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Lets Play: Lets Race With RPGM
"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.

The Main Four Racers Are:

Other Racers Include:

    Games the Group Has Raced (In Order) 

The races provide examples of:

  • 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 . 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe, a very dark one for Winnie the Pooh discussed by the whole group during DKC3.
    • The team is also convinced the the genie is intent on killing Aladdin inside of his lamp.
    • Kajak tries to argue that Psycrow is really the good guy during the "Puppy Love" levels of Earthworm Jim 2.
  • 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.
  • Beard of Evil: "Gamecules just grew a goatee!" Suitable for Ix since he tends to be the most antagonistic.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Donkey Kong Country 3 is the only game that's driven Orange Gamer to unleash a Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: GoldGlee doesn't say nearly as much as the others but manages to completely win DKC3 hands-down and proves to be a massive competitor against Dray and Ix in Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Big "NO!": Everyone at one point or another, most common from Lantis and Syn. Lantis also jokes that it's their most commonly-used word in each race.
    • There are even a few group ones in Mario Kart Wii when a single item is about to hose all of them.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Almost as common as the Big "NO!" from these guys.
  • Black Sheep: Lantis is the only one (who has played both versions) that argues that Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled was not a bad game.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Even Fay is driven to shout "FUN!" at Aladdin.
  • 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.
  • Call Forward: Upon catching one of the rabbits in Super Mario 64 Lantis says, "Hi Nabbit!"
  • Catch Phrase: Whenever Ixzion manages to keep in control, he'll often shout "FUN!" instead of delivering a Precision F-Strike.
    • "I ain't trying to hear that!" pops up every so often when someone is told something they don't want to hear.
    • "Stumpy jumps!" begins to take hold during Super Mario Land whenever someone falls short of making a jump and it's fully cemented in Aladdin.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Invoked to help Lantis finish the game during Babs' Big Break.
  • Cliff Hanger: Lantis, Dray and Fay are all in the running to win Babs' Big Break at the end of Part 1 and decide against extending the video, so it becomes this.
  • Clip Show: The 1000 Subscriber Special, detailing most of the group's crowning moments of funny up through Gunstar Heroes. This was followed by the Best of 2013.
    • Lantis has promised there will be more and will be released on a somewhat-annual basis.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Both Ixzion and ShadowFox, especially when they're frustrated.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Draygone finishing over 30 levels ahead of the 2nd place winner in Bubble Bobble, though he did have the advantage in being the only one to play it before.
    • Orange Gamer completely mops the floor with everyone else in Mario Kart Wii by winning more cups than the others combined.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: None of the team fully knows how to play the Genesis version of Earthworm Jim 2 as they were used to the Super NES version.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lantis is often one towards Ix.
  • Demonic Spiders: In-universe, Baron von Blubba (nicknamed Cthulhu) is considered one during the Bubble Bobble race.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Lantis giving directions to go to the "Mt. Denadaro Mountains" in Chrono Trigger.
  • 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.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Lantis does not take being the only one to not finish the SNES Aladdin well.
  • Double Entendre: "Darn, I almost had it in there!" from Dray invokes an, "Oh my!" from Fay.
  • Driven to Suicide: Aladdin drives Fay to such thoughts for a little while.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Lantis has this attitude about Duck Tales Remastered.
  • The Eighties: A brief discussion on slang terms such as "Gnarly," "Radical" and "Tubular" come up (though the group mistakenly thinks they're slang from The Nineties).
  • Epic Fail: Lantis during Chrono Trigger when he goes to the Dactyl Nest before triggering the event flag that lets him ride the Dactyls.
    • In Smash Bros. Brawl's first match, Fay is on the way to a self-destruct in the very first match before a hit is even landed on anyone else.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Based on some of the racer's surprised reactions, this is in effect ranging from blocks, cakes, the floor in Booster's Tower, Ursula the sea witch's boobs and lawyers.
  • Evil Laugh: Lantis has an epic one after accidentally finding the life-saving barrel in 4-1 of Donkey Kong Country.
    Draygone: "Did you do something fantastic or are you just going insane?"
  • Fake Difficulty: The primary source of frustration in the Genesis Aladdin (that and stumpy jumps).
  • Fake-Out Opening: The introduction to Part 3 of Bubble Bobble.
    Insultobot: "Hi guys, and welcome back to Drinking With Insultobot. On today's episode I'll teach you about drunk-dialing your mother and blaming her for your failures."
    Draygone: "Okay, we're totally using that now."
  • Five Stages of Grief: Ixzion is believed to be going through these during a tough stretch of Little Samson.
  • Foe Yay: Applied in-universe with Kajak's character and a Mook at the end of Power Rangers Part 1.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Fay, when making fun of a stereotypical gamer girl, asks if the "P-Wing" in Super Mario Bros 3 stands for "Penis Wing."
  • Funny Background Event: Ixzion getting distracted by one of Abu's in Aladdin is the direct cause of one of his deaths in that level.
  • Gamer Girl: Fay, of course. She makes fun of the stereotype in Super Mario 3.
  • Graceful Loser: After Lantis suggests a self-penalty for sabotaging Dray during a counting puzzle, Dray lets it go.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: This and honorifics pop up in Earthworm Jim 2.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Ixzion's attempt at averting a Precision F-Strike. Doesn't always work, but hearing him shout "Fun!" or "Ship!" are among his funnier moments.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Fay invokes this to Ixzion during her Sanity Slippage in the final part of Super Mario 64.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: A flurry of cow-related ones during "Udderly Abducted" in Earthworm Jim 2.
  • Lampshade Hanging: After Kajak brags about his "Medusa death skills" in Dracula X Ixzion says, "This is so going into that Tropes page."
  • Large Ham: Ixzion during Super Bowling when reading off the words on the screen.
  • The Load: Lantis fears being this to Ix during the Kirbytacular.
  • Lost Episode: Wild Guns.
  • Madness Mantra: Lantis continually shouts "I don't suck at video games!" during Gunman Clive.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Fay declares Lantis the best voice actor she knows.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Game+: Chrono Trigger was raced in this mode.
    • 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: Ixzion, most of the time.
  • Noob Bridge: "Do spikes hurt you?" on Brawl.
  • 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 invokes this directly when he fails to save his character in a Brawl match when he falls between several platforms that could have saved him.
    • Ix also gets out an, "Aw, hell!" that just screams this when he knows he's dead in another Brawl match.
  • Only Sane Man: Draygone. Kajak fills this role when Dray is unavailable.
  • Precision F-Strike: All over the "funning" place.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "STOP! HITTING! ME!" during a Brawl match.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Ixzion confesses that even he didn't earn his ending after the group opted to change the rules on save states to make beating Dracula X easier.
  • The Quiet One: GoldGlee doesn't speak up nearly as much as everyone else, usually just to announce beating a level.
  • Rage Quit: ShadowFox on both The Little Mermaid and Rescue Rangers.
  • Ruined Forever: In-universe Lantis accuses Kajak of ruining the channel because of Aladdin.
  • Running Gag: "I wanna see my ______!" became one after Ixzion's infamous "I wanna see my ending!" rant when getting last place in Gunstar Heroes.
    • When there's a competition for last place, the trash talk involves the loser "Going up!"
    • One of the players lamenting how much they're letting their 12-year old self down when performing horribly at a game they were great at as a kid.
    • References and impressions of Mickey Mouse as well as Tommy Wiseau.
    • Ixzion never lets a "It's morphin' time!" go by during Power Rangers.
    • Ixzion again shouts "Woo-oo!" whenever he can during Duck Tales Remastered.
      • Calling the Beagle Boys "Bugle Boys" over and over again.
    • Lantis choking at the end and falling to last place is starting to become this.
  • Sanity Slippage: Lantis whenever he gets stuck in an area, Ixzion whenever he's losing. Everyone in Dracula X and Aladdin.
    • Lantis Again in the SNES Aladdin and Gunman Clive.
    • Fay loses it near the end of Super Mario 64.
    Fay: "This game is so stupid! Why are we even playing this game? Why aren't we playing Yoshi?!"
    • Ixzion clearly doesn't like being in last place in Duck Tales Remastered.
    • Lantis once again in Babs' Big Break when the 3rd place winner finishes the game.
  • Say My Name: From Mario Kart Wii:
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Ixzion insists that he wins every race, period!
  • Serious Business: Lantis and Duel competing for last place in Super Mario World.
    Duel: "You know last place belongs to me, Lantis."
    Lantis: "What, no way! Man, you are going up!"
  • Shout-Out: Ixzion asks what the Jr. Woodchuck Guidebook says to do about his situation in Part 2 of DuckTales Remastered.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Again, Ix and Syn.
    • Practically everyone in Donkey Kong Country 3, Dracula X and Aladdin.
  • Skyward Scream: Lantis delivers one when getting a game over in Donkey Kong Country, effectively ruining his chances of getting back ahead of Dray.
    • Orange Gamer has a great one during Aladdin.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Fay is currently the only girl to race with the group.
  • Sore Loser: Ixzion does not take being in last place well, but on the opposite end is that his funniest moments often come from him being there.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Expect this a lot from most everyone, especially Ix or Fox.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • That One Boss: In-universe, the train boss in Gunman Clive, but only for Lantis.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe, Kiddy Kong and Slippy Toad (much like out-of-universe for both of them).
  • 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The team counts ShadowFox as beating Super Mario Bros. 2 despite the Kaizo Trap example above.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Dray and Ix have a serious trash talk session in Part 1 of Earthworm Jim 2.
  • Tranquil Fury: Draygone is the least prone to shouting/swearing.
  • 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.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Lantis definitely tends to have the worst luck.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Ixzion is full of this when he wins; it's played for laughs.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Weaponized in-universe by Lantis to try and get Fay to go down the wrong path on Chrono Trigger. It doesn't work.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The whole group. Fay assures the viewers of this during the epic "I wanna see my ending!" argument from Gunstar Heroes.
  • We Meet Again: Played with in Super Mario Land 2. Since Mario's encountering Wario for the first time, when they meet Ixzion says this.
    Ixzion: So, Wario! We meet!
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Lantis admits he buckles under pressure.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: "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.
  • You Look Familiar: Fay thinks blind salamander Jim from Earthworm Jim 2 is actually one of the dragons from Breath of Fire IV.

"I wanna see my ending and I wanna see it on the race!"
- Ixzion, Gunstar Heroes

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