Civvie 11 (also known as Civvie's Dungeon) is a Youtube channel focusing on video games. Civvie reviews mostly retro games from the First-Person Shooter genre or modern shooters inspired by retro FPS games. He also reviews the occasional film, typically adaptations of the games he's covered. Another notable series of videos is the "Pro" series, which 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.
Pro Tropes when, Civvie?:
- Actually Pretty Funny: While he utterly panned Bad Day LA, 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: His reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer. He's also done videos focusing on the film adaptations of Doom, Max Payne, and the SiN anime.
- 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.
- 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.
Civvie (reviewing TekWar): "Capstone... they fascinate me at how utterly incompetent they were at making games".
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass Boast: Given his writing style and subject matter, there are a few of these every so often.
- 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: "How'd I Do?" from the Rise of the Triad soundtrack, commonly used as his outro theme.
- 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."
- Brick Joke: 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."
- Brutal Honesty: His Blood: Fresh Supply review. Even more when one considers that one achievement in the remaster references his Pro Blood series.
- Captain Obvious:Civvie (reviewing AMID EVIL): "This is the Painmaster. It's a master of pain".
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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 attacks with a flamethrower and locks the computer away on another floor alongside other evil technology that's attacked Civvie in the past.
- 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.
- 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.
- Elaborate Under Ground Base: The titular Dungeon, which comes off as a SCP-style laboratory/prison.
- Everyone Has Standards: While it's unclear whether or not Civvie has committed any serious crimes, 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.
- 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 a room that is incredibly cold.
- Freak Out:
Civvie (In said Hunt Down The Freeman video): "I'm not gonna freak out about this. I'm not..."
- 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: "Medication Time! Medication Time... (25MG THORAZINE ADMINISTERED)"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hitscan: Civvie usually despises enemies that use this attack type, especially if they have a rapid-fire weapon.
- Japandering: Staunchly averted when he claims he doesn't like the 'Annie-Mays' in his Shogo: Mobile Armor Division review. When brought up again, he is promptly flayed. It isn't mentioned afterward.
- Played semi-straight in a later review when he says that Hatred is the first game he ever played with an AO rating that doesn't have anime titties in it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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 in his "Pro Wang" series.
- 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.
- 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'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.
- Reality Ensues: 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.
- 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.
- Running Gag:
- The counting gag that counts every single Sewer Level he comes across.
- 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", "Earth-stranded Nihilanth" and "juvenile delinquent."note
- Within the video for the video game adaptation From Dusk Till Dawn, Civvie asks the editor to find a way to sprinkle in as much of Cheech Marin's infamous "pussy" speech fropm the movie throughout.
- Anytime Civvie utters the phrase "badass," an image of Randy Pitchford flashes on screen.
- Speaking of Randy, 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"
- 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).
- 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."
- 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 reviewCivvie: '2 console games in a row? What happened to you Civvie, you used to be cool.' I was never cool.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Some of his Pro Series videos include this, such as Civvie's attempt to maintain his crack addiction in Postal 2 or his attempt to spare all the babes in the third episode of Duke Nukem 3D.
- 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 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.
- The Framing Device of the videos - a man being held prisoner and forced to consume (frequent bad) media with two robots to keep him company - is a nod to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- During the Doom 64 video, while reading the intermission text for 'Even Simpler', he segues into one of the lines from Rorschach's journal before cutting back and noting how much edgier Doomguy has become.
- 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.
- Take That!:
Civvie: Hey, do you remember Joe Lieberman? (beat) That's OK, nobody else does either.
- Cancer Mouse is essentially one to content creators with alt-right talking points... most of the time. note
- 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.
- Civvie also had a few words towards Joe Lieberman in his Postal Redux video
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 embarrasing song"
- 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: "Finally I found a main character in a video game I can identify with- oh no wait she's a girl nevermind."
- In the same video, he takes a shot at Anti-SJW type gamers.
Civvie: "I dunno how many digeri-doobies GMan is smoking, if you wanna buy this, understand that it pains me to say this, wait until they patch it."
- 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.
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).
- In his Terminator Resistance review, he takes a shot at Angry Joe for raging at such a trivial detail as the laser colors.
- That Came Out Wrong:
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.
- Civvie's description of a Revenant assault in Pro Doom II takes a wrong turn after he begins describing the tight situation.
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!"
- In his Pro Nukem: Shrapnel City video, he enters what he thinks is an abortion clinic:
- 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 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.
- 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 colourful way when describing the Star of Torment in his AMID EVIL video.