure of constant repetition."
** His "cat planet cat planet planet cat cat planet" LP of CatPlanet.
** "Hey there, tap-tap the tap-tap," in his ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2+]]'' LP. Which later becomes "Tap-Tap the Tap-Tap the Tap-Tap the Tap-Tap".
** One video title from ''Mario Gives Up'', taking place in a cloudy world, was titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa3MLDOMCCs&feature=related "cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud"]].
** In the same video, "literally and I mean that in the literal sense"
** Repo Man. Repo Repo Repo Repo Repo Man. Repo Man. Repo Repo Repo Repo Man. Repo Man.
** Everything is a robot in Monsteropolis. Even the robots.
** It's boss time Mister Guy!
*** All the time during CRAZ'D, in fact.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDMP7p_q5Mo&feature=player_detailpage#t=51s Right, macey mace mace the mace mace?"]]
** [[http://everything.raocow.com//episode.php?id=2666 What happened to me there, what happened?]] (7:10) Veers into MadnessMantra.
* DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck: In-universe: ''New! Super Mario World 2'' Level 2-E is the one of the few levels he's publicly insulted outright, and by his own admission, the least fun he's ever had playing a mod. Just clearing through it left him drained mentally and emotionally, (you can hear his controller hit the floor when he's done) and by the end, he was downright angry at the creator.
** During his playthrough of the English patch for VIP 1, he mentions that he felt the [[spoiler:giant floating mass of carnivorous plants]] in the film adaptation of ''Literature/LifeOfPi'' was the point where the film "jumped the shark."
* {{Dissimile}}: All the time. Just one example:
-->'''raocow ''[While playing TSRPR]'':''' "A castle without forest is like a dalmatian without a tongue. It has a lot of trouble eating."
** In the description of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkU8KZc_SNo this]] video, it says that his playthrough is an allegory of the effects of smoking[[note]]The entire thing is: "This playthrough is an allegory. At first everything goes fine and you think you can handle it, and then you just keep litteraly dying. Multiple times. But then if you keep at it you'll make it through and become the immortal king of man."[[/note]]. At the end it says [[{{Understatement}} "The analogy is perhaps flawed."]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] repeatedly throughout ''[[{{Kirby}} Kirby's Dreamland 3]]'' when a helper character attaches themselves to Kirby.
* DrunkWithPower: The ridiculously powerful and awesome arsenal of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'' eventually got to raocow's head, making him [[LargeHam ham it up]] even more than usual and eventually even [[AGodAmI declare himself God.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first LP, ''TheSecondRealityProject'', is downright lifeless. He improves dramatically after that.
* EasterEgg: The video tags after they got removed, since they still can be found in the pages' source codes.
* EasyModeMockery: Inverted. When he turned the difficulty down for the ClimaxBoss of ''DistortedTravesty'' just to see what the final phases would be like, he stated that the game has become unfair in his favour. Could also be seen as a reversal, as he's essentially mocked the easy mode. Note that the game did proceed to kick his ass anyway for a while.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue
* EpicFail: In "A Dreamland Castle Ship", a level from the Make a Good Level X contest, he messes up the ''first jump'' and dies. Repeatedly.
* EskimosArentReal: Exaggerated; he often claims that a thing isn't real because he just encountered it in the game.
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: Turn them on and enjoy the insanity.
* EvilIsHammy: He noticeably enjoyed playing an EvilOverlord in ''VideoGame/PsychoWaluigi''.
** Although the main character is not actually evil, raocow's behavior during ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'' suggests this, especially during the extra missions.
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: Averted - raocow has issues doing two things at once (not including talking). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJrzI2rKU9c Cue him playing "Multitask" and failing repeatedly.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r3B7cjaauQ The sequel!]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Happens fairly regularly, justified most of the time as him rambling and not noticing the flying fish that's about to land on him. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpooKb4FYiU&t=4m32s And then sometimes he fails to spot the difference between foreground water (which Mario can swim in) and background water (which Mario cannot).]] In any case, he'll just shrug (or laugh) it off.
* FairWeatherMentor: raocow arguably falls into this when he is [[http://www.youtube.com/AcolyteOfDeath teaching]] fellow troper AOD to play ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' for the first time.
* FakeDifficulty: He sees the wind sections in ''Hyper V'' as these.
* FanNickname: [[invoked]] He's come up with [[FanNickname/{{Raocow}} a whole mess]] of them.
* FantasyGunControl: Seeing gun-wielding hammer bros. in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQrNRgwb80U&t=9m14s the 26th video of]] ''Apocalypse of Foroze'' brings this up.
-->"Yeah... hammers bros. shouldn't have a gun. It's Ultimate Tank, though... so... I can sorta understand, but I don't know, man. (laughs) Yeah, they're allowed to have tanks and, you know, airships and a navy, but a gun... that's just going too far! It's like giving SonicTheHedgehog a [[ShadowTheHedgehog black persona]] that is also a gun-haver! [[TakeThat That's just going too far, marketing!]]"
* FauxlosophicNarration: The "story" in the ''Rise to the Challenge'' hack.
** His explanation of Samus Aran's backstory during his play of the Super Metroid Legacy hack...
--->"We don't even care about the story, it starts with the same thing. It's about a guy who, y'know, goes to the bathroom and he ends up in an alternate dimension where he's a lady in a space suit."
** There's also the "story" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=07IFCs-IxAU#t=90s Takkoman]].
--->"I don't know what any of these words mean, by the way, but the world and the sun is approaching. And the sky is falling, and ChickenLittle wasn't around to warn us. The result? Slight disaster, but only a little bit. Luckily, we have some form of hero-like critter to help us. It has a smile, and also a pair of eyes, only one of which is available in profile obviously."
* FlatWhat: During the discussions surrounding ASMT, this was raocow's [[http://talkhaus.raocow.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1028&start=150#p47900 reaction]] to [[spoiler:{{Rule 34}} of his character being made.]]
* ForScience: His justification for exploring an area, finding it leads to death, then rewinding.
* ForeignCussWord: "Tabarnak"[[note]]approx. "goddammit"[[/note]], "voyons" [[note]]approx. "Oh, come on!"[[/note]] and "simonak"[[note]]Refers to an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simony archaic form of sacrilege]][[/note]] are common, with "merde"[[note]]"shit"[[/note]] on occasion.
* GainaxEnding: His reaction to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R07OY2MGZA0&t=13m20s Variety of Chance's ending]] sums it up.
--> '''raocow''': "with a grin on her face eclair shouted let's do this again next week." Man, they live in like some sort of weirdo municipal hell together...
* GenkiGuy: Pretty much the only time he runs out of energy to commentate is when a level is really hard.
* GameMod: raocow plays many Super Mario World mods, which have been a mainstay of his LP ensemble since he began. The members of raocow's community have also designed a mod for him to play titled ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing'', complete with tons of {{Shout Out}}s to raocow's many {{Catch Phrase}}s.
** He's also made his own [[KaizoMarioWorld Kaizo-level]] romhack appropriately titled ''What The Hell?''
* GenreSavvy: raocow is very genre savvy when it comes to platform games. He can sniff out a secret exit with almost no hint of its existence, and he even figures out puzzle levels, the bane of most platformers, without too much difficulty, mostly because he's SeenItAll by now.
* GentleGiant: In his "tagged" video, he says he's 6'5", and in "Opening Pandora's Box," he described himself as "nearly two meters" tall. Both in and out of character, he seems like a friendly, easygoing guy.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Lampshaded in one of the GMC Jam games that raocow plays. The game ends with the Microsoft Sam-voiced FinalBoss helicopter from the creator's previous Jam entry appearing and proclaiming "I AM HERE FOR NO REASON."
* AGodAmI: In his ''Copy Kitty'' Let's Play, raocow gets just a little drunk on power and declares himself the Supreme Being. He then goes on to destroy the world (as usual) and kill Satan.
** CosmicHorrorStory: After all these times that he has [[RunningGag destroyed the world]], is it any wonder that he eventually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MkMAtLI_Ak goes beyond that]] and apparently turns into [[EldritchAbomination what appears to be an Outer God]]?
* GoodBadBugs: [[invoked]] In ''Super Mario Infinity'', he likes the glitched "Course clear" screen that reads "Course cleior."
* GoodBadTranslation: [[invoked]] raocow gets a big kick out of the strangely-translated Portuguese of ''Drama Mistery'', including a sign that reads "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SAJ_KozBy4&t=14m01s OK SON, YOU ARE DOING THIS WELL]]" and a character named "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10hqjC5zZp4&t=09m03s JOWEY, the poison cow]]".
** When talkhauser Otane did a "proper" translation of [=VIP1=] for raocow, she left the level named [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdb1rJw3TrQ#t=5m50s "Dodge the Beefsteak!"]] alone because that was just too damn funny. (The actual translation was more along the lines of "Avoid the enemies".)
* GratuitousGerman: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcXQXSyb6Bc This video]]. It's [[SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage actually pretty good]].
* GuestHost: When he reaches the tenth place of MAGLX (made by raocow himself), Aterraformer does the playthrough. It's handwaved by him stating that before playing, he does invasive brain surgery on himself in order to forget all about the level, of which the side effects include a change in personality, voice, and name.
* GuideDangIt: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE-IX9xPX_U This]] GameMaker game provides very little instruction of any kind. Conequently, raocow has a little trouble figuring it out.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Essentially every time he submits a level to a collab hack, just to die hundreds of times in traps of his own design when playing the level on record.
** Some of the difficult levels in ASMT were of raocow's own design, including the infamous Trial of Iron.
** Yes, he's the one responsible for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhrX7dsLXs0 this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSVZ3jA1_Zo mess.]] He hides it at first, presumably to receive unbiased feedback from his watchers, but owns up to it at the end of the second video.
** He also made a level in [[SuperMarioBrosX SMBX]], named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "murder death place zone"]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjdKFiL8QNk Here]] it is. You can actually hear him throw his controller across the room.
** "[[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6XVqhBKT8Y This level]]] was made by me back in the day when I had no idea what 'fun' meant"
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Yoshis, which he even calls "horses." Inverted, too: when he comes across an actual horse in one mod (and the same horse in another) he calls it "Mr. Dinosaur."
* HotBlooded: [=LPing=] ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'' tends to bring out the HotBlooded, AxCrazy god of destruction within raocow.
* HypocriticalHumor: After the name "madcow" appears in Karoshi 2.0's credits, he comments on how silly it is to have the word "cow" in your username.
* IceCreamKoan: raocow would sometimes say seemingly political or controversial ''sounding'' phrases in his {{Lets Play}}s that might just actually be meaningful and insightful. But if you think of it for a while, you will realize that it's just a plain NonSequitur.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQFxXLdK7VM&t=6m0s Probably the best example of this.]]
** Lampshaded at one point where his nonsequiter about non-self-sufficiency and Fox News ends in him saying "this might be a political message or not, I don't know."
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Nearly every [=LP=] has its own pattern to episode names. See [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming/{{Raocow}} here]] for more information.
** One series in which he doesn't, he has for the fourth video's description: "It's hard without a naming gimmick :("
* IMeantToDoThat: "That was a demo."
** ActuallyADoombot: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stELhmNhnI8 When it wasn't, for once]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: Isn't the goomba in his SMBX level a-door-able?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_eDNTWcFpI&t=9m20s In his 12th STTB2.5 video:]]
-->"We got SonicHeroes music again... Hey there, everyone. This is raocow, we're playing Apocalypse of Foroze. You can tell because it's all FOROZEN OVER! ...Sorry."[[note]]AoF used a lot of SonicHeroes music.[[/note]]
* InfallibleBabble: Discussed early on in the LP of ''AnUntitledStory.''
* InherentlyFunnyWords: According to raocow, "laundromat". Also "parsimony", "clement".
* InsistentTerminology: [[SuperMarioBrosX SMBX]] is an engine, not a game.
* InstantWebHit: It's usually commented that any video uploaded by raocow, or having raocow as one of its tags gets 3,000 to 4,000 views by the end of the day. This includes demos, silly cuts, audiosurf songs, or whatever.
** Almost every [[UpToEleven ''comment'']] he posts on YouTube becomes top comment.
* InternetMimic: A lot of raocow's fans imitate his idiosyncrasies, catch phrases, and speech patterns on his forums and video comment sections like it was, provorbially, no thing, yo.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS60WvCb4zU one video]] raocow explains how this works [[BlatantLies (sort of)]]:
---> '''raocow:''' ''It's a little known fact that every single talkhaus member... [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ooh, little shiny shinies with my fingers!]] ...are actually just, you know, [[spoiler:variant little [[SockPuppet sock puppet]] accounts from me. Other than the mods]], [[TheChessmaster but they're not aware of it]]. Let me tell you, it's kind of tiring, trying to [[spoiler:keep everyone in character, but sometimes you can kind of see where I slip.]]''
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: Often times when a level is extremely difficult or annoying, raocow would either go crazy or silent. This leads to comments accusing the creator(s) for "breaking raocow".
** Probably the best example of this is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rD-eW700h0&t=5m12s this level.]] One of the highest rated comments on this video is "raocow broke."
* JumpCut: Often used to get him back to where he was before dying, or to remove several failed attempts to get to a place. Often paired with him jump-cutting mid-sentence.
* KindheartedCatLover: Very much so.
** During his LP of ''VideoGame/ClarencesBigChance'', raocow outright ''refused'' to bring harm to any of the cats in the game, despite them actually hurting you if they made contact. While he accidentally defeated one of them once, he proclaimed "That never happened."
** Exemplified in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pUAnUmsH8o this]] brief, simple, but very moving tribute to his cat who passed away. If you listen closely, you can hear him stifling tears in the background.
** He practically squees [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MqRjOYNu-fw&t=483 when he encounters a cat in his ASMXBT playthrough]].
*** Shortly thereafter, he accidentally hits one with a fireball.
---> "[[BigNo NO!!!]] I'm sorry!"
* LateArrivalSpoiler: SMWCP's level [[spoiler:Rupture in Reality was made by raocow, although he tried to hide that when he played his own level.]]
* LargeHam: "[[AnUntitledStory I FOUND A ]]'''[[AnUntitledStory HEART!]]'''"
** And "JUMP HEIGHT!''' UPGRADED!!!!''''"
** [[ChekhovsGag Later, he found]] [[BunnyMustDie another kind]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcuNonY8FWs&t=10m14s of heart]].
** And earlier than that: "The power of [color] Switch...'''YOU HAVE!!'''
** '''WHO DARES TO TRY TO STOP THE TIME BOMMMMMMMB?'''
* LarynxDissonance: While voicing many female characters ingame, he usually has a varying level of result, but [[http://youtu.be/E4OODjuvbOg?t=30s his voice for Marisa Kirisame is just bizarre....]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Invoked(?) in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8Y5zzYeVbjA#t=65s this]] video, where he seems to have forgotten Kirby's name.
-->'''raocow:''' Your name is not Yoshi. What's your name again? Pizza? Zbambabar?
* LaserGuidedKarma: This is what happens when he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E779Iih8ed4&t=3m47s picks on someone for being small.]]
* LaughingMad: Happens '''very''' often. Just ''look'' at the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Funny/Raocow Funny Moments]] page and count how many of the linked videos consist of him descending into uncontrollable laughter.
* LawfulStupid: In his Newgrounds Roulette, he made up some rules for himself: He'd pick one game from Newgrounds' daily top 5 each day to LP, "game" meaning anything with even the slightest bit of interactivity. This resulted in him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nynRneffkL4 LPing a small animation collab]] simply because you could choose which animation you want to watch.
-->This is not so much a playthrough of a game, but a demonstration of how stubborn I am about make-belief and arbritary rules that I give myself for projects.
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Due to the way he cuts his videos, you know that if a reattempt of a level is shown at normal speed, or from the beginning of a section he would normally jump-cut, he will succeed during that attempt, or at least ''something'' interesting is going to happen.
** The same is true of chipmunk runs, at least on newer episodes — they almost never feature a death.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Any enemy that was meant to be point fodder in the original Super Mario World gave raocow lots of trouble during his ascetic run.[[note]] The point of an ascetic run is to ''avoid'' scoring points or collecting coins at all.[[/note]] One enemy in particular - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YZYE1uQac#t=5m45s the suicidal koopa of Vanilla Dome 3]] - gave raocow lots of strife as he tried to avoid it. This koopa' lack of self-preservation instinct seems to be unintentional though - it behaves more reasonable in the GBA version.
* LogicBomb: In "Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown" he claims he has voices in his head, but can't hear them.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase:
** "Scary like X (Bananas usually)"
** Before starting levels, he often says, "We're gonna [part of the level name] it up."
** "Nuts to you, X!"
** "There's an X there and his name is Y."
** Mentions of various people eating their weight in X.
** When an enemy starts behaving strangely, raocow comments that "That (enemy name) doesn't know what the hell."
** As of late 2012/early 2013, he's taking to adding the suffix "-on" to random words.
** "Hey there ___, how's it going?"
** Many of his non-sequiturs describe something as "My favorite [random object, usually some type of food product]." For example, he's described things in the game as "My favorite sports drink" or "My favorite breakfast cereal if I were missing teeth."
** When encountering a boss: "IIIIIT'S [NAME OF BOSS]!"
* MadnessMantra: [[CatPlanet CATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCATPLANETCAT!]]
** Yellow hurts!
* MajorGeneralSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twGP7CGy9_Y A fan-made one]].
* MeaninglessLives: Double Subverted. In ''[=VIP5=]'', he dies a ridiculous amount and still has plenty of lives. Then, in the level THE GREED, he loses almost all of them... and immediately goes grinding.
** There are quite a few hacks he's played with a location that pretty much doles out free lives. Or at least has a vine next to a Bullet Bill generator so he can exploit a bug to farm for lives.
* MilkmanConspiracy
-->'''raocow''': ''[while playing AnUntitledStory]'' You ''can't'' destroy the Milkman!......don't tell that to Kiwis, cause it might get infected. INFECTED WITH THE TRUTH!
* MindScrew: THE PURPLE HORSE!
* MoodWhiplash: Happens at the end of episode 11 of Hina's Fluffy Dream, upon reaching the final world.
-->'''raocow''': ''[after a 58-second {{beat}}]'' ... Guys... I think [[spoiler:Hina's in a coma.]]
* MusicalEpisode: He routinely sings his commentary to the tune of the level music.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Sort of: in some of his ''Hyper V'' videos, he's been adding post-commentary in the sections where his live self (or Livecow as he calls him) gets quiet from frustration. This sometimes leads to him talking over himself, and he's even told his past self to shut up at points, making his videos even more surreal than they already are.
** He calls his future self "Post Production raocow" or simply PPR. Especially amusing is when he tries to cheer up his past self with "Oh, cheer up, raocow, it's almost done." We also get more or less [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW2kg29XDNA&t=14m37s live translations of him talking French]].
** In one of his videos, as his past self was playing (and repeatedly dying) through a [[NintendoHard level he was having trouble with]], PPR began to softly sing SimonAndGarfunkel's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX2M5q9PYCo&t=6m14s Sound of Silence.]]'' [[note]]Though, if his [[AltText video tags]] are anything to go by, then this was a deliberate action on his part[[/note]]
** An increasingly bizarre instance of this usage [[http://youtu.be/SxldKon1zdk?t=7m9s just might tell us a lot about his innermost thoughts...]]
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lyZue6Y9mhU#t=723s this segment]] from Megaman: a Day in the Limelight has Livecow complaining about falling off clouds and PPR responding [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j85exaYWzSk as if he was in the same room as Livecow while he was recording]].
* NightmareRetardant: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. It's surreal just how his reactions and mannerisms can turn what's supposed to be scary or depressing into something that CrossesTheLineTwice.
** [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x44lh2 His reaction to Black Plague]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkpv1TFfNPQ&t=6m10s The ending of the epic Mario hack Vanilla Rain Endless Raindrop caused a good deal of this.]]
* NoJustNoReaction: After realizing that he hadn't 100-percented the revised New! Super Mario 2 Yoshi's Island level 2-E, which featured [[ScrappyMechanic a near level-long, life-or-death !-switch run,]] [[FakeDifficulty was loaded with obstacles and allowed absolutely no room for error]]:
-->'''No.'''
* OhCrap: while Let's Playing ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUmtlBGWpg&t=6m50s raocow sees the entirety of "Doing Things The Hard Way". And then it sinks in just why it's considered the single most difficult token to get.]] Also leads to the fastest fast-forward to date.
** His reaction to the cat boss in ''Bunny Must Die''.
** You can hear the exact moment raocow suffers a MoodWhiplash [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMYqn904-DA&t=7m30s in this video]].
* OmnicidalManiac: He lapses into this quite often during his LP of ''[[VideoGame/CopyKitty Copy Kitty]]''. It reaches its peak [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=6MkMAtLI_Ak#t=1097s here]].
* OnceAnEpisode: Starting somewhere in the summer of 2012, punctuating dumb mistakes with the phrase "I'm pretty good at playing video games, just in case you didn't know" and an exasperated cry of "Video games!" became this.
** After someone complained about this in the comments, raocow going out of his way to find other words to illustrate his incompetence became a RunningGag.
** Though he sometimes mangles it, he tries to say "Hey there everyone, this is raocow" and "Next time X" in every episode.
* OrphanedPunchline: A lot of his quotes can seem like this, but they're usually non-sequiturs. This actually happens occasionally when he stops fastforwarding midsentence.
-->'''raocow:''' ...and I am not a time-ologist, unfortunately.
** Also occasionally happens due to jump cuts.
-->'''raocow:''' ...twenty-five days to write non-stop.
* {{Overcrank}}: Usually when dying [[YetAnotherStupidDeath yet again]], often right in the middle of a [[{{undercrank}} chipmunk]] segment. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIlRbpCPCXw&t=6m10s Or when he kills a boss]]. Termed "Walrus time" by the fans.
** Lately, he's prone to doing this for clips showing parts of secondary goals (dragon coins, or "get all the red coins" secrets).
** ZigZagged when he replayed levels for 100% completion in ''Yoshi's Island: Forlorn Lands''. Most of the level is in chipmunk mode, but the video slows down to normal speed when he collects a red coin, and slows even further down to walrus mode when collecting a flower.
* OverlyLongGag: The ending to the 25th video in his ''A Super Mario World Central Production'' LP in which he repeats a fake laugh for nearly a full minute. [[ContinuityNod The laugh even appears at the start of the next video.]]
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkjwyyr-bPk&t=6m20s Oh man, I'm building more bridges, ain't that amazing?]]"
** It's boss time, Mr. Guy! It's boss time, Mr. Guy! It's boss time, Mr. Guy! It's boss time, Mr. Guy! It's boss time, Mr. Guy! It's boss time, Mr. Guy!
** Oh man, I'm swimmin'. Oh man, I'm swimmin'. Oh man, I'm swimmin'. Oh man, I'm swimmin'. Oh man, I'm swimmin'. Oh man, I'm swimmin'.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdKMLE2Np0&t=12m28s My name is fart. My name is fart. My name is fart. My name is fart. My name is fart.]]"
** Near the end of the eighth video of his "Ascetic Super Mario World" run, he starts listing names of symphonies Ludwig van Koopa composed. For forty seconds straight, his commentary consists of nothing but him replacing words in the titles of popular symphonies, books, and movies with "Koopa."
** [[VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}} ***]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0u1YVak5RU ***]]
* OverusedRunningGag: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Tfbb0ThSs&t=10m10s here]] when raocow goes farming lives off a bullet bill cannon for at least the 6th time.
-->'''raocow:''' Yeah, this part has stopped being funny by now.
** The cut-off joke regarding a hack being unacceptable on SMWCP [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApQe4IV7YQ0&t=3m25 stopped being funny for him by now.]]
* {{Padding}}:[[invoked]] If a video ends up extremely short on content (like not even coming close to 10 minutes) he'll often play a few {{Voxatron}} levels at the end.
--> '''raocow:''' ''[[LampshadeHanging PADDING VIA VOXATRON!]]''
** He also used PPR [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fsFIkg4q0kU&t=3m25s once]] for this.
--> '''PPR:''' ''I figured I'd do this this way instead of [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ye olde fast-forwarde]] because I wanted the video to be longer than 8 minutes. I'm all manipulative like that.''
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: raocow actually drops the trope naming word [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqqu4ZBvWx8&t=2m41s here.]]
* PetPeeveTrope: Again, invoked.
** He is not a fan of bridge-building segments. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWKc-Ln8E0c&t=4m12s In one video he says that the only videogame task he dislikes as much as bridge-building is taking care of a pony, "because, seriously, if I'm going to take care of an equine, it might as well be a full-grown horse".]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33YVcRhjj-o&t=3m54s He's not too fond of stair-making, either.]]
** He also seems to strongly dislike elevator sections.
** He also does not like puzzles that consist of "find item here, backtrack to previous place, get new item, backtrack again" and so on.
** He dislikes [[GustyGlade levels with wind that blows you backward]].
** He ''loathes'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7LN3C15YU&t=15m15s bullet generators]].
** Bosses that have to have objects thrown at them to be defeated. He admits as such in [=MaGL X=] that he's terrible at throwing.
* PlatformHell: raocow has played through some of them. The [[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D0A52C67C2BAE321 Kouhai]] series are a good example.
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzcKU6L-88s one]] level has the gimmick of killing you if you score any points. ''Everything'' in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' gives you points, including coins. raocow's reaction is in the link.
** His own romhack, What the Hell, also falls under this a good deal, especially since most of the enemies are invincible.
* PlayerTic: He always jumps through the ''YoshisIsland'' goal rings backwards.
** He'd also occasionally make Mario dance by rapidly hitting the D-Pad buttons.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: PlayedForLaughs. He has a bit of trouble pronouncing the name [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ55q9ZodCA&t=0m17s Hotel Kamishirasawa]], so he opts for "VideoGame/HotelMario" instead.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDzpmJsgK0&t=2m17s Oh, it happened.]] Occurs during a rather frustrating tower of boss fights in ''BunnyMustDie''. One of the rare occurrences of the F-word a) being uttered, and b) being clear enough to not miss.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbzcRgv3xnQ&t=6m40s Another rare example.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYIunJfk0Kg&t=7m30s And another.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niUkZ6xTBV0&t=11m36s And once again in Vip5.]]
** It actually happens more often than people think, but most of the time his F-strikes are in (Quebecois) French, so English-speakers can miss them.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7PXODs_YTA&t=10m50s Chibicow joins the club.]]
* PreviouslyOn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTJ_lTAxuII This video.]] Before he starts playing, he shows the footage from the {{Cliffhanger}} example on this page again.
* RageQuit: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJJ7oNXS1nU This infamous video (Of an episode of him playing "Cave of Elements").]] Only level in that game where he got extremely frustrated playing through.
** WARNING: If you REALLY want something depressing, just go to 17:52 (And it goes downhill from there). Not a pretty sight. And the ending's quite miserable too. At least in the next episode [[UnexplainedRecovery he's quite cheerful]] compared to frustrated. He even says that it's one of the only few levels that he has ever ragequitted.
** It is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKrDP7ks83o mentioned]] that he did it with Acid Labs Inc. from ''Mario Gives Up 2''. He just straight up deleted the footage and just played the level all over again.
** The final level of ''Marisa & Alice'' was so [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYIunJfk0Kg unforgiving]] that it caused raocow to give up on the game entirely, going so far as to dump the game folder into his Recycle Bin and and empty it on camera.
** In the [[PlatformHell extremely unfair]] hack "S. Mario" ("S" as in "sadistic"), raocow has had to "Rage Quit" a couple of times. Although one of the levels wasn't implied, he showed a video of one of his "scrapped takes" and it actually isn't too bad.
** Particularly unfair levels get the "[[BlatantLies OH NO the game just crashed]]!" treatment:
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWluSJ-Pvps This level]] "crashed" because of a KaizoTrap finishing up a level of PlatformHell.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO1GMSl6bfM This one]] "crashed" when there was a puzzle involving a key and TrialAndErrorGameplay.
** Stalagmite Ruins in ''DistortedTravesty'' made him decide to take a hiatus from that game, at least until he was done with [=N!SMW2=].
** Bugs introduced by the compiler of Tower Of Biased 2 caused raocow to give up on two levels. On one, hitting the midpoint did absolutely nothing, and the other, on several occasions, ''actually crashed''.
** He gave up on one level in ''A Super Mario Brothers X Thing'' as the result of a GameBreakingBug that resulted in it having NoEnding. ''After'' spending four hours and over 200 lives even getting to that point.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: raocow has taken to reading the musical notes/stars/etc. that pop up in Marisa's dialogue in MariAri 2 out-loud.
* RecycledINSPACE: His reaction to the Space Tanks (BONUS 4) level in ''Mario Gives Up''.
* RhymesOnADime: His commentary frequently slips into this.
* RuleOfFunny: According to the commentary in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWOnN6MAiXQ this video]], he usually went into chipmunk time only if he didn't think the commentary was interesting enough to warrant splitting into two videos. With Website/YouTube no longer having a time limit, he still chipmunks just because it's one of his trademarks, and has even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h25UNmYc8U&t=16m57s lampshaded]] it at least once.
* RuleOfThree: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbQLtEpAs5g&t=2m10s In this video]], raocow insists on saying the word "mayonnaise" a total of three times throughout the entire video. [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And in doing so, he inadvertently saves Tokyo from a giant butterfly monster]].
* RunningGag: Insisting that the Toad House slot machine game in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' is impossible, even when he's winning at it.
** Insisting that Yoshi ''isn't'' in The Invasion 2, immediately dropping him down a hole whenever he appears. [[spoiler: He's eventually forced to admit that Yoshi may, in fact, be in the game.]]
** During his playthrough of the GMC Jam #5 entries, the references to the theme of the contest ('facade') were occasionally so blatant that raocow sometimes just replaced random words with 'facade' when reading any text the games provided.
** '''"I FOUND A HEART!!"''' occasionally returns in other {{Metroidvania}} [=LPs=], such as DistortedTravesty.
** raocow arguing with the end-of-level horn in Super Talking Time Bros. 2.
** raocow causing game designers to patch their games when he [=LP=]s them.
** Finding little graphical slip-ups (usually cut-off graphics without an edge) and stating that the game will never be accepted in Super Mario World Central (usually when the game isn't even a romhack).
** Any modifications to the Big Boo sprite in ''Super Mario World'' romhacks are liable to make raocow burst into uncontrollable laughter. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXL1DkJgLQ Black Plague]] is probably the most famous example of this.
** Accidental examples: Dying at the end of the stage is very, very common. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwwUAzGkRkQ&t=15m30s It's pretty cliche at this point.]]
* SanitySlippage: Inverted. When especially difficult levels start to grind away at him, raocow's {{Breathless Non Sequitur}}s begin to dry up and he sounds increasingly... ''normal''. Can be rather unnerving when compared to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} his usual demeanor.]]
** An example: After (impressively) managing to clear more than half of ''Vip 4'' without using savestates, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdZoST9kaRM Absurd Athletics]] completely breaks him, and his usual [[TalkativeLoon wacky commentary]] is replaced with depressed, angry ranting. He even remarks that he's been rendered incapable of saying that "[[PrecisionFStrike purple monkey cheese shit you guys like]]." Needless to say, this is the level that made him give up his "no savestate" rule for the rest of ''Vip 4'''s playthrough. This is referenced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LFEwPrdQjE&t=10m35s when he reaches the sequel level]] in ''Vip 5''... [[spoiler:which he DOES eventually manage to clear savestateless.]]
*** HeroicBSOD: raocow has one after re-encountering [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATNIVzB_iJk the aforementioned sequel level in ''Vip 5''.]]
** Played straight [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2C-gWohKWk in the bonus world of Fantasy Explorer Nitroid]].
** raocow + [[http://youtu.be/gQDOEZxWF9s?t=5m35s Touch Fuzzy,]][[http://youtu.be/gQDOEZxWF9s?t=6m46s Get Dizzy....]]
* SaveScumming: Averted in later videos, but played straight in most of raocow's earlier videos. For hard hacks like the ''VIP'' series, ''Kouhai'', and others, he would use save states all the time, but he later stopped doing that except for the occasional science moment, [[PlatformHell unless the levels were really unfair]].
* TheScrappy: This is [[InvokedTrope raocow's opinion]] of Yoshi the [[HorseOfADifferentColor stupid freakin' horse]].
* ScrappyMechanic: In-Universe: raocow ''really'' does not like wind or [[HomingProjectile homing Bullet Bills]].
* SelfDeprecation: raocow often informs us that he's "playing super-badly, just to be different."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi-1WPx2KUQ&t=7m30s "Oh no, I'm a stupid! You know, to be different from my usual being an idiot."]]
** Throughout 2010, raocow became aware that he had a habit of dying right before the end goal and [[LampshadeHanging made a point of mentioning this.]] Repeatedly.
** Around 2012 he settled on "I'm pretty good at playing video games" (or endless variations thereof) every time he gets hit in a very stupid way.
* SelfImposedChallenge: His [[http://everything.raocow.com/game.php?id=98 ascetic run]] (no coins nor points unless absolutely necessary) of the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
* SensoryAbuse: Several "bad" entries in the contests he plays end up doing this.
** Aural Invasion: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7FncGOZyAM This]] [[StylisticSuck ironically bad]] hack in the 2010 vanilla contest had horribly corrupted music, which he commented on repeatedly.
** Visual Assault: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehgwEDpNB1Y This]] level, [[MeaningfulName Pink Zone]], made for the Talkhaus's Make A Good Level 2 contest is... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin very pink.]] It's a TakeThat to raocow's ''What The Hell?'' which he partially realizes.
* SeriousBusiness: raocow has repeatedly said that he thinks most Let's Players ignore the "let's" part of the aspect. Among other things, this means he insists on keeping the comments open even when people are spamming him with help.
* ShapedLikeItself: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/raocow#p/u/78/e1J3TwWulLA ...So basically, playing a video game is like playing a video game.]]
** "This level is a desert. You can tell because it's a desert!"
** "Welcome to the Forest of Depth. It's a very deep forest."
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUmSXLSbw8&t=1m8s I like my spears like I like my spears: shaped like a spear and also with the function of a spear.]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvslzCvUi24&t=2m Hey mister the dead fish, you're dead. Also, some people would argue that you are an aquatic life form.]]"
* ShoutOut: All the time. A notable example is in his ''Scarlet Devil Mario 2'' LP, where when describing how red the Red Switch Palace was, he randomly said ''RenAndStimpy''.
** "Oh hey, let's make a LetsPlay/ProtonJon reference [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLE4d6VnrWk#t=228s here.]] Um. [[SubvertedTrope Dane Cook]]."
** He's made repeated mentions of how [[FatalFury you cannot X long death.]]
** In Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown 2, there is a level simply named "Mountains." Upon reading this title, raocow says, [[MagicTheGathering "tap for red mana."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdb1rJw3TrQ Oh man]], [[LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab hey La Mulanites.]]
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehgwEDpNB1Y his video for the Pink Zone level]] for the second "Make A Good Level" contest, he uses the phrase WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall.
** When raocow fights Ridley in Apocalypse of Foroze, he comments "Oh no it's that {{Retsupurae}} guy." referencing Slowbeef and Diabetus' MetroidPrime LP and their goofy Ridley voice that became a major RunningGag/[[MemeticMutation meme]].
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCvfqJhsQbQ&t=7m30s one episode of Super Talking Time Bros 2.5]], he talks about collecting extra leaves to exchange with space aliens for the world. In {{Calvin and Hobbes}}, [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/10/14 Calvin sold the earth to space aliens for 50 alien tree leaves]].
** In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1gkqGZloEI&t=6m42s 12th video of Hina's Fluffy Dream]], he says "Oh yeah, you can't jump on [[WebVideo/{{TheAngryJoeShow}} Angry Joe.]] He's gonna review video games if you do that, and that's something we want to avoid as much as possible."
* SignatureLaugh: His distinct "UAH HA HA HAHAHA"
* SincerityMode: Sometimes, raocow has to point out that he's actually trying to tell the audience something rather than rambling about stuff as usual.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Ultimately subverted, when he's eventually forced to admit that Yoshi '''is''', in fact, in ''SMBX''.
* SlashFic: raocow's forums even have [[http://talkhaus.raocow.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1710 its own thread for it.]] He's stated that he's not even gonna go near it.
* SoulJar: In one level, Mario can't let anything touch a skull shaped object, otherwise he gets killed.
-->'''raocow:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8baPBIsmPc&t=6m25s Freaking hell, Mario,]] why did you have a [[Franchise/HarryPotter horcrux]] placed in such an unusual place?
* {{Spoonerism}}: He is prone to saying "Darshgorn it!".
* SpoofAesop: Way too many.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb9kSTvz4mA&t=4m16s Here]].
* StealthPun: In ''Mario Gives Up'' part 4...
-->"Oh, there's drills there, you don't want to get drilled to death... It's almost as bad as being bored to death, you could say."
* StrictlyFormula: His Takkoman [=LPs=] are kind of similar. Eventually lampshaded at the beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIlRbpCPCXw episode 8]].
-->"My prediction for this video goes thusly: I'm going to enter a level and I'm going to finish the level itself in roughly three minutes or so. I'm not going to say a whole lot of thing that relate to much of anything, I'm just gonna smash my face through everything, not pointing out much unless there's a new enemy or Nue's there for some reason. Otherwise I might, you know, share a comment with, if there's a mid-boss. I might die at the midboss or I might not. Once I get to the boss, I'm gonna try two or three lives to do it legit, unless, you know, until I get kind of tired and basically tank every hit and win by kick spamming. Of course this is assuming it's a Megaman-type boss and not a gimmick."[[note]]In the video it's 50 seconds long.[[/note]]
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.viddler.com/explore/Terashell/videos/35/ This catchy, hypnotic, and well done remix]] of some of SomethingAwful [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] raocow's stream of conscious commentary while playing a {{Mario}} game.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg8mDRAngZ0 There's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qydCXMNutzI more]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNEYEi5S37Y where]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEF4ICS7HzQ that]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHE6AV5LUW0 came]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXQKOvQ5pQ0 from]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTkty128kjQ And of course there's also a red zone remix.]]
** Okay, now raocow's just begging [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2l3xhy8trA&t=1m15s for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2l3xhy8trA&t=4m29s these]] to be done.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29hAXAa2QDE&feature=player_detailpage#t=936s The second one is on its way.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/GenericCAW/ GenericCAW]] seems to be fond of raocow remixes in general. The link leads to his Youtube profile. Sixteen of his twenty seven remixes (hosted on Youtube at least) are raocow remixes.
*** The above mentioned mixer seems to have caught raocow's attention on a few occasions, as evidenced by his [[http://youtu.be/iXCI8ELoihg?t=12m19s Call Back]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qydCXMNutzI this mix]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwi-4wdepFM U. N. Owen was a Cat Planet]]
** It's gotten to a point where he already makes them on purpose: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YtjPQipGZQ The Food Song,]] from [[VideoGame/MegaMan Skull Man's theme]].
** Another remixer joins the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLI4K5PdMrQ fray]]!
* SturgeonsLaw: [[DiscussedTrope Mentioned by name]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYDwPguvuTc this video]], mentioning that most {{Newgrounds}} games are utterly terrible. Taken UpToEleven when he says that the good is only a small percent of a small percent, rather than the usual ten percent.
* StylisticSuck: His... "webcomic", ''[[http://exupry.comicdish.com/?pageID=1 Exupéry, adventures of]]''.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: English is raocow's second language and he's noted to speak English pretty much only for his Let's Plays, yet his vocabulary is surprisingly diverse. Given, he flubs words occasionally but on the whole it's quite good.
** In a YT comment, he stated that his father being in the military caused him to move around a lot; he apparently mostly went to French-speaking schools, but spoke English in the neighborhoods he lived in. He says this is probably why his accent isn't really all that "French Canadian"-ish.
* SurrealHumour: His trademark.
* TakeAThirdOption: In VideoGame/{{Facade}}, when Grace asks him whether or not what he's said so far is supposed to mean something, he replies "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1NF828Y6qzs#t=816s yneos]]".
** And from the same video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1NF828Y6qzs#t=362s mineral juice]].
* TakeThat: In the intro of Mega Man: A Day in the Limelight 2:
--> '''Game Intro:''' DR WILY HAS UNLEASHED A SUPER VIRUS THAT HAS INFECTED ALMOST ALL ROBOTS ON EARTH CAUSING THEM TO DESTROY ALL THEY SEE.
--> '''raocow:''' Oh no, SUPER virus?! Not Roboenza! [[VideoGame/MegaMan10 That's a TERRIBLE idea for a plot!]]
** Intentional or not, he seems to have a habit of taking lighthearted jabs at the US during his rambling.
** Also one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=u63smcWLpYQ#t=368s here]] where he takes a jab at people who think it's always the game's fault they lose.
* TakeThatAudience: At the start of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq6m9Ug5N6A this]] episode, he calls all of his fans a literal butt.
* TalkativeLoon: His other trademark.
* TemptingFate: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3t9wGCy3oY&t=4m25s "Well, let's just hope I never die ever agai-]] [[BigWhat WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?]]"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyNr10Smhqc "So I'm just gonna be playing with the keyboard because it's a lot safer]] - oh wow."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c8qKQV2clk#t=20m20s "Now I don't want to die to Larry, so let's- pffff..."]]
*** [[spoiler:Averted]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TgoI8d45Us&feature=g-all-u&context=G28b0862FAAAAAAAACAA video]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Sk_Ysz-GYiM#t=97s What's next, displaying an elephant?]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Xfp-1zNZEXQ#t=402s I hope I don't die.]] [...] [[IMeantToDoThat So yeah, this was to demo dying.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FLdySpCiXU&t=13m45s After farming some lives for a boss...]]
---> "So, raocow, try not to get... actually try to make that whole life farming part a complete waste of time by completing it..."
* ThatCameOutWrong: While normally quite good at averting this, his [[BreathlessNonSequitur Breathless Non Sequiturs]] and his tendency to interrupt them upon taking damage in a game inevitably results in this trope.
--> '''raocow:''' "There's a thing that you put in your mouth and you-" [gets hit] "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything -chew real loud and the guy says OW]]." [{{beat}}] "Uh, I can't believe I said that... uh, let's... let's hope no one understands that part."
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLVH4svNMv8&t=13m38s his 21st ASMBXT video]], we get this little gem.
---> '''raocow:''' "Oh jeez! Jeez! Jeezing everywhere! ...Ew."
*** Another ASMBXT example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlnwePDS04M&t=10m40s "This is a lot of guys. You have a lot of guys in your thoat- ew. That's... that's not something you say to a lady, especially not a goddess lady!"]]
* ThatDidntHappen: Done by him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-wH5MZsAwZM#t=644s the first time]] he sees a Yoshi in {{SuperMarioBrosX}}. He immediately tells the Yoshi that it's not in the game. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential And then he throws it off the bottom of the screen.]]
* ThatOneLevel: [[invoked]] He'll run into one on occasion. Called out by name in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS_e4fSDxOc this video]], titled "that one level video". The level in question was [[DifficultySpike incredibly difficult for its place in the game]] and took raocow [[MarathonLevel nearly two hours]] to finish. Not helping was the fact that [[CheckpointStarvation the midpoint was at the very end]] in anticipation of a boss [[DummiedOut that was never implemented]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: raocow's reaction upon reading the name of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9kt7JNPXRI this level]]
** "Say hi to [[Franchise/DonkeyKong DK]] For me... [[ThatOneLevel oh,]] [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry THAT]] [[ScrappyMechanic kind]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUKPvm75FB8 of Donkey Kong!]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAJLkGomCDA&t=30s MORE On & Off? But this time, in the cave. [beat] I can already tell you I'm not gonna be a fan of this level.]]"[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdZoST9kaRM Remember THAT VIP4 video?]][[/note]]
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: [[TwoLinesNoWaiting He tries to make two videos per day, one game for each]], but then there are times where he's playing more games than that. Add in some intermission videos, and this trope comes into effect.
* [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw The Stupid Horse A Bone]]: raocow has insulted Yoshi many, many times (see TheScrappy above), including calling him a "green miscreant" and "an insult to all creation". In [[http://www.youtube.com/user/raocow#p/a/u/1/7pD1_2Eg8So this]] video, after Yoshi looks like he's going to fall off a ledge, then doesn't, allowing raocow to get back on him, he says:
-->"Thanks for not plunging in that hole there Yoshi. I appreciate it. I-I usually I don't appreciate you enough, perhaps, some people would argue."
* TitleDrop: Invoked multiple times in the {{VideoGame/Facade}} video.
* {{Undercrank}}: Chipmunk mode. He's even done [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3qbd6_chipmunk-raocow-does-mxw-bsb_videogames two]] [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5dwmy_chipmunk-raocow-presents-why-i-won_videogames videos]] entirely in chipmunk mode.
** Inverted in one video where a [=YouTube=] glitch causes the audio to go into half-speed before slowly cranking back up to normal, albeit about 2 seconds out of sync. Then back into chipmunk time. It's like [=YouTube=] found the one way to make raocow more surreal.
** Chipmunk mode has since been renamed "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We8pV6D2L5c Chibicow]]".
* TheUnpronounceable: One of the many Super Mario World hacks he played was titled '':P :P :P''. When he had to refer to the game's title, he usually either said "P P P" or blew three raspberries.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rm2TvuWgds&t=1m45s "*prr!* goes to *rrt!*"]]
* UnusualEuphemism:
** "Go eat a ham."
** He uses "Pumpernickels!" as a swear word occasionally.
* VerbalTic: Try listening to see how many times raocow says "It's pretty great" or "oh man".
* VocalDissonance: His voices for Marisa and Mario. Marisa's is quite deep, makes his throat hurt, and is the exact same voice he uses for Bowser, and Mario's is his attempt at reading 'normal' dialogue with Mario's canon Super Mario 64 voice.
* VocalEvolution: His voice was a lot softer, calmer and more thickly-accented at first. As he refined his TalkativeLoon nature, he also developed a "wackier" tone of voice to match, while becoming more fluent in English. Even his out-of-character videos sound nothing like he did on his first LP.
** [[http://youtu.be/dG6nhJrL4Tg Listen to it here.]]
* WhamEpisode: At the end of Vip5 episode 48, [[spoiler:raocow game overs on a postgame level and is sent all the way back to right before Bowser's Castle, which took six episodes to complete.]] By the next episode, though, [[StatusQuoIsGod he's mysteriously total-cleared the level.]] It's still quite shocking when it happens, though.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: Mercilessly parodied on multiple occasions. [[invoked]]
* WhoDares: to try to stop the time bomb?
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBe Why Did It Have To Be Bones?]]: raocow admits to being afraid of bones in one video.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Seems to be the case in his Copy Kitty playthrough, although it's played for laughs. His video titles for the series even seem to reflect this.
--> '''raocow:''' I assume this is how the world works when you're also, you know, slightly FILLED WITH INSANITY! *[[EvilLaugh evil laugh]]* The world is a Cloyster of love! Yes! Fill the world with the confettis of my soul!
** He can't even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxtwLs9w3Ak explain the rules of the game]] without descending into madness.
** He outdoes himself after defeating [[spoiler:Exgal]].
* WombLevel: Posits that Circuit Man's level in ''VideoGame/MegaManRockForce'' must be this for Mega Man with all its circuitry and computer parts.
* WordSaladHumor: Just about everything out of his mouth will quickly twist its way into this.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Sometimes he precedes a random noun with "ye olde"[[note]]He pronounces the y like a y, rather than the "th" sound it was meant to sound like[[/note]] and adds an ''e'' at the end of it, resulting in phrases like "ye olde P-switche".
* YouNoTakeCandle: Intentionally mangles English; he's more or less fluent in both English and French. With that said, on occasion some of his structures sound odd, but he'll often [[LampshadeHanging comment on how bizarre they sound]] immediately.
* ZenSurvivor: PPR (Post-Production raocow).
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