ShanePlays is a YouTuber who specializes in "sad" Roblox movies: Machinimas with wild (usually) reality-based premises, such as Rags to Riches, Spoiled Brats, and the like, and plenty of Jerkasses. Think of those storytime animations, such as My Story Animated, on YouTube but in Roblox.
He started out as a normal Let's Play channel, soon dipped into machinima with his "roleplay stories" (Let's Play videos with him and his friends roleplaying a story), then expanded to narrative machinima full-time.
Compare to ObviousHD, another notable Roblox animator of The Last Guest fame
ShanePlays also runs a The Sims channel, WapZow, and a Minecraft channel with PrestonPlayz, Noob1234.
His works provide examples of:
- Abomination Accusation Attack: Beth in "His CRAZY Wife Got Him Arrested!" has the police arrest her husband Phillip several times for blatantly non-existent crimes such as disturbing the publicnote , robbing the clothing storenote , and an arson of their house which was actual yet committed by Beth. Beth turns out to have been a serial liar who marries men and ruins their lives with this gimmick.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In "The Ghost Girlfriend", Danny keeps thinking Alice is a normal kid although she is translucent and can interfere with electromagnetism.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Some Jerkasses just hide it. In "Poor To Rich: The Truth", Gary appears to be a nice Bloxburg fellow who offers Eddie his basement to live in. Then he turns out to be con artist, and calls the cops on Eddie for "breaking and entering" when Eddie leaves him.
- Black Widow: Monica in "This Online Dater Had A Creepy *SECRET*" bonds with men through online dating, lures them into her house in the woods, traps them in cages, and kills them for Human Sacrifice to remain immortal.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Alice in "The Ghost Girlfriend" is a "slightly transparent" Girl Next Door who has the ability to interfere with electromagnetism. Subverted when she turns out to be a Yandere Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
- Dirty Cop: Officer Finkleberry in "The Sad Truth About The Meanest Cop In Roblox", after all the childhood bullying endured, became a cop so no one could pick on him and that he could arrest anyone he found the most annoying. He went on to commit crimes underground to gain more wealth, then ended up in prison.
- Formerly Fat: In "He Lost 600 Pounds", Carter starts off as obese from sedentary lifestyle and a diet of cheeseburgers. He gradually becomes lean and muscular from eating healthy meals and working out at the gym. His doctor also used to be overweight.
- Freudian Excuse: "The Sad Truth" series does this for notable Jerkass antagonists. In "The Sad Truth About The Meanest Cop In Roblox", Dirty Cop Donald Finkleberry was bullied and made fun of by his classmates and teachers as a child for having a beard, mustache, and deep voice at a young age, learning disability, and Embarrassing Last Name. The only person who loved him, his mother, died when he was young also. This led him to take the pain on others.
- Gold Digger: Chelsea is the titular gold digger in "He Was Cheated On By His Gold Digger Girlfriend!" who "loves" Jason while she's demanding many expensive gifts from him. An egregious example would be her demanding an expensive car, then deliberately crashing the car when he buys her one with all his life savings, and demanding another car.
- Honest John's Dealership: In "Poor To Rich: The Truth" Gary the salesman purposely sells The Alleged Cars to people with no warranty just to rip their money off. He gets it coming.
- Jerkass: A lot of his characters in his videos are outright mean for the sake of it, so much that it would take a subpage to list them.
- Loony Fan: In "MeganPlays Was Stalked By A Crazy Fan!", the notable YouTuber MeganPlays is depicted having a loony yet misguided fan named Thomas who stalks her, following her around in real life and nagging her on social media just to be her best friend.
- Mock Millionaire: In "He Pretended to Be Rich", Hunter, who lives in the slums and has a father struggling to pay the bills, pretends to be excessively wealthy (such as buying out a Supreme store) and steals his father's credit card to make up for his lies, so he can be friends with the Rich Jerks Taron and Butch.Taron: Dude, I thought you had your own jet. You can't even buy me a Switch?! What is wrong with you dude, you lying?
- Space Whale Aesop: "This Online Dater Had A Creepy *SECRET*": Be careful about who you date online or your "date" will trap you in a cage and sacrifice you for immortality.
- Special Guest: Notable Roblox YouTuber, MeganPlays, stars as herself in "MeganPlays Was Stalked By A Crazy Fan!"
- Yandere: In "The Ghost Girlfriend", Alice turns into an outright Bitch in Sheep's Clothing when Danny realizes she's a ghost and decides he cannot be with her forever. She threatens him by shaking his house, and her revenge is hinted when she notices Danny admitting his feelings for Mulaney.