Salut Les Geeks ("Hello geeks") is a French YouTube series hosted by Mathieu Sommet. Like What the Cut, it can be considered a French equivalent of =3, since it reviews/makes fun of weird videos from all over the internet.The show's uniqueness comes from the host's Split Personality, making him assume different identities (The Geek, The Hippy, The Boss, The Professor, The Panda and formerly The Girl) reacting in their own ways and even discussing with each other for maximum comedic effect.The weekly nature of the show allows it to follow actualities and even interact with its audience during its Science Infuse and Instant Panda segments.Starting from September 2014, the show got a monthly "sister show" of sorts, appropriately titled "L'Envers du Décor (Read: Behind the Scenes"). In addition to showing how Mathieu makes his main show, it also includes bloopers, and FAQ segments where Mathieu answers some of his fans' questions.
Salut Les Geeks provides examples of the following tropes:
Butt Monkey: The''Geek''persona. Mathieu himself is a geek and his show is intended for a geeky audience, but his Geek side is portrayed as a whiny virgin, although he doesn't really do or say anything stupid or mean, he's just naive and a bit dimwitted, but everyone seems to hate him, especially Mathieu's default persona.
Cross Over: Several of the personalities appear in an episode of Minute Papillon (another humourous French Youtube series), which is set in the catacombs. It includes the Prof finding the Girl's skull and the Boss being revealed to be Satan himself.
Demoted to Extra: In the fourth season, the Scientist from La Science Infuse lost his own sequence in the end of each episode, replaced by Master Panda musical segment. He still appears from time to time to make goofy pseudo-scientifical comments.
Distracted by the Sexy: All the personalities save for the Professor are agape while watching the video of a girl teaching Japanese words to her viewers... While shooting from a high-angle shot and wearing tight clothing with lots of cleavage.
Mathieu: "And her shirt is what the fuuuuuuuuuck ?!'"
Geek: "Boobies !"
Hippy: "Duuuuuuuuuuuuh !"
Boss: *looks at his crotch while a "Ding" sound is heard* "Turkey's done, kiddo."
Geek: My New Year resolutions are to stop being whiny, stop having low self-confidence [...], and stop using our facebook account to ask girls for pictures of their boobs.
Mathieu: *reading a newspaper* Yeah, yeah, that's ni- Wait what.
*opening starts but stops after a few seconds*
Mathieu:What the fuck did you just say?!
*opening starts again but gets cut a second time*
Mathieu:I'm gonna kill you!
Dumb Blonde: One of the personality but she haven't stay very long. He acknowledged that it would come as sexist, and had trouble writing for this role, whereas the others came naturally to him.
Early Installment Weirdness: The first few episodes had a different opening, there wasn't the Split Personality (the first "Science Infuse" is in the second episode, the question is answered by Mathieu as himself), Mathieu wore the same clothes for the entire episode, spoke slowly, and the background was a white wall with a tv and a laptop. When they appeared a bit later, the split personalities weren't as defined as they are now.
Mathieu:Nobody is thinking about the starting madness of our baker? Because I am pretty sure that when you see people who don't exist you are starting to become mad, and at this point of the sentence I feel it applies to me.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: According to one of the "Scoence Infuse" sequences, the Pokemon (who are said to really exist) have been invented in 1948 by a Mad Scientist who was a former Indian Nazi Communist Cannibal.
Geek: I did the splits when I was thirteen, and since then I'm sterile and have a high voice.
Mathieu: ... How old are you right now?
Geek: Forty-three, why do you ask?
Ominous Music Box Tune: In #84, one of the videos reviewed is a praise of cosmetic surgery, which ends with some creepy "join us" whisper. Mathieu reacts with a sequence imagining a dystopian future in which cosmetic surgery became mandatory; a scene (a controller visits Mathieu to remind him he still didn't perform the mandatory surgery) is set to such a tune.
Put on a Bus: The Boss was once arrested by the cops after Mathieu got fed up by his antics... Only to escape prison in the following episode and killing the Professor and Mathieu just after that.
"Honey, I'm home !" *cocks his gun* "Hope you missed me, bitch !"
Rape as Comedy: Mathieu himself is clearly against rape, as seen when he reviews Mister X's speech about "soft rape", but it doesn't stop his Boss persona from being a shameless sex offender and having a very questionable sens of humor. He often mentions his many "feats" or fetishes, even though the other personas try their best to interrupt or censor him before it becomes too dark or creepy. He even rapes the Geek in a dark basement at one point, however that works, and Default!Mathieu doesn't really seem to care..
Mathieu: So Mr X, you wanted to give your opinion? So let me give you mine. Your simplistic views are dangerous and stupid and we see through your st-st-stuttering that you know stricly nothing about relationships. I don't know whether you are ignorant, crazy or retarded but in all cases you justify a crime. The next time you want to give your opinion about a subject, speak about something you know like your behavior therapy. Meanwhile, you may turn your camera off, leave your pc and shut up.
The Reveal: In the season 4 finale, we learn than he was interned in an asylum several months earlier in order to cure him for his split personality disorder. As an early step for his (unsuccessful) therapy, he lived in an exact replica of his flat, complete with all his toys and stuff. He created season 4 in a Bedlam House.
Sharp-Dressed Man: The Boss, it would help to hide the hide the fact that he's an utter pervert if it wasn't for his behavior.
The Talk: After reviewing a 70s PSA about masturbation, Mathieu decides that a PSA on such a topic must be adapted to the 21th century... Done by The Boss.
*shot of the Geek masturbating in his bed, then cut to the Boss entering the room*
Boss: Well that's it, you're a man ! Now get up, go buy yourself a bottle of Malibu and find yourself a frisky girl ! Grab some weed on the way and use a condom; sluts are fun for beginners, but you don't want to get the clap ! Alright, see ya, dude !
Talking to Themself/Talking to Himself: Any time (except in the first few episodes), as the other characters aren't just other characters all played by the same person, but split personalities of Mathieu.
10-Minute Retirement: In one episode, the boss refrains from making sexual remarks because he heard someone say that white men have tiny dicks. Mathieu even feels concerned by this and tries to encourage him as much as he can.
Mathieu: How many little girls have they thrown in this pool to make them wet?! *turns towards the Boss with a ding sound*
Mathieu: Too bad...
We Can Rebuild Him: Parodied when the Prof explains how a man's penis can be insured for a million dollars. A spoof of the opening for The Six Million Dollar Man shows how Mathieu's penis became "The One Million Dollar Dick".
Whole Plot Reference: During the episode about the (now closed) Youtube channel of the Creepy Crossdresser Tonetta, Matthieu and the boss made several increasingly explicit references about the man being a serial-killer. Cue a recreation of the infamous "Would you fuck me? I'd fuck me. I'd fuck me hard. I'd fuck me so hard" sequence (from The Silence of the Lambs), with The Boss, The Geek, and The Hippie being respectively Buffalo Bill, his captive, and the dog.