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You can call him Kevin.

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Call Me Kevin is a Let's Player on YouTube. He plays through all sorts of games, often intentionally or not-so-intentionally messing up while playing through the games and seeing what chaos can ensue. One of his more well-known Let's Plays is 'The Sims 4 with Jim Pickens'.

Kevin is part of a group of Irish Youtubers affectionately known as the Irish Lads.

"Trope Me Kevin":

  • Achievements in Ignorance: When playing Planet Coaster, he creates a Roller Coaster called Lifenote , not paying attention to the height, but he eventually notices it takes almost 2 hours to climb to the top of it's 1 hill at a speed of 5 MPH - leading him to realize he accidentally made a rollercoaster over 5 miles tall, which is at least as high as Mt Everestnote .
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  • All Just a Dream: Played for laughs when the game glitched out at Jim and the Grim Reaper's wedding because several Sims kept dying. Kevin was forced to reload a previous save and cut to Jim Pickens getting out of bed.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Grognak is always seen with a feminine body, lacks hair and eyebrows, has a prominent jaw, dresses androgynously save for high-heels, and Kevin always voices them with his regular voice. Other characters usually refer to them with a mixture of gender-neutral and female pronouns.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: FeckWorld, Kevin's amusement park full of constantly crashing roller coasters, random fire and guns, a ride taller than Mount Everest that takes five hours to go up and would snap your neck with the G-forces on descent, and videos warning you about your imminent death. The safest ride is one where a man is constantly screaming in torment as you go around.
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  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Played with by First Name Pickens, who doesn't seem to care that his younger sibling died in childhood. Though his behavior in his teen years seems to indicate that it did have an impact on his personality and ability to socialize.
  • Arch-Enemy: Griefer Jesus in his Grand Theft Auto V Chaos Mod streams. While there are many random spawns who will enthusiastically attempt to murder him - Jealous Jimmy, Balla squads, Angry Aliens - Griefer Jesus is the one who got promoted to a full-on Running Gag.
  • Back from the Dead: After Jim Pickens got killed by the Mother Plant in the Strangerville pack, Kevin got him resurrected. On Easter Sunday, as people requested.
  • Beware the Nice Ones and Beware the Silly Ones: Discussed when the Irish Lads played Fall Guys, and Kevin actually gets mad at Daithi. Sean notes how he has never heard Kevin raise his voice and notes it is actually surprisingly scary.
  • Blatant Lies: At the start of one Grand Theft Auto V Chaos Mod stream, he tries to claim that the community likes to pick ones that either do nothing or lower the difficulty slightly. Meanwhile, on Earth, the community's favourites are things like Griefer Jesus, Whale Rain and wanted stars.
  • Breeding Slave: Played for Laughs. One of his The Sims 2 playthroughs has him force Vidcund Curious, the enemy of his self-insert, into being an alien breeding slave. Vidcund is then forced into a corner outside the house where he's fed rotten grilled cheese and has his two children taken away from him.
  • Career-Ending Injury: After seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicenote , Kevin was hit by a car the same night, and while this obviously didn't end his career as a Youtuber, it did eventually lead to the end of his career as a manager of a CEX store, due to being hit making him unable to lift his arms above, causing him to hire more staff (making the store unprofitable), and eventually deciding to sell the storenote .
  • The Cast Showoff: His handful of song cover videos started as mostly a joke with Ring of Fire and Take me Home (Country Roads) being linked to memes for his channel and RT Game's respectively, but later ones shifted to being more straight when he started playing accoustic guitar. The man can sing.
  • Canon Immigrant: After a period of absence, Grognak the Destroyer, Attorney at Law returned to GTA RP and became a character within the GTA NoPixel server in April 2021. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh, for feck's sake!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kevin himself is pretty normal. However, the characters he plays usually graduate to this in short order. Perhaps his most renowned example of this is Grognak The Destroyer Attorney At Law, his Grand Theft Auto Online persona. An odd person with "amnosia" (basically amnesia but not medically recognized) who refuses to drive any vehicle but a bus, celebrates communism, and spends a majority of their time antagonizing people through being almost maliciously Literal-Minded.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: His bread and butter! Most of the comedy of the show is Kevin (or Jim) pissing people off and/or killing them. The most shining example is during The Sims 4 gameplay where he produces a large amount of children, gives them names such as "Failure", and completely leaves them to their own devices even as infants.
  • Crack Ship: invoked During his play of KFC's dating game (in which the player attempts to date Colonel Sanders), he names his character Ronald McDonald - the mascot of rival fastfood chain McDonald's.
  • Creepy Circus Music: Invoked and Played for Laughs in "How EVIL can you be in Bitlife?" Shortly after Kevin's character Eve Hill gets a job as a clown, he adopts a child and then promptly abandons them. Kevin hums "Entry of the Gladiators," the standard circus tune, while preparing to click the option to abandon the child.
  • Crossover: Quite a few with RT Game.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Kevin would start gushing and awwwing at the sight of a Red Panda, or any other cute animal.
  • Day of the Jackboot: His BitLife politician playthrough ends with the Fascist Party beating his BitLife character in the elections by a wide margin. Yes, you heard that right. Kevin was such a dick in his BitLife game that they chose literal fascists over him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Jim doesn't care about the gender of the sims he seduces, just whether or not he can successfully murder, rob, or imprison them for his own amusement.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Sims 4 but a drug mod was a bad idea switches focus over on First Name Pickens, the first son of Ryland Oakley, and his new job as a drug dealer.
  • A Dick in Name:
    • The earlier Sims games portraying Jim's parents reveal that his father was called Dick Pickens. He routinely ignored his wife and son, flirted with anyone he laid eyes on, and tended to have people drowning in his pool for the sake of entertainment.
    • Dick Tator in "This is what happens when you're a horrible king in Bitlife" is a young prince who assassinates his parents to usurp the throne, becoming a cruel and tyrannical king.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Kevin has stated his dislike for soup multiple times, primarily due to its wet texture. He has also stated, jokingly or not, that taking soup from the British during the Irish famine meant submitting to their control, contributing to his hatred.
  • Eagleland: Cartoonishly overplayed 'Murica the Boorish version in his Grand Theft Auto V Chaos Mod sasquatch hunt:
    Kevin: And now that I've killed Bigfoot, I'm going to escape in my monster truck! This is every American's dream...I would assume.
  • Easy Amnesia: Played for Laughs. Grognak suffers from "amnosia", which is essentially this combined with being Literal-Minded (although in their own words, the difference is that amnosia isn't medically recognized), and has a tendency to forget things right after they've been said.
  • Epic Fail: Several of his videos involve Kevin failing at 'properly' playing the game in question. Usually, it's intentional.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Jim Pickens is introduced to both the audience and Kevin by him randomly wandering into Urp's apartment, chatting to his child for a bit, dumping trash onto the floor, and then leaving. He also gets a meta moment, where his debut is in the episode entitled 'Everything Goes Wrong'.
  • Everyone Has Standards
    • Kevin doesn't care much if Jim kills Sims or otherwise causes horrible things, since it's actually pretty funny. But he reacts horrified when he sees vampire Jim sucking blood from Grim! Grim is off-limits!
    • Kevin opposes Racism, realizing he's dodged a bullet whenever something that could be racist turns out not to be (i.e., "Master Race" in Cities Skylines turning out to be referring to cats, the change color option for the attendant in Planet Coaster changing the outfit)
    • Kevin usually chooses to fail the quick time events in every game that requires it but in Beyond: Two Souls when the teens at the party gang up on Jodie, Kevin actively attempts to get them off of her because he didn't like how cruel and petty they were.
    • While he has played awful games, Kevin is disgusted with PETA's games after going through them and not the enraged type of disgust he has when playing awful games. (Bee Movie.)
    • Even Kevin can't stand Richard's awful personality in Rouge Warrior.
    • Even Kevin is cringing at the lines in Super Seducer 3.
    • In one episode, Kevin claims he'd make a terrible game reviewer since he manages to have fun no matter how bad the game is... with the exception of Bad Rats.
    • Even Kevin is disgusted with Brock in Pokemon Outlaw.
    • One video has Kevin watch a date with a very cheap person and is quickly disgusted with Greg's (the cheapskate) lifestyle. Mainly when he hears that Greg only flushes his toilet once a week.
    • After pretending to like Umbridge in his Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix playthrough to "trigger" the Harry Potter fans, he drops the act and turns on her immediately when she goes after Hagrid (his favorite character).
  • Feelies: He commissioned an artist to create a portrait of Jim Pickens, which is available for purchase in his merchandise store. Somebody has even made the portait a custom content decoration to insert into any player's Sims 4 game.
  • From Bad to Worse: Discussed. When playing the movie tie-in game for Fantastic Four (2005), he notes that everyone loved the Fantastic Four movie, only to realize it has a mixed score on IMDB; he then says that "what they lacked in this one, they made up in the new one"...only to show the IMDB page for Fantastic Four (2015), which has an even worse score than the 2005 movie.
  • Genre Savvy: When playing Detroit: Become Human, he ends up shouting invoked I Knew It! about Alice being an android.
    I knew she was an android! I fecking knew it!
  • Gentle Giant: He's about 6'1", and outside of how he treats most NPCs, he's known for his kindness towards his fans and other people. Occasionally, his Life Advice is genuinely wise and uplifting. Even when he's trolling, it's never in a mean-spirited way.
  • Good Counterpart: In some ways, Turg (Kevin's Mario Kart 8 Mii) acts as one to Jim Pickens - Turg's goals are reproduction, whereas Jim has killed a large number of Sims. This is even reflected in their Sim traits; Jim has evil as one of his traits, whereas Turg has Good as one of his traits.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: In Kevin's latest NoPixel stream, Grognak's Bachelorette Show abruptly turns into a Hostage situation on top of a crane.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: When games give him a chance to pick the character's name, he tends to use Jim Pickens. Even lampshades how weird it is that, despite his channel being called 'Call Me Kevin', he doesn't actually use 'Kevin' as the inserted name very often.
  • Hidden Depths: The man can murder Sims and torture characters in games, but he can also sing and run a store quite well, as well as somewhat bake, if we were to go by the Baking Bad episodes.
  • Hijacked by Ganon
    • His The Sims 4 game originally started with Urp John, a womanizing character with absurdly thin arms. But a few videos in, Kevin switched control over to the sim Jim Pickens and has stuck with him since, creating up to a hundred videos following Jim's life and evil shenanigans.
    • On a similar note, Jim Pickens seems to have perpetrated Kevin's other videos as the name 'Jim Pickens' or similar ones get used for any Hello, [Insert Name Here] games.
  • Humiliation Conga: Vidcund Curious in one of his The Sims 2 playthrough. After moving into Kevin's house, he has his savings spent, his brothers are drowned in Kevin's pool, he's abducted and impregnated by aliens, forced into a corner of the backyard and turned into a Breeding Slave, and finally gets scared to death by the ghost of one of his brothers.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Likes to drop them at times. One Sims 4 video has Jim Pickens on a date with a ghost, and Kevin drops several involving her ghostly state.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Intentionally done while he plays Bitlife and complains about there being an ad in the middle of his playing the game, only to immediately switch to an impromptu ad for his Jim Pickens Portrait in his merchandise store.
  • Identical Stranger: There's a sim that looks very much like Jim Pickens, to the point that Kevin has Jim murder the sim and try to impersonate the dead guy, to get ahold of his money and house.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: His videos follow the naming pattern of '[Name of Videogame] But' and then mentioning how he ends up failing. In many choice-based games, the first one is called 'But I Choose All The Bad Options'.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Due to someone taking his "Call Me Kevin" name, his account is one, Fallout Kevinty-Six.
  • Insistent Terminology / Full-Name Basis: Grognak's full name is "Grognak The Destroyer: Attorney At Law." and you must refer to them that way.
  • It Amused Me: Pretty much the sole reason that Jim Pickens, and by proxy Kevin, does anything.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Zig-zagged with Jim Pickens, who rarely gets any comeuppance for the multitude of Sims he kills off. But when Kevin had the Extreme Violence mod installed, Jim ended up murdering so many Sims that the Grim Reaper himself got pissed off with Jim and beat him up.
    • His Sims 2 playthrough ends with his character fleeing the house and leaving it to Bigfoot, never facing any retribution for his heinous acts.
  • Kavorka Man:
    • Jim Pickens is a portly, gray-haired, and balding young adult who is also evil and leaves a lot of messes in his wake...and yet he's been able to seduce nearly everyone he meets.
    • Even more with Turg whose job is to repopulate the world and succeeds.
  • Kill 'Em All: Gets everyone killed during his run of Until Dawn. Except for Josh.
  • Lighter and Softer: His playing of Detroit: Become Human ends up this way, as commenters point out that his playthrough ends up a lot less violent than that of other Let's Players.
  • Made of Iron: Vidcund Curious manages to survive Kevin's numerous attempts to kill him, including being trapped in a pool and being lit on fire. He ultimately dies from seeing one of his brother's ghosts.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Intentionally plays Clementine as one towards potential Love Interest Louis by ignoring or antagonizing him, only to turn around and spend time with him. Then he has Clem carve a heart around their initials on the piano and say how great it is that the two are friends.
  • Mickey Mousing: In "This is what happens when you're a horrible king in Bitlife," Kevin has his character escape prison while humming the theme from The Pink Panther and syncing his character's movements to the music.
  • Monster Clown: In "How EVIL can you be in Bitlife?", Kevin has his evil character get a job as a clown because he figures that's a good job for an evil person.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Surprisingly, Grognak the Destroyer, Attorney at Law is not an attorney.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted when Kevin encounters the other Jim Pickens he created in Sims 4, who is younger. Lead to quite some shock and humor when the 'Jim Pickens is dying' pop-up appeared, but it turned out to be 'the fake'.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: CallmeKevin The Youtuber ends up outliving both of his alien twins, zXSNIPERZXz (who dies from hunger) and PoliticalTalk (who gets scared to death by Vidcund's ghost). To say nothing of the multiple generations of Pickenses Jim has outlived.
  • Out of Focus: Once Jim Pickens takes over the Sims 4 videos, the original protagonist Urp John is forgotten and merely mentioned a dozen episodes later, to point out how the series came to switch over to Jim. Kevin eventually encountered Urp's grown-up children and learned that Urp had since died of old age.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: His video singing (Take Me Home) Country Roads as part of the joking rivalry with RT Game. As much as he complains it’s out of his range, it’s not half bad.
  • Parental Neglect: Jim Pickens is often depicted as ignoring his various children, whether it's his biological children, adoptive children, or stepchildren.
  • Precision F-Strike: Considering how often Kevin says 'feck', it can be surprising when he on rare occasion throws in the American 'fuck' instead.
  • Punny Name:
    • In "How EVIL can you be in Bitlife?", Kevin names his character Eve Hill. Evil.
    • His character in "This is what happens when you're a horrible king in Bitlife" is Dick Tator. Dictator.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The only imaginable way to describe some of his plans. If he has access to voicechat, chances are that he will somehow become The Social Expert with this trope.
  • Right-Hand Cat:
    • Jim adopted Pumpkin Pickens specifically so he could be a supervillian with an evil cat.
    • Eve Hill in "How EVIL can you be in Bitlife?" adopts a Persian cat which Kevin names "The Nightmare." Kevin lampshades how villains usually have Persian cats.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Several of the clothes he puts his sims into result in this.
    • He put Beejey Pickens into a hood with clown-makeup, a turquoise bra, and skirt. Jim Pickens went through some disguises while he was a vampire, which included wearing a full-body bear suit or clown attire as his formal wear.
    • First Name Pickens is an alien, and his human disguise is...freaky-looking, to say the least. Ginormous ears, strange facial structures that make him look like The Joker, a bi-colored mohawk, and then there's his body. Stick-thin arms and legs, with most of his body fat going to his hips and thighs. And he's wearing a woman's business suit, and a Santa hat.
    • Dick Pickens' attire in his Sims 4 appearance is a reindeer-printed sweater, along with lime-green booty shorts, and pink sneakers. His dark vampire form? He changes into pink booty shorts.
    • When Jim applies for college, Kevin has him change his clothes to fit in with the younger crowd. Jim wears a red cowboy hat with a zebra patterened band, a purple tube-top with a cropped, white jacket, and purple shorts, coupled with bright red, knee-high socks and white sneakers.
    • Even the pets aren't safe from Kevin's odd sense of fashion. Pumpkin the cat looks stitched together like a zombie, wears a sandwich hat, and has 'Jim's cat' written on it. Picky the dog got multicolored fur, and creepy facial drawings that include 'mascara' running down his cheeks. Scobay Du the dog also got multicolored fur, a unicorn horn, and a few Murder Mystery Inc. words written on him.
  • Running Gag: Kevin being run over by cars, and cars overall being a constant danger to him and his characters. To the point that he inserted himself into The Sims 4, just so he could get his Sim-self killed by being run over by a car.
    • His obsessions, which include Among Us and the GTA Chaos Mod.
    • Stuart Little and eating things in AI Dungeon.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Grognak The Destroyer, Attorney At Law has a tendency to get off-track at the best of times. When their 'husband' Joefudge talks, the two of them tend to get even more off-track.
  • Self-Deprecation: In his “Until Dawn” playthrough, during a scene where a character is forced to watch footage of something horrific, he edits in one of his own videos.
  • Serial Escalation: The moment Jim shows up, his evil starts escalating very quickly. He starts by breaking up a family, moves on to trapping people underground, advances to starting multiple cults, starts a family only to use them as a makeshift blood bank after he turns into a vampire, and that's just the beginning of things. Kevin even lampshades it by saying his Sims 4 videos began with 'the forearm god' and went to 'Shrek impregnating the entire neighborhood.'
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Downplayed in the first NoPixel featuring Grognak, where they are given a makeover by Dawn and Sherry, ditching their plain shirt and jeans for a patterned midriff-baring shirt and Painted-On Pants.
  • Sit Com Arch Nemesis: Has a joking rivalry with RT Game, which gets stranger when many fans maintain a joke of them being the same person.
    • One of the few cases where fans didn't joke about the two being the same person was in the case of Minecraft: Story Mode, largely due to Kevin treating 2 characters (Magnus and Lukas) the exact opposite of how RT treated themnote .
    • When Grognak joined No Pixel, they have this dynamic with Steven Hayes, although Grognak is too oblivious to see it.
  • Soft Reboot: After the Eco Lifestyle expansion for The Sims 4 was released, Kevin decided to do one of these, referencing the trope by name. Specifically, Jim Pickens bombed the neighbourhood, wiping out most of the cast. Afterwards, him and Turg become roommates and move to Evergreen Harbor together.
  • Speak of the Devil: One of his jokes in his Grand Theft Auto V Chaos Mod outings is that he can't blurt out "Jesus!" because if he says it three times, it'll summon in either Griefer Jesus or Extreme Griefer Jesus.
  • Tempting Fate: During his Bitlife playthrough where he was a hundred-year-old Youtube sensation:
    Kevin: The Grim Reaper's never gonna take me. [hits the Age button, immediately dies] You'd swear I just edit these in, but no, it's just my timing.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Happens in The Stinger of one Sims 4 video where he reveals the resurrection of Jim’s father.
    Dick will rise again! Oh no, that sounds wrong!
  • Time Skip: The Sims 4 But Eco Lifestyle Was A Bad Idea begins one in-universe year after the previous video, as part of the above-mentioned soft reboot.
  • Troll: He's almost never at Griefer levels of trolling, but he's definitely up there. Usually in ways such as not reading the instructions or deliberately going against said instructions, running around doing nothing of value, or wasting materials.
    • His Garry's Mod role play videos have Kevin either not roleplaying at all or roleplaying as a complete schmuck, deliberately irritating others on the server.
    • When "The Irish Lads" note  got to play the prerelease of Surgeon Simulator 2, Kevin got the fuse required to open the freezer stuck inside it (severely upsetting and confusing Daithi) by convincing Jack to help him. As of mid-2020, this is probably the most detrimental thing Kevin has done.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Kevin created Turg as an abomination, but everybody loves him.
    • This also applies to Default, to the point where Default appears in two of Kev's episode fanfictions. Kevin created Default to be Default... and wanted her to be the neglected character. Now she's one of the community's favourites!
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Kevin eventually gets the Pickens family a mystery-solving dog for the Strangerville gamepack, and calls him 'Scobay Du'.


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