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Life of Boris is a YouTube channel owned and operated by the self styled "Slav Superstar" Boris to spread a wide variety of videos from video game showcases to delicious Slavic dishes prepared by the Shashlik King himself. Boris occupies a comfortable niche in the YouTube community as the channel for all your Gopnik lifestyle needs.

He also occasionally uploads more in depth gaming content on his side channel Gopnik Gaming. At least he did before he officially discontinued use of the channel.

He is also the proprietor of the WESLAV shop which sells official Boris merchandise and other Slavic/Gopnik inspired attire.


Cheeki Breeki Tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Well yeah, did you expect anything different from a proper Slav? This comes out the most during his cooking videos where he has ready access to various types of booze.
    Top 7 Slav Hangover Cures video: Milk starts pouring from heavens, some bread appears, some minced meat lands into a bowl and gets covered by eggs and of course Polish mayonez. Onions start sizzling in pan in distance, and the overall smell should calm you down, and remind you not to drink so much next ti... *crazy laugh* Ay blyat, there are some things you just cannot say as a Slav.
  • An Axe to Grind: The "Gopnik's Butterknife" is an absolutely massive fireaxe that Boris keeps around to chop meat, butter, and more.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: After a long series of language videos where he teaches basic vocabulary of various Slavic languages, Boris does a video on... Japanese.
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  • Bag of Holding: Played for laughs in his What's in my gopnik bag | Boris Slav edition video. as one commentor puts it:
    Andrew Hubbard: Boris owns that most sought after of magical items, the "gopnik bag of holding"
  • Batter Up!: Sometimes pulls out a baseball bat, he uses it in his celebration of One million subscribers and gives it to Anatoli to test out real-life Toilet destructibility.
  • Bayonet Ya: While he usually doesn't put it in his Kalashnikov (if he even has one) his favorite knife out of them all is the Kalashnikov Bayonet.
  • Companion Cube: Kakadu, his Ushanka-wearing teddy bear.
  • Cool Car: His tricked-outnote  Volkswagen Golf, known affectionately as "The Blin Machine". It has since been sold off and replaced with a used Mercedes Benz C200 Kompressor, similarly tricked-out and dubbed The Chernomobil.
  • Cool Hat: What self-respecting Slav doesn't wear an Ushanka? He also sometimes wears a cap from time to time, usually when the Ushanka isn't available or when he doesn't want to be recognized.
    • In one video, he provides instructions on how to make your own Ushanka.
  • Cool Mask: Always wears a face obscuring balaclava and has worn different kinds of designs over the years. Occasionally he adds a Gas Mask to the mix, and he owns many kinds of them as well with one being a customized Israeli Gas Mask that a fan sent him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Boris himself from time to time, but his cousin Anatoli near all the time.
  • Cute Kitten: November 2018 marked the first appearance of Comrade Cat. After soliciting fan suggestions, he was named Artyom, after the protagonist from the Metro series.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In his gaming videos at least, most notably his early GTA taxi driver videos and his later Cheeki Breeki Airlines series wherein he, among other things, dips a fighter jet in ocean water for a split second merely to demonstrate its lack of submarine capabilities. In real life he's actually a competent driver, unless he's in the countryside—in which case he has a tendency to let loose. Lampshaded by himself whenever he refers to the emergency brake as the lever for "initiating Drift Mode".
  • The Faceless: Boris and Anatoli both wear very concealing headgear that makes seeing their faces impossible.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Boris' first language isn't English, so he's prone to dropping these quite frequently.
    • In fact, in most of his videos concerning both his and other Eastern European or Slavic languages, he usually teaches different cuss words or insults from those same languages.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Due to his heavy accent he uses subtitles a lot in earlier videos, before he stopped using them, and then began using them again. He also uses them to add gags to his videos, such as subtitling his snores as *Bear Noise* or his Cousin coughing loudly and it being subtitled as *Slavic Thunder*.
    • Boris has since added closed caption English subtitles to the videos that don't have them, and has explained that he uses subtitles not only due to his heavy accent, but because he wants to give those that might be hard of hearing as full a Boris experience as he can.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: At times uses the word "Blin" (which means Pancake) instead of "Blyat", essentially the Slavic equivalent of using "Fudge" instead of "Fuck".
  • Grandma's Recipe: In his cooking videos, Boris almost always talks on and on about his "Babushka" and the different recipes, cooking tips and etc. That she taught him to be the Supreme Slav Chef he is today.
  • Gun Nut: Not as prevalent as his Knife Nut tendencies (as detailed below) but he will on rare occasions show some sort of gun in his videos, the most prominent of which is a scopeless Dragunov. Unlike his knife collection it's not clear if they're real or if he just has replicas.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite usually portraying himself as the most gopnik of gopniks, and as such not necessarily the most educated of people, he's actually completed post-secondary, specifically in computer programming.
  • I Call It "Vera": A sledgehammer for tenderizing meat, named Svetlana.
    "She not much to look at, but she get job done."
  • Iconic Item: For the longest time, Boris' signature yellow Adidas tracksuit was this. However, legal troubles with Adidas as well as water damage from the time he fell into a lake during a fanmail video meant that his old tracksuit became unusable for the purposes of the channel. It has since been replaced with Boris' custom yellow WESLAV tracksuit, or Boris' WESLAV tracksuits in general.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Frequently.
    Boris: "If the mix is too liquid, add some flour. if the mix is too solid, remove some flour."
  • Insistent Terminology: Refers to the skimmer spatula as a "Pelmeninator", mainly because he doesn't really know what it's supposed to be called and refuses to learn.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He adopted a kitten from his Babushka which he's named Artyom, and it's very clear he loves the little guy a lot.
  • Knife Nut: Owns a lot of knives, the most often seen being a bunch of combat knives similar to ones from CS:GO and a Kalashnikov Bayonet. He also makes use of a lot of them in his cooking videos, with a Running Gag of him disregarding normal kitchen knives and just grabbing one of his own.
  • Lethal Chef: Not in the sense that his food tastes bad, just that it's spectacularly unhealthy. Most of his food either has way too much sugar or carbohydrates, or it's deep fried in sunflower seed oil, leading Boris to joke about how eating what he's made will most likely give you diabetes or other food-related health problems.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: His much-boasted-about "Slav Power", which can either mean physical strength or the ability to perform difficult Slavic-related activities such as crushing garlic or learning Russian.
  • The Quiet One: His cousin Anatoli doesn't really talk that much, as a contrast to Boris's fast talking dialogue. Anatoli instead focuses on his offbeat antics to express his humor.
  • Red Baron: Boris has a few self styled ones such as "The Slav Superstar", and "The Shashlik King".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In 2018, the channel gained a new addition: Artyom, AKA Comrade Cat. An adorable gray kitty. As shown during his debut video and Boris' Piroshki video, not even Boris is immune to Artyom's Cuteness Proximity.
  • Running Gag: Has a few of them.
    • In his traveling videos, he's usually looking for some shashlik, which usually ends in disappointment.
    • When playing video games that have guns or combat in them, he always makes sure that there's "Toilet Destuctibility" in the game.
    • Has a huge number unique to his cooking videos.
      • He usually throws a way or disregards normal kitchen knives for combat knives instead. In one of his early videos, he even used a katana to slice a cabbage.
      • He also has a habit of talking about how the food that he's making will either make you fat, less healthy in general, or dead.
      • He tends to be very messy when preparing his ingredients, often tossing flour and other ingredients everywhere.
      • He constantly jokes about burning down the house via a kitchen mishap.
      • "And don't forget... the bay leaf." [Beat] "Or maybe X."
      • When adding extra garlic, he warns that doing so will delay meeting your significant other by a whole day.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Both Slavic and English cuss words.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Boris' neighbor Vadim, mostly due to him stealing Boris' mail and one time mailing him what looked like a huge stack of cash but turned out to be novelty napkins. It should be noted that Vadim did help record one of his fan mail videos however.
    • Kolya the Western Spy is another such archnemesis, albeit brought up less frequently than Vadim.
    • A third one is Igor the incompetent programmer, who tends to make Boris' software development career difficult due to being urod.note 
  • Self-Deprecation: Tends to make jokes about his lack of income, romantic success, how his cooking videos will most likely kill you with the amount of carbs or sugar in them rather than starvation and the like.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Ask the man himself and he'll tell you that he's a Slavic Superman who was born in Chernobyl Reactor 4 and who is practically the be all end all of everything Slav. This aspect of his character becomes very clear during his travel videos where he tries to make it seem like he's a travelling superstar when he's clearly not given that treatment. Obviously Played for Laughs due to his habit of Self-Deprecation.
  • Song Parody: Slavline Blin, a parody of Hotline Bling. The original video however was taken down for copyright reasons despite the video containing nothing of the original except the beat.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time of all things. While Boris specifies on anything he wishes, the cooking videos are as over the top as something you'd expect of ROSMT, just without Vikings and with Slavic Badasses. Plus like ROSMT, Boris has a love of mayo like Niclas Lunberg does.
  • Supreme Chef: While supreme may be pushing it, he's definitely good at making Slavic dishes, even having the skill and patience to make his own loaves of black bread which anyone will tell you is a very involved process.
  • Take That!: His "Top 10 Worst Content of 2018" video is essentially a broad one to a good number of Youtuber channels, namely those with annoying gimmicks such as dying their hair, having overly long video intros/outros, or performing cruel pranks on others while trying to pass it off as a joke.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Best shown by his Kerbal Space Program videos, but if Boris is met with a engineering problem his default answer is "Strap more rockets to it".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mayonez. Boris absolutely adores the stuff, even using as a topping when he really shouldn't. He's not particularly fond of the Japanese or American variants though. To a lesser extent, he's quite fond of Shashlik, even becoming vastly disappointed during some of his travel videos if he fails to get any.
    • Also Semechki (Sunflower Seeds). The amount of times he talks about Semechki is about equal to or probably even more than the amount of time he talks about Mayonez.
    • Pickles. Lots of pickles. If a recipe calls for pickles, almost definitely half of that amount will be snack for Boris.
  • Trope Codifier: While he didn't outright come up with any of the popular stereotypes associated with Slavs on the internet (squatting gopniks in tracksuits and the like), Boris massively helped to popularize them.
  • The Unfavorite: Boris views himself as this in the eyes of Youtube itself, citing how his channel pulls in views equal to that of some of his Western contemporaries yet he's paid a pittance in comparison due to Youtube's revenue laws.
  • Unsound Effect: Numerous examples, such as throwing a slice of bread on a counter with the subtitle *GLUTEN*
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice has changed over the years as he's grown more used to both English and speaking in front of a mic. Take a listen for yourself, The Old Voice and the Current One.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: But of course. There are so many vodka-related jokes in his videos it would be impossible to list them all.
  • Where The Hell Is Boris' Apartment?: Boris has never specified what country he lives in, despite many viewers sending letters asking him to clarify. It's likely to be Estonia, however, as said here, and many of the condiments and produce he uses in his recipe are Estonian brands. In addition, he does also mention "rush[ing] back to Estonia" from Babushka's place in Life of Boris: Super Slav.

"Thank you for watching, my friends. Stay Cheeki Breeki! And I will see you next time."