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Northernlion (real name Ryan Letourneau) is a Let's Player, hailing from Canada. Aside from Let's Plays (with daily episodes of The Binding of Isaac taking a starring role), he also does other shows such as Let's Look At and Only in Korea (started because he moved to Korea to teach English). He has become fairly popular, gaining over 200,000 subscribers. He is also a Machinima director, and runs a show called Poison Mushroom, where he takes a look at terrible games and makes fun of them. His channel can be found hereEvery Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, he hosts a live stream that usually goes on for 3 hours, with his partners in LP J Smith OTI (Josh) and RockLeeSmile (Nick). Frequent games played on the stream include Dark Souls, Spelunky, Speedrunners and Family Feud. Every Sunday he hosts an additional stream where he allows his paying subscribers to play multiplayer games with him on private servers. This is usually done solo, although he is often accompanied by Nick. Counter-Strike is a frequently played title on these streams.In a group called Saving Progress, also containing J Smith OTI and michaelalfox, although this seems to have disbanded recently. His girlfriend, Kate is frequently mentioned in his videos and has appeared in some (she's also apparently better at some games then him). He is also good friends with Chaoticmonki, having a few videos of playing Monaco together and Northernlion made an appearance in one of Cry's streams.Now with a Quotes' Page in serious need of some Wiki Magicnote He has LOTS of amusing quotes.Games he has Let's Played (not counting Let's Look At):
Northernlion and his commentary provides examples of:
Apologises a Lot: Especially when he says something that could be construed as an insult to the developers of a game he's critiquing, or when he otherwise says or does something that he anticipates will cause controversy in the comment section.
Dreamworks Face: His logo, which usually appears in the thumbnail of each video.
Also used as Gag Censor during his Seduce Me Let's Look At.
Epic Fail: In episode 18 of his X-COM Let's Play, he tries to wait another day to do the London terror mission to get his heavy, which results in him completely losing the United Kingdom. Shortly afterward, he fails an interceptor mission.
During his run on the Ord Mantell level of Shadows of the Empire, he almost referred to his battle with IG-88 as this since the assassin droid had him on the ropes for a good portion of the fight.
During one of his Spelunky daily challenge runs, he collected the damsel, to sacrifice to Kali below for the Kapala. He ends up dropping just enough to do fall damage, landed on the altar and sacrificed himself. This ended the run (which was going well) prematurely and daily challenges can only be done once.
During his multiplayer play-through of Crusader Kings II with Mathas and Arumba, he and Arumba had been in a war with northern Africa and had just beaten back an enormous 25,000-strong army and got to 100% War Score. Then Northernlion accidentally surrenders instead of enforcing demands and puts his country 500 gold in debt and doesn't capture Tangier as he planned. In the same episode (literally a minute and a half later), he royally screws up his succession line (which can't be changed back) and puts Arumba as his next heir for over half of his land. A few episodes later his next ruler dies prematurely, putting an 11-year old girl in charge of his land. Needless to say, Arumba and Mathas will not let him forget him single-handedly destroying his empire in 5 minutes.
Happens on several of his The Binding of Isaac runs where a game that seemed to be a certain win turned into a catastrophic victory because of a blatant mistake such as forgetting to pick up a Full Health pill just before entering an Isaac boss fight with low health. He lampshades it every time.
In the Rebirth Let's Plays, he finds the Hierophant card in Basement 2 and holds onto it for the entire game in hopes of finding the Blank Card item, which copies the effect of the card in your hand and is usable every 4 rooms. He finally finds the Blank Card in the room immediately before the Blue Baby fight and is overjoyed... until he accidentally uses up his Hierophant first, making Blank Card useless. He sounds utterly defeated afterwards.
NL: I went... that whole way... to use Blank Card, then Hierophant... and I just used Hierophant first. Fuuuu-uuuudge.
Fan Disservice: His let's look at of 'sexy' Xbox Live Indie games. "Dominique is a man, baby, look at that jaw!"
Failed a Spot Check: Yes. The comments are quick to point out things that he was looking for but missed. The most frequent case is missing the Key in Spelunky, even if it's directly on screen.
Genius Bonus: The Northernlion Story episode 44 shows NL holding a calendar with the date 1969 crossed out and replaced with 2014 handwritten in. Besides being another recurrence of the number 69 in this series, comparing years 1969 and 2014 reveals that they have the exact same layout and have interchangeable calendars.
Groin Attack: He is particularly amused when, in a Dark Souls video, he ends up shooting an arrow into an enemy's crotch.
Mirror Match: He has played a The Binding of Isaac mirror match with Bisnap with the same generating seed. Northernlion goes to the dark side, getting Brimstone, Polytheus and Mom's Knife while Bisnap goest light side and gets Sacred Tears and Quad Shot.
Motor Mouth: He's one of the most verbose LPer's out there. His talking speed is quite normal, but the density of his commentary stream is notable.
MST: Invoked during the Grey's Anatomy let's play. Also his Machinima series Poison Mushroom.
Nice Guy: He's an all round amiable guy, who generally takes care to be respectful to his viewers and the developers of the games he plays.
The Nicknamer: He nicknames several enemies and characters in The Binding of Isaac. (Crying gray puffy thing? "Human Popcorn". Large flies with gray bodies? "Grandfather Flies", because their gray bodies resemble beards. Beggar sitting on the floor? "Judgement", after the tarot card of the same name, which summons a Beggar.)
A fan even put up a video of the game's credits, which shows all of the enemies and their names, edited to instead show the names Northernlion has given them.
Reference Overdosed: To other games, movies, series, cartoons and miscellaneus pop-culture subjects. It's almost impossible for a single person to get them all, because some make allusion to kinda obscure stuff. Case in point:
Whenever he does a "Let's Look At"-video of a Simulation Game, like Street Cleaning Simulator or Railworks: Train Simulator, he will conclude the session with an extravagant accident that would have surely reduced his vehicle to a smoking piece of rubble in real life.