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22nd Jul '17 11:58:31 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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20th Nov '16 3:26:06 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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30th Oct '16 3:48:15 PM DustSnitch
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: the wall in "Bad Things" has a nail hammered through its head.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: the wall in "Bad Things" has a nail hammered through its head.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: SimilarSquad: The characters in ''Craig's Big Day'' almost all appear to be counterparts of the wall ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'' universe, including a computer, a clock with a face, the show's creators (like the puppeteers in "Bad Things" has the fourth ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'', a nail hammered through its head.fuming microwave, etc.
30th Oct '16 3:39:07 PM DustSnitch
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* LighterAndSofter: The same team behind DHMIS actually worked on a [[https://vimeo.com/151896897 PSA video for St John Ambulance teaching about CPR]]. Unlike DHMIS, its taken more seriously and aimed at children and family members.
29th Oct '16 3:27:51 PM DustSnitch
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* CreatorCameo: Becky and Joe appear at the end of ''Craig's Big Day''.
27th Oct '16 8:11:39 PM DustSnitch
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* LeastRhymableWord: [[https://vimeo.com/151896897 This]] PSA This Is It made for St. John Ambulance has a band of nursery rhyme characters trying to write a jingle about baby CPR, and struggling to come up with a rhyme for "ambulance".
5th Oct '16 11:35:02 AM DustSnitch
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[[caption-width-right:320:It's time to '''''lurn'''''...]]

->''"Come on guys, let's get'' '''''creative!'''''"\\

5th Oct '16 11:34:42 AM DustSnitch
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Their most well known and successful project is ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared''. Beginning as a one-off short film in 2011, the series was crowdfunded and turned into a six-episode miniseries in 2014. The series lampoons children's television shows like ''SesameStreet'' by juxtaposing puppets and songs against unsettling imagery and existential horror. Each episode stars a trio of nameless puppets who encounter a "teacher": an anthropomorphic object or animal who tries to teach them about one of the "six subjects of life" through a musical number. The songs start off chipper and happy, but things inevitably take a turn for the worse... and usually culminate in a "lesson" the puppets aren't going to forget anytime soon.

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Their most well known and successful project is ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared''.''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''. Beginning as a one-off short film in 2011, the series was crowdfunded and turned into a six-episode miniseries in 2014. The series lampoons children's television shows like ''SesameStreet'' by juxtaposing puppets and songs against unsettling imagery and existential horror. Each episode stars a trio of nameless puppets who encounter a "teacher": an anthropomorphic object or animal who tries to teach them about one of the "six subjects of life" through a musical number. The songs start off chipper and happy, but things inevitably take a turn for the worse... and usually culminate in a "lesson" the puppets aren't going to forget anytime soon.



* ADayInTheLimelight: The Yellow Guy has the biggest role of the three main puppets in the third episode.
** Similarly, the fourth episode focuses moreso on Red Guy.
** Episode five features the Bird puppet more.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Duck Guy is featured the most in the 5th episode, which is also the episode in which he is brutally killed and eaten.]]
* AerithAndBob: The six characters that have been given proper names thus far are Tony, Roy, Michael, Malcolm, Colin and... Shrignold.
* AffablyEvil:
** Unlike the previous teachers, Shrignold and his friends are willing to answer the Yellow Guy's questions, and they do seem to want to teach him their version of love as opposed to knowing the real moral and intentionally twisting the moral to brainwash them. [[spoiler:Except that their version of love involves joining a cult and feeding gravel to a giant head.]]
** Sketchbook is quite outwardly friendly, and even when they get mad they don't raise their voice. However, they're the reason the puppets go insane at the end.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: Colin, the Computer in episode 4, continues the trend of sociopathic, unhelpful teachers.]]
* AllThereInTheScript:
** The only [[WordOfGod confirmed names by This Is It]] are Sketchbook, [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18301/1/beckyjoe-are-this-weeks-dazed-visionaries Tony The Talking Clock,]] and Roy (Yellow Guy's dad, [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153773137950131&set=a.10151385182035131.824633.573255130&type=1&stream_ref=10 as evidenced by one of the makers' Facebook banners)]].
** [[http://beckyjoe.bigcartel.com/product/green-is-not-a-creative-colour-t-shirt Becky & Joe's official T-shirt website]] mentions "people called Roy Gribbleston", which is [[OneSteveLimit assumed]] to be Roy's full name.
** On the Kickstarter for Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: The Series, the yellow guy and the red guy are simply referred to as "the Yellow Guy" and "Red Guy"
** On November 2nd, 2014, Becky Sloan confirmed on her twitter that the Butterfly's name is Shrignold.
** Two of his friends' names were [[http://instagram.com/p/vQbQD5oGpb revealed]] at Becky's Instagram: Frog Boy and Rabbit Boy.
*** Following that pattern, one may assume that the name "Furry Boy" used in the video is probably the actual name of the brown animal, as well.
** A week after the fourth episode's release, she also [[https://twitter.com/BeckyBocka/status/585549670811836416 revealed]] that the computer's name is Colin.
** The day after the fourth episode's release, Duck Guy's name was [[https://instagram.com/p/07dMZYHzWI/ revealed]] [[http://jacksachs.tumblr.com/post/115203892499/ by]] CGI designer Jack Sachs.
* AllJustADream:
** [[spoiler:The third video's new characters and creepy hijinks, after the Yellow Guy runs off. The Red Guy and Duck Guy's subplot is real, though it is extremely low-key.]]
** The finale plays around with this concept.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Considering the weirdness of the series, you'd be surprised to learn that "Aspic" from episode 5 is a real food. It's a clear and gelatinous ingredient made from meat stock which is eaten on its own, or used to season and preserve meat in pies, mostly those of the pork variety.
* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: The puppets are yellow, red, and green. [[spoiler: They change to green, blue, and red respectively at the end of episode six.]]
* AmbiguousSituation: In the first video, it's unclear whether Sketchbook intentionally drove the puppets insane or things just spiraled out of her control.
%%* AnachronismStew:
%%** The Plague and Sawdust...



** Starting with the fourth episode, the puppets in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" are shown to be completely aware of past events (including rotting alive). The puppets being trapped in Colin's digital world and [[spoiler:Duck Guy's death]] also play with this trope.
** [[spoiler: "You made me die!" said by Yellow Guy, directed toward Tony when Red Guy starts messing with the terminal in episode 6. Really showcases how scary the situation is, if Yellow Guy crying "no more songs" in the beginning wasn't enough.]]
* AnyoneCanDie:
** "But eventually, everyone runs out of time." Subverted in that they do survive, but won't forget their experience anytime soon...
** Played straight in episode 5, when [[spoiler:Duck Guy]] is EatenAlive.
* ArcNumber: June 19th/1906.
** It is the date in all 5 shorts. The Kickstarter page, after ominously stating "all will be revealed...", also shows a picture of the calendar with June 19th on it, implying some sort of answer at some point.
** In [=DHMIS2=], the picture on the wall reads 19/06/55. Also, every date during the time travel sequence is June 19th. Additionally, during the Victorian Time scene, you can see that there is a wanted poster for the Yellow Guy. His price, dead or alive? £1,906 ... 19/06, also known as ''June 19th'' (Since Europeans put day first then month)...
** June 19 is when the Kickstarter ended. If it had failed, the three puppets would have been permanently killed off. [[FateWorseThanDeath They were not so fortunate.]]
** Episode 3 begins with a scrolling shot of a poster of the three protagonists on a tree, stating they went missing on 19/6. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Dead died in 1906 - 19/06.
** The time Colin shows is 19:06, the newspaper's date is also 19/06, and the calendar at the end shows the same date.
** [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/0a455c33e4a453353e93d563d24a7ae3/tumblr_n6ohafAiiy1qc30roo1_1280.png Joseph Pelling has confirmed]] that the meaning behind this date will be confirmed at the end of the series...
** The fridge in the fifth video has a note on it saying "ROY: 011'''1906'''7482"
** There's a chart with a seemingly random assortment of numbers on it in the fourth and fifth videos. The observant viewer will notice that 19 and 06 are next to each other on the chart.
** Turns out, this was the date the Finale came out. [[spoiler: And [[HereWeGoAgain it switches to June 20th at the end]].]]
* ArcSymbol: [[AstralCheckerboardDecor Checkered patterns]] frequently show up in the videos.
* ArcWords: "I wonder what will happen..."
* ArrangedMarriage: In the third video, Yellow Guy is forced to marry a girl he most likely doesn't even ''know''.



* ArtEvolution:
** Yellow Guy and Duck Guy had their puppets rebuilt between the first and the second video; Yellow Guy has a more defined body and a more noticeable jaw (in comparison to the first video where he was a Muppet-style handrod puppet) and Duck Guy received longer articulated legs for the sequel.
** In the third video, the Yellow Guy was changed yet again by giving him white shoes and a noticeably shorter mullet.
** Yellow Guy's hair was yet again changed in the fourth video, giving him hair that is strikingly similar to his appearance in the second video.
* ArtShift:
** Just before the Creativity Explosion in DHMIS 1, the characters and set briefly turn into poorly-rendered, crudely-built CGI.
** And then during the actual sequence, Yellow Guy and the Duck Guy switch from being puppets to people wearing costumes like the Red Guy (with a few noticeable physical differences, like Yellow Guy's wild blue mane and Duck Guy's longer beak).
** The second DHMIS features even more shifts, mostly with claymation/stop-motion animation, such as the "Victorian Time" scene, the rotting apple, and Yellow Guy's reflection.
** The third video has noticeably fewer art shifts, but it shifts during the clouds scene and the scene telling the story of Michael.
** A major point in the fourth video, where most of the experience is 3D animated.
** In Episode 6, the dream sequence that Yellow guy is forced into is entirely in fluid 2-D animation, although it only lasts like half a minute, also [[spoiler:scenes with Red Guy are done in widescreen, with the scenery looking much more muted and realistic]]. There's also a brief switch to 3D animation when [[spoiler:Colin appears]].
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: In 6, [[spoiler:the room where the machine that controls everything is has a chessboard floor pattern. Chessboard patterns also appear in the previous videos, foreshadowing the true nature of the world they live in]].
* {{Autotune}}: Used to create the Duck Guy's speaking voice.
** Used to create the Computer's voice in 4.
** Weirdly enough, Duck Guy doesn't have this in 4. He regains it in 5, though.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Red Guy]] in Episode 5, after having his head popped in Episode 4.
** [[spoiler: Duck Guy makes a cameo for a few seconds in episode six. Can apply to the trio as a whole as they are back in their house once the universe resets]].
* BaitAndSwitch: In the fourth episode, Red Guy says "If only there was a way to learn more about the world..." and turns to the globe. Then Duck Guy says the same thing, also turning to the globe. The globe then suddenly grows a face, followed by a ''computer that wasn't even there before'' starting to sing.
* BigShutUp: In episode 4, the Red Guy tries to get Colin to stop talking. It only succeeds in angering him further.
* {{Beat}}
** This happens right after Sketchbook smears paint all over Yellow Guy's painting of a clown.
** Also used after Red Guy calls Sketchbook's form of self-expression "boring".
** Used again in the third video after the chicken picnic has been eaten by Duck Guy and Red Guy. Duck Guy insists that they ''have'' finished the chicken picnic and stares at the screen for a few moments.
** Happens after Colin reveals his "digital mind" in the fourth video.
** When Red Guy asks about the relevance of the Internet, Colin hesitates.
--> '''Red Guy''': But in this digital world, what can we do?
--> (Beat)
--> '''Red Guy''': (insistently) What can we--
--> '''Colin''': Hey, good question!
* BerserkButton:
** When the puppets begin to question the perception of time and how it works, Tony screams at them and then rots them alive to prove a point.
** The Red Guy slamming on Colin's keyboard was enough to set him off screeching "Don't touch [=MEeeeeEEEEEEE=]!" which makes things turn for the worse. In this case, it was a literal button that caused Colin to go berserk.
* BigBad: The finale seems to imply that [[spoiler: Yellow Guy's father Roy]] is behind it all, albeit for reasons that are never explained [[spoiler: (unless the supplementary interviews are canon, where he says it's to punish his son).]]
* TheBigGuy: Red Guy, due to him being a human in a costume, is noticeably larger than the other puppets. However, this is no longer the case during the manic creativity montage at the end of the first film (when the Yellow Guy and the Duck Guy were also portrayed by humans in costumes).
* BlatantLies:
** "It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock!"
** "Oh don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine". Possibly subverted as they *are* fine at the end of the video.
** '''Shrignold:''' You see? Everyone has a special one.
-->''(Beat)''
-->'''Rabbit Boy:''' Even Michael! [[spoiler: Michael being "the ugliest boy in town" in a story told by Shrignold's friends. Michael is called a freak and lives alone in a cave.]]
** Everything [[KnowNothingKnowItAll The Healthy Band]] says about health in Episode 5.
** Special mention to the space-themed teacher in Episode 6 who claims ''“planets live inside the moon”.''
* BloodierAndGorier:
** The fifth episode, where [[spoiler:Duck Guy's organs are torn out and eaten, and later his entire body is mutilated]].
** Inverted in Episode 6, which doesn't have any significant blood or gore, and focuses instead more on psychological horror.
* BodyHorror: So, so much.
** EyeScream: As the puppets rot in DHMIS 2, the Duck Guy's eye can be seen to have detached from its socket.
** {{Fingore}}: The Duck Guy's fingers get a nice close-up as they rot away to expose muscles, veins, and eventually bones.
** ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: the wall in "Bad Things" has a nail hammered through its head.
** SceneryGorn: A mouse-hole starts leaking meat during the Creativity Explosion.
** TearOffYourFace: In the Kickstarter video, the page from the Sketchbook with her face on it is briefly shown on the ground. Given that she's a sketchbook, it could very well be the equivalent of this trope for her.
** TheToothHurts: The giant mouth in "Bad Things" has its two front teeth ripped out from biting on what is presumably hard candy, leaving behind blood.
** YourHeadAsplode: The rat in "Bad Things", and the Red Guy in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4".
** BloodIsSquickerInWater: Think about it, if they were already clean, then [[FridgeHorror what was staining the water brown?]]
** The strange creature that pops out of the egg in the third DHMIS is quickly smashed by the Duck Guy, leaving the cracked egg full of gore.
** Digital glitches play the part in ''4''. Also, Colin's "Digital Mind" is some sort of squishy, red substance.
** Bird is EatenAlive in the fifth episode, and his remains are seen all over a table.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The series begins and ends with the puppets sitting around a table, while the Sketchbook asks what their favorite idea is.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: During the Victorian sequence. "With cobbles and ''plague'' and speaking in rhymes!"
* BreakTheCutie: The UglyCute and adorably innocent Yellow Guy goes through absolute '''hell''' in Episode 6. For starters, he's completely alone now that both of his friends are gone (keep in mind, he was ''forced to eat one of them'' in the preceding episode), and he's left to endure yet another song from a crazy teacher by himself. Throughout the number, it's clear that he desperately wants to escape, fully aware that it isn't going to end well, and once the nightmares kick in, he ends up drowning in oil ''twice''. If that wasn't enough, he's then subject to [[spoiler:endure every single previous teacher (excluding the Notepad) along with several new ones, and it's so overwhelming that the poor guy can do nothing but scream and cry, slowly falling into insanity until Red Guy saves him by pulling the plug]].
* BreatherEpisode: The third episode. The only gore comes from the food at the picnic and the scrubby of Yellow Guy's brain, and is relatively low-key, a much longer time is spent on things being perfectly fine and happy before it gets dark, [[spoiler:and it's AllJustADream, ending with a heartwarming GoldenMoment]]. However, the NEXT episode...
* BrickJoke: During episode 6, the Red Guy [[spoiler:(in an office of [[MesACrowd other Red Guys]])]] goofing around with a File singing the lines "I am a file and you put documents in me". When the Teachers keep swapping in and out due to [[spoiler: Red Guy messing with a machine that created them]], one of said Teachers is a file singing the same lines, in the same slipshod "melody".
* BrokenAesop: Invoked in-universe. The "lessons" taught are misinformed and incorrect, which the puppets begin to pick up on. Many view this as a criticism of the media, but that's open to interpretation.
* BrokenRecord:
-->'''Yellow Guy:''' Wow, look! [x]!
-->'''Duck Guy:''' Digital style!
-->'''Colin:''' Do a digital dancing! Hey, this is fun!
** "You shouldn't eat food from a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate..."
** "Looks like somebody's having a bad dream! A bad dream! Bad dream! Bad dream! Bad dream..."
* ButtMonkey:
** The Yellow Guy gets all of his suggestions slammed or ruined, including his clown picture and his favorite colour.
** In the sequel, Tony beeps loudly at him until his ears bleed - something that does not happen to his friends because they cover their ears.
** This continues in the third video, but not as extreme. Yellow Guy gets told that he can't love what he wants and must get married to a wife, ''against his will.''
** Yet again, Yellow Guy is the butt of the joke. In the fourth video he is interrupted by Duck Guy and smacked in the face twice by Colin.
** Takes a disturbing turn in #5, when the Food Band tricks him into [[spoiler:eating his only remaining friend]].
** It gets even worse with #6 [[spoiler:which starts has him being dragged into a song about dreams against his will then he endures the horrors of the teachers both old and new getting swapped repeatedly when Red Guy messes with the big machine's controls and all he can do is cry and beg for it to stop]]
* CallBack: Yellow Guy's clown painting (Still ruined by black paint) appears in the sequel to the original video, and yet again in the fourth video.
** The craft that Yellow Guy made in the first video appears in the third.
** In ''4'', [[spoiler: When Colin mentions that he can tell the time, Duck Guy turns to the camera and says "time?", referencing the events of episode 2. Later on, the trio turn into approximations of their crude CGI models from the original short film.]]
** In Episode 6, all of the protagonists [[spoiler:are now their favorite color as stated in the first Episode, after Red Guy unplugged the machine]].
** Also in 6, during the previous teachers' medley, [[spoiler:Yellow Guy's "An old man died." in Tony the Clock's song is replaced with "You made me die!", in reference to the events of Episode 2]]
** When [[spoiler:Red Guy]] does his little file song for his boss, the latter merely responds with "That sounds really boring", a line said by Red Guy back in the first episode. He also asks "I wonder what will happen?" (from Episode 3) before [[spoiler:pulling the plug on the machine and resetting the timeline]]. The song he sings in the karaoke bar is also Sketchbook's song on creativity.
** "Gel" and cigarettes are food groups featured in the Health Shape in episode 5. In the next episode, [[spoiler: two of the potential Teachers controlled by the machine are shown to be a can of gel and a cigarette.]]
** When [[spoiler:Red Guy messes with Roy's machine to make new teachers]] in the sixth, Yellow Guy yells "MAKE IT STOP!", which is the same thing he yelled when Tony made them rot alive in the second.
* TheCameo:
** The sketchbook from the first video makes a brief appearance in the second, behind Red Guy's radio. Roy, Sketchbook, and Tony can be briefly seen among the cultists worshiping Malcolm in the third video.
** In 4, Sketchbook is a box of oats with eyes, and Malcolm appears as a mantel decoration. The Yellow Guy's father can also be seen sitting in the shadows while Red Guy is on the computer.
** In 5, Colin reappears as a fridge magnet, and Roy can be briefly seen peering over the edge of the “set” when Duck Guy has his breakdown.
** In 6, All of the teachers except for Sketchbook appear briefly singing their respective songs from each episode. At the end of the episode Sketchbook reappears singing the first line of The Creativity Song.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The puppets are notably having a ''chicken'' picnic in the third video. Not only is one of the people eating it clearly a bird, but they are also eating it ''raw''.
* CatapultNightmare: Yellow Guy gets one in the finale after dreaming about drowning in oil.
* CentralTheme: Each installment features a theme that the episode revolves around.
** 1 revolves around Creativity
** 2 is about Time
** 3 discusses "Love"
** 4 talks about Technology
** 5 is about Health/Nutrition
** Subverted in 6, which is initially about Dreams [[spoiler:but then goes Meta.]]
** The series as a whole has "how not to teach something". It's widely speculated that the series is also about how the media conditions children to think in certain ways.
* ChekhovsGun: In an attempt to turn off the computer in episode 4, Red Guy follows the cord and winds up in the "outside world". While it's not clear if the cord in episode 6 is supposed to be the same cord he followed before, [[spoiler:he nevertheless finally unplugs it]].
* CreepilyLongArms: [[spoiler: Roy]] is given one in the final episode.
* ComedicSociopathy: Tony is extremely pushy with the other puppets, insulting and shouting at them whenever they divert from his song. At the end, he even seems to smile evilly as [[spoiler:the other puppets begin to quickly rot away while still alive.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2" has everyone musing about time. As with every other video, it isn't long before things go [[SurpriseCreepy horribly wrong]].
* ContinuityCavalcade: The brief animated segment at the beginning of episode 6 is covered with items and characters from the previous episodes. Additionally, [[spoiler:all of the previous teachers make short cameos near the end, as Red Guy is messing with a machine that controls them.]] The episode also features Red Guy singing the "creative song" from episode 1.
* ContinuityNod: In the second video, there is a line that clearly sets up a rhyme in "green", but Tony uses "brown" instead. Why? Because, of course, green is not a creative colour.
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler: When Red guy (literally) pulls the plug on the whole operation, things reset to back to they were in the first episode (though, coincidentally, all the students are now colored their favorite colors)]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The DHMIS world is almost entirely made out of soft felt and cloth and is modeled after typical children's edutainment shows like Sesame Street, but once the songs start it goes right downhill, from being mildly uncomfortable to full-blown horrifying.
** The love world in episode 3, where the inhabitants end up being cultists.
* CreatorCameo: Becky and Joe appear at the end of ''Craig's Big Day''.
* {{Cult}}: The group that the Yellow Guy meets in episode 3 is pretty clearly shown to be one.
* TheDandy: Duck Guy really likes the different costumes he can try out in number 4 using "digital style!"
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Fifth episode, where there is no indication the trauma will be reversed, a lot more violence and gore, less jokes, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a song that isn't quite as catchy]].
* DemotedToExtra: Red Guy and Duck Guy have much smaller roles in the third episode, which mostly focused on Yellow Guy
** Red Guy in the fifth episode only appears for a few seconds in the credits
** Duck Guy in the sixth episode [[spoiler: considering he was murdered the previous episode and only briefly appears during the teacher montage]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Happens every now and then, especially in episode 2.
-->'''Tony the Talking Clock:''' Watch it go round like a merry-go-round, going so fast [[ShapedLikeItself like a merry-go-round.]]
-->'''Tony the Talking Clock:''' Let's go on a journey, a journey through time! The time is changing all the time, it's time to go to '''TIME!'''
* DirtyOldMan: Yellow Guy's dad is extremely creepy and sketchy, saying nothing and only staring at the viewer with dead eyes. He's later shown viewing what appears to be a heavily-pixellated porn site.
* DisneyAcidSequence:
--> "And now let's all agree to never be creative again."
* DisproportionateRetribution: Merely insinuating that time is nothing more than a concept gets met with Tony screaming at the puppets till their ears bleed, to say nothing of what happens to them later.
** Colin HatesBeingTouched so much that he punishes the puppets by trapping them in a digital world in which all they can do is open doors, check out "digital styles", and do digital dances, over and over again. The only one who manages to escape is the Red Guy, whose head explodes.
* DownerBeginning: Episode 6 opens with Yellow Guy alone in his room, crying over the loss of his best friends after the events of 4 and 5. Before going to sleep, he looks at his buddies' now-empty beds and tearfully says, "Good night, guys. I miss you..."
* DownerEnding:
** The fourth instalment ends with [[spoiler:Red Guy dead and Yellow Guy and Duck Guy still trapped in the deteriorating digital world.]]
** The fifth instalment's ending may be the most depressing one yet. Duck Guy gets [[spoiler:grinded into canned food (''alive!'') and served as lunch for the Yellow Guy. The latter is then force fed every can (unaware that he had just eaten his own friend ''because he was drugged by the teachers''), and ends up sitting in the dark kitchen, completely alone]]. Afterwards, the mysterious caller (who had been trying to call the two throughout the episode) is revealed to be [[spoiler:the absent Red Guy, who had been calling from a phone booth outside]]. The episode ends with [[spoiler:Red Guy, dressed in a trenchcoat and carrying a suitcase, walking away from the phone booth in the rain. It's implied that he was the one who called Duck Guy and Yellow Guy earlier in the episode.]] Judging by the depressing rainstorm, the somewhat melancholic jazz music, and the fact that [[spoiler:he has a suitcase]], it's certainly not a happy with the results.
** The six instalment ends with [[spoiler:the palette swapped puppets sitting around the table again as the Notebook starts to sing. Nothing has apparently changed, and whether the puppets will be able to escape the endless cycle of torment remains ambiguous.]]
** This is one interpretation of the finale, which goes as follows: [[spoiler: Roy has been in control of the whole series via a simulation machine that controls the Teachers to impose his views on the puppets. When Red Guy pulls the plug on the machine, the cycle starts over again, just on a different day and palette-swapped puppets.]]
* DullSurprise: Red Guy sounds utterly bored by everything.
* EarAche: Yellow suffers this in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'''s costumes and characters aren't quite as polished as later ventures (due to the video being made in Becky and Joe's spare time), the creepiness is much more subdued or just implied until the end, and while Sketchbook does pick on [[ButtMonkey Yellow Guy]] throughout the video, they're much less actively malicious toward the puppets.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: Duck Guy awakens to see his body cut open and his innards are being slowly pulled out and devoured by a can monster, giggling as he eats. Duck Guy can only gape and watch in horror as he's slowly eaten alive.]]
* EEqualsMCHammer: ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2'' contains, among other things on a blackboard, 卐 = MC[[superscript:2]] and π = [[ArcNumber 19.6]](y).
* FamousLastWords:
-->'''Duck Guy:''' WHERE AM I!?
-->'''Yellow Guy:''' Stop, I don't like it!
-->'''Red Guy:''' I wonder what will happen...
* FauxAffablyEvil: In all 6 "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" installments:
** Tony talks quite on length about time, but will often impolitely interrupt the characters trains of thought when they diverge from his pre-established set of circumstances, albeit attempting to be subtle about it, though he eventually just skips the subtlety when the characters just start questioning whether time is just a matter of human perception.
** Colin acts rather nice towards the puppets, and begins by innocently showing off everything he can do for them, that is until Red Guy gets annoyed at him, slamming his hand onto him, which causes Colin to go berserk and trap them all into a virtual world where everything goes wrong very quickly. He interrupts the puppets a few times during the video, and is very self centered.
** The Food Band pretend to be friendly, but they ignore everything the main characters say, and it’s heavily implied they tricked Yellow Guy into [[spoiler: ''eating Duck Guy after harvesting the latter’s organs '''while he was still alive''''']].
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: In episode 6, [[spoiler:the Teachers do this when Red messes with the machine controlling them.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Tony]]:''' [[spoiler:Time went new and got old like history, stuff from the past went into a mystery]]!\\
'''Yellow Guy:''' [[spoiler:You made me die!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Tony]]:''' [[spoiler:But look, a-]]!\\
''[[spoiler:(Tony turns into Colin)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Colin]]:''' [[spoiler: -computer, I'm a computery guy, everything made out of buttons and wires, I'd like to show you-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Colin turns into Shrignold)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Shrignold]]''': [[spoiler: -why we're here, what's it all about you've no idea, and everywhere you look, all you see is hatred, and darkness, death, and-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Shrignold turns into Steak Guy)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Steak Guy]]''': [[spoiler: -[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ice cream beef!]] Ice cream beef makes your teeth go grey!]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Steak Guy turns into Spinach Can)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Spinach Can]]''': [[spoiler:Doesn't matter, just throw it away! Why not try some-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Spinach Can turns into Duck Guy)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Duck Guy]]''': [[spoiler: -fish on my tray?]] WHAT?! WHERE AM I?!??!
* FluffyTheTerrible: The murderous god that the cult worships is named... Malcolm.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
--> '''Apple''': And I rot over time and I'm [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand noot anymooooooooore...]]
*** Five guesses as to what happens to the puppets later in the episode.
** Also in DHMIS 2, during the trio's journey through time with Tony, the Yellow Guy notices an old man died, to which Tony directs his attention toward a computer. In DHMIS 4, Colin is a computer, and the episode expands on the LuddWasRight themes that DHMIS 2 showed.
** Episode 4 had several subtle references to oats. Episode 5 is all about foods that are plain-looking, like oats. Given the conspiracy elements that have been surfacing lately, what could they really mean?
** Episode 5 shows a quick shot of the drawing on the fridge, which has changed to show Red Guy leaving the house and Duck Guy dead. Guess what happens by the end?
** The canned Duck Guy is shown in the "healthy food shape" and behind the cooked meat when the "fancy food" are shown.
** The page photo in itself could be foreshadowing, because Yellow Guy is shown floating alone in space while his friends watch. [[spoiler: By the end of Episode 5, he's the only one left.]]
** When Steak Guy starts singing in episode 5, he pokes Duck Guy a few times with his fork. [[spoiler: He doesn't turn out well.]]
** The order in which [[spoiler:the puppets are seemingly killed off]] in the last three videos mirrors their attitudes towards the teacher in the first three-Red Guy was the one who called Sketchbook's ideas boring in the original short and [[spoiler:his head explodes at the end of episode 4]], Duck Guy was the one to bring up that time might not exist in the second and [[spoiler:is EatenAlive in episode 5]], and Yellow Guy was the one who had the supposedly-wrong idea of love in the third.
** Also, in the third episode, the Teacher gives his lesson only to Yellow Guy. [[spoiler:Three episodes later, Yellow Guy is the only one left.]]
** The Steak in Episode Five puts a lot of emphasis and mispronunciation on the word "OR-GANS". [[spoiler:Guess what is harvested from Duck Guy by the end of the episode?]]
** In episode 2, when time is sped up, Yellow Guy and Red Guy merely become wrinkled and grey haired, and are still moving around and making a lot of noise. Duck Guy isn't moving at all, other than Tony rocking his chair, and he isn't making a sound, and he is the only one shown to be rotting away almost instantly, the flesh falling off his fingers and his eye falling out of his socket, instead of him getting old like the other puppets. When things go back to normal, Duck Guy's eye is still in the corner of the room, while Tony very pointedly says "Eventually, everyone runs out of time." Fast forward to episode five...
** Not to mention in episode 3 they are seen eating raw dead birds, and in episode 1, it is Duck Guy who spells out "death" in potato stamps, while the others coat organs in glitter and make them into a cake, just like the giant can does with Duck Guys organs in episode 5. Duck Guy's death was foreshadowed from the very beginning.
** AstralCheckerboardDecor patterns appear in every videos (the dining room floor in 1, the bathroom floor in 2, the picnic mat in 3, the digital world in 4 and the kitchen tiles in 5). It foreshadows [[spoiler:the LotusEaterMachine nature of the world they live in; the world's control room in 6 has checkerboard flooring]].
** In Episode 6, Red Guy (who is in reality) is asked to file some things, and says that it would be weird if the file came to life and began to sing. [[spoiler:Later in the episode, as Red Guy is toggling the slew of teachers in the machine, one of them just so happens to be a singing file]].
** In the fourth and fifth episodes, the Teachers show up out of nowhere with no logical reason how they got there. [[spoiler: ''6'' reveals that they are controlled by a machine, which can place them in the scene at any time.]]
** In the interview, when the puppets are asked what they find exciting, Red Guy replies "Nothing". It seems like just a reference to how Red Guy is TheStoic, but it's also foreshadowing that [[spoiler:when Red Guy escaped the lessons he ended up in a world where everything is dull and boring.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In DHMIS 5, when Duck Guy knocks down the camera [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere trying to escape]], you can see Red Guy's head in the microwave, Roy sitting on top of the wall of the set, and a shot of Red Guy just standing as it falls down, when Red Guy has been absent for almost the entire episode.
** In DHMIS 6, during the end of the animated sequence, Roy can be seen in a phone booth in the background while Yellow Guy is riding a horse, as well as in a window while Yellow Guy is drowning in oil.
* FurryDenial: Duck Guy suggesting that time might just be a construct of ''human'' perception.
* GainaxEnding:
** Episode 4: [[spoiler: Ends with the Red Guy discovering a doorway to some kind of recording studio, where he discovers body-suited actors staging a crude recreation of the earlier videos... then his head explodes. Unlike the others, there's no indication that this is some kind of dream or hallucination. He shows up in the next episode, fortunately, although his place or presence in the plot is now unclear.]]
** The series as a whole: [[spoiler:Red Guy messes around with a terminal that controls the world of the puppets, only to be grabbed on the shoulder by Roy. Red Guy walks away and pulls a giant plug connecting to the terminal, resulting in the world resetting only on June 20th instead of 19th and with the puppets' colors switched. The notepad shows up and begins to sing its song once more, cue credits.]]
* {{Gonk}}: Roy, father of the Yellow Guy. Played for creepiness.
* GenreSavvy:
** In 4, after saying that they wish they could learn more about "what is the biggest thing in the world", the puppets look expectantly at a nearby globe, assuming it will come to life and teach them... [[SubvertedTrope and then Colin shows up.]]
** By the time of Episode 5, Duck Guy seems to have realized that the lessons always go horribly wrong. He's utterly terrified the whole time that he's around the Healthy Band, in contrast to his total comfort around Sketchbook, Tony, the Unnamed Monster, and Colin.
** By Episode 6, Yellow Guy's noticed too. [[spoiler: The moment the lamp starts singing, Yellow Guy tells him "NO!" and shuts him off. Unfortunately, it doesn't shut him up for long.]] In spite of the cheery music, Yellow Guy can only respond in horror because he knows how it's going to end.
* GrossOutShow
* GrossUpCloseUp: The organ cake in the first video, as well as the dead fish, Yellow Guy's [[EarAche bleeding ear]], the characters' [[RapidAging rapid rotting]] in the second video, the bloody chicken, eggs and the maggot in the third video, Colin's "digital mind" in the fourth video, and [[spoiler: the can eating Duck Guy's organs]] in the fifth video.
* GrotesqueCute: Although the characters are more along the lines of UglyCute to begin with, the puppet designs and style seems childish and innocent enough at first to qualify.
* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:The series ends with one, with Red Guy resetting the events of the series by pulling the plug on the machine controlling the teachers, which reverts all of the main characters back to the first episode. The last (and, by extent, [[BookEnds first]]) line of the series is the Notepad saying "What's your favorite idea?"]].
* HatesBeingTouched: Colin from DHMIS 4.
* HappyEnding: The other interpretation of the final episode. [[spoiler: Roy, either out of regret or innocence, prompts Red Guy to end the madness, and Red Guy pulls the plug. (Either that, or Red Guy defies Roy because he's evil.) The date finally changes past Father's Day, the room has a door, and the puppets are now their favorite colors, signifying freedom and the ability to move forward without the damaging influence of the media.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The first video's background music dissolves into discordant screeching during the "get creative" scene. In the sequel, Tony's shrill, high-pitched screeching makes all the puppets cower and cover their ears.
** [[spoiler:Colin's shrieking when Red Guy hits him in DHMIS 4, and the strange noises during the glitchy segment.]]
** After the steak tells the Yellow Guy not to eat food from a stranger plate. It starts getting repeated over and over with the sound getting high pitched then lowed pitched and the steak and spinach starts saying it in a more aggressive and mad tone. Also the Bird Guy's scream during that bit.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:The finale ends with Red Guy pulling the plug to the "Teacher Machine", which somehow resets everything back to where it was in the first video, minus the main characters being different colors and the calendar '''finally''' changing to June 20]].
* HollywoodTorches: Episode 6's lamp acts as one. The room goes completely [[HollywoodDarkness dark blue]] when he's switched off, and the whole room gets illuminated when he comes back on to continue his horrible torture song
* HostageVideo: The Kickstarter video is done like this.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Yellow Guy]] at the end of Episode 5.
** Well, it [[spoiler: wasn't a person, per se...]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sketchbook berates Yellow Guy for using the colour green, because it is not a creative colour. Earlier when she showed her hair, some of it was clearly green.
** After spending several verses singing about loving each other and their pets, Shrignold and his cronies say that Yellow Guy is only allowed to love his "special one".
** The steak chef in episode 5 says that red meats are bad to eat.
* IAmNotWeasel: Duck Guy refers to both a butterfly and a maggot as "pesky bee[s]". The Yellow Guy refers to Shrignold as "A little baby pigeon", despite him clearly being a butterfly.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: The 2nd and 3rd videos contain "wrist" and "harmony" spelled as "rizd" and "harmunee" in big letters on the screen.
* IronicEcho: One of Red Guy's first lines is "That sounds really boring." Someone else gives him the exact same line in the 6th episode.
* {{Irony}}: [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18301/1/beckyjoe-are-this-weeks-dazed-visionaries From the creators]]: "Animation can at times be a dull and tedious way to work but it also offers you '''complete creative control''', which is something we like to have."
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Red Guy dismisses all of Sketchbook's ideas as boring or uncreative.
** Tony cuts off the trio's [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]] about time by beeping loudly and aggressively at them until Yellow Guy's ears bleed.
** But who could forget our [[ComicBook/SpiderMan friendly neighborhood guide, Sketchbook]]? From the first film alone, she ruined Yellow Guy's painting of a clown by smearing black ink on it just because she thought Yellow Guy wasn't following what she thought being creative was, and also notified him about green not being a creative colour when he wanted to use it.
** Shrignold keeps telling Yellow Guy that he is alone throughout the video, and also dismisses Yellow's ideas of what love is about. Near the end he also forces Yellow Guy to get married to his 'special one'.
** Colin, despite saying several times how smart and helpful he is, keeps interrupting people, does not seem to acknowledge the original question being asked of him, and forcibly takes the puppets on a journey.
** The talking steak won’t stop jabbing Bird Guy with a meat fork, and condemns all his choices of food as “greedy”—even when he wasn’t going to eat it in the first place. No matter what suggestion is offered, he insists that it will "make your teeth/gums all grey", and stomps on the model of the body repeatedly to prove a point.
* LighterAndSofter: The same team behind DHMIS actually worked on a [[https://vimeo.com/151896897 PSA video for St John Ambulance teaching about CPR]]. Unlike DHMIS, its taken more seriously and aimed at children and family members.
* JumpScare: Interestingly enough, The show ''doesn't'' utilize any [[JumpScare jumpscares]], since it focuses more on shocking the viewer rather than startling them. However, ''4'' does have a moment that may qualify: during the scene where Colin the Computer distorts reality in order to warp to his world, Duck Guy's face suddenly pops out (in close up) and glitches in front of the screen.
* KarmaHoudini: All negative figures, great and small, in the videos seem to have gotten off scot-free.
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:Sketchbook]] has [[spoiler:their]] face ripped off in "HELP #3". They have not appeared since, apart from in [[spoiler:Yellow Guy's dream in the third]], though their death has also not been referenced, so whether this trope actually applies is unclear. [[spoiler: Sketchbook [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this in Episode 6, as [[HereWeGoAgain the events begin all over again]].]]
** [[spoiler:Duck Guy]] is EatenAlive in the fifth video. [[spoiler:Given that Red Guy survived his head exploding, whether Duck Guy will remain dead is unknown, but the {{Foreshadowing}} picture at the start seems to suggest that he really is gone for good.]]
* KnightOfCerebus:
** Tony in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2'', compared to the Sketchbook from the first, is more clearly evil. He angrily and loudly beeps at the puppets when they try to question the concept of time, and [[spoiler: notes how everybody inevitably runs out of time as he rots the puppets alive]].
** The [[spoiler:cans]] in ''Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 5''. They’re the first to be explicitly seen [[spoiler:harming one of the main characters (unless you count Tony making Yellow Guy’s ears bleed)]] and they arguably have the most overtly creepy scenes in the entire series ([[spoiler:eating Bird Guy’s organs out of him when he’s still alive, while ''chuckling'', and then baking a cake out of his face]]). Jesus '''''Christ.''''' It makes the creativity explosion in the first, the “everyone runs out of time” scene in the second, Yellow Guy's initiation into the Love Cult and the swatting of the newborn caterpillar in the third, and the deteriorating virtual world in the fourth look like actual Sesame Street by comparison. Also, Duck Guy is utterly terrified throughout the fifth, in stark contrast to the puppets' reactions to Sketchbook, Tony, the Monster from Kickstarter, Shrignold, and Colin, where no one realized their malice until it was too late. Since the end credits show that [[spoiler:Red Guy survived having his head blown up]], they appear to also be the first villains to actually [[spoiler:kill a puppet]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: After the CREATIVITY EXPLOSION from the things, the puppets are sitting around, confused as to what the hell just happened. Sketchbook says they should all agree to never be creative again.
* LostAesop: When the Yellow Guy is depressed that he can't find love in the third video, the Tree assure him that everyone has a special one, and sings to him about The Story of Michael, the loneliest boy in town. Michael was ugly, everyone called him a freak, and he lived on his own underground...and that's it. He doesn't find his special one, and yet they treat it like he did.
-->''This is the story of Michael, the ugliest boy in town''
-->''Ugly and weak, they called him a freak''
-->''So he lived on his own underground''
-->''He lived on his own underground'' (x2)
-->'''Shrignold:''' You see? Everyone has a special one.
-->''(Beat)''
-->'''Rabbit Boy:''' [[BlatantLies Even Michael]]!
* LotusEaterMachine: Seems to be the nature of the kitchen in Episode 5. [[spoiler: Yellow Guy and the Bird are trapped there while whatever the food things are feed on their organs.]] In the credits, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Red Guy has been calling them from a phone booth, but whether he succeeds in actually reaching them is unclear]].
** Elaborated upon in the finale: [[spoiler: Red Guy discovers a machine with monitors displaying Yellow Guy being tormented by another singing object, and the machine’s controls cause other singing objects to appear. When Red Guy unplugs the machine, it apparently resets reality [=and/or=] causes time to finally start moving forward again.]]
* LuddWasRight: A theme in DHMIS 2 is that all the puppets become complacent and indifferent to life, instead getting distracted by, and wasting their time on, the computer, or complaining about missing their programme.
--> '''Yellow Guy:''' "An old man died."
--> '''Tony:''' "But LOOK! A computer!"
** This theme was expanded upon in the fourth instalment, where the focus is a singing computer who, at first, seems really helpful, touting how much knowledge he has and all the things he can do. However, he then starts asking the puppets extremely personal questions, such as what their blood type is and the colour of their hair. Later on, once the puppets are in the digital world, they can only do three things: look at stuff, try on clothes, and dance aimlessly. They do this again and again, seemingly forever, until Red decides to quit the whole thing.
* MadArtist: Either the Sketchbook or the Puppets during the Creativity Explosion, depending on whether you see it as the Sketchbook's doing.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Episode 6 reveals that all the teachers were being controlled by Roy.]]
* MandatoryTwistEnding: The teacher in each instalment always turns out to be EvilAllAlong. By the fifth, even Duck Guy seems to be aware of this. The sixth subverts the formula by having The Lamp not even bother with acting friendly, and just drowns Yellow Guy ForTheEvulz four lines into the song.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Dead are, well, dead.
* MindScrew: Combined with SerialEscalation. The first few episodes ''tend'' to make sense within children's show logic, excepting a few scenes and the AmbiguousSituation. The second half of the show invokes SurrealHorror and psychological storytelling more and more.
* MoodWhiplash: Part of the appeal of the "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" videos is that it goes from bright and cheery into mind-numbing insanity in a matter of moments.
* MotorMouth: Duck Guy in the Kickstarter video.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
-->'''Sketchbook''': I use my hair to express myself!\\
'''Red Guy:''' ''(flatly)'' That sounds really boring.\\
'''Sketchbook''': ...''I use my hair to express myself.''\\
(...)\\
'''Sketchbook''': Now when you stare at the clouds in the sky,don't you find it exciting? \\
'''Puppets''': No.\\
'''Sketchbook''': Come on, take another look.\\
'''Yellow Guy''': Oh, right!\\
'''Puppets''': I can see a hat, I can see a cat, I can see a man with a baseball bat, I can see a dog, I can see a frog, I can see a ladder leaning on a log.
* NeverSayDie: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; it's said at least once in the first three instalments.
** In the first DHMIS, Duck Guy writes "DEATH" on the table using potato stamps during the CREATIVITY EXPLOSION.
** In the second, Tony states that "a tree that is older has shriveled and died" (He does later describe the puppets as "running out of time", but that's probably more due to his personal obsession than censorship);
** In the Kickstarter video, it is made explicitly clear that [[KilledOffForReal the puppets will be killed off if enough money isn't raised]].
** In the third, when The Love Cultists explain to the Yellow Guy what a "special one" is, they show him two tombstones reading "Mr. Dead" and "Mrs. Dead".
*** Also in the third, the line "And everywhere you look, all you see is hatred; and darkness, death and fear".
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Sketchbook, Tony, the Cult, Colin, and the Foods. And the Lamp, in the literal sense of “nightmare”.
* OminousVisualGlitch: In a particular scene in episode 4, after Red Guy touches Colin, it harshly launches the puppets into its virtual world, signaled by a disturbing sequence containing visuals of them being distorted and glitched to hell and back.
* OnlySaneMan: Red Guy is the only one who isn't going insane during the "creative episode." Additionally, he's much more questioning of the weirdness than the others.
* OrWasItADream: In the final shot of "Time", [[spoiler: the entire sequence is revealed to be the TV show that Red Guy was waiting to watch... although you can still see the Duck Guy's rotting eyeball in the corner of the room.]]
** Happens again in "Love", [[spoiler:after Yellow Guy wakes up from his terrible nightmare about a cult trying to persuade him to join and find his "special one", his friends offer him an egg which hatches into a bloody worm-like creature that yells "Father!", before being smashed by Duck Guy.]]
* OrphanedPunchline: The sixth episode has Red Guy tuning into a conversation three other Red Guys are having at a nearby table.
-->'''Red Guy''': --but I was like, "Yeah, that's not even the same bucket!" ''(laughing)''
* PacManFever: Colin the computer is portrayed as a beige machine with a massive CRT monitor that displays extremely low-res, with the most robotic TTS-voice ever heard in the history of computing. Even though in the same video we see a much thinner laptop with a much higher definition display being opened, and Colin's digital world is rendered in 3D, even though the screen shows Nintendo graphics.
* PaintingTheMedium: In the sixth video, every live-action scene with Red Guy is shown in a cinematic aspect ratio.
* PaletteSwap: The three puppets in the ending of the sixth video.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Possibly not intentionally, due to [[spoiler:coming from a tape recorder, but just before Red Guy's head pops at the end of episode 4 it recites "[[AC:You are not invited to the party.]]"]]
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Money Man in the Kickstarter video.
* RapidAging: What happens to the Puppets near the end of the second video, before it goes from this to ''rotting''.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Love Cult might be one.
* ReducedToRatburgers: During the Victorian scene in ''Time'' there is a shop called "Rat Meat & Sons".
* RepeatedCueTardyResponse:
** When Red Guy asks about the relevance of the Internet, Colin hesitates.
--> '''Red Guy''': But in this digital world, what can we do?\\
''(beat)''\\
'''Red Guy''': (insistently) What can we--\\
'''Colin''': Hey, good question!
* RhymingWithItself:
** PlayedForLaughs in "Time".
-->'''Tony''': Let's go on a journey, a journey through time! A time that's changing all the time, it's time to go to TIME!
** Played straight in "Love".
-->'''Red Guy''': Now that we have eaten the chicken, I don't know what to do.\\
'''Duck Guy''': Maybe we should look for our friend. Isn't that what friends do?
** Also in the sixth:
-->'''Lamp''': You can have a dream about losing your friends! Or you can have a dream about burning your friends!
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The CREATIVITY EXPLOSION drives the puppets to smear things like ripped-out hearts in glitter, take out raw meat from their pie, or stamp out '''DEATH''' in potato stamps.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Oil is used twice to represent the repression of free will. [[spoiler: In the first episode, Sketchbook uses it to destroy Yellow Guy's painting, and in the final episode, the Lamp causes Yellow Guy to drown in it due to his protests.]]
* SadistShow
* SeasonalRot: In-universe. It's invoked and implied that this would happen had Red Guy not taken action in the sixth episode. The previous lessons had been Creativity, Time, Love, Technology, Nutrition, and Dreams, but it was shown [[spoiler: by the machine-generated Teachers]] that the lessons most likely would go on to include Space, Sports, Magnetism, Digging Holes, Canoe Buying, Files, Traffic, Gel, Smoking, and Music. This can be read as another criticism of childrens' media, focusing on topics that become more inane over time.
* SeenItAll: By the fourth instalment, the puppets are so used to inanimate objects coming to life and singing to them that they actually seem to be prodding the globe in the beginning to just get it over with.
* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Sketchbook''': What's your favourite idea? Mine is being creative!\\
'''Yellow Guy''': How do you get that idea?\\
'''Sketchbook''': I just try to think creatively.
* ShowWithinAShow: At the end of "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2", [[spoiler:the camera slowly zooms out back to the three puppets in the living room, implying that everything that just happened was the show they were planning to watch. [[MindScrew Maybe.]] It's worth noting that the Duck Guy's [[EyeScream rotten, fallen-out eyeball]] is still on the ground when everything goes back to normal. The portrait of the puppets representing "the past" in the first scene has changed to Tony's "The future", a frame with the word "nothing" written on the background.]]
** In [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18301/1/beckyjoe-are-this-weeks-dazed-visionaries an interview]], Becky Sloan informed that the show they were intending to watch was ''"Craig's Big Day"'', which is another one of the studio's productions.
* SimilarSquad: The characters in ''Craig's Big Day'' almost all appear to be counterparts of the DHMIS universe, including a computer, a clock with a face, the show's creators (like the puppeteers in DHMIS 4), a fuming microwave, etc.
* SpoofAesop: "Now let's all agree to never be creative again."
* TheSmartGuy: Duck Guy was the one most shown as rational and even suggested the possibility that time is just a perception before being turned down.
* StealthPun: The leader of the Love Cult is notably a butterfly. [[spoiler: He's a love bug!]]
* TheStinger: After the credits roll for DHMIS, a man can be heard laughing about a "horrible sound".
* StrawHypocrite: All of the teachers so far.
** Sketchbook claims green is not a creative colour, yet has green in her hair. In general, she claims to be all about creativity, yet her song is just her telling the puppets what to do and getting mad whenever they make or do something without her instruction. At the end, she flat-out tells them never to be creative again.
** Tony starts out telling the puppets that there will always be time for what they want to do, but in the journey through time he shows the puppets a number of examples of people and things dying (running out of time). At the end, he gleefully admits that they, too, will run out of time eventually.
** Shrignold and the Love Cultists teach Yellow Guy about loving friends, but Shrignold spends a good deal of the song trying to convince Yellow Guy that his friends hate him. Eventually, they outright tell Yellow Guy that loving your friends is wrong because love should be saved for your Special One.
** Colin goes on and on about how clever and helpful he is, but not only does he [[KnowNothingKnowItAll never say or do anything clever]], he never even attempts to help the puppets figure out the answer to the question they wanted him to help them with in the first place, instead distracting them by asking them a bunch of completely irrelevant questions claiming that [[BlatantLies he needs to know the answers to help them become smart like him]]. He drops any pretense of intending to help when Red Guy hits his keyboard. He also boasts about how much you can do in the digital world, but then reveals that there are actually only three things to do there.
** The Food Band claim that cooked meat is unhealthy because it's a "colourful, show-offy food" despite their apparent leader being a steak. They also later say that the foods that they claimed were healthy were unhealthy.
--->'''Steak Guy''': "Choosing simple plain foods, like bread, cream, ''white sauce'' and aspic will keep the body ticking over!
--->'''Steak Guy and Spinach Can''': What's that? A pizza slice, but you're better off with ''plain white sauce!'' What's that, ''plain white sauce?'' Plain white sauce makes your teeth go grey!
** The Lamp is maybe the simplest example. He talks about how the Yellow Guy can't sleep because he doesn't know how to dream, but his attempts to teach Yellow Guy only make him more awake.
* StylisticSuck:
** Red Guy stumbles upon a poorly made set for a DHMIS episode, featuring crude renditions of the characters and very little colour.
** The Food Band’s song is blatantly half-assed and sounds improvised, with a repetitive melody and several lines of lyrics being nothing but “doo doo, da doo-doo”. Although it could be due to the [[AdventuresInComaland mysterious phone calls]] that keep interrupting them...
** Dream Lamp can't sing and the creators know it. His song also seems to consist of nothing but [[BrokenRecord "You can have a dream about XYX, or you can have a dream about YXY..."]] (and never anything rhyming as the two dream-ideas) ad infinitum once the first few lines are over.
** [[invoked]]Takes on a new intensity with the [[spoiler: rapidly cycling]] teachers in Episode 6. We only hear snippets of their songs, but each sounds even more repetitive and less coherent than the Food Band’s and one of them claims [[CriticalResearchFailure “planets live inside the moon.”]]
** In the bar Red Guy goes to in Episode 6, the music provided is by [[spoiler:another Red Guy]] just stiffly mashing the keys of a piano. [[spoiler: The original Red Guy's cover of the Creative Song sounds monotone and off-key as well, and the other characters are 5-minute hand puppets]]
* SubvertedKidsShow: Each episode of DHMIS starts off relatively saccharine and gradually become more depraved. By episode 5, though, things are pretty creepy right from the start, with Yellow Guy and Duck Guy already starting to realise that something's wrong.
* SurpriseCreepy: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"]]. It starts out innocently enough, with a talking sketchbook encouraging ''Series/SesameStreet''–style puppets to get creative to a [[EarWorm catchy song]]. By the end... well, let's just say that they [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant take it a bit too far]].
-->"Now let's all agree to never be creative again!"
** The second video starts normal enough, the puppets are waiting to watch their favourite show, Tony shows up and things start out like the usually would in a kids show, this time about... well, time. Cue [[spoiler: the main puppets [[RapidAging rapidly aging to death]]]] near the end of the video.
** The group in the third video go from happy-go-lucky friends trying to show Yellow Guy platonic love [[spoiler:to a cult that's trying to get Yellow Guy to join so he can find his feminine "special one". They also feed a giant stone monster they call their king and wear suits with mineral-made hearts and golden rings.]]
** Colin in the fourth video. [[spoiler:When Red Guy gets angry at Colin and slams his hand down on the keyboard, Colin shrieks and the puppets are glitched into an acid trip-like segment where everything is flashing and glitching all over the place. Things are back to normal for a while, but that doesn't last for long.]]
** There was an interview with the castmembers, in-character, and for the most part they gave off amusing or non-sequitur responses, until the last question, in which they ask Roy what his thoughts are.
--> "My silly boy has allowed his eyes to grow arrogant and rude, for this I will take him on a trip to punish land."
** 5 also does this to a lesser extent, it start of with a "song" on health (well, the bands non-nonsensical version of it, anyway), but the creepiness comes in much earlier and keeps building on it.
** 6 Averts this, it's creepy and strange all the way through.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The love world in the Third episode. There are clouds and rainbows everywhere the sky is pink, and it is inhabited by furry animals and talking flowers. [[invoked]]
* TemptingFate: After Yellow Guy runs off in tears in episode 3, Red Guy mentions that he "wonder[s] what will happen"... and shortly afterward, Shrignold shows up.
** Red Guy says this very same thing near the end of episode 6 [[spoiler: right before he unplugs the machine responsible for the teachers]].
* TitleDrop: When things start getting freaky in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'', the camera rotates and a studio crew with googly eyes can be seen along with a clapboard with the title on it.
* TotallyRadical: From the Kickstarter trailer, complete with dancing sunglasses.
-->"So far, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared has had over twenty million views on Youtube. And we think that's great. Seriously cool!"

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* ArtEvolution:
** Yellow Guy
BodyHorror: "Bad Things" and Duck Guy had their puppets rebuilt between the first and the second video; Yellow Guy has a more defined body and a more noticeable jaw (in comparison to the first video where he was a Muppet-style handrod puppet) and Duck Guy received longer articulated legs for the sequel.
** In the third video, the Yellow Guy was changed yet again by giving him white shoes and a noticeably shorter mullet.
** Yellow Guy's hair was yet again changed in the fourth video, giving him hair that is strikingly similar to his appearance in the second video.
* ArtShift:
** Just before the Creativity Explosion in DHMIS 1, the characters and set briefly turn into poorly-rendered, crudely-built CGI.
** And then during the actual sequence, Yellow Guy and the Duck Guy switch from being puppets to people wearing costumes like the Red Guy (with a few noticeable physical differences, like Yellow Guy's wild blue mane and Duck Guy's longer beak).
** The second DHMIS features even more shifts, mostly with claymation/stop-motion animation, such as the "Victorian Time" scene, the rotting apple, and Yellow Guy's reflection.
** The third video has noticeably fewer art shifts, but it shifts during the clouds scene and the scene telling the story
every installment of Michael.
** A major point in the fourth video, where most
''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'' have some of the experience is 3D animated.
** In Episode 6, the dream sequence that Yellow guy is forced into is entirely in fluid 2-D animation, although it only lasts like half a minute, also [[spoiler:scenes with Red Guy are done in widescreen,
this, contrasting with the scenery looking much more muted and realistic]]. There's also a brief switch to 3D animation when [[spoiler:Colin appears]].
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: In 6, [[spoiler:the room where the machine that controls everything is has a chessboard floor pattern. Chessboard patterns also appear in the previous videos, foreshadowing the true
colorful nature of the world they live in]].
* {{Autotune}}: Used to create the Duck Guy's speaking voice.
** Used to create the Computer's voice in 4.
** Weirdly enough, Duck Guy doesn't have this in 4. He regains it in 5, though.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Red Guy]] in Episode 5, after having his head popped in Episode 4.
** [[spoiler: Duck Guy makes a cameo for a few seconds in episode six. Can apply to the trio as a whole as they are back in their house once the universe resets]].
* BaitAndSwitch: In the fourth episode, Red Guy says "If only there was a way to learn more about the world..." and turns to the globe. Then Duck Guy says the same thing, also turning to the globe. The globe then suddenly grows a face, followed by a ''computer that wasn't even there before'' starting to sing.
* BigShutUp: In episode 4, the Red Guy tries to get Colin to stop talking. It only succeeds in angering him further.
* {{Beat}}
** This happens right after Sketchbook smears paint all over Yellow Guy's painting of a clown.
** Also used after Red Guy calls Sketchbook's form of self-expression "boring".
** Used again in the third video after the chicken picnic has been eaten by Duck Guy and Red Guy. Duck Guy insists that they ''have'' finished the chicken picnic and stares at the screen for a few moments.
** Happens after Colin reveals his "digital mind" in the fourth video.
** When Red Guy asks about the relevance of the Internet, Colin hesitates.
--> '''Red Guy''': But in this digital world, what can we do?
--> (Beat)
--> '''Red Guy''': (insistently) What can we--
--> '''Colin''': Hey, good question!
* BerserkButton:
** When the
puppets begin to question the perception of time and how it works, Tony screams at them and then rots them alive to prove a point.
** The Red Guy slamming on Colin's keyboard was enough to set him off screeching "Don't touch [=MEeeeeEEEEEEE=]!" which makes things turn for the worse. In this case, it was a literal button that caused Colin to go berserk.
themselves.
* BigBad: The finale seems to imply that [[spoiler: Yellow Guy's father Roy]] is behind it all, albeit for reasons that are never explained [[spoiler: (unless the supplementary interviews are canon, where he says it's to punish his son).]]
* TheBigGuy: Red Guy, due to him being a human in a costume, is noticeably larger than the other puppets. However, this is no longer the case during the manic creativity montage at the end of the first film (when the Yellow Guy and the Duck Guy were also portrayed by humans in costumes).
* BlatantLies:
** "It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock!"
** "Oh don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine". Possibly subverted as they *are* fine at the end of the video.
** '''Shrignold:''' You see? Everyone has a special one.
-->''(Beat)''
-->'''Rabbit Boy:''' Even Michael! [[spoiler: Michael being "the ugliest boy in town" in a story told by Shrignold's friends. Michael is called a freak and lives alone in a cave.]]
** Everything [[KnowNothingKnowItAll The Healthy Band]] says about health in Episode 5.
** Special mention to the space-themed teacher in Episode 6 who claims ''“planets live inside the moon”.''
* BloodierAndGorier:
** The fifth episode, where [[spoiler:Duck Guy's organs are torn out and eaten, and later his entire body is mutilated]].
** Inverted in Episode 6, which doesn't have any significant blood or gore, and focuses instead more on psychological horror.
* BodyHorror: So, so much.
** EyeScream: As the puppets rot in DHMIS 2, the Duck Guy's eye can be seen to have detached from its socket.
** {{Fingore}}: The Duck Guy's fingers get a nice close-up as they rot away to expose muscles, veins, and eventually bones.
**
ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: the wall in "Bad Things" has a nail hammered through its head.
** SceneryGorn: A mouse-hole starts leaking meat during the Creativity Explosion.
** TearOffYourFace: In the Kickstarter video, the page from the Sketchbook with her face on it is briefly shown on the ground. Given that she's a sketchbook, it could very well be the equivalent of this trope for her.
**
* TheToothHurts: The giant mouth in "Bad Things" has its two front teeth ripped out from biting on what is presumably hard candy, leaving behind blood.
** YourHeadAsplode: The rat in "Bad Things", and the Red Guy in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4".
** BloodIsSquickerInWater: Think about it, if they were already clean, then [[FridgeHorror what was staining the water brown?]]
** The strange creature that pops out of the egg in the third DHMIS is quickly smashed by the Duck Guy, leaving the cracked egg full of gore.
** Digital glitches play the part in ''4''. Also, Colin's "Digital Mind" is some sort of squishy, red substance.
** Bird is EatenAlive in the fifth episode, and his remains are seen all over a table.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The series begins and ends with the puppets sitting around a table, while the Sketchbook asks what their favorite idea is.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: During the Victorian sequence. "With cobbles and ''plague'' and speaking in rhymes!"
* BreakTheCutie: The UglyCute and adorably innocent Yellow Guy goes through absolute '''hell''' in Episode 6. For starters, he's completely alone now that both of his friends are gone (keep in mind, he was ''forced to eat one of them'' in the preceding episode), and he's left to endure yet another song from a crazy teacher by himself. Throughout the number, it's clear that he desperately wants to escape, fully aware that it isn't going to end well, and once the nightmares kick in, he ends up drowning in oil ''twice''. If that wasn't enough, he's then subject to [[spoiler:endure every single previous teacher (excluding the Notepad) along with several new ones, and it's so overwhelming that the poor guy can do nothing but scream and cry, slowly falling into insanity until Red Guy saves him by pulling the plug]].
* BreatherEpisode: The third episode. The only gore comes from the food at the picnic and the scrubby of Yellow Guy's brain, and is relatively low-key, a much longer time is spent on things being perfectly fine and happy before it gets dark, [[spoiler:and it's AllJustADream, ending with a heartwarming GoldenMoment]]. However, the NEXT episode...
* BrickJoke: During episode 6, the Red Guy [[spoiler:(in an office of [[MesACrowd other Red Guys]])]] goofing around with a File singing the lines "I am a file and you put documents in me". When the Teachers keep swapping in and out due to [[spoiler: Red Guy messing with a machine that created them]], one of said Teachers is a file singing the same lines, in the same slipshod "melody".
* BrokenAesop: Invoked in-universe. The "lessons" taught are misinformed and incorrect, which the puppets begin to pick up on. Many view this as a criticism of the media, but that's open to interpretation.
* BrokenRecord:
-->'''Yellow Guy:''' Wow, look! [x]!
-->'''Duck Guy:''' Digital style!
-->'''Colin:''' Do a digital dancing! Hey, this is fun!
** "You shouldn't eat food from a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate, a stranger's plate..."
** "Looks like somebody's having a bad dream! A bad dream! Bad dream! Bad dream! Bad dream..."
* ButtMonkey:
** The Yellow Guy gets all of his suggestions slammed or ruined, including his clown picture and his favorite colour.
** In the sequel, Tony beeps loudly at him until his ears bleed - something that does not happen to his friends because they cover their ears.
** This continues in the third video, but not as extreme. Yellow Guy gets told that he can't love what he wants and must get married to a wife, ''against his will.''
** Yet again, Yellow Guy is the butt of the joke. In the fourth video he is interrupted by Duck Guy and smacked in the face twice by Colin.
** Takes a disturbing turn in #5, when the Food Band tricks him into [[spoiler:eating his only remaining friend]].
** It gets even worse with #6 [[spoiler:which starts has him being dragged into a song about dreams against his will then he endures the horrors of the teachers both old and new getting swapped repeatedly when Red Guy messes with the big machine's controls and all he can do is cry and beg for it to stop]]
* CallBack: Yellow Guy's clown painting (Still ruined by black paint) appears in the sequel to the original video, and yet again in the fourth video.
** The craft that Yellow Guy made in the first video appears in the third.
** In ''4'', [[spoiler: When Colin mentions that he can tell the time, Duck Guy turns to the camera and says "time?", referencing the events of episode 2. Later on, the trio turn into approximations of their crude CGI models from the original short film.]]
** In Episode 6, all of the protagonists [[spoiler:are now their favorite color as stated in the first Episode, after Red Guy unplugged the machine]].
** Also in 6, during the previous teachers' medley, [[spoiler:Yellow Guy's "An old man died." in Tony the Clock's song is replaced with "You made me die!", in reference to the events of Episode 2]]
** When [[spoiler:Red Guy]] does his little file song for his boss, the latter merely responds with "That sounds really boring", a line said by Red Guy back in the first episode. He also asks "I wonder what will happen?" (from Episode 3) before [[spoiler:pulling the plug on the machine and resetting the timeline]]. The song he sings in the karaoke bar is also Sketchbook's song on creativity.
** "Gel" and cigarettes are food groups featured in the Health Shape in episode 5. In the next episode, [[spoiler: two of the potential Teachers controlled by the machine are shown to be a can of gel and a cigarette.]]
** When [[spoiler:Red Guy messes with Roy's machine to make new teachers]] in the sixth, Yellow Guy yells "MAKE IT STOP!", which is the same thing he yelled when Tony made them rot alive in the second.
* TheCameo:
** The sketchbook from the first video makes a brief appearance in the second, behind Red Guy's radio. Roy, Sketchbook, and Tony can be briefly seen among the cultists worshiping Malcolm in the third video.
** In 4, Sketchbook is a box of oats with eyes, and Malcolm appears as a mantel decoration. The Yellow Guy's father can also be seen sitting in the shadows while Red Guy is on the computer.
** In 5, Colin reappears as a fridge magnet, and Roy can be briefly seen peering over the edge of the “set” when Duck Guy has his breakdown.
** In 6, All of the teachers except for Sketchbook appear briefly singing their respective songs from each episode. At the end of the episode Sketchbook reappears singing the first line of The Creativity Song.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The puppets are notably having a ''chicken'' picnic in the third video. Not only is one of the people eating it clearly a bird, but they are also eating it ''raw''.
* CatapultNightmare: Yellow Guy gets one in the finale after dreaming about drowning in oil.
* CentralTheme: Each installment features a theme that the episode revolves around.
** 1 revolves around Creativity
** 2 is about Time
** 3 discusses "Love"
** 4 talks about Technology
** 5 is about Health/Nutrition
** Subverted in 6, which is initially about Dreams [[spoiler:but then goes Meta.]]
** The series as a whole has "how not to teach something". It's widely speculated that the series is also about how the media conditions children to think in certain ways.
* ChekhovsGun: In an attempt to turn off the computer in episode 4, Red Guy follows the cord and winds up in the "outside world". While it's not clear if the cord in episode 6 is supposed to be the same cord he followed before, [[spoiler:he nevertheless finally unplugs it]].
* CreepilyLongArms: [[spoiler: Roy]] is given one in the final episode.
* ComedicSociopathy: Tony is extremely pushy with the other puppets, insulting and shouting at them whenever they divert from his song. At the end, he even seems to smile evilly as [[spoiler:the other puppets begin to quickly rot away while still alive.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2" has everyone musing about time. As with every other video, it isn't long before things go [[SurpriseCreepy horribly wrong]].
* ContinuityCavalcade: The brief animated segment at the beginning of episode 6 is covered with items and characters from the previous episodes. Additionally, [[spoiler:all of the previous teachers make short cameos near the end, as Red Guy is messing with a machine that controls them.]] The episode also features Red Guy singing the "creative song" from episode 1.
* ContinuityNod: In the second video, there is a line that clearly sets up a rhyme in "green", but Tony uses "brown" instead. Why? Because, of course, green is not a creative colour.
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler: When Red guy (literally) pulls the plug on the whole operation, things reset to back to they were in the first episode (though, coincidentally, all the students are now colored their favorite colors)]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The DHMIS world is almost entirely made out of soft felt and cloth and is modeled after typical children's edutainment shows like Sesame Street, but once the songs start it goes right downhill, from being mildly uncomfortable to full-blown horrifying.
** The love world in episode 3, where the inhabitants end up being cultists.
* CreatorCameo: Becky and Joe appear at the end of ''Craig's Big Day''.
* {{Cult}}: The group that the Yellow Guy meets in episode 3 is pretty clearly shown to be one.
* TheDandy: Duck Guy really likes the different costumes he can try out in number 4 using "digital style!"
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Fifth episode, where there is no indication the trauma will be reversed, a lot more violence and gore, less jokes, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a song that isn't quite as catchy]].
* DemotedToExtra: Red Guy and Duck Guy have much smaller roles in the third episode, which mostly focused on Yellow Guy
** Red Guy in the fifth episode only appears for a few seconds in the credits
** Duck Guy in the sixth episode [[spoiler: considering he was murdered the previous episode and only briefly appears during the teacher montage]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Happens every now and then, especially in episode 2.
-->'''Tony the Talking Clock:''' Watch it go round like a merry-go-round, going so fast [[ShapedLikeItself like a merry-go-round.]]
-->'''Tony the Talking Clock:''' Let's go on a journey, a journey through time! The time is changing all the time, it's time to go to '''TIME!'''
* DirtyOldMan: Yellow Guy's dad is extremely creepy and sketchy, saying nothing and only staring at the viewer with dead eyes. He's later shown viewing what appears to be a heavily-pixellated porn site.
* DisneyAcidSequence:
--> "And now let's all agree to never be creative again."
* DisproportionateRetribution: Merely insinuating that time is nothing more than a concept gets met with Tony screaming at the puppets till their ears bleed, to say nothing of what happens to them later.
** Colin HatesBeingTouched so much that he punishes the puppets by trapping them in a digital world in which all they can do is open doors, check out "digital styles", and do digital dances, over and over again. The only one who manages to escape is the Red Guy, whose head explodes.
* DownerBeginning: Episode 6 opens with Yellow Guy alone in his room, crying over the loss of his best friends after the events of 4 and 5. Before going to sleep, he looks at his buddies' now-empty beds and tearfully says, "Good night, guys. I miss you..."
* DownerEnding:
** The fourth instalment ends with [[spoiler:Red Guy dead and Yellow Guy and Duck Guy still trapped in the deteriorating digital world.]]
** The fifth instalment's ending may be the most depressing one yet. Duck Guy gets [[spoiler:grinded into canned food (''alive!'') and served as lunch for the Yellow Guy. The latter is then force fed every can (unaware that he had just eaten his own friend ''because he was drugged by the teachers''), and ends up sitting in the dark kitchen, completely alone]]. Afterwards, the mysterious caller (who had been trying to call the two throughout the episode) is revealed to be [[spoiler:the absent Red Guy, who had been calling from a phone booth outside]]. The episode ends with [[spoiler:Red Guy, dressed in a trenchcoat and carrying a suitcase, walking away from the phone booth in the rain. It's implied that he was the one who called Duck Guy and Yellow Guy earlier in the episode.]] Judging by the depressing rainstorm, the somewhat melancholic jazz music, and the fact that [[spoiler:he has a suitcase]], it's certainly not a happy with the results.
** The six instalment ends with [[spoiler:the palette swapped puppets sitting around the table again as the Notebook starts to sing. Nothing has apparently changed, and whether the puppets will be able to escape the endless cycle of torment remains ambiguous.]]
** This is one interpretation of the finale, which goes as follows: [[spoiler: Roy has been in control of the whole series via a simulation machine that controls the Teachers to impose his views on the puppets. When Red Guy pulls the plug on the machine, the cycle starts over again, just on a different day and palette-swapped puppets.]]
* DullSurprise: Red Guy sounds utterly bored by everything.
* EarAche: Yellow suffers this in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'''s costumes and characters aren't quite as polished as later ventures (due to the video being made in Becky and Joe's spare time), the creepiness is much more subdued or just implied until the end, and while Sketchbook does pick on [[ButtMonkey Yellow Guy]] throughout the video, they're much less actively malicious toward the puppets.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: Duck Guy awakens to see his body cut open and his innards are being slowly pulled out and devoured by a can monster, giggling as he eats. Duck Guy can only gape and watch in horror as he's slowly eaten alive.]]
* EEqualsMCHammer: ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2'' contains, among other things on a blackboard, 卐 = MC[[superscript:2]] and π = [[ArcNumber 19.6]](y).
* FamousLastWords:
-->'''Duck Guy:''' WHERE AM I!?
-->'''Yellow Guy:''' Stop, I don't like it!
-->'''Red Guy:''' I wonder what will happen...
* FauxAffablyEvil: In all 6 "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" installments:
** Tony talks quite on length about time, but will often impolitely interrupt the characters trains of thought when they diverge from his pre-established set of circumstances, albeit attempting to be subtle about it, though he eventually just skips the subtlety when the characters just start questioning whether time is just a matter of human perception.
** Colin acts rather nice towards the puppets, and begins by innocently showing off everything he can do for them, that is until Red Guy gets annoyed at him, slamming his hand onto him, which causes Colin to go berserk and trap them all into a virtual world where everything goes wrong very quickly. He interrupts the puppets a few times during the video, and is very self centered.
** The Food Band pretend to be friendly, but they ignore everything the main characters say, and it’s heavily implied they tricked Yellow Guy into [[spoiler: ''eating Duck Guy after harvesting the latter’s organs '''while he was still alive''''']].
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: In episode 6, [[spoiler:the Teachers do this when Red messes with the machine controlling them.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Tony]]:''' [[spoiler:Time went new and got old like history, stuff from the past went into a mystery]]!\\
'''Yellow Guy:''' [[spoiler:You made me die!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Tony]]:''' [[spoiler:But look, a-]]!\\
''[[spoiler:(Tony turns into Colin)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Colin]]:''' [[spoiler: -computer, I'm a computery guy, everything made out of buttons and wires, I'd like to show you-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Colin turns into Shrignold)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Shrignold]]''': [[spoiler: -why we're here, what's it all about you've no idea, and everywhere you look, all you see is hatred, and darkness, death, and-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Shrignold turns into Steak Guy)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Steak Guy]]''': [[spoiler: -[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ice cream beef!]] Ice cream beef makes your teeth go grey!]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Steak Guy turns into Spinach Can)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Spinach Can]]''': [[spoiler:Doesn't matter, just throw it away! Why not try some-]]\\
''[[spoiler:(Spinach Can turns into Duck Guy)]]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Duck Guy]]''': [[spoiler: -fish on my tray?]] WHAT?! WHERE AM I?!??!
* FluffyTheTerrible: The murderous god that the cult worships is named... Malcolm.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
--> '''Apple''': And I rot over time and I'm [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand noot anymooooooooore...]]
*** Five guesses as to what happens to the puppets later in the episode.
** Also in DHMIS 2, during the trio's journey through time with Tony, the Yellow Guy notices an old man died, to which Tony directs his attention toward a computer. In DHMIS 4, Colin is a computer, and the episode expands on the LuddWasRight themes that DHMIS 2 showed.
** Episode 4 had several subtle references to oats. Episode 5 is all about foods that are plain-looking, like oats. Given the conspiracy elements that have been surfacing lately, what could they really mean?
** Episode 5 shows a quick shot of the drawing on the fridge, which has changed to show Red Guy leaving the house and Duck Guy dead. Guess what happens by the end?
** The canned Duck Guy is shown in the "healthy food shape" and behind the cooked meat when the "fancy food" are shown.
** The page photo in itself could be foreshadowing, because Yellow Guy is shown floating alone in space while his friends watch. [[spoiler: By the end of Episode 5, he's the only one left.]]
** When Steak Guy starts singing in episode 5, he pokes Duck Guy a few times with his fork. [[spoiler: He doesn't turn out well.]]
** The order in which [[spoiler:the puppets are seemingly killed off]] in the last three videos mirrors their attitudes towards the teacher in the first three-Red Guy was the one who called Sketchbook's ideas boring in the original short and [[spoiler:his head explodes at the end of episode 4]], Duck Guy was the one to bring up that time might not exist in the second and [[spoiler:is EatenAlive in episode 5]], and Yellow Guy was the one who had the supposedly-wrong idea of love in the third.
** Also, in the third episode, the Teacher gives his lesson only to Yellow Guy. [[spoiler:Three episodes later, Yellow Guy is the only one left.]]
** The Steak in Episode Five puts a lot of emphasis and mispronunciation on the word "OR-GANS". [[spoiler:Guess what is harvested from Duck Guy by the end of the episode?]]
** In episode 2, when time is sped up, Yellow Guy and Red Guy merely become wrinkled and grey haired, and are still moving around and making a lot of noise. Duck Guy isn't moving at all, other than Tony rocking his chair, and he isn't making a sound, and he is the only one shown to be rotting away almost instantly, the flesh falling off his fingers and his eye falling out of his socket, instead of him getting old like the other puppets. When things go back to normal, Duck Guy's eye is still in the corner of the room, while Tony very pointedly says "Eventually, everyone runs out of time." Fast forward to episode five...
** Not to mention in episode 3 they are seen eating raw dead birds, and in episode 1, it is Duck Guy who spells out "death" in potato stamps, while the others coat organs in glitter and make them into a cake, just like the giant can does with Duck Guys organs in episode 5. Duck Guy's death was foreshadowed from the very beginning.
** AstralCheckerboardDecor patterns appear in every videos (the dining room floor in 1, the bathroom floor in 2, the picnic mat in 3, the digital world in 4 and the kitchen tiles in 5). It foreshadows [[spoiler:the LotusEaterMachine nature of the world they live in; the world's control room in 6 has checkerboard flooring]].
** In Episode 6, Red Guy (who is in reality) is asked to file some things, and says that it would be weird if the file came to life and began to sing. [[spoiler:Later in the episode, as Red Guy is toggling the slew of teachers in the machine, one of them just so happens to be a singing file]].
** In the fourth and fifth episodes, the Teachers show up out of nowhere with no logical reason how they got there. [[spoiler: ''6'' reveals that they are controlled by a machine, which can place them in the scene at any time.]]
** In the interview, when the puppets are asked what they find exciting, Red Guy replies "Nothing". It seems like just a reference to how Red Guy is TheStoic, but it's also foreshadowing that [[spoiler:when Red Guy escaped the lessons he ended up in a world where everything is dull and boring.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In DHMIS 5, when Duck Guy knocks down the camera [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere trying to escape]], you can see Red Guy's head in the microwave, Roy sitting on top of the wall of the set, and a shot of Red Guy just standing as it falls down, when Red Guy has been absent for almost the entire episode.
** In DHMIS 6, during the end of the animated sequence, Roy can be seen in a phone booth in the background while Yellow Guy is riding a horse, as well as in a window while Yellow Guy is drowning in oil.
* FurryDenial: Duck Guy suggesting that time might just be a construct of ''human'' perception.
* GainaxEnding:
** Episode 4: [[spoiler: Ends with the Red Guy discovering a doorway to some kind of recording studio, where he discovers body-suited actors staging a crude recreation of the earlier videos... then his head explodes. Unlike the others, there's no indication that this is some kind of dream or hallucination. He shows up in the next episode, fortunately, although his place or presence in the plot is now unclear.]]
** The series as a whole: [[spoiler:Red Guy messes around with a terminal that controls the world of the puppets, only to be grabbed on the shoulder by Roy. Red Guy walks away and pulls a giant plug connecting to the terminal, resulting in the world resetting only on June 20th instead of 19th and with the puppets' colors switched. The notepad shows up and begins to sing its song once more, cue credits.]]
* {{Gonk}}: Roy, father of the Yellow Guy. Played for creepiness.
* GenreSavvy:
** In 4, after saying that they wish they could learn more about "what is the biggest thing in the world", the puppets look expectantly at a nearby globe, assuming it will come to life and teach them... [[SubvertedTrope and then Colin shows up.]]
** By the time of Episode 5, Duck Guy seems to have realized that the lessons always go horribly wrong. He's utterly terrified the whole time that he's around the Healthy Band, in contrast to his total comfort around Sketchbook, Tony, the Unnamed Monster, and Colin.
** By Episode 6, Yellow Guy's noticed too. [[spoiler: The moment the lamp starts singing, Yellow Guy tells him "NO!" and shuts him off. Unfortunately, it doesn't shut him up for long.]] In spite of the cheery music, Yellow Guy can only respond in horror because he knows how it's going to end.
* GrossOutShow
* GrossUpCloseUp: The organ cake in the first video, as well as the dead fish, Yellow Guy's [[EarAche bleeding ear]], the characters' [[RapidAging rapid rotting]] in the second video, the bloody chicken, eggs and the maggot in the third video, Colin's "digital mind" in the fourth video, and [[spoiler: the can eating Duck Guy's organs]] in the fifth video.
* GrotesqueCute: Although the characters are more along the lines of UglyCute to begin with, the puppet designs and style seems childish and innocent enough at first to qualify.
* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:The series ends with one, with Red Guy resetting the events of the series by pulling the plug on the machine controlling the teachers, which reverts all of the main characters back to the first episode. The last (and, by extent, [[BookEnds first]]) line of the series is the Notepad saying "What's your favorite idea?"]].
* HatesBeingTouched: Colin from DHMIS 4.
* HappyEnding: The other interpretation of the final episode. [[spoiler: Roy, either out of regret or innocence, prompts Red Guy to end the madness, and Red Guy pulls the plug. (Either that, or Red Guy defies Roy because he's evil.) The date finally changes past Father's Day, the room has a door, and the puppets are now their favorite colors, signifying freedom and the ability to move forward without the damaging influence of the media.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The first video's background music dissolves into discordant screeching during the "get creative" scene. In the sequel, Tony's shrill, high-pitched screeching makes all the puppets cower and cover their ears.
** [[spoiler:Colin's shrieking when Red Guy hits him in DHMIS 4, and the strange noises during the glitchy segment.]]
** After the steak tells the Yellow Guy not to eat food from a stranger plate. It starts getting repeated over and over with the sound getting high pitched then lowed pitched and the steak and spinach starts saying it in a more aggressive and mad tone. Also the Bird Guy's scream during that bit.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:The finale ends with Red Guy pulling the plug to the "Teacher Machine", which somehow resets everything back to where it was in the first video, minus the main characters being different colors and the calendar '''finally''' changing to June 20]].
* HollywoodTorches: Episode 6's lamp acts as one. The room goes completely [[HollywoodDarkness dark blue]] when he's switched off, and the whole room gets illuminated when he comes back on to continue his horrible torture song
* HostageVideo: The Kickstarter video is done like this.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Yellow Guy]] at the end of Episode 5.
** Well, it [[spoiler: wasn't a person, per se...]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sketchbook berates Yellow Guy for using the colour green, because it is not a creative colour. Earlier when she showed her hair, some of it was clearly green.
** After spending several verses singing about loving each other and their pets, Shrignold and his cronies say that Yellow Guy is only allowed to love his "special one".
** The steak chef in episode 5 says that red meats are bad to eat.
* IAmNotWeasel: Duck Guy refers to both a butterfly and a maggot as "pesky bee[s]". The Yellow Guy refers to Shrignold as "A little baby pigeon", despite him clearly being a butterfly.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: The 2nd and 3rd videos contain "wrist" and "harmony" spelled as "rizd" and "harmunee" in big letters on the screen.
* IronicEcho: One of Red Guy's first lines is "That sounds really boring." Someone else gives him the exact same line in the 6th episode.
* {{Irony}}: [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18301/1/beckyjoe-are-this-weeks-dazed-visionaries From the creators]]: "Animation can at times be a dull and tedious way to work but it also offers you '''complete creative control''', which is something we like to have."
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Red Guy dismisses all of Sketchbook's ideas as boring or uncreative.
** Tony cuts off the trio's [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]] about time by beeping loudly and aggressively at them until Yellow Guy's ears bleed.
** But who could forget our [[ComicBook/SpiderMan friendly neighborhood guide, Sketchbook]]? From the first film alone, she ruined Yellow Guy's painting of a clown by smearing black ink on it just because she thought Yellow Guy wasn't following what she thought being creative was, and also notified him about green not being a creative colour when he wanted to use it.
** Shrignold keeps telling Yellow Guy that he is alone throughout the video, and also dismisses Yellow's ideas of what love is about. Near the end he also forces Yellow Guy to get married to his 'special one'.
** Colin, despite saying several times how smart and helpful he is, keeps interrupting people, does not seem to acknowledge the original question being asked of him, and forcibly takes the puppets on a journey.
** The talking steak won’t stop jabbing Bird Guy with a meat fork, and condemns all his choices of food as “greedy”—even when he wasn’t going to eat it in the first place. No matter what suggestion is offered, he insists that it will "make your teeth/gums all grey", and stomps on the model of the body repeatedly to prove a point.
* LighterAndSofter: The same team behind DHMIS actually worked on a [[https://vimeo.com/151896897 PSA video for St John Ambulance teaching about CPR]]. Unlike DHMIS, its taken more seriously and aimed at children and family members.
* JumpScare: Interestingly enough, The show ''doesn't'' utilize any [[JumpScare jumpscares]], since it focuses more on shocking the viewer rather than startling them. However, ''4'' does have a moment that may qualify: during the scene where Colin the Computer distorts reality in order to warp to his world, Duck Guy's face suddenly pops out (in close up) and glitches in front of the screen.
* KarmaHoudini: All negative figures, great and small, in the videos seem to have gotten off scot-free.
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:Sketchbook]] has [[spoiler:their]] face ripped off in "HELP #3". They have not appeared since, apart from in [[spoiler:Yellow Guy's dream in the third]], though their death has also not been referenced, so whether this trope actually applies is unclear. [[spoiler: Sketchbook [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this in Episode 6, as [[HereWeGoAgain the events begin all over again]].]]
** [[spoiler:Duck Guy]] is EatenAlive in the fifth video. [[spoiler:Given that Red Guy survived his head exploding, whether Duck Guy will remain dead is unknown, but the {{Foreshadowing}} picture at the start seems to suggest that he really is gone for good.]]
* KnightOfCerebus:
** Tony in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2'', compared to the Sketchbook from the first, is more clearly evil. He angrily and loudly beeps at the puppets when they try to question the concept of time, and [[spoiler: notes how everybody inevitably runs out of time as he rots the puppets alive]].
** The [[spoiler:cans]] in ''Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 5''. They’re the first to be explicitly seen [[spoiler:harming one of the main characters (unless you count Tony making Yellow Guy’s ears bleed)]] and they arguably have the most overtly creepy scenes in the entire series ([[spoiler:eating Bird Guy’s organs out of him when he’s still alive, while ''chuckling'', and then baking a cake out of his face]]). Jesus '''''Christ.''''' It makes the creativity explosion in the first, the “everyone runs out of time” scene in the second, Yellow Guy's initiation into the Love Cult and the swatting of the newborn caterpillar in the third, and the deteriorating virtual world in the fourth look like actual Sesame Street by comparison. Also, Duck Guy is utterly terrified throughout the fifth, in stark contrast to the puppets' reactions to Sketchbook, Tony, the Monster from Kickstarter, Shrignold, and Colin, where no one realized their malice until it was too late. Since the end credits show that [[spoiler:Red Guy survived having his head blown up]], they appear to also be the first villains to actually [[spoiler:kill a puppet]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: After the CREATIVITY EXPLOSION from the things, the puppets are sitting around, confused as to what the hell just happened. Sketchbook says they should all agree to never be creative again.
* LostAesop: When the Yellow Guy is depressed that he can't find love in the third video, the Tree assure him that everyone has a special one, and sings to him about The Story of Michael, the loneliest boy in town. Michael was ugly, everyone called him a freak, and he lived on his own underground...and that's it. He doesn't find his special one, and yet they treat it like he did.
-->''This is the story of Michael, the ugliest boy in town''
-->''Ugly and weak, they called him a freak''
-->''So he lived on his own underground''
-->''He lived on his own underground'' (x2)
-->'''Shrignold:''' You see? Everyone has a special one.
-->''(Beat)''
-->'''Rabbit Boy:''' [[BlatantLies Even Michael]]!
* LotusEaterMachine: Seems to be the nature of the kitchen in Episode 5. [[spoiler: Yellow Guy and the Bird are trapped there while whatever the food things are feed on their organs.]] In the credits, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Red Guy has been calling them from a phone booth, but whether he succeeds in actually reaching them is unclear]].
** Elaborated upon in the finale: [[spoiler: Red Guy discovers a machine with monitors displaying Yellow Guy being tormented by another singing object, and the machine’s controls cause other singing objects to appear. When Red Guy unplugs the machine, it apparently resets reality [=and/or=] causes time to finally start moving forward again.]]
* LuddWasRight: A theme in DHMIS 2 is that all the puppets become complacent and indifferent to life, instead getting distracted by, and wasting their time on, the computer, or complaining about missing their programme.
--> '''Yellow Guy:''' "An old man died."
--> '''Tony:''' "But LOOK! A computer!"
** This theme was expanded upon in the fourth instalment, where the focus is a singing computer who, at first, seems really helpful, touting how much knowledge he has and all the things he can do. However, he then starts asking the puppets extremely personal questions, such as what their blood type is and the colour of their hair. Later on, once the puppets are in the digital world, they can only do three things: look at stuff, try on clothes, and dance aimlessly. They do this again and again, seemingly forever, until Red decides to quit the whole thing.
* MadArtist: Either the Sketchbook or the Puppets during the Creativity Explosion, depending on whether you see it as the Sketchbook's doing.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Episode 6 reveals that all the teachers were being controlled by Roy.]]
* MandatoryTwistEnding: The teacher in each instalment always turns out to be EvilAllAlong. By the fifth, even Duck Guy seems to be aware of this. The sixth subverts the formula by having The Lamp not even bother with acting friendly, and just drowns Yellow Guy ForTheEvulz four lines into the song.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Dead are, well, dead.
* MindScrew: Combined with SerialEscalation. The first few episodes ''tend'' to make sense within children's show logic, excepting a few scenes and the AmbiguousSituation. The second half of the show invokes SurrealHorror and psychological storytelling more and more.
* MoodWhiplash: Part of the appeal of the "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" videos is that it goes from bright and cheery into mind-numbing insanity in a matter of moments.
* MotorMouth: Duck Guy in the Kickstarter video.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
-->'''Sketchbook''': I use my hair to express myself!\\
'''Red Guy:''' ''(flatly)'' That sounds really boring.\\
'''Sketchbook''': ...''I use my hair to express myself.''\\
(...)\\
'''Sketchbook''': Now when you stare at the clouds in the sky,don't you find it exciting? \\
'''Puppets''': No.\\
'''Sketchbook''': Come on, take another look.\\
'''Yellow Guy''': Oh, right!\\
'''Puppets''': I can see a hat, I can see a cat, I can see a man with a baseball bat, I can see a dog, I can see a frog, I can see a ladder leaning on a log.
* NeverSayDie: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; it's said at least once in the first three instalments.
** In the first DHMIS, Duck Guy writes "DEATH" on the table using potato stamps during the CREATIVITY EXPLOSION.
** In the second, Tony states that "a tree that is older has shriveled and died" (He does later describe the puppets as "running out of time", but that's probably more due to his personal obsession than censorship);
** In the Kickstarter video, it is made explicitly clear that [[KilledOffForReal the puppets will be killed off if enough money isn't raised]].
** In the third, when The Love Cultists explain to the Yellow Guy what a "special one" is, they show him two tombstones reading "Mr. Dead" and "Mrs. Dead".
*** Also in the third, the line "And everywhere you look, all you see is hatred; and darkness, death and fear".
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Sketchbook, Tony, the Cult, Colin, and the Foods. And the Lamp, in the literal sense of “nightmare”.
* OminousVisualGlitch: In a particular scene in episode 4, after Red Guy touches Colin, it harshly launches the puppets into its virtual world, signaled by a disturbing sequence containing visuals of them being distorted and glitched to hell and back.
* OnlySaneMan: Red Guy is the only one who isn't going insane during the "creative episode." Additionally, he's much more questioning of the weirdness than the others.
* OrWasItADream: In the final shot of "Time", [[spoiler: the entire sequence is revealed to be the TV show that Red Guy was waiting to watch... although you can still see the Duck Guy's rotting eyeball in the corner of the room.]]
** Happens again in "Love", [[spoiler:after Yellow Guy wakes up from his terrible nightmare about a cult trying to persuade him to join and find his "special one", his friends offer him an egg which hatches into a bloody worm-like creature that yells "Father!", before being smashed by Duck Guy.]]
* OrphanedPunchline: The sixth episode has Red Guy tuning into a conversation three other Red Guys are having at a nearby table.
-->'''Red Guy''': --but I was like, "Yeah, that's not even the same bucket!" ''(laughing)''
* PacManFever: Colin the computer is portrayed as a beige machine with a massive CRT monitor that displays extremely low-res, with the most robotic TTS-voice ever heard in the history of computing. Even though in the same video we see a much thinner laptop with a much higher definition display being opened, and Colin's digital world is rendered in 3D, even though the screen shows Nintendo graphics.
* PaintingTheMedium: In the sixth video, every live-action scene with Red Guy is shown in a cinematic aspect ratio.
* PaletteSwap: The three puppets in the ending of the sixth video.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Possibly not intentionally, due to [[spoiler:coming from a tape recorder, but just before Red Guy's head pops at the end of episode 4 it recites "[[AC:You are not invited to the party.]]"]]
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Money Man in the Kickstarter video.
* RapidAging: What happens to the Puppets near the end of the second video, before it goes from this to ''rotting''.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Love Cult might be one.
* ReducedToRatburgers: During the Victorian scene in ''Time'' there is a shop called "Rat Meat & Sons".
* RepeatedCueTardyResponse:
** When Red Guy asks about the relevance of the Internet, Colin hesitates.
--> '''Red Guy''': But in this digital world, what can we do?\\
''(beat)''\\
'''Red Guy''': (insistently) What can we--\\
'''Colin''': Hey, good question!
* RhymingWithItself:
** PlayedForLaughs in "Time".
-->'''Tony''': Let's go on a journey, a journey through time! A time that's changing all the time, it's time to go to TIME!
** Played straight in "Love".
-->'''Red Guy''': Now that we have eaten the chicken, I don't know what to do.\\
'''Duck Guy''': Maybe we should look for our friend. Isn't that what friends do?
** Also in the sixth:
-->'''Lamp''': You can have a dream about losing your friends! Or you can have a dream about burning your friends!
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The CREATIVITY EXPLOSION drives the puppets to smear things like ripped-out hearts in glitter, take out raw meat from their pie, or stamp out '''DEATH''' in potato stamps.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Oil is used twice to represent the repression of free will. [[spoiler: In the first episode, Sketchbook uses it to destroy Yellow Guy's painting, and in the final episode, the Lamp causes Yellow Guy to drown in it due to his protests.]]
* SadistShow
* SeasonalRot: In-universe. It's invoked and implied that this would happen had Red Guy not taken action in the sixth episode. The previous lessons had been Creativity, Time, Love, Technology, Nutrition, and Dreams, but it was shown [[spoiler: by the machine-generated Teachers]] that the lessons most likely would go on to include Space, Sports, Magnetism, Digging Holes, Canoe Buying, Files, Traffic, Gel, Smoking, and Music. This can be read as another criticism of childrens' media, focusing on topics that become more inane over time.
* SeenItAll: By the fourth instalment, the puppets are so used to inanimate objects coming to life and singing to them that they actually seem to be prodding the globe in the beginning to just get it over with.
* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Sketchbook''': What's your favourite idea? Mine is being creative!\\
'''Yellow Guy''': How do you get that idea?\\
'''Sketchbook''': I just try to think creatively.
* ShowWithinAShow: At the end of "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2", [[spoiler:the camera slowly zooms out back to the three puppets in the living room, implying that everything that just happened was the show they were planning to watch. [[MindScrew Maybe.]] It's worth noting that the Duck Guy's [[EyeScream rotten, fallen-out eyeball]] is still on the ground when everything goes back to normal. The portrait of the puppets representing "the past" in the first scene has changed to Tony's "The future", a frame with the word "nothing" written on the background.]]
** In [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18301/1/beckyjoe-are-this-weeks-dazed-visionaries an interview]], Becky Sloan informed that the show they were intending to watch was ''"Craig's Big Day"'', which is another one of the studio's productions.
* SimilarSquad: The characters in ''Craig's Big Day'' almost all appear to be counterparts of the DHMIS universe, including a computer, a clock with a face, the show's creators (like the puppeteers in DHMIS 4), a fuming microwave, etc.
* SpoofAesop: "Now let's all agree to never be creative again."
* TheSmartGuy: Duck Guy was the one most shown as rational and even suggested the possibility that time is just a perception before being turned down.
* StealthPun: The leader of the Love Cult is notably a butterfly. [[spoiler: He's a love bug!]]
* TheStinger: After the credits roll for DHMIS, a man can be heard laughing about a "horrible sound".
* StrawHypocrite: All of the teachers so far.
** Sketchbook claims green is not a creative colour, yet has green in her hair. In general, she claims to be all about creativity, yet her song is just her telling the puppets what to do and getting mad whenever they make or do something without her instruction. At the end, she flat-out tells them never to be creative again.
** Tony starts out telling the puppets that there will always be time for what they want to do, but in the journey through time he shows the puppets a number of examples of people and things dying (running out of time). At the end, he gleefully admits that they, too, will run out of time eventually.
** Shrignold and the Love Cultists teach Yellow Guy about loving friends, but Shrignold spends a good deal of the song trying to convince Yellow Guy that his friends hate him. Eventually, they outright tell Yellow Guy that loving your friends is wrong because love should be saved for your Special One.
** Colin goes on and on about how clever and helpful he is, but not only does he [[KnowNothingKnowItAll never say or do anything clever]], he never even attempts to help the puppets figure out the answer to the question they wanted him to help them with in the first place, instead distracting them by asking them a bunch of completely irrelevant questions claiming that [[BlatantLies he needs to know the answers to help them become smart like him]]. He drops any pretense of intending to help when Red Guy hits his keyboard. He also boasts about how much you can do in the digital world, but then reveals that there are actually only three things to do there.
** The Food Band claim that cooked meat is unhealthy because it's a "colourful, show-offy food" despite their apparent leader being a steak. They also later say that the foods that they claimed were healthy were unhealthy.
--->'''Steak Guy''': "Choosing simple plain foods, like bread, cream, ''white sauce'' and aspic will keep the body ticking over!
--->'''Steak Guy and Spinach Can''': What's that? A pizza slice, but you're better off with ''plain white sauce!'' What's that, ''plain white sauce?'' Plain white sauce makes your teeth go grey!
** The Lamp is maybe the simplest example. He talks about how the Yellow Guy can't sleep because he doesn't know how to dream, but his attempts to teach Yellow Guy only make him more awake.
* StylisticSuck:
** Red Guy stumbles upon a poorly made set for a DHMIS episode, featuring crude renditions of the characters and very little colour.
** The Food Band’s song is blatantly half-assed and sounds improvised, with a repetitive melody and several lines of lyrics being nothing but “doo doo, da doo-doo”. Although it could be due to the [[AdventuresInComaland mysterious phone calls]] that keep interrupting them...
** Dream Lamp can't sing and the creators know it. His song also seems to consist of nothing but [[BrokenRecord "You can have a dream about XYX, or you can have a dream about YXY..."]] (and never anything rhyming as the two dream-ideas) ad infinitum once the first few lines are over.
** [[invoked]]Takes on a new intensity with the [[spoiler: rapidly cycling]] teachers in Episode 6. We only hear snippets of their songs, but each sounds even more repetitive and less coherent than the Food Band’s and one of them claims [[CriticalResearchFailure “planets live inside the moon.”]]
** In the bar Red Guy goes to in Episode 6, the music provided is by [[spoiler:another Red Guy]] just stiffly mashing the keys of a piano. [[spoiler: The original Red Guy's cover of the Creative Song sounds monotone and off-key as well, and the other characters are 5-minute hand puppets]]
* SubvertedKidsShow: Each episode of DHMIS starts off relatively saccharine and gradually become more depraved. By episode 5, though, things are pretty creepy right from the start, with Yellow Guy and Duck Guy already starting to realise that something's wrong.
* SurpriseCreepy: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"]]. It starts out innocently enough, with a talking sketchbook encouraging ''Series/SesameStreet''–style puppets to get creative to a [[EarWorm catchy song]]. By the end... well, let's just say that they [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant take it a bit too far]].
-->"Now let's all agree to never be creative again!"
** The second video starts normal enough, the puppets are waiting to watch their favourite show, Tony shows up and things start out like the usually would in a kids show, this time about... well, time. Cue [[spoiler: the main puppets [[RapidAging rapidly aging to death]]]] near the end of the video.
** The group in the third video go from happy-go-lucky friends trying to show Yellow Guy platonic love [[spoiler:to a cult that's trying to get Yellow Guy to join so he can find his feminine "special one". They also feed a giant stone monster they call their king and wear suits with mineral-made hearts and golden rings.]]
** Colin in the fourth video. [[spoiler:When Red Guy gets angry at Colin and slams his hand down on the keyboard, Colin shrieks and the puppets are glitched into an acid trip-like segment where everything is flashing and glitching all over the place. Things are back to normal for a while, but that doesn't last for long.]]
** There was an interview with the castmembers, in-character, and for the most part they gave off amusing or non-sequitur responses, until the last question, in which they ask Roy what his thoughts are.
--> "My silly boy has allowed his eyes to grow arrogant and rude, for this I will take him on a trip to punish land."
** 5 also does this to a lesser extent, it start of with a "song" on health (well, the bands non-nonsensical version of it, anyway), but the creepiness comes in much earlier and keeps building on it.
** 6 Averts this, it's creepy and strange all the way through.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The love world in the Third episode. There are clouds and rainbows everywhere the sky is pink, and it is inhabited by furry animals and talking flowers. [[invoked]]
* TemptingFate: After Yellow Guy runs off in tears in episode 3, Red Guy mentions that he "wonder[s] what will happen"... and shortly afterward, Shrignold shows up.
** Red Guy says this very same thing near the end of episode 6 [[spoiler: right before he unplugs the machine responsible for the teachers]].
* TitleDrop: When things start getting freaky in ''Don't Hug Me I'm Scared'', the camera rotates and a studio crew with googly eyes can be seen along with a clapboard with the title on it.
* TotallyRadical: From the Kickstarter trailer, complete with dancing sunglasses.
-->"So far, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared has had over twenty million views on Youtube. And we think that's great. Seriously cool!"
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* TheUnreveal: Colin asks the characters where they live, what they like to eat, and what their names are. Duck Guy answers "[[CaptainObvious my house]]" to the first and Red Guy almost reveals his name, but he's interrupted.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Downplayed in 6. [[spoiler:Red Guy takes off his clothes and walks on a stage to sing the Creativity Song, but the other Red Things are more bothered by how bad the song is.]]
* VerbalTic: Tony apparently can't help but mention the word "time".
** "Great news!" for Colin in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4."
* WantedPoster: For some reason, Yellow Guy has one in the Victorian scene.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 4 ends with a GainaxEnding that suggests... ''something'' major. Unless, of course, it just ends up being a BLAM...
** Episode 5 tops it: Yellow Guy and Duck Guy have grown more aware of their surroundings, the "Teachers" in this episode aren't even ''trying'' to hide their creepiness this time, Duck Guy finally cracks and desperately tries to escape only to be [[spoiler:killed and eaten alive]], leaving Yellow Guy as the only one left and to top it all off it's implied at the credits that the mysterious phonecalls being sent throughout the episode were sent by [[spoiler:Red Guy, who is still alive and now outside of their reality]].
** [[GrandFinale Episode 6]] seems to imply [[spoiler: Yellow Guy’s weird dad]] was behind all of their misery, but ends with [[spoiler: Red Guy seemingly hitting the ResetButton and rewinding time to the beginning of Episode 1… except all of the students are different colours.]] Whaaaaaat.
* WhamLine:
** A subtle one in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared", where it doesn't change the mood ''entirely'' but it '''is''' where things begin taking a turn for the worse:
-->'''Yellow Guy''': (sitting next to a clown painting) I might paint a picture of a clown!
-->'''Sketchbook''': Whoa there, friend; you might need to slow down! [[SurpriseCreepy (black sludge slides down the painting as all music cuts out)]]
** It happens again in "Time", when Duck Guy starts musing about time being "a concept of human perception" and Tony quite rudely interrupts him with his screeching beeps, [[EarAche causing Yellow Guy to bleed out of his ears.]]
** And again in the third video. This time, things start to go wrong with the line "No no no, that's not how it's done!" or, a bit earlier, "Ha-ha, ''harder''..."
** And again in the fourth video when Colin yells "DON'T TOUCH MEEE!"
** In the fifth with the piece of steak and can of spinach says "You shouldn't eat food from a stranger's plate. [[MadnessMantra Stranger's plate, Stranger's plate, Stranger's plate...]]"
*** Also in the fifth one, this from Duck Guy:
-->"No...Enough...''[[AndIMustScream I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE!]]''"
** In the sixth: [[spoiler: "Time is a tool you can put on the wall, or wear it on your wrist." This is one of Tony's lines from the second episode, and is said by the clock himself.]]
*** The final line of the episode (and the series), after [[spoiler:Red Guy pulls the plug of the Teacher Machine that is torturing Yellow Guy, which is insinuated to have reset the events of the series]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Sketchbook]]''': [[spoiler:[[HereWeGoAgain What's your]] [[GroundhogDayLoop favorite idea?]]]]
* WhamShot:
** Halfway through DHMIS 5, Duck Guy wakes up in a mysterious dark room. Eventually, we see that [[spoiler:his body had been sliced open, and his organs are being processed into canned food product.]]
*** And after that, we see a shot of Yellow Guy, [[spoiler: now obese, having eaten all of the cans containing Duck Guy.]]
** In DHMIS 6, [[spoiler:Red Guy walking up to the machine and seeing Yellow Guy, still in his "lesson", on the monitor.]]
*** A few seconds later in the same episode, [[spoiler: the reappearance of Tony, followed by several other teachers.]]
*** A third one is [[spoiler: the appearance of a long yellow hand, belonging to Roy.]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Near the end of episode 6, Red Guy has a moment of this not with an actual button but instead with a plug [[spoiler:controlling the machine that is presenting teachers to Yellow Guy]], but has the same "oh, what would happen?" mindset.
* WistfulAmnesia: In the fifth video, Duck Guy and Yellow Guy have somehow been made to forget about [[spoiler:Red Guy]], but still sense that something is missing.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yellow Guy has blue hair, Red Guy has red hair, and Sketchbook uses hers to express herself.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord:
** In DHMIS 2, the characters constantly flub the use of "quarter to #". For example, when Tony says the time is "quarter to nine," Tony shows 9:15, as opposed to 8:45. Considering that they also at one point say that the time is "20 past day", this is probably intentional.
** In the third video, Duck Guy smashes a butterfly and a maggot, referring to them as 'pesky bees'.
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* TheUnreveal: Colin asks the characters where they live, what they like to eat, and what their names are. Duck Guy answers "[[CaptainObvious my house]]" to the first and Red Guy almost reveals his name, but he's interrupted.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Downplayed in 6. [[spoiler:Red Guy takes off his clothes and walks on a stage to sing the Creativity Song, but the other Red Things are more bothered by how bad the song is.]]
* VerbalTic: Tony apparently can't help but mention the word "time".
** "Great news!" for Colin in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4."
* WantedPoster: For some reason, Yellow Guy has one in the Victorian scene.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 4 ends with a GainaxEnding that suggests... ''something'' major. Unless, of course, it just ends up being a BLAM...
** Episode 5 tops it: Yellow Guy and Duck Guy have grown more aware of their surroundings, the "Teachers" in this episode aren't even ''trying'' to hide their creepiness this time, Duck Guy finally cracks and desperately tries to escape only to be [[spoiler:killed and eaten alive]], leaving Yellow Guy as the only one left and to top it all off it's implied at the credits that the mysterious phonecalls being sent throughout the episode were sent by [[spoiler:Red Guy, who is still alive and now outside of their reality]].
** [[GrandFinale Episode 6]] seems to imply [[spoiler: Yellow Guy’s weird dad]] was behind all of their misery, but ends with [[spoiler: Red Guy seemingly hitting the ResetButton and rewinding time to the beginning of Episode 1… except all of the students are different colours.]] Whaaaaaat.
* WhamLine:
** A subtle one in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared", where it doesn't change the mood ''entirely'' but it '''is''' where things begin taking a turn for the worse:
-->'''Yellow Guy''': (sitting next to a clown painting) I might paint a picture of a clown!
-->'''Sketchbook''': Whoa there, friend; you might need to slow down! [[SurpriseCreepy (black sludge slides down the painting as all music cuts out)]]
** It happens again in "Time", when Duck Guy starts musing about time being "a concept of human perception" and Tony quite rudely interrupts him with his screeching beeps, [[EarAche causing Yellow Guy to bleed out of his ears.]]
** And again in the third video. This time, things start to go wrong with the line "No no no, that's not how it's done!" or, a bit earlier, "Ha-ha, ''harder''..."
** And again in the fourth video when Colin yells "DON'T TOUCH MEEE!"
** In the fifth with the piece of steak and can of spinach says "You shouldn't eat food from a stranger's plate. [[MadnessMantra Stranger's plate, Stranger's plate, Stranger's plate...]]"
*** Also in the fifth one, this from Duck Guy:
-->"No...Enough...''[[AndIMustScream I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE!]]''"
** In the sixth: [[spoiler: "Time is a tool you can put on the wall, or wear it on your wrist." This is one of Tony's lines from the second episode, and is said by the clock himself.]]
***
YourHeadAsplode: The final line of the episode (and the series), after [[spoiler:Red Guy pulls the plug of the Teacher Machine that is torturing Yellow Guy, which is insinuated to have reset the events of the series]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Sketchbook]]''': [[spoiler:[[HereWeGoAgain What's your]] [[GroundhogDayLoop favorite idea?]]]]
* WhamShot:
** Halfway through DHMIS 5, Duck Guy wakes up
rat in a mysterious dark room. Eventually, we see that [[spoiler:his body had been sliced open, and his organs are being processed into canned food product.]]
*** And after that, we see a shot of Yellow Guy, [[spoiler: now obese, having eaten all of the cans containing Duck Guy.]]
** In DHMIS 6, [[spoiler:Red Guy walking up to the machine and seeing Yellow Guy, still in his "lesson", on the monitor.]]
*** A few seconds later in the same episode, [[spoiler: the reappearance of Tony, followed by several other teachers.]]
*** A third one is [[spoiler: the appearance of a long yellow hand, belonging to Roy.]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Near the end of episode 6, Red Guy has a moment of this not with an actual button but instead with a plug [[spoiler:controlling the machine that is presenting teachers to Yellow Guy]], but has the same "oh, what would happen?" mindset.
* WistfulAmnesia: In the fifth video, Duck Guy and Yellow Guy have somehow been made to forget about [[spoiler:Red Guy]], but still sense that something is missing.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yellow Guy has blue hair, Red Guy has red hair, and Sketchbook uses hers to express herself.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord:
** In DHMIS 2, the characters constantly flub the use of "quarter to #". For example, when Tony says the time is "quarter to nine," Tony shows 9:15, as opposed to 8:45. Considering that they also at one point say that the time is "20 past day", this is probably intentional.
** In the third video, Duck Guy smashes a butterfly and a maggot, referring to them as 'pesky bees'.
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18th Sep '16 11:00:17 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''Red Guy''': That sounds really boring.\\

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'''Red Guy''': Guy:''' ''(flatly)'' That sounds really boring.\\
9th Sep '16 4:59:29 PM maximsk
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* CentralTheme: Each instalment features a theme that the episode revolves around.

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* CentralTheme: Each instalment installment features a theme that the episode revolves around.
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