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->"''[[BaitAndSwitch What happens in D.C.]] [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYoutube stays on [=YouTube=]]]!''"\\
-- '''[[JeffDunham Walter]]'''

''For a list of memes on [=YouTube=], see ''{{Memes.Youtube}}.'' ''For recommendations, see YouTubeRecommendations.''

[[http://www.youtube.com YouTube]] is a video sharing site that has achieved worldwide popularity since it first launched in 2005. While the official purpose of the site is to host homemade videos and clips, it is unofficially the place where you can watch copyrighted materials from all types of mediums, search for random/odd clips and/or check out the latest blog entries and videos from notable users.

Prior to Google's purchase of the company in late 2006, [=YouTube=] was a much smaller place. It hosted communication between individuals, who used it visually in otherwise the same manner as they had previously used Usenet or IRC. [=YouTube=] was also once the host of a number of people who had alternative news and media shows, but the opinions of such people were often extreme, or otherwise politically incorrect, and most of them have now been banned.

Users can upload their videos on whatever subject they want (unless it violates the "Community Guidelines" or someone files a copyright claim because they didn't like the video). The quality often ranges from below Creator/EdWood-type works to studio quality materials, depending on what it is. Surprisingly, a lot of the personal videos of individuals often do have something to say that are actually worth watching and listening to. Some of the material is actually supplied by studios, including music videos which were uploaded by authorized agents of the record company (alongside dozens of nearly identical copies uploaded by delirious users.) It should be noted that [=YouTube=] is also a place to watch some of the movies and shows that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes have never officially been released]], or are [[NoExportForYou downright unavailable anywhere else]]. Same goes for rare music.

Speaking of said rare music, if while browsing [=YouTube=], you come across something you like, it's generally a good idea to download a permanent copy of it. Deletion of videos for various reasons is a common occurrence mainly fueled by copyright holders. As described above, [=YouTube=] also now has probably the most rabid copyright enforcement on the Internet, which greatly exacerbates the fleeting nature of its content. Indeed, following a few links on this very site may easily result in seeing a warning that a certain video has been deleted (along with its poster's account) for warnings of copyright infringement.

Several [[http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-scott-over-35-hours-of-video.html online]] sources (including the BBC World Service) claim that anywhere from 6 to 36 ''hours'' of video is uploaded to the site -- '''every minute'''. Everyone probably has a favorite video(s) or their favorite videographer with his own channel.

There's been a serious and somewhat harsh crackdown on copyright infringement over the past couple of years; expect to click to see a video, such as an AbridgedSeries, only to find there's no audio, but the video is still intact (for the moment) along with a large amount of rage in the comments section, and maybe a Samaritan posting a link to some foreign site unaffected by American law (or it's another site forcing you to take a survey to watch a video that's ''impossible'' to see anywhere else). [=YouTube=] can't be blamed for this, though; they're facing multi-''billion'' dollar lawsuits from entertainment companies, which leads to videos being taken down under the {{DMCA}} unless someone contests they're to be FairUse (or not even infringing copyright), even if this includes in mistakingly removing videos from official music channels (on at least two occasions) in the process. This has led to the phrase "Watch it before it gets taken down" for any rarely seen copyright show or movie. The end result is that many people who rely on parodying or reviewing copyrighted works (which has been long-recognized as fair use) have largely jumped ship to more creator-friendly sites such as Revver or blip.tv. This has been mollified of late with entertainment companies embracing the internet model more and uploading their shows and music videos on an ad-supported on-demand basis, although there remain angry comments on these videos bemoaning the fact their authors can't willingly and knowingly infringe copyright anymore, it's [=YouTube=] after all.

[=YouTube=] has basically held to the standard that they're not liable for user-supplied content, and because they do promptly remove clips when a copyright infringement notice is received, the courts have agreed with them. Viacom's lawsuit for over a billion dollars against [=YouTube=] was tossed out because of the DMCA safe-harbor provisions that exempt a website from being liable for infringement caused by content supplied by users as long as it promptly removes it when a copyright holder complains. [=YouTube=], however, has made some changes including obtaining a compulsory license [[note]]Yes, we do mean "compulsory license." There are three ways to get a license from ASCAP. (1) If you fit one of the general license classes and you're a small licensee, you pay the general set fee; (2) You don't fit the general classes or you're big enough you think you can negotiate a better license on a special-case basis directly with them, you contact ASCAP and negotiate with them; (3) You can't get a negotiated license or don't like the terms, then you use the Antitrust Settlement terms the U.S. Justice Department got from ASCAP back in the 1940s, you file a petition with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and a master from the court will make a determination. The third one is the compulsory license that [=YouTube=] obtained.[[/note]] from [[PerformingRightsSociety ASCAP]] which covers all ASCAP-licensed music that appear in any clip posted on [=YouTube=].

On any given day, you will find:

* EpicFail videos, which mainly consist of someone trying and failing to pull off a stunt.
* Snarky blogs by online users.
* The latest trailer for a major movie release, usually copied off a website.
* Cat videos.
* Durability tests wherein an electronic device is either smashed with a sledgehammer, lit on fire, or shot with a gun.
* Several videos from a recently-held sporting event (bonus points if it involves a ridiculously improbable shot or goal).
* Political commentary videos.
* Videos promoting conspiracy theories, usually something along the lines of a musician being a member of TheIlluminati.
* Parts of the latest episode of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''.
* ''Series/AmericanIdol''/''Series/BritainsGotTalent'' performances.
* A spam filter for the comments section.
* A video that's been marked as age-restricted despite the content being similar to non-restricted videos.
* A video that had its audio removed due to one of its music tracks not being authorized by a major record label.
* A video removed for terms of use violation (most times for obvious reasons, though other times, it's anyone's guess why).
* A video removed for copyright infringement (often times, the user would get a warning strike for that).
* A video removed because the [=YouTube=] account associated with that video is deleted.
* A video removed by the user of his or her own accord for reasons unknown.
* A video set to private for inexplicable reasons even though it was public when you added it to your playlist.
* Videos of people doing everyday, ordinary things, or just playing around.
* Videos complaining about [=YouTube=] censorship.
* [[ScreamerPrank Screamers]] and [[JumpScare Jump Scares]] in general[[labelnote:(protip)]]Reading comments before watching the video may help people to avoid nasty surprises (therefore, a video with disabled comments is a further reason to get suspicious); additionally, as of March 2012, an update allows to see thumbnails for any given moment in the video by moving the cursor, thus helping further with spotting a screamer in advance[[/labelnote]].
* The occasional RickRoll.
* YoutubePoop.
* Video game {{Lets Play}}s and walkthroughs.
* A video of someone taking something out of a box.
* A prank that's not related to [[ScreamerPrank Screamers]].
* Videos with millions of views about people talking about absolutely anything while playing video games.
* Videos that begin with a montage of parts of games put to a song as an intro.
* Videos that end by asking the viewer to [[PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel subscribe to the channel]].
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic Pony videos]].
* [[AnimatedMusicVideo Animated Music Videos]].

[[folder:Other Youtube Video Staples]]
* {{Anime}} - usually in several parts and fansubbed/dubbed.
* Commercials so old that even your grandmother hasn't seen them.
* Concert footage shot on low-resolution cell phones.
* Tons of [[CosplayOtakuGirl cosplay otaku girls and guys]], for [[{{Fanservice}} good]] or [[FanDisservice ill]].
* Tens of thousands of fake emergency alert tests. Many real EAS and EBS videos (mainly tests and tornado warnings) have been uploaded over the years.
* Episodes of still-running or forgotten TV shows. Some users will trick people into viewing their video by uploading a spoof image of an expected episode and filling it with spam, a still image, or a link to their own site instead. However, a portion of the site is dedicated to officially uploaded full seasons/series for shows ranging in age from the 60's to the late 00's. [[OfferVoidInNebraska Not outside the US (and sometimes Canada and/or the UK)]].
* {{Fanime}}s/[[FanVid fan]]vids.
* Flash animation videos from sites like Website/{{Newgrounds}} or NicoNicoDouga.
* [[GagSub Funny captions that are (for the most part) way, way off from what's being spoken.]]
* [[LetsPlay Video]] [[SpeedRun Game]] [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd playthroughs]] (especially of older or [[NoExportForYou not-exported]] games, or NintendoHard PlatformHell titles complete with [[SirSwearsALot expletive]]-[[{{Angrish}} laden]] running commentary.
** VideoGame/{{Audiosurf}} videos. Search "audiosurf [insert name of song]" and you'll find said song being played.
** Similarly, videos of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'' charts.
** VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} videos.
* Old movies in multiple parts.
* Parodies of almost any popular song you can imagine.
* Popular scenes and moments from movies, TV shows, and the like.
* A song, particularly a music videos, played backwards (or, if the lyrics don't match the video's visuals, a "literal music video").
* Video game cutscenes.
* Videos of alleged ghost, Bigfoot and UFO sightings (that usually end up being [[JumpScare screamers]]). A helpful tip: turn your volume off and read the comments before watching these videos.
* Videos of amateur performances of everything from covers of popular songs, to performances of original songs written by whoever is singing them, pre-taped videos of everything from school plays to dance recitals, etc.
* Videos of animals being cute.
* Videos of people making stunts with skateboards, snowboards, parkour or other extreme sports.
* Instruction videos of everything from making push ups to sewing Victorian era ball gowns.
* Videos with the {{Mondegreen}}s {{invoked}} of what the words sound like to an English (or any other language) speaker.
* Videos wherein the author rantss on some topic of religion, evolution vs. creationism, or politics.
* Videos promoting UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism and insulting a country or ethnicity, or just [[FlameWar comments doing the same thing]] on a video that isn't promoting Misplaced Nationalism and just happens to be about a particular country.
* Videos of people doing really stupid things.
* [[ReactionShot Reaction videos]], usually of [[ShockSite something very nasty]].
* [[InternetCounterattack Videos of politicians saying things they just went on record as denying having ever said]].
* Videos of songs being performed in music-composing programs, including ''Mario Paint Composer''.
* Videos of tourists driving or walking through foreign cities. Alternately, people conducting drives or walkthroughs of their hometown.
* Videos ultimately complaining about [=YouTube=]'s copyright policy, or how to bypass it.
* Videos labeled "Bloopers" that turn out to be ''fanmade'' bloopers.
* Videos redirecting you to a website saying that you can watch the video there - that will force you to take a survey, never allow you to watch the video, and ''send you spam''.
* Videos that have virus links. There's always ''one'' up. Most notably the spam you've been seeing on your Facebook profile, disguised as a link to something "shocking!". Either that, or it's a video saying it's the full movie of a film still in theaters, when it's really just a screencap or at most a trailer, with virus links in the description.
* Videos of kids throwing temper tantrums when asked to go off the computer and leave their online games.
* Videos of ''adults'' throwing temper tantrums when someone goes around and starts [[{{Griefer}} sabotaging games]].
* Haul videos, wherein somebody displays and discusses the items that she/he bought during a recent shopping trip. These items can be anything from designer shoes to dental floss.
** "Unboxing" videos which go beyond "someone taking something out of a box" through "video dissertation on the quality of the packaging" to "video ''rant'' about the quality of the packaging."
* "X does Y for Z minutes", basically a particular scene looped around for a few minutes.
* A cell-phone shot video.
* Episodes of short-running TV series most people didn't even know existed.
* Videos with [[TheGrotesque deformed people or animals]], either real or a SpecialEffectsFailure. Comments will usually have people wondering how they ended up at the weird side of [=Youtube=] again.
* [[LoopholeAbuse Mirrored copies]] of videos taken down for unknown terms of use violations (most often false-flagged DMCA notices).
* {{Caramelldansen Vid}}s
* 10 hour loops of memetic songs such as RickRoll and Trololo.
* 10 hour loops of anything in general. Why not enjoy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE7jcRCIIkY Space Core]] for 10 hours?
* Music that's extended to insane lengths.
* {{Touhou}} music remixes ranging from {{IOSYS}}-style [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs denpa]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6aywyjNKTY J-Metal in English]].
* Combat footage from [[TheWarOnTerror Iraq and Afghanistan]], mostly from helmet cameras.
* Amateur DIY videos revealing the "secret trick" to taking the radio out of an '88 Dodge or repacking the CV joints on a 2003 Honda with titles like "taking the [thingamabob] out of your [whatsit]".
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For better or worse, the site attracts a large amount of discussion and [[{{Troll}} cringe-worthy]] comments from users. A very popular [[MemeticMutation trend]] is to [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow insult everyone who clicked the "dislike" button]] for a video. The usual format is "(number of people who clicked the dislike) (insult)." (Note, though, that the positioning of the "Like" button just below the Play button makes it ''ridiculously easy'' to fill your "videos liked" bin with stuff you didn't necessarily want there, and "disliking" a video you just accidentally liked is easier than editing your preferences.) Another popular trend is blaming anyone who dislikes a video on fans of another popular artist or work or the more ridiculous claim that a single person, usually said artist, [[SockPuppet created multiple accounts to lay multiple dislikes]] on a single video. Also, if you look ''really'' hard, you'll find a few [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Users]] who think that such trends and comments are stupid.

On websites where you can directly link to the video, you can also append a few functions to the end of the web address. For example, you can append "&t=[time]" to any [=Youtube=] link to move the video to that predefined position, e.g., "&t=1m20s" will take the video to the 1:20 position in the video automatically when the user clicks on it. Not entirely valuable, just a handy hint.
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!!Very notable videos
* Several massively influential web series began on and were hosted by [=Youtube=]. These include:
** RayWilliamJohnson, who reviews the latest Viral Videos in his show called =3. He also made music videos under Your Favorite Martian until the project was retired.
** TheAnnoyingOrange, whose first video al-[[CatchPhrase Nye-heh-heh-heh-heh]]-one has more than 90 mil-[[SignatureLaugh Nye-heh-heh-heh-heh]]-lion views. Is now in a major television deal with Creator/CartoonNetwork.
** WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd started off on [=YouTube=] in 2006 before moving to ScrewAttack after his videos started becoming more popular.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, along with Doug Walker's ''Five Second Movies''
*** Likewise, WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment got its start on [=Youtube=] as well before being affiliated with Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.
** Maffew's {{Botchamania}} is a long-running (and quite amusing) look at professional wrestling's least professional moments. After Maffew got his first two [=YouTube=] accounts suspended, he eventually started up his own site (which features many classic Botchamanias alongside brand new ones), and is still uploading brand new videos to [=YouTube=] via his ''third'' account.
** [[{{Fred}} Hey! It's Fred!]], created as a short series, and was eventually adapted into at least two {{Nickelodeon}} original movies and an official Nickelodeon TV show.
** ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', which gained massive media recognition for being one of the (if not ''the'') first scripted web series to have an ongoing plot and real, professional actors. It initially being mistaken for an actual, non-fiction vlog also earned it publicity early on.
** TalesOfMereExistence, a webseries that was popular enough to get noticed by the Showtime Channel, who commissioned a series of the shorts to play during interstitial breaks.
** WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation
* [[Creator/BillAndDoug Bill & Doug]] (aka [=RVDTito4Life=]), who were hired by {{TNA}} Wrestling to be the hosts of their online show, ''TNA Addicts''.
* BoBurnham.
* Brotherhood 2.0/WebVideo/{{Vlogbrothers}}/Nerdfighters: Music/HankGreen and Creator/JohnGreen started a vlogging project. Now they're bigger than Oprah (on the internet). Their fans are known as Nerdfighters, and they fight for all things nerdy and strive not to forget to be awesome. If you like ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''SeriesDoctorWho'', ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', ''Literature/HarryPotter'', [[Literature/TheFaultInOurStars John's]] [[LookingForAlaska young]] [[Literature/AnAbundanceofKatherines adult]] [[PaperTowns novels]], or anyone with an odd sense of humor, you're probably a Nerdfighter. Hank also writes and performs original songs for the vlog. [[http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers Go watch]].
** Due to their phenomenal success, they now both own studios where they produce related shows in which they may or may not appear.
*** ''WebVideo/CrashCourse'': The brothers' take on {{Edutainment}} shows; currently doing short videos on history and biology
*** ''TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', a modern re-interpretation of PrideAndPrejudice in vlog form. Has since reached its conclusion, but many other similar projects are likely to follow.
*** Hank's Channel: Hank's own personal channel where he posts anything that doesn't fit anywhere else.
*** Hank Games, a LetsPlay / {{Machinima}} channel in which Hank (and occasionally John) plays video games and provides [[DeadpanSnarker snarky commentary]].
*** ''Machinima/TheMiracleOfSwindonTown'', in which John plays the Fifa series while talking about stuff and making up backstories for his players.
*** ''SciShow'', an {{Edutainment}} show in which Hank and other people talk about various scientific topics.
*** ''WebVideo/TheBrainScoop'', about animal science, ecology and taxidermy.
*** ''Sexplanations'', a LaciGreen-esque sex-positive education channel.
*** ''Mental Floss'' (yes, based on ''that'' Mental Floss - John wrote for them for his first job), in which the brothers talk about trivia.
* WebVideo/CharlieIsSoCoolLike. Probably best known for dyeing his whole body purple and singing.
* [[CharlieTheUnicorn Charlie The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5im0Ssyyus Unicorn]] (which actually originates from NewGrounds). It has more than 40 million views.
* [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA "Chocolate Rain"]], an original composition by Music/TayZonday.
* WebVideo/DailyGrace: A five days a week comedy show hosted and edited by Grace Helbig. Grace Helbig also appears on MyMusic as Idol, and also shoots You Deserve a Drink for Mamrie Hart. Appears often in the background of MyDrunkKitchen. Her show is well loved throughout the [=YouTube=] community. DailyGrace had 2.4 million subscribers until Grace's contract with MyDamnChannel (the company that owns DailyGrace and paid Grace a flat rate for 5 years) ended. Grace has now started over on youtube.com/itsgrace and is quickly nearing 1 million subscribers.
** Grace is also the star of the movie Camp Takota that costars Hannah and Mamrie Hart (no relation).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o The Dancing prisoners of Cebu]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A0rwG39Jzk The Darth Vader Sessions]], which oh so hilariously blends footage of Vader with transdubbed lines Creator/JamesEarlJones had from other roles in other films.
* The propaganda and music of the great DoctorSteel, who's been namechecked by several media outlets and shows, including Jay Leno and MTV.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/edwardcurrent Edward Current]], an atheist vlogger and humorist who plays a rather extreme Christian character.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/mrorangeguy Evan Erwin]], aka "mrorangeguy", hosts ''The Magic Show'', which is purported to be the most popular video on ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' culture and highlights from someone ''not'' employed by WizardsOfTheCoast. The channel proved so popular that Wizards now gives him plenty of scoops and designer interviews.
* [[http://youtube.com/user/geriatric1927 Geriatric1927]], a senior citizen living in the United Kingdom, blogs about his life, his experiences, and his random thoughts. He's one of the of the few [=YouTube=] users to gain national media coverage, having been covered by CNN, the BBC and many other national news organizations.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ItsJustSomeRandomGuy ItsJustSomeRandomGuy]], who makes a [[ImAMarvelAndImADC clever, funny and occasionally moving meta- series]] mostly involving action figures of popular MarvelComics and [[TheDCU DCU]] superheroes comparing notes on their respective movie franchises, and usually degenerating in to snarky bickering in the process. Although starting off as parodies of Apple's 'I'm a Mac / I'm a PC' adverts, more recent postings have followed an ongoing narrative focusing on heroes and villains [[VillainsOutShopping chilling out]], with even their downtime leading to chaos and attempts to destroy the universe. See also Green Goblin's blog. Showing impressive vocal range, [=ItsJustSomeRandomGuy=] does all the voices (except the female characters, which are provided by [=ItsJustSomeRandomGal=]).
* WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs are an imaginative, post-Dark Knight series that chronicle the Joker's time in Arkham Asylum. Not only is it well-written, but the actors are amazing (especially the person who does the Joker) and the sheer amount of clever nods to the Batman continuity alone make it worth watching. You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJokerBlogs here]].
* DiamandaHagan: best known for her [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DiamandaHagan Bonekickers]] reviews.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/myharto Hannah Hart]], host of ''MyDrunkKitchen'', in which much is drunk and little is cooked, and the occasional comedy short.
* Creator/JennaMarbles: Former pinup model with a master's degree does comedy and rants, frequently at the same time.
* SFDebris: [[http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Misc/Links.html science fiction]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/sfdebris reviews]] that focus on Franchise/StarTrek.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Jon World According To Jon]]: Opinions on nearly everything.
* Music/JustinBieber, believe it or not, actually began his career posting homemade videos of himself on Youtube ([[http://www.youtube.com/user/kidrauhl#p/u/70/csymVmm1xTw check out his original page here, although you'll have to scroll down a bit in the video list to find those homemade videos]]).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/spricket24 Karen Alloy]]: Smoking hot redhead does hyperactive stream-of-consciousness comedy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Katers17 Katers17]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/thehill88 TheHill88]], both stars from the "original" YouTube days and one of the first [=Youtubers=] noticed by the mainstream media.
* A nice young lady named Kicesie (username) does non-graphic sex education videos. One video where she talks about oral sex (and just talks - there's nothing in this video you couldn't show in a public library) has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GE82tqcYYQ upwards of 80 million views]]''.
* KnowYourMeme, a website that essentially categorizes and organizes{{Memetic Mutation}}s].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen Laci Green]], host of the show Sex+ and a popular sex educator. She's become something like Dan Savage for teenagers, except with less viewer questions and more one-woman sketch comedy.
* WebVideo/TheMileyAndMandyShow, a series of (usually) random and silly videos posted and starring DisneyChannel star MileyCyrus and her friend, then-current backup dancer Mandy Jiroux. The videos were posted some time between 2008-2009, and at the peak of popularity included a series of Extreme Dance-Offs between Miley, Mandy, and their dancer-friends and member of other dance troupes; one dance-off made its way into a Teen Choice Awards show. Also notable for a small controversy in which M+M playfully mocked a video from a similar Disney-related pair making videos on [=YouTube=], DemiLovato and SelenaGomez, which was misinterpreted as being a product of a real life Selena/Miley rivalry.
* The WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos, made by the actual [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet Studios]]. Of particular note is their cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody", which got ''13 million'' views in ''three months''. Getting the Muppets back in the limelight this way may have very well helped them [[Film/TheMuppets get back on the big screen]].
* [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=dF7cbKMJ-rg OMG! This girl is sooo hot!]], a parody of any video posted to the site that fools users into thinking actual sexual content is contained in the video. Currently has more than 45 million views.
* OfferVoidInNebraska: Despite your having bought the track on original black vinyl, live concert versions, tape, DVD, and Greatest Hits album, when you try to watch the video on [=YouTube=] all you get is "This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."
* LetsPlay/PewDiePie is the biggest name on Youtube, let alone in gaming.
* WebVideo/ThePhilipDeFrancoShow, probably the most popular daily irreverent pseudo-"news" show on [=YouTube=], posted with a thumbnail of an intentionally attention-grabbing and misleading hot girl and and equally misleading title.
* Creator/{{Polaris}} and most of its affiliates call [=YouTube=] home, including several notable gaming media producers:
** Website/DayNine
** Creator/HuskyStarcraft
** OMFGCata
** Creator/TheCynicalBrit
** The {{Yogscast}}
*** LetsPlay/{{Sips}}
*** The YogscastMinecraftSeries
** NextGenTactics
** LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys
*** LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}
*** LetsPlay/ProtonJon
*** LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun
* Creator/RedLetterMedia started out doing reviews/critiques of the later films in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise (among other things) on [=Youtube=], but it wasn't until they put up a brutal, all-encompassing seven-part ereview of ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' in December 2009 that they got noticed by the Internet at large. You can start watching the ''Phantom Menace'' review [[http://youtu.be/FxKtZmQgxrI here]].
* ''WebVideo/TheRemarkableJourneyOfHigginsVonHiggings'' -- Very short, but very awesome video.
* WebVideo/ShaneDawson, a [=youtuber=] who does sketch comedy, acting as all his characters.
* ''UltimateMuscleRollerLegend''. The less said about this video, the better.
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', a musical parody based off the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series written and performed by students from the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan.
** In the same vein, ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'', which coined an entirely new genre in "animutation".
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. The creator, Creator/LittleKuriboh, has a [=Youtube=] account where he uploads new episodes and other miscellaneous stuff related to the series. Was likely the first fandubbed series to have episodes pulled off the site for copyright infringement. You can find it [[http://www.youtube.com/user/CardGamesFTW here.]] It can also be found on [[http://www.yugiohtheabridgedseries.com its own website.]]
* ''WebVideo/CommunityChannel'' by Australian woman Natalie Tran, who actually got her own TV spot as a result of her internet popularity.
* The "Shit [insert racial/social/gender group here] says" videos. It all started with "Shit Girls Say", and now every subculture is giving it their own spin.
* Song mixes of [[Film/SpaceJam the song Space Jam]] and some other popular (usually anime/game) song, often with a photoshopped image of a character from the game or anime where the character's face is replaced by that of Charles Barkley[[note]]Why Barkley and not Michael Jordan, who starred in Space Jam? Because many of these are inspired by the theme song to VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden[[/note]].
* "[[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]]", a very strange and highly {{memetic|mutation}} South Korean music video with iconic dance moves (which are just as memetic as the song) that reached the spot of [=Youtube=]'s most-watched video of all time after only ''four and a half months''.
* WebVideo/EpicMealTime.
* Harlem Shake videos. In fact, [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=do+the+harlem+shake The whole page can do it ]] [[note]]It requires a modern up-to-date browser (such as Google Chrome or Usefulnotes/MozillaFirefox) to work. Other browsers work, but it just plays the music[[/note]]
* FreddieWong, who's become notorious for creating amazingly high-quality special effect videos with just amateur equipment and budgeting.
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