A Youtube series written and directed by Maximilian Christiansen, and was originally part of The Online Warrior. Originally based on the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Assist Me! is built around helpful character tutorials designed for the intermediate-to-advanced player looking for strategies and tips. These tutorial segments are interspersed with live-action skits, starring Maximilian Christiansen as himself and featuring a host of guest actors as the grab bag of demihumans, supervillains and all-purpose malcontents on the MvC3 roster. More recently, though, Max has been branching out the series towards other fighting games, the first of which being Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (An Updated Re-release of Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes), and he has discussed the possibility of doing the series for Street Fighter X Tekken as well.Max is joined in every episode by his roommates, the ineffable genius (or so he'd have you believe) Victor Von Doom and highly adorable sun goddess Amaterasu. Together, Max and Doom air-combo, X-Factor, and wavedash their way towards mastering the game before Galactus makes good on his threat to annihilate the world. Albert Wesker and Strider Hiryu also appear as recurring characters.Though Doom mostly complains and gobbles yogurt. Mostly.Characters tropes should be put in its Character Sheet.The series can be split thusly:
Season 1: Doom squats in Max's house while the two end up having to foil Wesker's plots
Characters featured: Doctor Doom, Albert Wesker, X-23, Jill Valentine
Characters featured: Strider Hiryu (with Hawkeye), Ghost Rider possessing Max (with Firebrand), Wesker (standing in for Nemesis T-Type; with Doctor Strange), Phoenix Wright (with Iron Fist), Vergil (with Nova), Rocket Raccoon (with Frank West and Galactus)
Season 2: More Characters drop in while a sinister plot to eliminate The Online Warriors unravels.
Characters featured: Deadpool, Chris Redfield, Phoenix (the mutant), Taskmaster
Other appearances: M.O.D.O.K.
Retro Assist Me: Something in the past has made Max lose his fighting game skills and, with the help of the Infinity Gauntlet, Doom and Max travel back in time to make things right. Back to the Future references abound.
Character appearances: Thanos, the Hulk (as Bruce Banner), Captain Commando, Morrigan Aensland
Final Season: After defeating Taskmaster and co. Max, Doom and Wesker relocates to another place, however their true enemy remains unknown...
Characters featured: Dante, Morrigan.
Assist Me Killer Instinct: Thanks to Dante's incredible bill for his services and several other charges incurred by Doom's habits, Max finds himself completely broke. Desperate to get some money, he takes up a job with Ultratech to observe the cast's fighting styles. However, Max and Doom soon realize that Ultratech isn't all that they seem...
Characters featured: Jago, Sabrewulf note The original Sabrewulf and Doom turned into Benny.
All episodes so far are available at Max's Youtube account, Miles923.
Mike Young portrays Albert Wesker, Deadpool, Thanos, and the guy in the 1997 park who learns about the then-impending release of the Game Boy Color through a video game magazine in Retro Assist Me, voices and does puppet work for Rocket Raccoon, and also does behind-the-scenes work with script writing and costume design.
Lampshaded in the Season 2 Finale where Wesker soundly beats Deadpool with Deadpool announcing his appearance with "Stunt Double!" and his defeat with "Ow! My stunt double!"
Lampshaded again when Mike himself announces the sale of several Assist Me costumes and props.
Ben Shuman portrays Strider Hiryu, another park extra, Bruce Banner, and a Captain Commando nerd, voices and does stunt work for Taskmaster, and also does camera and grip work.
Matthew Simmons portrays Doctor Doom and M.O.D.O.K., and is a suit actor for Taskmaster.
Lyndsey Addison portrays S.T.A.R.S.!Jill, the bikini zombie at the beginning of the Chris arc, the hooker in the EVO 2012 special, yet another park extra, a sushi hostess (who gets brutalized by Wesker), and another Captain Commando nerd, and also does makeup.
Max, the director, writer, and creator of the series, portrays himself and Ghost Rider, and also does cinematography and lighting.
This taken another step further when Doom, Max and Phoenix start watching B-movies starting with X-men 3 which features Phoenix. Max takes the remote and puts on the Fantastic Four movie, prompting Doom to switch the channel yet again to show the bunny line from Con Air, Not the Bees! from the remake of The Wicker Man, and I'm a Vampire from Vampire's Kiss. Max looks like he just wants to crawl into a hole.
Max, after Deadpool shots him dead. Doom uses his Reality Warper powers to undo it by changing the result of the pool that made Deadpool kill him.
Badass Adorable: Amaterasu, Shinto Sun Goddess, Mother of Creation, and Hiryu's summon, is a Pomeranian (portrayed by Max's pet dog Benny Button, who is trained by Max's wife Jessica, who herself portrays a fourth park extra and does additional camera work).
Baleful Polymorph: In the second episode of Assist Me! Killer Instinct, Max is forced by Ultratech to make a lycanthropy serum based on his dog's blood. Doom drinks said potion, turning him into Benny, dressed as Sabrewulf.
Book Ends: The first line from Doom starting in his Assist Me is asking Max if he can spend the night. This is his last line at the end of Wesker's Assist Me.
In the Ultimate Assist Me series, the first and last episodes start the same way: Max/Doom is talking with someone on their cell phone about Ultimate, and the conversation ends with them finding someone on the couch eating something of theirs. (Doom eating Max's sandwich and Rocket Raccoon eating chips, respectively.)
Also, one of the first thing Max asks Doom in Ultimate Assist Me is if he wants to go first to five in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. At the end of the six episodes, when the cursed game disappears because Max beat Galactus along with the insanity, Max asks him again.
Doom calls Rocket Raccoon a puppet—he and Max look at the screen—for Galactus. Due to the character's diminutive size he actually is played using a hand puppet voiced by the same man who does Wesker, as shown in the outtakes.
In part 2 featuring Phoenix, the mutant tells Doom that his innermost desire is to see her and X-23 naked. Cue a cut from the crew that shoots the series psyched that they're about to shoot a naked chick scene only for Max to reveal he cut that part out for good reasons.
Brick Joke: Multiple ones, one example has the first part show up at the end of the Wesker Vs. Doom rap battle & the second part at the end of the Ultimate Assist Me video for Phoenix Wright.
Doom's reaction to Max's much better drawing of Strider Hiryu is to throw the sketchbook through the window. Doom ends up finding it again in Deadpool's Episode while he's mourning Max's death.
In the rap battle between Doom and Wesker, Wesker raps that he killed Mega Man because he didn't cut him a check. This is referenced when Deadpool shoots and kills two Mega Man fanboys who want the Blue Bomber in the game.
In the EVO 2012 special, Wesker initially blames X-23 for the tattoo on his back, as she once got him drunk and actually took him to a tattoo shop while he was trapped in Max's television following the events of Ultimate Assist Me Part 3.
Max turning into Ghost Rider in Ultimate Assist Me is brought up again in Deadpool's Assist Me.
Corpsing: The majority of the outtakes are result of the actors' inability to keep a straight face in all silliness that happens in the episode.
Courtroom Episode: Assist Me featuring Phoenix Wright and Iron Fist has Doom on the witness stand for his crimes against humanity. Phoenix saves him through the use of diplomatic immunity and then foots Doom the bill.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Strider hands down Deadpool's ass in a shiny silver plate during their fight in the Taskmaster episode.
Wesker hands down a pretty sound beatdown against Taskmaster, but once he learns Wesker's tricks the tables turn and Wesker sees himself on the receiving end.
Curse Cut Short: At the beginning of Nemesis episode after Wesker comes back from the dead. Again.
Wesker: I have no place to stay and you're the only (cringing his teeth) "friends" I have.
Doom: Friends?! What the f—
Doom at the end of Ultimate Assist Me featuring Phoenix Wright and Iron Fist for charging him $52,000 in lawyer fees.
Doom: That double crossing son of a—
Happens again with Rocket Raccoon:
Doom: Doom is insinuating that you have a hand up your A—
Rocket: You outta go on a diet, you fat piece of shi— *disappears*
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Wesker gives a line during his rap battle with Doom about how he killed Mega Man because he didn't do this for him.
Deal with the Devil: Doom makes a deal with Dormammu to get an early copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Unfortunately, he pays him with Bison dollars which causes Dormammu to wipe Hiryu's mind clean in retaliation.
Diplomatic Impunity: Doom uses this back and forth whenever things go south for him and someone threatens to turn him in. Phoenix Wright managed to get Doctor Doom acquitted out of the court charges by pointing out that Doom was not a US citizen as the monarch of Latveria.
Death Glare: Doom dishes one in the short "Lawsuit is Magic" when Wesker and Max makes fun of it being cancelled. Finger Laser ensues.
Digging Yourself Deeper: When Doom throws an unfortunate Your Mom joke to Vergil, Max promptly sends him to try fix it, as Doom tries to excuse himself (rather poorly) Vergil gets progressively angrier up to the point he's ready to draw the Yamato and slice Doom in two.
With the exception of the rap battle, Wesker always calls Doom "Victor," and in the EVO 2012 special, he calls X-23 "Laura." Doom occasionally responds in kind with "Albert."
Past!Wesker from Retro Assist Me once calls Hiryu by his name, as opposed to most characters (apart from Hiryu himself)—and indeed, many players—who call him by his title.
Doom lampshades this in the Retro Assist Me finale by introducing himself to Past!Wesker as "Victor."
Doom starts calling X-23 "Laura" himself upon her insistence in Season 1, and calls Deadpool, Phoenix, and Taskmaster "Wade," "Jean," and "Tony," respectively, at least once each in Season 2, and when trying to calm Phoenix down after Dark Phoenix emerges, he mentions Professor X, Wolverine, and Cyclops as "Charles," "Logan," and "Scott," respectively.
Framing Device: The entirety of the comedy series is one for Maximilian's character tutorials, which have their roots in his previous series "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Online Warrior". With the expansion of episodes to two or even three parts, though, the storytelling device has begun to outstrip the gameplay for more of a straight Dramedy feel.
Go Karting with Bowser: The entire series. Everyone who's inMarvel vs. Capcom seems to know vaguely how to play it; characters will often break off impending duels to listen to Max talk about cross-ups.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: There's surprisingly low count on swearing words (at least in the main episodes) and even the ones that are there normally are censored.
Doom calling Deadpool disfigured out of all things.
Improbable Weapon User: Doom has his finger lasers, Wesker his gun, Hiryu his bladed tonfa. Max? His arcade stick.
It's a Wonderful Plot: Upon the news that Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (and Marvel games in general up to their buyout by Disney) were getting removed everywhere, Doom got so depressed that he told Booker T that he wished that he were never in Marvel games. He finds out that without him Marvel games, his best buddy Strider got beat really bad, Capcom folded and Max became an Otaku who likes anime fighters. Doom very quickly wished to go back to normal.
Leitmotif: Most Assist Me sections start off with the theme of the respective character being analyzed. Max's regular video series "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Online Warrior" uses Nova's theme as a close out track.
The Man Behind the Man: In Phoenix's Assist Me, Max, Doom, Strider and Wesker discover there are greater supervillains out to get Max than just Wesker.
Lampshade Hanging: Done in Assist Me featuring Chris when Max busts out some Modern Warfare gear and Doom asks why he never bothered to use it before during Assist Me for Ultimate and the incident with Deadpool.
In Deadpool's episode when Doom and Max realize there's a grenade in the room.
When Phoenix says "I can't control it!", Doom and Max's faces say it all.
Also, Taskmaster's reaction when he learns too late that Doom, Wesker, and Hiryu have him beat.
Doom actually says this in Retro Assist Me! Part 3, after realizing that the Time Gem on his person has stopped working altogether.
Wesker and Captain Commando faces prior to getting their jaws dislocated by an Arcade Stick.
Captain Commando once he realizes the timeline has been fixed and he's down to bottom tier again by breaking his fingers punching Max who was actually "wearing" his arcade stick as an armor. He gets one even bigger soon after when Wesker decides to run him over with a car.
Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Max's new employer at Ultratech. His only orders were to observe Jago and Sabrewulf and discover their techniques and to make a lycathropy serum, but doesn't really try to help Max in that regard.
Only Sane Man: Max plays this role to most of the supporting cast, with the exception of Ammy.
Painful Transformation: Judging by all the screaming and writhing, turning into Ghost Rider wasn't a pleasant affair.
Max (whose face is bright red): I can't feel my face.
Pals with Jesus: Max has Doctor Doom for a roommate and later Phoenix for a short while. Wesker becomes the third roomate after the events with Deadpool.
Paper-Thin Disguise: In order to save Past!Hiryu from Past!Wesker, Doom borrows $50 from Max and comes back with a sombrero and a very fake mustache. Since this scene was in 1998, before Wesker met Max or Doom in the present, he doesn't recognize it as Doom.
After Thanos is beaten by Max in the Marvel Super Heroes tournament he threatens to track Max down and kick him in the nuts. Avoids Disproportionate Retribution but a bit weak coming from "the Mad Titan." Then again, given the circumstances…
The actual line was threatening to kick Max in the nuts "FOREVER!" as punishment for beating Thanos with an infinite.
Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Season 1 had Wesker who, though not all that polite, was eloquent and smooth-spoken against a Doom who was prone to crude and rude remarks.
Power Echoes: Phoenix when she goes Dark Phoenix on Max and Doom.
Assist Me! Killer Instinct gives a second choice between either getting a really high-paying desk job at Ultratech and killing a puppified Doom or staying broke with Doom. He pretty blatantly quits, despite his boss' insistence that it would be a bad idea. He still ditches Doom though.
In Retro Assist Me, Max brings up Iron Man's alcoholism.
As well as a Take That against DmC Devil May Cry, DmC Dante and Doom say word for word the conversation between Dante and Poison, respectively.
Shown Their Work: Max knows a lot about the fighting community and how to play fighting games. He would also never be able to do those character breakdowns if he didn't do his research first.
When it came to doing Phoenix Wright's Assist Me, they brought in pro commentator UltraDavid, who is a real-life lawyer.
Portraying Rocket Raccoon as foul-mouthed and a bit of a jerk is not too far from his comic incarnation.
He also manages to show an interesting example of Taskmaster's skills at work by copying Wesker's teleport. To those unfamiliar with Resident Evil 5, it may seem absurd, but in reality, what looks like teleporting is actually Wesker moving very fast.
Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Web-Series: Max has stated that Dante has the least likely possibility of appearing (despite being one of the most requested characters) due to issues stemming from Dante's very large moveset and finding the right actor to play Dante.
Averted with the final season. Dante is the first character mentioned.
Jill: Victor, Max, we have to focus. Wesker's planning on blowing away the entire West Coast with Oroboros.
Max: The entire West Coast? Some of the best Street Fighter players are on the west cost. My favorite Arcade is on the West Coast! (beat) And my house.
From Retro Assist Me! Part 3
Max: We gotta consider something. What's more important: the millions of people affected by Wesker's actions, or video games? (beat) Video games!
Small Name, Big Ego: Doctor Doom himself; while he really ought to be a big name, given that he owns a country and represents a constant threat to world peace, he mostly comes off as a posturing blowhard with no social life outside Max's apartment.
Squick: In-universe example: In the EVO Special Assist Me when the call girl starts relating how, erm, close Doom and Wesker got close to each other while drunk, their faces says it all.
Dante decides to not wear any clothes at one point. As he walks out to get his clothes from the washer, Doom gets visibly repulsed.
Stunned Silence: Max and Doom's reaction to Doom's simple bread and butter combo doing 1,264,600 damage on level 1 X-factor.
Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: When Max comments on Taskmaster's special ability Doom simply replies with an annoyed "That's the dumbest superpower Doom's ever heard of."
Talking Animal: Rocket Raccoon, as in MvC3. Ammy (played by Max's Pomeranian, Benny Button, wearing a cardboard prop) is usually the silent sort, but pipes up on occasion. Her barks are subtitled in English. Also, when Doom turns into a dog (Again played by Benny), he is still able to talk.
Talking to Himself: And this is despite the fact that anyone who plays a character has to be in costume.
Wesker learned this on his own apparently, but seems to be unable to do it without drawing his gun. It can be done, but n00bs don't know how. When Max calls him on this Wesker threatens if Max wants to feel how hard Wesker can punch.
There's also one in the premier episode of the Retro Assist Me Story Arc.
Wesker (interpreting Doom's Latverian handwriting on a note for Max): Dear Max, went to the Puente Hills Mall. Meet Doom there at 1:15 p.m.. Doom has made a major breakthrough and will need you to assist me. Remember, Puente Hills Mall, 1:15 p.m.
Trash Talk: Doctor Doom does a lot of this. Starting from when he beats Max in Assist Me to coming in during Max's games, owning the other team, and giving out insults. Max actually warns Doom about doing this too much.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Max and Doom. Doom occasionally mocks and look down on Max even though he's staying in his home (also stealing his yogurt and beer) for free and owes him twenty bucks, Max copes with it somehow but also reminds him who pays the rent. Together they've taken down Wesker, Galactus, and Captain Commando.
Doom and Wesker eventually. Even though they are always at each other's throats and mocks each other's costumes and mannerism they end up working well as a team covering their backs during the final battle of Season 2.
Walking Shirtless Scene: Wesker during the first part of the EVO special, complete with the words "God Tier" tattooed onto his back. Doom on the other hand was a walking pantless scene.