pokecapn is a Let's Player
from the Something Awful
forums. His LPs usually contain guest commentary from his friends: medibot
, Kung-Fu Jesus
, IlluminatusVespucci, NoTimeForSocks AKA Condit, and MyNameIsKaz. pokecapn is most well known for his Let's Play of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006
. Afterward, he and his friends pursued Let's Plays
of other Sonic games, as well as a board from each Mario Party
Their videos can be found on Youtube
, and their own site, Disco Videotron
(which has more LPs done by the others, with or without pokecapn.)
He also did some livestreams of the Metroid Prime
trilogy, as well as a whole bunch of Xbox Live Indie Games, which can now be found here
commissioned him and the Posse to do commentary on their Kinect game The Gunstringer
, making him a Promoted Fanboy
Notable games they have LP'd as a group:
They also livestreamed assorted games to raise money for new recording equipment, in an event called "Stupid Games Done For Money." The LP's have been posted here
, and include:
If you're looking for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 Let's Play
, it's on a separate page.
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Pokecapn and crew
- all lowercase letters: pokecapn and medibot's usernames. Most of pokecapn's video descriptions and YouTube comments follow suit, though his Something Awful posts do not.
- Artifact Title: pokecapn's own handle, as he has never discussed Pokémon at large in his videos. As he himself puts it, "things change in 12 years, but screen names are forever".
- Beergasm: Regular samplings of high quality liquor are now apparently part of their tradition.
- Berserk Button: Sand as an obstacle in video games is a big one for Kaz.
- Butt Monkey: Kung-Fu Jesus just can't catch a break. Especially in Mario Party. He does a little better in Four Swords Adventures but still doesn't win anything.
Kung-Fu Jesus: Welcome to losing. It's where I've been all game.
- He finally places first in World 8-2 of Four Swords Adventures. The comments on the video are overjoyed.
- Call Back: Circumstances in the games they play have a comedically eerie habit of allowing for repeat jokes.
- Catch Phrase: pokecapn: "He's back and he wants you," in reference to any element in the game that comes back later or constantly. Or those that appear in one game and came back in a later game.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: medibot
- Deadpan Snarker: Kung-Fu Jesus, with particular emphasis on the deadpan part. He's got one heck of a Creepy Monotone.
KFJ: Please, give me more heart attacks. I haven't had nearly enough.
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe. They had a run-in with the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Dumb, where they freaked out over a minuscule reference towards the show. And this was a little side comment.
- Needless to say, pokecapn wasn't pleased about medibot inadvertently opening the floodgates to Bronies.
it has come to my attention that medibot has hacked my Let's Play from the inside out, lacing my commentary with bestial filth that attracts Undesirables and spam.
none of your account information has been compromised and i thank you for your understanding
- Giggling Anti-Hero: pokecapn, particularly during the Tower of Winds in Four Swords Adventures.
- Greed: pokecapn is Wario, and he plays to win, especially in Four Swords Adventures, where pokecapn is willing to fight the others for Force Gems and has no problem with stealing them. Usually this just involves racing the others to Force Gems and looting their corpses when they die, but in one episode he actually attacks KFJ in order to steal the Big Key he was holding and claim the 1000-gem prize from the Big Chest for himself.
- Hates Being Touched: Kung-Fu Jesus, apparently, given his reaction when Kaz picks him up during the Tower of Winds in Four Swords Adventures. Granted, he was probably inebriated at the time...
- I Need a Freaking Drink: KungFuJesus, at least for the LP videos where he had enough of the game's problems (Mario Party 5, for instance.)
- Man of a Thousand Voices: MyNameIsKaz tends to throw out voices a lot. He dubs for Professor Pickle in Sonic Unleashed, and recurring examples from Mario Party include normal and "master of devils" Daisy and an eerily accurate Yoshi, sometimes mixed with Elmo.
- Kung Fu Jesus deserves mention as well, particularly for his Guttural Growler roles such as Solid Snake Shadow and a Vincent Price-like Bowser.
- Missing Episode: The Posse's first LP was not Sonic 2006 but actually Shadow the Hedgehog. However, the video files have since been lost, and the Posse didn't enjoy the LP enough to redo it.
- Never My Fault: As some of the viewers note, since Sonic Unleashed, the Posse has, on multiple occasions, been unable to figure out a mechanic for a boss fight or a level even if they dealt with it before in the same level, and, upon figuring it out, blame their inability to figure it out on the game.
- Real Men Cook: The crew has mentioned the food they are cooking during some of their playthroughs, such as chili dogs for Sonic Unleashed and "medieval stew" for Sonic and the Black Knight.
- There's a video of them preparing a Kraft Cheesy Skillet.
- Running Gag: "The x touched", usually involving round objects.
- Schedule Slip: The last let's play the posse made together was the Four Swords Adventure LP in summer 2012 (August if you count KFJ's LP of Final Fantasy XIII-2 on his channel), with the only videos posted on the Pokecapn youtube channel being a single video of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. A project was teased for July 2013, but nothing came of it.
- Share Phrase: "Mother of shit!" This carries over into medibot's work as well.
- Team Chef: When they aren't cooking something as a group (see Real Men Cook), they're usually munching on some kind of delicious-sounding baked good made by Kaz.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Played for Laughs (probably). pokecapn and medibot live a double life as professional Yoshi's Cookie players pcnVegeta and mdbREQoyl, while Kaz takes on the identity of the Global Yoshi's Cookie League's commentator HDDB Dog's Breakfast. #SupportEsports
- Big "NO!": In Sonic and the Black Knight, upon discovering that the Lady of the Lake is Amy Rose.
- Book Ends: References to the Sonic And The Black Knight LP and the Horse Alarm story in the Sonic Generations LP.
- Butt Monkey: The group has trouble figuring out how to defeat the Time Eater in Generations when, halfway through their second attempt, Vector suggests that they head for its core. This revelation is enough for them to figure out how to win on their third attempt. The next time Vector has a line, they mock the idea that he's helping and reference the computer room line from Shadow the Hedgehog.
- Call Back: During the fight against Perfect Dark Gaia, KFJ mixes up a Gargle Blaster called the Iblis Trigger, consisting of Everclear and NOS energy drink (specifically the 5-hour energy shot variant) mixed together in a 1:1 ratio and set on fire.
- Also during the Unleashed playthrough, at one point they change the batteries in the recording device, which causes pokecapn to worry if the machine is still recording properly or if they've accidentally caused themselves to lose a recording session, something that happened in the Sonic 2006 playthough, with Medibot cheekily pointing out that they lost some great Shadow commentary. This bothers pokecapn constantly for ten minutes straight until they take a break to check it - luckily, it's working perfectly this time.
- MyNameIsKaz has a habit of describing every item pokecapn earns in Sonic and the Black Knight using his Professor Pickle voice from the Unleashed LP. Medibot concludes it's a mental illness he has.
- Also during the same LP, Kaz and pokecapn remind medibot that the items in this game do, in fact, have names, and that there's no need for him to name them like he did every single collectible in the Sonic Unleashed LP.
- In Sonic Generations, before entering Speed Highway, the game asks if they want to see a tutorial on Light Dashing, which pokecapn dismisses because he feels he knows how the Light Dash works by now. KFJ then reminds him about all the trouble the Light Dash in Sonic Colors gave them (see Running Gag).
- Catch Phrase: "Terrifying!" and "GROSS!" pop up alot in Unleashed.
- As does "The illest!"
- "That Sun/Moon medal was, in fact..."
- Convection Schmonvection: Lampshaded by Kung-Fu Jesus in Eggmanland.
"Eggman, another thing I wanna talk about is lava: it's cool to look at and and cool to see in videos, but not cool to be within, like, 500 feet of.
- Failed a Spot Check: In Eggmanland, they spend nine minutes and fifty five seconds ignoring bright luminescent pink panels in a room with infinitely spawning robots. Then they do it again in the next room that has the same gimmick, primarily because they escaped the first room by complete accident; they didn't even notice when they revealed the lever that opened the door.
- Portmanteau: The word "chufty" (a combination of "chubby", "buff", and "hefty" - but actually a diminutive of "chuffleguff", coined by medibot) is used to describe large enemies frequently in Sonic Unleashed.
- Let's Get Dangerous: "Let's get frisky", for when Sonic enters Unleashed mode.
- Let X Be the Unknown: A "mysterious guest commentator" makes a cameo in the Sonic Unleashed marathon. He is given the code name "X" by Medibot.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: After falling and dying in the clock tower in the first nighttime Rooftop Run, IlluminatusVespucci comments that Sonic probably wouldn't die if he didn't scream on the way down.
- Running Gag: In the Sonic Colors playthrough, the Hover Wisp powerup enables you to perform a light dash. Because the group didn't know this feature (due to not paying much attention to the hint ring that comes with the hover wisp), There's DEFINITELY a light dash or some variation on that phrase is commonly said when light-dashy long trails of rings are spotted, yet nobody has a clue that Hover has something to do with it. They do, however, revisit the fans' top acts and do it correctly.
- Ever since the infamous LP, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is always referred to as "that other game".
- And like the aforementioned LP, anytime barrels are around, they bring up "Sanford Kong".
- Starting around Unleashed, Sonic games introduced bosses and enemies that fire bullet patterns like those found in 2D shooters. Whenever the group encounters them, expect calls of "Bullet Hell!" and "Touhou!" It does seem medibot has at least played Imperishable Night, as the Dark Gaia Phoenix boss resurrecting mid-battle gives him flashbacks of Fujiwara no Mokou doing the same in her own game's Extra Stage.
- Also from Unleashed, due to unforeseen circumstances, the crew have started always checking behind the Goal Ring for collectibles before touching it.
- Also from Unleashed, medibot giving individual names to every single collectible in the game, a la "The Great Cave Offensive" from Kirby Super Star. A few of the names are pretty standard, but most are really frickin' weird (some of the more bizarre examples include "George Lucas's creativity", "The year 1961", and "The hopes of every child in the state of Kentucky"). You can view the whole list here.
- Eventually Kung-Fu Jesus lampshades the sheer randomness of the medals' contents when one of the medals allegedly contains every girl medibot's ever asked out on a date.
"Now you're just making stuff up."
- "Robotnik's deadly speed traps" when they come across a tough obstacle or a glitch in the level.
- KFJ drawing comparisons to Super Mario Galaxy and calling Sonic Colors unoriginal. Eventually Pokecapn shuts him up by pointing that the gravity gimmick he was going on a tangent about showed up as early as Sonic 3.
- Special Guest: kiwi in the LP of Sonic and the Black Knight. While Kaz fans will be more familiar with her as she's guested on his stream, as well as his Odin Sphere and GrimGrimoire LPs, others will likely be completely baffled, especially since she hasn't been in a single other pokecapn LP before or since.
- Start of Darkness: In the Sonic '06 playthrough, the part where the Goons reach Radical Train (Episode 10) is easily this. Up until that point, the Goons were aware that Sonic '06 was a bad game, but it wasn't too terribly unplayable. They were completely unprepared for the absolute amount of anguish, suffering, and poor level design that was Radical Train. It takes them almost an hour to complete the level, and most of their commentary during that time consists of pathetic, animalistic babbling, profuse cursing, or expressing disbelief at just how profoundly broken the entire game is.
- Squee: When they come across a duplicate of the original Robotnik's deadly speed trap in Sonic Generations, they all cheer and Pokecapn sets down the controller for a few seconds so they can enjoy it.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Surprisingly subdued from them dealing with Crisis City in Sonic Generations. They do, however, go through great lengths not to remember that other game while playing it.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When going through the credits of Sonic Generations (which shows video of all the game's levels played in their original incarnations), the group is confused by the addition of footage from some Sonic game they've never really heard of before.
- The Ace: Between 2 and 4 (and up until medibot won again in 5), it was pretty much a given that pokecapn would win the game.
- All Animals Are Dogs: The posse's reaction to a Wiggler falling on its back after a boss fight in 9 is to want to rub its belly for being in "submissive position".
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: medibot's Luigi and Kaz's Peach are replaced by Waluigi and Daisy at the beginning of the third game.
- Arc Word: Grapes.
- Badass Boast
medibot (in response to pokecapn during MP2): I'll crucify you!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Near the beginning of Mario Party 8, one commenter lamented that the group shouldn't let the LP end with one of the worst games of the Mario Party series. pokecapn's enigmatic response was the trope name. And, sure enough, they did another game after 8. Yes. Sonic Shuffle.
- Break the Haughty: Their game of "10 To Win" is a by-the-numbers example for Kaz.
- Button Mashing: Kaz has surprising skill at it (Having exchanged his luck to the devil for it), leading to several awesome moments for him, whether obliterating pokecapn's domino-setting record or leaving Donkey Kong offscreen in a vine-climbing race. It's a big help for him in Mario Party 5.
- Can't Catch Up: Most of the time (especially in the minigames) the only real competition is between pokecapn and medibot, leaving Kaz and Kung-Fu Jesus in the dust (especially Kung-Fu Jesus.)
- Fortunately, by the time 5 rolls around, Kaz starts making headway in the mini-games, and though it takes longer, even Kung-Fu Jesus starts winning more often.
- Catch Phrase: pokecapn: Variations of "shitlord", "Get some!" (often as a sort of concentration mantra) and "Got it, coach!", "Just get in the plane!" (used in annoyance where one would normally say "Shut up" or something similar.) or "Big Money, no whammies, STOP!"
- At the beginning of each game, each player introduces themselves, the character they're playing, and often a catchphrase, in this order:
- "I'm pokecapn, I'm playing as Wario and I'm playing to win!"
- "I'm Kung-Fu Jesus, I'm playing as Yoshi, and I don't know what's going on."
- "This is medibot, and I'm playing as Waluigi, the People's Champion!"
- "And MyNameIsKaz, and I'm playing as Daisy, MASTER OF DEVILS!"
- Kaz: POWER OF DEVILS and "Ha! Try to beat that, suckers!" during the initial dice roll for turn order.
- Cliff Hanger: Used for Part 4/5 of Mario Party 9
- Cross Player: Kaz, first as Peach, then Daisy, then Amy.
- Department of Redundancy Department: This exchange from Mario Party 7:
pokecapn: Is that the game with Yuna in it, the anime of my dreams?
KFJ: That is the game with Yuna in it, the anime of your dreams!
pokecapn: Who's Yuna?
- Despair Event Horizon: Occasionally seen done by the player in last place, most often Kung-Fu Jesus, but the stand-out example is medibot at the end of Mario Party 5, where he goes over a dozen turns with almost no commentary. While winning.
- The length of the Mario Party 5 playthrough alone was enough to send half the posse into this, with KFJ falling into an intoxicated mess and medibot giving the silent treatment for the tail end of the LP, obviously sick of the game by then. By contrast, pokecapn and Kaz continue to take the playthrough in stride.
- Dissimile: From pokecapn in 9:
pokecapn: It's a team effort, but we're all working against each other.
- The Eeyore: Kung-Fu Jesus slowly turns into this over the course of the LP series, finally culminating in Mario Party 5 where he finally just says "Screw it," gets drunk, and proceeds to stop giving a shit.
- Foreshadowing: From Mario Party 2:
Kung-Fu Jesus: I can't wait until you're not Luigi.
medibot: ...Why would I ever want to be not Luigi?
- Goddamn Bats: Invoked by the boards, especially Mario Party 4.
- The Goombas who kick you back to the start if you don't score a higher roulette number than them in Mario Party 4 were beaten only a few times in the entire game, leading to everyone simply abusing Mega Mushrooms in order to rampage past them.
- One of the unforeseen consequences of their capsule policy in Mario Party 5 is a thick Klepto infestation on the right side of the board that keeps bunching up the group whenever encountered.
- And on the left side of the board is a pair of rolling boulder traps that send everyone on that path back to the right side of the board, and that are almost always landed on.
- Hourglass Plot: At the start of Mario Party 5, Kung-Fu Jesus is bitter and pessimistic and Medibot is his old kooky self. By the end, Kung-Fu Jesus is drunk and loopy and Medibot is silent and wishing that the game would just end.
- House Rules: They play all the minigames without the instructions beforehand, which they refer to as Wario Party. Handicaps are assigned each game based on previous star and coin totals in varying ways. In their Mario Party 5 board, they're required to put a capsule on any available empty space to turn the entire board into a literal game board, and as of Mario Party 7, they are required to use items if available.
- The first one results in a very convenient coincidence when they get to Mario Party 8, which they are quick to point out. Not only is it the first Wii installment of the series, but it completely lacks the option to turn off the minigame instructions. However, you must actively click through the tabs to see the instructions, which they avoid. All they get to see is how to hold the Wiimote, just like in Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
- Inherently Funny Words: Weaponized by Kung-Fu Jesus in Mario Party 7.
- Let's Get Dangerous: medibot's DARK METAMORPHOSIS into Waluigi in Mario Party 3.
- Marathon Level: Mario Party 5, which was a 50-turn long game, as opposed to the usual 20-turn games. It definitely took a toll on them.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Kung-Fu Jesus's precognition.
- No Budget: medibot posits that this is why there is only one star in each level in 9, for the superstar.
- No, You: At the onset of one of pokecapn's turns in Mario Party 6, medibot uses Waluigi's "You're lousy!" taunt, prompting:
pokecapn: No, you're lousy!
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: MyNameIsKaz won Mario Party 7! Due to a handicap miscount, meaning he didn't receive a proper victory sequence or anything.
- OOC Is Serious Business: medibot, in Mario Party 5. After spending more than a fifth of the game completely mute, the first thing he says makes it perfectly clear that he is fuming.
- Kaz, along the same lines. He gets uncharacteristically mad during parts of 5 and 6, including the incident that causes medibot to fall silent.
- Orphaned Punchline: The first thing anyone watching hears in Mario Party 6:
medibot: ...this whole cow.
- Power-Up Letdown: In Mario Party 4, Kung-Fu Jesus purchases a Mini Mushroom early on, and proceeds to receive nothing but Mini Mushrooms for the remainder of the game. At no point does he have the opportunity to pass through a door or access a board gimmick using one.
- Red Baron: medibot is the People's Hero. Kaz's Peach is the Silent Killer, and his Daisy is the Master of Devils.
- Running Gag:
- MyNameIsKaz triumphantly shouts "Ha, _! Try to beat that, suckers!" when rolling to see who goes first, no matter how high or low he actually rolls.
- The group abuses its Batman reference privileges in Mario Party 4.
- MyNameIsKaz and 'I wanna play Bowser's Big Blast!' He finally does in Mario Party 8 and is the victor.
- 6 and 7 include an unlockable taunt for Waluigi: "You're lousy!"
- Every time a Battle Mini-game comes up, pokecapn hopes that everyone pays 50 coins for the entry fee.
- Anytime a mini-game involves plants and/or flowers (and sometimes even when it doesn't), medibot will tell everyone that he is a botanist.
- In 5, Kaz and KFJ dueling people (usually pokecapn) for a single coin, and pokecapn's increasingly frustrated reaction each time it happens.
(After Kung-Fu Jesus has been talking about what he's drinking)
- To the G.I. Joe's PSAs in this video.
- One of Pokecapn's catchphrases references Press Your Luck:
Big money, no Whammies, STOP!
- Stealth Pun: When playing Sonic Shuffle, medibot selects E-102 Gamma as his character, justifying it as the robot choice. However, it's worth mentioning that the Greek letter gamma is written as Γ, the same as the symbol of his previous choice Waluigi.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kaz unleashes one on medibot in the final video of Mario Party 5.
Kaz: You despicable child. I cannot believe you. After all of this, you get offended at basically nothing because you are just an ass. That is fucking amazing.
- For the record, the "nothing" in question was Kaz smacking him for the third time that party over something rather minor.
- Tranquil Fury: medibot during the last few turns of Mario Party 5. The 50-turn playthrough was indeed too much for him to bear.
- Wham Line: From Mario Party 5:
medibot: ...I don't want to be here.
- What an Idiot: In 9, when a Bomb-Omb lands on the posse's cart and nobody bothers to push it off:
Kung-Fu Jesus: What, are we the most incompetent people in the Mushroom Kingdom?
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Especially when it's the power of devils. It becomes particularly pronounced when Daisy uses a Mega Mushroom in 4.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- After a lengthy history of losing, Kung-Fu Jesus comes surprisingly close to being the winner of Mario Party 7. However...
- Kaz lands on a golden space on his first roll through a newly-arranged mansion in Mario Party 8, taking him to a path of gold coins with a star at the end. Another player reaches the normal star and gets him kicked out before his next turn.
- This happens to Kaz a lot throughout the series, enough for him to know that he would be prevented from travelling the "golden road".
- Similarly, the "coin on every space" Last 5 Turns bonus is discarded one roll later.
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