Web Animation / Zero Punctuation

"Releasing videos on YouTube is kind of like throwing messages in bottles out into a churning sea made up entirely of messages in bottles: the chance of your message getting noticed and someone being sent out to rescue you is punishingly slim. But every once in a blue moon, someone who owns a big boat made of money finds your message and agrees to let you ride on his big boat made of money if you keep making messages for him. Then the two of you go on adventures with a smart mouthed talking dog and travel to the land of the gumdrop king and I've sort of forgotten where I was going with this."
Ben Croshaw announces Zero Punctuation

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, critic and amateur game developer, decided one day to conduct an experiment he was faced with: a demo of The Darkness he wished to review for his website. He wanted to try something new, so he took Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker, a headset mic, and his sense of humour, and turned them into a YouTube video he then turned into Fable: The Lost Chapters.

Less than a month later he was hired by The Escapist an online magazine with a big boat made of money (see the page quote) to release one of these video reviews a week that explains the origin of Zero Punctuation in the driest possible way but not the popularity of it the combination of caustic humour rapid-fire delivery and visual gags made Zero Punctuation an instant success.

Yahtzee. Has. Started. Doing. A. Weekly. Follow-up. Column. Called. "Extra Punctuation." In. Order. To. Explain. His. Views. And. Opinions. On. The. Game. Of. The. Week. In. Greater. Detail. And. Bring. Up. Points. He. Could. Not. Turn. Into. Jokes.

Starting in February 2011 he also did a column called "Extra Consideration" with Bob "Movie Bob" Chipman and James Portnow of Extra Credits (though Portnow was replaced by Jim Sterling of The Jimquisition and Destructoid fame after he left the Escapist) the column petered out by early September sadly, but its entire run can still be found here however in April 2013, Yahtzee and Jim started up again with the segment Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular koji where they recite slam poetry about the game topic at hand.

As well in 2015 the Escapist released an official casual game based on the series, Hatfall combining quick-fire gameplay with Yahtzee's usual brand of humor it can be played Here.

Previews of the next video were shown on X-Play for a brief period in 2008.

Do not confuse with No Periods, Period or No Punctuation Period.

Zero Punctuation contains examples of:

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  • Accentuate the Negative: Yahtzee's style, to the point where he'll occasionally rattle off a four-minute list of a game's flaws and then sum up by saying how much he enjoyed it. ("But having now whinged myself inside-out, I have to say that I find S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky weirdly compelling.") Presumably this means there are some positive qualities, but listing them isn't his department and has claimed "people don't like me being nice to a game".
    • He begins his Mindjack review expressing disbelief that people have trouble telling whether he recommends a game or not, but acknowledges this trope (along with the mesmerizing fat folds of a close relative) as the cause.
    Yes, I exaggerate every slightish negative feature regardless of overall quality, but how else would developers learn? It's like Chinese parenting, but less nightmarish.
    • Lampshaded in his reviews, where he describes his job as "ruining the developer's retirement plans." His standard operating procedure after playing a game, according to animation, is to toss aside the controller and boast, "And now to tell the world it sucks".
    • In his response to a fan letter saying if he doesn't like a game he points out everything that's wrong with it. "Hands up, you've got me there. I do point out everything that's wrong with a game, but then again, I'm a critic; it'd be weird if I didn't."
    • He stated in his inFAMOUS review that he views his job as tearing the bad and the mediocre games to shreds so that the rare game that could be called great can shine all the brighter.
    • In his review for Batman: Arkham Asylum Yahtzee says that he's more of a QA man and that anything he doesn't mention in his review is a good part of the game.
    • As he put it in the same review: "You don't call a sewer technician to redecorate your bathroom, and you don't come to me to hear about how a game is good."
    • Played with during his review of Wii Sports Resort, where he attempts to appeal to a fan who'd left when Yahtzee's constant railing on the Wii upset him by sarcastically portraying the game's negatives as positives. He notably skips over two sports that work too well to criticize.
    • "In fact, I might go so far as to say that Tom Clancy's HAWX has sold me on air combat games. But that's not funny, so let's find more things to rip on."
    • From the Orange Box review: "If I did have to criticize it — and I do..." [Cue Escapist logo holding up a contract.]
    • Portal: "I can't think of any criticism for it." [Cue Escapist logo holding up a contract, and Yahtzee's avatar apologizing] and "Absolutely sublime from start to finish and I will jam forks into my eyes if I ever have to use those words to describe anything else, ever again."
    • From the Clive Barker's Jericho review: "I could go on listing the stupid design decisions...so I will."
    • Even going back to his BioShock review: "If my Psychonauts review taught me anything it's that no one likes it when I'm being nice to a game..."
    • Inverted: when he finally got the chance to play Duke Nukem Forever, Yahtzee was actively trying to like it and ignore the faults, but eventually had to relent because he'd been harsh to games for far lesser reasons.
    • Spoofed in his Gears of War 2 review, where he tries as much as he can to hate it, but lists off some of the stuff it does well that prevents him from hating it. It ends with, "There aren't even any quick-time events! Oh, wait, there is one. A little one. I guess that means I have to hate it."
    • Retroactively played straight again; he bashed the entire Gears series with the release of Gears of War 3.
  • Action Adventure: He once observed that this genre is little more than a catch-all term for any game that's difficulty to classify, under which one can comfortably lump together everything from Deus Ex to Killer7.
  • Action-Based Mission: Provides the page quote.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One of the things which have just slightly less screen time than the devils and someone being violently assaulted onscreen. In particular:
    • At the start of his Halo 4 review, he says that Master Chief spent his four years of absence masturbating to Cortana.
    • At the start of his Half-Life review: "...at this point there’s only one thing I can do: masturba- I mean retro review!" He apparently uses a toy giraffe while doing it.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: His opinion on E3, taken from the E3 2014 video:
    End this execrable endurance event entailing eager editors endlessly entreating eminent entertainment egotists for efficacious endowments of effluence!
    Delighting as it is that the drought is dying down, doing Destiny drained your debonair delegate. Dominant developers delay for a dog’s age, then deliver a desperately draft discharge and dare to describe it as the due destination for depictions of destruction. Dammit, I don’t desire the designate devotion to drudges as dull as ditchwater, so I’m declaring a downloadables day, derived directly from discovering D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die!
    • To a lesser extent, it persists for his next two videos. In the review of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, he says he's trying to break the habit.
  • Adventure Game: When he first started playing games these were his favourite genre, and he's made several of them himself, though he admitted in an Extra Punctuation column that he's grown to strongly dislike the genre more recently, and noted that he's always liked adventure games in spite of their gameplay rather than because of it.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:invoked Yahtzee said during his "review" for Duke Nukem Forever that the cancellation of the game wasn't the end of the world since it had been overshadowed by other franchises, most notably Half-Life. However, in his Extra Punctuation article, while reflecting on the plans of bringing it out in 2011, Yahtzee admitted that too many FPS have taken the cover-based combat route and he'd like a return to the basics with one guy facing armies all at once.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He jokes about being an example himself, but he still expresses dismay at how widespread this trope is in real life, lamenting that all a crappy game has to do to become wildly successful is stick a picture of a busty scantily-clad woman on the cover.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Brings this up in The Witcher, but takes it as a sign of the game including fanservice in attempt to come off as mature.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked Yahtzee loves that trope.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: He did acknowledge that "warfighter" is an actual term used by the military which rather justifies its usage as a subtitle, but didn't think this made the title of Medal of Honor Warfighter any less ridiculous.
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • His reason for suspending judgment on the Kinect. "Pope Urban VIII probably thought he was very clever when he condemned Galileo, but who got the last laugh there? ...Well, he did when Galileo died in poverty and dishonour but what I'm saying is I'm basically like the Pope."
    • Then there's this example, about the characteristion in Catherine:
    ...it's as if men are all directionless tidal waves and women are all dikes built in the path of their raging floods. Blimey, what a badly worded metaphor.
  • And I Must Scream: Starts Animal Crossing: New Leaf off describing a hypothetical situation in which a person's mind is locked out of his body, but is still fully concious as his body proceeds to move around on its own... only doing utterly mundane and insignificant things.
    The higher part of your brain can see how utterly asinine the experience is but it's just getting dragged along for the ride, like a bunch of helium balloons tied to a wonky supermarket trolley. "Sure, lower part of the brain, a blue-tiled roof probably would solve all our constantly crushing sense of emptiness— OH GOD, STOOOP!"
  • And That Little Boy Was Me: Invoked in his Red Faction Guerrilla review.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted and Lampshaded in his review of Crysis 3 where the guy exclaims to Prophet that the Bow and Arrow is 12 times more powerful than any gun for some reason.
    • Played straight with shoddily made RPG's where you can spend all day peppering enemies with arrows and they stand there gormlessly "wondering why they keep suddenly growing very narrow wooden extra limbs".
  • Anticlimax Boss: invoked One of his Pet Peeves.
  • Apocalypse Wow: Yahtzee states that if No More Heroes was combined with Branston Pickle that the world would end. And it would be AWESOME.
  • April Fools:
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: Yahtzee sardonically refers to this trope as the "sandbox paradox", referring to Wide Open Sandbox games in which the player is given complete freedom to do what they like outside of missions, but within missions must precisely follow a linear series of instructions.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Lee Drummond, apparently a bully in His childhood.
    • Michael Atkinson, Australian politician and chief Moral Guardian against the evil of video games.
    • Quicktime events.
    • Nintendo, specifically post-Super Mario Galaxy for "lack of innovation" and "poorly implemented control gimmicks".
      • No longer seems to be the case as of the 8th console generation, he calls the Wii U the best and most respectable of the new consoles, holding contempt for the PS4 and Xbox One for being consumer-unfriendly devices that have abandoned the last of their remaining advantages that consoles traditionally had over PC gaming.
    • The new console generation, specifically the big two PS4 and Xbox One.
    • EA games.
    • Ubisoft
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: A few blink-and-you'll-miss-it examples. (As a rule, a list of things - such as skills to buff in RPGs - will get silly at the end, or all the way through.)
    • In Batman: Arkham Asylum:
      "I could talk about how the combat flows, and how the atmosphere is solid, and how the highlights for me were the Scarecrow sections where Batman's perceptions of reality are skewed in favor of a nightmarish introspective delusional glimpse into the darkest recesses of his soul and how jumping on people is cool."
    • On a signpost in the Witcher review:
      SHAME
      FAILURE
      IGNOMINY
      SWINDON
    • The list of things George Lucas will never do: Definitely end popular moneyspinning franchise, refuse a second helping of pancakes, admit failure, survive in vacuum, shave.
    • In his Resistance 3 review, he accuses the game of copying Half-Life 2. Amongst his accusations are identical mechanics, a straight Expy of the Ravenholm level, and as the final straw, "the scientist has a beard." Because, you know, Gordon Freeman and Dr. Breen have beards.
    • From his Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles review: "Umbrella Chronicles is a heavily cut down retread of three of the major Resident Evil games, starring Johnny Bravo, a prostitute, an idiot, a mullet, a 9 year old boy, a brick shit-house, and Carlos."
    • In his review of Shovel Knight (posted on July 16, 2014), he talks about the July games drought (which for Australia takes place during the winter) and his efforts to alleviate the boredom caused by it:
      "It's bad enough that we have to huddle in our homes trapped by the cruel blast of one degree below ideal surfing weather without AAA releases drying up and forcing us to pass the time with games like 'Guess how many kicks to the bollocks it takes to draw blood' or Frozen Grandparent Tetris, or for those who are truly lost, Boggle."
    • While reviewing Alpha Protocol, there's a claim that Deus Ex lets you specialise in "combat, hacking, or playing the cello".
  • Aroused by Their Voice: His opinion on Stephen Fry in LittleBigPlanet as well as Rucks in Bastion; he's a fan of famous voices in general, and feels that having them as One Scene Wonders is a waste of potential.
  • The Artifact: Feels that the Vigors, the stand-ins for the plasmids in BioShock Infinite, are this since they're kept around for the sake of retaining a gameplay element for the earlier games, an element that he feels is fun to keep around, but lack the significance to the story the plasmids had.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In "Where I Get My Ideas", Yahtzee ascribes his writing process to listening to talking ravens, aliens and leprechauns. We can surmise he gets asked about this a lot.
  • Ass Pull: invokedAfter playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow he accuses the writer of pulling the Dracula plot twist out of his "biggest and sweatiest ass".
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In his review of F.I.F.A. 13, he keeps getting distracted by downloadable games.
  • Attention Whore: From what we see of the Mario Bros. back in the old days, fixing toilets in Brooklyn, Mario was already a giant egomaniac who shouts "ITSA MEEEE" at any provocation. (Luigi's Mansion 2)
  • Author Appeal: He notes some of this in Ni no Kuni with his Studio Ghibli bingo card.
  • Author Filibuster: Occasionally.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: Yahtzee implied this would happen if No More Heroes were combined with Branston Pickle.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: The little Fairy refers to Yahtzee as "Benjamin Yahtzee Sebastian Godzilla Croshaw" in his review of Haze.
  • Ax-Crazy: Yahtzee (or at least his avatar) tends to kill people from slight provocation, like setting a Dark Souls fan on fire for refusing to tell him what the game was like until he tried it.
  • Bait and Switch: His review of The Witcher, the quote at the start of the page.
    • He opens his review of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, his last video before Christmas 2015, with one:
    Well it's that time of year again: the stockings have gone up, and the owner of the stockings has been paid $20 and left my hotel room.
  • Bathos: On occasion, sometimes overlapping with Mood Whiplash.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A surprising amount of people write in with requests and then get offended when he rips into the game.
  • Berserk Button: As someone who is professionally angry, Yahtzee has quite a few. While many are specific to a game (and thus too numerous to list) some recur:
    Yahtzee: Oh, you ignorant little bastards. Stick your balls up your arse and clench yourself castrated! I was into shooters when you were still sucking on Wiimotes, you cover-loving, health-regenerating, murderer-come-latelies!
    • He tries to be fair about it, but he really doesn't like multiplayer in general (because he feels it brings in factors beyond the game's control and thus affect the review), so when he faces a game with executive-mandated shoehorned-in multiplayer (like Dead Space 3) he'll get particularly steamed. However, due to Dark Souls and Titanfall, he's getting a bit more kinder for multiplayer.
    • Croshaw has an absolute dislike of games that shoehorn in gimmicks. Since most games made for recent Nintendo systems make excessive use of either motion controls (for the Wii), the secondary screen (Wii U) or 3D graphics (3DS) he'll usually go off on Nintendo as a whole for this. His issue isn't so much that gimmicks exist as it is that they tend to handicap the game more than enhance it. However, he doesn't hold them as much as he does the others due to various things, Nintendo being more focused on games and fun being a major part.
    • Games-as-art products that forget the "game" part. While he doesn't dislike artistic games and indeed is a strong proponent of games being an artform he hates when a game lets being artsy get in the way of being something enjoyable to play. Something of which he praised Watch_Dogs for - the trailer only showed gameplay.
    • He also seems to dislike kids.
    • Resurrection of the dead, as seen in both Ori And The Blind Forest and Mortal Kombat X.
    • And who could not forget from his Halo Wars review:
    "We lost contact!" went the character... BULL. FUCKING. SHIT. (the words "WHAT. ARBITRARY. SILLINESS." appear in synchrony with his swearing). All possible threats were dead! We didn't lose contact - I was looking at them - They were RIGHT. FUCKING. THERE! They were so close we could communicate by waggling our eyebrows at each other! What the fuck happened when the stupid arbitrary time limit ran out!? Did their Battle Royale collars explode!? Did they lose honor and disembowel themselves? WHAT?!
    And just to put the cherry on it, you know who they were? Absolutely bloody no one! Generic faceless pricks of the sort I'd vat-grown about fifty of that day alone! But we didn't make it in time, so they were going to make me do the whole fucking mission again!
    As the exasperated Chinese zookeeper said to the last male panda in the world, FUCK! THAT!
  • Be Yourself: He is strongly against Reviews Are The Gospel, even regarding his own.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: "I made this chart to see how many people visit The Escapist on days besides Wednesday..."
  • Bias Steamroller: Occasionally a topic of jokes.
  • Big Bad: Electronic Arts, whose abhorrent business practices and representing of all that is wrong with the video game industry he has a habit of going into Author Filibusters about.
  • Big Eater: Several references have been made to Yahtzee eating (or at least wanting to eat) some absurdly huge quantity of food in one sitting. For example:
    • In his review for The Talos Principle, Yahtzee's avatar can be seen lying on his back next to a conveyor belt rolling an entire cake towards his open mouth.
    • In his The Bureau: XCOM Declassified review, he talks about wanting to call Domino's to ask if they'll make "...a sandwich with pizzas instead of bread. And nine pizzas instead of filling."
  • Big First Choice: Not a fan of it, although he wrote a lengthy Extra Punctuation column about it and argued that Wolfenstein: The New Order's use of it was probably the best implementation he'd seen.
  • Big "NO!": The Spore review. Twice. But with a twist.
    "So can his new game, Spore, possibly live up to that legacy? In short: no. In long: nooooo...." (for 15 seconds without taking a breath)
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Yahtzee "quotes" a ZP fan extolling Siren :Blood Curse to him, said fan starts spouting off about Yahtzee's love of Japanese horror, eventually devolving into random Japanese words: "Watashi wa baka gaijin," which translates to "I'm a stupid foreigner."
    • In his Sniper Elite V2 review: "I love Russians! Worked with a Russian girl as an office temp and I imagine we would've gotten along great if I'd understood a word she was saying." And what is she saying? "I hate you".
    • In his review for Yakuza 4, when he notes that the game is set in a particularly peculiar japanese-style sandbox, one of the little black imps has the Kanji character for Oni (demonic ogre-like creatures) on it's body.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Burly characters are accused of implanting steaks into their biceps to give them more muscles (when they're not accused of being overweight that is).
  • Black Best Friend: He invokes this in his Call of Duty: Ghosts review, suggesting that the main characters only cared about Alex's death because they couldn't claim to have a black person on their side any more.
  • Black Comedy Rape: When remembering the time he lost his virginity to an obese black woman in his review of Dragon's Dogma, you can see an image of said obese black woman dragging him away by his leg as he is obviously horrified by her. Complete with claw marks on the ground by his fingernails.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Describes Lara Croft's support team as "a small team of ethnically-diverse archaeologists who all seem to be wearing digital clocks on their heads counting down to the point at which they are unwillingly made part of someone else's character development". The black woman's readout is nearly at zero.
    • Mentioned in many of his reviews, particularly ones about modern military shooters (or spunkgargleweewee.)
  • Bland-Name Product: In order to avoid mentioning any real gaming webcomics in his review of the genre, he used Benny Barcade and Bontrol Bolt Belete as names instead. This was a Shout-Out to Monty Python's Flying Circus, with its National Bocialist Party and their boncentration bamps.
  • Blank White Eyes: Used frequently to show strong emotion.
  • Blatant Lies: In his Heavy Rain review, Yahtzee claims that Scott Shelby is a "fat private investigator, not interesting enough to dwell on", which is only true if you overlook the fact that Scott is the Origami Killer, and thus arguably the most important character in the game.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Makes reference to this at the end of his review for The Darkness 2
    Yahtzee: Darkness 2 is more like an attempt to recreate the comics...[a]nd I've never liked [the] sort of comic...[that features] women proportioned like ice lollies balanced on two chicken drumsticks standing around like God gave them a vicious Chinese burn around their waists.
  • Book Ends: Before reviewing Fable II, Yahtzee notes that all he needs to do now is review The Darkness a second time then be "sucked into a grown woman's vagina" and his life will have been more-or-less symmetrical.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Yahtzee's description of the three types of levels that typically come up in a random pull in Super Mario Maker:
    Yahtzee: A level with ten million of something, the kind of obnoxious difficulty a Roald Dahl villain would come up with, or ten million of something being obnoxiously difficult.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick/Freudian Slippery Slope: The end of the review of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Standard procedure for Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
  • B Roll Rebus: Nearly all of the visuals that aren't meant to represent gameplay. His Wikiquote entry even Pot Holes some of them for lack of images.
  • Brain Bleach: It's a favorite reaction by Croshaw.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The No More Heroes review opens with the Stranglers song of the same name. However, the song's abruptly cut off: "No, no, that's a bit too obvious." This isn't mentioned throughout the entire review. Finally, in the credits, the songs used in the video are listed as normal, except that "No More Heroes" has been thoroughly scribbled out.
    • Another one consisted of a spoiler warning in mid-episode, where Yahtzee told spoiler-sensitive viewers to plug their ears and wait for the credits. The credits mini-comic consisted of a series of famous spoilers from other works. (It was his sled, Keyser Soze = Kevin Spacey, etc.)
    • The sausage-slicing machine in the Killzone 3 review.
    • In his Quantum Conundrum review, he makes a reference to his contract with the Escapist, which is represented by a piece of paper with "say cunt a lot" on it. At the end of the review, naturally, he launches into a Cluster C Bomb.
    • In the Super Mario 3D Land review, he contemplates how a more faithful depiction of Tanooki would work, "in which case it's the Thwomps I feel sorry for." Later, in the Star Wars: The Old Republic review, he mentions as one of the smugglers' moves being "crafty knees to the bollocks, which for some reason also works on robots. Perhaps they're wearing Tanooki suits."
    • A subtle one, in his Mass Effect review he explains how he named his character Titty Shepard. Several years later when Mass Effect 3 came out, he refers to Shepard as Titty with no prior mention of the earlier review. It should also be noted that it isn't mentioned in his Mass Effect 2 review, at all.
      • Also, throughout the Mass Effect 3 review, Shepard is wearing the pink armour that Yahtzee had dressed him in the first review.
    • In Epic Mickey Yahtzee talks about his fear of Theme Park Mascots. In Hitman he mentions how he has killed many Theme Park Mascots.
    • The "Whipped Cream Genocide Brouhaha" from his review of Darksiders reappears at the bottom of the list of "build-your-own combos" in his review of Remember Me.
    • His review of Halo Wars has one with a shorter setup than most. While talking about the unit selection issues in the game:
      Yahtzee: "Lacking click-and-drag, all you can do is select one prick, select one prick and all his prick friends standing within a fixed diameter, select all the pricks on the current screen, or call a great big all-map prick hoedown. So if you just want to, say, select all your flying pricks for a strategic insertion than you’re going to have a bit of prick trouble beyond the might of any soothing cream."
    • In his Alien Isolation review:
      • At the beginning:
      Yahtzee: "Welcome back to the second week of our excursion to opposite-land, where the carpets go on the ceilings, people eat feces and poo out breakfast cereal and somehow the best games going are AAA movie franchise tie-ins"
      • In the middle:
      Yahtzee: "When the alien finally does show up, uncoiling and plopping down from the ceiling in front of you like a big drippy shit into the cereal bowl that is your life"
      • At the end:
      Yahtzee: "Sure, I could go alone into hostile territory yet again to fetch your key card. But how about instead, you eat the contents of this cereal bowl."
  • Broken Record: "You couldn't get away with releasing a buggy game in the cartridge and cassette days; you'd be trampled under the company Brontosaurus. But I'll tell you the worst part- worst part- worst part- worst part- *system error* ...and whistled for a baboon!
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Ride to Hell: Retribution "won" the #0 spot on Top Worst of 2013. This was being charitable, as Yahtzee's reasoning was that "it's not a game; it's congealed failure."
    • It wasn't just for worst game of 2013 either. It was a reward for worst game that he had ever reviewed and a title that he said that it would hold until an even WORSE game came around.
  • Brutal Honesty: Yahtzee definitely doesn't sugarcoat anything when reviewing games. Especially critically acclaimed games.
  • Buffy Speak: His metaphors descend into this while reviewing LittleBigPlanet. Lampshaded in the same review — it was very hot that week and he couldn't think of anything better.
  • Bullet Dancing: Why do developers shun the Wii U? Because, Yahtzee explains, Nintendo has a somewhat strained relationship with developers who don't wish to incorporate their horrible hardware gimmicks into the games. We then cut to the Nintendo logo firing a six-shooter at EA while barking, "DANCE". (A Link Between Worlds)
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Yahtzee's avatar gets hurt in a variety of ways throughout his reviews.
    • The black imp also seems to get a fair amount of pain dealt to him. Especially when he gets a Nazi helmet, at which point Yahtzee will do things like pulling his toenails out with pliers.
  • Button Mashing: In his review of Dm C Devil May Cry, he notes that he always ends up doing this reflexively in action games so moves that require him to pause in the middle of a combo are extremely difficult for him to pull off.
  • Call Back: As far as the eye can see.
    "Bang! Punch! Bang! Punch! Bang! Punch! Woof!"
    "Grr! Kick! Grr! Kick! Grr! Kick! Splat!"
    • The phrase "triple-cunted hooker" makes a number of appearances.
    • In the Hard Reset review, Yahtzee compares the game to Painkiller by dint of the fact that many who worked on the former were also among the crew of the latter. While praising Painkiller for its array of creative death distribution implements, the avatar onscreen wields a shotgun that has tits and is on fire — precisely the phrasing Yahtzee used in his review of Painkiller.
    • In the Super Mario Bros Wii review the credits state that Yahtzee only has two friends. Later in the NieR review we find out that this was referring to the imp and the extremely bored looking man respectively, hence why they are the only recurring characters in his videos.
    • The "paddling pool full of disembodied breasts" analogy in the Saints Row 2 review returns in an exaggerated form in the Saints Row: The Third review.
    • In his The Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings review, he refers to Geralt as "Gerald", which continues a Running Gag that began in his review of the first game and carried on in his review of the third.
    • In Dead to Rights Retribution he imagines that Jack Slate worships "some mad ocelot god only he can see". Years later, in Max Payne 3, another tortured ex-cop murder spree game, the head of an ocelot appears on screen when Yahtzee says the phrase "the face of God".
    • In the Hitman: Absolution review, the ocelot returns to urge Yahtzee to take therapy for his (fictional) habit of killing theme park mascots.
    • SpunkGargleWeeWee seems to have become this anytime he talks about an FPS he doesn't believe should be classified as a Shooter.
    • He mocks the Word Salad Title Black Knight Sword by calling it "Purple Monkey Dishwasher," which is what he called Red Dead Redemption in a previous review. It doubles as a Shout-Out to The Simpsons.
    • In his review of Paper Mario: Sticker Star he calls out the habit of recent Mario games to always have a world order of "grasslands, desert, forest, jungle, ice world, fire world, boss (nn-ch-nn-ch-nn-ch-nn)." This surfaces again in his review of Ni no Kuni in a completely non-Mario context.
    • His review of Alone in the Dark: Illumination has him comment on how the game is behind the times by having the game portrayed as saying, "Boy, I'm looking forward to the Watchmen movie", referencing Yahtzee's video on E3 2008 when he finished the video by doing exactly that.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: How he describes Nintendo in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review:
    Yahtzee: A world without Nintendo would be a far bleaker one than this, and yet there's something about them I find incredibly infuriating.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Used to deify certain characters in a game, ranging from (most frequently) Yahtzee wearing a halo, to Andrew Ryan in BioShock Infinite, to a nutter survivalist in Rust who shoots Yahtzee in self-defense after spotting a rock in his hand.
    "How fortunate this community must be to have a watchman so dedicated to rigidly enforcing the laws against unlicensed rocks."
  • Cargo Ship:invoked In his Red Faction Guerrilla review, Yahtzee admitted he pretty much proposed to Saints Row 2 in his review of it — complete with picture of him and the game in bride and groom attire, respectively.
  • Caustic Critic: The YKTTW for Caustic Critic was named "Parent Genre of Zero Punctuation".
  • Chained to a Railway: Used as a metaphor for why Andrew Ryan is a sympathetic villain. A Dastardly Whiplash character advises the girl to "maybe not stand there", apropos railroad tracks.
  • Challenge Gamer: Sometimes Yahtzee will like a game because it's murderously hard, as with DayZ and the hardcore mode in Minecraft.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Yahtzee claims to be this alignment in his Spider-Man: Web of Shadows review and encourages his fans to argue on the forum as to whether he is or not. invoked
  • Chew Bubblegum: A zombie Duke Nukem says "Time to kick ass and chew brains" in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 review.
  • Child Hater: Every so often, he's made it very clear that he finds children annoying. He's even said that he'd rather commit suicide than to have kids of his own. Granted, this is Yahtzee we're talking here, so how much of it is true is up for debate.
  • Cliffhanger: Strongly dislikes them, especially in cases where a brand new IP ends on one under the creators' mistaken assumption that the game is destined to become the first entry in a franchise (which turns out not to be the case, thereby leaving the game's story permanently unresolved). In an Extra Punctuation column he went so far as to argue that a game with an unresolved story is effectively an incomplete product, and hence selling it is tantamount to fraud.
  • Clip Show: The Holiday 2010 episode, after Yahtzee mocks the viewer for showing up when they should know that he gets that week off.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: At least once per episode. One of his most infamous clusters was delivered in the opening to his MindJack review:
    So in the name of keeping things nice and clear for you touchy sods, let me as unambiguous as possible in this critique: MindJack is FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING BAD BAD BAD BAD. DON'T DON'T DON'T DON'T PLAY IT!
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: Seen in his review of Monster Hunter Tri, in relation to '"Japanese Sex Games":
    I waggled my (CENSORED) at her (CENSORED) until her (CENSORED)ed at her (CENSORED) until it started emitting a sorrowful howl.
  • The Coconut Effect: Discussed in his Extra Punctuation column on Boss Battles.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Referred to by the exact name during his Overlord II review.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch:invoked He has accused the Zelda series of being incredibly formulaic. However, he also admits to being very unfamiliar with the franchise. To wit; he's used Majora's Mask, Zelda II The Adventure Of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (some argue took the opposite extreme) as proof of his point.
  • Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: In this Extra Punctuation blog, Yahtzee announces that there will not be an update next week, and informs anyone who has a problem with this, "Now, you only have a right to complain about this if you are actually paying money to watch and read this stuff. And even then, only because someone appears to be pulling a fast one on you."
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: He observes that Beyond: Two Souls stealth mechanics come into play only once, "which by staggering coincidence happens to be the bit that was in the gameplay trailers." Developer David Cage then creeps behind the sofa wearing one of these disguises while Yahtzee admonishes him.
  • Continuity Nod: In the Mass Effect 2 review, Yahtzee's Shepard dons hot pink armor in memory of Gareth Gobulcoque, his character from Tabula Rasa.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Apparently whoever designed the inventory system for Resident Evil 5 should be sent to a special Hell where he has to pack shopping for old ladies... or just get punched in the stomach.
    • Also says that any developer that holds back stuff for DLC should have their hands cut off, and then put back on after paying 1200 Microsoft points.
  • Cosmic Deadline: Yahtzee has accused several games of falling prey to this, including Dark Void, Splatterhouse, and of course Indigo Prophecy aka "Baron von Teapot's Fucking Ludicrous Adventures."
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In his Lollipop Chainsaw review:
    "But there are certainly games with worse combat, and games with more offensive depictions of women, cough Metroid: Other M unconvincing-cough."
  • Crack Pairing: invoked His Tomb Raider: Underworld opens with Yahtzee remarking on the best potential husband for Lara Croft - Jason Voorhees.
    "They've got so much in common! They both have an embarrassing amount of adventures that all follow an extremely specific formulanote , they both have an irresistible compulsion to murder God's creatures, they both spend lots of time underground, and most importantly neither of them will ever just fucking die!"
  • Creator Backlash: In-universe, he noted that 99% of artists claim to loathe everything they made more than five years ago and the remaining 1% are liars.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
    • Platformers and games that don't use bloom and brown gritty graphics earn a somewhat higher note in his book.
    • "Survival Horror is what I call a pet genre. A pet I keep in a tool shed and feed with broken glass."
    • Saints Row 2 is one of the few games that pleased him, resulting in a review that sounded like, in his own words, "an overlong wedding proposal" due to the fact that it entertainingly combines Rule of Fun and Video Game Cruelty Potential.
    • He also has a great love for anything that does things differently like Portal and No More Heroes; he complimented Mirrors Edge for trying something new even after tearing the actual gameplay apart, and Assassin's Creed I got praise for being original even though it was let down by highly repetitive gameplay. Similarly, he praised Dark Void for being an ambitious failure, and as such, better than "committee-designed sludge". He also liked Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, despite hating Silent Hill spinoffs and saying that the monsters and chase scenes weren't scary and the psych test gimmicks weren't enough, for trying something new. He raves about Shadow of the Colossus for creating, naming and codifying the Colossus Climb, and Ico got a love note from him for making him care about a Cute Mute Love Interest.
    • He also has a taste for Scenery Porn, although he has said in his reviews that while he loves a good beautiful skybox as much as the next person, he much prefers exploring said beautiful skybox.
    • Cats seem to pop up a lot in his reviews (which sort of makes sense), as do dogs. In fact, he said that one of his three wishes would be a puppy.
    • A warped sense of humor is also a big plus for him, as in Psychonauts, the Monkey Island series and the aforementioned Portal.
    • Good writing impresses him as well; the Mass Effect series has led him to give BioWare a dirt-cheap offer of his soul.
      "When the bottom falls out of the game criticism market and I have to start prostituting myself to developers, BioWare will be one of my first ports of call, because there are few enough developers in the world who treat writing as an integral part of the game rather than an optional set of colorful tassels to put on the handlebars."
      • In his review for the second game he spends almost the whole review talking about the changes in gameplay, then mentions casually how the writing and characters have gotten better, but because it's BioWare they don't get any points for it.
    • Considering his positive mentions of Serious Sam 3 and his love of Painkiller, along with his positive review of Dead Rising 2, Yahtzee also seems to like games that pit the player against large hordes and give them the freedom to just go wild.
    • The worse you can act towards Nazis, the better, by his books. Bonus points if it's spectacular or amusing.
    • He mentioned a particular fondness for Shaun of the Assassin's Creed series, partly because he reminds him of himself and partly because he often insults Desmond Miles.
    • He has fondness for games that actively embrace Video Game Cruelty Potential and particularly creative ways of The Joys of Torturing Mooks.
    • He has a thing for large open environments with interesting ways to traverse the world, such as Le Parkour or flight.
    • His distaste of America which puts them as overly decadent whiners who try to make a world empire.
    • He's also a fan of first person games that allow a bit of freedom and reward exploration such as Half-Life, Thief, System Shock 2, and Deus Ex.
    • Also, for whatever reason, he likes to somehow include or feature Marmite and Branston Pickle in his reviews, preferably at the most unfitting times. He must be really fond of Marmite and Branston Pickle.
      • That's the British Marmite made by Unilever which is sold in Australia as Our Mate, not the New Zealand Marmite made by the Sanatarium which is sold in Australia as Marmite.
  • Credits Gag: The text next to his name at the end. Also, the opening and closing credits each had a clip from a song whose name and/or content was a pun on the content of the review. For example, Haze, about drug-fueled mercenary super-soldiers, used Afroman's "Because I Got High". This stopped after a while, for fear of lawsuits.
    • Music used interestingly in his No More Heroes review, as mentioned above for Brick Joke.
    • Also, the credits themselves have a little minicomic going on, acted out by the little figures he uses in the reviews. The one for Spore had a flying saucer alien abducting Batman, who then beat it up and stole the flying saucer. Additionally, there is generally a caption referring to something earlier in the video.
  • Cross Over: With Unskippable. Yahtzee appeared in their Star Ocean The Last Hope riff and Graham Stark of Unskippable appeared in the first section of the Halo Wars review to review X-Blades before running out of things to say and getting kicked out by Yahtzee.
    • A throwaway gag, mere seconds into the aforementioned Halo Wars review, poked fun at Eternal Sonata, which was Unskippable's premiere episode.
    • Furthermore, in the review of both Left 4 Dead 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Credit Sequence features a short mix-type crossover of the two reviewed games.
  • Cross Player: Yahtzee becomes one for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.
  • Crying Indian: The Fallout 3 review featured a deer crying over the landscape being littered with rubble.
  • Curse Cut Short: He spends the entirety of his 50 Cent reviews carefully wording his criticisms so that nothing can be misconstrued as racist, then ends the episode on an inspiring speech, saying people of all creeds and colors should try to put aside their differences and work together to build a better world for everyone, but then punctuates that speech with this sentence:
    "Not that they'd know anything about work, the lazy nig-" [END CREDITS]
    • From his Half-Life review, after bemoaning the lack of any new games to review before Christmas: "at this point there's only one thing I can do, MASTURBA- I mean RETRO-REVIEW!"
  • Cursed with Awesome: In his review of NeverDead:
    "Bryce is also immortal, capable of regenerating from any injury, having been cursed by the king of the demons 500 years ago, when the king of the demons wasn't entirely sure what the word 'curse' means."
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Wonders aloud if Deus Ex: Human Revolution's ending is intentionally bad, so players will purchase the DLC.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : This trope, and the infrequency with which it is played straight, is discussed in his Mafia II review.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: In the Killzone: Shadow Fall review, Yahtzee mentions that Knack "looked pretty spectacular after I fired it out of my clay pigeon launching machine."
  • Dare to Be Badass: Well, at least "dare to be different", in his Super Mario Galaxy 2 review. In spite of his bashing of it he does admit in the end it is fun and if people want to play the same games he can't really do anything to stop them, but he does request that those people go out and do one thing they never have before.
  • Darker and Edgier: Once a simple story, "the new Bionic Commando has taken the dark and edgy route", illustrated with said commando slashing his wrist and singing "CRAAAWLING IIIIN MY SKIIIN".
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:invoked A big irk for Yahtzee is games where protagonists are just as (if not more) unlikable than the antagonist, citing WET, Kane and Lynch: Dog Days and the God of War sequels as major examples.
    • He also stated that he found Max Payne's constant self-loathing and pessimism in Max Payne 3 to be tiring and off-putting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of course.
    • However, most Deadpan Snarkers in games tend to annoy him, notably Nathan Drake of Uncharted and the Snarky dialogue options of Dragon Age II.
      • Though for some reason, he likes Shaun Hastings from Assassin's Creed.
  • Dear Negative Reader: Most notably in his video on webcomics and the grandly titled "Mailbag Showdown", though Yahtzee more often than not turns his gun barrel back on himself.
  • Death Seeker: More of a Suicide as Comedy, but noticeable in this line for Batman: Arkham City.
    "If you are like me: handsome, talented, and secretly longing for death..."
    • While fielding questions about Mogworld, he mentioned someone recommending a webcomic with a resemblance to his own novel. Yahtzee feigned indifference, but his hand kept spasming upward to point a pistol at his head.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming
  • Delayed Ripple Effect: Or, to give his own name for it from his Darkest of Days review, "The Back to the Future rules of Time Travel", where one can change things, "but the timeline is rather easygoing about it".
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
  • Designated Hero:invoked In his Extra Punctuation article of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Yahtzee portrays Nathan Drake as one, accusing him of massive Moral Dissonance.
    • The ZP review of Mirrors Edge also suggests this: we only have the plot's say-so that the police chasing you are the bad guys, and as far as we know, the packages could be bombs to blow up someone's grandma.
    • He has this reaction to the ISA of Killzone, suggesting that the entire series is basically them being horrible to the Helghast and the Helghast being treated as evil for retaliating.
      • He also believes this about most spunkgargleweewee protagonists, noting "We've got killdroids, they've got rocks!" in his review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. In one column, he suggests that this is because they tend to treat a threat to America as self-evidently evil, which he doesn't get, not being an American.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Yahtzee's review of Spec Ops: The Line is barely humorous, with Yahtzee apologizing for the lack of humor and with a downright depressing wrap-up.
    Yahtzee: *weary sigh* Remember when shooters were about killing demons from hell? Those were good days. Perhaps this is an inevitable part of gaming growing up as our childish fantasies are torn from us, and we are forced to confront consequences in an unfair, uncaring and unavoidable world of hatred, misery, and death. *Farting noises.*
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck: invoked It's rare that he experiences any of these, but there have been specific moments in a few games (such as a boss too poorly-coded to be defeatable, a bad AI forcing him to restart a level he was just about to clear, if not making it outright unwinnable) that made him give up on a game outright.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Discussed in his Alpha Protocol review. He also devoted a column to discussing games that have done it well, singling out Metal Gear Solid for particular praise.
  • Didn't See That Coming: At the end of his Prototype vs. Infamous review he declared both games to be equally good and couldn't decide which one was better. So he jokingly suggested the two developers (Radical Entertainment and Sucker Punch Productions respectively) to send him a picture of the opposing main character wearing a bra, and whoever made the better one would win. They went with it. At the end it was narrow, but Sucker Punch Productions and Infamous won.
  • Discretion Shot: The statement that a premise has been "stretched wider than a catamite's rectum" is accompanied by a black screen with the text "IMAGE VERY CENSORED".
  • Disposable Vagrant: Yahtzee keeps a spare vagrant chained in his basement — in case he needs to review a co-op game.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Comes up often. In his Bionic Commando review, for example, he's on the fence about whether or not it's a bad game, but ultimately decides that it is because of all the Product Placement for Pepsi, which he doesn't like.
    "Yes, I can be petty."
  • Dissimile
  • Does Not Like Women: A Non Sequitur toward the end of the The Sims 3 review. Yahtzee later explained that the bit was the result of a minor Creator Breakdown as he had just broken up with his then-girlfriend.
    • After Rebecca Mayes' love/hate song that called him out on this he claimed he does hate women, but only because he Hates Everyone Equally.
    • From the Credits Gag for the Catherine review: "I'm not a misogynist, I only hate the bitchy ones".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Subverted/Lampshaded in the video where Yahtzee takes a tour of Washington, D.C. He makes a few mentions that certain buildings or monuments remind him of something, but goes on to mention something mundane and non-sexual. He then double subverts it while looking at the Washington Monument:
    Yahtzee: It's really long and tall, has those trees at the bottom from this angle. Kinda like, uh... a big cock and balls.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Lampshaded in his "Best of 2012" video, noting that neither Far Cry 3 nor Spec Ops: The Line are related in any meaningful way with their respective franchises.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Apparently he hates being called Ben by people on the internet. In one podcast, Yug and Matt of Australian Gamer (his best buds) stated that they don't even call him that in real life. Matt says everyone except his parents calls him Yahtzee. Summed up best during one of his Let's Drown Out videos on youtube
    Gabriel: His name is Benjamin. Call him Benjamin.
    Yahtzee: Don't call me that.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: In his Medal of Honor: Airborne review, he refers to the German flak tower as a "doom fortress".
  • Dope Slap: Yahtzee's been known to do this to viewers for continuing to buy sequels ("Sonic doesn't need another game; he needs help!").
    • He also headslapped anyone who chooses to play as the Alliance.
    • For retrogressing back into a plain villain again, Bowser earned a slap with a rolled-up newspaper.
  • Double Subversion: In commenting on how out-of-place the swearing in Bayonetta 2.
    I like my swearing, but in the wrong place it brings down the whole gosh darn tone. You cunt.
  • Dumb and Drummer: Invoked in his Guitar Hero World Tour review in response to some of the songs having non-English lyrics.
    Yahtzee: If you don't speak Spanish, singing them is like if the guitarist was required to play wearing mittens. Or if the drummer were required to think.

    Tropes E-H 
  • Eagleland: In his reviews, Yahtzee portrays Americans as Flavor #2, and covered all aspects of that flavor in the span of two reviews (Medal of Honor: Airborne and Call of Duty 4). He's had a long history of this view, though, as seen in his writings on Fully Ramblomatic.
  • Eastern European Animation: Yahtzee claims to have grown up watching Russian cartoons ala Worker and Parasite rather than The Transformers, which he states is the reason that he has no particular nostalgia for the series.
  • Ending Fatigue: Discussed in his review of A Shadows Tale (NOT Lost in Shadow!) invoked
  • Enemy Without: As Yahtzee plods through Duke Nukem Forever while trying to like it, the part of him which "takes an almost sexual joy in ruining other peoples' fun" emerges from its thought bubble and holds a gun to his head.
    Yahtzee, you and I both know you have pushed games off of subway platforms for less problems than this.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: In-universe, he's said this of several games in his time, including two of his favourite games ever, Silent Hill 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. His description of Silent Hill 2 even provides the page quote.
  • Environmental Narrative Game: He's not a fan of the genre. He gave a negative review to Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and expanded upon why he didn't like the genre very much in this Extra Punctuation column (although he did say that he enjoyed The Stanley Parable quite a lot).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:invoked In his review of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, he notes that he's always preferred Luigi to Mario, since he at the least isn't Peach's personal gopher. He also wonders why Tails gets so much more hate than Sonic despite the fact that he's basically Sonic with flight.
    • Also states in his Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon review that part of the appeal he has of playing as Luigi over Mario is that Luigi expresses more emotion and is more relatable as a result.
  • Epic Fail: This was Yahtzee's conclusion about Ride to Hell, when all was said and done. When Yahtzee cautiously commands the game to "lie down and don't move", the floor gives way underneath it. In his Top 5 of 2013, he spoke with wonderment about how the developers could have swapped out the DVD for an empty sleeve and still achieved a higher score than the actual game did.
    • Indeed, he thought Ride to Hell was so bad that it didn't even place on his bottom 5 for that year: he considered it such a failure that it barely even qualified as a game, and hence gave it a special award for "Total Abhorrence", which it would hold until an even worse game comes along. He also claimed that the only acceptable sequel to the game, should one ever be devised, would be "an apology letter and some chocolates".
  • Epileptic Trees:invoked He jokes that 50 Cent's game is a prequel to Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare showing how the West destabilised the Middle East.
  • Escalating Punchline
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Yahtzee isn't too keen on kids, he mentioned in this article that he was disturbed by a comment on his Modern Warfare 3 review by someone expressing a desire for the Big Bad to torture children "Holocaust style". As an "ironic statement".
    Er... thanks for your input, Mr. Poster Man, but I wasn't talking it down for not being extreme enough. Or 'ironic' enough. I doubt emptying an entire lorry full of toddlers into the woodchipper would have improved my opinion any.
    • By the same token, he was rather perturbed at how quickly people are to create mods for games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion which allow players to kill children.
    • He's also been disgusted at the sexism in Metroid Other M, and has a clear hatred of Ctrl Alt Delete and its infamous miscarriage plot, referring to doing art of it happening as one of the sicker things he's done.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: The Escapist is now selling Imp plushies.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Referred to by name in his LEGO Indiana Jones review.
  • Evil Brit: Understands why people use this trope, but takes offense to the Helgast all being it since Britain fought against the Nazis.
  • Fair for Its Day: invokedIn his Lollipop Chainsaw review he notes that despite Juliet's design and position as a cheerleader she's always in control of the situation, has a stable family life and that the game never calls on the player to defend her from rapists.
    "Seriously, that's pretty fucked."
  • Fake Difficulty: Part of the reason he despises motion controls. As he put it, "Motion controls are a system wherein a game can fail you for something that completely wasn't your fault."
  • Fan Of The Underdog: In his review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which actually delves more into Nintendo's current situation, he admits that he's on Nintendo's side at this point as he feels that the Xbox One and PS4 are simply becoming inferior PCs with their large focus on online gaming (something he's never been fond of) and believes that Nintendo's sales could improve if they focused less on hardware and more on making unique yet enjoyable games that he feels they haven't been doing since Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: invoked When reviewing BioShock Infinite and praising it as a worthy sequel to the original, a fan on a leash he's pulling asks him this:
    "Don't you mean second sequel, Yahtzee?
    beat
    Yahtzee: [in an unusually raspy voice] Get out.
  • Faux to Guide: Concerning the creation of Gaming Webcomics.
  • Final Exam Boss: Has repeatedly stated that every boss should fit this trope - that is, a test of all the skills the player has learned thus far in the game, with the Final Boss testing all of the abilities the player has learnt throughout the game.
  • Five-Man Band: Notes the main parts of the cast of recent Final Fantasy games (Using VII, X and XIII as examples), giving them names similar to the Spice Girls.
    • Specifically, "Angsty Spice"note , "Serious Spice" note , "Manly Spice"note , "Ethnic Spice"note  and "the inevitable 'Kooky Spice'"note .
  • Fish Eyes: Used very, very often to depict the many, many moments of stupidity of both Video Game characters and Real Life people. Expect said "Down's Syndrome" eyes to be the first thing you see whenever a game's "AI" or Idiot Plot is brought up.
  • Flanderization: Believe it or not he's actually gotten louder and faster over time. Compare his earlier reviews (for instance, Psychonauts) with with his more recent ones (for instance, Dishonored).
    • He also seems to be getting more and more jaded about the game industry, and caustic in his reviews, nitpicking about a lot of a game's flaws like a checklist. Might be just Yahtzee himself being genuinely bitter about the direction gaming has taken over the years though.
  • Flash Step: His avatar does this against a boss in MadWorld to stick a chainsaw into its back.
  • Flat "What.": A visual example is used by his Author Avatar in his Condemned 2 review, when he describes the unusual means by which you defeat the final boss: shouting at it.
  • Forced Meme: Yahtzee coined the term "Spectacle Fighter" to describe games like Viewtiful Joe or God Hand, and once joked that he was determined to "shoehorn it into common parlance".
  • Forgets to Eat: Mentioned in his Call of Duty 4 review.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • Freudian Excuse/Start of Darkness: His Red Faction Guerrilla review pins all his negativity on bad experiences playing the original Red Faction when he was younger.
  • Freudian Slip: His Bayonetta review is full of these.
  • Freud Was Right:invoked Subverted in the Silent Hill 2 review.
    "Pyramid head: An über-masculine powerhouse who is repeatedly seen plunging his massive, throbbing knife into the other monsters' moist, quivering bodies, which obviously symbolizes... neo-conservative imperialism."
  • Fridge Brilliance:invoked Sometimes denoted with the expression "HOLY SHIT I JUST GOT THAT".
  • From Clones to Genre: Mentioned in his review of Mercenaries 2.
    • The series itself has started to become one of these. At first it was a simple case of Follow the Leader as imitators sprang up on YouTube, but now that three series on the Escapist itself have followed suit, two of which are not review shows, it's safe to say this is a legit genre now.
    • He defended his continued use of the expression "Like God of War but..." by arguing that a) God of War was already part of an existing genre (namely the hack and slash) and b) the games he'd described as such had not done enough to distinguish themselves from the game they were imitating, rendering them inferior clones.
  • Funny Background Event: In his Super Paper Mario review, he shows the Dictionary.com definition of "game", with another tab open titled "Super Huge Tits".
  • Gateway Series: invoked HAWX got him interested in air combat games, and, much to his horror, Valkyria Chronicles got him interested in tactical turn-based games (specifically, X-Com).
  • Gay Option: In his Dragon Age II review he mentioned having hooked up with Anders, more or less because Snarky!Hawke annoyed him and came off as gay to him anyway, though he later detailed that roleplaying played a major part of it and ultimately did develop a genuine fondness for Anders, even forgiving him for blowing up the Chantry and naming his Tepig after him.
  • Gratuitous German: Yahtzee apparently studied German and he frequently points it out when games uses it incorrectly.
  • Genre Savvy: Seeing an enemy with a bull's head in Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, he correctly anticipates it to be a Bullfight Boss. He also claims "powers of clairvoyance" that mean he predict how the opening cutscene of Singularity will play out.
  • Get Out: In the BioShock Infinite video, complete with evil voice.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His Tabula Rasa character, Gareth Gobulcoque, was so named to test the game's name filter. It passed. Likewise the penis-faced Mii named "Senor Koquonfaes" from the 3DS review.
  • Giant Mook: Bosses in games are sometimes portrayed by giant imps.
  • Giant Spider: These show up in the visuals occasionally. Usually they represent something being either unexpected, very difficult, or both.
    • Arachnophobic prospective viewers should take warning that they're usually taken from photos of actual tarantulas.
  • GIFT: Yahtzee actually cites the original formula then alters it by subtracting 'Anonymity' and 'Audience'. Or in other words, Normal Person = Total Fuckwad.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He lampshades this trope in his Super Mario Galaxy review.
    Yahtzee: For me, the interesting relationship is the one between Mario and Bowser. I mean on some days they fight to the death in fiery climatic showdowns while other days they go Go-Karting, play tennis, or even team up in some of the RPG's.
  • A God Am I: Slogging through Dark Souls imbued him super-gaming prowess, to the point where he hovers over his couch and shoots optic blasts. He lamented that he would have to Self-Imposed Challenge his way through mainstream games in the future — possibly by attaching lobster claws to his scrotum.
  • Good Bad Bugs:invoked Depicted in Arkham Origins as a ladybug Yahtzee gleefully rides on top off of. (The aforementioned "good" bug is bat-toting enemies who freeze in mid swing.) Then there's the Game Breaking Bugs that manifest as a cockroach firing a bazooka at his set, and the "common bugs", a cricket wearing a cockney cap.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: In the credits for his review of Super Paper Mario, he remarks that "Dullness and Slog" (the two words he used earlier to summarize the tropes of JRPGs) would be a good name for a band.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He doesn't like Five Nights at Freddy's specifically because, in his words, it does its job of terrifying the player far too well, to the point that he considers it less of a game and more of an exercise in horrific masochism to entertain one's Youtube subscribers.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Whenever he swears in the narration, the animation will replace it with something far more innocuous.
    • Sometimes inverted—he'll say something (relatively) tactful in the narration, and the animation will unleash what he REALLY thinks.
    • For instance, in his Assassin's Creed review, he remarks; "This video review was created by a not particularly multi-cultural person, but who really loves religious extremists a big huggy bunch," where the text displayed reads "...not particularly multi-cultural person who invites religious extremists to suck out his farts and die."
    • On the flip side in his Halo Wars review when the units he runs out of time for the mission he was on (And thus the units he was escorting magically disappear when they were right at his front door) he cries out "Bull! Fucking! Shit!" which is displayed on screen by "What arbitrary silliness."
    • At one point in his Ride to Hell: Retribution review, he calls it "Ride to Heck". Rather odd, given that he generally screws up the names of games he reviews to sound more profane.
  • Grammar Nazi: In his "Mailbag Showdown" video, while reading out some of the more obnoxious examples of hate mail he received, he corrected them onscreen in the manner of a primary school teacher, coupled with letter grades, giant question marks and "SEE ME" at the bottom. Also, his "Split Stroke Second Colon Velocity" and "RIse: Son of Rome" reviews.
  • Grandfather Clause: He's not a fan of games using outdated video game conventions for no better reason than tradition, such as the "lives" systems that persist in Super Mario Bros. titles or even in modern titles such as I Am Alive.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Considering how critical he is of "serious" games, easily calling much of them banal, asinine, or insipid, he loves Cooking Mama and Animal Crossing. He says that despite all the criticism he gave to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he can't stop playing it.
    • In his Saints Row 4 review, he refers to "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith as "that one Aerosmith song from the 'Armageddon'' soundtrack that everyone seems faintly embarrassed to admit is kinda alright"
  • Gushing About Games You Like: invoked He's frequently held up Silent Hill 2 as the gold standard of gaming.
    "If I were Batman, Silent Hill 2 would be my murdered parents if you get what I'm saying."
    • SH2 is also the game which affected him most personally, as articulated here during the Escapist Expo.
      Jim Sterling: (Totally needed online multiplayer, though.)
      Yahtzee: Oh, fuck you.
    • Sometimes this obsession is double-edged: For his Top 5 of 2012, he compared the difficulty of XCOM: Enemy Unknown with a 3 A.M. drug-induced fever dream — which for Yahtzee usually involves an apparition of Dizzy hovering over his bed shrieking, 'YOU KILLED MEEEEE'.
    • Reared its head again in Rise of the Triad, along with Yahtzee's apparent dog fancy.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Shows up in the Demon's Souls review to show that a character loses half its health when dead.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Yahtzee plays with this trope on several occasions, most notably his Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock review, where he very specifically lists several homosexual acts (and one heterosexual act) which he is most certainly not doing.
    "On the whole though it's just not as good as tonguing another man's balls. I mean... as it used to be. [Beat] I'm not gay."
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: He specifically pronounces the extraneous umlaut in Brütal Legend.
    "I studied German, alright? I refuse to let an umlaut go unpronounced."
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Yahtzee loves to abuse this whenever possible, with such examples as "Titty Shepard" to "Fagballs", "Fuck Me", "Twattycakes" or "Gareth Gobulcoque".
    • Tried "Tiddles" in Deus Ex but was slapped down by the game's system of using "JC Denton" as a codename.
      "The moment you put in your own name it goes "Wrong! Your name is JC Denton."
    • Also named his Mii "Senor Koqueonfaes" (lampshading the bizarre-looking facial customization options) in the 3DS review.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: More likely to praise a game that has dogs in it, or to feel let down when having to play as the humans again. (Dead to Rights: Retribution, Rise of the Triad, CoD: Ghosts)
    Developer: And we've still got the power-up that turns you into a dog.
    Yahtzee: (GAAAAASP) With the little doggie nose at the bottom of the screen?♥
    Developer: Yup!
    Yahtzee: And the adorable little paw that comes up when you press buttons?♥
    Developer: Uh, no, we forgot about that.
    Yahtzee: ...........ONE STAR.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: After Yahtzee reviewed Spec Ops: The Line, it was brought up several times more after that in following Zero Punctuation videos and Yahtzee's Extra Punctuation column, and the actual review of the game has Yahtzee sounding depressed during it.
  • High Concept: Has come up with a few for Suda51's more recent games. Most notably, "Cheerleader Fights Zombies". Which is then followed by, "Dead Horse". He in fact thinks that this is the main problem with his later games, in that he found his earlier games much more interesting when they were bizarre, surreal and hence hard to describe.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In his review of Halo Wars... twice.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Yahtzee says he doesn't ordinarily like multiplayer because "...human beings are grabby, entitled, selfish, ugly, stupid, evil cockstoppers..." in his review of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
  • Human Resources: Thinks the cardboard Humongous Mecha in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam are made out of the paper Toads he's been rescuing over the course of the game.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Yatzhee made a joke in the Bayonetta2 review that he would like to see her in a Smash Brothers game just to see Mother explain to their children what she is doing in there. A couple of years after the fact and she becomes a downloadable character for the WiiU/3DS installment of the series.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Yahtzee makes a concerted effort to get through his review of Tomb Raider: Anniversary without referencing a certain part of the female anatomy. He almost makes it.
    "Bosoms, melons, milk factories, busts, funbags, knockers, ballistics, boobies, jugs, nipples, jubblies, stonking great tits!"
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Yahtzee has noted his use of Hypocritical Humor more than once in his reviews.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    "Fans are clingy complaining dipshits who will never ever be grateful for any concession you make. The moment you shut out their shrill, tremulous voices the happier you will be for it. Incidentally, why not buy a Zero Punctuation t-shirt?"
    • For a while before the 100th Episode special, The Escapist used this little stinger at the end of all Zero Punctuation shorts to, guess what, advertise Zero Punctuation-related merchandise.
    • In his Duke Nukem Forever review he rants about how people should be sacked for not doing their jobs, and the picture shows him being dragged out of his office with a sign saying "job: review actual games that exist" (Duke Nukem Forever had been cancelled at the time the review was made, and would not be Saved from Development Hell for over a year).
    • In his Minecraft review, he calls out Americans for being uninformed about current events in countries outside the US, only to turn around and say he wasn't aware of the flooding in his own city because he doesn't keep up with current events.
    • End Credits for his Left 4 Dead review: "There is a special circle in Hell 4 people who replace numbers for letters".
    • He accuses the protagonist of Fable 3 of bestiality due to the weird way he interacts with his dog, when in his review of Fable II he complains that if the game was truly open-ended he should be able to marry any NPC he wants, including his dog.
    • On Rayman: "Honestly, who can like a character Limbs whose hands and feet have no visible connection to their torso?"
    • Mafia II's ending seems to come too soon:
    "The game just sort of cuts out halfway through resolving everyth"-[END CREDITS]

    Tropes I-L 

    Tropes M-P 
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Brought up in the SimCity review, with reference to the trope's poster girl:
    Listen to me, EA! Not every introvert is longing for the day that Zooey fucking Deschanel kicks their door down and forcibly drags them to a roller rink!
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Has teamed up with Moviebob and James Portnow to form Extra Consideration, a panel in which all three discuss the state of the gaming scene.
    • Jim Sterling of the Jimquisition has now joined the panel.
  • The Mean Brit: Though currently living in Australia.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Debatable. Some who claim to have met Yahtzee IRL report that he is capable of being quite unpleasant towards others. The same persons, however, also noted that this is mitigated by the fact that he is also fairly shy and quiet. He claims he's only a jackass when provoked... which is often.
    • Tycho of Penny Arcade speculates that Yahtzee is quiet in person in order to save up all his hate and rage to bellow it out really quickly in his weekly reviews.
  • Meat Moss: He calls it "jam" in his review of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
    "Oh pissing BLIMEY there's JAM coming out of the walls!"
  • Medal of Dishonor: The Zero Punctuation Lifetime Achievement Award For Total Abhorrence went to Ride to Hell: Retribution. Notably it did not win for 2013, but for infinity — unless an even worse game happens to come along.
    "That should roughly be around the time apes have retaken the Earth."
    • The "Turd in a Turd" Award for Unsurprising Poor Quality went to Sonic Unleashed, his reasoning being that Sonic Team is deliberately trying to be awful and hitting the mark perfectly.
  • Men Don't Cry: Parodied in his inFAMOUS 2 review.
    "I'm not to proud to admit that I was welling up at inFAMOUS 2's good ending, a little bit. Well, not much at all really. It was more like stoically nodding my head while doing squat-thrusts and grunting."
  • Mercy Kill: What he says must be done with Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Metaphorgotten: Frequently.
    "It's like wrestling an excitable dog in a paddling pool full of disembodied breasts. *beat* Don't think too much about that simile, I certainly didn't."
    • Especially when it's a hot summer day and his AC isn't working. "Really good like... something... good that's... made out of chocolate..."
    • This Extra Punctuation takes the metaphor of "Too Many Cooks spoil the broth" and keeps stretching it until he reckons "I think this is already the best metaphor I've ever written."
    • To illustrate the importance of keeping D-list villains out of a Batman game, he explains how his greatest villains all reflect an aspect of the caped crusader.
    "Two-Face reflects his duality, Scarecrow his use of fear and psychological tactics, Poison Ivy his— er, shapely buttocks.(?)"
  • Meta Twist: Discussed - he feels that the "shocking" moment in the Modern Warfare games has become so token that by the end of the third game, it'd be more shocking if there wasn't one.
  • Milestone Celebration: Spoofed with his 100th episode, where he decides to review... exactly the same game he would've reviewed otherwise (Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood).
    • Further spoofed in his Silent Hill 2 review, a retro review that actually would be special:
    "But what could be more special than my one-hundred and second video?"
  • Monster Closet: His lambasting of the trope in Dead Space 2 provides the page quote.
  • Mood Whiplash: Feels that the cutscenes in Twisted Metal causes this, with the incredible silliness of Vehicular Combat contrasting with a VERY dark story that he admits is a bit frightening.
  • Mordor: Nintendo's Corporate HQ in Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Moral Guardian: In his 3DS review he states how he's trying his best to not sound like one of these while criticizing the potentially malicious acts people can do with the "Street Pass" feature.
  • More Dakka: His review of Spore shows the civilization stage as imps strafing other imps' cities from the air, with the caption "Dakka Dakka" under the war planes.
  • Motor Mouth: "Zero Punctuation" comes from how he has a tendency to ramble on and on so quickly that his speech has almost no pauses, and thus there is zero punctuation. More or less.
    • He has said he edits out the pauses, but definitely does not speed up his voice.
    • He was strangely slow in his delivery of the review of Lego City Undercover; this may be ascribed to the post-BioShock Infinite melancholy he claims to be suffering from.
    • This is taken a bit further than usual in the end of his FIFA 13 review, after getting distracted from reviewing it by several other downloadable games:
    "How much time do I have left? 8 SECONDS? FUCK!! Uh, FIFA 13 is a game in which you and your burly friends help a small leather sphere realize its dream of being in a net, and I think we can all agree that that's basically a positive thing. Nighty night."
  • Mugging the Monster: In his Fallout: New Vegas review, he mentions that it occurred to him that it might be a good idea to stop stealing things. After getting attacked by bandits and taking their stuff, he mentions it is not stealing because they attacked him, which makes it his by the international law of "Go Fuck Yourselves."
  • Mundane Made Awesome: When talking about the wet clothing feature in Uncharted, he talks a bit too much about it, considering it means absolutely nothing in terms of plot or gameplay. He realizes this, of course, stating at the end of his praise "Well, I think it's interesting!".
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Despite being a Misanthrope Supreme in general, he seems to have some sympathy for non-whites, particularly those in the developing world. One of his common complaints with the "Spunkgargleweewee" genre is often being forced to kill dark-skinned foreigners for no apparent reason other than America being xenophobic. He also ridicules the idea that whites can really be victims of racism, like crying about mildly racist jokes from a race they once enslaved.
  • Mythology Gag: During his Final Fantasy XIII review, Yahtzee separates each hour he played the game with a brief break showing a black screen with the unit of time and then which unit he's on (Hour 1, Hour 2, Hour 3, etc.). He used a similar mechanism with three of the games in the Chzo Mythos.
  • Nerdgasm: Has made a few references to getting erections at really good games.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Has made quite a few jokes about that. Especially notable on his review for Catherine:
    (Increasingly amused) "... there's a moral choice aspect where you answer questions based on your own substantial experience with relationships *stifled laughter* " (accompanying visual is of a fat glasses-wearing guy sitting next to a blow-up doll.)
  • Newly-Popular Updating: Expect any game he reviews to have a new quote entry at the top of its page by the end of the day, appropriate or otherwise.
  • Nice Hat: "Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder." The hat originally appeared in his own games, Chzo Mythos, worn by the character of Trilby. The hat itself is known as a Trilby hat, and it tends to get him more attention than he really wants.
    • Never Bareheaded: In his Top 10 of 2010, he wears a snooty "indie game" French beret on top of his trilby hat.
    • In his Credits Gag for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, he claims that despite what one might say about the Russians, they have sweet hats.
  • Nightmare Fuel:invoked The Kinectimals' box art is "the most terrifying thing I've seen all year. It looks like what would happen if John Wayne Gacy went to Disneyland."
    • Also makes this comment about the cutscenes in Twisted Metal, feeling they seem better suited for a horror film that an over the top Vehicular Combat game.
  • Nightmare Retardant:invoked He states that Alice: Madness Returns made Creepy Dolls not creepy just by the fact that the game uses it constantly to the point where players just get used to it.
    • In a similar vein, once the player "attuned to The Caligula mindset", Splatterhouse is surprisingly boring.
  • Nintendo Hard: Yahtzee prides himself on as having been playing video games since early childhood and frequently recalls how hard they were back then. He routinely mocks prospective critics who complain about the difficulty level in games these days (even though he does it himself), as well as people who accuse him of not liking a game because he finds it too hard. That said, games with ridiculously impossible sequences, he blasts with both barrels.
    • He felt that Demon's Souls offered too much of a challenge without a sufficient reward, and gave up after trying to get across the Red Dragon-guarded bridge leading to the Tower Knight.
      • Surprisingly averted with its spiritual successor, which he actually turned out to quite like.
    • However he did enjoy I Wanna Be the Guy, though he states that no person, unless it's for charity should ever try Impossible difficulty.
      • This trope is why he quit playing The Witcher 2 - and to be fair, he played it when enemies could knock Geralt down mid-swing (and KEEP knocking him down), and before a tutorial was added to acclimitize players to the controls.
  • No Fourth Wall: Technically doesn't qualify as there's no suspension of disbelief, but a review still pushed back the boundaries when Yahtzee addressed the viewer as "Adrian", and noted that while that's not particularly likely to be any given viewer's name, "it was worth it to freak out all the Adrians in the world."
    "If you've been paying attention, you'll notice that all these games are sequels. And if you haven't... *claps twice* OI!"
    "Stop watching my reviews, Dad!"
    • The Super Mario Galaxy 2 review has the distinction of genuinely breaking the fourth wall, as Yahtzee suggest pausing the video, while his avatar points to the pause button on the video player.
    "I shouldn't have to talk about the core gameplay, I consider that an insult to you and me. My review of Mario Galaxy 1 hasn't gone anywhere, why not pause this video, pour yourself a glass of wine and go and enjoy that. I'll just wait here slapping myself in the face until you return. *cut to black, slapping sounds and Yahtzee groaning, then cut back, Yahtzee now with a bruised face* Finished? Right, well, Mario Galaxy 2 is more of that."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the end of most reviews, there's a couple of still shots during the credits and theme-music with a little joke about the game. In the case of Final Fantasy XIII, there was no punchline, just Yahtzee beating and shooting Vanille to pieces in increasingly elaborate ways.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: How the review of The Conduit began.
  • Noodle Implements: The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. review: ...and whistled for a baboon.
  • Noodle Incident: The end of the Fallout: New Vegas video says "I hope the war in Las Vegas destroyed that ice machine I threw up in".
    • "Now I've never invaded Europe, except for that one time..."
    • "I know I can't speak for everyone, at least not until the device is completed, but..."
  • Nostalgia Filter: Yahtzee often derides fans who wear nostalgia goggles, although he caught himself falling into the same trap when he was reviewing Duke Nukem Forever.
    • Admits to be have suffered from it himself in his review of Half-Life when he not only admits to have ignored flaws in the game, though he still enjoyed it, but also that it represents aspects of retro-shooters he hate like platforming sections, which he states whenever a game has it, that he feels that platforming from a first person perspective is a terrible concept. Conversely when he did a retro review of Half-Life 2 he found that it didn't hold up quite as well as he'd remembered.
  • Not Himself: Wait, what's this? Resistance 3 has no regenerating health? A sum of weapons greater than 2? No chest-high walls? "...erm... Sony?... Are you feeling all right?"
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • Describing the ending of Condemned 2, and says "I wish I was fucking kidding!"
    • And revealing the final boss of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
    • In his review of Epic Mickey, he brings up a Mickey Mouse comic where he tries to kill himself after Minnie breaks up with him.
    • Uses this in Painkiller when describing a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. This is a rare positive example, as he states that "the only way this weapon could be more awesome would be if it had tits and was on fire!"
    • After mentioning a particularly invoked narmful line spoken by Remember Me's protagonist, he then states that, yes, it really is in the game as displayed verbatim.
    • In his review of Metal Gear Solid: Revengence, as he's talking about Raiden's robotic dog companion, on the screen are, in big letters, "NO REALLY" and "A THING THAT HAPPENS"
  • Not So Different: The Witcher 2 review makes this observation of console & PC gamers. You both suck equally!
  • Observation On Originality: Numerous reviews allude to this concept. His running metaphor about Branston Pickle (to describe something so original and distinctive that it must be appreciated in spite of its flaws) more or less amounts to this trope.
  • Oh Crap!: In his FIFA 13 review, after he's been distracted from reviewing the game throughout the video:
  • Old Shame: Yahtzee has admitted at least twice he used to watch Pokemon when he was a kid. While some people might not consider this shameful, he certainly does.
  • Once an Episode: Tends to draw characters skipping hand-in-hand, Wizard of Oz-style frequently
  • 100% Completion: Defied Trope, he couldn't care less
    "Striving for 100% completion is for unemployed psychotics and Koreans."
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: In his Batman: Arkham Asylum review: "I could go on about how the combat flows, or how the atmosphere is solid, and how the highlights for me were the Scarecrow sections where Batman's perceptions of reality are skewed in favour of a nightmarish and delusional glimpse into the darkest recesses of Batman's soul, and how jumping on people is cool..."
  • One-Way Visor: Points out in his ''Fuse review that the enemy PMC's Mooks shouldn't be able to see out of this kind of helmet.
  • Only One Female Mold: Criticizes both World of Warcraft and Dragon Age II for this.
    "...universally identical bodies that leave Hawke's elderly mother with the same massive, curvaceous bosoms as a table dancer, Freud Freud."
    "...the male orcs, trolls, and undead are all hunched, twisted monstrosities while the females are basically just discolored human hotties with bad dentistry."
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: In-universe, he has taken this attitude with regards to several franchises, most notably the Silent Hill series, for which he criticized every Western-developed entry in the series for missing the mark or failing to live up to the standard of the original four Japanese games (with Silent Hill 2 in particular being one of his favourite games of all time). This became particularly ironic when he named Spec Ops: The Line his game of the year for 2012, despite it being an entry in an established franchise which none of the original creators had any involvement in.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Spec Ops: The Line depressed him so much that he actually took a huge pause near the end of the review and sighed wearily before wrapping up. The game went on to be his pick for Best Game of 2012.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Happens a fair deal with his ridiculous Irish accent in the Tales of Monkey Island episode.
    • Also the Farcry 2 episode, where he switches back and forth from his normal English accent and a horrible South African accent.
  • Orphaned Punchline: "...and whistled for a baboon!"
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Parodied.
    The problem is that this isn't a Paper Mario game. It looks like one, it wears the skin of one, but that doesn't make it one! I am not a fat woman, even though I've- I've just been advised not to finish this sentence. (with the accompanied image of him wearing the bloody skin of a fat woman.)
  • Out of the Frying Pan: In his review of Velvet Assassin, he notes that the Caffeine Bullet Time mechanic in the stealth sections is—unless used under precise circumstances—liable to backfire and leave the player worse off than before.
    ...then the "f**kup remedy" has instead resulted in what we experts call "boomerang f**kup".
  • Overly Long Gag: See Big "NO!".
  • Parrot Exposition: A parody of Metal Gear Solid's famous tendency for this:
    Otacon: Metal Gear
    Snake: Metal Gear?
    Otacon: Metal Gear!
    Snake: Bugger me!
  • Pet Peeve Trope: invoked
  • Pet the Dog: In an Extra Punctuation, although he couldn't sympathize with gamers who cried at Aerith's death in FFVII, he said that the emotions they felt were real and no one could call them fake or wrong.
    • In his review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, he reveals that despite all the vitriol he's given Nintendo over the years, he's actually on their side in the next generation if only because they're the only ones who "released a game console, not an inferior gaming PC for people who dream of being the sub in an unhealthy techno-masochistic fantasy."
    • A number of reviews, even he bashes the game, he will sometimes give it credit for doing something well, like in his review of Super Paper Mario, he admits that Chapter 3 was hilarious.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: Does this quite a lot in-universe, praising a game's gameplay but criticizing its storyline. Examples of this include Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause 2, both of which he named his game of the year for the year in question.
    • Notably he praised the "classic" mode of Freedom Planet as he hated the story despite liking the gameplay and art design.
  • Portmanteau
    "Essflawcondodgeckindesimudstorliketersockity."
  • Power Trio: With Bob Chipman and James Portnow. Yahtzee is the Id, Bob is the Superego and James is the Ego.
  • Prepare to Die: Used as a Credits Gag.
  • Press X to Not Die: Named it, see Running Gag.
    • Since Batman: Arkham Asylum had none of these, Yahtzee instead used "Press X to KICK ASS."
    • Tom Clancy Video Game/HAWX: "Press X To Make The World Safe For Democracy."
    • "Press X to Put Off Going to the Gym" (Luigi's Mansion 2)
    • Ah, Mario can turn into a cat now. Press X to Curl Up And Lick Your Own Balls. (E3 2013)
    • Silent Hill Origins: "Press X to Nurby Durby Durr" (This particular "Press X" gag is repeated in other videos)
    • Grand Theft Auto IV: "Press X to exaggerate financial standings" (In reference to the game's over-reliance on realism — "What next, the Write-a-letter-to-your-mum mini game?")
      • The hilarious thing is, at one point you do have the option of having Niko write an email to his mother.
    • 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand: "The prerequisite quick-time experiences..." [caption: "Press X To Brutalise This Poor Fellow"] "... are thankfully not mandatory." ["Or Don't, Whatever's Cool."]
    • Mass Effect 2: "Press X To Not Care" ("You can't just spend the whole game knocking back Singapore Slings on a beach all day")
    • Tomb Raider: "Press X to I'm Not Even Going to Fucking Touch This One" (describing the use of a quick-time event in an "attempted rape" scene)
    • He actually explains a couple of the reasons why licensed games tend to do poorly while reviewing Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, released to promote the Sands of Time movie, citing that most of them put too much focus on the story or license (as opposed to gameplay) or get rushed enough to where notable issues don't get fixed (both of which, he says, are evidently the case with the 2010 Prince of Persia games). He still finds the game enjoyable despite having the look and feel of a licensed game.
    • At the start of one video, when he mentions the game he's reviewing being a good basis for his psych profile after he starts his inevitable serial murder spree, a forensics team is shown investigating a crime scene with a dead body on the ground and the trope name scrawled on the wall in the victim's blood.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The Credits Gag for Ryse: Son of Rome suggests that Yahtzee's should be "Audacter calumniare, semper aliquid haeret"; this is a Francis Bacon quote meaning "Slander boldly, something always sticks".
  • Product Placement: Branston Pickle or GAME TRADERS ROBINA.
    "Your one stop shop for games and the trading thereof...in Robina."
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Regarding Darius of Red Faction; "Not to dampen your sense of victory, Darius, mate, but why didn't you [fix the terraforming machine] three years ago right after it broke? You DUMB [dopeslap] BALD [dopeslap] TWAT."

    Tropes Q-T 
  • Queer People Are Funny: Quite a lot. His Army of Two review even opened with him discussing his own over-reliance on gay jokes and how he'd been trying to cut down on them but the game he was reviewing that week was just such an obvious target for them.
  • Quick Sand Box: He encounters this problem in Scribblenauts, saying "When told I have everything I just can't think of anything."
  • Raging Stiffie: Mentions the trope by name when describing his nostalgic feelings for Silent Hill 2.
    • Apparently, his strategy for survival in DayZ devolved into slowly crawling about using his "raging adrenaline stiffie."
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: One of its defining features, helped by Yahtzee's Motor Mouth and the blink-and-you-miss-it speed at which many visual gags flash by.
  • A Rare Sentence: Wanna hear something crazy? "Titty-fuck labrador swimming up The Nile." ...Oh yeah, and he liked Driver: San Francisco.
    • "But once I'd mentally adjusted for Batman's underpants..." is captioned with "I bet no one's ever said this before."
    • Yahtzee says this about describing DayZ as "at best, unreasonably cruel".
  • Floating Limbs: People in the webcomic have these. When he reviews Rayman Origins, he insists this to be the reason Rayman has been out of the spotlight, giving his avatar limbs for just that part of the review.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: States this the reason he didn't bring up Ride to Hell: Retribution on his worst games of 2013. He considers the game to be so horrible, it barely even qualifies as a video game.
  • Real Is Brown: A particular dislike of Yahtzee's. Mentioned quite a few times, like in the Grand Theft Auto IV review.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He mentions dressing up his Tabula Rasa avatar and Shepard from Mass Effect 2 in bright pink.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Web Comics is very critical of Ctrl+Alt+Del's "Loss" arc.
    • A quick one aimed at elitist hardcore gamers on Quantum Conundrum.
    • One towards people who've only played modern shooters in the Medal of Honor Warfighter/Doom 3 BFG Edition when they say Yahtzee doesn't like shooters.
  • Rebus Bubble: According to Yahtzee, the formula for the cutest thing ever is sum of teddy bear and Powerpuff Girl divided by Pikachu equals Sackboy.
  • Record Needle Scratch: In the No More Heroes review, as previously mentioned.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Said this of Batman: Arkham Origins when Batman: Arkham Knight was released and referred to the Arkham games as a "trilogy", the creators thereby officially declaring Arkham Origins Canon Discontinuity.
  • Ret Gone: The final product of Duke Nukem Forever was apparently such a transcendental work of awesomeness that it collapsed reality and ended up being cancelled before completion in the new timeline. Now the new version sadly fails to live up to the "original".
  • Revenue Enhancing Devices: Yahtzee is very critical of publishers who put critical aspects of their games on DLC and has snarked at MMORPGs that pad out their runtime in order to wring more money out of their userbase.
  • Rhyming List: In the Resident Evil: Revelations review, he mentions that in Metroid Prime, scans would result in "The name of the monster (Fish McTarse), a hint on how to kill it (blast his arse), and its favorite song from David Bowie's Hunky Dory album ("Life on Mars")."
    • Also appears in the review of Medal of Honor: Airborne, where every subsequent use of "fucking bastard" is replaced with a visual rhyme, like so:
    Fucking bastard
    Flocking bustard
    Sock in mustard
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Imp.
  • Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: Yahtzee invokes it in his Peggle review:
    Yahtzee: "Once your budget hits seven digits you're supposed to make Gun Battle Slap Fight Thirty-Seven for the Playstation Twelve...!
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Terry and Gonad from the Alone In The Dark 2008 review, with Terry presenting interesting gaming concepts while Gonad finds ways to make those concepts either inconvenient or downright unusable.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Invoked in his Medal of Honor Warfighter review, in which he points out that the soldiers in the game have a massive technological advantage against the supposed villains. Upon describing the assault drone sequences, in which the player remotely controls a heavily-armed robot to mow down enemy guerrillas, whose only means of defeating it is to bash it with a rock.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Mentioned in his Driver: San Francisco review by name.
  • The Roleplayer: Yahtzee states that he does roleplay when playing RPGs because it's the entire point of the genre. This ranges from deciding that Hawke should be gay after primarily taking the sarcastic dialog options to not making his Skyrim character a Kleptomaniac Hero by saying that the character has a hatred of success.
  • RPG Elements: Interestingly, he actually defined what he considers to be the difference between this trope and a fully-fledged RPG game (or hybrid action-RPG). A game with RPG elements, in Yahtzee's view, merely allows the player to marginally improve skills or weapons that they essentially already know how to use (e.g. improving the reload time on a shotgun they can already aim and fire accurately) and will not force the player to specialize in a particular area (so they can be equally competent at an assortment of different skillsets). A fully-fledged RPG, by contrast, will render the player largely incompetent at any skill they haven't invested experience points in, and will force the player to specialize in particular skills.
  • Rule of Three: Subverted in the Just Cause 2 review, with regards to the obvious puns.
    • His main complaint of Darksiders II is the fact you always need to find 3 of something to get past every dungeon.
  • Rule 34: "I checked and yep, there's already erotic fanart of the FF13 characters."
    • Also, his character from his Age of Conan review ("Thinderella, the Necromantic Naturist") got hit, which he even acknowledged in a later review.
  • Running Gag:
    • PRESS X TO NOT DIE is Guaranteed to show up in a review of a game with quick time events.
    • Also the caption "Oh no everyone can see my bum."
    • Nose-picking is mentioned frequently when talking about mundane actions on the part of either the player or NPCs.
    • Yahtzee references making a supervillain sandbox game called "Mankind Has Yet To Recognize My Genius, The Game" at least twice.
    • Also, the image of that red-haired guy. For those who don't know, he's one of Thomas Ruff's "Expressionless Faces" found in one of Yahtzee's Google Image searches.
    • The phrase "Triple-Cunted Hooker".
    • Every time Hitler makes an appearance he's accompanied by a caption saying ACH.
    • "People always say to me: Yahtzee, you (description indicating manliness...)"
    • Ending sentences (and reviews) with: "...not gay!"
    • Whenever a character is praised for having "personality", this is indicated by a funny hat and one-liner of some sort. Bowser wears a top hat and monocle while quoting Shakespearean verse; in Driver: San Francisco, it was a musketeer who crashes into a loaf of bread and deadpans, "Looks like I'm bread for success"; In CoD: Ghosts, the dog puts on a bowler, sunglasses, and chomps on cigars like a stand-up comic.
    • In his review of Driver: San Francisco, SERVE AND PROTECT is used sarcastically on the cop protagonist's ability to possess drivers to crash into one another.
    • Rattling off a list of numbered sequels and turning it into a football score, i.e., (Half-Life 2, Silent Hill 2, Thief 2, Spiderman 2, Arsenal: 3).
      • The best example comes from his review of The Orange Box:
        "...Half Life 2, Episode 2, Manchester United nil. Now then, Team Fortress 2... Liverpool 3. Sorry, I'll stop this now."
    • Within the Dead to Rights: Retribution Dead to Rights: review, the Dead To Rights: recurring joke of Yahtzee Dead To Rights: replacing every RE- word with the game's title, but the RE- word in place of Retribution. Likewise a similar gag was done for Red Dead Redemption's Word Salad Title.
    • In a similar fashion, Yahtzee took Red Dead Redemption and complained that the game is neither red nor dead. He then went to call the game throughout the review by several alternate names, namely Brown Alive Redemption, Blue Poo Atonement, Green Spleen Submarine, and then Purple Monkey Dishwasher.
    • Yahtzee also used FTL: Faster Than Light in a similar manner. Faster than Light: Whiter than White, Faster than Light: Piggies in Shite, Faster than Light: Shit's Getting Tight, and Faster than Light: Riddled with Spite.
    • Similar to the Red Dead Redemption example above, Yahtzee kept changing the title of Alice: Madness Returns for things like Return of the Madness, Return of the Jedi, Return of Jafar and Batman Returns.
    • A character bending over and asking to be, er, taken advantage of will always be saying "In mah butt".
    • Various sound effects, such as "THRRRP" or "WURRGH".
    • Pulling out his "Like God of War but" stamp.
    • "Hungry Hungry Hippos" seems to becoming one of these as well.
    • His evident dislike of Glasgow.
    • He uses the term "Eating all the pies" to mean taking up space at least twice.
    • Floating Hallucinations commanding people to "KILL THE WHORES"
    • "CHAERG"
    • Ferreo Rochers may be becoming one, with occasional visits from Magner's cider and Branston pickle.
    • Monsters go "abloogy woogy woo".
    • Dancers go "hootah hoo".
    • Calling cookie-cutter modern military cover-based regenerating-health FPS games (such as Battlefield, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, etc.) by the term, SpunkGargleWeeWee, as he refuses to classify them as typical shooters. As of E3 2013, he's redefined the term slightly to replace "modern" with a No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom, specifically one in which the player is dragged along a linear procession of pre-determined, barely-interactive setpieces, through overcrowded war scenes that are so noisy and chaotic they become totally meaningless, with so many NPCs that any contribution you're making is negligible at best, and which have no context for who you are or who you're slaughtering, except that you are obviously the aggressor and considerably better-equipped than the enemy.
    • Calling any example of generic zombie-based media (games or movies) "Dem Cunts Be Dead".
    • Yahtzee makes a mentioning of Drake's hair behaving "like it's held in place with polymer cement." The subsequent reviews of the other Uncharted game shows bullets bouncing off Drake's hair, and when Yahtzee muses that with all the damage Drake takes, he will probably end up as "a big pile of giblets and teeth", said pile is shown with Drake's hair-do proudly sitting completely unharmed on top of it.
    • Any time Yahtzee calls a game "absorbing", it's seen literally absorbing him with a "SHLORP" sound effect.
    • Yahtzee getting distracted while saying something risque and going "sorry, lost my train of thought".
    • Referring to many subgenres of games (namely of the Wide Open Sandbox variety) as X-'em-ups. Far Cry 3 is a mindfuck-tiger-'em-up, Sleeping Dogs is a petty-crim-footstool-vehicle-related-inner-thighs-'em-up, etc.
    • Whenever the splicers from BioShock come up, he refers to them as sploicers, as a jab at Atlas's overly thick Irish accent.
    • Yahtzee replaces the colon (:) in certain videogame titles with a dry heave sound, starting with his video on Lichdom HEURGH Battlemage, out of bitterness for first installments of franchises that pretentiously colon-ize their titles with subtitles.
    • Cadbury's Creme eggs tend to pop up everywhere, especially when Yahtzee finds himself in need of an analogy for something positive.
    • Most moral choices are represented by having to decide between Coke and Pepsi, and Taking The Third Option by choosing Dr. Pepper.
    • Yahtzee's implied sea mammal fetish.
    • Deplorable people taking a big bloody bite out of a baby's head.
    • Going out for kebabs.
  • Sand In My Eyes: "I'm not too proud to admit that I was welling up a bit at inFAMOUS 2's good ending. ..A lil' bit... Well, not much at all really. It was more like just stoically nodding my head while doing some pelvic thrusts and grunting."
  • Sarcasm Mode: The entire Duke Nukem Forever review. Let's start from the fact that he's reviewing a game that (at the time) was canceled and work from there. The part that qualifies this as this trope is the bit at the end where he points out (because the lawyers made him) that there is no actual game.
  • Schrödinger's Cat: In his "Console Rundown", he compares his Xbox360 to a Schrodinger's Console, constantly swinging between a broken and unbroken state.
  • Screamer Trailer: The ending of the LittleBigPlanet review, as an obvious homage to J-horror movies such as The Ring and The Grudge.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • What he believed the plan to DC Universe to be, claiming if there were enough crazies in the world the Aliens would just go away rather than get involved.
    • He takes the course after just a few minutes of Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • Self-Deprecation: While his Zero Punctuation persona is obviously an arrogant Caustic Critic, Yahtzee is known for making blunt, humourous digs at himself from time to time.
    • A subtle one is that in his Extra Punctuation on Tomodachi Life, he says that it is very arrogant and behind the times for Nintendo to not allow gay marriage. There isn't anything wrong with that statement, except the country he lives in, Australia, doesn't not allow gay marriage, although his birth country, Britain, does. Could be him being a Hypocrite, but it can also be a jab to his own country.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Bioshock Infinite review notes that if people didn't try to kill DeWitt for being the guy who would kill everyone and fuck everything up, DeWitt wouldn't be killing everyone and fucking everything up.
  • Sequelphobic: Yahtzee isn't inherently against the idea of sequels, but he's extremely critical of most due to their alleged lack of innovation. Franchises that go in new directions are preferred, and several of his liked games (Half-Life 2, Silent Hill 2, Thief 2, Spiderman 2, Arsenal: 3) are either sequels or otherwise part of an existing franchise (as in the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trilogy). In point of fact, every single game he has named his game of the year (Saints Row 2, Portal 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Spec Ops: The Line, Just Cause 2, BioShock Infinite and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor) has been part of an existing franchise (if not necessarily a direct sequel).
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off:invoked Has accused many games of being this, most notably Dantes Inferno to God of War.
  • Shoot The TV: Halfway into playing Medal of Honor: Warfighter, he put the controller down. Not content with shutting off the console, Yahtzee puts it in terms the game can understand: Blasting the set to smithereens with a revolver.
  • Show, Don't Tell: An advocate of this. One of the few negative criticisms he made of Papers, Please was that it relies too heavily on telling over showing, given that most of the narrative is conveyed via disconnected text screens after each chapter.
    • Conversely, he praised Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for being based on this, but criticized that it perhaps showed a bit too much and told too little; he felt as though the developers thought the target audience would already be familiar with Tolkien's more obscure stories.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: In his Resistance 3 review, Yahtzee grows more and more suspicious of the game's marked (if well-executed) similarities to Half-Life 2.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: To the point that he Lampshades in his review of WET, where he claims Rubi considers swearing to be wit, yelling out, "That's my thing!"
  • Sitch Sexuality: Yahtzee's utter adoration of Stephen Fry's voice in the LittleBigPlanet review.
    • He starts his review of Brütal Legend by professing his adoration for Tim Schafer, including stating that if he had a doomsday machine he'd reduce the entire population of the world to himself, Schafer, and one woman if she promised to wear a Schafer mask.
    • It's clear from his review of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon that he's got some deep sexual feelings for...Luigi. Something about the mustache apparently does it for him.
    • Starting in his review of Luigi's Mansion 2, Yahtzee starts showing deep sexual feelings for Luigi (a Running Gag throughout the first review that briefly returns in the Super Mario 3D World review when recounting the Cat Suit - not Luigi in a Spy Catsuit).
  • Shoehorned First Letter: "BFE stands for Before First Encounter - not, as I had first believed, Big Fucking Egun..."
  • Shout-Out: Lots.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The review of The Last of Us has a random protagonist quoting Hamlet.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe. His opinion on Ride to Hell: Retribution, in which he called it the video game equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space.
    It's bad. It's explosively apocalyptically bad and you should totally buy it. I'm serious, you have to see this shit!
  • So Bad Its Horrible: In-universe, this is his opinion of Sonic Unleashed. He even uses the same line graph as xkcd.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Warned EA against this in his Next Gen Buyer's Guide episode. With Sony and Microsoft's futures uncertain, now is not the time to burn your bridges with Nintendo.
    If you're going to burn a bridge you might want to wait first to make sure the other two bridges don't spontaneously combust.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: At the end of his Super Mario Galaxy review.
    Some of his best friends are Italian
    Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw.
  • Something Completely Different: The Duke Nukem Forever review, which of course was all made up, as well as the Wolfenstein (2009) review which was, except for the introduction, entirely in limerick form, including the tag-ending text.
    • His trip to Washington, D.C.
    • His Faux to Guide on webcomics and the "Post-Brawl Mailbag Showdown" might count as well, particularly the former.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Many examples over the years.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: A lot of comparisons are drawn between L.A. Confidential and L.A. Noire. invoked
  • Spoof Aesop: The lesson of Catherine seems to be "men are all directionless tidal waves, and women are all dikes built in the path of their raging floods."
  • Spoofed with Their Own Words: The review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter opens with Yahtzee stating that normally, he makes fun of a game by increasingly altering the title through the review until it gradually becomes ridiculous. In this case, he says that he can't do that, because there's nothing more silly than simply using its actual name. He maintained that the title was absolutely ridiculous even after learning that "warfighter" is in fact a term used by the American military.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Complains about this in Aliens Vs Predator where despite the title, the Colonial Marine campaign is by far the longest of the three, and it's just a generic FPS game.
  • Starbucks Skin Scale: A But Not Too Black character is dismissed as "dipped in tea".
  • Stealth Insult: His Modern Warfare review features "Killing in the Name" (which contains the repeated line "fuck you, I won't do what you tell me") by Rage Against the Machine playing over the end credits, which becomes hilarious when you consider that he has spent most of the review telling people who suggest things to him to get fucked.
  • Stealth Pun: a corker in his Hyrule Warriors review: "Greasy baps are Team Ninja's bread and butter..."
    • But it only remains a Stealth Pun for about a second before he lampshades it: "...if you see what I did there."
  • Storybook Opening: Red Faction Guerrilla.
  • Story-to-Gameplay Ratio: Yahtzee's a bit hard to pin down on this one, but the important things are that the amount of story must fit the game and that Story And Gameplay Segregation must not intrude. Silent Hill 2 is his definitive example of getting the balance right. He observed in a column once that he once thought Adventure Games were intellectually superior to First-Person Shooters before realizing that the two genres were effectively two sides of the same coin - one all story at the expense of gameplay, the other all gameplay at the expense of story. Over time he became more interested in combining gameplay and story in interesting ways.
  • Stout Strength: An odd example, he refers to any large muscular character as fat even if they have an impossibly fit and overmuscled build.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: He naturally identifies more with Luigi than his brother, Mario. Yahtzee being Yahtzee, this later became a repressed crush on the character.
    "So, the new feature is Cat Suits. Meaning suits made to look like cats, not Luigi running around in skintight — sorry, lost my train of thought."
  • Sturgeon's Law: Applied frequently, with an even more negative twist: "Everything is shit until proven otherwise", a.k.a. "the Guantanamo Bay approach".
  • Stylistic Suck: An example of a nameless, professional webcomic reacting to one of his critiques: a crude stick figure wearing a hat.
    Blah blah blah look at me i'm a big foreign dipshit who isn't funny anymore
    Also my hat is stupid and there are too many ads at the ends of my videos
    Balls go in my mouth now
  • Subliminal Seduction: In his 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand review, this Image Macro quickly pops up several times during the video.
  • Suicide as Comedy: A Running Gag where he will try to kill himself.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: See Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?.
  • Sweeping Ashes: Following hours of arduous work in Starbound, building a "distress beacon" as instructed, his house gets obliterated by UFO — which immediately turns its sights on Yahtzee himself, reducing him to a skid mark wearing a hat.
    Game: Guess you'd better build another Distress Beacon, then.
    Yahtzee: I've got a better idea, Starbound. Why don't you see if you can find one at the bottom of this bin?
  • Take a Fourth Option: Invoked at the end of the "Next Gen Buyer's Guide" to answer the overarching question "Should I go with the Wii U, PS4, or Xbox One?"
    So to summarize this buyer's guide to next gen consoles, DON'T.
  • Take That: Many targets, many times.
    • "I do point out every little thing there's bad about a game. But then again, I'm a critic! It would be weird if I didn't. If I put people's balls in my mouth for a living, I'd be a prostitute, or possibly a GameSpot employee."
  • Talks Like a Simile: For humorous effect, given the nature of the similes. As an example, one of them involved the voice acting in a game being comparable to being raped in the ear by a man wearing a sandpaper condom. Though technically it wasn't him who said it, it was his roommate. And "Not in those exact words, of course."
    • Matt maintains he actually described it as like driving a corkscrew into his ears.
    "I wonder if the Geneva Convention covers torturing metaphors?"
  • Tank Goodness: In Halo Wars.
    "There's no reason to build any troops, really. Tanks don't move any slower, they just take longer to build and, well, they're fucking tanks!"
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The female imps have red bows on their heads.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: A common topic of jokes, but he doesn't like seeing it played straight.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: After RE6 netted the 5th Worst of 2012 spot, Yahtzee realized that the franchise's title is apropos.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Says this happened when playing the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, that Drake is now coming after him.
  • The Wiki Rule: Right here. It contains transcripts of all his reviews, which can be helpful on those occasions when he talks too fast for you to understand every word.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In-universe, he complained about how the only thing that drew him to Darkest of Days was its interesting premise, which he thought was completely mishandled.
  • This Is Going to Suck: At the start of his Ride to Hell: Retribution review, he mentions having this reaction after responses to his The Last of Us began coming in.
    "When the game started to lose me, I wasn't sitting there, rubbing my fingerless-gloved hands in glee. No, I was sitting there thinking, 'Ugh, I am definitely getting some fucking stimulating e-mails after this one."
  • This Loser Is You: Yahtzee's hatred for this trope is made plain in his Transformers: War for Cybertron review, where he derides Shia LeBeouf's various characters in ways like, "Indiana Jones is over thirty? No one can relate to that!"
    "This 'Hope' guy has been established from the start as a whiney, weak, inept, cowardly, socially-retarded, mummy’s boy, so presumably he’s the character most of the audience is meant to project onto."
  • Tickle Torture: The way he illustrates the mentioned the initial torture sesions of Black Ops.
  • Title Confusion: Comments that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon should be called "Luigi's Mansions" since Luigi goes through multiple mansions in the game.
  • To Make a Long Story Short: Joked about on the Spore review
  • Too Awesome to Use: Brought up in his Mercenaries 2 video, with him calling it the "But I might need it later" thought.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: He brings this up frequently about the large-name corporations running the big-budget titles, and even brings up how such lack of discipline ruined Dead Space 2.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Branston Pickle, Cadbury's Creme eggs, cornettos and pies. In later seasons, he develops a liking for kebabs and jaffa (chocolate-covered orange jam) cakes. The imps like Pedigree dog food.
  • Tranquil Fury: Yahtzee uses it in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech on his Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Doom 3 BFG Edition review, where he calls out people who claim he doesn't like shooters.
  • Troll: Yahtzee once reflects that he's seen as a "professional troll," which he imagines as a hulking creature lurking under a bridge, handing out business cards.
  • Trope Namer for:
  • Troperiffic: Many of the entrance quotes of the Trope pages are from him.
  • Twenty Bear Asses: One of his reasons for hating MMORPGs is because most quests are variants of this. A sight gag from his Red Dead Redemption video is him running from a cougar holding a pile of otter noses while the caption "7/8 OTTER NOSES" floats over him.

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