33 year old troper from Wisconsin. Likes anime, manga, fantasy, gaming (both of the tabletop
and console varieties), and action movies.
I primarily hang out on Youtube, where I primarily watch Let's Play
vids (I'm a particular fan of Naka Teleeli
) and listen to Awesome Music
. I also hang out on RPG.Net.
Tropes That Apply To Me
- Alt-itis: If an MMORPG or other game allows you to have multiple characters, I will likely create a good amount of them. Part of it is wanting to try out every class a game has to offer, and part of it is my love of creating characters in general.
- Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: I have this so bad it isn't even funny. My attempts at Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy have produced about three to four major projects. Three of them are modern action / Heroic Bloodshed pieces which still haven't been finished, and the fourth is my Sword and Sorcery / Low Fantasy saga centered around a character that's been in my head for at least twelve years, which I'm STILL trying to write. And that's without mentioning the various other projects that are little more than headspace and scattered notes on my HD.
- Basement-Dweller: Was this all through high school and college until I moved out.
- Berserk Button:
- Bullying and cruelty in general. Especially against kids.
- Do not fuck with my books or my computer.
- Touching me without my permission (especially from behind) other than a simple tap on the shoulder is not recommended. You get a pass only if you're family or if I know you enough to trust you. It's an autism thing.
- Celibate Hero: When you live in a small town with few prospects for romance, you pretty much are this.
- Cluster F-Bomb: I was a regular sailor-mouth in my college years, but not so much anymore. I still cuss my ass off if I'm especially frustrated by a particular game.
- Cross Player: I have played both male and female characters in my day, though I tend to get attached more to my female characters.
- Death Glare: I'm told I have a good one, but my mom can outglare me any day.
- Entry Pimp: I've pimped a good number of works in my day, including a few that are no longer on this site.
- Evil Laugh: When I'm feeling particularly villain-ish (usually during a game) I will occasionally indulge in this.
- Example as a Thesis: I can be quite guilty of this in articles I've either started or edited.
- Failed a Spot Check: I do this all the damned time, to the point where I often call moments like these "where is my brain today?" moments.
- High School: Went to high school from 1996-2000. The main good thing about my time in high school was my gaming and my interest in computers, since the Internet was just starting to become popular. My favorite classes were art class and psychology, the latter because I was very interested in dreams in those years. On the minus column, the worst of the assholes I had to deal with were in my high school years, and I hated math.
- Junior High: Went to middle school from 1993-1995, and were the time when I was most interested in girls. I frequented the library a lot, because reading was (and still is to some degree) one of my chief loves back then. Though there were a handful of jerks during that particular period (mostly during eighth grade, but a few in seventh grade as well), the real assholes I would have to deal with would come later during high school.
- Large Ham: Sometimes when I am really into something, I will bust out with this.
- Lurker: I lurk a lot in forums and other areas that I frequent. Sometimes I'll throw a comment on, but more often than not I'll just hang back and watch the action.
- Nice Guy: I try to be nice to most of the people I meet. I have little patience for assholes, however.
- Nice Hat: Though I don't wear it often these days, my particular Nice Hat is a black leather cowboy hat that I bought from a hat shop during lunch period on my last day of college.
- Play-by-Post Games: I played quite a few of them during the 2000s, and have played a good number of characters.
- The Quiet One: I'm not very good in social situations, so most of the time, my default mode is just to hang back and observe.
- Serial Tweaker: So, so guilty of this.
- The Teetotaler: I'm not really a drinker. Never saw the fun in it, and I'm not a social guy. And Drowning My Sorrows with booze isn't really my idea of fun, especially since you're most certainly going to pay for it the morning after.
- Yuri Fan: I am a big yuri/femmeslash fan when it comes to anime and fanworks. I especially like yuri with a romantic storyline and characters that I can get to know and love.
Tropes that Apply to My Characters
- Anti-Hero: Most of my heroes tend toward Type II to Type IV on the scale.
- Badass: Whenever I write or play a main character, he or she is going to be a badass, whether a street-level avenger or an outright superheroic warrior.
- Berserk Button: Pretty much all of my heroic characters do not take kindly to those they love being threatened or hurt. And if you've killed them? God help you...
- Cool Guns: I am very fond of gunplay in movies and video games, and in any modern or futuristic setting, I like to have my characters wielding these.
- Cool Sword: If I'm playing or writing a character in a fantasy setting and he or she is not a mage, he or she is probably getting one of these.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Most of my protagonists have these, usually to explain why they are so damned pissed at the bad guys or devoted to protecting others.
- Expy: I played a lot of Play By Post Games in my day, and will sometimes base characters in my stories off both them and the NPC villains and love interests from the games in question. Sometimes I like to combine traits of previous characters into new ones.
- Guns Akimbo: Being an avowed John Woo fan, I have used this trope with pretty much all of my gun-wielding characters in gaming and writing, either as a signature style (like the Hitman with a Heart responsible for my username) or to achieve More Dakka during a firefight. I myself don't use the trope personally anymore in light gun games — accuracy goes straight to shit when dual-wielding the game's guns, and I am much more accurate using single-gun.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: I created a vampiric ninja warrior back in high school, and have experimented with various crazy character ideas recently.
- Revenge: A good number of my characters have gone on vendettas in their day.
- Rousing Speech: Has been a trademark of my Play By Post characters ever since the Feng Shui character that spawned my username.
- Unstoppable Rage: A few of my characters have gone ballistic as well, usually when their friends got hurt or worse.
Works I Like
Anime and Manga
- Berserk: Got into this series for the demonslaying action, and stayed for the developing relationships between the three major leads, Guts, Griffith and Casca. Pity the anime had to end as horribly as it did.
- Black Lagoon: First heard about this anime from a poster on a newsgroup for the game Feng Shui, who basically called it "Feng Shui: The Anime." The series has a lot of gunfighting action, but what really drew me into the story was the relationship between Revy and Rock, the two lead characters.
- Claymore: Got into this for the same reason I got into Berserk.
- Death Note: Light Yagami is probably one of the most memorable manga and anime villain protagonists of recent years.
- Dragon Ball Z: While it's been mocked quite often for its various shortcomings (among them the serious Arc Fatigue of the later sagas), DBZ will always remain one of my favorite series.
- Fist of the North Star: The original shounen Fighting Series, with some of the greatest Badasses ever to grace the pages of manga.
- Gundam Wing: My very first giant robot series, which gets really awesome in the later parts when Milliardo goes Well-Intentioned Extremist and tries to destroy the Earth.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Got into this for the awesome battle scenes and the very adorable and heartwarming relationships between the main cast.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Starts out as quite the adorable little Magical Girl series. Then comes Episode 3 and things take a turn for the dark as shit. You really come to feel for pretty much every one of the magical girls by the end of it, particularly the two main protagonists Madoka and Homura.
- Tenchi Muyo!: One of the anime I watched on Toonami, in turns laugh-out-loud funny, heartwarming and seriously badass. This is the series that introduced me to the Harem Genre.
- Superman: I was very big into Superman (and Superboy) as a kid. Haven't read or seen any of his stuff from recent years.
- Batman: Got into Batman as I got older, and to this day am still something of a fan of him. I mainly watch his movies, though trying to get caught up on 20-30 years of Batman comics is not something I'm particularly crazy about.
- Sin City: One of the better crime-noir series out there.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: This is probably my favorite movie series. Though it's a little slow to start things off, once things get going, they get going. Frodo is probably my favorite character because he's such a goddamn woobie, though I'm also quite fond of the others of the Fellowship, particularly Aragorn.
- The Killer: This was (and still is) one of my favorite John Woo movies. Chow Yun-Fat plays probably the quintessential Hitman with a Heart, and all of the gunfight scenes, particularly the final one in the church, are badass.
- Hard Boiled: This. Movie. Kicks. Ass. From the opening shootout in the teahouse to the utterly nailbiting hospital sequence, John Woo is at his absolute best here. Never has Heroic Bloodshed more than lived up to its name.
- Kill Bill: Probably my favorite of Quentin Tarantino's movies, practically a love letter to martial arts cinema and westerns.
- The Dollars Trilogy: From A Fistful of Dollars to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Sergio Leone was one of Western cinema's all-time masters, and Clint Eastwood plays one of Western cinema's all-time greatest badasses.
- Star Wars: Love it or hate it, the Star Wars saga will always be one of my favorite space fantasy series.
- Naka Teleeli: First got introduced to him through his Let's Plays of The Legendary Starfy series, loved his Minecraft Survival series, and am currently following the Persona 4 Let's Play. I may check out the .hack games that he also LP'd as well.
- DeceasedCrab: Another quite enjoyable LP'er. He LP'd a lot of classic games, including Monster Party and Cocoron. My favorites among his collection are La-Mulana, Cave Story, and of course, Eversion.
- NeoseekerDarkKnight: This guy was one of my favorite Touhou Youtubers, who did a lot of vids of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Hisoutensoku. His favorite character was the lovely Yuyuko, and he hated Patchy. In addition to the Touhou stuff, he also did a lot of other doujin games that I enjoyed (including RosenkreuzStilette) as well as some horror games. He eventually got sick of the fanbase hounding him to do Touhou game after Touhou game (which I very much sympathize with) and canceled his account, pulling all of his vids. I like to think he's still out there on Youtube somewhere under a different name doing Let's Plays of doujin games.
- Markiplier: Got turned on to his stuff through his many horror game Lets Plays. I particularly like his Let's Play of The Witch's House.
- Badass: A fairly nice beer-and-pretzels freeware action game that needs more love.
- Big Eyes, Small Mouth: Mainly bought this game because I was (and still am to some degree) a big anime fan in the late 90s/early 2000s.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Didn't get into this game until the very late 90s/early 2000s, but it's one of my bigger interests in this day and age.
- Feng Shui: This was the game that single-handedly revitalized my interest in action movies.
- The Hard Way: A nice little 80s-style freeware action RPG. Not very experienced in system or setting hacking, so I'm not too prepared to use it for general action gaming yet.
- Hong Kong Action Theatre: Another very kickass Hong Kong action game, this one more independently produced (and unfortunately out of print).
- Vampire: The Masquerade: This was the very first major tabletop game I ever bought. I'm not as into the 90s "goth" culture as I used to be, and my interest in vampires (other than as targets for slaying) has waned a bit. Still, it was one of my main gaming influences growing up.
- Wushu: This game is a relatively freeform freeware game whose primary focus is cool-ass stunts and descriptions. It goes with Feng Shui quite well.
- The Super Mario Bros. series: Much like a lot of old-school Nintendo gamers, my very first game was Super Mario Bros. on the NES, and it's fascinating how the franchise has evolved over twenty-five years.
- The Legend of Zelda series: My first real Zelda game was Link's Awakening, and my other favorite game of the series is Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64.
- The Mega Man series: Another one of my old favorites as a kid, my first real Mega Man game was Mega Man V. I haven't beaten a lot of the old NES Mega Man games, but anyone who does so in vids and elsewhere has my respect — those games were (and still are) the epitome of Nintendo Hard.
- The Doom series: My first real First-Person Shooter and the series which turned me on to Demon Slaying.
- The Duke Nukem series: I first got into the series through Duke Nukem II and then the shareware version of Duke Nukem 3D. I might pick up Duke Nukem Forever somewhere down the road.
- The Mortal Kombat series: One of my favorite fighting game series and my first real "gorefest" game.
- The Touhou series: Bullet Hell is a genre that I frankly suck at, but I got into the series because of the awesome and adorable doujinshi on Danbooru and elsewhere, and because of the awesome music.
- AdventureQuest Worlds: I play a lady Paladin and Undead Slayer by the name of Etheara who is on the side of Good, as well as an Evil Rogue/Mage by the name of Ariacus.
- Lord of the Rings Online: Not as active nowadays as I used to be (mainly because of Diablo), but my two highest-level characters are Baralur and Denenthera on the Imladris server.
- The Mass Effect series: Personally haven't played the series, but the Let's Plays and other vids on Youtube are quite awesome, and I love the fanfics that people write for the series. I especially love Mass Effect 2, but I think I'm going to wait until Bioware releases all three games together before I dive into the franchise in general.
- The Diablo series: Got into this series mainly because of my love of Demon Slaying. Bought the Diablo II Battle Chest and Diablo III, and have not looked back. I've built up quite the roster for Diablo III, and have cleared normal on four of my characters — the Demon Hunter Taliara, the Monk Saraven, the Barbarian Gorloth and the Wizard Huangshan. My BattleTag is TwoGunAngel#1562
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: An epic fantasy game that is one of my favorites so far. Not sure if I plan on grabbing any of the DLCs, but I do plan on getting my hands on some of the other Elder Scrolls games out there.
- Minecraft: Quite the interesting little game, where you craft things, build things, and basically try to survive in a world of cubes where monsters come out at night and try to eat you.
- Sunstone: Stjepan Sejic has woven a quite engaging tale of two women exploring the ins and outs of both the BDSM lifestyle and their growing relationship with each other.
- The HvH MUGEN series by solkenneth003, which combines badass action with some of the best storytelling I've seen in a MUGEN series. Definitely worth checking out.