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These are just some of the many characters who are regularly "pooped".

"Where there's smoke, they pinch back!"
- (semi)official motto, which...makes about as much sense as anything else in the genre

YouTube Poop (often referred to by its shorthand, "YTP") is a Neo-Dada art form consisting of video remixes that are edited from a large array of video clips in order to confuse, stun or entertain the viewer. The source material can be mashed all together into a nonsensical Crossover story, or just repeat footage of the characters gesticulating oddly or apparently saying something dirty over and over and over again. There are also well-known phrases such as "PINGAS" or "Do a Barrel Roll!".

YouTube Poop started with SuperYoshi testing out Windows Movie Maker, a new piece of software he found in his newly installed Windows XP, using the episode "Recycled Koopa" from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. The result was a video containing a few clips from the episode repeated and used in a random manner. Later he put this video as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Remixed on December 22, 2004, up on his SheezyArt page. The video was well received and SuperYoshi together with his friend RetroJape made similiar remixes using the Mega Man cartoon and later Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. A few more of SuperYoshi's friends joined and started putting their videos on YouTube in order to confuse and anger people who were otherwise looking for regular Super Mario or AoSTH videos. The first three Poops have been brought to YouTube later as I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL, Dr. Light's Guidance System Show and Robotnik's Sodomy Fest of 2005, respectively.


Interestingly, precursors to YouTube Poop can be found in Daffy Duck in Hollywood, a 1938 short in which Daffy edits a film reel to produce this, "Schickelgruber Doing the Lambeth Walk", World War II propaganda short that edits footage of Nazi parades to make the soldiers look like they're dancing, and Cult Toons, a TV show made for Cartoon Network UK that mixed old Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Perils of Penelope Pitstop with wrestling, kung fu, and blaxploitation movies for cheap laughs. Richard Nixon even put out an attack ad on Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential campaign that bears a surprising similarity to Poop conventions. Going further back, YouTube Poop can be compared to the Dada art movement of the early 20th century, which was based on being nonsensical.

It was not until people like The Electric Cheese got to know about these videos and started making ones themselves that the term YouTube Poop was used for them and that they increased in popularity.


With the growing popularity, YouTube Poop shifted from being videos that confuse people who were looking for regular videos (in fact, the people who started it are more fond of "WTF?" comments than people commenting or repeating the parts they liked in the video and were dismissive of the term "YouTube Poop" for a long time) to videos that entertain people by using video sources that have become iconic with the name YouTube Poop.

The genre suffered a decline in popularity during The New '10s, in part due to the copyright takedowns and other forms of using extensive editing for humor showing up. This resulted in many members of the scene either moving on to other forms or retiring altogether. The ones that did come out were much more sophisticated, with higher quality in animation, editing, and sentence mixing. This led to debate over whether they should be considered the same genre as the earlier YouTube Poops.

Although most of the YouTube Poop videos are made in English, there are videos produced in other languages, too, e.g. in Russian (called "RYTP" = "Russian YouTube Poop"), German (German YouTube Poop is commonly called "YouTube-Kacke" and is a literal translation of the original name), Spanish ("YTPH" = YouTube Poop Hispano) and many others.

Aside from the aforementioned cartoons above, among the staples included cutscenes from the Philips CD-i video games. Many other sources of varying notability have been used in YTPs.

Have a gander at the (unofficial) Forums and Wiki.

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  • The Dreaded: Copyright strikes and especially channel terminations.
  • Guide Dang It!: Certain things to know about video editing that are very important, but poopers wouldn't know about until well after they started (if at all), like disabling ghosting in Sony Vegas or getting the highest quality source material possible.
  • No Fourth Wall: Especially prevalent in tennis matches, as they're as much about the communication between participants as they are about the videos themselves. This isn't as commonly seen from poopers that treat their videos as standalone works.
  • Serious Business: The haters can take their hatred of YouTube Poops quite...seriously. Case in point. note 
  • Sturgeon's Law: There sure are a lot of amateurs out there and most aren't very good at it. For every clever sentence mixing video, there are ten others using outdated memes and repeating a clip at varying speeds for seven seconds. The good poops, however, are worth dying for. Most agree that YouTube Poop in general has gotten better over the years (the worst quality poops tend to be from the 2006-2008 years, though you can still find good poops from then and bad ones from more recent years).
  • Technician vs. Performer: Despite YouTube Poop being a dadaist artform, there's a wide variation of how poopers interpret and practice the genre. Technicians like MoBrosStudios observe "poop theory" and meticulously edit their work; performers like dew express a nihilistic perspective of the genre ("There are no bad poops") and go all out with their source material. Both sides are perfectly valid, and play an important role in how one creates their work.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Attention is often drawn to it through videos that take lines out of context to make them sound dirty.
  • Word Salad Title: The titles are usually nonsensical and bizarre.