Lets Play / Markiplier

"Hello, everybody! My name is Markiplier."
"And welcome to let's play… TV Tropes!"

Mark Fischbach (born June 28, 1989), better known under his YouTube alias Markiplier, is an aspiring VA and gamer based in Los Angeles (formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio) who broadcasts Let's Play videos on YouTube. His channel predominately features OTT reaction videos and playthroughs of Survival Horror games. He also does charity livestreams and comedy skits.

For a sampling of his best material, Amnesia, Five Nights at Freddy's (all five), various RPG Horror games, and SCP - Containment Breach are a good place to start. He also records ongoing LPs of non-horror titles, such as Happy Wheels and Dishonored. Another unusual aspect of the channel are user-submitted Mods, frequently those adapted from Amnesia and Half-Life (notable examples of the latter include Cry of Fear and Afraid Of Monsters); Mark enjoys spreading the love to indie developers and plugs their submissions almost weekly. For a long time, he had also recorded a series of videos called Drunk Minecraft with his two friends, Wade and Bob, but it was discontinued after 69 episodes due to Mark's inability to process alcohol properly.

Markiplier reached 18 million subscribers, a number which continues to grow; as of this writing, he has over seven billion views of his videos, which can be seen here. His brother, Tom, makes the webcomic Twokinds and has appeared in Markiplier videos.

He's also appeared in at multiple music videos by Random Encounters, most notably the Five Nights at Freddy's songs! Watch the first one here.

On September 20th, 2015, he went on a hiatus due to the sudden and tragic death of his friend Daniel Kyre of Cyndago. On October 5th, 2015, he returned from his hiatus, and has also set up a fundraiser to benefit the Kyre family to help pay for medical expenses and funeral costs (link is in the video description).

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Markiplier and his videos provide examples of:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Mark can twist his feet backwards and walk with no problem. It's goddamn freaky and he knows it.
  • Aborted Arc: Drunk Minecraft (and, by extension, drunk playthroughs of anything else) is pretty much done forever, considering Mark's body can't process alcohol correctly and continuing the series would mean putting his health at risk.
    • Undertale has been ended prematurely, due to him not wanting to tackle it on the channel.
      • Subverted, as he plans on streaming it in two-hour chunks eventually (explained during this livestream). For those that can't/don't want to watch the whole explanation, Mark dropped the game because fanbase berated him for not playing it "the right way", and some inadvertently spoiled the more serious side to Sans while criticizing Mark's goofy-sounding choice of voice acting for said character.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Quite a handful of the games Mark plays have puzzles in them, and whether he admits it or not at any given time, there are quite a few puzzles and other problems he's managed to solve without having any idea what to do.
    • Mark managed to solve a riddle in his playthrough of The Witch's House without knowing what the riddle was.
    • He knew the numbers in the safe combination in Ao Oni, but the clue provided was of no help, so he was relegated to making a guess. He got it right on his first guess.
    • During his playthrough of Ib he managed to solve a puzzle involving several of the same paintings... by walking to a row and happening to pick the right one without even knowing how the puzzle worked.
    • In the Silent Hill Alchemilla, Mark solved a box puzzle by mashing random buttons and a valve puzzle by turning random valves. In his words, "this game sure is good at making the dumb feel smart!"
    • In Mad Father, he used the mini-chainsaw on a random person, causing the person to explode into bloody chunks. While it caused him to have a Heroic B.S.O.D., it was nonetheless the correct solution to advance.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's, Golden Freddy appeared right at the end of the phone call on the third night. Mark panicked and pulled out the camera, as it was the only option that wouldn't force him to look. As he exited the camera while looking at a poster, Mark managed to instantly look at the Golden Freddy poster through the camera without knowing that doing so would de-summon Golden Freddy.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Markiplier achieves this when he is the first one to receive the demo from Scott Cawthon along with a set amount of youtubers who were specially picked hours before the game's release. There are no playthroughs online, no instructions - the Phone Dude is about as helpful as a brick - and yet he manages to somehow beat nights 1 and 2 with very little trouble spoiler . This is strengthened when the full version comes out and he breezes through the nights with no issues at all. This becomes even more noteworthy when he does a second playthrough to get the Golden Ending while actually knowing how to play, and ends up failing repeatedly on the levels he'd accidentally breezed through prior.
    • In his first playthrough of Until Dawn, while playing as Mike he is Jump Scared by a wolf, and fails the quicktime event to punch it. The wolf turns out to be docile.
    • Lampshaded in Slither.io, where he got into the top 4 before he had any idea what he was doing.
  • Actual Pacifist: Mark in real life is strongly opposed to the idea of violence and even expressed in a Tumblr post that he would gladly lay down his life if it meant that generations from now, cruelty becomes a thing of the past. Case in point: despite having being a few situations in his life where it would have been justifiable and understandable for him to fight back, he doesn't even consider it since "[T]hat's not the kind of person I want to be."
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the fan game With the Addition of Markiplier, Tiny Box Tim is the main antagonist, having grown extremely bitter after Mark "abandoned" him in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In the true ending of the game, in-game Mark ends up destroying him, much to the real Mark's dismay.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Attempted in his playthrough of Silent Hill: Alchemilla.
    Markiplier: Is some diabolic demon gonna come dashing down this dank and dusty hallway filled with death and destruction? Dare I say that it doesn't... know... what... I am gonna do to that demonic... dastardly devil. Yeah!
  • Adorkable: His Large Ham mannerisms coupled with his cute commentary makes you wanna give him a hug.
  • Affectionate Parody: Episode 14 of Turbo Dismount consists almost solely of this.
    Mark: [ambiguously australian accent] Hey boys, hey boys, it's me, Ross from Game Grumps, hey, what's your favorite episode, boys- [ragdoll crashes on the first obstacle]
    Mark: [normal voice] God dammit Ross.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: During his Outlast playthrough, he comes up with "Tea Party of the Dead." Of course, he immediately lampshades it.
    • He's now come up with another. "Murder in a Minute."
      • It turns out Murder in a Minute really is a band name.
    • From the final part of White Night, he suggests that "Eyeballs in the Wall" would be a good name for a Death Metal band name.
    • In Fibrillation he comes up with "Origin of Insanity". He then demands that anyone who uses it give him 25 cents for every note they play.
    • In The Crooked Man, he gives the name "Menagerie of Insanity". Humorously enough, Menagerie of Insanity is already the name of a few things including an e-book by Jacob Russell Dring.
    • And now in The Evil Within, he's come up with "Sounds of Nightmare" after hearing the incredibly loud scraping of a thresher trap.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drunk Minecraft. The only conclusion where you get a group of drunk adults playing Minecraft with an admin that's happy to give them whatever they want, provided they don't piss the admin off, which of course they do.
    • This will no longer be the case, as Drunk Minecraft and all drinking games will be discontinued as Mark's allergy to alcohol culminated into a significant drop in blood pressure and what he calls a "heart attack." For his own health, he's never drinking again.
  • Alter-Ego Acting: Wilford Warfstache; Darkiplier; and many, many others.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: In part one of his "Fear Amnesia" playthrough, he takes note of a giant-ass knife. He then clarifies "Not a giant ass-knife, a giant-ASS knife. Got to watch where your hyphens are."
  • Angrish: Regularly ventures into this, especially when playing particularly obtuse puzzle games or ones riddled with Fake Difficulty.
    • Some of his reaction videos lampoon this with on-screen text attempting to decode what he just said — or giving it titles like "Walrus" and "Man-Baby Mating Call".
  • Arch-Enemy: For the purposes of Five Nights at Freddy's 2, onward: Balloon Boy.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When he plays Whack the Cheater, Markiplier's complaints are that you shouldn't kill people, that you should direct your anger at the proper person if you're being cheated on, and that the game had no sound.
  • Ascended Meme: Whoever made A Late Night Drink put in a "Where's the blacksmith?!" reference.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Well, half qualifies since Markiplier is part-Korean and part-German.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Drops one during his Slender: Haunt 1.1 playthrough.
    • Also during his oculus rift playthrough of Dreadfalls he started dropping these in an increasing amount as he wore down.
    • Drops one after dealing with Balloon Boy once again in his Five Nights at Freddy's 2 playthrough.
    • Combined with Screams Like a Little Girl in the second video of his Monstrum LP, when he sees the second monster that he had not encountered during several prior playthrough attempts.
    Markiplier: *in a super high voice* WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU?!
  • Author Appeal: Russians, he loves Russians. He also loves dogs, as multiple vlogs and playthroughs will show you.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Mark and his brother Tom in Orcs Must Die! 2.
  • Badass Baritone: When not scared shitless, Mark has a pretty deep voice. This lends itself well not just to narration, but also to giving viewers and/or fellow players a nice scare.
    • Mark's voice is so deep and rich that he's mentioned that he would have pursued professional voice-acting, but that would take time away from the massive Youtube following that he has, and he never disappoints his fans. Nonetheless, he has lent his baritone announcer voice to other Youtube projects.
  • Badass Boast: Markiplier will make ridiculous boasts while playing horror games, usually to the effect of him being "too tough" or "so handsome" that the monsters are avoiding him, only to have one crash in and scare him into screaming bloody murder.
    • In part six of his Eleusis Let's Play he brags about how he could take on a wolf.
    • Not to mention "I am the KING of Five Nights at Freddy's!"
  • Badass Mustache: The signature of Mark's Alter-Ego Acting, Wilford Warfstache, is a giant pink mustache. It has now become something of an official Markiplier emblem. Sometimes he even wears it while recording!
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Mark's attempt at hiding his knowledge of the fact that "Error #53" is a horror game and not a cutesy adventure game is... unconvincing. Especially noticeable as unlike his other videos he doesn't react to the scares at all, and blames all the monsters and jumpscares on Techno Babble terms.
  • Bad Santa: Mark-in-a-Santa-suit more or less acts this way when playing the Christmas versions of A Very Organized Thief and Viscera Cleanup Detail.
    • Mark plays the Happy Wheels in-game version of Santa this way too. Not far off the Happy Wheels "canon" as Santa laughs jovially when his elves die.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In his joke video about what he does while he's not making Let's Plays, he has "Steal other Youtubers' ideas" at Number 4. We then have a shot of him staring at PewDiePie videos... before he tells his digitally-voiced parrot Jacque to shut up about stealing them.
  • Berserk Button: Perhaps THIS is his best known example.
    • Interrupting him mid intro isn't smart either, as several Drunk Minecrafts will show you.
    Markiplier: Hello everybody, and welcome back to...
    Bob: Adjga...
    Markiplier: SHUUUUUT UUUUUP!!!
    • And this one
    Markiplier: Hello every...
    Bob: Third time in a row!
    Markiplier: God Damn it!! - *incoherent babbling and Face Palm on webcam* I'm finishing off this bottle of wine.
    • Octodad's gameplay. He liked the game but damn did he rage over it.
    Markiplier (on Catlateral Damage): Hope you enjoyed that. Was it good for you? It was good for me. Because we won this little shindig, and now we know, that there's more to life, than screaming at a stupid fuckin' octopus, that doesn't know what he's doing, and WON'T EVER COOPERATE WITH YOU, AND WON'T EVER DO WHAT YOU S-
    • He simply can't stand Vanish. Despite being close to completing it several times, Mark just can't seem to beat it. The game's habit of telling you to pick a path and go with it, and then metaphorically kicking you in the balls when you pick the wrong path, certainly doesn't help. The worst of these moments was when Mark found the exit, was in the process of unlocking the door, and then the monster snuck up on him and killed him. One such Vanish video is appropriately titled "I HATE EVERYTHING", wherein at the end, after being killed yet again, Mark flails and mashes his keyboard, ranting at how much he hates the world before slumping down, motionless, into his chair. The normal outro music doesn't even play at the end of that.
      Mark: Why can't I beat you? WHY? It should be literally impossible that I HAVEN'T beaten you! I've played you for hours! HOURS! Random chance should have been on my side by now! RANDOM CHANCE!
    • Even mentioning Vanish will generally get Mark on the defensive, with him typically insisting that he beat it fair and square. This created an amusing scenario in which Vanish was mentioned in a fan-made game, setting in-game Mark off on a rant that supposedly lasted four hours and ended with "and people died", which inadvertently sets off the real Markiplier, who only realizes just in time that he too was about to start ranting about Vanish.
    • He notes in his Five Nights at Freddy's let's play that he really hates when victory is based on random chance rather than individual skill or ability, hence his issues with Vanish.
    • And now, his attempt at playing I Am Bread. He rages so hard at one point he appears to be crying. He confesses he'll "never play this again!" (a promise he breaks a week later). According to himself, his biggest Berserk Button is "bad controls", citing his Surgeon Simulator videos as proof.
  • Big Good: Wants to be this as stated in a recent vlog. That doesn't stop fans from thinking he is already though.
  • Big "NO!":
  • Big "YES!": Whenever he gets past a day in Five Nights at Freddy's, especially when he beat 4-20 mode.
  • Blatant Lies: "Totally not afraid" of X. Running to the exit for "efficiency". "Just unlocked this door here, with a super secret code I guessed on the first try."
    • Drunk Minecraft is a kid-friendly all-ages series. Just ask all the penises.
    • Besiege features the line of Nota-Pe-Nis tractors, which are most definitely specialized farming equipment and absolutely not vaguely phallic siege engines.
  • Bloody Hilarious: His Happy Wheels Highlights is basically Bloody Hilarious: The Series.
  • Blue Screen Of Death: One level in Super Mario Maker has him rage to a point where the video goes into a mock BSOD.
    Markiplier.exe has stopped working


    If this is the first time you've encountered this error, please restart your computer. If this error appears again, please follow these steps:
    Remove Mario Maker game disk. Break disk in half.
  • Book Ends: His Hotel Remorse video starts and ends with that creepy Woody mask.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Says "Top of the mornin' to ya, laddies!" often enough for this to qualify.
  • Brain Bleach:
    • While playing Outlast: Whistleblower, he's grossed out by an inmate aggressively masturbating over a pile of corpses.
      • Later in the DLC, he was so disturbed by the tableau that the Groom created of "a woman giving birth" that Mark actually blurred out the scene and told viewers if they wanted to see it, they'd either have to play the game on their own, or go watch someone else's playthrough.
    • In his Nights at Fuckboy's 3 playthrough he finds the "hydra dildo" in room 7 and begins to quip "does it have like... nine-heads and when you cut one o-" then he stops short with a vaguely disturbed look on his face and simply continues playing.
    • Mark is quite disgusted in his first episode of Soma when he believes that the black fluid dripping from the machines is robot semen.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When playing "Cry of Fear: Halloween Collab", Mark hears a noise he's never heard before. He says "What was that!? I never heard that! It was like a frickin' bull! Or a moose! Or a moose bull! Or a boose! Or a mole! I don't know. It was something. I didn't like it."
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: His playing of Dan and Phil's 7 second challenge app, which has him naming three things that will be invented come the year 3000.
    "Hoverboards, time travel, and then..robots you can have sex with."
  • Break the Cutie: What Presentable Liberty does to him. It starts normal and humorous, but gradually Mark undergoes a Sanity Slippage, getting so immersed in the game that the deaths of Sal and especially Charlotte leave him broken and empty.
    '"I stopped playing the game and just started living it halfway through that."'
  • Breather Episode: His playthrough of Poly Bridge, where the game's mellow background music complements Mark's explanations about physics and engineering, which he's very well-versed in.
  • Brick Joke: "Where's The Blacksmith?" He finds it and it turns out to be him all along.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • After encountering (and being killed multiple times by) the blind and lobotomized patient in Neverending Nightmares and realizing that he has to rely on his senses to attack, Mark coolly tries to play off how frightened the patient made him.
    • This exchange during his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's 2:
    Mark:"I can't let Chica in here. If I die by Chica, I'm gonna literally poop my pants!" (Five seconds later, he drops the camera, and Chica's there to kill him) "HIIII, CHICA!! What the hell?!"
  • Broken Record: He has released three videos ("rar", "BOOP SUPERJUICE", "RÖKNING FÖRBJUDEN") that consist of a single short loop repeated over and over for 10 minutes.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In episode 13 of Drunk Minecraft, Mark spends a large chunk of the episode teasing Latingoddess (the server moderator) by Shipping Zombiemold (Latin's boyfriend and the owner of the server) with all of his female fans. Needless to say, the end result is what you'd expect.
  • Button Mashing: In this video, he demonstrates that yes, he can button mash that fast with his mouse.
  • Butt-Monkey: When you read this page and the assorted subpages, you get the impression that life really seems to have it in for Mark.
    • In-universe example with A.J. from Random Encounters. In every crossover Mark's done with him, he's always portrayed as the loser no one likes.
  • Captain Obvious: His reaction to seeing an unmoving man covered in blood and wounds in part two of Grey was simply: "That guy is dead!"
  • The Cameo: He's the announcer on the SMASH! track on Starbomb's Player Select album.
    • In an example of someone appearing in his videos, Arin shows up a couple of times in the second part of his Sonic Dreams Collection playthrough. Given that he sometimes records at the Grump Office, this isn't surprising.
  • Camera Abuse: "Fast.EXE" ends with Sonic Mark running head-on towards the camera and slamming into it.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Surprisingly, despite a certain popular ongoing video series of his relying on alcohol consumption for entertainment value, Mark has stated several times that, because of his Asian heritage, his body has a semi-allergic reaction to alcohol and he has to take a certain type of medication beforehand to suppress some of the symptoms, and even then, when he does drink, he still has to stick to a responsible amount.
    • Unfortunately, it all seems to have caught up to him: A recent non-life-threatening incident that led to brief hospitalization has forced him to swear off alcohol completely, meaning that Drunk Minecraft can no longer continue.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "I got a chair!" in Amnesia and "I don't trust you!" in Dead Space. "(HOLY) BALLS!!!" in general.
    • Addressing each scare as an unwanted door-to-door salesman. "(shuddering laugh) "Noooo, thank you" and "I don't want any."
    • "Hello, Baaaaaaaaaaaabay!" to female characters, statues, and pictures.
    • "Like a boosh!", "I booosh you!" "I boooll you!" while playing box-jumping puzzles.
    • "Haaaaa-biskey!"
    • "Totes McScrotes."
    • "Thank you all so much for watching, and as always, I will SEEEE YOOOUUU... in the next video. BYE BYE!"
    • Also uses the word "diabolical" and "ergo" quite often.
    • "I'm too pro!" Almost invariably, something bad follows this statement.
    • "Ding-dong-damn!"
    • "SHADDAP, NURSE!" (apropos no one in particular)
    • In Drunk Minecraft: "ZOMBIE!!!" (the owner of the server) and "Shut up, Wade!/I blame Wade"
    • "BOXES!!" whenever he spots a pile of destructible crates in a GMod horror map.
    • "Don't kill me, bro!"
    • "All right, all right, all riiiiiiight."
    • "Dick-punching party!" Said when extremely frustrated at a game's developer.
    • Expect Mark to say "OW, MY ASS!" or "OW, MY PENIS/BALLS!" if he dies a rather... painful or embarrassing death in Happy Wheels.
    • "All right, kiddies!", for whenever he's imitating Santa Claus.
    • He occasionally calls monsters - such as the Ao Oni - "buttstabbers".
    • "That's what she said." Said whenever he makes an innuendo.
    • In Outlast, he's taken to saying "Little piggy no no, little piggy go go home now" whenever he goes through a narrow squeeze, thanks to the big burly guy calling him a "little pig" before tossing him off a two floor ledge.
    • "Eff you in the Ay, and have a nice day!"
    • Asking "Did I won? Diiid I woooon?" when endings are unclear, not even providing A Winner is You screens.
    • In Happy Wheels, whenever he plays as Wheelchair Guy, he starts off by saying, "I'm just an old man!" Doubles as Captain Obvious.
    • Every time he successfully accomplishes anything in Dishonored, be it teleporting behind a foe, sneaking by a guard, slaughtering his way through a group of enemies, or picking up a piece of bread, he will proudly say "Like a shadow in the NIIIIGGHHT...", or "Master Assassin!"
    • "Normal human! NORMAL!"
    • When figuring out game objectives, he'll usually say "I'll play your game, you rogue", or "I'm picking up what you're putting down..."
    • "You are so weird!" for whenever he comes across a strange person/creature repeatedly.
    • Saying (or screaming, rather) "I'M GONNA LOSE MY MIND!" when he's particularly frustrated with a game, mostly when he's getting killed multiple times, very quickly.
    • "I saw a shadow!/I saw something in the darkness! You can't say I didn't!/Don't tell me you didn't just see that!" usually said when he spots something moving in a dark corner, or running past him.
    • "Do I need to press B to Blow?" might count.
    • When confronted with a Jump Scare or other monster, he'll say "HI!" or "Hiiii." in his inimitable, exaggerated fashion.
    • In Octodad his catchphrase is "If I could just stop doing X" when he's trying (and failing) to accomplish a task.
    • "Fuck a duck!"
    • "I'm fluuuuuubernucked!"
    • "I'm so boned, I'm so boned, I'm so BONED!"note 
    • "What a bunch of bull!" when he dies or gets hurt in what he considers to be a bullshit way.
    • "Goody-goody gumdrops!" when he does something right or something doesn't fuck up.
    • "How big are your boobs?" seems to appear a lot in his play through of Huniepop.
    • "I could've been an engineer..."
    • Mark tends to gush "this is SO COOL" when a game features something he's interested in, especially space. Naturally this reaches ridiculous levels when he plays Universe Sandbox.
    • "Once more into the breach" when it's usually after a retry or two.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believed Mark when he started screaming out Latin's return. It's not until the very end of the video when she blows Mark and Yami up does anyone believe him.
  • Censored for Comedy: The entire point of his Unnecessary Censorship videos.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mark has his moments. It's particularly obvious when he's sick (and yet makes videos anyways) or when he's playing Google Feud.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Markiplier typically makes a conscious effort to use PG language (saying such things as "hecky-heck" or bleeping his own language), even while playing video games that qualify as an M-rating, though will start swearing (sometimes A LOT) when he gets too frustrated with glitches in the games, his inability to overcome obstacles within them, or just generally freaked out.
    • His Let's Play of Dreadhalls is notable for possibly having the highest F-Bomb count in any Markiplier video to date.
    • One part of his Surgeon Simulator 2013 Let's Play had him so furious that he stopped playing for a moment just to let out a series of cusses.
    "I have to get all the fucks out."
    • On his second playthrough of Vapour, he dies very many times causing him to rage. In the end, he gives us an amazing series of f-bombs, while Flipping the bird with two fingers.
    Markiplier: God fuck me! God fuck it, fuck-fuck it, I dont want it! Fuck you, and fuck all of you, fuck you to hell, FUCK OOOOOFFFF!
    • A sudden unexpected facehugger out of nowhere prompts another another one near the end of Alien: Isolation. (Mainly because he hadn't saved in a bit and had to repeat things)
    • One of the Animated Adaptations of his Five Nights at Freddy's 3 play through highlights a somewhat creative string of you, fuck, and "fucky".note 
    • His first playthrough of Depth, due to combining his dislike for the ocean and especially sharks, is close to 20 minutes of Mark delivering rapid fire "fucks" as he tries to survive the onslaught (by one viewer's count, nearly 106 fucks).
  • Companion Cube: In the Amnesia custom story A Late Night Drink, Mark finds a tiny version of the normal wooden box and grows fond of it, calling it Tiny Box Tim. He gets separated from it later on, much to his sorrow, and when he finally crosses paths with the tiny box once again near the end of the story, he's unable to pick it up. Tiny Box Tim has since become a recurring "character" in any of his Let's Plays of Amnesia custom stories, and a familiar sidekick showing up in the gifts his fans send him, including many fan-created Markiplier games.
    • In his Let's Play of The Forest, he is attacked by a female native who he kills and accidentally dismembers, grabbing hold of one of her arms. He quickly discovers the arm to be a powerful and easy way to clear out branches and vegetation, adopting it and calling it "Armanda." He even starts freaking out when he thinks he's lost the arm.
  • Comical Angry Face: From about 20:32 to 21:02 of his video of the Cry of Fear mod The Stairway.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 he sees the check after completing five nights and presumes that the date is the main character's birthday. It takes him the next video to realize it's a sign that the game's actually a prequel.
  • Cool Chair: Makes frequent use of and references to these during Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its subsequent Mods as a useless weapon/security blanket against the unkillable monsters featured in the games.
    Markiplier: I have a chair! Yeah! You didn't like it last time! You'll like it even less this time. 'Cuz it's goin up yo butt. Whole chair, up yo butt!
  • Corpsing: In his World's 2nd Quietest Let's Play, he realizes that he can't whisper his Santa voice without breaking down laughing.
  • Cringe Comedy: Try Not To Cringe Challenge.
  • Crossover:
    • Quite a few with other Lets Players, most often Yamimash.
    • FyreUK in some of his Drunk Minecraft videos.
    • Mark himself has appeared with Jacksfilms for an episode of Your Grammar Sucks. He's also appeared on React a few times.
    • He routinely collaborates with Captain Sparklez, most prominently for "Gentleman's Dispute".
    • Not to mention his friendship with JackSepticEye. And Bob and Wade. And his appearances with the Game Grumps and Ninja Sex Party.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Played for Laughs in his Lichtspeer video, where it's him with the titular weapon vs a whole crowd of people with "light whips" (glowsticks) It's essentially an anti-climactic line-up as they all take turns getting stabbed one at a time.
  • Cutaway Gag:
    • When enraged by Amnesia: A Late Night Drink, Mark takes a break to calm himself down. During this break, he cuts to images of kittens.
    • He also makes multiple kitten-scenes when climbing the octopus in Octodad.
      • Becomes even terrifying, as the kitten-scenes become more and more traumatizing, the more frustrated he grows.
  • Cuteness Proximity: His response to finding a tiny version of the wooden box in the Amnesia custom story A Late Night Drink, whom he names Tiny Box Tim. It's also touched upon in his video of the Markiplier mod for Don't Starve, explaining that he has a tendency to become fascinated by tiny versions of normal objects (like baby shoes, for example). This also happened when he did his Slime Rancher video.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Mark beginning to realize the stalker with Vader Breath is SCP-106. "He's gonna get me and... bite my nipples off!"

  • Deadpan Snarker: Common to most Let's Play videos, Markiplier is humorously underwhelmed by the lack of logic that motivates the storyline, making aside comments to diffuse the tension and point out cliches in games.
  • Delayed Reaction: During his let's play of The Crooked Man, it took him about a second to realize that the Crooked Man is standing behind him in one segment. He promptly lets out a terrified shriek upon the realization.
    • A better example is when he played the demo version of It Moves. It took him a while before he realized that there was a red face getting more visible during the Labyrinth section.
    • In an unintended example, in the original version of his third video for his Quadrant Let's Play the facecam and audio were behind the game footage, causing several of his reactions to be delayed from what's shown on screen. What's interesting is Markiplier did several jump cuts and, while the audio times correctly with the start of them (sometimes) it eventually starts lagging behind the video footage.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Part 13 of his playthrough of Until Dawn has him end up making a choice to "Investigate Voice" with Ashley. This results in Ashley getting her head torn off by a Wendigo. Mark leaves the screen, screaming in frustration, then returns, burying his face in the back of his chair, along with several Big Nos. He even plays through the entire game again just to avoid the outcome, complete with an Atomic F-Bomb.
    • Mark almost has another one when Mike dies in the final action sequence because Mark thought not moving was the correct solution. It wasn't. But, before the game can save, Mark quits to the title screen and reloads the game.
  • Determinator: Mark has shown time and time again that he hates giving up on finishing games or looking at walkthroughs, since he's determined to prove that he can figure things out himself. If he ever looks at a guide, it's because he's really stuck.
    • Despite how much the game frustrates or scares him, Mark is determined to beat Vanish, even though the game appears to be equally determined to never let him win. And, eventually, after nine videos plus hours of playthroughs that we never saw, he finally succeeded.
    • The same can be said for his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's. He spends seven hours offscreen attempting to beat "4/20 mode" (the hardest custom difficulty possible) until he finally wins.
    • Then taken Up to Eleven, with him doing the same with the sequel, where he plays the Golden Freddy mode, AKA 10/20, for nine hours straight.
    • Mark displays his amazing staying power in the fifth episode of his playthrough of Ben and Ed, where he attempts to do an incredibly difficult jump course in Level 10. The level in question is optional, and within the level, said jump puzzle is also optional. Mark nevertheless tried for two and a half hours to finish one relatively (compared to some of his other Determinator moments) short challenge.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Until Dawn Animated has Mark casually slap a wendigo in the face while retrieving Ashley's body.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Invoked when Markiplier encounters Springtrap; he tries to survive by making friendly Chit-chat with him. It doesn't last, but it does stall for quite a while.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: When playing an Amnesia custom story, Markiplier will usually make sure to smash any of the small glass display cases lying around.
  • Dissimile: Mark describes A Good Husband during part one of its playthrough:
    Mark: It's kinda like The Sims... except not at all like The Sims, because it's not at all like that.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Quite a lot in HuniePop - when he first sees Lola in a bikini he spends about a minute screaming.
  • Domestic Abuse: Mark admitted he was a victim of an abusive relationship. He expresses his belief that nobody has the "right" to hurt anybody, regardless of their genders.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He practically waves his hands and dances in front of SCP-096, then barricades himself behind three doors to see if it gives chase. Yep.
    Mark: (wiggles eyebrows) ............Is he coming after me? YEAH HE'S COMIN AFTER ME! AAAAGGGH (ripped to shreds)
    • He has a bad habit of doing this to the Evil Monkeys in Dark Deception.
    Mark: I know I shouldn't mess with them, but they're so much fun to mess with.
    [Later On]
    Mysterious Voice: Run, they're right behind you!
    Mark: SHADDUP he's not right behin- OHGODHE'SRIGHTBEHINDME
    • A strange example, but in One Night at Flumpty's, Mark sees Grunkfuss the Clown in his office, and scared of the jumpscare that he thinks is coming very soon, he taunts Grunkfuss by saying this-
    Markiplier: (playfully) "N-nothing can happen to (Birthday Boy Blam attacks) MEEeeEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! AAH FUUUCK!! WHAT WAS THAT?"
  • Double Take: During his Ao Oni playthrough, after spending quite some time stuck on a puzzle and finally, proudly, passing it.
    (While going to a locked door he'd just found a key for)
    Mark: "Okay sorry I get way too excited about this sort of stuff. I never get these puzzles right, so you gotta give me credit when I get it! And I get it good, yeah. Sorry, little too excited. Little too excited!"
    (When attempting to enter a door that had previously opened with no problem, and finding it's now locked)
    Mark: "Little too excited! Everyone was else was probably- Wait what?"
    (The titular monster appears right on cue)
  • Dramatic Reading: "The Scarecrow Corpse"
  • Drinking Game: An interesting example is the Drunk Minecraft series, where Mark and his two real life friends Bob and Wade drink alcohol while playing Minecraft. Hilarity Ensues.
    • For a drinking game within a drinking game, take a shot every time a reference is made to The Walking Dead.
    • For his YouTube channel in general: take a shot for every video that has the words "scariest game ever" (or a variation thereof) in the title.
  • Dr. Jerk: This is how he portrays himself when playing Surgeon Simulator. He's constantly yelling at his "nurse", and the way he treats his patients could be considered Meatgrinder Surgery... except calling it "surgery" is probably being generous.
  • Eagleland: Type 2. In his eighth Vanish playthough, he passes a lot of the time by recounting the history of America to his viewers.
    Mark: We Americans like coffee. We dip our hamburger and donuts into coffee every morning and then we drink that, and then we pray to the American flag, which has a big middle finger on it, by the way...
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His first batch of videos didn't use a facecam. Since Mark's reactions are considered one the best things about him, it makes watching his earliest videos feel very strange.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Invoked; Mark got right up to the final area of Subnautica, but then ended his playthrough, saying that because he hadn't earned it legitimately (the game was still incomplete at the time and he had to use console commands to progress) any ending he got would be hollow and meaningless. However, he did promise to pick the game back up once it's officially released.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The wool statues that he, Bob and Wade created in the now discontinued Drunk Minecraft series can count as this, though it's always Played for Laughs.
  • Empty Room Psych: Lampshaded by Mark after running into another room with nothing but creepy dolls in Neverending Nightmares.
  • Epic Fail: A lot of his Happy Wheels highlights highlight these moments, especially the assassin levels where he somehow manages to kill himself a bunch of times, but never the target.
    • Of course, bad enough when he manages to stab himself in the head a few times. But repeatedly stabbing yourself in the ass?
    • Especially in this moment where the most damage he does to the target is knock him over.
    • Not to mention the running gag of his accidentally decapitating himself on pogo levels. Just normal levels, not traps or explosives.
    • In Prop Hunt video 13 he manages to die before the round starts.
    • During The Impossible Quiz he opted to use a skip on a question that could never be gotten wrong.
    • In Outlast, he ended up wandering around for several minutes (even adding in a Jump Cut to cut out even more wandering) when all he had to do was jump up to a small ledge. He immediately called himself out on it.
    • In Ross' Super Mario Maker level, he managed to completely screw up a puzzle by putting a spring in an awkward position, causing the shell to fall off the platform and screw his chances of beating it. Mark immediately suffered a Heroic B.S.O.D. as a result of his screw up.
    • In Dead by Daylight, after Mark warns Wade about a bear trap by him, Mark proceeds to step into that same trap. He runs into another trap shortly after.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Both of the Game Grumps once got into an argument as to who would get to fuck him up the butt.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: In his 'reaction compilation' videos, the subtitles often simply revert to question marks, a cascade of letters, or the word 'derp'.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Mark obviously does not like Dr. Drevis, especially as the game is winding down. He wonders why the doctor would cheat on his wife when she's very attractive and very loving and devoted. He even becomes disgusted with him wanting to turn his daughter into a doll and wanting her to be "ripe enough". His treatment towards Maria is even worse and Mark voices his disapproval of it.
    • He's very disgusted by David the cannibal leader. He's obviously not very keen of cannibalism, but he's downright furious with David using this as a means to keep a whole village alive, especially since women and children live there. What makes him hate David even more is his interest in a fourteen-year-old girl.
    • He reaches the good ending of Misao and is disgusted by what the villains did to the titular character.
  • Evil Laugh: Sometimes does this, such as in this video, when he accidentally kills a patient in Surgeon Simulator 2013 and goes a little crazy, pretending to be a Deadly Doctor..
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Mark fails to notice on-screen prompts and hints quite often in his Let's Play of Dead Space 3.
    • In Part 4 of Ao Oni, he manages to miss a hanging body, as he's more focused on solving a puzzle at the time. It's only after it hits the ground that he notices it.
    • In Part 2 of Five Nights at Freddy's, he begins the fourth day listening to the starting phone conversation as per usual. Unfortunately, he becomes so interested in it that he completely forgets to check any part of the building and defend himself, in a game about checking parts of the building so he can defend himself. Needless to say, he's killed before the phone conversation even ends.
    • A particularly egregious example occurs when he plays Monstrum. Mark hears the monster stomping around a floor above him, but when the footsteps fade away for a brief period, he assumes he's safe and launches into his usual amused ramblings. When you watch the video, you can actually hear the monster stomping up to him and see the light flickering off of him, but Mark is too busy talking to the ceiling to notice. Amusingly, the monster waits for Mark to stop speaking before roaring right into his ear, making him freak out.
    • In The Evil Within, he somehow manages to miss picking up the Agony Crossbow (a silent and very versatile weapon) multiple times throughout his playthrough, ironically complaining about the lack of a crossbow whenever he picks up various types of bolts for it. It takes him until part 7 of his playthrough to finally get one, and only because it was well lit and easily noticeable that time around. Similarly, he fails to notice that there are options for upgrading Sebastian's maximum sprint time, all the while cursing every time he has to take a breather after jogging for 3 seconds.
    • In SOMA, he frequently misses key interactions with objects on his first pass, causing him to spend excessive amounts of time solving even relatively simple puzzles. Partially justified due to the game developers making objects fit so well into the background that you often won't know you can click on something until the prompt appears.
    • Double Subverted in the Undertale livestream. Mark noticed Alphys giving you the correct answers during Mettaton's quiz... but he and Tyler ignored it when Mettaton started trolling them.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    • Vanish for the longest time, though he did eventually beat it after nine episodes and hours of unrecorded gameplay. The experience still haunts him, two years later.
    • 60 Seconds is rapidly becoming this. Six episodes in and he hasn't beaten the game once, even on Easy Mode.
  • Flat "What.": Has a visual reaction upon finding the "Dancing Room" in The Darkest Words.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Done in Vapour when deciding to Rage Quit.
    • Also in "F*ck This Game", where he dances with middle fingers out on the bottom left.
    • "OCULUS RIFT FAIL" ends with him doing this with both hands after getting a vicious kick to the groin.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: This is somewhat the case with his brother Tom. While Tom acts more mature, Mark acts more silly. This can be seen in their Orcs Must Die! 2 Let's Play. Also, Mark likes to tease Tom occasionally. In his The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Let's Play, Mark makes fun of furries... His brother writes a fairly famous furry webcomic.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Five Nights at Freddy's fail compilation. The whole point of that video is to show a couple of different ways Markiplier lost in 4/20 Mode.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Parodied in the Sonic.exe playthrough.
    Don't turn around; that thing standing directly behind you will just get pissed off.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: In his Trouble In Terrorist Town videos with other Youtubers, Minx is everyone's go-to Butt-Monkey as they repeatedly accuse her of being the traitor. At one point, Mark leaps to his death and tells everyone Minx murdered him (on no basis whatsoever), who amusingly turned out to be the actual traitor. Subverted, it was Spoon who was actually the traitor but from Mark's POV, it did look like it was Minx.
    Mark: Minx didn't actually kill me, but boy you guys really went for it!
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In his first Dungeon Nightmares playthrough, when a skeleton falls all of a sudden, there's a text reading: "OMG u so handsome" appearing over it. It's quite easy to miss if you freak out.
    • Also a lot of compilation videos with in-video subtitles have - at times - small text appear for a split second, making it sometimes a rally for commenters on who can list all the "secret" gags first.
  • Freudian Slip: From one of his Amnesia custom story videos:
    Mark: My mouth is just watering at the thought of that giant juicy sausage! Can't wait for the flavour to blow in my mouth. *beat* Explode in my mouth. Wait, what am I talking about? Wait a minute!
  • Friend to All Living Things: During his Firewatch playthrough. Mark claims that back when he was a child, he fancied himself as this; of course, that turned out not to be true.
  • Funny Background Event: One of his Subnautica videos has a small ad appearing on the corner of screen that has Wilfred Warfstache doing a silent promotion for "Disc of Wealth". This foreshadows the "Markiplier TV" skit.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
    • His first video for HuniePop has his introduction subtitled in Japanese before aping the opening to Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • His April Fools 2016 videos get a lot more hilarious if you turn on Youtube's subtitles.
  • Game-Breaking Bug / Good Bad Bug: Has a nasty habit of causing these, especially in Amnesia custom stories.
  • Geek Physique: Nope, he's got a healthy amount of muscle. Especially in his arms.
    Mark: Who the hell're you calling girrrly, boy!?
  • Genre Savvy: Tends to quickly figure out how to avoid monsters in the games he plays. And usually can tell when things are going to get scary very fast. He's also able to pick out suspicious places and people very quickly in games, which is particularly amusing when the non-suspicious person he off-handedly said was probably evil turns out to be evil after all.
    • In his playthrough of The Evil Within he figures out pretty quickly some of the reveals, particularly the detective main character having a Dark and Troubled Past, the entire game being a shared dream, and the villain's plan being Grand Theft Me.
      • In addition, during the final battle, he runs out of ammo and dies. As the game buffers for him to try again, he says, "It's a rule of three; you're supposed to get three shots on him! That's, like, that's like the thing!"
    • He pays attention to who has Misao's body parts and is able to reach the good ending by killing Mr. Sohta, who had a connection to her hands, instead of Tohma, who had no body parts.
    • In his Until Dawn playthrough, he correctly guesses that the psycho that made death traps was Josh within seconds of seeing him.
    • In his Prey (2017) playthrough, he figures out the biggest plot twist of the game that he was a Mimic half an hour in his first episode.
  • Gilligan Cut: In Five Nights at Freddy's: the Lost Episode, Mark does one of these.
    Mark: I'll be fine, so long as something hasn't changed, I'm good.
    *fade out, fade in*
    Mark: [nervously] Oooookay, something changed.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Mark and Bob tease Wade in this way during Drunk Minecraft, tying in with his being the group's Butt-Monkey. Subverted if you watch Wade's videos, where his girlfriend Molly is a presence in several of his LPs, most prominently 7 Days to Die and his own Minecraft videos.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Most of the time, Mark keeps the language PG-13 and tries not to outright curse if he can help it, with the exception of loud freak-out reactions. When he starts dropping Cluster F Bombs repeatedly, he's really unnerved or angry.
    • A couple of Super Mario Maker videos have him donate money to charity, with $100 added for every time he swears.
  • Gratuitous German: During his playthrough of The Last of Us, he repeatedly says, "Scheiße" (crap/shit).
  • Groin Attack: In "OCULUS RIFT FAIL", someone records Mark playing a Rift game while standing up and talking to his audience, only for another person to run up and give him an almighty kick to his nads. Mark is cut off mid-sentence, drops his controller, and promptly crumples to the ground in pain. And then flips them off.
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: When he likes a game he is playing, he doesn't hesitate to compliment it. Even explaining his reasons why he likes it.
    • Complaining About Shows You Don't Like: While he dislikes giving out mean comments about a game and prefers to play good games, if he has an issue with a game he's playing he will explain what issues he has with them. The biggest example of this is his playthrough of Evil, which completely failed to scare him.

  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: With the Stanley Parable narrator.
  • Heel Realization: He has one at the end of The Witch's House. He literally spends about a minute in total silence after finding out that he was playing Ellen the Witch and he was fighting the real Viola.
  • Hell Is That Noise: invoked The scraping stone feet of SCP-173. Mark invariably runs headlong into it, not grasping that 173 can navigate vents.
    • SCP-173's music cue whenever he's in the vicinity. Somewhere.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: When going through his first let's play of Slender: The Arrival, Markiplier was foiled by the proxy in chapter 3 just as he was about to escape via the mine-shaft elevator, sending him into a screaming mess. The next time, he manages to get to the elevator and up the shaft before this can happen again, and everything seems okay with the level effectively over. Then a bug in clipping issues when stepping off the elevator platform towards the exit sends the player character plummeting to their death. Mark is so utterly shocked and unprepared for what is quite possibly the most epic unintentional "screw you" destiny could ever give a gamer, that his commentary stops in it's tracks, as does his ability to even use facial expressions as he stares blankly at the screen for the next fifteen to twenty seconds in absolute silence, un-moving.
    • His playthrough of Mad Father featured a puzzle where he had to recreate a murder scene. He used the mini-chainsaw on the "terribly frightened" girl in the puzzle room, causing the girl to explode into bloody pieces. Mark sat, unmoving, with his mouth hanging open for a good five seconds.
    • Both monsters from his Monstrum playthroughs (of the two he's seen so far, anyway) have caused him to Freak-Out followed by a Heroic B.S.O.D., due to how badly he was caught off guard.
    • During his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's 4, when the bite incident occurs after the fifth night, Mark can do nothing but stare in open-mouthed horror for almost twenty seconds. Even after he recovers, he's still visibly disturbed for the rest of the video.
    • When he accidentally gets Ashley killed in Until Dawn by forgetting that a wendigo can mimic human voices, he covers his eyes with his arms for a good twenty seconds before removing his headphones and walking offscreen to scream out his frustration. The saddest part is he remembers this vital information the second he screws up and can't go back.
      • Doubles as CMOA. Mark vows to completely replay the game in order just to save Ashley. Considering how long he's been playing it so far that level of dedication is impressive.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Mark will occasionally point out moments that he Failed a Spot Check, or otherwise couldn't figure out a relatively obvious solution to a puzzle. The most notable of these moments was during a playthrough of Outlast, where he spent a good few minutes wandering around, only to find that he only needed to jump up a small gap, which caused Mark to declare himself "the biggest idiot who ever lived." Even worse is that Mark added in a Jump Cut to cut out even more pointless wandering around.
    • Mark will even express disappointment in himself if he takes a while to figure out any puzzle, even if his method of figuring it out was actually quite clever or not the most straightforward way. Expect the comments section to express amazement when this happens (if the puzzle was particularly frustrating for a lot of people).
  • Hero on Hiatus: As of September 16th, 2015, due to the death of a friend. This is a very big TearJerker.
  • Hidden Depths: As seen in this vine, Mark has a surprisingly nice singing voice. You can imagine the reaction from the fangirl community.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Every. Single. Drunk Minecraft. Especially when they have a serious objective in mind.
    • This one in particular. They try to build Smokey the Bear. It turns out as... uh... just watch it.
      Wade: Why do we try to build things? They NEVER turn out right!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During Mark's playthrough of A Late Night Drink, Mark spends 15-20 minutes searching for 4 keys in a library. He pulled out books for 20 whole minutes. One key was behind a candlestick NEXT to some books, but other than that, Mark needlessly pulled out books for 20 whole minutes.
    • What makes this even worse was the fact that Mark failed to recognize this as his own failure.
      • He eventually did recognize it as his own failure when he included it in one of his compilations, putting arrows pointing to the keys everytime one is in-frame to show how obviously he missed some of them (specifically the key next to the statue).
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: His "attempt" at singing in this video fits the bill, especially considering Mark has shown to be capable of singing.
  • Hope Spot: Mark very, very narrowly escapes being mauled by Freddy on his first night, and celebrates accordingly... before being immediately reminded he has fournote  more days to go.
    Mark: "Oh no... ohnononono... [Freddy Appears] HI! OH GODDAMNIT! HOW'RE YA DOIN!? [6 A.M.] Did I make it...? I MADE IT! YEAH-HAH! [2nd Night] Ohgodnotagain...
    • Oh, and then there was the infamous moment in Vanish, where he got the keys, found the door, unlocked the door... and was killed before being able to leave.
    • In part 6 of Amnesia: Killings in Aldstadt, Mark is tormented by a neverending loop of the shop theme from Ocarina of Time produced by a soundtrack bug, and tries to end it all by repeatedly jumping off a tall balcony. When he goes up the stairs to do it again, the loop stops... only to start all over again.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one of the Garry's Mod horror maps Mark ran with Yamimash, he takes a second to good-naturedly mock a "bananus buttsex" poster, saying "We'll stick with our highbrow humor." He then turns on noclip and proceeds to fart his way across the map.
  • The Idealist: Has a generally positive attitude and believes in the best of the games that he plays. Even for games that are universally hated as buggy and unintuitive, he is quicker to say that it's his fault as a gamer than to say the game is terrible.
  • Idiot Ball: Alien: Isolation gives the player a tool to track the motion of enemies: the aptly-named "motion tracker". Despite this, multiple times in Markiplier's playthrough (especially in the final third of the game) he'll forget about this crucial gameplay tool and instead cower in fear in a dark corner calling out, "Is someone there?!" or "Where did you go?!" to the NPCs. While it's true that an enemy can hear the tracker's beeping, and that might have influenced his decision to not use it, testing it out would have revealed they can only hear it if you're close enough to give them a rectal exam, not fifteen feet away.
  • Idiot Hero: At least as far as he's concerned.
  • I Hate Past Me: In part 17 of "Afraid of Monsters" Mark is forced to backtrack through an area he had already went through. He's forced to fight several monsters he had originally run past and wonders why he left so many. "Damn you, past me!"
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Mark seems to think this of the seasoning powder used to flavor Takis Fuego corn snacks to a point of near-obsession. He's even developed a method for determining which of two factories he believes a bag came from by feeling the consistency of the bag before buying it, and has reached out to his viewers to find a way of obtaining the seasoning powder in bulk.
  • Improv: For his final Mad Father, he uses a real cough for a piece of dialogue.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: His first run-in with SCP-106, aka "Radical Larry".
  • Insistent Terminology: Invoked during his playthrough of Huniecam Studio in order to maintain his kid friendly atmosphere. Mark repeatedly insists that the girls in the game are filming Let's Play videos, that they are going to the photo studio to make thumbnails for their Let's Plays, and that they go to the sleazy motel to search for cash under the furniture. Naturally, everything you see from the game itself makes it immediately clear what's really going on.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: A lot of his lines tend to be very odd, but they do make sense, even this one:
  • Jerkass Façade: When he plays as himself in a comedy sketch, he tends to play himself as an arrogant passive-aggressive jerk, which is the complete opposite of the kind of person he really is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He spends most of the time on his blogs thanking his supporters and warning about clinical dangers revolving around the internet, not that we are not aware of it, while being just as Jerkass in video games, but not to an extent to be toxic. Even cries to the point where fans made collabs, video games and mods about him... most of them anyway.
  • Jump Cut: A Running Gag.
  • Jump Scare: Falls victim to many while gaming.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: After dyeing his hair pink, his hair color has varied from bright bubblegum pink, to peach as that color faded, to blue, to purplish-blue upon fading, to red, until he finally returned to his natural hair color around the end of 2016.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever Darkiplier appears... the humor stops.
  • Kubrick Stare: Invoked for two minutes thirteen seconds in his Hello Kitty Online episode. It's not a still photo.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • Has this reaction to one of the alien's body parts making noises in Surgeon Simulator 2013.
    • Also during his OFF playthrough, when a head starts emerging from the mouth of a Pastel Burnt.
    • In The Last of Us and Alien: Isolation, he loves using the flamethrower on certain enemies. Even though he's overjoyed to have this weapon on hand, he quickly learns to use it in a more controlled manner.
  • Large Ham: Especially when he does his "Isaac Clarke voice".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: During Mark and Bob's Rust playthrough, Mark killed a guy who offered to help break into a building. Mark killed him the moment he turned his back on him and it turned out that he didn't have anything of value. Later on that same player came back packing a pistol and killed Bob. The fact that they built their home right next to the house they were breaking into didn't help.
  • Laughing Mad: At the end of his Dead Space 2 playthrough. It even got a Highlight.
    • The Markiplier Land episode of Drunk Minecraft, where the gang (or Mark and Wade at least) are at the end of a session and a lot drunker than normal. Mark dissolves into fits of laughter half a dozen times, to the confusion of his friends, with the first one lasting almost two minutes straight.
      Bob: What's going on with Mark?
      Wade: I don't know. He broke.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: During Prop Hunt #20, Mark mentions that his parents were on "ten different types of contraceptives" when he was conceived.
  • Lets See You Do Better: During his birthday stream he was playing Surgeon Simulator 2013's new mode (Meet The Medic), and after finally beating it, Wade was laughing in the background at Mark taking as long as he did and almost failing. Cue an angry Mark making Wade play until he either won or failed, while he was sitting in the background with a rather funny (but angry) expression.
    • While playing Skate 3, Bob criticized Mark for not doing enough funny stuff. Mark hands the controller over and tells Bob to do it, if he thinks he can be funnier. The very next thing Bob does is run his skater into a pole groin-first, which makes Mark crack up.
  • Luck-Based Mission: He states that he's not a fan of these in his Five Nights At Freddy's 4-20 mode video, since success in a game should be dependent on a player's skill. Note that in this specific instance, he's attempting an nigh-impossible challenge and has died to Freddy dozens and dozens of times due to random chance despite playing as perfectly as possible.

  • Madness Mantra: In his penultimate Vanish video, Mark undergoes a major Sanity Slippage from anger and desperation, repeating phrases over and over again, pleading with the game to just let him win.
  • Malaproper: "Amm-ro" for "ammo," "dablit" or "dablage" for "dammit/damage" respectively.
    • After a particularly hearty laugh in a Skate 3 video, his lungs hurt, and he says he thinks he "tore up his areola a little". The word he's looking for is alveoli.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Played for laughs, but Mark's Trouble In Terrorist Town videos with other Youtubers show that he's actually pretty good at plotting to get the others to kill each other (even if he's not actually the traitor that round) when he's not too busy screwing around.
  • Manly Tears: Mark has occasionally choked up on camera, during especially emotional moments in certain video games, or often when talking about how honored he is by his fans. Contrary to what Mark hilariously insists, it doesn't take away from his manliness one bit.
    • And then he's seen trying to hold back tears while talking about his friend's death.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: During TheGameStation's Guns of Icarus Battle Royale, teaming up with Jesse Cox, Dodger and Cry against Total Biscuit, Angry Joe, PeanutButterGamer and Criken. And again for Polaris' US vs. EU tournament, with the same teammates and fighting alongside Angry Joe, Bedbananas, Phreakindee and Videogamedunkey against Simon Lane, Lewis Brindley, Strippin, Pyrion Flax, Aypierre, Criken, Harrylafranc and Unsterbliicher.
  • Miles Gloriosus: According to his boasts, Markiplier will gloriously kick the butt of any monster he encounters. Just don't get him anywhere near the actual monsters.
  • Misplaced Nationalism: In his Ampu-Tea video, Mark satirized the negative stereotypes that the British have of Americans—for example, claiming "Britain is a whole country! I know this!" Unfortunately, some of the British viewers took Mark at face value and reacted accordingly. Many even used his antics as an excuse to spew hateful comments—including labeling all of America as Eagleland Flavor #2.
  • Mistaken for Foreigner: While reading viewer comments, he came across one which read "Mark! Are you going to America soon?" and was completely baffled.
  • Mixed Ancestry: His mother is Korean and his father German, explaining his surname and his Asian looks.
  • Monster Clown: World's Quietest Let's Play 2 Animated has Mark eaten by one of these. then finds himself surrounded by clown versions of Bob, Wade, Jack, Pewds, and the Game Grumps.
  • Motor Mouth: As a natural reaction when pants-shittingly terrified, Mark will tend to babble anything that comes to mind. The best example of this is during his Five Nights at Freddy's 3 playthrough, he talks with the animatronic that's about to kill him like he's having a tea party.
    "Hey, buddy! How’s it going? You wanna- you wanna get a noise? Like, over there? Like over there. There’s a bunch of noises. Like, noisy noises… I heard the noisest noise I ever heard over in room 10… Is that a room, room 10? You might wanna check out room 10, because room 10, whew, boy lemme tell you all the stuff that’s in room 10…"
  • Mr. Fanservice: WARNING! This video contains the sexiness of Mark.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Markiplier in Slow Motion", in which Mark manages to use overcrank to make the tasks of burning paper, spinning a bag of bread, and jumping on a couch all look equally badass.
    • His Best Fiends trailer to promote the charity. Yes, it was over the top.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Mark had a heartbreaking case after playing ''Ripest of Fears", a fangame dedicated to him. He realized that he's been trying so hard to get more subscribers that he's been neglecting the fans he already has. He promised to go back to how he used to be, and was desperately holding back tears at the end of the video.
    • He has an in-game example for Mad Father when he was setting up the final murder scene in the memory section. He playfully swung his mini chainsaw at the female statue only to successfully kill her. Obviously, he didn't realize this was part of the game and was just messing around.
    • Another in-game example is when he played Calm Time. He admitted that he just finished Drunk Minecraft and wasn't prepared for such a dark game. He especially felt bad for being forced to kill the only kid there.
    • He slowly starts thinking this during his playthrough of Off. After seeing the purified zones, he starts wondering what he's really doing. Meeting the Judge after defeating Japhet, having to kill the helpless Burnt in the subway tunnel, and being forced to kill Hugo eventually make him realize that he's done bad...
    • During his playthrough of Resident Evil 7: biohazard, he expresses horror over killing Mia the first time.
    "I was gonna run for it! I didn't want to be a part of this!"
  • Narcissist: Comes easily prepared to compliment himself when the situation calls for it.
  • Never Live It Down: The fact that he blew up Detroit for cake is becoming this in his Will You Press The Button series.
  • Never My Fault: One of the running gags of Drunk Minecraft is Mark's utter refusal to accept blame for anything that goes wrong during play, preferring to blame Wade for everything. Taken to silly extremes in this episode, were Mark accidently spills his drink on his keyboard, breaking it, and spends the rest of the episode running in and out trying to get a new one. An episode later, he's blaming it on Wade.
    • Lampshaded by Jordan on his guest appearance when he's told of this:
      Jordan: So that's your excuse?
      Mark: No! It's not my excuse!
  • The Nicknamer: Markiplier will, on occasion, randomly nickname characters in video games things like "Billy" (that's the name given to SCP-173 as well as to the Scavenger Bots in Dead Space 3) if he doesn't trust the character (as seen in his play-through of Penumbra and Nightmare House 2 as well as a sewer pipe he called "Jerry" in an Amnesia Mod.
  • Nice Guy: Often called this by his fans and nearly every Youtube Star. Judging from all of the heartwarming moments in his Vlogs to his fans and such, this is a sweetening understatement.
  • No Indoor Voice: He can get quite shouty, to say the least.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction:
    • During his Outlast: Whistleblower playthrough, Mark reads the subtitle "childhood, sexual, reptile imagery" in reference to weird dreams a patient is having. He starts asking what that is and seems to start asking for someone to make fanart of it, but he stops himself at the words "draw some f-" and says, "No, no. God", instead.
    • Whenever a game he's playing has Rape as Drama implications, he either has this reaction, says something along the lines of "Not going to touch that with a X ft pole", or just tries to ignore it completely.
    • In Happy Wheels Highlights #67, he has this reaction upon seeing Tiny Box Tim with a massive boner.
    • During his playthrough of Phobia, he keeps repeating "No" when someone, or something, keeps knocking on his bedroom door. Obviously, he knew something was wrong and he really didn't want to open the door. There's even an animation of the scene.
  • Noodle Incident: Mark mentions one to introduce his alcohol of choice while playing Five Nights at Fuckboy's. Said alcohol of choice is the 'delicious cinnamon whisky that got [Mark], Bob, Wade, Jack and Yamimash in trouble in Boston at PAX East.' Apparently, none of them will ever tell what actually happened, although Mark says not too much trouble.
  • No-Sell: World's Quietest Let's Play 2 Animated has Mark's sword breaking on Little Johnny's head.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Markiplier often praises game developers for making use of this and gets easily freaked out from a games suspense and atmosphere when this trope is successfully implemented.
    • His collaboration with Yamimash on the Abandoned Metro Garry's Mod map shows that he has little tolerance for games and maps which seem like they're building suspense and atmosphere, but then don't do anything with it.
    • Mark's produced this trope by himself in some cases, like the "Don't blink" and "Don't move" videos. Or in the credits of some games, like "Hotel Remorse".
  • Oh, Crap!: A couple in-game reactions:
    • In his play-through of The Last of Us, he was not happy to encounter a second Bloater.
    • Encountering Chris Walker in Outlast: The Whistleblower. The character was so impactful that he somehow remembered his name.
    • Just about anytime a monster from Vanish appears. Usually, though, he gets upset with them.
    • The instant he realizes that Five Nights at Freddy's has more than five nights, his glee at "beating" the game vanishes.
    • One out-of-game example is when he dropped his iPad in a tub of water. Yes, he kind of overdid the reaction, but he was very upset that it happened.
    • In Part 13 of SCP - Containment Breach, when he spends several minutes admiring a new part of the map he's just discovered.
    Mark: What the hell is... What the hell is this? What is this? There's a camera... Hi! And it's frickin' following me and I hear one-
    *Gas suddenly starts getting pumped into the room en masse*
    Mark: Ah! Aw crap, what the- what- what is this?
    *Mark finds a piece of paper revealing that the room he's in belongs to SCP-682.*
    Mark: Oh no! *starts running*
    • Witnessing The Bite Incident in Five Nights at Freddy's 4. He suddenly realizing something is horribly wrong when the Big Brother Bully decides to put the main character's head in Fredbear's mouth and is rendered speechless when it clamps down.
    • He had multiple ones in Monstrum, though he had a very visual one when encountering the cameras for the first time:
    *camera activates alarm*
    Mark: Roar? *realizes that the monster will follow the noise* OH CRAP!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Holy crap is it ever! He has quite a few moments, but this and this has him at his most serious. See the TearJerker for more details for the former. See HeroOnHiatus for the latter.
  • Orphaned Series: His Dementium II play through. Despite claiming that he was enjoying the game the series abruptly ended at part 4. And since that was uploaded back in December of 2013 it looks like Markiplier isn't interested in finishing it.
    • His Spore with Wade as well. Latest video was uploaded on Oct 7, 2014... or not. It was just on an incredibly long hiatus, as the newest episode was released on May 18, 2015. Also semi-Played Straight, as it's a reboot with Wade as well as Tyler now.
    • His long series, Drunk Minecraft, is now on permanent hiatus as Mark reveals that he's had to go to the hospital because of drinking alcoholnote 
  • Out-of-Character Alert: An odd example happens in Mark's playthrough of the fangame A New Home, as he repeatedly points out that the representation of him in the game isn't like him at all (being an arrogant Jerkass who neglects his fans and friends, and prefers salad over meat). He soon figures out that it's someone pulling a Grand Theft Me similar to The Witch's House, and that the real Mark is the white-cloaked being chasing him.
  • Overcrank: "Markiplier in Slow Motion".
  • Overly Long Gag: Mark while playing Neverending Nightmares on medicine for an ear infection.
"You're not gonna get me this time. I'm ready for ya! I'm ready for ya, creepy painting of a little girl! I'm ready for ya, Slenderman in the distance over there! I'm ready for ya,... crop... symbol of Ohio! I'm ready for ya, screamin' baby! I'm ready for ya, town about to be consumed by weather! I'm ready for ya, picture of a soldier! I'm ready for ya, picture of crows fly- *bird flies by window* uhhhh. I wasn't ready for ya, vulture."
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: When he plays "BWAK" he describes it as "a horror chicken game unlike any other" and jokingly says he knows there have been a lot.
  • Painful Body Waxing: In his waxing challenge video. Funny thing is, he actually enjoyed it.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Coined in the finale of HuniePop - Resipriciousness: "A strong urge to engage in coitus with with anime women."
  • The Pollyanna: Mark has gone through a fair share of hardships in his life (including but not limited to: losing his father to cancer, going through an abusive relationship, getting kicked out of the house due to said abusive relationship and, as of most recently, losing a close friend and colleague to suicide) but, give or take a hiatus, he has come out of all them, never losing his desire to make the best out of his life and share a message of hope and kindness with his audience.
  • Power Up Let Down: During his second run of Subnautica he was thrilled when he finally was able to (legitimately) earn the Prawn Mini-Mecha... only to climb in and realize that the suit on it's own has no special abilities (other than being able to survive massive sea depths).
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: The animated "MAGICAL MISCHIEF (with chica!)" turns what was originally just a normal comment about The Binding of Isaac into one of these.
    Markiplier: By the way, death is permanent and whatnot. (attacks the monster and kills it)
  • Precious Puppies: Mark is very much a dog person, as multiple videos illustrate. In some videos he plays with his mom's and brother's dogs, and in November 2015 he got one named Chica. Plenty of vlogs feature Mark fawning over her.
  • Properly Paranoid: Because he has played so much Amnesia, he has become terrified of mannequins. Even if they're inanimate, he freaks out and takes off their heads.
    • He gets really freaked out he first meets the Working Joes. The first thing he does is spastically shooting at it. He was right to be scared of them.
    • During the first night of Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Markiplier hears the word "golden" in the Phone Guy's introduction and immediately latches onto it. With good reason, because Golden Freddy is in this game, and is more of threat than ever.
    • Subverted in his recent playthrough of SOMA, when he has to make the choice of whether he should kill or spare the WAU. He ultimately makes the decision not to go through with it, based on his interpretation of Ross - that of a sinister stalker with an unknown agenda. Apparently, the many humans who had either been killed or preserved by the WAU, along with its progressive destruction of the Earth's remaining ecosystems, were not significant factors against the question of preserving its life.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: One of the Drunk Minecraft episodes revolves around Mark, Bob, Wade, and Zombiemold attempting to make TNT cannons... except the first three have no clue how to and decide to improvise. The video ends when Mark finally manages to land a shot on Zombie's fortress, but the sheer amount of explosives he used blew away most of what he built.
    Mark: I blow up my own shit all the time, I don't care about that, but I got ya. I got ya! I GOT YA! Woooo!
  • The Quiet One: Tyler, Mark's friend as seen in the Spore videos, isn't particularly chatty, at least in comparison to Mark and Wade. As a result they nickname him "One Word Tyler" and "Stone Face Tyler". He does seem to share their sense of humor, though.
  • Rage Quit: The entire Vanish game, according to his last released video of it. No matter what, though, he is determined to complete it.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!":
  • A Rare Sentence: "I just turned our diamonds into pork chops!!!"
    • "This waterfall doesn't touch the penis!"
    • Drunk Minecraft in general tends to produce these. Some gems include the aforementioned waterfall doesn't touch the penis, "I'm being molested by an albino spider", and "Get your head out of my thong."
    • In part six of his Grey playthrough, he says "I shouldn't have wasted so much ammo shooting those babies. That's something I never thought I'd say ever in my life."
    • SCALE gives us "Oh God I fell through the penis!"
    • "I'm crying all the piles of poop open!"
    • "Stop fingering my circle!" shows up a few times in his playthrough of Off.
    • Gmod Sandbox gives us this gem:
    Mark: What if I put thrusters on a baby?
    Mark (laughing): That's a question that everyone should ask themselves...
    JackSepticEye: That is something I never thought anyone would ever say!
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Markiplier failed the Markiplier quiz, somehow.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Mark gets considerably offended when he reads a letter of resignation in ''Amnesia: Rain" where, among other things, the maid criticizes him for being stupid because "isn't the fact that you eat animals and I don't proof enough?". He spends a few minutes afterwards gushing about how good meat tastes.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His Warfstache logo is pink, he actually enjoyed his waxing challenge, takes pole dancing lessons, and is actually an easy crier when it comes to how much he loves his fans and fan community. Plus, he bought a violet and pink beanie. It borders on In Touch with His Feminine Side, honestly.
    • When he dyed his hair (as explained below) he liked it enough to keep it and recolor it into a softer shade of cotton candy pink. It's very cute.
  • Retirony: Discussed in Foreign Creature.
    Marknote : Let me guess, it's your last day of retirementnote , you don't have a care in the world, do ya?
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: During the September 4th Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance livestream he promised to dye his hair pink. He kept his word.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Try Not To Laugh #3 has Mark cracking up over someone reading all the various misspelled ways people have asked pregnancy related questions.
  • Running Gag: There's a few others that occur throughout most of his videos:
    • Poof! :3 (Mostly in the compilations, but it still counts.)
    • "Hating" Wade in general.
    • On his twitter feed, Mark has taken to tweeting about how excited/happy he is for something with a picture of him looking incredibly grumpy.
    • "Pressing B to Blow" is rapidly turning into this.
    • In his Besiege videos he repeatedly insists the death machines are in fact farming equipment.
    • This one is shared with Bob: Derrick. "HOW DARE YOU?!"
    • "I could have been an engineer..."
    • Throughout his Until Dawn playthrough he makes jokes about "partying like porn stars", based off an early line from Josh. Also, mispronouncing "wendigo".
    • He's Purple Guy. He first states it in one of his playthrough videos ("Maybe I'm Purple Guy!"), in the opening for Game Theory's 'Why FNAF Will Never End' video he appears out of the locked box stating "It was me!", and his title card in 'Warfstache Interviews Markiplier' video lists his occupation as 'Purple Guy'.
    • Mentioning cranberries when reading dialogue spoken by old people.
    • Bear traps, first encountered in Limbo, then in Dead By Daylight, and now they're all over the place in Lethe. And he just keeps stepping in them.
    • After he quit his Undertale playthrough due to an unruly fanbase, any mentions of the game will have Mark react with some kind of horror.
    • While playing Subnautica, he constantly forgets to pay attention to the Oxygen meter. The game has a verbal Low Oxygen warning, and he still misses it.

  • Sanity Slippage: After a tough time in the final boss fight of Dead Space 2, he goes Laughing Mad and fills his inventory with nothing but Pulse Rifle ammo and health kits, and it's a little bit like watching The Joker do a Let's Play.
    • His entire Surgeon Simulator 2013 video is an 11-minutes plus epitome of this trope. Just watch it.
    • Throughout the first play in the final video of Vanish, Mark becomes increasingly frazzled and panicked.
    • In a Happy Wheels montage where he played ONE Dark Souls based level, he slowly slipped into this. And he was well aware of this.
      "Do you think - in the future - when I'm at my insanity hearing, that they'll use this as evidence that I really did lose my mind?"
    • I Am Bread makes Mark so angry with the controls/the physics/himself/life in general that he just breaks down and weeps. No big surprise that it was made by the same people behind Surgeon Simulator 2013.
    • He undergoes another during his playthrough of Presentable Liberty- except it isn't played for laughs at all.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe. He isn't a fan of Zacharie, which is amusing considering his reputation in the fanbase.
    • Whenever he plays Happy Wheels, he makes it an objective to kill Little Johnny.
    • While he was extremely fond of the character at first (mostly because he looked like him), he quickly came to dislike Joseph "Jojo" Oda due to some Artificial Stupidity moments involving him. He's actually happy when he realizes he and Sebastien (the player character) are separated for a while. Again, it's humorous considering Joseph is also an Ensemble Darkhorse in his respective fandom. However, he does feel bad when Joseph is shot and most probably killed, and says that he misses "Jojo" afterwards. Apparently his dislike of Joseph has cleared up entirely; he's excited to meet him again in The Assignment DLC and is quite broken up about "killing" Joseph with hatchets.
    • He is not a fan of Sohta. When he found out what Sohta did to Misao, he had immense hatred for the guy and even when learning how much his life sucked due to so much bullying for his appearance and childhood, Mark was still hateful towards Sohta. When the game reveals that Aki forgives Sohta for what he's done, Mark flat out states that Sohta cannot be forgiven that easily for what he did.
    • He doesn't seem to be fond of Phone Guy, sighing and groaning when Phone Guy starts in with his normal "Hello, hello?" and even theorizing that he might be the killer during 2.
    • In Until Dawn, he doesn't seem to like Mike or Josh very much. The former he dislikes for being a Jerk Jock, while the latter he dislikes for his creepy behavior. When Dr. Hill asks him which one he dislikes more in one of the therapy sessions, he has to take a moment to think it through. Both wound up rescued from his Scrappy heap - eventually he warmed up to Mike because of him befriending a wolf, and while his hatred of Josh only increased after the reveal that he's the psycho making death traps, one of his late segments shown Through the Eyes of Madness started Mark toward calling Josh's schtick retrospectively one of the coolest things in the game.
  • The Scream: Becoming cornered or trapped by SCP-173. In one playthrough, SCP-173 hops through an office window rather then use the door as expected...
    Mark: No! NO! NOOOOO—AAAAAUUURRGHG (neck snap)
    • And in another, Mark faces it down as his eye meter depletes to zero...
      Mark: I'm taking you with me! KEEP LOOKING AT ME! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA— (neck snap)
    • In Part 8, Mark finally gets the jump on 173 via surveillance cam, then does an end run around it. (Or does he?)
      Mark: Imma getcha. Imma getcha. Imma getcha! I SEE YA! I SEE YA! I SEE YA! Oooohh yeah, like a boss! (neck snap)
    • Part 10, "Worst Scare Ever", is so named for 173 zipping right in front of Mark, who grips in forehead in pain from so much screaming. Finally, he just saunters up to it.
      Mark: (snarls angrily) HI!♥
      *pokes statue*
      Mark: 'SCUSE ME!
      *173 doesn't budge*
      Mark: Fine, kill me! (neck snap)
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Virtually every horror Lets Play. Especially funny if he had previously been boasting his toughness.
  • Screw Destiny: Even though Mark knew that the point of Until Dawn is to live with the choices made, he snapped when he accidentally got Ashley killed, and decided to play the entire game over again, just to give all the characters a satisfying ending.
  • Screw Yourself: Admits in his fifth "Reading Your Comments" video that he'd like to go to Mars with his sole company being an Opposite-Sex Clone.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In his Until Dawn playthrough. As soon as Ashley gets killed, Mark's response after he calms down is to vow to play the entire game over again so that everyone is still alive.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: His Grand Theft Auto V antics with Wade and JackSepticEye. They spend an entire video trying to get into a military base and steal jets. Jack and Wade succeed multiple times, but Mark keeps getting killed in silly ways. Until he finally manages to steal one... and promptly crashes it in a pile of crates without even managing to get it to fly because he doesn't know how to turn the thing. Goes to full Shoot the Shaggy Dog levels in the following video, where he opts to keep the helicopter they got to the base with rather than try again, only to go down in flames to a badly aimed missile of Jack's.
  • Share the Male Pain: Can't go through a Happy Wheels highlight video without a character being shot in the crotch and Mark screaming "Oh, my dick!"
    • While playing the Gluskin section of Outlast: Whistleblower, he moved uncomfortably around his chair while watching Gluskin castrated his other victims.
    • When Lisa of Whack the Creeps kicks one of the titular creeps in the nads with a blade sticking out the front of her shoe, Mark goes Instant Soprano for about a second.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's a huge fan of Ashley/Chris. How much? When he gets one of them killed in a pretty stupid manner (he forgot that wendigos can impersonate voices) he breaks down and resolves to play the game over just so they can have their happy ending.
  • Shmuck Bait: The thumbnail for Penis Cloner displays an image of Mark with a repulsed look, and says "DON'T CLICK". Naturally, no one listened; it became one of his most viewed videos from 2013.
    • He falls for one himself in The Impossible Quiz Book. One of the choices for Question 26 is "Please Don't Press This"; he presses it anyway, and ends up resetting the entire game.
    • Happens again in Super Mario Maker when he's doing the expert 100 Mario challenge. He sees a pit filled with powerups, and though suspicious, decides to get them. He ends up trapped in the pit.
  • Shout-Out: Mark occasionally quotes stand-up comedian Brian Regan in his videos. He also uses "Alright, alright, alriiiight" from comedian Kevin Hart.
    Mark (to a red enemy): Okay sir, I'm gonna ask you a few questions before I kill you. What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color? Blue?! You're red! *kills the enemy*
    Mark: I gotta get to the next save point. I gotta find Bubba!
    ''My heart was beating out of my chest. Palms are sweaty. Knees weak. Arms are heavy.
    • In his "Popcorn" sketch, he tries to make a sandwich in a bizarre kind of way ala HowToBasic. Makes it funnier Mr. Basic himself commented on the video, saying "Have you seen Chef?".
  • Shown Their Work: Praise has been given to "Are Jumpscares Scary?" for really living up to its title, by producing a haunting and unnerving atmosphere that most games produce before dropping the jumpscare... although Mark's video ends on a Cat Scare.
  • Sick Episode: He had two of these in September of 2016 when he had a bad cold.
  • Signing-Off Catch-Phrase: "Thank you all so much for watching. Click the annotations for more videos that I've done. And as always, I will see you in the next video. Bye-bye!"
  • Skewed Priorities: When he first plays Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the loading screen reveals that he is receiving even less money than last time, and he really starts yelling, apparently more worried about that than survival.
  • Skyward Scream: In Until Dawn Animated, after he gets Ashley killed, he goes to Pride Rock and lets a couple of them out.
  • Slasher Smile: One of his running gags. Case in point.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!!: The Latin's Wrath episode of Drunk Minecraft. At one point Mark jumps on top of the house to taunt Latin.
    Mark: Latin, bring it on! Bring it OONNN! EVERYBODY WANTS TO BONE YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!
  • Sore Loser: He completely melts down after losing 4-1 to Wade in Mole Hammers.
  • Squee!: If you ever doubt that Mark is Adorkable, just look at his reaction to anything related to space. A good chunk of his Alien: Isolation playthrough was appreciating the scenery of space, and he takes his geeking out Up to Eleven when he plays Universe Sandbox.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He acts like this during "Flappy Fedora". This is Played for Laughs, of course.
  • The Stoic: He has a habit of leaving in footage of himself being completely stone-face while concentrating on a game. A most recent example is when he beat One Night at Flumpty's 2 on Hard Boiled mode.
  • Stunned Silence:
    • This happens to him when he sees the Twist Ending in The Witch's House. He stays quiet for over a minute before he recovers.
    • More so when he completes the game Reunion. He finally reaches the boy he had been trying to find, to find out that the character he had been controlling was trying to kill the boy due to him suffering from schizophrenia. Mark is in complete shock from that point until the end of the video .
    • More humorously, when he finds the "Dancing Room" easter egg in The Darkest Words all he can do is stare.
    • Happens several times when playing Monstrum. The first two times it happens when he hadn't realized there was a monster so close (or, in the second case, he hadn't realised there was a monster at all), but the third time it was the brutal manner of death that got him.
    • During his playthrough of the "Silent Hill: Alchemilla" demo, he stays silent for seven seconds after he realizes the last part of the demo has changed.
    • After witnessing the Bite Incident in Five Nights at Freddy's 4.
    • Mark and Tyler are both shocked when Flowey kills Asgore after they spare the latter. Tyler is the first to respond by saying that he hates Flowey.
  • Surprise Creepy: He puts one of these into his World's Third Quietest Let's Play video.
  • Survival Mantra: "Little piggy no no, little piggy go home", starting with his first encounter with Chris Walker in Outlast, he sings this little verse in an attempt to ward off another incident of the man pulling him out of his hiding places. It even transfers over to Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs when he is running from the manpigs.
    • He briefly uses a modified version of it again later in Among the Sleep while trying to hide from the giant woman.
    • From his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's 2: "Don't wake the baby!", his frantic cry when trying to keep the music box wound and "the baby" from killing him.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Besiege, Mark insists that the Killdeathinator5 is NOT a murder machine, but a farming tool.
    Mark: It's got a plow in the front for tilling the field, for when you kill everyone, and they fertilize the soil.
    • Same goes for its Spiritual Successor, the Nota-Pe-Nis.
    • And again in his Stardew Valley livestream. The crops are planted in that pattern because it makes for aerodynamic farming, that's all!
  • Swear Jar: In Mario Maker #15, he decides to donate $100 to charity every time he swears. He ends up owing $3,700.
  • Synchro-Vox: Used in MEOW and WOOF to tremendous effect.
  • Take That!:
    • Usually doesn't do these and if he has a problem with a game he is usually direct with expressing it. Still does this occasionally, such as in Part 2 of his The Curse of Blackwater playthrough, when he gets attacked by a Necromorph, he comments that there must be a portal in the game to the Dead Space universe and mocks that it's where all the scariness of the series went.
    • There's also this little bit from Probably Archery:
    • The Flappy Fedora video is stuffed to the brim with pot shots at men's rights activists and "nice guys".
    • He's not fond of the Minions movie and made a video making fun of it. He even stated that the video is not sponsored and that he'll never want that sponsorship.
  • Tempting Fate: If Mark is bragging about how good he is at a game (along the lines of "I'm too pro!"), expect something to go hilariously wrong in a few moments.
    • Poor Mark just can't win in Containment Breach. He was sure that he'd eluded 173, only to open a sliding door and see the statue leering at him. Mark had just blinked before opening the door.
    • In another instance, Mark fled SCP-106 by ducking into an elevator. 106 simply walked through the wall.
    • In his Cry of Fear LP, Mark laughs off a warning telling him to 'watch out for the trees'. Guess what happens next..
    • In Vanish:
    Mark: That doesn't necessarily guarantee there's a monster nearby, that only means that something's start-
    *Monster appears, killing Mark*
    Mark: So the first night is usually never that bad in any of the games so I play thro-
    *Chica kills Mark*
    Mark: It's always when I'm saying something. It's always when I'm "Oh, I'ma be ok. Oh, everything's fine!"
    Mark: The good thing is: It's quiet!
    (Musicbox starts playing)
    Mark: Nevermind!
  • Tender Tears: Mark's known for keeping his heart on his sleeve and being unafraid to cry on camera. For example, he made sure he recorded his immediate response to the six million subscriber fan video because crying was the only genuine reaction he had.
    • Even among other youtubers, he's known as the guy who cries.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In his playthrough of The Visitor Returns Mark mentions how the assimilation of the raccoon was not as violent as it could have been:
    Mark: "Normally when I go inside things they explo- Okay THAT really does not need to be taken the wrong way."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to himself when he causes Ashley's death in Until Dawn
    Mark: ''I can accept my mistake with Matt, I can accept that, I can accept it, I can accept that, what I cannot accept is the bullshit that you just made me watch you freaking stupid Markymoo. I'm yelling at myself, because I'm a freaking idiot. (Points to himself) YOU! HOW DARE YOU! HOW COULD YOU LET ASHLEY DIE LIKE THAT?! ASHLEY WAS COOL!
  • Token Minority: A part-Korean, part-German and half-Americannote  with a significant twist of personality that differs to most of the Let's Players, at least for an extent.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During a segment of Drunk Minecraft, Mark teases the server's mod, Latingoddess, who then proceeds to kill him. With lightning. A lot.
    • In case you're wondering how he was teasing her, he was teasing her with Zombiemold (the server's owner and Latingoddess's boyfriend) having a lot of fangirls. [1]
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheez-Its became this for a while, until fans started sending him hundreds of boxes of the stuff.
  • The Unintelligible: Lapses into this when he's particularly upset. Or after he's consumed hot sauce.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Flappy Fedora video is pretty much him acting as the stereotypical "Nice Guy" slowly going insane from constant rejection.
    It's an awfully euphotic day, don't you think? So just come on, give me a chanse! Please! I-I-I I DESERVE IT, DON'T I?! I'M THE ALPHA MALE!! I'M FVEHRY TELGENT! ARHVHRGA!!
  • Violation of Common Sense
    Limbo LP: These look dangerous. I should probably not jump face-first into them... but when have I ever listened to good reason? Whop! *jumps into bear trap* Ew...
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Wade, a lot. They pick on, insult, and screw each other over in games all the time, but they are friends. When Mark and Wade did a joint LP of 7 Days to Die, Wade mentions that Mark's treatment of him in Drunk Minecraft has actually convinced a lot of people that Mark is actually a massive Jerk Ass. They don't actually believe that Mark and Wade are friends, and ask Wade if he's being forced to go along with Mark and do things. They both find this hilarious, and though Mark and Wade both assure viewers that they are indeed friends, they do nothing to correct people's assumptions in the Drunk Minecraft videos themselves.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His rather deep voice contrasts his sinewy appearance and Asian features.
  • Vocal Evolution: Compare how Markiplier sounded in 2013 to how he sounds in 2015.

  • Waiting Skeleton: In his "A Date With Markiplier" Choose Your Own Adventure series of videos, Markiplier encounters one of these in the cell he and his date can find themselves imprisoned in.
  • Waxing Lyrical: During Part 4 of his Five Nights at Freddy's playthrough (sixth night)
    Fill my life with hate...
    Don't shove me in a suit
    I hate you to your head
    Right down to your glute
    ...or brand-new boots
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Markiplier has one of these after he rages on an Amnesia custom story.
    • Also done in Octodad, together with a background collage of increasingly disturbing kitten videos.
  • What The Hell, Viewer?: What we are greeted with when watching the video where he plays Penis Cloner.
    • You clicked This Game.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Creepy mannequins/suits of armor are his archnemy, seeing as he encounters them a lot (starting with Nightmare House 2 and then again in the Amnesia custom stories).
    • After a particularly hair-raising puzzle involving false books and stalking mannequins in Kraven Manor, one of them is crushed in a bookcase trap, prompting Mark to cackle maniacally.utom
    • Not too fond of creepy things pertaining to Children or Babies, calling them "Diabolical" , obviously referencing the use of creepy Children in horror.
    • Courtesy of the Working Joes in Alien: Isolation, Mark reveals that he has automatonophobia.
    • While all of the death animations in the "Whack Your/The _____" games gross Mark out, the ones that get the most reactions out of him involve neck trauma.
    • In a few videos he has alluded to being afraid of the ocean, particularly the idea that something could be lurking in the water to harm him, and sometimes informs his fans that if he ever gets stuck in the ocean, they are to come and save him. During his Depth LP he admits that while he hates the ocean, he finds sharks in particular truly terrifying.
    • "F*** the ocean" is a common refrain while playing both Subnautica and Raft. It was even the name for a ship in the former. And the latter features a shark enemy.
    • His fear of mannequins is actually so well-known that even other Youtubers have mentioned him when playing a game that would feed his fear of dolls, such as Jacksepticeye and less known players.
    GirlGamerGaB: (finds shrine filled with child-like dolls) What? Is that a doll? Oh no... Markiplier should play this!
  • Windmill Crusader: In Random Encounters' FNAF musical, Mark was a security guard who was convinced that the animatronics wanted to kill him, when in reality they just wanted to play. In the second episode, Mark decided to bring a stockpile of guns with him on the job, terrifying the animatronics and causing Mark to accidentally kill the janitor.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Discussed here, he would hit a girl in self defense but also believes that violence is wrong.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He tends to get very upset when a game requires him to attack/kill children.
  • Yandere:
    Video Description: "Markiplier wants to be your best friend! Who are you to ignore my love? No one ignores my love..."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • In his fifth (and supposedly final) episode of Vanish, he finally reaches what appears to be the end of the game and begins to unlock the exit door. Then a monster sneaks behind him and kills him. Cue several Big "NO!"s.
      • His eighth Vanish video had him get the keys twice, but he was unable to find the door and escape.
      • Fortunately for him, though, his ninth video shows him finally beating the game. He thought that he wouldn't, but he managed to see the end.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's, he just barely beats Night 5 in a display of true awesomeness and is very ecstatic about it... only to be crushed when he sees that there's a Night 6.
  • You Monster!: Tyler responds to Flowey killing Asgore during the Neutral Run by saying, "Oh, I hate him."
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mark has dyed his hair pink during September of 2015. It was later dyed Blue, Purple, and finally Red, before Mark dyed it black again at the start of 2017.

"And as always, I will SEE YOU... in the next video. BYE-BYE!"