Lets Play / Chorocojo
Chorocojo, previously known as Red Chocobo, is a popular video and screenshot Let’s Player
on Something Awful
. He is most well-known for his Let’s Plays
of the Pokémon
series and is likely the first person to ever Let's Play a Pokemon game.
All of his works are generally done with input/collaboration from fellow goon Zorak—a team they call "An Orbital Grouse"
His Crystal Let's Play has been referenced twice in the main Pokémon series, due to the lead translator of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl being a Something Awful regular.
His Let's Plays can be found on An Orbital Grouse's website here
and his stream here
. Highlights from his stream can be found on his Youtube channel, located here
Games Chorocojo has Let's Played:
His Let's Plays provide examples of:
- All Just a Dream: Pokémon Quartz ends up being a psychedelic nightmare induced in Foxy due to Misty's reckless TM experimentation.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: All over the place, but in particular is Lucas from the Platinum LP, who thinks Lady is a dracula.
- Even more so than Lucas is Professor Elm from the Crystal LP, who Roxy once caught taking a dump in her shoes and who also sowed salt in her garden one day. ...He also once gave her an exploding gerbil. She's still finding gerbil parts whenever she cleans.
- Cynthia: a strange woman who paws through Lady's things, or secretly a Chansey in human form?
- Badass Adorable: Most of Roxy’s team. Sammy’s Pokémon qualify as well.
- The stand out example on Hailey's team is Hansel, a cute little Audino that can suplex bears.
- Also Shakes, the happy dancing Maractus that defeated N's Zekrom and Cynthia's Haxorus entirely on her own, and also finished Ghetsis' Hydreigon.
- Big Beautiful Girl: Misty.
- Big Damn Heroes: Misty when she saves Roxy from Gatorface at the end of the Crystal LP.
- Berserk Button: Starmies.
- In the Endless Ocean LP, Chorocojo gets very angry any time bottlenose dolphins appear. They apparently have trolled him in real life. He also gets mad when animals that don't make sense show up on Zorak's boat.
- Chorocojo gets incredibly angry when Bear drinks piss in Man vs. Wild: The Game. And when Zorak messes up a jump, or makes a supremely awful pun.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When a cute Pokemon is in trouble, expect Roxy to get VERY mad.
- Bookends: The Platinum LP starts and ends with a three-panel exchange between an excited Jorge and a confused Lady.
- Born Lucky: Misty, apparently. A shiny and Pokérus in a single Let's Play?
- Brick Joke: Misty's giant "FUCK" is heard by Sammy in a later LP all the way in kanto.
- Sammy mentions that she'll put a gym badge in her laundry drawer, as she considers them worthless. Later on in the LP she admits to Blue that she's not sure how she got all of the gym badges, and that she was doing laundry and they were "Just there."
- Brooklyn Rage: Vinny, from the roundabout equivalent of Brooklyn, is quite Hot-Blooded with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- The Cameo: This image◊ from the first visit to the Battle Frontier in the Platinum LP has Roxy, Misty, and her Blaziken visible in the upper left.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sammy and, to a lesser extent, Roxy.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Misty curses quite a bit, but the most notable one was her giant “FUCK” when she discovered she needed Wailord and Relicanth in order to continue her search for the Legendary Golems.
- Continuity Nod: The FireRed LP particularly has a number of references to the earlier ones, such as a news ticker referring to Wailmer corpses on the Hoenn shore.
- Also draws attention to a pair of Team Rocket execs in the Fire Red / Leaf Green versions that first appeared in Gen 2 (Gold / Silver). Recognizable pretty much only because of their teams.
- Sammy (and Sabrina, who she was fighting at the time) hears Misty's Atomic F-Bomb from the Wailord and Relicanth bit. From Kanto.
- Upon encountering a Wooper - Roxy's signature Pokémon in the Crystal LP - Sammy assumes it's a deformed Poliwag.
- Sammy also refers to the ability to talk to Sudowoodo - an ability Roxy apparently had - as possibly one of the crappiest superpowers ever.
- Right after losing to Sammy, Sabrina has a premonition of Roxy. Remember that Crystal is set three years after Fire Red.
- Sammy wonders "who uses Kingler? Especially a girl Kingler" when fighting a trainer on Two Island with one - Roxy had used a female Kingler. Making it even funnier, said Kingler immediately one-hit KO's Sammy's Kabuto with Guillotine, which Roxy's had also frequently done.
- One floor of the Trainer Tower has three trainers who all shout the same thing about literally singing the praises of electric Pokémon, which Sammy claims to be like "a Ludicolo inspired nightmare".
- After getting Togepi, whose entry says it's considered a symbol of good luck, Roxy says "at least I didn't capture a harbinger of doom and bearer of bad luck. Then again you'd have to be an idiot to catch one of those." Misty captured an Absol and then immediately wondered why she did so.
- When Lady gets the TM for Dream Eater in the Platinum LP, she mentions "something on the news about Dream Eater involving a duck."
- On a meta-level, Choro's notes for Chinchou after Lady catches one only point out that this one isn't shiny, unlike the one Misty caught back in Emerald.
- Cuteness Proximity: Roxy in the Crystal LP nearly goes into a coma when her baby Smoochum hatches.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lady. Misty to a lesser extent as well.
- Expanded Universe: There are several minor facts and sidestories about characters and events either that never come up over the Let's Plays or are added as interludes by Zorak (e.g. the theory of Lady being a vampire or Red's random drawings◊). Even in their video let's plays, they have a tendency to build up elaborate explanations for why irrational things happen.
- Flanderization: Misty's weight. She starts off looking like the default protagonist, but becomes more and more overweight over the course of the LP, without really eating anything except for a Zigzagoon the readers pestered RC to catch, and remains plump for every other LP.
- Gamer Chick: Sammy.
- G-Rated Drug: From the Platinum LP, Chansey eggs.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Misty.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Implied for Misty.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Invoked. Misty briefly experiments with breeding her Pokémon, mating her Seviper with a Pikachu (which doesn't result in much except for a disappeared Pikachu). It's also touched on with one of Sammy’s favorite shows, “Will They Breed.”
- Idiot Hero: Haley, partly due to her Country Mouse status. She openly admits to being Book Dumb and Dumb Muscle, and she's also much less sarcastic and more benevolent than the other protagonists.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Roxy, with most of the cute Pokémon she comes across.
- Interspecies Romance: How Sammy views Bill's "obsession" with Pokémon.
- Cargo Ship: Her opinion on Celio's "obsession" with machines and gemstones is very similar.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Misty and Vinny are not the nicest people around and did morally questionable things at times, but can be nice if they want to.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Chorocojo himself has a moment of this in FireRed when his Kabuto is hit by a Guillotine attack from a Kingler, which he had used frequently with a Kingler of his own in the Crystal LP.
Is... is this what I've been doing to people? D:
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: According to the fake Wikipedia page on the Elite Four, the Elite Four once created an album which attempted to “combine the genres of Metal, Electronica, and Country Western by the medium of Japanese Whaler-Ship Foghorns.”
- Only in It for the Money: Sammy when she decides to battle the Elite Four.
- Otaku Surrogate: Sammy. Most of her adventures are started either by running out of juice, wanting to buy a new video game, or being inspired to do something based on a video game.
- Painting the Medium:
- When Sammy's stumbling through the pitch-black Rock Tunnel without Flash, the Let's Play switches from text-and-screencaps to MP3s.
- Lady's first romp through the Distortion World to confront Giratina is done in video format; given that the Distortion World is described as being on the "opposite side" of the normal one, it makes sense for the LP to switch to the opposite format. The second, much shorter one simply has Choro's notes (normally in subscript and clearly labeled) and Lady's observations switch places.
- Public-Domain Character: Hey y'all, it's me! Namazu!
- Re Cut: Chorocojo has recut his LPs a few times, cleaning up the art and coloring them. His Platinum playthrough was totally colored before it was archived.
- Running Gag: Several times in the Pokémon Platinum LP, Chorocojo reuses the screenshot of Rowan warning Lady and Jorge not to do anything reckless, right before or in the midst of doing something reckless.
- Sanity Slippage: After getting hit on the head hard by a rock while climbing up a waterfall outside Victory Road with a Finneon (not the brightest idea in the world to begin with), Lady becomes disoriented, and acts a bit... weird, and a bit stupid. She even makes note of her head wound multiple times and still does nothing about it. She gets better after getting past Victory Road and into the League proper, though not before climbing up another waterfall with that Finneon and hitting another rock.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with his Platinum play through. Lady is savvy and cocky, Jorge is overly caffeinated and eager.
- Shout-Out: Many of them to various video games in the FireRed Let's Play, due to Sammy being a Gamer Chick.
- Smug Snake: Misty.
- Surrounded by Idiots: How Chocorojo portrays Vinny and Lady, with lots of moments of mocking the characters around him, especially the rival. Though the latter is Played for Laughs.
- Take That!: Silver, the rival who abused his Pokemon and only wanted strong ones, was nicknamed Smogon in the Crystal LP.
- The Platinum LP has several jabs at his fans, who always insist on him choosing the female character.
[Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?]
Chorocojo: Condom hat or dapper beret. You all picked condom hat. I can't say I'm surprised you picked the condom hat.
[All right, so you're a girl? Tell me, what is your name? Your name is Lady?]
Chorocojo: THERE. DID I PICK GIRL ENOUGH YET?
- What the Hell, Hero?: All of Foxy's adventures were caused by Misty forcing an incompatible Dream Eater TM on her Ludicolo and testing it on Foxy.
- Word Salad Title: The Elite Four apparently released a song titled “Catching Tadpoles with an Acoustic Guitar That is Also a Death-Robot Possessed by the Soul of Genghis Khan.” The music video got ten million views on YouTube.
- Would Hit a Girl: Smogon, the rival from the Crystal LP. His hitting Roxy becomes something of a Running Gag.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sammy has a deathly fear of Skarmory due to a childhood incident (which, incidentally, is also why she spends so much time inside playing video games).
- Wrestler in All of Us:
- Haley of the Black LP is quite strong and enjoys wrestling in general. She also avoids one battle with an unfortunate Team Plasma grunt by simply suplexing them, and takes out another later with a reverse DDT. Her Audino, Hansel, also seems to be a wrestler.
- Lady is also a huge Crasher Wake fan and admits that she wouldn't mind learning from him.