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Red: Hi, I'm Red.
Blue: And I'm — wait, did we ever give me a name? Are we going with colors, or...?
[cut to several seconds later]
Red: Hi, I'm Red.
Blue: And I'm Blue.
Red: And we make videos about boring nerd books.
Blue: And history.
Red: Don't worry, we make it fun.
Blue: That way you actually remember it.
— An apt summarisation of the channel and its owners.

Red likes books and tropes. Blue likes history and philosophy.

Started in late 2012 with a summary of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, this YouTube channel wants you to learn one thing and one thing only: learning isn't scary.

There are two people currently involved with the channel: Red, a passionate lover of books, and Blue, a lover of history. Together, they aim to not only educate viewers on the plots of classic novels and the summary of important points in history, but also inform you why you should care about such seemingly trivial matters in your everyday life.

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  • Abusive Parents: Hera literally throws away an infant Hephaestus, and her relationship with her other son isn't the best either.
    Ares: My mother was the most selfish woman I ever met! She never gave me anything!
  • The Ace: Aeneas is seen as an Expy of Odysseus, only without the severe flaws.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Featuring the Trope Namer in a sulky blanket burrito in his tent.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite her overall "eh" opinion on the Percy Jackson series, Red is willing to admit that Percy himself is a very well-written protagonist.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. In the original, the monster was quite attractive with only his eyes looking wrong.
  • Adaptational Badass: Discussed in Red's video about Bellerophon, Red explains that being demigod wasn't as impressive as you were lead to believe. As a demigod, your powers weren't as great and powerful as your parent's. As the son of Poseidon, Bellerophon had innate abilities with equestrianism. Heracles only gained his infamous strength after he was brought to Hera and she breastfed him. Only to realise who he was after he bit her.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Discussed in Red's video about Don Quixote. In several adaptations, Don Quixote is depicted as a misunderstood dreamer with a heart of gold, whose odd dreams are admirable and noble. In the book, however, Don Quixote is delusional, violent and volatile. Whose dreams have no basis in reality and are dysfunctional from minute one. Red attributes this change to censorship since Don Quixote can be misinterpreted as a mockery of mental illness. When it's actually about how reality can be just as engaging and interesting as the fiction he emulates.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Red explains that Marvel misrepresented Mjolnir. She explains that the hammer was far more dangerous than how Marvel depicted it. As Marvel depicted Mjolnir as a weapon that can be only wielded by Thor or by anyone of his calibre and it will become immovably heavy if someone unworthy tries to wield it. In the actual myths, however, only Thor, or anyone of his calibre, could wield Mjolnir without disintegrating from its sheer power.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: When Blue describes the individuals in "Bolgia 4":
    Blue: There are no depths to which these depraved deadbeats won't dive!
    Red: [in the background] Woo! Alliteration!
  • Adorkable: Red and Blue, when they get really passionate about the work or point in history they're talking about.
  • Affably Evil: Several creatures in Hell. The Minotaur, the Centaurs, and the Biblical Giant particularly stand out.
  • Age Lift: Chryses, an elderly priest of Apollo in the Iliad, is illustrated as a relatively young man.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Lampshaded when Red talks about The Dunwich Horror, as Old Whateley provides a full-blown Exposition Dump while on his death-bed.
  • Always Someone Better: One of the morals of the story of Mwindo: it doesn't matter how awesome you are, there will always be someone more awesome than you.
  • Ambiguous Ending: The Jorogumo story ends this way. Did the spider demon eat the lumberjack, or did they become a couple?
  • Analogy Backfire: When Phaedra starts coming on to her stepson Hippolytus, she claims to be inspired by the story of Oedipus... in which the Parental Incest is accidental, and once they find out the queen commits suicide and her son blinds himself.
  • And I Must Scream: How Lancelot feels about becoming a monk.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Downplayed in the ending of "Perseus." Perseus accidentally kills his filicidal grandfather with a discus. The video then cuts right back to the Happily Ever After shot that was just interrupted, with everyone completely unaffected.
  • Angrish: Menelaus is like this all the time.
  • Animal Motif: Red gives Atalanta a bear motif due to her history with bears.
  • Animesque: The channel's art style is heavily influenced by chibi, featuring cute, Moe-esque characters. The Journey To The West series affectionately parodies all manner of trope-laden shonen anime.
  • Answer Cut: During the Aeneid, King Latinus is informed in a dream that he should marry his daughter Lavinia to a "very specific foreigner". Cut to Aeneas eating pizza on the beach.
  • Archenemies: Aphrodite and Artemis hated each other. Aphrodite hated chasisty and would torture worshippers of Artemis.
  • Asexuality: Red is ace, thought it's rarely brought up. It's often speculated that some mythological figures are asexual.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Acrisius locks up his daughter to prevent her from conceiving any children. When Zeus still manages to impregnate her, he tosses her and his infant grandson into the ocean. Needless to say, nobody mourns when the adult Perseus inadvertently beans him in the head with a discus as he's thinking about how he loves thwarting prophecies.
    • Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, refuses to ransom his Sex Slave, and brings another Sex Slave home to his wife. Then he gets murdered by his wife and her lover.
      • In the Oresteia:
        Cassandra: She'll kill us all! And only he deserves it!
      • In the Aeneid:
        Agamemnon: [being stabbed by Clytemnestra] Damn you negative consequences!
      • And even in Achilles's Imagine Spot in the Iliad:
        Agamemnon: [impaled by a spear] Oh I am slain! If only I hadn't been a giant prick!
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Psyche is described by Red as being so beautiful that men are too anxious to talk to her.
  • Author Appeal: Urban Fantasy is a topic Red likes to bring up in her videos, and Blue makes no secret of his love for Venice.
  • Badass Bisexual: Many Greek heroes were depicted as bisexual or, at least, having male lovers because of Greece's patriarchal system. Being gay was considered the ultimate form of manliness. For example, Heracles was considered a symbol of masculinity and virility because he had 4 wives and 7 boyfriends.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Frankenstein, the wife that the monster asks Victor to make for him is dressed in this.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Discontent with real women, who do things like talk and have sex, Pygmalion creates Galatea and then, unhappy with her inability to return his affections, begs Aphrodite to bring her to life.
    Red: So now she can do things like talk! And have sex!
    [Pygmalion stares at the fourth wall, then sidelong at Galatea, looking queasy]
    Red: You kids have fun!
  • Berserk Button:
  • Big, Friendly Dog:
  • Big "WHY?!": Red does one of these when she finds out Odysseus's faithful hunting dog dies the moment he returns to his house in The Odyssey.
  • Bishōnen:
    • Hyacinthus is described as being "really pretty".
    • Alcibiades is described as being "indisputably the most attractive man in the ancient world". He's even portrayed as Henry Cavill with Anime Eyes.
  • The Blank: Whenever Red refers to the person watching the video (EG by saying "You might be thinking..." or something to that effect), a stock character, representing the viewer, is shown. It's a standard character model in the show's art style with the word "YOU" written across its chest. Its face only has eyebrows and a mouth, since Red has no idea what the viewer looks like.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Victor Frankenstein's little brother William.
    William Frankenstein: [to the monster] You, sir, are ugly and therefore morally reprehensible.
  • Broken Ace: Edgar Allen Poe had everything; Parental Abandonment, financial ruin, alcoholism, a dead wife, and an appropriately mysterious death at age 40. He also did most of the work of creating the gothic literary genre.
  • Bury Your Gays: In "Dante's Inferno", Dante sees his teacher in Hell for being gay.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome:
    Sun Wukong: [disguised as the Bull Demon King] Whoa, Tripitaka? But I hear he's under the protection of the terrifying and devastatingly handsome Sun Wukong! You best be careful — that tricky monkey could be anywhere. Looking like anyone!
  • Call-Back: When Ra is sick and dying, one of the gods called to help him is Wadjet, who tells him she can't help. Ra is offended, and threatens to sic his other eye at her.
  • Cartwright Curse: To say Apollo is unlucky in love is an understatement. All of his would-be lovers end up dead, either to avoid being with him or because another god got envious. At the beginning of "Hyacinthus," Red cues up a montage that includes three separate people diving off a cliff to escape. Hell, one of them went as far as to turn themselves into a laurel tree just to avoid dating him.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Shilling: Invoked by Red on Oskar Sommer's Galahad becoming a Christian ideal hero.
  • Characterization Marches On: Explored in Red's videos on the Greek gods Dionysus, Aphrodite, and Hermes, as she discusses the changing cultural contexts and how that influenced how they were portrayed and worshipped.
  • Chivalric Romance: Don Quixote deconstructs chivalric love and explains how it can't exist in the modern world. These lovestruck men are just petty manchildren who refuse to take no for an answer and objectify their crushes. When they can't succeed they bitterly run away from society, cursing the women who turned them down. Their gestures of romance are irritating and borderline threatening to their respective crushes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The queen of faeries quips that if she had known that Tam Lin would fall in love with a mortal girl named Bonnie Janet, she'd have petrified his eyes.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Red points out that despite being the goddess of love, Aphrodite has serious issues involving her marriage to Haephestus.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Red has red eyes and Blue has blue eyes.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The gods Red draws are usually drawn with one colour. For example, Aphrodite is coloured pink, for their association with love and romance. In "The Aeneid", Aeneas is depicted with reddish-pink hair since he's depicted as the son of Aphrodite.
  • Continuity Snarl: Red often points out that stories are also different from telling to telling and that one myth may contradict with another myth, especially with Greek mythology. For example, with Hippolyta:
    • In her Heracles video:
      Red: They (Amazon) dogpile on him and in the chaos, Heracles kills Hippolyta, for some reason, and bail with the girdle.
      Heracles: Sorry, Hippolyta.
      Hippolyta: It's cool. Pretty sure I have to be alive to marry Theseus later anyways.
    • Hippolyta is briefly mentioned in the video about Hippolytus as the mother of the titular character, one of her footnotes is "Banged Heracles and died (???)."
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The souls in "College Hell" are subjected to a range of bizarre punishments:
    • The punishment for the souls trapped in the First Circle (Limbo) is to simply not to go to college.
    • Those in the Second Circle (Lust) are punished by being hit on by a creepy person in a frat party for all eternity.
    • Souls in the Third Circle (Gluttony) are forced to eat nothing but dining hall food for the rest of time.
    • People in the Fourth Circle (Greed) are doomed to an eternity of working as a fry cook at Burger King.
    • Souls in the Fifth Circle (Wrath) are forced to stress and study forever. And if they ever take their eyes off their work, they instantly forget everything.
    • Those in the Sixth Circle (Heresy) hold office hours in burning cubicles forever.
    • Each of the three rings in the Seventh Circle (Violence) has a different punishment:
      • In the first ring (Violence Against Neighbors), these souls are forced to remain in their rooms with the sprinklers going off for the rest of time.
      • In the second ring (Violence Against Self), people are transformed into expensive textbooks.
      • In the third ring (Violence Against God, Art, and Nature), souls are forced to wear sweaters from rival universities and deal with the social consequences forever.
    • The Eighth Circle (Fraud) a.k.a the Malabolge has a number of punishments:
      • Bolgia 1 (Pandering): Those who refuse to contribute in group projects are forced to drag huge boulders around in a twisted infinite relay race.
      • Bolgia 2 (Flattery): Teacher's pets who endlessly kiss up to their professors are turned into actual pets.
      • Bolgia 3 (Simony): Those who sign up for prime-time class slots and sell them back for ridiculous prices are sentenced to eternal 8:00 am classes, and are also upside down and on fire.
      • Bolgia 4 (Sorcery): Those who try to cheat their own futures by procuring previous years' study material are doomed to always using the wrong study guides.
      • Bolgia 5 (Graft): Those who try and line up "business opportunities" with other students are sentenced to the worst job interview ever. They are unprepared, their suit is uncomfortable, one of their pockets is falling off, one of their shoes is brown and the other is black, and they spend the entire time hoping that the interviewer doesn't notice (but he does).
      • Bolgia 6 (Hypocrisy): Students who start off squeaky-clean and starry-eyed but wind up completely trashing their work ethic after a single semester are forced to explain their deteriorating grades to their parents over an eternally awkward dinner. Plus, they smell of weed the entire time, which tips off the parents right away.
      • Bolgia 7 (Theft): Criminals who callously steal unattended laptops in the library are doomed to an eternity of being hunted by Liam Neeson.
      • Bolgia 8 (Deception): The jerks who lie to their friends during housing by saying that they'll all stick together but leave to get a single all by themselves find themselves in the absolute worst room on campus: no outlets work, there's a sprinkler directly over their bed, the windows don't open, and the room permanently smells of pee. It's also right next to the RA's room and walls are paper-thin, and the neighbors on the other side are constantly having sex. Their roommate also has a significant other who never leaves and has the worst laugh.
      • Bolgia 9 (Schism): Gossipers who never stop spreading lies suddenly find themselves being gossiped about.
      • Bolgia 10 (Forgery): Those who plagiarize their work have the words they stole permanently and repeatedly branded on their skin.
    • And finally, the souls in the Ninth Circle (Treachery) are each subjected to a different punishment:
      • Round 1 (Traitors to their Kindred): People who spend all their parents' money are frozen in the nearest body of water.
      • Round 2 (Traitors to their Country): Those who leave their clothes in the washing machine for hours on end are subjected to a fitting punishment: being trapped in a washing machine with many other souls, as well as someone's laundry.
      • Round 3 (Traitors to their Guests): Those who make out with their significant other excessively while the roommate is still in the room (it doesn't matter if the roommate is asleep or not) are sentenced to be naked forever.
      • Round 4 (Traitors to their Lords): The people who are mean to their teachers are doomed to drown in the school's tuition vault while the university president watches and laughs.
  • Corrupt Church:
    • In "Dante's Inferno", Dante places Pope Nicholas III in Hell. Nicholas III proceeds to complain about Pope Boniface VIII and Pope Clement V.
    • Blue discusses some pretty awful popes (including the aforementioned Boniface VIII) in his "Pope Fights" video, even dubbing Benedict IX the "meme Pope" before highlighting it as A Rare Sentence.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Nerites gets turned into a shrimp in two different myths, one because he didn't take Aphrodite up on her offer to join her on the surface world, the other by Helios just because. Red jokes that she imagines the myths took place sequentially and he gets turned into a shrimp every week or so by random gods venting their frustration over petty things like other gods hogging the remote.
  • Courtly Love: Deconstructed in Don Quixote, the relationship between Dorothea and Don Fernando was entirely false. Don Fernando was creepily persistent and selfishly lacked any form of self-awareness. He bombarded Dorothea and her family with gifts, letters and money until her family told Dorothea that they support her choices and completely understand why she isn't interested in Don Fernando. When he realises that Dorothea is liable to marriage, he comes to the logical idea of breaking into her room in a last-ditch effort to seduce and then marry her. She only agrees to it because the marriage will bring status to her.
    • She discusses this concept to help contextual and explain why Chretien de Troyes's version of King Arthur portrayed Lancelot's and Guinevere's love affair as morally right. It didn't last long as every other version of King Arthur frown on the love affair as just plain adultery.
  • Crack Fic: Red calls the Divine Comedy this at a few points.
  • Credits Gag: After the video's end, stray observations or factoids that didn't make it into the video often play through before Patrons are credited.
  • Curse Cut Short: Happens a few times, especially in earlier videos:
    • Book 11 of the Iliad gives us this glorious example.
    • Odysseus' reaction to his crewmates getting turned into pigs by Circe.
    • The punishment for souls in the fourth circle of Hell is... confusing, to say the least, but Virgil cuts off Dante's protest before he can say anything too sacrilegious.
  • Cute Monster Girl: In "Frankenstein's Monster", Victor thinks this much.
    The Monster: She [the wife he asked Victor to create] didn't need to be reproduction-capable!
    Victor: Only a fool makes a monster you can't fu
  • Death Trap: The protagonist of "The Pit in the Pendulum" is placed in two of these by the Inquisition. Rats save him in the first one, the French Army saves him in the second one.
  • Depending on the Writer: Red states that the characters of Lancelot, Guinevere, and Arthur depend on whether Lancelot or Arthur are the hero of the story. If Lancelot is the hero then he and Guinevere are justified in their affair and Arthur is painted as deserving to be cheated on. If Arthur is the hero then Lancelot becomes a selfish Ungrateful Bastard.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In "Frankenstein's Monster", Victor refuses to create a wife for the unnamed monster he created because he fears they'll produce an entire brood of monsters. Red mentions that Victor could have just made the monster's bride barren, but Victor doesn't consider this option.
    • In Pygmalion's story, Red points out the downfall of Galatea's existence and becoming human. Pygmalion has extremely high standards with women and the only "woman" who met his standards was handcrafted by him. Galatea coming to life contradicts the very purpose of her existence.
    • In "Hou Yi and Chang'e", the archer god Hou Yi and his wife are banished for killing 9/10 of the Jade Emperor's sons-turned-suns.
      Red: The Jade Emperor is shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that the arrow guy he commissioned to shoot arrows shot arrows at the people he pointed them at.
      Hou Yi: Look, I don't know what you were expecting.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At the end of the Edgar Allen Poe episode, Blue makes some puns. Red finds this annoying... and so walls Blue up in catacombs to suffocate. Don't worry, though — the ninjas broke him out.
  • Double Standard: Majorly brought up in the Trope Talk of Mary Sue, where Red claims that female characters tend to get the accusation a lot more than male characters. Specifically, she says that while it's true that male characters are often referred to as this, the threshold for a female character getting the label seems to be "plays an important role and has any kind of unusual ability or skill."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: [[Invoked]] When discussing Avengers Endgame with Hello Future Me, Red gets extremely agitated at Thor's undignified treatment in the movie, both because she's a big Thor fangirl, and because Thor's mental trauma is callously Played for Laughs both in- and out-of-universe, even though Tony Stark's was Played for Drama in Iron Man 3 despite the former having even greater reason to suffer it.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Red does not approve of Selene using a permanently slumbering Endymion to have 50 kids.
    Red: Whoa! Not cool lady! He's asleep!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Discussed in the Titus Andronicus video, where Red explains that some people have a hard time believing that this play was actually written by William Shakespeare.
    Red: Shakespeare, the man who made a three-day fling between underage teenagers the most iconic love story in history. The man who explored the tortured psyche of kings and princes driven to murder. The poet who practically defined half of our modern character archetypes over the course of his career — that's the guy who supposedly wrote this two-hour pointless gore fest.
  • Edutainment Show: The show's purpose is to present literature and history in a entertaining and thoroughly sarcastic manner while poking fun at historical sensibilities and tropes.
  • Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: The possible meanings of "Pryderi" — "worry," "concern," and "I'm going to strangle those handmaidens for telling everyone I ate you."
    Red: It's a language of many beautiful complexities.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Blue considers "the Great" to be a terrible nickname because of its blandness. His rationale is that the heroes in Greek Mythology always have unique and descriptive epithets to describe people (Homer giving his Heroes five each), so "the Great" is underwhelming for someone who conquered more land in one lifetime than any Greek person before him. Blue suggests "Alexander who fights in the Front Line", "Alexander the Excellent", "Alexander the Horseman", and "Alexander the Conqueror" as more appropriate nicknames.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: They discuss the trope and note how undeserved it is. They point out that the two questionable things he did was kidnap his wife (common for Gods, and by all accounts he treated her well) and imprison two Greek Heroes (who deserved it).
  • Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: Asu-shu-namir, an intersex person created by Ea, is able to rescue Ishtar by seducing Ereshkigal. Subverted in that Ereshkigal cursed gender non-binary people to be outcasts in retaliation, and double subverted in that Ishtar gave them the gifts of healing and prophecy to counterbalance this.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted with Galahad. He's a GOOD counterpart to his biological father Lancelot. This is most obvious during the quest for the Holy Grail; while Lancelot is forced out of the room by a ball of fire because he is unworthy of seeing the grail, Galahad is carried up to Heaven alive once he touches the grail.
    Red: Galahad is basically Lancelot but better. Like "not sleeping with another man's wife" better.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: When introduced, Diomedes waves to the audience with one hand while spearing an offscreen Trojan with the other.
  • Fainting: Dante does this a lot in The Divine Comedy.
  • False Rape Accusation: Theseus's second wife, Phaedra, accuses her stepson Hippolytus of raping her after he rejects her advances.
  • False Start:
  • Family Eye Resemblance:
    • "Perseus": Perseus, his mother, and his maternal grandfather are drawn with green eyes.
    • "The Shadow over Innsmouth": Nearly all of the Innsmouth natives have green eyes, but Obed Marsh's most human-looking daughter is drawn with blue eyes — like her great-grandson Robert.
  • Five-Man Band: Red discusses the trope, with the non-gender-specific Heart substituted in for The Chick.
  • Flat "What":
    • Red has one of these when she discovers how Dante describes God's true form in The Paradiso. It's three rings surrounding a book surrounded itself by rainbows. Rings surrounding a Reading Rainbow as it were.
    • Red has another one when she discovers the Internet's reaction to Rey from The Force Awakens.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Red mentions in one video how there's evidence that Cerberus means "spotted"note , which means that Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, named his enormous three-headed hellhound Spot.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In a somewhat silly case, Thor seemingly leaves his "magic, goat-drawn chariot at home," and then proceeds to get stuck on the edge of a turbulent river. This is somehow challenging to the Norse god, which forces him to argue with a ferryman to get across. Doubles as Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? for the ferryman, who is seemingly very comfortable insulting the god of thunder.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The animated episodes are full of these.
  • Freudian Excuse: Red describes H. P. Lovecraft thusly at the start of the 2018 Halloween video.
    Red: It would be inaccurate to describe Howard Phillips Lovecraft as "a man with issues". It's more like he was a bundle of issues shambling around in a roughly-bipedal approximation of a man. Chronically depressed, hyper-sensitive to criticism, almost-certainly agoraphobic, prone to horrible nightmares and nervous breakdowns, and thoroughly racist even by the standards of the time, it'd be easy to come to the conclusion that H.P. Lovecraft was simply afraid of everything. But this isn't true either - he was just afraid of anything that wasn't his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall: In the Beowulf episode, the viewer appears as a character, chewing Red out for taking so long to talk about the real Beowulf.
  • Funny Background Event: Blue going Super Saiyan in the background after Red finally says "bolgia" correctlynote .
  • God-Mode Sue:
    • Invoked in Trope Talk, where Red points out that Beowulf is one by pretty much any definition, as part of a thesis of why the Mary Sue is an overstated or overhated trope.
    • Both Mwindo and the Monkey King from Journey to the West are this, but both being way O.P. are a part of the lesson being told by their respective myths.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery:
    • In "Dante's Inferno", one woman is in Hell because she cheated on her abusive husband with his brother and both were executed. Yet despite her being in Hell, Dante feels sorry for her.
    • In "Legends Summarized: King Arthur", this is discussed with Guinevere and Lancelot's relationship. Chrétien de Troyes, who created Lancelot, painted his affair with Guinevere as morally rightous and something that makes them both more sympathetic (as the ideas of Courtly Love and Love For Love's Sake were popular in his time). Later on Oskar Sommer, who created Galahad and the quest for the Holy Grail, paints Lancelot and Guinevere's relationship as a vile sin and a betrayel of Arthur's trust (as a religious revival made Love For Love's Sake no longer acceptable). Modern renditions can go either way, though Red herself seems to be on the "adultery is bad" side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: This is Red's take on Hades. He's a loving husband to Persephone, and altogether commits less cruelty than his contemporaries, but as Pirithous and Sisyphus can tell you upsetting him is still a very bad idea.
  • Good Name For A Rock Band: The Odyssey gives us "Penelope and the Suitors".
    • The Kali video gives us "Durga and the Matrikas".
    • The Bram Stoker's Dracula video gives us "Lucy's Boyfriend Squad"
    • Quetzalcoatl gave us a possible name for a tabletop RPG set in feudal Japan - "Katanas and Kimonos".
  • Halloween Episode: There have been four annual Halloween videos so far. In each one, Red talks about a well-known piece of gothic literature, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, several poems by Edgar Allan Poe, and several stories by H. P. Lovecraft.
  • A Hell of a Time: In "Dante's Inferno", Paris's punishment for being lustful in life... is to be trapped with all the most beautiful and lustful women in history.
  • Here We Go Again!: "The Journey Of Ra" has Ra travel across the sky every day, die, and travel through the underworld as a corpse before being reborn every morning and repeating the cycle over again.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Both Blue and Red, who are only ever represented by their avatars outside of their two Q&A videos. Red has a quick appearance in her Trope Talk “Writing What You Know”, and later on, both of them did entire video without their animated equivalents in the 2018 April Fools Day special.
  • Hide Your Gays:
    • Parodied. While Patroclus appeals to Achilles to help out the Greeks, Achilles is overcome by "brotherly affection". This is, of course, immediately followed by THREE close-ups of their faces to the tune of "Careless Whisper".
      Achilles: I couldn't save my hetero life partner, Mom! This life isn't worth living anymore!
    • Further parodied in the Aeneid, where the men engage in "healthy, sporting, and 100% heterosexual activities".
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Persephone falls for Sisyphus's ruse and allows him to return to the world of the living, even though he has a reputation for murdering guests.
  • Hot Teacher: Red admits in the Eros and Psyche video that she saw her Greek studies teacher as "absolutely gorgeous" with a "beautiful accent" and having the most "piercing of eyes".
  • Ho Yay: Invoked Red notes that Lancelot and Galehaut have a really close relationship, with the latter surrendering to King Arthur just to be friends with Lancelot.
    Arthur: If you surrender, I'll introduce you.
    Galehaut: DEAL.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Izanagi lets loose a stream of fire-related puns after Kagu-tsuchi is born, completely oblivious to the fact that Izanami is dying right in front of him.
  • Hype Backlash: In-Universe, Red claimed to have been surprised to find that Momotaro was a popular story, pointing out that "not a whole lot happens, there's hardly any drama, and Momotaro just kind of... wins." She ultimately concludes that the story owes a lot of its fame to the fact that its narrative of a newcomer underdog of blessed origin resolving the bickering of his underlings to take on a distant enemy and return with fortune and fame was a narrative that Imperial Japan found quite appealing.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Both Apollo and Zephyr fall in love with Spartan prince, Hyacinthus. Zephyr then kills Hyacinthus by blowing a discus into his head for choosing Apollo over him.
  • I Let You Win: Invoked with their telling of the story of Atalanta, where she figured out early on what Hippomenes was doing with the golden apples, but liked him well enough that she deliberately threw the race.
    Red: Of course you could say that Atalanta was totally captivated by the allure of the golden apples, unintentionally kneecapped herself as a result, and got married out of a bout of shockingly out-of-character stupidity and ended up without a say in who her husband was. But like, why would you WANT to? It's up to interpretation and that interpretation is gross.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Achilles and Paris are in the Second Circle of Hell, which means he's in a windy place with all the beautiful and lustful women in History. While Paris is staring at them eagerly, Achilles just awkwardly points out that this isn't his kind of party.
  • Interactive Narrator: Appears in Red's videos on The Divine Comedy occasionally, when the characters have a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • Intercompany Crossover: December 3, 2018 saw one between Overly Sarcastic and Extra Credits.
  • It's All About Me: Red accuses Victor from "Frankenstein's Monster" of being extremely selfish, and she has a good point. Victor almost never considers how his actions might adversely affect others. Red goes so far as to say that Victor crosses the Moral Event Horizon when he lets Justine get executed for a crime she didn't commit, simply because he doesn't want to face consequences for creating the monster that's actually responsible.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    • Blue hates the mispronunciation of "Bolgia".
    • In her video about Cú Chulainn, Red mispronounced his name (Koo Hull-Lin) as Koo Cull-ane. She tries to excuse herself on her pronunciation of Celtic and Gaelic because Ireland never uses the same pronunciation and she's bound to mispronounce it either way.
  • I Will Show You X: From the video on the Poetic Edda, when Thor threatens Loki to stop insulting the other gods.
    Loki: Couldn't stay away from my sparkling wit?
    Thor: I'm about sparkle your wits halfway across the ocean.
  • Just Friends: The whole friend zone concept is vivisected in Don Quixote. Marcella insults Chrysostom by calling him a selfish manchild who felt entitled to her affections.
    Red: Her argument is basically that her beauty makes them feel entitled to her, but the fact that someone finds her attractive doesn't mean she owes it to them to find them attractive. They're acting like she's choosing to not be interested when she certainly can't and won't force herself to pretend to be attracted to someone she isn't, just because they'll be upset she doesn't reciprocate their feelings. She didn't lead Chrysostom on, he just refused to processes emotions like an adult and treated like it was an act of malice for her not to be interested in him.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Downplayed in "Trope Talk: Magic". While she doesn't actually mention this, she does mention how the Masquerade being upheld would have the implication that magic-users were allowing atrocities they could have prevented.
    Wizard: [speaking to a grieving woman] Yes, yes, very sorry to hear about your mundane family, but you know the rules. They'll just have to sort out this "kitler" fellow themselves.
  • Kubrick Stare: Monkey delivers a pretty epic one to Pigsy in "Journey to the West: Part 3".
  • Les Yay:
    • Red notes that when researching her video on Fionn Mac Cumhaill, she couldn't find anything specific about the exact nature of the relationship between the title character's female guardians. So she goes on to refer to them as "fighter mom" and "druid mom".
    • Later discussed in her video on the myth of the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu, which she reads as an almost literal Coming-Out Story. See the entry for "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer for details.
    • Averted with Artemis. Red points out that, while Artemis did swear off men, she didn't really show any preference for women either, and argues that she may have been asexual. If you manage to look past the Author Appeal, it's a valid point.
  • Malicious Slander: In Don Quixote during a meeting of goatherders, someone mentions how a man called Chrysostom had feelings for a woman called Marcela but she kept turning him down. Then all the other goatherders speak of their own experiences with Marcela, specifically how she turned them all down. During Chrysostom's funeral, they proceed to insult her by reading out Chrysostom's poetry about how mean Marcela is for refusing to date them. Marcela interrupts the funeral by calling Chrysostom a selfish manchild who didn't respect her choice to not date him.
    Priest: By request of the deceased, "my girlfriend is in denial and also a huge skank, chapter 1" "I shall compare thee to a giant bit—
    Marcela: AHEM!
  • Mama Bear: Quite literally with Atalanta. Frigg made everything swear an oath to not kill her son Baldur. Aphrodite's loyalty to her children was unrelenting.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: This happens in too many myths to count and is often how heroes are conceived.
  • Masquerade: In "Trope Talk: Magic", Red deconstructs this trope by pointing out how poorly it reflects on the magic-users and how implausible it is that this secret would be kept.
    Red: Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead and the third can only speak in spoonerisms.
  • Men Are Tough: Discussed in Red's Trope Talk about Manly Men, where she finds it bizarrely common for even intellectually-inclined male protagonists to be physically strong in media.
  • Metaphorically True: Agamemnon argues that "from a certain point of view" he did arrange Iphigenia's marriage... to the war effort. Clytemnestra doesn't buy it.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Red talks about the two contradictory backstories for Aphrodite (daughter of Zeus and the Titaness Dione vs. created when Ouranos' severed testicles fell into the sea), and how Ancient Greece tried to explain them.
  • My Beloved Smother: Aphrodite was a bit "intrusive" with her children's lives. Aphrodite hated Psyche for being prettier than her and went to great lengths to ensure she never dates Eros. With Aeneas, she chooses to encourage a relationship between her son and Dido, despite the relationship hindering Aeneas' journey.
  • Mythology Gag: Where does the founder of Rome order pizza from? Little Caesar's, of course!

  • Never My Fault: In the prelude to the Oresteia, Agamemnon tells a weeping Iphigenia it's really Clytemnestra's fault she's being killed, since she fell for the cover story about the marriage to Achilles.
    Agamemnon: Your mother should have known you weren't Achilles' type.
  • New Eden: In Red's trope talk episode on "Post Apocalypses", she admits that she prefers the more optimistic version. Where nature was able to regrow and humanity was able to recover, unlike most apocalypses where everything is either dead or dying. She summarises the episode by saying, people shouldn't depict the apocalypse as nihilistic, as it can depress the audience.
  • Ninja: Blue getting attacked by them is a Running Gag.
  • No Fourth Wall: To be expected, as Red and Blue are talking to their viewers.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Queen Dido's suicide, burning herself alive and stabbing herself with Aeneas' own sword.
  • Nominal Hero: Red interprets Aeneas as one, noting that he doesn't actually accomplish much, comes across as "a bit of a knobhead", and does many of the same things the story condemns the Greeks for doing. She suggests this may have been a Writer Revolt on the part of Virgil, since Aeneas is pretty similar to Augustus, and plenty of scholars believe Virgil wasn't a fan of the guy.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Red comments that "Inferno" is an odd name for a story about Hell, considering that only a few of the circles are on fire and the worst ones are frozen.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*:
    Hyacinthus: [dying from a head injury] No more peanuts for me, stewardess.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever reason Blue became an atheist...he really doesn’t want to talk about it.
  • The Nothing After Death: Limbo, the first circle of Hell and the only one without suffering.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Red concludes that it was Lovecraft's fear of the unknown (read: virulent xenophobia and distrust of modern science) that's led his work to endure for so long, even as Society and Science marching on preclude his specific fears.
  • Not in the Face!: Blue shouts this when Red kicks him for interrupting her video on The Aeneid.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
  • Not Me This Time: Loki has a moment of this in the video on the Poetic Edda, when Thor mistakenly believes he took Mjolnir. The trope is pretty much summed up by this exchange:
    Thor: (from offscreen) LOKIIIII!
    Loki: I don't think I did anything to warrant that... today.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: When giving some historical background to All Quiet on the Western Front, Red calls the Second World War "World War II: Electric Boogaloo".
    • Also when she's talking about Frankenstein, she refers to the making of the monster's girl as "Crimes against nature 2: Electric Boogaloo.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In their Trope Talk about The Hero's Journey, Blue walks in after apparently fighting off a horde of ninjas. Then in the final moments of the video, Red returns from her own quest, boon and all.
  • Oh, Crap!: Four of Mauna Kea's kupua have this reaction when they realize the woman they just pissed off was actually Pele.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Red has never revealed her actual given name, Blue on the other hand has been called Gregory on several occasions.
  • Parental Incest:
    • In one of the more famous examples, Oedipus and his mother Jocasta, although in their case it was Surprise Incest.
    • Heavily implied in Paradise Lost, as the ones guarding the gates of Hell are Satan's daughter Sin and his son/grandson Death, to which Red says "Really, don't ask, it's gross."
    • It's also referenced in the story of Hippolytus, where Phaedra tries to seduce her stepson while under the influence of Aphrodite. Red responds with retching noises.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Aphrodite is depicted as pink, and she's probably the (for lack of a better word) girliest of the Olympian goddesses.
  • Power Echoes: Powerful deities have a noticeable echo effect to their voices.
  • Pregnant Badass:
    • Psyche faces several trials set by Aphrodite to win back Eros while pregnant with his child.
    • Bonny Janet rescues her lover Tam Lin from the Queen of the Fairies while pregnant. Even when the Queen of the Fairies transforms Tam Lin into various dangerous creatures and harmful objects, she never lets go.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Athena does this while repeatedly wacking Arachne over the head with a weaving shovel after she got the brilliant idea to detail Zeus and Poseidon's numerous affairs in her tapestry.
    Athena: What. Were. You. Thinking?!
  • Punished for Sympathy: In "Dante's Inferno", Virgil chews out Dante for feeling sympathy for the the magicians whose heads are backwards.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: In the flashback in the Aeneid covering the Trojan Horse, Sinon flashes these while pretending to be a hapless Human Sacrifice.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Red's hair can basically double as a full-body blanket for her avatar. Live-action videos reveal that her hair really is that long.
  • Record Needle Scratch: One of these occurs when Blue is caught singing along to the Skyrim theme in his video on vikings.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red, who walled Blue up in a catacomb to suffocate... twice.
  • Relax-o-Vision:
    • When discussing All Quiet on the Western Front, Red fills in the footage gaps (the adaptation she used didn't cover some parts) with pictures of kittens.
    • In "History Summarized: Medieval China", Blue refuses to show pictures of foot-binding, so instead he shows Song Dynasty-era paintings of birds while talking about it.
  • Romanticized Abuse: Red frequently points this out when discussing classic tales and mythology. As shown by her videos on H.P Lovecraft, The Oresteia and Pandora. Lovecraft for his racist views and overall agoraphobia. The others because of Greece's patriarchal system during that era.
    • Red has no mercy for "The Taming of the Shrew" because of this very reason. The main character psychologically tortures a woman into marrying him, yet the story is still hailed a great love story.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Invoked. Dante used his story to put all the people he hated in Hell. Of special mention are the heroes from Greek Mythology, because Dante was an Italian (who are descended from the Romans, who are descended from the Trojans, whom the Greeks wiped out during the Trojan War).
  • Running Gag:
    • Red constantly pronouncing "bolgia" wrong in the "College Hell" video, much to the frustration of Blue.
    • "Hey kid, you like proving yourself?" "Do I!" pops up whenever someone sends a young hero off on a dangerous task in the hopes of getting them killed (which almost always backfires.)
    • In early episodes, Blue decided that any video pertaining to an empire will include the Star Wars crawl.
    • The "Comment Kaiju" from Trope Talk.
    • In the episode "The Journey Of Ra", the running gag is snakes.
    • "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Kiss From a Rose" tend to play lot in the background during romantic moments.
    • "Careless Whisper" and "Guy Love" for moments of Ho Yay.
    • "Paradise Lost" has Red explaining Satan's rebellion as Daddy Issues.
    • "ENORMOUS F**K-YOU DRAGON!" is said whenever such a creature appears in a story that Red is summarizing.
    • Blue occasionally explains actions surrounding Sparta's prestige simply by saying "I mean, come on, they're Sparta, you know?"
    • Red is pretty annoyed by how utterly useless and Out of Focus the horse is in Journey to the West is, at one point grinding the video to a halt to rant at him about how, being a river dragon, he could've easily overcome the pilgrims' obstacle of getting across a troublesome river that Sha Wujing was hiding under.
    • Parties are depicted as raves with flashing colored lights and deep bass techno music thumping.
    • Throughout the H. P. Lovecraft video, Red offers various suggestions for what the "H.P." stands for, including "Horrible Phobias" and "Hippo Potamus". Later in the segment covering "The Colour Out of Space", the mysterious color unlike any seen on Earth! complete with Scare Chord. So many times that Red starts cutting herself off.
    • Frequent use of the Metal Gear Solid "Alert!" sound when a character is startled.
    • Particularly on Irish myths, the phrase "Metal!" is often used to describe general Crazy Awesome moments.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: A few times, usually to provide a Lighter and Softer alternative interpretation of a myth:
    • Amaterasu and the Cave: Other interpretations of the myth portray Ama No Uzume's striptease with different motives and results: to pique Amaterasu's curiosity as to what all the hubbub is about and seeing herself reflected in the mirror, thus thinking they are cheering her on, or having Amaterasu hear all the uproar over Uzume's dance making her wonder why all the gods could make so merry without her divine light, and stepping out to see what could be replacing her so easily. Red offers an alternate interpretation: that Amaterasu comes out of the cave due to all the ruckus, and once she does so, she finds Uzume's striptease attractive.
    • Atalanta: Ignoring a common interpretation, that Atalanta was distracted by the golden apples, in favor of Atalanta playing along with Hippomenes's plot and letting him win.
    • She points out that, as a personal preference, she prefers the interpretation that Hades and Persephone actually were in love, and the whole myth was more a case of Demeter throwing a tantrum.
    • She uses the "sex with Poseidon in a temple" version of Medusa's origin story but leaves out the part where it was rape, presumably to avoid having Perseus and Athena murder a rape victim. It is, somewhat, corrected in the video about Hippolytus, where Poseidon responds to Theseus' demand that Hippolytus be killed for (alleged) rape by saying "Oh crap, that's a crime now? I mean, uh, sure!" and in the video on Nerites where she says that Poseidon wouldn't recognize consent if bit him in the trident.
    • H.P Lovecraft provided his own example due to his severe pantophobia. As he saw Dagon (a Mesopotamian grain and fertility god) as an aquatic demon.
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Red takes certain artistic liberties in concerning how mythological creatures are depicted, likely to make them easier to draw or less gruesome. A notable example of this is the Chimera, which is somewhat different from its depiction on ancient greek art.
    • The summary of the Iliad leaves out the actual ending — the return of Hector's body and subsequent funeral — and skips ahead to the death of Achilles via an Achilles' Heel (which he didn't actually have in this version of the story).
  • Screaming Birth: The birth of Perseus is accompanied by a lot of agonized screaming by his mother Danaë.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Alcibiades's reaction to his fleet losing horribly, verbatim.
  • Self-Insert Fic: How Red basically describes The Divine Comedy due to it being about Dante teaming up with his idol Virgil.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Frequently invoked in the summary of The Aeneid, with Red practically making a Running Gag out of the number of times Virgil rips off a scene or setpiece from one of Homer's works.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Aphrodite, who started the Trojan War because she refused to let a little thing like Helen already being married get in the way of shipping her with Paris. She also had a hand in making sure Hippomenes x Atalanta, Pygmalion x Galatea, and Aeneas x Dido all set sail. She emphatically does NOT ship Eros x Psyche, however.
      • In the 2019 Valentine's Day video focusing on her, a new aspect of her characterization, Aphrodite Areia, raises the subtle implication that provoking a war was her intention in the first place, or at least not something she was opposed to.
    • Victor Frankenstein's mother ships him with his foster sister Elizabeth, and pushes them together on her deathbed.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • "Frankenstein" takes this Up to Eleven.
      Red: So if you're keeping track, that's an exhaustive life story note  inside another exhaustive life story note  that poor Captain Walton is transcribing in its entirety to mail to his sister.
    • The monster listens to and recounts the life story of a family he was following, adding yet another layer to this.
  • Shower of Angst: Red speculates that Aphrodite "spent the next few millennia showering with a Thousand-Yard Stare" as soon as she realized the circumstances of her creation in her video on The Theogony.
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Captain Walton finally meets the monster in Frankenstein, he isn't sympathetic in the slightest after learning about how said monster murdered three innocent people.
  • Side-Effects Include...: Spoofed in the Theogony video with "Ask your doctor if absorbing your pregnant spouse is right for you."
  • Silent Snarker: Helen of Troy is this when she gets kidnapped by Theseus as a twelve-year-old, flipping Theseus off and glaring at Pirithous for being stupid enough to try and kidnap Persephone.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Apophis is an exaggerated example of this trope in "The Journey of Ra", as every single night he attempts to eat Ra and end the world. Subverted with every other snake in this myth (of which there are many), who are shown to be neutral at worst and benevolent at best.
  • Space Whale Aesop: If you're gender non-binary then you have the gift of prophecy, Ishtar loves you, and the queen of Hell thinks you're hot.
  • Speech-Bubbles Interruption: May double as a Curse Cut Short, depending on your definition of 'curse'. In the Poetic Edda, Odin tells Agnar stories about the Aesir, telling him about the time Loki tied a goat to his testicles. Of course, the fire pillars next to him cut off the final word.
  • Squishy Wizard: Circe says she has "like two hit points" when Odysseus pulls a sword on her in The Odyssey.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In-Universe, In Red's video about Aphrodite, she discusses how Sparta converted Aphrodite into a war goddess due to Sparta's philosophy on war. This was an unpopular choice by the other Greek locations, so their interpretation of Aphrodite was unique to only Sparta and Kythera. Red points out in the ending that the Spartans were right, to some degree, as Aphrodite's actions in The Illiad, (which specified that Aphrodite didn't belong in a warzone) were the cause of the Trojan war.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Dante and Virgil encounter a man with his eyes sewn shut in The Purgatorio, Red gives a sudden loud scream. Doubles as a pretty effective Jump Scare as well.
  • Suicide Is Shameful:
    • In "Dante's Inferno", those who commit suicide go to Hell and are turned into trees. A demon rips their leaves off just to make them suffer further.
    • Subverted with Ajax. When the titular hero commits suicide over being tricked by Odysseus and Athena, two of his former friends demand he be dishonored and denied a proper burial. Odysseus insists Ajax be buried. While narrating this story, Blue openly shows contempt for the two people who oppose burying Ajax.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After describing Aphrodite Areia, a goddess of both love and war, Red finds the Iliad a bit too vehement about Aphrodite's complete lack of combat ability.
    Zeus: Aphrodite, you silly girl! What were you doing out on the battlefield?
    Aphrodite: [bandaged from her encounter with Diomedes] Oh, tee-hee, I don't know what I was thinking~!
  • Take That!:
  • Too Dumb to Live: Osiris.
    • Yes, Arachne. Using your tapestry to graphically depict many of Zeus and Poseidon's sexual conquests and showing said tapestry to Athena is such a good idea.
  • Too Many Halves: In her examination of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Red describes Cthulhu as a "half-human, half-octopus, half-dragon thing".
  • Trade Snark: Used in the analysis for [1] for the "Dude Squad".
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Per Blue, the Battle of Gaugamela was this for Alexander the Multiply-Nicknamed and King Darius of Persia. Alex won.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • The protagonist of "The Tell-Tale Heart".
    • Red in the "Legends Summarised: Underworld" video establishes the structure of these myths, then it turns out only one in the video follows it.
      Red I am such a reliable narrator.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: Red uploaded the video Miscellaneous Myth: Aphrodite on Aphrodite and the origin of her on Valentine's Day 2019.
  • Values Dissonance: invoked
    • The source of Red's discomfort with The Taming of the Shrew (featuring spousal abuse), the Greek myth of Pandora (featuring a woman ruining everything), and the final act of The Oresteia (featuring matricide being pardoned because mothers aren't actually related to their children like fathers are).
    • Thoroughly discussed in their video on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, who Red remarks was racist even by the standards of his own time.
    • Don Quixote both averts and plays the trope straight. While she's pleasantly surprised at the modern feminism shown in the story, she's wide-eyed mortified at Sancho Panza thinking he could get rich selling African slaves.
      Red: OKAY!!!!!
    • The Miscellaneous Myths episode on Nerites addresses the Ancient Greek practice of pederasty, and how it's considered completely unacceptable in the modern Western world.
  • Villainous Friendship: In Red's The Power of Friendship video, she notes that it's extremely rare for villains to have The Power of Friendship, while showing a villain, with his friends beside him, confronting a hero.
  • Villainous Incest: Blue talks about the Borgia Family (and how Lucretia Borgia had sex with her father and brother), and about the Ptolemy Family (which involves numerous generations of brother-sister inbreeding). Blue finds these incestuous relationships weird and wrong.
  • Visual Pun: In The Paradiso video Red decides to represent one of the Saints as a Big, Friendly Dog, namely Bernard.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Best summarised in Don Quixote. The concept of the friend zone is deconstructed and explained as something fabricated by entitled, disgruntled manchildren who believe that women romantically reject them for no other reason than spite and cruelty. No matter how many compliments or tokens of affection they give.
  • War Is Hell: The video on All Quiet on the Western Front actually has a "War is Hell Counter".
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Red has pointed out before that Acrisius, Aphrodite, and Hera could've easily just killed the person that was troubling them. Those people being Danae (and by extension, Perseus), Psyche, and Heracles, respectively.
  • Wife Husbandry: Theseus kidnapped Helen of Troy when she was a child with the intention of doing this. Red does not approve.
  • Woman Scorned: The Greek Goddesses do not approve of hubris or rebellion. Aphrodite hated Artemis for her promotion of virginity and abstinence. Since Hippolytus was a follower of Artemis, Aphrodite used her powers to make his step-mother lust for him. Naturally, Hippolytus is repulsed by this and Phaedra orchestrates his death with false accusations. Aphrodite kickstarted Psyche's trials because she was seen as the most beautiful woman in Greece.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Ame-no-Uzume manages to lure Amaterasu out of the cave she was hiding in with a striptease.


Overly Sarcastic Productions discusses the following tropes

  • Anvilicious:invoked Red discusses this trope in the "Post Apocalypses" video. She mentions how stories in this genre tend to put more emphasis on message in comparison to other genres. She splits stories into three key elements, those being characters, theme, and message, with the latter being the major focus of several After the End stories. She also goes over some Stock Aesops that get used a lot in the genre, admitting she hates the Humans Are Bastards aesop because of how overdone it is, as well as the fact that it can lead to Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
  • Apocalypse How:invoked Red discusses this trope in Post Apocalypse. While she notes that Post-Apocalypse is bleak and hopeless by the nature of the story, the hopelessness varies in many different types of apocalypse with Zombie Apocalypse being at the extreme end of cynicism with Nuclear Apocalypse, Robot Apocalypse, and Supernatural/Alien Apocalypse having a lot of variables, and the Studio Ghibli Apocalypse being at the end of optimism slide. She states that Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy is the biggest risk of the story if the setting is too bleak and the characters are too unsympathetic, though she does note subversion and actually used those two as appeals like I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream and There Will Come Soft Rains.
  • The Chosen One: Red talks about this trope in one of her videos, along with It Sucks to Be the Chosen One and The Poorly Chosen One.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Red discusses this trope and its variety relating to the trope. She notes that the use of this trope is largely dependent on how it is balanced to avoid the problems based on its extremes.
  • Damsel in Distress: Red discusses this trope and even admits that she is a huge fan of this trope, despite being very tomboyish. While she is not a fan of the classical damsel who are non-characters, she is a fan of when an established characters are the damsels. She does note that the big issue of the trope is the "damsel mindset" where the character in distress is helpless like the classical damsel and the result of the writer forgetting about who the distressed character is. She is a fan of it because of the dynamic of how the trope is handled and seeing the distressed needing help. It also overlaps with Damsel out of Distress, Badass in Distress, Distress Ball, etc.
  • Darker and Edgier: Red does take issue with people who use "Realism" as shorthand for "Grimdark" since it runs on the misconception that making things realistic means trying to make things as dark and depressing as possible even when it causes the story to be (well) unrealistic.
  • The Empire: This shows a foil to the Heroes as well as a large obstacle to overcome, but most of the time The Empire is not well thought-out and the aftermath of overthrowing it gets ignored.
  • Five-Man Band: As stated earlier, one of Red's Trope Talk videos discusses this trope.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Red discusses how a villain turning good is full of potential. However, she also acknowledges the biggest issue with this trope is convincing the audience that the villain has genuinely turned good, and that depending on the scale of their crimes, can look like a Karma Houdini if handled poorly.
  • The Hero's Journey: Blue discusses the steps this story type follows and how it's nowhere near as common as Joseph Campbell would have you believe but also how it can be used to great effect.
  • Mary Sue: invoked Red talks about the evolution of this trope and how disproportionate it is that the traits that could be used to describe a male character get a female character branded as a Mary Sue. She also briefly discusses some of the offshoots of this trope: the Jerk Sue, the Villain Sue, and the Possession Sue.
  • Mind Control: Red discusses the different ways this can play out and offshoots such as the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight, Fighting from the Inside, and Not Brainwashed.
  • Not So Different: Red finds invoking this trope to be cringe worthy because the majority of works that use it do so very poorly; either the villain convinces the hero of this when they have nothing alike (making the hero look like an idiot), or when there are similarities invokedthey are not looked at. Red states that a better use of this trope is when there are actual similarities to explore, or when the hero does comes to this conclusion on his own.
  • The Paragon: Red actually loves seeing The Paragon in stories because they facilitate character growth on those around them. She also states that this trope can be deconstructed by having him be misguided or by having his opponents refuse to negotiate him on the basis that he's sure he's doing the right thing.
  • Planet of Hats: Red examines the various types of common Hats (historically-based or otherwise) and explains its origins. She also explains how, while many fantasy races are based on either Tolkien's Legendarium or real-life cultures, the trope is actually subverted by both of those instances: a Planet of Hats is what you get when you take a cursory glance at most cultures and then apply that stereotype to the whole.
  • Rule of Three: Red explains that everything comes in threes in stories because three is a large enough number to be interesting without being too large to keep track of.
  • invokedShipping Bed Death: In the Trope Talk about "Romantic Subplots", Red points out the commonly cited idea that the audience cares more about the journey to the relationship rather than the relationship itself. But when that's resolved, a lot of stories don't actually explore the couple as a couple, as the rest of their time together is spent either being non-characters outside of the coupling or having drama infect the plot so that they can remain "interesting" to the audience.
  • Values Dissonance:invoked Mentions in "Post Apocalypses" that it is difficult for modern audiences to truly understand the depth of the "Nuclear Weapons Are Bad" aesop that started in the midst of the Cold War because in those times, the fear of nuclear war was much more prevalent than in modern times.


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