Web Video / Dan And Phil GAMES

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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 long-running playthrough of The Sims, which has its own section of tropes below.

Tropes relating to their general gaming videos include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Subsequent visits to the latter game, however, make it clear that Dan and Phil aren't able to keep up with the higher difficulties.
  • Christmas Episode: Every holiday season, they play festive games, and 2016 introduced Gamingmas, which entails a video every day of December leading up to Christmas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Has Two Daddies: Dan and Phil decide that Amanda from their Dream Daddy playthrough grew up with two dads, although one of them is dead.
  • Instant Expert: Dan tends to pick up new games very quickly, and often wins at them in cases where Phil has played before.
  • 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."
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Dan and Phil name the Fallen Child in Undertale Toto, because Dan was wearing a Totoro shirt. They realize the Wizard of Oz connotations too late, to say nothing about the character who receives the name.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Phil starts videos welcoming the audience with, "Hello, Dan and Phil Games [plural relevant object]"note  since the channel's first Christmas season introduced the trend.
  • Never Say That Again: Dan to Phil, frequently, since Phil seems to be a treasure trove of Accidental Innuendos.
  • Once an Episode:
    • Their first five Golf With Friends videos had the game crashing toward the end, and forcing them to recreate their stroke totals in a new game, so they took this as a once-an-episode occurrence when starting their sixth episode. This time, the game works perfectly.
    • Every Gamingmas, one of the episodes is devoted to the virtual version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, due to said game being a Christmas tradition in the Lester household, yet one that Phil has never seen won during his childhood or the channel's own attempts.
  • Product Placement: They've occasionally worn their Dan and Phil merch on this channel for sales pitches, intentionally playing it up until it gets too stupid to continue.
  • Rage Quit: Dan does this at the end of Bean Boozled BETRAYAL because he ate a jelly bean that tasted like skunk spray.
  • Running Gag: Enough for its own page.
  • 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. They've mentioned that their neighbors and headphone users probably hate Dan for this reason.
  • 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.
    • When Dan ends up eating a skunk spray Bean Boozled bean at the end of their second time playing "Higher or Lower?", he spits out the bean and just leaves the room due to the hideously unpleasant taste.
  • 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:
    • The Impossible Quiz quickly turns into this, and any mistakes that cost them lives turn into the bane of their existence.
    • "Golf With Friends" is surprisingly intense and competitive for both Dan and Phil and the audience, despite it being a simple game of virtual mini-golf.
  • Shocking Swerve:invoked Parodied when playing the Stormy Ascent in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Phil drops a Your Mom, and Dan goes against the joke, claiming she has nothing to do with the filming of the video. Phil then says "plot twist: she's behind the camera", and Dan accidentally says "yeah, our mum's been filming all our videos", then realizes the implication and lampshades it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Dan, as always. He's rarely censored, though earlier videos and some more extreme curses have bleeps. In the third episode of Yasuhati, Dan swears so much that they make the decision to bleep it all, with a disclaimer at the beginning letting people know.
  • Sore Loser: Phil likes to play up this role, frequently demanding "all or nothing" rounds in Dan vs. Phil competitions and complaining in an over-the-top manner when he's defeated. He's not really such a bad sport in truth...he just likes the bonus of winning. His insistence to have a prize even in non-D.v.P competitions can create this for himself when he's not the winner.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Dan really takes it out on Phil for his frequent moments of odd logic or gullibility, to the point where 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. They have similar reactions to completing the Stormy Ascent level.
  • 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.

Tropes relating to their Sims playthrough include:

  • Aborted Arc: Their Sim Dil's hobbies, multiple times, and his job in the culinary field, being replaced with laboratory work.
  • Adorkable: Dil, who is a bit odd in his personality, and a total klutz.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The thirty-seventh 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.)
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dil and Tabitha have some very odd quirks, which Dan and Phil discuss, saying they're meant for each other.
  • Composite Character: Dil Howlter, who was designed as if he inherited physical traits from the two of them.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Phil does this to himself when Dil and Tabitha WooHoo for the first time.
  • Cuteness Overload: Dan and Phil in response to the Howlter family puppy. Phil goes Squee!, but Dan feigns violent disgust at the intense adorableness.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: Dan and Phil themselves take on this role toward their Sims, and Dil and Tabitha, while not always organized, care for their kids and make an extra effort via Dan and Phil to make their alien son feel welcome and represented on Earth.
  • 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 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.
  • 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".
  • Jump Scare: The yellow balloon that pops in "DIL'S FIRST BIRTHDAY" .
  • The Klutz: One of Dil's most prominent traits. Dan and Phil really regret choosing it, since it nearly gets him killed multiple times.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Phil at one point mentions the oven incident of 2012, but refuses to go into detail.
  • Once an Episode: Since upgrading the Sim Ray, Dan and Phil began doing a "Transformation of the Day", using its transformative ability on one household object each time.
  • 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, to them, watching their Sims WooHoo is unbearably awkward.
  • Scare Chord: Used whenever Eliza Pancakes shows up to stalk Dil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 11 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.
  • Squee!: Dan and Phil's usual reactions to young Dab, Evan and even Dalien. Dil getting a dog takes such a reaction to another level.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: All of the Sims they name are based on a combination of their creators'/parents' names. In Nuki the dog's case, it's a combination of their former hamsters'.
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