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  • Vixen of the DesuDesBrigade is very relaxed, informal and happy in most of her reviews, even in a lot of the shows that squick her out. Then came her Film Fox review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, where she's in complete distress with no escape throughout and screams more than once.
  • As the endgame approached in Marble Hornets, many would notice that Totheark's videos became disturbingly coherent.
  • When The Nostalgia Critic doesn't express joy, anger or depression through swearing and instead goes for Gosh Dang It to Heck! ("holy smokes" is the usual), you know it's even more Serious Business than usual.
    • His Cuteness Proximity-overload review of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is probably the only episode with no swearing whatsoever.
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    • After selling his soul in The Cat in the Hat, his Papa Wolf trait disappears and he spends the review being an abusive babysitter to Evilina.
    • In the Bum Review of The Avengers, Doug breaks character twice (pulling off Chester's trademark wool cap and wig) to give a "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer and assure the viewers that yes, the movie is that awesome, and they really should go out and see it.
    • In-Universe example: When Bum reviewed The Dark Knight, Bum was completely serious. And in the end, instead of using his catchpharse "Change! You got change?!", he tells to viewer to keep the change.
    • How deranged is Bennett the Sage? When he had a crossover with Ask That Guy with the Glasses, his answers sent That Guy, who almost never shows visible signs of emotion, ended up curled in fetal position on the floor.
  • The Nostalgia Chick:
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    • She never apologizes. So when she tells Nella that she's sorry for not including her in a review, you can see the manipulation coming a mile off.
    • More seriously, The Christmas Shoes was so awful about having the kid (whose mother was dying) being taught the values of earning money that she — a self-admitted Child Hater — ended up screaming at the adults for how monstrous they were acting.
  • Brad Jones has done this on several occasions when playing The Cinema Snob.
    • He starts his review of Caligula out of character claiming that it's his favorite movie and that it's going to be hard to "Snob" it.
    • During the film Elves, the main character's stepmother kills her cat. Brad (a well-known Kindhearted Cat Lover) snarls, "I'd kill her. I'd fucking kill her!" — without any of the Snob's usual tone.
    • At the end of his review of Goldengirl, Brad Jones went so far as to take off his glasses and unslick his hair before telling his viewers to seek out the film, just to make it clear he was serious.
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    • The review of Gross Out starts with Brad almost begging his viewers not to watch the review. To put it in perspective, he didn't do this before the review of Pink Flamingos.
    • On a similar note: the moment when the protagonist of Rock: It's Your Decision reveals decidedly homophobic tendencies. Brad's previous cheery mockery vanishes instantly, as he coldly, calmly states: "Kid...go fuck yourself."
  • Normally, Bennett the Sage's Suave character is an unabashed pervert who'll take any opportunity to talk about sex or make sexual innuendos. However, in the midst of the I Dream of Mimi review, he gets so fed up with the male main character leading on his love interests that Suave gives him a serious dressing-down speech about treating people with respect.
  • Sag from Movie Rehab took off his sunglasses in order to give Dr. Lester a huge reason you suck speech, which from his tone alone, seems to be quite genuine.
  • Burt from We're Alive usually can't resist an opportunity to quote from his favorite movies. But in chapter 23, he and Angel are trapped in a hospital room with zombies at the door and their only escape, a Bedsheet Ladder, broken. Burt yells for the other two characters, who got out, to leave them and run for the helicopter on the roof of the hospital by saying "Get to the chopper!" Angel asks if that was a quote from Predator. When Burt "What?...Oh, no, it was just a coincidence." Angel goes into Oh, Crap! mode.
  • In To Boldly Flee, amoral Nightmare Fetishist Dr. Tease is actually scared of what's going on.
  • The Spoony Experiment: Spoony gives off one in the middle of his Ultima IX review. His normal vitriol and hot-bloodedness fades away during the scene as he simply reminisces quietly to the audience on his history with the Ultima series and the value it had to him growing up... before throwing the cases of those individual games against a wall. The entire scene serves to illustrate not only how far the game itself had broken him, but arguably also the state of mind of Noah himself at the time.
  • Koden from DSBT InsaniT falling into despair whenever things go wrong.
  • The horror game Lets Player Markiplier usually tries to make a conscious effort to keep his language PG so when he starts swearing up a storm, you can bet he is either scared or frustrated.
  • Noob has the well-established fact that Arthéon is afraid of Game Masters. He does quite a few uncharacteristic things after reaching his Rage Breaking Point, but the act that ended up having most of his soon to be former guildmates as an audience was him asking for a Game Master so he could officially disband the guild.
  • Achievement Hunter's Gavin Free is a certified troll, doing things to screw over his fellow AH players for shits and giggles, but trying his damnedest not to out and out cheat. When Caleb was caught cheating and it's Gavin calling him out, you know that you dun goofed.
  • Mark Kermode is a avid hater of films in 3D and is more than willing to rip apart the technology, finding extremely gimmicky and is nothing more than a ploy for studios to make more money. Then Gravity came along and on his blog, he posted a video announcing that "Gravity is worth seeing in 3D". He then face-palmed for saying those words.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: The 300th episode, featuring Frank Miller's Holy Terror, has a moment where after about an hour of enraged screaming, Linkara drops his reviewer persona and speaks as his real self (Lewis Lovhaug) in order to calmly explain why the book is one of the worst he's ever read because it blatantly goes against everything he believes comic books should be.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • The Foundation very rarely actively attempts to kill supernatural entities, as they don't know what effect it might have. So SCP-682 must be a serious threat to warrant a file that begins with "SCP-682 must be destroyed as soon as possible."
    • The Foundation members are usually portrayed as Determinators who will go to any length to find a way to ensure that any entities that could pose a danger are safely contained. Except for SCP-2317, who they have explicitly given up on containing and what procedures they do have are merely to keep up morale.
    • SCP-682 ends up on the other end of this trope several times. It's an Omnicidal Maniac that tries to kill pretty much anything that gets left out in front of it. So something must be seriously, intrinsically wrong with SCP-173 (which it is too scared of to attack), SCP-053 (the only being it has ever acted legitimately friendly towards), and Dr. Alto Clef (whom it doesn't attack for some unknown reason).
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • Marneus Calgar, Glory Hound extraordinaire, not just from reading the fluff but from a previous scene playing the part of Monty Python's black knight during a battle. When we're shown his current whereabouts, we learn the man's undergoing serious depression, and absolutely hates his own beloved marines' Sue-like exploits. We don't know what's happening, but we do know something has to be, and it's serious.
    Calgar: Nothing is satisfying anymore...
    • The Emperor catches on to something odd being up with the Tau when the Custodian, who has been polite and quiet to the point of being a Yes-Man, and has put up with every last bit of his Grumpy Old Man ruler or his fellow Macho Camp custodes' antics without much fuss, starts flipping his shit when he's asked to talk about them.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged:
    • Kirito is at best as Smug Super who usually dismisses other players' problems with sarcasm or insults. But when Lizbeth starts telling him about her former guild, it's close enough to Kirito's own traumatic past that he's soon begging her to stop talking.
    • In Episode 8, Kirito freaks out when Asuna invites him over to her place for dinner and greets him with a smile and pleasantries, since he's used to the harsher elements of her personality.
      Kirito: I was half-expecting a suspiciously soundproofed warehouse on the outskirts of town with a shallow grave out back, but somehow, this is more unsettling.
    • Godfree, The Roleplayer of the Knights of the Blood Oath, spends a whole episode speaking in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, but drops it while pleading for his life.
    • Kirito and Asuna typically respond to threats with mockery and sarcasm, but when Yulier threatens little Yui in their presence, Kirito goes dead silent, and Asuna tersely and coldly promises to kill Yulier's lover in reprisal if she so much as touches Yui. As a double-whammy, the two of them only adopted Yui in the first place as part of an attempt to encourage the other to "blink" first and call off their hasty marriage, so their reaction shows how much they've bonded with her.
    • During the finale of the Aincrad arc, when Kirito gives a subdued "World of Cardboard" Speech about being willing to give up his escapist fantasy in SAO in order to protect his friends, Asuna forgoes the usual sarcasm and mockery.
      Kirito: So, I guess this is the part where you make fun of me and call me a "big gay baby with a floppy vagina" or... something to that effect?
      Asuna: ...No. No, I'm not even going to ruin this. This is a huge step for you.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged gives two examples in episode 8.
    • Anderson is normally irritated with Alucard for his myriad pedopriest jokes and miscellaneous anti-Catholic antics, but you know he's about to cross the Godzilla Threshold when he utters the words "I forgive you." in all seriousness.
    • Alucard normally pops a super-hard boner at the prospect of fighting Anderson, but Anderson daring to cross the Godzilla Threshold makes him angrily growl at Anderson as a note to his sudden erectile dysfunction.
  • SiIvaGunner is a collaborative YouTube channel that presents "high quality rips" of video game music that are actually Bait-and-Switch remixes (or other jokes), ostensibly ran by a single person who refutes any claims that his music is anything but ordinary. However, after an incident where a video that abruptly delved into genuinely terrifying subject matter was uploaded without consent from the rest of the group, one person dropped kayfabe entirely to apologize.
  • In Fallout Lore: The Storyteller, the titular Storyteller never shuts up. Over the first 58 videos, he was never at a loss for words, prattling on about the history of one thing or another to anyone who will listen as well as many who would rather not. However, at the end of season 3 when Junior is killed and Tanner captured, he leaves to rescues them, alone with his droid. In. Complete. Silence.
  • Chris Stuckmann rarely blows his top during his movie reviews, but when a movie sorely pisses him off, he will make it known, such as in his opening for The Emoji Movie, where his monotone intro goes into Suddenly SHOUTING!.
  • And then there's AniMat, a guy who's been known to not only be a respectful critic who tries to find something good in almost every movie he sees, but also frequency employs Gosh Dang It to Heck! with his "What the fridge?!" catchphrase. Then in came his review of Where the Dead Go to Die, which he not only refers to as "the worst animated film ever" (and even calls it that in the title!), but also calls anyone who likes the film "sick, messed-up freaks" and tells them to get an intervention. The latter, however, led him to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment later on, as he explains here.
    • His review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 also counts, as not only was it his first vlog-style review, but at the very end, he drops an (albeit censored) Precision F-Strike upon seeing a bunch of characters doing the Harlem Shake. Fans in the comments section broke out in hives, noting it was the first time they had ever heard AniMat curse.
  • Jimquisition has Jim Sterling taking his ideals and personality and cranking them Up to Eleven for his shows. Jim normally snarks and goes on ranting fits if something in the gaming industry bothers him. There were a few times where he has dropped the act when talking about something much more serious or sad such as the passing of Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata and fellow game critic Totalbiscuit. Jim also becomes much more serious at the end of one episode where he brings up how the writer of We Happy Few downplays people suffering from depression by saying that people can just pop a pill to make it all go away and thus sadness is no longer valued (basically saying anyone who is depressed should just cheer up). Jim, who suffers from anxiety and depression himself and takes medication to keep them in check, goes off on the guy and explains why he needs the medicine to be able to function properly.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In Episode 60 we got Gohan berating Vegeta for suddenly starting to care about Trunks after Cell murders him. Vegeta's response is a pained and very sincere "I'm... sorry..." Gohan is shocked and realizes that, at that point, they really were fucked.
    • Played for Laughs in the Broly special, where despite Goku thinking he'd have to coax Vegeta into letting him borrow his energy (which is what happened in the official movie), Vegeta quickly and willingly gives it up. Because Broly is that annoying.
  • The Music Video Show has a host that can be Ax-Crazy, weird, and shows a variety of different emotions, with absolutely no swearing. However, at the last episode of season six, during a memorial for Jake Paul, he gives a speech to both Paul and his fans, telling them to "suck their Daddy's cock with their slutty mouths". Add to the fact that all the Paul Brother episodes were made during a year long Creator Breakdown, he makes it clear that he wishes them harm.
    • There is also when he went an entire episode, about rapper Drake, putting his middle finger up. Without saying a word. For seven fucking minutes. Keep in mind, he has done several episodes featuring Simple Plan, Creed and Nickleback with several things to say.
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved:
    • The show is full of Black Comedy, Crosses the Line Twice, and funny banter between Ryan and Shane. So if the guys aren't laughing and cracking jokes, you can bet that the case is really getting to them.
    • In the episode where they discussed the murder of JonBenét Ramsey, Shane — Deadpan Snarker and Nightmare Fetishist extraordinaire — didn't make any of his usual wisecracks at all, and seemed like he was about to be sick when Ryan got into the details of what happened to Ramsey.
    • Ryan is one of the sweetest guys you could ever hope to meet. So when he straight-up says he's glad Ken Rex McElroy is dead, you know McElroy must've been a nasty piece of work.
    • In a behind-the-scenes video, a member of the camera crew revealed that if Shane is genuinely scared by a supposedly-haunted location, that's when they know something is definitely wrong. If he gets so scared he just wants to leave, that's when they know that it is time to leave.
  • Greg the Spider has one of these in Arby 'n' the Chief in Season 7 after Chief has murdered Cortana. Greg is normally friendly and rather cheerful, who peppers his 'speech' with text lingo and smilies like Chief. However upon witnessing what Chief did, he becomes dead serious when he confronts Chief about Cortana's death, begins writing with perfect grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and even manages a Precision F-Strike, despite him normally going out of his way to sanitize his own speech in comparison to Chief's.
  • Lee of Cinema Wins will often looked at the positives of a movie and generally defend even controversial movies like several of the early installments of the DC Extended Universe, but there are moments where even Lee can't help but hate stuff.
    • The most notable being Glass, where he starts his summary summary by flat-out admitting he didn't like the movie, with a major sticking point being the death of David Dunn.
    • Another moment was the death of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider Man 2, feeling it was unearned and isn't enthused about tying it into the film's themes of time and foreshadowing.
    • Not about the actual quality of the movie, but the video for Get Out! sees Lee, who usually never swears drop a (albeit censored) Precision F-Strike in response to the systemic racism the movie addresses.
  • The Call of Warr: Durkin acts very strangely after his kidnapping, including being confused when Glintz-Terry uses his "Durkin me around" line- which immediately strikes Glintz-Terry as strange.

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