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Real name Brent Black, this guy, long story short, is the most prominent authority in the video game branch of the "With Lyrics" phenomenon.

While he started out doing piano renditions of Nintendo songs on YouTube, it wasn't until his "What if Mega Man 3...Had Lyrics?" video that he got his big break. After gaining a small cult following, he rose to further fame with deal to feature some of his videos on ScrewAttack. This landed him his very first concert and an album, "What if this CD...Had Lyrics?"

A self-themed webcomic ran in 2012-2013 in collaboration with Dan Roth and illustrator Andrew Dobson, author of So... You're a Cartoonist?.

Listen to his works here, his first CD here, and the instrumental version of his CD here. He also has an official website.

What if this page... Had examples?:

  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Deconstructed in "Sewer Surfin' With Lyrics", which goes into great detail about why living in a sewer doesn't make any sense.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: "Zelda: A Link to the Past with Lyrics" portrays Link as "a massively arrogant asshole" constantly bragging to everyone in Hyrule about his accomplishments.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
  • Adopt the Food: In the song "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi", Yoshi finds Baby Mario and expresses interest in eating him. However, he's too full, so he tries to give him to his friend, Yellow. When Yellow tells him that he's too sick to eat anything, Yoshi decides to keep and raise Baby Mario instead as he's started to grow attached to the baby (plus the dirty diaper made him lose his appetite).
  • All Germans Are Nazis: In his "Mega Man Boss Interviews" video, Top Man says he wanted to be named Dreidel Man but the German Dr. Wily wouldn't let him. Also, in the "Civilization with Lyrics" video he thinks making Judaism the official religion of Germany is sufficient for creating "Jewish Nazis." Ironically, Albert Wily was named after the Jewish Albert Einstein.
  • Alphabet Song: "Game Over Tinies" is a song that associates the letters with the fates of characters in video games.
A is for Aerith, stabbed right through the tummy
B is for Bowser, whose bridgework was crumby
C is for Crono, or was that his double?
D is for Dhalsim, who had yoga trouble
E is for Ecco, and he was delicious
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Dr. Mario got his degree "by watching House and Scrubs and ER."
  • Bad Boss: In "Wario's Gold Mine WITH LYRICS", the Shy Guys working in the mine starting striking for healthcare and overtime pay. Wario responded by brutally bombing them, firing them, and replacing them with scabs.
  • Badass Boast:
    • The entire Castlevania with Lyrics song is this, sung from Simon Belmont's point of view.
    Simon/Brentalfloss: Dracula/I am backula/To lay the smacula/Like great-grandpa Trevor
    You're gonna die!/I'll tell you why!/Bubbles! Bubbles!
    Bubble Man: Ah, Mega Man, you've finally arrived, have at you! dewdewdewdew
  • Bait-and-Switch: His album "Bits of Me" got so much leak circulation that, well, he decided to take care of things his own way...he decided to recruit his friends to Bait-and-Switch listeners into thinking this was the real thing, when all they should do is buy the album! You can definitely expect all instances of Musicalis Interruptus, Letting the Air out of the Band, and Record Needle Scratch to happen recurrently with this "album."
  • Beat: In DK Rap 2018 ("Where Are They Now?"), Chunky's verse is nothing more than an abrupt declaration that he's dead, followed by a period of uncomfortable silence before the song carries on like nothing happened.
  • Boastful Rap: The Thief With Lyrics song is one of these from Garret's point of view. Hilariously, it's also one of the songs most accurate to the original rhythm.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • "What If This CD... Had G-Rated Lyrics?" is a version of his first album with all the songs rewritten with new, family-friendly lyrics.
    • The original 2010 upload of "Contra With Lyrics" had a line about the game's difficulty being "Harder than Mel Gibson hits Oksana Grigorieva". Brent came to regret these lyrics as tasteless, and changed the line on his 2013 album "Bits of Me". As explained in the video's updated description:
    Now, years later, it just feels like I'm making light of domestic abuse, which I don't think is funny at all. If you find this video to be nostalgic, that's fine, but just know that I don't think that's something to make light of, and that's why I changed the lyric in the album version.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In "Kirby With Lyrics", Brent pretty much advises you to poop in your pants so Kirby won't think you're tasty and eat you.
  • Broken Base: The central subject for both of his collaborations with Dave Bulmer.
    • "What if Super Mario Land Had Lyrics?": On one side, you have Dave, who praises the game for setting the trend of handheld platformers and handheld gaming in general, while on the other, you have Brent arguing that the game simply hasn't aged well.
    • "What if The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Had Lyrics?": On one side, you have Dave who boasts about the game taking the next step in graphics, presentation, and gameplay. On the other hand, you have Brent who hates the 3D graphics (especially in comparison to Super Mario 64), the awkward changes to the gameplay, and how the step 'up' to 3D ruined the classic formula perfected in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
    Brentalfloss: If you won't disavow...
    Dave: Listen to your heart...
    Brentalfloss: This, your sacredest cow.
    Dave: If you still know how...
    Both: I don't care 'cause / Either way... this ends noooow! (grab each others' shirts and ready blows)
  • Call-Back:
    • "Super Mario Land With Lyrics" has Dave calling Brent a "son of a taint", which is a call back to Brent's much earlier "Mega Man 2 With Lyrics", and Dave asking Brent "Key change, mofo?", a call back to "Final Fantasy With Lyrics".
    • The "Mega Man 2 Title With Lyrics" describes Mega Man as "blue and cyan", which was also a line in "Mega Man 3 With Lyrics"
    • "Luigi's Mansion 3 With Lyrics" ends with Luigi asking if he can appear in the HD remake of Super Mario Sunshine; in the original "Luigi's Mansion With Lyrics", he wanted to make an appearance there instead of getting a horror-show launch title. Both times, Mario replies with "No".
  • The Cameo:
  • Camp Gay:
  • Captain Obvious: The opening of 'Contra with lyrics'.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: A staple of his discography. Though he has his limits, such as in the comments to "Ducktales: The Amazon with lyrics" which when a fan asked why he called DuckBurg "SuckTurd" instead of "FuckBurg" he said he didn't want to overdo it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Limbo With Lyrics:
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Towards the end of the "Star Fox Space Oddity" video, Scrooge McDuck can be seen floating past in space, referring back to the DuckTales Moon Theme video.
    • At the end of the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins With Lyrics video, which is positive to the game, Dave pops up only to say that he agrees. At the end of their video about the original Super Mario Land, while Brent hated it and Dave loved it, they both agreed that the sequel was better.
  • Cultured Badass: Mega Man, according to Mega Man 2 With Lyrics:
    "Blue and cyan / Likes Chopin / And Rodin / Mega Man!" note 
  • Darker and Edgier: His Kirby song depicts Kirby as a monster who is going to eat every human being and steal their souls.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: The subject of a video he made ranting about how the X Button has been in different positions on various controllers.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: President Obama revokes Brent's citizenship for disliking Ocarina of Time.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Bubbleman has a "spiky aquarium OF DOOM".
  • Double Entendre: In the video on the first Luigi's Mansion, E. Gadd describes ghostbusting as "just sucky sucky sucky and clean up the white stuff". He follows it up in the Dark Moon by saying "sometimes you just gotta suck some balls".
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: His earlier videos tend to use more official art and screenshots rather than Brentalfloss himself dressing and acting up as characters.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Brentalfloss says that the line "Fuck your mom and sister too" in Mega Man 3 "Game Over" With Lyrics (a "The Reason You Suck" Speech given by a singing cartridge of Mega Man 3) is "not encouraging incest; rather, it's saying a big 'fuck you' to your mom and your sister. Mega Man 3 may be a dick when you get a game over, but I don't think he's THAT kind of 'mo-fo'."
    • During the "Don't Troll a Troll" video, Brent has the courtesy to censor the troll's name and refrain from showing his Facebook page, so as to prevent exposing him to the attacks of Brent's entire fanbase.
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of "Ke$ha Plays Majora's Mask", devolving from girlish giggling.
  • Eye Scream: In Super Mario Land 2 with Lyrics, Mario claims that the crane grabbed his eyeball, followed by screams of pain and bleeped-out swearing. After it deposits him on the ground, he goes on to say, "Great, I'm blind now!"
  • Farts on Fire: The "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi" video has Baby Mario give Yoshi a flaming fart to the face after touching a Fire Flower.
  • Flawed Prototype: In "Super Mario Sunshine With Lyrics", after he points out that Fludd's nozzle has a spike located directly on it's back near Mario's head, an exasperated Dr. E. Gadd pops up and yells "That was just a prototype!"
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
    • Occasionally, instead of putting lyrics to video game music, he'll put new lyrics about video games to songs that already have lyrics. For example, Super Mario World to the tune of What A Wonderful World.
    • He also has "Without Lyrics" videos, which is him playing the original music.
    • Sometimes he'll write lyrics to games, but with original music he made himself. For example, the actual theme to Limbo is a dark somber track. Yet in Limbo with Lyrics he sings it to an incredibly Upbeat reggae song, as well as the two Bioshock songs are original ragtime note  and Barbershop songs respectively.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • There's a part in the "Kirby with Lyrics" video where a crowd is running away from Kirby in fear. Most of them are cosplayers, and pausing the video allows you to see a lot of characters are being cosplayed (Luffy, Law, Ash, Misty, Cloud...).
    • In the Ocarina of Time With Lyrics video, among the angry tweets flooding in after Brent disses The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there is one from President Obama telling him that his citizenship has been revoked.
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe example, the "Sewer Surfin'" video is entirely about Brent's realization that the Ninja Turtles live in a sewer and thus are surrounded by feces.
    "All right, Sewer Surfin'. Wait a minute, SEWER SURFIN'? That's GROSS! Oh my GOD!"
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi", you see Yoshis dropping baby Wario in a cook-pot in the background at one point.
    • In "Ocarina of Time With Lyrics", one of the angry tweets in response to his disparaging tweet about Ocarina of Time is "I can't believe I ever wrote slash about you and Link! #Disappointed".
  • Gasshole/Fartillery: Bubbleman (who had chipotle for lunch): "Bubbles full of poo-poo gas/How else could anybody weaponize a bubble?/Poison bubbles from my ass..."
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: "Bubble Bobble with Lyrics" slowly grows more insane from the player's perspective until the very end.
  • Godwin's Law:
    • The "Kirby With Lyrics" video describes Kirby as anti-semitic, and shows a picture of Kirby dressed as Hitler.
    "Kirby's anti-semitic,
    and hungry as hell.
    He likes kids who eat kosher the best."
  • Gratuitous Japanese: His Super Mario Bros. With Lyrics April Fools video. Japanese lyrics, English subtitles.
  • Happily Adopted: Mario, by Yoshi in "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi".
  • He Who Fights Monsters: E. Gadd comes to this conclusion regarding the titular plumber and the various ways he can kill various lifeforms in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon With Lyrics.
    Look at you bringing that badass jive
    Burning a harmless arachnid alive
    What does it look like inside of your head?
    This plant has feelings, but you're like dead.
    Used to be, you were the gentler bro
    Smarter and nicer than Mario
    Give you a vacuum & boom-bang-pow!
    Luigi, you're the monster now!
  • Hidden Depths: Black Mage's verses in Ballad of the Mages starts as a rap about how people don't understand that Dark Is Not Evil, and despite their assumptions about him based on him being a Black Mage, he wants love and a family. He then launches into a pleading heartfelt ballad.
    I'm just a lonely Black Mage
    Relegated to the back stage
    There's so much I wish you knew
    So that maybe, you'd see I'm just like you.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: In Super Mario Land with Lyrics, Dave praises the game by calling it a "technical marvel", to which Brent replies, "Yeah, but so was the cotton gin!"note 
  • Hype Backlash: Brought up at the start of What if Super Mario Sunshine had Lyrics? where Brent brings up how he had told Dave that Sunshine is the best Mario game during their What if Super Mario Land had Lyrics? video. He then reveals that he only heard the game was great until he actually started to play it. The whole song is about Brent pointing out all the flaws and annoying quirks of the game. He concludes with that the game isn't exactly horrible, but it's not his #1 game and others can still love the game if they liked it.
  • "I Want" Song: "Ballad of the Mages": The Red Mage wants to be the best at both swordplay and magic, the White Mage wants some praise, and the Black Mage wants people to stop judging him by the color of his... magic.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: The English subtitles for his "Super Mario Bros. With Lyrics" song.
  • Just One More Level!: "Bubble Bobble with Lyrics" mentions the trope name almost verbatim in the second verse.
    I'll just play one more round of executin' everything I see
    Grab a dead bad guy banana, and then hey, I'm in round three!
    Woah, I just got a bubble bonus and my points are goin' strong
    Maybe I'll just play a little more - I'm sure it's not that long
  • Konami Code: This forms the chorus of the "Contra with Lyrics" song.
  • List Song: The Game Over tinies, in which he sings about video game characters dying in different ways, from A to Z (Aerith, Bowser, Crono, Dhalsim, Ecco...)
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • One of his songs takes the upbeat, energetic tune from the Mega Man 3 game over screen... and sets it to a "The Reason You Suck" Speech directed at the player, with lines like "You're a sack of putrid shit! Dig a hole! Jump in it!". Lampshaded by the introduction: "Sure, the "game over" music from Mega Man 3 sounds happy. But did you ever get the feeling that the game was just being a dick?"
    • In "The BioShock Song", a carefree jazz number about the many horrifying things that can happen to you in Rapture.
    • Limbo with Lyrics is a fun reggae song about the main character's predicament. Which is, needless to say, horrendous.
    • "Kirby with Lyrics" mostly has the normally cheerful Green Greens theme while Brent sings about how much of a monster the little guy is. Justified in that it was done as a Halloween video.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: The guy can do an excellent impersonation of Cartman (from his Final Fantasy IV Love theme song), Homestar Runner (from the G-Rated version of aforementioned song), and Mike Tyson (from his Punch-Out!! song), as well as Falco, Peppy, and Slippy
  • Modesty Shorts: In Zelda II With Lyrics while cosplaying as Link.
  • Motor Mouth: His cover of the Banjo-Kazooie main theme is currently the closest he has ever got to "Hardware Store" in the "impossible to sing" territory.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Both Brent and Dave accuse the other of, and eventually themselves admit to, basing their opinion of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time partly on nostalgia — Dave played the game as a kid while Brent didn't, instead coming to the famously hyped game as an adult and being critical of it compared to games from his own childhood.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "Bubble Bobble With Lyrics" includes a line that reassures the listener that "this game was real".
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: In The Truth About Toad song, Brent spends the whole song on how Toad is actually gay, but he still likes him regardless. In a more comedic tone, he proclaims in Mario Paint with Lyrics that the game feels like "an art class where you don't feel gay" and then awkwardly attempts to say there's nothing wrong with it.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting:
    • His "Gregorian Chant style" cover of the Super Mario Bros. theme.
    • He also utterly deflates Ominous Latin Chanting with his "Decoded" videos, transcribing what it sounds like to the ear and providing hilarious visual aids.
  • Once Original, Now Common : Discussed in "Mario Paint with Lyrics" where he mentions that the fact that the game came with a mouse was, "A big deal back then."
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: As shown in this video, Brentalfloss was holding a small online auction where he was selling his stuff and would use the money to help him and his girlfriend move into a better apartment. One of the things he offered to sell was a 30 minute phone call between him and the buyer and he set the starting bid at 99 cents. At the end of the day, the winning bid was over $800, but Brentalfloss wasn't paid for days and after finally getting a response from the bidder, said bidder bluntly stated he would refuse to pay him. Brental Floss looked up the bidder's profile and other info and discovered that the bidder was a 15 year old Brony with a Facebook account. After getting the kid's phone number, Brent's girlfriend called the troll and pretended to be a representative claiming that the kid won a contest and had won a bunch of prizes related to My Little Pony. After getting the troll's hopes up, the phone was passed over to Brent who then gleefully called the troll out.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Sometimes, the F Bombs can come in small numbers despite Brent's usual reliance on large groups of swears. Case in point:
    • In the Ocarina of Time video, Brent calling Dave a "limey fuck".
  • Pun B Ased Title: The name of his third "With Lyrics" album, Flossophy.
  • Running Gag: "Key change, mofo!"
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Invoked in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon with lyrics, where he has some choice words for the game's second boss.
    Come in for ghostly scares. Spend half the game on stairs.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Trojan condom Brentalfloss mentions in his aforementioned rendition of Terra's theme is literally said to be "extra small, extra small".
    • In "Ballad of the Mages", Brent plays Fighter (the mages being puppets), has no lines (since it's the ballad of the mages, duh) and is portrayed as a stupid meat-shield.
    • At the end of Super Mario Land 2 With Lyrics, the lyrics claim Wario as a "small balding elf man". Brent's face switches with Wario's a few times.
  • Sequelitis/First Installment Wins: Invoked in Mega Man 2 With Lyrics:
    "See, 3 was good,
    and 4 was pretty good...
    and 5 and 6 were okay
    but 7 sucked big dinosaur balls!"
  • Serious Business: Brentalfloss and DemonTomatoDave keep getting into musical arguments over classic games. In the Ocarina of Time video Brent even goes all the way to England to pick a fight with Dave!
  • Shout-Out:
    "Must restore peace! Must escape! Peace in the universe is once again restored...HOLYCRAPIMAGIRL!!!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    Dr. Mario: Take it, Floss!
    (Piano solo by a handsome bald man)
  • Spread Shot: In Contra With Lyrics:
    "S is what I shall use (Spread Gun Spread Gun muthafucka!)"
  • Stealth Pun: In the "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi" animation, teenage Mario goes to Mushroom High.
    • The tune of "Limbo with Lyrics" is a limbo tune.
  • Stylistic Suck: The crappy day to night dissolves from Castlevania 2 get a Shout-Out in the 'Castlevania II with lyrics' video.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: From "3DS Streetpass With Lyrics":
    And to whoever's next, I'll write up some text
    To my heart's content
    But since there's only sixteen letters, it says:
    "Hi, my name is B"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: His rendition of the Game Over music from Mega Man 3. He points out that because it's such an upbeat song, it sounds kinda dickish.
    "That was fun, but now you're done.
    You're out of luck because you suck.
    You're not quite as good as everyone else who plays it.
    Don't continue, just give in,
    You silly boob, ya fuckin' noob,
    Just turn off the power and cry yourself to sleep, you pussy."
  • Take That!:
    • His statement towards Rayman (or, more precisely, Rayman Legends) in his "Game Over Tinies" song stands out - his stance about the game's delay to a more unfortunate release date is as straightforward as it gets.
    "R is for Rayman, since nobody cares"
  • Tempting Fate: In the G-Rated version of "Bubble Man with Lyrics", Bubble Man proclaims that he's "(in)vincible as Wolverine, as long as you do not have Metal Blades like Metal Man." Shortly afterwards, Mega Man shows up, and his final (spoken) line is, "Wait are those metal blades-?"
  • Title Drop: From "Castlevania II With Lyrics" (set to the tune of "Bloody Tears"):
    "Drac appears
    Every hundred years
    But he'll cry bloody tears
    And wish he never was a vampire!"
  • Toilet Humour: The entirety of "Sewer Surfin' With Lyrics".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Used and lampshaded in Final Fantasy with Lyrics, Civilization with Lyrics, and This Is the Album You've Been Waiting For (his promo song for his "Bits of Me" album. "Key change, mofo!"
  • Turn Your Head and Cough: Spoken by Dr. Mario in this song number, which depicts the character as being a quack.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In Star Fox: Space Oddity
    Fox: This is Fox McCloud to Star Fox team!
    Hey, Falco, you're a douche!
    And please, Peppy, for the love of God, retire!
    As for Slippy, will you please die in a fire!? Immediately!
  • Villainous Glutton: He interprets Kirby as a hungry being who won't stop until he eats everything, including humans.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Zelda 2 With Lyrics includes the lyric "Kicking some ass! Kicking some ass! Kicking some ass!" In the video, this is set to Link slashing with his sword... and then he kicks a donkey.
    • Punch-Out!! With Lyrics includes the line "Bull shit cock!" In the video, this is set to a shot of Brent's angry face... superimposed by a bull, then a warm turd, then a rooster.

    • Joke Weapon: "R - just makes me confused! (It stands for Rarely helpful)" Also calling the Machine Gun "Marshmallow gun".
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: White Mage in "Ballad of the Mages"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Ocarina of Time with Lyrics", Dave's first lyrics are about how Brent shouldn't be voicing his negative opinion on the game on the internet (or in the live version, a gaming con).
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The premise of "DK Rap 2018", complete with the subtitle "Where Are They Now?".
  • A Winner Is You: "Classic Ending Credits with Lyrics" is an extended musical rant about this trope.
  • You're Insane!: Calls Scrooge McDuck crazy several times in the DuckTales song.
  • Your Mom: What has been listed under Self-Deprecation above is accompanied by "don't tell your mom", in hushed tones.

The end, Mofos.


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