Chuggaaconroy is a Let's Player with over 700,000 subscribers. He is known for his high production values, his regular update schedule, his lighthearted and (mostly) family-friendly approach to games, his propensity for catchphrases and running gags (usually based on internet memes), his impressive lung capacity, and his hilariously overblown reactions to things that happen as he plays.He's also collaborating with ProtonJon and NintendoCapriSun on a collective LP account, known as The Runaway Guys.For the most part, every game he's LPed to date has been available on Nintendo's systems; with the exception of Ōkami, Ōkamiden, and Sonic Colors, they've all been Nintendo first-party titles. He has played at least one game on every Nintendo home console, including six on his personal favorite, the Nintendo GameCube. He is known for his opposition to Emulation, though he had to bend this personal rule to LP MOTHER and MOTHER 3, which are not legally available in North America. He started out doing exclusively RPGs, but beginning with Super Mario Sunshine, he started doing other genres as well, such as platformers.He is also a big fan of the Mario series. Thus far, he has LPed eight Mario games: three RPGs, threeplatformers, anRPG platformer and Luigi's Mansion. He has indicated that he might do Super Mario Galaxy 2 at some point, but thus far he has not revealed any definite plans for it. The Runaway Guys have also done several Mario games.After more than two years at it, he became a YouTube Partner, which was unprecedented among Let's Players (multiple others have since become partners), due to the legal "gray area" that showing game footage entails. He's also joined a collective of gamers called TheGameStation (now Polaris), which looks to be shaping up as an alternative to Machinima.com. Finally, he's well known for his work with The Speed Gamers, even appearing live at their home base for two separate marathons, the second of which was the first time since he started doing LPs that he's shown his face on the internet (he appeared wearing a mask in the first).
Chugga: I am such a nerd. Then again, I always get all these comments from girls being like, "You're so cute when you're nerdy." Since when are people cute when they're nerdy? You know what, I think I went to high school in the wrong time time period cause dang, when I was in high school all the girls were like "Eww! You play video games over the age of 5! You're never gonna get laid cause that's so important in high school!" What high school should I have been going to that I wasn't?
Pokemon Emerald: The player character's dad (Norman) loves Wally more than his own son, Gym Leader Roxanne is a braggart who sounds like Dr. Phil, and many people in Hoenn are okay with making light of the S. S. Cactus's tragic crash and want to rob from it.
Animal Crossing New Leaf: Shari is a time-paradox zombie because Chugga switched which system he was recording on without changing the time, moving things forward a day. And she speaks in a voice that's somewhere between Creepy Monotone and Baked (though the baked part may just be Chugga's cracky voice). Also, Pango is a manipulative Jerkass who throws away gifts without a second thought and insults the other villagers.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: He's said that he made his Super Mario Sunshine LP (which was the first non-RPG he did) because he found the game underrated and under-LP'd. A few years later — in part due to Chugga's LP — it's a much more popular game to LP and has gained manymorepeople praising it.
Chugga: Freaking DESTROY! KILL! MAIM...and MAKE THEIR DAYS UNPLEASANT! Kill! Destroy! And then... *uses Galestorm* blow on them!
Artifact Title: His username is supposed to be Chugga A. Conroy, but he found that most websites don't allow spaces or punctuation in their usernames, leading to the somewhat strange moniker of Chuggaaconroy. note This was before YouTube allowed such names to be used, but it's been spelled and pronounced that way too long for it to be changed
In episode 7 of Pokemon Colosseum, the A.I. trainers use moves that don't effect ghost types on Chugga's Misdreavus twelve times. This cracked him up so much that he made Misdreavus a permanent member of his team.
Again, in the Finale of the Pokémon Colosseum LP, Evice had the victory in the palm of his hand. It looked grim for Chugga and his team, when suddenly... Evice decided, for both of his moves, to use an X Attack on each of his Pokemon. Cue a Freak Out from Chugga.
It's not exactly unheard of for him to get distracted during ramblings or walking to get something, significant or not. Possibly the funniest example is in his first episode of the Luigi's Mansion LP:
Chugga:"...and hopefully we'll find some trace of Mario-" *coins pop out of a drawer* "OOH! COINS! MONEY! SHINY! (Beat) Wow, I got easily distracted from that outro. Well, see you next time! And no, I do not have ADHD."
Sometimes he'll be explaining something, only to get distracted and never explain it again (or take a while to remember it). In episode 25 of Pikmin 2, he got distracted twice within a minute of each other:
Chugga:"If I'm not mistaken, that is the first Wollywog death we've had that there is a Skitterleaf, they're in the water...they're pretty harmless-" *Olimar and Louie both get knocked over by an attack* "-I say that and he knocks over both the captains!" *Louie gets hit again* "Then he knocks over Louie! He knocks over both captains at the same time, that was pretty good. The leaf doesn't really give that many Pikmin though and dang those leaves look really nice. Impressive for GameCube standards, that's for dang sure." *cut to a different scene and he never finishes his original sentence about the Wollywog*
It happens again in Pikmin 2 Episode 46.
Chugga:"Um, I'm actually playing with a different controller, as if anybody cared. I'm playing using a — Wow, it ate a white and died."
Author Tract: He's not obnoxious about it, but he does tend to go into monologues about why some obscure/less loved thing or character Needs More Love, in a way that sounds as if it were as obvious to everyone as to him.
Awesome by Analysis: He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Pokémon games and uses it to great effect in his LPs of them, often quoting detailed statistics about damage multipliers in specific situations (and mocking the AI for choosing attacks which are ineffective in that situation). Albeit most kids who grew up with the games and played past Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire could do the same thing, if only because they inevitably wound up at Smogon somehow.
Ever since Pikmin ended, he doesn't like to hear about Steve (or any red leaf Pikmin), and goes out of his way to avoid mentioning him in any and all future LP's (usually). ProtonJon torments him with this in The Runaway Guys, but those instances are for that page.
Better Than a Bare Bulb: Chugga is exceedingly fond of Lampshade Hanging, to the point where he points out almost every single trope that happens in the game, whether it be in something that he says or even the way he plays. Basically, if it's there, he's probably hung a lampshade on it.
He hits the jackpot dozens upon dozens of times in his Paper Mario LP's, having the Pretty Lucky badge save him from many dangerous attacks, the curse increase his attack at very opportune moments (such as when he's using a Power Bounce) and getting his Star Points doubled after boss battles. IIRC, he probably only died once in the entirety of both games, and that waswillingly to The Anti-Guy Unit. As if that wasn't enough to convince you, go see his fight against Macho Grubba in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. Despite Grubba boosting his attack, speed, and his double attacks, NOT A SINGLE ATTACK hit Mario. Chugga basically walloped Grubba without breaking a sweat.
Chugga wanted a Koffing for his team during his play of Pokémon Crystal. So naturally the very next Pokémon he runs into after telling us this is a shiny one. He was a bit excited.
In his Pokemon Crystal LP when he caught a Phanpy, he checked its stats. Save for HP they were all 7.
In Pikmin 2, he cracked open three different eggs in the same area, at the same time... and got three purple potions. Considering that he was perpetually low on purple potions for most of this LP...
Pokemon Emerald, when battling Steven, Kappa gets 4 critical hits in 5 turns. That kind of stuff usually never happens.
In his Super Mario Sunshine LP: "How often do you survive the instant kill spikes?!"
Chugga: What now, Megaman? Huh? WHAT NOW?!
During a battle with Venus in Pokemon Colosseum, Chugga's Granbull is paralyzed, confused, and in love with Venus's Wigglytuff, mathematically giving him a 12.5% chance of actually attacking. As Chugga describes this, Granbull uses Strength on Wigglytuff, knocking it down to half health.
Breather Level: In-universe; Chugga considers Glutton's Kitchen to be this. Which was subverted when he ended up losing the largest amount of Pikmin up to that point.
Brick Joke: One episode of his Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorLet's Play is titled "This Video Ends With "Bitch"" at the very beginning. At the very end:
In Majora's Mask when he starts the Anju & Kafei quest, he begins the video by playing Skyward Sword and lamenting that Majora's Mask doesn't have a run button. At the very end of the next video when he's finished with the quest, he says that it (either the in-game Heartwarming Moment or the Couple's Mask) was worth the lack of a run button.
In Super Paper Mario, in chapter 2, he mentions his mom's Embarrassing Nickname for him when he was little, Mimikins. He also names the Ghost Shroom he uses Billy. Both were brought up again in the last few videos of the LP.
Brief Accent Imitation: As of 2011 has noted that he tends to slip into a vaguely Indian accent when reading out the dialogue of any 'quirky' character; in Majora's Mask he also does an Australian accent for any character who uses words like 'oi' or 'mate'.
Bring It: He goes into the last stage of Kid Icarus Uprising on the highest difficulty possible, saying the following:
Chugga: "...Or rather, that's what I would be saying, if I wasn't saying BRING IT ON!!!"
Broken Pedestal: Pikmin 2. At the end of the LP he decides that he thought the game was better than it was because it took him years to hunt down a copy, and wanting is better than having.
Chugga: "Let's feed him the things. The things, stuff, things, and yaaay! "Transfoooorm!" Wow, he's flying right into the place where the two lava things connect."
And then we have this gem from his Pokémon Crystal LP and lampshaded with the labels:
Chugga: "It's that thing! The thing with the stuff and the thing from the thing!"
(as he says this, pictures of Suicune, Entei, Raikou and Tin Tower appear with arrows pointing to them and the words Chugga notes next to them. For Raikou, it's labeled as 'Other Thing' and Tin Tower's label is 'Thing they happen to be from.')
Chugga: And you guys thought I was going to do the epic no when she was asking me if I'd go look for that girl. Who am I to turn down that kind of request? I'm not a jerk, you know.
Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He occasionally refers to the Pikmin as carrots. It's a subtle reference, as in-game, Olimar named the little creatures after a common food back on Hocotate, Pikpik Carrots. Even better, those kind of carrots do come in yellow and blue varieties.
Call Back: When he does a game that's in the same series as one he's already played, Chugga will usually quote something that he once said during the original LP. Or whenever he feels like.
He nicknames his Torchic in EmeraldMoegami, even going as far as saying its a call back to an older LP.
Later on, he catches a Phanpy in the Safari Zone and names it Darmani as a reference to his Crystal LP.
A shorter-range example, he notices that the final boss of Majora's Mask does the same dance that the Redeads from a few episodes ago did, and makes the joke again.
Call Forward: In an episode of his Let's Play of Majora's Mask, he mentions how hilarious it was to watch Tim (NintendoCapriSun) get to the hidden Jigglypuff fight in The Runaway Guys' let's play of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Chugga knows the video hasn't been uploaded, so he keeps spoilers to a minimum.
Recently, in Pokemon Colosseum, when describing certain Pokemon or their moves, he'll say, "It's interesting to say the least."
"I'm not gonna lie..."
"Nintendo Logic.", whenever something happens in the game that doesn't make sense. He states that he actually got this from someone else in his LP of Super Mario Sunshine.
Somewhat less frequently, but he also uses "Pokémon Logic" on occasion.
"Whaddya mean I did badly on time!?"
"Thank you, for dying!" Whenever he defeats a particularly annoying enemy.
"Ex-CUSE me!" whenever an enemy/obstacle damages him, especially during his ramblings. This is more of a reference to The Legend of Zelda animated series, more specifically the way Link says "Excuse me, princess".
Subverted with "For the sheer fact" when he noticed it and stopped. note He said it five times in the FireRed aftergame, then mentioned that he would stop in Crystal, which was about six months later. So, it might still count.
In his Thousand-Year DoorLet's Play, at the end of every chapter he would yell:
"YOU GOT A CRYSTAL STAR!... AND YOU LEARNED THE SPECIAL MOVE [name of new special move]! END OF CHEE-APTER!"
And now he's doing it with Super Paper Mario, only instead of Crystal Stars it's Pure Hearts.
He will occasionally yell, not as hammy as in paper mario, that follows the pattern of "YOU GOT A [object here]" that sounds like the crystal star line.
A bit of a lesser example is "Shiny... is... good."
In his Wind Waker LP, he will often say "You/I got the thiiiiiing!" upon opening a large treasure chest. He even lampshades this.
In his Pikmin 2 and Luigi's MansionLP's, he has taken to saying "DOH I missed!" (referencing Wario's losing quote in Mario Party) whenever he misses an enemy or target. He's also been referencing Don't Eat the Mushroom whenever a poison mushroom shows up in Luigi's Mansion, even though ProtonJon isn't around for him to annoy.
Similarly he often imitates Mario's losing quote from the same games, "Ohh nooooooo!", often in a Felony Misdemeanor way.
When he gets annoyed in games related to Shigeru Miyamoto, Chugga often shouts "MIYAMOTO!" out of rage.
If he gets two of something at one time, he goes "Two for the price of one, gramma!"
(After being jumped by an enemy) "Hey buddy how's it going!"
From Pokemon Emerald, not an example, but a severe Lampshade Hanging: "...so very nice....And I keep saying "very nice"! It's like the new "sheer fact", the new "whatever", the new..."guys", the new..."one second, times up", the new... other overused things that I say."
Videos often end with "I think we're gonna end things off here [sic]".
After saying something will be easy and then screwing it up: "Shut up. Shut up."
After using a shortcut (or more often, accidentally stumbling on a new one in the course of the LP) he shouts "SPEEDRUNNING TACTICS!"
Character Exaggeration: Does this to himself. Whenever his voice cracks or sounds a little odd while talking, he'll make fun of it and exaggerate the flaw tenfold.
Cherry Tapping / Cool and Unusual Punishment: In Pokemon Emerald, after he gets pissed off during a gym leader fight by his enemy repeatedly healing his star Pokemon, he deliberately does nothing the last turn, letting the residue of a burn he already inflicted finish off the enemy as an insult.
Cliffhanger: He likes to put small ones in, often before a boss fight (or occasionally in the middle of one).
Sometimes he'll introduce himself with "Hey everybody, it's Chuggaaconroy!" in a special way note An example being in episode 3 of Majora's Mask, when he did "Hey...ev...ery...body...it's Chuggaaconroy!" in tune with the clock's bell, then do it again normally just a few seconds later.
Determinator: Chugga will go through any lengths to get the most out of an LP, as shown in Emerald, where he bought an E-reader card from a collector, borrowed the Sapphire version of the game from the administrator of Bulbapedia with overnight shipping which he paid for by himself, then went through a very roundabout way to get the Eon Pass onto his Emerald cartridge because E-Reader support was removed from the game. The end result of this was over $140 spent on twenty minutes of gameplay just because he wants his fans to know what it's like.
He missed a Speedy Spirit on his file in Luigi's Mansion, so he started a new file and played up to the point he missed it in just to show the viewers.
Also in Luigi's Mansion, he didn't save at the right point, and re-fought the Clockwork Soldiers, his least favorite fight in the game, to show the viewers a Gold Mouse that had a random chance of appearing in a room.
Dragged into Drag: In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, when he lets ProtonJon decide which fanmade design he'll wear for a week. Jon being Jon, he chooses the Princess Peach dress.
Dreaming of Things to Come: Double-Subverted; in Pikmin 2 episode 34, Chugga had a dream he was going to lose a lot of Pikmin to a rock trap, nothing happened until the very end, when a bomb rock fell on top of his squad. He didn't lose any Pikmin, but he was pleased a trap fell from the ceiling on the floor he was thinking of.
Early-Installment Weirdness: In his early Paper Mario 64 LP, he makes meta jokes that assume his audience have already played all the games in the series and are knowledgeable about them. Later on he developed his Signature Style of not revealing later events in games and semi-acting as though he was experiencing the plot for the first time, or at least assuming the viewers are.
Many of his earlier videos seem to lack much of his trademark enthusiasm—he's much quieter and speaks in a much less high-pitched, more deadpan voice. Amazingly enough, the first video of his first LP seems to unintentionally lampshade this, where he says "it may be a little rough around the edges, but whose first LP isn't?"
Didn't happen on camera, but Chugga mentioned in the beginning of part 53 of his Earthbound LP that he cut his finger on a soap dispenser.
Another off-camera incident, during his Pikmin 2 LP, he tells us an interesting story about how he had one just earlier. He was used to using a laptop, but since it was in for repairs he used a desktop monitor instead. However, he was so used to just closing his laptop instead of pressing the power button on a monitor that he actually grabbed the computer screen and flipped it down onto his keyboard. Keep in mind his monitor is pretty darn big. (His computer's okay, though.)
In Super Luigi Galaxy, he facepalms himself with the Nunchuck.
Episode 29 of Majora's Mask has the Let's Play curse in full effect, as the doggy racetrack minigame that normally only takes him one or two tries takes him an entire hour and a half to do. Luckly, the dog would usually place between 3rd and 5th so he didn't lose all of his money betting on them.
In Episode 34 of Majora's Mask, he mentions a huge error in the Prima Player's Guide for that game. In the Great Bay Temple section, the guide recommends you play the Song of Time to get back to the entrance, not the Song of Soaring. You can guess how well that went for everybody who owned that guide.
Again from Majora's Mask, this one a running fail between episodes 42 and 43: He managed to trigger two switches perfectly on his first try in Stone Tower Temple, causing a chest containing a Stray Fairy to become accessible. However, the room he was in had two chests, and he mistook the switches as causing the other chest to appear. To top it all off, he missed seeing one of the chests (the one he thought he'd made appear), even when he went to the platform that chest was on to collect Rupees, leading him to conclude he had screwed it up. The post-recording edit text he puts up on screen during episode 42 berates his player self for being so stupid. Episode 43 has the traditional "Turn Your Headphones Down" warning pop up moments before his player self finally figures out where the chest was.
In Pokemon Emerald Episode 1, he lost the first rival battle on an unlucky critical hit.
Chuggaaconroy attempts to play Megaman 9, where Hilarity Ensues. Then again, considering that he says he had never played a megaman game before in his life, this kind of performance was to be expected.
Chugga: For the love of Pringles in a bag! What the hell?!''
When battling Miror B. in Pokemon Colosseum, he fails to snag a Shadow Pokemon for the first time simply because he was too lazy to buy more ultra balls.
This has become something of a Running Gag in this LP, since he's failed to snag any of the boss' Shadow Pokemon so far.
Broken when he finally succeeds in capturing Ein's Raikou
In Super Mario 64 DS, he loses to Koopa the Quick.
And he later loses the rematch against Koopa the Quick. Twice.
In the final dungeon of Link's Awakening, he insists that it's a good idea to hit a crystal switch early to remove a painful obstacle later in the dungeon. What he forgot was that the dungeon forces you to leave it at one point, thus resetting the switch. He even pauses the video in post editing to warn us about this.
In Kid Icarus: Uprising, he dies twice in the lunar sanctum, the first time is justified because he was fighting Dark Pit on intensity 7, a fight he considers to be very difficult. The second time, however, he dies to a Lurchthorn, an enemy that (along with other worm type enemies) he's described nigh-constantly as being "a joke" and " nearly harmless".
His luck got better later, as he was able to catch these pokemon in the rematches, but the trope came back with a vengeance against the final shadow pokemon. Chugga had used Surf on Marshall's turn because he had nothing better to do and Explode on Walnut's turn to defeat Gyarados and Milotic, and bring out the Shadow Togetic alone. Gyarados went first and used Earthquake... which was a critical hit and defeated Milotic. Cueepicfreakout
Flanderization: In his playthroughs of Pokemon Fire Red and Crystal, he occasionally caught legendaries in regular Poke Balls when he throws them for no real reason, other than running out of Ultra Balls. In Emerald, he starts trying to force this to happen by throwing all sorts of weak Poke Balls at every legendary he encounters. And even though it takes a while, he always catches them in a weak ball, at near-full health, or both.
Happened in the fourth bonus episode of Pokémon Colosseum when the game suddenly informed him that his disc could not be read.
Happens in Episode 27 of Link's Awakening. Upon realizing that the crystal switch needed to be hit, Emile delivers the flattest what he has ever delivered in any of his Let's Plays.
Foreshadowing: Chugga tends to be very tight-lipped regarding future LPs, but he'll occasionally insert clues about his next LP into his current one. For example, his Pokémon FireRed LP begins with a musical cue from the following LP, Super Mario Sunshine.
The final episode from Chugga's Super Luigi Galaxy LP also contains a Stinger about his following LP: Ōkami.
A long-range example: in his first episode of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door he keeps the viewers guessing about what the game might be, listing several Gamecube games he might be doing, one of which is Pokémon Colosseum - which he indeed LP'd several years later.
A sneaky short-term example. In the beginning of the Chapter 18 video for Kid Icarus: Uprising, he has the AR cards for Pit and Lady Palutena fight each other. At the end of Chapter 18, Pit, who has been out for the last three years, learns that Lady Palutena has turned against both him and humanity.
In The Runaway Guys' Subspace Emissary, ProtonJon points out that a red leaf Pikmin appears with Olimar when in statue form, and Captain Falcon kills all the Pikmin except a red leaf on his first appearance, leading to the joke that this is actually Steve come to torment Chugga.
In his Pokemon EmeraldLet's Play, he is challenged by a trainer named Steve who warns him "Don't forget what you've done to me! I'll make it so you can't forget!"
A lot of his humor is based on doing this to his own voiceover, saying something before pausing to really think about what he said and why it's wrong — sometimes leading to Verbal Backspace and That Came Out Wrong.
Funny Background Event: In a Super Luigi Galaxyvideo, after Luigi obtains a star, a bug in the background can be seen wandering right off a ledge. Chugga even lampshades this with a caption pointing this out.
In Day 7 of Pikmin, he accidentally knocks several of his Pikmin off the ledge during the Burrowing Snagret fight. They start killing Wogpoles and harvesting their bodies while Chugga's attention is elsewhere.
At one point in the Wind Waker LP, a bird is seen paused in the middle of his attack animation right behind Link, who is performing a song on the Wind Waker.
It Gets Better. invoked Chugga thought he lost 98 blue Pikmin due to all but 1 not showing up. He didn't notice the one. So while he's yelling NO NO, a blue Pikmin walks to the onion.
A minor one in Episode 23 of his Pikmin 2 LP; while he's busy fighting a Breadbug in the foreground, another one from earlier in the episode can be seen in the background, being dragged towards the ship by a purple Pikmin.
During the intro of one of his Super Mario Sunshine videos, an NPC can be seen running around while on fire at the beach.
In Majora's Mask, after he frees the Deku Princess, the monkey gets dunked again.
Gender Bender: Notes that in Pokémon Emerald, there is a discrepancy in the gender ratio between Azurill and its evolved form Marill. Azurill has a 25/75 male/female ratio. Marill has an even 50/50. Chugga's conclusion?
Tabitha, a member of Team Magma, who is male. Chuggaconroy lampshades this a lot, to the point of calling him "The Girlyman" and using a feminine voice for him at one point albeit a silly one.
Genius Ditz: On one hand, he rambles and is known for making really bizarre, spacey comments, not to mention his Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!. On the other hand, he Shows His Work frequently, and has displayed knowledge about a number of unusual things, like spaghettification and Bible stories.
When he was co-commenting on one of Attacking Tucans' Majora's Mask videos, he lampshaded this by mentioning the trope by name.
Got Me Doing It: In Super Paper Mario, after reading Merlee's Rhymes on a Dime wordplay, he starts accidentally rhyming several of his own sentences for the rest of the episode, berating himself every time he notices.
This video contains Chugga's only death in EarthBound which he never showed in the original playthrough. When he fights Ness's Nightmare, he says to be sure to watch out for the statue's PK Flash since it can one hit KO you. 1 second later, the boss uses the exact thing and it immediately kills him. However this forshadows the many failings and deaths to come, because of the dreaded Let's Play curse.
Hoist by His Own Petard: The only reason Steve bothers him is because fans won't stop talking about him. The only reason fans won't stop is because Chugga kept bringing it up afterwards and indulging opportunities to mention him in later LPs. For as much as Steve haunts Chugga, a lot of it is Chugga's own fault. Since this is oddly ignorant of Chugga, it's possible he's just trying to ham it up and play it for laughs.
Hope Spot: In his Emerald LP, his newest Mon Altair managed to just barely knock out Norman's Slaking, when it was the only pokemon Chugga had left. Chugaa relaxed and celebrated, thinking he'd beaten the Gym Leader... then he realized Norman still had one pokemon left.
In Pokemon Emerald, Chugga asks a Team Aqua grunt if he "makes videos of himself playing video games? I pity you."
In Pikmin 2 he tells the viewers to get their minds out of the gutter. This is Lampshaded.
In Pokemon Crystal, when he finds out a trainer's Starmie has Rapid Spin, he says "Who teaches their Starmie Rapid Spin?" despite the fact that Methane (his Wheezing) and Darmani (his Donphan) know Tackle and Mud Slap respectively. Some of the comments lampshade this.
Iconic Outfit: Chugga's striped polo shirt. He's usually portrayed in fanart with one because in Real Life, he is very rarely seen in public without one.
I Just Want to Be Normal: According to his now-deleted 50 Facts video (according to Chugga, some of those facts were seriously outdated), he's actually autistic but tries "as hard as [he] can to act like a normal person because [he] always dreamed of being one as a child." Subverted, as he was actually misdiagnosed.
In Memoriam: Though not dead, he has one for the Tentacool he catches in an episode of Emerald when he decides to leave her in his character's PC for the whole game and not on his team.
Episode 7 - Episode 7
Back from the Dead: Mentioned by name in Episode 41 when he starts using it as a slave for Dive. Later, he returns to Slateport City and visits the Name Rater offscreen. Enter ACOOLSLAVE!
On a more serious note, Chugga dedicated Chapter 6 of his MOTHER 3 LP towards Hinawa (Lucas's mother who died early in the game), dead relatives/friends of his viewers, and his uncle.
In Super Paper Mario, in Chapter 8 after the presumed deaths of Bowser, Peach, and Luigi, he puts a picture of the respective hero over his video ending sequence, giving off definite vibes of this.
Interface Spoiler: At the end of Kid Icarus: Uprising, he put the usual series-end "previous" and "playlist" buttons at the top of the screen during the credits, complete with annotation links. Averted, however; they disappear when Hades rips through said credits. The actual end plate has the "Next" button as well.
Irony: As a hardcore Nintendo fan who has Lped games on every one of their systems, his first game was Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
He has never beaten the original Super Mario Bros. despite him being a big fan of the series.
It's Popular, Now It Sucks: In-Universe. While Chugga isn't nearly as hateful as practiced examples of this trope, he will often proudly state when he's unimpressed with something popular, and other times gush over obscure things. Only a mild example though, there are popular things (usually popular games) he still likes.
Keet: He self-defines as "A five-year-old in a twenty-one-year-old body," and also calls himself "spazztastic and always bouncing off the walls."
In Episode 5 of his Super Mario Sunshine Let's Play, after noting that the wires attached to the windmills are likely power lines, he comes across some flower platforms that also have wires attached to them.
Chugga: What, are those flowers generating power, too? I guess they must be using flower power. Ohhhh, that was a horrible pun.
"GO TO HELL! GO TO SHELL! WHATEVER! [Beat] That is easily the worst pun I have ever made."
Large Ham: I dare you to find one episode where he doesn't send his mic levels careening into the red zone.
Laughing Mad: A few moments, but a particularly memorable one occurs in Episode 8 of Emerald, where he lost all but one of his Pokemon to the Gym Leader's Makuhita. In desperation, he sends out his level 3 Zigzagoon (which he'd caught purely for the purpose of teaching "useless" HM moves). The moment his Zigzagoon entered the field, the poison Acooltent had inflicted ended up knocking the Makuhita out, netting Chugga the win. The Zigzagoon got enough EXP to jump from level 3 to level 7, by the way, and Chugga just kept laughing throughout the whole level-up process.
His LP of Thousand Year Door he also gets a rather reltable one, when fighting a random Ice-puff in the process of 2 turns he messes up and the RNG decides to go against so that he ends up almost half dead against one enemy. It cuts halfway and the next video opens to him still laughing madly.
Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Lampshaded in Majora's Mask Episode 41 after a treasure chest spawns in the middle of a lava pool:
Chugga: Okay, seriously! That thing is made of wood! How does that not burst into flames?
Let's Play: He is most known for these, although they're not the only videos that he's made.
Lost Forever: His videos of Pokémon Platinum, which consisted of the important fights (Rival battles, fighting Team Galactic, Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Frontier Brains) and capturing the legendary Pokémon.
Lucky Seven: The Phanpy in his Pokémon Crystal Let's Play had all its stats at 7.
Made of Indestructium: What he thinks the generator on the Space Pirate's ship in Kid Icarus is made from.
Chuggaa: Though it appears to be made of glass, it's probably made of some kind of... awesome space... plexi-glass... with diamond crusted sheen, or something like that.
Meaningful Name: His Yoshi partner in The Thousand Year Door is called 'Scrap'. There are two reasons why: the first one is because he's a small fighter, the second is because he's a scrap of paper.
In Crystal his shiny Koffing is nicknamed 'Methane' because it's blue note as a result of being shiny, a gas, and explosive note it recently learned Selfdestruct.
Memetic Molester: Considers Luigi to be into children, after the plumber makes a sketchy remark in Luigi's Mansion.note While in the twins' room and examining a picture of one of the kids, Luigi said "I wonder if there's any goodies in there." Actually, Chugga's aim was a little off, so he was aiming at a drawer, meaning Luigi was wondering if there were any goodies in the drawer.invoked
Million-to-One Chance: In his Pokémon Crystal LP, he encounters a Shiny Koffing, and even states the odds of finding said Pokémon (1/8192). What makes it coincidental was that he stated that he wanted a Koffing for his team before said Shiny appeared.
The capture of Latias. He caught her, a Level 50 Pokémon at full health, with a Nest Ball. The chance of that happening is 0.4%.
His capture of Groudon before that counts as it had been caught under very improbable conditions.
Mind Screw: The gravity of some planets in the Super Luigi Galaxy playthrough fell into this for him.
In episode 17 of his Pikmin 2 Let's Play, his brain was broken as a result of a red Pikmin randomly dying shortly after being plucked from the ground. After the boss was dead. And there was nothing else to kill the Pikmin in the room note The Pikmin fell victim to a rare glitch where collision pushed it through a wall; when this happens, the game kills them to avoid freaking out trying to fix the issue.
He invokes this in one episode of Super Luigi Galaxy where he says something, then says he's going to get a lot of comments about it because viewers will pause the video and comment then continue the video and hear him say this and get their minds blown.
Mister Exposition: Combined with Shown Their Work. He shows extensive information on Pokémon in all Pokémon games, including their stats, location, evolutions if they have them, and much more.
In Okami, he explained all of the references to Japanese mythology throughtout the game.
Mood Whiplash: In the ending of his Thousand-Year Door LP, after a heartwarming scene that cuts to a beautiful shot of Rogueport in the morning:
"And to think, Rogueport looks like this every morning." (Beat) "Like it's in a sea of piss."
In his Pokemon FireRed LP, Chugga was annoyed with the trainers and muttered that he wished they'd all die, when he happened upon a trainer who was mourning his recently deceased Onix, his mood took a U-turn.
While standing next to this chest, for no apparent reason, I am going to say... picklefishlips.
This actually comes back whenever he refers to said chest ('The picklefishlips chest is empty'), making it a Running Gag.
Nothing Is Scarier: In episode 10 of Super Mario 64 DS, he tries to show off the infamous biting piano enemy, only for the piano to remain a normal piano when he tries to set it off, and ironically this creeps him out more.
"Okay, I'm... not like I'm helping it. Not like I'm helping all the situation of- OOOOOH CRAAAAAP!!!!"
And another good one in Pokémon ColosseumEpisode 29. Both Dakim's Pokémon use SolarBeam, a Grass type move. Quagsire is on the field. Both Water and Ground are weak to Grass. Cue Chugga panicking slightly.
Once a Season: Changes his channel icon each time he begins a new LP to a picture that corresponds to the game he's playing. Starting in 2012, his icons are now always variations on the same 'Cc' logo, but with a thematic style fitting the game he's LP'ing. (These are designed by Stephen and Mal).
Every LP he gets sick somewhere towards the early or mid game and has to take a break. Every time.
Chugga's intro for episode 3 of Majora's Mask was actually in sync with the clock dings. Complete with random pauses and video zoom out.
Overly-Long Gag: Starting in Chapter 7 Episode 18 of his MOTHER 3 LP, when the characters ingest the psychedelic mushrooms, Chugga speaks in a high-pitched stoned voice for the entire sequence: a total of 14 minutes. Apparently the joke was annoying to so many that Chugga uploaded a second version that mutes it.
Poe's Law: For April Fools Day 2009, he did an intentionally poor LP of Mega Man 2, which was actually a parody of all the poor quality LP's that particular game has received for some reason. Apparently, a lot of people took it seriously; he later felt it necessary to add a caption stating that his work was a parody and not a real LP.
In Majora's Mask, Chuggaa made an Unregistered Hypercam 2 joke. When he was guesting on the TGS podcast, TotalBiscuit brought up a similar incident and Chuggaa mentioned that way too many fans thought it was real.
Read the Freaking Manual: In episode 48 of his Pokemon Emerald LP, Chugga expresses surprise that, according to his fans, the Braille puzzles to access the Regi Golems has a translation guide in the instruction book.
Sadly Mythtaken: Sinks a bit into this with his exposition for inspirations for characters in Kid Icarus: Uprising. He states Viridi to be based off Gaia when she would fit Demeter better, and states Phyrron to be based off Helios when his traits would make more sense being based off of Apollo.
In Ōkamidenepisode 6, he tells the story of his fear of frogs and how he screamed like a little girl in reaction to a frog landing on his shoulder.
Self-Deprecation: As a Let's Player, he's pretty much required to be self-deprecating. The best example is when trying to capture Moltres in Pokémon FireRed, he goes on a long spiel about how he doesn't have anything better to do than spend nearly an hour "trying to cram a 6-foot bird into something the size of a baseball" (See the quotes page for the entire tirade). Immediately lampshaded when, after he finishes venting, he says "God, that was a really sick burn against myself."
Springtime for Hitler: He was so sure he was going to screw up a puzzle in Majora's Mask (episode 43, if you're interested) that he did it perfectly on his first try. Hilarity Ensues.
Squee!: Often when things really start looking up for him. Including finding a Phanpy and a Shiny Koffing, and now catching Groudon with a Nest Ball at near full health.
Stealth Pun: So stealthy it was almost definitely an Accidental Pun. In Episode 40 of Super Paper Mario, he says this "Okay, I admit that was pretty bad taste", regarding a stereotypical Japanese accent he just did, directly after picking up a Dried Shroom.
Either this, or Accidental Pun. In Pokemon Colosseum, episode 1. Chugggaconroy states he didn't know what the kimono in the Mayors house was and thought it looked like a tree stump. Then comes the caption saying ' it always stumped me as a kid'
The Stinger: At the end of his last Majora's Mask video that concerned Stone Tower Temple, he had a stinger where he pointed out the similarities between the temple's entrance and KingHarkinian.
Also used in the end of his last Link's Awakening video where we see a blooper of him making a Incredibly Lame Pun about the final dungeon, The Wind Fish's Egg, before entering it. Oh Chugga, when do you stop making stupid puns?
Stuff Blowing Up: With his Shiny Koffing/Weezing, he'd always set it to Selfdestruct or Explosion and laughs maniacally at the sight of the opposing Pokémon going down with his own.
In Super Paper Mario, when he receives the code for the million-Rubee safe in Merlee's Mansion, he denies typing the code in on his computer calculator and states that he was simply repeating the code to himself.
In Pokémon Colosseum, Chugga goes to show a hidden item in Agate Village, and goes the wrong way. He denies having forgotten which side of the area the item was on.
Chugga: I-I knew it was on this side the whole time. I was just doing a thing. I didn't forget! *Beat* No one is believing me.
Circumstances provide him with an in-context opportunity to quote Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man; a caption describes Cage as "one of the worst actors who ever made it big".
In another video, he randomly tears into Michael Cera's acting ability. Ironically, he turned out to be a big fan of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
An... interesting variation occurs during his Wind Waker Let's Play, where he delivers a jab at his close colleague NintendoCapriSun for talking about his practice file so much, takes it back, and pretends it never happened.
There was one against The Simpsons in Episode 13 of his Super Mario Sunshine LP, when he talks about wanting to buy square watermelons in Japan like they did on The Simpsons "back in the days when the Simpsons were still good".
He repeatedly mentions how horrible a game he finds Sonic Next Gen to be.
Techno Wizard: Chugga is a downplayed version; he's been able to use a computer since he was three years old, and he's the one mainly editing videos for both himself and The Runaway Guys, up to and including strenuously detailed charts for individual Pokémon information and player performance. It's even more obvious in his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
He even managed to connect his Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS to capture cards, thus being able to take videos directly from the screens of said handhelds, without any emulators. Like fellow Lets PlayerJoshJepson put it via reply on Twitter:
During the outtakes linked to above: "What the heck was I worried about, it's a freaking Rattatanote said Rattata then uses Quick Attack, gets a critical hit, and K Os his last Pokémon WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?!"
Chugga: I cheated death yet again, I am good at cheating death today wadududu. I should not have said I am good at cheating death out loud.
On his first Pikmin 1 episode, he named the red leaf Steve and said he is the Butt Monkey, and we will not like him. Said pikmin 7 days later risked his life to carry back a Fiery Blowhog when Chugga said he needed more reds. To this day, he wouldn't live it down.
In Pikmin 2, he postponed the Submerged Castle for the Glutton's Kitchen, saying it is easier and can get him right under the poko limit for the other cave. Care to take a guess if he survived? He lost 23 pikmin to 1 enemy.
The mother of all Fate Tempting came in episode 26. He had managed to make decent progress in the Submerged Castle, having only one more treasure to take back, and then, fearfully, said that he was probably on the last treasure and the thing he feared hadn't spawned yet. Cue the Waterwraith. Cue Chugga Freak Out.
Double Subverted in one episode of his Pikmin 2 LP after complaining about the rockfall traps:
Used for GOOD when he said he couldn't get up a mountain while rolling in 1 try. He did just that.
Invoked in the very first episode of Pokemon Emerald; he called the first rival battle a button-mash and he lost via a critical hit.
In this video, where he is fighting Kyogre and it has done Rest for several turns without attacking, he berates Kyogre for not attacking his Blaziken, Moegami, despite having a super effective move. Cue Sheer Cold (which had a 53% chance to hit) hitting.
This becomes a Running Gag in his Pokemon LPs, where Chugga is constantly dismissing a move or Pokemon as sub-par only for it either to dramatically win him a battle or (in an enemy's hands) lose it for him.
In the Prologue of Video Game/Mother 3, Alec says to Claus that "Lucas doesn't know how to ram into things yet. Chuggaa's response? "What are you talking about? I just rammed into Hinawa back there— Beat That sounds gross. HAHAHA."
In the final episode of Super Mario Sunshine, Chugga is lamenting missing an opportunity to make fun of a large rubber duck that Peach had been sitting on. "Hey, what happened to her rubber duck? I wanted to do stuff with that thing. Oh, God! That sounded a lot wronger than I was trying to make it sound!"
From ŌkamiEpisode 9, "I don't want to let the poor kid sleep! He's what we're required to do next in the game! [Beat] That was not a very good way to word that."
A truly hilarious one was in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, just before battling Cortez. When Cortez tells Mario to come into his lair and be lost to darkness, Chugga messes up reading it and says "Come into my hole!". He then repeats it with a laugh, Beat, "OH MY GOD!! I JUST REALIZED WHAT I JUST SAID!!"
A non-sexual one in Luigi's Mansion: "Dang, ghosts have it all! They have money coming off of their fans instead of dust! Man, I can't wait to be dead! (Beat) Think before you speak, Emile."
In Episode 46 of his Wind Waker LP, after a lot of failed tries in trying to get under the waterfall in the Forest Haven to meet Makar, he finally succeeds and says, "Okay, I guess I was supposed to grab it from down there even though I swear that I grabbed it from up there and lowered myself though, but anyway."
That Russian Squat Dance: Whenever he comes across a character who seems to be doing it, he sings Dschingis Khan's "Moskau". (Well, he would if he knew the words...) He's the article's page quote, by the way.
Chugga: Nothing left to do but purify every single last one of them before we can move on. (beat) God help me.
This is how he feels about Planet Wisp Act 4.
Tier-Induced Scrappy: In-Universe. He's not afraid to badmouth certain Pokemon, items, or moves in the Pokémon games. He hits Skitty/Delcatty and Snorunt/Glalie with this hard, more or less saying there's really no reason to ever have one. Then there's his opinion on Luvdisc...
Too Awesome to Use: He refused to use the Flower Tabs because they have the ability to fully restore FP after use in addition to increasing your FP total, justifying it in that he would use it to fully restore his FP when he would run out after battle. Problem is, he would often use FP restoration items in battle, so he wouldn't run out, meaning he would have a lot of Flower Tabs taking up space in his inventory doing nothing.
This is more generally true of pretty much any healing or restoration item in any RPG he plays, especially the Pokémon games; he seems to regard it as unprofessional to use them (at least on-camera).
His Pikmin frequently get into situations like this. This has some particularly glaring examples. Chugga that says that even though Maxie has a stupid voice, at least he was smarter than this.
In Pokemon Emerald, he points out the fact that two Team Aqua grunts tell him where Archie is (Slateport City) and what he's doing (stealing a submarine), and then Archie tells Chugga where the Team Aqua hideout is located.
Pokemon Colosseum has him alternating between making fun of and laughing hysterically at the AI wasting turns using Normal-type moves against the Ghost-type Misdreavus.
Unreliable Narrator: He will often say something in an LP only for a caption he adds in post-production to pop up and contradict him (for instance if he misremembered something about the game).
Unsound Effect: In Pokemon Colosseum episode 10, while trying to catch Qwilfish, he makes sound effects when he throws the ball on two occasions. The first time, the sound effect for the hand reaching out of the ball and grabbing Qwilfish is "hand". The second time, it's "grab".
Verbal Tic: "Whatever". He acknowledges this and vows to try cutting down on saying it, but so far, he's been very unsuccessful.
"Like". He absolutely hates using it so much, but since so many people he knows use it all the time, he has real trouble stopping.
"For the sheer fact"
He has a unique way of saying "No", especially when asked in-game about something that is obvious or doesn't need to be shown.
Vocal Dissonance: After saying that he thinks Pandora's voice is sexy in Kid Icarus Uprising, he expects this to be the case. Turns out it wasn't
The Voice/The Faceless: He seems to have an aversion to showing his face on the internet (at least, since he started LPing), only having shown his face on The Speed Gamers stream, and even then it wasn't until his second appearance (he wore a mask the first time). He was also interviewed at MAGFest 2011, which is posted on YouTube.
He's been less camera shy lately, most obvious through Stephenvlog.
First is with the banker, who always holds onto your money even when you travel back in time, somehow having deposited cash hours before you've actually supposedly deposited it. Chugga believes he hangs onto the money by going back in time with Link, using a cow ornament, because "That cow is obviously a time machine".
Later on in the Deku Palace, Chugga notes how you can actually see the guards' line of sight based on the lights coming from them. He chalks this up to all Deku Scrubs, aside from Deku Link, having laser vision.
And his theories on Link's character development. Questionable though since this Link is arguably among his less emotional incarnations.
Working Through The Cold: In his Pokémon Emerald LP, he ends up with a sore throat partway through, but continues recording episodes for a short while until it gets so bad he has to stop.
Worth It: In the Cavern of Chaos in his Pikmin 2 LP, he reaches a floor covered in Dwarf Bulborbs, as well as two Gatling Groinks (which he hates, possibly as much as wollywogs). He spent a very long time trying to kill the Groinks and most of the Bulborbs, then carry the Groinks back (they come back to life if their dead body is left alone), going through a lot of trouble and a couple of freakouts. In the end, he slays pretty much every Bulborb there (which is a dang big amount) trying to find the remaining treasure, only to find it's just sitting out in the middle of a room, so he theoretically could've gotten it without all that hassle. Then, when the treasure (an apple juice can) is shown on the screen after being carried back:
Chugga: "Let me just say on the record, I love apple juice, so I'm gonna say that was Worth It."