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Lets Play: Nuttylamb

"Running and pulling levers and climbing up things. That's what Lara Croft does best. Also dying a lot."
Nuttylamb, at the beginning of Tomb Raider: Underworld, already mildly annoyed by the game's buggy controls

Nuttylamb is a British Let's Player that posts videos on YouTube.

She is a member of an online community called Dogs of War Gaming, or DoWG (which, due to her British accent, she cannot pronounce correctly). Aside from Let's Plays, she also spends a lot of time playing Battlefield 3, which, consequently, she has become quite good at. She has a fondness for First-Person Shooters, but is perfectly willing to branch out to other genres.

Dabbles in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Skyrim, Halo 4 and some other games from time to time.

Although she is quite skilled at playing Battlefield 3, not many of her videos showcase this. Rather, most of her Battlefield 3 videos are part of a little series she calls "To Hell with K/D", in which she imposes certain rules on herself that force her to play very unconventionally and, more often not, leave her with a disastrous K/D. Basically runs on Rule of Fun. The silliness and the hilariously chaotic attempts at getting kills is what makes the series so much fun. Unfortunately, recent law changes that forbid the uploading of Battlefield 3 footage, have forced her to end the little series, although she is looking for other games on which the format might be applicable as well.

She is occasionally joined by her cat, Charlie, although he has recently been usurped by fellow cat, Buffy, whose energetic and excitable nature tends to lead to various shenanigans, often distracting Nuttylamb during her recording. Nuttylamb is also very fond of cookies and silly, over-sized sheep hats.

So far, she's done Let's Plays of the following games:

Tropes associated with Nuttylamb and her videos:

  • Accidental Aiming Skills:
    • In one of her Battlefield 3 videos, she, at one point, accidentally throws a grenade and quickly brushes it off as something secret agents can afford. Turns out that it landed on some hapless chap from the other team and took him out. Her incredulousness is very amusing.
    • Happens again in Deus Ex, where she intends to blow up a large security bot with an EMP grenade, but throws it too early.
    Nuttylamb: (after accidentally throwing said grenade) No! NOO!! Jensen!... (robot is reduced to junk) Ah. Ah. Well done, Jensen. Well done.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: She thinks it's quite amazing.
    Nuttylamb: Teabagging the T. Rex's tail. Yeah! That's some alliteration there for you.
  • Angrish: Tends to pop up in Anniversary, when Lara's faffing about too much.
  • Animal Motifs: Nuttylamb.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Briefly becomes this in Deus Ex, when she realises she has shot and killed Zeke Sanders, a criminal that she encountered earlier on in the game, and feels genuinely bad about it. In her defense, the guy was trying to shoot her and she didn't recognise him until after she killed him.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • The little butterflies in Skyrim.
    • The ancient pottery in Tomb Raider: Underworld also has this effect.
    • Does this a fair amount of times in Deus Ex. Justified, since the game highlights objects of interest.
    • The GPS Caches in Tomb Raider. Admittedly, they are quite shiny, so partly justified.
    • The animals in Assassin's Creed III still elicit this reaction by the twentieth episode.
  • Bears Are Bad News: In Anniversary. They tend to freak her out quite a bit.
  • Berserk Button: She rarely gets really angry, but when she does, you can bet your ass it's because of Lara Croft not doing what she wants her to do.
  • Big "OMG!": At times. She does an understated but powerful one after Faridah Malik is shot in front of her eyes in Deus Ex.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Does these when she doesn't understand what's going on, or alternatively, when there's a huge revelation in-game.
  • Boom, Headshot:
    • Occasionally in her Deus Ex: Human Revolution playthrough, though their frequency increases once she gets her hands on the Sniper Rifle, with which she proves to be fairly proficient. One of her videos, in which she manages to pull of several, is even named after this trope.
    • Constantly in the Tomb Raider Reboot playthrough, thanks to her proficiency with the bow.
  • Bond One-Liner: Funnily enough, she attemps one while using James Bond's signature gun in Battlefield 3. She throws a grenade and, in true Bond fashion, delivers a quip moments later, though she quickly lampshades this fact. Subverted, because the grenade she used didn't kill anyone.
    Nuttylamb: That was beautiful. Looks like he got all fired up... That was the worst pun ever.
  • British Accents: Since she is from the UK... She occasionally hashes it up to hilarious effect in Assassin's Creed III, when she's still playing as Haytham.
  • Buffy Speak: Happens occasionally. A particularly egregious example below:
    Nuttylamb: That was the thing I put... I picked from the thing... ehm... back in the other place, where I picked up those things by the hooky thing.
  • Button Mashing: Practically guaranteed in The Walking Dead; she'll be pushing the buttons so vigorously her mic picks up on it.
  • Call Back: When fooling around with the pontoon in the flooded cistern in Anniversary, Nutty is reminded of an uncannily similar situation from her Batman: Arkham City playthrough, in which a huge shark nearly bit her head off. Fortunately, it did not join her for this playthrough.
  • Catch Phrase: Several, excluding her usual intro and outro. Examples below:
    • "You don't even know..."
    • "That's made my day."
    • "Oh, sugar!"
    • "How do I...?"
    • "No one needs to know."
    • "Game logic."
    • "It's happening."
  • Character Tics: Nuttylamb apparently waves at her television when she does her Signing Off Catch Phrase.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Reserved for her in-game encounters with giant spiders. Quite hilarious, since she rarely swears otherwise.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Vows to make her children play Limbo as punishment for misbehaving, should she have them in the future.
  • Cosplay: As the one and only, Lara Croft (in her reimagined design). She pulls it off quite well, with a real bow and all.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She can come across as bumbling and a bit incompetent in her playthroughs, which is mostly because they are blind runs, and not always in the genre that she's used to. She is, however, a competent Battlefield 3 player, who would most likely be more than your match, should you come across her. That is, if she isn't doing one of her "To Hell with K/D" challenges again.
    • And for all her faffing in Anniversary, she actually made surprisingly short work of Natla in the final boss fight.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has this with dinosaurs, of all things. Also, the hamster in Limbo.
  • Cute Kitten: Charlie. Also, Buffy, who has not yet made an appearance.
    • Buffy has now finally made her online debut. Charlie apparently does not approve of her antics.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Description Cut: Is present in her Q-and-A-video:
    Random Viewer: How do you stay so calm in-game?
    Nuttylamb: ...
    (video cuts away to Nuttylamb freaking out in Limbo)
    Nuttylamb: I don't know. Just comes naturally, I guess...
  • Determinator: Presses on even when she's basically got no ammunition and is vastly outnumbered. Will also confront spiders, despite her fear of them.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: She has this bad in Underworld. Only a small fraction of the pots in that game actually contain treasure, but she would smash each and every one she came across, just in case. She lampshades this in the playthrough's final episode.
    Nuttylamb: And also some pots. Which is very important. We must kick them. Have I taught you nothing?
  • Drives Like Crazy: In L.A. Noire, where she crashes into other vehicles, runs over civilians and mistakes the driver's seat for the passenger's seat.
    • One viewer even explicitly challenged her to score more than 10,000 city damage while on a case. The case itself was a failure (possibly because of said challenge), but she did manage to reach the required amount, by pretty much ramming into anything in sight while en route.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Subverted. She hasn't really settled into a definitive format yet.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Definitely.
    • She spends a minute or so admiring the huge, occasionally moving dinosaur statue in Batman: Arkham City before some dudes interrupt her. She kicks them to the curb, of course, and then proceeds to wander around and be distracted by every other dinosaur statue in the museum.
    • In Anniversary, when fighting the T. Rex, Nuttylamb alternates between squee-ing over how cute he is and laughing madly as she tries to stay alive.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Except spiders, maybe...
  • Gamer Chick: Speaks for itself; she's been playing games for at least ten years and is an especially good FPS gamer.
  • Genki Girl: She's a generally giddy kind of person.
  • Genre Savvy: Occasionally. She's especially fond of lampshading Suspicious Video Game Generosity.
    Nuttylamb: Hmmm... What's all this ammo for, I wonder? You'd almost think that something bad might happen.
  • Giant Spider: Due to her fear of arachnids, the appearance of these pretty much guarantees lots of screaming and occasional swearing.
    Nuttylamb: (after dealing with Underworld's first giant spiders) I ''DESPISE'' spiders!
  • Gilligan Cut: Inverted. In her video for reaching 500 subs, she claims she could thank all 500 individually, at which point the video cuts to her doing exactly that. After having thanked the first twenty or so, she's clearly running out of breath. The video then cuts back to her saying she'd probably kill herself if she tried, so she won't.
  • Gosh Dangit To Heck: Nuttylamb averts this at first, with her older playthroughs having the occasional swearing thrown in. Recent playthroughs however, contain little to no swearing at all, often resulting in this trope. What inspired the change is not known, but it's probably deliberate on her part.
  • Groin Attack: Her shots sometimes end up around this general 'area'. Ouch.
  • Head Desk: Does one in one of her Channel Updates, out of sheer exhaustion.
  • 100% Completion: She normally doesn't do these, since her videos are Let's Plays, and not walkthroughs, but she made an exception for the new Tomb Raider, which she was very excited for. Once the actual playthrough was finished, she started a little series called Let's Complete Tomb Raider (2013), in which she revisits every location and collects the things she missed the first time around.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A chicken-related one in one of her Facebook posts.
    Nuttylamb: I have an egg-cellent surprise for you all on Friday. I don't want to get you all in a flap but it's going to be pretty damn cool, I just hope you don't find my bragging too fowl, I'd hate to be walking on egg shells around you guys. Catch you on Friday, mutha-cluckers!
  • I Call It Vera: Her actual, in-real-life bow is called Eve, while the one she uses in the new Tomb Raider is called David Bowie.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Like many a Let's Player, she resorts to these every once in a while. Example from the Legend playthrough.
    Nuttylamb: (after blasting a Mook into a lava pit by using a grenade) Got him. Looks like... he couldn't take the heat.
  • Let's Never Speak of This Event: The title of one of her videos.
  • Let's Play: What her channel is mostly about.
  • Mama Bear: She is definitely this for Clementine, from The Walking Dead.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Can get really excited about boxes.
  • Nice Girl: She appreciates each and every view she gets and will get back to you (most of the time) when you post a comment. Several of her videos are just to show her appreciation for her subscribers and often contain artwork as a thank you of sorts. She also enjoys give-aways immensely, though she can't do them very often due to financial limitations.
  • Nice Hat: Her fluffy sheep hat.
  • No Sense of Direction: She struggles with this from time to time, though in varying degrees.
    • Very apparent in Deus Ex and Batman: Arkam City; she can easily get lost while trying to find her next objective in the games' open worlds. And while both games offer a map, they tend not to be of very much use. Forgetting she has one doesn't really help matters, and even when she does use it, she still struggles sometimes. She's aware of this herself and Lampshades it often.
      Nuttylamb: ... Maybe if I looked at the map. I know one of you, at least one of you is going like "Look at the map, woman! What are you doing?".
    • In Anniversary's first level, this actually causes her to explore every additional nook and cranny, coming across several secrets, while failing to follow the more obvious road. This is in part due to nostalgia, which has her confuse the game lay-out of the original Tomb Raider with Anniversary's.
      Nuttylamb: It seems all I'm able to achieve, is finding secrets, but not the actual way to go.
  • Not a Morning Person: She has admitted to being bad at waking up early, and once rather unconventionally solved this by just staying awake.
  • Now, Where Was I Going Again?: This, coupled with No Sense of Direction, can hamper her progress quite a bit sometimes.
  • Oh Crap: Frequently in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her actual name is a relatively well-kept secret; she only refers to herself as Nutty or Nuttylamb in her videos.
  • Precision F-Strike: Occasionally appears in her older Let's Plays, though it's absent in her more recent videos.
  • Press A to Not Die: Quotes this ad verbatim at the beginning of her Tomb Raider: Underworld playthrough.
  • Review: After her first year of gaming, she was inspired to start a blog and write up reviews on the games she's played.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: In Deus Ex. Although the scarce ammunition doesn't allow her to use it very much.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "Hello there, Nuttylamb here, and we are back playing L.A. Noire, and we need to find a new car!"
  • Running Gag:
    • Saying 'morphine' in a really load and dramatic voice. Originally appeared in the Deus Ex playthrough, when she was forced to euthanise someone, the 'gag' has since returned several more times in her playthrough of the The Walking Dead and L.A. Noire.
    • Trying to sneak up on pidgeons (and inevitably failing).
    • Viewers mistaking her voice for that of a boy.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Literally says "Sparkle sparkle" when she's unboxing her AVermedia Capture Card.
    • This trope has increased in frequency in her newer Let's Plays, with her imitating the sound of a lever getting pulled, for example.
  • Scenery Porn: At first, she is genuinely appreciative of Limbo's unique style of background and lighting and predicts that she will be gushing about it throughout the game. Turns out, she does not, because the game quickly becomes dark and scary with Everything Trying to Kill Her.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Her "To Hell with K/D" challenges in Battlefield 3. Later also extended to Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
  • Sequence Breaking: In Anniversary, she's rather fond of making leaps of faith that bypass entire sections of platforming.
  • Shout-Out:
    • She references Boxxy during Limbo when coming across an actual box.
    • In Underworld, she shouts "To the choppa!" when she finds some choppers resting idly on the boat she's infiltrating.
    • In Anniversary, she likens the sacks in which the Atlanteans rest to headcrabs.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase
  • Sniper Rifle: Towards the end of Deus Ex, she buys one of these, and proves to be quite a good shot with it.
    • Actually, despite her success with it in the aforementioned game, she has said that she's not very fond of sniping or sniper rifles, or any kind of other long range weaponry. In the Halo 4 multiplayer, her preferred gun is actually quite sniper-y, although she mentions that this is unusual for her.
  • Special Guest: In many of CouchCouple's videos so far.
  • Squee:
    • Her reaction to her new capture card arriving can only be described as this.
    • The appearance of the T. Rex in Anniversary.
    • She seems to be running on this in her celebratory 500 subs video.
    • During the unboxing of the new Tomb Raider. It did arrive a day later than expected, so, it's kinda justified.
  • Stock Sound Effects: The sound used for her little intro animation is actually that of a goat, not a sheep.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: During her livestream of Home, she mentions that it's another 20 minutes before she's allowed a break, followed by this:
  • Sweet Tooth: Aside from the general love of cookies, the only warm beverages she drinks are ridiculously sweet tea and hot chocolate.
  • Tempting Fate: She's prone to lampshade it when her characters do this.
  • The Scream: This. At least she warned us in advance.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: She's mentioned doing archery. She also owns a working crossbow that was given to her on Christmas.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Had these in Tomb Raider: Underworld once in a while, usually when she happened upon a difficult-looking puzzle. Also appears a lot during Deus Ex, though mostly when confronted by a room full of enemies that she's inevitably going to have to take out. The following is from her Underworld playthrough, where she's just reached another trap-filled room.
    Nuttylamb: Okay. We're gonna find out what's in he - Holy shit... Well, this looks painful.
  • Threatening Shark: Weirdly enough, Nuttylamb averts this at first, showing no fear when she encounters sharks in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Subsequently played straight in her playthrough of Batman: Arkham City, where a particularly large specimen nearly bites Batman's head off, causing her to develop a fear of sharks. Whether this fear is actually permanent remains to be seen.
  • Time-Compression Montage: In her "Waiting for Tomb Raider" video.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Occasionally.
  • Trash Talk: Gleefully engages in this once when, after having been killed quite a few times, she figures out how to get rid of the Giant Spider in Limbo. This comes back to bite her in the ass pretty soon though, causing her to berate the little kid for it after he respawns.
  • Understatement: Describes Lara's running through fire, depleting nearly all her health, as getting a few first degree burns.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Teabagging. She will endulge in this once or twice per playthrough and especially if a particular enemy has proven difficult to defeat. After having encountered the first giant spiders from Underworld, two distinct types have been identified, thanks to one hilarious commenter. Conversation quoted below.
    Viewer: Anyone studying this for your end-of-term Let's Play exams, observe: The Rage Teabag.
  • Unstoppable Rage: During her Anniversary playthrough, Nutty does get irritated during various sections of the game, but nothing so major as to call it actual rage-ing. Until the aptly-named Rage Episode, that is. In it, she pretty much goes off the deep end when an incredibly difficult jump keeps failing. This is only partially her fault; she had gotten stuck and, with no idea how to progress, she had a quick check online using a visual walkthrough. Said walkthrough told her this difficult jump was the way to progress, even though that was in fact, not at all the correct way. She does make it eventually, though.
  • Verbal Tic: "Oh yeah". Granted, the frequency with which she uses it varies, but some of her videos have her using it every two seconds.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: In The Walking Dead, where she attempts to avoid conflict and dotes quite a bit on Clementine.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: She has a little too much fun pushing people over in L.A. Noire.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Her Skyrim character, Orc Von Awesomestein, has dendrophobianote , of all things.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Spiders?: The one thing that is virtually guaranteed to have her screaming in fear, while she's emptying everything within her arsenal upon the eight-legged terrors. Always followed by victorious teabagging. Her reaction can be pretty comical at first, but her genuine fright usually makes you feel a little guilty afterwards. After her first two playthroughs, both containing shining examples of giant spiders, she has politely requested to refrain from recommending anymore spider-filled games.


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a lovely day. Happy gaming and I will see you all next time.
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