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Lets Play: The Dark Id
I am loving this shit!

The Dark Id is a popular Let's Player on the Something Awful forums. He has (as of this time of writing) completed 18 Let's Plays, 16 of them being featured on the LP Archive. Known for his wit, alternate character interpretations, and low tolerance for annoying things.

He's come out of retirement in preparation for Drakengard 3 by L Ping Fallout.

So far, The Dark Id has completed Let's Plays for the following games:Aborted:


The Dark Id (and his Let's Plays) provides examples of:

  • Aborted Lets Play: At the end of his Clock Tower 3 LP, Id showed off what appeared to be an LP of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven. As of 2013 though, nothing has come of it.
    • Final Fantasy X ended this way as well after the Final Death of Id's PS2.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: In the Resident Evil playthrough, he gives us this gem:
    I've never actually seen a vent shaft a man could fit through. But, I assume they are, at all times, occupied by Special Forces commandos, lab technicians, children, or Bruce Willis.
    • Resident Evil 2 has a similar line when he hears the sounds of something stalking him through an air vent:
      "Don't be another giant mutant. Please be Gordon Freeman. Please be JC Denton. Please be Frank Zappa. Don't be another giant mutant... (It's the mutated G-Birkin) Ah shit! It's never Frank Zappa."
  • All-Powerful Bystander/Spirit Advisor: As a result of The Id playing Resident Evil with both Chris and Jill concurrently as if both characters are present in the mansion and exploring it at the same time (in order to follow the game's canon), a rather strange entity represented by static keeps following Chris and repairing gameplay-induced plot holes by warping reality around him while speaking in odd riddles and nursery tunes.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked He does this a lot.
    • Most notable of all, Verdugo, Salazar's right hand, is re-imagined as Leon's monster half-brother Todd, who convinced Leon to try auditioning for the main character role in the next Resident Evil game. Leon froze him and threw him off the Golden Gate bridge after walking in on him making out with Claire Redfield, who dated Leon for a while. And Chief Bitores Mendez is a fan of the Green Bay Packers and even wears a Packers cheese hat (thanks to Luis calling him the "big cheese.")
    • Steve Burnside is an Emo Teen and has hormones that are playing havoc on his mind, his dad is an abusive git even when zombified, Alfred Ashford is Ambiguously Gay yet into his sister big time, Nosferatu/Alexander Ashford is a very upper class, polite, monocle-and-top-hat-clad gentleman reminiscing about his ancestry, and the T-078 Tyrant is Mike Tyson.
    • Billy FUCKING Coen is a Jewish uber-Jerk Ass who bullies, threatens, and treats Rebecca like a pack mule, Marcus' love for his leeches reaches a disturbingly sexual level, the leeches are portrayed as Gang Bangers speaking Ebonics straight out of Boyz n the Hood, and Rebecca kills Billy at the end of the game for all his mistreatment of her, only for him to return as a ghost to continue bullying her senseless, eventually becoming the main antagonist, possessing the body of a Tyrant and all.
    • The Nemesis is a mutant who thinks he's a Blaxploitation character who thinks he's a Californian governor who thinks he's a Super Saiyan. And then he becomes a freakish amalgamation of all of them (and Bert) at the end. And Nicholai is nigh-on indestructible to the point where when Jill blows up the chopper he's riding out on, Nicholai is instead sent blasting off again.
    • Leon's just getting into his RE4 action hero groove and won't stop shouting Ada's name, Claire doesn't seem to mind showing Sherry all sorts of traumatizing things they can find within the RPD and making her feel even more unwanted, and William Birkin makes eye puns, divorces his wife Annette monster-style (and muttered that he should have gotten one before he injects himself with the G-Virus), and may be into incest. Also, Mr. X is now Señor X, is mostly Spexican and, courtesy of Leon throwing it out a window, is constantly looking for his hat. At the end, he finally gets a new sombrero, loses it, and gets another one made of fire... and speaks English, much to Leon's surprise.
    • Chris starts out mildly grumpy, goes through a Yawn-poison-induced acid trip, and later becomes a Man Child after a herbal binge with Rebecca, said medic keeps trying to convince Chris that her adventures with leech-men and trains really happened, Barry ends up with captains-at-attention at inopportune times, and Billy FUCKING Coen is now a ghost, annoys Rebecca and Chris, sexually harrasses Jill, takes various shapes, learns how to possess monsters, and takes control of the Tyrant.
    • Corroder is a door-to-door salesman who constantly espouses the virtues of acid-based cleaning systems, even in the middle of his boss fight.
    • Inuart is a loser that Caim only tolerates as a pack mule, Verdelet is an old racist obsessed with whining about doom and destruction (and by the sequel is the true villain of the game for his various fuckups), Caim and Angelus are Vitriolic Best Buds, and Nowe is an utter moron who is clueless on just about everything, including things that as a Knight of the Seal he should already know (granted, this isn't that big of a change from his actual portrayal). Eris, Urick, Legna, and even Seere, however, are the Only Sane Characters.
    • Serge has a voice, and is the Only Sane Man in a world where everyone else's traits are Flanderized. ZOAH becomes his Captain Obvious wing-man.
    • Vincent Valentine gets a lot more sarcastic, and his self-loathing switches from "I hate my crappy life" to "I hate my crappy game". Cid Highwind, on the other hand, is just stunned in disbelief at both Deepground's retarded plan and the fact that the planet is retarded enough to fall for it. Meanwhile, Reeve is secretly in love with Cait Sith and trying to pass off the first game's events as a "war" so he can pretend he's a grizzled veteran.
    • Fei and everybody else become far more sarcastic and Citan is quite happily the biggest dick on the planet. Also every outlandish thing he does, he learnt in medical school.
    • Samanosuke inadvertently advertises for top of the line scowls and is VERY disapproving of Kaede; Kaede, in addition to being the worst ninja ever, has knee problems preventing her from jumping when it would be helpful; Yuki is selectively lazy; Tokichiro is a paedophile; Marcellus is an emo; and Fortinbras states the obvious constantly.
    • Black Arts Viper is a raving lunatic constantly shouting out his desires for revengeance. Snake's patience for bad guys and their sob stories slowly dwindles, and Weasel is the only member of his support team who REALLY knows what he's doing half the time, constantly telling Snake he should just shoot the bad guy dead.
    • Rikimaru is a bit of a nut with a stabbing obsession.
  • Alternate History: According to TDI, in a world where Caim's parents were not killed by The Empire and he went on to inherit their kingdom, he would have become Vlad the Impaler.
  • Animated Music Video: A bizarre variant, considering The Dark Id does screenshot LPs, but they usually start up when one character sees a rocket launcher and mistakes it for a boombox or a microphone. This pops up in...
  • A Rare Sentence: Comes up fairly often in Limbo of the Lost.
    "I wonder if Jesus had alcoholic snot...? I can't believe I just typed that sentence."
  • Back to Front: The Resident Evil series, minus Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 (which weren't released until after he finished them anyway) was played by him in reverse order release- and timeline-wise, with the exception of Dead Aim before Zero, Zero before the first, and the first's GameCube remake instead of the original.
  • Badass Boast
    FATE: SHOW ME WHAT THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE ON THIS PLANET IS... TEACH ME WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 'ALIVE!!!'
    Serge: Dunno much about teaching people to be alive. But, I'm getting *pretty* good at teaching 'em how to be dead. Wanna lesson?
  • Berserk Button: Ada doesn't quite like Leon constantly shouting her name.
  • Big "NO!": When, at the ending of Limbo of the Lost, a character suggests they sing.
  • Bowdlerize/Gosh Darnit To Heck: Parodied in this exchange in the Metal Gear: Ghost Babel LP:
    Brian McBride: Metal Gear's development was a classified Army project. Even the CIA is not aware of all the details.
    Ronard "Weasel" Lensenbrink: In other words, you know jack.
    McBride: Yes. Thanks for the clarification for the audience. You know, just rephrasing the obvious in a rude and suspicious manner doesn't make you clever. It makes you an asshole outlaw.
    Weasel: Identifying assholes outlaws. There's one thing the CIA excels at.
    McBride: It doesn't take CIA Intel in your case. It's written all over your face. Where'd you get the beauty scar, tough guy? Eatin' pussy pineapples.
    Mei Ling: That's enough you two. Rated E. For 'Everyone'! Enough of the colorful language!
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Has this to say about Ada Wong's questionable choice of attire in Resident Evil 2:
    Is there some mandate that all women in this city dress ridiculous or like hookers? Or like ridiculous hookers, in certain cases?
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Let's just say the fiend invasion after the Blitzball Tournament, as well as Seymour summoning Anima, was enough to turn Bobba and Jimma's pants different colors.
    • Manah runs into this problem when she encounters Caim in Drakengard 2.
  • Broken Aesop: His LP of Chrono Cross makes a major point of calling out just how extremely broken the Green Aesop is.
    Dragon God: In order to survive, all living things in this world fight desperately and devour those they defeat... Must one kill other living things in order to survive? Must one destroy another world in order to allow one's own world to continue? The wounded in turn wound and torment those weaker than they themselves are... There are only the killers and the killed... The sinners, who are judged, and the victims that do the judging... What meaning is there to such a world?
    Serge: Oh my GAWD!! I. Do. Not. Give. A. SHIT! Shut up! GOD! Can none of you lousy demi-god things go more than three minutes without droning on and on about weak ass pseudo-stoner philosophy bullshit?! Good lord!
  • Cain and Abel: Leon and Todd. Years ago, Todd convinces Leon to try to audition for the main character part of the next Resident Evil game. Leon gets the part and goes to tell Todd... only to find him making out with Leon's ex-girlfriend, Claire Redfield. Leon, angered, lays a trap for Todd, using a liquid nitrogen canister to freeze him and then lobbing him off the Golden Gate bridge. 6 years later, Todd's now working for Ramon Salazar as his "right hand."
  • Call Back/Brick Joke: Many and often, even across certain LPs.
  • The Cameo: When Weasel suggests that Snake play a Link Battle with a friend in the Ghost Babel LP, Seere chimes in with:
    Seere: No, Weasel. My mom wouldn't put out for a link cable to play Pokémon. She's certainly not doing it for Metal Gear Solid.
  • Catch Phrase: Quite a few:
    • <Character> is loving this shit! (Usually in regards to a character displaying a look of much glee on their face)
      • "<Character> is not amused", in regards to a character displaying a displeased or utterly uninterested look on their face.
      • Lampshaded in his LP of NieR:
      "How did that become the running gag for all my avatar changes, anyway? You guys are silly."
      • Likewise, parodied in his LP of Onimusha:
      "Guildenstern is loving this shit. Or...he just doesn't have lips. One of the two."
      • Continued after the death of his PS2, where his avatar on Something Awful was changed to an image of one with an Informal Eulogy stating "it loved the shit so that others would not have to".
    • "X out of fucking nowhere!" whenever someone or something suddenly appears without warning.
    • NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMUUUUUUURRRRRRAAAAAA!!!!!!!
    • Drakengard! (Said in, quote unquote "The tone of a kooky sitcom catchphrase. Pretend someone is looking at the camera with a goofy face and shrugging their shoulders while saying it. In other words, it is not to be mistaken with abject rage as "NOOOOOOOMMMMMMMUUUUURRRRAAAA!!!" was...")
      • "Cavia hates children" as well as "Trolled by Cavia!", which in Drakengard 2 is occasionally turned into "Trolled by General Gismor".
      • When characters die in Drakengard 2, they let out <Barf!> as a death cry. It briefly shows up in the first game's LP as well.
    • To the posters he likes in the thread: "I like the cut of your jib."
    • When faced with an excessively cheesy moment, he would describe it as "So cheesy I just shat pepperjack."
    • He also tends to describe various Nintendo Hard segments in games and various parts of games he utterly detests as "like having (his) dick in a vise".
    • Darkly-dressed characters such as Vincent Valentine with equally-dark personalities also tend to get described by TDI as "So goth they shit bats."
      • "So (adjective) s/he shits (noun)" could also be considered a Catch Phrase. In Chrono Cross, he describes Harle's accent as "So French she shitz les baguettes."
    • Characters generalized as completely useless or counter-productive are described by him as "As useful as an asshole on my elbow".
    • No, fuck you, dad!
    • In his Resident Evil playthroughs, the appearance of a sub-boss or boss on the screen is usually followed by "Run away! RUN AWAY!"
    • Sure, Sure, Why Not?
    • Frequently used by the characters in the games he plays: "I hate my life."
    • Every boss fight in Clock Tower 3 is preceded by the game overlaying the phrase "JUDGEMENT" on the screen; for the first few, TDI responds with "HEAVEN OR HELL?! LET'S ROCK!!"
    • With that said, let's (verb synonymous with "continue").
    • Spiffy.
  • Caustic Critic
  • Child Hater: Cavia, due to their propensity towards children dying violent deaths in their games, from Arioch being a Baby Eater, Caim chopping down Child Soldiers, and Nier cutting down baby Shades and the game's equivalent of Hogarth and the Iron Giant. Add Leonard's pedophilia and...
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Billy FUCKING Coen. The progressive form of the F word's even his middle name now, more or less.
    • In Clock Tower 3, when learning that he can carry only one Rooderstone in the Rooder Tomb area, Id lets off a most impressive one.
    You can only carry one FUCKING stone at a FUCKING time. At no other time in the FUCKING game do they pull any sort of FUCKING inventory restriction malarkey. In fact, Alyssa is currently carrying eight FUCKING bottles of Lavender water, four FUCKING Sigil stones, three FUCKING invisibility bands, and enough FUCKING arrows to break FUCKING Legolas' FUCKING gay elf back! To make no mention that you can still easily be carrying the huge ass compass thing from earlier. BUT ONLY ONE FUCKING STONE AT A TIME!
    • There's another in Limbo of the Lost, in response to the Sequel Hook.
    "--oh FUCK YOU!!! FUCK YOU FOR EVEN THINKING YOU COULD PULL THAT OFF!! Fuck you ya stupid motherfucker you could research your goddamn way through a third grader's book report your untalented shit! (Angry Fist-Shake) And fuck you and your smug douchebag Briggs voice and your mumbling mush-mouth Nilmates voice and that was the only two shitty voices you had you cunt! (Angry Fist-Shake)"
  • Continuity Nod & Mythology Gag: Some of his LPs make slight references to his previous LPs.
    • At one point in the first Drakengard LP, Caim mentions having fought alongside a guy with a bitchin' moustache who took an arrow to the throat. He's talking about the Onimusha depiction of Oda Nobunaga, the first game of which The Dark Id had earlier LPed.
    • Caim tells the story of how an ogre grand wizard approached him in the forest one day, offering him "some jewelry or gauntlet or bracelet" (which he thought was lame, so he killed them). Later, when Angelus reads the mind of a dying ogre, amongst many repeats of "stab" she notes the dead ogre as thinking "give gauntlets out to those who scowl". Another Onimusha reference, this time to the hero Samanosuke, whose possession of a magical gauntlet given to him by a Clan of Ogres and constant scowl did not evade Id's notice.
    • When pointing out how the world of Drakengard is basically Europe turned 180 degrees, he gives alliterative variants of the countries' names that line up with game locations. Except for the Empire, situated in Spain, which he dubs Notspain.
    • The epilogue of Drakengard 2 mentions how Gismor rented out his old clock tower to one Lord Burroughs, the principal villain of Clock Tower 3, although Gismor can't quite read the name.
    • Every so often, an update for the NieR LP will begin with a conversation between the ghosts of Caim and Angelus as Caim searches the world for Hymir's Finger and his other lost weapons.
    • Continued in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. When Snake expresses surprise at Delta Force being easily wiped out, Colonel notes that "Well-known elite special forces units are to Metal Gear related incidents as helicopter pilots are to bio-organic weapon related incidents." And to add to that, during Jack's special missions training, No. 4 makes mention of two deceased Black Chamber members that consisted of "[the] mercenary who claimed to be able to summon the spirit of a 1800s sea captain lost on a doomed voyage to change fates on the battlefieldnote , or the one who wore a straight jacket all the time but used robot arms that came out of his back to shoot pistols in battle. He also wore a jockstrap... on his face... Nobody knew why. note 
    • Near the climax of his Resident Evil 2, Ada mentions to Leon she's HIV positive. In the LP of the Remake, Jill finds John's letter where he mentions he got his test results back which told him he had "full blown AIDS." He then recommends Ada go for a test too.
    • Another Let's Player did an LP of Fallout 2, and he referenced Charlie from Id's Fallout LP.
    • Two from his Chrono Cross LP:
      • At one point after accidentally making a remark to Skelly about his fate that he didn't like, Serge backpedals and hypothesizes that he was thrown into a vat of acid by a "disgruntled English showerhead salesman", in other words, Corroder from Clock Tower 3.
      • When Serge-Lynx first meets Draggy, the adorable baby dragon asks where his family went, to which Serge-Lynx claims that they were killed by "[...]this angry quiet guy rolling through the area a few years back... REALLY wasn't a fan of dragons... Or non-humans... Or soldiers... Or really anything in general... But especially dragons. Which was weird because he rode a friggin' red dragon..." In other words, everyone's favourite murder-happy asshole, Caim from Drakengard.
  • Curse Cut Short: Nearly every time he's Trolled By Cavia in Drakengard 2.
  • Darker and Edgier: Although Drakengard 2 is Lighter and Softer than its predecessor, the LP's humor is far more scathing and ranting than previous LPs, mainly due to Id's utter fury at the sheer Idiot Plot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Besides the man himself, he interprets the cast of Xenosaga as a world-weary gaggle of Jerks With Hearts Of Gold who have truly Seen It All.
  • Death by Adaptation: Rebecca kills Billy at the end of the Resident Evil 0 LP. He comes back as a ghost in the RE1 LP, replacing Wesker as the Big Bad and possessing the Tyrant for the final boss battle.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Used for comedy in the "tune in next time for" section at the end of one Clock Tower 3 chapter, where the mentioned items include "BLIND PEOPLE! OLD PEOPLE!! DEAD PEOPLE!!!", all three accompanied by different pictures of Ray Charles.
    • He points out that the names "Nero the Sable", "Rosso the Crimson", and "Azul the Cerulean" mean "Black the Black", "Red the Red", and "Blue the Blue" respectively. "Weiss the Immaculate" could be taken to reference purity, which is usually represented by the colour white, but not one to be outdone, TDI names him "White the Clean" amongst others.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally in the REmake LP. Since the RE canon states that both Barry and Rebecca survive, but ingame you can only save one or the other, Rebecca's death triggers the appearance of a literal living Deus ex Machina that rewrites reality to ensure her survival.
  • Doomed Hometown: The aversion in Chrono Cross is lampshaded.
    Our hero resides in the quaint idyllic fishing village of Arni. Despite being a remote, harmless berg full of peaceful folk living simple lives alongside Serge, shockingly enough nothing bad ever happens to Arni. Really. It's never razed to the ground by an evil empire, its citizens are never butchered by raiding hordes of monsters, and Serge is never even exiled from the place. It just remains a chill little town. I know, it's bananas!
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of Episode 15 of his Limbo of the Lost LP, upon reviewing the notepad and seeing the list of locations in Darkmere, and realizing that a lot of backtracking is about to ensue, a long silence follows... followed by a declaration of "END OF LP..." and the "Suicide is the best side." Emoticon.
    • Also, the final posted image for the same LP is of somebody holding a gun to their own head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: invoked Often, be it due to The Dark Id having some form of fondness for a character (or just making them more fun to read about), some characters become this. Examples include:
  • Eye Scream: Constantly in Resident Evil 4.
    Leon: WHY DO YOU PEOPLE HATE MY EYE?!
  • Fan Nickname: invoked After the point when Alfred Ashford starts talking in his imitation of his sister Alexia's voice, Id begins referring to him as Alfrexia. And photoshops makeup onto his face.
    • And when Id decides to do Survivor as an MST gag, Claire and Steve decide to refer to Ark Thompson as "Hernando" until further notice. Once he is called Vincent, they switch to that whilst putting in surnames like McMahon, Vega, Price, and Valentine.
  • Freudian Excuse: Weasel gives Solid Snake some grief for this after more or less demanding to hear why Weasel killed his own brother.
    Weasel: "Sheesh. Don't you get enough sob story monologues from the people you kill? What's with you anyway? You always leave the people you fight with enough juice to verbalize a damn novella before they croak. You need to get with the program, guy. Two in the chest. One in the head. Ain't nobody weeping about how mermen raped their mother or their puppy was run over by an American diplomat as a child they were cursed by Poseidon when they get a good old fashion Mozambique Drill."
  • Freudian Slip: During Xenogears, Bart calls Fei "Nowe" after the latter makes a particularly stupid statement.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Pulls this off with Nicholai when he points out Jill being with S.T.A.R.S, the R.P.D's special forces:
    Nicholai: I'm with U.I.'s U.B.C.S. on a mission to rescue civilians from R.C. with orders to move A.S.A.P.
    Jill: So what's the situation?
    Nicholai: FUBAR.
    • Done again in the LP of the first game's Remake, during a puzzle revolving around people's initials:
      TDI: Alex Bechet has a spastic colon.
      Clark David is inflicted by chronic man sausage gobbling syndrome, doing immense damage to his esophagus.
      Ed Fisher drinks like a fish, because he works at Umbrella and this is not only acceptable behavior, but encouraged. Unfortunately, this is killing his liver.
      And finally, Gail Holland took up chain smoking waiting around for someone to find the other red gem to get into the office every morning. This has had ill effects on her lungs.
      Thus, we get our answer:
      (image of Cell)
      John was a dork.
  • Funny Background Event: There are several going on when Leon and Todd head to the sequel department to try and get Leon a new role (during a flashback in the Resident Evil 4 LP), such as Solid Snake sneaking around in a box, or Mario staring at Taki's ass as she bends over to pick up a can of soda, then she spots him and drags him through the window to slam him to the ground.
  • Gang Bangers: How the leeches from Resident Evil 0 are portrayed here, speaking quite like typical gangstas out of Boyz n the Hood amongst others.
    • Nemesis himself actually talks like a Pimp.
  • Garry's Mod: Uses this to create custom scenes in certain LPs. For example, Chris Redfield's bizarre Text Adventure dream in the R Emake LP was done in Garry's Mod using the Island17 map, and Leon's backstory about him and his brother are also done with G Mod using the Office and Havana maps from Counter-Strike.
  • Genre Savvy: Pretty much the entire cast of Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, up to and including Snake. He still lets defeated bosses exposit their backstories but shows mounting irritation as he does so, lighting up a cig- I mean FOGGER in anticipatory annoyance. Campbell points out how when it comes to Snake's type of adventures, world renowned special forces agents meet the same fate as helicopter pilots in the Resident Evil series. Snake even points out exactly how his adventure will go. However, none are more so than Ronard "Weasel" Lensenbrink, who commonly extolls the virtues of just shooting the bad guy without even giving them a word in edgewise. This reaches a point when, at the very end, when Brian McBride holds the entire support team hostage, having been working for Black Chamber all this time, Weasel comes out of his bathroom break to find McBride waving a gun around and ranting about "revengeance" or some rot. Without even giving Mc Bride another second, Weasel kills him instantly with a textbook Mozambique Drill (Two shots in the chest, one in the head.) He even not-so-sincerely apologizes to Snake for not letting McBride give his backstory.
  • Gilligan Cut: Done in the Clock Tower 3 LP when Alyssa finds a crowbar. Id says "I wonder how that got in there... Oh well, I'm sure nobody else is going to need it." Cue cut to scene from Half-Life 2 as Gordon Freeman runs out of ammo, finds he's lost his crowbar, and is killed by headcrab zombies.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Several Alternate Character Interpretations create characters like this. Billy FUCKING Coen, Serge, and Caim are the main ones, though in Caim's case all it took was a few pieces of internal monologue.
  • High-Class Glass: Donned by El Gigante and Nosferatu/Alexander Ashford.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Fires off one in his R Emake LP:
    If there's a survivor in this residence, then I hope they have dead aim. Personally, I would give them zero chance against any evil nemesis they might encounter. I couldn't fit Code Veronica into a silly sentence, I tried.
    • Speaking of Code Veronica, he fires one off there, this time referencing a bunch of Valve Software titles.
    Tossing the valve in here automatically makes the machine steam up so we can get to the source of this problem in half the time. I do have a life, you know. And if you do have anything to counter the way I'm operating, let me just be the first to strike. This will not be a day of which I'll face defeat. We've got to work as a team to escape this icy fortress if we ever hope to see an episode 3.
    • And a smaller one early on when picking up a keycard...
    ...anyway, this goes to the Indigo card reader from earlier. At least, that's the prophecy at the moment.
    • The same game again gives us a file written by a guy who makes dozens of zombie puns.
    • RE Zero gives us this threat from Billy to Rebecca who tries to avoid checking if a steam jet is hot, saying that it's steam so of course it's gonna be hot.
    Billy: Check if the steam is hot or I'm going to shove the inevitable red valve up your fucking source!"
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • He maintains that Bitores Mendez is the most competent of the villains in Resident Evil 4, even though he's the one constantly leaving notes detailing all of their plans in Leon's path.
    • In Leon's earlier game, TDI notes at one point that the autopsy room in the police department would be the last place any sane person would go to during a Zombie Apocalypse. He then immediately states that the only reason Leon isn't entering it at that moment is that he doesn't have the key, and then he takes both Claire and Leon into that room as soon as he grabs the key.
    • An excerpt from the FFX LP, while discussing the rules for suggesting new names for Shiva:
      No puns! We used a pun name last time! And there’s ten billion ice/snow puns out there thanks to Batman & Robin existing. Puns are officially on ice.
    • During the final exchange between Snake and Black Arts Viper from Ghost Babel, Snake calls out Viper's use of the word "Revengeancenote " with:
    Snake: You cannot smash two similar words together on the spot to place extra emphasis. The English language does not work that way! That is retardumb!
  • I Call Her "Vera": The shotgun in Resident Evil 0 is named Dixie by Billy.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Id expresses this after particularly unpleasant stretches of gameplay or irrational plot points. States his intentions as such after his Dead Aim and Clock Tower 3 LPs.
  • Idiot Plot: invoked The main reason that Drakengard 2 and the main characters are despised is because the story revolves around Nowe and Manah's idiocy dooming the world. While Manah is secretly guided by The Watchers in her actions, Nowe has no such excuse except for The Dulcinea Effect.
    • One of the most constant irritations in the Resident Evil series is the nonsensical plots, such as Los Illuminados actively trying to prevent Ashley from being rescued despite the goal of their plan being to insert her as a sleeper agent in the White House.
  • Imagine Spot: Frequent in a few, most notably Dirge of Cerberus.
    • The Resident Evil ones had entire sequences, including Chris Redfield's acid trip (he ended up in an old-style text adventure) and a truly bizarre showdown with Billy Coen's ghost in Resident Evil 1, culminating in a battle that goes through 2D sprite style, The Movies, and Soul Calibur 3.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes:
    • Dirge of Cerberus had an entire segment devoted to mocking Nomura's character designs, lovingly titled "Fuck Tetsuya Nomura". His only reaction to Vincent's Chaos form was derisive laughter and a "fuck you" to Nomura.
    • And he's back at it again in his Final Fantasy X Let's Play.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Inverted for Alfred Ashford, who is a horrible shot with his custom sniper rifle that has a laser aiming module AND a scope. With a rather...strange set of crosshairs. Much jokes about Alfred's inability to aim are made.
  • Jerkass:
    • Id gets like this towards things that annoy him, i.e. most everything he LPs. Everything else is free of it, though.
    • The most notable ones in his Let's Plays would be Billy FUCKING Coen, who spends two LPs insulting, harrassing, and trying to kill the heroes for little to no reason; and Benjamin Spooner Briggs, whose crowning achievement of dickery was slamming a clamp over some poor bloke's eyes with no provocation, just to get a pen to attack a monster that had done nothing wrong to him.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • In Drakengard 2, Nowe and Manah manage to get a happy ending in the Third Ending of the game, despite being responsible for practically everything wrong.
    • Krelian gets to go off with the Wave Existence at the end of Xenogears despite 500 years of scientific atrocities and being responsible for helping to kill off nearly all humans on the planet.
  • Laughing Mad: The Dark Id is reduced to this at the very end of his Limbo of the Lost LP.
  • Lighter and Softer: Although NieR is just as depressing as Drakengard, if not more so, Id's Let's Play of it is much easier on the snark and rage than his previous LPs as he actually enjoyed the game. He also takes a moment or so in the introduction to gush over the game, noting how it does everything Drakengard got wrong right and finishing up by calling it his game of the year.
  • Made of Iron: The moment Id finds out Nicholai Ginovaef survived being blown up in a gas station, he ends up joking about his almost ridiculous unexplained survival in this way after his second meeting with Jill in a shack (which also helps explain how he would survive to write a file in Survivor.
    The Dark Id regarding Nicholai: Thus, Nicholai abruptly departs. Along the way he falls into a sink hole, lands in a sewer passage full of poisonous gas. This gas also happens to be flammable and the place goes up like a match when Nikkie stumbles over a stick of TNT left by bank robbers who's heist ran afoul due to the viral outbreak. He is then blasted clear across the park and lands in a ravine filled with bees. Zombie bees. He will emerge without a scratch in the final act.
    • And during said final act, when Jill blows up his chopper after negotiations fall through, Id instead decides to conclude said skirmish not with Nicholai getting fried with the chopper, but with Nicholai blasting off again.
    Nicholai: Aha, I am invincible! Unfortunately, my helicopter seems not to be... *sent blasting off again*
  • Man Child: Chris Redfield becomes one midway through the Resident Evil 1 LP, thanks to brain damage from going on a herbal binge with Rebecca Chambers. I need an adult!
  • MST: His treatment of Resident Evil: Survivor midway through the Code Veronica LP. Whilst their cargo plane is being flown remotely by Alfred Ashford, a bored Claire and Steve discover it gets cable TV. Claire notices the title screen of Survivor as Steve flicks through channels. Cue the two hitting Survivor as a regular Mike and Crow as they rename Ark Thompson to "Hernando" and upon him being called Vincent, give him surnames from every other Vince they know of, take the Andy route (since it fits the tone of the game best), mock the Cleaner enemies, reusage of character models, and other such stupidity.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: From his Chrono Cross New Game+;
    After the battle, Solt and Peppor come to investigate the unstoppable end game squad that could murder their entire army busting through the front gate. And Pierre.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "My name is Fei Fong Wong." "...Really? That's what you're going with?"
  • Never Heard That One Before: Yes, he's well and fully heard of Drakengard 3!
  • Nice Hat: Señor X's sombrero, which he spends the whole LP looking for thanks to Leon trying it on, not liking how it looks, and tossing it out a window after the first encounter.
    • And later on he gets a second sombrero within the underground lab and when Señor X becomes the Super Tyrant, he gains a sombrero made of fire.
    • Nosferatu/Alexander Ashford dons a nice top hat upon freeing himself from the basement of the Antarctica base.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: The Dark Id makes his feelings on Resident Evil 4's TMP clear (he thinks it's a waste of money). Naturally, every single cutscene featuring actual shooting arms everybody with them. Even Leon.
  • Nominal Importance: Elly during the Xenogears LP sadly notes over a dying soldier: "I'm afraid he lacks a character portrait. It's no use..."
  • Non Sequitur: Id starts putting these in place of the magic attack description for most of Drakengard 2's weapon stories, because 90% of the weapons have the exact same magic attack. By the end he's gone off on a tangent about Street Fighter II spanning multiple updates because the magic attack in question is named "Sonic Burst", which prompted him to respond one time with "go home and be a family man".
  • No Smoking: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel's replacing Solid Snake's cigarettes with a "fogger" device that looks and acts like a cigarette. Played with at one point:
    Snake: Well, I did manage to smuggle in a pack of ci-
    Colonel: SNAKE!!!
    Snake: Er...right...I have the FOGGER.
  • Parrot Exposition: Eventually, Serge and Harle get so sick of this in Chrono Cross that they start following up repetitions of plot points by repeating them AGAIN, with as much sarcasm as they can manage (and they can manage quite a lot).
    Radius: Only the dragon sword, Einlanzer, can break the seal of Masamune.note 
    Norris: The Einlanzer? The sword forged by the ancient Dragonians?note 
    Radius: Yes... The legendary holy sword, forged by the Dragonites...note 
    Harle: Monsieur Lynx, did jou know ze legendary zword Einlanzer waz forged by ze Dragonianz?
    Lynx: No way!
    Harle: Oui! Zes iz true!
    Lynx: Get out of town! The ancient sword I've been hearing so much about. Forged by the Dragonities, if you didn't know. Amazing!
  • Rage Against the Author: He displays a venomous attitude towards Steve Bovis, the director of Limbo of the Lost, at the end of the game's LP.
    "And you! Hope I never meet you. Fucking pray I never meet you. I don't know what a Bovis sounds like but I'll bludgeon your lumpy head in until the mush it makes causes that sound. (Angry Fist-Shake Angry Fist-Shake Angry Fist-Shake)"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    Señor X: Your discrimination over de country of my origin is most disrespectful, mah. At least I can hold a job. What are you doing, eh? Lost your job on your first day? Itz pathetic, ese. What kinda cop are you?
    Leon: Shut up! Shut up! I hate essays! I cheated on my final exam at the academy! No... I never even went to an academy. I got my certification on some website I Googled. I put down I had 20 years of law enforcement experience I was on a Counter-Terrorist team on my application... That was a fucking Counter-Strike clan... How was I to know they'd actually hire me?!
    Señor X: Man, too much information...
    • Id himself delivers one towards Capcom near the end of the Code Veronica X LP. After putting up with the game's copious Fetch Quests and backtracking surprisingly well, he finally snaps when a puzzle element forces him to backtrack through most of the Antarctic base to deliver two gems to a room just a few steps away for a puzzle literally copy and pasted from an earlier part of the game.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better and Shotguns Are Just Better: His opinion of Resident Evil 3 starts off favorably when he acquires both the shotgun and the revolver within the first three updates.
  • Running Gag:
    • Random interludes made in Garry's Mod.
    • Plenty in the Xenogears LP:
      • Citan Uzuki being a dick who ducks out of boss fights, as well as explaining how he knows various things or how to perform/operate outlandish stuff as having learnt them in medical school.
      • Fei forgetting Billy's name.
      • Everyone thinking Fei's name is just a really bad alias (see Names to Run Away From Really Fast above).
      • Comparing Rico to Blanka.
      • Characters (usually Elly and/or Bart) bringing sandwiches when there is a long cutscene.
      • Grahf adding the word POWER!! into his speeches at every opportunity.
      • Fei's confidence that the next plot point can be cleared up with a good fighting tournament.
    • In Chrono Cross:
      • Kid constantly accusing Leena of being a sex-crazed country girl with low morals. It's a minor example since Kid disappears for a considerable portion of the game, but it's almost heartwarming when it comes back.
      • His utter disdain for certain characters, in particular Poshul, Korcha, and Stevenote .
      • Lynx temporarily doing CSI sunglasses one liners.
      • Serge/Lynx reminding ZOAH to "use his indoor voice".
    • In his LP of Dirge of Cerberus, he constantly draws attention to the fact Vincent's only real potential love interest whom wasn't dead, gone, unavailable, or Yuffie was Shelke... who has the body of a nine year old...
    • Not appearing in the next update of Clock Tower 3: a clock tower. Eventually killed when a clock tower does indeed appear much later on.
    • Resident Evil 4: Ada running into and killing very perverted Merchants. Played with a few times when one of them merely offers to sell her weapons, simple as...only to get a bowgun bolt to the face when commenting on Ada's "black panties." Finally played with when Ada encounters the last Merchant and readies her gun. He resignedly tells her to Get It Over With...and she just throws an egg in his face. He thanks her for it.
  • Sarcasm Failure: The endings to Dirge of Cerberus and Limbo of the Lost were so bad that the commentary devolved into "I have no words for this", followed by Cluster F Bombs directed at the cast & crew.
  • Say My Name: "NOMURAAAA!"
  • The Scottish Trope:
  • The Scrappy: invoked A lot of characters end up as this, due to The Dark Id's hatred for them. These include:
  • Scrappy Mechanic: invoked The box puzzle in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel damn near drove him into a frothing rage.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and British Stuffiness: El Gigante. All of them. Except Mid-boss.
  • Shout-Out: It would be meaningless to list them all. From Chief Bitorez being a Packers fan (complete with the hat) and a Gigante quoting Mid-Boss to Serge making Caruso One Liners (complete with sunglasses and ZOAH providing the YEAAAAH!) to Caim referencing Thundercats and people yelling BARF! as they die, to Fei using Buster Wolf, there are a lot.
    Cait Sith: Number Five is alive!
    TDI: I don't know what's sadder. The fact that out of everything from the rubble of the WRO, he took a spare robotic cat, the fact that Reeve has had five plus Cait Sith's kicking around, or the fact that he has, in fact, gotten his robotic cat killed four times now.

    Edit: Forget all those. It's the fact that this is a Short Circuit reference out of fucking nowhere.
    • During Clock Tower 3, when the game shows the Hamilton Clover necklace in a blue vista breaking into bits after Philip's murder:
    Meanwhile, the clover pendant enters extra-dimensional space usually reserved for heated courtroom battles.
    • Likewise, when a statue starts crying tears of blood at the start of the game, he refers to it as the "Patron Saint Shibito".
  • Shown His Work: His LP of NieR shows incredibly detailed information on the backstory garnered from Grimoire Nier.
  • Show Within a Show: His treatment of Resident Evil: Survivor with a dash of MST in the middle of his Code Veronica LP. While their cargo plane is being controlled remotely by Alfred/Alfrexia, a bored Claire and Steve discover it gets cable and Claire spies the title screen to Survivor as Steve flicks through channels. Cue the short playthrough...
    • He later transcribes the entire IdeaSpy radio play found in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, with the eponymous spy 2.5, his ex-girlfriend Call Now and his ally 714 played by Gillian Seed (wearing a moustache), his wife Jamie, and Jonathan Ingram (also wearing a moustache) respectively.
  • Solve the Soup Cans: A pet peeve of his; especially the more ridiculous (and unnecessary) ones.
  • Soft Glass: Discussed, lampshaded, and averted in the Chrono Cross LP.
    Serge: GAAAAAAHHHH!!! THIS HURTS WAY MORE THAN IT LOOKS IN THE MOVIES!!! WAY MORE!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!
  • Spexico: How Mr. X/Señor X is portrayed: Wearing a sombrero in his first and last appearences, sporting a bandito moustache and speaking Spanish right up to the final fight against Leon. Leon is stymied by Señor X's guttural babbling.
  • The Stinger: The final scene of the Resident Evil LP is of Chris waking up in Kijuju just in time for Resident Evil 5, with the voice of Billy Coen ringing in his ears. Cue Big "NO!".
    Chris: Ugh. I really need to stop looking at the...sun? No. No!
    Billy: Welcome back, Topher... It has been a while... Are you ready? Got your make-up checked? Bwahaha.
    Chris: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
  • Sunglasses at Night: Wesker gets put through the wringer with this. Id usually notes his creepy habit of wearing them at 11PM, and in Code Veronica makes it a point to photoshop various bits of eyewear on Wesker's face up to and including Cyclops' visor (complete with the reveal of Wesker's cat eyes briefly being played with when he reveals a spare set of shades he had on...which Chris promptly punches off as well), and by the LP of Resident Evil 1, Id makes a tiny running gag of Wesker bumping into things due to still wearing his sunglasses in the rather dark Spencer Mansion.
    Wesker: Still securing the area. It's proving to be a bit more difficult than anticipated. Keep bumping into things for some reason. Wonder what's up with that.
  • Take That: To the Resident Evil movies, ironically during two of his RE LPs. In the RE4 LP, Ada finds a locked door and says she hears someone whimpering on the other side (It's Ashley) and Id quips that "Someone has just finished watching the Resident Evil movie." In RE Zero, when Rebecca stumbles upon a hidden torture chamber, one of the torture instruments is a portable DVD player showing the first RE movie.
    • Also, this gem in his Drakengard 1 Let's Play:
    Caim: Heh. Ooh! Tell him if Furiae and Inuart were to enter the seeds together the best he could hope to produce would be an effeminate mullet sporting nancy boy that was so gay everyone would see him and just go "no way!"
    Angelus: "Come on, Caim. No need to stoop to notions so childish. That's just absurd."
    • Another small one during his Fallout LP:
    Charlie the Vault Dweller: One more thing. Do you know what a Water Chip is…?
    Shady Sands resident: I know about the Potato kind. I hear they still eat ‘em way out east. Pre-war bags. Decades old. They just shove ‘em into their mouths.
    Charlie the Vault Dweller: That does not sound wise or healthy.
  • Trivially Obvious: In Limbo of the Lost, when Briggs is about to do The Summation at the end of the Darkmere chapter.
    "This should be... Well... It should be a thing..."
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Nicholai suffers this courtesy of Jill blowing up his chopper with him in it at the end of the Resident Evil 3 LP, mainly thanks to Nicholai's newly found invincibility.
  • Unfortunate Names: The main villain of Clock Tower 3 is "Dick" Hamilton (Not Richard, the game never calls him Richard) who discovers he is a descendant of the late Billy Brown, The Dark Id realizes that this means that with the game and Dick's insistence on using the name "Dick", his name is essentially Dick Brown.
    Does he have a cousin named Penis von Fecal?
  • Unusual Chapter Numbers: Episode VI.5 of Limbo of the Lost, which only consists of the rotten floor puzzle being solved and the encounter with the demon dogs.
  • Verbal Tic: James Marcus ending most of his sentences with "Leeches!!" or some variant. Soon enough, it slips into some of Id's own sentences. LEECHES! Billy FUCKING Coen's "Bwahaha!" might also count.
  • Villains Out Shopping: At one point the Gazel Ministry are shown playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • Wham Line: In the Resident Evil 4 LP, when Leon meets Verdugo for the first time...
    Todd Kennedy: It's been a while... Leon...
    Leon: You! But it can't be!! You were...
    Todd: Killed? Now... no need to bring up the past... dear brother.
  • Where Are They Now: Drakengard 2 ends with a Fallout: New Vegas-style epilogue.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Weasel commonly tells Snake to stop wasting time letting the bad guys give a sob story and just straight up shoot them.


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