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Stupid, stupid damage.

–Northernlion, multiple times during his The Binding of Isaac Let's Play

Northernlion in 2013
Profile: Northernlion
Facebook: N/A
Other Media: N/A
Style: Let's Players, Streamers
Date Joined: 30 May 2006
Date Shut Down: N/A
Subscribers: 410,000+*
Videos: 4,112
Schedule: Daily
Status: Active
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Let's Look At - Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition [XBLA]

Ryan Letourneau,[1] better known by his username Northernlion, is a Canadian with a love for independent video games. Rising to prominence through his Let's Plays, his videos generally consist of gameplay while providing amusing live commentary. A "Machinima Director and Let's Player Extraordinaire",[2] Northernlion is a highly charismatic individual best known for his distinctive voice and sharp wit, as well as his usage of a variety of puns, idioms, and vague references to pop culture.

Aside from his Let's Plays, Northernlion has also made various video series, consisting of "Let's Look At", "Let's Hate", "Don't Play This", "Only in Korea", "Indie Game of the Week", "Poison Mushroom" series on Machinima, "Check Your Privileges" and "#NLSS".

Personal life

Northernlion is from Kingston, Ontario.[citation needed]

For about a year, Northernlion worked in Daegu in South Korea[3] as an English teacher for children.[4] He returned home to Canada on December 1, 2011.[5]

He was unemployed after returning home,[6] but now makes money through YouTube, which he calls "a dream job", and he once jokingly described himself as "funemployed".[7]

In October 2012, he moved across the country to live with his girlfriend Kate Kim (and cat Ryuka) in Vancouver.[8][9] They married in late May 2014,[10] which artist DraculaFetus soon parodied in episode 59 of "The Northernlion Story".[11]

Northernlion Live Super Show

See also:
Northernlion JSmithOTI RockLeeSmile PAX East 2013

From left to right, foreground: Current Northernlion Live Super Show hosts Northernlion, JSmithOTI, and RockLeeSmile at PAX East 2013.[12]

Northernlion hosts a triweekly livestream event on TwitchTV called the "Northernlion Live Super Show". Each show is three hours long, from 3pm PST to 6pm PST, and is scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Initially, Northernlion usually spent the first hour discussing recent gaming-related news and reading fan mail, and the other two hours of the stream playing other games. Common games were Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac, and Family Feud 2010. There was also a trivia section two hours through the stream in which Northernlion asked five questions and fans tweeted him answers in hopes of winning a free game. As the show has continued, it has largely simply become Northernlion and his co-hosts solely playing games and interacting with each other, while fans participate in chat. RockLeeSmile and JSmithOTI co-host the livestream with Northernlion through Skype, and in the past other YouTubers such as michaelalfox, Ohmwrecker and Alpacapatrol have also joined.

Each show, taken from Twitch's VOD, is uploaded to Northernlion's YouTube account the following day, usually split into two parts.

Originally, each show was hosted on YouTube, rather than TwitchTV (a website dedicated to livestreaming video games), and the Northernlion Live Super Show suffered from a few technical difficulties, such as screen flickering and slowdown. Furthermore, because YouTube's comment system was not adapted well for livestreaming, viewers could not converse with each other or with Northernlion effectively; Northernlion asked viewers to instead contact him by tweeting him "@NorthernlionLP". These issues were soon fixed, and the show was later streamed via TwitchTV instead of YouTube. While TwitchTV chat is much better and is now available to Northernlion audience members, Ryan still uses Twitter as his favored communication method.

In 2013, Northernlion became dedicated to TwitchTV, no longer simultaneously streaming on YouTube. Since switching he has become very interactive with the chat section. He also plays with his subscribers on his weekly Northernlion Super Subscriber Stream on Sundays, where paying TwitchTV subscribers have an opportunity to play with him in games such as Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


Current Let's Plays

  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  • Art of War - Europa Universalis IV Multiplayer!
  • GeoGuessr
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Intermittent "Let's Look At" videos for new releases

Discontinued/finished series

Please note, this is currently not a complete list.
  • 1001 Spikes
  • A Wizard's Lizard
  • Bart's Nightmare
  • Borderlands 2
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
  • Braid
  • Castle Crashers
  • Cave Story
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Dungeons of Dreadmor
  • Fez
  • FTL
  • Gish
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Hector
  • Invisible Inc
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked
  • Skulls of the Shogun
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  • Starbound
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Terraria
  • This War of Mine
  • XCOM: Long War


  • Northernlion once started a Let's Play of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, but had to abandon it after a few episodes due to legal issues. The Let's Play was notable in that it wasn't an indie game.
  • Northernlion is a YouTube Partner through his partnership with the Machinima Channel (where his "Poison Mushroom" series is posted).
  • Once had a cat named Lexington.[13]
  • First mentioned in an episode of his Let's Play of Cave Story,[14] he is afraid of deep-sea creatures, specifically tentacled creatures such as jellyfish.
  • Had a pet hedgehog named Allegro (it may have also belonged partially to his girlfriend), which as of 2013 has been sold.[citation needed]
  • As of May 2013, owns a white Ragdoll cat named Ryuka.[15]
  • Northernlion's birthday is on 28 November, 1988.[16][17][18]
  • Northernlion is 5'10" tall.[19]
  • Northernlion has very smelly poops, which has caused him anxiety in both the past and present. [20]
  • Northernlion has a really bad case of the motion sickness.[21]


External links


  1. Ryan Letourneau (northernlionlp) on Twitter
  2. Northernlion's Channel - YouTube
  3. Only in Korea - Funny Store Names - YouTube
  4. Only in Korea - Scrabble/Education - YouTube
  5. Twitter / @NorthernlionLP: Safely back in Canada, jus ...
  6. Twitter / @NorthernlionLP: Why unemployment rules: it ...
  7. Twitter / @NorthernlionLP: Haha, thanks for the job offers but I'm actually making my living o ...
  8. Hey everybody!... | Facebook
  9. Recording in the... | Facebook
  10. Twitter: Disappointing news I'm sure, ...
  11. YouTube: The Northernlion Story: Episode 59 - Lion Groom
  12. Twitter: Thanks for an awesome time ...
  13. Mentioned at the end of "Northernlion Plays: Spelunky! [Episode 22]"
  14. Let's Play - Cave Story - [4] Santa - YouTube
  15. YouTube: Super cute ragdoll kitten's playtime!
  16. Twitter / michaelalfox: @NorthernlionLP has now lived...
  17. Twitter / JSmith_OTI: I'm gonna give @NorthernlionLP...

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