is a fairly noteworthy English creator of Let's Play
videos on YouTube
. Some of the strong points of his commentary are his generally amiable personality, whimsical yet snarky
sense of humor, tendency to hang lampshades
on common tropes and cliches, and almost total lack of the profanity or vulgarity that's all too common to the genre
. Most of the games he plays tend to be RPGs
or Adventure Games
, and many of the the first games he played were originally made for the Sega Megadrive
. (He does use an emulator to play them on PC but insists he owns all the games he plays.)
Some of the more notable properties he's covered include:
Not to be confused with Kickassia
This Let's Player provides examples of:
- Aborted Let's Play: His Daikatana LP, due to a Game-Breaking Bug that crashed the game in a loading screen to the Ice Lab, corrupting his save file.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: During his LP of a bootlegged Super Mario World note on the Genesis/Mega Drive, while the gameplay was different, the game was still clearly trying to be Super Mario Bros.. Then the third level arrives, and all of a sudden all connection to Mario is gone save for him remaining as the main character.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: As part of the Self-Imposed Challenge in his Mount and Blade LP, Kiko restricts himself to recruiting only captured bandits and their own liberated former captives until he acquires holdings of his own to recruit from.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his Let's Play of Daikatana
"She's probably dead. Or worse, evil. Or worse, in this game
- Bears Are Bad News: He gets antsy whenever he encounters a bear in his Baldur's Gate playthrough, because one bear is tough enough to absolutely wreck his party. When a group of druids summons bears (plural) in a fight, he absolutely loses it.
- Bigger Bad: In his Let's Play of Super Mario World (a homebrew game for the Mega Drive, not that one), the fact Bowser is swiftly disposed of only for Mario to fight a slew of other bosses leads Kiko to believe that Barnett the Elephant, the final boss of the game, has been the real mastermind in the Mushroom Kingdom all along. Bowser was just a lackey.
- Big "WHAT?!": In The Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate, Kiko is sent on a fool's quest to pay various questionable people for a trip to the center of the earth. Then he discovers that he could simply have had Zanthia jump down an air vent. His reaction is this.
- A notable one (two!) in his Final Doom: Evilution playthrough, after he spends a full 9-minute video (and some of the previous one) searching for a very cryptic switch to progress. Enjoy (28 seconds in).
- Brief Accent Imitation: By the time he starts playing Rocket Jockey during his Action 52 Let's Play, poor Kiko is clearly beginning to crack. Hilarity Ensues as he comes up with the character Rocket Jockey McGee, using a completely silly voice, imitating an ridiculous western twang, and delivering commentary that's even more outrageous than the voice and accent put together. It's hardly brief, though.
- Also whenever he's reading dialogue, he'll do some voice-acting.
- Butt Monkey:
- Keith in the UFO: Aftermath series, who both starts out as the slowest character on the team and has an accent that's as thick as molasses, making him an easy target for Kiko's wisecracks.
- As the game progresses, he turns out as one of the most valuable members of the team though. His place as Butt Monkey is subsequently taken by Gaston II.
Kikoskia: Keith has managed to make something of himself! You, Gaston II, are a loadstone made of uranium!
- In his original X-COM: UFO Defense playthrough, this role goes to Drake, who spends large amounts of any given mission either panicking, berserk, or under alien mind control.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In one of the earlier episodes of the Hardcore Minecraft LP, you can see one of the Creepers that will ultimately kill him walking into the Nether Portal he's built.
- Comically Missing the Point: Kikoskia's reaction to Awesome Possum's exclamation "Stop polluting!" (in his playthrough of Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt):
Kiko: He's not polluting! He's running around with a chainsaw!note
- Compensating for Something: Kiko's immediate thought when he first equips the platemail armor in Stonekeep.
- Continuity Nod: Whenever he's playing a game where he can customize character names, he'll often pick names from previous games he's played.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very few plot holes, wonky mechanics, or unusual occurrences pass unremarked, especially if he thinks the game is rather subpar to begin with.
- Destructive Saviour: In his Mount and Blade playthrough, Kikoskia's character attempts to defend the village of Veidar from bandits in his first foray into the wider world. He wins by virtue of the fact that his character is literally the last man standing on the battlefield, all of the peasants having been killed or knocked out during the fight.
- Downer Ending:
- Kiko plays challenge variations on the already Nintendo Hard X-COM games. It doesn't end well.
- He gave Enemy Unknown another go, though, and other than the quick loss of Sub Zero, did MUCH better, actually winning the game. Granted, he didn't do a challenge that time around, but considering how unforgiving these games are, that's hardly something worthy of shame. If anything, it's proof he's still sane.
- The ultimate fate of Minecraft Hardcore - as a result of leaving his Nether Portal unprotected, mobs walked into it throughout the game and killed him when he returned to the Nether to get more Soul Sand.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Minecraft Hardcore ends with Kiko getting blown up by Creepers the second he enters the Nether. This is largely his own fault, since he left his Portal out in the open, allowing Overworld mobs to enter it.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: What is the reward his character Spunty McGoo receives for saving a village from bandit marauders (sort of)? A solitary cabbage.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His earlier videos are generally more subdued and feature less of his typical whimsical humor.
- Epileptic Trees: He occasionally engages in idle (and silly) speculation as filler during slow moments in his videos. Here he speculates that human civilization in the UFO Afterblank series is being propped up by IKEA. [invoked]
- Face Palm: In his Let's Play of Dungeon Quest, around the 6:15 mark of the seventh video, you can hear him whapping his forehead – and then explaining: "That's me facepalming."
- Does this in The King of Dragon Pass when men from his tribe got themselves cursed by sleeping with an elf in the woods...for the third time.
- Does three facepalms in his LP Space Quest IV, twice of them in a row in the middle of eleventh video.
- "Far Side" Island: His second attempt at LP-ing Minecraft on Hardcore spawned him on what was basically one of these— a small island with a single oak tree and a few clumps of grass.
- Gatling Good: If his constant, enthusiastic cries of "CHAIIINGUN!" are anything to go by, this seems to be his favorite class of weapons in first-person shooters.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Quite often. It's very rare that he actually swears.
- Heroic Second Wind:
- Kiko's battle with the Cyberdemon in Doom 3.
– I REFUSE TO DIE LIKE THIS!!!
- In a more meta example, his new X-COM playthrough.
- Hollywood Tactics: In full force for his first playthroughs of UFO: Enemy Unknown and Terror from the Deep. He gets better in later playthroughs of X-COM and similar games, though, taking advantage of cover, tactics, teamwork, and combined arms.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: During his LP for Stonekeep:
Kikoskia: This place is large, and it's called... the Feeding Grounds. The Feeding Grounds does not sound good... The only question I have to ask is, "Feeding grounds for what?"
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Lampshaded in this video, when Kikoskia discovers a fae rune. (Say it aloud.)
- Lampshade Hanging: If Kiko isn't a troper himself, he certainly knows how to think (and snark) like one.
- Lovable Coward: Poor, poor Drake...
- No One Could Survive That: Lampshaded multiple times in his LP of Mystic Quest, each time with increasing levels of disbelief.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: His version of the Avatar from Ultima-This accusation is entirely baseless.
- Iolo is actually the thief (not the Avatar) - This is because of a twist in the Ultima VII game engine which doesn't allow the Avatar to steal, but other members of the party can. This leads to a Running Gag.
- Also from his Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition playthrough: "You'll notice that we're stealing blindly from everyone — 'cuz I'm a goit."
- Madness Mantra: Time?
- More Dakka: A most satisfying demonstration in his Ultimate Doom playthrough, where he mows down an entire room full of enemies with one long continuous blast from his chaingun.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: "Evi- I mean, Batlin."
- No Sense of Direction: He's constantly getting lost in his Hardcore Minecraft series, much to the amusement of his viewers.
- Precision F-Strike: Four times, out of thousands of videos.
"'Do they have guns?' 'No, they all have bomb units, just like you, Jutah.' 'We're fucked.' ...That's exactly what they would say."
- Near the end of Temple of Elemental Evil, Video 71:
"Well, we're fucked. And I'm sorry I swore."
"A large quantity of explosives has been purcha—Oh. Shit.
"How about just running the fuck away?"
- Press Start To Game Over:
- His Let's Play of Karateka is his shortest—30 seconds from intro to farewell. He plays the actual game for all of 9 seconds, about half of which he stands still at the beginning.
- His first stab at Hardcore Minecraft resulted in him spawning in solid rock—and thus dying in a hurry.
- Rage Quit: He did this only once, playing Storm Over The Desert in the Nintendo version of Action 52. The cause of his fury: the game just went on and on and on and ON. It didn't help that the game, just like everything else on the cartridge, sucked.
- And there was Evil Empire before that, which kept giving him lives to subject him to more suck. No wonder he felt so much fury when Storm Over The Desert came along and made things worse!
- Red Shirt:
- In his X-COM playthroughs, he always names one of his squad members Barry, whose sole duty is to run ahead of the squad and find aliens via getting shot at. After he inevitably dies, another trooper gets named Barry, and the process continues.
- Subverted in his Let's Play X-Com UFO Defense Again playthrough, where his first Barry defies all logic by not only kicking total ass, but manages to live all the way to the very last mission of the game, where he finally dies not to aliens, but a panicked squad member.
- In his playthrough of Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, the caption for his video of his first away mission reads "Who wants to take bets as to how many times I can get the redshirt killed on this mission alone?".
- Running Gag:
- Self-Imposed Challenge: With some games, he enjoys giving himself certain handicaps to keep the game more challenging for himself and entertaining for his viewers. So far, these include:
- The Antarctic Challenges (only one base in the middle of Antarctica) for X-COM: UFO Defense
- The Pacific Challenge (one base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean) for X-COM: Terror from the Deep
- A Mount and Blade: Warband playthrough where he restricts himself to recruiting only from captured bandits and freed prisoners (and his own villages, once he sets himself up as a ruler).
- A Crusader Kings II playthrough where he customizes his starting character as a product of inbreeding to see how far he can get on a bad character.
- Sequence Breaking: A very major case in his Ultima VII playthrough. Lampshaded:
Kiko: "But Avatar, why are we breaking plot consistency?" Iolo, you don't know that I've been breaking the plot since video 1?
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Well played, Creeper. Well played.
- Tempting Fate:
- Minecraft: "Let's see what the world throws at Kikoskia." *Spawns in solid stone and dies in opening 15 seconds*
- UFO: Aftermath: He spends half the game dreading the moment one of his squad members opens a door to find a Balloon Fish staring them right in the face, since it could easily result in the destruction of half his squad. Guess what happens in video 60. Everyone lives, thankfully.
- Testosterone Poisoning: An inverted lampshading—whenever he describes a game as the "Manliest Game Ever", it will likely be one marketed to young girls, or at least be very cutesy.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- Kiko's reaction throughout most of Episode Four of Ultimate Doom (at least at the start).
- Final Doom. Evilution. Last Call. Kiko ends up speechless after he screws up a whopping zero times trying to make it through the opening maze by brute-forcing it.
- On his second attempt at Minecraft, Kikoskia finds himself stuck on a deserted island with only one tree. Despairing ensues (though he gets better).
- A literal example occurs in the fifth video of his ''Crusader Kings II'' Let's Play when his infantile player character acquires a character trait ("proud") of which he doesn't approve and he also notices that there's a new claimant to the character's title.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: Both Action 52 playthroughs, especially when he gets to Storm Over The Desert (which never ends).
- To Be Continued: He has a meltdown when presented with one of these at the end of Barbie Explorer.
- Took a Level in Badass: Keith, the UFO: Aftermath soldier who went from being The Load at the beginning of the game (to the point where Kikoskia refused to even give him one of his trademark nicknames) to becoming one of the most valuable members of the team. In the last episode of the series, Kiko even acknowledges his belated badassery by giving him the honor of delivering the final blow to the aliens' moonbase. He even goes so far as to call him one of the greatest heroes he's ever had in any of his Let's Plays, ever.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: He tries this as one of his first missions in his Mount and Blade playthrough. It goes less well than planned, leading to a running gag.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Not snakes, but Kiko has this reaction to giant birds attacking him in Tiny Barbarian DX
"When we come back, folks – more TV Tropes! Until then, folks, until then!"
— One of Kikoskia's typical closing messages