Mark Fischbach, better known under his YouTube alias Markiplier, is an aspiring VA and gamer formerly based in Cincinnati, OH, now based in L.A. who broadcasts Let's Play videos on YouTube. His channel predominately features playthroughs of Survival Horror games, such as Dead Space, Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though does feature non-horror games, such as Minecraft (played drunk with his friends, Bob and Wade) and Dishonored. Markiplier shows a lot of appreciation and support for indie developers with customized stories based off of various Mods created from game engines, frequently those adapted from Amnesia and Half-Life. Notable examples of the latter include Cry of Fear and Afraid Of Monsters. Part of Markiplier's appeal is his lifelike, bloodcurdling screams (lovingly captured via reaction-cam) when having the crap scared out of him.Markiplier reached over three million subscribers, a number which continues to grow; as of this writing, he has over 750 million views of his videos, which can be seen here. His brother, Tom, makes the webcomic Twokinds and has appeared in Markiplier videos.
In Five Nights at Freddy's, Golden Freddy appeared right at the end of the phone call on the second night. Mark managed to look at the Golden Freddy poster through the camera without knowing that doing so would de-summon Golden Freddy.
Markiplier: Is some diabloic 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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."
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."
"All right, kiddies!", for whenever he's imitating Santa Clause.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
Determinator: 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.
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.
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)
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. It's more awesome than it sounds.
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.
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 especially in this moment where the most damage he does to the target is knock him over..
In Prop Hunt video 13 he managed to diebefore the round even started.
During The Impossible Quiz he opted to use a skip on a question that could never be gotten wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"WHAT? WHY IS THERE IS THERE MUSIC?!"
Heroic BSOD: 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.
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.
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.
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!"
Let's 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. Que 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.
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.
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 Minceraft 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 is playthrough Off. After seeing the purified zones, he starts wondering what he's really doing.
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.
"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.
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.
He does this towards the end of "The Hat Man". He was getting into the game at first, but after the Hat Man started cornering him, he got angry when he was forced to replay the whole game again. It was even worse when he had another Yank the Dog's Chain moment when the Hat Man got him at the last stage.
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."
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.
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 2013video 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?"
Quite a few videos, particularly Drunk Minecrafts, have him screaming in fury as well.
Shout-Out: Mark occasionally quotes stand-up comedian Brian Regan in his videos. He also uses "Alright, alright, alriiiight" from comedian Kevin Hart.
In Happy Wheels Highlights #25 Mark says "Mycaruba," a catchphrase/running gag that was started by the Game Grumps (Mark is friends with the members of the GG channel). He also once asked "Barry" to edit his video while in-game.
During a play-through of Phobia 1.5, he uses a fast-forward cut while singing "Escape From the City" from Sonic Adventure 2.
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!"
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.
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.
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:
Tempting Fate: 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..