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[[caption-width-right:305:My normal avatar, Aila Jyrkiäinen, will return after the Women's World Cup.]]

Hi there. I've been around in TvTropes for quite a while now, but I did not have a chance to start a page about myself until February 1st, 2014. I currently live in London, UK. Not very usual for an American to move to the land of the redcoats, but still...

I enjoy many things in life. In addition to being a graduate student, I enjoy cooking and writing. I also take time off by hiking, skiing, singing, playing soccer and watching the beautiful game ([[EnglishPremierLeague Come On You Spurs!]]) and IPL cricket (Royal Challengers Bangalore in particular). I also enjoy watching anime and science fiction movies. Also, I play a lot of games on Mac, PC, Xbox 360 and, as of September 2014, XboxOne.

Song of the month: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZBz_zpzreA Piano Concerto No. 1]] by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tropes associated with me:

* BerserkButton: Homophobia, Racism and Misogyny are the big three. Also, try not to interrupt me whenever I'm playing a UFO landing mission on ''VideoGame/XcomEnemyUnknown''.
* BigEater: I'm shocked I'm not overweight considering how much I enjoy eating food...
* CausticCritic: Read my ''Gundam AGE'' review if you have any doubts.
* CrowdSong: Here's a few regarding FIFA's corruption problem:
** "Get out of FIFA! Get out of FIFA! '''YOU CORRUPT BASTARD! GET OUT OF FIFA!!!'''"
** "And now you're gonna believe us, and now your gonna believe us. And now you're gonna believe uuuuuus! '''THAT FOOTBALL IS CORRUPT!''' That football is corrupt! (''clap x2'') That football is corrupt! (''clap x2'')"
** (''In the tune of the [[http://fanchants.co.uk/football-songs/liverpool-chants/liverpool/ Liverpool chant]]'') "Blatter out! Blatter out!"
** (''In the tune of Bradford City's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzT54kNrjqw Everywhere We Go]], if you're boycotting FIFA'') "Not a penny moooore! Not a penny moooore! FIFA is corrupt! FIFA is corrupt! Not a penny moooore!"
** (''In the tune of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK9Mg6gXGdk Tom Hark]]'') "We love football and we hate Blatter! We love football and we hate Blatter!"
* GrowingTheBeard: Spending 3.5 years as a member has certainly helped me learn the ropes of contributing to this wiki.
* LargeHam: I love getting '''ULTRA HAMMY''' in certain entries that I write with '''MY EPIC MACBOOK PRO RETINA'''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: I normally play antagonists in dramas and musicals, but I really don't like to be associated with the traits the characters have.
* NeverBareheaded: Except for sleeping and showers, I wear my Bose headphones everywhere I go. [[JustifiedTrope I listen to a lot of music]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Terrible (in ''my'' opinion) as ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' is, I don't think tropers on its forum are going to let me live down my post based on an... overzealous reaction to [[spoiler:Haruto's proposal]].
* OldShame: I'm not exactly proud of some of the stuff I wrote back in 2010 and 2011...
* OneOfUs: Yep. I'm a student/actor/singer who is also an otaku that loves to watch anime and play games such as ''VideoGame/XcomEnemyUnknown'', ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', and the multiplayer for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
* RatedMForManly: Watching ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' might have something to do with it...
* SeriousBusiness: My love for [[EnglishPremierLeague Tottenham Hotspur]] can be seen as this. YouHaveBeenWarned Arsenal, Manchester United, and West Ham fans.
* ShipperOnDeck: I sometimes ship XCOM soldiers with one another. I am also a proud member of fleets including (but not limited to) [[Franchise/MassEffect Tali x Shepard]], [[VideoGame/DeusExhumanRevolution Adam x Faridah]], and most recently [[Anime/GundamBuildFighters Aila x Reiji]].
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: This is my reaction to ''Anime/CrossAnge'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', ''LightNovel/OniAi'', ''Pupa'', ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', ''[[Series/CharliesAngels Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle]]'', ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC's]] coverage of the OlympicGames, ''Series/WorkIt'', The Kooks, Music/SouljaBoy, ''VideoGame/{{Mindjack}}'', ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout Doogal]]''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Contrary to what my avatar shows, it's not meat buns (though those are tasty too). Rather, I am almost always found snacking on a chocolate chip cookie.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Guilty as charged. Normally once I've seen something worthy of going on a page I waste no time typing it down, only to find bugs such as typos that I have to edit out.


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!!Stuff I like:

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[[folder:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'': The movie is truly a bonafide classic.
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': Amazing manga from beginning to the end.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Don't watch the [[Anime/EurekaSevenAO sequel]] though...
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'': A fantastic series. You shouldn't miss it.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'': The last arc sucked, but everything else was just awesome (if over-the-top with wanton nudity and graphic violence).
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'': I love ''Gundam''... so I'll give you some recommendations:
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'': A surprisingly hilarious take on a classic franchise. Watch it if you can.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Pure, unadulterated CrazyAwesome. Can't miss.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': The one and only original series. The animation hasn't held up well, but the story is well done (if rushed).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': The first season only. Don't waste your time with the second season or the movie.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080'': (''[[TearJerker sniff]]'')
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'': One of my all-time favorites. It's a classic OVA that really should come back to American television sooner rather than later.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': While ''Destiny'' might have had its problems, the original ''SEED'' is pretty damn good. If you don't mind Fukuda's reliance on StockFootage now and again, you'll like its story, soundtrack, and variety of characters.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': Truly spectacular. A must-watch OVA.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': Like many Americans, this was my GatewaySeries to all things ''Gundam''. Now, though, [[SoOkayItsAverage it's just okay]], but if you want an introductory series then you could do much worse.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': A MagnumOpus from "KillEmAll" Tomino. Nevermind the dated animation and just watch it.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': It takes a while to get going, but it's a nice addition to ''Zeta'' that has well-developed characters and interesting plot developments.
** ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': A decent series beefed up by a vivid art-style and one of the most beautiful soundtracks you will ever hear in your life. Want sensory bliss? Watch Turn A.
* ''Anime/HatarakuMaousama'': Another hilarious show that I can't get enough of.
* Anything from Creator/HayaoMiyazaki. ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' in particular was what got me into anime in the first place. Thanks Hayao.
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'': This was the show that got me hooked on Creator/{{Toonami}}. Not only that, I just love its balance of comedy, sci-fi action, and mystery. Having stellar characters such as Gene Starwind and (my personal favorite) Aisha Clan Clan doesn't hurt either.
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'': Words can't describe the awesome settings and character development of this show.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Frightening deconstruction of the MagicalGirl genre, but excellent stuff nonetheless.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': One of the greatest shows you'll ever see. Don't you dare miss it.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'': If there's one series Creator/AdultSwim absolutely has to re-air, it's this one.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:LiveActionTV]]

* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
* ''Series/TheBridgeUS''
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey''
* ''Series/{{Entourage}}''
* ''Series/TheFollowing''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': Great show, but it can get '''really''' disturbing at times. Then again, it's Hannibal Lecter we're talking about here...
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Season 1 only.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'': Seasons 1-2. [[SeasonalRot It goes downhill afterward.]]
* ''Series/{{House}}''
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Don't watch the last four minutes of the series finale though. It is an [[EpicFail epic]], no, a [[EpicFail Legendary Fail]].
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''
* ''Series/{{Justified}}''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': [[Series/KamenRider The original]], ''[[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderAmazon Amazon]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlack Black]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]]'' thru ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight Dragon Knight]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble W]]'' thru ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Gaim]]''
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006''
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2008''
* ''Series/TheOffice''
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''
* ''Series/WhiteCollar''

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[[folder:Music]]

* Music/AliciaKeys
* Music/TheBlackKeys
* Music/BrunoMars
* Music/ChildishGambino
* Civil Twilight
* Music/{{Coldplay}}
* Music/DaftPunk
* Music/{{Deadmau5}}
* Music/{{Deftones}}
* Music/{{Eminem}}
* Music/JayZ
* John Legend
* Music/KanyeWest
* Music/KendrickLamar
* Music/{{Macklemore}}
* Music/MaximoPark
* Music/TheNotoriousBIG
* Music/{{Oasis}}
* Music/{{Radiohead}}
* Music/RKelly
* Talib Kweli
* Music/TupacShakur
* Music/WuTangClan

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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''
* Most of the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games. There's a reason why my former tagline was also "Nothing is true, everything is permitted".
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' and ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''. ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'' [[FanonDiscontinuity never existed.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', and ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel''
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight''
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' ''[[VideoGame/DeadSpace 1]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/DeadSpace2 2]]''. ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' not so much...
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3''
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''
* All of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games. I especially love ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series, especially ''Contracts'' and ''Blood Money''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''
* ''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'', which so happens to be the first game I ever got all of the achievements for (on Steam).
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise is really good. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' in particular are the best of the bunch.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is one hell of a game too. Yeah, it's more hack-and-slash than stealth, but it is probably the most fun I've had in a video game in a long time and saying it's SoCoolItsAwesome would be an understatement.
* ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''. Haven't gotten around to playing ''[[VideoGame/RaymanLegends Legends]]'' yet though.
* ''VideoGames/SleepingDogs''
* All of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' games. Absolutely play ''Chaos Theory'' and ''Blacklist'' if you haven't already.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' trilogy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''
* ''VideoGame/XcomEnemyUnknown''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': A stellar series and one that proves that the West can make cartoons epic. I'm a bit mixed [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra on its sequel though]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': '''THE''' definitive adaptation of the famous Batman franchise. With brilliant writing, interesting characters, and awesome storylines, it's no wonder why it has since heavily influenced the franchise's comics, films, and games.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'': An unbelievable gem that has a well-written story, well-developed characters that are easy to attach to, and an unexpected yet cool twist to boot.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': I grew up watching Nickelodeon and this series was my favorite of the bunch at the time.
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!! CM Watch List (updated as of 7/27/14)
[[folder: Currently on Watch]]
* ''LightNovel/DateALive''
** Sir Isaac Ray Peram Wescott (Decision pending; de-facto qualifies)
** Ellen Mira Mathers (Decision pending)
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''
** Ryoma Sengoku (Decision pending)
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** Thanos (Decision pending)
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!! Memorable rants.
[[folder: From "A Beautiful Thread for the Beautiful Game"]]
* '''Crystal Palace 2 - Spurs 1''', January 10, 2015
--> (''Palace 1 - Spurs 1'') "Fuck me... a penalty for Palace after Joe Ledley is tripped. Gayle makes short work of Lloris on the spot and it's now 1-1."

--> (''Palace 2 - Spurs 1'') Oh '''HELL''' no...

--> (''Full Time; standby for Rage Mode'') '''SON OF A BITCH.''' Ledley's penalty will be one of the more debated points of the game but the bottom-line is after our awesome victory against Chelsea, we gave away 3 points against my ex's team. And why?! Because of Walker, Stambouli and Fazio. I'll give the former the benefit of the doubt, but he still looked like he was out of his depth against Zaha all night long. As for the other two... ''oh boy'', angry doesn't even begin to describe my reactions to their effort and competence (or lack there of). It's one thing to get bargains from the continent but it's another if our owner wants a player (like Scheniderlin) and ends up settling with a piss-poor copycat (Stambouli). I hope we can pick ourselves to beat Burnley in the replay, but given the way our players seemed to have rested on their laurels after a Kane goal, I highly doubt it. At least Palace has actual fans... so many stadiums in the Premier League are almost like libraries these days (Arsenal ''and'' Tottenham are guilty of this).

--> And I swear to '''FUCKING''' God... if I never see Fazio wearing a Spurs shirt ever again, it will be way too soon.

--> (''takes a deep breath'')

* '''Spurs 1 - Leicester 2''', January 24, 2015
-->"I wouldn't say today's game was disappointing at all. I, for one, am frankly embarrassed to be a Spurs fan today for losing so pathetically to the Foxes. I actually thought that we would have gotten our act together after the last few matches, and we were in the lead with Townsend's first-half goal. But our defense and forwards became so damn ''lazy'' that I just want to come to each of their houses and slap them in their faces.

-->In order to see who was ''remotely tolerable'', let's start by highlighting the ones who weren't. Fazio (yes, Poch had the ''balls'' to start that clown again) was awful, Adebayor was awful, Soldado was awful, [[IncrediblyLamePun Lamela was lame]], Paulinho was awful, Dembele was awful, Chiriches was awful, Vorm was awful, Townsend was... not awful but rested on his laurels after scoring that goal. The only one who was anywhere close to decent was Christian Eriksen and I feel really sorry for him for having to work with a pair of pathetically lazy and overpaid strikers.

--> And I thought our loss to Crystal Palace was humiliating. Foxes are surely going straight back down to the Championship and to crash out of the FA Cup to that team is an absolute disgrace. Each and every player and coach in our team should be ashamed of themselves for such an awful game. Sometimes, I wonder why I haven't donated my Spurs shirt... (''deep breath, [[DrowningMySorrows chugs a bottle of lager]]'')"

* '''Sheffield United 2 - Spurs 2''', January 28, 2015

--> (''Sheffield 2 - Spurs 1'') '''''[[BigNo NO!!! NOOOOO!!!]]''''' NOT THIS WAY! NOT THIS WAY! You're seriously telling me that after leading from a beautiful Eriksen freekick and 2-0 aggregate advantage, we're now trailing 2-1 in the match and 2-2 on aggregate?! Even if we progress via away goals after Extra Time, we just gave away a comfortable advantage '''YET AGAIN'''. Wake up, Spurs... or I'm out.

--> (''Sheffield 2 - Spurs 2'') And apparently we did, thanks to Eriksen. But seriously, I'm through with Spurs' lack of effort in matches, league or cup. I can tolerate losses and upsets. I can tolerate not qualifying for the Champions League. Hell, I can tolerate ''relegation to the Championship''. But you know what I can't stand? [[TheyJustDidntCare Players and coaches who don't care about the team.]] Don't blame this shit on Levy, oh no, he's been doing the best he could with an aging White Hart Lane and the cut-throat deals he can place. Rather, it's time for his players to step up so they won't let us down, again and again. Say what you will about Arsene Wenger and the Gunners winning only 2 trophies in the last 10 years, but at least all of them seem to give a fuck about their futility.

--> And thus we progress... I don't think an upset against Chelsea's in the cards for us though. We'd be lucky to lose 2-1 in the dying minutes after leading 1-0 in Wembley honestly if we're going to blow leads to the likes of Sheffield and Leicester.

--> BBC Five Live said where would we be without Eriksen. I don't know, but frankly he and Kane should just leave Spurs if that's the best everyone else in our team can do. Seriously Christian and Harry, you two are way too damn good for us...

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Beef with Aniplex USA]]

* '''Response to Aniplex screwing over release of official subs for Anime/KillLaKill'''

--> From overblown prices to triggering significant delays for subtitles on '''LEGAL''' sites like Crunchyroll, Aniplex USA is bar none the worst anime licensing company out there. I hope everyone on this forum now knows what I mean when I say they are the EA of anime, because what they are doing to the release of the English subs of this series and the prices of their physical releases of other shows is borderline criminal.

--> And it's not like this is anything new, with the fiascoes that were their handling of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''LightNovel/FateZero'' and the initial batch of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline''. When you can purchase 13 episodes of ''Attack on Titan'' for $100 or the entire first season of ''Psycho-Pass'' with an ''almost identical'' amount of extras found in Aniplex series for only $140, I can't say I'm surprised to hear many turning to fansubs and piracy when it comes to this and other Aniplex shows (plus the likes of Chunnibyou S2). It's as if they ''want'' fans to turn to piracy, especially if the disastrous handling of the release schedule of ''Kill la Kill'' as a result of goofing up ''1 episode'' (which is 100% Aniplex's fault by the way) is anything to go by. This, by the way, is coming from someone who seeks legal subs whenever possible (preferably via Hulu, Daisuki, or Funimation).
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--> ''"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."'' - '''Harvey Milk'''
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