What the Cut is a french YouTube series hosted by Antoine Daniel, who reviews weird, stupid and So Bad, It's Good videos from all over the internet. The series works pretty much like Ray William Johnson's =3, and Antoine himself has stated that he got his inspiration directly from that series.However, Antoine tends to look for more obscure videos, so as to avoid reviewing ones already covered by any other video reviewer he knows about, and has a bigger focus on videos made by French-speaking people, often leading to him being baffled (and sharing his bafflement with his audience) by various types of weird documentaries, bad artists or downright insane people.He also manages to release another show each 29th day of the month. It is called "Le 29 avec Antoine Daniel" ("The 29[th day of the month] with Antoine Daniel") and has several goals: talking about current and planned events of his show, presenting three Youtube channels he likes (among links sent by fans), and answering questions about himself and the show.
What the Cut provides examples of the following tropes:
Auto-Tune: During the musical part of #27, Antoine notices that the singer still sounds out of tune despite using an Auto-Tune-like tool. Antoine then mocks it by filming himself recording a very badly singed voice and being answered by the software "I refuse to cooperate."
Berserk Button: A few, like considering completely random stuff (like a large black woman stepping and dancing on butter, or a guy painting with a brush up his ass) to be art, or the big black borders on the sides of videos filmed with phones.
Call Back: In #33, the video's first part is focused on a guy brushing his teeth with a toothbrush ducttaped on an airsoft gun while firing it. Then Antoine makes a couple of jokes about using a toothbrush as a firearm. In #34 action opening, we can brievely see a man shooting with a toothbush.
Antoine Daniel: I beg you, you have to stop putting an English word with a French given name, it doesn't fit at all. Like "Michel Forever", why not "Gérard Together", "Jean-Louis Remember", or "François Death-Metal"? (Cue a shot of a nuclear explosion with François Hollande face in the middle of the mushroom while Metal music is playing in the background.)
Groin Attack: In #29, the German guy from the second video lights his diaper in fire, prompting Antoine to think that, if this guy does it, it wouldn't be dangerous. He then flames his pants. Cue the paramedics.
Heroic BSOD: In #29, Antoine initially reacts to the second video (a German guy wearing a diaper in a forest and singing while burning rolls of toilet paper — /!\ not fully SFW) by staring blankly at the camera while the words "Mind Rape" are flashing on the screen.
Question: Will you keep us aware of your projects advancement status? Antoine Daniel: No, I don't, I would have to release a show each month 29th day, to explain where I am and what I intend to do, I don't have enough time and I don't want to do it, because I scorn you.
In #29, about the Germans burning toilet paper:
Antoine Daniel: It is not a good reason [he previously wondered if it was revenge against toilet paper], because 1) It doesn't talk, and 2) It doesn't talk. Samuel the Fucking Fan: That's true. Antoine Daniel: Thanks, Samuel.
D'jow: Even if tried, I'll never have anything! [The song is about a boy and the death of his girlfriend] Antoine Daniel: Hey, dude, she's dead, what do you want to attempt? (he then takes a shocked and traumatized face)
If It Was Funny The First Time/Never Heard That One Before: Antoine reported in some interviews that he felt tired by the hundreds of fans who repeat him some out-of-context episode jokes ("It's normal in Russia", "... except one time in the cabin", "It's for work", etc) when they meet.
Ineffectual Death Threats: Some videos he reviews are about that, and tend to be made by guys who have trouble expressing themselves coherently, towards people who probably won't even notice them. The example featured in #7 could be considered as some Karmic Justice, as the author of such threats is targeting a bunch of infamous French rappers which notoriety mainly comes from similar videos.
Insult of Endearment: Towards his audience, and he throws a new one at the start of every regular What the Cut episode. He explained in interviews and in one "Le 29 avec Antoine Daniel" that it has three goals:
It is first intended as a catchphrase to attract the viewer attention since the beginning of the video.
It also aims to sort out his audience, as someone who is offended by the insulting opening would be offended by the video content anyway.
It finally intends to give a feeling of forming a Vitriolic Best Buds relation with the viewer.
Intercourse with You: Some songs (as well as the people singing them, of course) are very un-subtle attempts at this, such as "My Dick" and "My Pussy". Done by different people, by the way.
Leap Day: Borderline example. "Le 29 avec Antoine Daniel" is supposed to be released each 29th day of the month (although he didn't do one the 29th of August because the next What the Cut was planned to be released two days later). It leads a lot of fans to ask: "How would you do for February?". Actually, 1st of March is the release date of the first What the Cut episode, so the February issue of "Le 29 avec Antoine Daniel" is actually a special birthday episode released the 1st of March.
Loudness War: The subwoofer in the very first episode, which is pretty much causing a miniature earthquake and shaking out of its shelf.
Lyrical Dissonance: Noted how out-of-place D'jow's "Yeah yeah yeah" were since his song is about his girlfriend getting stabbed and dying in front of him...
Mundane Made Awesome: The reeds in #27, or at least in the mind of the guy filming them and spouting over-excited nonsense about them...
Naked People Are Funny: Averted. The videos featuring naked people and Full-Frontal Assault (the dancer with the pants down on the ankles in #6, the Russian guy dressed as a pirate and making rotating his penis while dancing on a Pirates of the Caribbean theme cover in #14, the four naked guys with pink hoods having sex with the nearby walls in #29) are among the videos which Antoine seemed the most horrified to review, to the point that it would deserve a new trope named Naked People Are Creepy.
Non-Indicative Name: In #29, the first video is titled "First Psalm". It doesn't show anything christian, but four naked guy wearing pink hoods and busy raping the scenery (which is full of empty beer bottles). Though Antoine eventually wonders if it isn't subverted, asking himself if this could be a religious ritual.
One Steve Limit: In #29, this trope's aversion in Real Life in referenced during the introduction of the first video of the episode, which is a music video made by a French artist named Michel.
Antoine Daniel: Do you know Michel? Of course you know Michel, there are so many people named Michel that everyone knows at least one Michel, but this Michel is above all the other Michels that you were able to know, so I never pronounced so many times the name Michel in a single sentence. Michel!
Poe's Law: In #28, he asks himself if the very bad music video made by some teenagers is intended or not to be so bad, then concludes that it was supposed to be a genuine serious video, thinking that teenagers wouldn't be able to go so far to create a hoax. It was actually a video deliberately made to be So Bad, It's Good with the ambition to be reviewed by either What the Cut or Salut Les Geeks.
Poke the Poodle: Involved in an explaination attempt of the German video in #29.
Antoine Daniel: Those people make me laugh with their aggressive arts in "What could we do to really look nasty?" mode. Another Antoine Daniel: Walking while bearing firearms. Antoine Daniel: No. Another Antoine Daniel: Insulting some people's mothers. Antoine Daniel: No. Another Antoine Daniel: Beating some old people? Antoine Daniel: No. Another Antoine Daniel: Burning toilet paper while saying "Pipi Caca" ["Pee and Poo"] Antoine Daniel: (no response; silent nodding from the other Antoine Daniel)
Porn Stache: Antoine grew one specifically for the Indian-themed special episode.
Retconning the Wiki: Not in the show itself, but it unwillingly inspired such actions. Antoine himself don't have a Wikipedia page, but there is a catholic saint also named Antoine Daniel (he was a French missionary which had a role in Canada evangelization during the first half of 17th). Guess what? This latter Antoine Daniel own Wikipedia page (in the French encyclopedia) is regularly modified by Wiki Vandals who add some What The Cut shout-outs in it.
Sometimes, when witnessing a creepy face or moment, he will zoom in on it and add some sex-related threat pronounced by an artificial voice to stress the creepiness. Examples of such comments include "I will fill up your vagina with tandoori sauce", "I will sodomize you so hard that you will poop backwards", or "I'm going to shove my dick so far up your ass that whoever manages to pull it out will be called King Arthur".
He has a few jingles he uses every once in a while, like "This is so gross..." set to Tane no Uta, or "Psychopath Alert!" when he is about to show something especially creepy.
In a lot of episodes, there is a scene when he makes a lame pun, followed by Antoine wearing sunglasses while the famous jingle from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is played in the background.
This one is a Running Gag specific to one episode. During the Russian-themed video, he several times added a jingle telling "IT'S NORMAL IN RUSSIA!" each time he just showed something especially strange. He made a variant "IT'S NORMAL IN... Taiwan" in #26.
Antoine Daniel: And this good old Michel, like a lot of other people like him, was invited in a crappy television show (the name "Tellement Vrai"note literally, "so true" flashes on the screen) in a crappy television channel (same thing with the channel name "NRJ12")
Also in #29, Antoine is shown randomly bashing his keyboard (as an explanation attempt to how the German artist wrote the chorus of his song), then cheerily says: "Hey, I just wrote Twilight.
Antoine eventually wonders if the video isn't itself a Take That to modern art. Which is supported by some of the lyrics and the title itself ("The German Artist").
Antoine Daniel: So, have a happy new year eve, I like you a lot, except you, there, I hate you.
In the 2013 birthday video, after granting thanks to the audience for a minute long:
Richard: What? Didn't you tell me they were all douchebags?
In "Le 29 avec Antoine Daniel" #4:
Question: Why do you insult us in the beginning of each episode? Antoine Daniel: Because I hate you all. (he then stares blankly a the camera for several long seconds, then answers seriously; the reasons are summarized in the Insult of Endearment entry)
Tanks, But No Tanks: In #34, one of the videos presented is about Vilnius' mayor crushing a car parked in a non-parking area with a military vehicle. Antoine keeps refering to it as a "tank", although it actually is a BMP-like infantry fighting vehicle.
Toilet Humor: In #29, also about the Germans burning toilet paper:
Antoine Daniel: If they wanted to avenge from toilet paper, wiping themselves with it would have been enough.
Understatement: A few times. For example, he describes the video where Rin Kagamine is chased by two bodybuilders with one of them riding on the other like a motorcycle, turning his dick into a baby face and shooting lasers out of it as "strange".
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Several of the videos he presents feature people doing something unusual in a public place without anyone noticing it. It is usually remarked by Antoine in his comments. For example:
#1: The Norwegian guys practicing anal sex in the gradins of a hippodrome.
#6: The dildo-covered thing in the subway. This one is subverted, as everyone in the screen is indifferent except a young child.
#14: The incredibly motivated Korean drummer who's pretty much wailing on his drum set with all his soul... while playing a relatively calm Sinatra song. Nobody except the cameraman pays him any particular attention.
#26: The Taiwanese guy in the subway receiving oral sex from someone he hides under a coat.
#32: The Bulgarian guy dancing and hitting himself with a shovel.
What the Fu Are You Doing?: "Retard-fu can destroy paper", in episode 22. Also the "Ah-ah" grandma from #26, if what she does really is a form of martial arts...
Both appearances of Johnny Crying, in the Québécois-themed special episode, then in #27.
Johnny Crying: I destroy your vagina with a milk carton. [...] When I fly in the sky, I see you vagina far away, and I do the strategy. And I take position, and I start tossing those small carboard pieces. And those cardboard pieces decay before reaching you, because I am so highnote The world used doesn't mean "high" in the meaning of "stoned", but literally high (like flying). Antoine Daniel: Dude, it's so deep I can't even see you anymore!
Eddy Malou, the self-titled "first scientist of the Republic of Congo", is worse. Half the word he uses don't even exist, the other half would be smart if used in the right context, but the way he mixes all of them makes them lose all their sense.