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ACTUALLY HAPPENED is a YouTube "story time" channel. It features stories featuring teenage protagonists telling of extraordinary things that have happened to them.

The videos are reportedly real stories; however, it's widely suspected that most are heavily fictionalized if not outright fake. Many are sensational and oftentimes the titles and/or thumbnails can be inaccurate. On June 8th, 2020 all of the videos on their channel have been made private for unknown reasons.

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ACTUALLY HAPPENED provides examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Due to her schizophrenia, Kylie from "I Am Schizophrenic And Stopped Taking My Pills" has some pretty strange fears. She's afraid of staircases, crosswalks, the colors red and yellow, and traffic lights.
  • Abuse Mistake: When Dinah from "My Gf Was Covered In Marks. Her Parents Weren't Supposed To Know Why!" comes home from a date covered in bruises, her parents assume her boyfriend Daniel was beating her. In reality, they're from getting pushed around by some people in a mosh pit at a concert.
  • Academic Athlete: Jayden from "I'm Dating My Stepbrother" is both a model student and a star basketball player.
  • Accidental Murder: Narrowly avoided in "I Baked A Poisoned Cake For My Stepmother's Birthday". Molly decided to improve her relationship with her stepmother Regina by baking her a birthday cake, and added some dragon fruit as a topping. Unfortunately, nobody knew at the time that Regina was seriously allergic to dragonfruit. If Regina hadn't gotten to the hospital when she did, she probably would've died.
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  • Acrofatic: Margaret from "People Laughed At My Weight but Then I Became a Model" is athletic and in good health despite being pudgy.
  • Affably Evil: Helen from "I Got Locked Up In A House Of A Psycho" is a friendly, fun-loving woman — and also a kidnapper.
  • Affair? Blame the Bastard:
    • In "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother", Natalie's mother hates her husband's illegitimate son, Joshua, and doesn't want anything to do with him. But she eventually realizes it wasn't his fault and starts making an effort to be nicer to him, eventually coming to genuinely like him.
    • Anthony's mother from "I Am Adopting My Dad's Illegitimate Son" refuses to let her husband's half-Filipino illegitimate son Gener live in her house.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked as an In-Universe example in "My Brother Died And I Went On A Quest To Find His Illegitimate Son". Francine admits she isn't sure if Iris let her son be raised by his paternal grandparents because she wanted the money they offered or because she realized raising him would be too difficult for her. While she is obsessed with getting rich quick, the fact that she hesitated and asked if they would love her son lends considerable weight to the latter option.
  • Amicable Exes: In "My Dad Cheats On His Wife With My Mom! I'm Confused", Alex describes herself as coming from an "enormously happy divorced family", and it's clear that her parents get along swimmingly despite no longer being married.
  • And I Must Scream: When Noah falls off a horse in "My Parents Left Me At The Hospital To Die. My Gf Remained With Me Till The End", he finds that he can barely move after he regains consciousness.
  • Animal Motifs: "Triple Pepperoni" from "I Broke Into My Scary Client's Home To Find Out Who He Was" has a bear motif, even having his voice being explicitly compared to a bear's.
  • Anti-Role Model: Hayley from "I Stole My Sister's Baby Because She Is A Horrible Mother" saw her older sister Amanda as this, viewing her as "a great example of how you should not live".
  • Babies Ever After: "My Parents Left Me At The Hospital To Die. My Gf Remained With Me Till The End" ends with Noah and Kathy, now married, expecting their first child.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: The plastic surgeon who gives Christine her rhinoplasty in "My Plastic Surgery Went Wrong. I'm A Monster!" is heavily implied to be this, since he's described as offering his services for cheap, operating out of a rather shabby hospital, and his results are... less than ideal.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Piper and her sister Lilly from "I Saw Crazy Things When I Remained Alone In The Woods Overnight" have a too-close-for-comfort encounter with a grizzly bear after getting lost in the wilderness, but it never attacks them because they don't do anything to anger it or draw its attention to them.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • Samantha from "My Mom Taught Me To Manipulate Men For Money" starts out only pretending to be interested in Timothy so she could use him, as she'd done to many other boys. But it's not long before she starts falling for him for real.
    • Hanna from "I Traded Myself To Save My Dad's Coffee Shop" starts dating an older man named Alex, but she's only pretending to like him in an attempt to save her father's coffee shop. However, she develops genuine feelings for him, and they end up getting engaged.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Margaret from "People Laughed At My Weight but Then I Became a Model" is initially made fun of for being chubby... but then she ends up becoming a plus-sized model.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jake from "My Parents Have Their Views On Raising Girls. I Had To Save My Lil Sis!" goes back home from college the instant he realizes something's wrong with his little sister Cora, and he stands up to his parents to save her from their abuse.
  • Black and Nerdy: Jayden from "I'm Dating My Stepbrother" won second place in his high school's science fair.
  • Broken Pedestal: Natalie from "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother" once looked up to her father, but after seeing him trying to avoid his responsibilities and shift blame for his actions elsewhere, she loses virtually all her respect for him. Not helping matters is his refusing to spend time with his family which he justifies with the transparent lie of having a lot of work to do.
  • But Not Too White: Emily in "I Was Switched At Birth With Another Baby" has very light skin, which not only burns easily, but also makes her feel out of place among her darker "relatives".
  • Carrying a Cake: Jane from "I Humiliated Myself In Front Of My Boyfriend's Family" decides to take a cake she'd baked with her to a dinner with her boyfriend's family. But when she and her boyfriend are on his family's doorstep, she trips and faceplants right in the cake. This turns out to be only the beginning of the Humiliation Conga she goes through that night...
  • Caught on Tape: "My Teacher Bullied Me. I REVENGED!" has the narrator eventually expose his math teacher's cruelty by recording audio of her insults and tirades.
  • Changing Yourself For Love: In "I Lost All My Hair Because My Boyfriend Made Me Become Blonde", Kimberly dyes her brunette hair blonde because she heard that her crush liked blondes.
  • Child Hater: Subverted with Andrew's mother in "I Scare My Mom: She Is Afraid Of Kids". He thinks (not unreasonably) that she hates children at first... but it turns out she's just got a bad case of pedophobia.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Amber and Ben from "I Am Marrying The Son Of My Father's Enemy. Like Romeo And Juliet!" were childhood friends who ended up falling in love and eventually got married.
  • Chubby Chaser: Josh from "I Am Overweight But I Got The Hottest Bf Ever. Everyone Laughs" is in love with Marianne, the video's overweight narrator.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Charlie from "My Best Friend Is Homeless" starts his story completely clueless when it comes to physics... even though his dad is a physicist.
  • Contemptible Cover: The thumbnail art of the more recent videos are often much more sexually suggestive than the actual content within the videos themselves.
  • Creepy Doll: In "My Bf Plays With Barbies. Creepy!", Mark has a secret collection of these. However, after it's revealed that he buys one each year to cope with his sister's death, his girlfriend (the narrator, Ashley) doesn't see them as all that creepy anymore.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mick from "My Сoach Pressed Me But I Am Thankful For That" wins most of his fencing matches pretty easily, thanks to rigorous and skillful training from his coach Mr. J.
  • Deathbed Confession: The truth about Emily's family in "I Was Switched At Birth With Another Baby" is revealed when a terminally ill nurse at the hospital where she was born finally admits that she panicked and accidentally switched Emily with another newborn girl when the fire alarms went off on the night of their birth.
  • Death by Childbirth:
    • In "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother", it's revealed that the narrator's biological mother, a woman named Alice, passed away from postnatal complications a couple of months after giving birth to her.
    • In "My BF's Little Brother Turned Out To Be His Son", Andrew's high school girlfriend died giving birth to their son.
  • Death Faked for You: Near the end of "I Got Locked Up In A House Of A Psycho", it's revealed that Helen left Stacey's cell phone by a lake after kidnapping her to make it look like she'd gone swimming and drowned.
  • December–December Romance: Alan's grandfather from "I Helped My Grandpa Find His Love (And He Helped Me Too :)" ends up finding love with another senior after Alan set him up with a social media account and taught him to use it.
  • Double Standard: "My Parents Raised Us In Different Ways" is about traditionalist parents who are very lenient with their son Ed, but quite strict with their daughter Christine due to their ideas about gender roles.
  • Engineered Heroics: Dave from "I Found A Creepy Altar With My Pics In My Stepbrother's Room" pays a guy to threaten his stepsister Nancy so he can swoop in and play hero.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Maggie from "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" managed to prove that "Werewolf" was mistreating her by secretly recording her doing so.
  • Ephebophile: Subverted with Mr. Maccabee in "My Teacher Gives Me A+ For Our Special Relationships". It initially seems like he's attracted to high school-age narrator April, and he even starts pawing at her hair at one point. But it turns out he used to date her mom and suspects he might be her biological father. When he was stroking her hair, he was trying to get a sample of her DNA.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Page's ex-husband Oliver from "My Sister Hid Under My Bed On My First Wedding Night" is a selfish jerk and a criminal, but still balks at kidnapping children, even for pay.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: This is the secret in My Grandfather Revealed Our Family Secret Before Dying. Cynthia's paternal grandfather is actually her father. Her 20-something year old mother fell in love with her early 50s professor. The father divorced his wife to marry his younger girlfriend, however his girlfriend left him for his 18-year old son.
  • First Love: Alice from "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" was this to narrator Evelyn's father, as well as his first wife. Unfortunately, she died from some post-labor complications a couple of after giving birth to their daughter (Evelyn), but her husband fell in love with a nanny he hired to help care for Evelyn.
  • Freudian Excuse: Helen from "I Got Locked Up In A House Of A Psycho" developed some scary mental problems due to giving birth to a boy with cerebral palsy, her husband leaving because of that, and having to raise her son with very little money.
  • The Gambling Addict:
    • Iris in "My Brother Died And I Went On A Quest To Find His Illegitimate Son" is a problem gambler who blows huge amounts of money playing the slot machines, and ends up deep in debt as a result. Roy tries to justify it by saying it's because she grew up poor and desperately wants a better life for herself, but Francine doesn't find that convincing.
    • Even worse is Emma's father from "My Dad Brought A New Woman Home While My Mom Was At The Hospital", who loses huge amounts of money at poker games, and eventually wagers and loses his family's house.
  • Generation Xerox: Jeff Jr. from "My Father Is Better Than Me And I Can't Take It Anymore" has big dreams of leaving his small town and making movies. When he talks to his father about it, he learns his dad had wanted to move to a big city and become a saxophone player, but was unable to do so.
  • Good Stepmother: The narrator's from "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" definitely qualifies. She deeply loves her stepdaughter and doesn't treat her any differently from her biological children. In fact, the narrator didn't learn she wasn't her biological mother until she was almost sixteen. Though considering she started out as her nanny, it's not that surprising they have such a good relationship.
  • Hallucinations:
    • Richard from "I Met My Dead Father In The Street. They Lied To Me!" keeps seeing his deceased dad, leading him to think his dad was actually still alive. But it turns out, he has schizophrenia, and he was just hallucinating.
    • In "I Am Schizophrenic And Stopped Taking My Pills", Kylie's roommate Daniella is eventually revealed to be this, and possibly also a split personality.
  • Happily Adopted: Matthew from "My Mom Left Me In The Airport When I Was 3 And I've Never Seen Her Since" ends up being adopted by a nice couple who treat him like their own flesh and blood.
  • Healthcare Motivation: In "I Sell People's Secrets To Cure My Dad", Michael becomes a black hat hacker to pay for his father's cancer treatment.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Lisa's mother Melissa in "My Dad Has Two Families... And We Are Not The First One!" is depicted as burying her sorrows in ice cream after she finds out she's being cheated on, first in one of her daughter's Imagine Spots and then in reality.
  • Hiding the Handicap: Katie from "I’m Disabled But I’m Faking Like I’m Not" is a paraplegic who pretends to be able-bodied online, partly to pretend she has the life she wants and partly to make friends
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: "My Parents Left Me With An Adult Man Alone For A Week. Awkward!" sees Rachel's mom pressure her into taking a Daddy DNA Test to prove that Doug is her biological father so she can have more leverage in the divorce proceedings. But the test proves the opposite: that Rachel's mother was wrong and the man who raised her (Rachel) really did father her. This revelations seriously hurts the mom's standing in the case.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Played with in "My Grandma Cast A Voodoo Spell On My Best Friend. It Worked!". Caleb's grandmother Virginia is a practitioner of Louisiana Voodoo who likes playing up stereotypes for customers unfamiliar with the faith.
  • Homophobic Hate Crime: Downplayed in "I Received Evil Threats After My Coming Out". Charles starts getting some very insulting and even threatening messages after he comes out as gay.
  • Honorary Uncle: "My Parents Left Me With An Adult Man Alone For A Week. Awkward!" has Rachel start out calling her parents' close friend Uncle Doug. But Doug quickly loses that status after it's revealed he'd been having an affair with Rachel's mother for years.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!", Maggie's father keeps entering into relationships with some very toxic, greedy women. To his credit, however, he does learn.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Eish from "He Bet His Daughter. I Won!" is a Romani girl and very attractive.
  • The Insomniac: Jane's mother in "I Had To Eat Dog Food Because My Dad Starved Me" suffered from insomnia. Unfortunately, this led to her dying from an accidental overdose on sleeping pills.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: My Parents Left Me To Die, But I Survived And Became A Star is loosely based on Jackie Chan's life. It gets both China and Japan mixed up.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • Charlie from "My Best Friend Is Homeless" is a high schooler who ends up making friends with a retired physics professor named Bob.
    • "My Best Bro Is A Grandma" is about a young guy who makes friends with a woman old enough to be his grandmother.
  • I Want Grandkids: In "I Hide From Everyone On Valentine's Day. There Are 5 Reasons Why", Rene's mother urgers her single daughter to find a good guy and give her granchildren every Valentine's Day.
  • Jerkass to One:
    • "My Teacher Bullied Me. I REVENGED!" has the the "crueler to one" variant. Ms. Roberts is heartless and nasty to all her students, but for some reason, she seems to especially have it out for Mark, the narrator.
    • In "I Gave Out My Bestie's Secret To Her Parents. Huge Mistake", Nicky's parents are nice to just about everybody with one exception. Unfortunately, said exception is Nicky.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Noah from "My Parents Left Me At The Hospital To Die. My Gf Remained With Me Till The End" thinks his parents genuinely care about him despite being extremely strict. But when they don't show him any sympathy after he gets paralyzed due to a horse-riding accident, saying he deserved it for seeing a girl they disapproved of behind their backs, he realizes that their "love" is conditional.
  • The Kindnapper: Hayley from "I Stole My Sister's Baby Because She Is A Horrible Mother" essentially kidnapped her nephew Jerod so he wouldn't have to be raised by his neglectful, irresponsible mother.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: "Werewolf" from "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" decides to quit while she's ahead when her plotting is exposed, knowing that trying to continue would only result in serious legal consequences for her.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Iris from "My Brother Died And I Went On A Quest To Find His Illegitimate Son" comes from a poor background and is a belligerent, irresponsible implied drunk with a gambling problem and greasy hair in an unflattering style. Though it's suggested that she might at least be aware of this and gave up her son to his paternal grandparents so he could have a better life.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: After he gets married to his girlfriend Kathie, Noah takes her surname in order to distance himself from his parents.
  • Marry the Nanny: This is a big part of the reveal in "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother". Evelyn's father hired a nanny to help take care of her after her mother died, but then they fell in love and got married. Since all this happened when Evelyn was very young, she didn't remember it, and since neither of her parents told her the truth, she spent almost sixteen years thinking her ex-nanny was her biological mother.
  • Mask of Sanity: Helen from "I Got Locked Up In A House Of A Psycho" has gone pretty crazy due to having to raise a cerebral palsy-afflicted son by herself while having barely enough money to do so, but she's able to convincingly pass herself off as a normal woman.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Evelyn in "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" has four younger brothers. They're later revealed to actually be her half-brothers, since the woman she called her mother turned out to really be her stepmother.
  • The Matchmaker: Jemma from "I Earn Tons Of Money By Finding Girls For Boys" starts a business where she helps other teenagers both change their images and get together with others.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: When Christine from "My Plastic Surgery Went Wrong. I'm A Monster!" is forced to admit to her mother that she got a nosejob behind her back, she expects a lot of anger, since she was against the idea for a long time... but her mom's not upset at all, and even recommends a surgeon to improve it.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Natalie's mother in "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother" takes out her anger at her husband for his infidelity on his illegitimate son Joshua, even though Joshua obviously had no say in how he was born or who his father was.
  • Mistaken for Cheating:
    • In "My Dad Cheats On His Wife With My Mom! I'm Confused", Alex assumes her father is cheating on his second wife Mildred with his ex-wife, her mom. She assumes this because she saw his car at her mom's house even though he said he was going back to his office, and because her mom said she'd unexpectedly fallen in love with somebody. As it turns out, Alex's dad just wanted to surprise his pregnant wife with some hand-me-downs from Alex to give to their daughter. Meanwhile, Alex's mom had fallen in love with one of her coworkers.
    • Joana from "I Found My Dad's Insta With His Secret Job Pics" suspects her dad might be unfaithful, especially after she finds a pink blouse in his gym bag. But when she brings this up to her mom, she discovers that the blouse is his; turns out, her dad got a new job as a professional dancer, and he sometimes performs in drag.
    • Played with in "My Family Is Totally Nuts! I Have One Dad And Three Moms". While Lisa's mother really is seeing her husband's relative Roberta, it turns out she and her husband have a polyamorous lifestyle, and he has a girlfriend too.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Ian from "I Broke Into My Scary Client's Home To Find Out Who He Was" hears about a mysterious customer from his coworkers at a pizzeria. While they're scared of him, he turns out to be a nice man who became a recluse because he was ashamed of his multiple sclerosis.
  • Moody Mount: Noah from "My Parents Left Me At The Hospital To Die. My Gf Remained With Me Till The End" rode a nervous horse while staying at a ranch. He lost control of it and fell off, suffering spinal damage.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: A lot of the stories don't read like they're about teenage characters. For example, I Faked Pregnancy To Get Good Grades At School would make more sense if the girl was several years older than fourteen.
  • Musical Episode: "My Mom Is A Lesbian: Musical" is told through song.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Hanna accidentally causes her brother to be seriously ill in "I Sent My Brother To Hospital Giving Him Sleeping Pills", this is pretty much her reaction.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: In My Sister Behaved Strange And Then Disappeared, the narrator's sister Molly turns out to have been hiding the fact that she was pregnant, even from her family and boyfriend.
  • Never My Fault: Natalie's father in "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother" blames his infidelity on his wife, saying he only cheated because she didn't treat him with enough love and respect.
  • Never Trust a Title:
    • "My Friend Died Like A Hero" implies the titular friend committed some kind of Heroic Sacrifice. In reality, David died of cancer (though he did Face Death with Dignity).
    • "I Nearly Killed My Cruel Stepsister" is also a fairly dishonest title. While Amanda does get violent with her stepsister Rose at one point, there's nothing even remotely lethal about what she did to her.
    • "My Ex WENT BERSERK At My Wedding. I Had To Call The Police" ends with Frank and Bridget still unmarried (though they're engaged and will be married soon), and he hasn't called the police on his ex-girlfriend Sandra.
    • One video is titled "My Parents Are Super Rich But I Starve". While Alex's parents are certainly tough on him and don't indulge him as much as he might like, there's no indication that his material needs aren't being met.
    • Lisa from "I Hid Mom's Death From My Sister For YEARS" actually only kept her mom's death a secret from her younger sister Hannah for about six months. That's certainly a long time, but not as long as the title says she did.
    • The couple who picks up Sarah in "I Lived In The Street And Got Picked Up By A Creepy Couple" isn't "creepy" at all. On the contrary, they're very kind to her.
    • One video is titled "My Stepmother Cut All My Hair So That I Never Go Out Of Home". While the Traumatic Haircut does happen in the video, it's not the main focus as the title implies. Moreover, it's not just Martha's stepmother Lorraine who cuts her hair (her stepsister Stella also does it), and she still went outside after it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pearl from "I Set My Dad With Mistress With My Own Hands" believes her curiosity about a book her father wrote decades ago led him to have an affair with a woman named Frances he used to date in high school, causing his marriage to Pearl's mother to collapse.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Angelika from "I Scare My Mom: She Is Afraid Of Kids" is really into horror and the paranormal, and suggests that her boyfriend Andrew's mother may be a vampire.
  • No Bisexuals: Erika from "I'm A Girl And I Am In Love With My BFF" refers to herself as a lesbian after realizing she's attracted to her best friend Jillian, even though she admits she's had crushes on and been attracted to guys.
  • No Name Given: The narrator of "My Friends Think I Am Dead" refuses to say his name, due to being in Witness Protection.
  • No Sympathy: Noah's parents in "My Parents Left Me At The Hospital To Die. My Gf Remained With Me Till The End" make no effort to support or comfort their son after he suffers spinal damage from a horse-riding accident. Instead, they called his paralysis "retribution" for his "sins" and said treatment was nothing more than an attempt to get out of a "fair punishment".
  • Not Blood Siblings: Lindsey from "I'm Dating My Stepbrother" falls in love with her adopted brother Jayden and they start dating.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Multiple videos have people who are supposed to be American or Canadian voiced by Brits who don't even try to disguise their accents.
  • Obfuscating Disability: In "My Father Forced Me To Beg On The Streets To Earn Money For Him", Amber's dad has her pretend she has cerebral palsy while begging so she can make more money doing so.
  • Older Than They Look: Nick's grandfather in "My Grandpa Stole My Girlfriend. She Wanted Money" is sixty-five years old, but can easily pass for Nick's dad due to looking and acting significantly younger than he actually is.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Maggie from "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" refers to two of her dad's ex-wives and one of his ex-girlfriends solely as "Vulture", "Werewolf" and "Venus".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Samantha's mother in "My Mom Taught Me To Manipulate Men For Money" normally gets passive-aggressive when she's upset at somebody. So when she hears from her mom's coworkers that she (the mom) had been openly argumentative for most of the day, she realizes something's not quite right.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Evelyn from "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" is the only daughter in her family, having four younger brothers. They're later revealed to actually be her half-brothers, since her biological mother died a couple of months after she was born and her father remarried to a nanny he hired to take care of her, and her stepmother was the one who gave birth to the four boys.
  • Raised by Grandparents:
    • Joshua from "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother" was raised by his maternal grandparents for the first five years of his life, since neither of his biological parents wanted anything to do with him. Then his grandfather unexpectedly died, forcing his grandmother to ask Joshua's father for help.
    • Rachel from "My Mom Left Me With A Strange Woman And Disappeared" spent much of her early life being raised by her grandmother.
  • Reality Ensues: Hanna from "I Sent My Brother To Hospital Giving Him Sleeping Pills" finds out the hard way that tricking somebody into swallowing sleeping pills can have far worse effects than just making them sleepy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The principal of Cora's school from "My Parents Have Their Views On Raising Girls. I Had To Save My Lil Sis!". When she learns Cora's parents have been abusing her, she immediately contacts the police and social services.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Michael from "I Sell People's Secrets To Cure My Dad" uses his hacking skills to steal the personal information of companies' customers and employees, then sells this information to pay for his dad's cancer treatment. Eventually, after confessing what he'd done, one of the companies he'd hacked hires him to test their cybersecurity, and he becomes a white hat hacker, which earns him more than enough to pay for his dad's treatment without the risk of legal consequences.
  • Red String of Fate: Sam and Lena are depicted as being connected by one in "I Seduced My Best Friend's Crush To Split Them Up. He Is Mine!"
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch: The end of "My Dad Brought A New Woman Home While My Mom Was At The Hospital" has the syllable "ends" be repeated multiple times.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • "My Mom Is Looking For New Parents For Me Because She Will Die Soon" sees Phoebe talk to a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Rogers whose daughter Libby died (the cause is implied to be a House Fire) and are thinking about adopting her after her mother passes on. They seem like an ideal adoptive family, but then they ask if Phoebe would change her name to Libby, and Phoebe's mother quickly ends the interview.
    • In "My Mad Dad Calls Me "Son". I'm A Girl!", Roberta's father had her in the hopes of replacing his dead son.
  • Rescue Romance: Lindsey from "I'm Dating My Stepbrother" falls in love with Jayden after he saves her when she takes a nasty fall.
  • Reused Character Design: If two videos share an art style, don't be surprised to see a character from one video make at least one brief appearance in the other.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Patrick from "I Got A Chance To Revenge For My Dad's Death To His Boss" blamed his father's death on said father's boss. Years later, he got a chance to hurt said boss' children without anybody knowing he was responsible, and seriously considered it... but didn't go through with it, since he learned that the man was dying of cancer.
  • Reverse Mole: Maggie from "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" gets her biological mother to infiltrate the group of her father's conspiring exes and find evidence of their plotting. She does.
  • Roguish Romani: Deconstructed in "He Bet His Daughter. I Won!". Eish and her son are criminals, but they don't want to be, and jump at the opportunity to escape from their family patriarch who forces them to commit crimes.
  • Sadistic Choice: In "My Brother Or Dad Will Go To Jail And I Must Choose Who", Chris faces one after his older brother Bruce is partly responsible for a car accident that put a man in a coma: back up Bruce's lie that their father was driving so their dad gets locked up, or tell the truth and get Bruce put behind bars. He initially chooses to tell the truth, but chooses to keep up the charade after it turns out his dad agreed to take the fall and thereby cover up for Bruce.
  • Sadist Teacher: "My Teacher Bullied Me. I REVENGED!" is about a boy whose math teacher constantly bullied and belittled him. Eventually, he managed to record her doing so and get her not just fired, but blacklisted from teaching in public school ever again.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • In "My Dad And I Were Watched By CIA", the focus is on Joe's father becoming increasingly paranoid and unhinged. He starts out a bit wary of being spied on, but over time becomes increasingly convinced that people are out to get him, and eventually takes his son with him to live off the grid in an old hunting lodge in the woods. Later on, he runs from the police, certain the government is going to do some terrible things to him.
    • Kitty from "My Sister Hid Under My Bed On My First Wedding Night" goes increasingly crazy after her younger sister Page moves in, and her downward spiral only accelerates after her husband Karl divorces her. By the end, she's devolved into full-blown schizophrenia, having deluded herself into believing she's still married to Karl and that Page's children are her own.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Henry from "My Grandma Cast A Voodoo Spell On My Best Friend. It Worked!" becomes convinced that there's a Voodoo Zombie after him. But then it turns out it was just his sister Gill playing jokes on him.
  • Second Love: Evelyn's bio-mom in "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" was her husband's first love. After she died from postnatal complications after giving birth to their daughter (Evelyn), her widower hired a nanny to help care for his baby daughter. Then he fell in love with the nanny, and got remarried to her.
  • Secret Other Family:
    • In "My Dad Has Two Families... And We Are Not The First One!", a Californian girl named Lisa discovers that her father Tom has another family in New Jersey that neither she nor her mother Melissa knew about. But it turns out that it's Lisa and Melissa who are the "other family", since Tom clearly started his New Jersey family first.
    • Anthony's dad in "I Am Adopting My Dad's Illegitimate Son" turns out to have had another family in the Philippines.
  • Secretly Dying: Ruby's father from "My Heart Runs On Batteries And Once I Forgot To Charge It" has a terminal case of thrombocytopenia, but this is only revealed after he dies and his daughter receives his heart.
  • Self-Made Man:
    • Evan's dad in "I Answered My Dad's Phone And It Killed Our Family" is a very successful businessman who came from nothing.
    • Alex's parents in "My Parents Are Super Rich But I Starve" both came from poor backgrounds, but ended up becoming very successful entrepreneurs.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Tyler from "I Hide From Everyone On Valentine's Day. There Are 5 Reasons Why" tries to do this to Rene, thinking it would cause her to return his feelings. Not only did it not work, but he failed to account for the fact that Rene lived in an apartment. So some of her neighbors, annoyed by him singing loudly in the middle of the night, called the cops on him.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: When Josh from "I Am Overweight But I Got The Hottest Bf Ever. Everyone Laughs" asks Marianne out, her insecurities make it very hard for her to believe that a guy as handsome as him would genuinely want to date an overweight girl like her, and she tells herself he's just trying to play a nasty joke on her. But after a while she realizes that, no, he genuinely likes her.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Jillian from "I'm A Girl And I Am In Love With My BFF" isn't very attractive in middle school, but becomes much better-looking in high school.
  • Sherlock Homage: "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" has Evelyn compare herself and her friend Joshua to Sherlock and Watson at one point. The visuals even show Evelyn with a deerstalker and pipe, while Joshua has a mustache.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Joker (more specifically, Heath Ledger's take on the character) briefly appears in "My Dad Cheats On His Wife With My Mom! I'm Confused".
    • In addition to the aforementioned Sherlock Homage, "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" has Evelyn's best friend Joshua doing the "Gendo pose" at one point.
    • In "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother", Joshua has toys of Chick Hicks, Fluttershy and EVA Unit-01.
    • Alex in "My Parents Are Super Rich But I Starve" has a picture of Darth Vader in his room.
    • Being a story about people who get mocked and shamed for having big noses, "My Mom Shamed Me And I Was Shocked To Find Out The Reason" includes some pictures of characters with big noses, such as Pinocchio, Squidward, Mr. Burns and Gonzo.
  • Shrinking Violet: Rene from "I Hide From Everyone On Valentine's Day. There Are 5 Reasons Why" thinks part of the reason her friend Patty is still single is because she's very shy and can't talk to guys.
  • Sibling Triangle: "My Sister Hid Under My Bed On My First Wedding Night" sees Page and her brother-in-law Karl start falling in love, though they don't act on it until after Karl divorces Page's sister Kitty for her increasingly bad behavior and refusal to see a therapist.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Wendy and Will from "I Hide From Everyone On Valentine's Day. There Are 5 Reasons Why" aren't normally like this... except on Valentine's Day, where they cuddle all the time and call each other by babyish nicknames.
  • Snowball Lie: Lisa from "I Hid Mom's Death From My Sister For YEARS" tells her younger sister Hannah that her mom, who died from heart problems while away from home, went on a very important business trip... that keeps getting extended. The whole thing quickly takes on a life of its own and eventually spirals out of anyone's control, forcing Lisa to reveal the truth before things get even worse.
  • Someone to Remember Him By:
    • Roy from "My Brother Died And I Went On A Quest To Find His Illegitimate Son" died before said illegitimate son was born.
    • Deconstructed in "I Got A Chance To Revenge For My Dad's Death To His Boss". Patrick's father ends up having a posthumous son, but the loss of the family's primary breadwinner means the addition of another mouth to feed is more of a burden than a blessing in practical terms. Moreover, since Patrick's mother was very stressed out by her husband's death and the complications that resulted while she was pregnant, Patrick's little brother is born with some medical issues that put further strain on their finances.
  • So Proud of You: In "My Parents Are Super Rich But I Starve", Alex's parents are very proud of him for managing to make money off his record-selling enterprise, and aren't even mad about him refusing to invite them to the party he threw using some of the profits.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Mike from "My Fear Of Spiders Nearly Got Me Into Big Trouble" certainly thinks so, but he's going through therapy he hopes will help him overcome his fear.
  • Spoiled Brat: Defied by Alex's parents in "My Parents Are Super Rich But I Starve". To make sure he doesn't end up like the selfish, arrogant, lazy rich kids at the schools in their youth, they're fairly strict with him and don't give him much in the way of luxuries or pocket money.
  • Spoiler Title:
    • In "My Mom is Gay", the fact that Lenny's mother is in love with another woman is treated as a big reveal, even though the title makes it clear that she's attracted to other women.
    • While the exact details of the twist in "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" note  aren't revealed until about halfway through the video, the fact that Evelyn's biological mother is a different person from the woman who helped raise her is spoiled by the title.
    • The fact that Lisa and her mom Melissa are actually her dad Tom's second family (rather than the first, as they initially assumed after learning that Tom had another family in New Jersey) is treated like a major twist... even though the video's title is "My Dad Has Two Families... And We Are Not The First One!"
    • In "My BF's Little Brother Turned Out To Be His Son", Irene's discovery that the boy she assumed was Andrew's younger brother was actually his son is portrayed as a shocking revelation, but the title made it clear from the start that this was the case.
  • Stalker Shrine: Dave from "I Found A Creepy Altar With My Pics In My Stepbrother's Room" has one of his stepsister Nancy. When she finds it, she's even more freaked out than she already was.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In "My Plastic Surgery Went Wrong. I'm A Monster!", narrator Christine was the tallest girl in her high school and is generally considered very attractive. Unfortunately, there are a lot of modelling agencies that have problems with her nose.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Christine's parents from "My Parents Raised Us In Different Ways" have some very traditional ideas about a woman's "proper" place and try to make sure their daughter lives up to these ideas. For her part, Christine doesn't think there's anything wrong with a girl choosing the lifestyle her parents champion, but justifiably doesn't like being pressured into adopting it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Phoebe's mother from "My Mom Is Looking For New Parents For Me Because She Will Die Soon" starts acting surprisingly calm and even cheerful a few days after learning she has terminal brain cancer. But it's eventually revealed that she's far more sad and scared than she lets on.
  • Stern Teacher: Mr. J from "My Сoach Pressed Me But I Am Thankful For That" is very tough on Mick and rarely gives him positive reinforcement, but he never abuses or demeans him and is clearly happy when he succeeds.
  • Sticky Fingers: "I Couldn't Stop Stealing Everything From Everyone" is about a kleptomaniac boy named Steve.
  • Stress Vomit: Jeffrey from "My Dad Bought Me A New Mom Online" does this after he realizes his mother's been having an affair.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • When Emily from "I Was Switched At Birth With Another Baby" meets her parents' biological daughter, she sees that the other girl not only looks like a younger version of her mom, but also has similar mannerisms and even waves at people in the same way — despite having been raised by a different family. Emily, meanwhile, finds that she's extremely similar to her biological father (though her complete lack of athleticism comes from her biological mom).
    • Evelyn's maternal grandfather from "I Found A Letter In The Attic. It Was From My Biological Mother" says Evelyn looks a lot like her bio-mom Alice.
  • Surprise Incest: Subverted in "My Boyfriend Could Actually Be My Father. Good Lord!". Lana's boyfriend Jonathan seems like he might be her biological father, but a Daddy DNA Test proves he isn't.
  • Switched at Birth: As one can probably guess from the title, this happened to Emily in "I Was Switched At Birth With Another Baby".
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Page from "My Sister Hid Under My Bed On My First Wedding Night" can't help but feel sorry for Kitty despite all the grief she put her through.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Dina from "My Friend Spiked My Drink Every Day. I Was Shocked To Know The Reason" is revealed to have been slipping sedatives into narrator Michelle's drinks so she could drive a wedge between her and her boyfriend Matt and catch him on the rebound.
    • Hanna, the narrator of "I Sent My Brother To Hospital Giving Him Sleeping Pills", attempted to get back at her Big Brother Bully Dunn by slipping some sleeping pills into his tea, thinking they would just make him too sleepy to take an important test. But instead, he ended up hospitalized.
  • Taught by Experience: In "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!", Maggie's father learns from his previous failed marriages, first by getting a prenup, and then by refusing to marry his latest partner.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: My Grandfather Revealed Our Family Secret Before Dying is the Child of Forbidden Love between a college student and her teacher. It was a short-lived relationship because her mother fell for her step-father, her biological father's own son, instead.
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    • In I Faked Pregnancy To Get Good Grades At School, a fourteen year old is Mistaken for Pregnant and this somehow made her the most popular girl at school. Reality Ensues when a social worker gets involved because of her very young age at the time of the pregnancy.
    • Eish from "He Bet His Daughter. I Won!" gave birth to a son at age 17.
  • Tomboy Angst: Roberta from "My Mad Dad Calls Me "Son". I'm A Girl!" wants to express her feminine side more, but her father won't let her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Happens in "My Mom Taught Me To Manipulate Men For Money". Narrator Samantha's mother was a manipulative, misandristic quasi-gold digger who raised her daughter to be the same way. Then Samantha starts dating a boy named Timothy, genuinely falling in love with him and growing out of her ways because of it. After that, her mom starts dating Timothy's dad, and goes through the same change.
    • Natalie's mother in "I Was Asked To Babysit An Unknown Boy. Turned Out He Was My Half-brother" starts out very mean to Natalie's half-brother Joshua because he's a walking reminder of her husband's infidelity. But after a while, she realizes that it's not his fault he was born as a result of her husband's affair, and makes an effort to treat him better and not take her anger out on him.
  • Training from Hell: Mick from "My Сoach Pressed Me But I Am Thankful For That" got put through some very hard training by his coach Mr. J, but the results speak for themselves.
  • Trash of the Titans: Nora's mother in "My Mom Is A Hoarder. We Live On Trash!" develops a problem with hoarding, and so their house gets filled with garbage.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The titular dad in "My Dad Went To Las Vegas And Came Back Married" was never a handsome man, but his deceased first wife was quite attractive.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Happens in "I Seduced My Best Friend's Crush To Split Them Up. He Is Mine!". Rita's friend Sam develops a romantic interest in her, but she doesn't return his affections, as he finds out during an awkward incident at her 14th birthday party. Some time later, Sam starts dating a girl named Lena who Rita just can't stand for reasons she can't entirely place. Then her grandmother helps her realize she's having a Green-Eyed Epiphany.
  • Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Inverted by Roberta in "My Mad Dad Calls Me "Son". I'm A Girl!". She wants to express her feminine side more, but her dad isn't happy about the idea since he sees her as a Replacement Goldfish for his dead son.
  • Villain Team-Up: "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" sees three of Maggie's dad's toxic exes team up to try and get money from him by threatening to falsely claim he abused them.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "Vulture" from "I Have Three Gold Digging Stepmothers And One Rich Dad. It's A War!" completely loses her shit when her duplicity is exposed, running around smashing things and screaming like a banshee.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Sometimes, there's a bit of a disconnect between character design and voice acting. For example, there are multiple cases of people who are depicted as white but sound black.
  • Voodoo Zombie: Henry from "My Grandma Cast A Voodoo Spell On My Best Friend. It Worked!" thinks Caleb's grandmother Virginia sent one of these to torment him after he offended her by disrespecting her late mentor's remains. But it turns out it was just Henry's sister Gill playing a joke on her brother.
  • Wanted a Son Instead: "My Mad Dad Calls Me "Son". I'm A Girl!" makes it clear that Roberta's father wanted a boy he could use as a Replacement Goldfish for his first son. When his wife ended up giving birth to a girl instead, he decided he'd treat her as though she was a boy.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Amber and Ben's respective fathers in "I Am Marrying The Son Of My Father's Enemy. Like Romeo And Juliet!" used to be the closest of friends… but then they had a major falling out over a promotion at work.
  • Wham Line: A few stories have had these:
    • In "I Am Schizophrenic And Stopped Taking My Pills", Kylie walks in on her roommate Daniella making out with her boyfriend Brody, and chases her into the woods. Later, when she's talking with the principal about what happened, he drops this bombshell:
      "Kylie, you don't have a roommate and you never have had one."
    • Kara from "I Thought My Mom Was Dead Until I Saw Her Homeless In The Street" starts spending time with her homeless mother who she thought was dead in secret. After she tells her father about it while Calling the Old Man Out, she finds him yelling at her. Then he says this:
      She is not who you think she is. She is the one who killed your mom and walked away.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Subverted in "I Scare My Mom: She Is Afraid Of Kids". Andrew was told by his grandma that his mother couldn't be a part of his life due to her working extremely hard. Then, when Andrew has to live with her, it turns out that this isn't entirely true: his mother is very dedicated to her job... but she's a painter and works from home. In reality, she didn't raise him due to her pedophobia.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Mike from "My Fear Of Spiders Nearly Got Me Into Big Trouble" struggles with arachnophobia, but has started working on overcoming it after his fear nearly caused a car accident.
    • Susan from "I Got Stuck 200 Ft High From Ground" is terrified of heights to the point of being afraid to go too high on the swings. Needless to say, getting stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel is an incredibly scary experience for her, but the incident inspires her to try to get over her fear.
  • Wicked Stepmother:
    • In I'm A Slave Of My Stepmother, the stepmother Julia asks Lucy do chores and babysit for her.
    • In My Stepmother Hated Me So I Had To Move Out, Monica's stepmother is jealous of her and makes the entire family turn against her. Monica eventually moves in with her grandparents.
    • Downplayed with Lola from "My Dad Went To Las Vegas And Came Back Married". She's not actively cruel to her stepchildren and doesn't seem to have any real hostility towards them, but she still proves too self-centered and irresponsible to be a good mother to them. The last straw comes when she fails to make sure her stepdaughter has enough food and rest.
  • Witness Protection: The Narrator of "My Friends Think I Am Dead" was put in this after his father turned state's evidence.
  • Yandere: Sandra from "My Ex WENT BERSERK At My Wedding. I Had To Call The Police" starts out merely clingy and invasive towards her boyfriend Frank, but after he breaks up with her, she undergoes Sanity Slippage and becomes increasingly obsessed and dangerous.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Nate from "He Bet His Daughter. I Won!" manages to get his Antiziganist parents to accept his relationship with a Romani girl named Eish by convincing them she's "one of the good ones".
  • You Keep Using That Word: Lindsey from "I'm Dating My Stepbrother" consistently calls Jayden her stepbrother, even though he's actually her adopted brother.
  • Younger Than They Look: Daniel from "My Gf Was Covered In Marks. Her Parents Weren't Supposed To Know Why!" is easily mistaken for an adult despite being in high school.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In "My Mom Is Looking For New Parents For Me Because She Will Die Soon", Phoebe's mother has an inoperable brain tumor that will kill her within months.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Ariana from "I Sleepwalked At School And Embarrassed Myself Publicly" is told by her mother that she should've drowned in the river instead of her brother Gavin.
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