Jacob Rabon IV, better known online as Alpharad (formerly AlpharadTV), is an American YouTuber who is known for creating highly edited videos of gameplay with humorous and observational commentary. He used to be best known for his comedic montage series "How to Play 101," in which he used gameplay of a certain game or character as the basis for primarily visual and text-based jokes. He was also well known for his frequent Overwatch content and the popular "Not" series, which is the closest any of Alpharad's series have ever been to rivaling the popularity of "How to Play 101," with the current most viewed video on his channel being his Overwatch video titled "NOT PALADINS". Over time, Alpharad has drastically shifted the style of his content. Starting with making comedic montage videos for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he's transitioned into more improv commentary-styled videos, starting with his Splatoon series Squid Stuff, and later, A Story for Glory. He has gone on record saying his video titled "Overwatch: KUNAI WITH CHAIN," published on September 6, 2016, marked the point in which his channel began changing exponentially for the better, as he was less than proud of the content he had uploaded as a whole prior to that video's release. While "Overwatch: KUNAI WITH CHAIN" was when his video quality saw a resurgence, Alpharad's video "TENGEN TOPPA CASTLE CRASHERS," which he recorded with his friend Turvis and YouTube personality WEEGEE THE GOD, was the video he was most proud of at the time because of how well he felt he edited it, as well as the "enjoyability" of the video in general and how he undertook the task of highly editing a video that was about 18 and a half minutes in length. He reached half a million subscribers (500K) on July 29, 2017 and one million subscribers (1M) on November 22, 2018. With the latter milestone reached and with the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, he considers 2019 onwards a "brand new era" of content for his channel.
Alpharad has also helped create a Super Smash Bros. Melee mod entitled Silly Melee, along with Magic Scrumpy, which changes characters' behaviors and makes gameplay more "silly," as well as a Let's Play channel called Friends Without Benefits, in which he plays games alongside his friend dad_as_heck, with Major Duncan, Deezus, and WEEGEE THE GOD joining the channel about 8 months after its debut in June 2016. Turvis was announced to be on the show in September 2017, but was proclaimed off the show about 2 months later due to family-related issues and personal apprehension. In August of 2018, Alpharad announced that he would be leaving Friends Without Benefits, stating that he felt he "no longer fit in" to the comedy and overall tone of the channel. Despite this, he is still friends with and shares a workspace with the cast of the show.
On January 17, 2016, in his video “HOW TO PLAY AS SUBSCRIBERS 102,” Alpharad announced a series titled Replay Hut as a way to include more replays into a single video without having to compromise the time he's required to spend fully editing submitted clips in a fashion similar to the “How to Play 101” series; the first episode of Replay Hut aired two days later. Replay Hut is a community-based series in which viewers submit clips and highlights from various games to Alpharad’s subreddit page in hopes of being featured in the next installment. While this series of videos used to be hosted on his main channel and used to only feature Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U submissions, Replay Hut has since evolved into its own separate YouTube channel, starting after the 39th episode of the Smash 4 subseries in July of 2017. Replay Hut has branched off to other video games since then; the new channel’s creation marked the debut of the Overwatch, Rivals of Aether, and Project M subseries of videos being added to the Replay Hut series, as well as an “Anything Goes” subseries in which the community has the freedom to submit a clip or highlight of anything they desire, video game or otherwise, in an attempt to incorporate as much diversity as possible into the channel and as a way to determine which video game has the representation necessary for the birth of a potential new subseries of Replay Hut videos. The Replay Hut channel has not seen an upload since April of 2018.
On November 3rd, 2018, Alpharad anounced on twitter that he was now married to Fiorella Zoll.
How to Play (Super Smash Bros.) 101
Montage videos of trick shots, combos and otherwise impressive or silly gameplay in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Each episode focuses on a specific character, using on-screen commentary as a means for "dialogue" between characters. It is credited as setting the standard for gameplay montages, with several memes being spawned from his style of editing, including airhorns, no-scope, and various other gimmicks. Although this series was on hiatus for a significant amount of time, Alpharad has rebooted the series with the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, taking ideas from his older How to Play 101 content as well as his "A Beginner's Guide to Mario" video. However, this series has not been uploaded to in a long time.
The "NOT" Series
Alpharad plays a game with similarities to more popular titles. The games are usually plagiarised rip-offs, or otherwise heavily inspired by the original. The name comes from his format of titling these videos; for example, "NOT OVERWATCH" is a video of Paladins gameplay, another online team-based shooter.
Who is the Best?
Alpharad plays against friend and YouTuber Turvis exclusively as a single character from the Super Smash Bros. roster, while challenging Turvis to beat said character. He has covered Cloud, Kirby, Luigi, Captain Falcon, Bayonetta, and Donkey Kong, among others, and the series often ends with Turvis being very angry. However, after Turvis sold his Wii U, Alpharad opted to beat Turvis in Slap City while playing exclusively Fishbunjin.
Over time, Alpharad has built up a large library of games on Steam that he, for one reason or another, never got around to playing. This series is dedicated to playing these games, along with games gifted from viewers, ranging from obscure to popular. A few of the featured games received their own standalone video.
Opening the DMs
Alpharad, alongside friend and YouTuber Major Duncan, reads the messages they receive on Twitter. They answer questions and respond to comments in a comedic fashion. Later on in the series' lifespan, they created a Twitter account (@OpeningTheDMs ) that they use to ask for and receive direct messages.
How to Play (Video Game) 101
Similar to his older How to Play 101 content, but with a specific game. It used notably less editing tricks and effects, and focuses on regular gameplay. On April Fools 2015, he uploaded a parody call 'How to Play with Cats' where he did just that. The year after, he played with one cat, Frasier. This series has not been updated since August of 2016.
Montage videos of fan-submitted footage of gameplay. Focused on Super Smash Bros. while on his own channel, before getting it's own channel of the same name and accepting other games. This series has not been updated since April of 2018.
Friends Without Benefits Highlights
While his side channel Friends Without Benefits was still growing, Alpharad featured some of its videos on his own channel to increase awareness. As the Let's Play channel became more popular and earned it's own following, highlights of its content on his own channel became less frequent; it stopped altogether when Alpharad left Friends Without Benefits in late 2018.
Alpharad and a guest (which varies every episode) create theoretical thumbnails for fake YouTube videos using clichés found in most "clickbait" YouTube thumbnails. This series has not been updated since December of 2017.
On For Glory
Parody tutorials of people playing and teaching the viewer to use a character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Alpharad imitates the stereotype of a typical player of certain characters and pretends to teach the viewer about the tricks and methods these people commonly use, which are often the lazy and unimpressive techniques used by bad or new players. For example, in Captain Falcon's episode, titled 'FalconXFalcon', he mimicked the aggresive and reckless playstyle most people associate with the average Cap. Falcon player. Some of these use intentionally bad editing techniques and audio setups to capture the inner n00b of these people. This series has not been updated since September of 2016.
A Story For Glory
A series with a few hundred episodes, Alpharad plays online in Super Smash Bros. and tells a story or some anecdote of his past. This was one of his most popular series and spanned over several years. This series has not been updated since April of 2017.
Mario Maker Minus
Alpharad plays some of the more famous or difficult levels made in Super Mario Maker. He also plays levels submitted by fans. This series has not been updated since May of 2016.
Alpharad plays casual fights against popular or professional names in the Smash Bros. community. This series has not been updated since August of 2016.
Alpharad plays Splatoon online. This series has not been updated since February of 2016.
Highlights of his streams. Despite still being a frequent streamer and occasionally using his streams as content for his channel, this specific series has not been updated since September of 2016.
- Alpharad occasionally changes his YouTube banner for brief periods of time.
- One of Alpharad's goals for his YouTube channel was to have the most viewed video on his channel not be a video in the "How to Play 101" series.
- This goal was achieved in May of 2017 by "NOT OVERWATCH."
- Despite announcing Season 2 of "Challenge Mode," Alpharad has only released a single episode of this second season. This episode featured EVO 2016 Champion Ally and was uploaded to his channel on August 4, 2016.
- The model Kate Upton has been mentioned in every episode of Alpharad's "Clickbait" series in some capacity.
- He revealed in his "A Story For Glory" series that his first name is not Jacob; it is his middle name, but he prefers it over his actual first name.
- It is revealed that he has touched a police officer's gun in Spelunky Co-op episode 10 on FWOB (His lets play channel)
This page was created by Riku434 on March 4, 2016.