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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, 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    • This has occasionally been replaced by a joke animation.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.
    • This is replaced with “And now for the finale” during, well, the finale.
  • 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).”
    • If this introduction is missing, it is likely that the video is the second half of footage Nico deemed too long to upload undivided.
  • 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!”
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    • 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 has been added after this, though it is not included in every video. "And now some final words from Bernie the Dog" involves 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 177,000 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 Oama instead of Oh-ma 34 examples later in the New 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 which wouldn't come out for another year and a half.
    • 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. The previous game will like to have a word with you, Nico.
  • Alliterative Name: Picky Penguins.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Nico comments that he knows Sheik from Super Smash Bros.. However, it was unclear if he knows that Sheik is Zelda or not. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2, 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.
  • Catch-Phrase: "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.
  • 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), Missle (Ghost Trick), and Pea (Ni no Kuni)
  • Deadpan Snarker: The majority of his commentary is not about explaining the game's mechanics, but actually talking to and making sarcastic comments at the game's characters.
  • 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 2. 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!?"
  • 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 complains that all of the clothing patterns in 0.2 are white, despite there being a clear as day "Color" option.
  • 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 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 New 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, despite Kirigiri showing up in the ending of DR2, 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 genre 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: Nico's reaction in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations LP to the reveal that Iris is Morgan's daughter, followed by Big "WHAT?!".
    Nico's brain temporarily stops working
  • 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.
  • 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 given 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 puts him in this mood.
    Nico in the video's 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 sprites, and the mistake was corrected soon after. Also may 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 voiceacting 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.
  • 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. Overtime, 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, Monomi/Usami for Dangan Ronpa 2 and Monotaro for Danganronpa V3) 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.
  • 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 New Danganronpa V3 that Gonta killed Miu because of how Miu planning to kill someone and Gonta trying to make sure that doesn't happen, but in doing so, Gonta accidentally killed her. In actuality, Gonta found out the seemingly 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 characters 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: (To the tune of the Power Ranger's theme song) "Go Go (insert word here, usually Horny) SIGMA!"
    • Ace Attorney: At the start of a cross-examination, 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 epic-ly 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 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".
    • In Kingdom Hearts let's plays, 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.
    • 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 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 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 Duel Destinies LP with........ an analysis of My Hero Academia.
  • 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".
  • 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):
  • The Stinger: "And now some final words from Bernie the Dog."
  • Squee!: Nico is prone to doing this in his Kingdom Hearts LP's 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, can join his party in Kingdom Hearts 2. 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.
    • He does it again in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance when he meets Neku Sakuraba near the beginning of the game.
    • 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.
  • Tears of Joy: Nico sheds 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 Part 15 of Kingdom Hearts 2. He admits to this in editing and in the following video.
    • In part 2 of his 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 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 everytime 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, as well as the majority of his livestreams, we have the return of the classic death counter.
  • 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.
  • 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 porn stars work as "an outdoor barbacue" 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. This applies to 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 of 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. Way 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. Which makes this tweet that much more shocking.
  • 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!
  • 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 New Danganronpa V 3 this happens to Nico after Kokichi shows off his final and most horrifying nightmare face yet.
    Nico: MEEE—OOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH— *SPLAT* *THUMP*


"Until next time, guys, stay classy."
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