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College Humor is a website started in 1999 by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen. It features videos, pictures, and articles meant to be humorous to college students. The website can be found here.

Its sister site, Dorkly, tends to focus mostly on video game parodies, often in the form of comedic sprite animations poking fun at the original games.

Prominent Features:
  • Hardly Working: A series of sketches based on fictionalized versions of CH employees.
  • Jake And Amir: A series of videos based on CH employees Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld.
  • Precious Plum: A series which parodies "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", which is about a not so bright girl named Plum, and her fat and equally dumb mother going around road trips to beauty pageants.
  • Dinosaur Office: A series of stop-motion cartoons about an office filled by dinosaur employees.
  • Street Fighter: The Later Years: An original sequel to Street Fighter II.
  • Troopers: A parody of Star Wars centered on a pair of Stormtroopers...er, "Dread Troopers".
  • The Adventures Of Kim Jong Un: A series of over-the-top fake North Korean propaganda starring a Marty Stu version of Kim Jong-un.
  • Adam Ruins Everything: Adam Conovor brings up all the terrible things about common aspects of life. Began as a series of skits before moving to Tru TV.
  • Badman: A parody of Batman.
  • Very Mary Kate: The misadventures of a Cloud Cuckoolander twenty-something woman.
  • Bleep Bloop: A talk show centered on video games.
  • CH Live: A series of stand-up comedy shows.
  • Prank War: A prank war between Amir and Streeter Seidell. The pranks grow increasingly elaborate over time.
  • POV: A series using a P.O.V. Cam and the character's Inner Monologue.
  • Dire Consequences: CH employees bet to do increasingly outrages stunts. Probably related to the earlier sketch "What Will Kevin Do For Ricky's Money?"


Tropes not listed in the above pages:

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  • Da Chief: "Where the Fuck is Edward Snowden", a parody of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego," exaggerates the live action TV series' chief to the logical extreme of this trope.
  • Damsel in Distress: The frequent abductions of Princesses Peach and Zelda are playfully deconstructed in here.
  • Darker and Edgier: This video illustrates the gritty reboot process.
  • Dark Horse Victory: "Adulthood vs. Childhood" ends with the Man Child winning.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates:
  • Dead All Along: Shyamalan parodies the decline of M. Night Shyamalan's career by casting M. Night As Himself in a Shyamalan-esque supernatural thriller. At the end the mysterious man who haunts Shyamalan reveals the truth:
    M Night: My career is dying.
    Pale Man: Your career has been dead this whole time.
  • Deadline News: In the "End of the World parody", several of Channel 9's reporters are killed on live television, including a newscaster being devoured by zombies invading the studio.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lampshaded and Deconstructed in "Realistic Superhero Funeral".
  • Deconstructive Parody:
    • Doctor Sim is this for The Sims.
    • A Complaint to Mario Bros. Plumbing shows what would happen if the conventions of Super Mario Bros. happened in real life. Mario and Luigi are plumbers, who, according to the guy making the complaint, are seen taking psychotropic mushrooms and trying to squeeze themselves down the toilet. Their personalities would fit the profile of someone with a drug addict, for instance, "Meanwhile, the shorter one [Mario] was eating, yes eating my wife's prize-winning seasonal orchids. When I pleaded with him to stop, he threatened me with some drug-fueled fantasy about spitting fire," and "I assumed he was under the delusion he could demolish bricks with his fists when he [Luigi] tried punching through my ceiling." At the end of the video there's a parody of Paperboy, where a kid is chased by a construction worker, the grim reaper, and a tornado.
    • Additionally, there are deconstructive parodies of DuckTales and another one for The Sims, which are listed on this page under Pooled Funds and Video Game Cruelty Potential respectively.
  • Demonization: "If The Other Party Wins" uses this (as a spoof, of course) against both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party of the United States during the 2008 elections, from the other Party's perspective:
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A first person College Humor episode featured a student ogle his classmate's assets, and thinking to himself, "Girl with big boobs has such big boobs!"
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: From the same episode, in the end, he says, "Ah, now that that's over, time to go back and look at the girl with big boobs... That was definitely out loud. How is that even possible!?"
  • Disneyesque:
  • Double Entendre: According to "Metaphor-Free Radio", when the poetic bullshit is taken from your favorite songs, the lyrics become very sexual.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: "X-Box Girls Get Revenge" and "X-Box Girls Strike Back" both do this. Though they do it, in part, to draw attention to the frequency of sexual harassment in online gaming, they also seem to imply that threats of rape and sexual torture are funny when they happen to men.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Inverted in the "Walking Contradictions" video, where characters behave the exact opposite from how you would expect them to. The Drill Sergeant shouts down his recruits, but by showering them with praise.
    Drill Instructor: I will make it my mission to get hot fudge sundae - extra cherry - for each and every one of you! You have beautiful eyes!
  • Dump Months: Parodied in this video, which argues that March is an extension of the "winter dump season".
  • Eagleland: College Humor portrays the average American citizen as someone who's in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend, but who defends him when others bring up their concerns about him.
  • Ear Worm:invoked Lampooned in a "One Week" song parody: Streeter plays an amateur band player who gets so obsessed with a catchy song that it drives him insane, leading to sexual dysfunction, hallucinations, threatening his girlfriend's parents with a hammer, threatening his own fans with a handgun, attempting assassination, and eventually ending up in an insane asylum.
  • Empty Nest: In this sketch, a young man returns home for Thanksgiving, only to find that his parents have started feuds with neighbors they previously liked, taken up unusual hobbies, redecorated several times over, put up a Room Full of Crazy's worth of photos of him, and taken in foreign exchange students because they just can't cope without him.
  • Epic Fail: What happens in college when all of the Residential Advisors (RA)s get placed on the same floor.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: This skit parodies the Stealth Hi/Bye employed by Batman. Bats tries to ninja-sneak off the roof of Gotham PD but just doesn't quite make it.
  • Fake Food: invoked This Photoshop "tutorial" highlights just how much difference there is between Chinese food menu photos and the actual product. Including:
    • The fact that most menu photos look like they were shot in 1977 by an incompetent photographer
    • Chicken doesn't look like chicken but more like some sort of overcooked mystery meat type thing
    • Photos of pork don't exactly show the feeling of wanting to take a nap after you eat it.
    • Rice in the photos is aged digitally to look like that stuff you forget about for two weeks then drunkenly try to eat with ketchup
  • Fake-Real Turn: They made a trailer for a Dora the Explorer gritty action movie. It was so popular, fans insisted they make an actual film. So they did.
  • Fan Disservice: This seems to be the point of the "Call Me Maybe" parody. The music video opens with a well-built guy who starts to mow a lawn while shirtless... but the Eating the Eye Candy abruptly stops when he's revealed to be a Neo-Nazi fanatic.
  • Fiction as Cover-Up: The conspiracy theory spoof video "Deceptive Deceptions" claims that Close Encounters of the Third Kind was made on the orders of Dick Cheney (at the time Congressman of Wyoming, where the movie was filmed) and his co-conspirators to cover up previous UFO landings.
  • Fighting Game: "321 Fight" pits two things against each other in one of these. Among them include Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, Adulthood vs. Childhood (and a Man Child), Christmas vs. Hanukkah, and Cat vs. Dog.
  • Filk Song: They turned Jay-Z / Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" into "Galactic Empire State of Mind".
  • Finishing Move: "Cat vs. Dog", depending on which of the two you choose, has the victor pulling off a "Memeality".
  • First World Problems: This trope is played with in this video. A group of Millenials whine about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman and the new intro for The Simpsons as ruining their childhood while other diners (and one waiter) comment on the catastrophes (sister raped, abusive father, Holocaust, racism, Vietnam War, polio, etc) disrupting their youth.
  • Five-Token Band: Parodied in their honest college ad (at about 1:00). It shows a group with a black man in a wheelchair, an Asian girl, a white guy, an Ambiguously Brown girl and an Indian guy, who says, "We're actors. This literally never happens."
  • Flame War: Wonderfully demonstrated in We Didn't Start the Flame War. It even provides the page quote.
  • For Want of a Nail: Described in the 5D segment in "Ice Age in 4D".
    Girl: I loved it so much I went back to the actual ice age, killed a bug, and now my sister doesn't exist.
  • Flock of Wolves: The premise of this sketch.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: Why settle for one prize when you can get a cereal box made entirely of prizes? "All Prizes Cereal" has all the toys you crave without all that boring cereal. It's the best thing to happen to breakfast since marshmellows!
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Subverted in the sketch, "The Six Monsters You'll Have for Roommates." The "vampire" isn't actually a vampire, just a Gothy college kid who happens to share some traits with them: he stays out all night, has an aversion to sunlight (because he is Not a Morning Person, probably because he's out partying all night), is never seen eating (or at least doesn't eat garlic bread), and has no trouble hooking up with several different girls.
  • Friends with Benefits: This was the premise of former show "Full Benefits", where this sort of relationship occurred between fictionalized versions of staff members Sarah and David. Later they tried to "take it to the next level" by becoming romantically involved as well.
  • Funny Background Event: Viral Video Politician is purposely built with multiple examples going on, and also includes lots of tropes including speaking with a Vader Breath.
  • Gay Best Friend: One of Your Girlfriend's Six Friends.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In the "Realistic Sobriety Tests" video, one of the non-standard tests is to introduce a 20-something female drunk driver to "Lisa, an art major with a very open attitude to her sexuality". When they drunkely start making out, both of the cops and even the guy who was hit by the car (still lying on the ground with broken bones and covered in his own blood) try to catch a glimpse.
  • Grammar Nazi: A pastiche of Inglourious Basterds (specifically, Chapter 1 "Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France") takes this trope literally, and shows that some Grammar Nazis are, in fact, actual Nazis.
    Perrier LaPadite: There was no Jews here.
    Col. Hans Landa: Jew, or Jews, plural?
    LaPadite: Plural.
    Col. Hans Landa: WRONG! You have to match your subject with your verb!
    • Except that "Jews" is the object; "there" is the subject.
    Col. Hans Landa: Hiding under the floorboards... I have you now. (points his gun at the floor to fire)
    Perrier LaPadite: Wait. You are hiding under the floorboards, or is she?
    Shosanna: [below the floorboards] A dangling participle?
    Col. Hans Landa: A dangling participle... (shoots himself under the chin)
  • Gym Bunny: Lampshaded in Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends:
    Guy in Kitchen:"All of us are ripped. It doesn't seem statistically possible, and yet it's true."

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  • Naughty by Night: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The One Who Goes to Church', who's easily impressed by the Nice Guy Audience Surrogate, but in the bedroom is apparently heavily into bondage.
  • Neat Freak: In "The Six Monster You'll Have As Roommates", the "Robot" is such because he's a rigid neat freak who suffers a technical malfunction as soon as one dirty sock soils the floor.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: The skit "I'm Such A Nerd,", in which a nerd happily discovers that the rather attractive girl he's dating is herself a giant nerd... who then promptly dumps him for not being nerdy enough.
    Girl: I thought he was different, you know, but he wasn't. He...he couldn't even name all of the current Batman titles!
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, the "Super-Intense ER Promo":
    ER Narrator: It's the episode NBC told us not to air, and we told them to go fuck themselves. Don't watch this episode pregnant. You'll miscarry. When we showed the rough cut to an insane asylum, the patients were cured and the staff went insane. It's the episode Newsweek called "AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" (...) When they showed this episode to a third grader, he drew a very disturbing picture. ''[Shows a child's drawing, with a tombstone over his dad's grave, his mom hanging herself from a tree, and their house on fire] Features a twist so shocking that when the writers came up with it, they locked themselves in a basement, wrote "God is a Lie" on the wall in blood, and hung themselves with their own intestines.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: This video starts out by parodying the Nazi Zombies concept, then adds werewolves, vampires, and other permutations to the mix.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: In "Learning Guitar to Get Laid", it ends with a (fake) ad for a video cassette called: "Learning the Bass and NOT Getting Laid."
  • No Dress Code: Parodied in the hit sketch series, "The Problem with Jeggings."
  • No Ending: The video "Ambiguous Endings Resolved" is a video that attempts to resolve the endings for movies or TV shows that ended on cliffhangers:
    • Lost in Translation: We learn what Bob really whispers into Charlotte's ear at the end (if she wants to marry him).
    • No Country for Old Men: we have Sheriff Ed Tom Bell talking to his wife about the two dreams involving his late father. The conversation is interrupted with an excited deputy appearing in the window to break the news to him that they've caught Anton Chigurh, then helps himself to some of the bacon on Bell's plate.
    • The Graduate: Benjamin and Elaine are on the bus having escaped the wedding. Then they realize how wrong this is as the bus continues down the road.
    • The Sopranos: College Humor has their own answer to how the show ends: the screen going black on the last word to "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey is because Tony Soprano gets whacked.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Jokingly referenced in the video about airplane safety instructions when the captain assures the passengers that if they crash in the mountains, there's no need to resort to cannibalism for at least one winter. However, if they do run out of food, they're going to start with the third-class passengers and gradually move up to the first class.
  • Not a Mask: In the CSI: Scooby-Doo parody, Shaggy immediately suspects that a cop is the culprit. He grabs for the guy's face and pulls it off, revealing...the inside of the cop's face.
  • Offscreen Reality Warp: College Humor brings us The 6 Monsters you'll have as Roommates, the "ghost" of which messes up and opens every single cabinet door in the kitchen while his roommate isn't looking.
  • Off the Rails: The "Alternate Mad Men Intros". The animated title sequence starts the same way, but midway through, something happens to derail the opening (like the black figure who falls past the advertising people smacking the sidewalk and dying instantly, him landing in an alcoholic drink and ending up plastered, being intercepted by Superman; the office furniture collapsing; his briefcase falling open revealing pornographic tapes; the figure being kicked into the Breaking Bad title card).
  • One of the Boys: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The Friend', who is basically the same character as the Audience Surrogate but female, so making the move to a relationship just becomes weird.
  • Only Sane Man: The page "Facebook History Of The World" has two characters playing this role, one called "Common Sense" and the other called "Hindsight", who are the only ones to realize how idiotic the various historical figures are.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Spoofed with this video. As it turns out, it's the same group playing in multiple sports, trying (and failing) to win against a werewolf pointguard, a field goal kicking horse, and a child in magic shoes. And finally, with a cry of, "We are done being made the fool! OOH-RAAAAAAAH!" the team turns rather...psychotic.
  • Oscar Bait: "21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie" spoofs the process of making an Oscar-worthy, serious, dramatic film. They outline the steps to create an angsty, grey-tinted Period Piece called American Gay Racist, about a secretly-gay soldier going through marital problems with his wife (played by a beautiful actress in ugly facial prosthetics) and coming to terms with his own racism in 1921 before he commits suicide.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "Vampire Reunion" shows in a very humorous manner the inherent problems this trope makes with creating any sort of Intercontinuity Crossover with more than one series that includes a vampire. Among the vampires featured are Count Dracula (who naturally is the leader because he's been around longest), Edward Cullen, Bill, Count Von Count, Blacula, Angel, and Count Chocula. Even the assorted vampire hunters waiting to strike in the next room (Buffy, Blade, and Van Helsing) can't agree on what methods they should use to kill the vampires. It also carries shades of Your Vampires Suck, since Dracula calls Edward out on the fact that he doesn't have fangs, and Edward in turn states that at least he doesn't look like Angel, who has a monstrous true form.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Used in a video that is a Take That to British Petroleum's response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Tony Hayward and other executives in BP's London offices announce to us after showing a video from an actual focus group that cleaning up the spill is difficult, so they're changing their name to Baby Otter Smiles & Co. Then Hayward and another employee Sally Harris (both of whom are wearing false mustaches) go to the house of Sarah Schneider (one of the focus group members). Sarah sees through their cover, says "You guys are monsters," and shuts the door on them.
  • Parents as People: In "The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad", the last way you'll see your father, after viewing him as a superhero, a clown, a tyrant, a sell-out, and a source of income, is that he's a guy with his own hopes and dreams just like you.
  • Parody Assistance: Happens quite a bit, most noteworthy being Martin Ferrero respiring this role as Donald Gennaro in "Jurassic Park Character's Awful Realization".
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Parodied in this video, where the trope plays out with a guy coming to the house to check for a gas leak. After doing the deed, he then dies in the woman's bed from carbon monoxide poisoning. Then the trope plays out exactly the same when a guy from the coroner's office shows up to collect the body.
  • Pooled Funds: Deconstructed in this video, where Scrooge McDuck accidentally breaks all of his bones after jumping into his pool of money, resulting in him being immediately rushed to the hospital where he has a heart attack on the operating table and dies. A funeral is held for him, where he is buried with all of his money, and as a result his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie go crazy over their granduncle's death and end up in prison, their uncle (and Scrooge's nephew) Donald Duck becoming very angry with them and refuses to pay their "duck bail", before finally going bankrupt and committing suicide.
    DuckTales! (Whoo-hoo!)
    Get to the ER before his brain swells! (Uh-oh!)
    Stabilize his neck. Oh, no! His heart failed!
    Book a funeral, time for mourning
    Happened so fast without warning
    This peaceful bird's now a duck angel! (Uh-oh!)
    Kids can't cope and wind up in a duck jail! (Uh-oh!)
    Donald's pissed and he refused to pay the duck bail! (Uh-oh!)
    Family falls apart, now there's no more DuckTales! (Boo-hoo!)
  • Poor Man's Substitute: invoked Parodied—if you need help but can't afford The A-Team, perhaps you can hire the B-Team, C-Team, or F-Team. They all include a guy who's The Strategist (Hannibal), The Charmer (Face), The Crazy One (Murdock), and The Tough Black Guy (Baracus). However, the substitute teams get increasingly less impressive on these fronts:
    • The A-Team:
    Narrator: One year ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you have a ton of money, maybe you can hire the A-Team.
    • The B-Team:
    Narrator: A different Commando unit was also sent to prison for a crime they might have committed. These men eventually escaped from a medium security facility, to a motel in Fresno. Today, still more or less acknowledged by the government, they survive as soldiers for hire. If you have a problem, if it's sort of urgent, but you don't need anything fancy, you can probably just hire the B-Team.
    • The C-Team:
    Narrator: I'm not sure I should tell you this, but one year ago, a group of drug addicts were sent to a prison for crime they openly confessed to (they, uh, shot the mayor's dog). These men were released after their case was thrown out on a technicality. Today, pretty much forgotten by the government, they get by with odd jobs here and there. If you have a problem, if you're totally spaced, and you just need someone, literally anyone, and if you can offer a hot meal in exchange, you can always hire the C-Team.
    • The F-Team:
    Narrator: OK, I don't usually mention these guys, but...one year ago, four idiots started fighting over half a steak left in a dumpster behind a TGI Friday's. These men—-look, you don't really want to hire these men. They just-oh come on! Oh and that crazy guy? He has mild OCD! And he's clearly not black, what is he, Indian? Not even close. Look, I'm gonna level with you here. You're probably just better off taking care of it yourself. Really. Why would you ever hire anyone named the F-Teem?
  • Porn Stash: In the "Matrix Runs on Windows XP" sketch, Mission Control Cypher supposedly creates a closet full of guns for Neo to find, only for a pile of porn DVDs to fall out after Neo opens it.
    Neo: Amateurs. Woah.
    Cypher: ...I don't know how those got there.
  • Portmanteau: The "Powerthirst" commercials thrive on this (and Mundane Made Awesome). Flavors include Shockolate, Rawberry, Manana, Fizzbitch (?), Juice Springsteen, "Godberry: King of the Juice," and Gun. (And don't forget, it's energy for men... MENERGY!!! Also contains preposterous amounts of testosterone... PREPOSTERONE!!!]])
  • Proscenium Reveal: In The Last Supper at a Chain Restaurant, we start with Jesus delivering the Last Supper at what looks like a regular banquet table, with bread on it, and his apostles surrounding him. He gives a speech, but then suddenly stops and asks, "Okay, who are you?" Suddenly the ethereal lighting vanishes, revealing that we are actually in a Wacky Jack's Rodeo Bar & Grill chain resataurant, and a waiter named Steve shows up to take their food orders.
  • Puff of Logic: In "Professor Wikipedia", a student asks Professor Wikipedia to tell everyone his knowledge about her. Another student points out that she's "not notable" even though she edits the yearbook, and she vanishes into nothing while screaming.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • This video of a "First Person Shooter Trial" shows how the various things a player could do in some first-person shooter video games would get them court-martialed in real life.
    • The video Realistic Fighting Game has two characters Ryan and Greg engaging in a somewhat awkward Wimp Fight in a bar instead of fights similar to the likes of Street Fighter and Blazblue. Ryan "wins" by shoving Greg in the back and he hits he one of the tables headfirst. Unfortunately for him, he is arrested since that action has damaged Greg severely.
  • Red-and-White Comedy Poster: Parodied with Big Red Text.
  • Red Shirt: "Jurassic Park Character's Awful Realization" is explicitly about this, wherein the main cast are arguing over who should distract the T-rex with a flare. Gennaro (played by the original actor) is elected for this, and accuses the others, "I'm only here to die, aren't I?" The other characters fail to reassure him ("You're a very important character!") and an argument ensues wherein Genre Savvy Gennaro insists it's unfair to ask the most obviously doomed character to go out there, saying Grant and Ellie are both needed experts, Malcolm is the tension-relieving comic relief, and Tim and Lex are kids, and he's simply "the lawyer." The others try and convince him maybe he's a Mauve Shirt instead. Malcolm ultimately tosses him out of the Explorer and after a failed attempt to persuade the T-rex he's plot relevant by saying he's Tim and Lex's real father, he gets nommed.
  • Redundant Parody: They made a fake trailer for a version of The Dark Knight done in the style of the 1960s Batman TV show. Much of the humor seems to rely on the apparent fact that a movie about this incarnation of Batman would turn out way too silly. Someone must not have gotten word that this TV show does have a very silly movie.
  • The Roast:
  • Role-Playing Game: A recurring feature on the site is to cast TV shows what they would be like if they were made as an RPG videogame instead. So far they've done Jersey Shore (link), Game of Thrones, season 1 (deleted scenes) and season 2, Battlestar Galactica (2003) (link), Breaking Bad (link), The Wire (link), Lost (link), Homeland (link), and Doctor Who (link).
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: In the 3D segment of "Ice Age in 4D", the twins exclaim, "We saw it three times!" In the 4D segment, the twins exclaim, "We saw it three million times in an hour!"
  • Schmuck Bait: The video "Retard Test". The patient is given this riddle: the red man lives in the red house, the orange man lives in the orange house, and the blue man lives in the blue house. So who lives in the white house?
  • Screw Yourself: Parodied in Looper Has Sex with Himself. The Time Travel in the film is employed specifically to invoke this, but all of Joe's older duplicates can't agree on who is going to give who oral sex.
  • Self-Deprecation: "Web Site Story".
  • Self Plagiarism: This parody turns Seth McFarlane's usage of this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Settled for Gay: Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends has an assortment of gay men cheerily listing their advantages as husband material while explicitly threatening to Invoke and Exploit this trope if the straight male viewing audience refuses to support gay marriage. They go so far as to debunk the idea the marriage would be sexless
    "...We could play her like an upright bass! And the kind of threesome she wants? Oh, we're cool with that."
  • Settle It Without Weapons: Parodied in "GoldenEye Stand-Off" (based on GoldenEye (1997)), where Bond and Trevelyan run out of ammo and go at each other with basic melee attacks:
    Bond: Then it's settled... brutal hand-to-hand combat it is.
    Trevelyan: To the death.
    Bond: [dramatic whisper] Slappers only.
  • Seven Minute Lull: "Awkward Rap" references this.
  • Sex for Product: Parodied in the "Powerthirst" ads. "BABIES! You'll have so many babies! FOUR HUNDRED BABIES!
  • Shipping:invoked "Shipping, the OTP Dating Commercial" features a dating agency where a fangirl with Shipping Goggles pairs different fictional characters to their own bemusement. Her choices include quite a few Crack Pairings and Crossover Ships.
  • Shirtless Scene: Parodied in the "Call Me Maybe" parody. Like in the actual music video, an attractive guy starts lawnmowing a backyard, but when a girl takes note of him and he takes his shirt off, he's revealed to be a Neo-Nazi on account of the huge swastika tattoo on his chest.
  • Shower of Love: Deconstructed in Showering with Girls, in which Dan states that while he would like to see this trope happen, he goes into (perhaps too much) detail as to why it would be difficult, uncomfortable, or even downright dangerous in real life.
  • The Siege: "The Fall of Pinterest".
  • Signature Style: Affectionately spoofed in the "If Other Directors Made The Social Network" video. If The Social Network were directed by Wes Anderson it tries too hard to be quirky and off-kilter, directed by Michael Bay it's a by-the-books action blockbuster with a blue-orange filter, directed by Christopher Guest it's a mockumentary about character relationships, directed by Quentin Tarantino it's an incredibly violent movie with gangsters who talk about pop culture, directed by Guillermo del Toro it's in Spanish and about a Deal with the Devil gone wrong, and directed by Frank Capra it's a sentimental piece that emphasizes the importance of friendships.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: In the sketch "Adam and Eve in the Friendzone," Eve tells Adam that she doesn't want to start a relationship with him because "she's just out of a really long relationship and wants to keep her options open." As Adam wonders who this alleged ex could possibly be, the snake (a puppet) pops up from behind a log, wearing a leather jacket and a red mohawk, and invites Eve to the Tree of Knowledge. She accepts his invitation, leaving Adam behind to sulk. God tells Adam that He can make him a new partner, but that He will need another rib to do it. Adam declines, saying that he and Eve will make it work somehow.
  • Song Parody: Some sketches are song parodies, such as "Don't Stop Your Screaming" or "Sing Talk".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: This article.
    ''I believe it was Sigmund Freud who once said, “Sometimes horrific things just fall out of your mouth before you can muster up the strength to stop them. That’s just the worst, man, for real.”
  • Space Whale Aesop:
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion:
    • The article "Things to Do Before Dying in a Freak Accident" ends with the main character of the piece suddenly blowing up.
    • The brief 3-frame animation graphic that plays before any of the site's animated shorts depicts a man handing a lighted stick of dynamite to a friend, covering his ears, and spontaneously combusting.
  • Spot the Impostor:
    1. If you shoot the one with the green shirt, both the remaining guy AND the girl are revealed to be aliens.
    2. If you shoot the one with the yellow shirt, you killed the alien impostor.
    3. And if you shoot neither, the woman instead suggests a threesome between herself, her husband, and the alien clone, which is then revealed to be just a nightmare that the real husband was having.
  • Stag Party: They've done this about bachelor movies contrary to what movies say. Just a plain old affair. No, seriously.
  • The Stinger: There are a surprising few of these, considering the number of videos they have made.
    • Female Armor Sucks has the girl in full armor, while the guys are barely armored. (A complete inversion of what is portrayed in the main video.)
    • Cell Phone Reunion sees the other cell phones use a fart app on the iPhone against its will.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe. In "The Matrix Runs On Windows XP", there is a parody of the annoying Microsoft Office assistant 'Clippy', who appears at the wrong times. The first time, Neo gets annoyed enough with Clippy's appearance that he bends Clippy.
  • Subverted Kids Show:
    • ConquistaDora The Explorer, in which ConquistaDora teaches children how to enslave and conquer the tribes of the New World for the royal kingdom of Spain. It includes ConquistaDora, Boots (who loves Smallpox!), Scalper (Swiper wearing new attire and carrying a machete), and a new character named Rifle (who uses his "boom boom!" to terrorize the natives into submission).
    • "The Magic Chinatown Bus" involvs Miss Frizzle taking a Chinatown bus into a human body, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sucky School: There's a fake commercial for the Quendelton State University, where you can get A Degree in Useless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, and the nearby community is a complete ghost town.
    "If we were a good university, we wouldn't need a commercial!"
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: Lampooned in this video, which provides the page image.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The Google Guy.

    T-Z 
  • The Talk: Parodied in this sketch about "second puberty", which discusses the pitfalls of the aging process in a fashion like those films you may have been shown in health class (or by your parents) about actual puberty.
  • Take That:
    "The word enzyme was coined by physiologist Wilhelm Kuhr, widely believed to be a total badass. (Daniel looks up) In 1908, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Mustache."
    • "Tim Burton's Secret Formula" seems to be a jab at how Tim Burton's movie formula is just the same thing recycled. You can tell that from the Dull Surprise reactions of the executives to Burton saying that the studio plans to make another film. Also, when the casting director is told "get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone," he says, "I can't ever not do that," and we see that the cell phone in question can only call Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.
    • "Seth MacFarlane's Secret" does the same thing in regards to Seth MacFarlane's creative process. All his animated series, which comprises Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show are all suspiciously similar. All three feature the same generic family unit, composed of a stupid, fat, but lovable father; an attractive, gentle mother; an awkward son or daughter; a comically sociopathic baby; and a supporting non-human character that can somehow talk. College Humor pitches more show ideas, such as Country Life, Big City Man, Suburban Family Time, Ma, Pa And Kids, and three unnamed ones. The first four characters are almost identical across the shows, but the talking non-human supporting character are respectively a stereotypically French cat, a Nazi guinea pig, a Republican giant anteater, an "urban" pterodactyl, and a sassy snowman, Fratty Elf, and a blender that's a vampire. MacFarlane didn't seem to mind though, and later showed up in "Seth MacFarlane's Rejected Pitches", poking fun at Ted, a film he directed.
    • "The Magic Chinatown Bus" involves Miss Frizzle taking a Wung Fa bus into a human body, which none of the passengers approve of. The name of said Chinatown bus is a Spoonerism of Fung Wah, a Chinatown bus line shut down by the US Department of Transportation for safety violations.
    • This video skewers the anti-Vaccination movements with the Too Dumb to Live adults trying to destroy the vaccines in misunderstood attempt to save the kid that it would give him autism. Before all of them melted from measle infected body.
  • Tan Lines: This article presents a few other variations...
  • Technology Marches On:invoked
    • If All Movies Had Cell Phones demonstrates a number of movies where the plot conflict could easily be reduced or the story shortened because characters had cell phones to call for help/look up information/reveal information to people that had been withheld from them/etc.:
      • In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet gets the message to Romeo that she will fake her own death, rather than a mixup happening with the Friar's message.
      • The Home Alone clip shows Kevin being called by his mother right after he finds himself all alone, and tells him to go to a friends house - which if done in the actual movie would have reduced the running time to about 45 minutes. Except for the fact that this doesn't explain how then booby trapping the house to stop Harry and Marv would work.
    • Done again with the Internet in If Movie Characters Had The Internet.
      • In Basic Instinct, for instance, the damning evidence against Catherine Trammell is that her Internet search history indicates she's been reading websites with information about how to use an ice pick as a murder weapon.
    • With smartphones in If All Movies Had Smartphones.
    • 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot imagines what 24 would have been like if it took place in 1994. Complete with getting emails through AOL and Windows XP being very slow.
    • "The Matrix Runs on Windows XP", and Hilarity Ensues:
    1. When Neo is being jacked in, Trinity cannot tell the difference between the monitor and projection cables.
    2. In the parody of the Agent Training Program scene, the scene goes like it does in the film, with Morpheus talking to Neo while they walk down a bustling street with Neo being bumped by passerby. This time, Morpheus is telling Neo about how the Matrix used to run fast but it slowed down over time. Then the woman in the red dress walks by. All goes well until Morpheus orders the program to freeze upon the moment the model Agent Smith draws his weapon. When the image fails to unfreeze, Morpheus tells Neo to go on without him, then yells to the operators, "Try CTRL-ALT-DELETE!"
    3. Clippy appears multiple times, trying to offer his help to Neo. The first time, "It looks like you're trying to bend a spoon with your mind. Can I help you with that?" Neo bends Clippy with his mind.
    4. Neo gets accosted by Agent Smith in an alleyway. Smith fires his pistol at Neo, and suddenly, the bullet freezes in flight inches from Neo's head, with a progress bar showing up.
    5. The lag time is long enough that Agent Smith starts cloning as he runs towards Neo in frustration, after being put on hold trying to call Agent Brown and Agent Jones who are up in Connecticut.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: One of the main selling points in the Powerthirst videos.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: This happens in "Awkward Rap".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-Universe, in parody of Google forcing YouTube users to sign up for Google+ to comment on videos, Google has introduced "Google Blackmail". Either you sign up for Google+, or we release all the private information we know about you.
  • This Explains So Much: In one of the jeggings videos, where teenagers keep coming to school wearing inappropriate clothing, the exasperated teacher eventually asks them what their parents have to say about it. When one of them confesses that all of their parents have died, he pauses and admits that does make sense.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In "Pot Cookie Monster" (yes, it's a parody of Sesame Street), the eponymous monster comes to realize that the reason he can't digest his pot cookies is because he's just a puppet.
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The CH staff knows what kind of person needs infomercial products with the "Has this ever happened to you?" opening tagline.
    1. First, he bumps into tables, pulling the cloth off one of them.
    2. He fails to open the door because he can't use the knob right or give any leverage.
    3. He is unable to start his car because the battery has died. When a little girl comes up to him, he rolls down both windows on the driver's side of the car. She asks him, "How many times has this happened to you?" He says "Happens to me every fucking day. Every day."
    4. At home, when moving a boiling pot of pasta to the strainer in the sink, he drops it because he isn't using potholders.
    5. He keeps all his plastic cups in the same top cupboard, so they all fall out when he opens it.
    6. He cuts his finger while slicing a carrot.
    7. He gets tangled up in his phone cord as he tries to call 912.
    8. From nowhere, more plastic cups rain down on him.
    9. Depressed, he sits down on his bed and puts a gun to his head to kill himself, but when he pulls the trigger, it clicks empty, informercial music starts playing, an X is emblazoned on the screen, and an announcer shouts, "ARE YOU TIRED OF UNRELIABLE GUNS?!" revealing that we were just in another infomercial.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The hypothetical "If Movie Trailers Ruined Endings", where the trailer guy goes out of his way to spoil the endings and plot twists. Warning: spoilers for Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, and Reservoir Dogs. Also includes references to Luke, I Am Your Father and All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".
  • Trapped in Containment: So how did new Quadruple Cheese Cheezos get so cheesy? Well, it all started one day, at the Cheezo factory.
  • Troll: Parodied in a sketch featuring an Internet troll living under a bridge. He blocks the road and shouts racist, sexist, homophobic or just plain inflammatory comments at people until they lose their temper, at which point they get sent flying Monty Python style. The only way to defeat them is to agree with everything they say until you can get them to unironically and genuinely admit vulnerability and the need for friendship, which imposes the same fate on them as their victims.
  • Trolling Creator: In-Universe, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin is parodied as this in "George R.R. Martin Responds to Game of Thrones Backlash". After several important characters are rather unexpectedly killed off in season 3 of the TV adaptation Game of Thrones and some fans start complaining, he lashes out. "Martin" says he revels in upsetting his fans, and proceeds to bash their hopes for his own joy.
    Martin: Your sorrow is my playground! Your tears are the fountain I frolic in!
  • Two of Your Earth Minutes: There's a skit where a genie claims to have been imprisoned for "millions of your Earth eternities."
  • Uncanny Valley:invoked They made an ad for the fake product "Baby's Face" and... just watch.
  • Unfortunate Implications:invoked Zordon is a Racist parodies how in the Power Rangers, the Black Power Ranger was played by a black guy and the Yellow Power Ranger by an Asian girl by making Zordon into an utter bigot.
  • Urban Legends: Urban Legend ER, explores a lot of known urban legends including: hit by a penny thrown from the Empire State Building, being struck by frozen airplane waste, swallowing eight spiders in one night, Elton John gulping down seven gallons of semen, a train derailing from pennies placed on the tracks, a woman waking up in an ice-filled bathtub to find her kidneys missing, a kid getting a facial expression frozen on their face, a teenage girl getting pregnant from swimming in a sperm-filled pool, and Little Mikey's "death" by Pop Rocks and Coke.
  • Verb This!: A short named "Cell Phone Reunion" where iPhone and BlackBerry start fighting. At one point, BlackBerry says, "At least I know what I'm hitting. Look at you. Ooh. Touch-screen. Look at my touch-screen. I've got something you can touch." *grabs crotch* "Right here!" *points at it with his other hand* "Dial this up!"
  • Victory Quote: The Man Child gets one in "Adulthood vs. Childhood":
    "I'm not sure if marriage is right for me!"
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Deconstructively parodied in The Sims Horror Movie trailer. The characters are plagued the same way as is possible in the game: drowning them by removing the pool ladder, keeping the police out with a waist-high fence, blocking the exits with furniture, and keeping them deprived of food and sleep.
  • Visual Pun: In "The Matrix Runs in Windows XP", which is a spoof of both The Matrix and Windows XP (and thus contains many computer-related jokes), the Oracle welcomes Neo into her kitchen while she's holding a plate of freshly-baked cookies, and tells him that she hopes he has "cookies enabled".
  • Wham Line: From "The Six Christmas Movies You'll Live Through," after the focus character and his girlfriend have broken up, and he's now living through "the Christmas Carol:"
    Narrator: It's good thing there's no such thing as "ghosts from the past."
    (the door opens, and...")
    Ex-Girlfriend: (smiling) Merry Christmas.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe, their parody of the GEICO "Googly eyes" commercials. It starts off with the Googly eyes on a wad of money, but then it goes a few steps further:
    • Guy is watching TV: "It's right here, it's easy. It's the jacket you could've worn if you tried out for the varsity football team."
    • Guy is sitting on the toilet: "It's the heart disease you could've avoided if you didn't let yourself go."
    • Guy is getting in his car: "It's the years of your life you could've enjoyed if you didn't spend time in prison for insurance fraud."
    • Guy is having a nightmare in bed, gets up, and hears a baby crying: "It's the baby you could've had if you didn't drive Michelle away with your drinking."
    • Guy prepares to hang himself in his garage: "It's the piece you could have if you have the balls to go through with it." [He hangs himself]
    • GEICO: Fifteen minutes could save you fifteen years of regret, misery and desperation.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The parody of "I Gotta Feeling". The guy breaks his leg, antagonizes his girlfriend, and sleeps with an unattractive girl. In the end he decides that it was worth it, since he got in a nice fight and even better, now has an awesome kite.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Stormtroopers' 9/11 shows the fact that the Death Star's destruction was probably similar to a terrorist incident like 9/11 for the Stormtroopers.
    • Touched upon in the Star Wars canon; the Stormtroopers were indeed mourning, but it was less "terrorist attack" and more "disastrous military operation". However, the Stormtroopers were able to channel that mourning into devastating fervor during the Yavin base ground battle in The Empire Strikes Back and avenge their fallen brethren.
  • What the Hell, Player?: A faux game example: They did a video imagining the first season of Game of Thrones as an SNES era video game. When the "player" plays as Jaime Lannister and elects to attack Bran when Bran sees him sexing up Cersei, the video makes it clear that it doesn't approve of this. Link.
    Like, seriously? He's only ten! *player selects again to do the attack* Wow. OK. I mean, I understand that you don't want to people to know you're porking your sister, but still... wow. *Jamie's attack sends Bran flying out the window, triumphant music plays* You defeated Bran Stark! Obviously. Because, you know, he's ten!
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Parodied in "Every Teen Movie Ending". All the classmates and their teacher meet very unfortunate ends, and the narrator died when he was still a kid and never actually saw these people graduate.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The video "Charlie and the Apple Factory", which is like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory except that it has the kids being taken by Steve Jobs on a tour of Apple's factory after winning their Golden iTickets. They are taken first to the Apple Room, which is like the Chocolate Room, with Apple devices growing on the trees. Charlie is briefly taken by Bill Gates, who wants to know the secret to Apple's success. Ultimately, Jobs shows Charlie why Apple products are popular.....an empty room, because they pride themselves on showmanship. It ends with a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Oompa-Loompa song.
  • Wimp Fight: "Realistic Fighting Game" depicts one between the characters Ryan and Greg. Attacking each other does nothing to their health meters. In fact, their health meters only go down when a random woman comes up and hits Ryan with her purse apropos of nothing, and when Ryan pushes Greg into a table.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Victor Vivisector may be a Captain Planet villain parody, but it can be hard not to feel sorry for him having to witness the Squick-inducing Furry Force.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: College Humor's rather disturbing solution to the mystery of "Why Girls Don't Fart" - a secret gas decompression chamber reachable through the toilets.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: Taken literally by having a personification of "The '90s" actually call someone to say they want their outfit back.
  • X Meets Y:
  • You Bastard: Get off the internet (or College Humor) and GO TO SLEEP!!!
  • You Can Panic Now: Parodied here. Set to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", they showcase basically every ratings-driven media panic frenzy of the past 10-15 years, including Y2K, 2012, Peak Oil, terrorist attacks, Global Warming, and the imminent Zombie Apocalypse, Robot War, and Alien Invasion.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The subject of "The Boy Who Cried Literally", with a guy using "literally" in its well-documented "figuratively literally" instead of "literally literally" meaning, and is berated by his roommates for it. When he does use it correctly after he's been stabbed, they ignore him and he dies of his wounds.
  • You Make Me Sic: See the entry for Grammar Nazi above.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Parodied in Breaking Dawn Cheating Outtakes, which satirizes the publicized affair Kristen Stewart had with one of her directors, and Robert Pattinson's expected reaction to this.
  • Your Mom: In this sketch, a bunch of "your mom is so fat" jokes are treated like a serious medical condition.
  • Your Television Hates You:
    • In this video, Sarah is dealing with her unwatched Netflix videos piling up, with the movies themselves complaining about how she hasn't yet watched them.
    • Netflix has introduced "Cringe-Watching":
    Narrator: Here at Netflix, we know the only thing people like more than binge watching, is cringe watching. Which is why in 2017, we're rolling out a whole new lineup of shows guaranteed to make you squirm. Just finished Making a Murderer, and can't wait for more harrowing glimpses to life in the American Midwest? Then get ready for Poor Tours. A new documentary where we take a camera crew into the houses of lower class residents of Manitowoc County, and force them to talk to us about their sad, awful lives. It's basically poorn! Pretty grim, right? Don't worry, we're just getting started. Next we'll investigate the cruel world of abusive nursing homes with Elder Scare, an in-depth documentary that will leave you questioning whether or not human kindness is actually a lie. Want something a bit more close to home? Then choke down a Zoloft and get ready for Thin Walls, the first ever documentary that's actually just a live feed of the couple that lives next door to you having a really aggressive and loud argument. Will it get abusive? Should you have called the cops? Are you a bad person for enjoying this? There answer is "yes". Almost certainly. But that's never stopped you before.
    Documentaries not your speed? Don't worry, we've got something for everyone to try their best to suffer through. Check out these great new shows and movies streaming soon: Next fall, we'll drop our first ever prank show, White People Being Openly Racist on Camera. Then in summer 2017, get ready to fall in love with a new season of the critically acclaimed British reality series Close-up Footage of a Guy Picking a Hangnail. And finally, next winter, a very special treat for all the Marvel fans: It's Eight Hours of Wilson Fisk Crushing People's Heads in Car Doors.
    Still craving more cringeworthy content to try and simulate emotion within your joyless husk of a body? Then keep your sweatpants on, shitbeak, because in 2018, we're releasing nothing but Adam Sandler movies, every month, until someone goes crazy and murders him. Then we'll make a documentary about his murder investigation, thus beginning the cycle anew.
    Netflix. Because if it doesn't feel like work, then it's not worth watching.


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