Web Video / True Facts

Here we will explore true facts about the Troper.

True Facts is a series of videos created by Ze Frank that provide true facts about the various animals that inhabit our planet. What separates True Facts from your typical nature documentary is comedic writing delivered by a Morgan Freeman-like narrator. Ze Frank takes suggestions from his viewers on what animals to make videos for, and currently has over twenty of these short, informative, and hilarious videos. The series has been on hiatus since August, 2014.

True Facts provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Beyond the Impossible: When talking about the Mantis Shrimp's ability to see colours that humans cannot, Ze Frank tells the viewer to "Imagine a colour that you can't even imagine", and to do it nine times.
  • Blatant Lies: The very title itself is sometimes one, as despite claiming to be "true facts" about animals, they sometimes just make up nonsense for laughs, most notably in True Facts About the Hedgehog.
    Narrator: The hedgehog is technically a legume, and therefore has a second brain inside of its nipple.
  • Buffy Speak: The narrator resorts to this on occation.
    Narrator: This however does not mean they can... self-baby-make.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jerry, one of the researchers.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • When describing an animal's unique action or behavior, the narrator will use the phrase "To understand this, imagine X. That is how the Y do."
    • "Just remember, if (insert nonsensical situation), then (insert something silly about featured creature)."
  • Corpsing: In character, when video "surprises" the narrator, he'll often start laughing.
  • Dissimile: Often. For example, when talking about how quietly the owl can fly:
    If silence were loudness they would be the loudest flying bird... that's, that's a terrible metaphor.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: True Facts has covered both the Cuttlefish and the Octopus.
  • Freudian Slip: True Facts About the Armadillo starts this way.
    Narrator: Here are true facts about the arma-dildo - hmm, that's a typo. Here are true facts about the arma-dildo - oops. I said it again, two times.
  • Gag Penis: If the animal being discussed has genitalia, there's a good chance that a good portion of the video will be devoted to discussing it.
  • Metaphorgotten: Often. e.g.:
    The land snail is just like a tiny human, who happens to look like a disembodied tongue. And is covered in mucus. And has a shell. The land snail breathes air, just like the peoples do, and eats with its mouth-hole...
  • Mind Screw: "The cuttlefish's brain is larger than its entire body. Including its brain. Which might not make sense but it does to the cuttlefish. Because it has a very large brain."
  • Monster Clown: The mantis shrimp is described as the ancestor of the modern clown, and like the modern clown, the mantis shrimp is a psychopath.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Ze Frank notes that the octopus is the most intelligent invertebrate, then goes on to say that this isn't as impressive as it sounds, since "clams are stupid."
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: Frequently, perhaps most notably when talking about octopus reproduction:
    When her job is done, she is gone, but thousands of little bebbies emerge. Floating. Just beautiful. Sort of like the ending of Charlotte's Web, except under water. And without the farm animals too, they would, they would all drown. They'd die; the dancing pig wouldn't last a second really, it'd be, uh, babies interspersed with these dead and rotting animals being eaten by fish, it's, it's a different story really, less appropriate for children and I- the duck would do OK, but... one floating duck does not a children's book make. Just remember, if you're writing a children's book, one animal can die, not all of them. Only a clam would write that sort of crap, and they're dumb as hell.
  • Spoof Aesop: A common way of ending the videos:
    (from True Facts about the Owl) Just remember, don't do drugs, because an owl may just rip your face off.
  • Something Completely Different: True Facts about Morgan Freeman
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Ze Frank can go from a scientific description of cavitation bubbles to summing it up as "Mortal Kombat finishing move shit" within the same sentence.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The cuttlefish can change color to match its background perfectly even in complete darkness... which is amazing but useless.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: As it common in Ze Frank's videos, he speaks in an odd but perfectly normal voice except for certain words which he consistently pronounces oddly.
    • Babies is "beybeys".
    • Ocean is "oh-see-un".
    • Pregnant is "preeeeg-nunt."
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: On describing the armadillo's armor:
    "...the armadillo has plates of dermal bone on its back, covered with horn and leathery skin. Imagine having a bunch of horny bones on your back, constantly rubbing togeth-I can't read this. I mean, I understand it's technically right..."