On Vine, his videos consisted of a wide range of parody jokes, including meta humor, visual puns, and character-based gags. His videos on YouTube mostly revolve around commentary, and he talks about everything from weird internet content, to strange advertisements, to funny mockbuster movies. They're also highly edited in a lot of aspects, adding visual distortion, text, and other editing tricks to add a dose of Surreal Humor to his videos, and incorporate his comedy from Vine as well.
Tropes found in Danny's videos:
- Abusive Parents: In "Lele Pons Teaches Me How To Stand Up To My Bully", the bully Danny is trying to deal with is his own (fictional) father, who calls him names, blocks his way when he's trying to leave, and gives him noogies. At the end, he finally gains the confidence to stand up to him, which makes his dad melt.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Discussed in Is Netflix Just Making Bad Movies on Purpose. Danny theorizes if hypnosis is real and effective in the Marmaduke universe, Guys training was just him torturing Marmaduke for fun.
- Always Someone Better: In the vine "When you have one friend that's better than everything," Danny's friend beats him at every game. Even the game "Who can be Danny Gonzales the best," as she physically transforms into Danny at the blink of an eye.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "TikToks Weirdest Mom," Danny notices that many of Varli's videos take place by a school, and imagines her daughter being absolutely mortified when her classmates look out the window to see her mom flailing around for a TikTok.
- One vine has autocorrect in real life, with somebody saying "Soup man!" when they're trying to say "Sup, man."
- In one video, Danny mocked a post that claimed mistakes made by politicians "become new laws" with a skit about a politician texting his wife about wanting to kiss her, only for it to auto-correct to kill. Thus, it became legally obligated for everyone to kill their wives.
- When he was trying to write "born to be Zayden" (a person he was pretending to be) it auto-corrected into "born to be sauce". He kept it.
- Banging for Help: Played for Horror, as Danny and a friend hear some kids tell them they heard banging coming from the Team 10 house, all adding to their fear that something bad is going on.
- Bedsheet Ghost: A ghost in a bedsheet gets offended in one Vine when Danny calls him a "used Kleenex."
- Body Horror: In his Pixel Perfect review, he comments on how the band is trying to get singers for their team but everyone is doing something other than singing and wonders if you can enter a competition by doing something close to what you're supposed to do. He makes a skit about that where someone auditions for a role in Spider-Man by growing hyper-realistic spider legs out of his back. Not helped that he's screaming during.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- One Vine has him call himself out for using peanut butter instead of a phone, to which he points out the peanut butter is just a prop for the video.
- "I've got a date with a hot cougar!" "Ah, nice! Oh wait, I know how this Vine is going to end..." and cue the Visual Pun of an actual cougar being the date, just as was predicted.
- Changing Chorus:
- "LaCroix"'s chorus starts out with the line:Like a party in my mouth, but the kind of party that ends at 9
- Which later changes to:Like a party in my mouth, if everybody at the party just died
- "LaCroix"'s chorus starts out with the line:
- Companion Cube: Loves his giant nutcracker toy quite a bit, and keeps it in the background of his videos. In one video, he freaked out because he thought it had been magically stolen by the creators of Lily's Garden due to him mocking their ads.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Played for Black Comedy; a prankster learns that his wife passed away because he was so bad at pranks; when the scene flashes back to him interrupting a man trying to give CPR, it's revealed that the man he interrupted was trying to save his wife. The prankster falters for a minute...then gets excited, because that means the man didn't hate his prank, but was just busy!
- In one vine, a student finishes his homework, which was to type four paragraphs, by actually typing the words "4 Paragraphs." His classmates got it even worse, bringing in a paper with four "parrot graphs" and another bringing n four pairs of giraffes.
- Couch Gag: Every episode begins with Danny saying "What's up Greg, I hope you're all having a great day, and welcome back to another episode of [title relating to the episode]." Every episode ends with Danny thanking a random subscriber for turning on his notifications and telling his fans, "I'll see you guys next time with a really interesting video where I [weird video topic that Danny is obviously not going to do]. Bye!"
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Implied in "The Horrible Truth About Jake Paul and Team 10", when they notice "HELP" written on one of the house's windows in red.
- Cue Card Pause: One of his Vines has a guy named Michael make really weird pauses in the middle of sentences.Michael: Can I buy your son?... a bike for his birthday?
- Deadpan Snarker: His humor is incredibly sarcastic and dry, with a majority of his jokes just being snarky reactions to whatever he's discussing.
- Deconstructive Parody: His green screen skits focus on what the content he's viewing would be like in his mind.
- Deranged Taxi Driver: One skit sees Danny in the back-seat of a taxi when he spills coffee on himself. The driver calmly hands him a gun to clean up the spill with, and then says that "the guy in the back isn't too bloody" if he needs a change of clothes.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In his Lemonade Mouth video, he thinks the band attacking the truck drivers for removing their lemonade is way overboard, and is surprised at how blasé their parents are about it.Danny: [as Olivia's grandma] Ah, I remember in my youth, I set a man on fire because he cut me in line at the soda fountain.
Danny: [as Olivia]: Aw, grandma... Wait, what?
- Drowning My Sorrows: A line from "Spooky Guy" combines drinking to cope with a pun:New beau looking like a ghost
'Cuz she died three years ago
That shit was really sad
And it was all over the news
And the only way I had to cope was
A whole lot of boozenote
- Ear Worm: One Vine involves a serial killer using the Red Robin jingle to lure their victim out of hiding. It works, as the victim can't resist singing along.
- Elevator Buttons Mash: Discussed in one vine, where the inventors of elevators question whether they should allow people to "unpress" buttons so they can't just smash all the buttons and leave. They laugh it off.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Welcome to The Best Abs of Instagram, the show where I review everybody's abs on Instagram."
- Experimented in College: Discussed in "Downhill". One of the negatives Danny is told about college life is that he'll "go to parties and experiment sexually". When he points out that he has a girlfriend, the chorus just repeats "experiment sexually" with more force.
- Extreme Omnivore: One lyric from "Yummy" has him declare he'll eat a person's feet, and then their shirt.
- Fake Faint: Attempted and mocked. In a collaboration video with Ryan Trahan, the two of them went over some weird Wikihow articles. One of them was about "How to Pretend to Faint", and to demonstrate, Ryan repeatedly kept pretending to pass out, falling out of his chair multiple times.
- Friends Turned Romantic Rivals: Subverted in "I'm in Love with a Creeper". When Danny and his friend Kurtis Conner both arrive in Minecraft, they simultaneously fall in love... with a Creeper. Half of the song is spent with them in separate areas singing about their new love. When they both discover that they're in love with the same "chick", Danny briefly asks if they need to fight... and the idea is quickly ditched in favor of having a threesome.
- Forced Meme: "I Made a Viral TikTok Song" is about Danny trying to make a song that could become a viral TikTok meme, using quotable lyrics and easy-to-follow dances. He gets an impressive amount of views and videos, but not enough to go "viral" by his definition, and his fanbase sees through his disguise very quickly, confounding the experiment.
- Future Me Scares Me: Parodied in a Vine, where the only issue is that Future Danny has gotten uglier.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: The Vine "people who say the weirdest things to avoid swearing" has a guy who curses with phrases like, "Paddywhacks," "Son of a billy goat" and "silly goose."
- Grammar Nazi: Parodied in a Vine that claims that correcting someone's grammar immediately makes you super cool, with the person you corrected even proudly clapping for you.
- Halloween Songs: He has multiple of them, making them each year. They all start with the word "Spooky", and are all about how scary and spooky he is.
- Head Crushing: In his review of How to Build a Better Boy, he has a sketch about Albert going to the principal's office for various disruptions, one of which involved crushing a bully's head between his legs
- Heal It with Booze: Parodied; in "La Croix", Danny tries to use La Croix, a non-alcoholic beverage, to clean out his gunshot wound.
- Hypocritical Humor: One verse from "Yummy" laments the fact that the Paparazzi treat him like a "piece of meat"...in the middle of a song literally referring to a girl as a tasty snack he'd like to eat.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- "Girl Scout Cookies: Now made with real Girl Scouts!"
- One line from "Yummy" involves him wanting to eat the girl's feet.
- "Senpai wouldn't notice me... So I baked him into a Sen-pie."
- Immortality: When Vampire Dad kills his son's bully, the bully, now a vampire, then declares that he's immortal now- much to the horror of the son.
- Inopportune Voice Cracking: In one Vine, Danny plays a boy whose voice has just started changing, but it cracks more and more until he wails an incredibly high note and becomes too freaked out to talk about it.
- Instantly Proven Wrong: In one Vine, Danny complains about getting homework on similes, remarking "I think I know how to use similes by now," but when he tries to compare his homework to something, he fumbles.
- Jealous Romantic Witness: Played for Laughs in "POV: I'm Your Vampire Dad". One skit involves a couple out at a dance when the protagonist's ex shows up. Afraid to see him, they try to leave, but their serial-killer boyfriend says he'll handle it. It seems like he's about to fight the ex away... but they start making out instead. The protagonist is horrified by this, and they both rudely demand they back off. As a result, they get attacked by their Vampire Dad.
- Lightbulb Joke: Parodied in a Vine where he snarks, "How many ex-girlfriends does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" Cut to Danny underneath a light socket begging his ex to come back and help him change the bulb.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Dolphin Man got his half-human half-dolphin status when he was bitten by a radioactive man.
- Misophonia Gag: One of his Vines is about how annoying it is to hear someone cough behind you in class. Danny turns around and pulls a knife out on the cougher.Danny: Coughin', coughin', you'll be in a coffin, if you keep on coughin'!
Cougher: Whoa, okay, I'm stoppin'!
- Mockumentary: "The Horrible Truth About Jake Paul and Team 10" is a documentary-style horror video of Danny and his friend uncovering dark secrets about Jake Paul and the rest of Team 10, including Danny narrating over the footage.
- Mood Whiplash: Pops up often in his vines:
- In one Vine, Danny finds a lucky penny...and then the ensuing text lets us know he ran into the street and was immediately hit by a car.
- One features him receiving a "letter" from the mail-man, with both of them laughing over the fact that it's just a paper "A"...only for the "A" to turn out to be a "Dear John" Letter.
- In "The Horrible Truth About Jake Paul and Team 10", Danny and his friend spend the video talking about how horrifying things are behind the scenes of Jake's vlogs, with Nick Crompton leading everything with an iron fist...before they discovered they were accepted into the team, cheer, and go on to become millionaires.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- In the Ray Lopez video, he is clearly disgusted (bordering on Tranquil Fury, though he still jokes about a little in this instance) by Ray resorting to Ad Hominem towards the creator of a Buzzfeed article since Lopez can't find any genuine critique of said article and is clearly just annoyed by Lopez for the next part of the commentary.
- In the Lil Tay video, he's visibly disgusted by all the people who left profane, hateful comments on Lil Tay's Instagram, questioning how and why they're taking the behavior of a nine-year-old personally enough to post things like that.
- In his video on the Stokes twins doing a "bank robbery prank" he is genuinely appalled when seeing a clip of them joking about how their prank almost got an innocent Uber driver shot by police (while also pointing out how this seems OOC of the Stokes twins themselves, who usually have more harmless content on their channel).
- Running Gag:
- Complaining about using the Update Corner, because it's physically painful for him to do so.
- Him having a sparsely or oddly decorated room, including constantly having a giant nutcracker in the background.
- In crossovers with Drew Gooden, the visitor will always be doing something weird at the start of the video...only for both of them to just look at each other and flatly ask if they want to make a video together, immediately moving on from whatever happened in the first few seconds.
- Stating that he and his followers are the "fastest growing army on YouTube" but insisting not to look it up, and also coming up with other weird "facts" about his fandom- such as that they're all blood related.
- In "Getting Roasted By My Own Fans", he keeps having to deal with comments talking about his nipples, and keeps arguing that he has the "most average nipples".
- Asking his wife, Laura, to do the intro...only to jump cut and interrupt her with an intro of his own.
- On videos on his second channel (where he likes to be goofier), he always makes sure to remind the viewer they are, in fact, on his second channel, where he likes to be a little goofier and drink La Croix.
- Jokes about bones "becoming squishy" have become common in his movie reviews, following one such joke in the Scales review.
- Parody: Many videos revolve around parodying things with the use of music, such as taking on an exaggerated character based on the person he's talking about in the video and singing a silly song about their work and actions.
- Pre-Climax Climax: Subverted in one vine. One character talking about how a deadly asteroid is going to hit Earth, and the other character says, "Well, it's our last chance to do anything we want." The first guy pulls out a book of poems, confusing the second guy, who's already naked.
- Rip Van Winkle: A skit to show how the The Little Panda Fighter approval-process might've gone ends with the animator discovering that the director was asleep, and giving praise in his sleep. It turns out that the director has been asleep for his entire career, and when he stubs his toe and wakes up, he's horrified to realize he doesn't know where he is, and that he's never met the animator.
- Sadistic Choice: Attempted and failed in one Vine, where the villain tried to get the hero to choose between his girlfriend and a Bus Full of Innocents.. but got the wrong girl, leading the hero to immediately go after the bus.
I'm bad at things that most people could do behind their back
- Danny likes to point out flaws in his own appearance, often admitting that he looks like various real-life women, and that even though he's aware of this fact, he's happy to admit to it anyway.
- A common gag in his parody songs is to make himself seem as silly or childish as possible, such as with this line from "Bad Boy":
I am bad at taking naps
Bitch, I don't know how to add
I'm bad at not smoking crack
I am good at watching PAW Patrol
I am bad at getting mad
Don't even know how that's possible
- Shout-Out: From "Yummy":You look like ravioli
And I got the formuoli
- Silver Spoon Troublemaker: Spoofed in a skit featuring Jeff Bezos's son disturbing dogs at a kennel. When asked to leave, he repeatedly reminds the kennel worker of who his dad is and that he can make the worker's Alexa turn evil if he wanted to. His insistence that his dad will bail him out of trouble turns into denial of the fact that his dad won't help him, considering they haven't talked for years.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Invoked in one Vine, with a kid who plays a recorder to censor people swearing.
- Smurfing: In the fourth "Roasting Your YouTube Videos", Danny declares that "Greg" can now also be used as a verb.
- Spoofed with Their Own Words: For his second channel, he made a video completely reciting and mimicking Ray Lopez's complaint-and-defense video following the deletion of his various Twitter accounts. This was done ironically, to highlight how Ray's stance on content-copying allows Danny to copy Ray's content. Ray eventually took his video down, leaving Danny's version as the only record of it.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Played for Laughs in "The Weird Side of Amazon 2", in which he comes across a hoodie that repeatedly reminds the customer that the hoodie is made of cotton. He responds to it with an exaggerated portrayal of the manufacturer getting more and more nervous and insistent about what the hoodie is made of and that they know what cotton is, accompanied with a slow zoom-in on his face. Then he says:It's made of cotton, alright? And not my own hair. I did not use my own hair to make these hoodies, it's made of breathable cotton.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: His "Tac-Bat" parody, which is just a baseball bat with a knife and gun taped to it. It also comes with a flashlight, but the flashlight isn't attached to the weapon.
- Subverted Catchphrase: At the start of "The Weirdest Children's Channel On YouTube," instead of Danny saying "What's up Greg, I hope you're all having a great day," He says "What's up Greg, I hope you're all having a Great Dane" and shows a picture of a Great Dane onscreen.
- Sudden Soundtrack Stop: The music in "The Horrible Truth About Jake Paul and Team 10" suddenly cuts out just as Danny states the arrival of Nick Crompton.
- That Came Out Wrong:
- His video on Ray Diaz is introduced as "How to Sell Your Body on Instagram." He quickly realizes that sounds dirtier out of context.
- In "The Hype House Show is Kinda Sad," Danny jokes that the Hype House, which is apparently exclusively sponsored by Bang energy drinks, should be called "The Bang House," then he adds that that name would actually sound gross.
- This Page Will Self-Destruct: Parodied in a vine video, where everything the spy has self-destructs randomly, including food and a baby.
- Trademark Favourite Food: For a while, his use of La Croix on the second channel was a Running Gag, where he always made sure to tell the audience which flavor he was drinking. Eventually, this expanded to various other brands of sparkling water.
- Unfortunate Names: In "Insane Motivational Memes For Guys," Danny interprets a grammatically-poor post saying "I'm not like Facebook status" as being about a poor child jokingly named Facebook Status, who only has friends because his parents for people to hang out with him.
- Usurping Santa: Played for Laughs in "I'm Gonna Kill Santa Claus", where Danny cheerfully plots to Kill and Replace Santa just for the cool perks of being Santa, like riding his sleigh, and forcing the elves to make toys.
- Visual Pun:
- One Vine has the mail-man deliver a "letter", as in a paper letter "A", complete with wacky music to emphasize the point. Immediately subverted, as the "A" is an actual letter- a "Dear John" Letter, to be exact.
- "Your destination is ahead on the right." Cue Danny looking out the window to see a disembodied head on the curb.
- In being told that he, the owner of a "White Explorer", left his lights on...he goes out and yells at a literal Caucasian explorer, holding a light.
- In another Vine, Danny can't go out because, "School night." Cue a knight coming up to yell at Danny to work on schoolwork.
- Subverted in a vine when Danny says he found his "biggest fan," then points to an electronic fan on the floor. Then he moves over to a man tied up in a chair and clarifies, "He was sitting right here next to this large fan."
- A vine about a "baby shower" sees Danny standing outside while it rains babies.
- Danny opens up a chain restaurant... as in, he feeds people chains.
- A vine about "bedhead" has a bed photoshopped on Danny's forehead.
- Danny talks to his "friend" Christian Bale, which is a picture of a hay bale with a cross and Bible photoshopped onto it.
- A vine about a family tree has Danny's whole family stuck in a tree.
- Wandering Walk of Madness: He pokes fun at a meme that asks people to share the image if they enjoy sauerkraut. In-character as the person who made the meme, he wanders around his office aimlessly, desperately asking if anyone else, anyone at all, eats sauerkraut.
- When Life Gives You Lemons...: The vine "When life won't give you lemons" plays off the phrase with Danny remarking he'd like some lemon with his drink, and life throws a watermelon on his lap instead.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: Played With; In one Vine, the dad asks why the son can't be more like his friend, Kevin. When the son points out Kevin went missing yesterday, the dad shrugs, making his true feelings very clear.
- Yandere: In one Vine, when his senpai (Pitbull) won't notice him, Danny bakes him into a sen-pie.
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