Creator / Team Four Star

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Team Four Star is an Abridged Series Super Group known for Dragon Ball Z Abridged, amongst other works.

At the moment, the group is active on YouTube. Viewers can also check their official site to find special Let's Play videos of Left 4 Dead 2, Halo: Reach, Serious Sam 3, and Mass Effect 3.

TFS productions tend to be rather popular, as well as genuinely funny, due to the enormous amount of networking, voice talent and writing acumen that can be focused on any given project. Of course, this can also result in Attention Deficit Creator Disorder, as all of them have series of their own, in addition to their TFS responsibilities.

Members
  • KaiserNeko (Scott Frerichs) note 
  • Lanipator (Nick Landis) note 
  • Takahata101 (Curtis Arnott) note 
  • Masako X (Lawrence Simpson) note 
  • Antfish (Anthony Sardinha) note 
  • LordMoonstone (Kirran Somerlade) note 
  • MasterWuggles (Grant Smith) note 
  • TehExorcist (Howard Wang)

Frequent Collaborators

List Of Works

This tropes list is for the group as a whole, their Let's Plays and works without their own pages.

Tropes:

  • The Ace: GanXingBa. He's typically calling out suggestions in the games. Lampshaded by Taka during Hard Rain, when Gan is actually killed and they don't have a defib.
    • Second in line for that position would have to be Antfish. He gets the highest accuracy everytime he plays with them, and their playthrough of Dead Center with him is one of the few times where they had zero deaths and very few incaps. Simply put, Antfish is the anti-Taka.
    • Taka actually ends up being this with Bloodborne in their live streams. Of course, since they ended up making a drinking game out of how often they died during the game, Taka ultimately got banned from playing it.
  • The All-Solving Hammer: During the Renegade For Life Let's Play of Scribblenauts, Vegeta seems to view Shoggoths as these.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Aside from this being a staple of every abridged series, they have been known to apply this treatment to characters in the games they play, such as imagining King Mickey Mouse as a corrupt tyrant and the mother of the Player Character in Pokémon SoulSilver as having a drinking problem. invoked
  • Alternate DVD Commentary
  • And Starring: Little Kuriboh gets this type of credit in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. In the first season he was a guest star, only playing the narrator, by the second season he more or less became a main member of the group.
  • Anti-Humor: Piccolo plays card games. The thumbnail sets it up as Piccolo playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft... but in reality he's just playing solitaire in complete, dead silence besides vocal grunts.
  • Anyone Can Die: Par for the course in their Nuzlocke runs, but even those who stay on the team for almost the whole game can succumb to this, such as Alex the Fearow in LeafGreen and Ivan Ooze the Slugma in SoulSilver.
  • Back for the Dead: In the SoulSilver Nuzlocke, after withdrawing Martin the Ratata from the PC and training him up, he dies in the very next episode.
  • Big Bad: Taka becomes the defacto one during their playthrough of DBZ: Super Budoten 2. Taka ends up taking advantage of an exploit that allows him to stun-lock his opponent in an attack cycle, allowing him to beat Lani, Kaiser, and Kirran all in a row.
    Lani: Okay, we've established Taka's not allowed to play anymore; because he likes to kick people into the corner, like a jerk.
    • LordMoonstone plays as the monster against the "Classic Team" note  in Evolve.
  • Big "NO!":
    • The entire group's reaction to the Sequel Hook at the end of Dragonball Evolution.
    • Lani lets out a loud "No" when Dumplin is briefly killed by Demigra in Dragonball Xenoverse.
    • Lani, Kirran and Grant have a huge one in SoulSilver Nuzlocke, when their beloved son Ivan Ooze dies.
  • Black Comedy: Many Dead Baby Krogan jokes are made in the Fire base Dagger Part Two video, including the subtitle.
    How many dead Krogan babies does it take to make a dead Krogan baby joke?
  • Brick Joke: They have utterly mastered the concept.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Taka is (playfully) the most picked on, especially during the Halo: Reach videos.
    • Gan tends to refer to Jun as the most useless member of Team Noble.
    • Howard became this regarding the livestream after Siegward died on his watch during Dark Souls 3. The stream chat quickly nicknamed him "Howard the Coward" and regularly flings abuse at him, even blaming him for deaths in the Nuzlocke LP (despite the fact that he has absolutely nothing to do with the Nuzlocke). Of course, it's mostly in jest.
    • Gourdon in Pokémon LeafGreen Nuzlocke becomes one posthumously, with everyone mocking him whenever they can.
    • Mr. Stake in Pokémon SoulSilver Nuzlocke. His very name in reference to his Tier-Induced Scrappy nature is bad enough, but he also slams his head into things and is only capable of saying his new name.
  • Call Forward: Both Goku and Vegeta have done gags in their respective LP shows where they tried to imagine what they'd look like if they grew beards, which is represented with a still from Dragon Ball Super where it actually happened.
    • Likewise, the fanmade "Abridging" of the Xenoverse LP underscores the joke of Lani (as Mr. Satan) saying "This isn't even my final form!" by adding in a picture of Super "Saiyan" Mr. Satannote  from Super.
  • Car Fu: Lanipator is very fond of using vehicles to ram the enemies with in Halo: Reach such as the "hero truck". It doesn't always work, mostly because he'll try it using anything with four wheels—include forklifts and airport luggar carriers.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Half of the running commentary the team provides during their Let's Plays is this, to the point of arguing weather or not the virus that made the zombies would have infected Batman (it wouldn't), Superman, and who would be the cause (Lex Luthor and Braniac), while in a underground, flooded cavern, filled with zombies.
  • Companion Cube: Kaiser, Lani, and Gan all have their own cubes in Left 4 Dead 2. Lani's is Gnome Chompski, Kaiser's is propane tanks, and Gan's is gas cans.
    Kaiser: "Oh, hey, he had a sword."
    Lani: "I just had a fatal- WHEEEEREEE? Aaaahhh yeah, come to Lani."
    Taka: "Oh God, Lani, just get a room with it."
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • The guys play Dumpae, their character for Dark Souls III, as a noble warrior whose main quirk is being a bit of a Blood Knight; this is a stark contrast to both her "father" Dumplestiltskin, who would slaughter anyone he came across, and Cpt. Ravager, who started off noble before becoming a kill-happy cannibal.
    • Where Lakigr was an otherwise normal young adult in Pokémon LeafGreen Nuzlocke, Tantor in Pokémon SoulSilver Nuzlocke is a 28-year old jerkass who talks in Pokémon Speak and ignores or berates his mom (who has a drinking problem).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lani, Taka and Kaiser are the most prominent, but everyone on the team is this to the point of Snark-to-Snark Combat constantly happening at their convention panels.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the second Jackbox videos, the guys are very upset that there isn't actually a book called "Teach Your Dog How to Dog to Your Dog".
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: At the end of the Kai 2 Breakdown, Kaiser openly admits to withholding the episode in question for the sake of a joke and immediately regrets it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During Halo Reach, Gan gets annoyed with his team mates and starts killing them. Taka for his singing and Kaiser for shooting Gan's falcon. Kaiser is also blamed for numerous things, including Kat's death.
  • Dont Call Me Paul: They all call each other their nicknames way more than their real names. Lani in particular mentioned the only people who call him by his real name consistently are his parents and his wife.
  • Downer Ending: The team acts as if the ending to Reach will not be this, as long as they keep fighting. Played for Laughs, obviously.
    Taka: "Lani, just get a room with (the sword)."
    Lani: "I WILL WHEN REACH IS SAVED!"
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite going for the dark side options in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Lani and Taka decide killing a group of engineers to recapture the bridge is "too dark".
    Taka: We're dicks, but we're not that dickish.
    Lani: We're not murders. Mostly.
  • Fan Nickname: In-universe. They christened the Kamikazes in Serious Sam 3 "Headless Takas".invoked
  • Fusion Dance: A Running Gag in the gaming videos is Lanipator and Kirran fusing to form Lirran. He can't appear on camera (because his power would destroy them) and he can only stay fused for a few seconds, but he's always awesome. The guys have remarked that if they used the Potara Earrings, the fusion would be named Kirapator.
    • A few other attempts have been made. During Bloodborne, Kirran fused with Lani's wife Erika, which Lani called "weirdly hot". Kirran and Kaiser tried fusing into "Mooncat", but it didn't work out, with Lani telling them that Mooncat will never be a thing.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In 2014, fellow Youtuber LordMoonstone would join the group for their Let's Plays and Streams. He's since joined on full time as another writer and editor of their Let's Plays. In 2015, Grant, a mutual friend of Lani and Moonstone, started joining in on their Let's Plays.
  • Hot-Blooded: If Lani or Taka get a hand on a chainsaw, get out of their way. This goes double for Lani and energy swords in Reach.
    Gan: "What up Brute? Shotgun beats hammer, shotgun beats hammer."
  • Karmic Death: On several occasions, one member of Team Four Star will try to kill a team mate (usually Taka) for slowing them down. Moments later, they themselves will suffer some sort of debilitating injury (frequently in the form of a Tank or Charger).
  • Kill It with Fire: Lani's preferred type of grenade in LFD2. He gets a little too enthusiastic in Death Toll.
  • Large Ham: Everyone has a chance to get really hammy when the time comes.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Taka is even called the Trope Namer in Detour Ahead when he opens fire on a witch while screaming.
  • Manly Tears: The team's reaction in Halo Reach to Jorge's death.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Several can induce this during Lets Plays:
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Averted with Taka during the Serious Sam 3 Lets Play, where he seems genuinely horrified to learn that the population of Cairo was killed during the alien invasion. Played straight by everyone Gan, Lani, and Kaiser.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In their "MOUSTACHE" music video, Shudo Ranmaru cosplays as Android #18 (except her leggings are replaced by nylon stockings) and dances suggestively.
  • No, You: In their Halo: Reach LP they discuss the concept of Space Europe which is shot down with "it's a massive land", to which KaiserNeko responds: "No, you're a massive land."
    • The only line in "A Moment with Team Four Star: Episode 3" is "No, YOU shut up!"
  • Pandering to the Base: In-Universe, whenever the group plays Jackbox, they treat DBZ Abridged references as this because they know it always gets audience votes even if they aren't actually funny. In the second video Lani starts exploiting this, prompting the others to call him "History's Greatest Monster".
  • Rage Quit: Never directly invoked, but Lani said at Conneticon that this was the reason they stopped playing Serious Sam 3. According to him, when they weren't bored playing the game, they were raging from there being far too enemies swarming them.
  • Really Dead Montage: Used to send off the "dead" Pokemon in their Nuzlocke playthrough.
  • Recycled In Space: Space Vancouver, Space Europe, and Space Guantanamo in Reach, Space Batman in Mass Effect 3.
  • Running Gag: All of their works include at least one.
    • In the iRiff for Dragonball Evolution it was about trying to make the perfect wish.
    • In their Nuzlocke of Pokémon SoulSilver, they insist that every day is Ivan Ooze's (their Slugma's) birthday.
      • Tantor's mother is an alcoholic who buys useless junk with Tantor's money and is sleeping with the delivery man.
  • Screaming Warrior: Taka, so very much. They've even dubbed the Kamikazes in Serious Sam 3 as "Headless Takas".
  • Shout-Out: Loads, such as screaming "Team death match!" during their L4D LP.
    • "We're self-referential, people!"
    • Taka: "I play this adept as a jungler."
    • "Die potato!"
  • Sixth Ranger: Antfish in the Let's Plays when he fills in for Taka.
  • SpaceX: In addition to the many SpaceX jokes they make in Dragon Ball Z Abridged, they make references to Space Europe, Space Guantanamo, Space Obama, and Space Vancouver during their play of Reach.
    • In their playthrough of Budokai 3, they mention Space Harvard, Space Battleball, and Spaceball.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Taka was a one-man squad when he crashed Chris Sabat's panel at Sakuracon. Thankfully he had the decency to give him his panel back after a few minutes.
  • Straight Gay: Kaiser evidently.
  • The Straight Man: GanXingba is much more down to Earth than the rest of the group during their Let's Plays, at times almost to the point of being the “Stop Having Fun” Guy member of the team.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "Moustache", from DBZ Abridged episode 49 got a 3-minute treatment.
  • Take That: Abridgimon: THE MOVIE was a big one to The Fine Brothers and the React World controversy, and to a lesser degree Toei.
  • Take That, Us: ...That said, while the "Abridgimon" episodes have had plenty of digs at stuff on the web or fan culture that bothers the team (including the Fine Brothers), each of the Digi Destined is set up to make fun of one of themselves.
    • Joe has LittleKuriboh's busy convention schedule (to the point it distracts him from releasing new content) and hatred of United Airlines.
    • Izzy represents Lani, who used to be a video reviewer for TGWTG.
    • Tai represents Shady Vox, since both rap and are admitted bronies.
    • Sora Girl Voice represents how all the male actors (particularly LK) are terrible at girls' voices.
    • The Dark Masters are voiced by Lani, Taka, and Kaiser (the core members of the team) and only care about money and selling T-shirts.
  • Team Killer: Lani has been voted as the biggest one among the group. He merely replied with "the fire cleanses all!"
  • Tempting Fate: Lani in part 3 of Suicide Blitz
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Occasionally during their Xenoverse Let's Play, someone will notice that Dumplin seems to be staring straight into the camera. It comes to a head in Episode 39, when Dumplin kills Lani and Kirran.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: The trope is discussed and invoked in Part 29 of Leaf Green Nuzlocke: the thumbnail has a giant tombstone on it, and begins with Wanda nearly dead in a fight with Snorlax. However, despite another near death experience, they catch it and beat Celadon Gym with no casualties... then at the Fighting Dojo, a Primeape's Cross Chop crits Alex and kills him while the gang isn't paying attention.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gan in the "TFS Plays Evolve" videos is much more laidback than he was in the classic Left 4 Dead playthroughs.
  • Total Party Kill: More often than you would think.
  • True Companions: Despite all the snarking, TeamFourStar are a very close group of friends who love working together and it shows quite often.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Even though they'e playing as Demon God Dumplin in Xenoverse, the strongest fighter in every universe, the way they play as him makes him come off as lacking on many an occasion, frequently neglecting to dodge enemy attacks, and their strategy eventually boils down to relying on the Final Flash whenever they can, despite their inaccuracy in aiming it. Kaiser, Lani, and Kirran note that they're holding Dumplin back, and if they simply didn't press any buttons, Dumplin would win any battles for them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They can get pretty vicious towards one another, especially Gan against Taka or Kaiser (and vice versa).
  • Voices Are Mental: The trope is briefly discussed in their Xenoverse Let's Play. Lanipator doesn't care for it.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Left 4 Dead 2:
      • Lanipator: Molotov Cocktails, or "mollys," ("Fire makes everything better!"), the Cricket bat, the Burst/Combat Rifle, Desert Eagles (often shortened to "d'eagles") Gnome Chompski.
      • Ganxingba: AK-47, Sniper rifles, automatic shotgun, gas cans ("Gas can; Our greatest ally").
      • Kaiser Neko: Samurai swords ("Katanananana") and magnums.
      • Takahata 101: Chain saws (when he can get them).
    • In Halo: Reach:
      • Lanipator: Energy sword, assorted vehicles
      • Ganxingba: The sniper rifle, needle rifle, and DMR (for their accuracy,) and the shotgun for up close.
      • Kaiser Neko: Plasma launcher
      • Takahata 101: gravity hammers, rocket launchers, and fusion rods
    • In Serious Sam 3:
      • Everyone: The Minigun and the Devastator.
      • Gan: Assault Rifles
      • Lani: The Sledgehammer and C4 Blocks
      • Taka: Rocket Launchers and Double-Barrelled Shotguns
      • Kaiser: Shotguns
    • In Mass Effect 3:
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Sometimes, it's honestly amazing that they make it through their Lets Plays without killing each other. No Mercy is probably the most extreme example.
  • Wham Line: From episode 53 of TFS Plays: Pokemon SoulSilver Nuzlocke, when the boys try to release Slowmara after she's Killed Off for Real, we get this...
    "Slowmara came back!"
  • Wham Shot:
    • Invoked in the Nuzlockes—when a particularly important Pokemon's HP is whittled down to zero, they zoom in on it.
    • Later, when the boys try to release Slowmara after she dies, she suddenly pops right back up.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: TFS insist that since Dumplin killed Demigra in Xenoverse, it means that Dumplin is the new Demon God, and in fact refer to him as "the Demon God Dumplin".

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