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Jason Gastrow, also known as videogamedunkey or simply "Dunkey", is a YouTube gamer from Wisconsin, although his video style is often highly experimental from video to video.

He started his channel in October 2010 to modest reception, although he was on the Internet for many years beforehand, making Flash animations on Newgrounds as well as owning a few older YouTube channels called Meatwadsprite and jmonkey21 (which is his oldest channel, dating back to 2006).

His initial claim to fame was through his League of Legends videos, although he would officially quit playing and making videos for the game in 2015.

While his content currently varies from reviews ("dunkviews") to humorous gameplay to deeply insightful video essays to generally experimental videos, most of it falls squarely under his outlandish, surreal, and non sequitur-laden brand of humor.


He also has an album which can be purchased off of Bandcamp for $10 or downloaded for free off of Mediafire.Note 

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  • 8.8: In-Universe. In "GoatZ Simulator," Dunkey gets extremely angry when one of the judges gives his perfect goat dive a 9.
  • The Abridged Series: Essentially what the Halo: Recap Evolved series amounts to. Four videos summing up Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4 in a non-stop stream of Rapid-Fire Comedy.
    • His "Phantom Dentist" videos also count as this, loosely retelling the story of Episodes 1 and 2 of Star Wars, using footage of the Lego games, with Dunkey dubbing over it.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Even though his commentary about Family Guy: the Video Game makes it obvious that he doesn't like the show, he couldn't help but chuckle at a few of the game's gags, such as mimes being responsible for the Invisible Walls or having to just a press a button for a minigame because they exhausted the game's budget already.
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  • Affectionate Parody: Any time he mentions Jontron.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The insane, bizarrely borderline non-sequitur that is his Kingdom Hearts Explained video. Fans of Kingdom Hearts made it clear that, aside from one or two jokes, Dunkey is completely accurate.
    • He later did the same thing with the Metal Gear Solid series.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Rollercoaster Dunkcoon has Dunkey running one. He unleashes wild animals in an area full of people, causes carts to explode in an occupied pool, and makes a rollercoaster to run straight into a line full of people.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: According to his Half-Life 2 dunkview, the game redeemed itself with its ending in which Alyx is killed.
  • Anti-Advice: In his "Game Critics" video, Dunkey espouses the view that consistently wrong critics, such as movie contrarian Armond White, can be used as this.
  • Anti-Climax: "Top 100 Games". Not only is it 15 minutes long, but there is no real #1. All we see is Dunkey randomly searching up "top games" lists, scrolling through Wikipedia's "bestselling games" page, and indiscriminately selecting Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
  • Apologizes a Lot: In his Goat Simulator video.
  • April Fools' Day: In 2016, seven months after infamously quitting League of Legends, Dunkey decided to come back with a new League video...Rocket League, that is.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • From "I'm Going to Kill You":
      I will shoot you in the throat
      I will strangle with a coat
      I will staple to a boat
      I will throw you in the moat
      I will eat your mother's oats
    • Also in his Postal 2 video, after countless crude acts he goes into an 'employees only' area and giggles like a madman.
    • Ultimate Skyrim has Dunkey fight an army of trains, werewolves, Macho Man Randy Savages, and bears. All of this takes place at night illuminated by Termina's moon. A bear with a lute is playing things in the background. Dunkey's character wields a lightsaber and even breaks the laws of physics while flying through the air to take out several Randy Savage dragons. But the one thing that causes Dunkey to go Screw This, I'm Out of Here! is a crab wearing a top-hat and a monocle.
    Dunkey: That's where I draw the line. Come on, Master Chief, let's get the fuck outta here!
  • Art Shift: "Monkey McDonald's", "Smash Bros 4: Dream Roster" and "Dunkey's Language" are all fully animated shorts voiced by Dunkey, and "I'm Going to Kill You" and "Green Eggs and Jam" are both fully animated music videos.
  • Ass Shove: In his Dark Souls video, Dunkey comes across an animal and stabs a specific part of its body. Ouch.
  • Atrocious Alias: In "Skunk Souls", Dunkey is greatly amused by the name "Iron Tarkus" and continually teases Tarkus about it while the two of them are fighting a boss.
  • Author Appeal: Has a fondness for injecting a "mobster" narrative in some of his videos wherein he is, of course, a high-ranking button man avenging a wrong done against the organisation on whoever his opponent is at the time.
  • Author Tract: In "Game Critics", talking about the critical reception of Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy results in him going off-topic and talking about his opinion of the game. He eventually lampshades this and says that he lost focus... which he then uses to say that game critics lack focus.
  • Award Snub: invoked Discussed in his Game of the Year, where he talks about a couple of obscure games that inexplicably beat out more acclaimed titles for various GOTY awards.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In his 2015 Best Games of the Year, he states that he'll be retiring Super Mario Brothers 2 as Game of the Year since it has been reigning champ for 13 straight years. And Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was his number one and the credits roll... PSYCHE! STILL THE KING BAYBEE The "Best Games of the Year" series itself is an example, as it's not a ranking of games that came out that year, necessarily, just ones that he played that year.
    • His Knack II review begins with him seriously critically examining the original Knack as well as the meme created about Knack being amazing. The last third of the video is him playing up the "Knack is the best game ever" meme, but for the sequel instead.
    • He starts his God of War (PS4) review by pointing out that he was not selected to receive a review copy of the game, which is usually a bad sign.
    "So, are these fucking limp-dick critics that don't know shit about videogames just being stupid again? ...No, it's actually really good."
  • The Bard: His fictional musical support, Joey Bonzo, who is apparently a musical god and knows how to play every popular instrument of the 80's. In his videos, specifically his Super Mario 64 playthroughs, he only plays a rimshot whenever he's around (most of the time, he is not). Then he dies, comes back to life for one intro, and is killed again by Dunkey himself because he was being an annoying jerk.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Gives Nern this interpretation, who gets an erection thinking about a horse, mentions something about a dick stuck in a rhino's ass, and apparently gave a monkey a reach-around.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whenever someone says Dunkey has anger issues.
    • In "GoatZ Simulator", the number 9 is this to him.
    • As told by Sky Williams, you do NOT insult Leah in front of the Dunkster, not even jokingly (unless you're Sky, who always gets away with jokingly bickering with Leah during League sessions).
  • Big Bad: Steinfeld is this in Dunkey's true story about Mega Man 2.
  • Big "NO!":
    • End of the Toy Story dunkview.
    • When the Akinator correctly guesses Quagsire.
    • Oh so many at the end of "Glitchstone".
    • In his "best of 2014" video while talking about Super Mario Sunshine, as the camera zooms in on a sign with a skull-and-crossbones on it.
    • After he tries and fails multiple times to enter the Twoson Hospital without accidentally exiting (his controls are messed up) in "God Damn Mushroom".
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When the Akinator asks Dunkey if his character has "problems controlling his anger"note .
    • While pushing something off of his table in "How to Get Subscribers".
  • Big Word Shout: All we can say about "Bill Murray's Space Jam 10" is that Dunk's got quite the larynx. Also, it wouldn't be foolish to turn down the volume.
  • Big "YES!": From "Eddie Murphy calls Taco Bell" when Dunkey finds out he has won $100, he rattles off several. Unfortunately, he doesn't get it.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    • The description for his Beyond Two Souls video reads, "In the next youtube update you have to solve 8 puzzles to post a comment." Most people say this was funnier than the video itself.
    • This ended up backfiring on him during his "Brother Bears" video. Microsoft forced him to take it down since he had a deal to make a video promoting the game and they weren't amused with him making fun of the game.
  • Black Comedy: His humor can occasionally venture into darker territories, especially with how random it can get.
  • Blackmail: "How to Get Subscribers", in which he uses this method to get viewers to subscribe. His threats include burning a chicken, throwing a pen at a window, going down the warp zone pipe to world 2, making EverQuest videos, smashing a Lego house with a large weight, and murdering his own cat. At the end, he actually smashes the Lego house.
  • Blatant Lies:
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • The basis of a CMOA at the end of his Rust video. A griefer screams in a high-pitched voice at Dunkey, 'I have my die move', a running gag in his videos. He blows the griefer away with a shotgun and responds with this:
    Dunkey: It's a good thing I brought my kill move, then. *Vice City theme starts playing*
    • After killing a knight in Dark Souls and watching his body go up in flames, he says "I guess you could say he's fired!"
      • Paves way for an Ironic Echo when Dunkey fails a jump and ends up dying from the fall. "I guess you could say I'm fired."
  • Book-Ends: His Far Cry 1 video begins and ends with a shot of a pair of mooks getting run over by barrels. However, at the start Dunkey simply spectates and laughs, but at the end the barrels run him over as well.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: From League of Legends: Return To Plat
    Anthony Wastella (Nautilus player): naut even close baby
    Dunkey: *chuckle* God damn it.
  • Boring, but Practical: In Bad Graphics, he argues that the simplistic map design and spell effects that League of Legends utilizes are to its benefit, since it keeps the focus on the characters fighting. On the other end, he criticizes DOTA 2 for putting so much on the screen at once that it's easy to lose track of what's going on.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "Fuck you, Hitler! Fuck you, Donald Trump! Fuck you, Trumpler!"
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: He's a master at it.
    • One of his "I'm A Cop" prank calls takes an unexpectedly surreal turn when he claims he's an undercover cop who will be waiting outside a Gamestop, wearing sunglasses and a chicken suit.
  • Brick Joke: Super Mario Bros. 2 being at the top of almost every list Dunkey makes.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: On a regular basis.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may seem like a goofy person on the surface, but he has shown genuine brilliance and excellence in everything from rapping to analyzing video games.
    • When it comes to League, his skill level bounces back and forth between "troll" and "astonishing", sometimes within the same video. Fans regularly express amusement that Dunkey is one of the few LoL players that can troll games and still win many of them.
    • While he isn't playing elite level clan games, he has shown a high level of ability in both Rocket League and Counter Strike.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Ever since his Death Stranding review he refers to Platformers as "Strand-Type Games". note 
  • Call-Back:
    • "Bubberducky" was one of Dunkey's most popular videos, and he returns to it in his "Secret Character" video using an old commercial for the Gator Golf game.
    Dunkey: In Gator Golf, you play as Gator Golf. But watch out for Bubberducky, HE FUCKED MY WIFE.
    • His "Best Class" video is literally a Team Fortress 2 remake of his "Best Champion" video.
    • His Twitch stream page is called "Dunkey's Cashle". The first episode in his Super Mario 64 Let's Play series was called "Bowser's Cashle".
    • After not having made a dance party video since he had 60k subs (back in early 2012), he continues his habit once he hits one million.
    • His History of Gaming video features the "HERE COMES THE MONEEEY" gag that hadn't been used since his Game Dev Tycoon video.
    • His Best of 2014 video has Far Cry 1 on the list, which Dunkey had previously made a video for.
    • In his MGSV video, he says Shadow Moses in a similar way he said it in his Final Fantasy VII video.
    • In the fourth episode of his Earthbound series, he says that Microsoft is run by ants. The statement is reused in the ending segment of his "Microsoft Sucks" video.
    • In "Dundertale", the game itself plays a rimshot, prompting Dunkey to thank Joey Bonzo
    • In his video on VR Chat, he ragequits the same way he did in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
    Dunkey: Woah, is that Shaggy from Scooby-Doo drinking a beer? That is where I draw the line! Come on, Master Chief, let's get the fuck outta here!
  • Call-Forward: In "Tank Search", Dunk mentions the act of putting a Screamer Prank with a picture of a squirrel and a loud sound. 4 days later, he would do just that in "Hitman Goes to the Book".
    • "This move I have is really cool, but DUNKEY ROLL but it's really, I have to say it really loud whenever I do it, so it's kind of risky doing it DUNKEY ROLL!"
  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Invoked in his Game Dev Tycoon video, where he makes a sequel for Kill Butt 3, and then a sequel to that sequel.
    • This led to a lot of fans calling for "Kill Butt 3: 2: 2: 2".
  • Captain Obvious: He goes out of his way to point out the first Dark Souls enemy a second after it has dropped down in front of him.
  • Careful with That Axe: This situation involves Pink Floyd, coincidentally. In his Karaoke Party video, when singing "Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)," he screams "HEY TEACHER LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE!" so loudly the game can't tell what notes he's singing. Later, the same thing happens in his renditions of "Dream On" and "My Heart Will Go On".
  • Cassandra Truth: Two of his teammates are unwilling to believe that he's Dunkey when he's playing CS:GO. It indeed is Dunkey, playing the same two voice clips on a digital soundboard.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Not even close, baby!" (has become something of a meme for League of Legends players)
    • "Watch out for my X!"
    • "...into the ocean!"
    • "Nice try, guy!"
    • "Good thing I have my X move!"
    • "It was Singed the whole time!"
    • "Oh boy..."
    • "Uh oh!"
    • "Pet me X."note 
    • "YOU BITCH!"
    • "I win, babe."
    • "Actually, I changed my mind."
    • "I won't do it again, I won't do it again...but watch out, I'm gonna do it again!"
    • "It wasn't me."
    • "Thank you, Dark Souls."
      • "Don't laugh."
    • "Tony, get the boulder."
    • "What, are you stupid or something?"
    • "I'll have the spaghetti and meatballs."
    • (in any Happy Wheels video) "Legs are optional."
    • He uses the word "chalupa" often.
    • His Earthbound playthrough frequently uses the phrase "I'm back in the saddle".
    • This is the first strand type X.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Is famous for his incoherent Non Sequitur anecdotes.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Anyone in the video game, NPC or otherwise, is not going to go out unscathed if Dunkey has a say in the matter.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Expect this to show up at least once per video.
    • In "Brother Bears", the video that Microsoft hated and took down, there's a scenario in which Dunkey sees someone hanging.
    Dunkey: Oh my god!...Look at those red blankets over there, these are pretty nice.
    • In Hitman, Dunkey kills everybody inside the hotel before uttering this gem:
    Dunkey: Wait a minute...there's been a murder! Hitman killed one maid!
    • In Resident Evil 7, he opens the fridge with the rotting meat inside, but instead of commenting on the disgusting necrotic puddle he's actually pleased to find a box of microwave spaghetti.
    • In Dark Souls, he comments on how big Gwynevere's...clothes are.
    • In "Cute Robot Game" Dunkey removes 2B's OS chip, which not only kills her, but ends the game entirely. Dunkey's response?
    I beat the game, guys.
    • In one of his Prop Hunt videos, part way through the video he switches to a Slenderman game mode for Counter Strike
    Dunkey: Where are the notes? Where are the drawings?
    Other player (Daft Punkette): Ummm... there could be some in the water.
    Dunky spots Slenderman watching them through the window
    Dunkey: There's a pretty good one of him by the window.
  • Continuity Lockout: Dunkey experiences this in Injustice 2 in regards to the story from the previous game.
  • Corpsing: In Karaoke Dunkey, when he sings a song by Michael Bublé, he interprets it as "Michael Bubble" and starts cracking up.
  • Creator Killer: In-Universe. During his Game Dev Tycoon video, his character Paul Creenis receives huge success and critical acclaim for many of his games, until sales start to slip with Typing for Fucks and Beaverball Revenge due to misaimed marketing. Things get worse after critics pan his next few games, ending with the nail in the coffin Last Hope (a game so minimalistic it doesn't even have sound) receiving an average score of 1.75/10 and the company going bankrupt. Also taken literally, as he shoots himself as a result.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: From his videos, it's very clear that Dunkey is rather silly. But it's also clear from his League of Legends videos that he can kick a TON of ass too.
  • Crossover: In Guns of Dick, he played Guns of Icarus with Yogscast, Angry Joe, Cry, Dodger, the list goes on.
  • Cuckoolander Commentator: A staple of his commentaries.
    • From "Kanye Quest":
    Dunkey: By using Winslow on Tupac, I've disabled all his special moves. Now he's useless!
    • A bit of it in "Skunk Souls".
    Dunkey: The giant bat's wings are purely for show, to scare away predators.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In his NieR: Automata video, he continually claims that the machines are evil because "robots eat people." This is well before the scene where a group of insane machines do indeed eat someone, prompting a "I FUCKIN' KNEW IT!"
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • In his "Ackbar: Dance Party" video, Ackbar says "IT'S A FUCKING PIECE OF SH-" before the video abruptly ends.
    • In his "Hearthstone" video, Dunkey tries to get a break from dying in every game, so he plays Super Mario Bros. 3 and says "Now this is a classic—". He then runs into a Goomba and dies, and finishes with "—PIECE OF SH-" before the video ends.
    • In "Skunk Souls", Dunkey fails to summon a phantom and says "You piece of sh-" before the video has a Jump Cut.
    • Averted in his Kingdom Hearts video: Philoctetes cuts himself off and Dunkey finishes the sentence with "bitch".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • The start of Vi-deo consists of him breathing loudly while the video zooms in on Vi's crotch.
    • The opening of "Beach Blast" takes this to the extreme, quickly zooming in on the more risque parts of various League of Legends art to the sound of rapid thumping. Dunkey even screams "DONE!" before each picture change.
    • He also does it during his Beyond: Two Souls video during one of the game's shower scenes. You can even hear him whisper "Oh yeah."
  • Deadpan Snarker: When berating a League of Legends player or reviewing a bad game.
  • Description Cut: From Best Video Game Music when he's criticizing a Street Fighter song:
    Dunkey: Who makes this guy? He's a fucking bozo! You don't get shot playing Street Fighter! It's not that fucking crazy!
    (cut to Mvc2 gameplay featuring Cable shooting an opponent while cheering goes on in the background)
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: Although Dunkey put his album up on Bandcamp to be purchased for ten dollars, he also provided his fans with a Mediafire file if they wanted to download it for free.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In his Vice City video, Billy Jean comes on the radio. Then it's interrupted by a broadcast, causing Dunkey to go berserk and begin a murderous car rampage.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Die Sounds, where female characters die. Loudly.
    "Ooh, here we go. Yeah, tie her down. I like where this is going."
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: At the end of Dundertale, it's revealed that Lesser Dog is the true villain responsible for Dunkey's actions throughout the game. Cue lots of petting set to Megalovania.
  • Downer Ending: "Mario Kart Wii: Hitler's Reign" has a very chilling ending—hell, the second act of the video is an eerie descent into insanity, and it's at its worse by the end. The ending is the final shot of Breaking Bad's "Crawl Space".
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Dunkey in his Draw My Life video, where he suddenly ends up hanging himself. Not only that, but he draws "FUCK MY LIFE" nearby.
    • Also possibly at the end of his Game Dev Tycoon video, where he goes bankrupt, his game ends, and we hear a gunshot.
    • "God Damn Mushroom", an episode of his Earthbound playthrough, has Dunkey struggling to cope with a mushroom that has permanently fixed itself atop Ness' head. Near the end, he just gives up entirely, pleading for death to come and claim him.
    • At the end of Chronicles of Minecraft, Dunkey is trapped deep underground, and the only way out is with a gun.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Recurring character Joey Bonzo just stops showing up during Dunkey's Super Mario 64 playthrough, prompting Dunkey to decide he's dead.
  • Dubstep: Dunkey tackles this in his "Dubstep Singed" video.
  • Edutainment Show: Educational Bear Video parodies this, at first claiming to be for-school list of polar bear facts with some Volibear gameplay but very quickly breaks down into ridiculousness, with "facts" like polar bears eating their own young or being so weak they die after one hit from a squirrel.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Dunkey's Flash videos.
  • The Eeyore: In his Mordekaiser video, where his self-inflicted punishments for failure escalate higher and higher.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: In the Aladdin musical number of the "Animal World Soccer" video, Dunkey's efforts to try and lipread the song's vocals create a bunch of Word Salad Lyrics, and eventually he says "fuck it i give up".
  • Every Episode Ending: Each video of his now ends with a black screen with white text displaying "more dunkey" (or a strange mutation of the word "dunkey"); formerly, the text used to encompass an annotation that led to a playlist of more videos, but he has now added YouTube cards that link to playlists.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Played for Laughs frequently in his videos, where he tends to draw the line at certain things that seem a bit too silly.
    • The one thing that disgusts him greatly is the ugly physique of his Dark Souls character.
    • The mod that broke his ability to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? A mod that spawned a crab wearing a top hat and a monocle. Dunkey quickly leaves in anger at seeing it.
    • Played a bit more straight with his Octopath Traveler video, where he admits that even someone like him who dislikes JRPGs loved Persona 5.
  • Face Cam: The Lion Book uses it, but Dunkey's mouth never matches with his voice-over.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Lance Vance in Dunkey's Vice City playthrough. Twice.
    Tommy: Lance! Why are you tied to this chair of all places?
    Lance: Yo, I thought this was the McDonald's drive-thru/Outback Steakhouse.
  • Fake Difficulty: Up to Eleven in "Left 4 Dead All-Stars", where he barely lasts a good 5-10 seconds at a time without dying.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Has yet to make an official one, but "bumbos", "dinks", and "binkies" have been tossed around. The denizens of his Reddit fan page refer to themselves as "goons".
  • Felony Misdemeanor: When reviewing Yooka-Laylee, Dunkey touches base on the buzz surrounding the game's decision to remove JonTron's voice acting from the game on the basis of him making some controversial commentsnote . Dunkey then notes that Jon was indeed foolish and announce that he didn't like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Twitter.
  • Follow the Leader: Parodied in "Anthem Legends: Exodus," a mock trailer for a bunch of fictional, highly cliched mashup-games including Far Cry Exodus, Fallout New Dawn, Crackdown 3: Instincts, and Anthem Legends. All or most of the games include Item Crafting, "Ubisoft Towers," survival gameplay with shoehorned RPG Elements, and a post-apocalyptic setting with a resistance group fighting a despotic regime. That's not even the entire list of Turn of the Millennium and New Tens trends he complains about.
  • Four Point Scale: Criticized heavily in his Game Critics video, along with other gripes he has with the industry.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Did He Ryzed?" once the kids are locked outside, they become this. Towards the end, you can hear them say things like, "Is this a real gun?" followed by a gunshot and then another kid asking, "Did you died? Are you died?"
    • In his Rust video, he and his friends deliberately ignore another player being attacked by wild animals to focus on breaking down a door. As they continue, the shadows of the player being chased by the animals goes back and forth across the door they were breaking while the snarling wolves could also be heard.
  • Gainax Ending: Almost every other video has one.
    It turns out the whole galaxy was inside of a dinosaur's eye
    Then I go up behind the dinosaur and slit its throat
    Shoot it in the head and then bring it back from the dead
    And make you eat the brussels sprout
    And then I will make you a millionaire
    And then I will spend all your money on crack and die
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Happens a lot, especially when he's reviewing a game.
    • Parodied in his "Die" video, where he juxtaposes impressive cutscenes next to the game's actual gameplay.
  • Genius Ditz: As ridiculous and hilariously fail-tastic as Dunkey is, he shows that he actually has a great ability to understand the ideas of what he loves and what makes them work, such as his unusually calm and intelligent analysis of The Shining.
  • Genre Blindness: In his Mortal Kombat 11 video, Dunkey tries to classify which characters are good or evil by their eye colors. The normal, heroic Raiden has blue eyes, while the ruthless Dark Raiden has red eyes. He seems to be correct, until the blue-eyed villain Geras starts massacring soldiers, at which point Dunkey can only try to justify his flawed logic.
  • The Ghost: Dunkey occasionally mentions Paulie, presumably an editor, whenever he wants a video to play.
  • A God Am I: At the end of "Final Boss", Dunkey calls himself "the recognized Messiah".
  • Godwin's Law: In his "Escape from Hell" video, most of his team gets caught in the jungle, prompting Dunkey to complain, "My team is Hitler on four computers."
    • In the sequel video, "Escape from Gold," there is a player named SneakyAdolf who is farming minions during a team fight. Dunkey refers to the player as "the real Hitler."
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • Parodied in his Garen video, which consists almost entirely of Japanese-sounding gibberish and phrases like "Puttemonapizza" and "Banzai Blast".
    • His video "The Japanese Difference" has both its title and description in Japanese. The title literally translates to "Differences in Japan", and the description translates to "Dong Dong's magical flute, I pet horse's !!!"
  • Griefer: He's not above this behavior from time to time, especially if he can get away with friendly fire. His Payday videos had him getting kicked from several pick-up groups he joined for team-killing as a Running Gag.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: His Zac video has Dunkey insisting this after every Accidental Innuendo.
  • Hidden Depths: If "Relaxing Space Safari" is anything to go by, perhaps Dunkey isn't just the goofy gamer that we thought he was.
    • This idea was supported by a comment that Dunkey's friend PaperBatVG left on the video.
    I've known Jay for almost 7 years now, and this is just a part of him really. When he's not being a clown, he really is a smart and creative dude. This is just a way to let that side of him flow. This doesn't mean he's done creating gaming videos, he's just expressing and toying with his creative side. Dope video though :)
  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied and invoked with "The Lion Book".
  • Hurricane of Puns: His Prop Hunt videos.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In his Beyond Two Souls video, he does a voice-over for the horse scene. The man who's taking care of the horse says that white people can't work horses and that they are weak from their lives of luxury. This same man is white himself.
    • A street guitarist in the same video says that white people can't play trombone because they are weak. Guess what race he's from?
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-Universe; Dunkey occasionally does this, such as referring to Cloud Strife as "Final Fantasy".
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most of Dunkey's League of Legends video names start with "Weo Weo"note . Subverted with "Wuo Wuo Kong" and "Beo Beo Trungle".
  • Idiosyncratic Ratings Scale: In his "Dunkview" videos, he awards "dunk points" to games, though usually not in any seriousness whatsoever, and amazing games can be rated 0/5 (to date the only serious 0/5 game rating he's ever given has been Kingdom Hearts III), while lackluster ones (Knack 2 baybeeeeeeee) can get 10/5 (for the graphics alone, even).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When talking about Michael from GTA V while he rides a motorcycle through a beach, a caption appears saying "more like Bike-el".
    • When his Dark Souls character gets killed by spiked wheels, Dunkey complains, "These guys are a wheel pain in my ass!"
    • When talking about Half-Life 2, Dunkey says that the game floored him such that he fell through the floor to hell. Afterwards, he said, "That's one hell of a game."
  • Indy Escape:
    • Inverted in "Dunk Souls", as it's him chasing the boulder. Bonus points for Dunkey singing the Indiana Jones theme.
    • Subverted with the sequel, "Skunk Souls", where the boulder rolls down a staircase hits Dunkey, causing him to fall through a nearby opening and onto another staircase, where the boulder runs him over again. And he was singing too.
  • Inherently Funny Words: One of the things he does best.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Uses this tactic to figure out who really founds and owns Riot. It was Singed this whole time.
  • Jump Scare:
    • The bit in his Spy Fox video where he suddenly screams "EEEEEEE—-".
    • Whenever he screams "I'M BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN" in Earthbound.
    • "Hitman Goes to the Book" has a suspenseful bit with no commentary where Agent 47 is hiding from someone, and then the video suddenly cuts to quickly zoom in on a picture of a squirrel with Dunkey shouting "HEYYYY!".
  • Karmic Death: The tides eventually turn on him in Dark Souls.
  • Kill 'Em All: His videos of Fallout: New Vegas, Hitman: Absolution, and Dark Souls.
  • Large Ham: From time to time. Usually borders on No Indoor Voice.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • Towards the end of Weo Weo Caitlyn, he starts chuckling, and it devolves into insane laughter and him screaming "DIE!" over and over. The video then abruptly cuts to Super Mario World's end credits.
    • Dunkey is reduced to this after dying less than 10 seconds after spawning one too many times in the Battlefield 1 video.
    • Dunkey also starts laughing hysterically at the end of the Shenmue III video after Ryo's long awaited confrontation with Lan Di turns out to be a Hopeless Boss Fight and the game ends with yet another cliffhanger.
  • Lighter and Softer: The third video in the "Crappy Company trilogy" is much happier and more upbeat than the first two.
  • Little "No": How he perfectly summarizes Superman 64 in his 2-second dunkview of the game.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: In his attempt to "play" Runescape, he is met with a relatively long loading screen. Then his email validation fails and he has to resend it, only to be unable to find any code when he gets the mail. So he tries to log in with his Facebook account, which takes an hour without getting out of "processing". He then gives the game a 10 out of 5.
  • Long Title: Super Duper Street Fighter IV Collector Turbo Tenth Anniversary Golden Slam Dunk Master's Jam Triple Ultimo Collect Them All And Eat Your Bones HD Remix House Made Out Of Dogs And Bricks.
    • His best move in Rocket League is called his "Downtown Dunkeroni's Three-Cheese Broncodick Surprise Wondermin's Hellshot from Outer Space, You Bitch!" Its sister move is his "Peter Burrito's Super Slambo Shot, All The Way From Bumfuck, New Mexico."
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "So here I am [whatever inane activity Dunkey's doing at the moment]".
  • Madness Mantra: BAKE ME A CAKE.
    • At the end of Hell Jam, he repeatedly says "VIDEO GAMES."
  • Magical Native American: "White people do not know how to work horses. They have become weak, like the water buffalo; weak from their lives of luxury."
    • "They say no white man has opened wine for thousands of years."
    • "The white man cannot play trombone. He has become weak, like the hawk, peeing on the horizon. CAW. CAW."
    • "My tribe were an innocent people. We would send people on their way, and help them, giving them items. Until the Dark Times. The Machine Gun Men gunned them down, and killed me. Now I must have my revenge, and find my tribe."
    • [Dunkey's tribe is killed after making an unprovoked attack on some well-armed strangers] "In a heartbeat, my peaceful tribe was gunned down, for no reason. We did nothing to nobody."
  • Male Gaze:
    • In Dunkey's 10k-sub milestone video we get to see a lingering shot at two girls' boobs, plus Dunkey's mesmerized stare at them.
    • In one of his Saints Row: The Third videos, when making his female character he strips her so that her pixelated breasts are visible, and he ends up trailing off with what he was saying.
    • Surprisingly averted during his Dark Souls video. When he sees a pair of boobs covered by some Godiva Hair, he actually says "Yuck!"
    • In "Dunkey in Paris", he focuses his camera on his girlfriend Leahbee's butt for the line "Leah's got a nice rear", and then again for the line "meanwhile, look at Leah's butt".
  • Manipulative Editing: Uses this often when he's about to die, complete with him saying "CUT THE VIDEO!"
  • Monde Green: Showcased in Misheard Champions.
  • Mood Dissonance: The kids at Dunkey's amusement park can be heard saying "Yay!" and "Whee!" as they're being run over by a rollercoaster and as they're swimming in a pool with exploding carts.
  • Mood Whiplash: Instead of his usually quirky commentary, episode 20 of the Super Mario 64 playthrough has Dunkey bemoaning recent events in his life and sounding genuinely distressed at his situation for the entire ten minutes. Not only that, but the next episode was a sequel.
    • Given Dunkey's style of comedy, it's hard to tell if he's serious or not. Not that this has stopped the comment section from being flooded with well-wishing fans.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Dunkey interprets a lot of female characters like this, and a notable example is Jodie from Beyond: Two Souls. He is excited during the first Shower Scene but is let down when those pesky camera angles block his view.
  • Murder Ballad: "I'm Going to Kill You" is a VERY exaggerated version of this trope.
  • Myth Arc: His Mega Man 2 Let's Play series is this, starring him and his enemy Steinfeld.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The characters in his Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV gameplay videos are often naked if not scantily clad. This often paves the way to streaking sessions.
  • Nature Documentary: Parodied in his Olaf video.
  • Nerd Glasses: Dunkey's got a pair.
  • Never My Fault: Throughout his Super Mario Maker 2 video, any death is accompanied by him explaining that he actually had a blindfold on. Or his brother was playing the game. Or he wasn't looking at the TV.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: His video for Ghost Recon Wildlands consists entirely of alternating between footage from the trailer (featuring a team acting like a legit special ops unit but with more banter, and definitely not like any players you've ever met) and Actual Gameplay Footage (featuring a bunch of goofballs constantly throwing grenades at each other, driving off cliffs, sniping the wrong targets, and laughing like maniacs all the way).
    • Die keeps switching between overdramatic, pre-rendered cutscenes and their much less impressive gameplay counterparts, like Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and of course League of Legends. Until the last one, where the cutscene is mostly rendered with the game engine and the "gameplay" is the pipe-matching Hacking Minigame. Which Dunkey seems to enjoy way more than any of the other games.
  • Nintendo Hard: When he complains that Dark Souls is too easy, Dunkey brings up a more challenging game like Ghouls and Goblins, but decides to go back to Dark Souls after he dies in G&G.
  • No Indoor Voice: Dear god.
    • In the 32-second Weo Weo Weo, Dunkey gradually gets louder and louder until he's yelling at the top of his lungs.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His Game of the Year videos are less about games that came out that year and more about games he played that year.
  • Non Sequitur: Sometimes his tendency of making things up on the spot makes you feel like you're watching raocow's foul-mouthed, deadpan, blatantly lying brother.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
  • N-Word Privileges: Despite being white, Dunkey has shamelessly used said slur in select videos and not even received any backlash for it.
  • Oh, Crap!: End of the Toy Story dunkview, after he dies and then he remembers that he's playing on an emulator, and it doesn't save.
    "God damnit! We ran out of batter--OH SHIT, I'M PLAYING ON EMULATOR, IT DOESN'T SAVE! Game over. Where do I go? (back to title screen) NOOOOOOOO—"
  • invoked Old Shame: In Old Dunkey and Cuphead, to make a point about determination and knowing how hard animation can be, he ends up digging up his oldest videos. Not the Let's Play ones on Youtube; crappy Flash animations made all the way back on 2003-2004 Newgrounds.
    Dunkey: If anyone still viewing this has the technology, I'm willing to go back in time and assassinate my own self before this was uploaded.
  • One-Hit Kill: Dunkey brags about these in his Dark Souls videos, even though it's more than obvious that he just cut out most of the footage.
  • One-Winged Angel: At the end of Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth has one of these beyond his true final form, which doesn't even last against one Bahamut Zero summon from Dunkey.
    Dunkey!Sephiroth: I AM FROGS!!!
    Dunkey!Cloud: Dammit, Sephiroth! I shoulda known you were frogs!
  • Online Alias: When playing League of Legends, he becomes "meatwadsprite".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Did you even know his name was Jason Gastrow until now?
  • OOC Is Serious Business: His Crappy Company videos, where he completely diverts from his typical goofy nature and discusses/laments serious topics in his life.
    • His Dunkviews of games that disappointed him, like Destiny or The Last of Us, are more serious, straight forward reviews with much less of his trademark silliness.
    • He later makes a point of it while discussing game reviews, saying that if a guy who hates turn-based Japanese RPG and Animesque stuff gives bright praise to a game that's very much both (specifically, Persona 5), then the game is definitely doing something right.
  • Orphaned Punchline: At the start of "Escape From Hell," he says, "...That's why you don't see me stick my dick in a Chuck E. Cheese tofu dispenser."
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • From "Dunk's Top Ten Sports Games":
    Dunkey: Number Eight!
    (ten seconds of silence)
  • Parody Commercial: There's one in Sneak Mouse for a German donkey plush appropriately named the "dunkey". Dunkey's captioning of the German speech is nothing short of hilarious.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope: In-Universe. Dunkey mentions a couple of his in his video on game critics, and uses both examples to illustrate why he doesn't like most JRPGs and why it's unusual that he actually enjoys Persona 5.
  • Power-Up Letdown: his video on Balan Wonderworld makes a point of showing how every single outfit's power is useless, underwhelming, or redundant.
  • Prank Call: He does these every oncein a while.
  • Precision F-Strike: Near the end of the Olaf video, which was devoid of swears up to that point, when he loses to Kennen in a duel.
    Dunkey: (in calm English accent) And that is why Kennen is considered The Fucking Filthy Whore of League of Legends.
    • Played straight at the end of G-Rated Lissandra.
    Dunkey: Not even close baby, you know this is the classic saying, you can't FUCK MY DICK OFF!
  • Product Placement: Dunkey manages to do this with himself in one video.
    Dunkey: After an (insert anything that just happened) like that, I could really go for a YouTube video. Let's all go to youtube dot com slash videogamedunkey.
  • Reference Overdosed: Dunkey needed that separate shout-out page.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Boy howdy.
  • Renaissance Man: He's not just a gamer; he's a rapper, exercise trainer, nature enthusiast, philosopher, street dancer, prank caller, and a karaoke star. He's also Admiral Ackbar.
  • Running Gag:
    • Dunkey sure loves Smash Mouth.
    • It might have something to do with his obsession with Shrek.
    • While playing Saints Row or GTA, he'll probably drive his car into the ocean. There's a whole video featuring just this.
    • Donkey Kong Country shows up a lot.
    • He has a habit of spacing colons and question marks as seen in most of his video titles, including every League of Legends video he's made.
    • A lot of his LoL videos are set to a chiptune version of a song.
    • He talks about horses a lot, usually in raps.
    • A lot of the games he reviews end up getting a 0 out of 5, even if they have received critical acclaim and are perfectly good and functioning games.
    • When it comes time for Dunkey to do his countdown of the best games of the year, number one is always Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • Whenever Dunkey is climbing a ladder, a snippit of the theme to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater plays.
    • "KNACK 2, BAYBEEE!"
    • After "I'm Done With League of Legends", variants of "I'm done makin' League of Legends videos" tend to crop up.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Even if he has to make up words.
    • Case in point, "Kanye Quest".
    • Also, "I'm Going to Kill You" off of his album.
  • Rule of Funny: Basically why some of his videos showing him screwing around or doing extremely counterproductive things in video games. He mentions it in his GTA Online video.
    Suspect has left the vehicle, I will pursue him in my yellow Bumblebee car and run him over, because that's funny.
  • Rule of Seven: More than one instance of this is prevalent.
  • The Scream: All he does while playing Portal 2.
  • Schmuck Bait: A veritable master of this. At least once per LoL video he can be seen very narrowly escaping death by baiting a fight that looks suicidal for him, only to turn it around onto his opponent. Of course, expect his catchphrase after really close encounters.
  • Self-Deprecation: A lot of it.
    When you listen to my music your Momma's like "what the fuck" / if you read my shitty lyrics then you know my lyrics suck
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: See Gainax Ending.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: His Promotional Campaign video in which he advertises his YouTube channel on Counter-Strike servers.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "If you read my shitty lyrics, then you know my lyrics suck" from the song "I'm Going to Kill You".
  • Shout-Out: Now with its own page.
  • Smash Cut: He frequently cuts himself off with these.
  • So Bad, It Was Better:invoked He claims to have enjoyed earlier, badly flawed entries in the battle royale genre, such as Player Unknowns Battlegrounds or H1Z1, more than the more polished ones like Fortnite or Apex Legends. In his view, the most fun part of battle royales was the crazy people you ran into when you turned on proximity voicechat, giving them a ramshackle and chaotic feeling that formed an environment rife for griefing. Without that feeling, "the magic was completely gone."
  • Something Completely Different:
    • The Crappy Company videos, which are much more serious than his other videos.
    • His tribute video to Robin Williams, which is also a more serious video (of course).
    • "Relaxing Space Safari" is different in the sense that it's not even a gaming video—it's seven minutes of peaceful natural scenery coupled with ambient music and the sounds of nature. No, really.
    • He has posted a 100% serious movie review of The Shining, reportedly his all-time favorite horror film.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: One episode has him reading Tribunal cases, full of vulgarity and poor grammar, as professionally as he could. In general, he has a tendency to suddenly interrupt complex sentences with screaming obscenities, or other such things.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep/Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Parodied in F-Word Fizz, where he replaces swears with this and euphemisms like "f-word" to intentionally ineffective degrees, sometimes even replacing only non-swears with bleeps.
  • Spiritual Successor: He ends up concluding The Last Guardian is obviously a sequel to Hey You, Pikachu!, as both are all about desperately trying to get an extremely unresponsive critter to do things for you.
  • Spoofed with Their Own Words:
    • His "Kingdom Hearts Explained" video had many people remarking in the comments that the hardest part was figuring out what was a silly joke and what was the actual plot. At one point, he simply shows a clip from Back Cover where the Master of Masters delivers some particularly incoherent exposition.
    Master: You need to pass it down to your apprentice, and then him to his, so that my eye can see the future.
    Dunkey: See, now it all makes sense.
    • He did a similar video on Metal Gear, this time with even fewer jokes or fabrications.
    • In his video on Gex, he decided to parody Gex's repetitive one-liners along the lines of "[situation] is like [event] at [1990s celebrity]'s house!" by mumbling "This is like taco night at James Earl Jones's house!" Moments later, Gex proceeds to say "Haven't seen blasts this bad since taco night at James Earl Jones's house!"
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Dunkey's New Super Mario Bros. U video was called "Wii U Wii U Mario". If you're not one of Dunkey's fans (or if you don't watch his League videos), you wouldn't get it. See Idiosyncratic Episode Naming for an explanation.
    • When the Akinator asks him if his characternote  is dirty, we see Dunkey Googling "hot asian pussy", and then it cuts to him scrolling through a gallery of cats.
    • Urf Rap is full of them.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: At the end of his second GTA Online video Dunkey tries to fly a jet through a tunnel to see if it can interfere with the radio signal (which was playing nothing but Backstreet Boys music) he is both shocked and annoyed to find another player in a jet doing the same thing in the same tunnel leading to a head-on collision.
    Dunkey: Why the fuck are there other planes in here?!
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "Assassin's Creed is a good franchise", taken from a comment featured in his review of Assassin's Creed Origins. It's put to the beat of the instrumental version of Livin' in the City.
  • Stylistic Suck: Present to some degree in all his videos (his voice and speaking style, if nothing else), but especially in some of the weirder ones, such as "This is a Chicken Wing" in which he "raps" by displaying a series of random images and saying "This is a [noun]" for each one.
  • Suicide as Comedy: A lot of it.
    • In his "Morose Mordekaiser" video, he comes up with increasingly more bizarre and convoluted suicide methods he will inflict upon himself if the play he's going for doesn't work. The most surreal one?
    Dunkey: Oh boy. If I die here, I'm gonna build two life-size animatronic T-rexes to rip me apart limb from limb while a team of NAVY Seals guns me down with a barrage of M16 assault rifles onstage during a Justin Beaver concert, and engraved on my tombstone, it'll say, "OH BOY I'M DEAD".
  • Surreal Horror: After a series of hilarious League of Legends videos, Dunkey suddenly comes out with an incredibly creepy video with tons of random, disturbing imagery. Want to watch it? Click here. Have fun.
  • Surreal Humor: Obviously what he does best.
  • Take That!:
    • In his Team Fortress 2 video Dunkey says, "What's wrong with the graphics? Are we playing Team Fortress Classic?"
    • The video "Behind the Dunk" is a parody of the video style of another YouTuber named TechFlamer.
    • In his Game Dev Tycoon video, he literally makes Call of Duty. The game turns out to be a big failure.
    • After he acclaims GTA V for 3 minutes, he gives the game a 0 out of 5.
    • After a deep analysis of Titanfall (not scathing, not praising), he gives the game a 0 out of 5.
    • See Biting-the-Hand Humor.
    • After Leah talks about how much she doesn't like Papa John's pizza in his Rocket League video, Dunkey hits several pizza chains at once.
    Dyrus: Better ingredients...
    Dunkey: ...better people, Papa John's, exactly! Better pepperoni, better crust, Pizza Hut. Better Wing Street, better soda, Domino's. Better... *beat* Little Caesar's. Don't even cook the pizza, don't even deliver the pizza, Papa Murphy's.
  • Team Killer: A Running Gag in his Half Life video is a character saying they have a message for dunkey, only for dunkey to shoot them and say "And now we'll never know what that message was".
  • Tempting Fate: Near the end of the "Um Jammer Lamma" video.
    • Also happens in Final Fantasy VII. He keeps daring the Battle Square slots to give him a harder challenge, and then he faces a frog. Smash Cut to a game over screen.
    • Shortly after taking over as IKON Leader, he comments that IKON doesn't take losers who score on their own goal. He then scores on his own goal.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "I'm Going to Kill You" off of Dunkey's album.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: In-Universe. Peach's Sham Castle consists of Dunkey and some of his friends looking at Garry's Mod maps based on Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64 as well as the Krusty Krab, complaining about the inaccuracies from their respective source materials.
  • Training Montage: Dunkey makes one for Jodie in his Beyond Two Souls video.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In "GoatZ Simulator" after his perfect goat dive gets a 9. He spends the rest of the video unleashing his anger in extreme amounts of insane retribution.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Every other word out of Dunkey's mouth. For reference, "Put 'em in the pizza" is about as normal as they get.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Let's just say that he exploits this fully for humor's sake, ranging in cruelty factor from screwing with random NPC's to slaughtering them en masse.
    • Any video featuring a simulator game will usually start off with him playing the game normally or even taking it seriously before he invariably does things like unleash zoo animals onto a theme park's population or summon several natural disasters to wreck his city.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With PaperBats.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Is often mistaken for being African-American due to his voice, which has now become a running joke amongst his viewers.
  • Wham Line: From Dunkey's Best of 2015: PSYCHE! Number one is Super Mario Bros. 2!
    Leah: That cost fifty dollars, what you just did there...
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Dunkey asks this of Riku's dialogue in his Kingdom Hearts video.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Pick a song of his, any song.
    • Most likely overlapped with Rhymes on a Dime.
    • The Aladdin musical number of "Animal World Soccer" has this as a result of Dunkey trying to lipread the song's nonsense.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Played for Laughs in his Super Mario Maker 2 videos, which make a Running Gag out of his insistence that he isn't at his best for whatever reason: has a blindfold on, brother grabbed the controller, not looking at the TV...
  • You Keep Using That Word: He calls attention to the announcer from Rocket League's basketball mode, which calls every goal a "Slaaaaaaaaaaaaam dunk!"
  • Young Future Famous People: We get to see a picture of a young Dunkey and his mom in his Half-Life 2 dunkview.

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