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"Up, Up, Down, Down" is a Flash animated music video by self-proclaimed "Nerd Rock" band, Kirby Krackle. It starts out as a sweet love song about a geeky video game store clerk who has a crush on a girl who frequents his shop, before going into something completely different. The video can be viewed here.

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  • Animesque: The art style, including several standard "anime gestures".
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  • Blank White Eyes: The pianist switches between theses and Eyes Always Shut.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: The male lead is a milder version: he's persistent doing his best to win over the girl, though never going to extremes.
  • Downer Ending: The girl is a stalker who murders the lead after their date by cooking him alive and eating him.
  • Foreshadowing: The girl has a poison mushroom shirt.
  • Gamer Chick: The female lead is an attractive young woman who loves video games, which is what gets the protagonist's attention.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Where the male lead winds up after being murdered.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The girl is a cannibal who murders and eats the main character, and is implied to have done so to others before him.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: You will never hear someone sound happier while singing "Because I'm dead".
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  • Murder Ballad: The song is one from the victim's point of view.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: The protagonist finds the girl's nerdiness sexy.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The girl's skin is pure white, unlike the main character who is merely pale pink.
  • Played for Laughs: The twist ending; the main character was murdered and eaten, but the song doesn't it very seriously.
  • Shout-Out: Many.
    • The Konami Code in the title and song lyrics.
    • The girl's poison mushroom shirt.
    • The lyrics even mention Hyrule.
    • "I should take a risk, then like Wilson Fisk, be the Kingpin of this day."
    • During his daydream, the male lead imagines the girl wearing Morrigan's signature outfit.
    • (She) warned me that I shouldn't scream or she'd gut me like Wolverine.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The girl was staking the main character for weeks beforehand.
  • Twist Ending: The girl is a murderous stalker who kills and eats the main character.
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  • Unmoving Plaid: The girl's skirt.
  • Yandere: The girl, who is both infatuated with the main character and who cheerfully murders him.


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