"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 prevalent one being "No Save States" since not everyone is playing off an emulator, but some races have averted this due to 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.
Again with Sonic 3 as everyone who enters a bonus stage tries to get out of there as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
Bait and Switch: Played with at the start of Lost Levels when Fay pitches the idea of racing every game in the Super Mario All-Stars collection in one go.
Beard of Evil: "Gamecules just grew a goatee!" Suitable for Ix since he tends to be the most antagonistic.
Ixzion even blames his evil "Gamecules with a beard(!)" side for crude comments about Lantis's wife.
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.
Lantis loses it immediately once Fay tries to weaponize Tempting Fate again in Super Mario 64.
Break the Haughty: The group takes great delight in Ixzion being in dead last during Duck Tales Remastered and the hope is it will give him some much-needed humble pie.
Buffy Speak: Invoked by Fay with, "I can't use my words! I'm an artist!"
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.
Fay: "Your misfortune makes me feel better."
Lantis regains the title for SNES Aladdin and Gunman Clive.
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.
Fay repeats Ix's "I'm not you, dad!" line to Lantis from Sonic 1 in Sonic 2 but no one uses it in Sonic 3.
Diabolus Ex Machina: The team wanted to race the Super NES version of Earthworm Jim 2 but had to settle for the Genesis version after the game froze for everyone!
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.
He promises to not swear during the entirety of the Sonic 3 race. He fails within seconds.
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.
Kajak has to deal with major lag during Gunman Clive and it gets to the point where the game basically became unwinnable for him, but he still beat Lantis.
Hard Work Hardly Works: Both Duck Tales: Remastered and Babs' Big Break both have winners who had very little experience with the game while those who had much more (and bragged about it) did much worse.
The Heart: Lantis according to everything according to Fay.
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: 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.
Lantis again in Babs' Big Break. He even points it out.
Very nearly happens to Dray in the original Star Fox when he save states at a very bad spot right before the boss of the Meteor level.
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!
Hope Spot: Ixzion gets one in Super Mario 64 when he manages to toss Bowser at the final bomb, but ends up falling short.
Hypocritical Humor: Part 2 of the Genesis Aladdin has Ix state that they need to practice anger management and immediately ends up being the first to curse out the game.
Missed Moment of Awesome: In-universe, Dray's little gambit at the end of Lost Levels didn't quite end in victory, but it's still hilarious to see the reactions.
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."
Most Annoying Sound: In-universe the "Ya!" sound made any time the player jumps in Punky Skunk. Lantis even cites it as proof that Dray hates the group.
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.
The Lost Levels is the first race where save states were allowed to be used freely (though it also comes with the risk of creating save states in horrible places).
Lantis defeats the final boss after the 30-minute mark in Pocky and Rocky but still declares himself the 2nd-place winner.
Must Have Caffeine: Fay blames her mental gears for being rusty during Mega Man 2 on a lack of coffee in her system.
Never Live It Down: In-universe, Ixzion not realizing that the Phanto will stop chasing the player if he lets go of a key in Super Mario Bros 2.
The winners of Babs' Big Break start that game's hard mode version while waiting for Lantis to finish the normal mode.
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.
Lantis has a good moment right at the start of Mega Man 2.
Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: 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.
Take That: In-universe example as Ix declares, "Oh God, I have lives now!" and Lantis zings him with, "I've been wanting you to get one of those for years."
Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe the group concludes that Punky Skunk is "Over-saturated with cute."
Technology Marches On: In-universe, Lantis invokes this when he talks about the water texture in Bubble Man's stage on Mega Man 2.
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. They do it again in the finale of Earthworm Jim 2.
Lantis does this to himself with, "I haven't dropped a single puppy!" in Earthworm Jim 2.
Lantis decides to just tank hits from the boss of the moon in Duck Tales Remastered and it nearly costs him.
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.
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.
Dray gets an epic moment of trolling at the end of Lost Levels when he remained completely silent about reaching D-4 in order for him and Ix to race it together. Had Ix not started early, Dray would have beaten him.
"You're excused. Take a nap." Done in Super Mario 64.
With Lyrics: Lantis closes out the Duck Tales Remastered race with his own rendition of the theme song.
Yank the Dog's Chain: 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. And the same thing happens to him again in Duck Tales Remastered!
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.