Hullo, this is HC Bailly. And I finally have a picture on this page!
"Hullo, this is HCBailly. And welcome back to Let's Play (title of game, always emphasized as if pronounced with three syllables)!"
— The opening of just about every single LP video he has ever made.
HCBailly produces Let's Play video series on YouTube for many Eastern RPG and S/NES-age Action RPG video games. Most of his LPs are for Squaresoft, Enix, and Square-Enix games, with the bulk of his library consisting in games from the 8- and 16-bit eras; however as shown in the list below, he has done LPs for games from other publishers and for other consoles as well, Final Fantasy XIII being his first LP for a current-generational console game.The focus in his LPs lies mainly on information and completeness; as the channel description quote indicates, they are quite similar to a walkthrough, though they still contain the humour, opinions and fridge observations usually found in Let's Plays. All of his series are for games he has played numerous times before, not only in his childhood (as with the older classics), but also in preparatory test-runs for the LP series. Having familiarized himself with these games, his LPs typically exemplify all the methods and secrets needed to achieve 100% Completion and Game-Breaking allocations of stats and resources, with minimal to zero Level Grinding whenever possible. He even explains how the game works and takes time to figure out how they work; which will help others play the game.He also composed songs on Mario Paint.His real name is Henri Carl Bailly. He revealed what H means in his Terranigma LP, and he revealed what the C meant in his very first episode of Seiken Densetsu 3 (surprisingly, it didn't turn out to be 'Cliffhanger' or 'Catchphrase').His channel. He is also a member of The Game Station.Has a page for all his catchphrases right over heeeere.
100% Completion: He tries to do everything from a game he plays. Sidequests, endings, all that jazz. Maybe he can ignore minor things that aren't totally worth showing it off, but he can mention those things out, in case other players would be interested in doing it.
Though not exactly an ending, there's an alternate entire video of what the death ofAerith would've been like if HC was talking throughout the whole thing like normal.
He does an alternate cut of his reaction to Golbez's introduction where he makes jokes the whole time.
And so he did with one of the biggest moments in Final Fantasy V, when Galuf dies at the hands of Exdeath, and more recently in Lunar, when Ghaleon reveals himself as the main villain of the game and kidnaps Luna.
More recently, in Final Fantasy XII, he let one out after accidentally reflecting Renew off himself onto Ultima.
And speaking of notable noes, in the Final Fantasy VI LP, while the party members were following Gerad, he accidentally told the Ship Captain in the ship from South Figaro to go back to Nikeah. Hilarity Ensues.
Like all good bosses, he (explodes/melts/shatters/...)
Chicago: Has a bit of an accent, which is especially noticeable when doing his impression of fellow Chicago native Bill Murray, particularly in one of his favorite movies, Groundhog Day.
Child Hater: Definitely not a hater, but rather he just doesn't care for real life children. Twice he scoffed when a parent told their kid that when the Younglings died in Star Wars, they were not dead. He's also said numerous times he didn't want to have kids, because according to his Dragon Quest IV LP, he didn't consider having children a good "return on investment".
Cliffhanger: Darn near every video, even his FAQ on himself. He really, really enjoys these.
Notable subversion, in one episode of Seiken Densetsu 3, HC is just about to do a cliffhanger, when JB accidentally walks into the next area of the level, causing HC to have to extend the episode with a boss fight.
Completely Missing the Point: At one point in Seiken Densetsu 3, he doesn't know why monsters in a certain elemental environment wouldn't be weak to their respective element, thinking they're weaker from heavy exposure to it. JB tries to tell him why, but ultimately abandons it.
Foreshadowing: He often foreshadows what'll happen in other games; as well as what might happen in the future. Commonly, he says "If only there was some way I could get past this obstacle/some power that would do this/weapon that would help my situation."
Often he will make a pun that relates to something he will be doing so that those familiar with the game know what to expect without ruining it for newcomers.
Four Point Scale: During the credits, he reviews the game he just played, and a 7 is about the lowest he ever goes. Though it's justified since he only plays games that he really likes.
Fridge Logic: A mini-rant about how useless a dragoon's heavy armor would be if they're always jumping out of range of enemy attacks. invoked
In The After Years, he points out that if Yang's ship had lost speed because of damage, that would be fine. Instead, the ship is losing speed because the fuel tank has been damaged. On a sailing ship. Cue Head Desk, three times.
Fun with Acronyms: During Seiken Densetsu 3, HC tells his brother to kill a certain enemy last because of the item they'd drop. JB tries to explain it, but it goes right over his head.
Funny Background Event: In one bit during Seiken Densetsu 3 in Hawk and Lise's storyline, HC is talking like usual, and JB has his character start pushing around a bird that's been following them.
At the ends of some of their videos together, JB has his character do a little dance. Lampshaded and enforced on one occasion.
Every so often one (or both) of his cats will jump on the table (presumably where the computer is located) or otherwise cause a distraction and/or interrupt what's going on, much to HC's annoyance.
Game Breaker: To a certain extent he will use these (when he deems it fair), sometimes to great comedic effect. invoked
In Final Fantasy VIII he does use the card game and Junction System to dramatic effect, remarking at one point (in configuring an extreme boost to everyone's HP levels), "I just BROKE the game." He did however not go so far as to attain the game's ultimate Disk One Nuke — obtaining the Infinity+1 Sword literally on disk one of a linear, four-disk game — as he viewed that as a little over the top.
HC: But can we defeat the mighty Marilith? Or will she 'Kary' us home in a body bag?
Informed Flaw: Detractors claim that Mr. Bailly suffers from Small Name, Big Ego... which is a trait present in exactly zero of his videos unless done as a joke. Perhaps in personal dealings with him in the comments, but even then more often or not they were the ones causing problems in the first place.
He does have a naturally smug-sounding voice, but that's hardly his fault.
I don't know why lava is so popular in video games...
Let's Play: Yeah, but occasionally posts videos about his progress in random games like Minecraft, or "FAQ Me" videos in which he answers questions asked by his viewers, or more recently his occasional blog videos.
Level Grinding: Usually averted. He demonstrates stat- and resource-allocations which allow you to bypass grinding, assuming you engage (rather than run from) all the enemies randomly encountered while traveling from Point A to Point B and during dungeon exploration.
With olderRPGs which necessitate grinding, he will lampshade it in the opening: "Are you ready for massive level grinding??!!"
In his Final Fantasy V LP, which requires some targeted grinding, he conveniently breaks the grinding down into neat little evenly spaced 5-10 minute portions so that it's ... less of a grind. Thanks HC!
He often has these mocking spiels of "Back in my day, we....and WE LIKED IT!". However, averted when, during Crystalis, he went on a spiel about how there were no save points mid-dungeon and if you died at the boss, you had to trek all the way through the dungeon again. Right as he's about to say that they liked it, he interrupts himself and says, "Actually...no, we didn't."
His word on most modern JRPG's in general. He does play them and like some, but it's clear as day that he finds a good majority of them to be inferior to the SNES-era ones.
Obfuscating Stupidity: HC Bailly will often feign ignorance to the plot of the game he is playing, even though he has already played the game numerous times in preparation for the Let's Play, so that he doesn't spoil future events.
Precision F-Strike: On rare occasions; it varies. He sometimes refers to his cuss-word per-series quota. The rarity of him cussing has made his fans make up text lines like "When HC Bailly cusses a volcano erupts somewhere on Earth".
During the LP of Final Fantasy V, he pulled an Atomic F-Bomb, with his impression about Exdeath revealing itself when he was disguised as a splinter, to show he survived the last battle against the heroes.
HC: YOU'RE FUCKING KIDDING ME! He disguised himself as a splinter, because he was a tree! Come on, game! Come on! What the hell!? We defeated him already!
But in recent days, he doesn't put clips of movies due to copyright issues. Ever then, he has made some, like this for the Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection LP, to prove he doesn't need clips to reference movie quotes or such.
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Generally does a variation of this whenever he says the name of the game he's currently playing in his videos.
In Seiken Densetsu 3, one antagonist cannot be killed or else a sympathetic character will also be killed due to a curse.
HC: Wouldn't she be a lot easier to kill?
JB: Not really preferable.
HC: Of course not, but the world's coming to an end. Gotta do what you gotta do. Take one for the team!
Retsupurae: A target of a couple of their videos. One of their more Base Breaker videos, given there seem to be more people in the comments defending him than usual.
The Reveal: In his FAQ video, he showed a picture of himself from a few years previously. Then on 2012 new year, he finally shows his face to his fans, who have been wondering for a long time. The page image might have spoiled it though. Here you go.
Subverted in Dragon Quest IV: he doesn't mind the Tactics system of the NES version as much as other people seem to. For those curious, in the NES version of the game, you could not directly control anyone aside from the main character in Chapter 5, so you had to set their Tactics instead.
Stone Wall: Likes to tank, as in having a character take all the damage on behalf of other teammates in games.
Supporting Protagonist: In a way. During Seiken Densetsu 3, in Lise and Hawk's storyline, HC plays as Hawk, who wasn't chosen as the first character, therefore it's more Lise's story than Hawk's. Despite being "player 2", HC is still the one leading the game (though he did play as Lise until there were more characters). Then they switched.
Too Soon: In-Universe example. During the FFX LP, after the destruction of Home, Wakka was happy about this, and even mentioned this event was like happy fireworks. Rikku was offended about that one. Cue Head Desk and a request from HC so Wakka shuts up his mouth.
Troll: He accuses Radiant Historia of being this after one of the game's multiple Bad Endings, in which Marco kills everyone in response to one of his old friends being accused of spying and being captured.
You Keep Using That Word: He says this to an NPC in Radiant Historia regarding "inconceivable", after various other NPCs used this word in a strange manner.  (On that occasion, they weren't even using that word, but said "impossible" instead.)
"But will we achieve (insert goal here)? Find out next time, on Let's Play (title of game here, always emphasized as if pronounced with three syllables)! This is HCBailly, signing off. Have a good day!"
— The ending of just about every single LP video he has ever made.