William "Link The 1st" Strife is a YouTube based game guide creator, best known for guides on Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Minecraft. He is best known for his attention to detail in his guides, and his straight-cut style in place of humor has earned him a loyal fanbase.
He has joined the Yogscast as of December 2013.
Tropes relating to William Strife include:
- Abandoned Hospital: While trawling through one in his Fallout 3 playthrough, Strife explained that he has a fear of hospitals after playing Silent Hill.
- Ascended Fanboy: To the Yogscast, and how!Will: Isn't that like a prerequisite to be part of the Yogs, having to watch all of the content other people put out?Parv: No, that's to be a Yognau(gh)t.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep.
- Badass Gay: Strife is playing the protagonist, the Courier in Fallout: New Vegas this way.
- Berserk Button: Strife hates dogs, as he once said that there's been several times dogs have attacked him for no reason. It's to the point where he admitted that when he came across Dogmeat in Fallout 4, his first reaction was to literally Shoot the Dog.
- Crazy-Prepared: Strife prefers using a bundle of hard-saves over quick saves in his Fallout 3 playthrough, as it is in the event of the game crashing (Which was supposedly more common at the start of release). He also tells a story of how he once found a Cherry Bomb in a toilet bowl, and since then searches every toilet he can unless he's full on weight.
- Crossover: Aside from other Yogscast members such as Parv, Strife has played games of Team Fortress 2 against gamers such as Captain Sparklez, and other Youtubers such as Tay Zonday.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While not strictly 'evil', even ruthless businessman Strife has an innate disgust for Blood Magic.
- The Faceless: Semi-averted for a while.
- Strife's profile picture on YouTube had for a long time been his face, but always in shadow. When asked if he'd ever show his full face, Strife thought about it before rejecting the idea.
- His profile picture is now a cartoon rendition of his face.
- Now fully averted, as the Yogscast wiki has a photo of him.
- Genre Savvy: He constantly ends up checking Nordic ruins for traps in Dragonborn, which is fairly wise considering how often they appear.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: One of the few members of the Yogscast who isn't very quirky, and thus his ability at games isn't overshadowed.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He absolutely adores cats.
- Let's Play: Strife has done several playthroughs, including a three-part LP of Oblivion (Only doing side-quests that earned places in the journal), to help celebrate the release of Skyrim, one of ZombiU, which lasted almost 40 parts before Strife finished it, one of Fallout 3, which was bi-weekly and finished on December 7th, 2013, one of the Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn, with a release date of once every two days (Finished in Autumn 2013). The last was unique as Strife was going in blind and without any knowledge of the area outside of having gone there in an expansion pack for Morrowind. He also did a complete run of the base game of Fallout: New Vegas (Finished on November 8th 2015), though he did not play the downloadable content chapters.
- Lock-and-Load Montage: Every weapon in his guides to the important weapons in Fallout New Vegas has one of Strife loading the gun/pulling out a weapon and pulling off a V.A.T.S shot of a foe dying.
- Morality Chain: For Alex Parvis. Half the reason for teaching him Blood Magic is Parv will probably cause serious trouble if he tries to learn alone.
- Mr. Exposition: His "designated role", given his number of tutorials. Invoked in his Minecraft tutorial introductions, when he notes the lack of an official, up-to-date tutorial.
- Motor Mouth: More prevalent in his older videos, where he summed up tons of information in under 10 minutes. This video, where Strife covers Vampirism in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in its entirety, is a good example.
- Mysterious Past: His Minecraft persona, who apparently went to college with Lewis Brindley and Sips, owes Lewis "a favour" of some kind (leading to him getting roped into teaching Alex Parvis Minecraft). He also appears to have dabbled in Blood Magic... "What happens in college stays in college".
- Odd Couple: With Parvis in Solutions In Chaos.
- Rage Quit: During Dragonborn, after dying over 11 times in 20 minutes (Which also included Strife picking up a companion who didn't help), Strife ended the episode early, and the words "Rage Quit" even went by on screen for a split second.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Strife enjoys these to spice up the video, as otherwise he'd likely just mop the floor with games.
- His Fallout 3 playthrough has one of these- Strife chooses to specialize in Big Guns and Explosives, while keeping his Repair skill at around 40. He is not allowed to increase it unless he finds a Skill Book.
- Dragonborn also has him playing as a rather low-level mage who specializes in Conjuration- specifically Bound Swords. He eventually was forced to (offscreen) join the College of Winterhold to acquire more high-level gear because he kept getting his ass kicked by a boss.
- Fallout New Vegas similarly had Strife sticking to Explosives while keeping repair at an average score.
- The Stoic: A bit more straight to the point, although he's Not So Above It All. He's definitely lightened up since joining the Yogscast.
- Straight Man: More serious than the others in the Yogscast.
- When He Smiles: Well, when he laughs. It's rare but fantastic.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
Will (Playing Fallout 3): It's just disconcerting, I can see through the walls of the elevator.
- Claims to be an acrophobic. This fear is apparently bad enough that it stresses him out to encounter high places in game as well as real life.
- Also has a fear of hospitals (see Abandoned Hospital above).
- Why Won't You Die?: He frequently asks this of the Draugr Scourges in Dragonborn.