Web Video / Dan And Phil GAMES

Dan and Phil GAMES is a collaborative channel between Phil Lester and Dan Howell. It is, as it says, a gaming channel where Dan and Phil play games both popular and obscure. Popular features include include "Dan vs. Phil", where the two compete for a point on the winners' board, and their ongoing playthrough of The Sims.

Tropes in their gaming videos include:

  • Aborted Arc: Dil's hobbies, multiple times, and his job in the culinary field, being replaced with laboratory work.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Once he calms down slightly, Dan admits that The Impossible Quiz's "twist" of needing all your skips to finish the game is pretty funny.
    Dan: That's the most I've been fucked with in my entire life.
  • Adorkable: Dil, who is a bit odd in his personality, and a total klutz.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The thirty-seventh Sims video has Dan and Phil play as the Pancakes family for awhile, mainly because they feel bad about destroying their bed in the previous episode and want to buy them a new one. (And also because they want them to have a baby so Dab can have a playmate.)
  • Aside Glance: In the video where they play "Can Your Pet?", Phil gives a few guilty looks to the camera as Dan coos over their cute little baby chick. "Can Your Pet" is a Surprise Creepy game where you're tricked into killing your pet and making it into canned food. It's very easy to tell who's played the game before and who hasn't.
  • Babies Ever After: Dan and Phil make the Pancakes Woo-Hoo to test out their new bed and possibly rekindle the romance, and it gets Eliza pregnant.
  • Berserk Button: Phil's utter incompetence in following instructions while playing Portal 2 co-op mode blindfolded drives Dan into several annoyed rages. Due to this, Dan doesn't even consider playing the second level.
  • Black Comedy: Frequently from both, but it even occurs accidentally in the games, such as the times their Sims end up eating fish at the counter where their pet fish is kept in a bowl.
  • Bomb Disposal: They've encountered it in Undertale and "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes", but while things get extremely close, they end up successful in both. At least, in the first episode of "Keep Talking...", because the difficulty increase in the second causes them a few failures, and they find no success the third time.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dil and Tabitha from The Sims have some very odd quirks, which Dan and Phil discuss, saying they're meant for each other. Phil and Dan show this from time to time, which is to be expected.
  • Christmas Episode: Every holiday season, they play festive games, and 2016 introduced Gamingmas, which meant a video every day of December leading up to Christmas.
  • Composite Character: Their Sim, Dil Howlter, who was designed as if he inherited physical traits from the two of them.
  • Country Matters: Dan uses the word in the last Impossible Quiz video, but Phil insists on bleeping it out. Dan points out the the audience probably knows what word he used just from context.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Phil does this to himself when Dil and Tabitha WooHoo for the first time.
  • Cringe Comedy: Their April Fool's- exclusive parody offshoot channel, "Dan and Phil Crafts", features very spacey, awkward, and personality-devoid versions of Dan and Phil making craft videos to this effect.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dan, often at Phil's expense. Though Phil can give as good as he gets.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Phil is incredulous when Dan is relatively calm (and amused) when there's a fire in Dil's house. Then he explains that fires can actually kill Sims. Then Dan freaks out.
  • Epic Fail: Their attempt at playing Yandere Simulator goes spectacularly awry, even by Dan and Phil's standards. As one comment put it, "I expected them to fuck it up, but they actually managed to fuck up the fuck up."
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Phil averts this more here, although it's still mild compared to Dan's language (which is -usually- censored like in Phil's videos).
  • Halloween Episode: "Spooky Week", where they play horror games every day for the week leading up to Halloween.
  • Happily Married: Dil and Tabitha.
  • Has Two Daddies: Dil, technically, being a Sim created by both Dan and Phil. They do tend to talk about him as if he were actually their child.
  • Identical Stranger: During the Sims playthrough, Dan and Phil have come across several Dil look-alikes.
  • Implausible Deniability: Dan tries to deny the fact that Dil is pregnant for as long as possible, saying that Dil must have a tummy ache because of something he ate instead, even though the moodlet's icon is a pacifier.
  • Instant Expert: Dan tends to pick up new games very quickly, and often wins at them in cases where Phil has played before.
  • Interface Spoiler: Episode 41 of the Sims 4 starts with Dan explaining that there is a small chance that male Sims will be impregnated if they're abducted by aliens. He finds this important to mention due to Dil having been abducted at the end of the last episode, but he and Phil say it probably won't happen. The name of this episode is "DIL GETS PREGNANT".
  • I Think You Broke Him: Phil comments that he may have broken Dan after he sends him into a particularly long bout of Stunned Silence in their fourth time playing "The Impossible Quiz."
  • Jump Scare: The yellow balloon that pops in the birthday episode of The Sims.
  • The Klutz: One of Dil's most prominent traits. Dan and Phil really regret choosing it, since it nearly gets him killed multiple times.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Phil starts videos with, "Hello, Dan and Phil Games [relevant object]" since the channel's first Christmas season introduced the trend.
  • Meddling Parents: Dan and Phil basically micromanage Dil's life — but given how klutzy Dil is, this is probably for the best. Phil, in particular, seemed determined to fix Dil up with somebody in the earlier Sims playthroughs, almost to the point of a Running Gag. The other topic of Dil's life is his hobbies, which constantly get changed when things need to be sold for money.
  • Mr Seahorse: Dil becomes pregnant after getting abducted by aliens.
  • Never Say That Again: Dan to Phil, frequently, since Phil seems to be a treasure trove of Accidental Innuendos.
  • Noodle Incident: Phil at one point mentions the oven incident of 2012, but refuses to go into detail.
  • Paranoia Fuel: invoked Invoked and lampshaded in the honeymoon episode of The Sims. As a throwaway joke, Dan proposes the idea that Tabitha is actually an alien replacement who was dropped down after the abduction.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Inverted. Dan and Phil both feel a bit weird watching their Sim make out with his girlfriend for this reason, and watching them WooHoo is unbearably awkward.
  • Product Placement: They've occasionally hawked their Dan and Phil merch on this channel, intentionally playing it up until it gets too stupid to continue.
  • Running Gag:
    • The "Mirror Butt" bathroom songs Phil would make up whenever Dil took a shower. Once he got a bathtub again, it died off. However, it's made a comeback as of late following the bathroom being remodelled.
    • Griping about what a terrible caterer Mia Yang is ever since she failed to cook food after being hired for a party. When she's hired again for the wedding, she again fails to cook, leading another guest (not hired) to cater for the party. Dan and Phil then complain about Mia celebrating, despite her utter lack of contribution.
    • Dil breaking dishes while trying to clean them.
    • Dan and Phil trying to buy something to facilitate a hobby for Dil, but always ending up selling it when they're tight for money and want new furniture.
    • Eliza Pancakes stalking Dil by constantly showing up at his house.
    • The citizens of the Sims world randomly doing push-ups and other exercises.
    • Dil's appliances breaking and Dan and Phil debating whether or not they trust him to repair them. Especially the stereo, which could actually kill him if he does it wrong. Culminating in episode 26, where the stereo bursts into flames.
    • The obscene heaviness of the "Dan vs. Phil" leaderboard. And similarly, Dan's boasting that due to his frequent wins there's "no room" for a new victory sticker.
    • Dabbing in 2016's Gamingmas episodes, which culminates in naming Dil's son Dab.
    • When things need to be named, "Susan" is their go-to, even when they know it's been overdone.
    • Whenever editing Dil's house, expect Dan to get frustrated by any lack of symmetry that happens.
    • In Undertale, Dan constantly relating to the many pathetic character moments in the game, and describing pretty much every significant sequence as an "emotional journey/rollercoaster". Also, Dan and Phil's frequent backtracking ever since it led to Easter Eggsnote , and Dan blatantly disregarding Phil's input on which paths to take.
    • Dan pounding on the table whenever a game infuriates him enough. The Impossible Quiz is the most frequent offender.
    • The deterioration of the "DAN VS. PHIL" said at the beginning of every episode in said series, which turns into unidentifiable mumbling after several videos.
  • Scare Chord: Used whenever Eliza Pancakes shows up to stalk Dil.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Dan. Repeatedly, either due to being scared during horror games, or due to pure anger and frustration, often at a stupid mistake on Phil's part.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dan shuts off the lights, storms out of the room, and slams the door behind him when he finds out you need all your skips in order to win The Impossible Quiz, leaving Phil behind. Only to burst back in a few seconds later so he can rant at the game.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Frequently occurs between the two, and they often realize and stop to get back to the games they're playing. This is mentioned and defied when playing "Yasuhati" for the first time- any conversation would sabotage the other player, due to the game's sound controls.
  • Sensory Overload: "Christmas Shopper Simulator 2" eventually overwhelms Dan. Not that you can blame him, as the experience included catapulting people through stores, hijacking an escalator to send shoppers flying, an animal sex store, and ballooning patrons.
  • Serious Business:
    • Dil's whole life is this to Dan and Phil, and they play the game straight rather than messing around with it and enjoying Video Game Cruelty Potential.
    • The Impossible Quiz quickly turns into this, and any mistakes that cost them lives turn into the bane of their existence.
  • Shipper on Deck: At the beginning of the playthrough, Dan and Phil (especially Phil) for almost any female Sim Dil speaks to. Except Erica. When Dil actually gets with Tabitha, Dan and Phil are 100% in favor of it, and get very enthusiastic about every development in their relationship, and take strides to push them along.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Dan, as always.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Erica Pendleton in The Sims was set up to be Dil's girlfriend, but her inherently evil personality (yes, really) and a public fight turned the two into bitter enemies. This is taken Up to Eleven when she refuses to attend Dil's wedding, but then shows up anyway, presumably out of spite.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Eliza Pancakes, who shows up at Dil's house several times after starting a relationship with him despite her marriage. Then, two of Dil's friends ask him on dates right before he's about to get married. And Eliza even tries to get into Dil's house while Tabitha is in labor.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Phil is often the wise guy while Dan is often the straight man but they sometimes switch roles with each other. The best case of this role reversal has to be Dan's reaction to Phil's puzzle-solving in the second Impossible Quiz video.
  • Stunned Silence:
    • While playing Undertale, this is their response to Flowey's Evil Laugh and speech at the end of the Ruins.
    • This, and a combination of inarticulate stammering, is also their response to Asgore destroying the Mercy button.
    • When Dil's girlfriend Tabitha is abducted by aliens, completely out of the blue. Dan and Phil sit in silence for a good few seconds. The second time, they're merely exasperated and want the aliens to get on with it and bring her back.
    • When Phil makes them lose all their progress on "The Impossible Quiz" by accidentally refreshing the page, all Dan can do is sit there staring at him, jaw dropped, in complete and utter silence for a full minute. Phil babbles on for a few seconds, then gets to trying to get Dan to say something. (Or even just blink.)
  • Squee!: Dan and Phil's usual reactions to Dab, and later, Evan in the Sims videos.
  • Take a Third Option: In their second round of "Golf with Friends", Dan and Phil are competing for a pair of novelty socks, which go to whoever wins. The game ends on a perfect tie, so Dan and Phil each take one of the socks.
  • Tempting Fate: In "The Howlter Family Christmas," they comment on how well everything's going and how nice Dil's life is now, with his wife, baby, huge house, and successful career. Immediately lampshaded by Dan, who adds, "...Until something explodes." Nothing explodes, but Tabitha does get abducted by aliens (again) a minute later.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Dan really takes it out on Phil for his frequent moments of odd logic or gullibility, and the two of them have had to remind the audience that it's all competitive joking banter and that they really are friends.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Discussed by Phil, who comments that if he'd known Flowey would turn out to be such a pivtoal (and evil) character, he probably wouldn't have given him a Texan accent.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Dan asks this nearly word-for-word when they finally beat the Impossible Quiz. Phil thinks it was, Dan is unconvinced.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: As on his main channel, Dan says, "Are you fucking kidding me?!" a lot in response to out-there, difficult, or just plain annoying events. He screams it when he finds out you need all your skips to finish The Impossible Quiz.
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