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Jesse Louis Cox (born May 18, 1981) is a Youtube personality whose channel is focused on gaming (more specifically, Let's Play). Originally under the name of OMFGCata, it started out as a center for comedic Let's Play videos and coverage of of the World of Warcraft Cataclysm beta. Since then, he has branched out into other games such as Minecraft and Terraria. Since the channel was founded, several other members have joined the Jesse's adventures, including Pride (aka The Smoking Gamer), Blondie, the Co-Dependent Girls (Aevynne, Trish, and Chiib), Cloudcuckoolander Crendor and the regular builders of the Minecraft RPG Makers series. While he does frequently collaborate with various people, he primarily focuses on single player games, with his comedic style relying on portraying himself as his character's inner voice or an observing bystander.

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A popular "miniseries" on his channel is the Scary Game Squad where Jessie, Jirard, Davis, and Alex Faciane (and occasionally Crendor) play Horror games at various states of inebriation. The SGS crew has further spun off to create the Star Wars New Canon Book Club reviewing new comics, novels and movies, and speculating about upcoming changes to the Expanded Universe. Another project he's helped launch since 2018 is the Chilluminati Podcast, where Jesse, Alex Faciane, and Mathas Games discuss and generally mock major conspiracy theories like Alien abductions and the Hollow Moon Theory. Finally, Jesse has begun running an Actual Play RPG stream on Twitch titled "Oddballs," with himself as Game Master and fellow streamers Octopimp, Morgan Webb, Cinnamon Toast Ken, and Elspeth Eastman in a Stranger-Things esque, shenanigan filled adventure.

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Beginning in 2019, Jesse's newest venture to be teased: a video series titled The Gentleman's Hentai Club. To be hosted on a certain "hub" for porn. Three guesses what he'll be discussing there, and the first two don't count.

Formerly a member of Polaris, and frequent collaborator with fellow members TotalBiscuit, Wowcrendor (with which he co-hosts a non-content pocast), and occasionally the Yogscast. Also, he has his own convention (CoxCon, which is held yearly in the UK).

You can find his YouTube channel here.


Tropes that apply to Jesse Cox:

  • "Savin' the day the McPixel way!"
  • "Well that just happened..." after something particularly absurd, such as more than a few McPixel puzzle solutions.
  • When using oft-use button commands or hotkeys in a game:
  • "FALRAK IS A DOOB!" Shouted because that's how he heard the warcry of one of the game's characters.
  • "Bwap!"- Used while shooting people with a sniper rifle in Far Cry 3 and BioShock Infinite, or the Force Gun in Dead Space 2
  • "Take that, Devil!" In response to the scenes demonstrating to the powers of BioShock Infinite
  • Couch Gag: The end of every Saints Row: The Third video has Jesse and/or Crendor trying to rap (with varying levels of success). Similarily, everytime they got too tense, they began to make up songs during Outlast.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: During his nineteenth episode of his Shadow Warrior Let's Play (aptly named "RAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!"), he became infuriated when the controls wouldn't work correctly. What followed was an unapologetic flood of cursing and insulting the game.
  • Cuckoolander Commentator: Jesse's goofy personality tends to paint him as this when he collaborates. Especially when he paired up with more serious players like TotalBiscuit. It's inverted when he works with Wowcrendor, who while more deadpan, is more of a cloud cuckoolander than Jesse is. This fact gets lampshaded in a Co-Optional podcast episode when Jesse realizes that, when he's teamed with Crendor, he's the TB of the duo.
  • Cultural Translation: In the fourth episode of TheGameStation Podcast, Jesse, and friends conclude that Canada either has ultra-violent or super-stereotypically-nice versions of games.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • "Lizzie" (Derkeethus) is described in this way in the Skyrim playthrough, often keeping a straight face in the middle of Jesse's silly antics and mentally retorting to Jesse's bad jokes. But he doesn't actually talk outside of "personality".
    • Kiskae would like to think of himself as one, making subtle remarks in the chat for anyone with a keen eye during the "RPG Makers" videos and invoking the trope directly with a Shout-Out to this very page. But like Lizzie, he doesn't actually talk, and it's difficult to communicate sarcasm through telepathy and texts.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Invoked in his The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim LP when Meeko does a Heroic Sacrifice to save Jesse, which happened a few episodes after he is betrayed by Lizzie/Derkeethus. This causes Jesse to no longer care about helping the people of Skyrim and to join The Dark Brotherhood and the Thieves' Guild. Naturally this is soon Played for Laughs.
      Jesse: Bad Dovakin!
    • On the Co-Optional Podcast, when his followers on Twitter were unfollowing him and following Dodger instead. As one person said: Jesse broke.
  • Determinator:
    • Jesse's mission statement for his channel is that whenever he starts a new series, he will see it through to completion, no matter how bad it gets (with the exception of Lightning Returns, see below.) One example is when he hit a Game-Breaking Bug during the final battle of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which nearly caused him to stop the entire Let's Play right there. Eventually, however, he makes the declaration below before then working out a way to do it by changing resolutions multiple times during the final boss fight.
      I give up on giving up. I am a gamer. I cannot walk away from this stupid ass boss. Bug or no bug. I will win.
    • During his Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Let's Play Part 4, Jesse mows down swarms of Orcs attempting to kill a high level captain. He kills three other captains during the fight, and finally picks the main captains health away (after about 30 minutes of trying everything else) by stealth attacking him from above four times to finally kill him. Immediately after his victory yet another captain attacks him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Most of his fails in Terraria can be chalked up to this, especially his attempts to assassinate TotalBiscuit, which usually either failed or got HIMSELF killed.
  • The Ditz: Jesse. It's bad when even "leading" the RPG Makers, people doubt his intelligence.
    Omzit: When Jesse knows more than you, there's something wrong. [1]
    Jesse: Seriously.
  • Eagleland: In his Terraria Let's Play with TotalBiscuit, Jesse infamously devolved into a bombthrowing Texan with Patriotic Fervor as he tried to take revenge on him.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In a few games, but mostly throughout the Terraria series.
      • For example, every time either TotalBiscuit or Jesse try to kill each other with bombs. They manage to spectacularly fail and only kill themselves each and every time. It would help if they realized that you can't kill people in your own team with explosives, only yourself.
      • And finally, every episode of Terraria is called "Jesse is bad at _____"
    • The finale of Game Dev Tycoon takes this to a whole new level: He loses ALL of his money (roughly $5.5 billion) in about two minutes.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The generic "Nordic/Viking" are in the RPG Makers that is meant to emulate... Nordic/Viking culture. With long houses, tribal fishing villages, and the like.
  • Funny Background Event: We figured out where Laelette's head went after Jesse cut it off: Rolling into a lake during a serious mob uproar.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The "OMFG" in OMFGCata is explained as meaning "One Moderately Funny Gamer". He whole thing was later dubbed to be short for One Moderately Funny Gamer Constantly Annoying Those Around.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • He has been commented by fans and friends alike that he has a knack of figuring out the plot twists of games far before the game itself reveals them. Almost as soon as he meets the resistance in Dishonored he predicts they will betray him. Guess what happens in Part 38.
    • In his Bioshock Infinite playthrough he is able to figure out the alternate universe themes of the game just by a few early moments of foreshadowing.
    • Displays a fair amount of savvy throughout his play through of Outlast. In particular in Part 12, he declares, with fair reason, that the next door will reveal the big twist. The door opens into an area unlike any other in the game so far.
    • He and the Scary Game Squad have the all the mysteries of Until Dawn figured out before they get any of the bigger clues.
    • He sees through the Orgy of Evidence framing Nathaniel as the Serial Killer in the Carnal Sins quest in The Witcher 3 by recognizing that it doesn't make sense from a story perspective and so is willing to talk to him despite catching him torturing a prostitute in order to catch the real killer.
    • Guesses the plot twist with surprising accuracy before it happens in Doki Doki Literature Club!!
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Jesse was a Theater and History major in college, and in fact used to teach history to troubled teenagers. If you were in doubt of his History Major, look here.
      Dodger, quoting Jesse regarding the map in her room: "If there's a country I can't find on a map, it's probably because they've changed their name since I learned about it."
    • He has a plaque given to him by his former school district as being rated the best history teacher in it.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • He keeps calling Ghostz_eu 'Comrade Creeper' when his avatar is essentially a communist slime. Ghostz used to correct him before but now has given up. He still refers to Lewis' avatar, the same but in a lab coat, as "Dr. Slime", and upon the Fridge Logic being pointed out to him in an episode, it's become evident that he's continuing to do it to prompt angry buttclenches from many of the viewers.
    • He also calls Derkeethus "Lizzie", due to his apperance.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Much to the butt-clenching of fans and friends alike (either for too much of this or too little), Jesse plays his characters this way. See his Let's Play of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Witcher 2, RAGE, Skyrim, Dishonored... actually, see any playthrough with a looting system.
  • Large Ham: After all, he is CRIMNOX THE SORCERER! and SKY CAPTAIN MAXIMILLIAN VALENTINE! CAPTAIN OF THE SKY!. Between those and dozens of other voices and personas, Jesse's theatrical acting training really shines through.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Jesse is actually a professional voice actor (having around 4 notable voice personas with the rest being a mashup from them or movie references).
  • Moment Killer: Whenever Dodger and Strippin have a cute moment, he tends to comment "GAAAAAAAYYYYY!"
  • National Stereotypes:
    • Numerous are played with. Especially prominent in the RPG Makers series, where half the on-screen cast is from America and an increasing majority are from mainland Europe: they will jibe on stereotypes, such as Omzit demanding that Jesse "give him his money" because of America's debt.
    • Jesse in return has an exaggerated "Durka durka"-type voice impression of Sweden, Holland, Finland, and even Germany and has also included self-lampooning, such as Mike's legendary ironic phrase "Trust us, we're Americans."
  • Neologism: Jesse has a habit of making up words then, when told that's not actually a word, he will usually respond "It is now!", optionally adding a Trade Snark or telling people on the internet to make it a thing.
  • Non-Indicative Name: While OMFGCata obviously stood for "OMFG + Cataclysm", the channel has since expanded into general gaming content, with World of Warcraft content eventually fading out. As Jesse has posted on his FAQ on top of the channel box, OMFGCata stands solely for World of Warcraft in the same way that TotalHalibut is about fishing. It has now been extended to, as of the second Game Station Podcast, "One Moderately Funny Gamer Constantly Annoying Those Around."
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Jesse is, unbelievably enough, a man in his thirties who still keeps in step with teenagers today on internet fads. Lampshaded by TotalBiscuit, who, at the time of the lampshading, was 30 and still more mature than Jesse, in their Terraria Let's Play.
    • Further Lampshaded in the 6th Podcast, when Jesse comments that TB sounds like an old man reminiscing on the old days of online play, TB snarks that among he, Jesse and Simon Lane together, he's the youngest male there.
    • Jesse has started transcending into Manchild territory with the 8th podcast, when he showcased a video by Lucahjin that contained nothing but testicle jokes, and TB starts questioning his maturity.
      Tag Line: Jesse Cox, he's hip to the kids!
  • Only Sane Man: Jesse himself acts as this, surprisingly, when put together with Clint Hackleman from Myndflame, Chiib and Trish from Co-Dependent, and Crendor, although he occasionally slips back into his usual quirky self. Footage here and here cements it.
  • Parodies of Fire: In Episode 27 of his Dead Space 2 playthrough.
  • Patriotic Fervour: Briefly becomes a patriotic, bomb-throwing Texan in his Terraria series.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Invoked. Apparently the main reason that TotalBiscuit puts up with Jesse is comedic relief, mainly in the latter's funny voices and tangents.
  • Rage Quit:
    • There is only one game that he considers to have ever truly quit, and that is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. By the time the game footage cuts out to Jesse's explanation, in which he spoils the game so don't go looking for it if you want to learn for yourself, as to why it is over he's completely furious. The last episode of the three part series is appropriately named "THEN WHAT'S THE F*$#ING POINT?!"
    • In contrast, he was an absolute Determinator regarding Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Followers of social media watched as he encountered a Game-Breaking Bug during the final boss and finally had to employ fixes during the battle to make it work.
    • His playthrough of Pro Gamer Simulator ended with him constantly screaming "I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!! I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING!!" over and over while storming out of the room due to his character having been banned, even though he didn't do anything against the rules. Which he did so loudly it as even picked up on Dodger's livestream in a completely different office.
  • Rated M for Manly: the opening sequence for this series
  • Running Gag:
  • Meeuwes has diamonds on his neck, bitch. Seen mostly in his Minecraft skin.
  • Omzit and his supposed diet of shark balls.
  • '"Oooh! My butthole is so clenched with anger!"' invoked
  • Jesse's and TotalBiscuit's ineptitude with explosives in their Terraria Let's Play.
  • Jesse constantly falling to his death in Terraria. Especially after TB got a Lucky Horseshoe that he had earlier promised to give to Jesse to prevent such occurances.
  • When he was doing videos of the Worgen starting zone in the ''World of Warcraft Cataclysm beta, any mention or meeting with Darius Crowley is accompanied by a clip of "MISTER CROOOOOOOOWWLEY" *bum bum bum* Later on, in any number of different videos on a variety of games, Jesse would break out a verbal "MISTER CROOOOOOOOWWLEY! BUM BUM BUM!" whenever the name "Crowley" makes an appearance.
  • "Oh, Garlic! I can use that for crafting!"
  • His playthrough of Dead Space had him jumping in fright whenever the other two crew members contacted him, eventually driving him to scream "STOP DOING THAT!" at one of them when it happened for the umpteenth time.
  • In any number of long-form L Ps with some kind of mystery (EG Resident Evil 7, Doki Doki Literature Club), there may come a moment when Jesse develops a theory about what's going on, and it's usually fairly accurate.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Jesse in his Amnesia: The Dark Descent Let's Play, starting at part 20.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Basically the whole Terraria series with TB, and a significant portion of the Saints Row series with Crendor. Ironically, Jesse claims these are his pet peeve when watching gameplay videos, since he thinks the game should be the focus instead of just a background for whatever you feel like talking about.
  • Self-Deprecation: The 6th podcast (a.k.a. the one with Let's Play/Simon), Jesse wholeheartedly declares that that episode was his 'last day on the internet', himself as 'the American Simon', and that [to Simon] "I'll never be better than you!!" Oh, come on, you know he's lying!
  • Serial Escalation: Jesse stated intent for his Skyrim Let's Play is to do everything there is to do in Skyrim. His response to those who doubt him? Bitch, please, I'm doing everything.
  • Shock and Awe: If there's a skill/spell in a game that lets you use lightning, most likely Jesse will be using it. And he will say UNLIMITED! POWAAAAH!
  • Shout-Out: Mentions that Freddy, Jason, both Alien and Predator, and even the sharks that ate Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea can climb ladders when the Co-Dependent girls ask what monsters can in his Amnesia: The Dark Descent Let's Play, part 20.
  • Shown Their Work: Having been a history teacher in the past, Jesse knows quite a bit of American history while playing BioShock Infinite. He notes that the "Battle of Wounded Knee" was really a massacre of innocent families, and is able to name a great deal of presidents when he encounters the Patriot Heavy Hitters.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Jesse does not take defeat well. He has stated many times that the primary reason he refuses to play competitive games is because it stresses him beyond tolerable levels and that losing, especially in front of an audience, makes him incredibly depressed.
    • This is in full display since he started regularly streaming Heroes of the Storm. Jesse gets intolerably mad at people to the point where he comes up with very elaborate vocal threats against bad players on his team and has coined the term "ugly chimp baby" to represent these particular players.
  • Space "X":
    • Used in the description for his Dead Space series, and occasionally used for some of the enemies in the game. The first game features "space babies" and "space butt" prominently, and the sequel adds "space raptors".
    • Let's not forget the Series Mascot, the great Space Butterfly. May its wings flap eternally, as it dreams the world we live in.
  • Special Guest:
    • In the "Eye of the Creeper" video, SlyFoxHound (from Machinima Realm) drops by to offer Jesse some advice on Minecraft. And also to blow up his shanty. Later, Sly pops in on an RPG Makers Minisode, only to get shot at by arrows as the crew test out their newly trapped puzzles.
    • The Yogscast did as well for one episode, also trying to give Jesse Minecraft advice.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Felicia Day. Leads to a Funny Moment when they meet on the 27th Game Station podcast.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Jesse manages to be both sides of this with different people — he plays the wise guy to TotalBiscuit's straight man, but also plays the straight man to Crendor's wise guy. Lampshaded in the 17th podcast with all three people mentioned above as guests.
    TB (Inquiring about Jesse and Crendor's Saint's Row LP): Who gets to play the incompetent one and who gets to be the douchebag?
    Jesse: Oh, oh! I'm you! I'm YOU!
    TB: Oh.
    Jesse: I dunno how it happened, I became you!
    TB: This is how the pyramid works...
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: EspantoMusic's "UFO Commander", which was made by splicing a bunch of voice clips from Jesse's Game Dev Tycoon playthrough and setting it to very catchy music.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Tries to invoke this in his and TotalBiscuit's Terraria playthrough, in which he attracts the attention of a Wyvern and tries to make it kill TB. It doesn't work.
  • Survival Mantra: "I MURK! I DIE! I MURK AGAIN!!!" in this Heroes of the Storm video.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • Invoked brilliantly at the climax of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's The Missing Link DLC: When presented the final choice of diverting gas to save the scientist or the prisoners, Jesse reasons out that one could simply shoot the gas-dispersal method after wandering around brainstorming.
    • Not only does he mention the trope in Wolfenstein: The New Order but it also goes horribly right as instead of saving one of two characters that split up the games timeline he, along with the other soldiers, gets his face smashed into the metal grate by the nazi robots resulting in a Non-Standard Game Over
  • Tempting Fate:
  • That's What She Said: Jesse does this regularly, but finds in a lot of cases the trope name doesn't work in context, leading him to coin the phrase "That's what he said about her!" as an alternative.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Pretty much defines Jesse's attitude to playing Dead Space. After the first big jump scare in the introduction movie.
    OH SHIT! *Hysterical laughter* Ohhhh, fudge. *Laughs* Ohhh my god, are you kidding me? You guys suck, I hope you understand that.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Amnesia: The Dark Descent part 22, Jesse tries to climb inside of and close the doors of an iron maiden. And then he tries to do it again so that he could read the text that appears upon clicking on the thing normally. Not 5 minutes later, he tries to jump inside of a brass bull. Lampshaded by the Co-Dependent girls on both occasions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Totalbiscuit's Terraria playthrough, for the first thirty-one episodes he is less advanced than TB, having a double jump in comparison to TB's grappling hook, no mana, and less awesome gear. Over the course of the two lost episodes in between 31 and 32, Jesse gains 40 mana points, an Orb of Light spell, and rocket boots and a lightsaber.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
  • Unstoppable Rage: Seeing the trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII sends him into one during TGS Podcast #39
  • The Uriah Gambit: Jesse attempts one of these in Part 34 of his Terraria Let's Play, luring a Wyvern into combat in an effort to kill TotalBiscuit. This being Jesse, however, it backfires, with the Wyvern murdering Jesse twice and wreaking havoc within the duo's base.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a few but the most prominent is "And that's a thing"; other members of Polaris like TotalBiscuit and Dodger seem to have picked it up from him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Jesse with TotalBiscuit. Even his video announcing him joining The Game Station mentioned how he hated TB.
    • Jesse has a one-sided "love" of Trish. They are genuinely friends though, or so they say...
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jesse. HATES. Sharks. According to him, it most likely comes from an incident very early in his childhood, one of the earliest memories he has in fact, where a babysitter plunked him down in front of a movie so she could talk to her boyfriend or something. Said movie was Jaws 2. This theory was later jossed by his mother, who said that for most of his childhood through his adolescence, sharks were his favorite animal. To this day, not even Jesse knows why he hates them so much.
  • Your Mom: Subverted in the "Clint, Cox, and Crendor Play Diablo III" video.
    Crendor: Who're you talking to?
    Jesse: Your momma!
    Crendor: ...what'd she say?
    Jesse: ...she'll be home soon. She loves you.

"And as always...to be continued."
MISTER CROOOOOOOOWWLEY

Alternative Title(s): OMFG Cata

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