Hello tropers and taxonomists, my name is TB Skyen, and I'm here to ask, what's the deal with Tropetan?
TB Skyen is a Danish Youtuber focusing on analysing character design in video games.
His major series are:
- "What's the Deal With [X]", which is about looking at a character (usually but not exclusively from League of Legends) and discussing how their concept and backstory are expressed through their character designs;
- "The Boss Designs of Dark Souls", a Let's Play with character design commentary as a coda to the videos;
- and "A Quick Look at [Y]", which generally take 10-15 minute looks at the aesthetics of games Skyen doesn't have time to get into in-depth, such as Darkest Dungeon.
He also discusses things like the aesthetics of movie trailers, particularly game adaptations such as Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
Tropes applying to TB Skyen or his videos
- Amazon Chaser: Skyen has never concealed that he has a thing for muscular women, such as Illaoi or post-rework Akali from League of Legends.
- Analysis Channel: Dedicated to video game character design and art direction.
- Angrish: His fight with Dark Sun Gwyndolin.Captions: HAHKLBFJGKHTJ! WHRGAHJLK!
- Animal Lover: Has mentioned affection for both cats and dogs in past. He also loves pet rats, which is why he particularly dislikes the stereotypical representation of rats in video games. This proves...problematic when interacting with Great Grey Wolf Sif in Dark Souls.Clip of Rosa Diaz: I've only had [Sif] for a day and a half, but if anything happened to him, I would kill everyone in this room and then myself.
- Arch-Enemy: Armorer Dennis from Dark Souls II. It took Skyen many deaths to beat him the first time he invaded in the Forest of Fallen Giants, and when Dennis attacked again at the start of the Iron Keep, Skyen almost had an aneurysm.Skyen: <after dying at Dennis' hands> GGRRAAAAAGH! YOU! DENNIS!
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: A list of the stuff he's been working on in offscreen grinding from Dark Souls goes through the upgrades to his gear, only to end in "Developed crippling addiction to zweihander R2s"note
- From the Scorpioness Najka video:Skyen: Now this particular contradiction in terms is at the heart of a lot of literature, and a lot of movies, and a lot of absolutely terrible teenage poetry written by me...
- From the Scorpioness Najka video:
- Bait-and-Switch: "What's the Deal with Yuumi?" breaks off the usual stuff after a few minutes to call Riot Games out for having a trashfire corporate culture full of sexism and harassment.
- Berserk Button: Characters who are highly sexualised for no reason, particularly ones wearing a Chainmail Bikini, typically get pretty short shrift from him. It's not that he objects to women being sexy, exactly, just women who are sexy "because sexy", without that really playing a role in the character's story. Even worse is when them being sexy works contrary to their character theme, which is why Kai'Sa is probably his most-hated champion design in League of Legends.
- Buffy Speak: All over the place, especially in his Dark Souls videos, which are not only largely unscripted but also often in fairly tense situations in-game.Skyen: I'm just gonna...I'm just gonna not with him. He...no.
Skyen: [sees the Iron Golem for the first time] Him big. Him very big. Him laaaaarge.
Skyen: [after That One Level] Fromsoft needs to be thrown in prison for crimes.
- Caustic Critic: Largely averted. While he'll give a bad design both barrels, he has no problem with praising a good one...although he will still nitpick just a bit.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Some particularly hard fights in games like Hollow Knight or the Dark Souls franchise provoke this.
- Corpsing: Sometimes his commentary during gameplay or while watching a movie trailer can be interrupted by, for example, his hopeless giggle fit at the sight of a furious Jigglypuff in a crappy dive bar in the trailer for Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
- Description Cut: The Capra Demon Boss Designs episode has him talking about how he's heard the Capra Demon is the easiest thing ever, intercut with sepia-toned excerpts from later in the episode showing the Capra Demon handing him his ass on a platter.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Occasionally he'll put in a caption that's only onscreen for a moment. For example, while discussing an image discussing demonology in League of Legends that he claims is "a conspiracy to drive people like [him] to the brink of madness", the phrase "FIDDLESTICKS IS REAL" is stamped on the screen for less than a second.
- Laughing Mad: Dissolves into maniacal laughter after pressing the "cancel out of menu" button too often in Dark Souls and rolling backwards off a cliff.
- And also when he runs out onto the lava fields of Lost Izalith without remembering that he'd deequipped the Charred Orange Ring.
- Let's Play: The Boss Designs of Dark Souls videos are functionally a Let's Play of, at present, the first two games and Bloodborne (with plans to play Dark Souls III, and Elden Ring when the time comes, as well as the remaster of Demon's Souls), with a coda to each episode discussing the design of whichever boss he just killed.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
- Opens most videos with "Hello [nouns] and [other nouns], my name is TB Skyen," where the nouns a) are relevant somehow to the topic under discussion, and b) start with the same letter. For example, the Tomb of the Giants in Dark Souls earns the line "Hello giants and grave robbers".
- "That's not [X] at all!" upon receiving rude surprises, such as if he was expecting a shield bash and instead got hit with a spell.
- Nervous Wreck: Has mentioned that he suffers from anxiety, and things like, say, Blighttown make it worse.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He appreciates characters that are designed to be ugly in compelling and interesting ways (as opposed to ones that are just ugly because the character model isn't very good), to the point of lamenting a trend in League of Legends towards more "badass" characters and away from "ugly" ones. For example, he really likes the Demon of Song in Dark Souls II, a hideous monster that resembles a skull-like zombie face poking out of a horrible brown frog creature, and spends a decent chunk of the boss fight geeking out about it.Skyen: (gleefully) Look at this thing, it's so creepy!
- No Sense of Direction: Occasionally has trouble with navigation in games in the Dark Souls series, much to the frustration of his stream chat.
- One of Us: Occasionally references TV Tropes in his videos. In the Twin Dragonriders episode he mentions that he knows this page exists (although he doesn't want to read it).
- Perverse Sexual Lust: The Akali rework in League of Legends gets him, shall we say, a bit flustered.
- Running Gag:
- While cursing in streams and unedited videos is not censored, swear words in edited footage is always censored with sounds from the Super Mario Bros. series, including but not limited to sound and voice clips from Yoshi, Chain Chomps, Luigi, Waluigi, and the titular Mario, as well as various sound effects include 1-Ups and coin pickups. If he gets stressed or frustrated and swears a lot, this results in long strings of continuous interruption from his pool of Mario-related sound effects and voice bits in his effort to censor his language.
- From his Let's Play of the Dark Souls series of games:
Skyen: ALL YOUR WAIFUS ARE TRASH! [zweihander]
- Every death is highlighted with a ding sound and a popup displaying artwork of the Elite Knight set with a lab coat and a clipboard◊ with Git Gud written on it. Every death is also tracked on this "Git Gud" counter.
- Ladders must be accompanied by his cover of the music from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater at all costs, including cutting rapidly to and from it if multiple ladders are climbed or descended in quick succession note
- The festering pit of Abyssal corruption that is Oolacile Township has mutated the townsfolk into that most horrible of things...weebs!
- The Alonne Knights in the Iron Keep of Dark Souls II are also characterized as weebs as soon as the first one came at him wielding a katana, giving them all captions of stereotypical anime otaku arguments (e.g "sword art online is totally underrated!") and random Gratuitous Japanese (e.g "undead-chan sugoi!"). Of course, there are so many Alonne Knights packed into the first half of the Iron Keep that eventually he had to stop it because it was just too much work.
- And when he eventually runs into Sir Alonne himself, the boss is immediately dubbed the "Ultra Weeb."
- Whenever he misses an obvious doorway, illusory wall, ladder, or the like, or else finds himself lost and wandering aimlessly for a long time, he inserts a "Perception Check Failed" caption over the relevant moment.
- Every single Rupturing Hollow in Dark Souls II (or, as he calls them, Explodey Boys) has a ":D" edited over their heads when he encounters them that changes to a "D:" when they're killed. Which means that when there's multiple attacking him at once, the screen becomes cluttered with ":D" and "D:" as necessary.
- During his Let's Play of Hollow Knight, every appearance by Hornet earned a cry of "PRETTY LADY!" delivered in a Jerry Lewis voice.
- Screaming at Squick: When TB doesn't like what's going on, particularly while streaming, he can get...loud.
- Upon switching to less defensive armour in Dark Souls, he comments that he's not sure how he'll cope with no longer being the chonkiest boy on Earth and having to do defensive rolls like some kind of good player.
- He also mentions that he likes playing Braum in League of Legends because a playstyle that relies upon utterly failing to evade enemy skillshots suits him down to the ground.
- After baffling everyone by defeating the Fume Knight, universally considered the most difficult boss in the game, on his second try in Dark Souls II, rather than extol his growing skills at the game, he immediately justifies his success by declaring that he only won due to total luck. He afterwards uses a Bonfire Ascetic to respawn the Fume Knight and battle him with stream viewers, and is unable to defeat the boss for almost an hour, appearing to prove him right (although admittedly he did only barely beat Fume Knight the first time around, and using a Bonfire Ascetic upgrades it to NG+ Fume Knight, so this isn't surprising).Skyen (when asked how he succeeded on his second try): Luck. Sheer luck. Absolute bare-naked luck, I promise you.''
- Standard Snippet: The Anor Londo death montage in the Ornstein and Smough episode is set to the William Tell Overture.
- Take That!:
- At one point he compares the toxic baby skeletons in Dark Souls to a whole gang of League of Legends players.
- "The Many Meanings of Dark Souls" discusses an Objectivist reading, accompanied by comedic music and snarky summaries of Objectivist talking points.Skyen: It is possible to construct an Objectivist reading of Dark Souls, although...why would you want to.
OBJECTIVISM: never care about anything you can't either f*** or exploit for money
- While studying the Ring of Blades in Dark Souls II and encountering the line "They were founded by the same man, but were reduced to rivalry and spite," he cracks, "Kind of like Brexit."
- During the Boss Designs of Dark Souls II: The Duke's Dear Freja, he uses the self-destructive greed of Duke Tseldora and the insatiable hunger of Freja to draw parallels to industrialization and capitalism.Skyen: [The Duke's Dear Freja is] a poisonous, disgusting, two-faced parasite only concerned with consuming, with growing, with accumulating only to itself that which once belonged to others. In the world of Drangleic, the disease that consumed Tseldora is named the Writhing Ruin. But in our world...we recognize it by the name of capitalism.Cuts to a picture of Karl Marx, the ending quote of The Communist Manifesto, and an instrumental version of the Soviet Anthem.
- Trade Snark: Captions one of his remarks as "Fromsoft needs to be thrown in prison for Crimes(TM)."
- World of Symbolism: Occasionally his Dark Souls videos can begin to drift into this.