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NicoB or simply Nico, whose real name has remained private, is an American YouTuber known for his Let's Plays. He is most recognized for playing anime-style games heavy in plot and puzzles, specifically RPGs and Visual Novels, though he has also done a number of series and one-offs that fall outside of that category.

Nearly every NicoB Let’s Play video follows a standard formula:

  • PREVIOUSLY ON… (series name)” followed by a brief clip of a notable scene in the last video.
    • This has occasionally been replaced by a joke animation.
  • "And now back to (joke fitting the series)."
    • For obvious reasons, this and the previous point do not apply to one-offs or the first upload of a new series.
  • His signature introduction: "HELLO! This is NicoB, back with some more (series name). When we last left off, (short recap of last episode)."
    • For a one-off or the first upload of a new series, the introduction is instead “HELLO! This is NicoB, here with a Let’s Play of (game name).”
    • After getting a Patreon, Nico has taken to displaying LP-related fanart during this segment, as well as featuring a "Comment of the Day" found on the previous episode.
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    • Whenever this introduction was missing prior to 2019, it was likely that the video was the second half of footage Nico deemed too long to upload undivided. He now performs his usual intro over footage of the previous episode in such cases.
  • Finally, his signature outro: “Like and favorite if you enjoyed. Subscribe now to become a Picky Penguin aboard the S.S. LP, where the days are always sunny, and the vids are always funny! Until next time, guys, stay classy!”
    • Prior to coining the term “Picky Penguin” to refer to subscribers, the middle line was originally “Subscribe now to hop aboard the S.S. LP.”
    • Some videos fade to black without an outro, indicating that Nico has split his original footage in an effort to constrain the length to about an hour.
    • Following the arrival of Nico's dog, Bernie, an additional segment was added after this, though it gradually faded out of use. "And now some final words from Bernie the Dog" involved Nico showing off cute footage of Bernie, occasionally adding a humorous voice-over.

A unique aspect of Nico’s commentary is his tendency to assign voices to different characters in each series, as well as ad-libbing their lines as he sees fit. As time has gone on, several of these voices have gained their own reputations in his videos, taking on the names of the characters they are most associated with. As a result, certain voices carry with them particular personalities, creating inside jokes between Nico and his subscribers that recur in various Let’s Plays. Nico has even created a small series dedicated to them titled The Council of Voices.

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Nico currently boasts around 187,000 subscribers, most of whom identify themselves as "Picky Penguins”, the chosen name for NicoB fans established since the Persona 4 Golden Let's Play. This name overtook the previous term for the community, "S.S. LP”, in popular usage, yet both phrases are still applied. Though the Picky Penguin community is far from the largest on YouTube, it is one of the more tightly knit ones with many familiar commenters. Nico himself has previously released a video recognizing some of the more famous (or infamous) Picky Penguins. As of 2017, the channel also has a dedicated team of moderators (all Picky Penguins themselves) devoted to keeping Nico's comment section as friendly and inviting as possible.

Games Nico Has Played:

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    Core Series 

    Other Series 

    One and Done 
  • 1916: The Unknown War
  • A 24 Badaptation
  • Ahogay
  • Aqua Nebulon
  • Besiege
  • Centuria
  • Conundrum
  • Curse of the Aztecs
  • Destroy the Porn
  • Doki Doki Chihiro Paradise
  • Dreaming Mary
  • Exmortis
  • Exmortis 2
  • Eyes: The Horror Game
  • Fibrillation
  • Final Dragon Legacy
  • Ghoul Forest
  • Hello? Hell...o?
  • Hide
  • Huniepop
  • I See You
  • Iniquity and Vindication
  • Inside
  • Journey
  • Kilobyte
  • Lasting
  • Left in the Dark
  • Maximus Jones
  • NicoB’s Hope-filled Date
  • Nico Nico Ronpa
  • No-one Has To Die
  • OneShot
  • Overpowered
  • Pepsiman
  • Picturesque
  • Pizza Delivery
  • Pokemon Trinity
  • Presentable Liberty
  • Slender: Mansion
  • Slender Space
  • Slendytubbies
  • Slime Rancher
  • Tina of the Stars
  • Vapour
  • Video Game: The Game
  • Watch Your Step
  • White Finger
  • Yanderella

    Twitch Live Plays 

    Miscellaneous 

NicoB has demonstrated instances of:

  • Aborted Arc: Nico never finished his LP of Star Stealing Prince. He later stated that it was one of the worst games he ever played, so that may have something to do with it.
    • He also tried streaming Hatoful Boyfriend for a stream when the community voted for it. It quickly became apparent that he wasn't enjoying it as much as he thought he would and quit playing it after completing Sakuya's route and Dr. Shuu's route to finish Night in the Woods instead.
  • The Ace: Nico is actually really good in his games, to the point many infamous bosses being cakewalks for him, although it's debatable whether it's skill or dumb luck.
    • However, certain games with certain bosses will still make him scream in absolute fury while he fights them, and he won't hesitate in using cheap tactics just to win (And even then, those tend to not work that well either). Case in point: The bonus Vanitas fight in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble / It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Nico’s mispronunciation of various Japanese words and names.
    • The most notable examples are Morishige (Corpse Party), Naegi, Asahina (Danganronpa), and Diana (Zero Escape), which Nico pronounces as Moshurige, Nagi, Ashina, and Diane respectively. Despite learning their proper pronunciations, he has continued saying the names this way out of habit, with the exception of Diana, who he started saying properly about halfway through the series.
    • He also mispronounced the names of most of the Foretellers incorrectly, as he lampshades during his Back Cover reaction.
    • On multiple occasions he has mispronounced the word "waifu" (he tends to pronounce it without the i, making it sound more like "waffle"); he lampshaded this tendency at the start of Part 21 of his Danganronpa 2 LP.
    • He also mispronounces the Gestalt in NieR: Gestalt.
    • He also manages to mispronounce Tsumugi's name, instead pronouncing it as "Tsumigi." He even lampshades this.
    • A jarring example happens when he manages to pronounce Kokichi's last name as O-a-ma instead of Oh-ma 34 examples later in Danganronpa V3.
    • Nico pronounces Kakariko Village as "Korekiyo Village".
    • This tendency often leads to Nico missing the puns in the names of Ace Attorney characters, even when they are glaringly obvious. Examples include Ahlbi Ur'gaid (I'll be your guide), Mr. Reus (mysterious), and Paul Atishon (politician).
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Nico's Ultimate Bullshit powers (read: incredible genre savviness) are only intentional 50% of the time. The other 50% is when he makes a joke about a character doing something that they actually do (like in Danganronpa 2, where he makes a joke about Komaeda blowing up the island) or just makes an off-handed comment about an event that happens later on (such as in Kingdom Hearts II where he says "you're going to need a lot more Heartless if you want to kill me" just before a battle of 1000 Heartless.)
      • Another example of this comes from Yakuza 0, when he makes a joke about promoting a chicken that he won from a bowling competition (don't ask) into a manager for his real estate firm. Cue the Big "WHAT?!" when he finds out that this joke was right on the money.
    • He's even demonstrated the ability to predict future plot twists (i.e. twists which no one knows at the time of the prediction), such as his joke in Danganronpa 3 Episode 2 that Tengan was the mastermind of the whole series (the episode revealing this hadn't aired at the time). Perhaps most impressively is his performance in Kingdom Hearts χ: while watching the story cutscenes in which Ava explains her plan for the Dandelions- gifted young Keyblade wielders to survive the end of the world- he guesses that Terra, Aqua, and Ventus are among this group. This is a combination of Failed a Spot Check and Critical Research Failure, since it's fairly obvious from the fact that the Keyblade War hasn't happened yet that the game takes place centuries or millennia in the past; many Picky Penguins called him out on this in the comments. The very next day, a trailer for a new Unchained χ expansion called Union χ was released...which showed Ventus apparently interacting personally with Ephemer and Skuld in the aftermath of the Keyblade War.
      • An even more hysterical example is when Nico, in response to his blatently incorrect guess of Luxu being Xehanort, made a sarcastic joke that the Master of Masters was Xigbar through copious application of Insane Troll Logic. Fast-foward to Kingdom Hearts III, the secrets reports and epilogue drop the massive reveal that Xigbar was Luxu, meaning Nico inadvertently foreshadowed the biggest twist of a game that wouldn't come out for another year and a half.
    • After the Dangan Ronpa 3 example above, he twice more managed to accidentally predict a character being a villain by making an off-hand joke very early in the series. In Persona 5 he jokes that he'll find Igor at the bottom of Mementos, who will be the final boss, which is exactly what happens (except that "Igor" is a fake). In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, he gets annoyed by Tomas blocking the entrance to the library when he first meets him, and jokingly declares "I'm gonna kill you, old man!".
    • Early on in NieR: Automata, he guesses that the enemy robots in the game are actually humans that the Player Character just thinks are machines. NieR, the previous game would like to have a word with you, Nico.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In episode 43 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, when imagining a possible battlefield conversation between Sylvain and Lord Gwendal:
    Nico!Gwendal: You're the dastardly deviant who dared to do the dirty with my daughter!
    Nico!Sylvain: Whoa, dude, that's too many D's!
  • Alliterative Name: Picky Penguins.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In Ocarina of Time 3D, Nico commented that he knows Sheik from Super Smash Bros., but it was unclear whether or not he knew that Sheik was Zelda. Subverted when it was revealed that he knew, but didn’t want to say anything.
  • Angrish: In the most stressful situations, Nico has a tendency to begin speaking in growls.
  • Anyone Can Die: Hoh boy, the Nonary Arc of the Council of Voices. As of episode 7, Seven and Joshua are both dead from poison, with the former also backstabbed, and Komaeda almost joined that list but was saved at the cost of an arm, with whether he'll survive the blood loss being left a mystery. In addition, the last Monokuma was destroyed by an unknown assailant.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: The Ace voice is the George Clooney of all Nico's voices.
  • Art Evolution: The Council of Voices series recieved a notable upgrade as it went on, from a high-quality intro (theme song included), replacing static photos and drawings with 3D modeled sets for the backgrounds, and adding other small details to make things seem more alive.
  • Ascended Extra: Running Morishige in the Persona 4 Golden LP.
  • Ascended Meme: His Hope/Komaeda Bagels joke that he came up with during his Danganronpa 2 LP for the character of Nagito Komaeda has since become an actual meme for the series. Even the creators themselves, Spike Chunsoft, have referenced it a few times in their social media posts when talking about Komaeda. Komaeda's English voice actor, Bryce Papenbrook, is also a fan of the meme and has mentioned it to other fans when he talks about Nagito at conventions.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Often times, Nico will be distracted from what he's doing by something and not continue his main objective until his curiosity is satisfied. This gets lampshaded in the opening for his The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild videos:
    And now back to saving Hy- OOH, what's that over there?
  • Ax-Crazy: The Komaeda voice. Through some “bullshit luck” a good portion of characters given the Komaeda voice turn out to be this to some degree.
  • Badass Baritone: Nico's deepest voices are reserved for only the manliest or most intimidating characters, such as Manfred von Karma and Ace.
  • Beat: Whenever Nico comes across something especially perverted or horrifying, he stops to process what he just saw.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Nico gets a phone call from Adachi in the Persona 4 Golden LP and hopes it isn't going to be something like Namatame escaping from prison. He's not pleased when Adachi instead tells him Nanako is dying.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Clementine (Walking Dead), Pearl (Phoenix Wright) and Nanako (Persona 4 Golden).
  • Big "NO!": Lets one loose in Ace Attorney Investigations when he finds out Wendy Oldbag is in it. And Larry Butz (with "Psycho" Strings in the background). And then Wendy Oldbag again. And Winnie The Pooh in KHII.
    • Lets out multiple ones when discovering Ryoma's body in Danganronpa V3.
  • Bizarro Episode: His LP of Video Game: The Game. It's a fifty-second Let's Play that features him shooting shit, getting lots of coins, and laughing maniacally as the screen fills with big-breasted women before the video crashes as the viewer's computer can't buffer the rest of the video. The LP ends with the video self-destructing. It also features none of his voices beside his own.
  • Black Humor: A lot of it towards Ryoma's death in Danganronpa V3.
    Ryoma: I've still got a ways to go! *while drowning*
  • Blood Knight: Shows shades of this when in a fight with Data!Saix in Kingdom Hearts II, as the real Saix was an Anti-Climax Boss for Nico.
  • Blue Blood: The Togami/Edgeworth voice. Nico himself calls this voice snooty and as a result it is usually given to characters that seem to fit this trope by behavior or appearance.
  • Bowdlerise: Inverted. Nico still swears when pretending to be characters in the games he plays, especially more softer speaking and less violent-acting characters like Chihiro Fujisaki (Danganronpa) as seen in Council of Voices and K (Virtue's Last Reward).
  • Brain Bleach: In the earlier Ace Attorney games, whenever Mia Fey's spirit is channeled by Pearl, Nico needs a moment to handle the situation.
    • In Zero Time Dilemma, Nico becomes disgusted with himself after he predicts that Sigma and Phi are actually father and daughter, which does turn out to be true. Especially since the Virtue's Last Reward LP had been chock full of sexual jokes between the two of them (from each other AND from Nico).
    • In Investigations 2, Nico is a bit unnerved to realize that Justine Courtney, a 26-year old, is the mother of John Marsh, who is 13. He's relieved later when it's revealed John is her biological second cousin and adoptive son.
  • Brick Joke: During his Kingdom Hearts III playthrough, he jokes that if Sora, Donald and Goofy's names aren't said in that specific order, the universe would explode. Shortly before the video ends...
  • Brief Accent Imitation: His normal voice often slips into a Southern drawl during comedic moments.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Morishige Voice. Whether the character given the honor of having this voice is good or bad, he’s guaranteed to never catch a break.
    • Also, the Hagakure/Larry voice. Every character who gets this voice is a pathetic wimp who everyone hates.
    • Donald Duck. There's rarely an episode of his Kingdom Hearts Let's Play where Nico doesn't make fun of him, try to kill him, or yell at him to shut up. Even when he's not around, he's still telling him to shut up.
    • Sometimes, Nico himself can be this during his "And now back to...." segments.
  • Call-Back: Nico does this constantly, referencing jokes, characters, and events from previous videos. Certain jokes are brought up so frequently in videos and comments that it may be considered a Running Gag.
  • Catchphrase: "Hellooo! This is Nico B" as his intro, and "Stay classy!" as his outro.
    • Arguably "What the dicks" is also becoming one too. Along with "ULTIMATE DEMON POWER"
    • "WAIT A DEMON SECOND"... at least in the Ace Attorney games.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Combined with Chekhov's Skill, while playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Nico is able to predict that Inga suffered from prosopagnosia because of his experience playing Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors years before.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Especially when playing dating sims, Nico tends to let his dirty thoughts slip out. Despite this, he's usually respectful with his in-game interactions.
    • Nico's not so above making dirty jokes either...It's when the game does it that he gets a bit perplexed, one of the most shining examples is the "lever scene" in Virtue's Last Reward.
  • Clip Show: Council of Voices Episode 4, which shows the moments that certain voices were created as well as when that voice was first used for said character.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Nico has both shown signs of this and lampshaded it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Nico's usual strategy of Attack! Attack! Attack! fails, expect him to switch to cheesing his opponent in any way he possibly can.
  • Companion Cube: Bagels the Penguin is a plush penguin that “watches over Nico.” He makes an appearance in a number of fanfics as well as fanart made by the community.
  • Crack Fic: Pretty much every NicoB fanfic in existence, which is unsurprising when taking into account the source material.
  • Couch Gag: Both Downplayed (In the sense that the varying openings are usually on an LP to LP basis, with no variation on an episode to episode basis) and played straight (Some LPs (such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses) do have the change per episode expected from the trope)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When he finds himself dealing too much damage to the bosses of endings C and D of NieR: Automata, he says that he's "melting" them.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Nico loves cute animals and characters, and he will frequently coo voice while addressing them. Examples include Nanako (Persona 4 Golden), Pearl (Phoenix Wright), Mayuri (Steins;Gate), Missile (Ghost Trick), and Pea (Ni no Kuni)
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his commentary is not about explaining the game's mechanics (as he plays these games blind), but actually talking to and making sarcastic comments at the game's characters and story.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Despite being prepared for it, Danganronpa 3 pushes him over the edge with Chiaki's death. By the end, he's outright crying and begging for it to stop.
  • Determinator:
    • His struggle with Danganronpa 2's Rebuttal Showdown with Fuyuhiko in Chapter 2 went on for well over forty minutes.
    • And let's not forget his repeated efforts to get all gold in every stage in Catherine. Also, see Sanity Slippage and Tears of Joy below.
    • Nico's determination to finish Corpse Party: Blood Drive lead him to post a two hour and 18 minute long video, the second longest video he's ever posted. He even states that the actual play time was even longer due to the loading screens and generally navigating around the school. He wanted it done that badly.
    • Similarly, the final episode of Ace Attorney Investigations is 2 hours and 7 minutes in length, due to Nico refusing to back down against that game's Big Bad, who himself is a Determinator of the highest caliber.
    • Nico struggled heavily trying to defeat the optional bosses in Kingdom Hearts II. He almost got Sephiroth down about midway through his attempts but then began to backslide on progress. He kept fighting on however and, according to his death counter, he defeated Sephiroth on his 43rd straight try. The Lingering Will took him even longer to overcome with a grand total of 50 straight deaths before he defeated it.
    • Nico in Episode 16 of Devil Survivor: Overclock, his longest video of 2 hours and 35 minutes. He even lampshades mid video how long the cutscenes and Required Battles in the game takes, but refuses to cut the video there because he wants to finish the route after spending 3 videos on this Ending. He also remains determined despite having to do both a 40+ minute Defend Mission twice AND having to do the Final Boss twice due to losing a first time. And then having to beat the Final Boss A THIRD TIME because he accidentally skipped the credits sequence, which locked him out of the option to save with Clear Save Data and not net him the score rating and ability to start a NewGamePlus. Determinator indeed.
    • In Birth By Sleep, Nico spent at least 6 hours to clear the entire Mirage Arena with Aqua. Not to mention he had to beat all the Command Boards offscreen.
    • The only time Nico has come close to being defeated was by the bonus boss in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, which he found so difficult he gave up and did his outro, planning on ending the LP there. Even then, not wanting to end the game on such a sour note, he came back a few days later and finished the boss fight anyway.
    • In Yakuza 0, after dozens and dozens of failures and reconfigurations, Nico finally manages to win the Pocket Circuit's King of Speed Cup, and largely through sheer luck.
    • In his Yakuza Kiwami 2 LP Nico encountered several crashes throughout earlier episodes, which at the end turned out to be his corrupted save file. Nico, not wanting the LP to be cancelled, replayed the entirety of the game up to the middle of Chapter 5, while also doing all of the bouncer missions, finding all the keys and finishing all the sidequests he did on his old save file, all for the sake of his fans. This shows a lot about his care for Picky Penguins.
  • Did Not See That Coming: As Genre Savvy Nico is, he has been known to be caught off guard completely, even by unintentional predictions.
    • In his Steins;Gate playthrough, his speech was reduced to Engrish after seeing Tennouji Yuugo being affiliated with SERN.
    Nico: "WHAT WHOA WHAT'S GOING ON, WHOA! ......What, in the fucking shit is thaaaaaaaaat you doing there!?"
    • In Danganronpa 3, he didn't expect Juzo to still be alive in Side:Future Episode 11. He was proven wrong halfway through the episode.
    • Nearly every single Unsettling Gender Reveal Nico comes across trips him up, to the point where he often lampshades his inability to tell a character's gender.
    • Nico himself has said that the biggest twist to him is The Reveal that all the students barring Chiaki are members of Ultimate Despair in Danganronpa 2, outright stating that he "did not see that coming AT ALL." This isn't helped by the later reveal that Hajime and Izuru are the same person...
      • In Chapter 4 of Danganronpa 2, he didn't expect the killer to be Gundham Tanaka, which really broke his heart.
    • See Heroic BSoD below.
    • In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, expecting characters from The World Ends with You was clearly the farthest thing from his mind. Actually, Dream Drop Distance itself had proved to be something of stumbling block for Nico's Ultimate Bullshit powers, as not only are his predictions far less accurate than usual, but in the last world he has trouble even keeping up with the plot as presented (though considering it's this game, that's to be expected).
    • Happened practically all the time in Virtue's Last Reward.
    • He didn't expect Kawakami to be a romance option in Persona 5, which lead to rather awkward circumstances when he had to decide on romancing her or not (he didn't).
    • He was completely blindsided by the death of Rantaro Amami in Case 1 of Danganronpa V3, having previously guessed that said character would survive for quite a long time because of their plot-relevance. The next two victims (Ryoma and Angie) also completely blindside him, though not quite to the same extent.
      • Taken Up to Eleven in Case 6 of the same game, with the game's infamous ending catching Nico completely off-guard and leaving him stammering "WHAT?!" in many sections.
    • The Reveal in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice that Dhurke was dead since before the start of Case 5 truly threw Nico for a loop.
      Nico in the video's comment section: And what happened, then? Well, in Khura'in they say
      That Nico's mind was fucked thirty times that day
      • In a less serious example, he didn't expect the returning character for the DLC case to be Larry.
    • In Yakuza Kiwami, the back-to-back deaths of both Reina and Shinji is enough to make Nico exit the game at the end of episode 15.
    • In Xenoblade Chronicles, he didn't expect Fiora to be killed off very early in the game. In the same vein, he didn't expect her to come back as an enemy either.
    • While he predicted pretty much every other twist in Mother 3 in advance, there was one that threw him for a loop: Fassad turning out to be the traitorous Magypsy, Locria.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Blue Lions route), he was completely floored from the heavy implication of Edelgard being the Flame Emperor in the beginning of Chapter 10 (which is confirmed at the end of Chapter 11). This is especially because Nico didn't expect any of the main trio (Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude) to possibly be Evil All Along.
    • In the same Lets Play a few episodes later, he was also completely taken off guard by the five-year time skip that happens midway through the game, which was heavily spoiled in pre-release material. Amusingly, he actually had watched the trailer that spoiled this previously, but since he had no interest in the game at the time, merely glossed over it without a second thought.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nico choosing between all the lovely girls of Persona 5 his one true waifu. Are we watching The Bachelor staring NicoB? It even has Nico choosing between two final candidates: Haru Okumura and Futaba Sakura.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: In Nico's update video on February 24 2018, after saying he's going to be working on episode 5 of Council of Voices, the masked man from the end episode 4 takes over the video momentarily, announces himself as 'Zero', and that he's going to host his own Nonary Game with council members (and possibly others) as the participants. After that, the rest of the video continues like normal...
  • Engrish:
    • As mentioned above in Did Not See That Coming, this happened briefly to his speech in Steins;Gate during a particular scene.
    • He also stumbles over his words hard when he unknowingly begins the platinum match in Kingdom Hearts and comes face to face with Sephiroth as his opponent.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his early Let's Plays (as in his very early Let's Plays), he did not do individual voices for the characters of the games he played.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs:
    • In "The Council of Voices" Episode 3, Nico's ride is a chainsaw-wielding T-Rex, which eats Morishige.
    • His Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is named "Mean Dino" and is shaped like a dinosaur head. Later, he makes an upgraded version called "Final Dino."
    • One of Nico's nicknames is "NicoBizzle the Dinosizzle."
    • In Ni No Kuni, Mean Dino is one of Nico's familiars.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    Seven: Oh god! How many of those [Thunder spells] do you have?!
    Donald: As many as it takes, 'til my MP runs out. (His emblem in the background is an HP and an MP bar, and the MP bar is empty) Oh crap. Sora? Sora, I need an Ether! (Seven charges him)
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Nico complained that all of the clothing patterns in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 were white, despite there being a clear-as-day "Color" option.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses...
      • Nico theorized about the Church of Seiros being secretly evil when accepting a quest from Seteth, based on when since a lot of religions in video games end up like that. All while Seteth talked about the Western Church acting suspicious in a dialogue box to the side of the screen, without Nico even reading it.
      • Averted when Nico managed to beat the Death Knight in the first encounter. When he teleports away, Nico pretends to think he died, and acts confused when the characters mention him escaping. When he kept sticking to the joke in the following episodes, however, viewers started thinking that Nico was being completely serious. It got to the point that Nico himself had to clarify that, yes, he knew that the Death Knight was still alive.
      • Nico was left confused as to why, after retrieving the Lance of Ruin, he got the lance when saying "no" to Rhea (which he took as telling her off) but did not when he said "yes" to her. He failed to realize that the question he was answering in the first place was basically "Will you give me the Lance of Ruin so I can return it to its owners?"
    • Nico's first meeting with a Joy in Bayonetta.
  • Fangirl: In his Kingdom Hearts videos, seeing Final Fantasy characters like Cloud (in Kingdom Hearts I), Zack (in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep) and especially Auron (in Kingdom Hearts II), leaves him giggling and laughing like a school girl.
  • Flanderization: Nico’s renditions of game characters tend to be highly exaggerated, often to the point of creating entirely different personalities during the course of a series.
  • Flat "What": Instead of his usual over-the-top surprised reaction to absurd things, he reacts to Norma DePlume's musical number in the "Turnabout Reclaimed" case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies with a flat "What in the fuck is going on?"
  • Forgotten First Meeting: In Danganronpa V3, he claims that he's never heard Kyoko Kirigiri and Yasuhiro Hagakure's voices from the English dub of the first game at the near of the start and near the end of the game's playthrough (not including the bonus content), respectively. This is despite Kirigiri showing up in the ending of Danganronpa 2, which had the English dub, and Hagakure getting his own spin-off story in Ultra Despair Girls. This is probably justified though, since it was a while since Nico played either of those games.
  • Foreshadowing: The Picky Penguins tend to warn Nico about That One Boss in some games by using a quote they're known by (which usually means nothing to Nico before reaching them, due to him usually doing blind playthroughs), such as "Lead me into everlasting darkness!" or "You'll pay for your insolence!"
    • Earlier episodes of The Council of Voices occasionally featured multiple characters with the same or very similar voices, such as Slimey, Missile, and Maya, or the Security Chief and Kirigiri. In episode 7, it's revealed that multiple characters with the same voice are distinct from one another and can coexist together, despite sharing the same "essence". Zero refers to such characters as "others" of each other, using Seven, Kuzuryu, and Beat as an example, and indicates that even if something should happen to a character, their voice will live on through their others.
  • Funny Background Event: In Council Of Voices, Part IV, Donald's emblem is an HP/MP bar, which visibly goes down when getting attacked by other members and using magic.
  • Genre Savvy: Time and time again, Nico has proven himself to be very savvy no matter the game. He will frequently predict major elements or plot twists, something made even more amusing by the fact that he often does so unintentionally, to the point where the Picky Penguins call frequently call him the "Ultimate Plot Guesser."
    • A notable example would be his playthrough of Gemini Rue, where he guesses pretty much every major twist almost immediately.
    • This does not apply to Unsettling Gender Reveals, which always trip him up.
    • In Kingdom Hearts X, Nico suspects that Terra, Ven, and Aqua became part of the Dandelions, despite the game taking place at least 100 years before]] Birth by Sleep. The very next day after he makes this claim, the trailer for Union X revealed that Ven was around 100 years ago, AND became one of the Dandelions.
    • In case 5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, he correctly guesses that Bobby Fulbright was the Phantom all along and therefore the killer during the investigation, long before it was actually revealed.
    • He successfully guesses Kaede being the first murderer in Danganronpa V3, before the investigation even starts, based off her suspicious early behavior and the game drawing attention to otherwise insignificant details like her rearranging books. Although.....
  • Graceful Loser: In early 2015, a copyright strike was placed on Nico's account. Though he initially considered contesting it, Nico ultimately chose to accept it and move on.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In his Yakuza 0 intro, Nico speaks Japanese while trying to sound like a Hot-Blooded Yakuza.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: When he needs a mood lift, looking at pictures of puppies specifically fills Nico with determination.
    • He even has his own puppy, Bernie.
  • Heroic BSoD:
  • Honor Before Reason: In games where Nico is given the option to save NPCs, he will almost always choose to rescue them even if doing so has repercussions and no benefit to him.
  • Hot for Student: In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nico becomes a professor (through Bizzlead) and develops a huge crush on Dimitri, and always gets sad when he remembers that Dimitri isn't a Gay Option. This is also true for other characters like Annette and Flayn (who are romanceable themselves). After the Time Skip, Ashe seemed to get added to that list as well.
  • Hulk Speak: When voicing certain characters, like the Beast and Terra, he speaks very crudely and in third person, even if those characters are perfectly capable of normal speech in-game.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of each episode of The Council of Voices is in the form of a question.
  • Implausible Deniability: Parodied in Yakuza Kiwami, episode 15. Nico claims that Kiryu has never killed anyone...right after Kiryu used someone as a Human Shield for an enemy's attack.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In his Yakuza Kiwami LP, episode 15 put him in this mood.
    Nico in the comment section: I need a drink after this one...
  • Interface Spoiler: The initial thumbnail used for Nico's 23rd episode of Ace Attorney Investigations 2 showed a sprite of Sebastian Debeste breaking down in tears, which did not appear in the actual game until a later episode. Nico had confused this sprite with one of Sebastian's earlier ones, and the mistake was corrected soon after. Also could be considered a case of You Shouldn't Know This Already.
  • Jerkass: The Joshua voice and the Togami voice practically epitomize this trope.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zero is this in episode 5 of the previously-lighthearted Council of Voices series.
  • Large Ham: While Nico's voice acting can be pretty good, both his usual voice and some of the voices he gives to characters have quite a large amount of ham.
    Nico: "ULTIMATE DEMON POWEEEER!"
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If Nico has played several games in a series when playing sequels, he'll often spoil games from previous games in the series. Heck, sometimes he even does this when playing other games.
  • Let's Play: NicoB is a Let’s Player, or more simply an LPer.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Due to the many voices Nico does each having their own personality, there are a lot of "characters" to keep track of through his many Let's Plays. It helps that some of them appear as themselves in various series (Komaeda in Ace Attorney, Godot in Ultra Despair Girls, everyone in Horny Rangers, etc.)
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: In every video series, Nico attempts to give each character a different voice. Over time, certain voices have become recognizable among subscribers and are reused for different games, though Nico has continued coming up with new voices as he sees fit.
    • For details on these voices, see the Characters page. Then realize that that is only a small FRACTION of his voices, albeit his most notable ones.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the...: Council of Voices...
  • Mythology Gag: In every mainline Danganronpa Let's Play the thumbnail of the first episode is always a front shot of the new mascot of the game, (Monokuma for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Monomi/Usami for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Monotaro for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony) The episode 29 thumbnail of DRV3 has a front shot of Monokuma in a bow and a flower to mimic Monomi. The episode is also called 'Hopeful Paradise?', similar to the title of the first episode of Danganronpa 2. This is because in both episodes, the casts of each game enter a Virtual World, though in V3 it's stated from the start.
  • Mr. Imagination: Nico has a habit of making up and inserting wacky scenarios to any given scene he's playing through. It's to the point where he's basically saying his own Fantasy Sequences out loud.
    • The Gundham voice is used for hammy Chuunibyou characters.
  • No Indoor Voice: The Ishimaru/Phoenix voice. Like the characters this voice was inspired by, it is loud, aggressive, and intense.
  • Oh, Crap!: Basically his reactions in his Kingdom Hearts playthrough, mixed with Fangirl, when he meets and fights Final Fantasy characters like Leon (Squall), Cloud, and Sephiroth.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: His February 24th, 2018 update video features a burst of static right before it gets hijacked by Zero.
  • Overly Long Gag: He spends half an hour trolling Dr. Cortex over his crystals.
  • Precision F-Strike: Any heated or surprising moment of a game is bound to prompt an F-bomb from Nico.
  • Prepare to Die: When he's all set to fight a boss, he often says "You're going to die today!"
  • Previously On…: Part of his signature intro, although it's rarely done seriously.
  • Quit Your Whining: Delivers a sympathetic but firm version of this trope to Dimitri in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, following Chapter 11's reveal of the Flame Emperor being Edelgard, who Dimitri thinks was responsible for the Tragedy of Duscur.
    Dimitri, man, you... you've got to become a king at some point. You've got to keep your shit together. Got to keep your cool.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Another form of Nico's Ultimate Bullshit powers, where he correctly deduces what a twist will be in a way that makes little actual sense. For instance, in Ace Attorney Investigations 2, he guesses that Simon Keyes is the mastermind based on the assumption that he is Isaac Dover's son because of his memory of their hair color. In actuality, Simon's hair is red while Dover's is brown, and Simon turns out to be Dane Gustavia's son instead, but Nico was right about him being the mastermind.
    • In Kingdom Hearts X, Nico guesses that Terra, Aqua, and Ventus are among the Dandelions, the young Keyblade wielders chosen to survive the end of the world. As many Picky Penguins pointed out in the comments, this would be completely impossible, since X takes place hundreds of years before Birth by Sleep. The next day, the debut trailer for Union X revealed that Ventus was a Dandelion after all. The fanbase still isn't sure how that's possible, but the lesson is clear: never doubt Nico's Ultimate Bullshit powers.
    • He also predicts in Danganronpa V3 that because of Miu's plan to kill someone, Gonta tried to make sure that didn't happen, but in doing so, Gonta accidentally killed her. In actuality, Gonta found out the apparent state of the outside world, and he thought it was best to Mercy Kill everybody because of how awful it was.
  • Running Gag: Nico has several, but here are only a few.
    • If a character says anything along the lines of "I feel something in my heart/soul/mind/etc", expect Nico to replace it with "I feel it in my balls."
    • When Nico finds a character sexy, he will often recall humorous imagery of this character rubbing cocoa butter all over their body. This, of course, is only done in jest or even in admiration for a character's sexiness. Good examples are Godot from Ace Attorney, Yu Narukami from Persona 4, and Ansem from Kingdom Hearts.
    • Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward: If Sigma or Nico made a pervy joke, Nico would sing "Go Go (insert word here, usually Horny) SIGMA!" to the tune of the Power Ranger's theme song) .
    • Ace Attorney: At the start of most cross-examinations, as the images of the current playable character and their opponent cross the screen, Nico will yell "Bring it on, X!" While the "X" varies, it is most often some joke centered around the opponent, or "Edgeworth", even when the opponent is not Edgeworth or he is currently playing as Edgeworth.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations: Whenever he examines an area where Edgeworth zooms in and says the same line, he says "I won't rest until I've inspected every suspicious-looking nook and *most interesting item of note*"
      • Also, whenever he connects logic, he says "Go for it! Connect (insert word here), referencing an old Connect Four ad.
    • [Nico gets a puzzle or a choice correct] "Hot dog!" [hot-dog related picture flashes on screen]
    • Anytime a character begins to become epically powerful, he refers to it as "ULTIMATE DEMON POWER"
    • Anytime hope or despair is referenced, expect Komaeda or Monokuma to appear, maybe even at the same time.
    • Anytime a character says something similar to "still got a ways to go", Nico will whip out his Ryoma Hoshi voice.
    • Miu Iruma throwing up whenever she laughs.
    • The intros to the main-series Ace Attorney games always involve doing something to people. Specifically, "yelling at people", "pointing at people", "staring at people", "screeching at people", "listening to people", and "channeling people".
    • Similarly, all intros for games in the Yakuza franchise except the first, including Judgement, have had Nico referencing the series' infamous karaoke mini-game and the songs within. Kiwami featured 24-Hour Cinderella getting stuck in his head, Kiwami 2 had Nico sing part of Bakamitai with a funny image replacing the photo on the bar table, and Judgement had the end of Judgement-Shinpan play.
    • In his Kingdom Hearts L Ps, if the criteria for a counter from a previous game in the series is fulfilled, sometimes said counter will reappear with a ludicrously high number.
  • Sanity Slippage: Nico’s gradual descent into raging madness….otherwise known as his Dark Souls 2 LP.
    • As a highlight, Nico is reduced to a broken shell when he faces Darklurker, one of the optional bosses in DS 2.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Nico mimicking explosions and other sound effects is especially common.
  • Screaming at Squick: When Pearl channeled Mia Fey for the first time, Nico was understandably grossed out, enough for his screaming to cut to his screaming.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In his Danganronpa V3 LP, he left his own room upon seeing Kokichi's new Nightmare Face out of pure terror.
  • Simpleton Voice: The "Hagakure voice" is designated exclusively to idiotic, or otherwise incompetent/wimpy characters.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Episodes 6 and 7 of The Council of Voices cover largely the same period of time, focusing on different characters. Episode 6 focuses on Komaeda, Togami, Seven, and Joshua, while episode 7 focuses on Chiaki, Mayuri, Morishige, Monokuma, and Donald.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Cusses in regular intervals, often making mention of "horse shit."
  • Smash Cut: Often done following some of his more ridiculous or nonsensical tangents and edits, interrupting the video with a black screen and test tone before returning to the game.
  • Something Completely Different: Nico followed up the finale to his Dual Destinies LP with...an analysis of My Hero Academia.
  • Squee!:
    • Nico is prone to doing this in his Kingdom Hearts LPs when he meets characters from Final Fantasy as allies or enemies. He is especially thrilled when he finds out Auron, by far his favorite character out of the whole franchise, temporarily joins his party in Kingdom Hearts II. He also freaks out when he does the special match in the Colosseum for the first time in Kingdom Hearts and discovers it's a one-on-one against none other than Sephiroth.
    • In Danganronpa V3 Nico gets positively giddy when he gets to the post-game and does the love hotel event with Kaede in Salmon Mode especially on the implication that Kaede's ideal perception of Shuichi was just him as himself and that they had sex afterwards. He goes so far as to call it "the best thing to ever happen in this let's play", as he is a big supporter of that shipping and was bummed that he didn't get to see it happen in the main game.
    • Over the course of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, he develops an absolute crush on Dimitri, and reacts with utter glee at his Adorkable moments. Understandably, this tapers down a bit once Dimitri begins to unravel.
  • Stealth Pun: In the scene from Council of Voices Episode 7 where Morishige learns how to power-walk in order to circumvent his forbidden action and save Mayuri, the background music is "You Say Run".
  • Stunned Silence: During the "Loathing" cutscene in Fire Emblem: Three Houses (AKA the one where Dimitri goes berserk upon seeing who's under the Flame Emperor mask), it takes Nico until about halfway through before he manages to offer any commentary on what's happening. Even then, it takes a while before he moves from "oh god" and "holy shit" to something coherent.
  • Super Gullible: With so many series recommendations to go through, Nico often has to trust what picky penguins tell him about games and shows. At times, this means Nico may take a joke or sarcastic comment as fact, creating misconceptions that range from hilarious to cringe-worthy. Examples of this include (but are not limited to):
    • Nico thinking the infamous horror anime Higurashi is a hentai.
    • Nico thinking Disgaea has little to no story.
    • His stream commenters exploit this in VA-11 HALL-A, saying "X character is a guy" when they aren't, just to fuck around with him (since they know that Nico is always tripped up by such reveals).
    • That there are only three party members in Ni no Kuni.
    • Nico thinking that Kid Icarus: Uprising is a first-person shooter.
    • Nico being convinced that you can get some cool cooking ingredients by attacking the Cuccos in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    • Nico thinking the entirety of Tales Series is generic based only on the first two hours of Tales of Vesperia.
    • Fans told Nico how to avoid "spoilers" for the DLC case of Spirit of Justice. He complied, only to find that the surprise character was Larry Butz (a character Nico isn't particularly fond of).
    • He was fooled completely by Miriam's "Paris" excuse Explanation , despite being several hours in the game and should already know what Shardbinders are by this point.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nico recruits Caspar in his Blue Lions route playthrough due to commenters saying that he's a very good unit. While this may be true to some extent, the real reason for some to have suggested Caspar to be recruited is the fact that Caspar and Mercedes have a paralogue post-Time Skip, which brings the Death Knight plot thread to its conclusion (especially in the Blue Lions route), and it can't be unlocked if Caspar is not recruited. Saying that he's a good unit may have been used as a way to get Nico to recruit him without spoiling him on future content.
  • The Stinger: In the past, some of his videos ended with "And now some final words from Bernie the Dog", as Bernie plays around on-camera and Nico ad-libs as her.
  • Tears of Joy: Nico had shed manly tears after he defeats Darklurker, an optional boss in Dark Souls 2.
    • To put in context: Nico had already been turned into a broken shell during a very bad losing streak against the Darklurker. Once he finally lands the death blow against the boss he cries out in victory.
  • Tempting Fate: Whether it earns him a butt-kicking from the opponent or a jump scare by some horrifying creature, Nico has a habit of doing this from time to time.
    • The Cavern of Remembrance in episode 15 of Kingdom Hearts II. He admits to this in editing that he should have cut his losses much earlier.
    • In episode 2 of his [[Video Game/Slender]] Let’s Play, he starts singing and says “See? It’s not as scary this way, is it?” This doesn’t last long.
    • He starts thinking he's overleveled in Persona 5 and raises the difficulty for the boss. Cue a Total Party Kill by a full-powered "March of the Piggy".
    • Throughout the entirety of Spirit of Justice LP Nico jokes about Larry being gallery member, cause he got downgraded to the point of not being allowed to star in cases themselves. Guess what happens in DLC case.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Starting with Chain of Memories, each Kingdom Hearts game has at least one:
    • Chain of Memories had a counter for every time Donald says "Wak!"
    • Kingdom Hearts II had a death counter and a counter for every time the names "Sora, Donald, and Goofy" are mentioned in that order.
    • 358/2 Days had a counter for every time Axel says any variation of "Got it memorized?"
    • The death counter returns in Birth By Sleep, now made out of blood.
    • Also for Birth by Sleep, we now get the "Ven Counter" for every time in Ventus's story that he introduces himself by saying, "Call me Ven!"
    • In Dream Drop Distance, we get the "SoraxRiku" counter, for every Ho Yay moment between the two.invoked
    • In Breath Of The Wild, we got the return of the classic death counter.
    • The majority of Nico's livestreams have a death counter as well, if the game he's playing is particularly hard, at least.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: P.F. Chang's.
  • Undying Loyalty: Several Picky Penguins towards Nico. Nico also returns the favor in kind, often making mention and paying tribute to his loyal fans for sticking with him, such as his "Comment of the Day" and "Fan Art of the Day" segments.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Nico when adapting to weirdness in the games he plays, but more notably when accepting the insanity of roleplays and bizarre conversations in his comment sections.
  • Unusual Euphemism: According to Nico, Komaeda's penis is exclusively referred to as his throbbing "hope."
    • He refers to having sex as "making babies"; not so unusual, but he has once referred to kissing as "making mouth babies".
    • Describing one pornstar's work as "an outdoor barbecue" with "tacos, hot dogs, and sprinklers"
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Nico has failed multiple times to notice game characters disguised as the opposite gender until moments before the reveal. Scratching the surface includes Lukako (Steins;Gate), Chihiro (Danganronpa), and Naoto (Persona 4 Golden). He has lampshaded this several times over the course of his videos.
  • Vocal Evolution: Compare Nico's older videos to his newer videos. Nico has come a long way in regards to his voice acting, currently able to voice a whole cast of characters with different voices all by himself.
    • This gets lampshaded to hell and back in episode 4 of The Council of Voices, which focuses primarily on the origins of some of Nico's oldest voices.
      Judge: Yup, which means we're going back. Waaay back. All the way back to those awkward moments when we sounded like shit.
  • Wham Line: A rare meta example via Nico's twitter regarding the secret boss from Kingdom Hearts 0.2. Keep in mind, Nico has faced some of the most insane, difficult bosses the series has to offer: the Unknown in KH1, Lingering Will in KH2, Young Xehanort in Birth by Sleep, Julius in Dream Drop Distance... All of these bosses he's battled and successfully defeated, even if in some cases it took him many, MANY tries. This makes this tweet that much more shocking.
    The secret boss in 0.2 KH is the worst thing in existence.
  • Wham Shot: The final scene in episode 4 of The Council of Voices. As the Council devolves into bickering, the camera zooms out, showing the scene being played on one of several screens. The person watching the screens is then shown wearing a gas mask and declaring "Soon. Very soon..." Something big is right around the corner.
    • The final scene in Episode 5 also counts. Joshua goes to look for Seven, who had gone off alone to get food, and finds him lying on the floor with a knife in his back. That's right, Nico killed one of his voices!
  • Yandere: In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nico often has Byleth/Bizzlead murder anyone who dares to criticize his greatest crush, Dimitri, or any of the other Blue Lions like Dedue or Annette. It also starts going the other way once Dimitri's dark side begins to show, with Nico's ad-libs having Dimitri do increasingly violent things to (be with) Bizzlead.
    Bizzlead: "Ooh, kinky~"
  • You Monster!: When a villain does something incredibly heinous, Nico tends to call them a "demon" or "demon lord."
    • If it's a female character that does this, like Dahlia Hawthorne, he tends to call them "Demon McBitchtits."
    • Also tends to use the phrase for extremely powerful things, evil or not. Gets a little bit strange in the Steins;Gate LP, after Lukako performs an exorcism on Okabe.
      Okabe: Oh my god, I feel sweet demon power flowing through my veins! I mean, wait, no, not flowing through my veins. Because it's gone now.
  • Your Head Asplode: In Danganronpa V3, this happens to Nico after Kokichi shows off his final and most horrifying nightmare face yet.
    Nico (ad-libbing as Kokichi): "MEEE—"
    Nico (in his regular voice): OOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH— *SPLAT*.....*THUMP*


"Until next time, guys, stay classy."
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