Web Video / Shane Dawson

Doing what he does best

Shane Dawson is an incredibly popular YouTuber. Strange, witty and Genre Savvy, his ability to mock himself and others and comedic skills have led to his massive following. He plays both fictionalised versions of himself and an assortment of strange, mentally ill characters, many of whom are inspired by people he knows. His work Crosses the Line Twice.

His first channel is here, second channel here, and iPhone channel here.

He's also starring in the horror movie Smiley with several other YouTube stars, and is also one of the regulars of the Fine Brothers' YouTubers React. Dawson directed and starred in his own movie, Not Cool.

Tropes Relating to Shane Himself:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Oh, so much. He frequently lampshades this. There is a very good reason for the ambiguity though:
    • Bi the Way: Shane came out publicly as bisexual in July of 2015.
  • Amicable Exes: He and Garrett Watts are very friendly and supportive of each other. The same thing can be said for him and Lisa Schwartz.
  • And a Diet Coke: Shane can be seen drinking diet soda in nearly all of his tasting videos, no matter how many calories are already in the food he's eating.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of Baby Ariel on Musical.ly for a long time before he was able to collab with her.
  • Bishōnen: Has been mistaken for a woman numerous times.
  • Beautiful All Along: He used to be enormously fat, then lost all the weight. He suffers from body dysmorphia as a result, however, and does not see himself as attractive.
  • Black Best Friend: Shanna definitely qualifies.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Shane's boyfriend Ryland Adams. He went from appearing in the background for a few seconds reacting to Shane's antic to having entire videos dedicated to their relationships and then began to appear prominently in Shane's other videos (food tasting, Weird Side of YouTube, Life Hack, product trying and even some Creepy videos). Ryland's own channel has more subscribers than Garrett despite not being a professional YouTuber and has significantly less videos.
    • Antonia Marquee from "Paying Strangers to do Weird Things". The song she wrote for Shane is so popular with fans that he requested her for two more songs and made two of them into music videos.
  • Camp Straight: He would have us believe so, but he's actually bisexual.
    • Camp Gay: His boyfriend Ryland zigzags in and out of this trope constantly. Shane, for his part, seems to encourage Ryland to fit this trope.
  • Cats Are Mean: Frequently jokes that Cheeto is plotting to kill him.
  • Continuity Cavalcade:
  • Covers Always Lie: Uses misleading thumbnails for his videos to generate views, and he makes no pretenses of it, doing three faux-dramatic videos about it, leading into thumbnail-filming compilations.
  • Darker and Edgier: Shane has done a few videos on darker subjects, such as one about deaths on live TV, where he notably speaks in a much calmer tone than usual.
  • Disappeared Dad: Unfortunately. He occasionally ties this in to a moral.
  • Erotic Eating: Shane moans a lot while tasting food, though it sometimes occurs even when he's just anticipating it.
  • Formerly Fat: Lost a lot of weight.
  • Good Parents: His mother, despite being very traditional and Christian on the surface, is a genuinely loving and accepting mom, and is surprisingly cool about many of the things she does with Shane, including a sex toy exploration video and Musical.ly filming.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Played for Laughs
    If by song, you mean hearing 'Fat piece of shit! fat piece of shit!' then yeah, that was.. that was the most popular tune! *weak laugh*
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Shane is uncomfortable with most kids on Musical.ly dancing suggestively or lip-syncing extremely sexual lyrics...though he sometimes says their time will come.
    Shane: (referring to Loren Beech) Wait till you're 18, girl. (whispers) It's coming up.
  • Large Ham: The guy can chew the scenery if he wants to.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Shane puts on an over the top and abrasive persona when working. When he's not doing a sketch, he comes across as rather nice- just see him meeting some of the Kids from React.
  • Running Gag:
    • Incessant self-deprecation relating to being trash and his food issues.
    • His clip-in bangs in the beauty videos.
    • Stupid puns (often involving the phrase "lit"), followed by "I'll go home." Capped off when he muses on the gag, pointing out that he's already home.
    • Ryland's uncanny resemblance to a guy named Andrew working at Buzzfeed.
    • His inferiority to Dan and Phil. Sometime this extended to Ryland, Lisa and his pets preferred / attracted to them more than him.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe. Shane has a long-running hatred for the Minions. For Ryland, it's Lil Miquela.
  • Self-Deprecation: Most of his humor involves lampooning himself.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Ryland is the Straight Man to Shane's Wise Guy in most of their appearance. Even when joining in the act, Ryland is usually the one that asking sensible questions, making relatable observations, react or snark to Shane's antic. Cross into Only Sane Man when Shane made videos that contain other YouTubers.
  • Verbal Tic: Things he really likes are "everything", and he constantly genders inanimate objects as "she".
  • Weight Woe: Shane makes a lot of comments about how he used to be fat and his previous struggle with eating disorders - often while at the same time trying something extremely high-calorie.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Ryland comments that Shane has the most beautiful eyelashes on any guys he has ever met.
  • Wholesome Cross Dresser: In most videos when there is a female character. Ryland has also done this in many occasions.
  • Yandere: While doing his parody of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space". He becomes obsessed with Taylor Swift and decides he has to be with her. He bashes in his girlfriend's face in with a set of weights, then stabs Taylor's bodyguard and then kills Taylor herself.

Tropes Relating To Shane's Characters:

  • Ax-Crazy: Everyone. But especially Shanaynay.
  • Ambiguously Bi: S-Deezy and Paris
  • Abusive Parents: Shane's Mom takes it up to eleven
  • Bigger Is Better: All the male characters, in particular S-Deezy and Ned, believe this.
  • Blackface: Some supposedly black characters are actually him using this, which has made him somewhat divisive.
  • Butt-Monkey: While not actually played by Shane, the maid Guadalupe is often horribly injured or killed in her scenes.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Played straight with almost everyone. Aunt Hilda keeps the corpse of her dead husband at the dinner table, Shane's Mom abuses him mentally and S-Deezy and Shanaynay are violent murderers.
  • Greedy Jew: Aunt Hilda
    "This shirt cost three whole dollars! Yeah. Three."
  • Hollywood Nerd: Ah, Ned. Classic Type 1, although he does occasionally get the girl ... kinda
  • Nerd Glasses: Ned
  • Stepford Smiler: Ned the nerd. Just.. Ned the nerd.
  • Talking to Himself / Acting for Two: EVERY ONE of Shane's characters
  • The Makeover: Shanaynay, Aunt Hilda and occasionally Shane himself will insist on giving you one. Don't let them

Tropes Relating To His Show:

  • An Aesop: Often ends his videos with one
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His videos are practically made because of this trope.
  • Slut-Shaming: In his parody of Miley Cyrus' "We can't stop".
    No, I wonít stop reminding you that Iíll all grown up by acting like a total slut
  • Take That!: MANY.
    • He seems to hate Miley Cyrus with a burning passion, as there will always be some joke about her getting stoned or just being generally disgusting in any scene that features her.
    • There was another scene where Paris used an iPad as a tampon
    "My vagina got a high score in Temple Run!"
    • From the episode where Shanaynay drugs & kidnaps Katy Perry for Ned's birthday:
    Shanaynay: I tried to get you Kelly Clarkson, but I couldn't afford a U-Haul.