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"Hey guys, and welcome to Cry Plays [insert game name here]."

Cryaotic (otherwise known as Cry, or more rarely by his old channel name, ChaoticMonki) is a Let's Player and streamer. With a smooth voice made for YouTube, an abiding love for most characters he meets, and a beautiful laugh, Cry has found his niche playing story- and character-heavy games that he gets invested with alongside his watchers. As a result, his channel houses Let's Plays of a wide range of video game titles and genres, and also makes no use of facecam.

Like many other YouTubers, Cry got his start playing horror games, particularly Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but he's since become less interested in playing horror games for their own sake, preferring to play titles that interest him. He's also known for collaborating with his many friends in the YouTube LP community, most prominently PewDiePie, and running a Twitch channel, hosting "Late Night with Cry and Russ" with the Late Night Crew group, in addition to his own streams of various games.


On June 20, 2020, Cry was removed from the Late Night Crew, as well as the cast of Monster Prom, after he admitted to having engaged in relationships with underage fans.

    Cry's Playthroughs 

Full Playthroughs

"Cry Plays: Obscure Indie Games"

  • Cry Plays: Façade
  • Cry Plays: A Game He Made in RPG Maker XP in 2009
  • Cry Plays: 1916 - Der Unbekannte Krieg
  • Cry Plays: Broken Dimensions
  • Cry Plays: Candles
  • Cry Plays: Hadegonia
  • Cry Plays: Angel Knights
  • Cry Plays: Silent Hive
  • Cry Plays: Dehinged Mind
  • Cry Plays: Eversion
  • Cry Plays: The Mirror Lied
  • Cry Plays: Gravity Bone
  • Cry Plays: Pathways Redux
  • Cry Plays: Mondo Medicals
  • Cry Plays: Story of the Blanks
  • Cry Plays: Luna 3
  • Cry Plays: Au Sable
  • Cry Plays: Project Zomboid
  • Cry Plays: Gyossait
  • Cry Plays: Judith
  • Cry Plays: Forbidden.exe
  • Very Sleepy Cry Plays: The Binding of Isaac
  • Cry Plays: A Mother's Inferno
  • Cry Plays: Blackwell
  • Cry Plays: SCP-087
  • Cry Plays: SCP-087-B
  • Cry Plays: The Lost Souls
  • Cry Plays: Dinner Date
  • Cry Plays: SCP – Containment Breach (Alpha)
  • Cry Plays: Heritage
  • Very Cry Plays: Paranormal (Beta)
  • Cry Plays: Forget Me Not Annie
  • Cry Plays: Slender
  • Cry Plays: Hidden in the Shadows
  • Cry Plays: Dark Ocean
  • Cry Plays: Thirty Flights of Loving
  • Cry Plays: Perfectum
  • Cry Plays: Imscared - A Pixelated Nightmare
  • Cry Plays: Dream Of The Blood Moon
  • Cry Plays: Skinwalker
  • Cry Plays: Among the Sleep (Alpha)
  • Cry Plays: The Screaming Woods
  • Cry Plays: The Horror at MS Aurora
  • Cry Uhh: Paradigm Shift Shit
  • Cry Plays: Disillusions Manga Horror
  • Cry Plays: 60 Seconds!

"Cry and Friends Play..."

  • Cry and Friends Play: Magicka
  • Cry and Friends Play: Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • Cry and Friends Play: F.3.A.R. Co-Op
  • Cry and Friends Play: Alien Swarm
  • Sleepy Cry and Friends Break: Minecraft: [1]
  • Cry and Friends Play: Trine 2
  • Cry and Friends Play: Garry's Mod
  • Cry and Russ Play: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • Cry and Scott Waste Time
  • Cry and Russ Waste Time
  • Cry and Brother Plays: Worms: Reloaded
  • Cry and Friends Play: Dead Space 3 Demo
  • Cry and Sp00n Waste Time
  • Cry and Friends Waste Time
  • Poker Night with the Boyzzzzzzzz
  • Overrated YouTubers Play: Loadout
  • Cry and Chey Waste Time
  • Cry and Friends Play: Monster Prom (one-off 2.5-ish hour video with Tolomeo, Angel, and Snake)
    • He also was part of Jesse Cox 's four-part Monster Prom video with Dodger and Octopimp

"Cry Reads..."

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Cry's videos have examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: A few playthroughs were Cut Short, most of them out of lack of interest.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Harming animals, especially dogs and cats since he is an owner of both.
    • He also expresses displeasure at things like racism and gender roles (see Bioshock Infinite and The Cat Lady).
    • Cry is definitely not a fan of clipping textures.
    • Don't ask him to show his face in his videos, even on collaborations where others have facecams. He really really doesn't want to.
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    • Don't ask him questions that you already know the answer to. He became enraged when a viewer asked if he was pansexual.
    • He doesn't like being called a sellout very much either, unless it's in jest.
    • Cry is liable to fly off the handle if enough people pester him during a playthrough or try to backseat-game, especially if he's being bugged about something he was going to do anyways.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
  • Buffy Speak: One of his endearing traits, especially if he's flustered or distracted by what's on-screen.
  • Casual Kink: At the start of Monster Prom, during the pop quiz a question comes up about what you would ask a genie for. One answer is "I don't ask for anything. I drink the genie from the bottle. I can grant my own wishes!". Cry chooses this answer because vore is hot.
  • Catchphrase: "'Sup guys?" to the point that his face-mask avatar is called the Sup Guy.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Cry is known to strike up "conversations" at random with inanimate objects, and go off on tangents about subjects completely unrelated to the narrative. Exaggerated if he is sleep deprived while recording.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: This (WARNING: loud volume) angry tirade about him being fed up with people asking him if he's pansexual or not. Note that for context, Cry was drunk and had a couple years' worth of pent-up frustration to get off his chest.
  • Cozy Voice for Catastrophes: Cry has a very soft and pleasant voice that contrasts nicely with the sort of games he plays. Since he never shows his face, it's one of his most recognizable traits.
  • Curse Cut Short: During his playthrough of Corpse Party, when he doesn't escape Heavenly Host in time and gets a bad ending:
    Yuki: Welcome to Heavenly Host Elementary school... *giggle* *cackle*
    Cry: Son of a BI—
    *cut to a retry*
  • Cute and Psycho: Hitting his Berserk Button or triggering his Papa Wolf mode can result in this.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Over the Sparrows in Ōkami, especially Chun.
    • Also over Riki in Xenoblade Chronicles, to the point where equipping Riki with cute armor leads to an emotional rant questioning why such a good game isn't more popular.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Cry has a tendency to become extremely emotionally involved in the games he plays, and he'll often make up his own backstories to add onto each game. Examples include:
  • Disappeared Dad / Parental Abandonment: It's mentioned a couple of times that Cry's dad left when he was a baby.
  • Dissonant Serenity: When he's not freaking out, he can keep his voice and tone remarkably steady given what's going on.
  • Evil Laugh: He can do a very good one, and has demonstrated on several occasions. It's really bone-chilling.
  • Foreshadowing: In The Mirror Lied, he at one point says, "Turn off that candle; we're gonna start a house fire..."
  • The Faceless: Cry has never shown his face on camera before, with a cartoon character referred to as the "Sup Dude" representing him in his The Numbers videos. His drawn portrayals in artwork and YouTube video thumbnails invariably make him human with a white, featureless mask when he's not Sup Dude. This is kind of a sore point for him. People tend to bug him to use a face-cam despite him making it clear a number of times that he really doesn't want to.
    • The amounts of asks for this pitched at the start of 2017 again since another faceless, Mangaminx, has decided to show herself, arguing that he should do so as well.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Cry will often put in text in his vids, either to explain time skips or to put in hilarious commentary. Or to point out clipping textures.
  • Friend to All Children: He likes child characters very much and will often go to great lengths to protect them or seek vengeance against anyone who does harm to them.
  • Genre Savvy: The moment the Fox Rods were retrieved and Rao came to claim them, Cry immediately suspected that it can't be good.
  • Heroic BSoD: This is best shown in Walking Dead Season 2 episode 3 where he went against his pappa wolf tendencies which left him temporarily depressed in part 2.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Said in a humorous way in the second episode for Remember Me
    "That Tommy better have some really delicious drinks. *Beat* I need some milk."
  • Nice Guy: He's a swell guy on-camera. Everyone who knows him or has worked with him on YouTube attests that this personality is genuine.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: While Cry's cat doesn't work per se, it does interrupt his recordings at times, distracting Cry from narrating.
    "There is a cat on my lap."
  • Oh, Crap!: Is very fond of this reaction, often accompanied by a Precision F-Strike.
    • This is his reaction during his The Walking Dead (Telltale) playthrough when he realized that the guy Clementine and the rest of the group were staying with was the boyfriend of Matthew, the man they accidentally killed on the bridge.
  • Papa Wolf:
    "You know, if Clementine hurt herself on that glass… I'd cut you."
    • Also becomes fond of Ellie from The Last of Us and Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite. Cry does not take it well when they are threatened.
    • Also present with Jodie from Beyond: Two Souls. Especially underlined by the very fun possibilities controlling Aiden gives you. The birthday party and bar scenes are particularly jarring examples.
    • Recently Cry released a music video named "Limelight" as a collaboration with another Youtuber all about his Papa Wolf tendencies.
    • While playing The Walking Dead Season 2 episode 4 he was forced to make a difficult decision. Needless to say, the outcome had a very big impact on him and he continually reassured himself that his actions were justified and was notably saddened through the second part of the video. He was also distraught and crying twice in season 2 episode 5
    • While playing Telltales Walking Dead: A New Frontier he became fond of Mariana and happily stated that he had a candy bar for her but he became horrified when Mariana was shot and killed seconds later. He reluctantly agreed to Conrad's idea when he held Gabriel hostage and became self loathing for betraying Clementine.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Notably averted. Cry makes a big deal of not doing this. He even parodies it occasionally. The fact that he has over 2 million subscribers regardless is quite telling.
  • Pluralses: Used intentionally to quirky effect.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: When he goes on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Beyond: Two Souls at one point he says "Knives, my favorite," and begins to laugh when he hits one of the bullies.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Sup Guys.
  • Running Gag:
    • Any time an ellipsis appears onscreen, it will always be pronounced out-loud as "dots".
    • In earlier playthroughs, Cry would play the Trololo Song when he needed to speed up any gameplay where he's not getting anything done (ex. a long sequence in Limbo in which he could not figure out a puzzle).
    • Specific to the Life Is Strange playthrough: Whenever a character mentions Rachel (the girl shown on the missing posters around the school) and he responds with confusion, a spliced-in clip of Cry reading out her name just forty seconds earlier plays.
  • Self-Deprecating Humor: Happens in his Let's Play of Nightmare House 2. He spends a great deal of time looking for a key, but continuously walks past it. White text was edited in and points to the key each time he passes it. Finally, the video actually pauses and Editing Cry can be heard screaming "It's right there!"
    • He has similarly lampshaded his own mistakes in several other series as well.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Whenever he gets scared, frustrated, or blindsided. Other than that, he's pretty chill.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Despite making thousands of videos for the public he refuses to reveal his identity because he is uncomfortable around social situations and wants to protect his family from obsessive fans.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Cry answers to Chaotic Monki, Cryaotic, Cry, and Cry-Cry among other variations, but his preferred handle is Cryaotic, with Cry for short.note 
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Invoked in his Bioshock Infinite videos, where he gets to have fun with the RPG and Volley Launcher.
  • Unsound Effect: Many. In Corpse Party, he often reads out sound effects as they're written, such as "sob", "sniffle", or the above-mentioned "dots".
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to preface his statements with "Listen...", as pointed out in this stream highlights video.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Given a choice, Cry is more likely to take the "good" path with his decisions, and will avoid killing whenever possible. Most noticeable in The Walking Dead (Telltale) and also Undertale, where he went for the full-mercy route.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • He seems to be enjoying butchering people in Lucius a little too much...
    • Indulges in some maniacal laughter when setting enemies on fire in Bioshock Infinite.
    • Is perfectly okay with sicking flesh-eating rats on the guards in his Dishonored playthrough.
    • In his playthrough of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4, he reluctantly left Sarah behind to be devoured by walkers. While at the time he didn't realize he was able to save her, he defended his decision in the comments of the video.

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Alternative Title(s): Chaotic Monki