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.
As of February 2017, the group has over 15.5 million subscribers and over 2.6 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 The show has been renewed for a third season.
The group also makes content for another YouTube sports-based channel called Whistle Sports, where their bonus content for each trick shot, Stereotypes, and some Battles videos is posted. They also have an original series on Whistle called Face Off, where two members of the group are 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 choose to do as a goofy character instead of themselves.
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.
- Berserk Button: Tyler's "Rage Monster" in the Stereotypes series.
- 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 .
- 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, 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."
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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. He's never won a battle, though he's lost by one point three times.
- Finally subverted in "Dude Perfect vs. Power Rangers" when he managed to beat Becky G in a bike race.
- Subverted again in April 2017, when Coby 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.
- Also subverted in the Face Off series, where Coby has won more showdowns than anyone else (five, to be exact). In fact, Cory is the Cotton twin who is winless in Face Off.
- 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.
- Happily Married: All five members are married, and three of them are fathersnote .
- Lame Excuse: Cody during the Stereotypes series.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.