The Completionist is part of the That One Video Gamer community.
Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil is The Completionist, an internet reviewer who is partnered with Polaris. His show is the flagship show for his own community, That One Video Gamer. Every week, he completes a game 100% and then reviews it, detailing the quality of the game overall, and whether or not the payoff is worth the hours spent on completing it. Refreshingly, Jirard uses very little (if any) profanity* in his reviews, making them reasonably family friendly, as well as informative and entertaining. As the series continues, the reviews become much more plot-focused, with Wham Episodes and Cliffhangers galore.
His reviews were divided into the following segments until October 2016: Story* , Presentation* , Gameplay* , Final Level* , The Struggle* and the Completion Bonus* , before Jirard gives his final "Completionist Rating"* .
However, the show went under a massive retool after the Tales of Symphonia review in the October of 2016, getting an new interface as well as the new segments: The Legend* , The Quest* , The Battle* , and The Reward* ; with only the rating system left from the original system-with each of the new segments merging and mixing previous aspects.
In November of 2012, Jirard and Alex started a spin-off show named Super Beard Bros, which was later rebranded "Super Beard Bros. Deluxe" when Greg joined the two. The show was called a "journalistic approach to Let's Plays". In 2013, the show was cancelled, and its run was ended in early 2014, after month of delayed episodes. However, the show was rebooted entirely in April of 2014. The show now consists of subseries where they look at certain aspects of gaming, along with the regular Super Beard Bros. Let's Plays. For more information, see Super Beard Bros.
Since then, the brand name "That One Video Gamer", while originally only used for those two shows, has become a collection of web series, including "Super Bunny Hop", "Satchbag's Goods", "The Dex", "The TOVG Podcast" and even a Completionist-themed comic. The official site, which serves as a hub of sorts for all TOVG series can be found here.
For the majority of four seasons, the videos heavily featured Jirard's producer and comedic partner, Greg Wilmont (The Mediocre-ist) providing much of the comic relief, and later with Alex Faciane of "The Dex". In early 2015, Greg left the show after a falling out between him and Jirard (alluded to be because of the difficulties in maintaining a friendship while running a business, though neither have said much in regards to the details).
In August 2017, Jirard eventually confirmed his falling out with Greg and that sometime after they parted, Greg had requested, and then demanded, that he pull down all the videos featuring the two (that's 120 videos from The Completionist alone and more if you include other videos by TOVG as a whole). In a vlog, Jirard noted that it was a difficult decision and he considered fighting it, but ultimately decided to comply. He then announced that he would recomplete all 120 of those games in a new bi-weekly series called "The Completionist: New Game Plus".
The show can be watched here, starting from episode 121, midway through season four. Jirard also encouraged his viewers to upload the old episodes and disseminate them before he pulled them, and they can all be viewed here, for free and without ads.
This show provides examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming:
- In "Luigi's Mansion":
- Achievements in Ignorance: After seeing Cranky claim he beat Donkey Kong Country in under an hour with one life, Jirard proceeds to do just that, thinking it's a real challenge.
- When he recompleted the game for New Game Plus, he took advantage of his network of contacts to talk to the original developers of the game, confirmed that it was just a joke, and changed his rating to "Complete It" as a result.
- A Day in the Limelight: All of the episodes involving The Mediocre-ist ("TMNT", "Pokemon Snap", "Red Dead Redemption") are this for Greg, usually serving to showcase how bad he is at gaming, except "Red Dead Redemption", in which he fully completed the game 100%, leading to Jirard's Heroic BSoD in the Season 1 finale.
- All Men Are Perverts: Greg falls into this more often than Jirard. Though Jirard is far from immune.Jirard: ... Can I touch your boobs?
- Anachronic Order:
- Audience Participation: In his Bubble Bobble episode, various clips are shown of people doing something to the Bubble Bobble theme song.
- Bears Are Bad News: Averted. Greg spurting out "BEARS!" somehow never gets old.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: According to "Super Mario Brothers 3", William Shakespeare is actually Greg.
- Berserk Button: Jirard really doesn't like time trials, especially ones required for 100% completion. When he re-completed Crash Bandicoot 2, this time the remade version, he downgraded it from a "Complete It" to a "Finish It" solely due to the addition of time trials.
- Big "NO!": Greg lets one out in Megaman X3 when he realises that Jirard is trapped in his own soul, damned to eternally playing Sonic '06.
- Bizarro Episode: The episode on Street Fighter: The Movie was hosted by Jirard's brother Jacque.
- Book-Ends: The first and last episode of Season 1 begin with the same monologue, because Jirard thinks it's the first episode of the show again.
- Brick Joke: Many.
Greg: You don't have to do this! You don't owe this game anything! You don't own ANYONE anything, except for ME a party hat... and Josh twenty bucks.
- In "Pokemon", Jirard and Alex both wear shirts with colours matching the games they are playing (Red and Yellow respectively). Then Greg walks in, wearing a black shirt despite the fact that he is playing Blue Edition. Jirard and Alex get extremely angry at him, since Alex had to buy a yellow shirt specifically for the occasion. At the end of the episode, Greg can briefly be seen wearing the same shirt with a piece of paper reading "Blue Shirt" taped onto it.
- In the review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Jirard was unable to pronounce Agahnim, so Greg suggested to call him Agrabah. Fast forward to Jirard's review of Aladdin's SNES game, and Jirard desides to call the city of Agrabah "Agahnim". It returns once more in the review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, with Agahnim referred to offhand, as Agrabah.
- During the Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back episode, after Jirard uses an "Epic Manoeuvre" joke, the guys from Continue? appear on screen in a Codec Call, á la Metal Gear. They mention how Jirard should make an episode on Breaking Bad. Skip ahead to episode 48, and...
- In the Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 100th episode special, the side story involving the office trying to free Jirard from the game case brings them to contact the Continue? crew; they decide to not help, claiming Jirard owes Josh twenty dollars. Fast-forward to when Greg tries to convince Jirard to not complete the game's DLC...
- Buxom Is Better: Catherine.
- Catchphrase: Quite a few, mostly provided by Greg.
- In "Super Mario Sunshine", Jirard and Greg notice that Mario looks like he's humping Yoshi. Greg asks why the last three Nintendo games they reviewed have featured the main character humping things.
- In "Megaman X4", Jirard refers to "Spark Mandrill Syndrome", and does a skit similar to the one in "Megaman X".
- In "Gunstar Heroes", Greg brings up the Missiles For Kids campaign from "Diddy Kong Racing".
- In the same episode, Greg's singing of "All by myself!" is a Call-Back to "Luigi's Mansion".
- In the Jumping Flash! review, Greg returns to find that Jirard is still on meth from the Breaking Bad episode, having 'completed' Netflix again.
- Canada, Eh?: In the episodes guest starring ProtonJon, jokes of this nature are usually averted in favor of Greg thinking that Jon is Bruce Willis. A few sneak through in the Gunstar Heroes review, though, which leads to Jon ranting about how he is always the butt of these jokes whenever he collaborates with someone American.
- "Sonic 3 and Knuckles": Jirard is telling viewers to send in suggestions for games as usual, since it's not like some developer is going to tell him to to play their game... Then he gets a tweet from Ed McMillen, who tells him that he'll never beat Super Meat Boy - a game which Jirard had never played prior to the video...
- "Red Dead Redemption": Jirard goes insane when Greg actually manages to complete Red Dead Redemption, calling himself "The Comportionist".
- "Super Mario 64": A mysterious figure appears behind Jirard and backstabs him, trapping him inside Dark Souls.
- "Spyro The Dragon": Jirard storms off, fed up of Greg making fun of the wings he's wearing due to a lost bet. Then the Xbox 360 that trapped Jirard in Dark Souls appears behind Greg and traps him inside Conker's Bad Fur Day.
- "Hyrule Warriors": Jirard's arch-nemesis The Internet appears to remind him of his 3-year anniversary and tells him he has put off his long-anticipated review of Skyrim long enough, demanding he review it the following week.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Greg. That's why we love him
- Jirard has his moments.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Blind reviews are indicated by the thumbnail of his videos being purple, whereas games he has played in the past already are blue. Yellow indicates that the review is a special of some kind (so far only used for Halloween specials Banjo-Kazooie and Dead Space, as well as Final Fantasy VII Month) and turquoise means the game is part of a collection pack.
- Corner of Woe: The Aladdin (Capcom) episode features this. Jirard, Greg and Dodger all end up walking down a hall in despair multiple times during the review.
- Courtroom Antics: Quite frequently in the "Defend it!" videos, in which Jirard defends a game which received a large backlash.
- Dance Party Ending: A few times, such as in the Aladdin (Capcom) episode, with Greg singing "Never Had A Friend Like Greg".
- Disney Death: Jirard's "death" in "Super Meat Boy".
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode is practically a Cluster F-Bomb compared to later episodes.
- Foreshadowing: In the "Red Dead Redemption" review, Greg offhandedly remarks, "Don't be so sure I couldn't complete this game!" Guess what happens at the end of the episode.
- Grand Finale: It's confirmed that when Jirard is eventually finished with the show, the final episode will be his favourite game of all time: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. In his "Top 10 SNES Games" episode, he also indicated that his second-to-last episode would be "Final Fantasy VI''.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In a few episodes, notably PeanutButterGamer for the Luigi's Mansion episode, ProtonJon for the Gunstar Heroes (and Jirard in turn guest stars in his Let's Play of the game) and Contra 3 episodes, Dodger of Press Heart To Continue for the Aladdin (Capcom), and Mat-Pat from Game Theory for the Metroid Prime review.
- Collaboration Month, kicking off Season 3, was of course built on this trope, featuring Pat The NES Punk, Caddicarus, Pro Jared and Jesse Cox for individual reviews.
- He's Back: After the Heroic BSoD below.
- Heroic BSoD: In "Megaman X4", the Season 1 finale, Greg 100%ing Red Dead Redemption and doing a competent review breaks Jirard. It takes Greg sucking at Mega Man X4 to bring him out of it.
- In his 100,000-subscriber special, Jirard gets invaded and stabbed in the back before he can finish his review of Super Mario 64 and ends up inside of Dark Souls, a game that never ends. In the next episode, after Greg stabs Jirard's Xbox, he comes back to reality to give his final rating for Super Mario 64.
- Heroic RRoD: Parodied in the Super Meat Boy episode. Jirard beats the game, and collapses, presumably dead. Greg prepares to take over the show and do the outro... When Jirard wakes up, having just taken a nap. Greg carries on regardless.
- Hey, That's My Line!: In the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS episode, Xander Mobus says "BUT BEARDMAN!" Greg is not amused.
- 100% Completion: The entire point of the show.
- Hype Backlash:
- Jirard had a miserable time playing Skyrim, mostly because it's open ended nature completely clashed with his style of 100% completion. Lampshaded, when the Internet steals his beard in revenge for his blasphemy.
- Upon his dreaded revisit to the first game in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, Jirard admits he cut the game a lot of slack the first time around due the teased lore and how it was the new "it thing" at the moment. However, six games deep into the franchise now he's much less forgiving of the game's flaws and reduces his previous rating of a Finish It to a mere Play It, stating that after the first few nights the game turns into an annoying Luck-Based Mission not worth the pain and effort, especially since finishing the five nights doesn't even give you anything (aside from a star on the main menu).
- I Have Many Names: Jirard, Dragonrider, The Completionist, Beardman, King Baldman, and of course, Shirraco the Laser Clown.
- Idiosyncratic Ratings Scale: Jirard uses a rating scale based on how much he feels the game in question is worth investing the time to complete it. The scale, from best to worst, is:
- Complete it (100% completion is worth it)
- Finish it (Better to just focus on getting to the end rather than getting everything.)
- Play it (Meant for on-and-off casual play.)
- Look at it (Not really worth getting, better to just watch videos of others doing it)
- Donate it (formerly Burn it) (So niche only a rare few would bother with it.)
- Important Haircut: In the God of War episode, Jirard discovers and opens Pandora's Box. Inside is an enchanted razor which shaves his beard into a goatee resembling Kratos'. In addition, when competing in the King of the Web campaign, Jirard shaved his head, causing Greg to refer to him as "King Baldman" for the rest of the month.
- Kill It with Fire: The final fate of Sneak King, Heart of Darkness, Megaman X 3, thanks to Jirard's Demonic Possession, and Sonic '06 through fan videos.
- This used to be the fate of games so miserable as to be unplayable. However, fan backlash to Jirard actually burning games, and the allusion to burning books, made him reconsider, and "Burn It" is now "Donate It", because someone enjoys it.
- Laughing Mad: Jirard is reduced to this state by the end of the Sneak King review.
- Leitmotif: DK Island Swing. Initially, this song was used during the Completionist Bonus section of each video. After the remodeling, DK Island Swing was used for the entirety the final section of the show—the Reward (a combination of the Completion Bonus and Struggle sections from the old model). Specifically, the version of the DK Island Swing used on the show is the shortened version from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Jirard's favorite video game of all time. The bonus stages where this song played in was a key factor for the existence of the show.
- After the remodel that began with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, DK Island Swing begins to be remixed into other songs from a few games Jirard completes (such as Metroid: Zero Mission and Punch-Out!!), but other Donkey Kong Country songs are also used (like in Duck Tales Remastered and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance). Eventually, the DK songs were scrapped during the final segment of each show, instead using songs from the discussed games themselves.
- A secondary leitmotif for Jirard is Critical Hit from Wild ARMS. Prior to the remodeling, this song plays throught the Struggle section of each video. After the remodeling, however, Critical Hit was removed from the show due to the Reward section combining the Completionist Bonus and Struggle sections of the show. However, it made a return in the New Game Plus series to bring back nostalgia of the old model of the show, beginning to play as Jirard tallies the statstics of each completed game. However, it was eventually phased out and replaced by DK Island Swing, just like the remodeling of the actual show. Unlike the main series, which phased out the song eventually, the song is still used on this show for nostalgic purposes.
- Jirard also has a third leitmotif that is heard only rarely. Whenever there's an insane obstacle in the way of completing a game that Jirard needs to discuss, the song Grand Finale from Final Fantasy VI plays as he talks about it. The rare section Grand Finale is in comes between the Battle and the Reward sections of his reviews.
- Luck-Based Mission:
- Gives a good rant on his Sneak King review.
- During his second go at the first game in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, he changes his initial rating of a Finish It to a lesser Play It because of this, stating that after the first couple of nights the game becomes painfully luck-based and just isn't worth the anguish for practically no reward for bothering to actually complete all 5/6 nights.
- Madness Mantra: After unleashing some epic Angrish upon learning the infamously hard 20/20/20/20 mode has been returned to Five Nights At Freddys 4, Jirard kept repeating "This game is really hard and it makes me cry."
- Million-to-One Chance: The Luck-Based Mission in Sneak King. Jirard's odds of success? 0.000045673(repeating). And he still managed it.
- And then he had to do it again for New Game Plus...and he managed to do it again!. He also mentioned that it was a lot less stressful the second time around, because he was streaming it while he was completing it the second time, and the interaction with his fans was a lot of fun, despite the insanity of the challenge.
- Mushroom Samba: Briefly in the Yoshi's Island episode.
- Mythology Gag: In "Megaman X4", Jirard repeats many of the lines from the "Megaman X" review and many others due to his insanity.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jirard, his dog and Greg deliver one to Sneak King before burning it. It involved The People's Elbow.
- Overly Long Gag: Many, thanks to Greg:
Greg: But Beardman! SEGA stopped making consoles since the Dreamcast. Why are they still a company? Haven't they made like 150 Sonic games? Why is he blue? Is Tails into dudes? What's an echidna? How old is Sonic? Why is Doctor Robotnik weird? What the hell is Team Chaotix? What if Sonic and Mario fought? Smash Brothers! I didn't know Sonic liked sports— Mario vs Sonic at the Olympics. Sonic is a werewolf? Why is Sonic in Agrabah? Aliens! BIG THE CAT!
- Basically all of the "But Beardman!" sections, but most notably in "Sonic 3 and Knuckles".
Greg: But this is America! Home of baseball! Apple pies! Hamburgers! Shoes! ...Backwards hats! Candy necklaces! Post-it notes! Tissue paper! Twist-ties! ...Metronomes! ..Ch—... Cheese! ...And... Ovens! AMERICA!
- In "Sonic Adventure":
- Once an Episode: When introducing the game of the week, Greg will say "BUT BEARDMAN!" before asking some silly (but sometimes interesting) questions. He's supposedly predicting what the video's comments section will be saying. Lampshaded in the Breaking Bad episode, which Greg is absent for due to his wedding. Jirard takes this role in the Mediocre-ist episodes by saying to Greg, "But Clean-Shavedman!"
- At the end of the episode, Jirard will ask viewers to "FaceTwitTambleGram" him before saying "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to do X".
- Nowadays, near the en of his reviews, Jirard says "While I (re-)completed *insert game here*, there were..." Jirard then proceeds to list stats for the game, including total hours of playtime, number of achievements unlocked, and number of collectables collected. The stats always end with a number of something that isn't listed. It can be either a Running Gag or something else relating to the completed game.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Jirard and Greg both have it for Catherine with a C in the Catherine review.
- Precision F-Strike: The F Word in the middle of the 'BFG'' is completely uncensored, the first time in the series.
- Comes to a head in the Yoshi's Island review, where Jirard falls into a depression over her, binging on Chex Mix.
- Record Needle Scratch: Occurs in the Gunstar Heroes review when ProtonJon makes a BEARS! joke and Greg takes offense.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jirard's dog which occasionally makes an appearance.
- Rule of Three: From the Shovel Knight episode.Greg: YOU! You measly turnips are no match for my shovel! Onions quiver at the sight of my spade! Also, a third clever vegetable reference!
- Running Gag: Oh so many, though they've fallen out of use since Greg's departure due to Jirard largely playing it solo. A few memorable examples include...
- BUT BEARDMAN!Appearances
- It's Neeko! The Price-Gouging Cat!Appearances
- Gitches, with Old Man Snitches!Appearances
- Shirraco, the Laser Clown!Appearances
- BIG THE CAT!, whose existence Jirard desperately tries to gloss over in "Sonic Adventure".Appearances
- COMMENCE ANGRY (mini) VIDEO GAME JIHAD RANT!Appearances
- Gregs insanity being fuelled by his addiction to smoothies.Appearances
- Clean your room, America.Appearances
- Getting sandwiches has popped each episode since Greg's return in the Jumping Flash! review.Appearances
- Time Out (with Greg)!Appearances
- "So Jirard, you ever going to do the Mario All-Stars pack?"Appearances
- KINECT SPORTS 2! YOUR BODY IS THE CONTROLLER!
- Running Gagged: All running gags involving Greg were retired following his departure from the show.
- Sanity Slippage: Jirard, during the X4 review, as a direct consequence of Greg managing to complete Red Dead Redemption in the previous episode.
- Jirard goes through this again during "Breaking Bad" when Greg leaves and Jirard is led to believe that all of Netflix is a game, and successfully tries to complete it.
- Sell-Out: Has admitted that if game companies want to give him copies of their games before their release date, he will gladly play them to completion and use his review to advertise the new game. During his Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 review he even says outright if Capcom sends him a copy of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite before the official release date, he will turn his video review for it into a commercial.
- Shout-Out: Both Aladdin episodes with Dodger feature Arrested Development's slow walk as a Running Gag.
- The destruction of Sneak King is reminiscent of the printer destruction scene from Office Space.
- The Stinger: Occasionally pops up to introduce next week's game. A notable example at the end of the Sonic Adventure 2 Battle episode, with Jirard tossing and turning in bed, agonizing over which game to do next for Sequels Month... Then Greg appears behind him, and simply says... "BEARS!", indicating that they've chosen Banjo-Tooie.
- The Cake Is a Lie: It appears as a Running Gag for (fittingly) the review of the Trope Namer.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Expresses this when starting his Tales of Symphonia review, knowing that the Tales JRPG series of games are notorious in their sheer amount of content, which is the bane of any 100 percent completionist.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In the review of Crash Bandicoot Warped. Lampshaded, natch.Jirard: Some of these level designs just seem somewhat ripped from Crash 1 and 2. Nevertheless, this game does everything very well, and it should be praised for it.Greg: Here game, here game! That's a good game. Who's a good game? You are!
- In the Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal review, Twobat the Zubat earns the favor of the shiny Crobat after she shuns the attention of the cool crew who had been mercilessly mocking him up to that point in the series.
- Wham Line:
Jirard: Wait... you completed a game?! But you're the Mediocre-ist... That means if you're the Mediocre-ist, what does that make me?
- From "Red Dead Redemption", spurring Jirard's Sanity Slippage:
Greg: Well, you're still the Completionist.
Jirard: Who am I? I gotta be someone else... I can't be the Completionist anymore... Means I gotta be the Comportionist... Tell you how to eat... How to eat your two thousand calories worth of daily intake...
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- "Super Mario 64" has two, both in onscreen text:
The Completionist died.
Jirard: This game should BURN IN HELL.
- From Megaman X3, prompting Jirard's FaceHeel Turn:
- Wham Episode: Any of the reviews that are focussed on plot become these compared to the normal reviews.
- "Super Meat Boy": Jirard completes the game at long last, but not without dying in the process. Greg valiantly takes over the show, declaring himself the Mediocre-ist. Luckily it turns out that Jirard had just passed out, but this episode still marked the birth of the Mediocre-ist.
- "Red Dead Redemption": Greg actually completes Red Dead Redemption, and Jirard goes completely insane as a result, abandoning his "Completionist" persona completely.
- "Megaman X4": As Jirard's review becomes less and less coherent, he eventually goes into "Beard Hibernation Mode", rendering him completely frozen and unresponsive. However, when Greg attempts (and fails) the first level of Megaman X4, Jirard breaks out of his comatose state and, after regrowing his beard, gets ready for a second season, becoming The Completionist once more.
- Meta example: The "Thank You Greg Wilmont" video, which announced Greg's departure from the show. Suffice to say, fans (especially Jirard) were upset.
"So, with that in mind, guys, I give this page my completionist rating of... "Complete It"!"