The Spiffing Brit is a British gaming YouTuber who specializes in showcasing and exploiting various bugs and exploits in video games for the hilarity it would cause. If there's something broken in a game, you'll be sure he'll find it, cheese the heck out of it for giggles, all the while drinking a cup of Yorkshire Tea.
His portfolio however starts remarkably mundane, in that his early videos explored the the lore of Stellaris. Due to the long periods in between updates, he eventually branched out to video game exploits, and the rest is history.
Contains examples of:
- The Ace: One Hundred Stat Man, in every iteration.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "X but with too many mods". Instead of showing off an exploit, he gives his admin free rein to fill a game with mods they find on the Steam Workshop without him knowing what they have found. And he jumps into the game completely blind... Like discovering a "Sanic" race option in Skyrim that plays Sanic's theme whenever the character moves forward. These are some of the few videos where Spiff becomes completely out of his element.
- Art Evolution: In earlier videos the comedy involved crude drawings mixed with stock figures from Shutterstock. As the channel took off, those drawings improved drastically and the stock photos became a mix of those same photos but with a channel-themed watermark, fanart, and drawings of those stock characters but as a man in a top hat and suit.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Mega Train. A 32km long high speed train with far more seats than there were people in the region built simply because Spiff wanted to blow several billion dollars on the longest possible train he could make before it crashed his computer.
- Butt-Monkey: Connorbrow. If he's not been invited to be an accomplice to an exploit, it's a guarantee Spiff is going to humiliate him with it.
- Captain Ersatz / Bland-Name Product: Whenever Hello, [Insert Name Here] is involved, he'll often go for something well known but with a changed letter or two, the most famous of all being Reanu Keeves. There's also Bario the Despoiler, Dosneyland, Shrak, Fallout 77, Captain Jock Sparrow and Will Smoth the Genie.
- Corpsing: During his first escape attempt in Prison Architect, he points out that if you tried legging it the instant you left the bus, you'd get grabbed by the guards before you could escape... only to do that instantly, prompting him to break into laughter.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While in the Yogscast Jingle Jam 2020 Live Stream, he ends up with a huge profit lead over everyone else in OpenTTD.
- Curse Cut Short: By We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: For The Sims 4, when still working on a death room for one family of Sims, his Sim (Lord Farquaad) tried making a grilled cheese sandwich:The Spiffing Brit: Oh, look at Farquaad here, tending to his food at night. Isn't he a happy little man? He just leveled up to Level 3 cooking. (stove catches fire) Oh no, he started a fire! Oh god, okay! (Farquaad catches fire) Oooooooh, sh- (the "Please Stand By" test card appears, with an 8-bit variation of Spanish Flea playing)
- Didn't Think This Through: He quickly regretted the decision to make it so that every time someone died in his 100 Prisoners in 100 Days Challenge, their body would burst into flames. As he also occupied his prison with exclusively super-strong, super-tough and super-aggressive legendary inmates. A single one of which is capable of killing entire groups of guards single-handedly even without a weapon conjured almost out of thin air.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As much as he makes a name as a professional exploiter of video games. He refuses to show off exploits in MMOs and other online-only games because it will very likely lead to someone getting banned by the developers of the game in question and he would have had a hand in that.
- Evil Brit: Played for Laughs in most cases. Casually admitting more than once his love of video games keep him from becoming some kind of supervillain. Lampshaded with his "IRL infinite money exploit"; a hypothetical Kickstarter-funded theme park no one can leave because a one-way "no entry" sign on the inside of the park entrance requires breaking the rules to leave. And no one would want to break the rules would they?"Oh god I'm evil."
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In his Skyrim videos he says that his character, Reanu Keeves is so powerful that he risks breaking out of the game and into reality. He advises pledging your allegiance to Reanu Keeves as it will yield benefits like him taking you to a nice dinner, or just not killing you with his shouting power.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In his victory speech for winning Game Of life 2 he declares "This [his fabulous wealth] proves that anyone can make it with enough grit, determination and cheating"
- Not the Intended Use: A common shtick is to demonstrate how to exploit the gameplay system and achieve his goals using unorthrodox and creative ways. Examples include running a tree farm rather than a prison in Prison Architect, or achieving the Fortune aspiration in The Sims 4 by being adopted in other Sims' houses, killing said Sims and selling off all their property before moving on to a new location.
- Parody Commercial: Midpoint breaks frequently take the form of an advert for what's involved in the video. Such as an offer for the Bland-Name Product, an invitation to the dystopia he just built, or passing on An Offer You Can't Refuse from the character he is playing.
- Precision F-Strike: He normally doesn't swear in any of his videos but when it's a live stream, all bets are off as the swears come right out.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Very British, right down to comparing various situations in his gameplay videos to moments in the British Empire's history.
- Spot of Tea: He reminds viewers to have a nice, warm cup of tea with them while watching as he games the system. In his Age of Empires III video, he remarked that for the hot 30°C summer weather, iced tea would be permitted just this once.
- Toll Booth Antics: One run for Cities: Skylines has him run a "city" entirely consisting of a series of tollbooths, purely making a profit out of this without having to pay for other services. When cars try going on other highways, or people instead opt to take trains instead, he has those severed so that everyone would have to pay tens if not hundreds of dollars worth of toll to go from one end to the other. With infrastructure and power expenses factored in, he would earn close to $10000 a week that way.
- He later pulls similar antics in Tropico, where he puts down dozens of toll booths and gives everyone on the island a free car, then lowers the salary for the toll workers and jacks up the price of the tolls to maximize profit.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Loves his tea, specifically the Yorkshire Gold brand, and will let you know about it any chance he gets. On the other side of things, he hates coffee, and avoids growing or taking it if it's for reasons other than destroying it or keeping it from other people.
- He also has a soft spot for gin. Or as he calls it according to Why my Youtube Channel got Deleted, "spicy tea"
- Violation of Common Sense: How many of his exploits go. Such as transporting coal by air because the price of a good in Transport Fever goes up the further it travels. He was paid several million for what he estimated to be £34,000 worth of coal in real life because he happened to ship it from the far side of the 24km long map.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: For The Sims 4, when still working on a death room for one family of Sims, his Sim (Lord Farquaad) tried making a grilled cheese sandwich:SB: Oh, look at Farquaad here, tending to his food at night. Isn't he a happy little man? He just leveled up to Level 3 cooking. (stove catches fire) Oh no, he started a fire! Oh god, okay! (Farquaad catches fire) Oooooooh, sh- (the "Please Stand By" test card appears, with an 8-bit variation of Spanish Flea playing)