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FreedomToons is an animated comedy series on YouTube created by Seamus Coughlin. It can be viewed here.

Describing itself as "Educational Cartoons about Freedom and Liberty", it mainly satirizes current political issues and internet culture.


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  • Adaptational Badass: Parodied. Pintsized Jewish and Nerdy right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro has hex vision.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: The way that Dave Rubin is portrayed is basically FreedomToons's answer to Team America: World Police's Matt Damon. The only barely coherent phrase he can utter is "I agree with that".
  • Affectionate Parody: FreedomToons parodies some people whom Seamus is explicitly a supporter of. Both Ben and Dave are on record to have enjoyed these videos.
    Dear Ben Shapiro, I'm sorry for making another video about you. Please don't melt me with your laser vision. I'm actually a huge fan.
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  • Alphabet News Network: The MSNBS network, which hosts the incredibly biased show The Echo Chamber.
  • Appeal to Consequences: Parodied. Ben Shapiro's response to the healthcare debate is to assert that free healthcare amounts to "stealing the labor of doctors", which means doctors are slaves, which means doctors will be forced to work on plantations, which means some doctors will be raped by their slave masters, so what happens to the half-doctor half-human babies born as a result of free healthcare?
  • Argument of Contradictions: "Debates with Strawmen: Fake News" is just left-wing and right-wing media outlets accusing each other of being fake news in "I'm not! You are!" format.
  • Aside Glance: At the end of "Leftism: Then vs. Now", after all of Seamus' worries about the left that seemed irrational at first have come true eight years later, Julie asks him to trust her when she assures him that political correctness has nothing at all to do with censoring people whose opinions she doesn't like. Seamus just gives the camera an angry look.
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  • Author Appeal/Author Tract: Seamus Coughlin is a Libertarian and also hosted animations for Foundation For Economic Education.
  • Author Avatar: Seamus will occasionally appear as himself in several cartoons.
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: Talkshow host Dave Rubin is parodied as being obsessed with the word "regressive". He uses it about thirty times in a single minute.
  • Bait the Dog: "The Charitable SJW" shows a Social Justice Warrior writing a check for a homeless person... so he can check his privilege for being a straight white male. She then levels up into a "Level 5 Tumblrista", becoming even fatter, getting hipster glasses, and multicolored hair.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe example. In "Debunkers vs. G*n Control Nonsense" the video they're analyzing ends with a message bashing the electoral college. The Debunkers are dumbfounded as to what the point of that statement was, as the video they were analyzing was about gun control, and the electoral college was never mentioned beforehand, so it had no relevance to the rest of the video.
  • Big "NO!": Alex Jones lets out a dramatic "No!" as he's erased from existence by an Infinity Glove-wearing gay Pepe the Frog.
  • Black and White Insanity: Dr. Mac has a rather bad case of this because he views the world exclusively through a power-plus-prejudice ideological lens. He actually argues that a survivor of a terrorist massacre is an evil racist... because he's white, so he can never be victimized. Meanwhile, any group or idea endorsed by his team has to be wonderful by default, facts be damned.
  • Burning with Anger: In "JBP, Trump's Wind Mill Cancer, Jussie Smollett", Alex Jones goes on a Conspiracy Theorist rant about the dangers of windmills. He keeps getting angrier and his face keeps getting redder until his hair catches fire.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: In "Gun Control with Piers and Cenk", Dr. Mac calls on Piers Morgan and Cenk Uygur to help him name several firearms that they want banned. They list a bunch of fictional guns from games such as Halo and Call of Duty: World at War.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: In the Dr. Mac short "Gentrification" Dr. Mac scolds guest speaker Timmy for moving into the inner city, referring to it as gentrification, saying it would drive up the area's prices and kick out the poorer locals. However, when Timmy suggests moving out of the city, Dr. Mac gets mad that he's no longer giving his money to the inner city's local economy, allowing poverty in the area to rise.
  • Category Traitor: When a black guest on The Echo Chamber disagrees with the racial victimhood narrative, Dr. Mac somehow finds a way to declare him a white supremacist.
  • Clickbait Gag: Parodied. Most political content on YouTube, especially if it's ripped from the original source, tends to be advertised with hyperbolic titles such as "X Destroys/Humiliates/Schools Y". FT's cartoon "Ben Shapiro DESTROYS Liberal" actually makes true on its claim by depicting the Daily Wire host incinerating and vaporizing a left-wing college student who annoys him with Eye Beams.
  • Crawl: The bottom crawl on The Echo Chamber is deliberately hostile and condescending to the audience as part of its Strawman News Media nature.
  • Crying Wolf:
    • "Fighting Nazis Then Vs Now" ends with one of the soldiers stating that if Nazism actually did start to rise, no one would take it seriously because people nowadays use the term Nazi to complain about people who disagree with them.
    • The Debunkers clip "Ben Shapiro Loves White Nationalists" deconstructs this mentality with regards to Steve King being exposed as a racist. They acknowledge that if so many people end up being called racist, then someone accused will eventually be the real deal. However, they also point out how accusing everyone of being racist means people won't take accusations of racism seriously even when they end up being true.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The GOP is depicted as a mustache-twirling villain who wears a black suit, top hat, and eye mask.
  • Dead Guy on Display: A background joke shows the mounted head of Cenk Uygur hanging on the Shapiro family's dining room wall.
  • A Degree in Useless: Dr. Mac claims to be knowledgeable about firearms because he has a PhD, but when queried further, he clarifies that he's a doctor in "lesbian poetry".
  • Double Standard: Mercilessly parodied in "HOW TO CRITICIZE THE LEFT". Dr. Mac hosts a game show called "Dilute That Criticism" that is about exactly this.
    Dr. Mac: Whenever you critique a group of people the Left sympathizes with, you have to find a way to lather your critique and caveats about how other groups are just as bad, if not worse!
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Dr. Mac shows a Spreading Disaster Map Graphic detailing terrorist attacks committed by Islamists that overlaps with Muslim-majority countries and countries with increasingly large Muslim minorities. He then calls the reason behind the surge of attacks a mystery for the ages.
  • Eye Beams: According to "Thanksgiving With Ben Shapiro", this is hereditary in Ben's family.
  • Freudian Slip: In the Dr. Mac short "Gentrification" Dr. Mac, despite always claiming to be against racism, refers to the inner city as a "minority infested neighborhood", which guest speaker Timmy is quick to pick up on.
  • Gasshole: The FreedomToons version of Cenk Uygur is constantly burping and occasionally farts.
  • Godwin's Law: Disussed in "Dr. Mac vs. A*t-Right" with Dr. Mac and guest speaker Julie. Julie says it's okay to label anyone you disagree with "alt-right" even if there's no proof, but she herself admits she doesn't know what the term means. Julie also mentions that calling someone a "racist" or a "nazi" attracts skepticism because of how overused those labels have become.
  • Hope Spot: Jordan Peterson makes an impassioned speech advocating for free speech as the music swells, before a Record Needle Scratch cuts him off and a Canadian judge sentences him to electroshock therapy for his "horrible abuse of children" by using the wrong pronoun.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "How to Give a Regressive a Heart Attack", the "progressive" hipster talks to Seamus about respecting everyone's lifestyle choices. Once Seamus hops in his Hummer, mentions its pitiful gas mileage, talks about exploiting tax loopholes, and he and his wife's natural family planning, the hipster suffers a major heart attack. After having been driven to a hospital by Seamus, the ungrateful hipster awakens on a stretcher. When Seamus mentions that he's late to the night's NRA meeting, it triggers the hipster's second and likely fatal heart attack.
  • In-Joke: In "Every Rubin Report Ever", the brief back-and-forth between Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson about the definition of truth isn't half as funny unless you've listened to their several hours-long discussion that was almost immediately derailed because they couldn't come to an agreement about objective truth vs. darwinian truth.
    Harris: This is clearly... not... an honest person that we're dealing with. I view him... truly as a bad actor.
    Peterson: Well, that depends on what your definition of truth is, Sam.
    Harris: Oh, not this again.
  • Interrupting Meme: Kanye West interrupts Dr. Mac's show to take him to task for his white savior complex and collectivization of black people.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: "Liberals on Women's Issues" portrays Dr. Mac, the host of The Echo Chamber, as this when it comes to women's issues. Every issue he lists is just a different way to say abortion, and guest speaker Jackie calls him out on using women's issues to promote a pro-abortion agenda and not knowing anything about women's issues beyond abortion.
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Often, the videos will point out how some statistics that could be seen as a good thing give off a false impression.
    • Both "Government Good, Guns Bad!" and "Support Gun Control You Child Hating Bigot!!" point out that while gun violence in Australia has gone down since its gun ban, gun violence was already going down at an identical rate before its gun ban was put into law.
    • In "Only 2% Of Rape Accusations Are False???", he calmly breaks down the actual statistics behind this claim and the uncomfortable truth that in the vast majority of cases, there's no conclusive proof either way.
    • "Fake News on School Shootings" debunks the statistic that 240 school shootings happened in one year. It points out how a weapon being fired on school property counts as a school shooting, so even a gun being fired by accident, or a case where no one got injured could count as a school shooting. Seamus also mentions a case in 2018 in which a man committed suicide in his car, which was parked in the parking lot of an abandoned school at night, and that was considered a school shooting.
    • This is the bread and butter of "The Debunkers" series, which stars two men living in a bomb shelter who spend their free time debunking Youtube videos. If a video they're analyzing gives a statistic, they'll cite the full context of the statistic which usually gives off a different impression than the out-of-context statistic implies:
      • "Debunkers vs. Medicare for All" goes into detail about the Canadian Healthcare System, and the myth that universal healthcare would fix everything. While it does have a universal healthcare system, there's so much red tape and bureaucracy that people can end up waiting months for emergency surgery, and citizens end up leaving Canada to find better healthcare in other countries. It also notes that despite the problems with America's healthcare system, the nation ranks first in the world in terms of quality, whereas Canada is ranked seventh.
  • Metaphorgotten: "The Fable of Jordan Peterson" at one point parodies Jordan Peterson's use of archetype and metaphor to express meaning and life lessons.
    Jordan Peterson: You think she's telling the truth? Yeah, sure. Just like Little Red Riding Hood, walking down a path to grandma's house... but then it turns out, it's not grandma... it's The Big Bad Wolf... and he gobbles you up! ...and that's how you get Nazi Germany.
  • Mondegreen: From "Fighting Nazis Then vs. Now":
    Soldier #2: What else are these Nazis doing?
    Blond Scientist: They believe there are only two genders.
    Soldier #3: Well, of course, there's more than two genders.
    Red-haired scientist: Thank goodness.
    Soldier #3: Yeah. The Russians have their a-gender, the Germans have their a-gender, the Japanese have their a-gender, everybody's got an a-gender.
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: In "Ben Shapiro OWNS Dr. Mac", Ben aces a question that no mere mortal could answer, despite his IQ slowly draining.
    Dr. Mac: Look at this Wechsler IQ test! "If Uncle Mordecai calls you a meshugenahnote  each time three successive dreidelnote  spins result in a number adding up to less than seven, how many yarmulkesnote  surround the menorahnote  on the 11th day of Hanukkahnote ?"
    Ben: Well, the answer is obviously "12" folks.
    Dr. Mac: See?! And he got that answer correct after speaking to me upwards of sixty seconds. You know how low is IQ must be at this point?
  • Motor Mouth: Ben Shapiro is portrayed as this more so than usual.
    Dr. Mac: Are—are you speeding this guy up? I can barely understand him.
    Assistant: Speeding him up?! Mac, we're playing him in slow motion!
  • Mushroom Samba: Joe Rogan is consuming various drugs throughout the "Joe Rogan interviews Tim Pool & Jack Dorsey" cartoon. At the end, when he asks everyone if they've tried DMT, Joe himself is shown as a unicorn with a human face.
  • Never My Fault: The Echo Chamber video "Gun on Human Violence" has Dr. Mac trying to blame guns, inanimate objects, for the deaths of humans, rather than the humans who use said guns by trying to use ''facts'' like how no gun has been arrested for murdering a human.
  • Noble Savage: Elizabeth Warren's spurious claims to Native ancestry are mocked by sarcastically depicting her as a Pocahontas-type figure who fears the White Man's DNA test influx into their lands.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seamus does many of the vocal impersonations himself.
  • No Mere Windmill: "Leftism: Then vs Now". In 2008, Seamus' criticisms of left-wing policies are derided by Julie as irrational fear-mongering, but have all come true by 2016.
    • In 2008, he was worried that liberals were actually socialists because they supported more government spending. In 2016, socialism—i.e. seizing the means of production—is a Sacred Cow for the left in general and radical groups like ANTIFA have emerged that openly advocate for it.
    • In 2008, he doesn't care about gay marriage being legalized, but he didn't think that Christian bakers should be forced to provide services that conflict with their religion. In 2016, they're being sued for bigotry.
    • In 2008, Julie says that terrorists should never be imprisoned without due process, because presumption of innocence is paramount for a lawful civil society. In 2016, she wants to suspend civil liberties for people accused of rape and considers anyone who questions this a "rape apologist".
    • In 2008, Seamus claims that because the left keeps widening the net of what they consider "bigoted", being straight will be considered homophobic. In 2016, Julie calls him a transphobe if he doesn't want a relationship with a transgender woman.
    • Finally, in 2016 Julie claims that political correctness is NOT about censorship, but since then internet censorship has increased and hate speech laws in several countries have become more draconian.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • In "The Fable of Jordan Peterson", a social constructivist identitarian argues against Jordan Peterson with a meaningless diatribe full of left-wing intellectual buzzwords. Seamus adds a note in the cartoon that he didn't make any of it up: he just replaced the relevant identity-based terms with "gogurt tube".
    • In "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Elected To Congress!!!", there's a note at the bottom informing the viewer that several statements made in the video were actually uttered by AOC.
  • Not So Different: In the "Nazis vs. Commies" episode of "Debates with Strawmen" both strawmen are shown to be bronies due to their "My Little Pony" t-shirts, just that the word "My" is translated to "Mein" for the Nazi and "Mao" for the Communist. They also end up forming an alliance at the end after realizing their ideologies have killed a lot of people.
  • Offing the Annoyance:
    • Ben Shapiro initially tries to reason with a college student about healthcare, but eventually he just gives up and uses his laser vision (!) on him.
    • Same thing happens to the Shapiros' Thanksgiving turkey after it claims "socialism works".
  • Quicksand Sucks: Seamus criticizes the way government measures unemployment (anyone who has given up on looking for work is not considered "unemployed") by depicting a census taker observing several people drowning in quicksand, then declaring the problem solved when their head goes under.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: After Dave Rubin's guests vow never to come back because he's too agreeable, he instead decides to interview Rave Dubin, a webshow host who is very... agreeable. And wears glasses.
  • Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity:
    • Being present on The Echo Chamber causes Ben Shapiro's IQ to drop precipitously.
      Ben Shapiro: [IQ: 70] We need the government to take care of us, folks. [IQ: 50] Feelings don't care about your facts...
    • In "Joe Rogan interviews Tim Pool & Jack Dorsey", Joe is constantly seen huffing glue, dousing paint thinner into his drink, and all sorts of other things that chips away at his intelligence.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Dr. Mac treats an actual jihadist as a horrible victim because of tweets critical of Islam, while denouncing an actual survivor of a terrorist massacre as a horrible Islamophobic bigot for suggesting a link between religious scripture and acts of violence perpetrated against non-Muslims.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The WWII soldiers in "Fighting Nazis Then Vs Now" are shown to be homophobic, transphobic, and against birth control to reflect the era they come from, but are still portrayed in the right when they call out the people who summoned them to 2018 for misusing the term "Nazi" to complain about people they disagree with.
  • Pompous Political Pundit: Dr. Mac is a "progressive" version, embodying the worst stereotypes of left-wing pundits: he's Holier Than Thou, thinks that the west is an evil imperialist patriarchy, has Selective Obliviousness towards violent behavior perpretated by islamists, and is a Know-Nothing Know-It-All on topics such as gun legislation.
  • Punny Name: "What White Knights Actually Believe" features an internet white knight named "Chris Cucker".
  • Running Gag: If a video is about gun control, then expect the gun ban in Australia to be mentioned.
  • Self-Botched Catchphrase: Daily Wire host Ben Shapiro flubs his Catch-Phrase, "Facts don't care about your feelings", after Dr. Mac causes his intelligence to degrade, perverting it into "Feelings don't care about your facts".
  • Shout-Out: In "The Fable of Jordan Peterson", Peterson sounds like and is drawn to resemble Kermit the Frog. This is referencing a meme about the similarities between the two, which Peterson himself acknowledged when he appeared with a Kermit puppet.
  • Sincerity Mode: Some of his videos have an animated version of himself talking directly into a microphone, lacking the satirical tone of most of his videos, with him instead being serious about the topic he's discussing. "Racist Bingo" and "Who Will Pump the Gas?" are two examples of videos that lack the satirical tone his videos tend to have.
  • Skewed Priorities: The progressive character in "Defusing Radical Islam". Seamus is frantically trying to defuse a home-made suicide vest after punching out a muslim jihadist, but the former is more interested in virtue signaling to social media and trying to change the topic to Christian extremists (read: cardboard sign protestors) and/or historical colonialism/the crusades. Eventually, they all get blown up because Seamus cut the wrong wire.
  • Spooky Painting: The family portraits in "Thanksgiving With Ben Shapiro"; the portraits' eyes blink in tandem with the entire Shapiro family.
  • Stealth Pun: He never goes out and says it, but Seamus seems to be referencing the 'Clown World' meme in "JBP, Trump's Wind Mill Cancer, Jussie Smollett", focused on various short skits depicting a Bizarro upside-down world where Jordan Peterson's refusal to use Newspeak causes Trans people to literally stop existing, President Trump develops cancer from exposure to constant media windmills, and Jussie Smollet is vindicated as a saint for his actions.
  • Strawman Fallacy: A frequent target of mockery.
    • This becomes a Literal Metaphor in the recurring "Debates with Strawmen", where each side of a debate is depicted as an actual strawman who unironically argues the most extreme possible caricture of their side's position on a given hot-button topic.
    • In "#NotAll", a Flubal (basically a simply-drawn Hobbit who talks in a slow voice) keeps reading his own, distorted interpretations into whatever Seamus's Author Avatar is actually saying about Flubals.
    • "Jordan Peterson's Translator" mocks the infamous Cathy Newman Channel 4 interview and her repeated attempts to restate his arguments in a way that made them sound extreme or ridiculous. "So what you're saying is...?" At one point, Cathy herself is drawn as a Flubal.
    • Dr. Mac debates one of the Strawmen in "Dr. Mac DESTROYS Strawman". They're just throwing talking point clichés at each other without getting anywhere.
  • Strawman News Media: The Echo Chamber hosted by Dr. Mac is an In-Universe news show with an extreme left-wing bias replete with Demonization, Strawmanning, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and Insane Troll Logic.
  • Strawman Political: Leftists tend to be portrayed as blue-haired hipsters, Rightwingers as corporatist sell-outs.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In "Thanksgiving with Ben Shapiro", Ben Shapiro's family members all look exactly like him and talk with the same nasal high-speed voice. When we see his wife (who is a doctor!) she looks like Shapiro with lipstick.
  • Talking to Themself: In-Universe, After Dave Rubin interviews Sam Harris, Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, and others, "Every Rubin Report Ever" ends with him interviewing "Rave Dubin."
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: In "Ben Shapiro REKS Ocasio-Cortez", democratic socialist up-and-comer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Ben Shapiro of cat-calling and even attacks him with mace after he takes her up on her claim that Republicans aren't willing to debate her ideas by offering her money for a public debate. Ben responds that she's just proving his point without costing him a dime. And gives her the Eye Beams treatment.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The European Union is depicted as an out-of-touch aristocrat who worships St. Merkel of the Migrant and doesn't want the United Kingdom to leave the organization because "it's racist it's racist it's racist it's racist...".
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Ben Shapiro: "And the idea, and the idea..." This tic idea is expanded in "Thanksgiving With Ben Shapiro", where almost everyone in Ben's family ends their sentences with "folks". Even Ben's infant son does this.
      Baby Shapiro: Goo-goo ga-ga, folks.
    • Dave Rubin has "Regressive (Left)" and "I agree with that!"
  • Visual Pun: "Journalism in 2018" has two reporters literally patting themselves on the back repeatedly while engaging in a bloviating and self-aggrandizing speech about the moral fortitude of the fourth estate.
  • Wheel of Decisions: The host of The Echo Chamber uses a giant spinning wheel to determine what kind of "bigot" the guests he disagrees with are.
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before: After Donald Trump announced the establishment of a space force as an official new branch of the U.S. military, there's "Trump Trek", parodying the original Star Trek, with Trump himself as Kirk, Mike Pence as Spock, Kim Jong-Un as Sulu, and SJWs as the Klingons.
  • White Man's Burden: The video "Muslim Representation" is about this idea. The Echo Chamber is trying to celebrate the fact that The Police Show has introduced a transgendered, homosexual Muslim character. However, guest speaker Muhammad, who is Muslim, doesn't see the character as proper representation. Instead, he sees the character as a mouthpiece for white writers to promote their political ideology. He also thinks these writers only care about representation of minorities so they can be used as shields to deflect criticism of their beliefs.
  • Your Head Asplode: Seamus is able to counter NPC zombies by shouting information that contradicts with their pre-programmed opinion at them with a megaphone, which causes their heads to pop.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Parodied in "Night of the Living NPCs", where Seamus has to defend his house from a rampaging horde of Non-Player Characters spouting progressive platitudes at him.

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