Not many LPers die on the first part of a sometimes incredibly easy part of a video game. That's where Crazy Commentaries comes in. In their first Mario 64 video, one of the members dies by losing health to Bob-ombs, rolling balls, and not getting any health. The thing that really cements this into Epic Fail territory was how he died. He jumped directly into a rolling ball, not even trying to get away from it.
Parodied in The Nostalgia Critic's crossover review of Child's Play with Phelous. Phelous tosses a sock at Critic, it hits Critic's forehead, Critic "falls" out of his chair and twirls around his house on his feet as he somehow takes up a random gun, loads it, and shoots himself in the head.
Amusingly, a lot of the contributors fail at understanding the concept of a fail, instead posting situations that are merely ironic or even triumphant. They've rectified that by designating some things Win or even Epic Win.
Sean Fausz, a member of That Guy with the Glasses, has a whole online series of videos dedicated to various Epic Fails. You can watch them here, but be aware that a good number of them are just old memes.
Since Table Top features players that are new to the games, quite a bit of fail is built in (but it's handled all in good fun). The Epic Fail comes in as the host and longtime gamer, Wil Wheaton, almost never wins. His most notable win came as a result of someone else's Epic Fail. During a game of Fluxx, one player did some mumbling and card reading to himself, lots of hand examination, and such for what he thought was going to be the game-winning play. He makes the play and discovers that, by misreading two different cards, he caused Wil to actually win as a result.
Church's time travel excursion. In his attempts to better the timeline, he ends up causing everything to go wrong. As he tries desperately, and fails miserably to shoot Donut, he sums it up fairly well:
Church: Oh my God, I suck!
Caboose trying to cover Church with a sticky grenade in Reconstruction... and throwing it directly into the wall in front of him. Washington lampshades it by declaring it the "worst throw ever. Of all time."
Caboose setting fire to anything and everything in Relocated.
Caboose: Ahhh! Now I am burning! That is much worse than other things burning! [A fire starts for absolutely no reason] Caboose: Oh, come on! How did that even start?
Even among Darwin Award winners, some manage to stand out in the crowd, dying in ways that don't even sound physically possible, never mind how idiotic they are (e.g. the man who was shot to death by a snake).
Todd in the Shadows: When Todd reviewed Train's Hey, Soul Sister and found a quotation saying they were trying to make something like INXS...well he throws up comparative clips of the two groups (hint: nothing alike) and then analogises thus:
That's like if you try to make scrambled eggs...and instead you caught syphilis.
He also theorizes that Usher's rhyming was so bad his wife divorced him over itnote in reality, it was actually the other way around and Usher was the one who filed for divorce.
It's not called out by name, but Akon calling a girl "Sexy Bitch" after "trying to find the words to describe this girl without being disrespectful" definitely counts.
In the MSF High Forum roleplay, there was once a round of combat where eight people, of the same level, were fighting each other...and no one hit ANYONE.
There was also a round of combat that took three to four days to roll, where nobody hit anybody, with eight combatants? This qualifies.
Matt from Two Best Friends Play has two. The first one, from when they play Donkey Kong Country Returns, happens at the end of a Minecart Madness level that they had lost all their lives on, when Matt jumps off a cliff right at the end of the level, in full view of the exit, because he thought there might be a token under the cliff. The second one is during Dead Rising 2 when Matt fails to complete any objectives, which Pat rubs in his face.
Atop the Fourth Wall: When Linkara is trying to break open a champagne bottle to christen his new spaceship.
YouTube personality Tobuscus does a weekly video clip series called "Cute Win Fail" in which users vote on the most epic clip of three, one of which is from each of the aforementioned categories. Needless to say, the "Fail" clips are a celebration of this trope, and if they are chosen are glorified with the honor of "Epic Fail".
At the climax of season two in Penny Arcade's D&D Podcast, Binwin and Jim are down and the party is barely alive. Omin, as a final resort, try to use an encounter power. And proceeds to roll an one. With some divine intervention from Aeofel he gains a re-roll and try to attack again. And the rolls another one.
He also had some harsh words concerning the enemy AI's inability to hit a completely motionless ship in PC game Privateer 2: The Darkening. The entire tirade, however, can be summed up in the very last sentence of said speech.
Congratulations guys, your enemy AI is less effective than the fucking UFO in Asteroids.
In this video, Spoony describes a Spycraft game he ran where the players were trying to get onto a bullet train from a helicopter. By the end, one member of the team was dead and they utterly failed their mission because they kept rolling 1s, Spoony kept giving them the chance to recover, and they'd roll 1s for that too.
Kickassia was pretty much this from beginning to end, for the Channel Awesome crew. They don't even think to use weapons to take the micronation, until they have the second invasion. Once they take command, they proceed to run the place so incompetently that it's a wonder it lasts as long as it does. As it is, the vice president repeatedly tries (and fails) to assassinate the president, the Critic tries to keep his power (and fails) by buying a massive amount of explosives, several other characters try (and fail) to steal control of Kickassia - including Dr. Insano - Santa Christ gets killed in the struggle though he gets better, and it ends with them all returning the place to former president Baugh and going home, banished forever from Nevada. One gets the feeling that Baugh only let them take control of Molassia in the first place because he knew they were all too stupid and selfish to actually keep it.
Of all of the Heists in Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V, "Ray's Heist" is the only one that utterly failed. Most end with either a Sole Survivor with money, a Sole Survivor without money, a Sole Survivor who is Driven to Suicide, or a complete success. Ray's is the first where everyone died. What makes this worse is that Ray is The Ace, the best player in the team. The RTX 2014 Heist and "The Grand Heist" were total failures as well, but Ray's stands out as everyone being incompetent.
Then, there's their playing of Madden NFL 25 using the teams that were going onto the Super Bowl. Jack throws an impressive seven interceptions (would have been eight, but one was flagged), walking out in shame after the last one. Ryan takes over and throws three more.
Oh yeah, and if you want to see their community fail a lot, check out their Fails of the Weak series (which used to be Halo-focused until Volume #200) and the GameFails channel.
Probably one of the best is Ryan's epic destruction in a game of Jeopardy! where he misses the Daily Double and proceeds to drag him down into $5600 in the red, taking him out before Final Jeopardy.
Then there was the time Jack and Jeremy brought in Geoff for a game of Wheel of Fortune for their RouLetsPlay series. Despite Geoff never playing, he ended up winning with a whopping $75,520 with Jeremy only getting $3,000 from a Toss-Up and Jack getting $1,000 as a consolation prize!
Soon after that, there was the "Bankruptening" where, on the first fourteen spins, Jack, Jeremy and Michael proceed to hit seven Bankrupts, two Lose-A-Turns and get two wrong letters!
The title character is apparently prone to these, if Strong Bad is any indication. One Strong Bad Email segment ("4 branches") discusses various examples of Homestar's stupidity, including getting himself stuck inside a water cooler... somehow.
In "death metal", there's a Cutaway Gag involving a band in the Teen Girl Squad-verse using "d-e words" one should avoid when writing death metal songs. Afterwards, Strong Bad remarks that "Brainkrieg" got "last place" in the Battle of the Crappy High School Bands.
Pen and Snowball in "Insectophobe's Nightmare". The former falls over in the 6-legged race challenge, and was dragged along banging for the entire course. The latter tied his team up, causing them to epically lose the challenge.
Another Name's performance in the second tiebreaker challenge of "Crybaby!". They fail in 5 seconds.
Tennis Ball climbing a very long ladder in "Lofty!", and falling one step from the top.
Another Name on the whole is a pretty bad team. They never won a challenge, and by the merge, the team consisted of one member.
Leafy and Ice Cube in "The Reveal". The challenge is to split into pairs and make catch the frisbee 3 times put together before the sunset (if you don't do that, you get a penalty). All the other pairs successfully managed to do this. Leafy and Ice Cube, however, weren't able to score a single catch, and lost 1000 pointsnote For comparison, the average amount of points per contestant before this challenge was 32 for a penalty.
In "Welcome Back", Free Smart is rescuing Pencil, and while Book and Ice Cube go down a staircase, Ruby takes a kamikaze jump all the way down... and obviously shatters.
Iance's strategy in "Getting Teardrop To Talk". Not only did it cause them to lose the challenge, the writers pointed out several times how ineffective this strategy is.
Pencil: I got it! Match: Really, Pencil? Pencil: No, JK, still got half a mile to go.
Match's instructons seal the arguably worst team performance in BFB history so far.
Match: "Snowball, is your name Snowball?" Beat Match: "Well, stop it! All those Ls are gonna weigh, like, a flake-ton, and that's why you jump so low!"
In "Four Goes Too Far", the challenge is to avoid the twinkle of contagionnote it transmits to you when you see somebody with a twinkle, and Golf Ball's plan is to build a rocket to escape looking at anyone, while Bleh's is to cling on the rocket. On the way to the Moon, Saw accidentally catches the twinkle, and when the rocket lands, and Golf Ball, confident walks out of it, Dora appears right in front of her, twinkle in tow. The entire thing can be summed up by this quote from Golf Ball.
When Donut tried to punish Bleh for answering wrong 3 times straight. He shows them the audio recording of Four's screech. When nothing happens, he tries it on himself and gets stunned.
"This Episode Is About Basketball":
What does X do first when promoted to a host? He reads the cue colored cards with votes backwards, thus prompting Stapy to hear that he was eliminated first, and hop off before X even finishes reading his votes.
Beep. They have only 3 members with arms to help them in the basketball challenge. One is currently dead, one is too dumb, and the other is too scared to throw a ball. When Woody finally throws a ball, and succeeds, they celebrate - only to hear that getting one ball in wasn't enough.
Death P.A.C.T. is no better. Tree, who is apparently their best thrower, is stuck inside Bottle and can't throw any further than a few centimeters. And when Pen tries to use Black Hole to help, the result is that all the balls are sucked up.
The entire team of Beep in season 4. All of their members are either disfunctional, useless, or both? Check. Awful challenge statistics? Check note 3 losses (more than anyone else) and no wins in first nine episodes . To add insult to injury, Leafy assembled them all because she thought they needed help.
DarksydePhil has one moment during his playthrough of Grand Theft Auto III. As seen at 6:25 here, while attempting to take a shortcut during the mission "Salvatore Called a Meeting" he accidentally goes off a cliff. The limo skids several feet upside down across a beach... and then winds up diving right into the ocean, drowning Claude and everyone inside.
Another one is during his playthrough of Bully: Scholarship Edition. As seen here, he attempted to do the first Geography class, and he doesn't know anything about Europe at all during his first attempt. It was so awful, that even Pandalee thought it was funny that he failed Geography on first try.
"Today, I had a giant Scantron test. After putting 10 answers, I noticed every single answer was A. I got freaked out and started putting random answers. Turns out every answer on the test was A. I failed. FML"
"Today, I was told I would not be getting the job I was offered because I failed my drug test. They never gave me a drug test. FML"
SCP-1370 of the SCP Foundation has the personality of an Omnicidal Maniac, but the body of an ordinary children's toy robot. It's so inept that when it tries to destroy a completely ordinary potted plant, the plant wins.
An Angry German Kid gag dub has the kid go on the internet to get a girlfriend. After uploading his profile, he learns, much to his fury, that the amount of viewers he has is -2.
Twitch Plays Pokemon, an internet experiment that started on February 14, 2014. Over 70,000 players simultaneously enter commands to attempt to control Red. Somehow, they manage to defeat gyms while taking entire days to complete simple puzzles due to the wrath of the random number god and sometimes deliberate sabotage. Everyone else just watches the results of the fascinating livestream. Now has its own page of fails.
The "YOU HAD ONE JOB"meme. The implication is that the subject of the complaint had a very simple task to do and they messed it up in a manner that is so unbelievably stupid.
Roadkill frequently features these, due to a combination of breakages, insufficient time, and just sheer bad luck. Best example? The first attempt at the California-Alaska road trip. They wound up way behind schedule, broke their window by slamming the door in a gas station parking lot, failed to flat tow a complete hulk of a 57 Chevy, and finally wind up in the Grand Canyon with a metal donkey strapped to the roof.
There's one Retsupurae video where slowbeef and Diabetus watch an LPer do a Let's Play of Contra and cannot get past the first stage. He keeps trying it for thirty minutes. When uploaded, they only did the first fifteen because it was so painful!
There's another featuring Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus, where they watch an LP of Pokémon Yellow with the screen zoomed in so far that it removes a third of the frame. Besides this, Chip is left gobsmacked when the player loses to a Pidgey, a Flying type. The Pokemon he was using? A Pikachu, an Electric type. In other words, the LPer lost with a Pokemon type his enemy was weak against!
There's also one that's been reviewed by four different groups of a Final Fantasy XIII Let's Play where the player's camcorder's zoom function mysteriously kicks in and the camera focuses more and more into the screen finally stopping and having the rest of the video being focused on a few random pixels on the TV screen.
At one point during the Game Grumps' playthrough of Mega Man 7, Arin takes over for Jon after a long string of failures in the first Wily Fortress Stage, making fun of Jon for his incompetence. Cue Arin immediately summoning Rush, and then jumping right over him into a spike pit.
At one point during their Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) playthrough, they're put right next to a lake, and in plain sight is an island with a portal on it in the middle of the lake (which they're supposed to reach to get to the next stage) and a hint ring explaining how to get there. They proceed to ignore the hint ring, circle the entire lake, ignore the hint ring again, and then backtrack into the nearby hub area to wander around aimlessly while complaining that the game doesn't clearly tell them how to proceed (though eventually Arin looks up the answer on GameFAQs and realizes their mistake.) At a later point, after taking control of Silver, they reach a point where they need to use his psychokinesis in a specific way to proceed, before which is another hint ring explaining how to do it, which they walk right past three different times (while acknowledging that it's there, but they don't want to look at it) while once again complaining that the game doesn't tell them what to do.
One You Don't Know Jack match ends with Jon getting frustrated at always losing at the final Jack Attack segment and spending the whole segment hammering buttons and racking up penalties. His final score: -$513,082.
A relatively minor one occurs in Sonic Boom where they spent nine minutes looking for an interactive object that was right next to the force field they needed to get past, mentioned in dialogue, and Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
After more than eighty episodes of Pokemon FireRed, Arin finally evolves his starter to Charizard, and immediately ruins the moment when Charizard wants to learn Wing Attack and in his haste to replace Scratch, Arin makes Charizard forget Flamethrower. It had been a very long time since the last save.
Dan: How do you fuck up using a menu?
In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Arin and Suzy spend two episodes fighting Quiet with the intention of bringing her back to motherbase, something that is immediately ruined by Arin defeating her and then shooting her during the cutscene by mistake. Suzy proceeds to get upset and start shouting at him about just how badly he fucked up; meanwhile Arin is insisting that it happened because he had no idea he actually could shoot her, and that "we'll go and get her back later."
During a playthrough of the PS2 version of Wheel of Fortune, Danny manages to hit Lose a Turn four turns in a row.
In a Murder episode of Sips' Garry's Mod series, Turpster spawns with the gun in one round, and Sips is the murderer. Smiffy and Ross both get murdered by Sips, but manage to shout out his in-game name, Papa Miko, and give him away before death. Turps therefore comes to the conclusion that it's Trott aka Lima Romeo, even though they don't have remotely similar names, and shoots Trott. This is after two people gave Sips away.
The very first episode of X-Ray & Vav has the titular duo obliterate their city trying to stop three robbers. X-Ray boasts that he's a master of Le Parkour but quickly proves he isn't.
Episode 9 of Season 2 has Dragonface fighting and losing to Dwayne. Dwayne is a rock no bigger than Dragonface's hand and isn't sentient or magical in any way. Hilda has to correct herself and say that that was much more pathetic than X-Ray and Vav's Let's You and Him Fight.
In Pokémon Rusty, this trope encapsulates Rusty's entire journey. He tries to teach a Zubat Surf and rides on top of it, shoves multiple Bidoofs into one Pokeball, and washes a Grimer down the drain, among many other examples.
During the Yogscast playthrough of Garry's ModMurder!, specifically in the second series, In The Little Wood spawns with the gun and fails to notice a murderer walking around him, despite the rest of the cast such as Simon Lane and Hat Films outright screaming at him. When the murderer finally appears, Martyn tries to shoot him, misses and is cut down, causing the rest of the group to all lose since he dropped the gun in the pool. While Martyn was new to the game and aiming with the revolver is not as easy as it seems, it was considered especially stupid by the rest of the Yogscast.
During this episode of SeaNanners' and Sark's playthrough of Grand Theft Auto V, the duo decide that they will pose as Swedish foreign exchange students and rob a petrol station. All appears to be going well, as they park their car outside calmly and walk towards the doors... except the gas station isn't actually a place you can steal from, causing them to be discovered. In the ensuing chaos, they end up destroying their car as well.
One skit has a man threatening to punch another man in the face. However, since it's Opposite Day, he punches himself in the face instead.
There's also the guy who accidentally killed someone because he mistook a gun for a camera.
Let this be known, Madgie cannot make Kool-Aid . To elaborate on the ingredients that she used, they were diesel, kerosene, butane, propane, Red Bull, and turpentine and, as to probably be expected, Bunny was hospitalized and being paralyzed down her left side for a week. The kicker? Madgie made said Kool-Aid as a way of being nice.
While Captain Sparklez is normally known as a very good gamer, his performance in Arma 3 is downright atrocious, since he dies constantly (even though some of the deaths were the fault of his friends) in ways which could have been avoided. Progressively, the other gamers such as SeaNanners and Gassy Mexican get more frustrated at his mistakes.
In the first two episodes of Hat Films' "SkyBlock -Take One" (in Minecraft), the Sirs, in a very short period of time, turn their lava into Obsidian, destroy their single water source, flatten their only plentiful block, dirt, into a non-recyclable bridge, and make it impossible for their only renewable resourse, saplings, to grow. To say that a restart was necessary is an understatement.
Jesse Cox's Let's Play of Game Dev Tycoon comes to a screeching halt when his MMO's maintenance costs exceeds his profits. Now, that wouldn't be so bad, but it turns out that he had billions of dollars before he lost it all. His MMO's maintenance was so expensive that it killed his game. How did this happen? Turns out Jesse essentially went balls-to-the-wall in game development and never realized how much that really costs! By the time he realizes it, he's deep in the red and he can't pull out.
This is Regular Car Reviews' opinion of the Dodge Aspen, a car so badly made that honoring its warranties almost bankrupted the company. After comparing it to a string of products that failed to take off and are generally regarded as having been bad ideas in the first place, he says that it "failed harder than the presidency of William Henry Harrison." For those not up on American history, he's the one who made a long inauguration speech on a rainy day, caught pneumonia, and died 30 days later.
A man who fancies himself a computer demigod is called upon to fix a problem with the printer. His attempt to refill the toner ends up shorting out the printer and an air conditioner unit next to it. Then he makes it worse by trying to clean up the mess and smearing the toner all over and he washes the keyboard off with water. On top of all that, the printer wasn't out of toner, it was out of paper.
A computer used for sales suffers a motherboard failure and a tech support specialist calls in a technician to transfer the hard drive into a computer that is working. (The specialist can't do it due to being two thousand miles away.) However, the technician is completely unable to perform the transfer despite the instructions being printed on the inside of the computer being worked on. The specialist tries to walk the technician through the transfer several times, but the technician fails to comprehend the instructions and leaves. Afterwards, the little old lady who runs the shop decides that what the technician was doing didn't look too complicated and successfully performs the hard drive transfer. All the specialist has to do is walk her through getting the case back on.
A guy who runs a movie website receives an email on the subject of bad language in movies. After responding with his comments on the matter, the original messenger angrily asks him how he got a hold of the email since she intended to send it to the vice president of the United States. The guy points out that his email is nothing like that of the vice president and in order to send it to him by mistake, she would have to mistype around twenty-five characters in just the right way.
"Ok, so wait: You try to punch yourself and somehow miss, and then you drowned?"
In the Death Battle trailer revealing the animated looks for Wiz and Boomstick, it's revealed that the reason why the two were never seen on camera for seven-plus years was because Boomstick forgot to remove the lenscap off the camera.
A Bonk.io youtuber Shyguymask made a series called "Do Not Move", where he constantly ends up being the last man standing despite doing absolutely nothing.
Epicurious's "50 People Try to [basic kitchen skill]" series, by placing untrained non-experts in a kitchen and asking them to perform a task with no instructions, has a tendency to produce these:
"Juice a Lemon": one participant thought the Slap Chop was a juicer. Needless to say, not much juice was produced.
"Fillet a Fish": When attempting to behead the fish, one person managed to chop the cutting board in two.