Web Video: danisnotonfire

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Dan Howell, otherwise known as danisnotonfire, is a British YouTuber.

Dan's videos span a lot of different topics and formats, though he rarely does straight-forward vlogging. He makes videos describing his past failings with self-deprecating humor, discussing topics he finds relevant/interesting, and truth-or-dare type videos. He often uses a skit format that makes sense when you find out that he's done a lot of theater and has/had aspirations of being an actor. Oddly, he was getting a law degree before he decided that University probably wasn't for him.

It worth noting that in one video, he actually was on fire.

Tropes used by danisnotonfire:

  • Adorkable
  • Ascended Fanboy: He spent years watching YouTuber Phil Lester, until eventually becoming friends with Phil though incessant tweeting and video commenting (an unlikely turn-of-events that he would later parody in a mock how-to video). Dan told Phil that he'd always wanted to make videos on YouTube, but just didn't think he would be any good. With Phil's encouragement, Dan gave it a go anyway and the rest, as they say, is history.
  • American Accents: He and Phil sometimes do this when fans ask them to. However, Dan is terrible at it as he sounds about as American as Queen Elizabeth. His Valley Girl accent is impeccable though.
  • Animal Motif: There was a llama motif to his past videos such as the llama song, videos titled Drama llama, Sexy llamas then he has a liking towards llamas ranging from staying at a zoo to watch llamas and buying a llama hedge in the Sims and finally he has a llama hat.
  • Berserk Button: If you touch his neck, he will karate-chop you.
  • Big Eater: Claims to be one.
  • Bishōnen
  • Butt Monkey: Dan himself, but the recurring character "Becky" tends to take a lot of abuse as well. Phil is often Butt Monkey to Dan's Straight Man.
  • Call Back: In his Photobooth challenge with Phil, they use the moon backdrop and Dan trips over his bed. Phil remarks "Dan just fell off the moon," which was one of the options in their Would You Rather video that happened over two years back.
  • Catch Phrase:
  • Celeb Crush: Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Dane De Haan, Copious Anime boys such as Haru (he even sleeps with a Haru pillow come on people.)
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In "How To Speak Internet", the Harries twins(from Jacks Gap) troll him with this after finding out that he will be bleeping the swear words.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He views himself as this in his Near-Death Experience video and believes that God is trying to get revenge on him after he accidently set fire to a bible.
  • Crossdresser: When he is playing female characters.
  • Crossover: He and his flatmate Phil are involved with BBC Radio 1, formerly running their own request show on Sunday nights from 7pm-9pm, but having now been moved to Mondays 9pm-10-pm. They also do an excessive number of collaborative videos. The two of them have a joint gaming channel called Dan And Phil GAMES (2014-), and a side channel called The Super Amazing Project (2011-2012). Most of their collab videos on their main channels involve the two of them answering fan questions, generally just hanging out or doing everyday activities such as cooking or playing video games, or interactive choose-your-own-adventure videos. The humour in these videos rely mostly on their back-and-forth and their relationship.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh yes. Especially in contrast to hyperactive Keet Phil.
  • Delayed Oh Crap!: When he is recounting how he almost accidentally got killed by a speargun while swimming on holiday in "OMG WTF ASDFGHJKL", this was his reaction in his head:
    Dan: Now, you may be wondering why the video is called what it is, but, I can't really articulate everything I felt in that moment. So I was like: "Heh, oh, right, there's a guy with a speargun. WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!?"
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Dan often pokes fun at how he looks very feminine.
    • "Oh my god, Becky, I just saw the tallest lesbian ever and she was such a pervert!"
    • Meet Carly Rae Howell.
  • Formerly Fat
  • Fun with Subtitles: In "How to Befriend Your Favourite Internet Stars", the subtitles for each step and piece of advice are rather...different from what he actually says.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He said in numerous videos that his jealousy and envy are his worst traits.
  • The Hero Dies: This happens in the video, "Phil's Christmas Adventure.".
  • I Am Very British: Dan insists against commentators that he doesn't have a posh accent.
  • Nerd Glasses: In the News segments for his and Phil's Super Amazing Project videos. Might also put them on for comedic purposes whenever he's making a "deep point" about something, as seen in his video "Psycho Thoughts".
  • Oh Crap!: In "Sexy Internet Dating - London", Dan has one (which Phil soon echoes) upon realizing that Dan just sent their location to the person they were chatting with.
  • Precision F-Strike: All the time. Sometimes, he bleeps them out but only if he thinks it's necessary.
  • Pun: phanfiction, phandom... basically anything with the word "fan" in it is replaced with "phan" as short-hand for a fanwork that is associated with Dan and/or Phil.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Look at him.
  • Real Person Shipping: Dan/Phil, otherwise known as Phan, is pretty popular in the fandom and Dan knows. He even has a video where he discusses shipping and he and Phil act-out part of a phanfic.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cat whiskers
    • When Dan states something and something in the room falls to reveal something that contradicts what he said.
    • Having to break out the wine bottle once an "Internet Support Group" video gets weird or stupid. By the fifth episode, it's out at the start.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: As seen when playing horror games with Phil. Phil is equally this, as well.
  • Self-Deprecation: Almost every single video has him doing this. He even has series of videos called "Reasons why Dan's a Fail".
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Dan mentioned that there is a difference between having a vocabulary and being a waffly twat.
  • Shirtless Scene: Dan is often found shirtless in bed, justified by the fact that that's how he normally sleeps. His first shirtless bed scene was in his second video ever "Butterfingers", and he's still keeping it up in recent videos like "typos have ruined my life", "My Greatest Fear", and "I Can't Live Without My Phone". Other notable examples: "I Can't Sleep" (several in-bed scenes), "How NOT To Stay Cool" (censored full nudity), and the Phil video "A Day in the Life of Dan and Phil in London!" (shirtless Dan filmed in bed by Phil for an extended period of time). He also used to do "nakedbooths", to celebrate dailybooth follower milestones.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Emphasis on the socially awkward part.
  • Stalker with a Crush: "How to Befriend Your Favourite Internet Stars"
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: He is all of those things.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • "If you've enjoyed this video, please thumb me."
    • "Who needs friends when you've got whipped cream and Lara Croft?"
    • "Equal amount of exercise with both arms."
    • "I'm ready for Clock!"
  • Those Two Guys: Contrary to most YouTube duos, Dan & Phil originally weren't an double-act and rose to fame on their own respective channels. However, it is becoming rarer and rarer to see one without the other: they live together, very frequently appear in each other's videos, have created two collaborative side channels, got their own radio show on BBC 1, were offered a dual cameo by Disney in the UK version of Big Hero 6, have hosted award shows together, and pretty much always appear side by side for interviews or conventions.
  • Troll: 12-year-old Dan unintentionally does this to himself when, years later, adult Dan checks out his old childhood website. Said website includes a link that creates a long chain of pop-ups and a Screamer Prank, both of which he falls for and hates himself for adding in the first place.

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