"My name is Stephen Georg. I play video games."StephenPlays
is a YouTube Let's Play
channel in which Stephen Georg and occasionally his wife Mallory (Mal) play video games, begun in late 2010. Stephen also has a separate channel
for his StephenVlogs
, which he had been doing successfully for a year before StephenPlays. He has also been involved with several Earthbound
related fan productions such as Fobbies Are Borange
Games Stephen has played
This series of Let's Plays contains examples of the following tropes:
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Nana is apparently a heavy drinker who also smokes.
- Stephen thinks the Pokemon Trainer from Brawl is the worst Pokemon trainer ever, because he can only capture statues and, when their play his Subspace doppelganger, his Charizard jumps off the edge and kills itself in seconds.
- Crystal from Crystal's Pony Tale captures the other ponies' souls.
- Farkas/Fartas is a pacifist.
- Stephen considers Agitha from Twilight Princess to be creepy, insane and living in her own fantasy, though Mal disagrees.
- In the same game, Stephen and Mal decide that the reason why Link never talks in dialogue boxes is that he's brain-damaged himself from walking into head-first into walls all the time during his adventures, and in reality he's an Intelligible Unintelligible who just says "herp skerp a derp" to people.
- Annoying Laugh: Stephen's rendition of Midna's "Eee hee!" Verbal Tic in Twilight Princess. Mal repeatedly tries to stop him reading that part of the text boxes out, but it never sticks.
- Apologetic Attacker: Sometimes does this to enemies that are not just a Red Shirt or a Mook.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: Stephen likes the phrase 'solid damage'.
- Ax-Crazy: Lil' Brekflek.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Stephen comments on how many of the fights Argyl gets into should just be talked out, right before killing everyone.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Faendal may be an idiot sometimes but he can be terrifying as demonstrated when he thanks Argyl for killing Sven, and especially in "Skyrim #181" when he murdered Argyl.
- Book Ends: He feels this way during the Dark Brotherhood questline which started with him leaving an abandoned shack and was about to end with him fast traveling back to the shack to catch the boat that has his final target, The Emperor.
- Born Lucky: Mal, sometimes - for instance guessing the safe route across a dangerous floor in Gears of War the first time after not playing the game for years.
- Stephen decides that 'luck exists' after playing Mario Party against Chuggaaconroy for the first time.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Faendal tends to make things either silly or difficult for Stephen, sometimes both.
- Butt Monkey: Faendal in Skyrim. Carl Sagan the Pidgeotto gets this in Pokémon LeafGreen to some extent too.
- Captain Obvious: Mal in Brawl. A Running Gag is her non sequiturishly responding to something Stephen says by announcing what character she's playing as or what item she's holding.
- Catch Phrase:
- Celebrity Resemblance: In episode 30 of Twilight Princess, Stephen thinks the character Shad looks like Frodo.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mal would have won Sonic Generations had she not died at the very beginning of the game. Stephen lampshades this.
- Cherry Tapping: Likes to do this with Poison Sting as his final move in Pokémon LeafGreen.
- Comically Missing the Point: In "Kirby Super Star #1," Stephen points out the Fridge Logic that the people of Dream Land can't be starving when there's food on the ground everywhere. Mal asks if he would eat pie he found on the ground, and he says no, because he doesn't like pie.
- Cross Player: In Donkey Kong Country 3, Stephen plays as Dixie, whereas Mal plays as Kiddie.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Faendal has his moments.
- Deadpan Snarker: Stephen's college friend Alex in his occasional appearances.
- Deep South: Stephen is from South Carolina, and an exaggerated Deep South redneck accent is his usual first choice of voice when voicing a random NPC.
- Dissimile: In episode 3 of Brawl, Stephen tells Mal that Rayquaza is "A Pokemans, like Mewtwo, but he's a dragon, and not like Mewtwo at all".
- Epic Fail: The entirety of his attempt to catch Mewtwo.
- Fan Nickname: In-universe, he refers to the Blackglasses item in Pokémon LeafGreen as the "hater shades". He also refers to Pokedollars, the in-game currency, as "P-moneyz".
- He has several for different Mooks in Brawl: Auroros are "Birds of Paradise", Bucculus are "Nipple Suckers" and Shellpods are "Paracrosses".
- He refers to Ness and Lucas as "The Mother Brothers".
- Flat "What.":
- In Skyrim, when Ulfric Stormcloak says he can't accept the title of High King.
- Also in Skyrim, when Astrid tells him he is going to kill the bride of a wedding.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Stephen occasionally uses 'Wanker' to round out his family-friendly cussing (well, family-friendly unless the viewer is British...)
- Full Name Ultimatum: When Mal trolls him, Stephen will occasionally use her maiden name in this way.
Stephen: MALLORY WEIR!
- Mal then does it to Stephen in return in Battle Block Theater when he keeps accidentally blowing them both up with grenades.
- Funny Background Event: In audio form from Skryim #157. "You need to leave".
- Gentle Giant: Stephen is a generally nice, down to earth guy. He's also 6'6".
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rarely ever swears. Unless you count "piss" as a swear.
- An aversion in Shadow of the Colossus: he gets very frustrated with Celosia, and after a grueling battle releases a tirade of (bleeped out) swears on the poor creature. At the end here.
- Completely averted in The Last of Us: when reading the different document artifacts he finds in the world, he reads out the swears as well. Justified, as censoring them in a game like The Last of Us would be rather pointless.
- Happily Married: Him and Mal.
- He Also Did: Due to a shared background in art, Stephen and Mal also make the logos for Chuggaaconroy and The Runaway Guys.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He is little more than a head taller than Mal. It's especially apparent in his wedding vlog.
- Humiliation Conga: Mario Kart #16: MKWii Shell Cup, period paragraph, beginning to end. "I smoked Mal in practice" declarations in the beginning turn into Mal dusting Stephen in every single track, beating him with a perfect 60 to his 39, a 21 point lead. There is not a track in the video where Stephen does not leave utterly humiliated... only to go on to the next track and brag about how set he is.
- Hypocritical Humor: Faendal kills Argyl for killing an NPC but after a reload goes and kills the exact same NPC.
- In the first Mario Kart race between Stephen and Mal, Stephen tells Mal not to get too cocky because it's only the first lap of the first race. Almost immediately after, and debatably through the entire LP, Stephen ends up getting insanely cocky, usually just before a humiliating fall.
- Improv: Stephen is known for being able to improvise songs about what's happening in a game on the spot, sometimes set to the game's music but more often based on the tune of a randomly chosen real song.
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: In this clip, one of Stephen's college roommates does an Affectionate Parody of him that is a mix of this, Department of Redundancy Department and Small Name, Big Ego:
Alex (as Stephen): Welcome back to StephenVlogs, this is StephenVlogs, my name's Stephen Georg, we are playing video games, I play video games, my name's Stephen Georg, I'm StephenVlogs.
- Insistent Terminology: Towards the end of Little Big Planet 2, both Mal and Stephen start to refer to the game as "Mallory's Dress Simulator".
- In Resident Evil 5 they both refer to the non-zombie enemies as "new friends!"
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: His Bulbasaur in Pokémon LeafGreen is called Gregj. "The J is silent."
- A Running Gag in the same LP is Stephen never being sure how to pronounce the item 'ether' and going through two or three pronunciations every time he mentions it.
- Stephen and Mal also argue over how to pronounce the Mook "Feyesh"'s name in Brawl.
- Stephen and Mal can't make up their minds how to pronounce "Epona" in Twilight Princess.
- In Real Life, Stephen pronounces "giraffe" as "draff", for which he is made fun of by his college roommates.
- Lost Forever: Mehrune's Razor.
- The Skull of Corruption, too.
- Madness Mantra: "Bait...rock...ball. Bait...rock...ball" in Pokémon LeafGreen's Safari Zone.
- "Gimme something good, gimme something good, gimme something good!" when Stephen hits an item box in Mario Kart and is waiting for the roulette to settle on an item.
- Mature Rating: At the opening of each video for "Grand Theft Auto V", Stephen shows the rating screen, usually with added humor that relates to the episode about to be shown. (Rating the video 'I' for Immature, etc)
- MST: Tends to do this over cutscenes.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Mal and Stephen's cats (respectively) Kepler and Sagan, named after astronomers Johannes Kepler and Carl Sagan.
- Name McAdjective: At the end of episode 7 of Resident Evil 5, Mal claims to be "Helpy McHelperton".
- N-Word Privileges: Stephen can refer to argonians as lizards, but no one else can.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Well more like a sidekick that is not one of the selectable races, but Lil' Brekflek is like this. The game even refers to him as a pet.
- No Sense of Direction: Mal - according to Stephen at least. But only in games, not in Real Life.
- Stephen also claims her sister Karley is even worse, despite being an astrophysicist.
- Not the Intended Use: In Assassin's Creed, the Gentle Push was rarely ever used to navigate through a crowd and instead was used on random citizens. He even lampshaded it.
- One Head Taller: Stephen and Mal. Mal is 5'5", and Stephen is 6'6".
- Our Goblins Are Different: Lil' Brekflek, one of Stephen's sidekicks in Skyrim.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: "Agreeance" in episode 24 of Pokémon LeafGreen.
- "Arenarea" from episode 11 of Twilight Princess.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: In episode 4 of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the game combines their names into "SMALN" while they're both riding in a minecart, and Stephen decides it's their new couple name.
- Robo Speak: Both Stephen and especially Mal represent R.O.B. talking like this in Brawl.
Mal: I. AM. ROB.
- Running Gag: Several, but usually specific to a particular LP.
- "This reminds me of Ocarina of Time..." in Twilight Princess.
- "Gentle Push" in Assassin's Creed.
- In Little Big Planet 2, when asked at the end of the level "Did you like it?", Stephen replies "I LIKED IT" in a deep, throaty Cookie Monster-like voice.
- Shaped Like Itself: At the end of episode 14 of Brawl:
Stephen: Be sure to join us next time when we go into Subspace, and things get...
Stephen: ...Subspacey. Yeah.
- Shout-Out: Argyl is named after a character in Fallout 3.
- Many of his Pokemon's nicknames.
- In episode 6 of Pokémon LeafGreen, he comments "Taking risks, making mistakes, just like Ms Frizzell wanted".
- In episode 37 of the same LP, "I'm not a Pokemon, I'm a boy! My name is Anakin."
- In episode 13 of Battle Block Theater, Mal's character has a puma's head...
- Sibling Team: Mal and her sister Karley form one against Stephen in one of the Brawl videos.
- They do it again for Sister Segadventure, though not to fight against Stephen.
- Simpleton Voice: Stephen does one for "Ollie" the statue in Twilight Princess` Temple of Time.
- Start of Darkness: The aspiring mage incident.
- The Nicknamer: Mostly during his Pokémon playthrough.
- Technical Pacifist: Stephen sometimes acts like this in Skyrim especially during the Dark Brotherhood questline, such as having Lil' Brekflek murder his targets, untill Brekflek went of a murderous rampage, causing Stephen to kill the rest of the targets himself, which even after that he still tries to get him to attack him first so that he kills them "in self defense".
- Third-Person Person: Stephen when playing as "Cold Kitty" in episode 9 of Battle Block Theater.
- Troll: In some instances, Mal.
- The Unfavourite: Stephen loves Donkey Kong Country, but hates playing as Donkey Kong in it (as opposed to Diddy Kong) and repeatedly complains about how inferior a player character he considers him to be.
- Verbal Tic: Mal's distinctive "Uh-huh" when Stephen's asking her questions about a game.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Argyl and Faendal.
- Vocal Dissonance: Stephen gives the baby-faced child Malo a deep voice in Twilight Princess.
- Waxing Lyrical: In the finale of Sonic Generations, Mal does this with Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.
- Stephen briefly does it with "The Christmas Song" in episode 29 of Twilight Princess: "I know it's been said many times, many ways..."
- And again in Assassin's Creed part 3, with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
- With Lyrics: Stephen and Mal sing a duet to the Rainbow Road music in the Special Cup of Mario Kart Double Dash.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Stephen sometimes tries to apply the logic of the Animated Adaptation of Pokémon to the game (albeit usually in a joking way).
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens constantly to Stephen in Mario Kart every time he tries to catch up to Mal's lead in the number of cup wins.