In this Web Video
series, hosted on Youtube, Egoraptor
acts as the literal (although animated) show host
, thus making the series what essentially amounts to a vlog of sorts, where Egoraptor discusses several games, their sequels, what their sequels changed, what they did wrong
, what they did right
List of episodes:
To check the trope of the same name
, click here
. The series itself is here
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES!:
- Angrish: Egoraptor loves to chain smash cuts one after another, usually when his speech gets incoherent. Interestingly enough, he seems to invert this trope more often then he plays it straight; his NNNYYYYAAAARRRRGHHHs occur most frequently when he is explaining what a game did right.
- Art Evolution: Between the Mega Man X video and the Legend of Zelda video, he got more people to help with animation, and as such appears a bit different, sporting a new outfit.
- Call Back: In the Mega Man episode of Lemon 'n Bill, Lemon seems to think that Mega Man's shots are actually lemons. Flash forward two years to the Mega Man X episode, when Egoraptor is pretending to hold the Idiot Ball and is trying to figure out the controls. He finally finds the fire button and proclaims "YEAH! LEMONS!"
- Cluster F-Bomb: The man drops 123 F-bombs by the end of his third episode. They're all here for your viewing pleasure: here.
- Complaining About Shows You Don't Like: Discussed in-universe in the Zelda video. An in-universe fanboy tries to write a "preemptive counterargument"; Egoraptor throws him out the window when it's clear that he's just being angrily defensive and isn't willing to watch the video. Turns into a Brick Joke during the credits, the fanboy returning to write a postemptive counterargument and Egoraptor saying "you watched the video, that's only fair."
- Curse Cut Short: His Smash Cuts sometimes do this, but they also cut lots of other sentences short, too.
- Deranged Animation: This series isn't a stranger to overly exaggerated facial expressions.
- Even Better Sequel: Mega Man X, according to him.
- Exposition Fairy:
- Spoofed with Roll. "Mega Man! Mega Man! There's a hole in the zip-line that you" *punch* "No, SHUT UP; I don't need you!"
- Oddly, his Zelda video barely mentions the trope, despite it being one of the most common criticisms of modern Zelda games.
- Fake Difficulty: Criticizes Ocarina of Time for being a test of patience rather than a test of skill.
- Forced Level Grinding: One of his gripes with Castlevania II is the need to farm hearts to buy upgrades.
"So instantly, this becomes farming, and instantly, this becomes pointless and dumb!note
- Goddamned Bats: One of his complaints about Zelda's transition to 3D is that it gives rise to this trope more readily. Minor enemies now have to be targeted individually for you to be able to hit them, instead of the "selective z-axis" making it a simple task. This is illustrated with footage of Keese, the Zelda series' bat-like enemies.
- Guide Dang It: The biggest complaint about Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Egoraptor agrees.
- Gushing About Shows You Like: Invoked. When talking about Megaman X he can't think of a number three on the "what they did right" list, so he spent two minutes gushing.
- Hidden Depths: Yes, these shows are mostly comedy. Yes, he says "fuck" a lot. But when it comes right down to it, Egoraptor really does know what he's talking about when he's reviewing these games. Sometimes crosses into Sophisticated as Hell (see his "Snack food vs. high class dessert" comparison at the end of his Simon's Quest video).
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Egoraptor brings up that the Vile fight in Mega Man X was used well for the sake of theme, since the player felt Mega Man's helplessness in the situation.
- Motor Mouth: Egoraptor tends to talk insanely fast as well, mostly when he gets hyper-excited.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Shows up a lot while he pretends to be a complete moron while playing Mega Man X.
"*Holy shit YOU CAN JUMP AND SHOOT AT THE SAME TIME!"
- Nerdgasm: One segment in the Mega Man X video is "Why Mega Man X is so fucking good that it makes my dick rock-hard!"
- No Indoor Voice: Egoraptor has a tendency to START YELLING at random.
- Padding: Discussed in-universe. It's seen as a Franchise Original Sin to Legend of Zelda.
- Polygon Ceiling: Explains why he thinks this trope exists in the Zelda episode. "How do you take the simplicity of form that 2D allows, and give it a z-axis?"
- Power-Up Letdown: The main focus of his Super Castlevania IV video is that, due to the greatly increased utility of the whip, the sub-weapons become more or less useless.
- Preemptive "Shut Up": The final two times Roll appears in the Mega Man X review, instead of verbally abusing her, Egoraptor just covers her mouth with his hand. All fine and dandy until you realize the second-to-last time she appears Ego is holding what appears to be a chloroform rag.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Egoraptor was sick when working on the first episode leading to the creation of his animated avatar. He'd originally intended to just put himself in front of the camera. He has occasionally lamented the extra work this created for him in setting this as the show's format.
- Rule of Cool: Lampshaded in his Mega Man X review.
- Sacred Cow: Parodied.
The fuck am I doin' with my life. I'm harshly criticizing Ocarina of Time on the internet. I'm gunna get CRUcified!!
- Sequelitis: In-universe, duh. However, despite being addressed when present, it is not the core point of the series, as it rather relies on the stark contrast between a game and its sequel instead. He explicitly notes this in the
- Shout-Out: Egoraptor gives one to The Angry Video Game Nerd in his Castlevania Vs. Simon's Quest video, acknowledging the game had already been reviewd by another popular Youtube persona.
- Smash Cut: As noted above, as soon as the angrish kicks in, Egoraptor stops it with one of these. There are so many moments of this, though, that it can count as a Running Gag as well.
- Stop Helping Me!: Parodied in the Mega Man X episode, with Roll.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Again, this is what Egoraptor gushes about the most in the Mega Man X review. Everything is expressed via gameplay, and the tutorial, despite being present, has a very subtle approach when it comes to teaching the basics to newbie players, without relying on prompts, Exposition Fairies, or anything of the sort.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a scathing one to Skyward Sword in his Link to the Past vs Ocarina of Time video.
GOD, SHUT UP! Seriously! You want all this attention like you care, like you really gave it your all in a new innovative Zelda experience! But instead you led Zelda into a frustrating monotony.
You know, what started the franchise was like this sense of wonder, and what has thus far concluded the franchise is a sense of formality; a predictable, time consuming mess that asks you not of your sense of adventure, or even your wits, but instead your ability to listen and follow directions
. You ask of us our ability to point something at something else and then walk towards it. You ask of us our willingness to get another bow and arrow, fight another boss with another giant glowing eyeball
. Gee, I wonder how to FUCKING beat it?!
I FUCKING WONDER Skyward Sword! You ask of us to get a cat from the top of a roof and carry it over to some guy who says "thank you." The Adventures of Link, Cat Delivery Man! IS THAT YOUR TITLE?! What's the tagline at the end?! “Cat’s out of the bag and onto the roof! 10/10!
” No Wiimote motion issues here that could possibly cripple the entire experience! BEST IN THE SERIES! You’re like a spoiled rich kid who gets everything bought for you your entire life, and then when it comes to making it on your own, you can’t take it. You expect everyone to love you because you are who you are - part of the illustrious Zelda lineage.
Nothing could possibly be wrong with you! You ‘’look’’ just like a Zelda! But you’re not one. You’re a pampered, doughy snob wearing nice clothes expecting to graduate scot-free because your daddy is an alum
. Why would you need to improve? Why would you need to get any better? Everyone just agrees with your shitty ideas because you're a Zelda. FUCK YOU Skyward Sword. FUCK YOU!
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Played with in-universe. While this is a common complaint, it gets played with in that it's not the change that's the problem, it's failure to adapt to the change made.
- Viewers Are Morons: Egoraptor explains how the modern game developers portray this with tutorials for obvious things in the Mega Man X episode.
...Wait that was it!?