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Spike and Barley Play is a Let's Play series on YouTube starring the titular Spike and Barley.

The series began with GoldSrc and Source related horror mods like Nightmare House 2 and Afraid of Monsters and eventually began playing other horror games such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent as well as a slew of non-horror selection of games. The series gained a cult following since the beginning early in 2011, until the two parted ways over a dispute and started playing separate from each other, Spike creating his own comedic Let's Plays called Sass Patrol with Shadow, his long time Real Life friend, while Barley went solo with some of his own friends. Since then they have reunited and made up to create videos without a schedule.

A recurring theme in their videos is a bunch of verbal tics, to the point that it is hard to find a video where at least one isn't present.

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Tropes appearing in this tiny series of lil' ol' videos are:

  • Abandoned Hospital: From part 8 of the Silent Hill playthrough; "Where's this lead to?" "It looks like a hospi- oh, jesus..."
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: In some portions of the Amnesia: The Dark Descent episodes. Just like anyone else.
  • Bait-and-Switch: David does this during the finale of Afraid of Monsters by having a TV play the Luxembourg Polka. The duo remark that the game is nice and they like it... Little did they know it was the song of a numbers station and they get creeped out by the voice generated from a Stasi "Sprach" machine.
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  • Befriending the Enemy: Downplayed, they seem to have a fondness towards some of the enemies they face. Such as 'Charles', 'Mr. Struts' and 'Old Yeller'. Old Yeller being one of the least friendly for obvious reasons.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Played straight at the end of the Garry's Mod map: Hell's Resort. Spike remarks that it made the sewer monster run away from them.
  • Blatant Lies: In Afraid of Monsters, Spike does this.
    Barley: "Dude... Did you just swing a knife?"
    Spike, as he goes up to Barley and swings his knife: "Yeah, see."
  • Big "NO!": Let out my many of them. A notable one is from Barley playing F-Zero.
    Barley: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-oh... I have one more lap.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Colina's developer was Portuguese and the game was poorly translated into English. The reading of the notes was at first frustrating to Barley but then this happened:
    Barley: "I heard a horrible noise in the room dinner!" HAAHAHA! The "room dinner"?!
    Spike: I think they meant dinner room!
    Barley: It's not even dining room!
  • Brick Joke: In one of their parts of Afraid Of Monsters: Director's Cut.
    Spike: "I'm gonna cut your face off and wear it."
    Barley: "Don't cut my face off!"
    Spike: "I'M GONNA CUT IT OFF!"
    Barley: "DON'T CUT IT OFF!"
    Later, after Spike has pulled Barley's character into a ladder rope and hops on top of him.
    Barley: "Really, Spike?"
    Spike: "Eeeeyup!"
    Spike chuckles
    Spike: "I cut your face off."
  • Bullying a Dragon: Spike does multiple times towards David Leatherhoff. In Afraid of Monsters: Director's Cut, Barley lampshades this.
    Spike knifing the barrier that's blocking David
  • But Thou Must!: At one point, Barley asked the people watching whether he should fetch Renny, who was stuck scared at the spawn, or leave without him. Everybody told Barley to leave Renny behind. The next clip is Spike dying and being forced to bring back Renny with him.
  • Canada, Eh?: Barley is Canadian.
    • This is brought up in Test Drive Unlimited 2 when he uses metric (KMH) for his speedometer and calling out America (and the U.K. by extension) for being the only countries to use imperial (MPH).
    • Also brought up was the fact that Canadians get milk in bags instead of cartons, possibly resulting in a flame war and Barley posting a video proving this.
    • Barley hates the idea of Canadian Bacon being referred to as such.
    Barley: "You make us proud. Proud to be..."
    Spike: "...An American."
    Barley: "I'm not even American!"
    Spike giggles
    Spike: "Well fuck you! Eheheh..."
    Barley: "Canada's a pretty cool place, man..."
    Spike: "Yeah I like their Canadian bacon."
    Barley takes a deep breath, Spike starts laughing
    Barley: "You, fucking, bitch-ass fucking Americans... It's, You can't do that! You can't just name it Canadian bacon 'cause you're trying to make it sound like your bacon's better, 'cause it's not.
  • Car Fu: Most of the Test Drive Unlimited 2 video (and some from Lost Levels II) involve the duo chasing and crashing into each other.
  • Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo: Both Spike and Barley spout out the strangest things, but notably recurring ones include "Lil' Ol' man!" "You tiny man." "Mister man!" "Laugh it up!" and "GET THE FUCK!". "Free Willy/Willeh!" exclusive for Spike.
  • Creepy Basement: In Under Hell.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: One of them can devolve into this, usually Downplayed.
  • Cool Car: Test Drive Unlimited 2, Barley has a Ford GT, Spike drives a Lotus Esprit S3 and igorek228 drove a Buggatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport that Barley couldn't push off the road.
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer
    • In their Q&A episode, one of the questions they answered was "Have you mistered a man before?" Barley was utterly confused, so Spike answered "I'm pretty sure that's when a man of the mister misters a man."
    • This exchange in part 6 of Afraid of Monsters:
    Barley: "Why do you have to be so negative, man?"
    Spike: "I'm just thinking positive, man."
  • Cuckoo Snarker: While they're eccentric and ridiculous at times, they can deliver some snark here and there.
    Barley, in Deep Well (Part 2), when Spikes internet drops: "Not spooky at all!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: They can both deliver some snarky and sarcastic quips here and there.
    Barley, in Afraid of Monsters (part 12), as Spike knocks on a door in David's house with a knife: "Yeah, keep taunting him. That's gonna work out great for you."
  • Dirty Coward/Lovable Coward: RennyB, a guest in a few of Spike and Barley's videos, tends to be a total wuss when playing scary games, which the individual viewer may find lovable or annoying.
  • Downer Ending: Lost Levels II (supposedly) ends with Barley uninstalling GTA IV, and removing Chris from his friendslist in frustration.
  • The Dreaded: David Leatherhoff is this, and he can do far worse compared to what he can do on a regular AOM server.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: SCP: Containment Breach tends to suffer many memory access violations, Spike even once fell through the floor into nothing before crashing.
    • Mission Impossible (1997) on the N64 crashed Spike's emulator and produced several incredibly loud screeching beeps. To be fair, the video gave a fair indication of it.
    • Something happened to their Skype call during Lumber Island that reduced the other party's voice to a series of pops and hisses for several minutes.
  • Genre Savvy: Both Spike and Barley are relatively up to snuff about things the games might throw at them.
  • Griefer: Spike during their let's play of Portal 2 co-op mode, to deliberately make the game longer, and because it's funny. Here's a minor example.
  • Guttural Growler: Parodied mercilessly by Spike and his vocal frying moments.
  • Hell Is That Noise: A lot of what David Leatherhoff (Cocyx, in reality) emits using the "yy" command.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They bicker, they troll and they laugh at each other so the audience can get their laughs out of their poor cooperation skills. They still (mostly) pull through in the long run, even if it's a long, miserable run through hell and back.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Grand Theft Auto IV part 3, he hiccups every time before he can even start the below trope and results in him nearly suffocating when Spike starts crashing into everything at high speeds.
  • The Hyena: Barley doesn't just laugh, he screams.
  • Hysterical Woman: Both of the times Spike, Barley, and Renny played on gm_ghosthunt, Renny's character model was a woman.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: This happens in the 2000 Subs Video, when Barley reads one of them out:
    Barley: "Why is sexy such as-, what is that."
    Spike wheezes
    Spike: "Why is sexy such as Barley?"
    Barley giggles
  • Lampshade Hanging: Barley especially is fond of this.
    Barley: "The shotgun looks like a fucking 70's station wagon."
    • Another one is from Silent Hill (Part 1):
    Barley: "Always conveniently the phone and the radio."
    Spike: "Something that should only take fucking 5 minutes is taking us a goddamn hour."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: This usually happens to Spike whenever he starts goofing around and it disrupts Barley and/or their progress.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Here's one from their Afraid of Monsters: Director's Cut playthrough.
    Spike: "AAAH!"
    Barley: "What?"
    Spike: "I'm getting chased by a bunch of heads."
  • The Nicknamer: Many of the more common characters they face get nicknamed. Listing them all here would take unnecessary space, but the more notable ones include:
    • The wheelchair zombie from Afraid of Monsters is named 'Charles.' He is later used as a censor image and part of one of their intros.
    • The Servant Grunt and Brute from Amnesia: The Dark Descent were called 'Mr. Struts,' and 'Anti-Struts,' respectively.
    • In SCP: Containment Breach, no doubt that SCP-106 would get the nickname of Little Old Man. SCP-137 got the nick 'Peanut', naturally.
  • Noodle Incident: Since the videos are recorded from Barley's perspective, Spike will usually get into some kind of trouble after Barley looks away for a few seconds. For example, the Mothman video where Spike pops the front tires and breaks the headlights in the 20 seconds Barley takes to walk to the mission objective.
  • Not So Stoic: Spike starts out making fun of Barley when he only had to watch him play Amnesia: The Dark Descent. When they both start playing at the same time, Spike loses his composure.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Both, but Spike more often than not, while Barley can play the Only Sane Man.
    Spike: "Wait, Barley! Barley!"
    Barley: "What?"
    Spike: "I gotta tell you something, this is important."
    Proceeds to knife Barley.
    Spike: "High-five!"
  • Running Gag
    • There are certainly some, one to note is in Afraid of Monsters with Spike bringing up Barley's boots.
    Spike: "Your lil' ol' boots."
    Barley: "They're not little, they're like size 12."
    Spike: "No, they're lil' ol' boots."
    • "Barley Is Dead" is one done by David Leatherhoff, though it's more like Arc Words.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Barley, to compliment his status as The Hyena. He sounds like Homer.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Most of their videos have a warning for strong language.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Spike's especially afraid of this, because, The Grudge.
  • Suspicious Videogame Generosity: From the beginning of Afraid Of Monsters: Director's Cut: "Oh I got a gun!" "That's not good."
  • Tempting Fate: This has happened a few times.
    Spike: "Be careful when you open that door, dude."
    Barley: "What is it gonna be a zombie?"
    • This gets averted when Spike starts knifing a door that David Leatherhoff was emitting noises from:
    Spike, knifing the door: "Hey. Hey Mr. leather-man. Hey."
    Spike: "No one's home, dude."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: If their Portal 2 co-op videos are any indication.

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