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TheStrawhatNO! is ThornBrain, Mugiwara Yoshi and BigTUnit1's Let's Play channel, based on YouTube. The team have branched out to live gaming streams, interviews, and discussion videos. The channel was made a YouTube partner on January 3, 2013, and they have a Patreon account.

The full Let's Play list can be seen below, including ongoing, completed, canceled, and on-hiatus LPs. Thorn and Yoshi also did Retsupuraes on TheStrawhatNO! from 2010-2011; the complete Retsupurae list can be seen further below, including deleted RPs.

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TheStrawhatNO! - A First for Everything

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FATLPs, the original Let's Play channel associated with TheMidnightFrogs, was founded by Thorn and DFatman on November 24, 2009, over a month before TheMidnightFrogs' founding. The title was an acronym for "Fatman and Thorn Let's Plays" and served as a pun on Fatman's username. Fatman played through the original NES The Legend of Zelda and most of LoZ: A Link to the Past, joined occasionally by a few of Fatman's friends, before Yoshi joined on December 14, thereby forming the original MidnightFrogs trio. Thorn took over for LoZ: Ocarina of Time, but the LP was delayed due to issues capturing game audio, so the channel went on hiatus while the group instead focused on starting Sgt Frog Abridged for January 2010. The group also wrote a Nostalgia Critic-inspired review of the Zelda fan-movie The Hero of Time, to be released later as a lead-in to OoT.

While the SFA pilot was was being finished in February 2010, the review of The Hero of Time was completed and uploaded on February 11. Ocarina of Time began the day after, and then-Kululu voice actor GhostTC joined the group as a commentator. In March, Yoshi also played through Pikmin alone with Thorn, foreshadowing their split from FATLPs.

The two kicked Fatman from TheMidnightFrogs on April 12, 2010; they left FATLPs and the Fatty Time podcast with him and replaced them with TheStrawhatNO! and TheMidnightFrogs Podcast respectively.

Fatman sporadically recorded and uploaded new videos onto FATLPs with a rotating group of commentators, many of whom were friends and former members of TheMidnightFrogs from during his tenure, until New Year's Eve 2012, after which the channel fell into disuse. deleted the FATLPs account in 2014, resulting in the loss of everything except what was uploaded to YouTube, most of which were previews of the full video on Blip.

FATLPs Timeline

Note: The following is only of the Let's Plays and related videos made before Thorn and Yoshi split from Fatman. Everything after has been excluded due to the channel no longer being a MidnightFrogs project as of the breakup. Most of these videos have also been lost due to the FATLPs and TheStrawhatNO! Blip accounts being deleted in 2014.

  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
    • Player: Fatman
    • Co-commentator: Thorn
    • Run: November 24, 2009 - December 3, 2009
    • Content: 19 parts
  • LoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES)
    • Player: Fatman
    • Co-commentators: Thorn, occasional friends of Fatman's, Yoshi
    • Run: December 5, 2009 - December 30, 2009
    • Content: 20 parts
  • The Hero of Time review
    • Written by: Thorn
    • Narrated by: Thorn and Yoshi
    • Date: February 11, 2010. Reuploaded to TheStrawhatNO! on January 9, 2015
    • Videos: Part 1, Part 2
  • LoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Fatman, Yoshi, Ghost
    • Run: February 12, 2010 - March 25, 2010 before team split. Continued on TheStrawhatNO! before being canceled, (see below).
  • Pikmin (Wii)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn
    • Run: March 5, 2010 - March 10, 2010
    • Content: 12 parts, 1 credits video

TheStrawhatNO! Formation and First Year

The channel was formed April 13, shortly after the split from DFatman and FATLPs. TheStrawhatNO! takes its name from Yoshi's YouTube channel, MugiwaranoYoshi; "Mugiwara" is Japanese for "Straw hat", in itself a reference to One Piece. The Pikmin and Ocarina of Time LPs, as well as the Hero of Time review, were reuploaded on TheStrawhatNO's Blip channel (now deleted). The team primarily recorded Retsupuraes through April and May 2010, (their last RP was uploaded June 2011), before returning to Let's Plays. Their RPs were occasionally compared positively to the original Retsupurae channel and Chip Cheezum & General Ironicus' RPs, though the duo don't think very positively of their RPs anymore.

The duo attempted to return to Let's Plays on April 28 by beginning a Sonic Adventure 2 LP, then continuing Ocarina of Time on May 31 from where they left off after FATLPs. SA2 failed to kick-off and was canceled within days, while OoT would go on to be canceled in August. Thorn instead sporadically recorded a Majora's Mask LP, though that too would be canceled in favour of the Something Awful LPs. Yoshi's Pikmin 2 LP also ran into technical difficulties and would have to be restarted early the next year when he could get a new computer.

Something Awful Era

Thorn began making LP threads on Something Awful's Let's Play forum on May 11, 2011 with Bomberman Hero, joined by BigTUnit1. The team jumped in viewership after beginning the thread, and have continued to build a fanbase since. Completed threads can be seen below.

The YouTube channel was made a YT partner through Necessary Gaming on January 3, 2013, though they are currently in the process of getting out of their contract. They opened a Patreon account to help pay for better Let's Playing equipment in January 2014, and Thorn followed with his own Patreon in February 2015 to help pay for his rent. Olivia joined as an occasional commentator in Summer 2014.

Let's Plays


  • The Last of Us/The Last of Us Remastered (PS3/PS4)
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends (GCN)
    • Player: Travis
    • Co-commentators: Thorn, Yoshi, Highwang
    • Run: February 3, 2015 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (PlayStation Portable)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Word on the Wind, Yoshi, Olivia
    • Run: February 7, 2015 - Present
    • Status: All of the footage has been recorded.
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis, Olivia
    • Run: February 7, 2015 - present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Bomberman Megathread
    • Originally ran from October 22, 2012 - February 20, 2013 with 3 games completed (Bomberman (NES), Bomberman '93 (TurboGrafx-16), and Super Bomberman (SNES) - see below).
    • Playlist (Includes all LPs and additional thread content)
    • Something Awful thread


LPs listed by year in which they were completed.


  • Bomberman Hero (Nintendo 64)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentater: Travis
    • Run: May 11, 2011 - August 24, 2011
    • Content: 22 videos - 13 main gameplay parts, 4 bonus videos, 5 Minimum-Point Speed Runs
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman Jetters (GameCube)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi, Travis
    • Run: September 3, 2011 - December 20, 2011
    • Content: 11 story parts, 6 collection videos, 2 extras videos
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)


  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • Pikmin 2 (GCN)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Travis
    • Run: February 8, 2012 - October 21, 2012
    • Content: 11 in-game days + 3 bonus videos
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman Generation (GCN)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis, Epee Em, Redundant, Syrg Sapphire, Galeboomer, JelloApocalypse, Suspicious Dish
    • Run: July 22, 2012 - August 18, 2012
    • Content: 10 story parts, 1 collection video, 1 extra video showing multiplayer
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman (NES)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Redundant
    • Run: October 22, 2012
    • Content: 1 part
    • Video
  • Bomberman '93 (TurboGrafx-16/Wii Virtual Console)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis, Redundant, Epee Em
    • Run: November 3, 2012 - November 15, 2012
    • Content: 7 parts
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive



  • The Legend of PizzaJoe - Majora's Mask (N64/Wii VC)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi, Travis, Olivia
    • Run: November 5, 2013 - August 24, 2014
    • Content: 21 parts + 1 extras video
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Sleeping Dogs (PS3)
  • Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
    • Player: Travis
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Yoshi, Olivia
    • Run: October 12, 2013 - November 15, 2014
    • Content: 13 main game parts, 4 Burial at Sea parts
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Survival Kids (Game Boy Color)
    • Players: Thorn, Word on the Wind
    • Co-commentater: Olivia
    • Run: October 13, 2014 - October 25, 2014
    • Content: 7 parts + 1 extra video
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive


  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
  • Punch-Out!! Wii
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Travis, Olivia
    • Run: July 12, 2014 - March 25, 2015
    • Content: 7 story parts, 2 extra videos
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis, Yoshi, Highwang, ChaosArgate, Olivia
    • Run: December 25, 2014 - July 17, 2015
    • Content: 23 parts in 17 updates
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • The Legend of PizzaJoe - The Wind Waker HD New Game+ (Wii U)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Travis, Olivia
    • Run: September 1, 2014 - August 12, 2015
    • Playlist
    • LP Archive pending
  • Bomberman 64 (N64)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis
    • Run: August 17, 2015 - August 28, 2015
    • Playlist
    • LP Archive pending
  • Super Bomberman 2 (SNES)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis, Highwang, Word on the Wind
    • Run: September 26, 2015 - September 30, 2015
    • Playlist
    • LP Archive pending

On Hiatus



  • Bomberman Megathread
    • Saturn Bomberman (Sega Saturn)
      • Player: Thorn
      • Status: Recorded and edited, set to be commentated
    • Bomberman Fantasy Race (PlayStation)
      • Player: Thorn
      • Status: Recorded and edited, set to be commentated after Saturn Bomberman
    • Super Bomberman 3 (SNES)
      • Player: Thorn
      • Status: Recorded
    • Super Bomberman 4 (SNES)
      • Player: Thorn
      • Status: Recorded
    • Super Bomberman 5 (SNES)
      • Player: Thorn
      • Status: Recorded
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Status: Set to be recorded
  • Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Status: Set to be recorded
  • Gravity Daze/Rush (PlayStation Vita)
    • Player: TopDogAnime
    • Status: Being recorded


Note: Ocarina of Time through Majora's Mask was uploaded to, and the videos were lost when the team's Blip channel was deleted in 2014. Only The Hero of Time review, Majora's Mask, and most of Pikmin 2 is still available to watch.

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • Earthbound (SNES)
    • Began March 29, 2010 (FATLPs carry-over) - canceled with 2 parts due to technical difficulties.
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, GhostTC
  • Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GCN)
    • Began April 28, 2010 - canceled with 5 parts due to lack of enjoyment.
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentater: Yoshi
  • Pikmin 2 original attempt (GCN)
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask original attempt (N64)
  • Fallout 3 Nuzlocke (PC)
    • Began November 11, 2013 - canceled with 5 parts due to hardware changeover and lack of interest in continuing.
    • Player: Thorn
    • Solo commentary
    • YouTube exclusive


  • Bloodborne (PS4)
    • Players: Travis, Thorn
  • Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4)
    • Player: Travis
    • Co-commentator: Yoshi
  • Metal Gear Online (PS4)
    • Players: Jiggly Jacob, Thorn



Games and Streams


  • Dark Souls (PS3)
    • Players: Travis and Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Patreon patrons - Neohampster and Tailsnick
    • Run: August 23, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
  • Various Harvest Moon games
    • Games: A New Beginning (3DS), Harvest Moon DS, Sunshine Islands (DS), Story of Seasons (3DS), Harvest Moon 64
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Fargo, Gazooki, Zenon
    • Part of the Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley and Tale of Two Towns thread, see above.


Note: Yoshi streamed Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2011, but none of it was recorded. Streams for Extra Life aired in 2012 and 2013, but no live gaming was recorded, only Let's Play commentaries.

  • Extra Life 2014 charity stream
    • Games: Fallout: New Vegas Hardcore Mode, Shovel Knight, Audiosurf, Goat Simulator, Far Cry 3 (co-op and campaign), The Last of Us (LP parts 3 and 4 - pre-recorded), Ni no Kuni (LP part 21 - commentated live), Dragon's Dogma
    • Player: Thorn, ZenonXI (Far Cry 3 co-op), Travis (Dragon's Dogma)
    • Co-commentators: Patreon patrons - Chaz, ZenonXI, Epee Em, Usagihinorei, Yoshi (The Last of Us)
    • Run: November 28-30, 2014
    • Playlist
  • Tomodachi Life (3DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis, Jiggly Jacob, Fargo, Gazooki
    • Run: December 10, 2014 - March 31, 2015
    • Content: 25 parts + 1 test video
    • Playlist
  • Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoshi (DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis, Drachir, Maxwell, Benjamin
    • Part of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Let's Play, see above.

One-Offs/Quick Looks/First Looks


TheStrawhatPATRONS! Podcast

The team's podcast made with Patreon patrons who pledge $15 or more. It is similar to TheMidnightFrogs Podcast and to TheStrawhatNO's discussion videos.



Thorn and Yoshi began doing Retsupuraes when they started the channel purely for fun, as inspired by Retsupurae themselves and Chip & Ironicus. These were the primary videos of the YouTube channel for the first several months before the two resumed making Let's Plays. These are all set to "Unlisted" but can still be accessed by clicking the links. Deleted Retsupuraes are further down the page.


The first five Retsupuraes and several other subsequent RPs have been deleted from TheStrawhatNO, but they have all been backed up on Thorn's MediaFire. The first five were deleted due to the noisy crickets in Yoshi's room:

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Other Trivia

  • At the time of completion, (March 10, 2010), the Pikmin Let's Play was the fastest commentated Let's Play of the game, being completed in 12 in-game days. This excludes non-commentated Speed-Runs of the game of which the fastest was 9 days, though Yoshi took several gameplay cues from Speed Runs.

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