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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Nico’s "Horny Rangers" (Chroma Squad) LP is based entirely on his own versions of several game characters.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Nico started Kingdom Hearts in January 2016, and kept playing the other Kingdom Hearts games back-to-back until 358/2 Days, which he finished in August. For the record, that's FOUR games over almost SEVEN MONTHS. It would really be easy for a non-KH fan to be tired of the lack of variety Nico's channel had during that time.
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    • To a lesser extent, some people felt this way about Danganronpa V3, which went on for 63 episodes. This on its own wouldn't be so bad, but Nico finished the main story in episode 46, meaning the remaining seventeen episodes were entirely devoted to post-game content, accounting for 27% of the entire playthrough. For comparison, Danganronpa 2 had only eight episodes of post-game content.
    • Also downplayed, but his Judgment LP lasted for six monthsNote  at 48 episodes, while Yakuza 0 only lasted four monthsNote  at 47 episodes. It didn't help that Nico had started moving to a new apartment in the middle of the LP, putting it on temporary hiatus, and had been going from generally 5 videos a week, to 3-4 videos a week since October 2019 (not including livestreams or announcements for them).
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    • By Nico's own admission, 2019 as a whole was "the year of long series". On top of Judgment and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there was The Great Ace Attorney and most of Steins;Gate 0 , and all of them took a long time to complete, which contributed to Nico's burnout in early 2020. It also didn't help that said burnout resulted in less videos per week, causing more time to be spent on each series (see Judgment's section above). Additionally, Nico had returned to his previous LP of Kingdom Hearts III to play Re:Mind, and about half of the fights against Data-Organization XIII in the Limit Cut episode each took Nico about two days to finish.
  • Awesome Music: Nico has a few favorites from the games he's played:
    • Nico himself has said that his favorite track from Undertale is Bergentrückung + ASGORE.
    • Persona 5 has both Life Will Change (with and without lyrics), and Rivers in the Desert.
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    • In Yakuza 0, 24-Hour Cinderella is an ear worm for Nico, and even had it in his intros for all of Yakuza Kiwami.
      • Also from 0 is Bakamitai, a Tear Jerker song for Kiryu as he looked at a picture of the orphanage he grew up in. Nico was happy to see the song return as Bakamitai -Sorrow- in Kiwami, even if he laughed mid-song because of the orphanage being replaced by Younger!Kiryu and Younger!Pocket Fighter from 0.
      • For Who's Sake from Kiwami was a track that Nico claimed to have listened to multiple times, and helped make up for Nishiki's lack of screentime in that game.
      • Yakuza Kiwami 2 has its standard battle theme, Outlaw Lullaby, which Nico loves.
    • In Xenoblade, the Picky Penguins convinced Nico to listen to Unfinished Battle after it was played in the one scene it had in the game, and Nico agrees that it was so good it should've been used a lot more.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Nico stated that his LP of The Great Ace Attorney was meant to appease fans who wanted Nico to turn off the voice acting for Steins;Gate 0. Due to the former being a visual novel with very little voice-acting, this lead to more ab-libbing from Nico, as opposed to the latter having all lines voice-acted.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Due to Kodaka's track history with previous Danganronpa entries, it was easy for Nico to predict in V3 that Kaede was Rantaro's killer, which was jarring as it wasn't obvious at all to the majority of players. It's a pity he was wrong.
  • Cargo Ship: Nico’s initial portrayal of Nagito Komaeda (Danganronpa 2) having a bagel obsession and the Judge (Ace Attorney) loving turkey sandwiches has since grown into what can only be considered cargo shipping.
  • Crack Ship: On Valentine’s Day of 2015, Nico uploaded a video portraying the fateful encounter of the bagel-crazed Komaeda (Danganronpa 2) and the turkey sandwich-enamored Judge (Ace Attorney). It was thus that the Turkey Bagel Sandwich ship (a.k.a. TurkeyBagel a.k.a. Judgemaeda) came to be. This ship has since continually been referenced in Nico’s videos.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies playthrough Phoenix claims that Ninjas and spies are basically the same thing, to which Nico replies that they're completely different. Anyone who knows anything about ninjas knows that espionage IS major part of their job. In fact several commenters called him out on this within an hour of posting the video.
    • In his LP for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, he made a joke about the Yiga Clan being a bunch of Gontas thanks to their Trademark Favorite Food being bananas. However, if one takes a look at Gonta's report card, he actually dislikes bananas.
    • While playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he calls Pauline "Rosalina" and refers to Pikachu Libre as "he".
    • At the end of The Great Ace Attorney LP, Nico compares Case 3 of the game to Farewell, My Turnabout from Justice for All. He says that this game's case was much better executed as a story about defending a guilty man in court and states one of his reasons as to why that the case in JFA derailed back into the games' "believe in your client" moral when everything was solved. However, the entire point of the case was to give more Character Development to Phoenix, and that solely believing in your client simply isn't the right way to go, and that he should search for the truth if he wants to be a more effective lawyer. While it is very likely Nico just forgot about this fact, this criticism in particular can come off as him bashing the past games with his unpopular opinion just because he thought DGS was better, since Phoenix's arc in 2-4 is one of the most celebrated aspects of JFA.
    • Nico was unaware that Nekopara was a hentai as he called it a "cutesy cat-girl Visual Novel."
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Certain villains in the games Nico plays like Monokuma and Ace/Gentarou Hongou have their evil deeds downplayed because of how much he liked them. The latter is to the point when the Judge asks if Ace was involved in the Nonary Game: Council of Voices Edition, he replies that Nonary Games are the last thing on his mind after the shit he has been through, despite being the mastermind of one. While this could be referring to how he was tricked into murdering his colleagues in Akane's Nonary Game, the fact that the Bad Boyz (aka a group of detectives) don't seem to suspect him that much can make him this trope.
  • Ending Fatigue: This is what eventually happened with his Danganronpa V3 LP to some fans when its bonus mode entered the scene. While people were alright with Salmon Mode, the equivalent of School/Island modes from DR 1 and DR 2 respectively, Talent Development Plan took 10 episodes to finish, which split Picky Penguins over people that still wanted to see Nico do more characters and people that just wanted to see a new LP already. It wasn't exactly helped by Nico himself, which on that regard stated that he'll finish this mode "in a few episodes", only further angering the second group. V3 eventually came to an end with 63 episodes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • From the Danganronpa franchise:
      • Aoi Asahina, or "Ashina", from the first game is a favorite because of how Nico found her positive attitude and hilarious donut obsession endearing.
      • From the second game, Gundham Tanaka became a favorite for being a Large Ham of the highest caliber while claiming to be an Evil Overlord, despite being a blatant Friend to All Living Things, especially to his adorable pet hamsters. In Nico's tier list for the Danganronpa characters, he received a S rank. While a lot of other characters in the S rank or above can be considered as main characters, Gundham is one of the two only students in those ranks to not be a main character.note 
      • Also from the second game, Kazuichi, just for how much Nico loves to bring him up. Kazuichi has been one of the most memorable characters for Nico, as in Danganronpa: Another Episode, he's the only one he remembers in the top of his head (aside from Komaeda).
      • Ryoma Hoshi from Danganronpa V3 is liked for being a Badass Adorable with a Dark and Troubled Past, so much so that he went back to Chapter 2 to complete his Free Time Events. Not to mention that there's this.
      • Also in V3 is Himiko Yumeno, for her adorableness and the Running Gag about believing in magic for the most absurd things. She also gets the most amount of ad-libbing in latter parts of V3, including Kokichi professing his love to her.
    • From Persona 5:
      • Hifumi Togo, who's Chuunibyou tendicies made her a very likely candidate for Nico to pick to be his "one true waifu" of the game, and even mentioned she was probably a close second from his actual choice.
      • Kawakami is considered by Nico to be the best girl in the game (or tied with the best girl) and pretty much the only reason Nico didn't date her is that she was also Joker's teacher.
      • "Mo-She-Rige", an NPC in the game became popular to Nico because she continued the Running Gag "Running Moshirige" from Persona 4, and felt she had an amusing Stalker with a Crush character. When it turned out that she had a Mementos request based on her, Nico felt conflicted because, despite her Yandere-style actions, he found her pretty funny.
    • In Yakuza, we got Yuki from 0 and Kiwami 2, who easily made Nico's favorite hostess in the series for being Adorkable, her comical roles, and having one of the best voice work among the hostesses.
    • From Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
  • Fourth Wall Myopia: Nico sometimes falls into this, like for example when he calls out Phoenix in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney on not realizing that the diary page was a forgery, something the game told Nico himself about. When one commenter pointed this out, he admitted that he was needlessly harsh.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
    • In his Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Let's Play, Nico has Link wear a Spooky Mask (which resembles a ReDead's face) and talks to the old man in Castle Town. Nico ad-libs that the Old Man thinks that the Zombie Apocalypse has finally come and shoots Link with a shotgun. The very next episode, Link pulls the Master Sword out of the pedestal and is sealed away for seven years. When he emerges, he goes back to the Castle Town and Nico realizes that the town really did experience a Zombie Apocalypse. Nico even jokes how the old man was right all along.
    • The end of the fourth episode of Yakuza Kiwami 2 has Nico's game crashing on him. While it was funny at first, it became a lot less funny when the crashing became too problematic as Nico ended up having to replay the entire game from scratch to fix the issue and he was nearly considering to cancel that LP.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • In Episode 4, Sylvain jokes about losing his brother to bandits, and Nico mockingly follows up by ad-libbing as him, saying "Ah, my brother's dead!" as a way to win over girls. Not only was Sylvain telling the truth (in that his brother Miklan became a bandit), but his brother DOES actually end up biting the dust in a horrible way...
      • In Episode 34, Nico makes a joke about how Ashe lost his eye, and is now wearing an eyepatch (thanks to Flayn using a spatula). If Nico was referring to a different Blue Lion student, then what Nico joked about would eventually come true for Dimitri after the Time Skip.
      • In Episode 49, after he points out how Dedue has the highest HP stat (71) next to everyone else, Nico wonders if he'd be able to reach triple digits. After thinking he'd just stop at 99HP, he muses that Dedue would grow an extra HP bar and "become a monster" at that point. At the end of the Crimson Flower route, Dedue and several other soldiers turn themselves into Demonic Beasts, thus becoming monsters and gaining extra HP bars.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In Danganronpa:
      • In Episode 13 of Nico's Danganronpa 2 LP, he said " I would be really sad if you (Chiaki) died." It happened, and he was sad about it, but he carried on. When it happened again, on the other hand...
      • In Nico's Danganronpa V3 LP, he felt that the twist of Kaede being Rantaro's killer was too obvious to him personally, even if the majority of the fanbase disagreed with him on that. Come Chapter 6, Kaede was revealed to have been framed and wrongfully executed.
      • A somewhat hysterical example occurs in Trial 3 of V3, where Nico pulls a fakeout during the identification segments and pretends to accuse Gonta, Kaito and Tsumugi. All three of these people are revealed as killers in the latter half of the game, in that exact order.
    • In the Breath of the Wild LP, King Rhoam's harsh treatment of his daughter Zelda got him the ire of the other spirits. In the king's diary, he gives regret and remorse for his being too hard on Zelda, and vowed to be a better father to her right before the Calamity started.
    • In the final episode of the Mother 3 LP, Flint says he finally found Lucas' brother Claus (who was the brainwashed Masked Man), who went missing at the beginning of the game. Nico ad-libs as Lucas, saying Flint may have found his son, but he lost another one. In the Final Boss battle only a couple of minutes later, Flint ends up Taking the Bullet for Lucas against Claus, and after Claus himself comes to his senses, he commits suicide in front of his father.
    • Nico posted a comment in his Kingdom Hearts III LP, which is basically him stating that he doesn't want the Realm of Darkness to do anything to Aqua. As it turns out, Aqua ended up being corrupted by darkness in this game. Not to mention how that fact was revealed in one of the trailers that Nico did not watch, so he ended up being Locked Out of the Loop by the time he posted that comment.
    • From Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • Episode 8: Nico managed to beat the Death Knight in the first encounter, with Mercedes doing the finishing blow. Afterwards, when everyone talks about his escape, Nico jokingly claimed that Mercedes actually "turned him to ash". Later on in the game, the paralogue "The Face Beneath" reveals that the Death Knight is Mercedes' brother, Emile.
      • Episode 17: he makes a prediction about how the other houses could possibly end up killing each other in the upcoming "Battle of the Eagle and Lion" mock battle. This is exactly what happens after the five-year Time Skip before, during and after the "Blood of the Eagle and Lion" chapter, potentially killing off any students who weren't recruited.
      • Episode 27: when Dimitri is talking about not being able to attend the planned reunion party in five years, Nico proceeds to yell at him to stop raising his death flags, then imagines a scenario where he dies offscreen in a battle and freaks out some more over it all. He voiced these worries while Dedue was in view of the camera. He actually would have died off-screen (for real) during the Time Skip, had Nico not already passed his paralogue's special requirement of saving the Duscur people. Furthermore, what Nico describes here is exactly what eventually happens to Dimitri on the Golden Deer and Church of Seiros routes; in fact, Blue Lions is the only route where he doesn't die during the game's events.
      • Episode 34: Nico's increasing suspicion of Rhea being Evil All Along makes him think she may be the Final Boss of the game. However, this line of thinking makes him confused because of her possible S rank, making Nico wonder how that could possibly work. Rhea does end up being the Final Boss on both the Crimson Flower and Silver Snow routes, but in vastly different circumstances. In Crimson Flower, Rhea undergoes Sanity Slippage and becomes the truly corrupt Big Bad of the route, while in Silver Snow, Rhea is forcibly driven mad and has to be given a Mercy Kill. The only way she survives the latter route is if her S rank is chosen.
  • He Really Can Act: As silly as Nico's voice acting can get, he definitely has genuine talent - being able to do all of his various voices, half of which he is the wrong gender for, is not an easy task.
    • He also can put a lot of emotion into his acting. See the Steins;Gate finale.
    • His voice-acting for Kristoph in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is also pretty worthy to take note. Unlike most of the time Nico voices a character, Kristoph was done quite seriously - with almost no ad-lib or over-the-top theatrics. Especially noteworthy considering Kristoph's breakdown. Even when Kristoph shows his true colors, Nico continued to portray him quite seriously. This particular instance was taken note of by the Picky Penguins.
    • He's also gotten quite a bit of praise in the comments for his Blaise Debeste voice due to how it fluctuates from airy and soft to something growling and much more sinister, which gave the character an interesting variation.
    • His acting when Juniper tells Athena her doubts about Hugh in Dual Destinies sounds like real emotion and is genuinely heartbreaking. He puts a similar level of emotion into Apollo's speech in the middle of Case 4, as Apollo reminisces about his time with Clay and finally breaks down as he confronts his friend's death head-on. On a lighter note, his portrayal of L'Belle's breakdown is also more subtle and nuanced than you might expect.
    • His acting as Kokichi in Episode 36 of Danganronpa V3 is masterful, truly encapsulating the terror of the character in that moment.
    • In episode 34 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Nico drops the ad-libs as soon as it's revealed that Dhurke was Dead All Along to effectively portray everyone's reactions to this revelation. In particular, his portrayals of Apollo going through an enormous Heroic BSoD and Maya sorrowfully recounting Dhurke's final moments are truly heartbreaking.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A lot of Nico's jokes tend to come true one way or another.
    • In episode 10 of his Danganronpa 2 LP, when Komaeda points out that protagonist Hajime Hinata still doesn't remember his alternate talent, Nico says "I'm the Ultimate Ultimate! I'm the Ultimate Everything!" As it turns out, Hajime underwent brain surgery to become Izuru Kamukura, who has the talents of every single student of Hope's Peak.
    • In Nico's 999 playthrough, he jokes about Junpei being Zero, and the whole world exploding from how mind-blowing that kind of revelation would be. In the sequel, Virtue's Last Reward... let's just say Nico has a pretty good memory (at least, sometimes).
    • Depending on YMMV, this could either be a Hilarious in Hindsight moment or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment for his Virtue's Last Reward playthrough (Spoilers for a major plot point in Zero Time Dilemma) All those "Horny Sigma" jokes? All those jokes about Sigma and Phi making out, and making babies, etc, etc? Phi turns out to be Sigma's DAUGHTER. Nico himself even pointed this out.
      • A similar thing happened in Fire Emblem: Three Houses after joking about Seteth having a crush on Saint Cethleann, aka, his daughter Flayn.
    • You want more Bug Heartless? (Shadows, not the Re:Coded heartless.) How about an entire swarm of them as the FINAL BOSS of Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage. And it used to be That One Boss before a patch gave them some extra tells.
    • Certain things that ended up happening in his Persona 4 Golden Let's Play and his Persona 4: Arena Ultimax Let's Play became quite ironic in Persona 5.
      • Nico ended up finding a random crow and he made it to the "Crow Social Link". In Persona 5, there is a Phantom Thief who ended up going by the nickname "Crow", so the "Crow Social Link" actually became canon in a way. Part 55 even has Nico lampshading this.
      • In Elizabeth's story mode in Persona 4: Arena, Nico made a suggestion that all of the girls would beat him up for cheating on them on Valentine's Day. This is exactly what happens if you ended up dating all the girls in Persona 5.
    • Also from Persona 5, Nico makes a joke about Igor being at the bottom of Mementos as well him being the Final Boss of the game. Turns out later in the game that "Igor" is indeed at the bottom of Mementos, and he is the Final Boss.
    • In Persona 4, he says a very interesting phrase at a very interesting time in Episode 1: When Adachi runs past to throw up while they're discussing the murder, he jokingly says that he's the murderer.
    • Early on in Danganronpa 3, Nico jokingly stated Kazuo Tengan was the Big Bad of Side:Future, in which the penultimate episode confirmed that he was the mastermind of the final killing game.
    • A lot of things from his Danganronpa V3 Let's Play can be viewed as this.
      • Nico's thumbnail for the first investigation was Tsumugi Shirogane, the mastermind and true culprit of the first case as revealed in the last trial.
      • Nico calls Maki a "Maki-Roll" in which one episode later, Kaito called her that exact nickname. Bonus points for Kokichi and Himiko stating that nickname towards her as well later in the game.
      • Korekiyo was given a variation of Yusuke Kitagawa voice. Fast-forward to his execution, Kiyo died in a similar way to Ishikawa Goemon (the person that Yusuke's Persona is based on).
      • Near the end of one episode of V3, Nico remarks on how he is actually enjoying the game even more than the previous two, and it will likely be his favorite game in the series unless something really weird and stupid happens near the end. Those who are familiar with the current state of the fandom will remember that the game's infamous ending is exactly why V3 has been so controversial with the fans. Ironically, while Nico had mixed feelings towards the ending of the game (although he grew to like it more by the official end of the LP), he still believes that it was his favorite game in the series.
      • At the end of Trial 4 Nico mentions that it's hard to imagine Kokichi sacrificing himself, in the next chapter Kokichi willingly let himself crushed to death to create a murder not even Monokuma could figure out in hopes to end the killing game.
      • Nico rationalizes Kokichi having Miu build him the Electrohammers as having happened, by saying that the game wouldn't fake a flashback. The game later does exactly that, showing a "flashback" in Chapter 6 that features dialogue not in the actual scene, which a great number of fans have suggested indicates that Tsumugi was lying about the case's big reveals. Not to mention the fact that the entire game ended up faking flashbacks via the flashback lights.
      • After the final Monokuma Theater is done, Nico jokes that Monokuma will return in "Danganronpa 35: Komaeda's Return". Little does Nico know that there was actually a Danganronpa 35 in-universe. Also, if he had those numbers around the other way, he would've gotten the actual title of the current killing game. Nico actually lampshades this when this is revealed.
      Nico: "What? I feel like I made jokes about this too. Did I-I- did I make jokes about this shit? Did I say stuff about like Komaeda and like Return of Komaeda or something? I thought I said that... Did I say that? Was that real or was that a lie too!?"
      • Nico spends the first few minutes of Episode 37 talking about how unsurprised he is that V3 takes place in the same universe as the other games, and how he didn't believe Kodaka's claims- or those of the comments- for a second. Those who finished the game at that point grinned with the knowledge that the games do actually take place in separate universes. Nico definitely ate his words in a big way come Case 6.
      • Around the end of the Let's Play, Nico came-up with a theory that all of the students were mere clones. While this theory is very much wrong, it can be still viewed as this as in the Ultimate Talent Development Plan, any student can come across a doppelganger of themselves.
      • The above theory becomes even funnier once you take a look at the next game that was developed by the team behind the Danganronpa games (excluding Kodaka), Zanki Zero, where the central mechanic is playable characters are actually clones and them being able to essentially revive thanks to this after each death, making Nico's theory correct, but not for the right game he thought.
    • In episode 43 of the Yakuza 0 playthrough, Nico tries to jokingly rationalize how Kiryu did an entire car chase with a myriad of explosions and car crashes without killing anybody. One of his theories involved rubber bullets.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice:
      • In Episode 3, Nico gives Inga a modified version of the Ace voice, setting him up for a Brick Joke that didn't land until well into case 5: Both characters suffered from prosopagnosia, have that affliction used against them, and have an adversary who continues to come after them after being shot several times.
      • Episode 11 has Nico jokingly stating that Acolyte Zeh'lot is going to die, when he was actually Dead All Along at the time.
      • When Nico ends the final case, he mentions that the comment sections told him not to check the DLC screen and introduction out of spoilers, which Nico blindly agrees, thinking that it will be the return of someone he like, like Detective Gumshoe. If only he knew that Larry Butz was coming back after shitting on him every time a faceless NPC talks.
    • In his Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom LP, Nico ab-libs as Evan, stating he wishes that his kingmaker was a dragon. Later on, Lofty actually turns into a dragon, making this wish come true.
    • In his Xenoblade Chronicles LP, he jokingly stated that Erik and Monica (aka two minor NPCs) have the most important relationship in the game, and they are going to hook-up by the end of the game. Later on, when Nico does have the chance to hook Erik and Monica up via a sidequest, he actually didn't, and he went out of his way to hook Monica with somebody else.
      • In episode 4 Shulk talks with Dickson about the Monado and Nico jokes that Shulk will "become a god of this world" and that he'll obtain Monado 3. A reminder that at that point of the game it's not even hinted that Shulk will get the second version of his weapon and that you cannot obtain Monado 3 until the final boss fight.
    • In episode 9 of his Hunter × Hunter Reaction Abridged Series, Nico suggests for Gon to play Rock–Paper–Scissors against a prisoner during his match-up in the third phase of the Hunter Exam. Later down the line, Gon eventually gained nen abilities based on that very game.
      • Within the first episode, Nico jokingly refers to Gon as Gonta. This comparison to the entomologist becomes ironic given how one of the major antagonistic factions in the anime were the Chimera Ants.
    • During his watchthrough of Kingdom Hearts χ, Nico made a sarcastic joke about the Master of Masters being actually Xigbar, as a reference to his previously misinformed and wildly inaccurate assumptions earlier on. As Kingdom Hearts III reveals, Nico would have been completely correct if he accused the other dark-coated figure in the story.
      • At the end of episode 18, Nico mentions that Donald will "go Super Saiyan" and "unleash his demon power". One word: ZETTAFLARE!!!
    • While playing the Kingdom Hearts series, Nico acknowledges the specific order that every character says the three main protagonists names, "Sora, Donald, and Goofy", with it's own dedicated counter that ticks up every time it is said in that exact order and jokes that if it is ever said in the wrong order the order of the universe would collapse. After three years of keeping track of "Sora, Donald, and Goofy"'s in the games Rapunzel in Kingdom Hearts III finally says them out of order which causes a cataclysmic event resulting in Earth's destruction.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • Episode 2: Nico falsely stated Rhea was not the girl stabbing Nemesis in the beginning of the game, when the truth is that Rhea, or rather Seiros, was the person that killed him.
      • Episode 25: During one of Manuela's support conversations, Nico imagines Byleth using Sothis's powers to rip a hole through the space-time continuum and escape her advances. This is a fairly accurate description of Byleth escaping Solon's trap in episode 31.
      • Episode 34: Nico ad-libs the Death Knight showing up in Mercedes and Alois' support, and being The Friend Nobody Likes. In a nutshell, this is Jeritza's relationship with most of everyone in the Crimson Flower route, due to his reputation.
      • Nico once joked that all of the green-haired people in the game are related in some way. With the exception of Linhardt, what Nico said is very true.
  • Ho Yay: Despite identifying as straight, Nico isn't above affection for male characters.
    • In his Persona 5 let's play, Nico has quite the affinity for Yusuke, and states (in full seriousness) that if Yusuke was a Gay Option, he would go for it.
    • While playing the Blue Lions route in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nico had become absolutely smitten with Dimitri in only the first couple episodes, and it only escalated HARD from there. As with many other Three Houses fans, Nico was disappointed with the fact that he wasn't one of the Gay Options.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Nico typically avoids playing multiple games in the same series back-to-back partly to prevent this sort of reaction from marring his enjoyment of a game. For example, there is almost always a considerable gap between playthroughs of Ace Attorney games, and on the rare occasion where this is not the case (JFA and DGS), Nico openly expresses disappointment in the lack of changes. There are exceptions to this trend, Kingdom Hearts being the biggest one, but they are few and far between.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Inverted. See Captain Obvious Reveal above.
  • Love to Hate:
    • While Nico has said that he doesn't like Nagito Komaeda as a person, he does like his character and enjoys making fun of him. The same can be said for villains such as Dahlia Hawthorne, Fassad, Shido, Kokichi Oma, Dr. Alexis Leskinen, Cosney Megundal, and Monokuma.
    • Korekiyo Shinguji is more of a downplayed example. While Nico does have a lot of fun ad-libbing him, Nico admits that his plan is a stupid one, and puts him in the C rank in his Danganronpa tier list.
    • Interestingly enough, subverted with Junko Enoshima note . In the first game, Nico was okay with her character, but as she continued to be overexposed and hyped as the Antichrist, he grew tired of her presence.
  • Memetic Badass: Bisk, Nico's creation during the Deltarune livestream. Capable of lifting Susie by the neck while she lifts them (causing them to levitate) and can defeat Sans and Chara in a single blow, the game had to discard them or there would be no challenge.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Bullshit Powers/Ultimate Bullshit Explanation 
    • Let us beat that rubbish X into submission! Explanation 
    • Hope Bagels Explanation 
    • On The Meat Bone Explanation 
    • The Pancake King!!! Explanation 
    • P.F. Chang's Explanation 
    • Turkey Sandwiches Explanation 
    • I've Still Got a WAAAYYYS To Go! Explanation 
    • Korekiyo's SEESAW! Explanation 
    • Kokichi's Creepy Faces Explanation 
    • Really Guy! Explanation 
    • Kiryu/Yagami Never Killed Anybody Explanation 
    • Yeah, You Just Get It, Professor! Explanation 
  • Nausea Fuel: He had to keep pausing Danganronpa 3's seventh episode of the Despair Arc because it was too gruesome for him to handle all at once.
    Nico (in a Tweet prior to the video): Really shouldn't have watched that before dinner...
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The infamous "Meat on the Bone" puzzle from Danganronpa 2. Lampshaded by Nico.
    • Asshole!Phoenix. In Dual Destinies, Nico adlibs Phoenix being an asshole, typically to Apollo, based on how he acted in Apollo Justice. Despite no longer acting like he did then, Nico says that he thinks he was still kind of an asshole, and asshole!Phoenix stuck.
  • Nightmare Fuel: He was genuinely scared and disturbed of certain things in the games he played such as Slender Man, Omega/Photoshop Flowey from Undertale, and Kristoph Gavin's scar on his hand turning into a demonic face.
    • Practically Up to Eleven in his reaction to Episode 7 of Side:Despair. He was so screwed up by it that he made two messages on Twitter in advance before the video was up that said "God, I really don't want to edit this Despair 7 video... That shit was just too much." and "Really shouldn't have watched that before dinner..." respectively. If that wasn't enough, he even put up a disclaimer at the beginning of his reaction video. It's scary alone that he was THAT shaken by the episode. The song Mukuro was made to sing only made it worse for him because of Soundtrack Dissonance.
      Nico (in his comment): This episode fucked me up, and it wasn't just because of Komaeda's bare ass.
    • As we find out in Despair Episode 10, Despair Episode 7 made him worry about what they were going to do for the episodes after that.
    • Throughout Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Nico made several jokes about how the game is rated M while the rest of the series is rated T. Then, he reached the point where Blackquill reveals Athena attempted to dismember her mother's corpse in a misguided attempt to help her. This disturbed Nico to the point that he immediately stated that the game had earned its M-rating.
    • In the end of the fourth Council of Voices, a mysterious man dressed similar to Zero is looking over the council and previous episodes through monitors. All he says is the line, "Soon...very soon..." making the scene more unsettling than it already is.
    • From Danganronpa V3, Nico was unsettled by Tenko's strange expressions, and Kaito's Nightmare Face was enough for him to compare it to Kazuichi's Nightmare Face. Then came along Kokichi's snake-like smirk, which freaked him out so much that he said it was the creepiest expression out of the cast. THEN in the very next episode, Kokichi's next frightening expression turned his skin pitch-black and his hair white, driving Nico to practically beg Kokichi to stop.
      • What's more is that for those who finished the game, they know that it won't be the last Nightmare Face Kokichi makes. And indeed, when Kokichi pulls out his newest one in Chapter Four, Nico actually yells in shock, and is so disturbed he needs to leave the room.
      • However, the above is nothing compared to Kokichi's Nightmare Face in Chapter 5. It's so scare-inducing, that Nico actually dies from looking at it, and Kokichi momentarily takes over his channel. The editing for that particular segment is pretty nightmarish itself - especially combined with Kokichi's laugh.
    • Throughout Three Houses, Nico starts to take issue with Dimitri's Sanity Slippage over the course of the Blue Lions route. While he jokingly says it makes him look hot (more hot to Nico/Bizzlead than usual anyway), he starts to take serious issue with it come Chapter 11, where the Flame Emperor's identity is revealed to be Edelgard and Dimitri breaks from it, taking down and literally crushing Edelgard's soldiers before he shows a Slasher Smile. It leaves Nico's voice shaking in terror.
    • Council of Voices:
      • During Nico's update video on February 24 2018, "Zero" from the end of Council of Voices Episode 4 suddenly shows up. With his distorted voice and frightening close-ups, he announces that he's going to host a new Nonary Game with people like the Council of Voices members as the participants, hoping to have the viewer's "attendance", chuckling as he returns the video back to normal.
      • The Nonary Game itself is proving absolutely terrifying. 'Highlights' so far include Seven turning up dead with a look of horror on his face, Togami having to hack Komaeda's arm off with a knife to save both of their lives, and Joshua being essentially murdered and left all alone to die of a slow-acting, paralyzing poison.
  • The Scrappy:
    Nico: FUCK YOU, RURUKA, FUCK YOU, IZAYOI— (Puts Xs over their faces, then removes the X over Izayoi) Actually, Izayoi didn't do anything wrong; but he loved Ruruka, so fuck him anyway. (Puts the X back on Izayoi)
  • Shipper on Deck: Nico really loves Hajime/Chiaki and Shuichi/Kaede.
  • Shocking Moments: In general, when a reveal truly takes Nico by surprise, it REALLY takes him by surprise. Many notable examples exist, just a few games to name being:
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Toilet in Wonderland LP which, despite being extremely bizarre and at times disturbing, was still an entertaining game for Nico and most Picky Penguins.
  • Tear Jerker: So far the few times Nico has actually cried on his channel (though he comes close several times during the Kingdom Hearts series) is with Johnny's memories of River being erased and replaced with fake ones of Joey in To the Moon, and the death of Chiaki in Danganronpa 3, as while he is doing his live commentary of Despair Arc Episode 10, he already gets on edge watching her try to navigate Junko's death trap only to see her end up being impaled with spears when she thinks she finally reaches the end. He then starts breaking down during her final moments with Izuru. By the end of the episode he's quite clearly crying and sounds so absolutely crushed by watching her die that he can't summon his usual muster to do his outro with.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Part 22 of his Danganronpa V3 Let's Play pretty much has Nico ab-libbing as certain characters with them showing some distaste towards Angie such as Maki stating that Angie annoys her, and Kokichi asking if anybody actually likes Angie.
  • Unexpected Character: In Persona 5, until he made a joke about it, Nico had no idea of "Igor" being the Final Boss, let alone an imposter. Giving this voice to said imposter also means that not only has he unknowingly given the Igor voice to another character, but has created a Vocal Dissonance with said (Unexpected) Character.
  • The Un-Twist: When it comes to predicting Nico's true waifu in Persona 5, a lot of people predicted he was going to be choosing Haru with how many similar traits she had with the type of characters Nico loved in previous L Ps. Doesn't help that he never tried to hide his gushing and praising to Haru throughout her entire time she was on-screen.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Sometimes Nico has no idea what a character's gender is from time to time, especially if they look androgynous or even look like the opposite gender.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Morgana. Nico goes back and forth from thinking Morgana's a boy to thinking he's a girl as far back as his analysis videos for the Persona 5 trailer up to the beginning of Persona 5. Even when it's confirmed In-Universe that Morgana's male, Nico slips up and uses "she" before backtracking when referring to him almost every time. He even lampshades it in episode 44 of his playthrough, admitting that he's kept mistaking Morgana for a girl constantly up to that point.
    • Luka Urushibara is an even more extreme example. Despite being completely aware that he's a boy, Nico keeps accidentally referring to him as a she because of his appearance, voice and having been a girl in the Beta Worldline.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Viva Reverie has really taken Council Of Voices up to the next level; pretty much all the animation in Episode 7 far exceeds anything previously seen in the series, to the point that it even includes sections of full 3D animation!
  • What an Idiot!: As smart as Nico is, he's had his hiccups from time to time.
    • In Kingdom Hearts II, Nico attempts to try the Cave of Remembrance after beating hard optional bosses, thinking he could now take it. He dies a total of 24 times in a row.
    • In his review of Danganronpa 3, he wonders out loud why the atmosphere for the DR2 students' classroom is so mellow and sad in Side:Despair #04, asking if someone had died. A few seconds later, he remembers that both Fuyuhiko's sister and Mahiru's friend HAD died in the previous Despair Arc episode. Nico himself notes how stupid it was for him to forget.
      Nico!Fuyuhiko: I'm sorry, Nico, I guess the death of my little sister doesn't count for anything, does it!?
    • In Investigations 2, Nico suspects in the final case that Simon Keyes is the mastermind manipulating most of the game's events, based on him and Issac Dover having the same color of hair, thus making him Dover's son. Nico's right, but Dover clearly had brown hair (as shown in the picture of him and Gustavia with the younger Horace Knightly and Simon), and Nico's visual oversight leads him to be confused as to why Knightly is Dover's son instead of Simon, despite the police having already delivered Dover's seal to Knightly, his next of kin.
    • When watching the cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts χ, he suggests that Luxu is Master Xehanort (due to him possessing Xehanort's Keyblade), despite the fact that Xehanort's entire goal is to create a Keyblade War in order to know what happened in it, thus he can't have been Luxu as he was commanded to watch the Keyblade War. (Though to be fair, it's not an entirely unreasonable assumption, seeing as Xehanort DOES have a tendency to turn up pretty much everywhere everywhere in the series.) He also apparently seems to think that the game takes place only shortly before Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, since at one point he guesses that Terra, Aqua, and Ventus are among the Dandelions (though he seems to catch himself on at least this later on). The latter example became pretty amusing when, the very next day, the trailer for Union χ was released, ending with Ventus shaking hands with Ephemer.
    • Whenever he blew himself up with his own bombs in Breath of the Wild.
    • During his letsplay of Kingdom Hearts III when talking to the nameless star, he assumes without a doubt that she is Xion, despite the voice actresses sounding nothing like each other and none of what she is saying applies to Xion. This is probably due to earlier in the LP, he forgot that she was a replica and that her heart was inside Sora and is overthinking things because of the flood of comments telling it was obviously her. This is lamped shaded by Nico saying the answer is Xion until it's not.
  • The Woobie: The end of Side:Despair #10 had Nico in absolute tears.
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