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Cory Kenshin is a gamer on YouTube based in Michigan, characterized by his refusal to curse, Cowardly Lion tendencies, Motor Mouth and his fantastic editing skills. When he started his channel in 2009, he was originally focused on vlogs and comedy sketches, but in 2014, he started his first Let's Play series, Punch-Out!!. His early years had him mostly play RPG horror games, including Ib, Mad Father, Corpse Party, and Ao Oni. He didn't start gaining a lot of attention until he played Five Nights at Freddy's. Since the game was a Cash Cow Franchise, a lot of people came to his channel and discovered him, giving him a lot more fans to watch his videos. Now he mostly plays games like Yandere Simulator, Geometry Dash, and Happy Wheels. As his fanbase continues to expand, he's begun playing more and more triple-A games such as Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and The Evil Within 2. He's become one of the fastest-growing channels around.


Nowadays, he's known for playing horror-Esque and thriller games.

He's also known for taking extended breaks out of the blue, usually without warning, much to the chagrin of his subscribers.

He plans to retire from YouTube once he hits 10 million subscribers. Around June 24, 2021, he reached the 10 million subscriber milestone, which would preclude the announcement of his retirement as he claimed. However, in August of 2021, Cory returned and, rather than actually deciding to retire, announced that he'd be taking his youtube channel to the next level. Cue the fanbase rejoicing.


Cory's videos provide examples of:

  • Ascended Fan Boy: Cory was a big fan of Youtubers like Dashie Games and Jacksepticeye and now has met and become friends with both of them. Dashie even called him up once to remind him to keep up with his uploads.
  • Axe-Crazy: Games like Yandere Simulator really bring this out in him.
  • Badass Boast: Due to his Large Ham nature, this is only natural, though they tend to come off more wacky then cool.
  • Berserk Button: Making fun of his Ectodermal Dysplasia.
    • When special attacks don't land in Injustice 2 or Mortal Kombat X
    • In his video for Aka Manto, he mentions he hates bullies.
    • During his gameplay for Araya, he says that anyone who disrespects their mom ticks him off.
    • Whenever his microphone fails to record properly, it understandably makes him angry.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Whenever he's surprised by anything.
  • Black and Nerdy: Cory is very obviously both.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Subverted, Cory often in fact will say a character may not have gotten killed if they were black, because they would have run away.
  • Boastful Rap: Cory often breaks out into this if he finds the music in the game he's playing appealing.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Cory gets very excited during in-game combat.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cory may be a wacky Cloud Cuckoo Lander but he is an incredibly talented video editor at the end of the day, as well as a surprisingly good rapper when given time to write his stuff down.
  • Catchphrase: Cory has quite the collection.
    • Dat Booty tho!
    • Samurai slice that like button!
    • Let's Get IIIIIIT!!
    • Sucka please!
    • Cuz my name is Cory Kenshin!
    • I am the CHOSEN!!
    • Oh Hax Nah!
    • Bust it wide open!
    • Up down, up down
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Cory will hit on about any female he encounters in a game, but is pretty polite about it.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His videos are full of random and strange humor, and Cory himself often acknowledges how strange he is.
    Cory after saying something particularly strange: "Yo what's wrong with me?"
  • Cowardly Lion: For all his bravado and big talk, Cory is very easily scared.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: It doesn't matter who it is, whether his psychotic neighbour or a horrid abomination of flesh, if given the chance, Cory will insult them.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: If there is even one mildly attractive female on the screen.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Usually after he makes a pun.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Everything about his original videos, from his weird straightened hair, to the fact that most of his videos were vlogs and comedy skits.
  • Epic Fail: A master of this.
  • Fan Community Nickname: The Samurai/Brethren
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Cory as an individual does not swear, and as a result does not swear in any of his videos.
  • Great White Hunter: Seems to be the character of Cory's alter ego, Bambikilla69.
  • He's Back!: After a year of inconsistent uploads in 2016 toearly 2017 and long break periods, Cory returned in mid 2017 and has been going strong ever since, even going for Double Uploads if fans give his videos enough likes in an hour.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a very good rapper.
  • Humble Hero: Despite putting on the act of having an immense ego, Cory is actually a very humble and down-to-earth guy who acknowledges when he's messed up and always thanks his fans for his success.
  • Insult Backfire: Cory will often get his ass handed to him by the game right after insulting his opponents.
  • Kubrick Stare: Often does these when attempting to scare the fans into liking his videos.
  • Large Ham: Oh incredibly so.
    Cory killing zombies in Call of Duty: I am the CHOSEEEEEENNN!!!!
  • Lovable Coward: What Cory becomes during his horror game playthroughs.
  • Motor Mouth: Cory says his intro quickly.
  • Nice Guy: Overall; Cory pretty much exudes this when speaking about his fans.
  • Porn Stache: Kinda has this look going on unfortunately.
  • Properly Paranoid: During horror game playthroughs, Cory often acts as this, overreacting to every little sound and motion, but definitely for good reason.
  • Pungeon Master: Cory often makes painful ones, they're usually followed by him trying to explain it.
  • Religious Bruiser: Loves playing action games, and is an avid and outspoken Christian. Most of his outros are accompanied by a verse from the Bible.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cory boasting about his bravery, which results in a slow motion playback of him screaming to seconds earlier.
    • Cory going a more than a little Axe-Crazy whenever he plays Yandere Simulator but trying to convince the fans that he's still perfectly normal.
    • Cory calling out the 'teacher' for his grades in Cuphead.
    • Cory threatening his camera man during his Cory X Cooking segments.
    • Cory playing a clip of a woman falling from a table whenever he makes bad jokes.
    • "Breaking the ankles" of any villain he manages to juke.
    • Always naming the love interest in Yandere Simulator 'Baldpai'.
    • If Cory's intro is going on for to long or he is bragging too much, another voice from off screen will yell for him to "freaking get on with the video".
    • Cory saying "up down, up down" at the start of every game he plays.
    • Whenever he introduces his plant, Momo, her intro is played almost immediately afterward.
    • His camera turning off during gameplay videos.
  • Red Baron: The Anklebreaker, Bambikilla 69.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: All of the time.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In episode 50 of Spooky Scary Sunday, his reaction to the titular intruder in "Intruder Alert" whispering "I am inside your home" is to pause the video, throw his headphones off, and leave the room. Then he immediately comes back to finish the video.
  • Self-Deprecation: All the time in his videos.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "Subscribe today to join the Samurai and until next time my brothers and sister''
  • Sore Loser: Akinator was one of the few rivals Cory was unable to defeat, and he did not take it very well.
  • Stunned Silence: At the end of his OFF Let's Play, when he sees The Batter's true form.
    • In Spooky Scary Sunday #037, after the end of the video "Secret Formula", he stares in silence for several seconds, then heads to the "Delete channel" button.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Cory often invokes this to get people to like and subscribe to his videos.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Swedish Fish and Oreos, and when playing The Evil Within 2 the green goop he likes to call Limeade.
  • Voice of the Legion:
    • Often uses this effect to try and scare fans into liking his videos.
    • In his video of Friday Night Funkin's Week 6, when he reads out Senpai's true form's lines, the audio is edited so that there is an echo, as if multiple voices are speaking at once.
  • Wham Line: "When we reach 10 million, if we reach 10 million, I will be announcing my retirement, from YouTube." Subverted when he returned from a long hiatus and revealed he wasn't retiring after all.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The fan reaction whenever Cory disappears for long periods of time without explaining why beforehand.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Cory has a strong fear of deep water.