|Real Name||Brian Doheny|
|Grade||Freshman (Season 1), (Season 2)|
|Occupation|| Student at VGHS|
Janitor at VGHS
Junior Varsity FPS member (Season 1)
Small Time Gamer (Season 2)
Small-time gamer (Episode 1)
Manager at Brian's (Episode 8)
|Portrayed by||Josh Blaylock|
- "Everyone says I won't make it, but I have dreamed of playing on a VGHS team since I was E for Everyone!"
- — Brian D in Episode 1.
Brian Doheny, often referred to by his gamertag BrianD, is the protagonist of Video Game High School and currently a member of the FPS Junior Varsity team. Brian's journey begins after he beats The Law, a world-famous amateur gamer on live television, and subsequently receives international attention and an invitation into the prestigous VGHS.
He becomes close friends with Ted Wong and Ki Swan and develops romantic feelings for Jenny Matrix, Junior Varsity FPS captain and girlfriend of The Law, who makes it a priority to humiliate and torment Brian at every turn so as to destroy him and his reputation. In season 1, Brian is expelled from VGHS for a short time, and hired into a restaurant. His work there is so successful that the place is turned into an arcade and renamed Brian's, before his friends convince him to come back to VGHS.
- Main article: History of BrianD (Season 1)
BrianD is introduced as an ordinary and somewhat puny high school student and avid gamer in the near future that is the VGHS universe. During a clan match, Brian's game was reset, when world famous amateur gaming celebrity The Law intervened to showcase his skills whilst on live television. Brian, who was away from his keyboard, quickly became the last man standing as The Law single-handedly massacred both teams. Intending to humiliate Brian, The Law placed a grenade on Brian's head, planning to detonate it with a bullet from a distance without looking, however Brian returned in time to slip the grenade off his head, swerve out of The Law's line of fire, and, in the process of doing so, knocked the grenade in mid-air with the butt of his assault rifle, and detonated it on The Law, killing him instantly. The event quickly garnered international attention and rocketted Brian into the spotlight. Not long after, Brian received an invitation to the world's most prestigious and hardcore gaming academy, Video Game High School.
Upon enrolling at VGHS, Brian became quick friends with Kimberly "Ki" Swan and Theodore "Ted" Wong. After unintentionally expelling another student by defeating him in a match, Brian contemplated leaving VGHS. Brian was eventually approached by The Law, the school's top student and Varsity FPS captain, who although initially appeared to bear no ill-will, revealed his true intentions to destroy Brian's newfound reputation and broke his keyboard. Brian quickly discovered that his actions and growing reputation began to render him a target for every player at the school, earning him the dislike of the school's dean, Ernie Calhoun. Brian also took an immediate liking to JV FPS captain Jenny Matrix, one of the school's elite gamers and girlfriend of The Law.
Brian eventually makes it onto the JV FPS team, only to discover he was deliberately accepted so that during a scrimmage between the JV and Varsity FPS teams, he would be forced to face The Law, who had been biding his time and intended to expose Brian to the entire world as a "no talent fluke". When Brian was dealt humiliating defeat and left at brink of expulsion at the hands of The Law, his reputation was jeopardized, and he was issued an ultimatum by Calhoun: either voluntarily leave VGHS or be expelled.
After a physical confrontation with The Law, Brian unintentionally incited a school-wide brawl and was expelled. Upon leaving VGHS, Brian took a job at an arcade and quickly became it's manager, renaming it Brian's. There, he was reunited with Ted and Ki, and was told that he is still able to compete in the FPS clan tryouts because of a technicality. Though initially reluctant to return, he was persuaded otherwise when Jenny appeared and scolded him for so easily giving up on his dreams.
On the day of the clan tryouts, Brian returned to VGHS to compete. After securing the blessings of Calhoun, he joined with the rest of the JV FPS team, led by Jenny, to compete in the final match against the Varsity FPS team (absent The Law, who did not need to compete). Working together, JV led Varsity 2-0 for most of the match, and Brian's exceptional performance garnered him points that threatened to readmit him into VGHS. Determined to stop Brian, The Law illegally intervened and entered the match himself. Brian devised a plan and confronted The Law and, with the help of Jenny, defeated The Law and entire Varsity FPS team in one fell swoop. From this victory Brian earned enough points to be officially readmitted into VGHS, albeit once again as the lowest ranked gamer in the school, and was given a permanent spot on the JV FPS team by Jenny.
In Season 2, Brian starts off the school year by dealing with a new coach, Mary Matrix, while also struggling to hide his affection for Jenny. Brian is made a member of the Varsity team originally just to push the team harder because of their mutual hatred for him, but after the Varsity Team is stripped of their victories because of the Law fiasco, he is made a more respected member as the JV Team takes their place. Jenny is also made Varsity captain, and because of this they agree to remain friends. Later that night, while playing Questin' with Ki as well as keeping Ted on track with his book report, he gets a knock on his door. he answers it finding to his horror, The Law...his new roommate.
The Law's fall from fame has multiple dire consequenses for Brian. Mary Matrix makes The Law his roommate, which is unpleasant for both of them. The fiasco has also caused Brian to lose his scholarship, and he is forced to work as a custodian to pay off his debt of $112,854.02. The strain this job puts on him causes Brian to temporarily lose his spot on the team, although Matrix eventually puts him back on.
Soon afterwards, Jenny asks for Brian's help to write a speech for her mother. Jenny emotionally reveals that she has no fond memories of her mother, and Brian gives her support. They end up falling asleep together. After her speech, Jenny kisses him, and they begin to date behind their coach's back.
Brian Doheny is a soft-spoken and gentle spirit, rarely showing any aggression. However, when provoked, Brian and his gaming performance become a force to be reckoned with. During Episode 6, after Jenny restores Brian's resolve, Brian defeats Games Dean, Natalie Wound, and Sal Mini/own, winning the match and redeeming his otherwise less than stellar performance. He has also been shown to have a limit to how much he can be pushed, finally giving into his anger against The Law in Episode 7, tackling and physically assaulting him repeatedly, having to be dragged away by Ted.
Throughout the series Brian is shown to care deeply for his friends and always trying to do the right thing. This is best exemplified when he stands up and fights for Ted after he is bullied in Episode 2. Brian also showed remorse after Annihilist was expelled as a result of Brian's victory over him, and even contemplates leaving VGHS after the event. Brian also has been shown to not hold a grudge, having forgiven Games Dean in Episode 9 after the latter defends his decision to return to VGHS for the clan tryouts.
Though Brian D is a highly skilled player in the fictional FPS game Field of Fire, he has proven to be a competent all-around gamer with a grasp of several gaming genres.
First Person ShootersEdit
Brian's game of choice has always been Field of Fire, and was the head of his own clan in the game prior to enrolling at VGHS. Brian has shown to be highly resourceful and creative, which have allowed him to overcome the odds that are seemingly always stacked against him. He has used more non-firearm weaponry than any other character throughout the series, frequently using grenades and tomahawks to great effect. Brian's "unorthodox" style is best showcased in the earlier episodes, such as his duel with Annihilist in Episode 2, where he uses his glitched and constantly firing gun to lure Annihilist out of hiding and proceeding to kill him unexpectedly with a tomahawk. Brian's run in The Pit in Episode 3 exemplifies this, where he nearly sets a school record by choosing to take out multiple targets with grenades and a tomahawk rather than the traditional firearm.
Dance Ex MachinaEdit
Though not as skilled as either Jenny Matrix or The Law (who excels at all games), Brian is a fan of the fictional Dance Ex Machina franchise and, in Episode 8, is shown to be relatively skilled at the games, able to play against Jenny competently. In Episode 4, when The Law coerces a duel out of Brian—telling him to pick any available game to challenge him in—the only game Brian feels comfortable to do so is DXM. During their "duel", Brian struggles to compete with Law, though instead of trying to win he decides to dance freestyle to the party— displaying impressive and popular dance moves.
As stated in Episode 4 , Brian is a 12th level "pastrymancer", and his cooking skills are exceptional given the reaction to his stolen coconut cake— which was beloved by Jenny Matrix and the hardcore Varsity FPS team. Though no cooking games have been introduced or mentioned, it can be assumed that Brian is exceptional at them.
Brian shows some skill at racing games in Episode 2 of Season 2, when Ted enlists his help to defeat the Duchess of Kart and recover Drift King's key. Although Brian is eliminated, he succeeds in assisting Ted to eliminate a number of their opponents lives, and he sacrifices himself to ensure Ted continues playing, and as a result they win against the karters.
- Main article: Brian's Relationships
Because Brian D is the central character of the series, he is featured in all episodes.
- Season 1, Episode 1
- Season 1, Episode 2
- Season 1, Episode 3
- Season 1, Episode 4
- Season 1, Episode 5
- Season 1, Episode 6
- Season 1, Episode 7
- Season 1, Episode 8
- Season 1, Episode 9
- Season 2, Episode 1
- Season 2, Episode 2
- Season 2, Episode 3
- Season 2, Episode 4
- Season 2, Episode 5
- Season 2, Episode 6
- Brian's actor Josh Blaylock is married to Johanna Braddy, Jenny's actress, in real life.
- It it revealed that Brian's dad died when he was three in Season 2, Episode 3.
- "Your mom is a cat!"