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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.


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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 (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!":
  • Catchphrase: Quite a few.
    • "Blin it is good!" - after sampling his own handiwork.
    • "Vadim blyat!"
  • 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 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.
  • Cool Shades: Combined with the two tropes above, they complete 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 Comrade Cat. 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...
  • 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".
    • 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.
  • 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 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 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
    • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Not So Different: As it turns out, Boris makes just as much noise as Vadim does which means their hatred is mutual.
    Boris: (as Vadim's D.I.Y work wakes him up) Vadim Blyat!
    Vadim: (as Boris' loud cooking in the morning wakes him up) Boris Blyat!
  • Only One Name: Both Boris and Anatoli's last names are still currently unknown.
  • 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 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."
      • "Let the dill rain from the heavens" while haphazardly showering his culinary creations in chopped dill.
      • 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.
  • 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 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. He has also made his own sausage, which is definitely next level cooking.
  • 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 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 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. Taken Up to Eleven 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 is accent is.
  • 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. Despite this, he still does not give any direct clues to his location, and has said before he plans to keep it as such to preserve his anonymity. This, of course, doesn't stop his fans from trying to figure out where he lives. Recently, this subreddit video has him finally reveal not only that he used to live in Estonia, and now in Moscow, but that he's moved between 4 different Slavic countries growing up, leading to...
  • 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.

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