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Christopher Odd is a Canadian, YouTube-based Let's Player and photographer who focuses on blind playthroughs of horror, sci-fi, and role-playing games, though he has covered many other types of games. As of November 2020, he has around 485,000 subscribers. Christopher tends to adopt the persona of the character he plays as, and tries to make the choices he thinks they would in any given situation.

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This gamer provides examples of:

  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: Happened to Christopher himself once he completed The Witcher 3. Having played through the entire trilogy, enjoying it every step of the way, and finding the series to be emotionally riveting, especially towards the end, he admitted to feeling sad once the realization hit him that it was all over.
  • Audience Participation: In his XCOM series. He used to be a moderator for Gray Lines gaming, where he headed the XCOM Role-play series. Even now, Viewers can send soldiers to his character pool website who they want to appear in the series.
    • During Season 1 of XCOM 2, he made an offhand comment during a retaliation mission, saying "Somebody should write an obituary to their parents." And of course, commenters did so.
    • This has since expanded to After Action Reports from soldiers either celebrating flawless missions, particularly if there were some close calls, expressing frustration at failed missions or mourning fallen comrades.
  • Author Appeal: During his playthrough of Life Is Strange, he'll occasionally explain the camera equipment used in the game as well as some effects used in the photography.
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  • Big "NO!": He lets off an epic one during Bloodborne after Vicar Amelia kills him just before he can finish her off. It lasts for thirty solid seconds.
  • Big Damn Hero: They appear quite often in his XCOM Playthroughs, and they totally outperform pretty much everyone else in the campaign. Standouts include: Grelite the Sniper, Buck Buttridge the Psionic Support, and Jahana Locksley the Sharpshooter.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: In his play through of We Happy Few, after the Maidenholm update, he begins the third episode by putting on a Received Pronunciation accent.
  • Buffy Speak: Refers to the Snarks from Half-Life as "shitty ladybugs."
    • He also generally talks like this, as he forgets the proper terms for things pretty easily.
  • Canada, Eh?: Born in Saskatoon, currently lives in Montreal. His Canadian accent is especially pronounced in words with the letter "o".
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Super time" and "That's what she/he said".
    • "Sleep..." when performing a stealth kill.
    • "Set(ting) the vibe", which means to maximize one's immersion while playing or watching a game. This is best accomplished, according to Christopher, by doing so in the dark while wearing headphones on high volume.
  • Epic Fail: Total Party Kills and lost campaigns are part and parcel of the X-COM series, but Odd's first attempt at Season 4 of XCOM 2 takes both to new levels. To wit, he takes a grand total of one turn in the opening mission before a series of Disaster Dominoes goes off that results in his whole team dying. Half of them at the hand of one of his own panicked soldiers.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Is occasionally guilty of not paying attention to obvious things such as story beats or game progression, though he's otherwise rather attentive and thoughtful about these things.
    • In his LP of Alien: Isolation, he fails to realize until after the fact that Samuels is an android, despite characters casually stating it beforehand. He also spends almost all of the game not knowing how to fight the Working Joes despite having descriptions for the weapons and being hinted numerous times that fire won't work. This might have to do with him being too on edge throughout the game to focus properly.
  • Genius Ditz: Christopher is known for giving thoughtful explanations for his decisions in games, particularly those concerning strategy and tactics, even if he later turns out to be wrong. He's also known for missing very obvious things that cause him to die, have to backtrack, get stuck, or miss out on story, much to the chagrin of his viewers. To his credit, Christopher is fully aware of this.
  • Genre Savvy: Christopher has played enough games that he can see some twists before they happen.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Christopher himself in his gameplay videos, as he doesn't use a face cam, thus making him The Voice. Averted in his streams though.
  • Nice Guy: Christopher will often base his decisions in a game by what he feels the moral thing to do is.
  • Overcrank: Happens a lot whenever Chris dies in a game. Sometimes used to replay a moment in the episode (usually an amusing death) as an outro.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: He doesn't seem to catch most of the references to Alien and Aliens in his Alien: Isolation playthrough, as he doesn't realize the significance of the Anesidora crew going to LV-426 and instead asks if it's a Prometheus reference, or the Plot Twist of Weyland-Yutani being partially responsible for the Sevastopol mess.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • After saving an autistic man from being horrifically tortured in Mass Effect 2, reads an email from the Illusive Man criticizing his actions. Cue the usually self-censored Odd laying one of these down.
    • Drops a few of these along with some other cuss words in his playthrough of Alien: Isolation, understandably.
  • A Rare Sentence: Referring to the jump pads in Half-Life:
    Christopher: These little alien sacs are really beneficial! That's a sentence I never thought I would say.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His playthrough of Alien: Isolation gradually falls victim to this, with him being on on edge due to the game's infamous terrifying and intelligent Super Persistent Predators.
  • Squishy Wizard: At least in his LPs of Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Inquisition; Chris played a Vanguard!Shep and Mage!Inquisitor respectively. While he fares well with either class in the games' story modes, he dies a lot in the multiplayer for ME3, which later led to him experimenting with other classes. He even lampshades this trope during one of the multiplayer missions.
    Chris: Man, I am so squish right now, it isn't even funny.
  • Tempting Fate: At one point during his playthrough of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, he asks if the flickering lights are a signal for something. (Which they sometimes are because they're reacting to the Compound X in the Manpigs, which means that there's probably one nearby.) Cue Manpig - and Christopher fleeing in terror.
  • Title Drop: Christopher often titles his episodes after a quote from that particular segment, be it from the game itself or something he said.
  • Total Party Kill:
    • Experiences one during his XCOM: Enemy Unknown series, and has experienced another in the second season of his XCOM 2 series.
    • Experiences another in Season 4. He got one turn in before it happened.
    • Episode 31 of the sixth XCOM 2 series also saw his whole team get killed, including the VIP that he was trying to rescue and several fan-favorite characters (although one of said characters was rescued by another that appeared later in the season, and continued to contribute through comments and in the epilogue video).
  • Undercrank: Used to avoid wasting time when he dies and has to repeat a section or when he gets lost for extended periods. Sometimes used solely for comedic effect.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Chris more often than not goes for the nice and moral options in the games he plays. Most notably, in his playthrough of Spec Ops: The Line, he does his damnedest to avoid using the white phosphorus, trying out whatever alternative solutions he can think of until it becomes clear there aren't any.