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Launched in September 2016, Ten Minute History is a series of short animated documentaries on various historical topics, ranging from the Roman Era to the Cold War.


Ten Minute History provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Catchphrase: "Fun fact: no."
  • Deadpan Snarker: This style of humor runs throughout the series.
    • From "The Early Tudors: Henry VIII and the Church of England": ''Henry then turned his attention to Scotland and, after some fighting, managed to agree to what was called the Treaty of Perpetual Peace, called so because everyone should have dreams."
    • Also Henry had done what all good English kings did: Invade France.
    • From "How did Ancient/Medieval Borders Work?": ''If you're on one side of this line you're in the Netherlands with its fancy windmills. If you're on the other you're in Belgium with its convenient access to German armoured divisions.
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    • From "Mussolini and Fascist Italy": Austro-Hungarian successes in the war, just like in everything else, didn't last.
  • Limited Animation: The visuals appear to have been put together on Power Point. Characters walk by wobbling from side to side.
  • Limited Wardrobe: A character sticks to the same Iconic Outfit for the duration of their appearance, possibly because it's the only way to maintain Distinctive Appearances when the faces are nearly identical.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: From "The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Birth of the Balkans": Selim created a new infantry division called The New Order, which doesn't sound menacing at all.
  • Running Gag: Several episodes begin with It's [YEAR] and [PERSON]... is dead.
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