Creator / Janus Syndicate

The Janus Syndicate is one of the unsung groups of geniuses in the world of Machinima, ya faggot!

They were founded in 2005 out of the GoldenEye: Source mod by regular player boris and PR manager/trailer producer Xanatos, and immediately built up a core group of friends making videos for a living for the next 5 years.

Their most notable works include Gman Squad, Counter-Strike for Kids, Soldiers Of Misfortune, and Source Wars, all Affectionate Parodies.

Tropes that are associated with the group:

  • Art Evolution: Over time, Xanatos has improved the quality and fidelity of their videos. A notable shift took place when he was invited to the director's program around 2008.
  • Comical Overreacting: This is a frequent occurrence both in and out of the videos.
  • Large Ham: Crackbone, and arguably boris.
  • Promoted Fanboy: There have been some instances in Janus' later years in which extras were called upon from the fanbase, including the Gman Squad Initiation Contest.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Even with the early productions being mostly improv, this is prevalent.
  • Shout-Out: Under construction.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: Xanatos is a fan of groups from The Beatles to Rammstein, and frequently used such songs in his videos before being recruited by