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Hampow93: My Brother, Which I Care For is a documentary by the YouTube channel trappped. The film documents a few days in the life of twin brothers Hamilton and Hudson Powell. It begins as a movie about emergency vehicle hobbyists living in South Carolina. It morphs into a fascinating study of two completely unfiltered siblings who share the most intimate and disturbing details about their lives, seemingly without a second thought.

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  • Ass Shove: Much of Hamilton and Hudson's humor revolves around this. It's pretty easy to figure out why as you watch more of the movie.
  • Because I'm Good at It: The subjects sometimes film emergency vehicles at work with unsafe methods. Some people criticize them online for doing it and one police department threatened to arrest them during filming, but Hamilton still maintains this hobby to this very day.
  • Cure Your Gays: Subverted. The brothers make no effort to hide their disdain of homosexuals. However, epilogue text reveals that Hamilton was in a relationship with a gay black man before filming. In a phone call, Hamilton tells the filmmaker that the sexual contact from this relationship was completely initiated by the black man. Hamilton says that he has a “gay mind” from being groomed into it by his childhood attacker, making it impossible to find love from a woman, which he wants.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Powell's are ethnic Russians who were born in Latvia, where they were placed into an orphanage by their biological parents. They were eventually adopted by an American family. Not the happiest start to life, though their circumstances improved in America. Until they were repeatedly sodomized by a family friend for nearly a decade starting when they were in KINDERGARTEN.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Hamilton claims to have been haunted by a World War II veteran and to have met the Grim Reaper.
  • Downer Ending: Hudson met a girl from Thailand. She moved back to her homeland and got engaged to someone else. Hamilton was in a relationship with a gay black man prior to filming. This relationship mirrored the one forced upon him in early childhood. His phone call about it is very upsetting.
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  • Dude, Not Funny!: Said almost verbatim by Hamilton after Hudson makes fun of them getting sodomized for nearly the total duration of their childhoods.
  • Kick the Dog: Hudson during the millipede scene. He likes cats, though.
  • Left It In: Hudson says and does things that cause Hamilton to tell the filmmaker to cut. The filmmaker never acquiesces.
  • Mood Whiplash: A sinister soundtrack creates a sense of foreboding dread that hangs over the whole film. It never seems to add up to much because it is often juxtaposed over Hamilton and Hudson's juvenile conversations full of sex and scat jokes. The twins share much about their past, but you get the impression that they are in good spirits despite it being full of hardships. Then we find out that they were viciously molested as children, and it's as sickening of a tone shift as you will ever witness.
  • Mr. Fixit: In a narrow way. The brothers make supplemental income by installing custom car horns in motorcycles extracted from scrapped vehicles.
  • Pædo Hunt: The film's defining scene.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Hudson has a devil-may-care approach to life, though he seems to have avoided the troubles his brother experienced in their younger days. While Hamilton was a troublemaker, he is remorseful about the things he has done wrong in life and appears to have more overall empathy than his brother. This dichotomy has no impact on their unique chemistry. Hamilton says that Hudson is easily ashamed in a behind-the-scenes blog with trappped.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Neither twin is shy about using sexual and racial epithets. Hamilton is repentant about using the latter.
  • Sexual Extortion: Hudson and Hamilton's rapist told them that a cartoon character would take them to Hell if they told anyone about what happened.
  • Toilet Humor:
    Hamilton: It's very sexy when a girl picks up your poop.
  • Too Much Information: Almost everything these two say.
  • Troubled Teen: Hamilton confesses his problems during middle and high school in rather excruciating detail. He even takes the director to the special high school he forcibly attended because of his crimes.
  • Twin Banter: Dialogue between Hamilton and Hudson is surreal and often hilarious.
  • Vulgar Humor: Constantly.
  • You Are Not Alone: The twins show a remarkable amount of emotional resolve considering what they've been through.
    Hamilton: If you commit suicide over it, think about it. What would your predator do if you committed suicide? He just took your life and he doesn't give a rat's ass. I'm still living because he ain't gonna win. All he is is a scum gay faggot.
  • What Does She See in Him?: The man who raped the brothers has an attractive girlfriend.
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