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
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
- Character cameos: Barry Burton (via flashbacks)
- Ultimate Assist Me: Doom makes a Deal with the Devil (and in Real Life, Max made a deal with Capcom...) to get Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 early and Max has to master all the new characters to save the Earth from being devoured by Galactus.
- 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
- Assist Me Super Smash Bros.
- Characters featured: Link
All episodes so far are available at Max's Youtube account, Miles923
This series provides examples for:
- Abusive Parents: Wesker is as close as it can get to this regarding his treatment of Nemesis. Including beating up on him for damaging his expensive sunglasses.
- Acting for Two
- 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.
- Actor Allusion: Sort of. Max gets a lot that he looks a little like Nicolas Cage so in Ultimate Assist Me featuring Firebrand and Ghost Rider Max transforms into the latter who was played by Cage.
- 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: I got nothing.
- When one of the lighting crew members sits down on the couch Doom shouts "Hey, it's Larry!" as the crew member played one of Chris' companions in Assist Me featuring Chris Redfield.
- Done in-universe with Rocket Raccoon and Doom at each other's throats as Doom and Wesker often are.
- Deadpool tells Wesker he "looks familiar." Also Max mistakes a zombie for X-23 in the Chris episode.
- Adaptation Decay: Parodied in-universe when Phoenix is over: they watch her embarrassing final scenes in X3. As Doom laughs, Max humbles him by rolling the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Then Doom counters with a Nicolas Cage montage. Checkmate, Max.
- Adaptational Heroism: Albert Wesker after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Adaptational Villainy: Captain Commando.
- Affectionate Parody: There is one done on Epic Rap Battles of History featuring Wesker and Doom.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Sometimes this has consequences. Like shooting himself in the leg with his Samurai Edge, for example.
- All Men Are Perverts: Or at least, all men in the film crew are perverts.
- All Women Are Lustful: Doom and Max try to imply that this is how X-23 gets all her tattoos, and other things, for free only to for her to pull out her claws and strike fear into their hearts.
- All Work vs. All Play: Max vs Doom. While Max is almost always serious regarding his advices and tutorial also being cordial to his guests, Doom is solely there to throw random quips and goof around.
- Doom vs Wesker. One is a lazy freeloader who enjoys being a dead weight, the other does house chores, is surprisingly helpful and pays the rent.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe. Imagine Strong Bad changed his interest from answering emails to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and ponies, and replaced his boxing gloves with Finger Lasers. That's basically this version of Doom.
- Are We There Yet?: Deadpool does this to Taskmaster in the latter's arc. Taskmaster shoots him to shut him up. It's a good thing Deadpool can heal himself.
- Atomic F-Bomb: Though it's cut short, Doom drops this when Phoenix 1ups him when they're comparing their credentials.
- Audience Surrogate: Doom says what's pretty much on every fanboy's mind during the Deadpool video at the start:
Max: Chill out, man.
Doom: You chill out! It's Deadpool! This episode's gonna be awesome!
Deadpool: Damn right it is!
- Back from the Dead: Wesker, twice. Once after Doom uses his level 3 hyper on him during their fight, and again when he relives the ending to Resident Evil 5. Complete with missle to the face. It's never mentioned how he survived these events, but Rule of Funny applies.
- 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.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Doom does this against Taskmaster and it's followed not long after by the Finger Lasers.
- Big Bad: Each Season has one.
- Season 1: Albert Wesker.
- Ultimate Assist Me: Galactus.
- Season 2: Taskmaster, being the responsible for the zombie outbreak.
- Retro Assist Me: Captain Commando.
- Bigger Bad: Mega Man from Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Final Season: Still unknown.
- Bash Brothers: Doom and Max, mostly.
- Doom and Wesker in the Season 2 Finale.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Deadpool's episode, Wesker does it while imprisoned in the TV by tricking him into using his teleporting belt a third time and making it explode.
- Big "NO!":
- Wesker, in Part 3 of his first arc, when Max inputs the command for Doom's Finger Lasers.
- Again, when Nemesis mistakes him to be a S.T.A.R.S. agent (blame Doom) and proceeds to destroy him.
- Galactus, in the Ultimate Assist Me finale, when Max beats him.
- Doom also carries this out in Doom vs Star Wars when he finds out that in order to escape his dreamworld, he has to become a Jedi Master through playing Star Wars Kinect.
- In Retro Assist Me!, Doom does this after finding out that in the alternate timeline they are stuck in, Captain Commando has arrested and detained Strider and has married high-school sweetheart, X-23.
- Big "OMG!":
- Max, Retro Assist Me Part 3, after Doom confesses to convincing Wesker to pursue a life as a cop.
- X-23, when she, Doom, and Wesker run into a hooker.
- Big "WHAT?!": Doom, whenever anyone else calls him out or stares at him because of his shenanigans.
- Max delivers a poignant one to Doom once he learns what Doom did in the past in Retro Assist Me!
- He pulls another one during the Assist Me panel when he's informed Rarity (His favorite pony) is in My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic , contrary to what he was told by Max. Needless to say, Doom immediately gets mad at him.
- Bills… bills… tax paycheck… ads… bunch of garbage.: In Ultimate Assist Me Part 4, ushered by Doom. Then Max brings up the court order. Cue a Big "WHAT?!" from Doom.
- Bloodless Carnage: When Deadpool shoots Max, there is absolutely no blood.
- Boastful Rap: Wesker vs. Doom, a passable parody of Epic Rap Battles of History.
- 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.
- Bootstrapped Theme: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Menu is a recurring music whenever the Assist Me logo shows up.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In Ultimate Assist Me Part 4, Doom is summoned to court to answer for charges of fraud, espionage, and crimes against humanity.
Humanity belongs to Doom
! It is mine to do with it as I wish!"
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The series varies wildly on whether Max knows he's in a series of videos or not with the camera crew making frequent appearances.
- Par for the course, Deadpool does it to the extremes, asking the audience to vote on whether or not he should kill Max or if M.O.D.O.K.'s arms are from a G.I. Joe action figure.
- In Wesker's Assist Me, he shoots a member of Max's lighting crew. It's all over the place when Max does an episode with the Merc With the Mouth.
- 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.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Wesker utilizes this whenever he activates his replaced voiceover Level 3.
- Brofist: Doom and Hiryu share one.
- But Now I Must Go: Both Strider Hiryu and Ghost Rider vanish into the sunset at the end of their respective episodes, to Doom's bromantic chagrin.
- Call Back:
- 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.
- Phoenix Wright saves Doom in court through the use of diplomatic immunity (which usually saved Doom in the comics). Doom uses this as a technicality when he thinks Chris and his friends have shown up to arrest him for possible statutory rape that may or may not have involved aliens.
- Doom's line during the Taskmaster fight when he uses his Level 3 is the same as one of his replaced voiceovers when using the same move.
"Now get the f***
out of my house!"
- At the end of Retro Assist Me Max and Doom teleport onto the couch exactly the way Wesker did back in Ultimate Assist Me Part 3.
- The Cameo: Notable one in the Retro Assist Me finale. Yoshinori Ono of all people makes a cameo.
- Captain Obvious: Doom originally thinks the Zombie Apocalypse is a Halloween gimmick. Max reminds Doom it's the middle of March. Doom begins counting the months and then:
Doom: Max! It's not Halloween!
Max: (deadpan) I know.
- Car Fu: Used For Massive Damage against Captain Commando in Retro Assist Me!
- Catch Phrase: DA FINGAH LAZEEERRRRZZZZZ!!!
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Dante at one point investigates a noise in the bathroom to find Doom on the toilet, eating Cornbread and Shirachi. Dante returns to Max smelling like Doom's food.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Max is compared to Nicolas Cage and Chad Kroeger on several occasions. Sometimes, it has consequences...
- Comically Missing the Point: Doom finds a pair of Wesker's sunglasses in the fridge and hands them to Max. The only thing the gamer can say is "This isn't a Margarita".
- Compensating for Something: Max believes that Wesker's rather luxurious gun collection makes up for his Hilariously Abusive Childhood, amongst other things.
- Confusion Fu: Wesker says it's his greatest ally in combat and Max gives information about how to use this in the game.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Doom's "human-sized blender" Hyper Combo. And transporting someone into the TV - wearing a S.T.A.R.S. uniform - to get eviscerated by Nemesis.
- Cooldown Hug: Doom prevents Bruce Banner from Hulking Out with a photo of Felicia.
- 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*
- Cuteness Proximity: X-23 upon seeing Amaterasu.
- 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.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: In addition to the above Bison dollar payout to Dormammu, Doom scams Thanos for the Infinity Gauntlet by giving the Mad Titan some Cross Gauge and Defense Gems.
- 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 Is Cheap: Link stabs Doom with the Master Sword and, after hearing Max's complaints, revives him with a potion.
- 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.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: According to Phoenix, Doom's inner most desire is to see her and X-23 naked.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wesker's relentless assault on Nemesis in his week of Ultimate Assist Me:
Wesker: This is what you get, Nemesis, for damaging my five-hundred dollar sunglasses. THEY'RE ITALIAN!
- Link kills Doom because he wouldn't shut up. He gets better, though.
- Double Entendre: "You tried to show X-23 your 'Hidden Missile'?"
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: At the very beginning of the 3 vs 3 in the Taskmaster episode, M.O.D.O.K. is immediately offed with a head-shot, courtesy of Wesker.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He takes to the bottle again after finding out that he has a son.
Doom: You're a real asshole when you're drunk.
Wesker: You're a real asshole when you're sober.
- Eyepatch of Power: Link shows up with one.
- Epic Fail: In the Season 2 finale, Deadpool shoots at Hiryu with his MP7 at point blank range, but ends up completely missing him and hitting M.O.D.O.K. instead because he thought Hiryu would dodge and thus, shot around him.
- And earlier, Doom's ultimate secret attack, a net, fails to do anything other than waste time against Taskmaster.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: This looks like how Assist Me featuring Deadpool is going to end, but it is quickly subverted.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: A continuing subplot of the skits, which culminates in the two-part Chris Redfield episode. The natural consequence of keeping people like Wesker and Jill around, really.
- Fan Disservice: Doom trying to show Max and Phoenix his Cutie Mark. Thankfully Max stops him.
- First Name Basis:
- 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.
- Foreign Cuss Word: "¡Mierda!" by Doom in the Retro Assist Me finale.
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Wesker has become an alcoholic because he has a Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
- Funny Animal: Rocket Raccoon, who appears as a foul-mouthed puppet. Given what he's like in the comics, that's not too far off.
- Funny Background Event: While Max is concentrating on beating Galactus at the end of Ultimate Assist Me, Doom is having a battle with Rocket Raccoon.
- Genre Savvy: When Doom and Deadpool start getting up in each other's grills, Max recognizes that a rap battle's about to ensue and stops it before it happens.
- Genius Ditz: When Max explains that meeting himself in the past would unravel the space-time continuum, Doom manages to explain that his past self would actually be sent to 2012 while Max is in 1997 and that as soon as Max returns to his time, his past self would return as well. He is Doctor Doom, after all.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: The entire series. Everyone who's in Marvel 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.
- Groin Attack: Doom advises everyone to aim directly at the genitals For Massive Damage.
- Hammer Space: Doom's hood can hold an improbable amount of video games and bottles of alcohol. Even Doom gets confused.
- Hand Blast: Doom's FINGER LASERS. Threatened at every opportunity.
- Heel-Face Turn: Wesker. Although how good he is is actually ambigious.
- Heroic Mime/The Silent Bob/The Voiceless: Link, until the end of episode, where he speaks with a Scottish accent.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Link.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Doom and Hiryu, as they were in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes. Just watch Doom's reaction when Hiryu enters the house in Ultimate Assist Me.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Comes some time after each episode. They generally tend to be funnier than the episode itself. See for yourself.
- Hopeless Suitor: Doom for X-23.
- Hypocritical Humor: During Jill's episode, Max, Wesker, and Doom talk about how bad it would have been if Jill was represented like she was in the original Resident Evil games, with their "terrible look-alike performers, horrible acting, and incredibly cheesy voice-overs". Then they realize what show they're on right now. Doubles as Self-Deprecation.
- Doom calling Deadpool disfigured out of all things.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Link stabs Doom with the Master Sword and revives him after that.
- 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.
- Insistent Terminology: Remember, it's DOCTOR Doom, he didn't take this title because he thought it sounded cool.
- If she's alive it's a call girl. If she's dead it's a hooker.
- Ironic Echo: When trying Doom's Doomequis, Max and Deadpool both say it tastes "like raw-ass butt". At the end of the tutorial where Deadpool's teleport belt explodes and Max has cuts and scrapes all over him. Doom swipes his finger on Max's cheek thinking it's yogurt and says it tastes exactly the same as they thought of his Doomequis.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Link steals things in Max's house and claims them as his loot.
- 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.
- Large Ham: Wesker and Doom are the main offenders.
- Meganekko: The sushi hostess and the female Captain Commando Otaku in Retro Assist Me Part 2, both portrayed by Lyndsey Addison.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Doom to Wesker during the EVO Assist Me when the hooker implies that they got it on the night before.
- Literal Ass Kicking: FOOT DIVE!
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted. Doom does this to screw with Max, complete with acting like he's dying after defeating Wesker.
- Mind Rape: Phoenix finds herself on the receiving end of this while investigating the conspiracy against Max and Doom.
: "Anybody who can mind-f***
Phoenix is not
somebody you wanna mess with!"
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Played straight in the first half of Retro Assist Me as Doom explains to Max. However this is disturbingly averted in Part 3 of the same miniseries when the unraveling of the space-time continuum causes Max to run into himself.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Villain: Way to go, Doom, you just had to convince Wesker to pursue a life as a cop, unwittingly disrupting the space-time continuum as a result.
Doom: Whoa, hey, look, Doom though he was doing the world a favor! Doom's a pretty generous guy, ya know?!
- Never Found the Body: After Wesker's first defeat, this is how Max and Doom realize that Wesker's still at large.
- Nightmare Face: Implied to be the case with Thanos.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Taskmaster's appearance is based off of his DLC costume, rather than the mainstream Earth-616 looks of the other Marvel characters.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In Retro Assist Me! after coming back from the past Max and Doom find that Thanos is waiting for them but he is acting incredibly friendly and generally nice towards Doom and Max saying to "give them a phone call" when they're done with the infinity gauntlet. This becomes subverted in-universe as Max and Doom treat this as an Unusually Uninteresting Sight, but then Max notices that Captain Commando is suddenly popular and now he realizes that he and Doom screwed up reality.
- Oh, Crap:
- 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.
- The Only One Allowed to Kill You: Invoked by Wesker to Doom as they and Hiryu face off against Taskmaster, Deadpool, and M.O.D.O.K..
- 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.
- Pass the Popcorn: Doom when Max and Wesker duke it out during Assist Me.
- Pet the Dog: While X-23 is quite Hot-Blooded and not above threatening Max and Doom with her claws, she's one of the few characters who can pet Ammy without getting murdered.
- Poke the Poodle:
- Pretty much any time Doom tries to be evil.
- 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.
- Power Incontinence: Doom's Reality Warping finger snap isn't entirely under his control and the only thing it can consistently do is get Doom a drink when he needs it most.
- Precision F-Strike: Doom twice in a rather badass fashion. Both times using his Level 3 Hyper Combo to finish Wesker and Taskmaster.
- Psychotic Smirk: Max when breaking Wesker's jaw with an arcade stick.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason Max wrote his old condominium home out of the script was due to complaints from neighbors about the noise, among other things.
- Record Needle Scratch: A few times in Assist Me, most notably when Vergil decides he's still not going to give humanity another chance.
- Reset Button: After Max is killed by Deadpool, Doom resets time to change the poll results and save him.
- The Rival: Wesker and Doom torment each other in every appearance.
- Rule of Funny: This is how the scripted segments often run with regards to Assist Me.
- Running Gag: In the first 3 Assist Me episodes, Max's dog, Amaterasu, bites anyone who comes near her. Except X-23.
- Doom still owes Max twenty dollars.
- Max's resemblance to Nicolas Cage is lampshaded in almost every episode.
- Doom being remembered how much of a freeloader he is.
- Say My Name: In the Chris Redfield episode.
: Sorry, Doom
got caught up in the moment.
- Sadistic Choice: Parodied in Retro Assist Me!. Max has to choose between hundreds of thousands of lives that didn't die because Wesker never became a bio terrorist or videogames. After careful consideration Max chooses videogames.
- 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.
- Secret Handshake: Doom and Max have one called the Doom Fist.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Retro Assist Me! episodes have Max and Doom go back to 1997 to help Max win a Marvel Super Heroes tournament and get his fighting game skills back.
- Shield Bash: Link smacks Doom in the face with his shield.
- 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.
- Mike Young does a lot of research on the characters he portrays in the series. For example, after talking to Wesker's RE 5 mo-cap actor Ken Lally, he implemented a couple of things in his portrayal of Wesker that helped him replicate Wesker's mannerisms from the game.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Doom hates Reed Richards and was once charged for putting a flaming bag of dog poop on the Richards' front doorstep.
- 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.
- Skewed Priorities: Max funnily enough.
Jill: Victor, Max, we have to focus. Wesker's planning on blowing away the entire West Coast with Oroboros.
: 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
: We gotta consider something. What's more important: the millions of people affected by Wesker's actions, or video games? (beat)
- 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."
- Suit-Up of Destiny: Wesker does a particularly badass one in one of the trailers.
- In the first trailer for the 2012 edition of the ReveLAtions video game tournament series, Doom has his moment.
- Take That, Us: During Assist Me featuring Jill, there is commentary about how horrible the original Resident Evil was, with terrible lookalike performers, horrible actors, and extremely cheesy voiceovers. The group then slowly turn their heads to stare straight ahead at the camera.
- 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.
- Mike Young as both Wesker and Rocket Raccoon in the Holiday Special.
- Again, Mike Young as both Wesker and Deadpool in "Assist Me Deadpool".
- Also, Matthew Simmons as Doom and M.O.D.O.K. in the Season 2 finale.
- Teleporters and Transporters / Teleport Spam: The practicality of this with any character that has a teleport ability is discussed by Max during his vids.
- 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. He's actually moving really fast, so that allows Taskmaster to replicate his speed.
- The Glasses Come Off: Wesker during his battle with Doom at the end of Assist Me featuring Wesker.
- During Assist Me featuring Phoenix one of the crew members takes off his glasses when Max reveals they're not shooting a scene with Phoenix and X-23 naked and gets all up in Max's grill
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Doom in the first Season. By Ultimate Assist Me, Doom is officially Max's roommate.
- The Wiki Rule: Right here.
- Think of the Children!: Doom often brings up the children of Latveria when he's looking for sympathy.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Deadpool's expression just as his teleport belt is about to go boom. Also, considering Wesker tricked him into setting it off, his expression also has a sense of "I cannot believe I just fell for that".
- Third-Person Person: Doom, as usual.
- Title Drop:
- In the Season 2 Finale.
- 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.
- Transparent Closet: Chris Redfield and his fellow B.S.A.A. agents.
- 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.
- Unstoppable Rage: Doom when he found out that My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic got cancelled. Max and Wesker laughing about it definitely didn't help either.
- 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.
- When All You Have Are the Finger Lasers: Apparently this is the only thing Doom is capable of doing under extreme pressure. As such, he will use it to fight anything. Including fires.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: After shooting Max, Deadpool says he's gonna turn into Ghost Rider because he looks like Nicolas Cage. Doom tells him Max looks more like Chad Kroger. Deadpool's expression and tone has the word "Oops" written all over it.
- In Retro Assist Me Max tells Doom he can't exist in the same place twice, but Doom tells him he's wrong and goes into a whole sophisticated explanation about the time-space continuum theory.
Max: How do you know that?
Uhhh, hello? Doctor
Doom! How do you keep forgetting this?
- It's ultimately subverted and reversed when Max does wind up in the same place twice in part 3 and considering how the series is run it's really a case of movie magic.
- Your Mom:
- Zombie Apocalypse: Features prominently in Chris's Assist Me.