Greetings, traveler. Allow me to describe Epic NPC Man for you here.
It is a web series by Viva La Dirt League, about me, an NPC shopkeeper called Greg in the town of Honeywood. I have many interactions with my fellow, less genre-savvy NPCs and the players of the game (whose name is not given at first, but bears some similarities to The Elder Scrolls), and later episodes reveal that the name of the in-universe game is "Skycraft". It could be said that the series parodies the Role-Playing Game genre, by pointing out some of the logic that can appear in games of that genre.
It is so far up to its twenty second season. All the episodes can be found here.
Because of the nature of the series, expect a lot of Lampshade Hanging.
Epic NPC Man contains examples of the following
- A Day in the Limelight: In "Blacksmith", the episode focuses on Bodger, the local blacksmith in Honeywood. He takes upon himself to forge a set of legendary armor for the PC's quest. Epic NPC Man doesn't even show up in the episode proper until after the segment ends.Greg: "Hey! What are you guys doing over there?"Bodger: "Shut up, Greg! I've had it to here with you!"Greg: "It just—it just kind of feels weird, me not being part of this."Bodger: "It's not all about you, Greg! You don't have to be involved in every conversation!Everybody's always talking to Greg; well, it's MY time now!"Greg: (beat) "You're a little bit of a dick."
- All Men Are Perverts: A good number of Male PCs shown have either a name of a sexual variation or are outright blatant with their sexual harassment of women in the game, be they PCs or NPCs.
- Artificial Stupidity: The Guard. He's so far taken an arrow to the head (and not even noticed), been killed by an Assassin whilst distracted, and had a bucket put on his head so a player could steal from the shop...then having his uniform taken.
- Berserk Button: Do not kick a chicken in the game.
- British Brevity: The season lengths thus far have been: seven episodes, eight episodes, ten episodes. What they call a "season" is basically just what they could get shot in a day.
- Chainmail Bikini: Whenever Britt (the sole female in the main cast) is playing a PC, this trope inevitably comes into play.
- Christmas Episode: Complete with in-game Christmas theme.
- Conspicuously Selective Perception: Played straight and doubly subverted in "Assassin". The guard is killed because he concentrates on the stone being thrown, despite Greg noticing the assassin and trying to tell him. Greg, on the other hand, knows what's going on, but he is programmed to look, and he knows it!
- Critical Encumbrance Failure: "Overburdened".
- Cut-and-Paste Environments: As the PC completes her final quest in Honeywood, Greg warns her to stay away from a dark evil town named Darkwood found up in the north. She then takes a time-lapsed journey to "Darkwood"... which just ends up being Honeywood with a dark fog filter applied to the camera. She then has a brief encounter with an "evil" version of Greg (who offers her a virtually identical quest!) as well as Baelyn, the fisherman:Evil Baelyn: "Good evening! Glorious night for fishing, wouldn't you say? Muhuhu... muhuhahaha!"
- Damage Is Fire: It is to Greg's cottage. Fortunately, other NPCs have some sort of builder function and can repair it by hitting it with a hammer, causing the flames to vanish.
- Good Thing You Can Respawn: The eponymous character gets to do this thankfully if he is killed by a player.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Greg, the main quest NPC, and possibly Bodger are at least somewhat self-aware and recognize the many oddities about their world. The wood cutter from the episode of the same name was able to start grasping his situation, but then reset (possibly out of despair).
- Healing Potion: The mechanics behind these are parodied, specifically the fact that you can stop play to heal, and that eating will heal you of all ills.
- Improvised Weapon: Baelyn, the fisherman in "Chicken" uses his pole like the rest use their swords. Yeah, go figure.
- Jerkass: A lot of the player characters come off this way, be it they skip the dialogue, pull some very stupid moves (like block another NPC's path, or fire at a Chainmail Bikini clad player), or some...more questionable actions.
- There is one NPC that comes across as a jerk, too: the Main Quest NPC in "Main Quest".
- Ms. Fanservice: Whenever Britt is featured as a character, Britt's attractive appearance is often emphasized in most episodes, such as the episode about female armor in RPG video games.
- No Animals Were Harmed: The chicken that was kicked in "Chicken", and the rats that were killed in "Rats", were added into the videos in post-production.
- Shout-Out: VLDL, from the very beginning, asked for viewers to provide their gamer tags to feature in episodes. The most prominent to feature: PewDiePie in the second episode of the first season.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: The muggers can't resist trying to mug people, even high level players who can kill them in an instant. Or dragons. Or, on one bizarrely successful instance, a wheelbarrow.
- Uniqueness Value: Straight-up subverted in the episode One Of A Kind. He provides his family heirloom, a ring, to the first adventurer. He then, more reluctantly, offers the same to the second adventurer. The box gets dropped, and we find that there are actually a lot of rings in his box.
- Vendor Trash: Yep, Greg hates these with a passion.
- Violation of Common Sense: When a random PC decides to attack Greg's shop, it spontaneously catches on fire. As the assault continues the fire gets worse, until the PC gets bored and leaves. While Greg frets over the calamity, Baelyn calmly walks over and decides to help put the fire out... by repairing the hut with a hammer!
- Welcome to Corneria: "Nice day for fishing, ain't it?" Even after he as repaired a shop, or killed a player. And even in winter!
- You All Look Familiar: Parodied. All of the player and non player characters are played by the same handful of actors, and the characters notice.
- You Monster!