|The Autarch of Flame|
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Alex Rochon, the Autarch of Flame, the Autarch
The peanut3423 YouTube channel was originally intended to host short videos and parodies, featuring stop motion videos (notably, one featuring evil peanuts). In the midst of Super Smash Bros. Brawl's popularity, Alex decided to create his first countdown, Super Smash Bros Brawl - Top Ten Music Tracks, which was released on March 21st, 2008. Following the success of this video, Rochon started uploading similar content to YouTube, significantly improving in quality over time.
Alex is most well known for his countdowns. In his countdowns, he describes his favorites (or least favorites) of a specific category, such as video game music, boss battles, etc. He frequently collaborated with friends to give their work a unique spin.
A full list of his vocal countdowns can be found here, organized by date:
- Top Ten Most Despised Characters in Video Games
- Top Ten Boss Battles in Video Games
- Top Fifteen Most Disturbing Bosses from Non-Horror Games (Part 1 - Collab with Joshscorcher)
- Top Ten Easiest Bosses in Video Games 2010
- Top Fifteen Greatest Final Battles in Video Games (Part 1)
- Top Fifteen Greatest Final Battles in Video Games (Part 2)
- Top Fifteen Most Hated Characters in Video Games (Part 1 - Collab with Joshscorcher)
- Top 25 No More Heroes Boss Battles (Part 1)
- Top 25 No More Heroes Boss Battles (Part 2)
- Top Ten Worst Video Game Clichés
- Top Ten Greatest Monsters from Video Games
- Top Thirteen MadWorld Boss Battles
- Top Ten Joshscorcher Moments
- Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer!
- Top Fifteen Worst Pokemon (Part 1 - Collab with Chewie)
- Top Fifteen Worst Pokemon (Part 2 - Collab with Chewie)
- Top Ten Saddest Video Game Moments (Part 1 - Collab with Joshscorcher)
- Top Ten Metroid Boss Battles
- Top Five Games I Hate That Everyone Likes/ Top Five Games I Like That Everyone Hates
- Top Ten Nostalgic Animated Shows
- Top Ten Scariest Twin Peaks Moments
- Top 25 Boss Battles (Part 1 - Collab with Chewie and Krazier)
- Top 25 Boss Battles (Part 2 - Collab with Chewie and Krazier)
- Top Fifteen Worst Clichés (Part 1 - Collab with Joshscorcher and Chewie)
- Top Fifteen Worst Clichés (Part 2 - Collab with Joshscorcher and Chewie)
- Top Ten Worst Boss Battles I've Faced
- Top 10 Funniest Video Game Characters
- Top 10 Metroid Games (Collab with Rabbidluigi) Part 1
- Top 10 Metroid Games *Collab with Rabbidluigi) Part 2
- Top 10 Personal Experiences with Video Games (Final Countdown)
Before switching to fully voiced, fully animated videos, Alex created a significant number text-based countdowns, which he dubbed his "Season 0". These videos are still available on his channel, but he'd prefer if people focused on his more recent work (even more so than with his other countdowns).
Awesome Video Game Music
Alex created the Awesome Video Game Music series (AVGM) in order to keep his subscribers happy until his next countdown. In this series, he uploads songs from video games he enjoys and gives a brief explanation as to why he likes the song in the video description.
Disturbing Video Game Music
A spin-off to the Awesome Video Game Music series, Alex also made a side-series called Disturbing Video Game Music (DVGM). What was supposed to be a short list eventually kept growing and became a yearly Halloween tradition.
On July 8th, 2013, Alex announced a new series, Hades Riffs, of which the first episode came out two days later. In it, he plays the role of the character Hades from Kid Icarus: Uprising, and riffs on a variety of videos. Alex wanted to be a good sport about it , and thus he kicked the series off with a riff of one of his own videos.
- Top 5 Games I Hate That Everyone Likes/Top 5 Games I Like That Everyone Hates
- "Improve Your Personality"
- "My Little Pony: Dusk's Dawn"
- DmC Devil May Cry Developer Diaries
- "The Magic of Oz"
- RWBY Episode 1: Ruby Rose
- Canadian PSAs
- PROMO: Hades' Misguidance - My NEW Series on Zelda Universe: A Promo to ZeldaUniverseTV's web series.
- Persona 5 | Shadow Challenge (feat. The Quarter Guy and MaverickHunterZero75)
On September 29, 2015, Alex announced his retirement from making countdowns, mainly due to losing interest and his wish to pursue a career in voice acting. He's still be active within the community, but he's been taking smaller projects such as editing for his friends. He also made some short videos and a few Undertale fandubs.
On the day after his announcement, his final countdown, Top 10 Personal Experiences with Video Games, was published.
The Chaos Theatre
On October 18, 2010, Alex announced the launch of The Chaos Theatre website in one of his videos, along with the reboot of The Greatest Video Game Character.
Main SiteOn the main site, Alex was an admin. Many of his posts consist of video content he has uploaded to Blip, reviews, updates and, when they've actually done work on it, The Greatest Video Game Character.
ForumsOn the forums, Alex was an admin. Though he was less visibly active by regular members due to a lower-than-average post count, he was mostly occupied with moderation, frequently being the one to stop fights and issue warnings.
- Is primarily a fan of Nintendo games.
- Has perfect pitch, can sing and can play some guitar.
- Aims to major in film at Queen's University.
- Has a scary amount of traits in common with Joshscorcher, including the above trivia entry.
- Did not name his YouTube account, and dislikes being called "Peanut" or some variant. He created the completely overblown internet alias "the Autarch of Flame" to compensate.
- Said completely overblown internet alias is named after Rubicante (a.k.a the Autarch of Flame) from Final Fantasy IV, a favourite character of his.
- His second favorite could be Hades from Kid Icarus: Uprising. He has done some hilarious riffs with his voice acting as Hades.
- Ironically, despite his name being the Autarch of Flame, his favorite traditional element is water, and in one of his countdowns (Top 25 Boss Battles) he gains the power of the element of air.
- He loathes seafood.
- He is a massive slacker, and often considers himself a real-life version of Scott Pilgrim.
- He created his now-infamous Beer video for a history project, which his teacher then saved onto his desktop and showed to other classes for no reason other than for the lulz.
- He is a huge fan of the 1990 TV series Twin Peaks, and had constructed a small narrative at the ends of some of his videos that pay tribute to it.
- His favorite nostalgic TV show is Digimon Tamers.
- He is a Ceiling Cat, who hides the fact he's online to spy on others. He does this on both Skype & the Theatre
- His berserk buttons are math (quote some Sho Minamimoto at him) and the CD-i Zelda games.
- As revealed in Top Ten Metroid Bosses, the Metroid franchise is his favorite video game series and Metroid Prime is his favorite game.