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Criken2 is a gamer and Youtuber who showcases him and a few of his friends playing games. They typically are in co-op, with all the shenanigans that entail. Notable in that he may play through an entire game, record it all, and only uses the funniest or most insane parts of it. This has led to all of his videos being very humorous.

Criken usually works with game clips tied to a particular game, but also does a series called "Criken's Fun House", which have clips not tied to any particular game, and a side series meant to satiate the fans waiting for "Criken's Fun House" called "Criken's Quickies". They, nonetheless, seem to update rather sporadically as of late. Is affiliated with Rooster Teeth and sometimes collaborates with Broteam. His face, which was until recently never seen, was revealed in the Pax Podcast of what was then TheGameStation, which can be viewed here.

In July of 2017 at a panel at RTX it was announced Criken had joined the Lets Play network of Rooster Teeth, following this in May 2018 Criken, Tomato Gaming and Bedbananas formed the subgroup Sideshow.

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Tropes that appear in these videos:

  • Aborted Arc: Whenever he reaches the third video in a series (Dark Souls II Co-Op, Dead Island Riptide: The Adventures of Sam B, etc.) the preview for Part 4 will be shown at the end. And then never released.
    • Justified for The Adventures of Captain Andytrout, as his hard drive was corrupted and the footage was lost. He plans on continuing the series someday.
  • Achilles' Heel: Thalassophobia, fear of the ocean and creatures in it. Dedicated horror games are relatively no problem, but even the sharks in a game like Wind Waker freak him out.
  • Axe-Crazy: Boon, who sometimes gets really into a game.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone gets a go-around at some point, depending on their experience, but Skippy tends to fulfill this role.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Criken is pretty much renowned for his wacky antics, but that doesn't mean he can't get dangerous when the situation calls for it. Just ask the Lords Of The Hunt.
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  • Buffy Speak: Criken has not been exempt from this, displaying some traits in certain videos.
  • Catchphrase: Criken and his friends have many of these.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Criken is signified via white text, Tomato tends to have red text, Oats (or the secondary character in a 2-player game) has yellow text, and game audio is black text. (Unfortunately for OCD viewers, these colors change very often.)
  • The Corrupter: BedBananas in Dark Souls III, to the point where he leads Criken into the "Usurp the Flame" ending
  • A Day in the Limelight: Certain videos are only Criken and only a single friend of his, examples of this include his Aliens: Colonial Marines video, his Resident Evil videos, and his Dark Souls videos.
  • Drop the Hammer: During Polaris' Chivalry: Medieval Warfare event, Criken absolutely dominated with the Maul, a two-handed warhammer that's one of the most Difficult, but Awesome weapons in the game. In one round, he attained more kills than his 4 teammates combined.
  • The Dreaded: Criken and his hammer quickly became the bane of the enemy team during the 2012 Polaris Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Battle Royale, as well as anyone in his way during the Free For All. Husky Starcraft referred to it as "Releas[ing] the Criken!"
  • Epic Fail: Saints Row 3: How to Lose at Everything.
    • In the previous video, The Wrath of Gimps, Criken pulls out his parachute too late after doing a jump in the first Penthouse Crib mission, being totally unable to get on the building after a point, thus failing the mission. His partner calls him on it.
    • When Criken and his friends play Barotrauma things usually spiral into hilarious failure. Special mention needs to go to the round that opens this video as according to Criken they only played 20 minutes and somehow managed to all die before they even left the dock .
    • In "Terminator Mode: Sub Rosa", in their second match, Criken and the others think they've figured out who the Eliminator is, and promptly shoot them dead. It turns out the player that they killed, BrettUltimus, was actually the Savior of humanity, the very person they were supposed to be protecting.
  • Evil Brit: Waddy, with his noticeable accent and propensity to mess around with the others before killing them.
  • The Faceless: Until this video.
  • Fun with Subtitles: His Signature Style, and possibly one of the pioneers of using subtitles to humorous effect in gameplay videos.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: During "The Adventures of Edwad Emberpants," VaatiVidya tries to explain the setting's rich mythology to Edwad and the importance of his mission to rekindle the flame, while BedBananas whispers warnings not to trust Vaati and urges Edwad to "end the lore."
    • Ironically flipped around in Bloodborne, when Vaati has a more flippant attitude towards things like NPC deaths and BedBananas argues kindness, something the boys lampshade.
  • Large Ham: Da Xing, a new addition has a ridiculously deep voice is usually screaming either profanities or screaming utter gibberish. Boon, too, who more often than not, is a Screaming Warrior.
    • Buck's incredibly odd and distinctive voice combined with his eccentric behavior leads to this in spades.
  • Nice Guy: Shayne Hawkins, soft voiced player who's often bewildered by the games he's in and regularly pleads "don't kill me!" while running and hiding in multiplayer death matches.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: All of them from time to time, but Buck is the most frequent offender due to how quickly he can shift between being unnervingly calm to screaming like a man possessed.
  • Only Sane Man: Criken in most videos, if not then its Skippy, who is still rather insane.
  • The Poorly Chosen One: His Dark Souls III character, Edwad [sic] Emberpants, spends most of the series as The Load his fellow champions BedBanana and VaatiVidya have to escort to his destiny. Though Edwad does display flashes of competence, he never fully grasps his mission, and at Bed's urging ends up seizing ultimate power for himself to rule over a world of darkness.
  • The Roleplayer: Criken and the others on the server get into this when playing SCP – Containment Breach.
  • Special Guest: Crackbone of the defunct Janus Syndicate at one point was in Criken's games. Criken stated that this was actually unintentional.
  • Sound-Only Death: Expect to hear Criken and his friends to make wacky and outrageous noises when they die. It's even more hilarious when Criken actually has to subtitle the noises they make, and at one point he acknowledged that hes become somewhat of an expert at transcribing death sounds.
  • Religious Bruiser: We learn in the "90's Kids" LP of XCOM: Enemy Unknown that Da Xing is very religious, and doesn't appreciate people dissing God.
  • The Reveal: For a long period Criken's face had been unknown to his viewers, until he made a live appearance at PAX East 2013.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After suffering through he and Tomato's Dark Souls Randomizer run, Criken finally got the Lordvessel from, hilariously enough, its normal drop point, preventing a softlock.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Occurs many times in Criken's videos.
  • Troll: Criken and his friends like to mess with each other a lot. Usually Skippy.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: If any game allows such, you can count on Criken to do it. Consequences be damned.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Criken is, in his own words, gravely afraid of water creatures. Naturally he must face several such creatures while playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Board Game Night: YES MY GATEKEEPER, Criken and his friends play so ineptly they reach the point in the game where there's less than five minutes left until the Gatekeeper wins. The Gatekeeper appears and announces a rolling contest where the winner takes all remaining keys, but everyone's panicking too much and none of them hear him over their arguments causing them to run down the clock as they suffer extreme Sanity Slippage in their panic.
    • He and Tomato's Westerado playthrough hit this when in his fervor to kill the Murderer after discovering him, Criken barrels headfirst into his lair with no regard for preparation, leading to he and Tomato being underequipped to handle things and causing their entire playthrough to fail requiring them to start all over again.
  • Younger Than They Look: Was apparently only 15 when he started making videos. According to an SSB4 video on Vinesauce, Criken was well aware of how people would react hearing someone so young play these games, so he stuck to using subtitles until he got older, which eventually would become his Signature Style.


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