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Ryan Higa (born June 6, 1990), better known as Nigahiga, is a YouTube creator with over 20 million subscribers. He was formerly the most-subscribed YouTuber from 2009 (achieved at around 1.3 million subscribers) to 2011 (at around 4 million).

His videos include:

  • His older "How to be" guides, all of which were originally taken down because of copyright, but now some of them have been readded. These include "How to be Emo", "How to be Gangster", "How to be Ninja", and, among the still-removed ones, "How to be Nerd" and "How to be UFC Fighter";
    • He still makes a fair amount of "How To" videos, including "How to be a Youtuber", "How to be a Rapper", "How to Sing Like Your Favorite Artists", and "How to Act Like Your Favorite Actors", though these are done in a different style from the older ones;
  • The Parody Commercials, which take Commercial Tropes to the extreme;
  • His "Off the Pill rants", where he talks about anything that bugs him while staying off his ADHD medicine (hence the title), and later Retooled into a podcast with the same name;
  • "Movies in Minutes", which are movie spoofs in, well, minutes;
  • His "Rants", which are also Exactly What It Says on the Tin;
  • The "Skitzo" productions, which involve him and three of his personas: R-Dizzle, Hanate, and Regina.
  • And "Dear Ryan", where Ryan humorously answer questions people ask in YouTube comments.
  • He's also started a series called "Expectations Vs. Reality", which only has two entries so far.
  • Along with all these, he has made at least 11 music videos.

Since 2020, he's largely moved on from YouTube and now does Let's Play streams on Twitch, with highlights going to his side channel HigaTV.

One of his more notable projects was an internet movie he created with Wong Fu Productions called "Agents of Secret Stuff". Tropes exclusively from A.S.S. (teehee) should be placed below examples from the regular videos.

Examples of tropes from videos:

  • Mocked in Forever Alone:
"Yeah... so I have A.D.H.D. Forever AD... oh look, a butterfly."
  • Auto-Tune: From "Off the Pill: Rebecca Black (Friday)"
    Ryan: I can't sing so I Auto-Tune myself.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "Nice Guys", while singing about how he'll treat his girlfriend, Ryan sings "Imma beat you!" while showing him aggressively slapping... a tennis ball with his tennis racket, causing the ball to hit his girlfriend in the face while he sings "—in every competition!".
    • Ryan painting in the style of a Bob Ross parody makes it look like that he's going to draw something weird or terrible for the sake of a joke, but he actually draws a pretty good painting actually in the style of Bob Ross.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: The sales pitch for
    "Here at, we believe there's someone in the world that is perfect for you, and we're here to help you... (music briefly stops) get over the fact that you're never gonna meet that person."
  • Bat Deduction: "The Next Viral YouTube Trend!" and "The New Rick Roll!" have Ryan attempting the next big 'net sensation with a series of these deductions.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Around the late 2010s, Ryan has become increasingly critical of Youtube and its practices.
  • Boastful Rap: Discussed in "Off the Pill: Arrogant People", where Ryan notes that many songs on the market are very self-promoting. He then imagines what "Look at Me Now" would sound like if Chris Brown was modest.
    Yes, yes. That *** look like a two-pay
    I get what you get in ten years, in eleven years
  • Bob Ross Rib: Ryan stars as Rob Boss in "Ryan Tries: A Bob Ross Tutorial". He actually does follow a Bob Ross tutorial very closely, but ends the video with a Cluster Bleep-Bomb and encourages his viewers to just be real.
  • Bowdlerize: A Pet-Peeve Trope of his; Discussed in "Censorship Makes no Sense".
  • Brand X: In 5 Steps To Be Badass, where Ryan holds a can of "Beer Light" that's just a Bud Light can with a piece of tape with writing on it slapped over it.
  • Brick Joke: His videos have so many brick jokes you can create a Great Wall of Jokes.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Meta Example. Ryan's best friend, Sean, disappeared from his videos for several years due to college commitments with both of them. Around 2012, he started appearing regularly now that he lives in Nevada and can easily travel to Ryan's house.
    • Tham and Steve in The New Show!
    • The big bouncing inflatable green ball in How To Be Ninja 2.0.
  • But Wait, There's More!: Often, but especially prominent in the Children's Bop commercial, which came with Puberty Bob, Speech Impediment Stuttering Bop, and a free order of Bi Bim Bap.
    • A notable Freeze-Frame Bonus in "Hard and Black Realistic But Not Real Gun" has the text read "Butt Weight."
  • Call-Back: His videos occasionally do this.
    • The video for his "TEEHEE BAND" references the "ShamWOOHOO", except instead of spilling liquids all over his table, he spills table all over his liquids.
    • His Epic Meal Time parody references the spilling of table all over his liquids.
    • The "Butt Weight" joke from "Hard and Black Realistic But Not Real Gun" makes a return in "Google Glass Human."
    • In "The Daily Life of Rusin Hieber", Rustin calls his vocal trainer a "vocal-stiloliger-izer-ist". Years later, the term reappears when Ryan calls himself one in "How to Sing Like Your Favorite Artists!".
    • The airport in "Romantic Cliches in Real Life" is EveRy, which is the name of the parody airlines he made.
  • The Cameo: Ryan's brother made one in his "Off the Pill: Weird People" video, who appeared so quickly and said so little that some mistook him for Ryan himself. Also, New York Knicks Ensemble Dark Horse Jeremy Lin (back then a member of the Golden State Warriors) made a cameo in the "Daily Life of a Basketballer" video. Ryan himself cameoed in Lin's own "How to get into Harvard" video.
  • Camp Gay: Pong from his Best Crew videos is a downplayed example.
  • Catchphrase: TEEHEE
    • "Just kidding!.. but seriously" shows up a lot as well.
    • "Okay, so maybe I exaggerated. A little bit."
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The Last Skitzo! is initially a comedy like the rest of the Skitzo episodes, but quickly dissolves into a murder mystery. See Wham Episode below.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: He and Kev Jumba get called out on it by their girlfriends in "Nice Guys".
  • Companion Cube: Ryan's lamps, iron, and, in the earlier videos, his big bouncing inflatable green ball.
  • Composite Character: He mashes up a bunch of Youtube usernames in "How to be a Youtube Celebrity", resulting in...
    "Yo! Wassup? My name is Mystery Kev Dawson Smoshem G Fu Productions!"
  • Continuity Nod: The "How to Be Videos" have hints of this.
    "I know how to be ninja now!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Oh, definitely.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: One of the steps to being gangster, along with Milking the Giant Cow.
  • Crowd Hockey: Parodied when Ryan crawls on the floor for a gun to defeat his Evil Twin, only for it to keep getting kicked around by absolutely nothing.
  • Deconstruction: Of Peer Pressure Makes You Evil in "How to be Nerd".
  • Discriminate and Switch: In "Daily Life of a Basketballer" Jeremy Lin believes that the reason "LeBryant Jordanicus Walton" refuses to learn basketball from him is because he is not a black basketball player. According to "LeBryant", it's because Jeremy doesn't have an 'a' in his name.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: According to "Off the Pill: Weird People", if people continue to conform to normality, everyone will gain the power to crawl all over the walls... and Ryan hates spiders.
  • The Ditz/Too Dumb to Live: Regina in the Skitzo videos is the dumbest of the four.
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Ryan's girlfriend in "Nice Guys" asks him this. She looks great. He answers "yes" anyway.
    To quote, "Hell yeah, you do! Wait, let me speak your language: 'Cows go moo!'"
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Subverted in "Nice Guys".
    Ryan: And imma beat you... in every competition!
  • Double Standard: Discussed in "Off the Pill - Feminist", where he especially questions why females consider compliments to their breasts offensive while males don't do the same about compliments to their muscles.
    • "Guys Vs. Girls- Romance" discusses this
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted in The guy who got a "Chair full of Domestic Violence For Me" both abuses and gets abused by his wife. It's hilariously tragic on both ends.
  • Driven to Suicide: In his "Message To All Haters" video, all the hate-filled messages from fellow Youtubers (and an ex-girlfriend) drives Ryan to take on his Emo persona and attempt to kill himself in increasingly excessive ways (from simple wrists slashes, to a wooden saw trying to slice his hand off, to a power drill to his temple).
    • In "Movies in Minutes - Final Destination", Dominic jumps off the roof of a building because he couldn't handle death trying to claim him. Subverted, because Dominic ended up fine, knew he would be fine and jumped off for no real reason at all.
    • In "Dear Ryan - Stop Posting Videos", he jumps off a cliff after reading a mean comment. Subverted in that he never intended to kill himself and just pressed the upload button at the bottom of the cliff.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Parodied in "How to Spot a Pothead".
  • Even Badasses Have Standards: Ryan explains that badasses never follow the rules...except for "don't drink and drive" and "always recycle."
  • Every Episode Ending: TEEHEE
  • Everything Is Racist: Discussed (along with "everything is sexist", "everything is insensitive to people dying", "everything is slut-shaming", etc.) in "Easily Butthurt People". Same was done with "How to be Politically Correct".
  • Evil Twin: In the Dear Ryan: Evil Twin video.
  • Exact Words:'s P.A.P.E.R.B.A.G. system tends to give these kinds of results. A woman who dislikes snakes but wants a "charming" boyfriend gets a snake charmer.
  • Feghoot: A lot of his videos are setups for the worst puns imaginable. This one may be the ultimate example.
  • Flat "What": The buyer in the Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball video.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Played for Laughs as "Will You Fight Me?" can't tell if it's a Youtube fight or Romantic Drama
  • Fourth Wall Greeting: "Oh, hi. Didn't see you there."
  • Fun with Acronyms: has the Personality Aptitude Placement Enrollment Research By Algorithmic Groupings system, aka P.A.P.E.R.B.A.G., with the site uses to find a "near perfect match within seconds." As the narrator says this, a hand reaches into a paper bag and picks out two names.
  • Gasshole: The "fatality" in "How to Be Ninja".
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In "Like a Good Boy".
  • Gratuitous Ninja: "How to be Ninja", "Ninja Glare", and "Ninja Melk" stand out, but lots of his other videos have ninjas.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Parodied in the Carl's Jr. New Portobello Mushroom burger ad, where he quickly names all the things the burger can do; "censor-covering" has him with a box containing the burger over each nipple.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: The chorus in "Bromance".
  • Ho Yay: Invoked in "Word of the Day: Bromance". Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied in "Daily Life of Ninjahinja".
  • Hypocritical Humor: The entirety of the "Subliminal Messages" video.
    • Also present in the "A Message to all Haters" video.
    • He also has a tendency to not make a video about something before doing it anyway.
  • iProduct: The iPod Human and the iNavigator.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Hanate delves into one in "Skitzo - Reunited".
    Hanate: "why must we shout? why must we fight? this is how it start, it grow from a little pebble and it grows into a big problem. it doesn't matter if your skin is white or black or or green, it doesn't matter, all that matter is that we work together cuz we unite, united (indecipherable) and I knew...."
    Ryan: "What the hell are you talking about"
    Hanate: "I don't know."
    • According to "How To Act Like Your Favorite Actors", all you have to do to sound like Matthew McConaughey is to talk like you're in very deep thought all the time so that everything you say, even if it doesn't make sense, sounds very deep and dramatic.
    Ryan (as Matthew McConaughey: Sometimes, you gotta move back to actually move forward. I don't mean that like some fancy metaphor, I mean literally, like when you crash into one of those big ol' green tube things in Mario Kart, you gotta press B and reverse a little, and then you can keep going. And even though I know all that, I still have so many unanswered questions like did they name the tree after the palm, or the palm after the tree? Did Delilah ever tell that guy what it was like in New York City? And of course the greatest question of all: What is the meaning of life... cereal. I mean, it don't taste that good, it's not the healthiest cereal around, it's just there. Yet, life is still a cereal, 'cause life is still surreal."
  • Incompatible Orientation: features a gay couple who confesses they aren't gay and a heterosexual couple who says they are.
  • Insane Troll Logic: A staple in many videos, but most prominent in his videos to discover the truth behind the Illuminati and the Beyonce's Lemonade. Coupled with Bat Deduction, both of which result in major examples of a Feghoot
  • Japanese Ranguage: The personal trainers in "How to be Ninja" speak rather inconsistently this way. This carries into Hanate's appearance on Skitzo. Also counts as N-Word Privileges, since both Ryan and Sean are Japanese.
  • Kiai: The first step to being a Ninja is to make loud, unnecessary sounds when you hit things.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: In "How to Stay Positive", Ryan makes a reference to CatDog, but when nobody knows what it is, her gets upset that nobody watching the video will get the reference.
  • The Lancer: Kev Jumba is this to Ryan, as Kev is somewhat Comically Serious while Ryan is much less serious.
    • Ryan's original lancer was Sean who eventually came back and started making vids with Ryan again; promoting him back to the Lancer, albeit with several other guys who're Ryan's roommates.
  • Manchild: Discussed in "Immature Guys!"
  • Man Hug: In "Word of the Day: Bromance".
  • Manly Tears: "Shed a Tear".
  • Me's a Crowd:
    • Multiple "Ryans" appear in quite a few videos.
    • His "Pokemon: The Horror Movie" trailer has Nurse Joy briefly doing this trope, likely as a nod to her iconic status as Inexplicably Identical Individuals in the anime.
    Nurse Joys: I'm Nurse Joy! I'm Nurse Joy! I'M NURSE JOY!
  • Milestone Birthday Angst: My Midlife Crisis... is about Ryan discussing the expectations he had for his thirty-year-old self which wouldn't happen because his birthday was less than four months away.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Hand motions are part of the first lesson of being Gangster, along with swearing in every sentence.
    • Master Ching Ching does this in "Ninja Melk" because he's played by Tarynn Nago in a mask.
  • Mind Screw: The aptly named "Dafuq Did I Just Watch?"
  • Mook Chivalry: Defied in "Expectations vs. Reality: Action Movies".
  • Motor Mouth: Welllooknofurtherthankstothebigbouncinginflatablegreenballyou'llnotevernothaveaballagain!
    • What did he just say?
  • Mr. Fanservice: Click on one of his song parodies, "Like a Good Boy." Read the comments. Drink a glass of water every time you see a comment talking about how hot he is when he takes off his shirt in the video for just a few seconds. You will be spending a LONG time in the bathroom.
  • Multinational Team: YTF. Ryan is Japanese. Kevin's Taiwanese. Victor Kim is Korean. Andrew is Latino. JR is Filipino. D-Trix is part-Filipino, part-Latino. Chester's half-Filipino.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: The result of Ryan and members of Wong Fu Production attempting to be a Korean boy band, with only one of them having a very limited understanding of Korean.
  • Nice Guy: Ryan and Kevin in "Nice Guys" start out as this, become jerks, and then go back after realizing girls don't like jerks.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: In "Nice Guys", Ryan and Kevin decide to take a class on how to not be a Nice Guy under the assumption that their girlfriends would like them more if they were bad boys. Throughout the music video, they realize that being a jerkass just pushes their girlfriends away and they decide to quit the act and make up with their girlfriends, subverting this trope. However, the lyrics are played straight, even during Ryan and Kevin's Heel Realizations, where the lyrics go on about how the singer (likely the teacher) would like to be open to their girlfriend, but dismisses that thought and continues to be a jerk.
  • Not So Above It All: Ryan is typicaally the Straight Man in his Skitzo videos, but he's just as weird in "Skitzo News Live".
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Discussed in "Off the Pill: Rebecca Black (Friday)", where Ryan compares Friday to the music that he makes.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: "Bromance" includes the disclaimer, "Not that there's anything wrong with being gay."
  • Now How Much Would You Pay: Frequently parodied, with something like "That's a $20 value, but we'll give it to you for, no, not $19.99, no, not $14.99, but $42.99!"
    • In P90 Flex: "We'll give you not 4, not 3, not 2, but ONE DVD for the price for two!"
  • Odd Name Out: A Running Gag in the early "how to" productions.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Parodied in The Last Skitzo! where Hanate turns out to be holding a music box and closes it once Steve tells him to stop.
  • Once More, with Clarity: A bunch of seemingly stand-alone scenes in 5 Steps To Be Badass are suddenly put together at the end into a cohesive narrative.
  • The Oner: In "The Ultimate Handshake", Ryan and friends have a single fifty-three second long take to do the ultimate handshake.
  • One-Hit Kill: Multiple videos, like "Dear Ryan - Extreme" and "Dear Ryan - Defeating a Ninja" show him getting defeated in one hit.
    • And then he literally one hit-kills a billiards player in "Dear Ryan -Klondike Bar."
  • Only Sane Man: Ryan is this in the Skitzo videos.
  • Overly-Long Gag: "I like stick, plastic stick, metal stick, tape, stick shaped like tape..."
  • Overly Long Name: The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball.
    • Also, all of Ryan's personas in the "How to Be X" videos, like Hanate Wakuso Shiseo Tadashite Teriyaki Suzuki Honda Civic.
      • Don't forget R-Dizzle-Fo-Shizzle-Ma-Nizzle-Off-Da-Hizzle-Drizzle the gangster, Elitedarklord_dragonslayer_3.14159 the nerd and, Mystery KevDawson SmoshemG Fu Productions the YouTube celebrity.
      • Averted, with the emo guy whose name is "Dead.... because I killed it."
  • Payment Plan Pitch: Get Hook on Foniks, a fourteen dollar value, for thirteen... easy payments of 14.99!
  • Le Parkour: Parodied in "Dear Ryan: Extreme".
    • Played straight quite awesomely in "Dear Ryan - Klondike Bar".
  • Perpetual Frowner: Played for Laughs in "How to be Emo".
  • Put on a Bus: Ryan's sidekick, Sean. In "3,000,000 Subscribers" he made a cameo and revealed the reason he hasn't been around a lot was because of his going to college far away. He also cameoed in "2012: End of the World" and "Bromance". Sean eventually returned as a regular afterwards.
    • A Running Gag is that Ryan somehow "replaced" him after intentionally putting him on the bus. (This was a joke, and for some reason many people took it seriously...)
    • The rest of Yabo Productions disappeared at some point, including Ryan's ex-girlfriend Tarynn. Sean is the only original member to return.
  • Poke the Poodle: In "How to be Gangster," there's a sign in the car that says "Never Drink and Drive." Cut to Ryan driving and drinking...a juice pouch.
  • Precision F-Strike: I will never curse on this channel, because if I did...that shit would be crazy.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: "I'm a Chingstah" was meant to be a parody of Asians who try to be Gangsta.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: More like More Dakka comedy.
  • Running Gag: The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball shows up a lot.
    • Though not as big as Ryan and Sean remember it in "2012: End of the World."
    • Anything to do with lamps. It's even lampshaded in one of the Skitzo videos.
    • TEEHEE
  • Scars are Forever: As of the "Fruit Ninja FAIL" incident, Ryan has a scar on the bridge of his nose.
  • Self-Deprecation: Engages in lots of this in "Skitzo: Reunited" where Ryan's other personas make a "How to be Ryan Higa" video.
    • The entire point of the Roast Yourself Challenge he gives out (and takes part in).
    • invoked Ryan's self-inflicted Never Live It Down jokes about his ill-fated "Fruit Ninja FAIL" incident.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Dear Ryan: Liar".
  • Shirtless Scene: Ryan shows off his abs in "Like a Good Boy".
  • Shown Their Work: The majority of any martial arts he does that isn't Stylistic Suck is real, since he's a black-belt in judo.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Discussed in "Off the Pill - Arrogant People".
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Parodied in iNavigator.
  • Stealth Pun: One of Ryan's segments is called "Skitzo", wherein he interacts with other character personalities which are also played by himself. Schizophrenia is a mental illness in which people may experience hearing voices or multiple personalities, and it's sometimes shortened to "Schizo". "Skitzo" and "Schizo" are pronounced the same.
  • Stepford Smiler: has a lot of the couples pretend to be cheerful as they talk about the less-than-optimal couples they settled for.
  • Straw Feminist: Regina is made this in "Off the Pill - Feminist".
  • Stylistic Suck: Ryan's done very professional looking videos with the likes of Wong Fu Productions... but he still uses the scraggly wigs from his early stuff for every female character he portrays.
  • Take That!:
    • "How To Sound Like Your Favorite Artists" is especially more venomous in its Take Thats than most of Ryan's other videos.
    • Even when deliberately saying the opposite of everything his girlfriend says, when she says that How I Met Your Mother had the worst ending, Ryan has no choice but to agree.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Daina is the only female member of RHPC (Ryan Higa Productions Company).
  • Toilet Humor: "Clenching My Booty".
  • Troll:
    • "Dear Ryan - Can you open your eyes?" was made in response to a racist troll comment about his eyes. Ryan then opens his eyes wide enough to blow up the earth.
    • "Dear Ryan - Stop Posting Videos!" was also made in response to a troll comment telling him to jump off a cliff and stop posting videos. Ryan jumped off a cliff (with effects, not in real life) and posted the video anyway.
  • Trilogy Creep: The Last Skitzo! was not the last Skitzo episode.
  • True Companions: Again, YTF.
  • Vlog Series: Most of his videos as of late are all introduced via vlog rants.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe. In The Last Skitzo, R-Dizzle doesn't realize that Tham in Hanate's story was a girl.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: "Nice Guys" promotes it.
    • Parodied and lampshaded in "How To Act Like Your Favorite Actors".
  • Wangst: invoked Parodied with the song "GTFO My Room".
  • Wham Episode: The Last Skitzo. Hanate reveals his true colors after killing the rest of Ryan's personas as revenge for being used as a punchline in all of the Skitzo videos. However, he is killed by Rocky, his... pet rock. However, it turns out to be a sketch proposed by the regular Hanate in another regular meeting.
  • Wham Shot: His three million subscriber thank-you video ends with Sean showing up in a video for the first time in a while.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The logic used in "How to Be Ninja".
    • Lampshaded when Ryan fights his Evil Twin. When evil Ryan beats the real Ryan in a fist fight, he pulls out a gun to finish him off, and the real Ryan asks why he didn't just do that earlier.
  • World of Pun:
    • Hell, 70% of the humor is purely from puns.
    • Taken up to eleven in "The Best Joke Ever".
    • "Dear Ryan: Extreme" uses every version and play on the word "kick" Ryan could find.
    • And then there's possibly the most forced pun yet: Copied Right-In-Fridge Mints.
    • One-Punch Man.
  • You No Take Candle: Hanate.

Examples From Ryan's Movie "Agents of Secret Stuff"