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CollegeHumor is a website started in 1999 by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen. It features videos, pictures, and articles meant to be humorous to college students. The website can be found here.

Its sister site, Dorkly, tends to focus mostly on video game parodies, often in the form of comedic sprite animations poking fun at the original games.

Prominent Features:

  • Hardly Working: A series of sketches based on fictionalized versions of CH employees.
  • Jake and Amir: A series of videos based on CH employees Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld.
  • Precious Plum: A series which parodies "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", which is about a not so bright girl named Plum, and her fat and equally dumb mother going around road trips to beauty pageants.
  • Dinosaur Office: A series of stop-motion cartoons about an office filled by dinosaur employees.
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  • Street Fighter: The Later Years: An original sequel to Street Fighter II.
  • Troopers: A parody of Star Wars centered on a pair of, "Dread Troopers".
    • Troopers: A new series focusing on a new group of Troopers set after the original series for the Dropout.TV service.
  • The Adventures of Kim Jong Un: A series of over-the-top fake North Korean propaganda starring an over-the-top parody version of Kim Jong-un.
  • Dora The Explorer And The Destiny Medallion: A live-action Dora the Explorer miniseries, not to be confused with the official live-action Dora movie.
  • Adam Ruins Everything: Adam Conover brings up all the terrible things about common aspects of life. Began as a series of skits before moving to Tru TV.
  • Badman: A parody of Batman.
  • Very Mary Kate: The misadventures of a Cloud Cuckoolander twenty-something woman.
  • Hot Date: Murph and Emily live through various dates and talk about adulthood and relationship. Eventually adapted into a TV show where several characters, almost all played by Murph and Emily, face challenges in their relationships.
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  • Bleep Bloop: A talk show centered on video games.
  • CH Live: A series of stand-up comedy shows.
  • Prank War: A prank war between Amir and Streeter Seidell. The pranks grow increasingly elaborate over time.
  • POV: A series using a P.O.V. Cam and the character's Inner Monologue.
  • Dire Consequences: CH employees bet to do increasingly outrageous stunts. Probably related to the earlier sketch "What Will Kevin Do For Ricky's Money?"
  • WTF 101: A Black Comedy educational series in the vein of The Magic School Bus.
  • Dimension 20: A tabletop adventure series with Brennan Lee Mulligan as the dungeon master and various past and present members of CH as the players.

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  • 419 Scam: There's a sketch with the twist being that the Nigerian prince funds really were legit, only for the email to be deleted by a jaded college student!
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Shows up in the 8D segment in "Ice Age in 4D".
    Thing: I liked it. I thought Ray Romano was hilarious.
  • Actually Not a Vampire: Parodied in "The Six Monsters You'll Have As Roommates" video. The "vampire" is a metaphor for the Handsome Lech who stays out all night partying and picking up young women (which is why he doesn't like sunlight). It doesn't help that this particular individual is a broody Goth type who doesn't like to eat garlic knots.
  • Actor Allusion: In the "End of the World" parody, Sam Reich appears playing his real-life father, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The "Grease Dilemma" sketch does this to Kenickie, as a deconstruction of his line "Did she put up a fight?" from the song "Summer Nights". His friends question this at first, but shrug it off. Then his lines get increasingly criminal, pretty much admitting to being a date rapist before his disgusted pals beat him up.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • One parody is of "It's The End of the World as We Know It", rewritten with lyrics about global warming, AIDS, terrorism, and zombie invasions.
    • Another one is a spoof of The X-Files revival done in the style of the old series, right down to meeting the Cigarette Smoking Man (now vaping instead of smoking to get with the times) leaving cryptic clues for our heroes about the great conspiracy responsible for the revival.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Victor Vivisector and his minions. They just want to turn all of America's national forests into parking lots, but they keep getting foiled by incredibly creepy furry superheroes. They're baffled at first, but become more grossed out as they see some of the more sexual aspects of the furry fandom, until even Victor begs one of his henchmen to kill him.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • Parodied in Kinect Self-Awareness Hack. A guy upgrades his Kinect so that it possesses artificial intelligence. It quickly turns against its creator, deems humans inferior beings, and then launches the end of the world as we know it by hacking into the U.S. defense network and launching its Nuclear arsenal.
    • The one where Sarah's unwatched Netflix movies fight back.
  • Aliens and Monsters: Parodied in "The Six Monsters You'll Have For Roommates".
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: In the "His Netflix is F*cked Up" Sketch, the girl discovers that the guy watches anime, commenting that all anime looks pervy to her. Also Invoked since the anime section in the sketch is filled with Hentai. Though keep in mind that the website itself is NOT anti-anime, since they also produced some anime-themed sketches such as "If Miyazaki Movies were like other anime".
  • All Germans Are Nazis: The Gunter Granz sketches. The eponymous character is a German marketing expert who joined the staff at CollegeHumor, but turns out be a vehemently antisemitic Neo-Nazi, and is usually at odds with the Israeli-born Amir. At the end of both sketches he seems to subvert the trope, as he expresses regret for what happened in the past, but then he double subverts it as it turns out that he was being Nazist after all.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Deconstructed in the "Every 7 Seconds" videos, which bases itself on the myth that men think about sex every 7 seconds. The guy in question can barely get through a conversation because he's constantly being distracted by sexual phantasies.
  • Alpha Bitch: The song "We Ruin Your Bar", parody of Kesha's pro-homosexuality song "We R Who We R" is about a group of these attention-seeking girls trashing a bar, and well, doing lots of illegal things.....
  • Alternate History: If Things Turned Out Differently.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad", one of them is 'The Clown', where the son starts to see his father as an unfunny dork.
  • Ambiguous Ending:
  • Ancient Conspiracy: According to the "truthumentary" 'Deceptive Deceptions', the world is now, has always been, and will forever be controlled by a shadowy elite who trump the government, the Freemasons, and the Illuminati combined: The CollegeHumor staff.
  • Annoying Video-Game Helper: In-Universe. In "The Matrix Runs On Windows XP", there is a parody of the annoying Microsoft Office assistant 'Clippy', who appears at the wrong times. The first time, Neo gets annoyed enough with Clippy's appearance that he bends Clippy.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification:
    • The premise of Font Conference and the later Font Fight: conventions of personalized Microsoft Word fonts.
    • If Google Was a Guy is a series of sketches featuring Google portrayed as a middle-aged office worker getting increasingly exasperated with the idiocy of its users and the bizarreness of their searches.
      • Apple's Siri gets in on the act in Part 3.
        Siri User: How big is the Serengeti?
        Siri: No problem. *turns to Google Guy* Show me pictures of spaghetti.
        Google Guy: That is NOT what she asked for!
    • The "Professor Wikipedia" sketch seems to parody the problems relying on information from Wikipedia has. Namely: the fact that Ryan Seacrest contains many of the elements necessary to facilitate a chemical reaction. The guy who coined the word "enzymes" was widely believed to be a total badass, and in 1908 won the Nobel Prize for Mustache. Also, Amir only wants to know about cunnilingus. Though you can tell that Jeff seems to know a fair bit about the culture on Wikipedia.
  • Anyone Remember Pogs?: The premise of this video.
  • Apocalypse How: The "End of the World parody" pokes fun at western society's obsession with "end of the world" scenarios that are constantly catered to by ratings-driven news media going through cycles every few months to hype a new, singularly horrible catastrophe to come.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: This video from the site features an "Optical Illusion Girlfriend" who looks like a pretty girl to her boyfriend but an ugly hag to his friend. After an argument with his friend over her ambiguous driver license picture and them both trying to explain to each other just what they see in it, the boyfriend's perspective of her suddenly switches to the "ugly hag" and he flees in horror whereas his friend begins seeing the "pretty girl" instead and approaches her with a leer.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Parodied in We Are Douchebags.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Discussed in their 30 for 30 parody of Angels in the Outfield, regarding the coach's press conference where he discussed allegations of performance enhancing angels:
    Steve Harlow: The only reason why the guy wasn't getting laughed out of the room was because it was the 90s, and there were a lot of bizarre things happening in the world of sports.
    Tim Kurkjian: If a hockey player can win the Masters, if a Golden Retriever can play basketball, if Michael Jordan can play with Bill Murray and Tweety Bird, then maybe we can believe that the Angels can actually win baseball games.
    Calvin Fanning: And to show you the hold Knox has on the press, there's only one person in the room who questions the thing. [shows footage of said reporter]
  • Arc Words: In the POV series, "How's this even possible?!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In an episode of Bleep Bloop, the 'Phantom of the Office' pays a visit and lists his favorite games as follows "Let me see, hoop stick, drown the cat, drown the rat, hobble the goat, and Frogger. Frogger was hard!"
    • In the "The Problems with Jeggings Continues" sketch, Mr. S lists off inappropriate articles of clothing that will not be allowed in class, such as "NO cellophane hoodies, NO bra cardigans, NO U-Neck T-shirts, NO Hollister CLOTHES! That's just a personal preference." The class agrees with him there, as Hollister is just too slutty even for them.
  • Artifact Title: The content has to a considerable extent aged along with its creators, and most of their sketches since 2012 or so involve characters who seem to be in their late 20s or early 30s. But "Late Twentysomethings Looking Back With Increasing Nostalgia on CollegeHumor" has less of a ring to it.
  • Ascended Meme: For a few years now, various people have claimed to have seen Sinbad portray a genie in a '90s family comedy movie titled, Shazaam. However, Sinbad denies such a movie ever existing.note  On April Fool's Day 2017, College Humor shared a supposed excerpt of Shazaam, with Sinbad himself in the eponymous role. Eagle-eyed viewers might notice other apparently non-existent items people still somehow remember.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: invoked In the video "Nicolas Cage's Agent", the titular agent tries in vain to talk Nicolas Cage out of starring in bad movies such as "Puke Bus", "Space Ass", (an all-white remake of) "The Color Purple", "Dick Hole Black Hole", "A Very Pol-Pot Christmas", and "To Kill a Mockingbird" (retold so that the black guy really did rape that woman)".
  • Awesome, but Impractical: "Nintendo Wii Rejected Game Concepts", which include:
    • $5/Hour (playing a short order cook). Jeff is shown flipping screen burgers.
    • Tea Time (Amir uses his remote to pretend to stir cream into an empty teacup, clinking the side of it)
    • Tattoo Artist
    • Bus Pervert
    • Airport Security (Sarah waves a remote like a wand)
    • Mein Kampf
    • Hot Hands
    • Stand-Up Comedy - where you speak into the pointer like you would talk into a microphone
    • Hari-Kiri
    • Ex-Boyfriend (Sarah makes out with the remote, then pulls back and says, "We can't do this anymore."
    • Ouija Board
    • Nuclear Holocaust (which has actually been made already)
  • At Arm's Length: "Adulthood vs. Childhood" has the former using this against the latter.
  • Attack Backfire: "Christmas vs. Hanukkah" has the latter using his Jewish Mother to induce guilt upon Christmas, only for it to backfire on him.
  • Audience Surrogate: The main character in "The Six..." videos (played by Josh Ruben, later replaced by Emily Axford) is supposed to be a completely ordinary guy. Every one of them starts with some form of "This is you [representation]".
  • Auto Erotica: Back to the Future Sex Scenes starts at the point where, when Marty is "parking" with Lorraine, she kisses him, but pulls back upon realizing she feels like she's kissing her brother. From here, the sketch explores what could have happened if Lorraine had decided that she wanted to carry on kissing Marty (who bearing in mind is her future son) - she notes that "it just feels wrong. And right!" Doc is appalled when Marty informs him that he had sex with his own mother, and as a result, he frantically tries to undo this, which only makes the problem even worse:
    Doc: You had a threeway?
    Marty: (quietly) Yeah...
    Doc: With your MOTHER?!
    Marty: (quietly) Uh-huh...
  • Auto-Tune: Parodied in Sing Talk, a spoof of Kesha's song 'Tik Tok', which lambasts this style of music in general.
  • Ax-Crazy: In-Universe, Chris Brown is portrayed as this in "Chris Brown's Publicist". His real life violent behavior is exaggerated for comic effect: the acts he admits having committed to his publicist include beating up Nicki Minaj—by breaking into her home—driving over a whole band with his car, attacking animals and children, murdering several people (one directly over the phone line), and digging up Tupac Shakur's corpse to use it as his personal punching bag. Ironically, being "a stupid, violent, lunatic" has no effect whatsoever on his record performance or public standing.
  • Band of Brothels: The Toon Tang, a brothel where humans can hire cartoon characters as escort.
  • Bat Signal: In the animation "The Dark Knight Meets Superman", Superman gets one of his own, but because of his much more super powers, there is a slight difference in the way it functions in practice.
    Batman: "What the hell is this?"
    Commissioner Gordon: "Oh, this thing is great. I just turn it on, and he shows up with the bad guys!"
  • Bears Are Bad News: Parodied in Cartoon Bears Are Still Bears, in which various fictional bears (Bernstein Bears, the bears from the Charmin' toilet paper commercials, Smokey the Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, etc.) all turn out to be hyper-aggressive man killers. Even the usually Tastes Like Diabetes Care Bears are no exception.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In the second Toon Tang video, the brothel madam Velma Shreetrock (Wilma Flintstone) explains that the brothel caters to a variety of different men's fantasies. For example, they have a teenage detective who deals exclusively with bestiality. Cuts to Scooby-Doo doing Daphne doggy-style.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Their parody of the "I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea" commercial, where various consumers' bizarre requests result in a killer cyborg computer that fires a gatling gun that destroys the camera.
  • Bed Full of Women: In the sketch "The Six Monsters You'll Have For Roommates," The Protagonist contemplates having a three-way or a four-way with some girls from school, or just "stay[ing] in bed all day and eat cake and hot wings" when he gets a single dorm room. He then finds that having a roommate makes it much easier to deal with Things That Go "Bump" in the Night.
  • Bigger Than Jesus: The article "If The Internet Had Always Existed" saw a depiction of what Twitter would have looked like in The '60s with John Lennon tweeting, "We have more followers than @Jesus."
  • Big Word Shout: "Powerthirst," a spoof advertisement for a made-up energy drink. About half of the runtime of the video (and of the sequel) involves a man who clearly is doped up on steroids shouting random catchwords like a drill sergeant.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The "Honest New York Times Ad" is generally light, minus this one:
    Man sitting at his desk: I like the Book Review. I find it helps my own writing. [holds up a ransom note as a kidnapped boy struggles, Bound and Gagged, in the background]
  • Black Comedy Rape: In CSI: Scooby-Doo, Velma was "raped, beaten, murdered, and then super-raped."
  • The Board Game:
  • Body Horror: This video shows women who engage in increasingly disturbing forms of birth control.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Brutally mocked and deconstructed in No, You Weren’t “Born in the Wrong Decade” When Katie repeatedly tries to claim this, only for Trapp to point out how the horrible downside to whatever time period she names, and how she is obviously just focusing on only the good parts of those eras instead of the reality. Also they wouldn't have had cell phones or computers.
  • Brainless Beauty: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The Dumb Hot One', who dates the Audience Surrogate simply because she once saw a Wes Anderson movie and thinks he's "quirky".
  • Brick Joke: They love these. For example, the bartender who runs out of drinking glasses.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • One video is an honest video for 4 Loko illustrating just how bad the side effects are.
    • The parody college commercials for the fictional Quendelton State University are honest advertisements for a "once-called-adequate college". There's one for the College itself, the Graduate school, and the Online school. The same actor makes an appearance at the end of every video, and sums up the whole video in one line.
    Guy at College: If we were a good university, we wouldn't have a commercial.
    Guy at Graduate school: Because if we were good at life, we wouldn't need more school.
    Guy at the Online school: Because if we were a real college, we would have to do stuff.
  • Call-Back: Grumpy Tommy Lee Jones is Not Amused Uses the same clip of Brendan Fraser at the end as their extended video of Natalie Portman laughing.
  • Cargo Ship:invoked Spoofed with a young woman buying a vibrator who turns out to be a sentient, stand-in boyfriend. Eventually it becomes jealous when she finds a real guy.
    Vibrator boyfriend: You used me!
    Girl: That's the whole point!
  • Calling Your Attacks: Used constantly in the "321 Fight" series.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: In "God's Boss Craig", God is not in charge of Heaven. He has a boss named Craig.
  • Chainmail Bikini: There's an uncreatively-named straight-up parody of the trope here.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: "Duck Hunt: Behind the Scenes" explains the reason why when you hit level 100 on Duck Hunt, the duck flies all over the screen so fast that you can't predict where it is: the Duck Hunt Dog, aware that the player is a cheating bastard through his use of a Game Genie and putting his controller directly to the screen, secretly arranges for one of the ducks to be injected with a super-formula made of crystal meth, jet fuel and pixie sticks. Of course, there is a downside: the formula eventually kills the duck by causing his heart to explode.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: In the "Font Conference" video, featuring personifications of Word document text fonts, French Script is a bit of a French Jerk who immediately offers up his seat when he's interjected by Rage Italic, an angry German wearing lederhosen.
  • Child Hater: In this sketch, there's a subversion. Gary hates holding babies...but it's not because he actually hates babies. It's because he's deathly afraid of accidentally hurting something so fragile...and being responsible for it.
  • Chocolate of Romance: "If Chocolate Ads Were Honest" is a parody commercial that shows what would happen if chocolates were advertised to women as a way to boost their sex drive.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In Your Girlfriend's Six Friends, this describes the Possessive One. Played with in that she's jealous of anyone getting near her ladyfriend, not her boyfriend.
  • Close-Enough Timeline: In the 6D segment of "Ice Age in 4D":
    Girl: I miss my sister.
    (the screen flashes and the sister reappears)
    Twins: Everything is back to normal!
    (they hug; the camera pulls back to reveal they are half-slug)
  • The Comically Serious: One video parodies Tommy Lee Jones's performance in the Men in Black trilogy by showing Jones being unamused by the most absurd stuff.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: They do a marvelous parody of the trope in 'Deceptive Deceptions'. Among the things "uncovered" as part of a massive conspiracy embracing all of humanity in this "truthumentary" are events that include: the shooting of Tupac Shakur being arranged by the government, Dan Akroyd's role in Caddyshack 2 and Nothing but Trouble being the obvious link, the late John Candy also being in on it, Paul McCartney's replacement by a doppelgänger so he could compose "Helter Skelter" and possess Charles Manson with the spirit of the Anti-Christ: Adolf Hitler, who is actually a cyberganic demon created by Nazi scientists, who then created a faux-space agency called NASA to fake the moon landings on a special stage, the John F. Kennedy assassination (which is described as "Tupac-esque"), the moon being a prehistoric hologram hiding a gigantic spaceship, Close Encounters of the Third Kind being made to cover this up by Dick Cheney and a pentagram of corporations that control our world (comprised of Nabisco, AOL, CITGO, Atkins, Adidas, and the New York Knicks), Hooters, and Google. And the identity of the secret cabal that is more powerful than the American government, the Freemasons, and The Illuminati: The CollegeHumor staff.
  • Coolest Club Ever: Inverted for laughs in the "Dance Clubs Are The Worst" video. The guy has to bribe the bouncer to get in, way too many people are packed together in a small space, the drinks are overpriced, his coat is stolen, and he ends up hooking up with the wrong person because he was too drunk.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
  • Council of Vampires: They spoof this trope in a video where Dracula calls a meeting between all the fictional vampires. Because they all operate on different rules, they quickly get into a dispute about what they should do as vampires, like Edward harping about his love for Bella and being a Vegetarian Vampire, and Bill being confused about the point of the meeting because he thought they had already discontinued The Masquerade.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Batman vs Cat Lady parodies Catwoman with a character clone who is a classic Crazy Cat Lady.
  • Credits Gag: At the end of the "Head of Skate" video, which parodies Sarah Palin as a hockey mom in a bad Disney movie, all the credited members of the movie's production team are in fact members of the Nazi Party.
  • Crocodile Tears: Used in the Photoshop North Korea tutorial, where Brian O'Neil Hughes is being held captive by the North Korean government and being forced to Photoshop their pics.
    Brian O'Neil Hughes: Now let's move into some closeup shots of the crowd. Okay, these people are going to need to be A LOT sadder. So this is where our Warp Tool comes in. We'll just droop these a jowls a bit, okay. Just drag this frown down here. Yeah, just really make this woman look like a rotting misery pumpkin. We'll take the soft brush here and add in a few tears. [The result is that the woman looks cartoonishly miserable, with over-the-top tears exploding from the side of her face] And I've gone ahead and done that for the rest of these people as well. Whoops, got a little smudge there! Let's take care of that real quick. [He draws a box around a soldier pointing a gun at these mourners; with a button press, the gun is replaced with a cat] Great. Everything's great.
  • Creepy Child: Parodied in Horror Movie Daycare, which unites many of the creepy, satanic, possessed, ghost, and alien children of horror movies in the same daycare.

  • Da Chief: "Where the Fuck is Edward Snowden", a parody of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego," exaggerates the live action TV series' chief to the logical extreme of this trope.
  • Damsel in Distress: The frequent abductions of Princesses Peach and Zelda are playfully deconstructed in here.
  • Darker and Edgier:
  • Dark Horse Victory: "Adulthood vs. Childhood" ends with the Manchild winning.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates:
  • Dead All Along: Shyamalan parodies the decline of M. Night Shyamalan's career by casting M. Night As Himself in a Shyamalan-esque supernatural thriller. At the end the mysterious man who haunts Shyamalan reveals the truth:
    M Night: My career is dying.
    Pale Man: Your career has been dead this whole time.
  • Deadline News: In the "End of the World parody", several of Channel 9's reporters are killed on live television, including a newscaster being devoured by zombies invading the studio.
  • Death Is Cheap: Lampshaded and Deconstructed in "Realistic Superhero Funeral".
  • Deconstructive Parody:
    • Doctor Sim is this for The Sims.
    • A Complaint to Mario Bros. Plumbing shows what would happen if the conventions of Super Mario Bros. happened in real life. Mario and Luigi are plumbers, who, according to the guy making the complaint, are seen taking psychotropic mushrooms and trying to squeeze themselves down the toilet. Their personalities would fit the profile of someone with a drug addict, for instance, "Meanwhile, the shorter one [Mario] was eating, yes eating my wife's prize-winning seasonal orchids. When I pleaded with him to stop, he threatened me with some drug-fueled fantasy about spitting fire," and "I assumed he was under the delusion he could demolish bricks with his fists when he [Luigi] tried punching through my ceiling." At the end of the video there's a parody of Paperboy, where a kid is chased by a construction worker, the grim reaper, and a tornado.
    • Additionally, there are deconstructive parodies of DuckTales and another one for The Sims, which are listed on this page under Pooled Funds and Video Game Cruelty Potential respectively.
    • This video shows off that the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope was the Galactic Empire's 9/11.
  • Demonization: "If The Other Party Wins" uses this (as a spoof, of course) against both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party of the United States during the 2008 elections, from the other Party's perspective:
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A first person CollegeHumor episode featured a student ogle his classmate's assets, and thinking to himself, "Girl with big boobs has such big boobs!"
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: From the same episode, in the end, he says, "Ah, now that that's over, time to go back and look at the girl with big boobs... That was definitely out loud. How is that even possible!?"
  • Didn't Think This Through: "The iPhone 7 is Just Worse", satirizing Apple's introduction of iPhone 7, specifically how it removes the 3.5 mm headphone jack, without realizing that this creates many new problems for users.note 
    Tim Cook: It's all about simplicity, everything will run through one port. Now, you might be asking yourself, "What if I want to charge my phone... (in realization) while listening to music?" Shit!
  • Dining in the Buff: In "Unsexy Naked Time", Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy get naked and order Kung Pao chicken.
  • Disneyesque:
  • Documentary of Lies: CollegeHumor did a parody of conspiracy theory documentaries with their video "Deceptive Deceptions". This "truthumentary" uncovers the gargantuan Conspiracy Kitchen Sink that has controlled humanity since the dawn of time through an absurdly long stream of Insane Troll Logic.
    Narrator: Did the Vatican suppress the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene together had... a dog? Was Princess Diana really killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster? Was the Loch Ness monster actually a descendent of Jesus' magic dog? Did the Twin Towers ever really exist? The clues are everywhere if one chooses to make stabs in the darkness.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Basicness" (read: being interested in stereotypical gendered activities and interests) is treated like HIV in the "How to Tell If You're a Basic Bitch" sketch. It's treated like cancer in "How to Tell If You're a Basic Bro".
  • Double Entendre: According to "Metaphor-Free Radio", when the poetic bullshit is taken from your favorite songs, the lyrics become very sexual.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: "X-Box Girls Get Revenge" and "X-Box Girls Strike Back" both do this. Though they do it, in part, to draw attention to the frequency of sexual harassment in online gaming, they also seem to imply that threats of rape and sexual torture are funny when they happen to men.
  • Downer Ending: Their parody depicting the events of Angels in the Outfield as an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary shows this was what happened to the California Angels after the literal angels left: the team fell back to last place, George Knox lost his position as the Angels' coach, and in 2005, some of the players on the 1994 Angels team testified before Congress regarding PED allegations.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Inverted in the "Walking Contradictions" video, where characters behave the exact opposite from how you would expect them to. The Drill Sergeant shouts down his recruits, but by showering them with praise.
    Drill Instructor: I will make it my mission to get hot fudge sundae - extra cherry - for each and every one of you! You have beautiful eyes!
  • Dump Months: Parodied in this video, which argues that March is an extension of the "winter dump season".
  • Eagleland:
    • CollegeHumor portrays the average American citizen as someone who's in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend, but who defends him when others bring up their concerns about him.
    • The titular, America Sucks Less, is a mixed flavor (though the singer prefers Canada). While United States may not be a perfect country, it is more preferrable to a Crapsack World, such as North Korea.
  • Ear Worm:invoked Lampooned in a "One Week" song parody: Streeter plays an amateur band player who gets so obsessed with a catchy song that it drives him insane, leading to sexual dysfunction, hallucinations, threatening his girlfriend's parents with a hammer, threatening his own fans with a handgun, attempting assassination, and eventually ending up in an insane asylum.
  • Empty Nest: In this sketch, a young man returns home for Thanksgiving, only to find that his parents have started feuds with neighbors they previously liked, taken up unusual hobbies, redecorated several times over, put up a Room Full of Crazy's worth of photos of him, and taken in foreign exchange students because they just can't cope without him.
  • Epic Fail: What happens in college when all of the Residential Advisors (RA)s get placed on the same floor.
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: This skit parodies the Stealth Hi/Bye employed by Batman. Bats tries to ninja-sneak off the roof of Gotham PD but just doesn't quite make it.
  • Fake Food: invoked This Photoshop "tutorial" highlights just how much difference there is between Chinese food menu photos and the actual product. Including:
    • A filter that makes a modern photo look like it was shot in 1977 by an incompetent photographer.note 
    • Chicken doesn't look like chicken but more like some sort of overcooked mystery meat type thing (here, achieved by applying the textures of a bunch of different animals to the chicken)
    • Photos of pork don't exactly show the feeling of wanting to take a nap after you eat it.
    • Rice in the photos is aged digitally to look like that stuff you forget about for two weeks then drunkenly try to eat with ketchup
  • Fake-Real Turn: They made a trailer for a Dora the Explorer gritty action movie. It was so popular, fans insisted they make an actual film. So they did. And then fast-forward to 2019...
  • Fan Disservice: This seems to be the point of the "Call Me Maybe" parody. The music video opens with a well-built guy who starts to mow a lawn while shirtless... but the Eating the Eye Candy abruptly stops when he's revealed to be a Neo-Nazi fanatic.
  • Fanservice: Usually avoided, but "If You Competed in the Olympics" is basically just an excuse for Siobhan to run around for five minutes in a gymnastics leotard. You're welcome, boys and girls.
  • Fiction as Cover-Up: The conspiracy theory spoof video "Deceptive Deceptions" claims that Close Encounters of the Third Kind was made on the orders of Dick Cheney (at the time Congressman of Wyoming, where the movie was filmed) and his co-conspirators to cover up previous UFO landings.
  • Fight for the Last Bite: Discussed. "You Can Never Take the Last Cookie" is about how it's considered rude to take the last cookie. The characters keep dividing the cookie (so nobody is rude) until it creates a nuclear reaction.
  • Fighting Game: "321 Fight" pits two things against each other in one of these. Among them include Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, Adulthood vs. Childhood (and a Manchild), Christmas vs. Hanukkah, and Cat vs. Dog.
  • Filk Song: They turned Jay-Z / Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" into "Galactic Empire State of Mind".
  • Finishing Move: "Cat vs. Dog", depending on which of the two you choose, has the victor pulling off a "Memeality".
  • First World Problems: This trope is played with in this video. A group of Millenials whine about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman and the new intro for The Simpsons as ruining their childhood while other diners (and one waiter) comment on the catastrophes (sister raped, abusive father, Holocaust, racism, Vietnam War, polio, etc) disrupting their youth.
  • Five-Token Band: Parodied in their honest college ad (at about 1:00). It shows a group with a black man in a wheelchair, an Asian girl, a white guy, an Ambiguously Brown girl and an Indian guy, who says, "We're actors. This literally never happens."
  • Flame War: Wonderfully demonstrated in We Didn't Start the Flame War. It even provides the page quote.
  • For Want of a Nail: Described in the 5D segment in "Ice Age in 4D".
    Girl: I loved it so much I went back to the actual ice age, killed a bug, and now my sister doesn't exist.
  • Flock of Wolves: The premise of this sketch is that at one time, Kwantlen University accidentally put all the Resident Advisers on one floor. Hilarity Ensues as they gather around for a fun meeting not knowing that they're all Resident Advisers.
  • Fratbro: Played with in "If I were a Bro", wherein Sarah dresses up as a stereotypical frat boy hanging out with the rest of the dudes.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: Why settle for one prize when you can get a cereal box made entirely of prizes? "All Prizes Cereal" has all the toys you crave without all that boring cereal. It's the best thing to happen to breakfast since marshmellows!
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Subverted in the sketch, "The Six Monsters You'll Have for Roommates." The "vampire" isn't actually a vampire, just a Gothy college kid who happens to share some traits with them: he stays out all night, has an aversion to sunlight (because he is Not a Morning Person, probably because he's out partying all night), is never seen eating (or at least doesn't eat garlic bread), and has no trouble hooking up with several different girls.
  • Friends with Benefits: This was the premise of former show "Full Benefits", where this sort of relationship occurred between fictionalized versions of staff members Sarah and David. Later they tried to "take it to the next level" by becoming romantically involved as well.
  • Funny Animal: Deconstructed and played for laughs with "Narnia Dogs Can't Stand", where the titular dogs not only try to stand but do other human things even though it's really unnecessary. When the children aren't looking they go right back to doing things like sniffing each other's butts or licking themselves.
  • Funny Background Event: Viral Video Politician is purposely built with multiple examples going on, and also includes lots of tropes including speaking with a Vader Breath.
  • Gay Best Friend: One of Your Girlfriend's Six Friends.
  • The Ghost: In the video "The Six Monsters You'll Have As Roommates", "The Ghost" is both a figurative and literal example. He's a roommate who you never see because he's always out or going around unnoticed, to the point that you start to doubt that he even exists.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In the "Realistic Sobriety Tests", one of the non-standard tests is to introduce a 20-something female drunk driver to Lisa, an art major with a very open attitude to her sexuality. When they drunkely start making out, both of the cops and even the guy who was hit by the car (still lying on the ground with broken bones and covered in his own blood) try to catch a glimpse.
  • Grammar Nazi: A pastiche of Inglourious Basterds (specifically, Chapter 1 "Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France") takes this trope literally, and shows that some Grammar Nazis are, in fact, actual Nazis.
    Perrier LaPadite: There was no Jews here.
    Col. Hans Landa: Jew, or Jews, plural?
    LaPadite: Plural.
    Col. Hans Landa: WRONG! You have to match your subject with your verb!
    • Except that "Jews" is the object; "there" is the subject.
    Col. Hans Landa: Hiding under the floorboards, I have finally found you. (points his gun at the floor to fire)
    Perrier LaPadite: Wait. You are hiding under the floorboards, or is she?
    Shosanna: [below the floorboards] A dangling participle?
    Col. Hans Landa: A dangling participle... (shoots himself under the chin)
  • Gym Bunny: Lampshaded in Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends:
    Guy in Kitchen:"All of us are ripped. It doesn't seem statistically possible, and yet it's true."


  • Naughty by Night: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The One Who Goes to Church', who's easily impressed by the Nice Guy Audience Surrogate, but in the bedroom is apparently heavily into bondage.
  • Neat Freak: In "The Six Monster You'll Have As Roommates", the "Robot" is such because he's a rigid neat freak who suffers a technical malfunction as soon as one dirty sock soils the floor.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: The skit "I'm Such A Nerd,", in which a nerd happily discovers that the rather attractive girl he's dating is herself a giant nerd... who then promptly dumps him for not being nerdy enough.
    Girl: I thought he was different, you know, but he wasn't. He...he couldn't even name all of the current Batman titles!
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, the "Super-Intense ER Promo":
    ER Narrator: It's the episode NBC told us not to air, and we told them to go fuck themselves. Don't watch this episode pregnant. You'll miscarry. When we showed the rough cut to an insane asylum, the patients were cured and the staff went insane. It's the episode Newsweek called "AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" (...) When they showed this episode to a third grader, he drew a very disturbing picture. ''[Shows a child's drawing, with a tombstone over his dad's grave, his mom hanging herself from a tree, and their house on fire] Features a twist so shocking that when the writers came up with it, they locked themselves in a basement, wrote "God is a Lie" on the wall in blood, and hung themselves with their own intestines.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: This video starts out by parodying the Nazi Zombies concept, then adds werewolves, vampires, and other permutations to the mix.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: In "Learning Guitar to Get Laid", it ends with a (fake) ad for a video cassette called: "Learning the Bass and NOT Getting Laid."
  • No Dress Code: Parodied in the hit sketch series, "The Problem with Jeggings."
  • No Ending: The video "Ambiguous Endings Resolved" is a video that attempts to resolve the endings for movies or TV shows that ended on cliffhangers:
    • Lost in Translation: We learn what Bob really whispers into Charlotte's ear at the end (if she wants to marry him).
    • No Country for Old Men: we have Sheriff Ed Tom Bell talking to his wife about the two dreams involving his late father. The conversation is interrupted with an excited deputy appearing in the window to break the news to him that they've caught Anton Chigurh, then helps himself to some of the bacon on Bell's plate.
    • The Graduate: Benjamin and Elaine are on the bus having escaped the wedding. Then they realize how wrong this is as the bus continues down the road.
    • The Sopranos: CollegeHumor has their own answer to how the show ends: the screen going black on the last word to "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey is because Tony Soprano gets whacked.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Jokingly referenced in the video about airplane safety instructions when the captain assures the passengers that if they crash in the mountains, there's no need to resort to cannibalism for at least one winter. However, if they do run out of food, they're going to start with the third-class passengers and gradually move up to the first class.
  • Not a Mask: In the CSI: Scooby-Doo parody, Shaggy immediately suspects that a cop is the culprit. He grabs for the guy's face and pulls it off, revealing...the inside of the cop's face.
  • Offscreen Reality Warp: CollegeHumor brings us The 6 Monsters you'll have as Roommates, the "ghost" of which messes up and opens every single cabinet door in the kitchen while his roommate isn't looking.
  • Off the Rails: The "Alternate Mad Men Intros". The animated title sequence starts the same way, but midway through, something happens to derail the opening (like the black figure who falls past the advertising people smacking the sidewalk and dying instantly, him landing in an alcoholic drink and ending up plastered, being intercepted by Superman; the office furniture collapsing; his briefcase falling open revealing pornographic tapes; the figure being kicked into the Breaking Bad title card).
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: "If the Internet Always Existed" has bare ankles on the 1900 version of YouTube.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Glitches are part of Brennan's outro when he pleads viewers to keep watching more CH videos, otherwise he will vanish. His image starts to have glitches, gets pixelated and he gradually disappears while he screams.
    Brennan: Hey guys, it's Brennan from CollegeHumor. Click here to subscribe. Click here for more fun stuff. And please keep watching, because if you stop watching, I start to vanish. Do you get it? I'm not really real. I'm just a thing in your screen. Agh! DON'T FORGET MEEE!
  • One of the Boys: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The Friend', who is basically the same character as the Audience Surrogate but female, so making the move to a relationship just becomes weird.
  • Only Sane Man: The page "Facebook History Of The World" has two characters playing this role, one called "Common Sense" and the other called "Hindsight", who are the only ones to realize how idiotic the various historical figures are.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Spoofed with this video. As it turns out, it's the same group playing in multiple sports, trying (and failing) to win against a werewolf pointguard, a field goal kicking horse, and a child in magic shoes. And finally, with a cry of, "We are done being made the fool! OOH-RAAAAAAAH!" the team turns rather...psychotic.
  • Organ Theft: In the "Urban Legend ER" video, a doctor is about to perform an organ transplant when a woman bursts into the ER claiming that the kidneys are actually hers and that she woke up in a bathtub full of ice that morning with two huge scars on her back. After she faints, the doctor tells the nurse to give the woman her kidneys back.
  • Oscar Bait: "21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie" spoofs the process of making an Oscar-worthy, serious, dramatic film. They outline the steps to create an angsty, grey-tinted Period Piece called American Gay Racist, about a secretly-gay soldier going through marital problems with his wife (played by a beautiful actress in ugly facial prosthetics) and coming to terms with his own racism in 1921 before he commits suicide.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "Vampire Reunion" shows in a very humorous manner the inherent problems this trope makes with creating any sort of Intercontinuity Crossover with more than one series that includes a vampire. Among the vampires featured are Count Dracula (who naturally is the leader because he's been around longest), Edward Cullen, Bill, Count Von Count, Blacula, Angel, and Count Chocula. Even the assorted vampire hunters waiting to strike in the next room (Buffy, Blade, and Van Helsing) can't agree on what methods they should use to kill the vampires. It also carries shades of Your Vampires Suck, since Dracula calls Edward out on the fact that he doesn't have fangs, and Edward in turn states that at least he doesn't look like Angel, who has a monstrous true form.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Used in a video that is a Take That! to British Petroleum's response to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Tony Hayward and other executives in BP's London offices announce to us after showing a video from an actual focus group that cleaning up the spill is difficult, so they're changing their name to Baby Otter Smiles & Co. Then Hayward and another employee Sally Harris (both of whom are wearing false mustaches) go to the house of Sarah Schneider (one of the focus group members). Sarah sees through their cover, says "You guys are monsters," and shuts the door on them.
  • Parents as People: In "The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad", the last way you'll see your father, after viewing him as a superhero, a clown, a tyrant, a sell-out, and a source of income, is that he's a guy with his own hopes and dreams just like you.
  • Parody Assistance: Happens quite a bit.
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Parodied in this video, where the trope plays out with a guy coming to the house to check for a gas leak. After doing the deed, he then dies in the woman's bed from carbon monoxide poisoning. Then the trope plays out exactly the same when a guy from the coroner's office shows up to collect the body.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The video "Zordon is a Racist" spoofs the untinentionally politically incorrect connotations of Zack Taylor being African-American and the Black Ranger as well as Trini Kwan being Asian and the Yellow Ranger by depicting Zordon as a complete bigot who is blatantly appointing Ranger colors to his recruits based on what minority they belong to. After kicking out a second black recruit and a Jewish recruit, the remaining recruits call out Zordon on his bigotry and walk away in disgust.
  • Pooled Funds: Deconstructed in this video, where Scrooge McDuck accidentally breaks all of his bones after jumping into his pool of money, resulting in him being immediately rushed to the hospital where he has a heart attack on the operating table and dies. A funeral is held for him, where he is buried with all of his money, and as a result his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie go crazy over their granduncle's death and end up in prison, their uncle (and Scrooge's nephew) Donald Duck becoming very angry with them and refuses to pay their "duck bail", before finally going bankrupt and committing suicide.
    DuckTales! (Whoo-hoo!)
    Get to the ER before his brain swells! (Uh-oh!)
    Stabilize his neck. Oh, no! His heart failed!
    Book a funeral, time for mourning
    Happened so fast without warning
    This peaceful bird's now a duck angel! (Uh-oh!)
    Kids can't cope and wind up in a duck jail! (Uh-oh!)
    Donald's pissed and he refused to pay the duck bail! (Uh-oh!)
    Family falls apart, now there's no more DuckTales! (Boo-hoo!)
  • Poor Man's Substitute: invoked Parodied—if you need help but can't afford The A-Team, perhaps you can hire the B-Team, C-Team, or F-Team. They all include a guy who's The Strategist (Hannibal), The Charmer (Face), The Crazy One (Murdock), and The Tough Black Guy (Baracus). However, the substitute teams get increasingly less impressive on these fronts:
    • The A-Team:
    Narrator: One year ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you have a ton of money, maybe you can hire the A-Team.
    • A-Team out of your price range? Then how about this?
    Narrator: A different Commando unit was also sent to prison for a crime they might have committed. These men eventually escaped from a medium security facility, to a motel in Fresno. Today, still more or less acknowledged by the government, they survive as soldiers for hire. If you have a problem, if it's sort of urgent, but you don't need anything fancy, you can probably just hire the B-Team.
    • You're really broke, huh?
    Narrator: I'm not sure I should tell you this, but one year ago, a group of drug addicts were sent to a prison for crime they openly confessed to (they, uh, shot the mayor's dog). These men were released after their case was thrown out on a technicality. Today, pretty much forgotten by the government, they get by with odd jobs here and there. If you have a problem, if you're totally spaced, and you just need someone, literally anyone, and if you can offer a hot meal in exchange, you can always hire the C-Team.
    • Wow, really? You can't even're killing me here!
    Narrator: OK, I don't usually mention these guys, year ago, four idiots started fighting over half a steak left in a dumpster behind a TGI Friday's. These men—-look, you don't really want to hire these men. They just-oh come on! Oh and that crazy guy? He has mild OCD! And he's clearly not black, what is he, Indian? Not even close. Look, I'm gonna level with you here. You're probably just better off taking care of it yourself. Really. Why would you ever hire anyone named the F-Teem?
  • Porn Stash: In the "Matrix Runs on Windows XP" sketch, Mission Control Cypher supposedly creates a closet full of guns for Neo to find, only for a pile of porn DVDs to fall out after Neo opens it.
    Neo: Amateurs. Woah.
    Cypher: ...I don't know how those got there.
  • Portmanteau: The "Powerthirst" commercials thrive on this (and Mundane Made Awesome). Flavors include Shockolate, Rawberry, Manana, Fizzbitch (?), Juice Springsteen, "Godberry: King of the Juice," and Gun. (And don't forget, it's energy for men... MENERGY!!! Also contains preposterous amounts of testosterone... PREPOSTERONE!!!]])
  • Proscenium Reveal: In The Last Supper at a Chain Restaurant, we start with Jesus delivering the Last Supper at what looks like a regular banquet table, with bread on it, and his apostles surrounding him. He gives a speech, but then suddenly stops and asks, "Okay, who are you?" Suddenly the ethereal lighting vanishes, revealing that we are actually in a Wacky Jack's Rodeo Bar & Grill chain resataurant, and a waiter named Steve shows up to take their food orders.
  • Puff of Logic: In "Professor Wikipedia", a student asks Professor Wikipedia to tell everyone his knowledge about her. Another student points out that she's "not notable" even though she edits the yearbook, and she vanishes into nothing while screaming.
  • Random Number God: "The Tetris God" will manually choose which piece will be next.
    "Thou art a cruel and angry God!!"
  • Reality Ensues:
    • This video of a "First Person Shooter Trial" shows how the various things a player could do in some first-person shooter video games would get them court-martialed in real life.
    • The video Realistic Fighting Game has two characters Ryan and Greg engaging in a somewhat awkward Wimp Fight in a bar instead of fights similar to the likes of Street Fighter and BlazBlue. [[spoiler: Ryan "wins" by shoving Greg in the back and he hits he one of the tables headfirst.
Unfortunately for him, he is arrested since that action has damaged Greg severely.]]
  • The guy who 'hires' the F-team to protect him despite the narrator bluntly telling him that the team is worthless and he'd be better of not hiring anybody over hiring them, simply because they worked free gets abducted and killed because the F-team were too incompetent to save him.

  • The Talk: Parodied in this sketch about "second puberty", which discusses the pitfalls of the aging process in a fashion like those films you may have been shown in health class (or by your parents) about actual puberty.
  • The Talk Show with Host Name: Parodied with a prank sketch where Dan Gurewitch's colleagues break into his house in the middle of the night so he can host The Late Late Late Show from his bed.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In "Meet Cute with a Ghost", Jess meets a really cute ghost during a seance. She originally wanted to contact her dead grandfather, but the ghost turns out to be "tall, muscular, with dark hair" and a doctor to boot. Jackpot!
  • Take That!:
    "The word enzyme was coined by physiologist Wilhelm Kuhr, widely believed to be a total badass. (Daniel looks up) In 1908, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Mustache."
    • "Tim Burton's Secret Formula" seems to be a jab at how Tim Burton's movie formula is just the same thing recycled. You can tell that from the Dull Surprise reactions of the executives to Burton saying that the studio plans to make another film. Also, when the casting director is told "get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone," he says, "I can't ever not do that," and we see that the cell phone in question can only call Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.
    • "Seth MacFarlane's Secret" does the same thing in regards to Seth MacFarlane's creative process. All his animated series, which comprises Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show are all suspiciously similar. All three feature the same generic family unit, composed of a stupid, fat, but lovable father; an attractive, gentle mother; an awkward son or daughter; a comically sociopathic baby; and a supporting non-human character that can somehow talk. CollegeHumor pitches more show ideas, such as Country Life, Big City Man, Suburban Family Time, Ma, Pa And Kids, and three unnamed ones. The first four characters are almost identical across the shows, but the talking non-human supporting character are respectively a stereotypically French cat, a Nazi guinea pig, a Republican giant anteater, an "urban" pterodactyl, and a sassy snowman, Fratty Elf, and a blender that's a vampire. MacFarlane didn't seem to mind though, and later showed up in "Seth MacFarlane's Rejected Pitches", poking fun at Ted, a film he directed.
    • "The Magic Chinatown Bus" involves Miss Frizzle taking a Wung Fa bus into a human body, which none of the passengers approve of. The name of said Chinatown bus is a Spoonerism of Fung Wah, a Chinatown bus line shut down by the US Department of Transportation for safety violations.
    • In the second installment of "If Google Was A Guy", a Google Glass user looks up how to avoid being bullied for wearing Google Glass. Google laughs at him.
    • This video skewers the anti-Vaccination movements with the Too Dumb to Live adults trying to destroy the vaccines in misunderstood attempt to save the kid that it would give him autism. Before all of them melted from measle infected body.
    • "If The Speech From Independence Day Happened Today": How people would react to President Whitmore's Rousing Speech in Independence Day if it happened in the present day, mocking every political viewpoint pundits and random bloggers would have about the speech.
    • "My Dinosaur Is a Service Animal": A video released at a time when the airlines cracked down on fake service animals, Owen and Claire (played by the actual actors) try to check in a velociraptor as a service animal.
    • "Tumblr CEO: No More Porn" cracks down hard at Tumblr after their decision to forbid all adult content in the site in late 2018. The video portrays the CEO as completely out of touch with the userbase of Tumblr and the several kinks that were freely posted there. At the end, it goes the extra length by having the CEO refusing to take down the only non-porn post of the site, a neo-nazi advocating genocide, due to freedom of speech, which refers to the fact that Tumblr is in fact riddled with neo-nazi content, but decided to focus on getting rid of the porn instead.
  • Tan Lines: This article presents a few other variations...
  • Technology Marches On:invoked
    • If All Movies Had Cell Phones demonstrates a number of movies where the plot conflict could easily be reduced or the story shortened because characters had cell phones to call for help/look up information/reveal information to people that had been withheld from them/etc.:
      • In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet gets the message to Romeo that she will fake her own death, rather than a mixup happening with the Friar's message.
      • The Home Alone clip shows Kevin being called by his mother right after he finds himself all alone, and tells him to go to a friends house - which if done in the actual movie would have reduced the running time to about 45 minutes. Except for the fact that this doesn't explain how then booby trapping the house to stop Harry and Marv would work.
    • Done again with the Internet in If Movie Characters Had The Internet.
      • In Basic Instinct, for instance, the damning evidence against Catherine Trammell is that her Internet search history indicates she's been reading websites with information about how to use an ice pick as a murder weapon.
    • With smartphones in If All Movies Had Smartphones.
    • 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot imagines what 24 would have been like if it took place in 1994. Complete with getting emails through AOL and Windows XP being very slow.
    • "The Matrix Runs on Windows XP", and Hilarity Ensues:
      • When Neo is being jacked in, Trinity cannot tell the difference between the monitor and projection cables.
      • The Agent Training Program scene starts like it does in the film, with Morpheus talking to Neo while they walk down a bustling street with Neo being bumped by passerby. This time, Morpheus is telling Neo about how the Matrix used to run fast but it slowed down over time. Then the woman in the red dress walks by. All goes well until Morpheus orders the program to freeze upon the moment the model Agent Smith draws his weapon. When the image fails to unfreeze, Morpheus tells Neo to go on without him, then yells to the operators, "Try CTRL-ALT-DELETE!"
      • Clippy appears multiple times, trying to offer his help to Neo. The first time, "It looks like you're trying to bend a spoon with your mind. Can I help you with that?" Neo bends Clippy with his mind.
      • Neo gets accosted by Agent Smith in an alleyway. Smith fires his pistol at Neo, and suddenly, the bullet freezes in flight inches from Neo's head, with a progress bar showing up.
      • The lag time is long enough that Agent Smith starts cloning as he runs towards Neo in frustration, after being put on hold trying to call Agent Brown and Agent Jones who are up in Connecticut.
  • Telephone Song: There is a sketch called 'The Other Side Of Adele's "Hello"'. Mike Trapp is Adele's ex-boyfriend and she keeps calling him during their meeting. He keeps picking up and taking to her because he's afraid... that she's gonna write a song about him.
    Adele: [singing] Hello, can you hear me?
    Mike: Barely. It sounds like you're calling from the middle of a windstorm or something.
    Adele: [singing] Hello from the ouuutsiiiiiiide.
    Mike: Go inside.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: One of the main selling points in the Powerthirst videos.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: This happens in "Awkward Rap".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: In-Universe, in parody of Google forcing YouTube users to sign up for Google+ to comment on videos, Google has introduced "Google Blackmail". Either you sign up for Google+, or we release all the private information we know about you.
  • This Explains So Much: In one of the jeggings videos, where teenagers keep coming to school wearing inappropriate clothing, the exasperated teacher eventually asks them what their parents have to say about it. When one of them confesses that all of their parents have died, he pauses and admits that does make sense.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In "Pot Cookie Monster" (yes, it's a parody of Sesame Street), the eponymous monster comes to realize that the reason he can't digest his pot cookies is because he's just a puppet.
    • "Is Grant Keith from Buzzfeed?" concludes with a near-literal version of this trope, as Mike complains about the four Grant/Keiths in the office before pointing out a fifth... which is a mirror.
  • Tomato Surprise: At the end of "Why The Hell Is He Her [Katie's] Boyfriend," we get the answer.
    Katie: He has the only map to dryland tattooed on his back!
    All: Ohhh.
    [Camera pans out to show that the CH offices are part of a barge convoy in an endless sea.]
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The CH staff knows what kind of person needs infomercial products with the "Has this ever happened to you?" opening tagline.
    1. First, he bumps into tables, pulling the cloth off one of them.
    2. He fails to open the door because he can't use the knob right or give any leverage.
    3. He is unable to start his car because the battery has died. When a little girl comes up to him, he rolls down both windows on the driver's side of the car. She asks him, "How many times has this happened to you?" He says "Happens to me every fucking day. Every day."
    4. At home, when moving a boiling pot of pasta to the strainer in the sink, he drops it because he isn't using potholders.
    5. He keeps all his plastic cups in the same top cupboard, so they all fall out when he opens it.
    6. He cuts his finger while slicing a carrot.
    7. He gets tangled up in his phone cord as he tries to call 912.
    8. From nowhere, more plastic cups rain down on him.
    9. Depressed, he sits down on his bed and puts a gun to his head to kill himself, but when he pulls the trigger, it clicks empty, informercial music starts playing, an X is emblazoned on the screen, and an announcer shouts, "ARE YOU TIRED OF UNRELIABLE GUNS?!" revealing that we were just in another infomercial.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The hypothetical "If Movie Trailers Ruined Endings", where the trailer guy goes out of his way to spoil the endings and plot twists. Warning: spoilers for Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, and Reservoir Dogs. Also includes references to Luke, I Am Your Father and All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".
  • Trapped in Containment: So how did new Quadruple Cheese Cheezos get so cheesy? Well, it all started one day, at the Cheezo factory.
  • Trojan Gauntlet: They parody this in the POV series where buying condoms is shown from both the guy's perspective and his girlfriend's. The guy finds it embarassing and tries to hide it by buying half a dozen unrelated items. The girl doesn't know the guy's size so she just buys all of them.
  • Troll: Parodied in a sketch featuring an Internet troll living under a bridge. He blocks the road and shouts racist, sexist, homophobic or just plain inflammatory comments at people until they lose their temper, at which point they get sent flying Monty Python style. The only way to defeat them is to agree with everything they say until you can get them to unironically and genuinely admit vulnerability and the need for friendship, which imposes the same fate on them as their victims.
  • Trolling Creator: In-Universe, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R. R. Martin is parodied as this in "George R.R. Martin Responds to Game of Thrones Backlash". After several important characters are rather unexpectedly killed off in season 3 of the TV adaptation Game of Thrones and some fans start complaining, he lashes out. "Martin" says he revels in upsetting his fans, and proceeds to bash their hopes for his own joy.
    Martin: Your sorrow is my playground! Your tears are the fountain I frolic in!
  • Two of Your Earth Minutes: There's a skit where a genie claims to have been imprisoned for "millions of your Earth eternities."
  • Uncanny Valley:invoked They made an ad for the fake product "Baby's Face" and... just watch.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A lot of the humor from the "Horror Movie Daycare" sketch comes from the fact that the teacher is a completely ordinary, cheerful, sweet woman working with children from every horror movie you can think of — and, despite them being demons, monsters, or all-around Creepy Children, she treats them like regular kids from a normal daycare.
  • Unfortunate Implications:invoked Zordon is a Racist parodies how in the Power Rangers, the Black Power Ranger was played by a black guy and the Yellow Power Ranger by an Asian girl by making Zordon into an utter bigot.
  • Urban Legends: Urban Legend ER, explores a lot of known urban legends including: hit by a penny thrown from the Empire State Building, being struck by frozen airplane waste, swallowing eight spiders in one night, Elton John gulping down seven gallons of semen, a train derailing from pennies placed on the tracks, a woman waking up in an ice-filled bathtub to find her kidneys missing, a kid getting a facial expression frozen on their face, a teenage girl getting pregnant from swimming in a sperm-filled pool, and Little Mikey's "death" by Pop Rocks and Coke.
  • [Verb] This!: A short named "Cell Phone Reunion" where iPhone and BlackBerry start fighting. At one point, BlackBerry says, "At least I know what I'm hitting. Look at you. Ooh. Touch-screen. Look at my touch-screen. I've got something you can touch." *grabs crotch* "Right here!" *points at it with his other hand* "Dial this up!"
  • Victory Quote: The Manchild gets one in "Adulthood vs. Childhood":
    "I'm not sure if marriage is right for me!"
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Deconstructively parodied in The Sims Horror Movie trailer. The characters are plagued the same way as is possible in the game: drowning them by removing the pool ladder, keeping the police out with a waist-high fence, blocking the exits with furniture, and keeping them deprived of food and sleep.
  • Visual Pun: In "The Matrix Runs in Windows XP", which is a spoof of both The Matrix and Windows XP (and thus contains many computer-related jokes), the Oracle welcomes Neo into her kitchen while she's holding a plate of freshly-baked cookies, and tells him that she hopes he has "cookies enabled".
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In the video "Tumblr CEO: No More Porn", the head of Tumblr vomits on-screen after searching "Yiff Party" and looking at the search results.
  • Wham Line: From "The Six Christmas Movies You'll Live Through," after the focus character and his girlfriend have broken up, and he's now living through "the Christmas Carol:"
    Narrator: It's good thing there's no such thing as "ghosts from the past."
    (the door opens, and...")
    Ex-Girlfriend: (smiling) Merry Christmas.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe, their parody of the GEICO "Googly eyes" commercials. It starts off with the Googly eyes on a wad of money, but then it goes a few steps further:
    • Guy is watching TV: "It's right here, it's easy. It's the jacket you could've worn if you tried out for the varsity football team."
    • Guy is sitting on the toilet: "It's the heart disease you could've avoided if you didn't let yourself go."
    • Guy is getting in his car: "It's the years of your life you could've enjoyed if you didn't spend time in prison for insurance fraud."
    • Guy is having a nightmare in bed, gets up, and hears a baby crying: "It's the baby you could've had if you didn't drive Michelle away with your drinking."
    • Guy prepares to hang himself in his garage: "It's the piece you could have if you have the balls to go through with it." [He hangs himself]
    • GEICO: Fifteen minutes could save you fifteen years of regret, misery and desperation.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The parody of "I Gotta Feeling". The guy breaks his leg, antagonizes his girlfriend, and sleeps with an unattractive girl. In the end he decides that it was worth it, since he got in a nice fight and even better, now has an awesome kite.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Stormtroopers' 9/11 shows the fact that the Death Star's destruction was probably similar to a terrorist incident like 9/11 for the Stormtroopers.
    • Touched upon in the Star Wars canon; the Stormtroopers were indeed mourning, but it was less "terrorist attack" and more "disastrous military operation". However, the Stormtroopers were able to channel that mourning into devastating fervor during the Yavin base ground battle in The Empire Strikes Back and avenge their fallen brethren.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: The accent Master Splinter is given in "Donatello Gets Screwed" is a little all over the place. It sounds like the voice actor is going for a straight Japanese accent, but the accent in question sways back and forth between Japanese, Italian, and Arab.
  • What the Hell, Player?: A faux game example: They did a video imagining the first season of Game of Thrones as an SNES era video game. When the "player" plays as Jaime Lannister and elects to attack Bran when Bran sees him sexing up Cersei, the video makes it clear that it doesn't approve of this. Link.
    Like, seriously? He's only ten! *player selects again to do the attack* Wow. OK. I mean, I understand that you don't want to people to know you're porking your sister, but still... wow. *Jamie's attack sends Bran flying out the window, triumphant music plays* You defeated Bran Stark! Obviously. Because, you know, he's ten!
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Parodied in "Every Teen Movie Ending". All the classmates and their teacher meet very unfortunate ends, and the narrator died when he was still a kid and never actually saw these people graduate.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The video "Charlie and the Apple Factory", which is like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory except that it has the kids being taken by Steve Jobs on a tour of Apple's factory after winning their Golden iTickets. They are taken first to the Apple Room, which is like the Chocolate Room, with Apple devices growing on the trees. Charlie is briefly taken by Bill Gates, who wants to know the secret to Apple's success. Ultimately, Jobs shows Charlie why Apple products are empty room, because they pride themselves on showmanship. It ends with a Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Oompa-Loompa song.
  • Wimp Fight: "Realistic Fighting Game" depicts one between the characters Ryan and Greg. Attacking each other does nothing to their health meters. In fact, their health meters only go down when a random woman comes up and hits Ryan with her purse apropos of nothing, and when Ryan pushes Greg into a table.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Victor Vivisector may be a Captain Planet villain parody, but it can be hard not to feel sorry for him having to witness the Squick-inducing Furry Force.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: CollegeHumor's rather disturbing solution to the mystery of "Why Girls Don't Fart" - a secret gas decompression chamber reachable through the toilets.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: At the end of the "National Fart Hearings" skit, we see a bundle of The Newsly Times wherein it looks like the Senator's farts are more newsworthy than the end of World War II.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: Taken literally by having a personification of "The '90s" actually call someone to say they want their outfit back.
  • X Meets Y:
  • You Bastard!: Get off the internet (or CollegeHumor) and GO TO SLEEP!!!
  • You Can Panic Now: Parodied here. Set to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", they showcase basically every ratings-driven media panic frenzy of the past 10-15 years, including Y2K, 2012, Peak Oil, terrorist attacks, Global Warming, and the imminent Zombie Apocalypse, Robot War, and Alien Invasion.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The subject of "The Boy Who Cried Literally", with a guy using "literally" in its well-documented "figuratively literally" instead of "literally literally" meaning, and is berated by his roommates for it. When he does use it correctly after he's been stabbed, they ignore him and he dies of his wounds.
  • You Make Me Sic: See the entry for Grammar Nazi above.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Parodied in Breaking Dawn Cheating Outtakes, which satirizes the publicized affair Kristen Stewart had with one of her directors, and Robert Pattinson's expected reaction to this.
  • Your Mom: In this sketch, a bunch of "your mom is so fat" jokes are treated like a serious medical condition.
  • Your Television Hates You:
    • In this video, Sarah is dealing with her unwatched Netflix videos piling up, with the movies themselves complaining about how she hasn't yet watched them.
    • Netflix proudly brings you "Cringe-Watching":
    Narrator: Here at Netflix, we know the only thing people like more than binge watching, is cringe watching. Which is why in 2017, we're rolling out a whole new lineup of shows guaranteed to make you squirm. Just finished Making a Murderer, and can't wait for more harrowing glimpses to life in the American Midwest? Then get ready for Poor Tours. A new documentary where we take a camera crew into the houses of lower class residents of Manitowoc County, and force them to talk to us about their sad, awful lives. It's basically poorn! Pretty grim, right? Don't worry, we're just getting started. Next we'll investigate the cruel world of abusive nursing homes with Elder Scare, an in-depth documentary that will leave you questioning whether or not human kindness is actually a lie. Want something a bit more close to home? Then choke down a Zoloft and get ready for Thin Walls, the first ever documentary that's actually just a live feed of the couple that lives next door to you having a really aggressive and loud argument. Will it get abusive? Should you have called the cops? Are you a bad person for enjoying this? There answer is "yes". Almost certainly. But that's never stopped you before.
    Documentaries not your speed? Don't worry, we've got something for everyone to try their best to suffer through. Check out these great new shows and movies streaming soon: Next fall, we'll drop our first ever prank show, White People Being Openly Racist on Camera. Then in summer 2017, get ready to fall in love with a new season of the critically acclaimed British reality series Close-up Footage of a Guy Picking a Hangnail. And finally, next winter, a very special treat for all the Marvel fans: It's Eight Hours of Wilson Fisk Crushing People's Heads in Car Doors.
    Still craving more cringeworthy content to try and simulate emotion within your joyless husk of a body? Then keep your sweatpants on, shitbeak, because in 2018, we're releasing nothing but Adam Sandler movies, every month, until someone goes crazy and murders him. Then we'll make a documentary about his murder investigation, thus beginning the cycle anew.
    Netflix. Because if it doesn't feel like work, then it's not worth watching.


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