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* BerserkButton: A somewhat unusual one that he admits is unusual - purposeful hoaxes, even if immediately debunked by their creators. It's best seen in the Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction - he argues that these hoaxes and myths can unwittingly help impressionable people into going down rabbit-holes of psuedoscience - if this video I'm watching is fake, could things like the Apollo Landings also be lies? If this video is real, could things like vaccines causing autism really be real?

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* BerserkButton: A somewhat unusual one that he admits is unusual - -- purposeful hoaxes, even if immediately debunked by their creators. It's best seen in the Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction - -- he argues that these hoaxes and myths can unwittingly help impressionable people into going down rabbit-holes of psuedoscience - -- if this video I'm watching is fake, could things like the Apollo Landings also be lies? If this video is real, could things like vaccines causing autism really be real?

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* BerserkButton: A somewhat unusual one that he admits is unusual - purposeful hoaxes, even if immediately debunked by their creators. It's best seen in the Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction - he argues that these hoaxes and myths can unwittingly help impressionable people into going down rabbit-holes of psuedoscience - if this video I'm watching is fake, could things like the Apollo Landings also be lies? If this video is real, could things like vaccines causing autism really be real?


** Although appearing to be human, it's never really clear what Captain D is.

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** Although appearing to be human, it's never really clear what Captain D is. What is known for certain is that he is made out of chrome and mechanical parts. Whether he is a cyborg or a robot is unknown.


* HeelRealization: Done... semi-seriously, during the ''Unbearable Loneliness of Being Right'' talk. [[spoiler: As the Skeptic Asshole Singularity continues to suck up more people, Alan AsHimself approaches his laptop trying to do something about it, only for him - well, the live feed of him - show about to be sucked by the black hole.]] He breaks out of it.

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* HeelRealization: Done... semi-seriously, during the ''Unbearable Loneliness of Being Right'' talk. [[spoiler: As the Skeptic Asshole Singularity continues to suck up more people, Alan AsHimself approaches his laptop trying to do something about it, only for him - -- well, the live feed of him - -- show about to be sucked by the black hole.]] He breaks out of it.



-->'''Holly''': Name one thing about me that isn't perfect!
-->'''Captain Disillusion''': Are you kidding me? You have a problem communicating. You never call, you only text. What's that about? And the text messages all contradict each other. You love making up rules for things people know to do anyway, and you get so angry about the slightest little infractions while major world problems don't seem to concern you at all! You say that you have a plan, that you know what you're doing, but you never seem to, and when stuff goes wrong it's always somehow everybody else's fault. You're paranoid, vindictive and controlling, except you don't really control anything!

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-->'''Holly''': -->'''Holly:''' Name one ''one'' thing about me that isn't perfect!
-->'''Captain Disillusion''':
perfect!\\
'''Captain Disillusion:''' ...
Are you kidding me? You ''Ahem. ([[KnuckleCracking cracks his knuckles]]) You'' have a problem communicating. You never ''never'' call, you only text.always ''text''. What's that about? And the text messages all contradict each other. You love making up rules for things people know to do anyway, and you get so angry ''angry'' about the slightest little infractions while major world problems don't seem to concern you at all! all!\\
'''Holly:''' I, uh... I wouldn't expect you to understand! It's just my way. It's ''all'' part of a plan.\\
'''Captain Disillusion:'''
You say ''say'' that you have a plan, that you know what you're doing, but you never seem to, and when stuff goes wrong it's always somehow everybody else's fault. fault.\\
'''Holly:''' ''It's not true!''\\
'''Captain Disillusion:'''
You're paranoid, ''paranoid'', vindictive and controlling, except you don't really control anything!''anything!''


--> '''Alan:''' Oh God... How could I've been so blind? I'm part of this, aren't I? I gotta do something... [...] I gotta commit here now and resolve... to say... that I... [[spoiler:''''refuse to be a dick''''!]]

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--> '''Alan:''' Oh God... How could I've been so blind? I'm part of this, aren't I? I gotta do something... [...] I gotta commit here now and resolve... to say... that I... [[spoiler:''''refuse [[spoiler:'''refuse to be a dick''''!]]dick'''!]]


* Guyliner: Appears on [[spoiler:Zeitgeist]] as he starts to mutate and reveal his true colors.

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* Guyliner: {{Guyliner}}: Appears on [[spoiler:Zeitgeist]] as he starts to mutate and reveal his true colors.colors.
* HeelRealization: Done... semi-seriously, during the ''Unbearable Loneliness of Being Right'' talk. [[spoiler: As the Skeptic Asshole Singularity continues to suck up more people, Alan AsHimself approaches his laptop trying to do something about it, only for him - well, the live feed of him - show about to be sucked by the black hole.]] He breaks out of it.
--> '''Alan:''' Oh God... How could I've been so blind? I'm part of this, aren't I? I gotta do something... [...] I gotta commit here now and resolve... to say... that I... [[spoiler:''''refuse to be a dick''''!]]

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* SignOffCatchPhrase: "Love with your heart, use your head for everything else... Captain Disillusion!"

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* Guyliner: Appears on [[spoiler:Zeitgeist]] as he starts to mutate and reveal his true colors.


-->'''Captain Disillusion''': That's not [[ItMakesSenseInContext a face of a demon in the window]], it's just you being a gullible doofus.

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-->'''Captain --->'''Captain Disillusion''': That's not [[ItMakesSenseInContext a face of a demon in the window]], it's just you being a gullible doofus.



* TakeThatMe: When Mr. Flare almost takes over the show, he claims one of the changes he'll make is they'll stop using "debunk" as a noun.
-->'''Mr. Flare''': That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!

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* TakeThatMe: TakeThatMe:
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When Mr. Flare almost takes over the show, he claims one of the changes he'll make is they'll stop using "debunk" as a noun.
-->'''Mr. Flare''': --->'''Mr. Flare:''' That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!heard!
** When the Captain discusses the "Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction" by Michael Lacanilao, he brings up how the project had an unsuccessful Website/{{Kickstarter}} campaign.
--->'''Captain:''' I'm sorry to hear that, Michael. But trust me; you don't want to take one little project that gave you validation as a young person and milk it for years into a full time, crowdfunded career. ''(LonelyPianoPiece starts playing)'' Before you know it, you're pushing 40, still splattering on stupid sliver make-- [[VerbalBackspace I mean]], spreading rumours about a fake stairwell!



-->'''Captain''': [[ShoutOut You Keep Using]] [[Film/ThePrincessBride That Word.]] I do not think it means what [[ExpospeakGag you've become accustomed to define it as.]]

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-->'''Captain''': --->'''Captain:''' [[ShoutOut You Keep Using]] [[Film/ThePrincessBride That Word.]] I do not think it means what [[ExpospeakGag you've become accustomed to define it as.]]


** This is [[DiscussedTrope the main topic discussed]] in "The Undebunkable". Captain D explains how [[AluminumChristmasTrees sometimes outlandishly-appearing things can be in fact real,]] and how mistrusting and denying everything on the basis of "it looks fake" without doing proper research or accepting new information is ultimately unhelpful and sometimes flat-out ''wrong.''

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** This is [[DiscussedTrope the main topic discussed]] in "The Undebunkable". Captain D explains how [[AluminumChristmasTrees sometimes outlandishly-appearing things can be in fact real,]] and how mistrusting and denying everything on the basis of "it looks fake" without doing proper research or accepting new information is ultimately unhelpful and sometimes flat-out ''wrong.'''' He also cautions that such a mindset puts one in danger of becoming a ConspiracyTheorist.


** Holly taking on human form in a cute dress looks like fanservice until you notice the gigantic scar that wraps around her neck, making her almost look like she's been hanged. The reality is even less pleasant: she needs to *borrow corpses to fuse her head to.*

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** Holly taking on human form in a cute dress looks like fanservice until you notice the gigantic scar that wraps around her neck, making her almost look like she's been hanged. The reality is even less pleasant: she needs to *borrow ''borrow corpses to fuse her head to.*''


** Holly taking on human form in a cute dress looks like fanservice until you notice the gigantic scar that wraps around her neck, making her almost look like she's been hanged.

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** Holly taking on human form in a cute dress looks like fanservice until you notice the gigantic scar that wraps around her neck, making her almost look like she's been hanged. The reality is even less pleasant: she needs to *borrow corpses to fuse her head to.*

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*ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In "Marble Sorting Machine Debunk", Holly briefly explains that the fewer people who believe in magic the less powerful she becomes.


* ShownTheirWork: Alan Melikdjanian has experience in film production and visual effects, and alongside additional research, every debunking is incredibly thorough, able to break down the technicals of how the videos were made, as well as disprove them with scientific explanation. One notable instance was when [[https://youtu.be/zhPRtCW5sRk?t=354 the Captain identified the exact plugins and stock effects pack used in one video]], [[UpToEleven right down to their individual file names]].

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* ShownTheirWork: Alan Melikdjanian has experience in film production and visual effects, and alongside additional research, every debunking is incredibly thorough, able to break down the technicals of how the videos were made, as well as disprove them with scientific explanation. One notable instance was when [[https://youtu.be/zhPRtCW5sRk?t=354 the Captain identified the exact plugins and stock effects pack used in one video]], [[UpToEleven right down to their individual file names]].



** James Randi helps the Captain debunk an illusion that relies on old-fashioned physical effects and not digital editing in "Pantry Ghost Debunk".

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** James Randi helps the Captain debunk an illusion that relies on old-fashioned physical effects and not digital editing in "Pantry Ghost Debunk". He then had to do a rather embarrassed followup when the explanation he had Randi read turned out to be wrong.


** The entire "Chinese Invisibility Cloak Hoax DESTROYED!!!" video is a ShoutOut to Periodic Videos, Bill Wurtz, CGP Grey, Tom Scott, VSauce, and SmarterEveryDay.

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** The entire "Chinese Invisibility Cloak Hoax DESTROYED!!!" video is a ShoutOut to Periodic Videos, Bill Wurtz, CGP Grey, Tom Scott, VSauce, WebVideo/BillWurtz, WebVideo/CGPGrey, Creator/TomScott, WebVideo/{{Vsauce}}, and SmarterEveryDay.[=SmarterEveryDay=].

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