Lets Play / Takarifreak
has been making Let's Play videos for Youtube since January 2009. She has done Let's Plays for a variety of different types of games, including old Sierra adventure games
, handheld Zelda
games, LEGO Adaptation games
, and more traditional JRPGs
range from gameplay walkthroughs
, to blind playthroughs, to general silliness. Her commentary style blends a sweet and friendly delivery with calling out the game for its flawed logic and cursing at thing that go wrong.
Games Takarifreak has Let's Played:
Shows examples of the following tropes:
- 100% Completion: Tries to be as thorough as possible at completing every quest and getting every treasure, spell, ending, etc.
- Berserk Button: Broken video game logic, including but not limited to characters acting incompetent for the sake of the plot. Badly designed game mechanics are up there as well.
- Big "NO!": A few times when failure is eminent.
- Big "YES!": In Oracle of Seasons, after getting a Heart Piece in her first encounter with Maple, complete with Atomic F-Bomb.
- Bonus Material: Her LP for Pokemon Blue features a bonus episode for outtakes, Chrono Trigger has them for alternate endings, and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has them to show all the different character dialogue for the final tale.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Episode 8 of Kings Quest III ends early with Takarifreak and Lucahjin declaring a mutual pee break
- Catch-Phrase: SHINY!
- Colbert Bump: Somehow averted. Despite having collaborated with Lucahjin (multiple times) and NintendoCapriSun, and being Real Life friends with other big Youtube Let's Players, her viewer base is substantially smaller in comparison.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Usually following some kind of screw-up, by herself or one of the characters.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She defeated the Mist Dragon in Final Fantasy IV (in a blind run, no less) before it had a chance to turn to mist and become invincible.
- Cute Kitten: Her avatar is a Pokeball with cat-ears and whiskers.
- Cuteness Proximity: In Chrono Trigger, she goes out her way to talk to Alfador at every chance, including chasing him around the Earthbound Village during the post-Zeal events.
- Easter Egg: In a Zelda 1 VS race, she hacked her ROM so that the [[Mook Moblin]] who gives away rupees says "It's a Secret to Everypony"
- Epic Fail: Usually left in for comedic effect
- Fridge Logic: Often averted. She usually notices things that would be considered Fridge Logic at the time it happens and calls the game out for not making sense then and there.
- Funny Background Event: Her cat often decides to either misbehave or act cute during recording sessions.
- Good Bad Bug: Her Pokemon Blue LP is a glitch run.
- Gamer Chick: One of many female Lets Players
- Gasshole: Nowhere near the level of NintendoCapriSun, but she has been known to let off belch now and then.
- Genre Savvy: During her blind LPs of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy V, she has repeatedly predicted plot twists and story outcomes with uncanny accuracy.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She suffers one in her blind LP of Final Fantasy IV when it's revealed that Golbez is Cecil's brother
- Hilarious Outtakes: In a bonus episode for Pokemon Blue, an attempt to pull off the long-range trainer glitch goes awry, ultimately crashing the game.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She's talked about her cat, and how she loves cats in general.
- In her Zelda LPs, she gives Link the name CATS
- Lady Swears-a-lot: In older videos, it was rampant. More recently, she's taken to softening it ever so slightly and even censoring the audio.
- Let's Play: Duh!
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Used in King's Quest III after making fun of the evil wizard for having a flamboyantly purple bedroom, complete with hidden hand-mirror.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: Her username is a reference to the Takeru/Hikari pairing in Digimon.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In her Final Fantasy IV LP, she constantly defends Edward against the usual criticisms.
- Running Gag: In her Pokemon Blue LP, every Pokemon she caught was named Pikachu.
- Self-Deprecation: Not afraid to insult herself for messing up. She will occasionally laugh at herself too, though.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: During blind LPs, if someone dies during a boss fight, or she misses a treasure, she will go back and re-do areas off-screen between episodes to get items or EXP.
- Shown Their Work: She will take the time to explain complex gameplay mechanics when they become relevant, as well as stopping to present or explain certain theories during blind LPs.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Uses a sword-slash sound effect to censor herself in Final Fantasy IV
- Special Guest: Has had Lucahjin guest on many LPs, and hosted a 4-way VS Race for Zelda 1 with NintendoCapriSun, PurpleRodri and ArgonMatrix
- The Faceless: Somewhat, anyway. She has never been on camera for her own videos, but has appeared in other people's videos.
- The Nicknamer: Has taken to giving nicknames to many characters in recent LPs, ranging from Punny Names to Meaningful Names
- Many in Final Fantasy V alone, Bartz is Seymour, Lenna is Pinky, Galuf is Gary Stu, & Krile is Bubbles, among others.
- In Final Fantasy IV, she called Cagnazzo, Barbariccia, and Rubicante "Cat-butt face", "Rapunzel Barbie", and "Ruby Tuesday", respectively. FuSoYa earned the name Sarumon. The dwarves were called Viking Lawn Gnomes and King Giott himself was "Viking Santa".
- Toilet Humor: While not as much as some other LPers, it's there in small doses.