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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.

In 2022, he took a hiatus for a large chunk of the year, starting in July, but in November, he put out a Q & A Video in which he announced his return, though Boris has clarified that he will be going forward with a hopefully new mindset on making his videos, which will make them more enjoyable both for himself and his viewers.

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.
  • The Alleged Car: The Lada is pretty clearly one of these, with the humor coming from him trying to sell its flaws as features.
  • 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 (specifically, a Szco Supplies AK bayonet, which ironically doesn't fit on most, if any, AK-pattern rifles).
  • Big Eater:
    • Boris never cooks in moderate servings. Almost anytime he presents a recipe for a large meal, it's either to feed many people at once, or one very hungry Boris. And considering the fact that he lives alone, well...
    • The neighbor's cat, who Boris has started referring to as "Kasha", is this.
  • Big Fun: Definitely fun, but downplayed on the "big" part, although Boris is rather chunky underneath his jacket, all things considered, if his closet tour video is to be believed. His Big Eater tendencies no doubt played a big part in this.
  • Big "NO!":
  • Blade Enthusiast: 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Kasha, the neighbor's cat, returned for an official appearance in Boris' "Cats try 42 snacks" episode after showing up in his ushanka-making video several months earlier.
  • Catchphrase: Quite a few.
    • "Blin it is good!" - after sampling his own handiwork.
    • "Vadim blyat!"
    • "Oy pizdec!"
    • "Boom!"note 
  • Chainsaw Good: Used for cooking.
  • 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 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.
  • Cool Shades: A crucial part of Boris' face concealing headgear. Anatoli and Vadim also wear these whenever they appear on-screen.
  • 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 Komrade Kat. After soliciting fan suggestions, he was named Artyom, after the protagonist from the Metro series.
  • Does Not Like Spam:
    • Margarine. Boris seems to have a pronounced dislike for substitute butter, and whenever it is mentioned, margarine is often the butt of jokes. Which sort of begs the question why he has it in his fridge to begin with...
    • While he generally loves mayonez, he's expressed a distaste for the American and Japanese stuff.
  • 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".
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Boris used to speak much less clearly in his earlier videos due to his lack of experience with English, along with the absence of several of his trademark slang terms and jokes like the tried and true "pelmeninator". His earlier content also relied a lot on Rapid-Fire Comedy, with constant jump cuts and no subtitles, instead of the slower, more condensed style of humor he employs now, which can make his pre-2018 videos seem incomprehensible to newer viewers due to his thick accent.
    • In-video subtitles were only implemented as of late 2017. Earlier videos had to be subbed by fans, in order to make out what the hell Boris is saying at times due to his thick accent.
  • Extreme Omnivore: This video reveals Kasha the Neighbor's Cat is very open to anything that she can put in her mouth, contrasting with Artyom being dubious about most things served to him.
  • The Faceless: Boris and Anatoli both wear very concealing headgear that makes seeing their faces impossible. "Vadim" also dresses like this.
  • 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.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Sometimes a sound will be accompanied by a humorous subtitle that pops up for a fraction of a second before quickly disappearing.
  • From My Own Personal Garden: Well, his grandma's garden, at least. A lot of his cooking videos (especially the Poverty Food episodes) involve getting onions from "Babushka" at the End of the Month.
  • 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 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. 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 clearly had way too much fun subtitling Artyom and Kasha in this video, giving them lots of You No Take Candle-heavy dialogue.
  • The Ghost:
    • Neighbor Vadim is often mentioned, but rarely actually seen. Subverted in the mobile game, where an animated version of him appears. "Vadim" finally appears in this here video, where he's just as faceless as our protagonist.
    • Boris occasionally speaks of Masha, an alleged past Love Interest.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Boris would frequently censor himself by saying "Blin" (which means Pancake) instead of "Blyat", essentially the Slavic equivalent of using "Fudge" instead of "Fuck". According to him, saying "Blyat" in front of his family is a quick way to get clocked in the head with a Rolling Pin of Doom, courtesy of either his babushka or his mother.
  • 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-wielding 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. Boris is also surprisingly skilled at hat-making, and designed his merchandise himself. And let's not forget about his cooking for a second. Despite his lowbrow persona, he is also quite insightful with regards to things like how traditions affect culture and relationships, as well as providing words of wisdom to those who would be prospective Youtubers themselves.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Whenever Boris chastises Anatoli for doing something wrong, expect him to do the same repeatedly immediately after for comedic effects.
    • In his potato salad video, Boris yells at Anatoli for throwing a potato at him, asking "what kind of debil throws food [blyat]?", and then immediately proceeds to toss said potato into the boiling pot right next to him. Not twenty seconds later, he throws an egg into another pot, which predictably causes big pizdec because it's not even filled with water.
  • I Call It "Vera": Boris has a habit of naming his cooking implements, such as Ilona the meat grinder and Svetlana, a sledgehammer for tenderizing meat.
    "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.
  • I Meant to Do That: In his "Cooking with Chainsaw" video, Boris scuffed the tree stump he's using as the cutting board when he tried chopping up some potatoes. He then claimed it's intentional, to stop other potatoes from rolling off of the stump afterwards. And props to him, because it did work like he said it would, albeit not very cleanly.
  • 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: Boris has a funny vocabulary.
    • He exclusively refers to the skimmer spatula as a "Pelmeninator", mainly because he only knows it's used for making pelmeni, doesn't really know what it's supposed to be called and refuses to learn.
    • Boris almost always refers to 200°C specifically as ~473°K. He even labels that one notch on his oven as such.
    • Cooking ingredients are always referred to as "components". Also, it is "mayonez", not "mayonnaise". Other produce also have their own nicknames, like eggs being referred to as "chicken produce", or milk being consistently dubbed "cow juice".
  • Jerkass: Vadim is a noisy neighbour as he's constantly annoying Boris with very loud D.I.Y work and complaining whenever Boris makes noise himself; however it's shown in his debut appearance on the channel that his so called D.I.Y that he's not actually doing anything productive at all. He wakes up in the morning (to a loud alarm clock) and spends the entire day doing completely random things with the single goal of making annoying noises that his neighbour can hear (during this time he also steals Boris's food for seemingly every meal) and when the day is done he goes back to bed (where its revealed the alarm clock has been ringing all day) only to shout at Boris for being noisy.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Boris is larger-than-life to the max. He talks loudly, gesticulates a lot and is in general very passionate about everything he does.
  • Lethal Chef: Not in the sense that his food tastes bad enough to kill someone or made out of ingridients that are inedible, it's just that they are 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.
    • His first attempt at making cheese from scratch did not go well, tasting like someone already had a go at digesting it.
  • Made of Iron: Though Boris actively avoids getting hurt during the making of his videos, he surprisingly is this to a realistic extent. He made a video explaining why he had to go to the hospital in 2019, and his entire reaction to the situation could be largely read as such. Having contracted what he assumed to be food poisoning, and spending an entire night puking-up anything solid he tried to eat while being "punched in the stomach constantly" Boris went about his day in fairly normal fashion (albeit in pain and shaking). It wasn't until later that day, after checking to see if he was sick, that he had to go collect a rental car and while stopped at a stop light had the genius of thought: "Blin... Red means stop! I thought they were just random colors popping up.". At which point he decided it was time to go to the hospital. It was then quickly discovered that he had appendicitis. The Made of Iron comes in during his hospital stay, when the increasingly exasperated staff discover Boris had driven himself to the hospital and, with some minor painkillers, was acting as if nothing was wrong. Of particular note being that he had to use the bathroom, wanted to move around, and was speaking in full sentences.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Boris moves his hands around all the time as he talks. He himself justifies this; due to his highly concealing headgear he can't use facial expressions to convey emotions, therefore he "would just look like debil sitting here making noises without a mouth".
  • The Millstone: Anatoli, albeit played for laughs. Nearly every single time Anatoli appears on-screen, he can be seen constantly engaging in very questionable antics that threaten to mess up the cooking process in some way, which Boris has to loudly yell at him to stop. It's rather miraculous that the final product nearly always comes out as it should, if somewhat messy.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Utility: A bayonet is what it is, but it's also a terrific military-grade cutting knife. Boris makes very sure to prove this point in nearly every video.
  • Mystery Meat: Deconstructed when Boris makes a Doktorskaya Kolbasa sausage (think Bologna, but Russian) entirely from scratch. All he uses to make it is pork, ice water, and seasonings, but the result is identical to the rubbery, uniformly-textured pink stuff you'd find in any grocery store.
  • The Night Owl: Boris seems to produce most of his cooking videos in the dead of night, usually at around 1 to 2 o'clock in the morning. This is part of the reason Vadim has such a vendetta against him.
  • Noodle Implements: Who in their right mind would consider a fire axe and a sledgehammer to be proper cooking utensils?
  • Older Than They Look: Although hard to tell due to his face being concealed, Boris is supposedly 35 as of 2021, if his Instagram bio is to be believed. Despite this, his relatively squat stature, mannerisms, and active personality can let him pass for a man a decade younger.
  • Omniglot: According to his Russian crab salad video, Boris speaks seven languages, which is believed to be the reason why his accent is all over the place.
  • Only One Name: Both Boris and Anatoli's last names are still currently unknown.
  • Oven Logic: When cooking a cheesecake using an American recipe, Boris refuses to convert the units and takes all measurements at face value, so when the recipe says to set the recipe to 350 degrees without specifcying Fahrenheit or Celsius, he sets his oven to 350 degrees Celsius. Since he's aware that's really hot and probably much hotter than the recipe called for, he decides to bake to cheesecake for less time - 20 minutes instead of a whole hour. At the end, to cool it, he also applies the reverse, and cools the cheesecake for an hour in the freezer instead of 12 hours in the refridgerator. Against all odds, it actually works and produces what appears to be a well-made cheesecake.
  • Poverty Food: Has several videos on how to stretch your grocery budget.
  • 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.
  • Rainbow Speak: Whenever Boris says anything in Russian (with some exceptions, like food names and common swear words), it's written in red in the subtitles.
  • Red Baron: Boris has a few self styled ones such as "The Slav Superstar", and "The Shashlik King".
  • Refuge in Audacity: During his tour of Bratislava, Slovakia, he comes across a guy sawing open a bike lock in front of the Castle of Bratislava, with a security guard standing outside the castle completely unaware, and due the the buildings being in close proximity in front of the House Of Parliament.
  • 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.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom: This is Babushka's dreaded weapon whenever Boris misbehaves or refuses to eat her homemade dishes. Or so he says.
  • Running Gag:
    • 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.
    • "This is no [subject of the video]. This is Boris."
    • "Focus сука!note ", whenever his camera loses focus.
    • Has a huge number unique to his cooking videos:
      • He usually throws away 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 2."
      • "Let the dill rain from the heavens" while haphazardly showering his culinary creations in chopped dill.
      • If a recipe calls for parsley as garnish, Boris will carefully place it on top of the dish, and then quickly flicks it off-screen.
      • When adding extra garlic, he warns that doing so will delay meeting your significant other by a whole day.
      • Mayonez
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: His channel is named after, get this, Monty Python's Life of Brian of all things.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Both Slavic and English cuss words.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis:
    • Boris' neighbor Vadim, mostly due to him stealing Boris' mail and food and once 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. As it turns out, Vadim hates Boris just as much for recording his noisy cooking videos while Vadim is trying to sleep.
    • 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 
  • Sigil Spam: Boris has giant rolls of WESLAV logo tapes to plaster his properties with. Other than that, he also has the habit of decorating his property with the Adidas tri-stripes pattern, such as his car, table, and laptop.
  • 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 traveling 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.
  • Stone Soup: Does a version called "Hatchet Soup". It looks like it goes on the ideal scale of things, with the soldier and the elderly babushka having the soup for the rest of their happy lives, but then Boris tells us that the soldier was actually fooling the poor old woman.
  • Sunglasses at Night: As part of his schtick of always being on screen but never recognizable in public, he wears either aviator or wraparound shades to hide his eyes.
  • 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. He has also made his own sausage, which is definitely next level cooking. He even managed to make a cheesecake from a recipe using American customary units while refusing to actually convert them to metric, resulting in among other mishaps him setting the oven to 350 degrees Celsius instead of Fahrenheit and somehow made up the difference by baking it for 20 minutes instead of the specified hour, in addition to more or less guessing how much an ounce is and being unaware of what a graham cracker is and still producing a tasty cheesecake. His most impressive feat to date however, is recreating a cake he had in a dream once with no real life equivalent or recipe and managing to nail the taste and qualities it had in the dream.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Kvass, while not a food, belongs here too. One of his international travels was even tied together by him reviewing the local kvass.
  • 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 rules.
  • Unit Confusion: Played for Laughs when Boris cooks a cheesecake using an American recipe and refuses to convert units and takes everything at face value. As a result, he puts twice as much butter in the crust (which he makes from condensed milk biscuits and digestives as graham crackers are apparently unknown in Boris's part of the world) as is called for as the recipe calls for "one stick of butter" and his stick of butter is about twice the size of a common American quarter pound stick. He also sets the oven to 350 degrees... Celsius as the recipe did not specify Fahrenheit or Celsius and manages to successfully make up for it by baking the cheesecake for 20 minutes instead of an hour. In the absence of a standard American measuring cup, he eyeballs filling a coffee mug about a quarter of the way with sugar. On top of these, he reasons from the abbreviation "oz" that the recipe calls for 24 "ohs" of cream cheese and resons that to be about as much as he can fit in his mouth, which is about one heaping tablespoon. This turns out to be an actually pretty reasonable approximation of an ounce (an ounce is two tablespoons, so a heaping tablespoon would actually be fairly close). Despite the unit confusion and substitutions, the end result is against all odds, a successfully executed cheesecake.
  • 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 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. Exaggerated when he decided to fit a liquid cooling system on his PC... and replaced the usual water-based coolant with Vodka. It surprisingly worked.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In his Feb. 9, 2020 upload, Boris explains he grew up in four different Slavic countries and learned their languages and learned English on top of that. The result is that not even he is sure what his accent is.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: For the longest time, what country Boris lives in was one of the fanbase's most burning questions. Based on the occasional interviews, Boris apparently moved around Eastern Europe a lot during his childhood and still does so frequently in present day, having lived in Tallinn, Estonia for some time before moving to Moscow and most recently Saint Petersburg. In addition, on February 4th 2021, under the video of a British travel blogger bald and bankrupt traveling across the CIS countries called "Solo In Estonia's East 🇪🇪", Boris left a comment in which he invited the blogger to Kopli (a microdistrict in Tallinn) "for instant good friends" hinting at a possible collab, which may indicate that Boris lives in both Russia and Estonia. On October 26th 2021, he reveals in "Where is Boris?" that he relocated to Estonia for a programming job he was offered a while back.
  • You No Take Candle: Boris is capable of speaking English perfectly well, he just doesn't bother most of the time. Thus, he often omits a/an/the articles, verbs, conjugation, etc. This may very well be a case of Stylistic Suck to further dedicate himself to his Eastern Slav image. Anatoli almost exclusively speaks like this, whenever he feels like doing so anyway.


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What is Gopnik?

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