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Dude Perfect is an American YouTube group based out of Dallas, Texas. The group consists of members Tyler Toney, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and twins Cory and Coby Cotton, all former high-school basketball players and roommates at Texas A&M University. The group also has a mascot, Panda, which is merely someone in a panda bear costume.

The group is well-known for their trick-shot videos in multiple sports, as well as more comedic and competitive videos with their Stereotypes and Battles series, respectively. They also perform non-profit and charity functions, once collaborating with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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As of July 2019, the group has over 43.6 million subscribers and over 8.3 billion views on YouTube. In April of 2016, the group got their own TV show, which premiered on CMT on April 14, 2016. It was an instant success, scoring the highest-ever rating for a CMT original series premiere. The 13-episode first season concluded on June 30, 2016. The series moved to Nickelodeon for its second season, which kicked off on July 22, 2017.note  A third season premiered on October 27, 2018.

The group also made content for another YouTube sports-based channel called Whistle Sports, where their bonus content for each trick shot, Stereotypes, and some Battles videos was posted. They also had an original series on Whistle called Face Off, where two members of the group were selected via a blind draw to take part in a one-on-one game, with another member selected via a blind draw to act as the event's announcer, which they chose to do as a goofy character instead of themselves. The group no longer posts content to the channel, although they do have a deal with Whistle to make long-form content.

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In January 2018, a new show on the channel premiered called Overtime. A parody of a talk show, the bimonthly (in this case, every other month) features Guinness World Record attempts, plus two popular segments, one called "Wheel Unfortunate", where a member is randomly selected to spin a wheel full of punishments, and another called "Cool Not Cool", where each member presents an object that may not be well-known by the public, and the others judge whether it is cool or not.

They also set up a vlogging channel called DudePerfectTV, but they rarely, if ever, post videos to it since joining Whistle Sports. At one point in 2012, they had a third channel called Trick Shot, where they would post viewer-submitted content; three videos would be showcased per week: a "Big Time" shot, a "Brilliant" shot, and a "Blooper". Understandably, they stopped uploading to this channel due to being too busy. In addition to the YouTube videos and TV show, the group has also written a book, made four mobile games, and has their own line of toys produced by Nerf. In 2019, the group went on their first cross-country tour.

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In 2020, a new series premiered called "Bucket List". Exactly What It Says on the Tin, the series focuses on the guys basically using their connections to cross off as much of their bucket lists as they can. Also in 2020, the group created another channel, Dude Perfect Plus, going behind the scenes on Battles and Overtime, as well as showing bloopers and deleted scenes on Stereotypes.


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  • Accidental Innuendo: During the spikeball night of the Quarantine Classic, Cody (who wasn’t playing because of his shoulder surgery) once referred to a serve that hit the edge of the net as a “rim job.”
  • The Ace: Tyler has earned some heat from the viewers for his frequent Battle wins due to his status as this. His self-admitted weak points are hula-hoop (Glow in the Dark Trick Shots) and soccer (Quarantine Classic Night 4)
  • Alliterative Name: Tyler Toney, as well as Coby and Cory Cotton.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Unexpected Trick Shots, where all the shots were set up to look like they would hit a certain target, but actually hit another.
  • Battle Royale Game: They had an airsoft battle sponsored by PUBG Mobile where each player carried three balloons and the goal was to pop all of the enemy's balloons with airsoft guns scattered around a forest.
  • Berserk Button:
    • During the "Nerf Blaster" battle, Cory accidentally knocked the hula hoop off, which the group had spent an hour setting up. Tyler was not amused.
    • Tyler and Cory were ready to kill Coby after Coby seemingly allowed Cody and Garrett to win the Trampoline Charades Battle with easy promptsnote .
    • 2020's live-streaming "Quarantine Classic" found Tyler lapsing into his furious persona at several points. As the event was streaming live, both Garrett and announcer Sparky lampshade it during Night 1, a 3-point basketball shootout where Ty presented the second-worst showing of the event and took it out on the final rack.
    Sparky: A little Rage Monster there...
    Garrett: Everyone says "it's always fake". (points at Ty) It's not fake! He's a Rage Monster, man. It's real.
  • Big "YES!": A common reaction to nailing a trick shot.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: "Glow In The Dark Edition", shot at night in the group's previous Frisco office (affectionately known as "DPHQ").
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Enforced by their All Sports Golf Battle series, where the guys navigate golf courses using equipment and techniques from just about every sport except golf. Their first two battles mostly contained run-of-the-mill tricks such as swinging baseball bats and kicking soccer balls. The third (with help from Bass Pro Shops) amplified the bizarre value by including outdoors equipment such as clay pigeon launchers and fishing poles.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Garrett, describing what's in his snack bag during Softball Sterotypes.
    "I got bacon seeds, ranch seeds, bacon ranch seeds!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: During the R/C battle:
    Tyler: "What I always say, if you don't get nervous before a big jump, you don't need to be doing it, it's that first kiss, it's that first ticket, it's running away from the cops on a Friday night."
  • Brick Joke: During "Flip Edition", Garret's son Owen was shown attempting a bottle flip, encouraged by the guys; Garrett proclaimed it the "early stages of his training". One year (less one day) later, Water Bottle Flip 2 comes out...
    Garrett: Can you say "This is the bottle flip"?
    Owen: This is bottle flip. (sticks it!)
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Airsoft Battle Royale 2 - after eliminating Coby's balloons and seizing his sniper rifle, Tyler asks him to call for a pizza under the assumption that he won't be getting up to anything else.
  • Catchphrase: Several recurring ones in the various Battles.
    • "It is not my honour, but it is my duty..." and variations during the trophy presentations, usually from the second-place runner-up.
    • "Door's still open" when the first performer during a finale makes an impressive showing.
    • Tyler's "When it's on the line, I'm in my prime" when he's trying to surpass a strong lead.
    • Garret frequently makes mention of "the podium", as being in the top 3 is considered a victory on his part. Other occasionally borrow it when talking about his performances.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Metal Detector Battle 2, each guy went off to a destination of their choice and searched for a period before coming back. Garret decided that he would search in his back yard and "find" his wife's wedding ring. He proceeded to throw it blind over his shoulder and spend the majority of the search period just chilling. As the time started to wind down, he grabbed his metal detector... and didn't even get a ding.
    Garrett: My wife's gonna kill me.
  • Christmas Episode: The gingerbread house Face Off released in December 2016, where Tyler and Cody teamed up to take on Cory and Coby to see who could build the best gingerbread house. The former team won.
    • The 2017 Christmas Face Off pitted the twins against one another in a competition where they had to put their hands into a box, and feel what was inside, then guess. Coby was the victor.
    • Christmas Stereotypes, released in 2017.
  • Creator Cameo: The editors, Tim and Chad, got their own edition in which they performed trick shots and lampshaded the Dude Perfect Stereotypes series.
    • Panda, the mascot, once won a battle.
    • Similarly, Tim defeated Tyler in the Hockey Face-Off. Though as he said himself, he had 17 years of competitive ice hockey experience.
    • Another Face Off video saw the group's old cameraman, Toby, obliterate Ty in "The Most Dangerous Game''note .
  • Dark Horse Victory: Night 4 of the Quarantine Classic was a 3 v 3 soccer match. Panda, goalkeeping for Garret and Coby, took the win.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: While setting up for a trust shot during Nerf Bow and Arrow Trick Shots, the guys advise anyone intending to start their own trick shot channel to invest in a lot of duct tape for use in setting up targets (the example in question being a bottle atop Cody's head, taped to his hat).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The group's first few videos, shot on a home video camera with grainy footage. Their first logo looked like something they created in Microsoft Paint, and the graphics weren't great, either. It also featured a sixth member of the group named Sean Townsend, who worked as their camera operator; it was believed that Townsend is Panda, but in a 2016 Ask Me Anything chat on Reddit, the group confirmed that Townsend was not Panda, but rather, had become a doctor. Over time, of course, the production values in the videos shot up exponentially as the group got more and more famous.
    • The very first episode of Overtime had a different logo and graphics for the Cool Not Cool segment. The second episode saw the introduction of the logo and graphics that are currently in use.
  • Elevator Buttons Mash: In World Record Edition, Tyler and Cory are riding to the top of the building where the world's highest basketball shot is to be attempted. Tyler slides his hands all over the buttons. Cue Aside Glance from Cory.
  • Epic Fail: There have been plenty of individual fails, but the entire group collectively failed on what would have been Build an Airplane Battle. In the vein of Build a Boat Battle, each dude created an airplane, took it to the top of the tower at Circuit of the Americas, and threw it with intention to award the farthest throw. All of them experienced a catastrophic failure, whether they fell into a nosedive, caught the wind hard enough to hit the tower again, or (in Garrett's case) cracked a wing against the balcony railing. In the interest of still having a battle at the location, they bought the same sort of stock planes as they used for Airplane Trick Shots and held Giant Glider Battle instead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Christmas Stereotypes, Tyler's Rage Monster character picks up a stool, ready to smash a nativity scene, when he stops himself, saying it would be going too far. He then proceeds to note that having the Three Wise Men as part of your nativity display isn't actually correct, since they were still traveling when Jesus was born. He then continues his rampage.
  • Every Year They Fizzle Out: Coby, to a certain extent. His failure to win a battle despite coming agonizingly close several times became a staple of them until April 2017, when he won the Giant Sumo Battle. The group celebrated by giving him an actual parade complete with high school marching bands, jugglers, the other four members of the group riding in the bed of a pickup truck, and Coby himself dressed like an old English king riding on the back of a white horse, on the roads immediately outside Toyota Stadiumnote  in Frisco, where thousands of the group's fansnote  saw Coby be presented with his incredibly tall trophy on a stage, as well as hear him give a speech. It would take two years for Coby to finally win a second battle, this one the RC Airplane Battle in July 2019.
    • Oddly enough, in the Face Off series, Coby was the most successful, winning 6 out of 7 one-on-one showdowns. In contrast, Cory was the least successful, losing all 7 one-on-one battles he took part in. His one win was a team victory with Coby.
  • Exact Words: The Model Rocket Battles offer a 300ft bonus to the launch height if the dude managed to catch it before it met the ground. The first one had Cody's rocket fail to clear the launch tower. After the Oh, Crap! and extinguishing of the rocket, Garrett assesses it as 0ft... and Cody inquires about the catch bonus as he pulls the rocket off the tower (the mounting of which is not grounded). Garrett concedes him a score of 300ft.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: Bad scallops forced Garrett to go to the hospital to get an IV in the middle of the Shark Fishing Battle.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tyler's "Rage Monster" in the Stereotypes series. Ty will be in a given situation, someone (usually Cody) will slight him in some way, devastation (and possibly injury) will follow.
  • Happily Married: All five members are married, and four of them are fathersnote .
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: During the "Drone Hunting" battle, Cody says that he's not worried about Coby as the archer, saying he's horrible at it. Coby immediately snipes his drone out of the air on the first shot.
  • Large Ham: Have you seen the way they celebrate?
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: During the Lawnmower Racing Battle, the dudes gave their lawnmowers Punny Names; Tyler was Mowhammad Ali, Cody was the Mowlennium Falcon, Garrett was the Mow-dozer, Cory was the Mow-hawk... and Coby was Weedy Gonzalez.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Tyler likes to open a trick shot with "I'm Ty, the [X] guy", where [X] is something related to the trick shot in question. Cory once borrowed it in Nerf Trick Shots... without making a particular edit he should have.
    Cory: I'm Ty, the tape guy...
    Tyler: No you're not, you're Cor. I'm Ty. And I'm not a tape guy.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Notable examples include RC Edition and RC Battle, where the group used remote-controlled cars from Traxxas, and the numerous Nerf videos. The first two Ping Pong Trick Shot videos can count as this, as the guys used empty Pringles canisters to shoot ping pong balls into, although they were mostly promoting the Walmart-exclusive backboards people could slip onto Pringles canisters. Another notable example is Glow in the Dark Edition, where they used glow-in-the-dark products provided to them by Rochester, New York-based company Glow City.
  • Not My Lucky Day: Overtime 22 was just gut punch after gut punch for Cody. In the "Get Crafty" segment, the guys were assigned to build gingerbread houses. Cody made multiple structures: an apartment building and a church with a house for a single family in-between. Sparky awarded him third, accusing him of doing too much. Even Tyler thought that Cody got robbed and should've won. Then, Cody was shown his office, which had been covered in instant snownote , complete with Santa and a male elf, along with an actual reindeer (one that was pooping in said snow, no less). He somehow didn't get chosen to spin the wheel for "Wheel Unfortunate" (Coby did, and he was forced to tow his own car). His bad luck wasn't done, though. In "Cool Not Cool", he was presenting Coby with his Secret Santa gift (a massive amount fireworks to celebrate a battle win in 2021), when one of the package of fireworks accidentally hit Coby's red button, not allowing him to change his vote and give Cody's gift a Super Cool. Then, Tyler presented his gift for Cody: a tiny leaf blower, having admitted that he thought Secret Santa and White Elephant were the same thing. Cody accepted the gift, only because his kids would play with the blower, giving him some free time. Finally, came Garrett's gift for Cory, a VIP milkshake service. The truck had only four milkshakes, running out when it was Cody's turn to get one.
  • Oh, Crap!: Garrett, Cory, and Tyler each had a case of this during Metal Detector Battle 2. In ascending order of concern:
    • Garrett intended to cheat by "finding" his wife's wedding ring in his own back yard. Feigning good sport, he threw the ring blind over his shoulder at the start. When he actually starts looking, it turns out a ring on a grassy lawn is not easy to find.
    • Cory went hunting in a gold mine. During his commentary, he's in the middle of talking to the camera... while still in the mine, having taken his hard hat off. A rock falls from the ceiling. Hard cut to Cory with the hard hat back on.
    • Cody went island hopping and narrowly missed a sizeable storm which, as he observed, was headed straight for Tyler. The expression on Ty's face when he heard thunder while ankle-deep in a river speaks volumes about his situation.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic:
    • During the Giant Sumo Battle, the members were supposed to climb up a fake coconut tree to ring a bell. Garrett inquired about the rules, and when Tyler informed him "No rules, just get to the top", he instead climbed up the metal frame holding up the trees.
    • During the Nerf Fortnite Battle, Cody was tending a wounded shoulder - a significant disadvantage when the first round of the battle revolves around hanging from gym equipment while shooting targets with Nerf darts and touching the floor is a ten-second penalty to his time. His solution? Blitz straight through without regard to any of the targets, charging across the penalty zones instead of maneuvering over them. He made it to the second round without question and finished the battle in third.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Their mascot, Panda, who is actually someone wearing a panda suit costume.
  • Product Placement: A lot of their videos utilize this trope. Examples include Tyler pouring Kingsford charcoal into a grill in Real Life Trick Shots, eating a slice of Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut backwards in Backwards Edition, and the group as a whole using the camera of an LG G3 phone to shoot footage in the first video they made in their old Frisco office.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Plastic Golf Club Battle, hole 2 was surrounded by sand traps. Cory kept landing in them until he was upwards of 20 strokes over par. When he finally got out of a bunker at +14 and hit back in, he slammed his club into the pavement.
    Cody: I've never seen you lose your composure in seven years.
  • Rage Quit: During the "Blitzball Trick Shots" video, the group is throwing pitches to Garrett. After Tyler almost hits Garrett with one pitch, Garrett promptly smashes the next pitch. Cue Tyler throwing down his hat.
    • Tyler's "Rage Monster" during the Stereotypes videos.
  • Repeat Cut: Although most of the videos make copious use of this to show off their events, some of the Trick Shots videos with professional guest stars avert it, with enough noticeable differences that it's clear that the guest star is just skilled enough to make the shot multiple times (including trust shots).
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Each one of the Ping Pong Trick Shots videos begins with this, each one more elaborate than its predecessors.
  • Running Gag: Mentioning Coby's lack of success in Battles until he finally won one.
    • Tyler's "Rage Monster" character in the Stereotypes videos.
    • Coby and Cory getting hit over the head with a prop beer bottle.
    • Tyler singing the Face Off title in a high-pitch that makes the other Dudes cringe. Once, to the confusion of the others, he opened a Face Off video by singing the title in Spanish: Cara Apagado. After pointing out the translation, Coby correctly stated that it didn't exactly work that way, since Face Off is the title of a video series, and thus a proper noun, so it wouldn't be translated into another language. Tyler, however, likely knew this, and did it as a joke.
    • Tyler being picked to be the commentator in the Face Off videos.
    • Tyler has so far gotten horrible luck of the draw in both Airsoft Battle Royales when it comes to starting equipment. In the first one, his environs contained one pistol and and a dozen backpacks; in the second, he got the airsoft equivalent of a flintlock pistol.
    • Cory has been selected as the victim for the "Wheel Unfortunate" segment of Overtime a statistically improbably number of times.
  • Self-Deprecation: 2020's "Quarantine Classic" was DP's first live-streaming video. During the first event, Tyler asks the viewers to go easy on the G.I.F.T. because it's their first time filming a live video.
    Tyler: You might be thinking to yourself "Well, how do we know it's live?" Well, first indication is... (takes a no-looker corner-position hook shot and fails) ...that would have gone in.
  • Serial Escalation:
    • The Rube Goldberg Device at the start of each Ping Pong Trick Shot video is grander and more extravagant than the last.
    • The Rage Monster started off in Pickup Basketball Stereotypes with throwing shoes, kicking garbage cans, and shoving people. By Softball Stereotypes, Ty had destroyed a car, brought down a tree, and taken a flamethrower to a duffel bag full of money.
    • Model Rocket Battle 1 involved rockets that could be comfortably held in one hand, the dudes attempted to catch them before landing by chasing after the landing site on foot (three of them successfully), and the unsuccessful launch (Cody's) left the rocket intact enough to be pulled off the launch tower. Model Rocket Battle 2 involved rockets that towered over all the dudes, flew far enough to require an ATV ride in an attempt to catch them before landing (none of them successfully), and the unsuccessful launch (Tyler's) outright exploded.
    • Airsoft Battle Royale 1 had the guys scattered across a forested area surrounding a couple 2-story buildings. Airsoft Battle Royale 2 had them scattered around an urban area surrounding a 9-story building. Airsoft Battle Royale 3 took place at two different locations in an abandoned amusement park.
  • Soft Glass: Sugar glass bottles are a common target, usually full of coloured powder for added oomph.
  • Special Guest: The group's videos have featured many big-name athletes like LeBron James and Serena Williams, just to name a few, as well as actors like Paul Rudd and Jeff Goldblum.
  • Spoiler: People's social media posts from the parade celebrating Coby's win in the Giant Sumo Battle pretty much gave away what was going to happen.
  • Stealing the Handicapped Spot: One of the segments from Driving Stereotypes has Tyler parking his truck in a handicapped spot and happily doing flips when he gets out.
    Garrett: I mean, I don't want to jump to conclusions, but no way that guy should be parking there. People these days.
  • Team Mom: One of the stereotypes in the Softball Sterotypes video. The dudes are moping after losing 13-0, but Tyler and Cody's wives show up to console them with Fruit Gushers and orange slices. Cue celebration.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Coby and Cory obviously (which gets rather confusing when there's also a similarly-named Cody in the group), but Cory takes it a step further by having a twin son and daughter named Crew and Collins.
  • Trans-Pacific Equivalent: The Australian group How Ridiculous, which also posts numerous trick-shot videos of the same types. Adding to the parallels: Two of the three members of HR are young married men, with the other in a long-term relationship, and both DP and HR prominently mention their Christianity throughout their websites, though in their videos they typically don't mention it.
  • Travel Montage: Episode 4 of Overtime saw Cory forced to spin the "Wheel Unfortunate" wheel for the third straight time; this time, he landed on "Fly to Wisconsin for no reason". The montage showed what was required: take a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, step outside for a few seconds, then go right back into the terminal for the flight home. Cory took his hat off at DFW to "feel like [he was] carrying something", since he had no luggage or even a carry-on bag.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The Rage Monster during Stereotypes. By Tyler's own admission, a lot of money goes into the devastation he leaves in his wake.
  • Very Special Episode: Subverted by the 2020 Quarantine Classic, which aired live during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the event served as a fundraiser and the dudes took some certain precautions in accordance, the event was self-admitted to be meant as entertainment for those at home.
  • William Telling: Almost every type of trick shot they've made has included a "trust shot" of this sort, usually with Ty as William and Cody as Walter.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Airsoft Battle Royale 1 had Cody pop a balloon on a branch right out of the gate (and then go on to win). When Garrett hunches down near a truck in Airsoft Battle Royale 2 and one of his balloons pop, he (and likely the viewer) assume it made contact with something sharp on the truck... until Tyler experiences the same thing, and we cut to Coby's perspective through a scope.
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