RLYoshi, real name Max, is a YouTubeLet'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. Some of his series' are hard to even classify as let's plays (such as The Drawing Board, which is more centered around the building of structures in Minecraft creative mode).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.
Tropes that apply to RLYoshi's let's plays
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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.
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.
Max: "What's up, YouTube? This is RLYoshi as usual, bringing you..." and "B BUTTON B BUTTON B BUTTON". He also gets one or two unique to each game, such as "Oh god the owl!" for Ocarina of Time or "TO THE SKYYYYY" for Skyward Sword.
Peter: "FIRE BUBBLES!"
Zero: "Dead" in Battletoads; "THIS GUY / THESE GUYS" in everything else.
Character Alignment: In-universe. In Fallout 3, Max states that he'll be staying within the range of Neutral Good and Chaotic Neutral; he'll only be as much of a jackass as the person he's dealing with, but he'll stay mostly good normally.
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.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Peter. Also Max, to a lesser extent, though this shows more when he's with Zero or Schuyler.
Peter has orange and cyan (previously, red and gray).
Zero has purple and orange.
Schuyler has red and orange.
Fury has white and gray.
Mobius has black and blue.
Alec has white and light blue.
Comic Trio: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a combination of "gibberish" and "GLaDOS", since Max thinks she sounds like GLaDOS speaking gibberish, 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.
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.
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.
Foregone Conclusion: Tekkit starts off by telling us that the footage was from a disaster site with only one survivor. There are four people (Max, Zero, Fury, and Peter) in the series. Yep, someone's gonna die.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Max can be this if he wants. In his Slender playthrough, while he certainly isn't emotionless, he doesn't react nearly as much as one would expect.
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.
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 veryeasily.
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.
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!
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 he gives it to Twinrova in Ocarina of Time, Grodus in Thousand-Year Door, the old woman in Skyward Sword, and does a deeper version of it just whenever he feels like it 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.
Punny Name: The title of the series is a play on the saying "no pain, no gain".
This Is Gonna Suck: Max's reaction at the start of Cave Story. Zero expresses similar feelings.
The Drawing Board
Mirror and Sol
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.
Noodle Incident: "City of Love" starts with the two complaining about having just escaped a kingdom of robots.
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.
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 PeterRage 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.
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.")
Schedule Slip: The show is supposed to be updated every Thursday, but due to Max and Peter having trouble setting up recording times, it's very rare they can actually record episodes, leading to waits of weeks or even months between games. Granted, once a game is started, it usually gets updated on schedule until it's beaten, but then the wait only resumes...
Sonic 3D Blast took two months to get all three parts out. That's almost three times as long as it should've taken.
Took a Level in Badass: After falling behind early on, Max starts pulling ahead in later episodes, and then wins the whole thing.
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.