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"My name is Stephen Georg. I play video games."

StephenPlays is a YouTube Let's Play channel in which Stephen and Mallory Georg play video games, begun in late 2010. Stephen also has a separate channel, StephenVlog, where he documents his life with Mal (and, previously, his college roommates), which he had been doing successfully for a year before StephenPlays. He has also been involved with several Earthbound related fan productions such as Fobbies Are Borange.

His website, which includes a list of Memorable Moments, the LP schedule and frequently asked questions, among other things, can be found here.


Current LPs

Recurring Series

  • First20: Every Friday, Stephen and Mal play the first twenty minutes (or so) of a video game they own.
  • Demo Fridays: On occasional Fridays, Stephen and Mal play a demo of a game on XBL or PSN. Substitutes for First20.
  • GTA Online: Stephen and Friends mess around in Grand Theft Auto Online. Sporadically released on Saturday nights when Stephen and Friends isn't released.
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons: Stephen and Friends visit each island owned by a friend in Animal crossing and mess around.
  • Memorable Moments: Humorous and memorable moments from previous LPs. Posted Monday-Thursday.
  • Mini-Golf Versus: Stephen and Mal play mini-golf at various locations in Myrtle Beach, sometimes with friends.
  • Morning Mario: Stephen plays a viewer-submitted level from Super Mario Maker every weekday morning.
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  • Stephen and Friends: Stephen, Mal, and Friends play various multiplayer games. Sporadically released on Saturday nights when GTA Online isn't released.
  • Extra Life: Every fall, Stephen and Mal host a video game marathon on their Twitch channel with Extra Life to raise money for their local children's hospital. These videos are later uploaded on the YouTube channel.

    Previous LPs 

This series of Let's Plays contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked Nana is apparently a heavy drinker who also smokes.
    • Stephen thinks the Pokemon Trainer from Brawl is the worst Pokemon trainer ever, because he can only capture statues and, when their play his Subspace doppelganger, his Charizard jumps off the edge and kills itself in seconds.
    • Crystal from Crystal's Pony Tale captures the other ponies' souls.
    • Farkas/Fartas is a pacifist.
    • Stephen considers Agitha from Twilight Princess to be creepy, insane and living in her own fantasy, though Mal disagrees.
    • In the same game, Stephen and Mal decide that the reason why Link never talks in dialogue boxes is that he's brain-damaged himself from walking into head-first into walls all the time during his adventures, and in reality he's an Intelligible Unintelligible who just says "herp skerp a derp" to people.
    • During 3D World, Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad become Barry (a self-absorbed jerk with issues), Larry (Barry's twin/brother/cousin who's just along for some reason), Pesh and Frog. After they unlock Rosalina, she is renamed Brenda (Barry's ex-wife) and replaces Frog.
    • In episode 23 of Super Mario 64, Stephen interprets the flying carpet as having a Clingy Jealous Girl personality due to it vanishing once Mario has been away from it for a few seconds.
  • Annoying Laugh: Stephen's rendition of Midna's "Eee hee!" Verbal Tic in Twilight Princess. Mal repeatedly tries to stop him reading that part of the text boxes out, but it never sticks.
    • Stephen also gives Saria a constant, nervous one when he voices her in Ocarina of Time.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Sometimes does this to enemies that are not just a Red Shirt or a Mook.
  • April Fools' Day: A channel tradition.
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: Stephen likes the phrase 'solid damage'.
    • When doing songs on stream, Stephen tends to lead in with the phrase "Don't you know..." to give himself time to think of rhymes. Mal occasionally does the same with "Guess what?"
  • Ax-Crazy: Lil' Brekflek.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Stephen comments on how many of the fights Argyl gets into should just be talked out, right before killing everyone.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Faendal may be an idiot sometimes but he can be terrifying as demonstrated when he thanks Argyl for killing Sven, and especially in "Skyrim #181" when he murdered Argyl.
  • Book-Ends: He feels this way during the Dark Brotherhood questline which started with him leaving an abandoned shack and was about to end with him fast traveling back to the shack to catch the boat that has his final target, The Emperor.
  • Born Lucky: Mal, sometimes - for instance guessing the safe route across a dangerous floor in Gears of War the first time after not playing the game for years.
    • Stephen decides that 'luck exists' after playing Mario Party against Chuggaaconroy for the first time.
  • Buffy Speak: When playing games with Mal on stream, Stephen refers to all NPCs indiscriminately as "the guy".
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Faendal tends to make things either silly or difficult for Stephen, sometimes both.
  • Butt-Monkey: Faendal in Skyrim. Carl Sagan the Pidgeotto gets this in Pokémon LeafGreen to some extent too.
  • Call-Back: Whenever Stephen plays as Toon Link in World of Light, he makes sure that the tunic he's wearing is always purple as a reference to his role in The Runaway Guys Four Swords Adventures LP.
  • Captain Obvious: Mal in Brawl. A Running Gag is her non sequiturishly responding to something Stephen says by announcing what character she's playing as or what item she's holding.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Celebrity Resemblance: In episode 30 of Twilight Princess, Stephen thinks the character Shad looks like Frodo.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Mal would have won Sonic Generations had she not died at the very beginning of the game. Stephen lampshades this.
    • During Mario Kart 64's Battle Mode, Stephen and Mal both get Triple Green Shells and they fire all three to allow usage of their stocked item. Due to how Double Deck is structured, the shells haphazardly ricochet off the walls, making it difficult to track and they simply try to avoid them and continue beating the pulp out of each other. One of them ends up KO-ing Mal. Heck, the Memorable Moment for this is titled "Chekhov's Green Shell".
  • Cherry Tapping: Likes to do this with Poison Sting as his final move in Pokémon LeafGreen.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
  • Content Warnings:
    "Unlike most content on StephenPlays, the 'Stephen & Friends' series is uncensored and may contain strong language and adult humor. Viewer discretion and all that jazz."
  • Contrived Coincidence: Both Stephen and Mal and The Runaway Guys independently came up with the running joke that Zelda is a throaty-voiced chain smoker (with Stephen's example coming first, but the Guys not being aware of it when they did theirs). This has remarkably confused the crossover fanbase between the two.
  • Cross Player: In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Stephen plays as Dixie, whereas Mal plays as Kiddie.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Faendal has his moments.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Mal and Stephen spend most of Kirby Super Star gushing over how cute everything is.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Guest player Alex in Super Mario 3D World complains when the game mechanics aren't consistent with those in Super Mario 64 (such as not being able to ground-pound Boos). He's finally happy when the Bullies reappear from that game and are killed in the same way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Stephen's best friend Alex in his occasional appearances. Stephen himself qualifies at times.
  • Deep South: Stephen is from South Carolina, and an exaggerated Deep South redneck accent is his usual first choice of voice when voicing a random NPC.
  • Dissimile: In episode 3 of Brawl, Stephen tells Mal that Rayquaza is "A Pokemans, like Mewtwo, but he's a dragon, and not like Mewtwo at all".
  • Eldritch Abomination: Peggy, the bizarre creature made in Amazing Island during the 2018 Extra Life stream, who will supposedly awaken in 2033 and is now blamed for all streaming technical issues.
  • Epic Fail: The entirety of his attempt to catch Mewtwo.
  • Escalating Punchline: Stephen keeps increasing the number of successive years that Kirby Star Allies is his 'game of the year' whenever something he likes happens in-game. The joke makes a comeback for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is apparently Game of the Year six years in a row despite only having been out for three at the time Stephen said it.
  • Fan Nickname: In-Universe, he refers to the Blackglasses item in Pokémon LeafGreen as the "hater shades". He also refers to Pokedollars, the in-game currency, as "P-moneyz".
    • He has several for different Mooks in Brawl: Auroros are "Birds of Paradise", Bucculus are "Nipple Suckers" and Shellpods are "Paracrosses".
    • He refers to Ness and Lucas as "The Mother Brothers".
    • Mal also has a tendency to use malapropism nicknames for characters, like 'Marro' for Mario, 'Kirbs' for Kirby, and 'Donkles, Diddles, Dixxles and Crankles' for the Kong family (these ones partly inspired by names Stephen's parents came up with while trying to name Smash Bros characters in a challenge).
  • Flat "What":
    • In Skyrim, when Ulfric Stormcloak says he can't accept the title of High King.
    • Also in Skyrim, when Astrid tells him he is going to kill the bride of a wedding.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Stephen occasionally uses 'Wanker' to round out his family-friendly cussing (well, family-friendly unless the viewer is British...)
  • Forgot About His Powers: A Running Gag in their streams of Breath of the Wild, in which both of them forget the Cryonis ability exists and Mal also tends to forget she can run.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: When Mal trolls him, Stephen will occasionally use her maiden name in this way.
    Stephen: MALLORY WEIR!
    • Mal then does it to Stephen in return in Battle Block Theater when he keeps accidentally blowing them both up with grenades.
  • Funny Background Event: In audio form from Skryim #157. "You need to leave".
  • Gentle Giant: Stephen is a generally nice, down to earth guy. He's also 6'6".
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rarely ever swears. Unless you count "piss" as a swear.
    • An aversion in Shadow of the Colossus: he gets very frustrated with Celosia, and after a grueling battle releases a tirade of (bleeped out) swears on the poor creature. At the end here.
    • Completely averted in The Last of Us: when reading the different document artifacts he finds in the world, he reads out the swears as well. Justified, as censoring them in a game like The Last of Us would be rather pointless.
  • Happily Married: Stephen and Mal.
  • Harmless Villain: Starting with his island in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons videos, Thomas's ingame villain persona, Wet Bone, who attacks by sprinkling water from a watering can on his victims.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Stephen is over a foot taller than Mal.
  • Humiliation Conga: Mario Kart #16: MKWii Shell Cup, period paragraph, beginning to end. "I smoked Mal in practice" declarations in the beginning turn into Mal dusting Stephen in every single track, beating him with a perfect 60 to his 39, a 21 point lead. There is not a track in the video where Stephen does not leave utterly humiliated... only to go on to the next track and brag about how set he is.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Faendal kills Argyl for killing an NPC but after a reload goes and kills the exact same NPC.
    • In the first Mario Kart race between Stephen and Mal, Stephen tells Mal not to get too cocky because it's only the first lap of the first race. Almost immediately after, and debatably through the entire LP, Stephen ends up getting insanely cocky, usually just before a humiliating fall.
  • Improv: Stephen is known for being able to improvise songs about what's happening in a game on the spot, sometimes set to the game's music but more often based on the tune of a randomly chosen real song (or even one he makes up on the spur of the moment).
    • On Breakfast Stream and Friday night gaming streams, a viewer donating 5000 bits with a topic will force Stephen to improvise a song on the spot (with the accompanying music changing every few months).
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: In this clip, Alex does an Affectionate Parody of Stephen that is a mix of this, Department of Redundancy Department and Small Name, Big Ego:
    Alex: [as Stephen] Welcome back to StephenVlogs, this is StephenVlogs, my name's Stephen Georg, we are playing video games, I play video games, my name's Stephen Georg, I'm StephenVlogs.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Stephen appears to think this about the word 'bunion', which crops up in a number of unexpected places.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: At one point during Pokémon LeafGreen #40, Stephen predicts a viewer's comment: "Stephen, are you drunk?" Keep in mind, previous loopy speaking aside, Stephen never even implied he was drunk prior to that.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Towards the end of Little Big Planet 2, both Mal and Stephen start to refer to the game as "Mallory's Dress Simulator".
    • In Resident Evil 5 they both refer to the non-zombie enemies as "new friends!"
    • Mal refers to the kremlings in the Donkey Kong Country series as "friends!"
    • In Super C the enemy mooks end up being dubbed "Green Power Rangers".
    • In Super Mario 3D World, largely at the instigation of guests Alex and Hayley, the player characters Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad get dubbed Barry, Larry, Pesh and Frog respectively. Stephen also refers to the game as 'Cat World', even outside the LP, to the point where he gets momentarily confused in the Morning Mario series on being reminded that's not its actual title.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay:
    • His Bulbasaur in Pokémon LeafGreen is called Gregj. "The J is silent."
    • A Running Gag in the same LP is Stephen never being sure how to pronounce the item 'ether' and going through two or three pronunciations every time he mentions it.
      • Humorously, this goes back to Minecraft #46, where Stephen has the same habit.
    • Stephen and Mal also argue over how to pronounce the Mook "Feyesh"'s name in Brawl.
    • Stephen and Mal can't make up their minds how to pronounce "Epona" in Twilight Princess.
    • In Real Life, Stephen pronounces "giraffe" as "draff", for which he is made fun of by his college roommates.
    • In Zelda games, Stephen semi-consistently pronounces "Kakariko" as "Ka-karri-ko" rather than "Kakka-riko". This is partly because he grew up pronouncing it that way, but also because he knows it annoys people in the Twitch chat.
  • Madness Mantra: "Bait...rock...ball. Bait...rock...ball" in Pokémon LeafGreen's Safari Zone.
    • "Gimme something good, gimme something good, gimme something good!" when Stephen hits an item box in Mario Kart and is waiting for the roulette to settle on an item.
  • Mature Rating: At the opening of each video for Grand Theft Auto V, Stephen shows the rating screen, usually with added humor that relates to the episode about to be shown. (Rating the video 'I' for Immature, etc.). He also does this for his LP of Far Cry 4.
  • MST: Tends to do this over cutscenes.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Mal and Stephen's cats (respectively) Kepler and Sagan, named after astronomers Johannes Kepler and Carl Sagan.
  • Name McAdjective: At the end of episode 7 of Resident Evil 5, Mal claims to be "Helpy McHelperton".
  • N-Word Privileges: Stephen can refer to argonians as lizards, but no one else can.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Well more like a sidekick that is not one of the selectable races, but Lil' Brekflek is like this. The game even refers to him as a pet.
  • No Sense of Direction: Mal - according to Stephen at least. But only in games, not in Real Life.
    • Stephen also claims her sister Karley is even worse, despite being an astrophysicist.
  • Not the Intended Use: In Assassin's Creed, the Gentle Push was rarely ever used to navigate through a crowd and instead was used on random citizens. He even lampshaded it.
  • One Head Taller: Stephen and Mal. Mal is 5'5", and Stephen is 6'6".
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in the Endless Ocean: Blue World First20, in which Stephen names the dolphin "Nancy" because there's already a human character in the game called Nancy, producing deliberately confusing and funny dialogue.
  • Opening Narration: "Hello everyone, and welcome back to more Stephen Plays [video game]. My name is Stephen Georg, I play video games, and today it's [video game]."
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Lil' Brekflek, one of Stephen's sidekicks in Skyrim.
  • Painting the Fourth Wall: Since Dan started editing some of Stephen's videos, live Stephen will sometimes instruct future Dan to edit in various things. On one occasion in Stephen & Friends live Dan even told future Dan to stop drinking so much chocolate milk (cut to future Dan at his computer looking disappointed).
  • Papa Wolf: Stephen and Mal don't have kids in real life, but Stephen in particular is very protective of kids in games. The Walking Dead is a good example of this, with Clementine in the first two seasons and Gabe in A New Frontier.
    Stephen: When you put a gun to a kid's head, and you start threatening that kid? That's when we have a problem.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word:
    • "Agreeance" in episode 24 of Pokémon LeafGreen.
    • "Arenarea" from episode 11 of Twilight Princess.
  • Permanently Missable Content:
    • Mehrune's Razor. Subverted in the dream sequence near the end of the Skyrim LP.
    • The Skull of Corruption.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Happens periodically to Stephen due to his lack of familiarity with Star Wars and Harry Potter. A particular Running Gag in "Broken Picturephone", in which Stephen always refers to Hagrid simply as "Harry Potter's Big Friend" when he comes up.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In-Universe. In episode 4 of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the game combines their names into "SMALN" while they're both riding in a minecart, and Stephen decides it's their new couple name.
  • Precision F-Strike: Because these moments are exceptionally rare, on account of Stephen and Mal not being very prominent swearers, whenever Stephen or Mal do drop an F or S-bomb, it's pretty jarring. Thankfully, most of the curses are censored (with the exceptions of any Stephen & Friends series, or if either of them are reading dialogue in a game).
  • Robo Speak: Both Stephen and especially Mal represent R.O.B. talking like this in Brawl.
    Mal: I. AM. ROB.
    • Mal accused Stephen himself of this at one point due to the way he pronounces "human being."
  • Running Gag: Several, but usually specific to a particular LP.
    • First20 running over twenty minutes... often by a lot. This is lampshaded in the comments.
    • "This reminds me of Ocarina of Time..." in Twilight Princess.
    • "Gentle Push" in Assassin's Creed.
    • In LittleBigPlanet2, when asked at the end of the level "Did you like it?", Stephen replies, "I LIKED IT" in a deep, throaty Cookie Monster-like voice.
    • Stephen's fake crying after something doesn't go his way.
    • In their SSB4 LP, Mal has developed the habit of countering whatever Stephen says at the end of an episode with murdering him.
    • Stephen supplying an NPC with a weird voice and, after Mal's incredulous silence, replying, "That's his voice."
      • Also applies to when he makes weird sounds for items: "That's the sound it makes."
    • Stephen mentioning going to Arby's in the middle of cutscenes in Resident Evil 5.
      • Referring to Walmart the same way during Brawl cutscenes.
    • Mal happily pointing out every single bee throughout the Donkey Kong Country games.
    • Stephen's breakdowns during Mal's episodes of Pikmin.
    • Every time Stephen has to solve a puzzle without Mal's help, expect hilarious and often disastrous results.
    • They spend the entirety of Brawl arguing over how to pronounce "feyesh."
    • invokedThroughout Minecraft, Stephen makes fun of Mal falling into the lava once and losing all of her items, including a stack of 64 iron.
    • Stephen comparing every four-legged Colossus to Venusaur.
    • "[moans] Ribcage."
    • In Limbo and Inside, Stephen has decided that left is the Burger King direction, and right is the McDonalds direction.
      Stephen: [panicking] Oh my god, head to Burger King now! GO TO BURGER KING NOW!
    • In Morning Mario and occasionally other series, after a harrowing bit of platforming or button mashing, Stephen declares 'Palms are sweaty' and then Dan edits in Eminem popping up and rhyming "Mom spaghetti!"
    • Also in Morning Mario, in videos released on Wednesday Stephen will sometimes refer to it as "Hump Day", and Dan edits in a gif of a camel saying "Whoo whoop!"
    • Forgetting the Cryonis ability (or not realising they can use it in a certain situation) in Breath of the Wild.
    • Also in Breath of the Wild, Stephen sings Dust in the Wind whenever the monk at the end of the shrines fade away into dust.
  • Shaped Like Itself: At the end of episode 14 of Brawl:
    Stephen: Be sure to join us next time when we go into Subspace, and things get...
    Mal: Subspacey?
    Stephen: ...Subspacey. Yeah.
    • In a Halo 3 match including both JoshJepson and Pcull44444, Stephen explains who Pcull is because his Xbox name is different. Another player asks "Then who's JoshJepson?" and Stephen explains "JoshJepson is JoshJepson".
    • At the beginning of episode 49 of Twilight Princess:
      Mal: Do you see on the map, the buildings? You see they're square, like buildings?
      Stephen: [sarcastically] You see the building-shaped things?
  • Shout-Out: Argyl is named after a character in Fallout 3.
  • Sibling Team: Mal and her sister Karley form one against Stephen in one of the Brawl videos.
    • They do it again for Sister Segadventure, though not to fight against Stephen.
  • Simpleton Voice: Stephen does one for "Ollie" the statue in Twilight Princess` Temple of Time.
  • Speak of the Devil: ProtonJon has a tendency to suddenly appear in Stephen and Mal's Twitch chat on Friday night streams whenever his name is mentioned, provoking Paranoia Fuel which has led Stephen to accuse Chaz of bugging his house on Jon's behalf. (Jon also does this on Masae Anela's streams).
  • Springtime for Hitler: Stephen and Mal did a 6-hour video of doing a jigsaw puzzle in realtime as an April Fool's joke, because obviously nobody would stick around to watch the whole thing... except fans loved it and demanded more, with a baffled Stephen later describing it as 'one of the most requested series' and doing a (somewhat different) follow-up.
  • Start of Darkness: The aspiring mage incident.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In episode 23 of Super Mario 64, Stephen and Mal both making the same Aladdin reference at the same time.
    Stephen: You're my soulmate.
    Mal: I know.
  • Super Title 64 Advance: In episode 7 of Super Mario 3D World, Stephen and Hayley rename the game Super Barry & Larry 3D Cat Land: The Movie: The Game: Based On The Comic: Which Is Also Based On Real Life Events.
  • The Nicknamer: Mostly during his Pokémon playthrough.
  • Technical Pacifist: Stephen sometimes acts like this in Skyrim especially during the Dark Brotherhood questline, such as having Lil' Brekflek murder his targets, untill Brekflek went of a murderous rampage, causing Stephen to kill the rest of the targets himself, which even after that he still tries to get him to attack him first so that he kills them "in self defense".
  • Third-Person Person: Stephen when playing as "Cold Kitty" in episode 9 of Battle Block Theater.
    • Mal does the same when playing as Gooey in Kirby Star Allies.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Debatable whether it's this or Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!, but in Pikmin 2 Stephen and Mal collect dozens of potions and never use any of them, often talking about how they really need to start using them and then immediately starting a fight against a boss without ever using them. This only gets subverted near the end of the LP.
  • Troll: In some instances, Mal.
  • Trigger Happy: Mal in Halo 2. When confronted with a new problem, be it ship, scarab, vehicle or stage event, her first reaction is usually to shoot at it.
    Stephen: [upon seeing the scarab destroy a tank] So, uh Mal, guess what we gotta do?
  • The Un-Favourite: Stephen loves Donkey Kong Country, but hates playing as Donkey Kong in it (as opposed to Diddy Kong) and repeatedly complains about how inferior a player character he considers him to be.
  • The Unpronounceable: In a Super Mario RPG stream, Stephen's Twitch chat discover that he has trouble pronouncing the word "thermodynamics", and promptly donate to make him repeatedly sing about it. Hilarity eventually ensues.
  • Verbal Tic: Mal's distinctive "Uh-huh" when Stephen's asking her questions about a game.
    • Stephen's trademark "GYUH!" laugh.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Argyl and Faendal.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Stephen gives the baby-faced child Malo a deep voice in Twilight Princess.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the finale of Sonic Generations, Mal does this with Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire".
    • Stephen briefly does it with "The Christmas Song" in episode 29 of Twilight Princess: "I know it's been said many times, many ways..."
    • And again in Assassin's Creed part 3, with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Fargothix, protagonist of the Endless Ocean First20 videos.
  • With Lyrics: Stephen and Mal sing a duet to the Rainbow Road music in the Special Cup of Mario Kart Double Dash.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Stephen sometimes tries to apply the logic of the Animated Adaptation of Pokémon to the game (albeit usually in a joking way).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens constantly to Stephen in Mario Kart every time he tries to catch up to Mal's lead in the number of cup wins.


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