"Hey guys, this is Lantis, and we're back with a brand new race!"
Let's Race With RPGM is a Let's Play group of gamers who are also the team for RPGM Magazine that get together and record 3-6 person races through classic and modern games with Lantis02 being the host. Each segment of a race is a half hour long, usually uploaded on Fridays, and the winner gets to choose the next game (but if the winner also chose the game, then the runner-up gets to choose the next game). The person who chooses the game also sets the rules for that game with the most obvious one being "No Save States" since not everyone is playing off an emulator, but recent races have averted this due to the Nintendo Hard difficulty, long length and/or lack of infinite continues.
100% Completion: Massively averted for any game where simply beating it isn't 100%, given they're racing each other.
Done on purpose with Dracula X as no one was even going to attempt to get anything better than the worst ending because it was that much easier and shorter.
A Date with Rosie Palms: ShadowFox warns GoldGlee not to get excited to that level at the end of Super Mario Bros. 3.
It's pointed out that Zach and Kimberly's idle poses in the character select screen of Power Rangers look disturbingly like this.
A God Am I: Ixzion claims that he is a god of gaming that lost his powers after descending to earth and his real name is Gameculesnote Which does make sense given that Hercules is only a demi-god. He later nicknames everyone else with godly names.
In Dracula X he continues the claim, declares his homeland to be Mount Gamelympus and even narrates the entirety of Gamecules' origin myth!
In Donkey Kong Country, Ixzion declares himself a sorcerer after jumping through a flaming barrel and taking no damage.
The Ace: Ixzion and Draygone are in the running for this title.
And That's Terrible: Lantis realizing that Dray dying in a level is a good thing as it would allow him to catch back up.
Angrish: Lantis tries to employ this to keep from swearing. It doesn't always work.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While trying to backtrack to trigger a checkpoint in Aladdin, Ixzion instead goes after a 1-Up that had just appeared and takes a fatal blow, sending him much further back in the level.
Berserk Button: Lantis when someone mentions that Draygone tends to get ahead of him near the end of a race.
Do not tell Ix that Mario Kart: Double Dash is better than Mario Kart Wii.
Kiddy Kong in general for Ixzion.
Donkey Kong Country 3 for the whole team, actually.
Butt Monkey: Lantis and Orange Gamer fall behind a lot in races. It took ages for either to claim a single victory. This was especially humiliating for Lantis, because he'd often finish second at the very last minute due to someone else getting ahead or one mistake messing him up.
In Sonic 2 Lantis' game randomly froze, allowing Ixzion to gain some ground.
Call Back: If someone's going to reference memorable moments or sayings from previous races, Fay will almost always be the first one to do so.
Did You Just Evade Cthulhu?: Lantis has a very close call against the monster that comes to kill you if you take too long in a level in Bubble Bobble. The context of his relief at surviving comes from the fact that he'd been stuck on that level for a good while and was once again on his last life.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fay pointing out how the first boss of Rescue Rangers looks eerily like a sex toy and at least two of the racers seeing one level of Bubble Bobble shaped like a uterus.
Kajak ends Part 1 and begins Part 2 of Power Rangers with his character in a very compromising position with an enemy.
Handicapped Badass: Dray in Super Mario Land is playing on a controller where the Up button doesn't work well. Though it only really affects his performance in the final levels of Worlds 2 and 4, he still takes 2nd.
Heroic BSOD: Lantis when Bubble Bobble nearly drives him to tears and he laments, "I can't do it!"
The Nintendo Hard difficulty of Dracula X breaks the whole group before the end of the first video and everyone begs Ixzion to finish the game before the end of Part 2 so they can all stop. At the start of the 3rd part, they're broken enough to change the rules to make it easier to finish the game.
Orange Gamer has a brief one due to Aladdin but snaps out of it after beating the level she was stuck on.
Lantis has an epic one during Gunman Clive.
Hoist by His Own Petard: :GoldGlee was the one who set the rule for "No using glitches to take shortcuts" in Super Mario Bros 3 and ends up using one in Bowser's Castle, prompting for calls for his disqualification even though he wasn't declared the overall winner due to other circumstances beyond his control and the glitch only shaved off a few seconds of time.
Draygone, at the end of Super Mario World, waited for Ixzion to catch up to his position in order to make the final battle more interesting. Ix beat him.
In an attempt to regain first place in Chrono Trigger, Lantis skips recovering everyone's stolen equipment in the Blackbird and heads straight for the boss, but game overs. It turns out he had not saved his game even once during the whole race, sending him back to the beginning and instantly placing him in last place. He forfeits.
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Ixzion's "singing" along with the World 1-1 music in Super Mario Land causes Dray to worry that just cost them half their viewers.
That doesn't stop him from doing it again in Kirby Super Star!
Hypocritical Humor: Part 2 of Aladdin has Ix state that they need to practice anger management and immediately ends up being the first to curse out the game.
I Let You Win: Ix declares that Kajak placed higher than him in Earthworm Jim because he let him and that Lantis was being a jerk for not being nice to the new guy by letting him take 1st.
Kaizo Trap: Both Lantis and ShadowFox are killed by Super Mario Bros. 2 bosses that are in their death animation at various points in the race. It's even worse for Fox because it was his last life, he had just killed Wart and was desperately trying to beat the game before time expired.
Lampshade Hanging: After Kajak brags about his "Medusa death skills" in Dracula X Ixzion says, "This is so going into that Tropes page."
Mondegreen: It can be difficult to figure out exactly what Ixzion is saying at times. One good example is in Part 1 of Aladdin when he shouts, "It's Alad- Oh God!" and it sounds like, "It's a wild god!"
Mood Whiplash: Lantis in mid-sentence "Ah! You can't climb those! You make that jump-! *Calmly* We got two minutes."
Moving The Goal Posts: The rules of save state usage for Dracula X are changed in Part 3 just to reduce the chances of having to record a 4th video. Even the winner, Ixzion, admits that it's a hollow victory.
Oh Crap: Lantis in Chrono Trigger when he heads for the Dactyl Nest before triggering the event flag that prompts going to that area, forcing him to run in, out and back in the dungeon.
Lantis again when he shouts "I made a mistake!" during Super Mario RPG by accidentally triggering one of the early game tutorials, causing him to slow down by that much.
Ix gets out an, "Aw, hell!" that just screams this when he knows he's dead in a Brawl match.
Only Sane Man: Draygone. Kajak fills this role when Dray is unavailable.
The Nicknamer: Ixzion eventually gives everyone names of mythological heroes with "Game" somewhere in the name. Ixzion is Gamecules, Orange Gamer is Gamexena, Kajak is Gameriella, and Lantis is Gameolus.
Nintendo Hard: Games in this category often bring out the funniest commentary.
Tempting Fate: Two instances of it in a row cost Draygone 1st place in Rumble Volcano in Mario Kart Wii.
The entire group weaponizes it against each other in Super Mario Land by praising each others' gaming skills and hoping that leads to some mess ups. Ixzion even takes it up to Ho Yay levels towards Lantis.
This Is Gonna Suck: The general reaction to Dracula X after they realize how slow their progress is going to be.
The many, many recording problems reported at the start of Aladdin were just the beginning.
Eventually averted with Kirby Super Star as, while they were plagued with even more recording problems, the race itself ended up being very fun and enjoyable for all of the players.
Troll: One of the enemy crabs in Sonic 2's Metropolis Zone is this to Lantis by making him take a hit at the very end of a video. Fast-forward to the next video (released a week later) and Lantis gets hit by it again! He takes it well.
Trauma Conga Line: Poor Ixzion doesn't fare too well at the end of Power Rangers as he desperately tries to finish the game with seconds to spare and makes it past the current level, only to find out that he was not in the final level and ends up finishing the race by getting a Game Over.
Yaoi Fangirl: Fay mentions in the video where the group acknowledges this page that the next thing she hopes for is Lantis x Ixzion fan fiction.
Yank the Dog's Chain: A lot of viewers felt that GoldGlee really got the shaft over the end result of Super Mario Bros. 3. While he did end up breaking one of his own rules some people felt that automatically placing him in last overall rather than giving him a time penalty- that would have put him in 3rd- was a bit too much.
Lantis gets this in SNES Aladdin when he takes 1st place for a while but ends up in dead last and is the only one to not defeat the final boss.
You Look/Sound Familiar: They draw numerous comparisons to Street Fighter II when playing Power Rangers such as Billy having E.Honda's attacks and the level 2 music sounding like Ken's theme.
"I wanna see my ending and I wanna see it on the race!"