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Crypt TV is a YouTube channel consisting of anthology horror shorts, which are often either funny or scary. Or sometimes both.

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  • Accomplice by Inaction: In season 2 of "Shelley", the titular ghost turns on Celine and leaves her to take the blame for the murders, as while she did try to tell people the truth about Shelley's death, she still watched it happen and did nothing to stop it.
    • To a lesser extent with Lauren one of the bullies. While she does feel remorseful for what happened to Shelley and did attempt to get Shelley help, she still covered up Shelley's death and Shelley makes sure to target her as well. She is the first of the bullies to go but has the quickest death.
  • Adults Are Useless: In Shelley, Celine told the teachers she saw Lauren, Nikki, and Heidi hang up Shelley’s body to make it look like she hung herself. They did not believe her and the three got away with murder.
    • This is Subverted after the release of the Season 2 trailer, as it would appear that the teachers not only knew the truth all along... they were the ones who planned it. Also it was only Hedei who actually killed Shelley.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Several videos feature the various creatures of the Crypt TV fighting one another, sometimes very one-sidedly. Notably, the Sunny Family Cult, being humans, usually end up on the receiving end of a massacre when pitted against anything supernatural, like the Look-See, the Brute or Shelley.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Binding Box". Anyone who opens the box becomes trapped in the form of a puppet, aware of everything, until someone replaces them.
    • An implication at the end of "The Neighbors".
  • Asshole Victim:
    • While Anyone Can Die, the chances of dying increase depending on how mean-spirited the characters are.
    • The entire idea of Fight Night: horrible people are kidnapped and thrown into an electrified cage to fight for survival against monsters before an audience.
  • Black Comedy: Although some shorts are on the humorous side, expect them to fall under this category.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Some of the more funny shorts play this whenever it gets a chance.
    • The Invader includes a man spilling an exorbitant amount of blood.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Most of the monsters are fairly malicious, or at least
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Shelley takes place in two neighboring ones, considering that not only is the titular Shelley herself was killed by several students, but it turns out it was orchestrated and hidden by the staff of both schools who are also responsible for the death of Shelly's boyfriend, Oliver.
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  • Botanical Abomination: The Birch again. It (she?) has a roughly female shape, but a face like a skeleton, has no eyes, and a head that's covered in branches.
  • Breakout Character: The Birch would eventually get its own series.
  • Canon Welding: A number of shorts seem to be set in a Shared Universe (confirmed by Word of God) and the connections come in the form of various Easter eggs. So far, The Look See, The Birch, Mordeo, The Sunny Family Cult, and Stoneheart are implied to be connected.
    • Confirmed in Sunny Family Cult S3E02, where a flashback shows a young Roger studying a creepy-looking book with images of the Look See, the Birch, the Mordeo, and Aponi (Stoneheart). More specifically, there's a ritual that he's interested in, which seemingly involves summoning the Look See, the Mordeo, and Aponi. Officially confirmed in S3E03, in which Roger explains to Taylor that monsters in the book are "divine creatures of darkness."
  • Cassandra Truth: In season 1 of Shelley, Lauren, Nikki, and Heidi weren’t the only ones who knew the truth behind Shelley’s “suicide”; in episode 3, it’s revealed that a classmate of theirs named Celine saw them hang up Shelley’s body to make it look like she had hung herself, and cover up what they had done. Celine even told the teachers what she saw, but no one believed her.
  • Cats Are Mean: The protagonist in Meow suspects the stray cat she found is murdering people. Subverted. It's her landlord trying to make the cat look guilty. Said cat saves the protagonist by killing the landlord, in one of Crypt TV's very rare happy endings.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Miss Annity, from the "Miss Annity" series, chooses her victims for not living up to her old fashioned views. Of the victims:
    • The first is a ballerina who doesn't have a perfect hourglass figure.
    • The second is a work from home dad who wants to spend more time with his infant daughter instead of letting his wife do everything.
    • The third and last victim is a young gay man who doesn't fight back when beaten up. He's the only one to survive because he doesn't fight back and forgives his attacker. So Miss Annity takes his father instead.
  • Double Entendre: "Let's flip him over and eat his ass."
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted, in (of all places) "Demon Clown." The reason Norton was running after those kids at night? He went to meet a client who had a clown fetish, and she threatened him with a knife before sexually assaulting him. He wasn't running after those kids because he was trying to kill them, he was running after them because he'd just been sexually assaulted and was crying for help. It's played seriously as it should be.
  • Downer Ending: It usually won't go well for the protagonist.
  • Evil vs. Evil: There are quite a few videos detailing the monsters of the Crypt Tv universe fighting each other, usually over who gets to kill their latest victim(s). The Look-See is by far the most common monster to do so.
  • Eyeless Face: Several of the monsters, including the Birch, the Look-See, and the Brute, among others.
  • Fan Disservice: The Birch has visible feminine breasts with exposed nipples, but considering she's a skeleton-faced tree demon who violently kills people, the potential sexiness factor is severely diminished.
  • Femme Fatale: Usually the antagonist in some of the shorts.
  • Gainax Ending: Most of the videos fall under this leaving the audience scratching their head and wondering what just happened, especially in shorts like Over There.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Sometimes done, but just as often the opposite happens.
  • Hate Sink:
    • The Birch: Sebastian Polks is a violent crime boss who turned his hometown into a slum, thinks nothing over the addicts his drugs are killing; physically abusive towards his nephew Thurston, forcing him to work as a drug mule. He maims Evie's father to intimidate her, later forcing Thurston to kill him by threatening his kid brother. He later attempts to kill his nephews when his operations go south.
    • Camp Monster: Maddison is an arrogant and petty Alpha Bitch at the camp and wannabe monster hunter. She puts Eva through a hazing prank as part of an initiation; bullies her terrified bunkmate for crying and subjects her to a prank of her own; and when being chased by The Mauler, leaves one of her friends to die to save her own skin.
    • Mohawk:
      • Tiffany Walker is Sammy's aloof and generally unpleasant older, who sister who spends her time bitching over her family having to move to a new town. When she's not doing that, she constantly bullies and teases her brother, thinking of him as a "freak of nature" due to an Ambiguous Disorder he has.
      • Chad Walker is Sammy and Tiffany's father who at first seems distant to his son; it's implied he sees Sammy as a "freak" too. According to Tiffany, and his wife, he was a doctor who got fired over sexually harassing women. When Tiffany is killed by Estelle, Chad flies into a rage, telling Sammy he should have died instead, and begins trying to beat and strangle his son to death.
    • Mira Mira
      • The Girl In the Mirror: Amanda the protagonists vain and superficial cousin, and constantly bullies him over a facial birthmark he has self esteem issues over. Going as far as to do her make up in his bedroom while he's trying to sleep, she taunts him that "not everyone is meant for beauty."
      • Eye of the Beholder: Sheri is Amanda's mother, and as vain and narcissistic as she was in her youth despite becoming bitter with age. Blaming the protagonist for her daughter's death years before, she constantly yells at him and bullies him over his birthmark calling it a "devils mark".
      • New Blood: Jake and his girlfriend Cece are a duo of psychotic bullies who constantly terrorize and torment Patty over the burn scars that disfigured her, going as far as to tell her that the fire that killed her mother should have killed her too. At the time of the short, they end up chasing Patty through the woods with the intent on mutilating her. When Patty is saved by the protagonist of the previous shorts, Jake disembowls him and mocks him as he starts to bleed out.
    • Mordeo
      • Reunion: Zack was a friend of the protagonist from school, who ends up being a follower of the Mordeo. To become such a monster himself, he lures his friend a camping trip, before torturing him and cannibalizing another hostage and cracking sadistic jokes about it. Having turned into a Mordeo, he eats his friends hand after seeming to mimic their handshake.
    • Rapunzel vs Mira vs SFC: Victoria is a member of of the Sunny Family Cult, and sorority girl who started a fire that disfigured Rapunzel, killed her friends, boyfriend, and ruined her life, simply because Rapunzel refused to join her murder cult. If that wasn't enough she mocks her over it to her face, while planning to kill her.
    • Soot
      • Encounters: Dylan is an arrogant friend of the protagonists and a reckless driver who caused an accident that he brags about surviving badly scathed. He has no remorse that the accident caused an elderly couple to die, a mother to be paralyzed, while her baby was killed in the wreck; he tells his friend that their deaths are their own fault for following the rules. Simply put, when Soot arrives to claim him, he's got it coming.
    • Terra
      • Waterworks: Chuck is a violent brute who kidnaps the protagonist and holds her captive in a motel for days, demanding for a ransom despite being told the money he wants is impossible. He spends his time causing damage and setting fires out of petty violence, as well as beating and strangling the protagonist.
    • Woe Bone
      • Lexi's Vengeance: Ben and Christy are a sibling duo of homophobic bullies who pick on the protagonist and vandalize his house because he has two moms. They call him a freak and even a monster over it, and when they later corner him, jokingly threaten to drown him.
  • Hope Spot: Several shorts make it seem like the protagonist might make it out alive, only for them to die or about to be killed as the short ends.
  • I am a Humanitarian: In Drug Deal, a couple buys marijuana from a man who got it from a tribe of cannibals, the strand of weed turns the couple seeking a desire for human flesh. The name of weed is a Pun for cannabis, the scientific name of weed.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted; Anyone Can Die.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Mother's Day is about a daughter praising her mother for protecting her by mutilating or killing anyone that's a threat to her, and providing for her by undertaking Self-Surgery learned from a YouTube tutorial so she can remove a kidney to sell.
  • Monster Clown: Subverted in "Demon Clown."
  • Monster of the Week: Much like its spiritual predecessor and inspiration, Crypt TV's formula usually boils down to presenting a new monster for every video. Though there are a few series on the channel that follow one monster over multiple episodes, such as The Look-See.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The three bullies in Shelley season 1 Hedei, Nikki and Lauren. Hedei is the mean one who willing murders Shelley with her bare hands. Lauren in the nice one who tries to help Shelley out after she is choked out and feels the most remorse about covering up her death. Nikki is in-between as she smiles at Shelley getting chocked out but feels great remorse upon finding Lauren dead and didn't physically harm Shelley.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: The title character in "Demon Clown" turns out to actually be this. As he says at the end, "I just want to make people happy!"
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Most of the shorts will use this element as a means of fear.
  • Practical Effects: Since it's a web series that doesn't have the budget for CGI, all of the monsters are portrayed by people in costumes, and a lot of them are pretty damn scary-looking.
  • Reforged into a Minion: The creature from The Widower can do this to its female victims, turning them into its new "Wife".
  • Santabomination: Walter from the Milk & Cookies is a monstrous blue-skinned beast in a santa suit that eats people and regurgitates them as lumps of coal.
  • Self-Made Orphan: At the end of season 2 of "Shelley", the titular ghost brutally murders her sister Lucy and their elderly mother and then burns down their house. Subverted as it's then later revealed to be Celine disguised as Shelley, who murdered her family in revenge for cutting off her hand and letting her take the blame for the murders in season 1.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Most of the stories have an aesop that is convoluted and strange.
    • In Black Sugar, Don't do drugs, or you will be sent to an Eldritch Location.
    • In Valentine's Die, Don't cheat on your significant other, or cupid will hunt you down and kill you.
    • In 7 Rules, When in someone else's domain make sure you follow their rules, or else you will be killed by an unseen force.
    • In The Look-See series, holding onto your pain is unhealthy because a tall man with a Glasgow Grin will come and murder you if you don't let go.
    • In the Miss Annity series, follow conservative social etiquette or you will be tormented by a spider-demon.
  • Toilet Horror: In the introductory video to the monster Look-See, "The Wedding Hand", a woman is trapped in a bathroom stall as the Look-See comes to get her. Forced to flush her wedding ring down the toilet to appease the monster, she snatches it back at the last moment, and is promptly killed. It's later revealed that she survived, though seems to be the Look-See's new assistant.
  • Voice Changeling: The titular monster from The Mimic.
  • Token Good Teammate: In Shelley season 1 one of the bullies Lauren is this. When Hedei starts strangling Shelley in the bathroom, Nikki keeps smiling. Lauren however, stops smiling and when Shelley falls down she rushes over to help her. When Shelley is dead and they hang her body to make it look like she died Lauren has a look of clear remorse over her face. It's so bad that in the present day she goes to the bathroom and starts relieving her moments of remorse and saying, "We need to get her help!' to herself. Sadly Shelley does not spare her.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: In Turned, the setting of the episode

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