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pokecapn is a Let's Player from the Something Awful forums. His LPs usually contain guest commentary from his friends: Medibot, Kung Fu Jesus, IlluminatusVespucci, NoTimeForSocks AKA Condit, and MyNameIsKaz. pokecapn is most well known for his Let's Play of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. Afterward, he and his friends pursued Let's Plays of other Sonic games, as well as a board from each Mario Party.
He also did some livestreams of the Metroid Prime trilogy, as well as a whole bunch of Xbox Live Indie Games, which are... well, according to his Formspring, there is going to be a torrent of the Xbox Live Indie Games ones, but no one knows if it's going to be with the Metroid Prime videos.
Notable games they have LP'd as a group:
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 (their LP of this game has its own page)
- Sonic Unleashed
- Sonic and The Black Knight
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- Sonic Colors
- Shadow Complex (KungFuJesus manned this one, with pokecapn only joining in during the aftergame material)
- Mario Party (1-8, with House Rules and they tally up their amount of stars throughout all games; started again with 9)
- Sonic Shuffle (As the stinger to the Mario Party marathon.)
- Sonic Generations
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Kung-Fu Jesus is heading this one, with pokecapn serving as one of his guest commentators along with posse regular MyNameIsKaz, plus Mio Bison and Dreamsower. Medibot shows up after several game sessions.)
They also livestreamed assorted games to raise money for new recording equipment, in an event called "Stupid Games Done For Money." The LP's have been posted here, and include:
- pokecapn playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2D, "Sonic the Floathog" (Sonic 3 and Knuckles with the foreground layer disabled), and Yoshi's Cookie with medibot
- My Name Is Kaz playing Castlevania II Simons Quest, Akumajou Densetsu, and a speedrun of Super Metroid
- Medibot playing "Sunset Rubdown" (Subspace Emissary minus buttons), and Wario Ware: Smooth Moves live on camera
- And Kung-Fu Jesus playing Gitaroo Man and God Hand
If you're looking for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 Let's Play, it's on a separate page.
List of tropes:
Pokecapn and crew
- Artifact Title: pokecapn's own handle, as he has never discussed Pokémon at large in his videos. As he himself puts it, "things change in 12 years, but screen names are forever".
- Beergasm: Regular samplings of high quality liquor are now apparently part of their tradition.
- Call Back: Circumstances in the games they play have a comedically eerie habit of allowing for repeat jokes.
- Catch Phrase: pokecapn: "He's back and he wants you," in reference to any element in the game that comes back later or constantly. Or those that appear in one game and came back in a later game.
- He's also extremely fond of the word 'diss' when someone/something screws up.
- Cloudcuckoolander: medibot
- Deadpan Snarker: Kung-Fu Jesus, with particular emphasis on the deadpan part. He's got one heck of a Creepy Monotone.
KFJ: Please, give me more heart attacks. I haven't had nearly enough.
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe. They had a run-in with the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Fan Dumb, where they freaked out over a minuscule reference towards the show. And this was a little side comment.
- Needless to say, pokecapn wasn't pleased about medibot inadvertently opening the floodgates to Bronies.
pokecapn: it has come to my attention that medibot has hacked my Let's Play from the inside out, lacing my commentary with bestial filth that attracts Undesirables and spam. none of your account information has been compromised and i thank you for your understanding
- I Need a Freaking Drink: KungFuJesus, at least for the LP videos where he had enough of the game's problems (Mario Party 5, for instance.)
- Man of a Thousand Voices: MyNameIsKaz tends to throw out voices a lot. He dubs for Professor Pickle in Sonic Unleashed, and recurring examples from Mario Party include normal and "master of devils" Daisy and an eerily accurate Yoshi, sometimes mixed with Elmo.
- Kung Fu Jesus deserves mention as well, particularly for his Guttural Growler roles such as Solid Snake Shadow and a Vincent Price-like Bowser.
- Real Men Cook: The crew has mentioned the food they are cooking during some of their playthroughs, such as chili dogs for Sonic Unleashed and "medieval stew" for Sonic and the Black Knight.
- There's a video of them preparing a Kraft Cheesy Skillet.
- Running Gag: "The x touched", usually involving round objects.
- Share Phrase: "Mother of shit!" This carries over into Medibot's work as well.
- Team Chef: When they aren't cooking something as a group (see Real Men Cook), they're usually munching on some kind of delicious-sounding baked good made by Kaz.
- Big No: In Sonic and the Black Knight, upon discovering that the Lady of the Lake is Amy Rose.
- Butt Monkey: The group has trouble figuring out how to defeat the Time Eater in Generations when, halfway through their second attempt, Vector suggests that they head for its core. This revelation is enough for them to figure out how to win on their third attempt. The next time Vector has a line, they mock the idea that he's helping and reference the computer room line from Shadow the Hedgehog.
- Call Back: During the fight against Perfect Dark Gaia, KFJ mixes up a drink he calls the Iblis Trigger, consisting of Everclear and NOS energy drink which is then set on fire.
- In Sonic Generations, before entering Speed Highway, the game asks if they want to see a tutorial on Light Dashing, which pokecapn dismisses because he feels he knows how the Light Dash works by now. KFJ then reminds him about all the trouble the Light Dash in Sonic Colors gave them (see Running Gag), to which pokecapn presumably mocks his own reaction to realizing he needed the Hover Wisp then.
- Catch Phrase: "Terrifying!" and "GROSS!" pop up alot in Unleashed.
- As does "The illest!"
- Failed a Spot Check: In Eggmanland they spend nine minutes and fifty five seconds ignoring bright luminescent pink panels in a room with infinitely spawning robots. Then do it again in the next room that has the same gimmick.
- Portmanteau: The word "chufty" (a combination of "chubby", "buff" and "hefty") is used to describe large enemies frequently in Sonic Unleashed.
- Let's Get Dangerous: "Let's get frisky", for when Sonic enters Unleashed mode.
- Running Gag: In the Sonic Colors playthrough, the Hover Wisp powerup enables you to perform a light dash. Because the group didn't know this feature (due to not paying much attention to the hint ring that comes with the hover wisp), There's DEFINITELY a light dash or some variation on that phrase is commonly said when light-dashy long trails of rings are spotted, yet nobody has a clue that Hover has something to do with it. They do, however, revisit the fans' top acts and do it correctly.
- Ever since the infamous LP, Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is always referred to as "that other game".
- And like aforementioned LP, anytime barrels are around, they bring up "Sanford Kong".
- Starting around Unleashed, Sonic games introduced bosses and enemies that fire bullet patterns like those found in 2D shooters. Whenever the group encounters them, expect calls of "Bullet Hell!" and "Touhou!" It does seem medibot has at least played Imperishable Night, as the Dark Gaia Phoenix boss resurrecting mid-battle gives him flashbacks of Fujiwara no Mokou doing the same in her own game's Extra Stage.
- Also from Unleashed, due to unforeseen circumstances, the crew have started always checking behind the Goal Ring for collectibles before touching it.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When dealing with Crisis City in Sonic Generations.
- The Ace: Between 2 and 4 (and up until Medibot won again in 5,) it was pretty much a given that pokecapn would win the game.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: medibot's Luigi and Kaz's Peach are replaced by Waluigi and Daisy at the beginning of the third game.
- Badass Boast
medibot: You were expecting a game with some semblance of fairness to it? Too bad, Waluigi time!
medibot (in response to pokecapn during MP2): I'll crucify you!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Near the beginning of Mario Party 8, one commenter lamented that the group shouldn't let the LP end with one of the worst games of the Mario Party series. pokecapn's enigmatic response was the trope name. And, sure enough, they did another game after 8. Yes. Sonic Shuffle.
- Butt Monkey: Kung-Fu Jesus just can't catch a break.
Kung-Fu Jesus: Welcome to losing. It's where I've been all game.
- Button Mashing: Kaz has surprising skill at it (Having exchanged his luck to the devil for it), leading to several awesome moments for him, whether obliterating pokecapn's domino-setting record or leaving Donkey Kong offscreen in a vine-climbing race. It's a big help for him in Mario Party 5.
- Can't Catch Up: Most of the time (especially in the minigames) the only real competition is between pokecapn and medibot, leaving Kaz and Kung-Fu Jesus in the dust (especially Kung-Fu Jesus.)
- Fortunately, by the time 5 rolls around, Kaz starts making headway in the mini-games, and though it takes longer, even Kung-Fu Jesus starts winning more often.
- Catch Phrase: pokecapn: Variations of "I'm playing as Wario. I play to win."
- Kaz: POWER OF DEVILS
- pokecapn also seems fond of the word "shitlord".
- pokecapn: "Get some!" (often as a sort of concentration mantra) and "Got it, coach!"
- pokecapn: "Just get in the plane!" used in annoyance where one would normally say "Shut up" or something similar.
- Cross Player: Kaz, first as Peach, then Daisy, then Amy.
- Despair Event Horizon: Occasionally seen done by the player in last place, most often Kung-Fu Jesus, but the stand-out example is medibot at the end of Mario Party 5, where he goes over a dozen turns with almost no commentary. While winning.
medibot: I don't want to be here.
- Dissimile: From Kaz in 9:
Kaz: It's a team effort, but we're all working against each other.
- The Eeyore: Kung-Fu Jesus slowly turns into this over the course of the LP series, finally culminating in Mario Party 5 where he finally just says "Screw it," gets drunk and proceeds to stop giving a shit.
- Foreshadowing: From Mario Party 2:
Kung-Fu Jesus: I can't wait until you're not Luigi.
medibot: ...Why would I ever want to be not Luigi?
- Goddamn Bats: Invoked by the boards, especially Mario Party 4.
- The Goombas who kicks you back to the start if you don't score a higher roulette number than them in Mario Party 4 were beaten only a few times in the entire game, leading to everyone simply abusing Mega Mushrooms in order to rampage past them.
- One of the unforeseen consequences of their capsule policy in Mario Party 5 is a thick Klepto infestation on the right side of the board that keeps bunching up the group whenever encountered.
- And on the left side of the board is a pair of rolling boulder traps that send everyone on that path back to the right side of the board, and that are almost always landed on.
- Hourglass Plot: At the start of Mario Party 5, Kung-Fu Jesus is bitter and pessimistic and Medibot is his old kooky self. By the end, Kung-Fu Jesus is drunk and loopy and Medibot is silent and wishing that the game would just end.
- House Rules: They play all the minigames without the instructions beforehand, which they refer to as Wario Party. Handicaps are assigned each game based on previous star and coin totals in varying ways. In their Mario Party 5 board, they're required to put a capsule on any available empty space to turn the entire board into a literal game board, and as of Mario Party 7, they are required to use items if available.
- The first one results in a very convenient coincidence when they get to Mario Party 8, which they are quick to point out. Not only is it the first Wii installment of the series, but it completely lacks the option to turn off the minigame instructions. However, you must actively click through the tabs to see the instructions, which they avoid, and the only information available on the initial screen is a visual guide of how to hold the Wiimote. Just like in the first Wii installment of the Wario Ware series, Smooth Moves!
- Let's Get Dangerous: medibot's DARK METAMORPHOSIS into Waluigi in Mario Party 3.
- Marathon Level: Mario Party 5, which was a 50-turn long game, as opposed to the usual 20-turn games. It definitely took a toll on them.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Kung-Fu Jesus's precognition.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: MyNameIsKaz won Mario Party 7! Due to a handicap miscount, meaning he didn't receive a proper victory sequence or anything.
- Orphaned Punchline: The first thing anyone watching hears in Mario Party 6 is medibot saying "this whole cow."
- Power-Up Letdown: In Mario Party 4, Kung-Fu Jesus purchases a Mini Mushroom early on, and proceeds to receive nothing but Mini Mushrooms for the remainder of the game. At no point does he have the opportunity to pass through a door or access a board gimmick using one.
- Red Baron: medibot is the People's Hero. Kaz's Peach is the Silent Killer, and his Daisy is the Master of Devils.
- Running Gag:
- MyNameIsKaz triumphantly shouts "Ha, _! Try to beat that, suckers!" when rolling to see who goes first, no matter how high or low he actually rolls.
- The group abuses its Batman reference privileges in Mario Party 4.
- MyNameIsKaz and 'I wanna play Bowser's Big Blast!' He finally does in Mario Party 8 and is the victor.
- 6 and 7 include an unlockable taunt for Waluigi: "You're lousy!"
- Every time a Battle Mini-game comes up, pokecapn hopes that everyone pays 50 coins for the entry fee.
(After Kung-Fu Jesus has been talking about what he's drinking)
pokecapn: Who do you think you are? Bandunk? Kuvo? Marvelis? ...the fourth one?
- To the G.I. Joe's PSAs from 1:55 to 1:58 of turns 6-10 on Mario Party 2.
- In fact, a lot of their humor in the Mario Party LP comes from this.
- To the G.I. Joe's PSAs from 1:55 to 1:58 of turns 6-10 on Mario Party 2.
- Stealth Pun: When playing Sonic Shuffle, medibot selects E-102 Gamma as his character, justifying it as the robot choice. However, it's worth mentioning that the Greek letter gamma is written as Γ, the same as the symbol of his previous choice Waluigi.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kaz unleashes one on medibot in the final video of Mario Party 5.
Kaz: You despicable child. I cannot believe you. After all of this, you get offended at basically nothing because you are just an ass. That is fucking amazing.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Especially when it's the power of devils. It becomes particularly pronounced when Daisy uses a Mega Mushroom in 4.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- After a lengthy history of losing, Kung-Fu Jesus comes surprisingly close to being the winner of Mario Party 7. However...
- Kaz lands on a golden space on his first roll through a newly-arranged mansion in Mario Party 8, taking him to a path of gold coins with a star at the end. Another player reaches the normal star and gets him kicked out before his next turn.
- This happens to Kaz a lot throughout the series, enough for him to know that he would be prevented from travelling the "golden road".
- Similarly, the "coin on every space" Last 5 Turns bonus is discarded one roll later.
- Crowd Song: The ending theme of God Hand.
- "Kiss From a Rose" would have been this, but they forgot about the request until a while after the Ridley fight.
- Doing It for the Art: A lot of people who made large donations didn't have any requests for them.
- Easter Egg: The "Wu-Tang Secret" hidden in The Gunstringer is mentioned. Whatever it is, it seems to be a Crowning Moment of Funny for them.
- Freud Was Right: A donator asked for more "That's what she said!" jokes. They got them.
- "Thank you for your 69 and 420." (Someone donated $6.90 and then $4.20.)
- Funny Background Event: While Kaz is playing Castlevania, the others pretend to be Pokemon characters.
- Kaz reading the "Horse" Tweets.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: While setting up Gitaroo Man, the posse has a discussion about which is better--green boobs or blue boobs?
- Late to The Punchline: Kung-Fu Jesus apparently didn't notice that they were calling the bald eagle that carries you around in Sonic 2006 an owl. When it comes up again in Sonic 2D (57:30), he is very confused. Admittedly, a lot of Sonic 2006 was a blur to everyone but pokecapn, who watched his own videos.
Pokecapn: Look, you didn't notice these things back in 2008, why are you noticing them now?
Kung-Fu Jesus: 'Cause I wasn't paying attention in 2008!
- Large Ham: Kaz, reading the tweets and other requests. Especially Dracula doing Hamlet.
- The Reveal: medibot, decked out in cape and wizard hat, playing Wario Ware: Smooth Moves live on camera.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: pokecapn played Sonic 3 with one of the layers removed, medibot played much of Subspace Emissary with almost all of his buttons unavailable, KFJ had his God Hand combo potential limited, and Kaz had to put up with Castlevania III's Japanese gameplay and music.
- Shout-Out: To The Gunstringer, since the lead game designer donated money to them and gave them a Shout-Out on his Twitter. Mentioned in Part 2 of the livestream about 50 minutes into Sonic 2D. They also read out the names of every single person who donated to them.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Made intentionally in this episode of Gitaroo Man. It's a nice, relaxing song...until the squeaky duck noises kick in. From what we can gather, pokecapn and some sort of smartphone app are to blame.
- Swapped Roles: During God Hand, the group dramatically reads a thesis paper that used KFJ's God Hand LP as its example to demonstrate various sociological tendencies, including a reenactment of one video with medibot as KFJ and pokecapn as medibot.
- That One Boss: Egg Wyvern in Sonic 2D and Death in Akumajou Densetsu.
- The Watson: Since Kaz wasn't around for the Sonic 2006 game, the others have to explain what's going on in Sonic 2D.