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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'.

Tropes applying to Call Me Kevin's Videos

  • 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: 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 GTAV Online persona. An odd man/woman/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.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
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  • Genre Savvy: When playing Detroit: Become Human, he ends up shouting invoked I Knew It! about Alice being an android.
    I fecking knew it! I knew she was an android!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • Kill ’Em All: Gets everyone killed during his run of Until Dawn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Often drops an F-Bomb, though pronounced as 'Feck'.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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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