Creator / Nigahiga
"I suggest you should look somewhere else."

Ryan Higa, better known as Nigahiga, is currently the seventh most-subscribed person on YouTube with over 15 million subscribers. He has six main video types:

  • His "How to be" guides, all of which were originally taken down because of copyright, but now some of them have been readded. These include "How to be Emo", "How to be Gangster", "How to be Ninja", and, among the still-removed ones, "How to be Nerd" and "How to be UFC Fighter";
    • He still makes a fair amount of "How To" videos, including: "How to be a Youtuber", "How to be a Rapper", "How to Sing Like Your Favorite Artists", and "How to Act Like Your Favorite Actors"
  • The Parody Commercials, which take Commercial Tropes to the extreme;
  • His "Off the Pill rants", where he talks about anything that bugs him while staying off his ADHD medicine (hence the title);
  • "Movies in Minutes", which are movie spoofs in, well, minutes;
  • His "Rants", which are also Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • The "Skitzo" productions, which involve him and three of his personas: R-Dizzle, Hanate, and Regina.
  • And "Dear Ryan", where Ryan humorously answer questions people ask in YouTube comments.
  • He's also started a series called "Expectations Vs. Reality", which only has two entries so far. Along with all these, he has made at least 11 music videos.

One of his most recent projects was an internet movie he created with Wong Fu Productions called "Agents of Secret Stuff". Tropes exclusively from A.S.S. (teehee) should be placed below examples from the regular videos.

Examples of tropes from videos:

  • Acting for Two: Played for laughs a lot of the time, with Ryan actually interacting with "himself" as a joke.
  • Adorkable
  • Aerith and Bob: A Running Gag in his "How To Be" series.
    Bob: Herro! My name is... Bob.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The iNavigator is not evil in any ways, but it tends to piss the user off by its inefficiencies.
    • The Google Glass Human is more malignant, guiding its user into a pool, automatically turning down dates, and downright refusing commands. It eventually ends up killing its user via Fartillery, or "Am Fragrance".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The "Nice Guys" music video by him, Kev Jumba, and Chester See, deconstructs this, since the class that Ryan and Kevin take has this in mind, but their dates leave them.
  • All Just a Dream: The Last Skitzo! turns out to be an elaborate story told by Hanate.
  • And Ninety Nine Cents
  • Arc Words: "I stay home, cook rice!" turns into one in The Last Skitzo!.
  • Art Evolution: Just compare "How to be Ninja" to "Candy Crush The Movie".
  • Asian and Nerdy: The personal trainers in "How to Be Nerd", but only because they're played by Ryan and Sean.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Off the Pill rants.
    • Mocked in Forever Alone:
    "Yeah... so I have A.D.H.D. Forever AD... oh look, a butterfly."
  • Auto-Tune: From "Off the Pill: Rebecca Black (Friday)"
    Ryan: I can't sing so I Auto-Tune myself.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Invoked in "Nice Guys".
  • Bat Deduction: "The Next Viral YouTube Trend!" and "The New Rick Roll!" have Ryan attempting the next big 'net sensation with a series of these deductions.
  • Bishōnen: Yup yuppers.
  • Boastful Rap: Discussed in "Off the Pill: Arrogant People", where Ryan notes that many songs on the market are very self-promoting. He then imagines what "Look at Me Now" would sound like if Chris Brown was modest.
    Yes, yes. That *** look like a two-pay
    I get what you get in ten years, in eleven years
  • Bowdlerize: A Pet Peeve Trope of his; Discussed in "Censorship Makes no Sense".
  • Brand X: In 5 Steps To Be Badass, where Ryan holds a can of "Beer Light" that's just a Bud Light can with a piece of tape with writing on it slapped over it.
  • Brick Joke: His videos have so many brick jokes you can create a Great Wall of Jokes.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Meta Example. Ryan's best friend, Sean, disappeared from his videos for several years due to college commitments with both of them. Around 2012, he started appearing regularly now that he lives in Nevada and can easily travel to Ryan's house.
    • Tham and Steve in The New Show!
  • But Wait, There's More!: Often, but especially prominent in the Children's Bop commercial, which came with Puberty Bob, Speech Impediment Stuttering Bop, and a free order of Bi Bim Bap.
  • The Cameo: Ryan's brother made one in his "Off the Pill: Weird People" video, who appeared so quickly and said so little that some mistook him for Ryan himself. Also, New York Knicks Ensemble Dark Horse Jeremy Lin (back then a member of the Golden State Warriors) made a cameo in the "Daily Life of a Basketballer" video. Ryan himself cameoed in Lin's own "How to get into Harvard" video.
  • Catch Phrase: TEEHEE
    • "Just kidding!.. but seriously" shows up a lot as well.
    • "Okay, so maybe I exaggerated. A little bit."
  • Comedic Sociopathy: He and Kev Jumba get called out on it by their girlfriends in "Nice Guys".
  • Companion Cube: Ryan's lamps, iron, and, in the earlier videos, his big bouncing inflatable green ball.
  • Composite Character: He mashes up a bunch of Youtube usernames in "How to be a Youtube Celebrity", resulting in...
    "Yo! Wassup? My name is Mystery Kev Dawson Smoshem G Fu Productions!"
  • Continuity Nod: The "How to Be Videos" have hints of this.
    "I know how to be ninja now!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Oh, definitely.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: One of the steps to being gangster, along with Milking the Giant Cow.
  • Crowd Hockey: Parodied when Ryan crawls on the floor for a gun to defeat his Evil Twin, only for it to keep getting kicked around by absolutely nothing.
  • Deconstruction: Of Peer Pressure Makes You Evil in "How to be Nerd".
  • Discriminate and Switch: In "Daily Life of a Basketballer" Jeremy Lin believes that the reason "LeBryant Jordanicus Walton" refuses to learn basketball from him is because he is not a black basketball player. According to "LeBryant", it's because Jeremy doesn't have an 'a' in his name.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: According to "Off the Pill: Weird People", if people continue to conform to normality, everyone will gain the power to crawl all over the walls... and Ryan hates spiders.
  • The Ditz/Too Dumb to Live: Regina in the Skitzo videos is the dumbest of the four.
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Ryan's girlfriend in "Nice Guys" asks him this. She looks great. He answers "yes" anyway.
    To quote, "Hell yeah, you do! Wait, let me speak your language: 'Cows go moo!'"
  • Domestic Abuse: Subverted in "Nice Guys".
    Ryan: And imma beat you... in every competition!
  • Double Standard: Discussed in "Off the Pill - Feminist", where he especially questions why females consider compliments to their breasts offensive while males don't do the same about compliments to their muscles.
    • "Guys Vs. Girls- Romance" discusses this
  • Dream Team: As of late he's been doing collaborations with the other Los Angeles YouTube stars, such as Kev Jumba, Chester See, David Choi, and D-Trix. He is also a part of a group called YTF consisting of himself, Kevin, Chester, Victor Kim, Andrew Garcia, JRA and D-Trix.
    • He is also good friends with many Asian American Youtubers, like Wong Fu Productions, Arden Cho, Cathy Nguyen among others.
  • Driven to Suicide: In his "Message To All Haters" video, all the hate-filled messages from fellow Youtubers (and ex-girlfriend) drives Ryan to take on his Emo persona and attempt to kill himself in increasingly excessive ways (from simple wrists slashes, to a wooden saw trying to slice his hand off, to a power drill to his temple).
  • Drugs Are Bad: Parodied in "How to Spot a Pothead".
  • Even Badasses Have Standards: Ryan explains that badasses never follow the rules...except for "don't drink and drive" and "always recycle."
  • Every Episode Ending: TEEHEE
  • Everything Is Racist: Discussed (along with "everything is sexist", "everything is insensitive to people dying", "everything is slut-shaming", etc.) in "Easily Butthurt People".
  • Evil Twin: In the Dear Ryan: Evil Twin video.
  • Flat "What.": The buyer in the Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball video.
  • Four Equal Payments of: Get Hook on Foniks, a fourteen dollar value, for thirteen... easy payments of 14.99!
  • Fourth Wall Greeting: "Oh, hi. Didn't see you there."
  • Gasshole: The "fatality" in "How to Be Ninja".
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In "Like a Good Boy".
  • Gratuitous Ninja: "How to be Ninja", "Ninja Glare", and "Ninja Melk" stand out, but lots of his other videos have ninjas.
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Parodied in the Carl's Jr. New Portobello Mushroom burger ad, where he quickly names all the things the burger can do; "censor-covering" has him with a box containing the burger over each nipple.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: The chorus in "Bromance".
  • Ho Yay: Invoked in "Word of the Day: Bromance". Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Ryan hasn't had an official relationship since his ex Tarynn from some of his first videos. He admits it's due to him being really bad at dating people.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied in "Daily Life of Ninjahinja".
  • Hypocritical Humor: The entirety of the "Subliminal Messages" video.
    • Also present in the "A Message to all Haters" video.
  • iProduct: The iPod Human and the iNavigator.
  • Japanese Ranguage: The personal trainers in "How to be Ninja" speak rather inconsistently this way. This carries into Hanate's appearance on Skitzo. Also counts as N-Word Privileges, since both Ryan and Sean are Japanese.
  • Kiai: The first step to being a Ninja is to make loud, unnecessary sounds when you hit things.
  • The Lancer: Kev Jumba is this to Ryan, as Kev is somewhat Comically Serious while Ryan is much less serious.
    • Ryan's original lancer was Sean who eventually came back and started making vids with Ryan again; promoting him back to the Lancer, albeit with several other guys who're Ryan's roommates.
  • Le Parkour: Parodied in "Dear Ryan: Extreme".
    • Played straight quite awesomely in "Dear Ryan - Klondike Bar".
  • Man Child: Discussed in "Immature Guys!"
  • Man Hug: In "Word of the Day: Bromance".
  • Manly Tears: "Shed a Tear".
  • Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: Mostly averted in "How to Be Ninja", as Ryan was actually executing some legit judo moves.
  • Mesa Crowd: Multiple "Ryans" appear in quite a few videos.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Hand motions are part of the first lesson of being Gangster, along with swearing in every sentence.
    • Master Ching Ching does this in "Ninja Melk" because he's played by Tarynn Nago in a mask.
  • Mind Screw: The aptly named "Dafuq Did I Just Watch?"
  • Mook Chivalry: Defied in "Expectations vs. Reality: Action Movies".
  • Motor Mouth: Welllooknofurtherthankstothebigbouncinginflatablegreenballyou'llnotevernothaveaballagain!
    • What did he just say?
  • Mr. Fanservice: Click on one of his song parodies, "Like a Good Boy." Read the comments. Drink a glass of water every time you see a comment talking about how hot he is when he takes off his shirt in the video for just a few seconds. You will be spending a LONG time in the bathroom.
  • Multinational Team: YTF. Ryan is Japanese. Kevin's Taiwanese. Victor Kim is Korean. Andrew is Latino. JR is Filipino. D-Trix is part-Filipino, part-Latino. Chester's half-Filipino.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • Nice Guy: Ryan and Kevin in "Nice Guys" start out as this, become jerks, and then go back after realizing girls don't like jerks.
  • No Budget: Unlike many professional YouTube stars, all his videos are done with just iMovie, a few items around the house, and a few other people. Yet he's got about 10 million subscribers and is well known throughout the internet. Heck, the videos that got them to fame were in fact amateur How-To videos that were put up on YouTube to show his friends!
  • Not So Different: Discussed in "Off the Pill: Rebecca Black (Friday)", where Ryan compares Friday to the music that he makes.
  • Now How Much Would You Pay: Frequently parodied, with something like "That's a $20 value, but we'll give it to you for, no, not $19.99, no, not $14.99, but $42.99!"
    • In P90 Flex: "We'll give you not 4, not 3, not 2, but ONE DVD for the price for two!"
  • Odd Name Out: A Running Gag in the early "how to" productions.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Parodied in The Last Skitzo! where Hanate turns out to be holding a music box and closes it once Steve tells him to stop.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: A bunch of seemingly stand-alone scenes in 5 Steps To Be Badass are suddenly put together at the end into a cohesive narrative.
  • One-Hit Kill: Multiple videos, like "Dear Ryan - Extreme" and "Dear Ryan - Defeating a Ninja" show him getting defeated in one hit.
    • And then he literally one hit-kills a billiards player in "Dear Ryan -Klondike Bar."
  • One of Us: Participated in YouTube's Geek Week by making a Naruto spoof trailer.
  • Only Sane Man: Ryan is this in the Skitzo videos.
  • Overly Long Gag: "I like stick, plastic stick, metal stick, tape, stick shaped like tape..."
  • Overly Long Name: The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball.
    • Also, all of Ryan's personas in the "How to Be X" videos, like Hanate Wakuso Shiseo Tadashite Teriyaki Suzuki Honda Civic.
      • Don't forget R-Dizzle-Fo-Shizzle-Ma-Nizzle-Off-Da-Hizzle-Drizzle the gangster and Elitedarklord_dragonslayer_3.14159 the nerd.
      • Averted, with the emo guy whose name is "Dead.... because I killed it."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Played for Laughs in "How to be Emo".
  • Put on a Bus: Ryan's sidekick, Sean. In "3,000,000 Subscribers" he made a cameo and revealed the reason he hasn't been around a lot was because of his going to college far away. He also cameoed in "2012: End of the World" and "Bromance".
    • A Running Gag is that Ryan somehow "replaced" him after intentionally putting him on the bus. (This was a joke, and for some reason many people took it seriously...)
    • The rest of Yabo Productions disappeared at some point, including Ryan's ex-girlfriend Tarynn.
  • Poke the Poodle: In "How to be Gangster," there's a sign in the car that says "Never Drink and Drive." Cut to Ryan driving and drinking...a juice pouch.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: "I'm a Chingstah" was meant to be a parody of Asians who try to be Gangsta.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: More like More Dakka comedy.
  • Running Gag: The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball shows up a lot.
    • Though not as big as Ryan and Sean remember it in "2012: End of the World."
    • Anything to do with lamps. It's even lampshaded in one of the Skitzo videos.
    • TEEHEE
  • Scars Are Forever: As of the "Fruit Ninja FAIL" incident, Ryan has a scar on the bridge of his nose.
  • Self-Deprecation: Engages in lots of this in "Skitzo: Reunited" where Ryan's other personas make a "How to be Ryan Higa" video.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: "Dear Ryan: Liar".
  • Shirtless Scene: Ryan shows off his abs in "Like a Good Boy".
  • Shown Their Work: The majority of any martial arts he does that isn't Stylistic Suck is real, since he's a black-belt in judo.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Discussed in "Off the Pill - Arrogant People".
  • Sound Effect Bleep: Parodied in iNavigator.
  • Stealth Pun: One of Ryan's segments is called "Skitzo", wherein he interacts with other character personalities which are also played by himself. Schizophrenia is a mental illness in which people may experience hearing voices or multiple personalities, and it's sometimes shortened to "Schizo". "Skitzo" and "Schizo" are pronounced the same.
  • Straw Feminist: Regina is made this in "Off the Pill - Feminist".
  • Stylistic Suck: Ryan's done very professional looking videos with the likes of Wong Fu Productions... but he still uses the scraggly wigs from his early stuff for every female character he portrays.
  • Take That: "How To Sound Like Your Favorite Artists" is especially more venomous in its Take Thats than most of Ryan's other videos.
  • Toilet Humor: "Clenching My Booty".
  • Troll:
    • "Dear Ryan - Can you open your eyes?" was made in response to a racist troll comment about his eyes. Ryan then opens his eyes wide enough to blow up the earth.
    • "Dear Ryan - Stop Posting Videos!" was also made in response to a troll comment telling him to jump off a cliff and stop posting videos. Ryan jumped off a cliff (with effects, not in real life) and posted the video anyway.
  • True Companions: Again, YTF.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe. In The Last Skitzo, R-Dizzle doesn't realize that Tham in Hanate's story was a girl.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: "Nice Guys" promotes it.
  • Wangst: Parodied with the song "GTFO My Room".
  • Wham Episode: The Last Skitzo. Hanate reveals his true colors after killing the rest of Ryan's personas as revenge for being used as a punchline in all of the Skitzo videos. However, he is killed by Rocky, his... pet rock. However, it turns out to be a sketch proposed by the regular Hanate in another regular meeting.
  • Wham Shot: His three million subscriber thank-you video ends with Sean showing up in a video for the first time in a while.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The logic used in "How to Be Ninja".
  • World of Pun:
    • Hell, 70% of the humor is purely from puns.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "The Best Joke Ever".
    • "Dear Ryan: Extreme" uses every version and play on the word "kick" Ryan could find.
    • And then there's possibly the most forced pun yet: Copied Right-In-Fridge Mints.
    • One PUNch Man.
  • You No Take Candle: Hanate.
He's not just a pretty face.

Examples From Ryan's Movie "Agents of Secret Stuff"

Alternative Title(s): Ryan Higa