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Extra Credits

  • In the episode 'Project Ten Dollar', Allison decides time is running out and attacks Dan with a pencil eraser, causing the episode to end due to "technical difficulties".
  • "Video Games and Learning", a pre-Escapist episode, starts with Daniel asking the audience to stay, in spite of it being about learning. At the end, he comments:
    Wow, you guys are still here. (laughs) See, that wasn't so bad, was it? Worth sticking around for? (beat) Well, come on! We can't talk about sex every time!
  • From symbolism 101— Halloween is a time to try out new roles! Illustrated by the crew at a buffet table: "These rolls are fantastic!"
    • Also, when mentioning yet another potential future topic — "You know, you could probably make a really dangerous Drinking Game out of the number of times we say that."
  • Daniel playing with puppets in their episode on Anonymous.
  • The first question asked in Mailbag 5.
  • When explaining the Uncanny Valley, his example of a robot that's human enough to hit the other side of the valley is... Keanu Reeves.
  • This pre-Escapist episode. James sets up his own podium next to Daniel for the episode, and just after he clears his throat... Daniel swipes his papers away from him and goes on with it. He starts to read the speech, and throws out a snarky "Thank you". James throws his podium at Daniel.
    Daniel: Ugh, do I really have to say this?
    [James leans into shot]
    Daniel: It just sounds pretentious.
    [James holds up a baseball bat]
    Daniel: ...okay then.
  • In the horror protagonist episode Daniel is wearing... a Teddie costume.
    • It gets funnier as no one could hear what he said, and after Allison told him that, he removed the head, scaring Lee Lee. Afterwards, he threw the head at her. She catches it, the same look glued to her face the entire time.
  • "Games You REALLY Might Not Have Tried" which... well contains a mix of funny and disturbing.
    Daniel: Song Of Saya. I apologize, what the f**k did I just play?
  • "Quest Design (part 1)" has Lee-Lee being the girl who dropped off the cliff, with her going "Later bitches" and then screaming "You all suck!!!" as she falls.
  • According to the episode on Hidden Object Games, James has a habit of kicking Daniel's door down whenever he gets an idea for an episode.
  • The Comedic Games episode had some pretty funny gifs which were relevant.
  • The "So You Want To Be An Indie" episode has Lee-Lee and Scott spray an indie dev with an unrealistic budget plan with water spritzers like a naughty cat.
  • From Big Bad 1, a list of mechanics villains that represent pure evil: The Enchantress, Chaos, Lavos, Maleficent, Tom Nook!
  • Also from Big Bad 1, Daniel announces a new artist taking LeeLee's place: Dan #3. Where's your One Steve Limit now?
  • In "Do games matter less than other media", Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel fame lets himself in and hijacks the speech while Dan wonders what's going on. Mike leaves, inviting Dan onto Idea Channel because Mike feels too "squiggly" in Extra Credits style.
    What just happened?
  • Their episode on Easy Games has yet another amusing visual metaphor for how understanding the rules of a game can allow a player to reduce a difficult problem or high demands into more manageable chunks. This is depicted as first one of their loosely drawn stickmen in his underwear challenging a sabertooth tiger, then as a more normally drawn person with a wooden stick versus a cougar when describing the 'manageable chunks.' They immediately follow this up by noting that this doesn't guarantee that the player will easily overcome the chunks of the problem. This is depicted as the same person fleeing in a panic from the now-angry cougar, which on its own is hilarious in an Exit, Pursued by a Bear fashion, especially with the implication being that his attempts to hit it with the stick were not successful in the slightest.
  • "Video Game Ratings Systems" has hypothetical reasons for an M-rated game presented thusly:
    No seriously
    It's yuckers
  • Dan's description in Spectacle Creep of what might have happened during the board meeting that lead to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's "punch to the gut moment."
    Developer 1: Alright, guys, we're stuck. How do we one-up making the player be a terrorist?
    Developer 2: I got nothing.
    Developer 3: Yeah, me either, that seems pretty big.
    Developer 1: That's it! High-five!
    *This is how game-design works.*
  • In "How to Market Your Game", Dan addresses people who aren't comfortable about marketing their games, i.e. those who might say "Boo, marketing and PR! Boo!" All while an actual Boo slowly approaches him and then turns shy when Dan looks directly at it.
  • In a meta sort of amusing, Awesome Per Second has more detailed art and discusses how games shouldn't be crammed with padding that drags on in favor of memorable moments. The video itself is a little less than 2 minutes.
  • In the episode "Romance In Games", they talk a little bit about the idea of the guilt of being in a relationship but having feelings for someone else. This is represented by Mario and Peach drawn in their style, and Mario is thinking about Rosalina... But Rosalina is represented by a Rosalina and Luma amiibo (Who coincidentally is one of the most sought after amiibo out there).
  • Dan makes a bad pun about Speedgaming, the other Dan's are not impressed.
  • Artist Scott presents a special video: How Extra Credits Is Made. All of it is a riot. ALL OF IT.
    Scott: Can I come with you guys to MAGFest?
    Dan: *Cut to Credits*
  • Scott presents "Extra Krudits" for PAX 2016, surprising the team again.
  • In an episode talking about the romantic choices in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, they talk about how a romantic choice can define a character, showing a picture of Wolverine staring lovingly at a picture. Then they show the picture itself: Garrus Vakarian.
  • While discussing the "Achiever" in Bartle's taxonomy, they mention that achievers like seeing high scores, and show a scoreboard of ten high scores. The names are three letters each and seem to be gibberish, but if you put them together, you get, "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down."
  • In the episode regarding local multiplayer, Dan mentions that one of the positives of local multiplayer is that it is very easy to sell DLC on it. Cue a creepy stalker type guy peeking through a window and asking his friend if she bought the DLC yet.
  • In their Game Writing Pitfalls episode, Daniel says that games cannot afford to waste any of their lines; he says that they're gonna be picking on Destiny, "because... *sigh,* wow." It's the delivery and the visual that really sell it. Also worth mentioning is their running gag of the Ghost and the "MOOOOOOOOOON WIZARDSSSSS."
  • In "Free-to-Play's MECHANICS are Great", Daniel opens by saying that the title should actually be, "Free to Play Mechanics Actually Work Brilliantly as Mini-games so Long as You Don't Have to Actually Spend Money and the Game's 'Microtransactions' are Paid for With Currency You Earn by Playing the Game", but "that ain't fitting on a thumbnail".
    • When discussing the three current problems with pay-to-win games, one and two are shown by Gabe Newell holding up the box art for Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Three? Gabe running full tilt into the distance.
  • The episode on Asymmetrical Multiplayer slowly shows off each of the cast of Overwatch in their signature style in various situations. The crowner being their representing the see-sawing nature of matches by showing an actual see-saw with Ana on one end, and Winston on the other.
  • In their episode on Overwatch and Assymetric Character Design, they talk about the differences of designing around co-ordinated teams, as opposed to designing for pickup teams, noting that a co-ordinated team might have a Torbjörn with their turret in the optimal position at the match’s start, a Reinhardt who is already standing by to block incoming sniper fire and a Widowmaker prepared to counter any air-based Pharah attacks. Their description of a potential pickup team is... less flattering:
    "Meanwhile, the other team has three Reapers, two dangerously, unqualified Hanzos, and one poor Mercy who somehow has to keep this school field trip alive."

Extra History

  • Daniel summarizing how the first Punic War started.
    All because of some idiots getting bored in Sicily.
  • In the Punic Wars, when Fabius takes over as a Roman consul, he orders the army to follow but not engage Hannibal, leading some to whisper that he's done a deal with Hannibal. In response, Hannibal continues burning Roman lands except any lands belonging to Fabius. As Daniel says, you've got to love Hannibal for that.
  • Apparently on Czar Nicholas' coronation day, thirteen-hundred people died because there wasn't enough beer and pretzels... at least according to this.
  • And in the next episode, while in events destined to be tragic... the delivery of one line can make one chuckle: "Holy s**t, is that the Archduke?"
    • Apparently one of the assassins tried to escape, only to land in a four-inch deep puddle of water injuring his leg in the process. Desperate to avoid capture, he bit down on some poison, but it had lost its potency to the point where instead of killing him, it reduced him to a vomiting fit so the guards simply walked down to arrest him. If the whole situation hadn't been so tragic and heartbreaking, his attempted escape would've been a candidate for a top 10 hilarious would-be escapes list.
    • The episode features a few rather amusing sight gags. An equipment malfunction is shown by the annoyed assassin pulling the trigger only to discover he has a "Bang!" Flag Gun, with an expression of pinched annoyance. Later, the Archduke's anger about 'visiting museums while bombs go off' is represented by the Archduke and Duchess cowering under an umbrella while Bob-Ombs bounce off and explode around them—an amusing reminder that the EC crew usually deals in video games.
  • In Extra History: World War I - Chapter 4, the Austrian army is depicted as not at all ready for war, unaware of who they're even supposed to attack. This confusion is represented by a list of amusingly disjointed pseudo-commands consisting of works with 'attack' in the name, including Attack on Titan, Attack the Block, and Massive Attack.
    • In the episode depicting the events right after the assassinations, one of sketches has an Austrian diplomate throwing his suitcase into the air, only for it to come back down and bounce harmlessly off his head.
    • From the same video, their depiction of a 'wild, harebrained solution that will surely fix everything' is represented by their beleaguered artist on a deadline crunch...summoning a bunch of kittens to help him in his drawing. The best he gets with the idea is one kitten maybe helping by keeping his stylus upright, with the others being a mixture of annoyance and cute.
    • While Daniel is busy narrating the Austrian war minister's response to the request for war with Serbia, he's doing so in a calm, cool, collected voice. Meanwhile the picture has the Austrian war minister suddenly twice as tall as the messenger, visibly screaming at the top of his lungs while the poor messenger can only cower with his hands up in the air.
    • Lampshaded with the first assassin of the Archduke, where he breaks his leg jumping into a 4 inch deep river and then puking due to a bad suicide pill. As Dan put it, if it wasn't for the graveness of the situation, it would be extremely comical.
  • During the second part of the exploration of the Sengoku Jidai, there's a little excursion to admit they aren't accurate about the most important figures' names, because there are so many of them due to the cultural habit of renaming oneself as one got more powerful. This is represented visually by Oda Nobunaga evolving into a robotic version of himself Dual Wielding Laser Swords. Named Nobunagatron.
    • On a similar note, Nobunaga gets one during his Magnificent Bastard moment when Ashikaga Yoshiaki gives him moral reason to invade Kyoto. The smile on his face, combined with Extra Credits' impersonation of his promise to Ashikaga.
    • The one small problem with Ashikaga Yoshiaki being installed as Shogun? Ashikaga Yoshiaki actually believing that meant that he was going to get to actually be Shogun.
    • The head of the Asakura clan thinks Nobunaga's invitation to sup with the Shogun is a setup. Or, as they paraphrase Admiral Ackbar: "It's a Dinner!"
    • In Part Three: When Nobunaga was betrayed and nearly got assassinated, the visual depictions of his growing rage ends with an image of him Hulking out and a caption reading 'NOBUNAGA SMASH!' above him.
    • Dan talks about Nobunaga teaching the Azai "What it means to betray Oda Nobunaga". Showing Nobunaga standing in front of a chalkboard on which it is written: "MOSTLY BAD THINGS!!".
    • The whole sequence also had Dan point out that Oda was literally angry enough to kill his brother in law; it was not a hyperbole in the slightest.
      • In fact, Oda was so pissed that he actually switched his army around overnight so that he could be the one to kill his brother-in-law (as before, his ally was opposing his brother-in-law's army.)
    • "Nobunaga learned what everybody else who had tried to dislodge the monks of Ishiyama Hongan-Ji had learned" (MOSTLY BAD THINGS)
    • Ashikaga apparently had a profile in 'Samuraibook' where he set up an arrangement with the other clans to help him overthrow Nobunaga.
    • Dan explains that while everyone is referred to by their historical names, at the time they actually had different names because they changed names frequently to reflect their growing badassery. He illustrates this with a pair of images showing Oda Nobunaga evolving into a badass robot with dual laser swords dubbed "NOBUNAGATRON".
  • The South Sea Company chicanery itself isn't as gruesome as the deaths of previous Extra Histories, but is nonetheless home to a few good chuckles—for instance, when everything goes belly up, Robert Walpole stands to manipulate everything to his favor to become what amounts to the modern Prime Minister. Several times, 'convenient accidents' happen and Dan goes on with an obvious wondering tone as to who or why for a second before interrupting himself with a humorously flat, unsurprised "It was Walpole." This gets funnier every time even as it shows you just how much the man was manipulating events behind the scenes.
    Dan: Who knows where [Knight's ledger] went- it was Walpole...
    • The "It was Walpole" meme continues as they manage to successfully tie every subsequent episode to Walpole in some way.
    • The increasingly diabolical Barnumism of one Master Blunt also got increasingly hilarious with each over the top depiction of dollar signs, money bags, Burns images and hyperventilation. Blunt at his Bluntiest, indeed.
    • Dan demonstrates how the House of Lords works, as the only requirement to be in it is to be a Lord. In which he has Lord Vader with a powdered wig asking the members of the parliament to implement the construction of the Death Star.
  • According to Extra History, we Westerners call Shaka Shaka Zulu to remember him as the great warrior and ruler of the Zulu Empire. Ironically enough, due to translation kinks, we were (and still are) actually calling Shaka "Intestinal Beetlenote  Heavennote ".
    • The New Jersey cow, the Zulu is not amused.
    • "South Africa was low on the list of British concerns." The list reads:
    British Concerns
    1. Britain
    2. France
    3. Cheese
    4. South Africa
  • The rampaging Demes return to the hippodrome... and the entire mob collectively ask for one ticket in.
  • One of Belisarius' vandal prisoners looked rather familit was Walpole.
  • The Persian King's masterclass at trolling against Justinian which seems to get funnier with each step.
  • How about the fact that the picture used to illustrate the People's Crusade is a sharknado?
    • It gets better: as Part 4 reveals, the People's Crusade failed so hard that it convinced Kilij Arslan, the Seljuq Sultan of Rûm, that the actual Crusade... wait for it... wasn't anything to worry about.
  • Part 3 of the First Crusade, short version. It was an absolute mess, about 4 of the five generals that lead the forces of the Crusade had some manner of personal problem or gripe with either the Pope or other such quirk. This is presented as a madlib: "Why let ___________ get in the way of a good crusade?"
  • Daniel is... less than impressed with Bohemond's choice of a battlecrynote :
    Bohemond: Today, if God's willing, we'll all be rich!
    Daniel: I'm completely serious, that was the battlecry, just a bit more Latin.note 
  • Bishop of Adhemar hauls some deserters back to the camp, including Peter the Hermit (which of itself is pretty funny, considering his zeal to start the people's crusades), but namely, he's also hauling Walpole back to the Siege.
  • The various misadventures of Tancred and Baldwin, introduced with a parody of the Adventure Time logo.
  • The depiction of the Japanese government's reluctance to continue fighting Korea after Hideyoshi dies.
    Gov. Official 1 (all three of them are standing in front of Hideyoshi's grave): "Does anyone here actually want to keep fighting Korea?"
    no one says anything.
    Gov. Official 1: "Okay, show of hands: who wants to stay in Korea?"
    again, no response.
    Gov. Official 1: "Nobody? Alright then."
  • There's also the depiction of Hideyoshi canceling all offensive operations against Korea in light of Japan's disastrous defeats against Admiral Yi (demonstrated by a Japanese soldier holding up sign simply labeled FAIL), where Hideyoshi is beating his head into his desk, and screams "STOP!!!".
  • During the "Lies" segment of the Admiral Yi series, James gives a quote by a British Officer in praise of the Korean commander. This man was a member of the Order of the Bath. Now who could've founded such a-it was Walpole. Yes, they managed to find an actual link to Robert Walpole!
  • After cholera comes to London in 1848, John Snow wakes up in the bed and tells it, personified as a purple pill, "I WILL end you!"
  • The You know nothing, John Snow Running Gag.
    • Complete with a cameo by Ned Stark.
  • From the Epilogue to the John Snow series
    Dan: [Edward Chadwick] released a report that basically said, "Guys? There's poop in the street. We gotta do something about the poop in the street."
    Stick-Figure Chadwick: Street poop is NOT okay, guys.
  • Suleiman The Magnificent builds a grand mosque on his father's grave:
    Dan: He would honour his father. He would remind the world of the strength of his house.
    Depiction of a scroll: To: World. DO YOU EVEN LIFT? Sincerely, Suleiman.
  • The early Christian Schisms series explains that the crux of early christianity was circumcision (even commenting on how silly it might sound). Complete with a naked man running away going "no no no nope no no."
    • The second episode ends posing the question: will [the council of Nicea] end the Christian schisms once and for all?. Then it invites the viewer to take a wild guess. Complete with a man at a computer saying: "It was Walpole"
  • The First Opium War:
    • Dan daring the audience to case what was wrong with the scheme the Honorable East India Company had for their opium trade. note 
    • How Dan describes the sale of opium in Calcutta, as the drug was illegal in China.
    Dan: And the Honorable East India Company, being the Honorable East India Company would never do something illegal. Okay, they would.
    Dan: "Anyone who wants to buy opium, we're sellin' it right here! No idea what you wanna do with it, but hey, it's none of our business! Who wants some opium, come on!"
    • How does Dan describe the easy availability of opium once it was managed not solely by the Honorable East India Company? Giving it a label "Rated E for everyone".
    • Rather darkly humorous, but at the end of the third episode, after a reasonably fair treaty that would have ended the war with only a little bloodshed was rejected by both sides (along with the men who'd come up with it being sacked. Notice how in the end, someone is writing on the chalkboard: "No reason allowed." Who could that be writ-It's Walpole.
    Dan: So join us next time as all the voices of reason are removed from the opium war.
  • The Brothers Grachii storyline has younger brother's hilarious exasperations with the Senate when they decry his plans, only to take them Up to Eleven.
  • The prequel episode has a number of hilarious antics:
    • How Dan shows an assassination attempt? A guy with a knife in his back, with the tag on the knife reading "Enjoy :-)"
    • The elder Gracchi addresses a group of toga clad senators. And some other strange looki-It was Walpole.
  • The Paper Money series talks about how bank notes got started in Italy, mentioning that their banking system had already been kickstarted by the Crusades. But hey, (shows Robert of Flanders in sunglasses) "Why let a Crusade get in the way of a good story about fiscal insturments?"
  • Simón Bolívar's truly impressive ability to sabotage his own efforts. The crowning moment of which is when he completely misreads the room and delivers a passionate speech about Venezuela's drive for independence from a representative of England, Spain's ally, who is trying to signal that he can help them as a colony of Spain, while also handing said representative papers that plainly tell him not to do what he just did under any circumstances and completely undermine his entire argument. End result? Simón is humiliated, and no help from the English. Nice going.
  • Catherine the Great - prior to becoming "The Great" - was planning a coup against her husband. Unfortunately, one jumpy guard accidentally gives up the secret when he's startled one night, asking "if it's true that the conspiracy against the Emperor has been found out?" Unfortunately, the officer he asked was not in on the secret, and his expression upon being asked this is absolutely hysterical.
    • As a result, the revolt's timetable has to be drastically changed, and is represented not through 24-like updates - but rather, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask style.
    • Peter himself proves to be a drastically-inept sovereign, placing the interests of Germany above the welfare of Russia, to the point that he constantly wears a German military uniform instead of a Russian one. His defense against the coup is about what you'd expect - while his wife had laid the groundwork for months, his own troops wound up wielding their wooden parade-ground rifles because nobody had told them about what was going on, and they assumed that it was just Peter being Peter.
  • When talking about Gegori Potemkin, Dave says: "But, and sadly for Catherine, there is always a but" With a stare line showing Catherine checking out Potemkin's.

Design Club

  • The BlueShell episode where they call the item, among other things: "death and taxes' jerk friend" and "the Five Stages of Grief in three seconds".

James Recommends

  • "Hello Youtubes! It looks like we've fixed the audio issues!" (pumps fist, 8-bit fanfare plays)
  • James Recommends buying Tower Of Guns, even just "because you'll get your money's worth" enjoying saying "Tower Of Guns", and he repeatedly savours the sound of the name through the video.

Side Quest

Dark Souls I

  • Side Quest, also known as: "Dan Sucks At Dark Souls".
    • Getting into the spirit of the game as early as character creation:
    James: I don't have anything to say about your choice of name and gender, but do it better. That's the main thing I'll say in this series.
    Dan: I think that's going to be the theme of this series. "Do it better."
  • Dan falls off a cliff. It's the context that makes it.
  • In Episode 13, Dan charges into a hallway saying that he's prepared for anything... except for an Elite Mook slamming him into the floor from behind the camera.
    Dan: I got nothing to lose, come at me! *hammered* ...okay, done! What else was I expecting to happen?
  • After a several-month-long hiatus, the series is back, and note  Episode 16 is titled... "Dan Still Sucks At Dark Souls".
  • Everything to do with Sen's Fortress/Funhouse. Dan being very tired and cursing at every trap and enemy just adds to the schadenfreude.
  • Dan summons Black Iron Tarkus, who then proceeds to tear through both the Giant Firebomber and the Iron Golem before Dan can even figure out what's going on.
    Dan: Tarkus you don't have to... do that... Tarkus don't... Tark- *Tarkus kills the giant* Okay, Tarkus. You do you, buddy. Thanks, man. We cool.
    Dan: This is interesting. We might kill him before I figure out what I was supposed to do!
  • At the end of the Iron Golem episode, Dan tries to make a gesture to celebrate finally reaching Anor Londo. He was probably trying to do the "Joy" or "Hurrah!" gestures... but the one he picked (by accident) was "Well? What is it?"
  • After defeating Ornstein and Smough and stopping to discuss his stats for a bit, Dan proceeds on into Anor Londo:
    Dan: OK. Onward. Let's see what else we got. I'm ready for anything! <pushes open the door of the throne room, revealing the enormous and voluptuous form of Princess Gwynevere reclining on her couch> ...I stand corrected.
  • When he decided to try and clear up some stuff he'd missed, starting with the return to the Undead Asylum, he experienced some difficulties...
    Objective #1: Return to Undead Asylum
    Dan: I'm going to see if I can talk this crow into taking me back there.note  ...hello bird. <walks around unsuccessfully trying to find an interact prompt> 'scuse me? Bird? Hello? I would like to go back, please. ...maybe this isn't the way to do it.
    Objective #1.5: Consult the internet.
  • One particular display of ineptitude happens when he reaches the Tomb of the Giants and proceeds to shuffle through the dark, complaining all the way about not being able to see. Even when Patches kicks him into the pit and he finds the Skull Lantern, his only comment is that he already has one before going right back to complaining about the darkness.
    Youtube Commenter: Between getting through the catacombs without a divine weapon and now doing the Tomb of Giants without a light source, this is turning into an unintentional challenge run.
    • What's the name of the next episode? "Oh Hey, a Lantern". Suffice to say Dan was a bit embarrassed.
  • Even the finale has one, where Dan makes the choice to Link the Fire ...completely by accident.
    Dan: Do I head back the way I came? Well, here's a bonfire, I guess so. I'll use that... *cutscene starts* ...oh. I seem to be on fire.

Dark Souls II

Extra Play

  • The Battle of the Dans begins! cue every gag the three can think of regarding the nature of dueling over their shared name. Are they fighting for the title of Dan Prime? the Dannest of them All? The True Dan? it all applies.
    • How about the fact they conclude every round with the message "DAN WINS"?
    • And the personal favorite of the first Dan: THE THUNDERDAN! THREE DANS ENTER, ONE DAN LEAVES!
    • Part way through the first episode, they realize that, since two of the Dans rarely appear on screen and the other Dan has his voice pitch-shifted in each episode, many fans would have no idea who was who from the voices alone, and be completely confused at who was winning anyway.
  • LeeLee at the end of the third The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword episode relishes having power over Editing!Dan.