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Civvie 11 (also known as Civvie's Dungeon) is a YouTube channel focusing on video games. Civvie reviews retro games from the First-Person Shooter genre, modern shooters inspired by retro FPS games, and the occasional film, typically adaptations of the games he's covered. His "Pro" series features humorous overviews of Civvie's experiences playing certain games. In other words, they're a scripted hybrid of a review and Let's Play.

Most of the videos in the channel follow a loosely strung narrative where Civvie, or CV-11, is incarcerated in a facility run by the so-called 'Department of Special Corrections', where he is treated very inhumanely, but has access to a computer system and an unseen editor (CV-16, also known as Katie). Intros, outros, and various beats in between the actual game review are usually punctuated by gags about the facility.


You can find his channel here.

Pro Tropes when, Civvie?:

  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • While he utterly panned Bad Day L.A., he admitted the gag where you walk into a burning building to save a guy's girlfriend only to find a blow-up doll to be pretty good.
    • Hearing a self-deprecating joke in the DLC "The Doctor Who Cloned Me" for Duke Nukem Forever has him speechless.
      Civvie: Holy shit, is that a joke? Like a good joke?! Like a subtle and- [All in-game audio stops] ...oh, my God!
    • He also gave credit for Redneck Rampage Rides Again for a gag where Bubba robs Elvis' grave and steals his outfit, resulting in the crowbar equivalent of a Dope Slap by Leonard.
    • He doesn't find Postal 2's satire really that funny, but a bit in Paradise Lost where you can interrupt Krotchy giving a lengthy exposition dump by shooting him, which barely phases him beyond annoying him that you're skipping it, made him bust a gut.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: Discussed in his video of the game adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, which gives Seth Gecko, a ruthless criminal in the film, this treatment.
    Civvie (sarcastically): Seth Gecko: Humanitarian! (plays a scene from the film where Seth coldly tells a hostage he doesn't care whether they live or die)
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Discussed in the video on Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green, pointing out that the climax of Land of the Dead involves the zombies finding out they can cross the river into the city. Road To Fiddler's Green has the zombies already doing this to attack the city, despite taking place years before the film's events.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invokedHe suggests in his Tekwar video that William Shatner might be trying to get the protagonist killed on purpose, to offset the costs of freezing them—hence the near-total lack of support and the fact that the police will try to murder the protagonist if they have their weapon drawn.
  • Apocalypse How: According to what Civvie says, the world above might be a wasteland. It's never explained how the world died, or even why he's still incarcerated. Thanks to some Lampshading on Civvie's part, he notes the fact he has far too many subscribers for the world to actually be over. Don't think too hard about how he can still react to incoming news like the failed launch of Fallout 76 in his Terminator: Future Shock review.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • On the 1st April 2019, Civvie uploaded a "Pro Brutal Doom" video... which turned out to be a review of Wario Land for the Virtual Boy.
    • In the current universe (don't ask about the continuity, nobody cares) Civvie claims that he DID review Brutal Doom. The brief flashback shows that he thoroughly enjoyed it, a direct contrast from his earlier opinions (for the sake of the joke, obviously). However, the flashback shows him playing not Brutal Doom but a mod by the name of Trailblazer.
    • For 2021, he reviews an NES bootleg cartridge by Color Dreams based on the Hellraiser franchise. It's a fake game but it certain feels like one of those games.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Capstone Software, for putting out nothing but terrible games. Often followed by Civvie sarcastically saying their tag line, "The Pinnacle of Entertainment Software", every time he mentions their name or some variation including "The Pinnacle of..." followed by a joke or major flaw common in their games.
      Civvie (reviewing TekWar): "Capstone... they fascinate me at how utterly incompetent they were at making games".
    • Randy Pitchford, after Gearbox Software released Aliens: Colonial Marines and it was found out that they were moving funds from that game over to Borderlands 2, alongside the former's notorious false advertising, buggy mess of a release, and poorly written story. Other grievences include the entirety of Duke Nukem Forever, some mixed-bag quality levels in older Duke games, and generally being the living embodiment of grease.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He is notably incensed in Daikatana when Hiro claims that Superfly's suspicion of a graveyard is superstitious, yelling at Hiro "YOU'VE MET GHOSTS!"
  • Ascended Fanboy: Is now officially an NPC in Postal 4 and the proud owner of 'Civvie's Crack Shack'. This is in reference to his Self-Imposed Challenge of keeping the Postal Dude high for a week straight while playing Postal 2.
    • Partially stretches into Celebrity Paradox since he also voices a caller named Doug on the talk radio show in game. The voice of Doug from the call and Civvie at his seedy establishment are the same. Whether or not this is supposed to be a different person is up in the air, though it probably doesn't matter.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the DOOM Eternal video
  • Author Appeal:
    • Civvie's very fond of sprinkling music tracks from Rise of the Triad throghout his episodes whenever it fits the situation or suits the clip. Its to the point he also uses two tracks ("Here Boy" and "How'd I Do?") as his intro and outro themes. When he actually gets to the game in question he details why.
    • Also to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, referencing it as the musical gold standard met by the aformentioned, using "Final Toccata" during his breakdown of Hexen's cryptic Seven Portals, listing the steps needed to enter the Inverted Castle as a joke about Cruelty Squad's secrets, and mentioning the Clock Tower segements present throughout the series in American McGee's Alice.
  • Badass Boast: Given his writing style and subject matter, there are a few of these every so often.
    Civvie (playing Duke Nukem 3D): "You were Schwarzenegger. You were Stallone. You were the baddest motherfucker alive".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Discussed in his DOOM Eternal review, where he notes how vicious the game is at the start on Ultra Violence. As he puts it, too many players complained how the previous game was too easy and unbalanced and now Eternal is making them regret those words.
  • Behind the Black: According to Civvie, one of the biggest issues in Doom: Annihilation is the total inability of the characters to notice anything unless it's on the screen.
  • Berserk Button: Sewer levels, due to their boring visuals, restricted gameplay and confusing layouts. Given that sewers were pervasive in shooter games of the 1990's, he runs into a lot of them. While he never goes into the screaming fits you might expect from this trope, he makes his opinion clear by greeting them with a tone of disgust and keeping a running tally of the number of sewer levels encountered throughout the series... which is thrown off after the Dark Forces video, in which he finds its sewer level to be so awful that he adds a whole ninety-two counts to the total. This comes to a head when he plays Redneck Rampage and finds its sewer level so horrid that he increases the counter to 9999999, declaring it to be the very worst sewer level in history and possibly one of the single worst levels in any FPS.
    • To a lesser extent, averting Shotguns Are Just Better in First Person Shooters will really piss him off. He will dedicate entire sections in his video explaining why a game's shotgun is godawful if it's especially bad, as Doom³ and Redneck Rampage would show.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Thanks to some freak glitches he had never seen before involving hellhounds and dog treats, Civvie ends the main campaign in Pro Postal with a theoretically infinite kill count.
  • Body Horror: During his review of Blood II: The Chosen's expansion pack, The Nightmare Levels, his ability to use his patented Gordon Ramsay quotes is replaced by two buttons. AX3 assures him that one of the buttons will play one of the clips. When Civvie presses one of them, a gunshot is heard. Civvie screams in pain and begins to react in shock. The show then cuts out for what an intermission card says to be six months with a newfound unwillingness to press the button.
    • In fact, a lot of the show's comedy stems from Civvie making a bad pun or angering his guards and being punished for it. There are copious references to 'the cold room', being flayed for the duration of an ad spot, and electric shocks. It would be gruesome if Civvie never really reacted beyond the immediate moment of pain.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: "Here Boy" and "How'd I Do?" from the Rise of the Triad soundtrack, commonly used as his intro and outro themes.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: According to the message that appears on screen, the debate between Civvie and Cancer Mouse that gets cut out of the DOOM Eternal review centered around "college students, the plight of unfunny boomer comedians, and the ethics of euthanizing the elderly."
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • The Sewer count often gets massive boosts based on how bad the level itself is, but the Redneck Rampage sewer level was so bad the count defaulted to 999999 and then became an error message.
  • Brutal Honesty: His Blood: Fresh Supply review. Even more when one considers that one achievement in the remaster references his Pro Blood series. It thankfully paid off when Fresh Supply was patched to fix a lot of the issues he had.
  • Butt-Monkey: Civvie has an ongoing series entitled "humiliating the cyberdemon" where the classic Doom baddie gets killed in cheap and anticlimactic ways. This even continues when the Cyberdemon is replaced by the Tyrant in DOOM Eternal
  • Character Shilling: One of his critiques of Duke Nukem Forever is that the vast majority of characters have their only interactions with Duke being to talk about how awesome he is, barring a single Straw Character—he notes that, when combined with the game's general mediocrity, it results in the game feeling smugly full of itself. One compliment he gave "The Doctor Who Cloned Me" is that its characters had a much broader spectrum of reactions to Duke (particularly Doctor Proton, who is willing to lay down smacktalk regularly), and the DLC as a whole was more willing to make Duke the butt of the joke.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In his Duke Nukem Forever vid, Civvie asks everyone to remember Duke's angry "Not my babes! Not in my town!" rant for later. It comes up in the Hive where Duke cruelly jokes to the impregnated, captive Holsom twins that they're "fucked" to highlight how Out of Character the comment is for Duke.
  • Classic Video Game "Screw You"s: Discusses these in his Pro Doom: Plutonia Experiment video which he refers to as "Evil Traps." Basically, the player finds a key or useful item or weapon only to be beset by some very high end monsters the moment they grab the prize.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Pro Doom II video has folders containing information on the new enemies introduced during the game. Whereas the other enemies get fairly informative run-downs, the Pain Elemental's entry is this.
    Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it.
  • Content Warning:
    • Displayed in the intro to his Pro Postal videos:
      This one gets pretty weird and you should know going in that neither Civvie nor the United States Department of Special Correctionx advocates any of the actions contained in this video of some asshole paying a video game
    • The Halloween video on the Game Mod Eternal Damnation replaces it with a special warning due to the Darker and Edgier nature of the mod.
      Okay so this is actually more violent and fucked up than you're used to for a ''Postal'' episode. Don't believe me? Well you ought to since it talks about zombies, gore, sexual assault, extreme and frankly sickening violence, and neither Civvie nor the Department of Special Corrections condones any of the actions depicted here because, as always, this is just some asshole playing a video game and you need to chill. Please Spook Responsibly.
    • The deliberately offensive Corkscrew Rules also gets a special warning:
      This one is even worse. This is probably the most offensive material you will see on this show. It includes senseless violence (naturally) and also pretty awful sexual content, racial and homophobic slurs, and any number of other things not endorsed by Civvie or the Department of Special Corrections. You've been warned.
    • He has another, far more serious one in Duke Nukem Forever when he gets to the Hive, a level focusing on women being impregnated and killed by alien spawn.
  • Country Matters: Not directly by Civvie himself, but while reading out a Randy Pitchford tweet in the Duke Nukem Forever video, a distorted clip from Bronson of the titular character bellowing "SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU CUNT" plays in the background.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being buried alive under a mass of rejected blank collectible vinyls in the Hexen episode.
  • Cursed Item: His upgraded computer for Doom Eternal has a number of absurd upgrades: including an experimental cooling system designed for fusion reactors, a processor tied to the power supply with strands of John Romero's hair (for some reason), a 320gb vRAM video card, and a Runic stone from the Ruins of Sala'Kan'Tar. Something inside it has caused it to start bleeding. By his video on Postal 4, it appears to have generated a form of sentience, though so long as it stays away from Civvie's bed and toilet, he doesn't really care. It all comes to a head during the Daikatana video, where the computer sprouts wings and declares its intent to destroy humanity only to be taken over by the spirit of John Romero, who promises to bring humanity instead into a glorious future free of want and suffering...until AX3 neutralizes it with a flamethrower and locks the computer away on another floor alongside other evils that have given Civvie grief in the past such as Steamboat Wendigo and Tekwar.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: In Civvie's Redneck Rampage review, he calls Redneck Rampage Rides Again the best sequel to a Build engine shooter, with the competition being Blood II: The Chosen and Duke Nukem Forever.
  • Dancing Bear:invoked
    • He takes this view of Hexen, noting that the main appeal to the game is its extreme level of technical sophistication for a game released on the same engine as the original Doom, with things like horizontally-moving sectors, parallax scrolling, and a class system, while the actual "game" part is a slog.
    • He brings this up with Chasm: The Rift, noting that while the game is a rather good shooter on its own merits, the real intrigue to it is that it manages to pull off Quake-level visuals despite running in a 2.5D engine—to the point that the only way to tell it's not true 3D is to realize that all the levels are suspiciously lacking in verticality.
  • Dartboard of Hate: His old cell had one with Randy Pitchford's face on it.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • At the beginning of his Super Seducer review, he jokes that he's been stuck in the dungeon for a while.
    • Also cracks a joke about this at the end of the Island Peril video, when he finds out Atlantean made a fighting game starring scantily-clad women called Catfight.
      H4MMER: "Pro Catfight" when, Civvie?
      Civvie: Listen, I'm not any good at fighting games when I'm usin' TWO hands, okay?
  • Disappointed in You: He has this reaction in Pro Postal 4 - Friday when he learns of The Sister's existence and how The Dude got married to The Bitch over her.
    Civvie: We're just going to pretend that this character existed this whole time and that The Dude married the other sister instead? Dude, you are really fucking your life up, I am disappointed in you.
  • Down the Drain: It's fair to say Civvie isn't a big fan of sewer levels. Look at Running Gag below.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the beginning of the Duke Nukem Forever video, Cancer Mouse is crushed to death by a trap that Civvie set. However, due to some time-traveling shenanigans on H4MM3R's part, he's alive again and as toxic as ever.
  • Early Game Hell:
    • Insofar as the first level of Doom's fourth episode can be considered such, playing on Hell Beneath on Ultra Violence gave Civvie a really hard time thanks to a cramped layout, dozens of shotgunners, a good few Barons of Hell and barely any healing items. But the grand prize goes to, as Civvie shows, Plutonia Experiment's first level, Congo. There, the player is immediately surrounded by shotgunners at the start, the next room has chaingunners ready to perforate the player, there's Revenants and Mancubi littered about the place and the moment the player fires a shot near the chaingunners in the aforementioned room, it alerts the Arch-Vile. Yeah, as Civvie points out, Plutonia is for experienced Doomers looking for something new, and Congo shows it will start by lighting a fire right under the player's ass.
    • DOOM Eternal is also an example of this. As Civvie points out, it's much harder than its predecessor, and until you get some upgrades and get into the flow of the combat it will absolutely wipe the floor with you in harder difficulties.
      Civvie: "We all said Doom 2016 was unbalanced and too easy, and now we're paying for it".
    • He argues that much of the reason that Daikatana has such a bad reputation is that most of its terrible cramped dark levels and weapons that kill the player more than the enemy are located in the first episode. Past that point, the level design opens up considerably and the weapons become much more generally usable.
  • Elaborate Under Ground Base: The titular Dungeon, which comes off as an SCP-style laboratory/prison.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The demon spawned from the stone of Sala'Kan'Tar that possessed Civvie's computer is this. Its mere presence alone began to infect Civvie's room with some sort of unidentifiable flesh muck. By the Daikatana episode, its absorbed enough of the game's power to take form and menace humanity...only to be nullified by the latent good spirit of John Romero hidden in the strands of hair Civvie somehow had. And then it gets neutralized by AX3's flamethrower.
    • The Steamboat Wendigo is a part-flesh part-mechanical all demonic nightmare with the head of Mickey Mouse, and a stomach containing the tortured souls of all the properties Disney has bought. It appears briefly in the Dark Forces review where Katie's use of a MIDI version of the Star Wars theme briefly rouses its attention before Civvie implores her to stop. AS of Daikatana it has been subdued and contained in a sub-basement level along with the aforementioned posssessed PC and William Shatner's Tekwar.
    • During the Evil Dead: Regeneration video, something has started to affect the DSC. Whatever it is, it's clearly not good, and the only way to stave off its effects is a complicated ritual involving red candles and blood (preferably human).
  • Everyone Has Standards: While it's unclear whether or not Civvie has committed any serious crimes (even if he mentioned he committed homicide in his Blood 2 video), he openly objects to violence against children in his Shogo: Mobile Armor Division review.
    • He also has a soft-spot for dogs as shown in his Postal reviews and dislikes seeing them hurt.
    • He's genuinely disturbed by the entire Hive section of Duke Nukem Forever. Especially at Duke's nonchalant response to the whole thing.
    • To a lesser degree, he seems a bit put off by the treatment of the women in 3D, finding it rather creepy and out-of-place (though not nearly as explicitly bad as it'd get in Forever). He also notes some irritation at the fact that the level designers had an odd habit of putting captured women in places where they're almost guaranteed to die horribly, such as next to explosives or in front of enemies with rapid-fire ranged attacks.
    • H4MM3R gets a moment of this in the introduction to the Rise of the Triad 2013 reboot video; Civvie's offhand comment that he doesn't mind a Toys For Tots child dying for the sake of him receiving a Christmas present provokes a blunt response of "what the fuck, Civvie?". Civvie retorts that H4MM3R has Civvie's brain, basically, so he was likely thinking the same thing.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
    • The oft-mentioned but never-seen Cold Room, a punishment often used on or to threaten Civvie and other inmates. As his review of Kreed reveals, it is indeed simply a room that is incredibly cold.
    • On AMID EVIL:
    Civvie: This is the Painmaster. It's a master of pain.
  • Fair for Its Day: Cancer Mouse attempts to have this trope invoked in relation to one of the many homophobic jokes in Corkscrew Rules, an intentionally-offensive Russian Postal 2 expansion. It came out in 2005.
  • Freak Out:
    • Happens occasionally when he finds a glitch or some other issue so bad, so blatant, that words fail him. For example, in his Hunt Down the Freeman video when he finds out the path he's supposed to take is blocked by an invisible wall, or in the second part of his Blood II: The Chosen series when he finally acquires the Napalm Launcher (one of the most devastating weapons in the first game) only to see it has been nerfed to oblivion. Expect a cavalcade of edited Gordon Ramsay shouting and swearing whenever this happens.
      Civvie (In said Hunt Down The Freeman video): "I'm not gonna freak out about this. I'm not..."
    • The video on the Postal 2 Game Mod Eternal Damnation has Civvie suffering one bad enough to require medication, after a sequence of events that involve a Crappy Carnival, a fully naked Succubus, a train crash, a sewer level, various game glitches, and Jigsaw Gary Coleman attacking him with a Chainsaw.
    Civvie: "Medication Time! Medication Time... (25MG THORAZINE ADMINISTERED)"
    • Another one briefly occurs in Duke Nukem Forever after he witnesses the infamous "Looks like you're...fucked." scene. Not long after Duke ranted about how the aliens are gonna pay for stealing the girls again.
    • After losing his shit over a detail in Unreal 2 previously, the footage cuts to footage taken at a later date with a note that he was abruptly sedated. After something he finds even more mind-bogglingly awful to deal with comes up, the same thing happens, with the note that he volunteered for the sedation this time.
    • Has a couple in his Postal 4 video, one when he discovers that he is the drug dealer in town, and another when he comes across the Sewer Count graffiti in the sewers, with its' count matching his own.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the review of The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Civvie lumps in The Human Centipede 2 with the Direct-To-Video Disney sequels as examples of franchises overstaying their welcome.
  • Gag Censor: The Shrapnel City episode of his Duke Nukem series features the ending audio snippet where Duke has sex. Black censor bars appear on the still image onscreen in an attempt to hide the audio, until the Youtube subtitles get censored as well.
  • Good Bad Bug: His buggy version of A Very Postal Christmas randomly gave him over 100,000 crack pipes. Probably explains why his Postal 4 character is selling them for only $10 a pop.
  • Goddamned Bats: invokedA Running Gag in Civvie's Doom videos is his strong annoyance at having to deal with Lost Souls, especially when they get in the way and impede his progress. Needless to say, he was not happy when the second game introduced Pain Elementals.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: An audio version: Whenever Civvie transgresses on whatever his jailors consider punishable, this usually results in the sound of an electrode charging up, then cut to the next shot before it discharges.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The facility where Civvie is held is overseen by "Department of Special Corrections".
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: What Civvie can only begin to describe John Carmack as. Among many other things.
  • Groin Attack: In addition to most other electrical body-based forms of torture, Civvie apparently has nodes in his testes too. AX3 and H4MM3R use these in the video for X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse, when Civvie refuses to keep playing due to a bug in the source port he uses despawning a plot critical weapon piece, then taking the ones he had away when he dies and reloads to try to get it to spawn.
    Civvie: So what now? So I'm supposed to not finish the game? That's not an option! Well, okay, it IS an option, but not for me.
    H4MM3R: Finish the game, CV-11.
    Civvie: I can't, the game isn't gonna let me.
    AX3: Initializing testicular nodes.
    Civvie: Look, it's not my fault-
    AX3: Charging testicular nodes.
    H4MM3R: We're gonna shock your balls off, boy.
    One engine switch, three replayed levels, and several hours of weeping later...
    Civvie: So I switched to another Quake source port and started the whole thing over again because even though this is a bad game, its not as bad as internal ball-tasing.
  • Hanlon's Razor:
    • Downplayed in regards to Shadow Warrior (1997), which features an enemy type whose name is an ethnic slur, perving on anime characters in their early teens, and Lo Wang's... particular speech style. He argues that the programmers of Shadow Warrior were immature dumbasses messing with stuff they didn't research in a period where awareness of Asian sensitivity was rather low, rather than genuinely hateful— it's hard to take a serious message from a game where the main character is a ninja with a nuke launcher. On the other hand, he finds most of Lo Wang's dialogue genuinely cringeworthy, and doesn't blame anyone for disliking him and turning his speech off.
    • Acknowledged in his video on Dark Forces, where he claims he doesn't like The Last Jedi, but shuts down Cancer Mouse's attempts to steer the discussion towards politics or agendas by claiming it was just an incompetently-made corporate product, and Disney has no greater agenda than accumulating money.
  • Hitscan: Civvie usually despises enemies that use this attack type, especially if they have a rapid-fire weapon.
  • Hope Spot: In the opening of the Prey (2006) video, Civvie gets told he's being moved into the "general population", which he naturally assumes means that he's being set free. A laser fence then appears and traps him within his new cell, with an outside shot revealing that the "general population" actually refers to the massive corridor of cells within the facility.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In the "A Very Postal Christmas" mod for Postal 2 the Dude sends a reply letter as Santa mocking the kid's grammar, even though the Dude's grammar isn't much better.
      Postal Dude: Dear Billie,
      nice spelling, Your on your way to A career in trash disposal.
      Civvie: Hey, how about if you're gonna criticize a child's spelling errors, use the correct form of "you're."
      Postal Dude: (continued) How about I seand you a Fucking dictionary so you can learn to read and wright? I'm giveing your older brother the space ranger jet, He can spell!
      PS: Tell your mom to call me big Dady!
    • Civvie in his "Pro Doom: The Plutonia Experiment" video:
      "I remember the first time playing as a wee lad and thinking, what the fuck is this? I was a vulgar child, but I grew out of that shit."
    • Civvie's reaction to the ending of Kreed.
      "That's a bold artistic choice, to not have an ending!"
      [Credits roll]
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: While he doesn't react to anything else the Bitch says about the Dude at the end of Postal 2: Paradise Lost, he takes great offense to her saying the Dude can't complete a simple list of chores.
    "I completed that list so hard the fuckin' world ended, and I still found time to fight the war on terror!"
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: Jesus in "Christmas Grabbag 2" is depicted as a fellow inmate, speaking like a Totally Radical surfer-dude, hoverboarding on a crucifix, and giving Civvie a Christmas game (albeit a pretty bad one). (His dad says he can't do an exorcism until he gets his GED.)
  • Madness Mantra: In his Kreed review: "See, a lot of these areas are copied and pasted (whole hallways and rooms) so it gets a little confusing..." He even thows a The Shining gag with that sentence for good measure.
  • Manipulative Editing: Done as a joke in his Hatred review, his editor making it seem like he's saying something that he's not in response to Civvie asking her to carefully edit the blood to be green to make sure it doesn't get flagged on YouTube.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Pinhead forces a hook through Civvie's hand...but Civvie's already been through tons worse so not only is the hook nothing to him, its an outright break.
  • Mondegreen Gag: In the Super Seducer video, Richard asks a girl what she does and says she looks "a bit artistic," but because of his thick British accent, Civvie thinks he is saying "autistic."
    "Well that's not nice. This isn't 4chan. We prefer to say "on the spectrum."
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: Discussed when he played Starship Titanic. He highlights just how obtuse and highly specific most of the progression can be, and that it's intentionally so as a result of Douglas Adams's influence.
  • Motor Mouth: Not as much as some examples, but Civvie speaks at an above-average tempo.
  • Mundane Solution: So how does Civvie deal with a cursed unlicensed Hellraiser NES game? He rats the thing out to Nintendo who C&D the thing out of Civvie's sight.
  • Murder Simulators: Mentions that blaming the budding video games industry for violent actions was easier than doing so for the modern-day games industry and addressing actual social problems.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In the Singularity video:
    Civvie: [Raven Software was] maybe not the most financially successful, but responsible for some damn fine games. And Hexen.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: In some internet review shows, when a host does battle with the villain they end up acquitting themselves passably or coming off as a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. In the closing scenes of his Duke Nukem Forever review, Civvie faces off against the shadow demons while H4MMER goes back to the past. Civvie stays with the intent of going down in a blaze of glory. He doesn't even last a second before he's horrifically devoured off-screen. After all he's a malnourished and mistreated unarmed man going up against Eldritch Abominations, just because he's the host does not make him an exception.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In the Island Peril video, after a series of questions from AX3 and H4MMER that got strange at the end:
      H4MMER: Where's the stolen hydrogen bomb?
      Civvie: I didn't steal a hydrogen bomb.
    • At one point, Civvie grumbles that his sister's wedding was targeted by a drone strike. No further context is provided.
  • Not Bad: In his video on the first Duke Nukem expansion, he admits that "Randy Pitchford... did a good job", and then shudders.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In his Daikatana video, he swears he isn't making up that John Carmack wrote a program that logged how much time John Romero spent playing deathmatch games instead of working.
  • Nuke 'em: Civvie keeps a counter of all nuclear warheads he uses. This started in his "Pro Wang" series, and has continued in his other videos.
  • Obviously Evil:
    • Whenever Mikiko says anything menacing in Daikatana, a timer pops up counting down the gameplay time until she betrays Hiro.
    • In Pro Doom³, Civvie snarks about how unsubtle Dr. Betruger is in his villainy, nicknaming him Palpatine due to their similar appearances and mannerisms.
  • One Steve Limit: In his Hunt Down the Freeman review, he says that Gordon Ramsay (see Running Gag) is the only Gordon we'll see in that video since Gordon Freeman is nowhere to be found in that game. Subverted when Civvie later finds out that one of the alternate endings has not one, but seven Gordon Freemans.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He punctuates his disappointment in Blood: Fresh Supply's original release by refraining from using the Gordon Ramsey "It's fucking raw" clip that he usually uses for jank or bugs.
  • Overused Running Gag: In-universe Civvie is forbidden from using Gordon Ramsey's "It's fucking raw" clip after peppering it all over his review of Blood II. Daring to do so anyway results in immediate punishment, usually electrocution. Similar bans are in place for Monty Python references and bad puns.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Has expressed a distaste for making videos based on Game Mods, mainly because he doesn't want to be harsh toward amateur developers who made and released their work without pay. He'd end up breaking this rule specifically to heap praise on the Death Wish mod for Blood.
    • He's quick to point out when a game suffered from Executive Meddling, such as Blood II: The Chosen being shoved out the door in an Obvious Beta state or Marvel forcing X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse to be Christmas Rushed. In these cases, his jabs against the developers are half-hearted while his real anger is directed toward the publishers.
    • Notably, this was enough to overwhelm his traditional loathing of Capstone, with him refusing to review Corridor 8: Galactic Wars, an unreleased game that had an early build leak online. The build in question was so unfinished that it was using Doom sprites and the Duke Nukem 3D menu as placeholders.
  • Refused the Call: Civvie doesn't wanna get in more trouble than he's already in and he doesn't want anything detracting from reviews, so when a classic internet reviewer subplot tries to start up, he does as much as he can to distance himself from it. In particular when H4MM3R's son from the future tries to warn him about Uncle Frank's plague in his Future Shock/Skynet review, Civvie mistakes him for inviting him on an adventure to stop Todd Howard from making a bad game, he refuses, tells the thing to "go back to whatever Channel Awesome production [he] came from" and has H4MM3R destroy him.
  • Relax-o-Vision: After beating The Plutonia Experiment, the ending text states that Hell has gone back to "pounding bad dead folks instead of good live ones." Civvie asks Katie for a pic of a demon banging Adolf Hitler. Katie instead posts a graphic of some cute kittens with the caption "NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO." Civvie concedes.
  • Robot Buddy: Played with, with his cell guards, AX3 and H4MMER. While both have their moments of playing along with Civvie's gags, AX3 is neutral to the whole ordeal, and H4MMER remains outright antagonistic whenever he can reasonably get away with it.
  • Rogues Gallery: According to the Prey (2006) video, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Randy Pitchford, 2KGames, Capstone, and Mary Poppins form this. Indeed, Civvie 11 frequently takes potshots at them for bad management of their titles. Except for Mary Poppins, for whom it's unclear why he detests her.
  • Running Gag:
    • The counting gag that counts every single Sewer Level he comes across. Though it isn't exactly linear, with exceptionally bad levels (and on rare occasions, levels that stand out as more sewer even if they aren't necessarily bad by sewer level standards, such as Hrot's sewage treatment plant) adding more to the counter. The counter breaks after the abysmal sewer level in Redneck Rampage and hasn't been seen since... until "Realms Deep Roundup", when Civvie notices a "Does this sewer count?" graffiti tag during the sewer level from White Hell, which causes it to rise from its grave.
      • He has a similar count for the amount of nuclear warheads he has fired in games. This practice started with his playthrough of the original Shadow Warrior, hence why the counter is accompanied by a Lo Wang voice clip whenever it makes an appearance.
      • An additional counter, introduced in his Dark Forces review is the "Stupid Star Wars Names" which is for exactly that: Star Wars names he finds to be just plain silly. Pic from Jedi Knight raises it once on his own, but then it shoots up by five when Civvie reveals the guy's full name is Picaroon C. Boodle, and that his species is "Kowakian monkey-lizard."
      Civvie: Go home, Star Wars, you're drunk.
    • Clips of Gordon Ramsay shouting "It's fucking raw!" from Hell's Kitchen most of the times he comes across a glitch or bug that could have easily been fixed if the game got a few more months of development time. Used heavily in his Blood II: The Chosen and Hunt Down the Freeman reviews.
    • Whenever a really awkwardly-done model comes around, it's met with a clip of Beetlejuice shouting "Nice fuckin' model!" and honking his crotch, sometimes skipping right to the honking.
      • Taken Up to Eleven in his Duke Nukem Forever review - when he shows the awfulness of Duke's jumping animation, it then goes into the beginning of White Zombie's "More Human Than Human," with the honks timed to the music itself.
    • Whenever Civvie takes a cheap shot at someone, like William Shatner in his TekWar review, or John Romero, a little Steam Achievement looking icon pops up in the bottom right corner with the person he's talking about with the title "Cheap Shot".
    • When Civvie mentions John Carmack, he refers to Carmack by such titles as "sentient galaxy brain meme," "hyper-advanced artificial intelligence," "death-frightening psion capable of seeing through the illusionary world before our eyes", "benevolent architect of the post-singularity simulation", " Time displaced neural net processor covered in what the top military scientists in the 1960s could pass for human tissue", "Earth-stranded Nihilanth", "monolith constructor", and "juvenile delinquent."note 
    • Similarly in videos whenever Randy Pitchford is brought up, Civvie will mention that he is greasy. The Pro Nukem 3D - Alien World Order video has him rapid-fire a bunch of Randy grease jokes when the developers of the game mention being able to say anything about him and get away with it.
    • Speaking of Randy, anytime Civvie utters the phrase "badass," an image from one of Randy Pitchford’s tweets of him wearing sunglasses that say “BAD ASS” on them flashes on screen.
    • Also, any time something happens in Aliens: Colonial Marines that's so blatantly buggy or unfinished, he inserts the time Randy said that the game "is like a 7, 7 and a half"
    • Within the video for the video game adaptation From Dusk Till Dawn, Civvie asks Katie the editor to find a way to sprinkle in as much of Cheech Marin's infamous "pussy" speech from the movie throughout.
    • Anytime Katie gets Civvie into trouble, expect Civvie to shout "Katie you bitch!"
    • Anytime in his DOOM (2016) review that anyone (Civvie or otherwise) refers to the modern Doomguy as "Doom Slayer", a riff from "BFG Division" fires up.
    • In his Daikatana review, Mikiko has a "Betrayal Countdown" appear above her head whenever she says something suspicious (or whenever Civvie lampshades how obviously suspicious her dialogue is).
    • In his Quake II video, any time Civvie mentions the "Big Gun", Brian Johnson flashes on screen.
    • Anytime a game made by Capstone Software shows an egregious example of bad game design, he exclaims "Capstone: The Pinnacle of X."
    • When Civvie has to speed up gameplay footage, jump-cut over repetitive footage, or anything similar, he plays the World 5 music from Super Mario Bros. 3 with an "X Minutes Later" card.
  • Sanity Slippage: His Kreed (an extremely janky and buggy Russian FPS) review begins with a note from Katie:
    "This video has been reconstructed from several sessions recorded before CV-11 was voluntarily escorted to the cold room. I've done my best to put it together from notes and recordings taken before his breakdown. Nine hours into the game, his notes became erratic and incomprehensible. His final message: I HAVE NO MOUTH AND I MUST KREED."
  • Save Scumming: Generally avoided during videos, particularly the Pro series, since he finds it "dishonorable". That said, he absolutely makes exceptions for games that lose his respect due to overtly high unfair difficulty, extreme jankiness, or just not being fun to play in general.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Civvie references this trope during Pro Plutonia Experiment where he refers to "Nope rooms," i.e. rooms where the player will open them up, see a completely unreasonable amount of demons on the other side with no gain from fighting them, immediately shout "Nope!" and turn right back around. While most Doom wads have rooms with large amount of demons, Plutonia Experiment pulls not a single punch in this regard.
  • Self-Deprecation: In his Doom 64 review
    Civvie: '2 console games in a row? What happened to you Civvie, you used to be cool.' I was never cool.
    • He has absolutely no problem violently murdering the character he voices in Postal 4 and pissing on his corpse.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: invoked Some of his Pro Series videos include this, such as Civvie's attempt to maintain his crack addiction in Postal 2, going through all of Doom without saving (dropped when he got to Episode 4) or his attempt to spare all the babes in the first and third episodes of Duke Nukem 3D (this last one was stymied heavily by a particular room that placed one right in the firing line of two Battlelords).
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: H4MMER attempts to send his son back in time to prevent a cataclysmic disaster at the hands of Civvie's Uncle Frank. However, because said son looks and talks like a skinless T-800, he is summarily blasted to pieces by the past H4MMER. After the cataclysmic event happens and Civvie points out how stupid it is to send a freaky skeleton-esque Terminator into the past in the middle of a government facility, H4MMER proceeds to send himself back instead to get enough of an awkward pause in the action to explain things.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Civvie's satanic PC briefly shows up in his Doom Eternal video before Civvie shouts it out, outright saying that he's not going to have a sideplot for a game he'd been so looking forward to.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Civvie believes this firmly and indubitably, to the point that he claims in one video that a bad game can sometimes be saved by a good shotgun. When Doom 3 makes the mistake of averting this, he reads it the riot act.
  • Shout-Out: Civvie has a habit of spouting out pop-culture references.
  • Shown Their Work: The clock-drawing test given to Civvie by AX3 in the You Are Empty video is a real neurological test, used as the robot describes. The 'real' version of Civvie's test is consistent with severe neurological damage/dysfunction, which is reasonable for him considering that half of his brain is missing (with bits used to power AX3 and H4MM3R), let alone the other traumas he's suffered during his imprisonment.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Randy Pitchford is one due to the 7 and a half out of 10 mess that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, aiding in the downfall of Duke Nukem Forever, and ensuring that good Duke Nukem games like the Megaton Edition and Manhattan Project are taken off of store shelves for a long time to come in favour of Randy's own cursed version.
    • Capstone, The Pinnacle of Entertainment Software, provided the bulk of the DOS Trash that Civvie suffered through in many of his videos due to their growing, ruinous incompetency.
  • Squee: In the third part of "Beneath DUSK," his reaction when he finds out that Stephan Weyte (the voice of Caleb) voices the final boss.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The Hatred video ends with one based on a video from Uwe Boll of him criticizing other film-makers with harsh language.
    • For his video on Extreme Rise of the Triad, he plays a skit where a room full of Enforcers have their voice clips (as well as General Darian) talk over a dance track while dancing, right before Civvie shows the entire platoon of Enforcers in game and explaining why this encounter is the most infamous of the fights in the game.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: invoked
    • His view on the Duke Nukem Forever DLC "The Doctor Who Cloned Me": he hated the original game top-to-bottom, but thought the DLC was much better. He claims to see DNF as a fundamentally flawed game and therefore "Doctor Who Cloned Me" could only do so much, but believed that the level design, the new weapons, the writing, and especially its treatment of Duke's character had all hiked up substantially when compared to the original. Sadly, this ultimately just made him hate the main game all the more since all the improvements made in The Doctor Who Cloned Me showed Civvie What Could Have Been.
    • While he still didn't consider Redneck Rampage Rides Again to be particularly good, he still found it vastly preferrable to the first game, due to having improved level designs, more conveniently placed keys, and some legitimately enjoyable levels.
  • Take That!:
    • Cancer Mouse is essentially one to content creators with alt-right talking points.
    • Civvie has tossed out jabs at Valve Software and Half-Life, comparing their effects to Nazi Germany in how Half-Life effectively wiped out the Doom and Duke Nukem style of shooters in favor of narrative-driven, linear experiences. A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the first Pro Blood video shows he actually considers Half-Life his third favorite shooter, right under Blood itself. His full video on Half-Life, though, is much more positive, and he goes so far as to compare it to Citizen Kane in terms of how impossible it is for people today to recognize how innovative it was in its time. He clarifies more precisely that while Half-Life did deal a serious blow to "boomer shooters", this was largely due to lesser developers taking the wrong lessons (for example, the harsh linearity of Half-Life was an actual major theme of the story, not just laziness).
    • Civvie also had a few words towards Joe Lieberman in his Postal Redux video.
      Civvie: Hey, do you remember Joe Lieberman? (Beat) That's OK, nobody else does either.
    • Not only is his video mocking the trailer for Slenderman obviously an extended one, calling it a step in "Hollywood's never-ending race to the bottom", but when explaining that Slenderman isn't scary anymore, he shows off a number of Slenderman-esque characters to show how frequently the concept has been ripped off... and includes Max Landis among them.
    • He's taken several pot-shots at Channel Awesome, particularly in his Terminator: Future Shock Review and Pro Blood.
    • In his Nightmare Reaper video, he snarks on Iron Maiden and their lawyers for the Ion Fury lawsuit.
      Civvie: "...That's another Early Access game down. And pretty soon, Ion Mai- I mean, Ion Fury is coming out, despite the best efforts of greedy old lawyers who should advise their clients to start making albums again that don't contain at least one absolutely embarrassing song"
    • In the same video, he takes a shot at Anti-SJW type gamers.
      Civvie: "Finally I found a main character in a video game I can identify with- oh no wait she's a girl nevermind."
    • He also had a small one against fellow reviewer GManLives and his glowing review of the Updated Re-release of Blood in spite of some early bugs. Otherwise, Civvie considers him "a scholar and a gentleman."
      Civvie: "I dunno how many didgeri-doobies GMan is smoking, if you wanna buy this, understand that it fucking pains me to say this, wait until they patch it."
    • In his Terminator: Resistance review, he takes a shot at Angry Joe for raging at such a trivial detail as the laser colors.
      Civvie: "I gotta give this game credit, those Terminators are beautifully modelled, spot on. Really, everything seems to be crafted with love, and care, and reverence for the Terminator franchise [...], right down to the plasma blasts and the sound effects. I'm kind of enjoying this, and not freaking out because the lasers are red instead of purple (Cue clip of Angry Joe screaming about the lasers).
    • His Terminator: Future Shock/Skynet video has him tell H4MM3R's weirdly animated intrusive T-800 future son to "go back to whatever Channel Awesome production [he] came from."
    • In the end of his DOOM (2016) video, he wonders if in the brainstorming sessions for DOOM Eternal the devs decided against naming it "Doom Forever" for obvious reasons.
    • Unsurprisingly, Tekwar sees a lot of these directed at William Shatner. In particular, Civvie notes that he's been "acting [his] age" on Twitter.
    • His Patreon contains a joke goal for the production of “The Civvie Movie” if he reaches $100,000 a month, an obvious pot-shot at the infamous The Spoony Experiment movie that was never produced despite being promised as a goal for Spoony’s Patreon.
    • Many jabs are thrown toward Randy Pitchford
  • Taking the Bullet: In the SHOGO review, Civvie essentially has Sanjuro do this to protect a child NPC from Kura's hair-trigger AI.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • Civvie's description of a Revenant assault in Pro Doom II takes a wrong turn after he begins describing the tight situation.
      Civvie: The bit where you're plowing through Shotgunners and get assaulted by Revenants, it's intense, its uh... its really a butt clincher, as are all situations where you get ambushed by these boners. It's a real pain in the ass, leaves you sore and tired I'll tell you what. (Beat) You know what, just cut all of that, that was garbage.
    • In his Pro Nukem: Shrapnel City video, he enters what he thinks is an abortion clinic:
      Civvie: "...This means this chick outside is totally consequence-free and I've been handing her hundreds this whole time, which is more than enough to pay for... you know what, I'm just gonna terminate this joke... (Beat) OH GOD!" - "Some viewers may not be totally in agreement on the abortion issue, which is fine, 'cos I'm gonna blow this place up... (Beat) (panicking) OH GOD, THIS DOESN'T WORK EITHER! PLEASE DON'T BLOW UP ABORTION CLINICS!"
  • Tranquil Fury: Civvie suffers this when he learns (from a fan, after 20 years of playing Duke Nukem 3D) that Pig Cop Tanks can be destroyed by running up behind them and pressing their self-destruct button instead of having to actually fight them.
    Civvie: ...knowing this now makes me so angry that I'm actually fucking numb from it.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: It's rare but when the game presents a moral and kind option he may or may not take it, it usually depends on the context. Here's some examples:
    • During his review of Hedon and reaching a point where he has to poison a Warg just to gain access to the room it was guarding, has him mostly silent but what (presumably) forces him to try and look for another way was a Minotaur Guard giving her a judging stare. Which involves him doing a bunch of other errands and exploring the entire hub map to find a potion that puts the Warg to sleep instead.
    • Nearing the end of his third review of Nightmare Reaper, he is given the choice of either sacrificing the player character so that the girl's innocence can be reclaimed or take over the psyche (which is a bad idea considering the player character is a rather homicidal bloodthirsty maniac). While he bemoans it, he ultimately takes the former option.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Absolutely adores this trope, being a fan of the Postal series and all that. If the game will allow him to be a dick or a menace to anyone (innocent or not) then he'll be willing to try out the option. Although he has his limits.
    • In "Pro Doom 3", he makes it a point to kill any friendly NPC he comes across if he can. As he points out, the Marine is canonically the Sole Survivor of the demonic invasion, so he might as well cut out the middle man.
  • Vocal Evolution: In his earlier videos, Civvie's voice was a lot deeper. Around the time of the Pro Postal series, his pitch began to gradually lighten, eventually reaching his more recognizable cadence around Apocalypse Weekend and Paradise Lost. In canon, Civvie figures it's a result of H4MMER choking him a little while he sleeps as revenge for hitting him down the stairs.
  • We Really Do Care: Shortly after Blood's remaster , Fresh Supply came out, Civvie quickly reviewed it and lashed the remaster for its lack of polish. When the game updated to fix many of the stated issues, Civvie uploaded another video showing how grateful he was that the people behind the project really cared.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the Redneck Rampage episode, Civvie starts wondering what happened to the pig Leonard and Bubba were searching for, before abruptly getting interrupted by the end credits.
  • Who Even Needs a Brain?: Two-quarters of Civvie's brain were extracted to power AX3 and H4MMER's systems. He's not dead, but he seems kind of perturbed by thinking about it too hard.
    • Tries asking for the part of his brain back before H4MMER from the original timeline is destroyed, but he gives up because they're in the middle of a dramatic sacrifice speech.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: His video about Operation Body Count (a Capstone game, see Arch-Enemy above) is subtitled "The Worst Shooter Ever".
  • Worth It: Civvie takes a cue from a narrative device from Starship Titanic, the ability to adjust robot's behavior to make them more compliant, as an excuse to beat up H4MMER for a bit. He knows he's going to pay for it but it felt good, and sure enough, damaging government property ends up being the excuse to keep him imprisoned in a later episode.
  • X Meets Y: He invokes this trope in a rather colorful way when describing the Star of Torment in his AMID EVIL video.
    Civvie: "...Imagine if a Flak Cannon and a Nailgun hatefucked and had an equally hateful baby."


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Civvie and the Super Shotgun

In his Pro Doom II video, Civvie gushes over the Super Shotgun and its powerfulness. He argues that it being borderline OP is actually balanced due to the rising difficulty later in the game

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