SsethTzeentach (Web Video) – TV Tropes

September 3, 2020

“Hey hey people, Sseth here.”

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Just your friendly, local African warlord and Chaos God of autistic game reviews.

SsethTzeentachis a Youtube content creator and gamer who has been active since late 2007. Although he started his career with postingLeague of Legendsvideos, he deviated from this niche by making hisMight and Magic VIreview in 2014. Meme-laden and humorously edited reviews of games has since become his main videos on his channel, although many of said games that he reviews are enjoyed by him to the point that he is willing to passionately recommend them to his viewers and goes as far as to give installation advice and his personal game keys. In his early 2019 review ofDwarf Fortress, he declared that he had left his medical job so that he could work full time on his Youtube channel.

The humor in his videos has frequently been described as something originating from 4Chan, having made jokes and satirical potshots against most of the controversial groups of people in the world. He has called himself a Manchild on several occasions and many of his videos have crossed the line at least twice. Indeed, many of his early videos are crammed with so many cropped and edited NSFW images, freeze frames, and memes straight from /v/ that it’s not unexpected for multiple viewings to be needed in order to spot all of the jokes and references.

Some of his reviews such as Kenshi, Space Station 13, and Starsector have brought large amounts of new players flocking towards their forums and games, and has gotten to the point where some of the developers have explicitly acknowledged him.

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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Sseth is an avid connoisseur of hentai, or so he appears to be. Occasionally, snippets of NSFW doujinshi and their hosting websites will briefly flash on-screen before disappearing. Based on his tone of voice, it’s very much implied that he does what a normal, sensible person do when they consume such media.

    Sseth: But why would I play this old-ass game a second time, Sseth? I got a lot of “stuff” to do. I got a lot of…”reading” [Secret Journey doujin flashes on-screen]… to catch up on.”

    • He’s also quite glad that the game Evenicle can be played one-handed. You know, in case he “injured his wrist” or something.
  • The Alleged Computer: A number of the computers Sseth has used in his reviews qualify as this. Most notably the poorly maintained, years out of date “Scuffed Ghetto Laptop” featured in his Underrail review, and it’s successor seen in the intro to his Total Annihilation: Kingdoms review, a pile of loose computer parts wired together that he starts by shorting pins with a screwdriver.
  • Blaxploitation / Scary Black Man: Relentlessly parodied in his guide for Jungle Lucian.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He has made numerous jokes about jewish stereotypes, such as referring to his patreon supports as “The Merchant’s Guild”, but would later reveal that he’s actually a German Ashkenazi Jew. Of course it’s all Played for Laughs.
  • Call-Back: The end of his Heroes of Might and Magic II video has him bring up a fan who sent him a keyboard “optimized” (read: with every key but “R” removed) if he ever wanted to try playing Spawn Karthus ever again.
  • The Cameo: Ever since fans started speculating him to be the Split Personality of MandaloreGaming, both Sseth and Mandy have been making cameo appearances in each other’s reviews.
  • Child Soldiers: He claims to be one in his origin story.
  • Comedic Shotacon: Sseth regularly exploits the comedic value of his attraction to “traps”, and he’s damn specific about his preferences too, having used images of Astolfo, Hideri Kanzaki, as well as Felix Argyle— the last of which he even has a full-sized hug pillow of, which he bought solely for a video, of course. As it turns out, it’s pretty good as a neck pillow.
  • Cultural Cringe: His earlier non-League videos tended to feature Sseth and his friends mocking various internet subcultures, including dating websites and sex toy reviewers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sseth’s voice is a flat, monotonous baritone with very scant emotes. Even when he’s being particularly snarky or sarcastic, his voice barely changes.
  • Digital Avatar: Both he and his fanbase portray him as a Ugandan Warlord named Mbeke, using the picture of Congolese Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane, taken from an Al Jazeera article about soldiers serving the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His Youtube profile pic is Bobby Kotick, the current CEO of Activision.
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: Sseth occasionally includes links to his own DRM-free copies of games he reviews in the description.
  • Dont Do This Cool Thing: His advice to the audience in his Space Station 13 review.

    Sseth: If I’m being perfectly honest with you, Space Station 13 is a fantastic game, but I genuinely don’t recommend you play it. Why? Because the engine it’s running on is probably older than you; because the interface is a convoluted mess and only usable because me and every other autistic chimpanzee who plays this game has committed the hotkeys to muscle memory; because of the insane time investment and commitment required for you to learn a single role; and because, to be perfectly honest, the servers can’t handle all of you. At best, we can handle, like, firty extra players before you grind the servers to a halt.

  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before settling on making comedic reviews, Sseth dabbled in League of Legends videos, reading strange things on the internet and just footage of him screwing around with his friends on online games.
  • Enforced Plug: His review of a mediocre MMO named Guardians of Ember, which was later revealed to have been made to fund commissions for Rule 34 of Olivia for his God Hand review.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • While Sseth has never had a problem with porn or violence, he easily admitted to finding the brutal (and fully voice acted) rape, dismemberment, and vore of Evenicle to be sickening.

    Sseth: I must… explain something to you that I can’t stress enough, this game is not for the faint of heart… I’ve… seen some shit.

    • He’s also admitted to finding the death rattles in Crusader Kings 2 to be disturbing.
  • The Faceless: The most we see of Sseth are his hands while recording himself walking around his flat.
  • Foreshadowing: His Kenshi review ended with a parody of God Hand a few months before it got its own review.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A lot. A lot of his older videos especially will spam the screen with memes, screengrabs, cropped NSFW images, and other vaguely related shit. You’ll need to pause frequently to see them all.
  • Greedy Jew: Parodied with his Patreon account: he named his Patrons on the site as the ‘Merchants’ Guild’ and has links on his videos where fans can ‘give him shekels’ (donate). When his Morrowind review got copyright striked, he revealed that he is a German Ashkenazi Jew. An earlier outro song he used was even the Hava Nagila, perhaps one of the most traditionally-Jewish songs out there.
  • Game-Breaker: Encourages such tactics to be invoked in any RPG that has them. Indeed, he seems to be under the impression that you aren’t a true master of the game until you can not only abuse the most broken units and strategies, but prove “your bullshit strategy beats your opponent’s bullshit strategy.” (on Morrowind)The custom spellmaking, in particular, can be abused to make some disgusting spells, such as the ability to camouflage yourself perfectly 100% for 1 millisecond and steal something right in front of the merchant but just because they couldn’t see you physically taking the object, they can’t establish causality.
  • Hidden Depths: Sseth revealed in his DLive stream that he actually is a trained medical professional who branched off into pharmaceutical research with a master’s degree in cancer immunology, specifically immunotherapy. He ended up leaving the profession out of disgust over the overly corporate nature of the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: On his first-ever run as a traitor in Space Station 13, Sseth attempted to assassinate the chief of security by surgically implanting bombs in a foul-mouthed newbie player, voice-activated by a particular slur. Sseth gifted his suicide bomber with dozens of illegal items and sent him on his way, intending him to cause chaos and be arrested by security… only for the newbie to turn around at the last moment and thank him while using the trigger slur. The resulting explosion vaporized the both of them and destroyed the medical bay.
  • Manly Gay: Sseth’s content will sometimes feature very sneaky references to Gachimuchi. As of late, he’s seemingly dropped all pretenses, however, and started featuring them prominently, not unlike how MandaloreGaming used to. In fact, this only further fuels the fire for those that believe Sseth is Mandalore’s Split Personality.
  • Noodle Implements: According to his origin story, young Sseth created an NVidia graphics card out of some lemons and coal bits he found in the garbage dump.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: During an attempt to play Poland in Crusader Kings 2, the Black Death struck Europe and Sseth decided to barricade himself in his royal estate to avoid the pandemic. Once the estate ran out of food, Sseth resorted to killing and eating members of his court, followed by luring outsiders into the court to be eaten as well. After murdering dozens of people this way, Sseth discovered that the plague — despite spreading across the entirety of Europe — never actually touched any of the regions he still controlled.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Sseth has been using this trope more as of his recent videos such as his reviews on Guardian of Ember and Starsector.
  • Only in It for the Money: His channel description reads simply: “I do it for the money!”
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The jokes in Sseth’s videos fly by at a dizzying pace, with most of them consisting of hilarious Freeze Frame Bonuses that mean that, unless you literally pause and rewind your way through his videos, you might catch maybe 10% of them in one viewing.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Used frequently in his videos alongside Crosses the Line Twice, but a particularly noteworthy example that was played for laughs was in his God Hand review. After stating that you could emulate the game on PC since you couldn’t buy it from the developers anymore as they had gone on to form Platinum Games, he spoke as a viewer inquiring whether he pirated the game or not. He then proceeded to dodge the question by announcing that he had funded over $1,000 worth of God Hand porn using his sponsorship money.
  • Running Gag: After years of making videos, he’s bound to have at least a few.
    • There is a running gag in the fandom that Sseth is the Split Personality of fellow videogame reviewer MandaloreGaming, akin to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Mandalore being the “sane” half who dominates when he’s on medication, and Sseth, being Hyde, emerges whenever he doesn’t take his pills and wants to talk about something NSFW. The most unifying aspect of both, which fans have noticed, is their love of Gachimuchi culture. Both are aware of this, and Sseth briefly “turns into” Mandalore at the very beginning of his Evenicle review.
      • To a lesser extent, people have also compared him to Uberdanger, due to their similar accents and review styles. Uber’s persona is far less focused on NSFW and a lot more Ax-Crazy, however.
    • Him reviewing games that feature drug smuggling and organ harvesting are more than a little common, having shown how practicing ‘non-consensual organ arbitrage’ is very profitable in Rimworld and how transporting hashish to the United Cities is a great way to earn fat stacks of cash in Kenshi. His Starsector review featured him heavily using both illegal trades and provided a crossover third example.
    • Using the trademark symbol (™) in his video titles, can be seen in several of his newer reviews; examples include his Morrowind review (A Moon-Sugar Fortified Experience™), his STALKER review (Soviet Survival Simulator™), his Deus Ex review (Stop Globalists™ | Tase Children™), and his God Hand review (Beat Thugs™ | Demons™ | Women™).
    • Sseth pronouncing words with ‘th’ as ‘f’. Examples are him saying ‘firty’ instead of thirty, and ‘eefur wind’ instead of ether wind.
    • Sseth pretending to be a former child soldier from a unit called the Trouser Snake in Congo. An African soldier is his avatar for this reason.
  • Scanlation: Once did a comedic reading of a pornographic Dōjinshi translated into stereotypically-Australian English.
  • Self-Deprecation: He makes liberal use of the Greedy Jew stereotype while being Jewish himself and at points questions the judgement of people that decide to give him money for his videos.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Part of his comedy comes from his extensive vocabulary contrasting with the silliness he covers. Considering how well read he is and his level of education, it might not be intentional.
  • Stylistic Suck: Sseth’s gags usually include very crude Photoshop jobs to replace a subject with a meme or person of interest. Failing that, he will just slap the images he wants on top of whatever’s going on. The slapdash nature of these has a charm of its own.
  • Verbal Tic: Pronounces “th” sounds as an “f”, as in “firty” instead of “thirty”.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: If Sseth covers a game that allows for some kind of atrocity to be committed, you can bet he will commit it while showcasing the game. His most preferred one is organ-harvesting.
  • Western Terrorists: The Strange Case of Dr. Jafari and Mr. Hyde sees Sseth threatened by “notorious imams” Sam Hyde and Jon Jafari.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: His “Congolese” accent has been described as “a Canadian imitating a Chinese man imitating an African” in the comments section for his origin story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for laughs. If a game has, and allows you to hurt, children, you can bet your money on Sseth openly trying to kill at least three of them per review.

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