Lets Play: R.L. Yoshi

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RLYoshi, real name Max, is a YouTube Let's Player who first came into the community with his LP of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, his style has changed drastically; originally doing most of his videos solo, he has begun turning his channel into more of a series of collaborations, with very few of his let's plays actually being solo.

He has a distinctive style to his videos depending on the people involved. On his own, the videos are more about the game, with him only offering dry commentary or puns in response to the game and is generally quiet the rest of the time. With one other person (usually Peter, Zero, or Courier Dan), they will usually either be working together or directly competing, and Max will typically be the Red Oni to their Blue Oni with much more focus on banter. With a group of people, you can expect it to be a much more casual game that greatly allows for them to freely chat while playing, and everyone's unique personalities will shine through. So, basically, there's a bit of something for everyone here.

This page is specifically for information about his Let's Plays and gaming videos. Information about his other videos or him in general goes here.

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    Let's Plays 
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Max beats Dan in the first game of Battle Chess without actually realizing he's setting up a checkmate.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: In-universe; discussed between Max and Schuyler in Ocarina of Time, with this trope name even being used as the episode's title.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The second Surgeon Simulator 2013 filler LP has Peter playing, with Max only watching.
    • Peter is Player 1 in the Halo 4 co-op campaign let's play, with Max only being Player 2. The fact that Peter seems to be much better at the game than Max also adds to this.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Frequent and almost always lampshaded.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: The whole point of "Let's Drink" - Max and Dan play a drinking game during a game of Worms Revolution to see how stupid they get.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Tekkit let's play seems to be this, judging by the intro text of episode 1. All we know is that there was a disaster of sorts, with several people killed and only one survivor.
  • Ascended Extra: Fury first appeared in The Walls as one of the six fighters and didn't play any more of a role than Frank, John, or Bridgett. Now Fury has joined Max and Zero in Tekkit.
    • Zero was at first just a replacement co-commentator in Battletoads, but quickly became one of Max's most frequent guests.
  • Aside Glance: Frequently, whenever he has a facecam.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
  • Badass Boast: "I REFUSE TO DIE!" in Ocarina of Time.
  • Berserk Button: To a mild extent, Max dislikes overused jokes. To a far more hammy amount, Kaepora Gaebora.
    • And Ihsoylr in Skyward Sword.
    • Peter doesn't like it when Max references My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, or when the Wii Party AI beats him.
    • Go ahead. Comment on one of Max's gaming videos when the next episode of Cutie Mark Laboratories is coming out. We'll wait.
  • Black Dude Dies First: In Left 4 Dead 2, Max plays as the only two black characters - Coach in the regular campaigns, and Louis in the original Left 4 Dead campaigns - and, as we all likely know, does not fare well.
  • Book Ends: A subtle one; Wii Party starts and ends with Peter being angry - first at Max for making a pony reference, then at the game itself for handing him a Humiliation Conga.
    • Battletoads starts and ends on the title screen.
  • Brand X: Parodied in Portal 2 when Max forgets what kind of popcorn he's eating.
    Jacob: Sponsored by popcorn.
  • Butt Monkey: Everyone at different points, though Max and Peter are the most consistent - usually due to each other.
  • Call Back: Constant references are made to previous let's plays in the later ones, especially Ocarina of Time.
    • A particularly sad one occurs in Chapter 2 of don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story:
    John Rook: You'll find that you've become attached to a character, only for them to die senselessly, and it's going to hit hard.
    Max: (goes silent and closes his eyes as a piece of music from Digital: A Love Story plays for a second before continuing, his voice now quieter)
    • A variation in that it's a callback to something from Max's past rather than a past video; in Animal Crossing: Wild World, he names his town Gradder, which was the name of the character he used when first ever playing Animal Crossing.
  • Catch Phrase: Pretty much everyone has at least one; see the characters page for examples.
    • While it was originally Max's, other people have taken to saying "What's up, YouTube? This is [name] as usual...", particularly Rhino and Dan.
  • Characterization Marches On: Max and Peter were quite different in Ocarina of Time. Max was more hyper and often tried too hard to make jokes (in his defense, he was literally only twelve to thirteen years old at the time), while Peter was moderately normal and just went along with what Max did. Thousand-Year Door was the first to see Max become much more sane, and when Peter appeared in Skyward Sword, we saw that he had changed too.
    • Also a case of possibly Hilarious in Hindsight; in Ocarina of Time, mainly during the Ice Cavern, Schuyler was making loads of references to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Max didn't get them. Come Skyward Sword, and Max is making these references all the time, mainly to annoy Peter.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Ocarina of Time, Max gets the Nayru's Love item despite believing it to be pretty much useless. He later uses it when battling Twinrova and ends up winning because of it.
    • The broken glass in Surgeon Simulator 2013. Max uses it a little bit at first, but in his final (and successful) playthrough, he completes the entire operation with nothing but it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Marioman2233 went against Max in some Mario Strikers Charged matches for filler, then appeared in Battletoads up to Volkmire's Inferno. After that, he stopped appearing, and Battletoads even went on a hiatus until Max could find a new co-commentator.
    • Other people such as Fury, Chaz, and Alec also suffered this. Sometimes this gets subverted, like with Schuyler and Mobius.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Peter. Also Max, to a lesser extent, though this shows more when he's with Zero or Schuyler.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: A lot of people have at least one colour to represent them. Typically, Max is blue and Zero is purple, but everyone else seems to rotate.
  • Comic Trio:
    • In earlier videos: Max is the one who comes up with stupid plans, Peter is the one who just follows instructions, and Zero is the Only Sane Man. Depending on the situation, Peter can be replaced with Fury, or Max and Peter can switch roles, though this is usually the most common example.
    • More recently, while Max remains the foolish planner, the other roles tend to get swapped around due to the rotating cast of players. Zero still remains the Only Sane Man, but everyone else alternates.
  • Content Warnings: As of partway through Skyward Sword. They've stopped now, since Max has decided that people probably know to expect it.
    • He has one at the beginning of his Cards Against Humanity playing (the actual let's play, not the single filler one). Justified, given how that game is known for being rather inappropriate.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Peter, despite his odd tendencies, is able to focus and notice things better than Max at times, and has shown to be just as competent - if not more so - at Skyward Sword, which he hasn't played before.
    • He even manages to take a landslide lead in Super Vexation Saga, at least until Max starts his sudden comeback.
    • Max in The Walls 2; at first, the way he starts off makes you think that he'll act Too Dumb to Live like in the first The Walls, but then he wins the round easily.
    • According to Max's Tumblr, Peter appears later in the Tekkit series and is an absolute genius. Max even says that Peter is, on a scale of one to ten with ten being "can do anything", a ten. Zero, meanwhile, is listed as an eight and Max is listed as a five or six (see Ditzy Genius under The Ditz below, or on the character sheet).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The winner of Pretend You're Xyzzy (Cards Against Humanity) was Nite, with a huge lead. Also, in an inversion, Bronzey was left in the dust the entire time.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In Portal 2:
    Max: This is RLYoshi as usual, with NamelessWarning, who you probably haven't heard of unless you...know of...I don't know.
  • Determinator: Max in Battletoads.
    • Also in Ocarina of Time's Spirit Temple; when low on health and lacking any fairies, he's fighting the boss and having loads of trouble. Despite looking like he's clearly about to die, he still keeps going, using Nayru's Love to keep himself alive. He ends up succeeding.
    • Peter in Wii Party.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the first part of the Dark Carnival in Left 4 Dead 2, Max insults the gnome he's been carrying and resolves to leave it behind. Schuyler shoots him for being "Rude", Max shoots back, and then Schuyler incapacitates him.
  • The Ditz: Max in pretty much everything done in Minecraft.
  • Dope Slap: Peter delivers one to Max at the beginning of Wii Party for making a pony reference.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Ocarina of Time, as well as the first few parts of Thousand Year Door, had pretty bad audio quality due to Max not owning a proper microphone at the time. Ocarina of Time also had no set schedule, and so episode updates were random and unpredictable.
    • Ocarina of Time, as well as early parts of Skyward Sword, also had censor bleeps for any swear words. These were later removed, and now Max just puts Content Warnings at the start of videos that need them.
  • Epic Fail: In Portal 2, at one point, Jacob has to catch a sphere as it flies over to him without letting it roll in the water. Not only does he miss the sphere, but he also somehow falls in the water and dies.
    • There's way too many of these to count. Just look at the funny moments page, because almost all of those moments qualify as this.
  • Face Palm: Frequently.
    • He facepalms three times in a row in Welcome to Ponyville when Granny Smith is shipping him with Applejack.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In episode 10 of Tekkit, Max (while pretending to be away from his computer) throws some steak to Fury, who's complaining about not having food. Fury doesn't notice the steak, even after picking it up.
  • Fake Guest Star: Peter in Skyward Sword; he has, so far, appeared in every single episode except the first few, but is still referred to as just a guest.
  • Fan Nickname: In-universe; Max and Peter love nicknaming various characters in Skyward Sword. Examples include Fi being called Gibros note , the salesman in the Bazaar being called the Happy Shield Salesman, Ghirahim being called Giratina or Herobrine (since they can't pronounce his real name), and a random blue-clothed knight being called Ihsoylr.
  • Five-Man Band
    • In the earlier days:
      • The Hero: Max, who heads most of the projects and is the main player if the game isn't multiplayer.
      • The Lancer: Zero, who is calm compared to Max and frequently appears alongside him.
      • The Big Guy: Schuyler and Fury, depending on the game; both are snarky and usually the most sane of whatever group is present.
      • The Smart Guy / The Chick: Peter fits both roles, due to being Genre Savvy and hilariously random respectively. Sometimes the role of The Chick is passed to Max or less frequent guests.
    • In Left 4 Dead 2:
      • The Hero: Zero, who while not consistently the best, tends to lead the team around. He also acts as The Smart Guy.
      • The Lancer: Alec, who tends to stick with Zero but can be considered the opposite of him in almost every way.
      • The Big Guy: Schuyler, who almost always tops the leaderboards and is easily the snarkiest of the four.
      • The Chick: Max, who can't go even a couple minutes without screwing something up and making himself look foolish.
    • As of recently, with many people fading out and new ones fading in, the following seems to have been established:
      • The Hero: Max who, as said before, sets up most projects.
      • The Lancer: Zero, Peter, and Courier Dan all toss this role around, especially since they rarely appear in the same videos nowadays; when they do appear, more often than not, they're the only player besides Max or don't interact with the others as much.
      • The Big Guy: Rhino, who tends to be the best at games in general and has a deep voice to match.
      • The Smart Guy: Tim is Genre Savvy and adaptable, as seen when he matches Rhino in Castle Crashers despite him having never played.
      • The Chick: Jero, who Screams Like a Little Girl and reacts to everything with an energetic response.
      • Sixth Ranger: Enigma, though he can fit into any of the previous three categories depending on the situation.
    • Explicitly in Courage is Magic, we have this:
  • Flat "What.": Max does these a lot, especially in Welcome to Ponyville.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: In Left 4 Dead 2. Max is sanguine, Schuyler is choleric, Zero is melancholic, and Alec is phlegmatic.
  • Freudian Trio: It depends on the people, obviously, but the most common trios are as follows:
  • Genre Savvy: Max. Though this sometimes gets subverted when it turns out he's overthinking it, or when his opponents find a way around it - see how Zero kills him in the third round of The Walls for the best example.
    • Peter comes off as this in Skyward Sword, but then again he's been reading the guidebook and watching other people play the game, so...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the setup for the three-versus-three battle of Minecraft: The Walls, Max spends lots of time setting up a TNT trap with a pressure plate to activate it. Later, seeing how he's about to die, he runs to jump on the pressure plate and kill one of his opponents as well as himself. He gets killed before he can step on it, though.
  • Hidden Depths: Peter apparently has quite a bit of gaming skill, but isn't able to show it often since Max is the one who usually plays.
    • If one only watches Max's let's plays, they likely wouldn't know he can rap.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In Skyward Sword, Peter once started a recording episode off playing while Max was out of the room and tried to keep the controls when Max returned.
  • Humiliation Conga: Peter suffers this in Wii Party, particularly in Battle Mode and Globe Trot. Especially Globe Trot.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 is full of these for Alec and Max, often in the form of them being attacked by one Special Infected after another repeatedly.
      • Max is usually the one to receive these, especially in Dark Carnival. He spends most of the episode carrying around a gnome for an achievement, causing him to not be able to do much and being (possibly jokingly) made fun of when he tries to give up. At the end of the first part, Schuyler shoots him; he shoots back, only for Schuyler to incapacitate him and Alec to constantly start and stop reviving him, doing nothing to get him up while preventing anyone else from helping. Max outright says at the end of the video that if he doesn't get properly healed, he's going to Rage Quit.
    • In one episode of Courage is Magic, during a trip to the library, everyone but Rhino succeeds their rolls and get useful books. He fails and gets a coloring book, made even worse when he fails another roll and isn't able to color inside the lines. Played for Laughs.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: At the end of Karnath's Lair in Battletoads Max jokes about this. He likely didn't actually follow through though.
  • In Medias Res: The "What the Hell? Moment" video for Minecraft starts off in the middle of a conversation about owning only TNT in a box of TNT, which then leads into Inception jokes.
  • Insistent Terminology: Throughout Welcome to Ponyville, Max consistently refers to Derpy Hooves as her other fanon name, "Ditzy".
  • The Insomniac: Max is partially type A, partially type C. He acts a lot crazier than normal in Minecraft: The Walls due to sleep deprivation, and he often uses a lack of sleep as an excuse for odd behaviour.
    • Invoked with his Challenge Foolishly Accepted playthrough of Wii Play, which he plays after 31 hours of no sleep.
  • Interface Screw: His Poker Night at the Inventory playing in Challenge Foolishly Accepted has the condition that he is not allowed to look at his own cards, so he sticks a piece of cardboard in front of a corner of his computer.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Max and Peter both have trouble pronouncing Ghirahim's name in Skyward Sword, so they decide to just call him Giratina.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Max is a bit of a jerk, but usually doesn't mean anything by it.
    • Zero takes this role as well, particularly in Minecraft: The Walls.
  • Large Ham: Peter and Max both.
    • Peter takes this up further than normal in Wii Party.
    • Half the people in the videos.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: This is yelled fairly often, and possibly done even more.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Max does this at times. Doesn't usually work.
  • Let's Play: No, really?
  • Madness Mantra: "B BUTTON B BUTTON B BUTTON!"
    • For Peter during Globe Trot in Wii Party: "I need more coins I need more coins I need more coins..."
  • Mathematician's Answer: In his second "What the Hell?" Moments video for Left 4 Dead 2, Max briefly insists that the gun he has isn't a shotgun, because it fires faster than a shotgun should. Schuyler responds that it is a shotgun.
    Schuyler: What do you think this gun is then? What would you call it?
    Max: A gun!
    Schuyler: What class?
    Max: Math class!
    Schuyler: You are terrible at this game!
  • Mood Whiplash: Episode 1 of Tekkit starts off with an introduction that paints the series as sort of an Apocalyptic Log. Then it gets to the actual gameplay, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Motor Mouth: Max can talk damn fast when he wants. Zero and Peter can as well.
  • No Indoor Voice: Max sometimes speaks loudly, even when there's nothing big happening.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Max and Dan attempted to do a let's play of You Don't Know Jack for the Xbox 360. They recorded every single episode, amassing over twenty hours of footage... and then decided to call it off and delete everything. The only reasons they give are Dan saying that if the episodes had been released, "people would hate [him]", and Max says that a combination of being stressed and not having good commentary. They also seem to react rather negatively to mentions of the game from then on.
  • Non Sequitur: Peter lets these off all the time. Usually they involve pineapples, the colour purple, or both.
  • Not So Stoic: Schuyler manages to crack a few jokes, despite being emotionless most of the time.
  • N-Word Privileges: In Skyward Sword, Max claims he's allowed to make fun of Canadian stereotypes because he's Canadian. Peter doesn't like this.
    • He embraces this a lot more later on, with much less negative reaction.
  • Only Sane Man: Zero or Schuyler when they're around. Max when they aren't.
    • When both Zero and Schuyler appear together for the first time in Left 4 Dead 2, we're treated to a double dose of their snarkiness and sanity compared to Max and Alec. Though Schuyler is arguably more sane.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Max states that when he starts cursing, things are getting real, since he rarely swears and resorts to Gosh Dangit To Heck or an Unusual Euphemism. Naturally, this happens during Battletoads. Subverted lately with his much more free use of swear words.
  • Orphaned Series: His let's plays of both Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and MLP RPG were cancelled due to him not enjoying let's playing them, partially because he considers RPG games to be somewhat boring.
    • It's practically a Running Gag now for him to start a let's play and only get one recording session (usually anywhere from one to three episodes) in, then never touch or speak of it again.
  • Power Trio:
  • Precision F-Strike: Max usually controls his swearing, so if he lets one of these slip, there's likely a good reason for it. Lampshaded in Battletoads.
    • Subverted from 2014 onwards. He just lets them fly.
  • Pungeon Master: Max.
    • He and Schuyler end up in a pun war throughout Ocarina of Time. Schuyler wins.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Too many common pairings to list. Out of all the frequent guests, from most red to most blue, the list goes: Peter, Max, Fury, Chaz, Mobius, Zero, and Schuyler. Any pairings between those seven can be easily deduced from there.
    • In Minecraft: The Walls, a rather glaring example is Max and Bridgett.
    • Portal 2 sees Jacob and Max as red and blue respectively...when Max isn't being a Troll.
    • Surprisingly, the common "Max as blue, Peter as red" example is inverted in Halo 4. Peter is much better at the game than Max is, and while his personality remains the same, Max becomes a lot more hyperactive and screws up surprisingly more, turning him into the Red to Peter's Blue.
  • Rule of Cool: For a while in Skyward Sword, back when Max still cared about censoring swears, he used short dubstep clips as makeshift censor bleeps.
  • Running Gag: Quite a few.
    • Max and Schuyler's pun war in Ocarina of Time.
    • Peter hitting Max for making pony references.
    • Max's computer going into sleep mode while he's recording, causing him to yell "COMPUTER!" and run to turn it back on.
    • When Max lets Peter take control in Skyward Sword, he has taken to using the time to check his email.
    • Throughout The Walls and The Walls 2, Max often sets up traps that never get used or possibly even mentioned after being set up. Zero lampshades this on his side in the third round in The Walls.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After losing Globe Trot in Wii Party, Peter temporarily leaves the room. He comes back though.
    • In general, people sometimes leave the room during recording sessions, but more because they have to do something than out of rage. Sometimes they leave at the end of a recording session.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: In Skyward Sword, Max and Peter decide to name the knight who saves Link when he falls off a cliff "Ihsoylr", which is backwards for RLYoshi, because he wears a blue tunic and Max's preferred video game persona is Link wearing a blue tunic.
  • Self-Deprecation: Max gives off loads of this.
  • Sequence Breaking: Max sometimes likes to try this for the fun of it, even if obviously nothing will come of it.
    • Max and Zero (but mostly Max) both do this a lot when they get their dart blasters, using the darts as platforms against walls. Max does this far more frequently with his slime bubbles to get a third jump by bouncing off of them.
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list. Mostly to other Let's Players, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Minecraft.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Peter, though this has toned down recently.
  • Springtime for Hitler: In Globe Trot in Wii Party, Max deliberately passes up a Hot Spot to give Peter the chance to get it, which would have made Peter the winner. Instead, one of the computer players gets it, causing Max to win anyway because he had more coins.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: His "What the Hell? Moment" video for Minecraft features him, Zero, and Bridgett filling a crater, likely caused by TNT, with more TNT and setting it off. The explosion lasts several minutes and even disconnects Max and Bridgett from the server.
  • Super OCD: Max.
  • Switching P.O.V.: A variation; Tekkit has the perspective switch between Max and Zero to show what they're doing at different times.
    • Except for the uploads to Zero's channel, where the entire episode is from Zero's perspective.
  • Tempting Fate: Plenty. In Ocarina of Time, for instance, Peter brings up Max's low health while fighting an Iron Knuckle. Max replies by saying he'll be fine because he has a fairy. Later, while fighting Twinrova, the same problem comes up...and he doesn't have a fairy.
  • That One Level: In-universe. Max considers stealth levels to be his weakness.
  • The Stoic: Schuyler in the older days. In the newer days, Rhino, Tim, and even sometimes Max (only when solo, though). Enigma almost qualifies for this, but he's just quiet rather than emotionless.
  • Those Two Guys: Zero and Max get like this when they take on the roles of Mirror and Sol respectively while playing Minecraft adventure maps.
    • In the 2014 Christmas special, this role is passed between Tim and Jero, Tim and Rhino, and Max and Jero, depending on the current focus.
  • Title Drop: Inverted; ever since partway through Ocarina of Time, all of the regular let's play episodes are named after quotes from the episode. Super Vexation Saga, the filler stuff, and Minecraft: The Walls seem to not be a part of this though.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Max in The Walls. His mishaps include building various failed traps, going Leeroy Jenkins on Zero, and building a wooden sniper tower.
    Zero: (upon seeing the wooden sniper tower) YOSHI, YOU'RE A DUMBASS!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Max was constantly screwing up in The Walls, but he became a lot better in The Walls 2, killing Fury and John by himself and then Zero, winning the round very easily.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Peter was kind of weird in Ocarina of Time. After that, he became a full Cloud Cuckoo Lander. Though in turn, we also got to see him play games rather than just listen to him talk, and he's pretty good.
    • Max goes from a decent player to absolutely incompetent in The Walls and Tekkit. And in the latter, he claims he has the most Tekkit knowledge out of himself, Zero, and Fury (only seen in Zero's side; cut out from Max's side)...we can tell this won't end nicely.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Schuyler in Left 4 Dead 2; sometimes justified by him only really getting annoyed at Max, sometimes...not so much. See Disproportionate Retribution above.
    • Max himself takes a level by the second part of Dark Carnival, sounding a lot more annoyed with everyone else.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Max seems to have a thing for pizza, as shown when Peter brings up in one Skyward Sword episode how they always eat pizza for lunch whenever he comes over to record.
    • He and Peter also like to drink a fruit juice called Five Alive. Max states that it apparently acts like coffee to him and gives him energy, while Peter just seems to like the taste.
  • Troll: Peter.
    • Max isn't completely above this either. He goes full force with it against Jacob in Portal 2 Co-op.
  • Two Gamers on a Couch: When it's just Max and Peter, this trope applies rather well, though the couch is substituted with either chairs or a bed since they record in Max's bedroom.
    • Can arguably be applied to Max and Dan or Zero as well, but it's up in the air since they play online from different locations.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Max and Peter have a Type B kind of friendship. Best shown in Wii Party; they get a hundred percent on Friend Connection without cheating, only to get into a fistfight during Match Up when Peter tries to steal Max's remote to keep him from winning. And this happens during the same recording session.
    Max: Hey! You know what this calls for? (opens up Wii Party) A PARTY!
    (hitting sound is heard)
    • Max seems to have this type of friendship with Zero as well, as seen in The Walls and Tekkit.
  • Vocal Dissonance: It's hard to imagine the creepy demonic voice that Max likes to do note  coming out of him, particularly if you know what he looks like.
    • Max and Peter like to play with this in Skyward Sword. Peter gives a Goron a very high-pitched voice, Max gives Fi a voice that sounds like GLaDOS, etc.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: One episode of Skyward Sword had no audio for some reason. So did the second episode of Tekkit, but Max didn't even bother uploading that, instead telling viewers to go to Zero's channel to watch it from his side.
  • Working Through The Cold: Max's short LP of My Little Investigations was done while he was sick.
    • Peter and Schuyler have also been sick at times, but still recorded. Zero was also sleep-deprived for his co-commentating in Battletoads.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Peter was working hard to win Globe Trot in Wii Party, but lost when one of the computers bought the souvenir he was about to get. He wasn't happy about this.

    Let's Race 

Stats Thus Far

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (with Courier Dan)

  • Audience Participation: Well, sort of; in every episode, Max and Dan ask a trivia question about a video game, and the audience must submit their answer to Max within a time limit. The first person to submit it correctly gets three points, while everyone else to submit correctly gets one; the amount of points people have at the end of the race determines special prizes they will get.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the end of Sonic's Story, Dan beats the final level just as Max finishes the second-to-last level.
  • MST: Max more or less does this when reading dialogue aloud by inserting his own comments into it, often pretending to be the character speaking.
    Max: (as Alberto Robert) Put on the shoes and go through the rings! If I've made the shoes correctly, you'll make it on time! If not, you're going to die.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Like always, Max is red to Dan's blue.
  • Red Shirt: Dan remarks how pretty much every character in the opening cutscene is this.
    Dan: And there's the old man. Who will also serve no purpose, other than to die within this cutscene!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Max pulls a 10-Minute Retirement when Dan beats Radical Train with only one death, that death being before the Super Speed section.
  • Tempting Fate: Come on, with all that talk about Max catching up at Radical Train, did you really not expect it to not slow down Dan at all?
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Given the game they're playing, Max and Dan both have this reaction at the start of the race.

Pokémon Zeta & Omicron (with Rhino)

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Basically the whole series so far is Rhino giving one to Max.
  • Here We Go Again: The first episode we see is the start of their third attempt to record this race. They are appropriately annoyed and exhausted, skipping through plot points they have already seen twice and more or less ignoring the game at first.
  • Irony: Despite green being Rhino's color, Rhino plays Zeta, which is purple. Max plays Omicron, which is green.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Max is red, Rhino is blue.
  • Serial Escalation: A quick, downplayed example in episode 2 when Max is trying to catch a Riolu. The Riolu's health is low, so he throws a Pokeball, which fails. He then throws a Premier Ball, a Great Ball, and finally a Dusk Ball. The last one finally catches it.
  • Shout-Out: To Achievement Hunter. Max names his Magby starter "Gavin" due to the real life equivalent's Pyro Maniac tendencies.
    • And he names his Abra "ITS NO USE" [sic] after Sonic the Hedgehog 2006.

Portal 2 (with Rhino)

  • Foreshadowing: Max says at the very end of the race that, next time, there will be "less portals, but not less Portal".
  • Idiot Ball: Max picks this up whenever he's in the lead by actually helping Rhino through the puzzles. No wonder he kept falling behind, though he did win in the end.
  • Irony: Third let's race started, but the first one completed.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Right before defeating Wheatley:
    Max, aiming his portal gun at the moon: Hey Wheatley, do you like bananas? Well you're going to go bananas ON THE MOOOOOOOOOOON! (shoots the moon and wins)
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After being behind for the first two parts, Rhino has finally managed to catch up to Max, and due to some confusion with a couple puzzles on the latter's behalf, surpasses him... then Max begins his slow comeback, before rocketing into first place by easily noticing a couple puzzle solutions that Rhino completely misses. He takes the lead back in the very same episode he had lost it in.
    • And then Max falls behind without either of them realizing it, because Rhino sped through a part that confused Max.
    • And then despite having a substantial lead, Rhino pisses it away when he keeps dying in a puzzle that Max completes no problem.

    Mirror and Sol 
  • All Just a Dream: According to the official timeline, Galacticraft was a dream Sol had. This is apparently just to Hand Wave it never being continued, though it also helps explain the Swapped Roles.
  • All There in the Manual: An official timeline has been released, with brief explanations for why the two are in the various situations they are.
  • Bad Bad Acting: When they have to read dialogue sent via command blocks.
  • Butt Monkey: Both of them, because of each other - Sol is frequently attacked and insulted by Mirror, while Mirror is dragged into ridiculous situations apparently because of Sol. Sol is often the bigger one, though.
    • In "City of Love", Mirror's status as this is magnified; he gets arrested more than once trying to rob a bank, and ends up having David fall in love with him after going to the trouble of gathering things for a love potion for him. Then, he gets Amy to fall in love with him, only to learn that she's a Crazy Cat Lady with extra emphasis on "crazy" (and has a face on top of her head). Then, his repeated attempts to flirt with Robotica fail due to choosing the wrong dialogue options.
    • Sol's status as a Butt Monkey in "City of Love" is, while there, not nearly as prominent; he gets arrested for robbing the bank as well, and the first girl he gets to fall in love with him - the bartender - ends up glitching and preventing him from continuing with her. That aside, he actually has a much better time than Mirror; he successfully robs the bank on his second attempt, and in the end, gets married and allows the two to leave the city...after he fakes his death.
  • Hand Wave: Oh so much.
    • When lag or glitches occur, it's blamed on Sol being on dry ice.
    • Cheating through teleportation commands is explained as them using teleport magic, as they are unicorns.
    • The official timeline explains how they get into their various situations.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: They speak the way ponies do, such as "anypony" instead of "anybody", and "Celestia" or "Luna" instead of "God".
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : In-universe, this is their opinion of Black House.
  • Noodle Incident: "City of Love" starts with the two complaining about having just escaped a kingdom of robots.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In a rare actual case of "out of character", Max completely breaks character in "Forever Alone" to mention he accidentally turned off his computer monitor. He does it a couple more times to point out how the map has nothing to do with Valentine's Day besides the "weird story".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: What makes their interactions so dynamic is how they are opposites in almost every way, Sol being red and Mirror being blue. And if one of them has a moment where they start acting the other way, the other one switches as well, preventing this dynamic from changing.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: When they hit the end of a map, or just get annoyed with it, they'll often go into creative mode and spawn a ton of TNT to destroy it.
  • Swapped Roles: In Galacticraft, Sol becomes the smart one while Mirror becomes the one who just runs around doing what he's told to do.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds

    Super Vexation Saga 

Season One

  • Artifact Title: Despite having "vexation" in its name, the series has become less about raging and more about competing.
  • Batman Gambit: Possibly unintentional, but in Super Mario Bros. 2, when there's one life left and Max just died, Peter lets Max keep playing rather than taking control back. Because of this, when Max dies again and they stop, in the final score Max ends up with two more deaths than Peter, rather than them being tied, thus contributing to Peter's victory. Had Max given control back to Peter, or accomplished a bit before dying, then Max might have won.
  • Cross Player: In Super Mario Bros. 2, Peter seems to enjoy playing as Peach, while Max alternates characters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sonic & Knuckles in the Super Vexation Saga was this with Max as the victor, winning in all but two factors - levels cleared and deaths, the former of which was a tie.
    • And a similar one in Super Mario Bros. 3, with Max winning in literally every category except deaths, where he lost by only one - and it was justified, as Peter stopped playing after getting two Game Overs, but Max played until he got three.
  • Down to the Last Play: Because of Max making a comeback, he and Peter end up tied after completing all the games on the list, forcing them into a tiebreaker. In said tiebreaker, there's another instance of this, as Max and Peter both end up with one less point than is required to win, making one final round be the deciding factor. Max wins, but then they decide to make it best of three. Peter wins the next round, and then Max wins the final round; neither were quite as tense as the first.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Super Mario Bros. was run differently in than the rest of the series; for example, they didn't stop until Peter Rage Quit, as opposed to future playthroughs where they stop after two Game Overs (after a certain point has been passed).
  • Epic Fail: In Sonic 3D Blast, Peter's attempts at jumping onto a moving platform in one section. This drags on constantly to the point of reaching Overly Long Gag - he either misses, overshoots, or just phases through the platform. Max constantly has to take control over from him just to get him onto the platform. This ends up being the reason Peter loses that game and Max ties it up.
  • Home Field Advantage: Max is typically better at the Super Mario Bros. games, as he's played those games (and platformers in general) a lot. Peter, on the other hand, is often better at the Sonic the Hedgehog games for similar reasons - especially since Max has never played any of the Sonic games planned for the series. Subverted as of late, with Max dominating the Sonic games as well after Peter gained an early lead.
    • Becomes a sort of Chekhov's Gun: Max beats Peter in the finale, Mario Bros., and proclaims that "Mario games are [his] turf!"
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Downplayed; when Super Mario Bros. 2 begins, Peter is using Max as a footstool and ordering him to do things due to Peter being in the lead, but after a minute Max takes over again.
  • Overly Long Gag: Peter's inability to jump onto a moving platform in Sonic 3D Blast - see Epic Fail above.
  • Rage Quit: Peter in Super Mario Bros. for the Super Vexation Saga.
    • And Peter again in Super Mario Bros. 3.
    • Max, for once, in Sonic 3D Blast, but by that point, it was an instant mutual agreement since neither of them really wanted to keep going.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Peter and Max respectively.
  • Rules of the Internet: Max and Peter try to create their own Rule of the Internet in part 3 of Super Mario Bros. 3 of the Super Vexation Saga. They end up deciding that their rule is "If two characters appear together, there will be shipping between them", which...is a rule that pretty much already exists as Rule 303.
    • In the video, Max decides the rule will be Rule 14...except he discovers during editing that there already is a Rule 14 ("Do not argue with trolls - it means that they win."), so he changes it to Rule 256...except that already exists too ("For every curse word, there is a town with that name. No exceptions.")
  • Running Gag:
  • Took a Level in Badass: After falling behind early on, Max starts pulling ahead in later episodes, and then wins the whole thing.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Max and Peter show this off the most in this series.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In Super Mario Bros. 3, the mic gets temporarily unplugged. This doesn't stop them from continuing to play, and in editing, Max just uses the video camera's audio instead of the higher-quality mic audio.
    • In Sonic 3D Blast, the video camera shuts off due to low battery at one point, which neither Max nor Peter notice. Again, this doesn't stop them, even when they do notice, since the game and audio were still being recorded.
    • In Sonic Spinball and The Lost Levels and the true finale, the game audio wasn't recorded properly, so they use the game audio that was picked up by the camera, resulting in slightly lower quality game audio.

Season Two

  • Artifact Title: Averted, as the series is now apparently tailored to deliberately annoy the two players, with the games being chosen explicitly for the sake of frustration instead of just being the "Mario VS Sonic" theme from before.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: I Am Bread. Max finishes on his first try, and while he didn't get a very good score, he still finished. Peter went through his three tries in a fraction of the time Max spent on his single one and ended up pulling a Rage Quit.
  • Jump Scare: Downplayed and unintentional. Near the end of I Am Bread, Peter knocks a light over. Max jumping up to grab it is rather sudden and can take people off guard, especially if they didn't notice Peter hit the light.
  • Rage Quit: Peter gives up I Am Bread... even though he had already exhausted his three tries and lost anyway.