Web Video: That Dude in the Suede
"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:
- Animenia, where he reviews specific anime and provides informative Top Ten Lists.
- AMV Heaven, where he showcases anime Fan Vids in the style of Masterpiece Theatre.
- Suede Played, which he describes as being somewhere between a straight-up review and a Let's Play of his favourite (yet silly) games. It's currently covering Ninja Gaiden Sigma.
- 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. Since renamed to Suede XS.
You can see his reviews on his official blog, Days Of Suede
, That Guy With The Glasses
, and find his AMVs on multiple YouTube channels
as well as at this site here
. You can follow him on Twitter
, and blogTV
Suede's shows provide examples of:
- Arch-Enemy: Benzaie.
- Art Evolution: The art of Linkara, Suede and Jesuotaku for the Pokemon reviews was updated during 4Ever.
- All Men Are Perverts: Averted, unlike most of his co-workers, specially his rival Benzaie.
- Badass Beard: Since he returned from his mission, and it looks like Green Arrow's beard.
- 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.
- Dual Wielding / Katanas Are Just Better: In Suburban Knights (the katana used was actually real and he had to be careful not to accidentally cut anyone with it, though he hit Rob Walker in the forehead and left him with a scar) and his cameo in the Previously On of Atop the Fourth Wall: "Rise of Arsenal #3-#4". In the latter, he's dueling a better-dressed version of himself, who also falls into both these tropes.
- Foe Yay: In-Universe. Spoony's cameo in GYMDK - Wiz'n'Liz: The Frantic Wabbit Wescue, were it reveals that they had drunken sex on halloween was originally meant for Suede, but he declined. In his farewell video to Suede, Benzaie confesses his love for him.
- Follow the Leader: "I'm That Dude in the Suede, I'm a rip-off of That Guy with the Glasses and proud of it."
- 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).
- He's Back: As of Suburban Knights.
- I Have Many Names: even more than PsyWeedle:
- Legacy Character: He never became one, but he expressed openness to the idea in his farewell video.
- Limited Wardrobe: The suede jacket, though a more formal outfit has been used on occasion post-hiatus.
- Loads and Loads of Roles
- 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.
- Nice Hat: Averted. He thinks that without the hat he can't do justice to his Green Arrow-esque beard.
- Perma Stubble: Had one in his later pre-hiatus videos and Suburban Knights.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kyuu/Cue, as of Fandom Stranger episode 1.
- The Rival: Suede's is Benzaie.
- Running Gag:
- 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".
- Sincerest Form of Flattery: His very first video expresses pride at being a rip-off of That Guy with the Glasses.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Benzaie.
- The Stinger: Has had one since his Top 11 American Anime video.
- Twofer Token Minority: He is both the only Mormon and the only Kiwi in Channel Awesome.
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Formerly Anime Weirdness
- Anime Hair: Dedicated the first episode (then called Anime Weirdness) to it.
- Content Warnings: "Warning: the hairdo you are about to see breaks all known laws of the universe. Be advised."
- Drunk on Milk: During his review of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn, he feels compelled to crack open a case of "Mormon hooch" - that is, Indian tonic water.
- Eye Scream: Played for Laughs in the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn review, were his eyes burn after seeing a few clips of the musical.
- Hypocritical Humor: When he rants about a shoehorned love interest in the Phoenix Wright musical, the subtitle says he's a closet Phoenix/Maya shipper.
- Mondegreen: He named the show Fandom Stranger because Return of the Phantom Stranger sounds like Return of the Fandom Stranger.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Return of the Phantom Stranger by Rob Zombie.
- 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.
- Take That: Has one directed at Thom Yorke at the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn video.
- Tempting Fate: "Sweet Justice, how can it go wrong? Oh, Crap, why did I just say that?"
- Aerith and Bob: When he did a fanart of an evolved Lugia, his main problem was its lack of a name. The ones he thought up were Lugiana, Fulugia and Steve.
- Always Wanted To Say That: He has no real qualm with commenters on his videos, he's just always wanted to rant about them.
- AMV: In addition to showcasing them on AMV Heaven, he created six:
- Anti-Villain: Type III in Suburban Knights.
- Aww, Look! They Really Don't Hate Each Other: Benzaie's greeting to That Dude In The Suede in Suburban Knights. Though Benzaie claims that while he still hates him, Conan loves him.
- The Bus Came Back: In Suburban Knights.
- Call Back: Benzaie making reference to his longstanding rivalry with That Dude in the Suede in Suburban Knights, which had never been brought up since Suede left two years ago.
- The Cameo:
- Clip Show: The visuals for the "Suede's Goodbye" video is just every episode of Animenia sped up.
- Combat Pragmatist: In Suburban Knights, after the The Good Witch Warrior Of The Woods starts shooting lightning during a climactic battle, Suede punches her saying, "I find that quite vexing".
- Cross Over: Did an AMV with Galderon17.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Played for laughs in Suburban Knights.
- Dramatic Unmask: In Suburban Knights.
- DVD Commentary: Did one for Suburban Knights with Noah, Lindsay, Elisa, Bennett, Mathew, Benjamin, Brad Jones, Linkara, Ed Glaser and Justin.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: In Suburban Knights he joins Doug's group in the end of Part 5 of 7.
- Fan Character: He created a Pokémon called Dadger and his evolutions Blaxdger and Katanakuma.
- Follow the Leader: "Neon Genesis Evangelion in 5 seconds" was originally made by Suede in 2007 as a tribute to Doug Walker's 5 Second Movies. It was uploaded to the site after he became a contribuitor.
- 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.
- Friendly Enemy: Despite being there to stop them from finding Malachite's Hand, he essentially lets the Critic defeat him with a Fingerpoke Of Doom before joining the team on their quest in Suburban Knights.
- Furry Fandom: His wife has a fixation on badgers, which lead to this drawing of him as a badger, and you can buy it.
- Here We Go Again: After Linkara convinces Missingno to kill itself and everything is back to what passes for normal in a That Guy with the Glasses show, Suede is seen playing Pokémon Red, talking to the old man who sends you to Cinnabar Island where you can catch Missingno.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Does this to The Good Witch Warrior Of The Woods in Suburban Knights.
- Homage Shot: Dedicated an entire series called They're Having An Evangelion Moment! to show clips of anime inspired by a scene in episode 24 of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Mad Scientist: Doctor Insuedeo on the review of Warrior issue #4.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Subverted in Suburban Knights.
- Mind Screw: "Neon Genesis Evangelion in 5 seconds" mocks the series' use of this trope.
- Nineteenth Ranger: In Suburban Knights.
- Nostalgia Filter: For Final Fantasy VIII, as admitted in this vlog. Further evidence arises when you look at his wedding invitation.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In Part 6 of Suburban Knights he in NC's left when NC takes Malachite's Hand from him. He then appears in the group shot, the group is in NC's front.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: According to Ask That Dude In The Suede, Tezuka did it.
- Punch Clock Villain: The actual obstacle in Suburban Knights got a desk job, he's filling in for him.
- Real Men Are Bronies: According to this video, CR brought him into the herd.
- Real Song Theme Tune
- 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.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Averted in Suburban Knights. He did the voice-over at the beginning using a gruff american voice and there was a quick close up of him being masked.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: In Part 6 of Suburban Knights. he calmly walks to The Good Witch Warrior Of The Woods while she's shooting lightning everywhere, calmly and quietly tells her "I find that very vexing", and then punches her out.
- Troubled Fetal Position: As seen in his return trailer, Takarazuka Revue's Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn sends him into this.
- Unexpected Character: In Suburban Knights.
- Voice Grunting: The dialougue in "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children In 5 Seconds" is this, with the only exception being Sephiroth's "Hello Cloud" line.
- X Meets Y: Described Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro as "Dragnet makes out with Saw while Trigun watches."