- In the episode 'Project Ten Dollar', Allison decides she's had enough and attacks Daniel 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— "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 stops to say "Hey, this is good stuff!". 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.
- And in the unofficial sequel right here
- 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:
- 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 4: I got it, wait, alright: we have the player be a father, who accidentally videotapes his daughter getting gassed to death while on vacation. And then we gas him to death too.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: ....mmmmm....no. *Cut to Credits*
- 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."
- Daniel summarizing how the first Punic War started.
All because of some idiots getting bored in Sicily.
- 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 episode itself, 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 expressions of all parties involved during the description of this Epic Failure are icing on the cake. Čabrinović gagging on his expired cyanide with Blank White Eyes followed by a Vomit Indiscretion Shot...followed then by a nearby frog suffering the Blank White Eyes because Čabrinović threw up on it. Finally, the police appear with humorously unamused expressions and an awkward Visible Silence before their leader flatly orders the arrest of Čabrinović, now vomiting noisily offscreen.
- 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 byb 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.
And so Nobunaga, with all the reverence and humility due to his station, says that of course he'll help. He wants nothing more than to see justice for Oshiaki, and the Akashaga Shogunate restored. Of course he'll help him retake Kyoto (fingers crossed).
- 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 Asikaga Yoshiaki being installed as Shogun? Asikaga 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.
- "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.
- 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 Wapole...
- 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 the how the House of Lords work, 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:
4. South Africa
- THIS! IS! PERSIA!
- The rampaging Demes return to the hippodrome... and the entire mob collectively ask for one ticket in.
- One of Belisarius' vandal prisoners looked rather famil—it was Walpole.
- 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 Rūm, 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?"
- Also, poor Godfrey de Boullion taking the same route that Peter the Hermit had. He ends up having to let his own relatives be hostages to the Hungarian king just so he would let Crusaders into his land after they pillaged it twice, and finding Peter had sacked the supply depot he had planned to restock at, so they ended up having to pillage just to keep marching on (only once and it was a rather tame ransack, but come on).
- The absurdity of Alexios's negotiating for the return of Byzantine territories. While Hugh was a bit of a pushover (as he was in most other things), Godfrey trolls the living shit out of Alexios, Bohemond has to be glaringly bribed to accept, Raymond goes on a spiel about God and is ultimately asked to make a broathnote , and finally... Robertnote . He meets Alexios and their dialogue goes: "We cool?" "Yeah, we're cool." Complete with shades and radical finger pointing.
Alexios: "Whaaat? Look at all this annoying treasure, just clogging up my otherwise lovely room! Wow, that's a nuisance! If only I had a buddy here who could cart it all off for me after saying one measly little oath."Daniel: "And 'measly little oaths' were indeed said."Alexios: "That's what I thought."
- Hugh's response to it is even funnier and somewhat understanding if you realize he sent a letter to Alexios that was like this.
- To break down the entire mess, Godfrey wasn't just Trolling Alexios, he was said to be absolutely bonkers. First, in spite of Alexios inviting Godfrey to his palace to come swear his oath, Godfrey simply sits outside his palace, in spite of all the crap he had to go through to just to reach Constantinople in the first place, and all for no stated reason on his part either. Then Alexios decides, since Hugh already swore his oath, he should be sent to talk to Godfrey. However, when Hugh arrived, Godfrey called him a "lackey", and refused to deal with anybody less than Emperor Alexios - in spite of the fact that the reason Hugh had been sent out in the first place was because Godfrey refused to visit the Emperor himself, in spite of being invited to personally meet with him. Cue Hugh FacePalming and Daniel going "Um... Okay...". It takes Alexios cutting off Godfrey's army from supplies, and then slapping down the ensuing riot from them, that Godfrey finally takes his oath, and Alexios basically tells him "Get OUT of here!!" before literally kicking Godfrey over the Bosporus.
- Bohemond and Alexios both engage in Xanatos Speed Chess in the span of a short conversation. Since Alexios knew that Bohemond shouldn't be trusted (since Bohemond almost tried to depose Alexios in a full-on INVASION not too long ago), he prepared to get into a shouting match with Bohemond to convince him to take his oath. However, Bohemond already thought one step ahead, and immediately agreed to the oath... Buuuuut since he was so forthcoming, wouldn't it make logical sense if HE would be named the leader of the entire Crusade? After a Flat "What." reaction from Alexios, he quickly regained his bearings by saying something non-committal note , then took Bohemond to a room literally overflowing with gold and jewels, and then said:
- The fact that Bohemond grows fox ears and a tail whenever he's being a Magnificent Bastard. Which is often.
- Alexios was able to get Raymond to join the crusade by making a "broath" with him (that Alexios was his bro forever, and he would help out however he could, epecially against the weasel Bohemond), but the downside for Raymond is he didn't get any presents like the other crusaders, as presents are meant for those who make actual oaths.
- Finally, Robert agreed to the oath like this:
Alexios: *With sunglasses and radical finger pointing* We cool?Robert: *In the same pose only mirrored* Yeah, we're cool.
- Cue Alexios literally making it rain with treasure on Robert, who is holding a umbrella, before sending him off a la boxing ring style saying "Go get 'em, tiger!"
- Daniel is... less than impressed with Bohemond's choice of a battlecrynote :
Bohemond: Today, if God's willing, we'll all be rich!
- When the actual Crusaders arrive, they find the Turkish territories a bit too quiet for their tastes. Throughout the video, from the sultan Kilij Arslan's arrival only to immediately retreat, to Emperor Alexios' bit of compassionate Magnificent Bastardy to reclaim Nicea sans ransacking, you're expecting the Sultan to spring a trap...and then it turns out there was none, because the Pilgram's Crusade actually did something- convincing Arslan that the Crusaders in general were so utterly incompetent that they weren't actually a threat worth dealing with. So...yay, utter idiots?
- 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 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."
- 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 momber 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.
- 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".
- From 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, also known as: "Dan Sucks At Dark Souls".
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."
- Getting into the spirit of the game as early as character creation:
- 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.
- 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?"
- 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 THUNDER DAN! THREE DANS ENTER, ONE DNA 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.