Web Video / The Slow Mo Guys


The Slow Mo Guys is a web series featuring Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy showing various scenes occurring in slow motion, filmed using a Phantom Flex camera that can shoot up to 10,000 FPS, the same one used for the slow motion scenes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Their YouTube page is found here and their Facebook page is here, you can also follow the Twitters for both Gav and Dan.

They are technically considered part of the Rooster Teeth family, owing to Gav being an actual member, Dan appearing in their vids from time to time, and Rooster Teeth hosting some of their videos on their website.

These tropes look better in slow-motion!

  • Affectionate Nickname: They both call each other "B" at any opportunity. It was an in-joke between them over people calling their friends "boy" that became each other's nickname for real.
  • The Alleged Car: Dan couldn't even trade in his run-down car so he has an excuse to try and destroy it with fireworks.
    • And kicking the passenger side mirror in frustration at it.
  • Amusing Injuries: Filmed in slow motion, of course!
    • How Dan hurt his hand.
    • Not so funny when a glass paint bottle exploded and sent a little shard flying into Dan's finger. Don't worry, he got better.
  • Ascended Meme: Dan's grandfather in the butane rockets. "I heard various explosions earlier." was used in a challenge to write said phrase on the tablet, running Dan's garden, blindfolded and being pelted by exercise balls.
  • BFG: Gavin was first to fire the Barrett M82 .50 BMG in the video featuring it, the video even gives a "Noise Warning" because the thing looks, sounds and acts more like a miniature tank gun than a rifle. He and Dan both struggle to hold it up and the magazine looks about as big as his face.
    Destin: It's bigger than I thought it would be.
    Gavin: It's very big.
    Dan: It's large.
  • Blatant Lies: From the FAQ video.
    Dan: "Do you guys play video games?"
    Gavin: No.
    Dan: No.
    [Starts pulling off all of the 360 controllers as they cover up the Spartan helmet]
    Gavin: Never.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dan is usually on the receiving end of very painful shots from: Getting slapped in the face, receiving a football to the side of the head, getting hit with a champagne cork, finger in a mouse trap, punched in the stomach, burnt by boiling oil, burnt by hot popcorn butter, almost drowned with a water-filled condom on his head, choked on cinnamon, shot by a paintball gun in both legs, and shot with a Maverick.
    • It gets much more serious when he burned his hand and leg with boiling oil and got a piece of glass lodged in his finger.
    • Gav isn't immune to this, he was shot more times by the Maverick, particularly in the bridge of the nose. And also cracked his back doing the Happy Gilmore swing.
  • Call-Back: The original giant water balloon video has been referenced with other giant water balloons. The original featured Gavin jumping on one; later videos have Dan inside one (all but his head), being crushed by one while lying on a trampoline, being crushed by one while lying under a trampoline, and being completely submerged inside one.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: The series pretty much runs on this.
  • Covered in Gunge: Their current Youtube banner is Gavin throwing blue paint at Dan. Also, anything that involves paint and explosions.
    • The Home Made Goop Cannon video made in association with Tide. Once again, it's Dan on the receiving end and Gavin enjoys it just a bit too much.
    • Becoming more and more used in videos. Much to Dan's reluctance.
    • Dan gets his revenge in the "Paint Pendulum" episode on The Super Slow Show. After getting hit by a giant balloon filled with paint, he convinces Gavin to get hit with one. After they decide to up the balloons to two, he beats Gavin in Rock-Paper-Scissors...forcing Gavin to get hit with them instead of him.
    • "Paint Blast Portrait" has both of them getting blasted by eight paint cannons.
  • Cute Kitten: Gav's cat, Lloyd, is very obedient to allow him to film her jumping down a tree and climbing up a fence when asked to. Of course, she tends to get in the way of some filmings.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Gavin claims he dislikes these disclaimers, so he rarely uses them. The few times when he does say it lets you know that that day's activity is probably stupid levels of dangerous. For the Super Slow Show, each video does come with one, emphasizing that the activities were performed under strict safety supervision.
    • This ends up applying even more to the show itself; at one point in The Super Slow Show, after successfully filming Tony Hawk in slow mo, Dan has a go, and immediately fractures his wrist.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Okay, model globe shattering kaboom but close enough.
  • Epic Fail: It turns out 72 hours is not enough time to refridgerate a 6,000lb block of gelatin.
  • Eye Scream: A very silly and harmless example when the Cuboid claimed he could taste tomato through his eye when one was thrown at him.
  • Fan Disservice: Invoked, they wanted to remove the female attention by filming flappy faces in slow-mo. As well as when Dan was forced to vomit milk.
  • Fat and Skinny: Dan has always been a little bigger than Gavin, and in the "Det Cord Shockwave" episode, Dan calls himself fat and Gavin skinny while comparing variations in the cord's explosive power.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
    • Whoever does the subtitles for them tends to crack jokes in parenthesis or brackets. Particularly in the 25 Airbag Rainbow Explosion video.
    [ed. note: They should be wearing masks]
    [That powder paint is not good for lungs]
    [plus, they will be colorfully sneezing for weeks now]
    • Gavin occasionally sneaks in some jokes when he captions select shots. As he put it on a shot of Dan holding some rebar in a suggestive position:
    I know what you're thinking, you should be ashamed of yourself.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The literal example done just so Gavin would get shot first by a paint ball gun.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Considering that Dan is a former soldier in the British Army and has proper firearms training, this gets applied to Gavin when he successfully puts out a candle by shooting an airsoft pellet through the wick. This crosses over with A-Team Firing afterwards, as Dan points out the close grouping of holes in the fence from his shots, and Gavin's shots which are all over the place.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Well, Gavin isn't really a Jerk Ass so much as he just shows no empathy towards Dan after the latter got a bunch of mousetraps set off on his hands. Still, after the "150 Mousetrap Chain Reaction" video, where Dan set off the mousetraps by slamming his hands onto them (by Gavin's request), Gavin remarked that his heart rate had finally calmed down. After an incredulous reaction from Dan, Gavin points out that he was the one to set the mousetraps up, and Dan admits he has a point.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dan first shoots Gavin in the shoulder with the NERF Maverick, saying he shoots like a woman before being shot directly in the bridge of the nose.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Seriously, running through a fountain of diet coke in slow motion while set to some dramatic music.
  • Noodle Incident: In the flamethrower video, Dan casually tells Gavin that it's not the first time he's received one in the mail.
  • Overcrank: The whole point of the series.
  • The Pig Pen: Dan's lab coat is perpetually messy, despite Gavin's claims that he washes their coats between every video. Understandable, considering all the crap that Dan goes through on a regular basis, but sometimes he's just inexplicably dirty.
    • Eventually, Dan was given a new, clean lab coat. It was however in a sponsored video for a cleaning product and Gavin immediately splattered it with ketchup, chocolate pudding, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
    • He was given another new lab coat for the start of the Super Slow Show. Its sleeve was ripped off in the introduction video.
  • Playing with Fire: Exploding lighters, fire vs. water, large petrol fire, the flaming hand trick, butane gas rocket, flint and steel, fire tennis, molotov cocktail and throwing fireballs from buckets of petrol.
  • Precious Puppy: The boys film Jon Risinger's dog, Bella, happily running and jumping for treats. As Gavin put it:
    No dogs were harmed in the making of this video. However, many treats were brutally murdered.
  • Product Placement:
    • By Lenevo, both for their thinkpads that withstand impact and water to be used on the I.S.S. and their tablets that also withstand impact and have a very durable, "gorilla" glass screen that was shot by paint balls. Best of all, you can play Angry Birds on it.
    • Captain Morgan Rum and Coke's Dr. Pepper Zero have been donated to the Slow Mo Guys for publicity reasons. Gavin and Dan freely admit they drank a lot of it prior to doing slow-mo work on them.
    • To promote Maltesers' recent launch in the US, the guys put Maltesers in a compressed air cannon and destroy things with them, up to and including another tub of Maltesers.
  • Running Gag: In the Super Slow Show, Dan constantly getting interrupted by slow mo shoots while he's trying to eat lunch.
  • Sheet of Glass: Demonstrated in "Stunt Trouble, Part 4". Because Dan injured himself on a previous shoot, Gavin has to demonstrate going through stunt and safety glass. The plastic stunt glass goes easily, but the real safety glass needed two attempts because the first resulted in him Running into the Window.
  • Shout-Out: Given that Gavin is from Rooster Teeth. No doubt he makes a reference to Minecraft with filming flint and steel in slow motion.
    • Then there are occasional Team Fortress 2 references when Dan dons a gas mask for protection.
    • Given that they were testing a tablet by Lenevo, it begs the question if you can play Angry Birds on it and the answer is: Yes.
    • Gavin's nickname to a golden revolver when showing underwater gunshots, which is the Revolver of Pimps.
  • Spent Shells Shower: They filmed each other firing an M4 on full-auto to show the bolt mechanism of the weapon, there are shells flying through the air in slow motion. Not as impressive as an M134 but still...
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Exploding lighters, firework rocket launcher, axe through an Axe/Lynx can, exploding melon, the butane rocket certainly looks like an explosion at normal speed, bottle bombs, five power plant cooling towers, paint cans/bottles, a fertility statue, cereal, LEGO's, the entire world (okay, a globe of the world) and larger paint bottles.
  • Submissive Badass: Apparently Dan is very submissive to Gavin and generally lets him talk him into doing anything; as noted by Michael Jones, its kinda hilarious considering Gavin is tiny in comparison to Dan. For extra hilarity, Dan is a retired British Army soldier who specialized in explosives.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Quoted word for word by Gav when he was about to jump on the giant water balloon.
  • Very Special Episode: Despite being an entertainment show, a few of the videos like Inside a Camera at 10,000fps or How a TV Works in Slow Motion are primarily educational. They are also presented entirely by Gavin, cementing his status as a Ditzy Genius.
  • Violation of Common Sense: A couple of videos have this premise, such as the one where they stuffed car airbags into microwaves.
    • More credit goes to the mousetraps-on-the-trampoline video, as to get the height onto the trampoline, Dan jumped from a stepladder that was placed - unsecured - on top of a small table. And he forgot to wear the safety goggles.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds/Heterosexual Life-Partners: Dan and Gavin. The series runs on Comedic Sociopathy, but at the end of the day, they're really good friends since their days in secondary school.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In slow motion from various Gross-Up Close-Up angles.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Their anniversary video showed every slow motion shot in real time which took around a couple of minutes even though all those videos were pretty much posted within a year and it takes quite awhile to watch each of them.
  • Your Head Asplode: While rewatching flies being killed by a bug zapper in slo-mo, both Gavin and Dan are horrified to see the fly's head exploding from the electricity.