Hellfire Commentaries (stylized as HellfireComms) is a commentary group based mainly on YouTube and Blip.tv.Founded by NTom64 and The Helldragon, they partake in MST3K-style riffs on various video games, movies and television episodes.Members of the group include:
NTom64, co-founder and main commentator of HellfireComms
TheHelldragon, co-founder and commentator on the Kingdom Hearts series, and various others.
Mexirican Bass Monkey, commentator on the Legend of Zelda series and speed runner.
Cold Chaos, commentator on various different titles on both Youtube and Blip.
Datai, commentator on various different Nintendo games on both Youtube and Blip.
ssskinner, commentator of any game on both Youtube and Blip.
thesnake383,commentator on various titles who can be found on both Youtube and Blip.
RespawnPoint, Youtube game commentator and frequent Twitch streamer.
Sparanda, a frequent streamer on the HFC Twitch channel.
digitalAlchemist, a frequent streamer on the HFC Twitch channel and commentator on Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy.
AxelRyman, speedrunner and stream asshole.
DarkenedRazor, a frequent streamer and co-commentator on HFC livestream.
Older members who no longer contribute to the site for one reason or another:
Greatzombieron, movie reviewer and commentator on retro/puzzle game series.
And Call Him George: In the Half-Life 2 playthrough, they decide to name a random scanner "Barry" before destroying it with the crowbar. They do it again later with a pair of Antlions after obtaining a pheropod, naming one of them Mr. Kitty.
Angrish: "Restart your sentence, kthnx." (NTom, to FTA after a bout of this trope during the Sonic '06 playthrough)
Tom himself isn't immune to this, as he and Ron slipped into it a few times during the X-Men Origins: Wolverine commentary.
Berserk Button: Don't bring up the Captain mission from Sonic '06 to FTA, trust us on that one. When that came around, he completely snapped:
FTA: ...WHAT?! You're fucking jo- please tell me you're joking on that, please tell me, tell me he, I, just, ....e-e-excuse me for ten seconds please..." (Leaves his mic) "WHAT THE FUCK?! GRAAAAAAHH!"note During the Sonic Unleashed commentary, FTA reveals that the reaction used in the actual Sonic 06 LP was staged, though it was genuine the first time he saw it.[[(note]]
Don't EVER call their playthroughs "Lets Plays", unless you want NTom to kill you.
Also, never call Greatzombieron by his real name, or he will end you.
While this one may just played for laughs, Gareth seemed to be quite upset that the Mega Drive was called the Genesis.
Big Damn Heroes: Usually in streams if a member who is streaming (Like Sparanda for example)they can temporarily negate the "No backseat gaming" rule and ask for help. If it gets serious enough then they can ask mods in the chat or other HFC members for help if they are available. (like Spar did with Ntom in the blind Zelda wind-waker stream)
Book Ends: In the Sonic '06 commentary, the first line Tom says after introducing himself is "This is a loading screen." Then, during the Sonic Unleashed commentary, Tom utters this once again before Perfect Dark Gaia is revealed.
FTA: Oh, God, it's Sonic '06 all over again!
Another example (albeit unintentional) happens in the Pokemon Destiny Deoxys commentary. At the beginning, Helldragon mistakenly states that Pokemon 3 was not released in Western theaters. Tom corrects him. Then at the end, Tom mistakenly states that Pokemon Ranger And The Temple Of The Sea was the last movie to feature the original voice actors. Helldragon corrects him.
Kingdom Hearts II. In the segment directly after the prologue, Helldragon says the Innocent Innuendo quoted in the YMMV page, and Tom asks him to rephrase it. Then, before the finale (The World That Never Was), their roles are reversed:
Tom: Well, Goofy goes into Sora when he does Valor Form.
Chekhov's Gag: Parasite Cage. First seen in the Kingdom Hearts playthrough, then given a Call Back in the Sonic '06 playthrough, and brought up again in the Kingdom Hearts II playthrough upon encountering Mecha-Cage.
Dude, Not Funny!: greatzombieron has made one or too quips that may have crossed the line — an autism joke during the Disaster Movie commentary, or a Haiti joke in the Brutal Legend playthrough. NTom and (in the latter case) IRTundraBoy were not amused, either way.
Helldragon:And thus, thousands of fanfictions were born...
Fantastic Racism: Helldragon's racist against technology — NTom dubbed him a "techist".
Helldragon: AHLALALA! NTom seems to be like this with snowmen
Filler: One time, due to not having enough time to record more Half-Life 2, NTom, and IRTundraBoy (later Greatzombieron) instead opted to record some more Brütal Legend — exploring, collecting all the legends/songs, etc.
Now Tom and Ron have done a commentary on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, for a similar reason.
Gone Horribly Right: Whenever they do commentary on something, but forget just how bad or ridiculous it actually is (or are well aware, and go with it anyway), with predictableresults. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl, and Dragonball Evolution are all good examples, and possibly Sonic '06 as well.
Heroic BSOD: This occurred during their first Sonic '06 playthrough (during the Trial of Love), when a glitch led Tom to believe that you had to choose Elisein order to proceed.
In an attempt to fight back against Tom's puns, Helldragon has delved into this as well. ("Terrable!")
Informed Ability: AxelRyman, BigAl2K6, Captainblue50, and LuizPrower are all members of the group, despite not having appeared too often, if at all.
They have appeared in commentaries, but most of them aren't available. Axel starred in an Ocarina of Time playthrough (cancelled), Alan starred in a commentary of the Super Mario Bros. movie, Captainblue50 was in the Ben10 live-action film commentary with DCE, along with a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas playthrough (cancelled), and Luiz starred in a Sonic Rewards Compilation playthrough (removed).
Cloud8745 was also a member briefly for 5 videos or so of the Pokemon Emerald playthrough (removed) before THD was a regular.
Luiz was also involved in something Street Fighter related, but it was never released.
Insult Backfire: This exchange during the Sonic and the Black Knight playthrough:
FTA: Well, you sound like a homosexual robot with a bad cold.
NTom: ...That's the weirdest insult I've ever received; thank you.
It Makes Sense in Context: On one of the comments in their Pokepark 2 live stream on Youtube, someone says 'Hellfircoms... Learn interesting facts like where the term Lolita came from!' Tom replied with this.
To anyone else reading this comment: It makes sense in context, I swear!'
Leave the Camera Running: During a live stream, Tom once forgot that there was a level after the final boss of Sonic Colors, and went to get a drink, expecting the credits to roll. He came back missing about ten lives.
Lost Aesop: In the High School Musical commentary, Helldragon gets into a rather intellectual rant about why movies like the above movie and Twilight are possible, only to go on to how if High School Musical had vampires, it would be better.
Lost Forever: The commentaries for the Pokemon movies have been taken down due to copyright issues. There was a brief period where you could download copies of the tracks, but many people missed it, and will never see them again.
Averted. As of 2013, the Pokemon movies are once again downloadable on their forums.
Memetic Badass: The Disney-thon spawned a couple of them for the commentators — Coach Bolton (High School Musical) and Persian Wolverine (Aladdin and the King of Thieves).
"No. Just... No" Reaction: During the Disaster Movie commentary, greatzombieron reacts to one of NTom's jokes this way. To make sense of it, the movie currently showed a character pinned to the ground with the spear from a collapsed statue:
Ron: I don't even know what the point is, to this whole thing... Tom: Well, the point is on the end of the spear. (A Beat is heard, followed by an audible slapping noise.)
It's gotten to a point where they believe that Xanatos was responsible for not only the creation of the Cage legacy (Parasite Cage, Mecha-Cage, Proto-Cage), but also for Nomura letting no TV series be included in Kingdom Hearts.
In the Super Mario Galaxy 2: Stream playthrough: The two worlds that are multiples of three were both 12 parts long, which is also a multiple of three! As a response, NTom said "Funny how things work out like that."
Also, he just happened to be playing the game on the third-year anniversary of Hellfire Commentaries.
Greatzombieron saying he can get through the entire game without getting attacked by a barnacle, then getting constantly attacked by them. Tom and TundraBoy keep reminding Ron about his earlier remark.
Also, Ron claiming he's the the Half-Life expert of the group, and then failing at random points in the game.
Schedule Slip: There's a schedule? Also lampshaded quite frequently. For example, during the Kingdom Hearts II playthrough, Sora & co. entered a doorway at one point and come out on the other side ... nine months later.
The Wiki Rule: Averted; they started a wiki, but eventually scrapped it in favor of a TVTropes page.
Thing-O-Meter: NTom and TheHelldragon have considered putting a "Sora, Donald, Goofy"-meter in the corner because of the sheer number of times it is spoken by various characters in Kingdom Hearts II early in their playthrough. It is never talked about after the Schedule Slip.
Greatzombieron: This is why every day with you... is pain. Constant... pain.
What Could Have Been: Originally, the Disaster Movie commentary was to be done with RandomDCE, but there was never put a date for him and Tom to start recording, so Tom eventually did it with Greatzombieron instead.
There's also the Disney-thon, a ten-day marathon of Disney movies. It was affected so much by the Schedule Slip that Tom eventually canceled it, releasing the 6 finished commentaries [[note]]Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Tron, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and High School Musical all at once as the "Proto-thon".
However, it has been resurrected and has gone from a ten-day marathon to a whole month of Disney movie commentaries.