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"That is the only time I have seen Miyamoto not smile. What have you done, Microsoft?"
Josh Scorcher, "Top Ten Microsoft Fails", on one of Microsoft's cringey Electronic Entertainment Expo presentations

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This is generally how the viewer can tell that something is seriously wrong; whenever he takes off his hat and addresses the audience as Lewis, not Linkara.
  • 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.
  • Chris Stuckmann:
    • He 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!.
    • He also starts screaming about how much he hates Nine Lives in his review of the film, primarily due to its idiotic portrayal of caring for a cat (such as putting the litter box right next to the food). Notably, he screams "WHAT THE FUCK?!" when talking about the latter (not even his most hated movie ever, Dragonball Evolution, got that reaction out of him.
  • AniMat:
    • 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.
  • The Music Video Show:
    • It 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.
  • 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 (2019), where he starts his 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(n albeit censored) Precision F-Strike in response to the systemic racism the movie addresses.
    • Joker sees two. A recurring one is despite having been a Nightmare Fetishist in past films, he's disturbed by the violence in Joker. Another is he goes on a rant about the backlash to the movie's mere existence and fear that it'll inspire violence got before it was even released, which he argues is statistically unlikely and that it's more likely the articles generated by said backlash would do that.
  • 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.
  • The Cynical Brit lampshaded this in his mid-2017 attack on the US government's attacks on net neutrality.
    Totalbiscuit: Ladies and gentlemen, my name is John Bain. You know this is serious when I'm using my real name.
  • Game Grumps: Arin usually exaggerates his rage at difficult games for comedic purposes, while Dan usually mocks him in a friendly manner. However, when the two played Heart of Darkness, an infamously very difficult and unfair game, Arin became genuinely upset. What tipped Dan and the viewers off to this was a You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious moment in which Arin responded to Dan's usual mocking with a plaintive "Danny, please!" Since Arin never calls him "Danny", only ever "Dan" (or "Daniel" when pretending to be mad at him), Dan realises Arin is actually suffering and stops mocking him, becoming more gentle and supportive.
  • Ben Drowned has BEN, of all people, entering a state of panic when Jadusable starts digging deep inside the haunted cartridge, not aware that he's going to wake The Father from his slumber in "The Father.wmv". He tries to stop him by resetting the game and begging him to stop playing, but after pissing him off for the majority of TheTruth.rtf/TheRealTruth.rtf, Jadusable ignores his pleas for the remainder of the video.

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