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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.
  • Broken Base: According to YouTubers who dwell in their Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb, 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.
    • When Mark and Felix made a video together.... well, you probably know how the comments in the video were.
    • 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 he now edits in images and words into his videos to make more jokes instead of just relying solely on game footage just makes this worse.
  • 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 Darkhorse status, despite being Jossed by Mark himself.
  • "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.
  • Ho Yay: Good lord, there is SO much of it in this video between Mark and Yami.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Whilst Mark does call the Slender Man by his actual name, he often calls him "Slender", which is the name of a popular game starring him, but isn't considered a nickname by the fans.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • SHUT UP, MEME!
    • Darkiplier. He has intentionally made some creepy faces in his playthroughs. Thus, fans have created Darkiplier, his "evil" counterpart.
  • 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.
    • He went through this himself with Vanish by the time of his final playthrough of it. He explicitly says that the game is so unfairly difficult that after so long it's tense atmosphere becomes frustrating rather than scary.
    • The longer he played Evil, the less impressed he was. He didn't even so much as flinch at a loud and sudden screamer or any of the attempted jump scares for that matter, and outright laughed at the twist ending.
  • 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.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Hello Kitty Island Adventure + Markiplier rape 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.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Draw My Life. Especially during the part where he talks about his father getting cancer and subsequently dying.
    • Greatest Fans in the World. Easily the most touching video he's ever made.
    • His reaction to 'The Markiplier Project' video. The video was a thank you from the fans for his work and dedication, all while congratulating him for 20,000 subscribers. What's really sad, but also a Heartwarming Moment is how touched he was by it. Seeing him crying in the beginning by how touched he was and his total loss of words is pretty sad, but touching.
    • His reaction to the Dreadhalls Oculus Rift game. He was so scared out of his mind he literally was in tears. The fact he was pretty much being angry throughout the video didn't help...
    • His playthrough of the Markiplier fangame Ripest of Fears starts out innocent (read: scary) enough. Then, Mark reaches the end and the game starts playing footage of his subscriber milestone V-logs. The revelation he has and the conclusion he comes to are a little heartbreaking, to say the least...
    • In Off, he finds Judge in the now purified Zone 2, meowing and mourning his brother's death. Mark is somewhat hammy about it, but still seems genuinely sorry and sad about what happened.
    • His 3,000,000 Subscriber Milestone video piles so much inspiration into a short time span that you'd be hard-pressed not to tear up. Mark himself is audibly holding back tears himself at several points.
  • 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.

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