YMMV: Markiplier

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In Eleusis, Mark joked that his character is actually a homicidal maniac hunting for a blacksmith and dirt. He further jokes the antagonists and villagers are just trying to stop his reign of terror and are innocent townsfolk.
    • He actually has this assumption for most of the protagonists he play as who has a mysterious past/past they can't remember. Sometimes he's correct, and sometimes he isn't.
  • Awesome Music: One of his outros: "Crazy La Paint."
  • Broken Base: From late-2013 onward, there's an increasing number of fans who feel that Mark overacts a lot more than he used to, and think that his earlier videos have more genuine reactions and much calmer commentary. Others think he's better than ever, or that he's as good as he ever was. The fact that for a time he was editing in images and words into his videos to make more jokes instead of just relying solely on game footage just made this worse. Thankfully, this is much less pronounced than in most fandoms; most agree that Mark is more or less the same.
    • Some of Mark's subscribers also vehemently dislike the Fangirls who ship him with other You Tubers. Given that Mark has occasionally alluded to having been in an abusive relationship at one point, you can understand why people don't like forcing relationships on a man who was beaten down in one of them.
    • His Let's Play of Until Dawn is already shaping up to be this, with many fans of the game claiming that Mark is not giving it the respect they feel it deserves, leading to many a flame war in the comments between them and the people who think Mark is simply having fun with a game that he himself has said reminds him of a campy eighties horror movie.
  • Cargo Ship: Invoked. In his Amnesia playthroughs, he hits on the female angel statues.
  • Fanon: Some of Markiplier's scarier videos have led fans to imagine that he has a dark (but not necessarily evil, Depending on the Writer) alter-ego, whom they dub Darkiplier. He has since gained a bit of an Ensemble Dark Horse status, despite being jossed by Mark himself.
  • Fandom Rivalry: According to YouTubers, you're either a Markiplier fan, or a PewDiePie fan. Weirdly enough, they've thrown Captainsparklez into the mix as well, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Doubles as Hate Dumb.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "The crazed butt stabber" became a running gag for Mark. A few months after he started doing so, a man was found guilty of being a serial butt stabber.
    • Markiplier singing about how he misses his cat in Exoptable Money is one of the funniest moments in the video. Until you find out that Madame Sinclair found the cat, killed it, and made him sell the cat's fur for money.
    • During his Hot Sauce+ I am Bread+ Sick Day video he mentions before taking the hot sauce that "If I were to take an ice cream scoop full of this I'd probably have to go to the hospital!" Guess what happened a month later?
      • The reason why he was taken to the hospital didn't have much to do with the hot sauce. Mark clarified that it was for a bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue onset from a previous surgery (one from before he started on YouTube, where his appendix was removed).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mark's interactions with Audrey in the first few minutes of HuniePop Episode 5 could be considered far less humorous if one recalls how Mark was once in an abusive relationship. Although Mark himself seems to have fun with her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the "King of Five Nights at Freddy's" animation, the animator Lixian draws a design of a thinner, sexier Chica... and it's almost spot-on to the Toy Chica design revealed a month later.
    • In one of his photobooth videos, he joked that "he knew the president one day". Six weeks later, he actually got to meet the president...
    • While he was playing the "Take Cake to the Children" minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, he initially mistook the Purple Man for Bonnie. The third game reveals that the Purple Man was killed when he hid inside an animatronic-costume hybrid suit of Bonnie that malfunctioned.
    • In the second video of his Five Nights at Freddy's 3 let's play Markiplier attempts to appeal to Springtrap's humanity or more accurately, the human corpse inside the animatronic, insisting he's "really kind" and such. turns out the corpse inside Springtrap is the killer's body
    • In his BWAK Let's Play, he comments about how there aren't many chicken-themed horror games. This was before Five Nights at Freddy's brought us Chica.
    • May also veer into Harsher in Hindsight, but Mark's enthusiasm over how the Five Nights at Freddy's series has ended on a good note and saying he doesn't want there to be a sequel is either funny or sad considering the journey is far from over..
    • The hilarious "Where's The Blacksmith?" meme below. He finally finds it years later and it turns out to be him.
    • While playing the Among the Sleep DLC, he sees something that he says looks like Freddy Fazbear, and makes a comment about the game being a prequel to Five Nights at Freddy's where the child protagonist becomes a victim of the Purple Man later in life. The fourth game shares some similarities to it, particularly a protagonist who's a young child, a teddy bear Imaginary Friend, and a family member being an antagonist.
    • At one point in the Yandere Simulator he stands in the middle of the group of girls gossiping and yells "I am a normal girl! Look at me! Look at me! LOOK AT ME!". At another, as he has her go around complimenting students, he pretends to be a robot. It's even funnier when an update after he uploaded his videos reveals that Yandere-chan was an Empty Shell prior to the game, with Word of God confirmation that she simply acted normal to not raise suspicion.
  • Ho Yay: Between him and Yamimash. They both acknowledge this fan reaction in their collabs, mocking it and sometimes sharing more fodder for this.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Whilst Mark does call the Slender Man by his actual name, he often shortens it to just "Slender", which is the name of a popular game starring him, but also happens to be a Fandom Berserk Button.
  • Magnum Opus: His gameplay of Infiltrating The Airship is his most popular video, along with having the most likes out of each video. It also helps that he helped boost the popularity of the game.
  • Memetic Badass: After he declared himself the "King of Five Nights at Freddy's", he very quickly became one.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • WHEEERE'S THE BLAAACKSMIIITH?!
    • SHUT UP, MEME!
    • Darkiplier. He has intentionally made some creepy faces in his playthroughs. Thus, fans have created Darkiplier, his "evil" counterpart.
    • Cola and meal please, no bread.
    • "X-Iplier".
    • Herb lore.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Whenever he screams, due to how hammy it sounds.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Like with other horror Lets Players, his reactions and personality can help mitigate the scares for some viewers. He has been known to add his own every now and again however.
    • For Markiplier himself, Fake Difficulty is pretty much guaranteed to erase any fear he has of a game. Some notable examples:
      • Vanish is the Running Gag of this, which Mark had to play through numerous times, both on and off camera, before finally beating it, and he explicitly says that the game is so unfairly difficult that after so long its tense atmosphere becomes frustrating rather than scary.
      • By the time Mark was done with Five Nights at Freddy's he was responding to the animatronics coming at him with frustration and anger rather than fear, mostly due to the game becoming a Luck-Based Mission by that point. In fairness to the game, though, he had deliberately taken it to Harder Than Hard by going on a Custom Night and cranking all of the AIs up to their maximum setting (to illustrate how deep into Schmuck Bait that is, even the developer himself was surprised upon learning that beating it this way was even possible).
      • Though Mark ultimately had other reasons for not finding Evil frightening in the least (to the point that he laughed at the game's twist ending), his initial praises for the game abruptly ended when he was faced with a pointless and horribly implemented platforming puzzle.
  • One of Us: Besides being a gamer, Mark as shown to be a Whovian, judging from his comments on using the Face of Boe and even drinking out of a TARDIS mug.
    • Played with however when one of his vlogs gave the assumption that he was a brony. He is not however (and has stated he probably will never be one), but he does respect the brony fandom and has no problems with the brony fandom doing art of him or ponifying him.
    • He has actually played with the brony card however, playing the pony version of SCP and even getting brony related gifts from fans during his mail vlogs, which he's joking stated he's not a brony, but appreciates the gifts.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Triggerhappy1337 from Mark's fifth playthrough of Rust. The comments for the video are absolutely bloated about Mark's fans adoring him and saying how awesome he is. And with good reason, since he gave Mark and Bob a bunch of supplies just for the hell of it.
  • Overly Long Gag: Mark tends to constantly repeat "What do I do about that?" when he doesn't know what to do next or what he just did helps him. It get especially annoying when he just spends 20 seconds saying that over and over, not moving on or looking properly to see what's different.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Hello Kitty Island Adventure + Markiplier's creepy face + unsettling music that plays alongside a colorful, cheerful game.
    • The creepy part? His camera wasn't frozen. He was just sitting there the entire time, not moving at all, and slowly grinning wider and wider as the video went on.
      • Can't forget the entire two minute and eighteen second video, he did not blink once!
      • Not to mention the equally-unsettling commentary. Can you say "Sanity Slippage"?
    • Not having read up on the entire SCP catalog, Mark begins to suspect everything's out to get him in Containment Breach — including a glitched elevator.
      "That elevator's probably an SCP that traps you or something stupid like that!"
  • Player Punch:
    • In his play-through of Penumbra, he immediately hated Clarence for making him kill Dr. Swanson, the only person with a cure for the disease in the game.
    • Mark was also deeply upset over the whole concept of Calm Time, in which he played a serial killer who was forced to kill everyone in the game. Including a young child and his teenage babysitter. Imagine the white phosphorous incident from Spec Ops: The Line and you'll understand why Mark got so upset.
      • Not only that, he played Calm Time right after a session of Drunk Minecraft.
    • OFF already started to wear him when he learns that "purifying" a Zone leaves it drained of colour and life, but he really got creeped out by The Reveal in Zone 3 and by the Critic Burnt, so much so that instead of his normal outro he uses a negatively-colored clip of the Critic Burnt crying for help with no other sound.
      • It is then later topped by the "battle" against Hugo, which was received by a pure "No. Just... No" Reaction and repeatedly (and uselessly) pounding any option but the ones he was supposed to.
    • He also seems extremely upset when he learns the true extent of suffering Misao had to endure before her demise, with good reason.
      • To clarify his reaction, he at first joked around with the exaggerated voices during the flash backs of Misao's torment and abuse, but when it started to get to the darker stuff such as enforced rape, he became more silent and only watched with a look of disgust and sadness.
    • He played a little game called "Presentable Liberty" that started cute, but by the end of the hour long video he's hit Sanity Slippage hard. Mark is hysterical and seems to be on the verge of tears.
    • While not as brutal as above, Mark is clearly devastated when he finds out that Madame Sinclair murdered his cat in Exoptable Money.
    • Another more minor one is his playthrough of Can Your Pet?. Rest in pieces, Cheeper.
    At about 1:29 in,this video fixes that.
    • The reveal about the Bite of 87 in his fifth video for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 leaves him in stunned silence, gaping like a fish.
  • Squick: The fact that he can twist his ankles backwards is equal parts terrifying and fascinating.
  • Uncanny Valley: Mark has an especially large problem with this due to his automatonophobia- a fear of dolls, droids, or non-human objects that try to look/act human.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: His Drunk Minecraft series. He also occasionally plays other games with the buzz he gets from the series.
  • The Woobie: It seems whenever Mark delves into stories his personal life, there is always something tragic there. And even though he doesn't let his past tragedies bring him down, it's hard not to feel sorry for someone so kind and positive.
    • Let's think of how Mark's life is: His parents divorced when he was young, his father passed away due to cancer, usually mentions how much he has such a weight over his shoulders with caring for his fans, makes fun of himself a lot, and overall doesn't care for the fame. You just want to hug him...
    • In his Let's Play of Whack the Cheater he offhandedly mentions he's been cheated on before.