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Woolie Versus is the Youtube channel of Woolie Madden of former Two Best Friends Play fame. The channel features a mix of normal Let's Plays, streams (Twitch), and pre-planned content. His most recurring show is the "Get Into Fighting Games" stream where Woolie and his guests play a fighting game, often with someone who is a veteran of its competitive scene, going through the ins and outs of the mechanics in the process. Woolie's most frequent guests and collaborators are Minh (aka Soushin, and known to TBFP fans as "Billy"), fellow fighting game commentator Reggie, YouTube musician Little V Mills, and his fiancee Steph (also known as Punchmom). The channel also uploads clips of the podcast Castle Super Beast, co-hosted with fellow Super Best Friends veteran Patrick Boivin.

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  • Apple of Discord: The Dokapon Kingdom full campaign Salt Party was largely fun and games, until a viewer decided to start a winnings pool that the audience could donate towards. From that point forward the competition intensified sharply, with all three players becoming noticeably more aggressive, paranoid and underhanded in their efforts to win the campaign. Woolie quickly christened the rapidly-ballooning prize "the blood pool", and a sizable "peace pool" was soon established to ensure that feelings wouldn't be hurt too badly. After winning, Minh went out of his way to defy the trope, combining both pools and dividing the money equally among the entire group.
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  • Ascended Extra: Prior to his recurring on-screen collaborator role, Minh (as "Billy") worked as an editor for the Super Best Friends channel, and was referenced multiple times by the group (albeit he was The Ghost).
  • Bookends: Back in 2017, Woolie started his Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 LP, with every video title beginning with "Back In!" Then, in May 2020, the final video for the Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 playthrough came out, and Woolie made good on his stated promise of titling it "Back out!"
  • Butt-Monkey: Reggie during most fighting game streams, as he gets schooled really hard by the expert guest star. During the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stream, he agrees to rename his file if Z can beat him without losing a single stock, and proceeds to lose so badly that Woolie concludes that "his soul was taken". If that wasn't enough, Reggie then gets humiliated online against several of the viewers.
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  • Crippling Overspecialization: As a fighting game player who's most accustomed to a joystick, Woolie finds keyboard controls cumbersome to use and tends to struggle when using mouse and keyboard for shooters.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Reggie takes the controller for the Demon's Souls LP— the series even has a custom "Reggie VS." title card. Woolie fills the role of color commentator and Sink-or-Swim Mentor.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Minh tends to be really out of synch with Woolie when it comes to humor; if Woolie is trying to set up a joke, chances are Minh will sandbag the attempt by giving the obvious punchline way too early.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The very first video uploaded to Woolie's channel is the aptly-titled "Let's Start This Thing Off Right."
  • Flaw Exploitation:
    • In episode 21 of the Indivisible playthrough, Reggie successfully goads Woolie in trying to go down an impossible-to-traverse path where he's obviously not supposed to go, and Woolie keeps trying for more than 10 minutes. Reggie points out that this works because he knows Woolie can't stand the uncertainty of leaving anything unexplored, no matter how unlikely.
    • Woolie abuses Minh's color blindness in a few Salt Party games.
  • Get Out!: At the end of The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Woolie tells Super Eyepatch Wolf to get out of his home and go back to Ireland.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The Salt Party videos revolve around free-for-alls between Woolie, Minh and Reggie as they play a variety of multiplayer games. Since all three members of the Power Trio are fairly competitive, things get heated pretty quickly.
  • Mondegreen: Reggie admits he thought the song "Waterfalls", by TLC, was about the kid in the music video named Jason Waterfalls note .
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: During the House of the Dead: OVERKILL final mission Minh says the incest is ok because the mom is in a different body. Woolie appropriately yells Minh fails the test.
  • Oh My Gods!: When Woolie is explaining the way to defeat ghosts in Death Stranding to Reggie, he tells him "I swear to Kojima". Doubles as Genius Bonus, since Kojima had one of his characters say "Kojima is god" at one point, and Woolie is no doubt aware of that.
  • Out of Focus: Minh doesn't appear as much in the series filmed in late 2020 and early 2021, with Little V appearing correspondingly more frequently.
  • Parody Assistance: After the DOOM (2016) playthrough featured Woolie doing an impression of his mom, she got in on the joke and provided a similar speech for the DOOM Eternal playthrough.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Woolie and Eyepatch Wolf start their playthrough of Mystical Ninja already subtly sniping at each other, and it escalates as the game hits the Difficulty Spike, culminating in Woolie just yelling after Eyepatch Wolf admits he cheated through the last levels.
    Eyepatch Wolf: I'm all for like friendly competition, but when one person is acting like such a fucking asshole that it's ruining the entire Let's Play, it's time to steer back a bit. And I'm not saying you, I'm not even saying you.
    Woolie: I mean quite frankly, when someone comes from another country and think they can play hockey in the land of hockey and somehow triumph... it's quite... the hubris is quite amazing. To play God in the home of church.
    [Later after multiple game overs]
    Woolie: TOP FIVE UH!.
  • Power Trio: Woolie's primary co-stars are Reggie and Minh (the latter of which also handles the channel's editing), and the majority of videos feature the three of them commentating or playing together.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: When Reggie steps up to play the notoriously Nintendo Hard Demon's Souls, Woolie's teaching style is... unsparing. However, he does dispense pearls of advice where he deems them necessary, and he's always willing to give Reggie appropriate congratulations when he does well.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Super Best Friends Play, with Woolie himself having been a former member of that group. While originally Woolie's solo outing, over time Woolie Versus has grown in scope to adopt a distinctly Best Friends style of group commentary and humor, centered on the recurring trio of Woolie, Reggie and Minh.
    • The Castle Super Beast podcast is a direct sequel to the Super Best Friendcast, though Woolie and Pat are the only hosts this time around.
    • His two playthroughs with Pat on Resident Evil 2 (Remake) and Devil May Cry 5 (moreso the latter due to its pre-recorded format) serve as the closest either of them have gone to make videos similar to the Best Friends channel.
    • The Salt Party videos feature Woolie, Reggie and Minh playing competitive free-for-alls in a variety of multiplayer/party games, much like Super Best Friends Brawl.
    • The Get Into Fighting Games streams are this for Friday Night Fisticuffs, to the point of incorporating part of the audio from FNF's intro into its own as a Mythology Gag.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Woolie becomes progressively more frustrated with people around Sam not getting that he doesn't like to be touched, and especially with Amelie, who can't take the hint even though she's family and should know better. It's supposed to be a metaphor about humans needing to connect, but because it's presented as a legitimate phobia of his, Woolie (and by proxy, Reggie) are having none of it.
    Woolie: "I'm gonna keep trying to connect with you-" I don't LIKE it! Respect my boundaries.

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