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"I did it. I did the thing."

Radical Bromance (also known as Rad Bros or Rad Dudes) is a group of new Let's Players that began their stint on YouTube on the tail end of February 2015. The group consists of four men: Alex, Rob, Matt Walker (not to be confused with the Texas Ranger or the guy in the glasses) and Striker.

Thus far, their repertoire largely consists of Capcom or Nintendo games with modern games (typically fighters) mixed in. Word of God is that games that the group is familiar with are more likely to be played because Alex prefers taking the initial playthrough of a game at his own pace, but also doesn't find constant failure or exaggerated reactions to said failures to be amusing or entertaining.

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Their YouTube page can be found here and updates every other day (barring Schedule Slip)s. Striker has his own channel here and also runs a stream on Thursday and Sunday events on his Twitch channel.


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  • Accentuate the Negative: Walker does a lot. Alex has noted that he finds this trope incredibly tiring overall.
    Alex: Who would have thought that being crabby and skeptical all the time would be so exhausting?
  • Agent Scully: Walker.
  • All or Nothing: Strangely, this seems to be the only way Arcblade works for Alex while doing Player Versus Player in Destiny, leading to either a series of kills or the enemy immediately shutting him down. Lampshaded by Alex's usage of a record scratch in the case of the it being 'nothing'.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Walker being the player in Shantae. In more recent times, Jake has become a regular and Alex's friend Lindsey appeared to do a playthrough of the Resident Evil 2 remake.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Everyone on the show.
  • Bara Genre: Is Rob's preference.
  • Berserk Button: Alex doesn't like when people eat his food.
  • Big Eater: Alex, as everyone on the show jokes.
  • Big Fun: While it may just be his character, Alex comes off as this or at least appears to be the most willing to have fun.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Alex, with great emphasis on the lazy.
  • Boss Subtitles: Overlaps with Mook Debut Cutscene and Theme Tune in Resident Evil 1.
  • Audience Participation: Formerly the Hitbox chat window.
  • Black Comedy: Part of the appeal.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tends to happen more or less any time Alex tries to tell Walker to do something that would be beneficial.
  • Catchphrase: "I/You blew it!" whenever someone fails, "X, you need to chill the fuck out." with X being whatever is hassling them, "I did it. I did the thing." upon success and sighing or groaning in exasperation.
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  • Child Hater: With the word hate being a bit on the strong side. Walker and Alex have both expressed their disliking of kids and their lack of desire to have any themselves.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Alex is partial to black and silver (but trends to blue when those aren't available), Walker's preferred color is blue, Rob's is green and Striker's is purple.
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Bro vs. Bro, not that Striker or Alex take it seriously.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every member of the group to varying levels.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Alex doesn't like onions, olives or shrimp. Walker hates olives to the point of revulsion.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: A fair chunk of the earliest episodes lack the Hitbox chat, the current game's logo and had a tendency to run for an arbitrary amount of time.
  • Episode Title Card: Alex appears to love making these.
  • Face of the Band: Generally Alex, if the episode title cards are anything to go by.
  • Fake Difficulty: Shantae's emulation induced input lag. Later, Super Mario World and Sonic the Hedgehog. Walker notices this, but Alex apparently doesn't. Or he does, but claims to compensate for it.
  • Fan: Rob was formerly a big Kingdom Hearts fan and Striker is VERY fond of wrestling, often spending a whole LP series talking about an event. Everyone seems to like The Abridged Series of anything. Time will tell for Walker or Alex.
  • Fandom Heresy: Alex stating he likes Mega Man 8 the most out of all classic Mega Man games.
  • Fanon: Neither Alex nor Walker care for it.
  • Fast-Forward Mechanic: Heavily used and abused in the Earth Bound episodes. Showing up more frequently in any game with padding.
  • Filler: Bromance/EXTRA, where the hosts don't actually play anything and just talk about stuff instead.
  • Foil: Each of Alex's co-hosts exhibit this in a different fashion, with Striker less so due to their similar temperament.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    The Cynic: Walker (his gameplay style is also notably more cautious to Alex's aggressive, unflinching style)
    The Optimist: Rob (if Destiny is any indication, he is more calculating and deliberate)
    The Realist: Striker (takes things as they come, with a bit of the Optimist)
    The Apathetic: Alex
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Alex did this with a few videos. In particular, the usage of the Yaranaika face in the second episode of Sophitia's Edge Master Mode. Returns in the playthroughs of the classic Ninja Gaiden games (seemingly throwing Walker off every time).
  • Genre Shift: An episode dedicated to riffing the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA from the 1990s out of nowhere.
  • Graceful Loser: Frequent in-game deaths or failure don't bother Alex. Slightly averted during Mega Man 5 on Crystal Man's stage.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Walker, hands down.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: As with the above, Walker, hands down. If it's not hate, it's disinterest.
  • Have a Nice Death: Invoked in a lighthearted way by the Rank E fanfare from Sonic Unleashed playing when Alex and Striker's team is defeated in Destiny.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Alex says he is this, to his own detriment sometimes.
  • Hetero Sexual Life Partners: Alex and Rob give off this vibe. Hilarious in Hindsight after Rob reveals he's gay and Word of God is that Alex is Asexual.
    The same thing appears to hold water and is combined with Mood Whiplash when it comes to Alex's two new co-hosts, Jake (returning from Bad Dudes) and Lindsey (newcomer). The commentary dynamic becomes much more lively and jovial.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Temporary. The episodes with Alex's childhood friend Jake became 'Bad Dudes'. Became a more permanent fixture once the regular cast became not so regular, resulting in Rad Dudes as the alternative title.
  • Irony: Despite being cynical and grumpy, Walker prefers optimistic and upbeat media while Alex is the inverse.
    Alex: My favorite animes are Berserk and Golgo 13.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Alex's insistence on saying the word 'elephant' in a suave accent.
  • It's X. I Hate X.: Walker absolutely hates turn based, grid based and turn based grid games.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In regards to video games, Alex seems to abide by this. Or want to. Word of God is that he very much believes in the old phrase 'jack of all trades, master of none, but better than a master of one'.
    Alex: When I was a kid, I almost exclusively played platformers, fighting games and action games. It was until I played Final Fantasy VII and Super Mario RPG that I got a real taste of the genre. Since then, I've tried to keep my mind open to the possibility of finding the game in a genre that makes it 'click'. As a result, my backlog is now difficult to manage.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Alex, as he also functions as the editor. A fair portion of his post-edit jokes go over everyone else's heads.
    Alex: I work hard on my jokes, okay?
  • Letters to the Editor: Alex and Striker took to the mailbag in the second Cervantes episode of Soul Edge. Sometimes comes up nowadays.
  • Level Grinding: Averted mostly. Alex has expressed that he has zero qualms with applying the Game Genie or Game Shark to a game to speed the process along. In Mega Man Legends 2, Walker continuously stops to pick up fallen money, despite being told not to waste time.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: Alex has a tendency to forget that he can't do visual gags on the show. At least until he started adding them in post.
  • Mellow Fellow: Striker and Alex.
  • MST: Trio Date Night, which is really more of a return to form for Alex if his dead website is any indication. Alex also made a video advertising the Bring Back Mystery Science Theater kickstarter because of his love for the show. Became a literal joke in the ninth episode of Resident Evil Code Veronica.
  • Momma's Boy: Alex admits that he is one somewhat.
  • More Dakka: Alex's preferred playing style when it comes to Resident Evil.
    Alex: I paid my dues. I don't need to prove anything to anyone!
  • Most Common Super Power: Alex points this out about basically all of Shantae, going so far as utter 'Titties!' when Risky is present or by calling the series itself a prototype of Daily Life With Monster Girl jokingly.
  • Never-Forgotten Skill: The reason for the speed in which Donkey Kong 94's levels were completed so quickly...at first.
  • No Sense of Humor: Definitely Walker, who hates Alex's jokes far more often than he seems to enjoy them.
  • Only Sane Man: Striker.
  • Put on a Bus: Rob after the Resident Evil 2 episodes. It occurred again post-Resident Evil 3, but didn't happen until the middle of the Resident Evil 6 playthrough and appears to be more or less permanent now, despite remaining in the intro.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Walker and Rob (to a lesser degree) are the Red to Alex and Striker's Blue. Alex himself is the Red Oni to Striker's Blue in terms of relativity.
  • Reused Character Design: Any faces that show up in the title cards. Striker and Walker claim to be guilty of this, Walker to a lesser extent. Alex says that he doesn't like it and prefers to avoid it, but is willing to recycle names at least.
    Alex: While I wish I had Osamu Tezuka's talent, it's better to browbeat diversity into a habit for creative endeavors than develop any kind of Star System or whatever. No one wants to see the same character repeatedly. Don't be lazy.
  • Retro Gaming: Appeared to be the case at first, but eventually averted with Rob and Alex's Resident Evil 6 playthrough as well as Striker and Alex going head to head in Ultimate Marvelvs Capcom 3. Older games (or at least stuff prior to the PS3/360 era) seem to be becoming less frequent.
  • Running Gag: The suffering of Brad Vickers. Alex immediately getting up to fast forward whenever the photographer shows up in EarthBound.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Overlaps with Would Hit a Girl. In the Resident Evil: Degeneration MSTing (which Youtube took down), Walker implies that Alex and his sister physically fought frequently. Alex edited the actual line out, noting that his mother really hates when the topic is publicly broached.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "Next time on Radical Bromance..."
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: The natural result when everyone is a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Sprite Comic: Walker himself still makes one called The Other Side while not co-starring on Radical Bromance. Alex previously had several. This can occasionally lead to the two of them noticing things about an older game's sprite style.
  • Surfer Dude: Done in Double Dragon Neon along with Totally Radical.
  • Tear Jerker: Alex made it very clear that he was playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because it was the favorite game of his best friend that was Driven to Suicide several years ago.
  • Theme Tune: Getting heavy usage following the sixth Destiny video.
    Mr. X gon' give it to ya! ...Until dad comes home after spending time with the reefer man.
  • The Bus Came Back: Rob returned for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. According to him, his brief hiatus was because of his job. Rob returned for a couple goes at the Prison of Elders in Destiny, citing that he and Alex haven't found something to play together. The same thing happened again with Destiny 2, with Rob stating that the Resident Evil 6 playthrough will probably go unfinished. Alex has lamented this more than once.
  • The Cameo: Disgruntled Ferret, author of MS Paint Masterpieces showed up in the chat from time to time.
  • The Power of Hate: Appears to be Walker's superpower.
  • The Southpaw: Alex is left-handed.
  • The Scrappy: The general consensus regarding the photographer in EarthBound.
  • The Teetotaler: Alex is basically this, contrary to Walker and Striker to a lesser degree.
    Alex: I don't like the taste of alcohol, don't like dealing with people who regularly drink and generally find the notion of using it as even a temporary problem solver to be sketchy at best.
  • Theme Naming: Every game's playlist has 'bro' somewhere in the title.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Alex and Rob using stereotypical Nazi voices whenever they read an Apocalyptic Log in Dino Crisis. Unfortunately, it didn't make a comeback in Resident Evil 2.
  • Totally Radical: Intentionally played up during the Double Dragon Neon episodes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Alex appears to have an unhealthy love for cinnamon bread and Mongolian barbeque. Both Alex and Walker have a professed love for burgers restaurants.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: If something like this happens on this show, it's probably the audio. Emulation of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis also appears to invoke flickering letterbox issues. Usually the reason why doing modern games takes a while.
  • With Friends Like These...: Sometimes it's difficult to tell if they're Vitriolic Best Buds, Bash Brothers or if Walker just dislikes Alex. As revealed during their Sonic 3 & Knuckles playthrough, Walker enjoys having an argumentative friendship of sorts with him. Alex, however, states that he really doesn't like arguments.
    Brought up again and mostly jossed during an episode of Resident Evil 1. Walker's brand of humor involves taking things at face value or pretending jokes aren't funny as reactions. Aside from that, there are times than not where it comes off that Walker isn't interested in being there.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Deliberately invoked with the EarthBound title cards.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Alex has said that any time there's a musical gag, Youtube's automated copyright system triggers. He doesn't seem to care.
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