"Anime may still be classed in the 'niche' market these days, but it has such variety, such potential, that I'm sure it will make it into the mainstream one day."
—That Dude in the Suede, 2008
"ANIME IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD!"
—That Dude in the Suede, 2011
William DuFresne is That Dude in the Suede, a laidback, sardonic otaku in a leather jacket who hails from Christchurch, New Zealand and reviews anime and anime-related things for That Guy with the Glasses. He was one of the first people to join the site, as well as the site's first anime critic. He was also the first to leave the site, disappearing in 2009 to go on a mission with his church, and returning mid-2011 in the midst of the site's third anniversary special.He got his start as an AMV-maker before turning to anime reviews in blatant emulation of That Guy with the Glasses, whom he defended on his YouTube channel after Doug Walker lost his. He was swiftly added to the site when Doug found his knowledge of anime was minimal compared to that of the fans demanding anime reviews.During his initial run, he (like most reviewers) had a distinctive set and uniform, a brown suede jacket worn at his kitchen table, backed by pink drapes. Since his return, his set has been swapped to a living room armchair and his old jacket replaced by a full black suede suit.He hosts a variety of shows, which are as follows:
Fandom Stranger, formerly Anime Weirdness, where he discusses Japanese Media Tropes and related cultural phenomena.
Suede's Stream of Consciousness, V-log esque videos where he asks the viewers about various topics, talks about progress on projects, responds to their comments, and even does a few top lists every now and again.
Catch Phrase: Uses some kind of variation of "Hi, I'm That Dude in the Suede".
He also frequently says, "Anime, man! It messes with you!"
Double Vision: Shows up in his Top 10 Anime Openings review, his AMV episode of Animenia, his Trigun review (with 3 of him) the third episode of AMV Heaven, his recent Atop the Fourth Wall cameo (see below) and his Top 11 American Anime (twice). Unlike other uses of this trope on TGWTG, he doesn't use this to play different characters, just to show him talking to himself or illustrate gags.
He's since come into his own style, though, even dropping the "That Dude In The" part of his name.
Gosh Dangit To Heck: Frequently happens, but unlike Linkara who doesn’t use them to prove that you can be funny without using colourful words, he doesn't use them because he is never angry enough (though he did say that his Mormon upbringing could have been a cause).
Missing Episode: The video that got the attention of That Guy himself—a rant about the idiocy of YouTube's rationale for taking down The Nostalgia Critic videos—is now lost and gone forever; he saved it on a long-gone college computer and, seeing as he promised to take the video down once the issue was resolved, it's no longer on YouTube.
His wife was going to post various photos and videos of the Year 3 Shoot, but the iPod that had all the files on it was stolen and wiped clean.
Mission from God: Literally—as a Mormon, he was on hiatus due to his scheduled missionary activities.
Nice Guy: Even-tempered and calm, especially when compared to his peers.
Any depiction of his fanbase includes one comment about how awesome his curtains are.
Schedule Slip: Due to getting ill twice and having a hard to transition into a full-time job.
Self-Deprecation: Takes several shots at himself for being (In his own words) "a rip-off of That Guy With The Glasses" and a "Bottom-Level, Z-Grade, Intern Class Almost Nearly Semi-Celebrity In Training".
Fridge Logic: In-Universe his review of Holiday Hi-Jynx he discussed that the presence of Santa Clause meant that there was a presence of the holiday of Christmas, meaning that Christianity must exist in the Pokemon world, in addition he questions if Arceus is worshiped, as he created all the universe. He later realizes he's over thinking it.
Gag Dub: In the Advent Children review, in order to sum up otherwise dull and stupid conversations
Manly Tears: Beast Wars was the first TV Show that made him shed physical tears, and tries to defend himself saying that he was only 10 years old, though it still causes him to cry to this day. Granted it was over Transmutate, so it's understandable.
Missing Episode: Suede laments in his "Top 11 American Anime" that, in spite of the entire rest of the series (except Episode 10) being available on line, The Legend of Calamity Jane: Episode 11, "Protégé" (an episode with a plot so powerful it got burned into his brain) is one of these.
Only in It for the Money: He half-asses a speech about reviewing Trigun because he likes it and to show that anime is an underrated art form before loudly insisting that this trope is the real reason for the review.
Metaphorgotten: In the first episode, he goes from speculating on which billionaires the AMV-maker would have to be as rich as to afford the intellectual property in the video to speculating on which billionaires make AMVs.
And, when it was Anime Weirdness, Let’s Fighting Love by DVDA.
Stillborn Serial: In spite of liking the concept, Suede spent the last months before the hiatus focusing on Animenia and AMV Heaven, making this his shortest series at the time with only one episode. Understandably, it's listed as an episode of Animenia on TGWTG (possibly due to Channel Awesome's 5 videos rule). Time will tell if the show's resurrection will fix that.
Suckiness Is Painful: Similar to the Animenia example, his eyes start burning after seeing a few clips of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn.
Designated Hero: In-Universe: He calls Ryu Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden Σ "Cold-blooded killer of innocent brown ninjas", but he takes it back when he learns that the murdered ninja had "Gaping holes in his defense".
Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Ask That Dude in the Suede, when asked who killed the dinosaurs he claims that Kunimitsu Tezuka did it. To prove himself (due to the ridiculus yet true description of the video he gave) the screen flashes a link to a (now taken down) YouTube clip of Tezuka killing dinosaurs.
Reverse Mole: Unintentional yet effective example in Suburban Knights. By getting a job with the obstacles, he was in the position to betray their best-kept secret to the heroes when no one else would.