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Dorkly is a sister site of CollegeHumor which hosts a series of sprite animations poking fun at clichés and Fridge Logic in classic video games, with emphasis on dark humor and occasional line-crossing.

Dorkly's YouTube channel an be found here.

On January 8th, 2020, IAC, CollegeHumor's parent company, pulled their funding. This resulted in the layoff of a majority of the CollegeHumor staff, including the entirety of the Dorkly crew. The future of Dorkly was uncertain for a time, but they were eventually picked up by Lowbrow Studios and able to resume content creation.


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Dorkly Originals contain examples of:

Gothitelle: You're going to die in six months. A Solrock falls on you after accidentally falling asleep and entering Earth's atmosphere. It renders you in twain but does not kill you immediately. You spend seven hours in agony trying in vain to return your innards to their rightful place before you are dragged to a Pokecenter by a small child on a bicycle as he only has three pokeballs and is not willing to lose any of his level two Caterpie for some Pokemon he's never met before. Sadly you are beyond help by the time they process your insurance information four hours later.
Hitmonchan: I'm um, I'm just going to go now.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Deconstructed in The Tragic Life of Every Bug Catcher Pokémon.
  • Surprise Incest: In the video If video games were 69% more realistic, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Candy Kong, and Dixie Kong are all getting ready to go out on a date before realizing that all their last names are Kong. This prompts Diddy to question if they are related, prompting them to all say the name of their grandfather, which is "Cranky Kong".
    Donkey Kong: Okay. So... Honestly, our history of incest explains a lot.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: "What Would Happen If Peach Got Regular-Kidnapped" is one of the few shorts to have a genuinely happy ending. Peach is rescued with no harm, Mario isn't humiliated, beaten up, or killed (which could count as a big Throw the Dog a Bone moment for him) and there isn't some horrible twist at the end that would turn this into a Downer Ending.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Meet Metal Sonic, when Robotnik says Metal Sonic may be slightly buggy because he was distracted while building it due to "girlfriend issues":
    Robotnik: Before you ask, yes, I have a real girlfriend, and nooo, she is not a robot I built that has now gone haywire.
    Anchorman: And in local news, humanity is fine. Dittos have not secretly invaded society, ha ha ha ha. But if they did, you'd never know!
  • Take a Third Option: In Telltale Games' Super Mario Bros.:
    [Mario used the "jump with Yoshi then get off" trick to boost him and Luigi up to a higher cliff, leaving Yoshi to fall down the side and die]
    Mario: [walking away from the cliff while whistling the Super Mario Bros. theme] Hey Luigi, are you doing okay?
    Luigi: W...Why did you let Yoshi die?
    [Mario is presented with two options: "He gave his life for us" and "I did what I had to do". Mario chooses neither]
    Mario: You see...[walks over to Luigi and slaps him] DON'T YOU EVER QUESTION ME AGAIN-A!
  • Take That!:
    • Mario Paint Torture is one towards the band Nickelback.
    • Social Justice RPG is a jab towards online Social Justice Warriors, with the Warrior of the team hindering the group by complaining about every little thing that could be interpreted as bigotry, even going so far as to complain about the Ninja labeling the final boss as "evil" even though it's clear that the being intends to destroy all life on the planet.
    • Batman v. Superman v. Iron Man v. Captain America: Dawn of Civil War has Batman telling Superman that Man of Steel was garbage, then questions why Superman didn't save his father and why anybody would be mad at him for it.
      • The video always took shots at how the DC Extended Universe was doing a film about two of its heroes fighting with almost no build up, as opposed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe which built up to Iron Man and Captain America facing each other.
    • Dorkly Doesn't React Under Penalty of Law was meant to make fun of the Fine Brothers after they had announced that they were going to license their React brand, which was met with extreme backlash by many who saw it as a way for the brothers to make a profit out a genre of popular YouTube videos that they didn't even create.
    • NES Ninja Turtles Theme Song is an entire song dedicated to mercilessly insult the intense difficulty and gameplay of the original 1989 NES Ninja Turtles game.
    • Mario is too Mainstream is a jab at the more pretentious fans or developers of indie games (Braid in particular is signaled out) who go on about how their games are unique or deep when most of their mechanics or messages are already present in the more mainstream titles they dismiss.
    • The Fantastic Four's Greatest Villain - REVEALED! was pretty much just one long jab towards 20th Century Fox for their rather poorly made Marvel movies (the Fantastic Four adaptations in particular). It also throws a barb at Sony Pictures' handling of the Spider-Man films. Susan's protests that the Fox Studio Executive not sell the Fantastic Four to Warner Bros. could also qualify as a potshot.
    • Mario Responds to PETA bashes PETA following the controversy they stirred regarding the Tanooki Suit in Super Mario 3D Land. Mario is shown telling PETA that the mere thought of harming animals disgusts him deeply, all while killing his very animal-like enemies (and Yoshi) in the process.
    • In regards to their Star Wars videos, expect the prequel trilogy to be jabbed in one way or another.
    • Ash Gets a Digimon features... Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Ash receives a Digimon as a gift from his mother and states that "this is worse then when [mom] got me Beyblade instead of Bakugan."
    • If Sega Owned Mario and If Nintendo Owned Sonic both attack Sega's handling of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The later also attacks Nintendo for seemingly abandoning the Metroid franchise (this was during the time that Nintendo was keeping the development of Samus Returns a secret).
      • If Sega Owned Mario also contains a jab at Ubisoft, since the video turns out to be All Just a Dream, Mario is told by Luigi that Ubisoft owns them, and most of Luigi's head isn't animated, mocking the infamous glitch in Assassin's Creed: Unity
    • If Pokemon Trainers Were Smart takes a shot at Game Freak's decision to not include the National Pokedex in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
    • If Pokedex Entries Were 100% Literal has Vanilluxe get super angry and cover the entirely of Alola in a blizzard over his friend Alakazam mentioning how he liked the series finale of Lost.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted in Koopa Gets A Star. When the Starman that Mario unlocks accidentally goes to one of the Koopa Troopers, leaving Mario at his mercy, he ends up blowing it by bragging about how he's going to get Mario, and by the time he's ready to go after him, it's worn off.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Deconstructed in Why Batman Really Isn't Tragic At All. The petty crook he proceeds to injure is crippled to the point where he wants to die, because he can't provide for his family and they'll at least get life insurance. Batman not killing him is depicted as the easy solution since he can just leave him there for the police to find, rather than solving any problems. He also points out that using money for your own benefit as opposed to giving to charity isn't doing anything to help Gotham's poverty, which in turn leads to more criminals doing desperate work for money.
  • Toilet Humor: Mario Goes Down The Wrong Pipe has Mario go down a new warp pipe, only for it to take him underground into a sewer.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ecco's Friends Are Stupid Dolphins takes this trope Up to Eleven. Ecco's dolphin friends are too stupid to even listen to Ecco's warning that aliens are coming to eat them. Ecco just lets the Vortex eat them.
  • Unexpected Character: In-Universe; Chrono Trigger Time Travel Mix-Up features an appearance by The Doctor, who reveals that Lavos is actually a friendly alien, that the puzzles are easy to crack and that the protagonists are basically losers.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In "If A Christmas Carol Starred Mario and Luigi", Luigi saves Mario from the Boo of Christmas Past. In response Mario offers Luigi anything he wants... and then fired Luigi for asking for Christmas off.
  • Unishment: In Darth Vader Is Too Good At Force-Choking, the Sith Lord tries to punish Admiral Motti for questioning the Force, only to find out, to his horror, that the man has a choking fetish.
  • Villainous Valour: In "What Really Happens When Mario Destroys Castles", two Koopas named Lawrence and Daniel prove to be downright heroic.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Bowser usually speaks with a sophisticated British accent.
    • Though his voice tends to change with each video he appears in, Obi-Wan Kenobi typically sounds like someone in their mid-30s, when even non-fans of Star Wars should know that he's an old man.
  • War Is Hell: Parodied in Band of Brothers (Super Mario-Style), with Koopas in Easy Difficulty Company.
  • Was Once a Man: Occurs twice in If Pokédex Entries were EVEN MORE Literal.
    • Yamasks used to be human and carry around masks that used to be their faces.
    • Jason Smith, a research assistant at the Beige Town science center, went to bed one night and woke up as a Kadabra.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Frank Rizzoli from If Super Mario Bros Had a Hostage Negotiator is a little overzealous in trying to "rescue" Princess Peach from Bowser. He seems to be under the impression that Bowser has more than one hostage and ultimately lets Bowser keep Peach in exchange for a plane and four million dollars.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In "What Really Happens When Mario Destroys Castles", two Koopas named Lawrence and Daniel both die helping others escape from the castle.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Tails Can't Die. At the end of the short, Tails is grieving since all of his friends and family have passed away. He tries to kill himself, but he just keeps coming back to life with no end in sight.
  • Wildlife Commentary Spoof: "If Mario Games Had Nature Documentaries", in which the narrator is repeatedly interrupted by Mario killing whatever she was filming.
    Narrator: Under the sea we find a school of Cheep-cheep, who- Oh come on! He is underwater! How is he throwing fireballs?!
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Sonic Goes Berserk. In it, Sonic encounters Robotnik and knocks all seven Chaos Emeralds from Robotnik's hovercraft. Sonic then takes and eats them, which Robotnik doesn't believe was such a good idea. Sonic turns into a much burlier version of his Super Mode, prompting Robotnik to cheese it in a panic. Sonic goes on a rampage, attacking friend and foe alike and taking things from them: Tails' twin tails, Knuckles' fists, and Amy's hammer before finally catching up to Robotnik. By the time he reaches Shadow, Sonic has added Robotnik's mustache, Vector's headphones, Big's belt, and Rouge's boots to his collection.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Lampshaded in Paperboy Newsroom, where the reporter keeps writing articles about the paperboy simply doing his job, rather than reporting on other stories, such as the Grim Reaper living in a local suburban neighborhood, or a sentient tire roaming around. His editor fires him, which ends up becoming front page news.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Mario kills two monsters because of this in Super Mario Undertale. First he eats Flowey (he mistakes Flowey for a Fire Flower), then he accidentally kills Papyrus by jumping on him (he mistakes Papyrus for a Skeleton Koopa, which "always put themselves back together"). The rest of the monsters die from this on their part (after Mario somehow broke through the barrier they head to the surface to "finally see the Sun", only for it to be the Angry Sun).
  • You Have Failed Me: A more sympathetic example than usual in Bowser Wants A Gun. The Koopa King kneecaps one of his minions for making mediocre guns that shoot gigantic, slow-moving bullets, but it's hard to say he doesn't have a good reason...
    Bowser: There..were hundreds of your worthless guns on my kids airships. Hundreds! And Mario got past all of them! Literally all of my children are DEAD, Jerry! Because of your shoddy work!


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Kevin fixes Dr. Wily's plans

Kevin is portrayed as a down-to-earth and heavily logical assistant towards mostly talented villains in the "If Every Villain Had An Assistant" mini-series. And while there are some villains' plans have stupider reasons for letting their heroes get away with defeating them. Some villains such as Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Wily (who is revealed to be a gynecologist) are villainous scientists that are highly intelligent and talented villains with engineering robots & mechanical work because of their scientific passions with hatching plans to defeat their arch-nemeses, but they mostly lack common sense, logic and tact in their strategies since they were simply flawed and this is a prime of how Kevin's hyper competence enhanced his boss's plans at defeating the heroes and/or villains on occasion because of doing his job properly.

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