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Web Video: How To Basic
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HowToBasic is a bizarre YouTube channel, promising to teach the basics of everyday life. However, its lessons inexplicably involve unorthodox (and often violent) methods of performing these tasks, and smashing eggs for no apparent reason.

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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Sometimes Mr. Basic's insane methods actually wind up working... somehow.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: You are all definitely doing it the wrong way.
  • Appeal To Worse Problems: Often Played for Laughs.
    • In "How To End World Hunger," as Mr. Basic puts two eggs in an envelope addressed to "Africa" and smashes them.
    • In "How To Perform Open Heart Surgery", with a Facebook post claiming that he'd donate money to pay for the teddy bear's heart surgery in exchange for likes, comments, and shares (as an Affectionate Parody of similar viral "donation drive" posts; "1 Share = $10 worth of eggs Donation.")
  • Artifact Title: The original videos were instructional videos of extremely basic concepts.
  • Ascended Meme: The "People in Africa could have eaten _______" line, which was constantly mentioned by disgruntled viewers in nearly every video, was parodied in "How To End World Hunger".
    • Many comments would say that the instructions weren't clear resulting in their dicks getting stuck in a ceiling fan. Mr. Basic would later post this video.
  • Bait and Switch: Most videos are set up as legitimate how-to videos.
  • Butt Monkey: The crying doll, which is abused in every episode it appears in. Among other things, it's been kicked in the face while sitting in a toilet bowl, had eggs, cake and baby food smeared all over it, and had a whole egg shoved up into its body.
  • Call Back: In "How to Masturbate", we finally get to see what "Eggy Sluts 5" (the aforementioned freeze frame gag in "How to Install GTA V") consists of.
  • Camera Abuse: Whenever Mr. Basic gets out of control, expect some of his mess to end up in the lens.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: "How To Apply Makeup"
  • Covers Always Lie: The thumbnails for each video usually have professional stock photos attached to them. The contents however, are a different story.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Primarily of channels like eHow, right down to Word of God acting as if they are legitimate.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The earliest clips on the channel are straight-up instructional videos, where Mr. Basic performs a single step demonstrating how simple things (like closing doors and picking up an umbrella) work. No eggs are used and nothing is smashed. It isn't until "How to Wash a Blueberry" that he smashes something - a blueberry - for the first time, and the early videos don't involve the "egg smashing" gag.
  • Eye Scream: "How to Correctly Cook Salmon".
  • The Faceless
  • Flanderization: How To Basic has flanderized himself over time, his videos becoming increasingly more deranged and disturbing. Whereas his earlier videos featured him simply failing to make the recipe, getting annoyed and making a mess, his newer videos are more sexually-charged, with several of them involving him playing with food suggestively, rubbing it on his body and making a lot of strange noises.
  • Flipping the Bird: Happens in several videos.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Most videos have Mr. Basic frantically throw food, smash eggs, flush objects down the toilet or give it the finger when it becomes clear that whatever he was trying to make isn't working out.
  • Hard Cut: Happens several times, notably in "How to Crack Open a Coconut" when Mr. Basic slamming the side of his palm into the coconut instantly cuts to his hand smashing into an exposed watermelon.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Averted - the house is always spot-clean by the beginning of the next episode.
  • Meta Twist: The video on how to add milk to your coffee has an egg on-screen for the entire video, but he doesn't smash it. He smashes a tomato, instead.
  • Naked People Are Funny: While not confirmed, Mr. Basic seems to be naked or at least only wearing briefs, since the camera has seen up to his upper leg, which isn't clothed at all.
    • In "How to Walk at Night Time" he was seen to wear shorts, although that may just be in public, or he may have abandoned them along side his sanity.
  • Once an Episode: Eggs being broken get involved in some way, to almost drinking game levels.
  • Pet the Dog: Done frequently, especially when Mr. Basic's antics go over-the-top.
    • In "How to Quickly Stop a Crying Baby", after breaking eggs on a doll's body, shoving another egg into a slot between its legs and basting its face with egg yolk, Mr. Basic gently caresses the doll's face.
    • In "How to Crack Open a Coconut", after kicking the doll against the wall of a shed, Mr. Basic walks over to a severed mannequin head laying in a bush, says "Shhh..." and leaves an egg behind. Then he comes back at the end of the video, gives the mannequin head the finger and takes the egg back.
  • Poor Man's Porn: "How to Install iOS 7" and "How to Install GTA V" (among others) show that Mr. Basic has a bizarre obsession with egg-based porn.
    • And then we finally get to see "Eggy Sluts 5"; how he gets off is, well, a little bizarre.
  • Powder Trail: Mr. Basic tries to do this to a stuffed Pikachu he caught... with milk. He quickly gets fed up and just throws it into the trash.
  • Product Placement: "How To Make An iPhone App" ends this way.
  • Rage Quit: "How To Play The Ukelele" can be interpreted as this.
    • Many video can also be interpreted as this.
  • Recursion:
    • Videos on how to make beef jerky and ice cream involve the use of prepared beef jerky and ice cream, respectively.
    • One of the ingredients in his Coca-Cola recipe is Coca-Cola. Same for making Dr. Pepper. It will involve a can of Dr. Pepper.
    • Exaggerated in "How To Make Vegemite", where two jars of Vegemite and a tube of Vegemite are brought into the equation.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "How to Make a Big Mac"...which apparently requires about five Big Macs.
  • Random Teleportation: Bet you can't guess his method on teleportation. Go ahead, guess. Yes, eggs. And a Hard Cut
  • Refuge in...Everything
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: They also throw eggs at them.
  • Running Gag:
    • A lot of the how-to videos incorporate the smashing of eggs for no apparent reason, even (Or rather, especially) if what is being demonstrated doesn't involve eggs. The gag actually started, fittingly enough, with "How To Correctly Crack Open an Egg", and was taken Up to Eleven by "How To Get 1,000,000 Subscribers".
    • Inverted in "How To Make A Fruit Salad" - after pulverizing numerous fruits, he lays an egg in the middle of the pulverized watermelon on top, and does nothing with it.
    • He also has a fascination with sticking things into a toilet for some reason.
    • Comments will inexplicably include discussions about how the food he "wasted" could be sent to starving kids in Africa.
      • Also, true to "Mr. Basic" pretending the instructional videos are completely legitimate, the commenters often pretend that the instructions are either very clear and well-done, or they've missed one step somewhere and, say, got their dicks caught in a ceiling fan.
    • "Shhhh..."
  • Shamu Fu: Completes the recipes for sushi and tuna sandwiches.
  • Southpaw: He tends to use his left hand in the videos.
  • Spin-Off: Possibly BestWerldRecords, which supposedly features world record attempts by a voiceless (aside from heavy breathing) man, that ultimately end up failing spectacularly. There's speculation they might be the same person (given the similar style and the fact they're both Aussies). "Most Bricks Counted Ever" almost feels like it could easily be re-titled "How to properly count bricks", given how it quickly it diverges into food-based violence.
  • Stock Sound Effects:
    • A generic "growling dog" sound clip is heard several times in "How To Make Someone Quit Smoking".
    • The stock sound of a bear roaring is heard throughout "How To Defend Yourself From a Bear Attack".
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Promised for both lettuce and watermelon. However he simply sticks a sparkler in it, lets it fizzle out, then just smashes an egg on it.
    • Played straight in "How To Correctly Cook Salmon" - the pyrotechnics do ignite as planned.
  • Suddenly Voiced:
    • A brief "Shhh" in "How To Correctly Cook Salmon".
    • "How to Save Power", one of the earlier videos, begins with a shocked gasp as Mr Basic realizes that a power socket - which has nothing plugged into it - is switched on.
    • His voice is also hinted at during the Vomit Indiscretion Shot in "How to make Vegemite".
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: The "victim" in "How To Prank Call Someone" is portrayed using a text-to-speech voice.
  • Take That:
    • "How To Revert Back To The Old YouTube Channel Design", where Mr. Basic smashes a monitor and sticks a printout of an old page to the screen.
    • Justin Bieber in "How to Have Swag", via a mannequin head with a cutout of his face on it that gets doused in milk and eggs.
    • Miley Cyrus in "How to Twerk Like Miley Cyrus" is represented by a raw turkey wearing a cloth on the lower half of its body, and shaking violently before being smashed with eggs.
    • "How To Remove Google+ From YouTube"
    • "How To Arrest Justin Bieber"
  • Take That, Audience!: "How To Get 1,000,000 Subscribers" has Mr. Basic smash a good 50 eggs or so before walking into his bathroom, stopping just before he gets to a mirror and giving a finger to the audience.
    • Also the 'how to end world hunger' video.
  • Time and Relative Dimensions in Space: In the aptly-named "How to Teleport", Mr. Basic goes through Random Teleportation whenever he drops an egg onto the floor. The resulting transport takes him to various locations throughout his house, then to an aisle in the middle of a supermarket before returning back home.
  • Toilet Humour: Mr. Basic seems awfully fond of sticking things in his toilet. This includes a fish, a whole chicken, a pumpkin, a baby doll (multiple times), dozens of eggs and his foot.
  • Tonka Tough:
    • The doll, which has survived more abuse (including getting thrown headfirst at the wall of a shed multiple times) than almost anything else on the show.
      • He has multiple dolls, all of whom are Tonka Tough Although one of them meets its end in "How To Teach A Child To Walk.
    • The blender, which still keeps working despite Mr. Basic throwing in all manner of food/objects that would normally break the rotors (including an entire block of butter, dog food and much more).
      • The toilet, and by extension the drainage system, which seems to be able to handle very heavy loads. It is a surprise to many that it hasn't exploded yet.
  • Up to Eleven: "How To Cook Eggs" takes the aforementioned running gag and exaggerates it. Amusingly, a later episode ("How To Wash Your Hair") shows that Mr. Basic is quite capable of cooking a simple omelet... which he promptly throws onto a mannequin head laying in a bathtub.
    • Even more in "How To Get 1,000,000 Subscribers" where he smashes dozens of eggs.
  • Visual Pun: In "How to Masturbate", everything he "does" are literal puns of various slang terms for the act (i.e. tossing a salad, beating a slab of meat, flicking a bean, and choking a rubber chicken.
    • "How To Shave" begins with him putting a tea bag apparently dangling from his legs on the face of a doll. He's literally teabagging the doll.
  • The Voiceless: There is never narration, and there are only momentary occasions where his voice is heard.
    • Mostly consists of shushes and grunts.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The end of "How To Make Vegemite"

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