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"What's going on guys, DSP here."
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Phil Burnell, more commonly known as DarksydePhil or "The King of Hate", or simply DSP, is a YouTube content creator who makes video game playthroughs and fighting game enthusiast. He has been a fan of video games for over 30 years. He was with Machinima.com for several years. He has since separated from them in 2017.

Because he is a very polarizing person in the Let's Play and Fighting Game communities, be sure to keep the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment in mind before you edit.


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  • Aborted Arc: Project 7 is a recurring example. It was initially introduced fairly early in Phil's YouTube career in mid-2009, but after several videos it vanished. This was until January of 2012, when it was brought back in spectacular fashion, though then as of August 2012, it had been put on indefinite hiatus because the show's graphics editor is unable to work on it and because of Phil moving to a different state. Regardless, in July 2015, Phil began to use the un-shelving of Project 7 as a high stretch goal to lure more and higher contributions to his Patreon account... only for it to be indefinitely put on hold again just a month later.invoked
  • Accentuate the Negative: Usually averted in his reviews, as even in the more negative ones he does generally try and find something positive about them. Even in his review for Amy, which he hated, he admitted it had an okay story (which is odd because he normally doesn't pay attention to the story in video games), it's just the gameplay got so bad that it eventually wasn't worth it.
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  • Arc Words: From 2017, continuing into 2019, is Taxes. Seldom a stream has gone by without Phil mentioning the sizable amount he owes, and him appealing for support.
  • A-Team Firing: DSP likes to take the "spray and pray" approach in games where you're not supposed to do that. More often than not, this is the result.
  • Basement-Dweller: In his 2013 Christmas Special, it's mentioned that the troll lives in his grandparents' basement.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3 really manages to get under his skin. After the Thessia mission, Phil becomes so enraged regarding both Kai Leng and Cerberus it sparks a series of Cluster F-Bomb outbursts where he angrily declares It's Personal.
    • Overly long end credit sequences for games seem to be something he really despises.
    • Troy Baker. Phil had remarkably hostile reactions to him singing in the credits for Bioshock Infinite and Batman: Arkham Origins.
    • Despite regularly talking about his financial issues, he will fly off the handle if someone in his streams suggest that he supplement his income by getting a part time job.
  • Big "NO!": Phil occasionally blurts them out, such as his playthrough of Mario Party 9 when he loses most of his stars, or in Mass Effect 3 where Phil fully puts his Shepard in a relationship with openly gay crewmate Steve Cortez, leading Phil to be both amused and horrified when the romance scene begins starting up.
  • Big "WHAT?!": All the time. See Catch-Phrase below.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: ... at least that's how he puts it with his oft-quoted line "I can be good at games if I want to be!" He often does manage to figure success-critical details out in games, but that's in no small part due to his stream telling him the answers 90% of the time. Best seen during his Metal Gear Solid playthrough where he states he won't look at the chat for answers, and then proceeds to make comments through the playthrough about what the stream is saying he should do.
  • Butt-Monkey: The amount of times Phil gets unlucky in games is amazing. Most times, it's because he hasn't adapted yet, but sometimes he genuinely doesn't know what to do.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • What's going on guys, DSP here.
    • Alright/Okay!
    • Here I come, to save the daaay!
    • I SPAWN, I DIE!
    • INSTANT DEATH!
    • THE GAME IS BUGGED!
    • THE GAME CHEATED!
    • PFFFFFFTTTT
    • NOTHING I COULD DO!
    • WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?!
    • I CAN'T DO ANYTHING!
    • NOT MY FAULT!
    • I'M PRESSING BUTTONS!!
    • YOU HEAR ME PRESSING A BUTTON!!
    • NOTHING HAPPENED
    • LOOK AT THAT!!/LOOK AT THIS!!
    • CAN'T BLOCK/MOVE/SEE!
    • The camera sucks!
    • TRIED TO DODGE/TRIED TO DODGE, NOTHING HAPPENED!
    • ONE HUNDRED PERCENT DAMAGE!
    • BULLSHIT!
    • BRAAAAAAAAP
    • WHATEVER MAN!
    • CUH-MAAAAN MAN!
    • I'M STUCK ON NOTHING!
    • OH MY FUCKING GOD!!
    • HO-HOOOH!!!!
    • MOVE'S NOT COMING OUT!!
    • OF COOUUURSE!!!
    • YES!!!
    • WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW
    • KOJIMA WORLD ORDER
    • FUCK YOU [insert company here] for [insert problem here]
    • I'M TAKING A SHIT
    • "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?
    • THIS IS FUCKING STOO-PID!!
    • COMPLETE NONSENSE!
    • I DIDN'T DO THAT!
    • FUCK THIS!
    • THE GAME DOES WHAT IT WANTS!
    • GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, SCRUB!
    • COMPLETE 100% COUNTERMATCH! He stream-sniped me! It's the stalker!
    • "Woooooow, that doesn't work in the real game, by the way."
    • "He mashed Dragon Punch like a scrub, dude!"
    • COMPLETELY RANDOM!
    • HE NEVER DID THAT BEFORE!
    • IT'S GLITCHED!
    • "I tried to dodge, didn't work." and variations.
    • "Oh! People are saying I have to do this! [stream chat backseating gameplay]"
    • "You've got to be mentally ill!"
    • "I DIDN'T TOUCH IT!"
    • "IT DROPPED MY INPUT!"
    • "DO YOU WANNA PLAY THE FUCKING GAME?!"
    • "I GOT COMPLETELY ROBBED!"
    • Beginner's trap!
    • "This game has a BUGGED JUMPING MECHANIC!"
    • Every hit in that combo was UNEARNED!
    • COMPLETELY UNEARNED!
    • "Yeah okay, whatever you say, dude! Uh-huh!"
    • "WOOOOOOOW, GREAT FUCKING GAME DESIGN"
    • The bottomline is this...
    • Can't block online!
    • Dash and mash!
    • “Real talk!”/“No lie!”
    • “...as I’ve said a million times already...”
    • “...by hook or by crook...”
    • “X (usually Google or YouTube) is book smart, not street smart.”
    • “ONLINE COMBO!”
    • “I’m not a children’s entertainer” or some variant thereof
    • "I CAN'T EVEN FUCKING DO IT, THIS THING SUCKS!"
    • "Counterhit!" in fighting games.
    • "IT'S READING MY INPUTS!"
    • "I’m not gonna kiss the game’s butt."
    • "I don’t dye my hair and dance around like a Muppet."
    • "Paid shills!"
    • "You don’t know what you’re talking about"
    • "Waste of time!"
    • "You're a fucking idiot."
  • Caustic Critic: In his Hateful Truth reviews, he reviews games and other things in this manner.
  • Ching Chong: Used a lot in any game with Asian characters. Dynasty Warriors 8 in particular got a lot of this from both him and PandaLee.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Much of his commentary consists of this.
  • Complaining about Complaining: During his Kingdom Hearts playthrough when he decides to ban and punish the chat for his girlfriend bashing the Kingdom Hearts franchise and trolling its fans despite his girlfriend egging them on in the first place.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Invoked often, when he says the computer is cheating against him.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Phil banned evilaj2010, creator of the infamous "This Is How You DON'T Play" series, from commenting on his videos, thereby creating his own arch-nemesis.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Phil is known for lacking adaptability when it comes to encountering Wake Up Call Bosses, or other difficult challenges that he just isn't prepared for from the get-go. This can lead to hours of his playthrough being spent on him trying to force himself through a certain segment of the game without trying at all to find new and creative ways to overcome it. A notable example of this comes from his Dark Souls II playthrough, when the Looking Glass Knight was able to deflect the magic attacks he often used to defeat other bosses without issue. Instead of finding a way to defeat the boss using a different strategy, he summons other players to do the dirty work for him after dying quite a number of times to the boss.
    • Phil also has a strong, strong preference for game AI that acts according to a specific, fixed, predictable pattern that can be gleaned after a few deaths/attempts and thus exploited to beat via simple rote understanding. He tends to trot out his accusation of "COMPLETELY RANDOM" whenever he encounters more dynamic and adaptive AI, and also gets extremely frustrated whenever a game with A.I. Roulette lands on an action in one attempt that it didn't on a previous attempt.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!:
    • In one instance where it actually wasn't his fault after all, Phil loses a number of lives in the first half of God of War III to the double-jump mechanics; he had grown accustomed to the more lenient timing of Darksiders.
    • Also happens in the "Wavy Tube Man Chronicles" where he instinctively attempts to move the gun cursor away from a family on screen to avoid harming them, forgetting that the gameplay is motion activated and moving the cursor up automatically causes it to shoot whatever the cursor had last been on. This causes him to mistakenly "shoot" a little girl and get a game over. John doesn't let him hear the end of it.
  • Dan Browned:
    • If he can, Phil will try to pass himself off as being familiar with games. His One Piece playthrough has him claiming to be a follower of the story and then claiming Buggy was featured in only one arc, having no idea who Mihawk was, and other such mistakes. Similarly, in his Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty playthrough, he claims to have recognized Tosh from Starcraft 1 and also mistakes Brutalisks for Ultralisks, leading to another whiny rant about how an enemy from the first game that couldn't attack air units now suddenly can.
    • During Battle of Z, mistakes Raditz for "Original Vegeta" not even 5 minutes after claiming he is a huge fan who watched the Japanese version of DBZ.
    • During his play through of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica he claims to know a lot about Resident Evil. Then questions how Chris knows how to pilot a fighter jet despite the first game's manual stating he was in the Air Force before joining STARS (though in all fairness, with complete copies of older games sometimes being hard to come by, he may have known a lot about the series but simply never had the manual for the first game).
    • In Bloodborne he claims that the Great Ones are aliens. It's not clear what the Great Ones are or if they're native to the planet Bloodborne takes on or not, and the few hints to their origin point to them coming from the ocean.
  • The Determinator:
    • To his credit, he never ragequit Bloodborne despite dying over and over again to certain bosses like Ebrietas, and actually managed to complete the game. Downplayed in that he gave up on progressing through the Chalice dungeons after reaching the Defiled Chalice Dungeon and he only defeated a great number of bosses due to being drastically overlevelled. Unfortunately...(See Despair Event Horizon)
    • He also got through all of Dark Souls III and its DLC content despite dying over and over to bosses like Pontiff Sulyvahn and Champion Gundyr, (about 67 deaths in Gundyr's case), and unlike his Bloodborne playthrough, he never ragequit it.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • He gave up on The Old Hunters DLC for Bloodborne after dying 59 times to Ludwig.
    • He quit Persona 3 altogether after getting to Nyx and having the boss charm one of his party members to completely restore its own health twice, eventually causing him to just flat out give up. Especially notable in that his fans literally paid for him to do this playthrough on Patreon, and he quit right at the final boss fight. It should also be noted that the game was on Easy mode.
  • Dirty Coward: Considered this by some fans of Dark Souls for his primary strategy in the game, which consists mainly of hanging back, spamming magic attacks, and letting summoned allies fight for him. This playing style also extends to the other Souls games. He also threatened to beat up a child in VR Chat, yet made sure that he was out of earshot first before running his mouth.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Every time a female character is on screen, Phil cannot refrain from being distracted. In some games, such as MGS3, he misses critical information because of it...and then promptly complains later on about the game not telling him anything.
  • The Ditz: He generally has trouble figuring out game mechanics by himself, requiring it to be told directly to him or learning it through trial and error. Even then, he's prone to forgetting about mechanics fairly quickly, which often leads to further problems.
  • Double Standard: He does nothing but curse a blue streak in his playthroughs. If anybody uses swearing when commenting, it's trolling, yet if he swears, it's comedy. Error989 even commented about it in this video, a review of DSP's 2013 Christmas special.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Whenever he plays a video game that involves driving, expect him to crash more than Loretta Lockhorn.
  • End of an Age:
    • After five years of living in a condo in Connecticut, him and PandaLee moved to a house near Seattle in June 2014.
    • 2017 was a pretty rough year for Phil. He lost his partnership with Machinima, declared his KOGaming channel defunct, shifted from Youtube to Twitch, broke up with Leanna, and had his Switch break after one day.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Invoked in Mass Effect 3 since his Commander Shepard has had relationships with aliens (ME 1), women (ME 2), and guys (ME 3).
  • Failed a Spot Check: In addition to not paying attention when the game tries to inform him of something, Phil will sometimes look for an item in his inventory and claim he doesn't have it even when it's right there or overlook a collectable or other feature in the environment that would help him figure out what to do. This might be because he has vision problems, but refuses to wear glasses.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Phil's demeanor and treatment of his fans is at least moderately better when he's not in a bad mood or struggling with a game. Once he is though, all bets are off, as best exemplified with his playthrough of the PlayStation 1 Spider-Man.
  • Forgetful Jones: He's notorious for not remembering how to perform actions in-game, what he needs to do to advance, etc. Seems to be a habit of his in general, such as his "unboxing video" of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, in which he inexplicably decided to film the video while a fire alarm was going off in his apartment complex and gets so sidetracked complaining about it that he completely forgets to actually unbox the game.
  • From Bad to Worse: The original channel, darksydephil, was taken down by YouTube for false copyright claims (though it was eventually reactivated, and now serves as an archive of pre-2011 footage). DSP created new channels, and got Google Ad-Sense activated on his TheKingofHateHD channel, allowing him to make money off of his videos. Phil lost his job. His Ad-Sense privileges were revoked due to claims of fraudulent actions designed to exploit the Ad-Sense system. DSP moves to Blip.tv and gains a partnership. That account was later closed by Blip.tv due to some poor-taste attempts at humor about the Holocaust. Now, however, he's back on YouTube and was partnered with Machinima. Unfortunately, Phil shot his mouth off about his CPM rate during a stream, which was apparently against his contract, and Machinima fired him shortly thereafter, with DSP desperately looking for another multi-partner network to take him in. Most recently, Phil's main channel, DSPgaming, is on the verge of being taken down after being hit with copyright strikes from Atlus and Rockstar Games.
  • Gasshole: He's got a habit of belching and farting during his commentary, a trait that's often parodied.
  • Global Ignorance: In his playthrough of Bully: Scholarship Edition, he needed to look at maps on the Internet to pass the Geography classes.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Any time he tries "singing."
  • Hypocrite:
    • During any of his play throughs of the the Metal Gear franchise (or any Konami game) he endlessly makes repetitive jabs at Hideo Kojima, usually citing him as an egocentric pervert (making jabs about Kojima's name appearing in the opening credits, and the sexual nature of parts of the games). This coming from a guy who tries to physically pinch EVA's breasts (He recorded with a camcorder at the time so you could see his shadow on screen), and makes non-stop crude sex jokes whenever female characters are on screen.
    • He calls Mara "disgusting" in Persona 4, despite making multiple dick jokes throughout the series.
    • Phil has been known to call out other gamers and popular YouTubers for a number of reasons, and yet he has the gall to condemn AlphaOmegaSin for calling him out on ragequitting.
    • Phil's been known to complain about (perceived) cheating on the part of players or video game AI. In his Scarface: The World Is Yours playthrough, after refusing to spend money to advance the game, he resorts to using cheat codes.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Phil often chides a character for swearing in-game by telling them to "watch your fucking mouth!"
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: His main strategy for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater either involved spray and pray with the XM16E1, or No Scoping with the SVD.
  • Insistent Terminology: DSP has this in SPADES. "Abundantly clear", "destination source", "but I digress", etcetera. It's to the point that 'detractors' of DSP make videos just to count the many times Phil tends to repeat specific phrases in his vlogs.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Once forgot to turn his camera off after finishing a stream, resulting in him unintentionally streaming himself masturbating.
  • Jerkass: He is often quite mean whenever he's angry. He even treats his fans and friends like garbage and verbally abuses them.
  • Joke and Receive: While playing Assassin's Creed: Revelations, he gets the notification that one of his Assassin Dens is under attack. He sarcastically quips that it will now lead into a tower defense minigame. 30 seconds later, it turns into a tower defense minigame.
  • Lack of Empathy: Phil has shown many times to not care about anyone's feelings other than his own. He even stated he would leave Panda Lee to die if she ever got sick again after ranting about a bad doctor's visit, which in turn caused Panda Lee to dump him for good.
  • Left It In: All of Phil's commentary is live and unedited. Sometimes this is to his benefit. Other times it leads to moments such as him spending hours trying to catch a single hook in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.
  • Legacy Character:
    • All his characters in Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, and Bloodborne are named "Dumass".
    • When he plays the career mode in any sports game (NBA 2K, Madden NFL, MLB The Show, etc.) his character is usually called "Drake Hasnotalent".
  • Manly Tears: Kenny's sacrifice in The Walking Dead moved Phil so much it actually got him to tear up while playing. As did Thane's death in Mass Effect 3, though there it seemed like he was trying to fight them.
  • Mood Whiplash: There's quite a bit of it in his let's plays. One infamous example is in his Mafia III playthrough, where Phil cuts off his own musings on how hard it must be to come back from war when he gets excited at seeing a "Playboy magazine".
  • N-Word Privileges: Does not have them, but almost dropped one during his playthrough of Metroid: Other M.
  • Never My Fault: To keep it brief, he has a reputation for blaming the games that he plays whenever he loses instead of figuring out what he did wrong and improving from it. Common complaints along this line include mentioning that the controls lagged, a glitch occurred, or that there was nothing he could do. Occasionally, he will acknowledge when he makes a mistake - only to go right back to blaming the game the next time he screws up.
  • Nerves of Steel: He rarely gets scared by horror games.
  • No Indoor Voice: He shouts a lot even when he's not frustrated.
  • Orphaned Series:
    • Phil does do an excellent job at very quickly completing the games he plays. The vast majority of his playthroughs have been finished within a week or two, something that makes him stand out from many other Lets Players on YouTube. Despite that, there are several which he has simply abandoned, including but not limited to Splinter Cell: Conviction (through no fault of his own; see Unknown Rival below), H.A.W.X., Xenoblade, the first-person playthrough of Grand Theft Auto V (uniquely due to a technical error), and the co-op playthrough of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.
    • Other times, he abandons a game because of sheer frustration or dissatisfaction. This Wikia page shows he has seventy-eight unfinished playthroughs! Some noteworthy examples of rage quits by him are Dead Space Ignition, Ninja Gaiden, Amy, SSX 2012, Mega Man X3 and X6, ZombiU, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Scarface: The World Is Yours, P.T., Five Nights at Freddy's, the Crown of the Iron King DLC for Dark Souls II, and some of the more infamous Batman video games.
    • An especially notorious case with his Persona 3 playthrough, since he rage quitted on the final boss on easy mode, and the playthrough was funded.
    • Once in a while this gets averted. Dark Souls, Phoenix Wright: Justice For All, Persona 5, and even Persona 3 are all games he has come back to after abandoning them initially. Dark Souls he returned to and beat with a large amount of help. With Phoenix Wright: Justice For All, he even acknowledged that he planned on getting back to it sometime (one of the problems he had was that narrating everything started to hurt his voice, so he wanted to take a bit of a break from it), before he ultimately picked up where he left off. For Persona 5, he returned to it after he was sure that Atlas had quit enforcing the "no footage beyond 11/20" rule and beat the game after about another 40 hours of gameplay. Soon after that he returned to Persona 3, defeated Nyx, and finished the epilogue.
    • In Secret of Mana, he quit at the final boss after discovering that it required magic. Because he'd failed to level up his magic over the course of the game, simply getting to the boss wiped it all out, compounded by the game autosaving right before the Mana Beast fight. He established very clearly that he would not come back to it, blaming the game for being poorly designed.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Has a tendency to treat his peripherals this way. Even if this method causes actual glitching, his solution is... hit it some more.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Nearly said word for word when he talks about reuniting with John, grogdeluxe, and Mayor McJustin for Dead Island: Riptide. However, Justin was unavailable to return due to his job.
  • Rage Quit: Quite a few games, actually.
    • A rather unusual variant regarding Scarface: The World Is Yours: in spite of indeed getting angry with the game many times, and having to resort to using cheat codes to make his time easier, he had no intentions of quitting the game. It wasn't until he heard that a YouTube user by the name of Fred Fuchs was making a very lengthy "This Is How You DON'T Play" montage using his Scarface:TWIY footage that Phil stopped playing the game, and refused to continue playing it because he didn't want to give Fred the satisfaction of giving him more footage to work with in his montage.
    • He rage quits at the final boss of Persona 3 on Easy Mode.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: An interesting case in Phil's playthrough of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City: Thanks to a bug, Koruchado only sees John Rambo as an unmoving statue that doesn't do anything. When watching the videos from Phil's POV, you can clearly see John taking part in the action. Watching the videos from Koruchado's POV sees John not doing anything and anything he encounters not registering on the screen (for example, when Phil kicks a zombie dog to help John in Koruchado's vids, it looks like Phil's just kicking the air).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to his friend and frequent co-op partner John Rambo's blue. Phil is loud and excitable. John is very laid back and calm, and has a much drier, sarcastic sense of humor. John can occasionally drop his calm demeanor though, which is all the more entertaining when he does.
  • Running Gag:
  • Smug Snake: Phil looks down on everyone, even his own fans, yet nine times out of ten he'll bungle even the easiest task out of pure unadulterated incompetence.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: He steeled himself to beat God of War III without spending a single red soul on weapon upgrades. Slightly ruined by the fact that once he was aware that people complained he wasn't using his red souls to upgrade, he preceded to complete the game without ever using them as a big 'fuck you' to the viewers who were only trying to help him out, even going as far as giving the finger on his cam to the 'haters' once he beat the game.
  • Sore Loser:
  • Tagline:
    • Ever since he partnered with Machinima in 2011, he has prefaced all his "Hateful Truth" video game review series episodes with the tagline of, "Maximum truth, minimum bullshit."
    • In 2014, he adopted, "I play what I like to play and what I want to play."
  • Take That!:
    • During his playthrough of the Heavy Rain DLC "The Taxidermist," Phil makes a comment that the only thing Jay Leno is good for is making you fall asleep.
    • Likes to take potshots at celebrities. "I didn't know Joan Rivers was in this game." "Can I make a Chaz Bono character?"
    • He seems to have complete disdain for Minecraft, saying Notch is an idiot for trying to sell it commercially when it was free before, and saying he has "more than 10 brain cells" when playing The Stanley Parable, which has a segment that takes place in the Narrator's Minecraft world. Even when playing it, he complained about it through and through, making almost no effort to acclimate himself to the game. He also put it as Number #1 on his Top Ten Worst Gaming Trends of 2014.
  • Those Two Guys: Phil and John served out this role in their crossover playthroughs when watching it from a different YouTuber's perspective, such as Koruchado or TheAireaidLord, until 2015 when John and Phil had a falling out.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Quite often in his playthroughs, he'll make some... shall we say questionable tactical decisions. In his Halo 2 Anniversary playthrough he tosses a sticky grenade at a charging Brute and blows himself up. In his Ratchet & Clank (2002) playthrough he attempts to use the wrench on very powerful enemies when he has plenty of ammo. Probably the best example though is in his Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater playthrough, where he reaches the boss fight with The End, who uses a tranquilliser dart sniper rifle and is very stealthy and difficult to see in long grass; the intention is to beat him in a steady Sniper Duel. What is Phil's first instinct? He pulls out the shotgun, a close combat firearm, and goes running off into the brush to find him. Needless to say this results in him getting riddled with darts very quickly without getting any good retaliation shots off against the veteran sniper because he's well out of the shotgun's effective range.
    • In the same playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the final boss fight is specifically a Close Quarters Combat showdown. Phil, having learned from his Sniper Duel with The End, proceeds to fight the CQC boss... by using a sniper rifle and thermal goggles for the entire duration of the fight. Phil never bothered to learn CQC, the most basic combat mechanic in the game (to the extent that he unlocked the CQC-related trophy hours into the game, and only by accident)
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Once faced none other than Low Tier God, another infamous Let's Player, in Street Fighter IV, which can be seen here. LTG won handily.
  • Unknown Rival: "Steve Jones", the to-this-day unknown person who pretended to be a Ubisoft rep and filed a false copyright strike that got Phil's original channel suspended from YouTube in April 2010 during his Splinter Cell: Conviction playthrough.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a bad habit of saying "okay" whenever he has nothing else to say.
  • Villain Protagonist: Joked throughout his entire Dead Space playthrough that Isaac Clarke was actually a Nazi and the necromorphs were Jews. This got him banned from Twitch.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played for Laughs in this case, as Phil and John occasionally call each other out on numerous sleazy moves they pull whether it be intentional or not. Phil seems to be on the receiving end of them a bit more often.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...:
    • Used the SVD for most bosses in Metal Gear Solid 3 - except, ironically, The End. note 
    • DSP is also notorious for spamming lightning bolts against bosses in Dark Souls II, and rage quit the Crown of the Iron King DLC when he discovered that the game had nerfed that spell.
  • With Catlike Tread: Phil's approach to stealth basically amounts to "dash right under the enemies' noses and hope they don't see me." When he inevitably gets spotted, he always acts shocked that his clever tactic didn't work.

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