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  • Archive Panic: As shown by this graph, Hannah's channel has well over 2,200+ videos uploaded. While some of these were likely from back in the day when her channel was the secondary one where Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane uploaded any extras, even with these videos taken out that's still a lot.
  • Broken Base:
    • Her publicly posting hate mail to her Tumblr has split the base. While most people agree that the former fan in question was in the wrong for making baseless accusations, stalking her social media platforms and basically harassing her, a few called her out for not editing out the individual's name, including some that otherwise agreed the comments were rude and uncalled for. Others were less sympathetic and said the user had it coming, a sentiment that only intensified after they started bullying her fans and accused Katie (Trott's girlfriend) of being insecure after calling out a blog for making assumptions and giving out totally unwanted relationship advice.
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    • Same with her and Kim's playthrough of Until Dawn, as elaborated on in the Internet Backdraft entry.
    • Hannah's sharing some fan ships negatively split the base. While the general consensus was that she shouldn't have shared them, some fans felt that it was unfair to blame here for stumbling across them when Tumblr is constantly changing its mechanics with little warning. This led to a reblog war between Kirin Dave and a detractor blog. For what it's worth, Hannah apologised unreservedly after learning that she'd made a serious mistake.
    • Her hinting that she might be leaving the Yogscast following several months worth of unrest regarding her problems with Maker (a content creator) causing several of her past videos to be taken down due to music copyright issues has caused quite a bit of strife in the fanbase.
      • Thankfully this one turned out to be false.
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    • Her allegedly doxxing a fan who sent transphobic abuse to Laura K Dale, a friend of Hannah's. While the general consensus was that Hannah was in the wrong and overreacted, some felt she had a point.
    • Her constantly collaborating with Caff. As mentioned below in the backdraft section, Caff's becoming very polarizing in playthroughs because of his tendency to be a backseat gamer (ie, being bossy, overly talkative - arguably in a condescending fashion - and trying to make Hannah do what he wants), and it's gotten to the point that people are simply no longer watching series featuring him, and aren't shying away from showing their frustration. Hannah's reactions to said frustration are breaking things even further (as elaborated on below).
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Hannah encouraged a fan to stay in uni after it appeared their entire year had been ruined due to a damaged laptop. Said fan eventually wrote back to say they'd passed the year, with Hannah eagerly congratulating them on their success.
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    • After a group of well-meaning but misguided fans announced their plan to all meet Zoey Proasheck at a gay pride parade, Zoey quite understandably panicked slightly and begged fans not to do this as it would worsen her social anxiety. Hannah reblogged her post to try and back her up. She's also defended Zoey many times since, particularly when a group of so-called "fans" have told her to exclude Fiona from videos or break up with her.
    • Backing up Katie (Trott's girlfriend) after she got abused during a stream.
    • Apologising to a fan blog after she accidentally accused them of putting slash in the main tag.
    • Her playthrough of Detroit: Become Human is full of these, but the clearest example comes when, after not finding a certain clue and ending up getting Connor killed, as well as making the wrong choice and getting Luther killed, she goes against her normal playthrough rules and replays those parts to save them, ending in her getting almost the best ending. It all comes down to her two last words in the playthrough, spoken through happy, emotional tears as Hank pulls Connor in for a hug:
    Hannah: ...Hank friend.
    • Even her sacrificing Jerry to save Kara, Luther and Alice is one of these. While she was mistaken about what would happen if she made a certain other choice (she insists that if you don't sacrifice anyone or yourself you end up in a recycling plant, which is partially incorrect - her playthrough had Markus protesting peacefully, which means everyone could have gotten through safely and survived if she picked "sacrifice nobody"), but she is very conflicted about it and says that she will keep the character in her heart and memory because of it. She actually keeps her word, too, naming her first dinosaur in Jurassic World: Evolution after him!
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Has been getting one of these after she and Kaeyi (In The Little Wood's then-girlfriend) started getting into disagreements. The first came after Hannah called out Kaeyi for (accidentally) spoiling certain things about the World of Warcraft playthrough, and the second came when she politely pointed out to Kaeyi that the cosmetics she was using (MAC) were not vegan (Kaeyi is a staunch vegan) - Kaeyi promptly called Hannah out on Twitter and caused a minor fandom rift - one side thinks Hannah is in the right (and that Kaeyi is being overdramatic as usual), and the other thinks Hannah is being mean to Kaeyi for no reason and needs to leave her alone. This only got worse after Kaeyi and Martyn had a somewhat messy breakup and Hannah defended him while inadvertently casting shade on Kaeyi.
    • Her and Kim's playthroughs of Until Dawn and Layers of Fear resulted in them getting a nasty backlash due to their dismissive behaviour and constantly ripping apart seemingly insignificant quibbles in both games, with fans suggesting in both games that perhaps the girls would be better off dropping the games since they seemed to hate them so much and weren't giving them a fair try. In the case of Until Dawn, Hannah had to issue several statements on her social media assuring fans that she and Kim would start taking the game more seriously, which they did... About halfway through the actual game itself (with the introduction of the wendigos). Their attitude about the criticism has rankled some as well, with the girls scoffing at fans' original concerns and calling them "haters".
      • Their behaviour actually can be explained, though - Kim mentioned in one of the Layers of Fear videos that she and Hannah were absolutely broken by their playthrough of Outlast (this is the game that actually caused Kim to have a sobbing breakdown and require a small moment before she could even lift her head to continue), and as a result horror games simply don't do anything for them anymore.
    • Caff and Hannah's playthrough of the new Resident Evil game got more and more backdraft as it went on. Caff's a bit of a polarizing figure in the Yogscast, with many viewers complaining about his "backseat gaming" and "overbearing nature", and aren't exactly happy that he seems to have replaced Kim as Hannah's most frequent collaborator. He and Hannah developed the unfortunate habit of not really paying attention to the game, with the biggest example being their habit of talking through cutscenes/ignoring dialogue and then acting confused (and making wildly inaccurate guesses/assumptions about the story). In one spectacular Epic Fail moment, they ignore the button to zoom in on and read the lore/info on Eveline's background and true identity, which infuriated viewers because the button was displayed on the screen right in front of them!
      • Hannah's also gotten some backlash in the comments for repeatedly insisting the game is "just like First Encounter Assault Recon", even after commenters explained the difference to her: (Alma's a human with psychic powers, abused by everyone she ever knew, experimented on and locked away while Eveline is a bioweapon created in the artificial image of a little girl that's gone rogue).
      • Another particular sticking point with fans is Hannah stating that if you don't save Mia, she comes back as the final boss, which she continues to put forth as fact, saying she read it online. This is blatantly untrue - what happens if you DON'T save Mia and choose Zoe instead is Eveline kills Zoe, and then Ethan must kill Mia before moving on to Eveline as the final boss.
    • Another Caff incident - Hannah included Caff in the livestream playthrough for Outlast II instead of keeping it as a Fright Night thing with Kim (as the first game was), and for whatever reason the trio decided to use really loud, obnoxious sound effects when people made donations (which the viewers of the stream gleefully exploited). This, combined with the three of them near constantly mocking/complaining about the game caused a lot of Youtube fans to be very annoyed/frustrated, to the point where they're openly showing their vitriol towards Caff in the comments (in the fans' defense, it is extremely hard to hear the audio in-game due to the loudness of the sound effects/commentary, and none of the three appear to be taking the game seriously). When confronted with the negative comments, Hannah's response was to call them "fucking entitled & [not understanding the format]", something that disappointed a lot of fans. For example, one fan said "I can understand Hannah's perspective, but again, it seems misguided to label criticism as entitlement and claim a lack of understanding on behalf of the viewer. Furthermore, if I'm choosing not to watch your video, and I'm explaining my decision to you, that seems amicable in my opinion (depending on the tone I take, obviously) - whilst the creator reacting in such a dismissive way, well that seems... you get the picture."
      Hannah: Next time you stop uploading and streaming because comments give you anxiety, remember to take your own advice.
    • It's worth noting that Hannah did publicly apologize about the comment, although she was still very passive-aggressive in her interactions with Zoey.
    • Her tweeting about how disappointed she was about her subreddit being basically inactive and how she was ready to give up on it, as she felt the only thing she did on it was answer questions for the guys. When asked exactly what was it she wanted fans to post, she replied "I dunno, but seems like all the other Yogs get everything posted there - their videos, questions, the lot. /shrug [...] Basically guys, the jist of what I'm saying is - if you like my videos or something, share & discuss it with other Yogs fans...yeah?"
    • Her fans were utterly infuriated after a "fan" blog took a quote of hers out of context and used it to cast shade on Lewis.
    • Her writing some vague tweets about someone letting her down and "making her feel very alone -FYI: the last time I was this alone was before Yogs, so you do the math." caught her some flack, as many people took this to mean she was casting shade on Lewis for not backing her up in her issues with Maker.
    • Her seeming to not care as much nowadays about the games she plays has earned her this, with her subscribers and view counts steadily declining - for example, a playthrough of hers with Kim only went for about four videos before being unceremoniously ended, and her other videos are getting 15-20K views, which equals out to about 1-2% of her total subscriber base. This comment from a video pretty much sums it up:
      "I'm afraid that your poor decisions and lack of patience are a direct result of you just not giving a shit about this game. I became a subscriber because of your playthrough of Beyond: Two Souls. You were truly passionate about the game and much more serious, but now I'm afraid your playthroughs are full of repetitious ramblings of 'I don't give a shit'. I can no longer support nor watch this bullshit."
      • Others have called her out for making very stupid and harmful decisions in-game (for example eating raw deer meat in The Long Dark, despite knowing it would severely damage her character) and say her skills are nowhere near as good as they used to be.
    • She's been getting death threats for allegedly doxxing someone who harassed a friend of hers.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • The stuff some of the fandom puts her through is awful - they sent her very explicit drawings of herself and Lewis in sexual positions, wrote graphic fanfiction which had her being sexually assaulted, threatened Kim because they (mistakenly) thought Kim was trying to steal Lewis from Hannah, attacked her over the whole Kaeyi incident (one Tumblr user wrote a long and nasty letter to her telling her how horrible she was), falsely accused her of trying to manipulate game footage in sponsored content and yet somehow she keeps going with a big smile on her face.
    • A while back she reblogged a Buffy the Vampire Slayer image post depicting Buffy beating up sexist idiots. Cue someone coming after her (actually the same person who accused her of manipulating footage) and attacking her for the post, and then, about a month later, returning to her inbox to make wildly untrue claims and generally harass her.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In response to her allegedly doxxing someone, Twitter users, without a hint of irony or perspective, sent Hannah death and rape threats, completely ignoring the hypocrisy.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Hannah has on many occasions been accused of covering up bugs and being sponsored for doing so in videos. This is not the case whatsoever.
    • Hannah has also been falsely accused of trying to cover up Reddit posts that relate to allegations against Sjin, after a screenshot emerged that supposedly depicted an admin writing this. It later transpired, due to an admin from /r/Yogscast intervening and giving evidence, that the image had been doctored to make her and the moderators look bad. To the credit of the blog that originally posted this, they quickly apologised to the admin team (but not her) for their mistake.
    • Despite explaining at considerable and painful length what happened with Pixels, there are still people accusing her of not knowing what she is talking about, or accusing her of maliciously lying to try and cover the company's tracks.
    • After a few angry tweets about people lurking outside their offices (which she then pulled), Hannah came under fire for supposedly being angry, bitchy and unappreciative of the fandom. It later turned out that a fan had pretended they'd been abandoned by their parents outside the office and used this excuse to get a photo from at least four members of the company, while threatening to blackmail them by leaking the office's location. While she apologised for the judgemental tweets and conceded that it had been harsh, people still think she is entirely in the wrong.
    • After being accused of abusing fans, Hannah pointed out the so-called 'target' was actually a real life close friend of hers. Despite this explanation, there are still fans that think she is somehow in the wrong for correcting the 'fan' blog on this issue.
    • In a case where Hannah was guilty of this, she blamed some shippers for including some Slash Fic in the main tags (specifically "Lomadia" in this case). It turned out that thanks to Tumblr's constantly changing its mechanics searching no longer brings up tags, but instead can link to any post so much as containing the word. Hannah eventually apologised for the mistake.
  • Tear Jerker: Taking a hiatus because of Maker's Executive Meddling. The video which she posted had her almost on the verge of tears.

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