YMMV / Markiplier


  • Alternative 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 also 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.
    • In the beginning, when Wilford Warfstache interviewed Slender Man, was he a hard-hitting junior reporter seeking the truth from an evil monster, or a scheming muckraker who sought to profit off of a celebrity's misfortune?
    • Is Warfstache a complete psychopath, or was he genuinely sorry that he murdered an entire family after he was caught having an affair?
  • Author's Saving Throw: While some people sympathize with Mark's decision with cancelling his Undertale let's play, there were some who felt he should at least continue it despite how the fandom reacted. Gladly in October 2016, Mark decided to hold a livestream where he played Undertale in its fullest, starting again from the beginning.
  • Awesome Music: One of his outros: "Crazy La Paint."
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The time when Mark's channel got hacked by a channel called Ourmine, which caused the fanbase to get quite a bit riled up. Strangely however, Mark never mentioned anything about the group of hackers after getting the channel back, and simply continued to make more videos immediately afterward.
  • 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 YouTubers. Given that Mark has had an abusive relationship in the past, and now that his girlfriend, Amy, is appearing in his videos, people aren't so keen to force imagined relationships upon him.
    • His Let's Play of Until Dawn was this, with many fans of the game claiming that Mark was not giving it the respect they felt it deserved, leading to many a flame war in the comments between them and the people who think Mark was simply having fun with a game that he himself has said reminds him of a campy eighties horror movie.
      • Taken further in a later video, whereupon, after the game starting to warm up to him and him starting to take it more seriously, he gets Ashley, arguably one of the characters he most liked, killed by opening the trapdoor. Mark declares he's replaying the game to fix his mistakes. The fanbase exploded, with a significant portion of the comments declaring intent to unsubscribe if he goes through with it, while others are actually relieved that he might take the game more seriously.
    • Markiplier came under fire by fans in his fifth Let's Play video of SOMA, where he ultimately decided to pull the plug on Robin because he wouldn't want to be in that situation if it were him. Fans are divided between agreeing with Mark's decision and defending it, or berating him for making a decision on someone else's life without taking into account Robin's choice. And that's not even getting started on the ethics of killing a human-copied mind in a machine...
    • His Undertale LP was this right away. Even before he started many people were happy he was going to play it while others hated it because his popularity would "ruin it".
      • Mark's voice acting had a very mixed reception. Some find it hilarious but a lot of viewers hate it either because he is exaggerating so much it's just loud and annoying, because he is trying too hard to be funny and not taking the game seriously, or because he didn't use the common fanon voices for Sans and Papyrus.
      • After he stopped uploading Undertale videos, everyone started assuming he gave up after the negative reception of his voices, with some defending him while others complaining. More than one month later, Mark said he couldn't do it due to time constraints and that he wanted to play genocide, but will make a pacifist playthrough first. Now you have 2 broken bases, the people who believe Mark didn't have enough time vs the people who think Mark lied since he played a bunch of other games and, those who are happy he is finally playing the game vs those that hate how Mark isn't playing the way he wanted.
      • With Mark's announcement that he's officially quit playing Undertale entirely in one of his March livestreams, the fans are even further fractured over the issue. On one hand, you have the fans of Undertale who are angry with Mark for not wanting to finish the game because it's "too predictable". On another hand, there are people who are glad that Mark isn't going to play the game anymore since everyone was either going to spoil the game or push him down a certain path when he wanted to play the game for himself. Then you have a third party that says while they're disappointed that Mark will no longer play Undertale, they're fine with his decision to quit playing the game given how rabid the Undertale fanbase can get. And then there are the people who hate Undertale, and are glad he stopped his playthrough.
      • With Mark's final decision to play Undertale again via livestream, majority of the fans have calmed down.
    • Just read the comments on Super Mario Maker's Nintendo Hard levels. Mark dying and raging for multiple videos is either hilarious or painful to watch.
    • Mark's tendency to work on multiple playthroughs at once, sometimes up to four or five alongside whatever non-video game related videos he decides to upload. Some are fine with letting Mark do what he wants, others who become invested in a particular series sometimes wish he would focus on a smaller number of games, and complete them before moving on to something else.
    • Nowadays, there has been some controversy about his legitimacy after the leak of his monthly income, in relation to the many charities he has encouraged his fanbase to participate in during his live-streams. Some defend him on the grounds that it is his money and he has rightfully earned it, thus he can do whatever he wants with it, while others believe that he's a hypocrite that donates very little of what he actually could be donating, while at the same time pretending to be humble and preaching constantly about how we all can be better human beings etcetera.
    • His Fran Bow LP started very well but over time got more and more divisive, in particular with how Mark's exaggerated voice overs took the LP. Either you think his silly voices and head shaking are hilarious or very annoying/forced and being out of character.
    • His "YouTube Has Changed" video has also got people mad, because of how his video was addressing YouTube Drama, and just made it worse, but at the same time didn't really add anything. Worth noting is that all he really wanted to do was just rant things and get things off his chest but he had no idea that he would start a Flame War all over YouTube.
    • Prey (2017) is becoming the new bane after Undertale for some of his fans. Considering that he recyled the pre-order shotgun which not only could easily be upgraded, but also turned into a Death Ray, he furthermore skips over most lore in the game, doesn't realize how to make Neuromods until the fourth video while complaining about the lack of them, claims to be the sneaking type yet run and shoot into almost every room he enters, skips through tutorials, only to then get stuck with basic control problems and in general seems very rushed and unattentive. Pretty much every Prey video is a Flame War between the fans that defend him on playing however he likes, attributing the incidents to his goofy nature while the other half is frustrated and highly irritated, especially considering that Mark is usually known for being thorough and taking his time to properly explore and calculate.
  • Cargo Ship:
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many of the characters that Markiplier has come up with repeatedly get this treatment from fans.
    • Darkiplier was romanticized by the fans so much that Mark stopped adding him to his videos for a while. When he reintroduced Darkiplier in “A Date With Markiplier", Mark went out of his way to make him manipulative and creepy. That hasn’t stopped fans from wanting to date him and making him out to be nicer than he actually is.
    • In “Markiplier TV” it’s implied that Wilford Warfstache doesn’t have a full grasp on why people keep dying around him. This has lead to a some fans depicting Wilford as a victim in his own right. Though there may be some validity to this, it also comes at the cost of downplaying the fact that Wilford is a serial killer.
      • Speaking of Wilford and Darkiplier, thanks to Dark’s comment about how he “always respected” Wilford and referring to him as “Will”, people have begun to see them as best friends… despite the fact that Darkiplier is a master manipulator and is most likely speaking in friendly terms just to use Wilford.
    • The reveal that The Host and The Author are the same person has lead to a popular fan theory that Darkiplier is somehow responsible for The Host’s missing/injured eyes, and that he has The Host trapped under his thumb. Though this fan theory highlights Darkiplier’s brutality and manipulation, it also serves as woobification for The Host, since it puts the attention toward his supposed “victimhood" and away from the fact that he has done horrible things in the past and is still supposed to be a sinister figure.
      • It's quite common in some fandom circles to only acknowledge Darkiplier's villainous nature in order to woobify other characters who may be just as bad as him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Following the fallout between Ryan and Matt, Mark's new partners Ethan and Tyler has become this hard within the fanbase, especially those agreeing Ethan and Tyler have more flow with Mark's eccentric personalities. Some could even call them another versions of Bob and Wade.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Fandom Berserk Button: After the Undertale livestream, don't criticize, let alone complain, about his (and Tyler's) new voices for the game's characters. It's quite clear that many Markiplier fans are quite sick of the Undertale fandom after some led to him quitting the game the first time. Especially when they learnt that two episodes of the Undertale playthrough have been made but will never be seen because of it.
  • 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. That said however, all three do get along with each other and all three wish that they would stop these petty arguments.
    • After GradeAUnderA made a video where he mocked Markiplier's appearance and mannerisms and called him a "fucking retard", members of Mark's fandom haven't been quite so kind with Grade's.
    • Due to the debacle between Mark's reveal on what happened between him and Ryan and Matt, there's a small division of SUPERMega and Mark.
  • Fanon:
  • "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 him, and made him sell the cat's fur for money.
    • The video sketches Mark did with Cyndago where Warstache shoots Daniel twice in two separate videos ("The Warstache Affair" and "The NED Affair") becomes harder to watch when you learn Daniel passed away from suicide attempt.
    • The entirety of Drunk Minecraft became this after Mark revealed that he had a heart attack caused by drinking alcohol, which lead to his doctor telling him to never touch a drop of it again. It's the entire reason why the series is discontinued.
      • Similarly in the beginning of a video for Killings in Altstadt, he talked about the comments related to him being drunk in the previous video. He attempted to alleviate people's concerns of him drinking. Three years later, he was sent to the hospital because his drinking caused a heart attack.
    • In the "Markiplier Reacts to MEAN COMMENTS!" video, one of the comments was "You will never be a Grump". First time? Funny but still pretty hurtful. Now with Ryan and Matt who broke off their friendship with Mark over an implied petty grudge on the other hand did. Ouch.
  • 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.
    • One of the videos prior to his hiatus was part 13 of Until Dawn, in which he breaks down after getting Ashley murdered because he forgot an important detail and resolves to play the game over just to avoid that happening. Later, Mark would go on hiatus due to losing someone close to him in real life.
    • As an addendum to the above, Jacks' video here while playing Prop Hunt with Mark, Bob, and Wade had him saying that Mark's sad and depressed. What makes it worse is that the video was uploaded 3 days before the incident. Kind of makes it harder to watch now.
    • Mark's playthrough of Blank Dream, a game about a girl's suicide and wishing she had never existed, also becomes this in light of the incident. The timing of the game's theme and the tragedy that struck was rather eerie. Perhaps fittingly, Mark has stopped the playthrough entirely, to be resumed at a later date.
    • Daniel briefly appears in part five of Mark's playthrough of The Witch's House, looks right down the camera and says this: 'I'm actually dead, though. I'm a ghost. I'm a ghost; I'm dead.' At the time? Moderately funny joke. Now? Utterly heartbreaking.
    • Mark's video "YouTube Has Changed" about YouTube drama becomes harder to stomach considering Youtuber and ranter GradeAUnderA would later on call out Mark, Felix, and Matthew Santoro over their videos regarding YouTube drama and blame their fans for attacking him, resulting with GAUA pulling out an Internet Backdraft by insulting Mark's decisions to dye his hair (not noting that Mark dyed his hair as a charity event and a tribute to his deceased friend Daniel of Cyndago) and start another Youtube drama.
    • Mark's friendly moments with Ryan and Matt become heavily depressing when Ryan and Matt randomly moved out of Mark's apartment. While this at first could have been credited as the two going on to do new things (The two did go form SUPERMega), it became a lot more depressing when Mark confirmed the two moved out due to Mark becoming controlling and demanding, resulting with the two cutting ties with him. Makes it worse that Ryan and Matt ended up becoming members of the Game Grumps (which one knows Mark is a big fan of, even implying he wanted to become a Grump himself, or at least a Honorary Grump similar to Jack), which put more strain with the Grumps with Mark.
    Ethan: Moral of the story guys, I goofed and it's my fault.
  • 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.
    • 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. Five Nights at Freddy's 4 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 let's play, 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 Yandere-chan 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.
    • Throughout his playthroughs of the Five Nights at Freddy's games he repeatedly calls the Puppet "the baby" ("because you don't want to wake the baby"). Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location later has a character actually named "Baby."
    • Crossing over with Heartwarming in Hindsight: in Drunk Minecraft #9, after Mark and Bob insult Wade, he asks in the in-game chat "Who would want to marry me?" Another player named Foxtrot4T4 responds "Who wouldn't want to marry you?" and flirts with him a little. She ended up taking him up on the offer — Foxtrot is Molly, Wade's girlfriend and later wife.
    • In Episode One of Mark's Undertale playthrough, he plays the game with Tyler. At one point, Tyler makes a seemingly random statement, not realizing he's just figured out the game's big reveal.
    Tyler: This makes me think like, uh... Flowey is like... the actual child of the goat lady.
  • Ho Yay: With either Yamimash in earlier videos or JackSepticEye in more recent videos. This is often lampshaded in their collabs and they tend to share more fodder for this.
    • In his second Google Feud video, he was given the search "Why is my boyfriend so...". One of his guesses? JackSepticEye.
  • 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.
  • Internet Backdraft: Recently, Mark's YouTube account got hacked by Team Ourmine. Yeah, stealing the YouTube account that 11 million people and rising subscribed to is a good way to find Counter-Hackers.
  • 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, NURSE!" from his Surgeon Simulator series.
    • 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.
    • Because of his YouTube Account being Hacked, #BringBackMarkimoo.
    • From "Will You Press The Button", Mark blowing up Detroit... for cake.
    • Google Feud spawned the phrase "My pet named Steve".
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Whenever he screams, due to how hammy it sounds.
    • And to some, whenever he laughs. This is the main appeal of his "Try Not to Laugh" Challenge videos, since Mark usually fails right off the bat when it comes to containing his laughter.
    • Also, whenever he sings. See Five Nights At Freddys The Musical for proof.
  • Narm:
    • Because of his frequent over-exaggeration, sometimes serious or flat-out tear-jerking moments turn out to be unintentionally hilarious. For example, his reaction to finishing Presentable Liberty:
    Markiplier: "Everything is WROOOOOOOOOOONG! Everything is TERRIBLE! Everything is HORRIBLE!"
  • Never Live It Down: The Undertale debacle. One can admit the fanbase of the game did ruin Mark's experiences for the game (along with the implied four episode he recorded but never released), but his entire demeanor didn't help matters regarding it, which even after he played the game (although taking the rarely chosen decisions fans avoid), some are still split with it.
    • Ever since Will You Press the Button, nobody will let him forget that he blew up the city of Detroit, for a piece of cake.
  • 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.
      • Same goes for the Oculus Rift game Bleached Eyeballs. The going-back-and-forth-pressing-random-buttons puzzle became so monotonous and irritating to him that any subsequent jumpscares didn't faze him anymore. He eventually ragequit when he was presented with another puzzle just when he thought the game had reached its end.
  • No Yay: Darkiplier/audience in "A Date with Markiplier" counts, especially since he's in full Yandere mode. Likely intentional, considering Mark didn't like his leather pants status and wanted to bring him back to his horror roots.
  • 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 commentary + dissonant 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. For the entire two minute and eighteen second video, he did not blink once!
    • 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. Which is Hilarious in Hindsight, since as it turns out, there is an elevator SCP
      "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 had played it 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. At first, he had joked around with the exaggerated voices during the flashbacks 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.
    • When he accidentally gets Ashley killed because he forgot that wendigos can copy voices in Until Dawn, he walks off screen to give a series of Rapid-Fire "No!". When he comes back, he vents about the stupid decision he made and decides to have another playthrough just to avoid that outcome.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Based on what he said during his February 2017 charity livestream, Mark avoided using Darkiplier in his videos because of the way Dark was being romanticized by the fans. However, when making "A Date With Markiplier", he decided to bring Dark back to his horror roots and take the character seriously.
    Mark: ...over time Darkiplier became less and less about the scary figure and more about this romantic figure, and it always rubbed me the wrong way. And I kind of shied away from Darkiplier for a while. And I really really really- if I was going to bring Darkiplier, and when we thought about this, we thought, okay there should be a Darkiplier route. And that was there from the beginning, and so when I wanted to do it I wanted to do it my way, and I wanted to do it right, and I wanted to have this unending level of creepiness.
  • Seasonal Rot: Though debatable, a vocal part of Mark's fans have expressed that his recent content isn't as good as it used to be, citing that it's either much less genuine or very same-y. Although Mark's usage of sketch comedy can be considered an Author's Saving Throw for this.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Though otherwise well received, some fans think the Darkiplier parts of A Date With Markiplier feels like Mark emulating what JackSepticEye did with the AntiSepticEye videos throughout October of 2016, just in a short film style instead of across many longer-form videos. To be fair, Mark had stopped using Darkiplier around the time of those videos due to the fact Mark himself disliked the fact the fandom turned Dark into a Draco in Leather Pants.
  • 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.

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