Lets Play: R.L. Yoshi

Pictured above: the man himself, with his usual reaction to anything weirder than himself.

What's up, YouTube? This is R.L. Yoshi as usual, bringing you...

RLYoshi, real name Max Allan, 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, though not without some vulgarity. With one other person, 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.

He also has other gaming-related shows and projects. Let's Race has him and a friend play a game at the same time, racing to be the one to complete it first, usually with a variety of rules or unique twists. Mirror and Sol has Max and Zero playing Minecraft adventure maps as their pony characters, Winter Solstice and Mirror Image respectively, remaining in character the entire time (mostly). And Minecraft Party is Mario Party meets Minecraft, with Max's own creative ideas and tendencies mixed in.

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.

Spoilers under Let's Race and Minecraft Party will not be hidden, aside from in the stats.

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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. Subverted when Max's only idiocy comes in the form of impaired speech, and Dan manages to still win a majority of the games with skill.
  • All Periods Are PMS: People occasionally joke about someone being on their period if they're angry. Debatable how funny this is when referring to females, usually always funny when referring to males. It does help somewhat that at least when Max does it, he usually apologizes after.
    • One episode of Twilight Princess is titled "Potentially Masochistic Stubbornness" in reference to the long time Max spends on a single puzzle to try and get a Piece of Heart. In the same video, he fights Blizzeta (the boss of Snowpeak Ruins, who is an innocent woman that gets transformed into an evil ice-controlling beast by a piece of the Mirror of Twilight). The description of the video basically says that if anyone wants a joke about the boss, turn the title into an acronym.
  • Ascended Extra: Zero was just a co-commentator for Battletoads before becoming one of Max's most frequent guests.
    • Tim, Jero, and Spark were just a few of many Cards Against Humanity participants before appearing more often later on.
    • Enigma actually first appeared in the very first video on Cards Against Humanity (back when Max still called some things "Filler LPs"), as just one of many participants. He was the only one to continue appearing.
  • Aside Glance: Frequently, whenever he has a facecam.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Everyone suffers from this in one way or another.
    • A good specific example in HuniePop: when a girl sends Max a text with an image of them doing something sexual or flirtatious, Max will make a quick remark on it (often just "Oh wow" or something to that effect) before taking several seconds to point out something irrelevant within the picture (such as questioning how Kyanna was able to take a picture of herself doing push-ups).
  • Bait and Switch: At the start of Fortune Street, while picking characters, Max moves his cursor over Yoshi and remarks how, due to his channel name, there's no way he could not pick Slime!
  • Berserk Button: Go ahead. Comment on one of Max's gaming videos asking when the next episode of Cutie Mark Laboratories is coming out. We'll wait.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Whenever someone other than Max makes fun of the channel or its content. Usually it's Tim doing 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.
  • Brand X: Parodied in Portal 2 when Max forgets what kind of popcorn he's eating.
    Jacob: Sponsored by popcorn.
    • Occasionally Max will deliberately avoid talking about whatever he's eating or drinking. Averted whenever he talks about Five Alive.
  • Butt Monkey: Everyone at different points, though Max and Peter are the most consistent - usually due to each other.
    • Tim, Jero, Enigma, and even Rhino get the brunt of it when in groups. Often along with Yank the Dog's Chain.
    • Zero actually becomes this in Fibbage when Dan manages to keep getting points from him.
  • 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.
    • As of late 2014, you can expect people to reference previous videos they were in a fair amount. And even ones they weren't in.
  • 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, and is very blunt about being a brony himself.
    • Enigma went from "the quiet one" to "the snarky, often unlucky one".
    • The channel itself went from having only one let's play at a time, with swear words censored, to having tons of series' running at once and everyone cursing like crazy.
  • 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.
    • Spark, Jero, Jerry, and sometimes Rhino.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: A lot of people have at least one color to represent them. We have, so far:
    • Max as blue
    • Zero as purple
    • Rhino as green
    • Dan as pink (yellow or orange when pink is not available)
    • Peter as cyan or orange
    • Enigma as red
    • Tim as yellow
    • Jero as grey
  • 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.
    • HuniePop has acquired one after a few parts, warning that there is sexual content "that is mostly censored, but not fully". Again, justified.
  • 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 can prove his competence when he needs to.
    • Anyone who's a Cloud Cuckoo Lander can actually pull off some neat things.
  • 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: So many people, but especially Max, Peter, and Spark.
  • 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.
    • For a while, Max only did one or two games at a time, and called other games he did during them "filler". This eventually changed to a Game Grumps style of just playing whatever games he wants to and uploading a wide variety of them.
  • Epic Fail: 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.
  • 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: The setup can change depending on the group in the video. However, individually, everyone fits the following roles:
    • The Hero: Max, who sets up most projects and is almost always the leader (for better or worse).
    • The Lancer: Courier Dan, who is competent in areas Max fails in and vice versa, and is both a good partner and competitor.
    • The Big Guy: Jero, who has plenty of energy and typically goes for an aggressive play style.
    • The Smart Guy: Rhino, who typically remains quiet and makes strategies, as well as usually being the leader in games where Max doesn't pick up the role (such as Borderlands 2).
    • The Heart: Enigma, typically the quiet one who hits his boundaries long before anyone else.
    • Sixth Ranger: Tim and Zero are relegated to this role only because they fit best as The Lancer to Max (Tim being the Straight Man to him while Zero is a Hypercompetent Sidekick), but with Dan taking that role, they can only step up to fill it when he isn't around.
    • Explicitly in Courage is Magic, we have this:
  • Flat "What.": Max does these a lot.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • From the most frequent players: Jero and Spark are sanguine, Max and Dan are choleric, Zero and Rhino are melancholic, Tim and Enigma are phlegmatic.
    • Four-person teams typically have this dynamic in some way, at least by comparison to the others.
  • Freudian Trio: It depends on the people, obviously, but the most common trios are as follows:
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Max gets treated this way in videos, particularly by Zero, Rhino, Jero, and Tim, all of whom frequently get annoyed or snarky with his actions.
    • Spark is referred to this often, but as a joke.
  • Genre Savvy: Rhino, Zero, Dan, and Max, in that order.
  • Heads Tails Edge: In Borderlands 2, Max decides to flip a coin to determine whether to hand a quest in to Sir Hammerlock or Claptrap, as they give different rewards. He tells Jero to call it, and Jero says "heads is Hammerlock". Max flips...
    Max: Okay, which one is "lost the coin"?
  • 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.
    • Rhino sometimes seems to attempt this by stealing Max's intro.
  • 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: Jokes are made about this at times, though subverted when it's Max making them, as he doesn't drinkexceptions .
  • In Medias Res: Some intro jokes have this premise.
  • Insistent Terminology: Throughout Welcome to Ponyville, Max consistently refers to Derpy Hooves as her other fanon name, "Ditzy". As of later videos, though, he seems to alternate, leaning more towards Derpy.
  • The Insomniac: Max. He has sometimes played games while running on little to no sleep.
  • 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.
    • Rhino calls Max by a shortened version of RLYoshi: Yosh. Sounds the same as "Josh", when if he's going for a shortened version of "Yoshi" it should be a long O rather than a short one. He's the only one to do this.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Life Is Strange, when dealing with Kate, Max chooses practical and long-term solutions to problems: he takes a picture of David hassling her for future evidence rather than stepping in, he tells her not to go to the police until she gets more evidence, and he tries to be honest about the situation when confronting her on the rooftop. But every time, Kate reacts negatively, getting mad at Max (the in-game character) rather than accepting the reasoning. Max (the player) eventually gives a harsh "The Reason You Suck" Speech that makes him come off as a dick if you're a fan of Kate, but he isn't wrong - Kate is being ungrateful, bitchy, and unreasonable while all he's trying to do is keep her safe, prepare for the future, avoid getting himself in trouble alongside her, and be honest, yet all she cares about is getting things fixed now and the writers seem to use her depression as an excuse to allow her to be mean at times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Max is a bit of a jerk, but usually doesn't mean anything by it. How nice a guy he is usually shines through on social media.
    • Zero, Dan, and Jero also pick this up from time to time.
  • Large Ham: Half the people in the videos. Spark, Peter, Jero, Max, and Dan are the top five, in that order.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: This is yelled fairly often, and possibly done even more. Died out in later videos.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Max does this at times.
  • 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: A Running Gag is Dan responding to any multiple choice question with "Yes".
    • A somewhat memorable moment from early videos: 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!
  • Motor Mouth: Max can talk damn fast when he wants. Zero and Peter can as well.
  • No Indoor Voice: See Large Ham above.
  • 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 it was 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 color purple, or both.
  • Not So Stoic: Schuyler manages to crack a few jokes, despite being emotionless most of the time.
    • Enigma and Rhino have cracked their normally quiet shells for snarky remarks or jokes.
  • 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.
    • Tim, Rhino, and Zero are in the running for the role of most sane. Dan barely lags behind, followed by Enigma and Max. Nobody else is even on the board.
  • Orphaned Series: 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. He has made an effort to avoid this lately.
  • Precision F-Strike: Max normally just lets swears fly, but he rarely resorts to just a single "Fuck". Oddly enough, this usually means he's angrier than when he goes with long strings of combined vulgar terms instead.
  • Pungeon Master: Max.
    • He and Schuyler end up in a pun war throughout Ocarina of Time. Schuyler wins.
    • Tim's not bad at it either.
  • 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: Spark, Max, Jero, Dan, Peter, Zero, Enigma, Tim, and Rhino.
  • 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, usually specific to each let's play. Listing them all would take up the majority of this page.
  • 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.
  • 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 in BattleBlock Theater, 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.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Max, Spark, Jero, and Rhino, always. Depending on their mood, Dan and Tim might slip into it too.
  • 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.
  • Super OCD: Max.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The 2014 Christmas Special switched between people's perspectives frequently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Someone's been spitting in Max's food almost every day ever since mid-to-late 2014.
  • 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.
    • Max's favorite foods, or at least ones he eats a lot, has often changed; it includes peanut butter cups, regular peanut butter, cheese crackers, and toast.
    • Rhino has a Trademark Favorite Drink in the form of milk.
  • Troll: Literally everyone has had their moments.
  • 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 any other duo, but it's up in the air since they play online from different locations.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Basically everyone is like this with everyone.
  • Vocal Dissonance: 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: Sometimes, often just covered up with a quick cut or Future Max explaining what the viewers missed.
  • Working Through The Cold: Max's short LP of My Little Investigations was done while he was sick.
    • Zero was also sleep-deprived for his co-commentating in Battletoads.
    • Max is often sleep-deprived while working.
  • 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 

Races 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 expect it to 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.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Due to Dan's Roxio screwing up, throughout Shadow's Story, his footage appears glitchy and even is completely cut out for the first couple episodes and a lot of the final one.

Pokémon Zeta & Omicron (with Rhino)

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Basically the whole series 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". This foreshadows their next race: Aperture Tag.
  • 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.

Aperture Tag (with Rhino)

  • The Ace: Max blazes through the tests no problem while Rhino struggles along, in a sort of role reversal from the usual formula.
  • Ending Fatigue: In-universe example. After the end of chapter three, Max constantly gripes about how that should have been the ending due to the climactic-feeling challenge, and it's clear that the ending being pushed further away is taking its toll on him. Rhino seems somewhat less affected.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Rhino especially seems to have difficulty remembering he has gel, not portals, and keeps missing solutions.
  • Dungeon Bypass: One puzzle requires setting up blue gel in the right spots, then bouncing off of a high platform into a portal, shooting gel at the right time to remove a storage cube from a button so the portal switches locations, and bounce through the new portal to the exit. Max does this properly, while Rhino (eventually) just takes the cube to the ledge the exit door is on, stands on it, and uses the blue gel to bounce himself up to the exit normally.
  • Foreshadowing: This race was hinted at in the end of Portal 2; see Foreshadowing under that entry above.
  • Short Title: Long, Elaborate Subtitle: Subverted. The video titles, thumbnails, and in-game commentary always refer to the game as Aperture Tag, rather than its full name, Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Max, compared to Portal 2, is doing much better; he easily identifies puzzle solutions, and the only time he falls behind is when they're far into the game and he's suffering from Ending Fatigue. And even then, he stays mostly neck-and-neck with Rhino and pulls ahead at the end.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Rhino is having a much worse go of it this time around, needing to rely on Max's help and the occasional Dungeon Bypass to just complete the tests in the first place. Possibly justified; see Damn You, Muscle Memory.

    Minecraft Party 

Boards Thus Far

  • The Pinwheel with Zero, Jero, Tim, and Rhino description  results 
  • Vault 14 with Tim, Enigma, Rhino, and Jerry description  results 
  • Towers of Torment with Tim, Spark, Rhino, and Dan description  results  note 
  • The fourth board has not yet started, but will likely be a Bubbly Clouds level, based on what seems to be an in-progress board found in the game download that was once available. The setup also implies that either the board will only have two players, or it will be a two-against-two team game.


  • Alliterative Name: The third board, Towers of Torment. As well as a couple minigames, like Confusion Corridor and Dress to Depress.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Max himself. He's a fair host, but he's also the one who runs Minigames For Max, which have him played up as an evil overlord demanding simple amusement (the first one opens with Max declaring "I DEMAND SACRIFICE!") and a disproportionate punishment for losing.
    • The "evil" tower in Towers of Torment. It's built out of nether brick rather than stone brick, has demonic-looking claws coming out of the ground leading up to it, and the interior is decorated with colors on the red end of the spectrum, making it all certainly look evil...however, there seems to be no difference between the two towers besides appearance, meaning there are no known traps or negative spaces within.
  • Boss Battle:
    • Vault 14 ends with one against the Overseer (Max). The Overseer chases the player through a maze, but will easily lose track of them, and they must run up behind the Overseer and hit him a single time. After they do this three times, they win; however, the Overseer can attack as he pleases, and if he kills the player, they lose.
    • Towers of Torment also have one: King Porkbelly and the Udder Lady, now gigantic. The player must climb up them through minor parkour, avoiding monsters, and plant TNT in their crowns.
  • Chandler's Law: Basically any time somebody lands on an emerald space, it causes an uncommon event that breaks up the mostly repetitive gameplay.
    • The Boss Battle at the end of each board (after the Pinwheel) serves as this, in a way. The usually laid-back results after a climactic last few turns is interrupted by some sort of Wham Line, then teleportation to a boss arena with the rules hastily explained as the player is thrust into the action.
    • Occasionally, if turns are going by pretty normally (read: in a boring way), Max will cause a Minigame For Max to happen right away despite nothing to trigger it.
    • The Slaughterry is a fight to the death before the last five turns, around the point in the game where the action is at its lowest; too late for them to still have the adrenaline rush from the first several turns, too early for them to be making last-minute moves to impact the results.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Towers of Torment, Dan gets a compass when Spark wins a 2v2 minigame for them. He later uses the compass to turn around and go towards a different tower...shortly before it was revealed that the ice at the top of the tower he was heading towards was fake.
    • If a player wins a board, they get a small advantage in the next board, qualifying for this:
      • Tim, who won the Pinwheel, got to choose which room in Vault 14 was open first.
      • Rhino, who won Vault 14, got to choose which tower in Towers of Torment had the real Packed Ice first.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: So far, every board has had Tim and Rhino, but the other two players have unceremoniously replaced whoever played the previous game:
    • The Pinwheel had Jero and Zero.
    • Vault 14 had Enigma and Jerry.
    • Towers of Torment had Dan and Spark.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Minigames For Max ends with Max taking away all of a player's items or money, or one of their ice (in the first board, it was all of their money and items). Even though the tasks are usually mundane, such as trying to make lots of mushroom stew or dyeing clothes for him. (They also end with Max killing the player, but this doesn't affect the actual game.)
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The participants of each game so far fit these roles.
    • In The Pinwheel: Jero is sanguine, Rhino is choleric, Zero is melancholic, and Tim is phlegmatic.
    • In Vault 14: Jerry is sanguine, Rhino is choleric, Tim is melancholic, and Enigma is phlegmatic.
    • In Towers of Torment: Dan is sanguine, Rhino is choleric, Tim is melancholic, and Spark is phlegmatic.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: The first board has a few of these, such as Max making it so you can't buy stuff with the diamond helmets. The second board reveals that a lot of these happened in between, with several items being nerfed (for example, diamond helmets went from "don't lose any money next time you'd lose some" to "next time you'd have money stolen from you by another player, only lose half").
    • In the first two boards, Ender Pearls were often used to travel extra long distances since you could still roll after using one, and it wasn't too hard to throw and land directly on a Packed Ice space to buy it. As of Towers of Torment, using a pearl counts as your turn, and it's explicitly stated that using it to land on a Packed Ice space doesn't let you buy it.
  • Once an Episode: It's apparently tradition now for the last minigame of each board to be "Fight Amongst the Flames", which is essentially a fight to the death in a battlefield with fire in the middle and lava on the edge. It's also apparently a tradition for someone to use a name tag on this game to make Max play it for them.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: "Moment" referring to an entire series. Spark, normally a loud Large Ham, is calmer and quieter in this game. He's still a Cloud Cuckoo Lander who messes around with others, but volume-wise, he's much more toned down.
  • Switching P.O.V.: This show has the camera switch between players based on whose turn it is (though it will sometimes go to someone else temporarily if they're doing something interesting), with Max's own perspective in the corner. During minigames, it shows everyone's screen at once in corners, Max's in the middle.
    • Averted in Towers of Torment. Due to both Dan and Spark losing their footage, it just constantly shows Max, Tim, and Rhino's screens simultaneously; when Tim has to stop his recording, it's down to just two, though a little bit into the final episode Dan's footage kicks in.
  • Voice of the Legion: Max has it when Minigames For Max first shows up, and he declares "I! DEMAND! SACRIFICE!"
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Invoked. One of the Minigames For Max is called "Oink Oink Yoink". Each player gets their fist, a wooden sword, and an iron sword; they each attack a zombie pigman with a single hit, with the other players unaware of what they're using to attack with. Whoever kills the zombie pigman loses the minigame.
  • X Meets Y: The series itself is Mario Party meets Minecraft, but also mixed with Max's own creativity and trolling.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: This has happened to various people, including Zero and Rhino in The Pinwheel, Jerry in Vault 14, and Spark and Rhino in Towers of Torment.

    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.
  • Brick Joke: In City of Love, the 2014 Valentine's Day special, the two apparently just escaped a kingdom of robots. In The Facility, from July of 2015, Sol opens up by mentioning that they were apparently captured by robots. The official timeline also puts this map directly before City of Love.
  • 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.
  • Ditzy Genius: Sol. He's actually pretty good at solving puzzles when he actually tries and isn't ignored (which typically happens if both Mirror and Cyprus are around). He's even made the Triforce of Wisdom in Templars of Hyrule.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Mirror has one.
    • Sol adopts one when Cypress/Arcane is around, due to the other two usually ignoring him.
  • 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.
    • Templars of Hyrule is a map that only works in 1.8 and onward, while the Mine Little Pony mod only works in 1.7 maps. So Mirror, Sol, and Cypress have their skins, but walk on two legs. They briefly say at the start that they had to train to walk on their hind legs for the mission.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners
  • 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. Gets context later; see Brick Joke above.
  • 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.
    • When Cypress (formerly Arcane) shows up, he becomes the blue to Mirror's red, while Sol is essentially pushed off to the side, becoming more of a blue oni in gameplay but a red oni in attitude.
  • Sequence Breaking: If they get tired of a puzzle, or they know how to solve it but it requires too much timing, or it's just programmed wrong, they'll break/place blocks to make it to the exit rather than spend forever on it.
    • Accidental example: In "Mysterious Library", they get to the top floor of the library, the floor blows up, and they fall down to the basement. After some stumbling, they make it back up to the top, confused about what happened...and are suddenly teleported to the end.
  • 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

  • Artifact Title: Despite having "vexation" in its name, the series has become less about raging and more about competing.
    • Averted for the (presumably short-lived) second season, 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • I Am Bread: Peter gives up... even though he had already exhausted his three tries and lost anyway.
  • 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.

Pokémon Showdown Tournament

Final Stats:

  • Tied for 6th: Spark (lost to Max and Tim) and Enigma (lost to Jero and Rhino)
  • Tied for 5th: Max (beat Spark, lost to Squill, lost to Tim) and Jero (beat Enigma, lost to Zero, lost to Rhino)
  • 4th: Tim (lost to Squill, beat Spark, beat Max, lost to Rhino)
  • 3rd: Rhino (lost to Zero, beat Enigma, beat Jero, beat Tim, lost to Zero)
  • 2nd: Squill (beat Tim, beat Max, beat Zero, lost to Zero)
  • Winner: Zero (beat Rhino, beat Jero, lost to Squill, beat Rhino, beat Squill)


  • The Ace: Zero, Rhino, and Squillistipated.
    • Everyone actually had a good shot; while those three had raw skill, we also had Spark (who had won an actual tournament), Enigma, Tim (both of whom had beaten Max offscreen), Max (who had practice and logical thinking to make good strategies), and Jero (a Wild Card with a well put-together team).
  • Chekhov's Gun: While Squillistipated is fighting Tim, he uses an Electric-type attack on Tim's Dragonite, apparently forgetting that Dragonite is also part Dragon-type. Later, during his final match against Zero, he makes the same mistake.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Squill is just as big of one as anyone else.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Usual Butt Monkeys Jero, Tim, and Max actually put up a good fight: Jero sends Enigma to the losers bracket and actually puts up a fight against Rhino. Tim makes it to 4th by beating Spark and Max. And Max actually does pretty good against Squill, who was otherwise almost untouchable.
  • Running Gag: When Rhino sends out Bayou the Swampert (pronounced "by you"), Max almost always remarks "I will Bayou a drink".
  • Special Guest: Squillistipated, the host of Who Wants to be a Gilionaire, competes in the tournament alongside seven channel regulars.
  • Tournament Arc