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Dr Crafty is a weekly YouTube art series created by Alexander Tansley, a DeviantArt title card artist known for Atop the Fourth Wall, Positively Dreadful, and various original pieces of art. Each episode has Dr. Crafty, and his assistant Nurse Worse, work on creating a concoction that is centered around a certain theme for that episode or a special commissioned concoction. During the creation, the two partake in some riffing, to some hilarious outcomes.

If you'd like to fund the show, you can visit his Patreon here. He also has a Newgrounds account that you can visit here.


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    Main Series Tropes A - H 
  • Amoral Attorney: A Running Gag depicts Jedah Dohma this way, running his own law firm called “Jedah & Jedah” that specializes in Faustian deals and comedic abuse.
  • And I Must Scream: In The Foreshadow Game, all four hosts' souls were trapped in the Shadow Realm, with nothing for them to do but draw to pass the time as they wait for rescue. Fortunately, they manage to escape with the combined might of Crafty and Sasha.
  • Anti-Villain: All of Crafty's co-hosts are Type IV. Aside from working for a(n alleged) supervillain, there is really nothing villainous about them.
  • Art Imitates Life: Since Yu-Gi-Oh monsters become real in the Shadow Realm, Crafty got the idea to draw up a brand new monster to win the duel in Episode 50. The result was a fusion between the Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and El Shaddoll Construct called "El Shaddoll Sephiragicia".
  • Author Appeal: Crafty is an unashamed Nintendo and Disney fanboy.
  • Bail Equals Freedom: Episode 28 sees Nurse getting arrested after starting a Cute Monster Girl revolt (It Makes Sense in Context), so Crafty has to use his commission money to pay for her bail.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Episode 22, Crafty talks about the relationship of a certain romantic couple. Nurse thinks he's talking about the two of them, but Crafty instead reveals he's talking about Gomez and Morticia Addams. Nurse ends up fainting afterwards.
  • Bat Scare: Crafty manages to weaponize it against Special Guest Alex Rochon by summoning a horde of Zubats.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 39 takes place during a beach vacation for everyone, although Crafty only chose to go to the beach so he can reminisce about Sasha.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Crafty may be a Card-Carrying Villain, but he's actually quite Affably Evil and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Even his self-proclaimed evil deeds fall under the realm of Cartoonish Supervillainy and end up being rather harmless in the grand scheme of things, even played for laughs most of the time. On the other hand, there's Doctor Mindstein, a Knight of Cerebus with truly evil ambitions, including torture, mind-raping, and mutilation. Also, while she talks politely to her victims, she comes across as Faux Affably Evil in contrast to Crafty's genuine kindness.
  • Black Comedy: What ever happens to characters of different intellectual properties that are often subjects of videos? They get stuffed in a crate a-la Indiana Jones and get eaten by Overwatch character Junkrat.
    • Episode 13 ends with the entire lab covered in Pokémon corpses. Crafty calls the episode a big success.
    • In Episode 32, when on the subject of preventing Pokémon evolutions with an Everstone, Crafty notes he can do the same to humans...with enough experimentation, that is.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Nurse Worse. She's quite plump and is established as being quite gorgeous both in-universe and in real life. Her weight isn't acknowledged until Episode 20 as the reason for her not being affected by the freezing cold.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Episode 58 finally gives us a look at Crafty's lair from the outside, as seen here. It's depicted as an elaborate castle located in the Florida Everglades, complete with specific sections for the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Big "NO!": Crafty's reaction to missing October after looking forward to doing several Halloween-themed episodes.
  • Blob Monster: Crafty creates one for Nurse Worse in episode four.
  • Brick Joke: Episode 39 had a piano drop on Crafty’s head as punishment for deciding to go on a beach vacation, and the next episode shows him sending the piano back in time to drop it on his past self.
  • Busman's Holiday: Episode 39 sees Crafty taking a vacation from drawing by going to the beach... where he procedes to do some drawing once again.
  • The Cameo:
  • Can't Take Criticism: In Episode 38, the Hyrule Champions showed up to get Crafty for criticizing Breath of the Wild. Despite the fact that Crafty had just as many complements as he had complaints, the Champions still retaliated by using the Divine Beasts to fry him.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starting with the end of Episode 46, the show started going into a more serious, story-driven direction with the Season 2 finale arc.
  • Character Filibuster: In Episode 31, Crafty lists off all the starter Pokémon he chose, claiming his choices are the best, and ignoring all of Nurse's attempts to stop him from speaking.
  • Color Motif: According to Crafty in Episode 27, he prefers a green color scheme to keep things consistent on the show.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Crafty tortures the voice actors in his dungeon by forcing them to watch fan-dubs of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch on repeat.
  • Crack Pairing: The show's patrons voted on two random characters to ship for an In-Universe example, and Episode 56 gives us the results of the polls: Skeletor and Garnet.
    • Episode 57 also features crack pairings between various Original Characters and the Crafty crew, but it's rather downplayed compared to the previous episode.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Episode 35 features a Splat Fest pitting Crafty's popularity against Nurse's. It was a unanimous win for Nurse, while Crafty somehow got -2% of the votes.
    • In a much more serious example at the end of The Foreshadow Game, Crafty used the cards his friends gave him, as well as a new fusion monster he created himself, to counterattack all of Ring Nurse's cards and swiftly best him in the duel.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Foreshadow Game arc is arguably the darkest the show's gotten yet, with the host segments instead depicting a Yu-Gi-Oh battle between Ring Nurse and Sasha!Crafty, all while the four co-hosts are stuck in the Shadow Realm. Thankfully, the art segments within the Realm are still up to comedic form.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Episode 23, Crafty makes a deal with Jedah to trade the souls of his YouTube commenters for more views and Patreon money, but Jedah later voids the contract because the souls he obtained were nothing but internet memes.
  • Declining Promotion: In Episode 39, Pepper thinks she and Messibelle are being promoted because they're appearing in the main show instead of just the spin-offs, but Crafty quickly rejects that idea.
  • Deep Sleep: Crafty ended up in one after The Foreshadow Game. He manages to wake up after four months, but not before having a conversation with Sasha while he was still unconscious.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Crafty accuses Ghestis of this, pointing out how his scheme of conning trainers to release their Pokemon so he'll be the greatest trainer by default falls short when one realizes there's nothing stopping said trainers from going out and catching new Pokemon.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Crafty had a romantic relationship with Sasha in his youth. While they've broke up several years ago, it turns out that they still love each other, opening up the possibility of getting back together.
  • Disneyfication: Discussed in Episode 60 when Crafty finds out the Disney fairytales are based on darker literary works. This revelation even shatters Crafty's belief that Disney created the stories themselves.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Episode 34 begins with flashes of lightning following everything Nurse and Darksilvania say. Naturally, the dramatic effect is ruined by Crafty.
  • Drop-In Character: If the subject of the episode's art is fan art, expect the characters depicted to drop in.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Some of the Season One episodes were kinda rough around the edges. The sound-mixing made the music and sound effects louder than the characters' voices, there were a lot more technical difficulties with the footage, and the talking bits were shorter and contained a lot more throw-away jokes.
  • Edutainment Show: Partially, thanks to Nurse Worse's frequent drawing advice.
  • Evil Laugh: Nurse attempts this when teasing a Thriller themed episode, and afterwards admits she can't replicate Vincent Price's laugh.
  • Fan Convention: In Episode 53, Crafty decides to take his co-stars to a convention, complete with limo transport and new character t-shirts.
  • Fat and Skinny: Nurse and Crafty, respectively. This was even lampshaded in Episode 35, when Nurse stated she had "all the meat" while Crafty had "all the bones".
  • Fashion Show: In Episode 52, Crafty was expecting to be ready for model shoots of himself and the others; what he didn't know, though, was that the episode was about model sheets. He did manage to get his photo shoots in the end, courtesy of Hirohiko Araki.
  • Faux Horrific: Just the sight of the Japanese sprites from Pokémon Red and Green was enough to send Crafty and Nurse running in fright.
  • Flashback Echo: This happens in Episode 35, where Nurse talking about the Sunken Scrolls triggers a flashback from Crafty, where we see him as a child in the hospital after nearly drowning, before being visited by Sasha.
  • Foreshadowing: Sasha was first hinted at in Episode 19 as the woman Nurse Worse saw in her vision thanks to Mismagius.
  • Fusion Dance: Episode 59 sees Crafty trying to fuse two things together to create a new internet trend. He tries fusing Messi with Kurbodia, and Pokémon fusions via commission requests, but eventually decides to do Dr. Seuss Fusions (Feussions, as he called it.) You can guess how Nurse and the audience react.
  • Gag Boobs: Discussed in Episode 41, where Crafty and Nurse talk about how to draw different-sized breasts realistically, instead of going for more ridiculous shapes like certain artists do.
  • Get a Room!: Crafty's response to Gomez and Morticia Addams making out in his lab.
    • This was also his response towards Nurse's Cuteness Proximity behavior to her Water-Type Fakémon.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: A Monty Python foot crushes the video in Episode 30, resulting in some of the footage being lost.
  • Gilligan Cut: When addressed by Nurse Worse on what happened to some of the 'fan art' pieces of previous episodes, we see a lot of the characters stuffed in a large metal container.
    • In Episode 34, Nurse shows concern over Darksilvania being allowed to use a Fire-Type Fakémon unsupervised. Crafty asks what could possibly happen... and cut to Darksilvania using his Fakémon to terrorize a town.
  • Groin Attack: In Episode 41, Nurse tosses a computer at Crafty, but unlike other times where she hurts him, this time she aims below the waist...
  • HA HA HA— No: Nurse Worse's reaction upon Crafty's suggestion on going to a burlesque show.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: In response to a commission, Crafty creates a machine to churn out Original Characters who are just Pokémon with bits of clothing photoshopped on.
    • Special Guest Trickywi fits this as well, appearing as a Sylveon with a purple hood.
    • Played with Steven Kelly, as he appears as a Rotom Pokédex with his picture on it.
  • Halloween Episode: From Episodes 21 - 26, Crafty wanted to do several Halloween episodes. However, due to his Pokémon journey taking longer than expected, he ended up having to do these episodes in December. To work around this, he decided to dub them "HalloWinter Episodes".
  • Happily Married: Who else but Gomez and Morticia from The Addams Family as they appear to collect their concoction from Dr Crafty and Nurse Worse in Episode 22. It barely takes the first minute or so into their onscreen appearance that they start completing each other in Crafty's piece.
  • Heatwave: In Episode 42, the lab is affected by the summer heat due to the air conditioning being broken. This causes Crafty to suffer from heatstroke, while Nurse's dead body parts start to stink.
  • Holy Grail: What Crafty was looking for in Episode 30. He claimed to have found it at the end, but the "grail" turned out to be just a plastic drinking cup.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Just as Crafty finishes drawing all of the Fiona Frightening characters, the Boogieman, the game's Big Bad, takes control of the show to do an art time-lapse of himself without any commentary from Crafty or Nurse. It's notable for being one of the first times the show was completely devoid of humor.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Dr. Crafty and Nurse Worse love their puns. Given the right subject matter, they can really let them loose.
    • In Episode 15, both of them rattled on a lot of hand-based puns.
    • In Episode 35, Crafty makes so many ink puns that Nurse pounds the living daylights out of him at least three times, just to get him to stop. (That doesn't stop Nurse from making ink puns herself.)

    Main Series Tropes I - Q 
  • I Am Not Weasel: Crafty thinks his evolved Grass-type Fakémon is a donkey, but both Nurse and Darksilvania have to constantly correct him by saying it's a rhino.
    • And after simply telling him doesn't work, Nurse just resorts to beating Crafty with a Wonky Donkey book.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Guest characters are locked in a storage room and forced to eat each other. Junkrat appears to be the last man standing.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In Episode 52, Crafty comes in wearing a ridiculous tuxedo/fedora combo for fashion modeling. Nurse and Messi couldn't help but laugh at how ridiculous he looked.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: An (admittedly large) mob of Overwatch players is enough to scare the pants of our villains.
  • Interrupting Meme: In Episode 29, Crafty introduces himself as "Interrupting Crafty" and subsequently interrupted Nurse's introduction. Needless to say, she doesn't take it well.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Episode 29 featured a joke so bad that a disclaimer said the writer will "pay for his crimes". Cue one of the zombie writers being chased by Junkrat.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Both Dr Crafty and Nurse Worse realize how often characters that become the focus of an episode make appearances on the show, as highlighted in episode 14.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In Episode 45, when talking about Alucard, Crafty almost says he has a gigantic dick, but he catches himself and says "ego" instead. Nurse still gets aroused by the statement, though.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator of the gijinka based episodes grows increasingly distasteful towards the show until he's shot and replaced.
    • The narrator of the second Patreon episode tried to narrate in the style of Breaking the Magician's Code until Crafty sent him away.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Death Battle-themed episodes have art depicting two characters against each other, with Crafty and Nurse rooting for one of them as the combatants debate on who would win.
  • Loop Hole Abuse: Crafty does it to his own commission prices, referring to a humanoid Digimon as a Simplified Character when it would otherwise be a Creature Concoction.
  • Love Triangle: One has opened up between Crafty, his Old Flame Sasha, and his lab assistant Nurse Worse. The latter is only one-sided because Nurse can't bring herself to tell Crafty his true feelings.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Crafty's design is notably sharper and more angular than his female co-hosts, who all have smoother, more rounded designs to them.
  • Mind Screw: The Pokémon Mismagius has this effect on Crafty and Nurse when they encounter it, giggling as it disappears, flipping the video screen (which sends both Crafty and Nurse falling down) and trapping them in a nightmare made up of Mr. Blobbys.
  • Mistaken Nationality: In Episode 37, Nurse thinks Crafty is Canadian instead of British, causing Crafty to angrily call Canadians "discount-Britians." The Canadians didn't take that joke very well.
  • Model Sheet: Crafty created model sheets of himself, Nurse, Pepper, Messi and Crystelle, with the former four being drawn in Episode 52.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Crafty's In-Universe reaction to the constant dinging from Darksilvania's text boxes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The show is a time lapse of artwork, hosted by a flamboyant Mad Scientist and a Cute Monster Girl.
  • Mythology Gag: A stained glass window in the laboratory depicts Fiona Frightening, another character created by Alexander Tansley.
    • Special Guest: Several of the characters from Fiona Frightening also make appearances as subjects for the videos. They even include their own voice actors for each character shown.
  • Negative Continuity: Crafty flat-out admits that the Patreon-sponsored episodes are non-canon.
    • Commissions with the show's characters are also non-canon, as explained in Episode 28.
  • No Fourth Wall: Given the nature of the show, they'll frequently address problems they have on occasion, like missing voice actors and schedule slips.
    • Crafty even lampshaded this in Episode 25.
      Crafty: Hey, do you feel that breeze? Must be a draft coming from our non-existent fourth wall.
    • Apparently, Crafty did build a fourth wall between seasons one and two...only for Messibelle to promptly break it again in Episode 27.
    • In the first Patreon episode, Crafty repeatedly tries to cut to the credits to end the episode, eventually leading to Alex As Himself having to stop the gag due to the exhausting editing.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Crafty had two in Episode 20: "My favourite colour is bacon!" and "They're trying to take my tortillas!"
  • Noodle People: The doctor himself.
  • One Head Taller: This height chart of the characters shows that Crafty is at least a head taller than Nurse.
  • Overly Long Gag: Episode 16 has a bit involving characters who can stop time, with Dio Brando, Homura Akemi, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Hiro Namakura making appearances. Crafty puts a stop to it before it goes further, stating that he doesn't want to give his animator a Sheer Heart Attack.
    • Another occurs when he tries to find the Pokémon Salazzle and keeps finding Salandits in episode 18. His voice gets higher, his speed gets faster, and the SpongeBob SquarePants jokes keep piling on in a hurry.
  • Piano Drop: A Running Gag for Episodes 39 and 40 is that Crafty is repeatedly hit on the head by pianos his future self keeps dropping on him.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Crafty thought the Indiana Jones movie with the Holy Grail as the MacGuffin was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but as Nurse has to point out, the grail was actually from The Last Crusade.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Episode 51 reveals this is what happened to Crafty after what happened in The Foreshadow Game. The physical strain caused by the damage Crafty's body took from the duel with Bakura resulted in him falling into a coma. He didn't fully recover from it until four months later.
  • Previously On: Instead of the standard intro, Episodes 48-50 started with a segment recapping Sasha's duel with Ring Nurse so far.
  • The Power of Friendship: It took Crafty's trust in Nurse, Pepper, Messi and Sasha to get the cards necessary to defeat Bakura.
  • Punched Across the Room: This tends to happen to people on the receiving end of Nurse's JoJo punches.

    Main Series Tropes R - Z 
  • Rage Against the Author: More like 'Rage Against the Editor' as Special Guest Kitsune Hawk of Episode 17 gets angry with the editor of the video for bringing up the wrong images during his dialog.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Dr. Crafty has it out for Mother Nature, forcing him to delay many of his episodes (specifically, episodes 17-26) thanks to Hurricane Irma.
    Crafty: Curse you, Mother Nature! I hope you get meteorological menopause!
  • Rebuilt Set: The third season introduced a new laboratory for the background, which is much brighter and bigger, and includes a stain-glass window of all four hosts. Although at the end, it's revealed the lab was created using a green screen and special effects.
  • Reduced to Dust: The fate of Alucard in Episode 45. He even mentions "Infinity War" shortly before he dies.
  • Robot Maid: One is featured in one of Episode 28's commissions, which led Messibelle to believe her job was being replaced.
  • Rule of Three: In Episode 13, Dr Crafty shouts "ROLL FOR DRAGON!" while rolling a d20 die that summons a dragon (shown as Maleficent) to do away with anything that gets to him. It works the first two times. Not so much the third...
  • Running Gag: Several have been established throughout the series, but here's some highlights.
    • Crafty summoning a dragon with a d20 die, shouting "Roll for dragon!"
    • Everyone pointing Crafty doesn't have a legitimate doctorate.
    • Fan-art characters dropping in when least expected, and the fact that they're stuck in storage after every episode.
    • Pepper being connected to different kinds of ocean life, whether it be real-life species like puffer-fish or video game races like Octarians or Zorans.
    • Jedah Dohma as an Amoral Attorney.
    • Mr. Blobby is depicted as an Eldritch Abomination.
  • The Scrappy: The titular character himself is referenced In-Universe in episode 25, though Crafty simply refers to him as He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: The Chara-Cafe and Top Ten Tub first season finales had this from Pepper and Messibelle, after they are confronted by Ring Nurse.
  • Self-Deprecation: Nurse Worse is introduced acting all embarrassed, and then sighing at the low view count.
    • The Pokémon Narrator ends pulling the show apart for it's repetitive nature and sense of humor.
    • When asked on Curious Cat about what the worst artwork Crafty ever saw was, he simply answered "Mine".
    • In Episode 37, Crafty stated that Diddy Kong Racing had about as much to do with Donkey Kong as the Top Ten Tub had to do with the original show.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: In the flashback sequence for Episode 58, we see the first time Crafty and Sasha kissed each other. We don't see what happens afterwards (except for glowing light in the window), but it's all but clear they had a relationship upgrade.
  • Shared Universe: Thanks to Linkara's cameo in the second patreon video, Dr. Crafty is now officially part of the Reviewaverse.
  • Shower of Awkward: In Episode 38, Crafty's daydreaming in the bathroom causes him to walk in on a towel-clad Nurse, who was taking a shower.
  • Skewed Priorities: Apparently, Crafty prioritizes spending money on conventions and limo service over getting Pepper a new oven.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: In Episode 36, Crafty almost says "Holy shit!" when the Great Mighty Poo appears, but it's cut off by a "technical difficulty" screen.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: In Episode 54, this is how Crafty thinks he can make the show more "cinematic". Nurse is against the idea, but Pepper and Messibelle side with Crafty here.
  • Stunt Double: In an In-Universe example, Crafty explained in Episode 28 that the depiction of the show's characters in commissions are body doubles that just happen to share their likeness and name, referred to as "non-canon clones".
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Episode 40 has a brief segment where Crafty and Nurse are voiced by text-to-speech programs. Crafty claims it to be a budget-saving maneuver after they went on vacation.
  • Take That!: Plenty to expect in a comedy show.
    • Like digs at the Blizzard Entertainment community every now and then when their characters pop up in the show.
    • Throws a good one at the Gamestop stores during his Patreon trailer.
    • Makes one to Capcom in Episode 23, where an employee visits Morrigan saying that they're finally going to give her what the fans were asking for. Naturally, she thinks it's a brand new Darkstalkers game... but it turns out to be a guest appearance in Super Smash Bros..
    • Episode 25 takes several shots at Monster High, from the show's cheap Flash animation to the characters' repetitive body figures. It eventually culminates in the characters being thrown in jail thanks to the students of Ms. Grimwood's Academy hiring Harvey Birdman to sue them.
    • In Episode 37, Nurse asks Crafty if he's copying The Angry Video Game Nerd, but he responds that The Irate Gamer is already doing that.
    • In Episode 42, the lab is attacked by the cast of Paladins. Nurse asks if Crafty will get rid of them, but he claims he doesn't have to as the free market beat him to it.
    • In Episode 52, he takes a jab at Steven Universe and how its characters are frequently Off-Model.
    • In Episode 57, Pepper makes a jab at Naruto by saying she only see "good" anime. This makes Nurse burst out laughing, with Pepper unaware of what was so funny.
    • Episode 60 uses a Jedah & Jedah advertisement to take shots at Lion-O's redesign in Thundercats Roar, Joker's appearance in Suicide Squad (2016), and Shaggy's design in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.
    • Take That, Audience!: Given how people's creations have the chance of appearing on this show and being made fun of, it's a given.
  • Talking with Signs: In the Fakémon episodes, Special Guest Darksilvania only speaks through Pokémon-style text boxes.
  • Tempting Fate: Crafty is certain nothing bad will happen after showing an NSFW pin-up of Nurse, only for his channel to be immediately shut down by YouTube afterwards.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: At the end of Episode 27, Crafty and Nurse end up buried under a ton of mail. Both of them solemnly recognize what they all are: commission requests.
  • To Be Continued ... Right Now: Episode 45 has the fight stop on a JoJo-style "To be continued" screen just as the art finishes, and it picks up again immediately before the episode ends.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: When the Fakémon starters evolved, Nurse was in tears since her Water-type wasn't cute anymore, but in the end she decided to accept it for what it was.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The girls of Monster High are all fans of Crafty and his show, mobbing him like fangirls. He in turn has their school shut down, and them thrown in jail.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: The theme for Episodes 55-58. There's also a sub-plot connecting the episodes concerning Crafty's past with Sasha, and how the breakup affected him.
  • Visual Pun: In Episode 41, Crafty's attempt to say "boobies" is censored by a pair of blue-footed boobies flying by.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The depiction of Jeanne d'Arc in Episode 30 parodies the French soldiers from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so hearing her speak in a John Cleese-esque voice is both appropriate and somewhat jarring.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: One example happens in Episode 27 when Crafty is carried away by a stampede of Ugandan Knuckles.
    • It happens again in Episode 34 after a Mega-Slowbro destroys the camera.
  • Weird Crossover: In Episode 36, Crafty proposes three crossovers idea to match the Mario + Rabbids crossover: Splatoon and HuniePop, Pokémon and Street Fighter, and Donkey Kong and God of War.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 24, in what could initially be mistaken for a cutaway joke, shows a younger Crafty being saved from drowning by a mysterious sea woman. The flashback is drawn in a different style, and is without humour.
    • Episode 26 opens with a surprisingly emotional parody of "Jack's Lament". While it contains some humor in the form of Self-Deprecation, it still has an element of foreshadowing that hints at a larger narrative for Season 2.
    • Episode 35 has another flashback presented in the same art style of Episode 24, and revealed Crafty (or Colin) almost drowned because he fell off a cliff.
    • Episode 38 reveals the sea woman's name is Sasha. She was driven by instinct to save Colin from drowning, and has eventually taken a liking to him. Colin even invited her to come home with him after he leaves the hospital.
    • The set-up and premise episodes of the Foreshadow Game arc are all Wham Episodes so far, cementing the show's darker turn. But the episode that really takes the cake is the second season finale, which formally introduced us to the Big Bad of the series, Dr. Mindstein.
    • Episode 58 is without a doubt, *the* darkest episode in the show so far, with no comedic breaks whatsoever. The most shocking part was when Crafty revealed he jumped off the cliff voluntarily in an attempt to kill himself.
    • Episode 62 has all the same wacky shenanigans you'd come to expect from the series... and then there's an epilogue where Dr. Mindstein visits the grave of Bill Cipher, and brings him back to life.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: After saying something embarrassing in Episode 29, Crafty demanded to know who wrote that line of dialogue. The zombie writer did it as payback for being chased by Junkrat.
  • World of Buxom: Pretty much every main female character sports an exceptionally impressive bust, ESPECIALLY Nurse Worse and Pepper. Even guest female characters tend to follow this trope.
  • World of Weirdness: Yes.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Dr Crafty tries to eat a Devil Fruit that he found in the garbage. Despite going full evil for a few seconds, it ends up just being rotten food, forcing him to vomit off-screen.
  • You Didn't See That: We see a brief clip of Dr Crafty's current job as he works on his patreon: as a Gamestop employee. Dr Crafty doesn't want us to remember that.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: In Episode 44, this was Nurse's reaction to D.Va's backstory, specifically the fact that the Korean government enlisted professional video game players to pilot their mechs.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Crafty and Pepper accidentally call their first Chara-Cafe creation Jupiter, when the rings on the character's design were supposed to evoke the planet Saturn.
  • The Artifact: The 'Chara-Cafe' is clearly a kitchen, which made a little more sense when the show was to be called Crafty's OC Cook Off.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: The Chubby Chef octopus girl Pepper. She is the fattest girl of the cast, but her kind and shy personality also makes her the cutest.
  • Calacas: The design used for the Skullgirls fan-character in the fifth episode of the Chara-Cafe.
  • Fed to the Beast: The Crafty OC's fate in Episode 7, as she's locked away in storage with Junkrat ready to devour her.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: In Episode 7, Crafty and Pepper decide to make their own Dr. Crafty fan character to hire as a show consultant, with a Cute Monster Girl version of this being the result of the votes. Something that sets her aside from other Jekyll/Hyde monsters is the fact that their design is Two-Faced so both halves share a body. And while the Jekyll half has nothing but praise for the show, the Hyde half doesn't pull her punches in expressing her hatred.
  • Halloween Episode: The fifth Chara-Cafe was a Halloween episode, despite coming out in July. Crafty justified it as how he wanted to celebrate Hallowing early to make up for celebrating it late in the last season.
  • Inflating Body Gag: Episode 4 reveals that whenever Pepper feels threatened, her body bloats like a pufferfish. This comes in handy to get rid of Sebastian and Barbossa after they both confronted her.
  • Laugh Track: In Episode 2, this happens after several bad jokes from Crafty and Pepper. The source of the track was some opened canned laughter.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In Episode 5, Ryu and Ken wanted to make Crafty pay for not choosing Street Fighter by stealing his candy. Problem is, they accidentally took Pepper's candy instead of Crafty's.
  • Monster Clown: The basic Fakémon design used for the second Chara-Cafe creation.
  • No Fourth Wall: In Episode 3, Crafty removes the flooding in his kitchen by getting Alex to delete the water from the video. Pepper ends up confused by this.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: In the fourth Chara-Cafe episode, Crafty reacts this way to the kitchen being flooded again. This time, it's caused by Sebastian sabotaging the pipes.
  • Opposites Attract: In Episode 8, a steampunk character and a fantasy character are paired together in a relationship.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In Episode 6, Crafty thinks the Light Fury from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Despite Pepper trying to convince him otherwise, he sticks to the belief that he's right.
  • Self-Deprecation: In Episode 7, the Crafty OC's Hyde half attacks the show for its random storylines and outdated humor, which are some of the show's most common criticisms from fans. While Crafty is somewhat hurt by this, he feels she (and by extension, the fans) was harsh but fair.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The couple created in Episode 8, which was a skinny, dorky steampunk boy and a tall, muscular orc girl.

    Top Ten Tub

  • Beach Episode: The setting for the fourth Top Ten Tub episode.
  • Big "NO!": In Episode 7, Messibelle does one when Crafty mentions talking about fan characters. Crafty tries to reassure her that they're talking about fan characters for their show... which causes her to let out an Even Bigger "NO!"
  • Character Filibuster: This usually happens for the #1 entry, like in Episode 2 with Crafty gushing over Buzzwole having the best Pokémon design.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Parodied in Episode 4, where Crafty and Messibelle use the Brady Bunch theme to explain the backstory of Fire Emblem Fates.
  • Foreshadowing: Episode 7 had some with one of the employees, Rob Otto, already working for Crafty. We then see him constructing a giant robot, saying "don't worry; your morphin' time will soon come..."
  • Graceful Loser: While Crafty is usually anything but, he makes an exception in Episode 5 when he willingly loses a fight against Doctor Coyle.
  • Headless Horseman: One of the employees in Episode 7 was Gale Dullahan, who gets hired as Crafty's stylist. Interestingly, her work trolley has a horse's head on it and her severed head also doubles as a cosmotologist's styling head.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The third Top 10 Tub had Messibelle making a ton of puns on Shovel Knight, but this causes the video to explode from "pun-overload".
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: The attitude of Glister in Episode 7. He tried being an Evil Overlord, but was bankrupted by deciding to place his Volcano Lair in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. Now he's given up on his dream and reduced to being Crafty's janitor.
  • Interspecies Romance: Serena tries striking one up with Messi in Episode 7, but in a surprising twist, Messi views it more as Interspecies Friendship. This is brought up again in the next episode, with Messi still just viewing Serena as a friend.
  • Irony: In Episode 7 of Top Ten Tub, a fan character named Serena pops by to apply for a job as Crafty's secretary, but during the interview, she sees Messi and instantly falls in love with her. Surprisingly, though, Messi shows no sign of realizing that Serena's flirting with her. That's right: the character who's main gimmick is unashamedly flirting with literally everybody fails to realize when she herself is the target of flirting. Even Crafty himself is shocked at her ignorance.
  • A Load of Bull: One of the job applicants in Episode 7 is a minotaur named Mabel, who works as Crafty's new fitness instructor and has the ability to lift a barbell with one finger.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Episode 7 had Frankie, a Frankenstein's Monster-themed magical girl, drop in and attack Crafty. She apologized for it since she thought he was "the most evil artist on the internet", Shadman.
  • Medusa: Episode 7 features Slivia, a gorgon wearing the attire of a drive-in waitress with five snake hairs that normally do the actual work for her while she picks up the latest gossip.
  • Narm: Episode 8 has an in-universe example with its #7 choice, Infinite. While all the other entries on the list are intentionally funny, Crafty considers Infinite the sole exception, as his attempts to be a serious villain end up backfiring on Crafty and Messi.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Duke Crocodile from Episode 7 is a subversion. Despite being a mutated humanoid crocodile, he's a Kindhearted Simpleton and is rather polite to the others.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Serena from Episode 7, who is classified as a Phaléne (which is basically a fairy mixed with a moth).
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Also from Episode 7, Scout the Werepup, who's normally the size of a small dog, but under the full moon, becomes a hulking monster even bigger than Pepper.
  • Robot Maid: The above-mentioned maid from Episode 27 of the main series appears again in Episode 7 of Top Ten Tub, with Messi once again worrying she'll be replaced. Thankfully, although Maidbot is there for a job at the castle, she was hired to be Messi's intern rather than a replacement. She comes equipped with a number of cleaning supplies installed into her, as well as Wi-fi and a vacuum that somehow doubles as a laser cannon!
  • Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Episode 7 sees the feisty werewolf Scout form this dynamic with the dim-witted Duke Crocodile as they work together as castle security guards.
  • Take That!:
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Subverted, despite being the premise of Episode 7. While the Crafty Fan Characters are all quirky in their own ways, they're at least competent in their jobs, and Crafty ends up hiring them all.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: This happens in Episode 1 after Messibelle loses control and starts going sex-crazy over the #1 entry.
  • Visual Pun: Episode 7 reveals that Messi likes watching soaps... which is to say, she likes watching literal talking bars of soap that strangely speak in Spanish.
    • Another case of this is seen earlier in the same episode: when one of the job applicants gives Crafty a takeout bag to get him to hire her, he complains about there being pickles in it. The second he says that, Pepper's sea cucumber friend Pickles pops out of the bag.

    Questionable Qloset 
  • Actor Allusion: In Episode 1, Megami33's other major roles aside from Nurse Worse are mentioned, as someone asked why she, Bulma, Sailor Moon, and Integra Hellsing all sound familiar.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: On the topic of Crafty's lair in Episode 4, Crystelle lists the natural defenses towards intruders trying to find it: the terrain, alligators, and worst of all... Country Music!
  • Artifact Title: Unlike the other spin-off shows, Crafty doesn't host this one, meaning the title Crafty's Questionable Qloset is somewhat misleading.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Episode 2 reveals that Jedah used to be in a relationship with Crystelle, which she considered to be embarrassing in hindsight. And ever since they broke up, Jedah's been trying to use his legal firm to debunk her psychic powers even to this day. Arbitrary Skepticism, much?
  • Because Destiny Says So: Discussed in Episode 1 after Crystelle is asked why she can't warn the others of future dangers. While she can see multiple paths into the future, it's unclear which events will take place, so it's much harder to find out what to tell Crafty. And while she can see some events happening as clear as day, she's not allowed to interfere as it would disrupt the timeline of events.
  • Cards of Power: In order to select which questions Crystelle will answer, she uses Crafty-themed tarot cards.
    • In Episode 1, she draws the Fool (Crafty), Strength (Nurse), and the Star (herself).
    • In Episode 2, she draws the Star again, as well as the Death (The Zombie Minions) and the Justice (Jedah).
    • In Episode 3, she draws the Strength again, as well as the High Priestess (Messibelle) and the Temperance (Pepper).
    • In Episode 4, she draws the Hermit (Disgustilda), the Tower (Crafty's castle), and the Hierophant (Howard and Vinny).
  • Delayed Reaction: In Episode 4, Crystelle describes Messibelle's ideal mate as someone short and curvy with wings and a Hot Librarian look, before realizing that's not what she wrote.
    Crystelle: Hey, wait a minute! Who's been tampering with my script?
    (Answer Cut to Serena doing a Noblewoman's Laugh)
  • Expy: In Episode 1, someone asked if Crafty was an Expy of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. While Crystelle does acknowledge the similarities, she assures us that Crafty's schemes aren't as frequent and over-the-top as Doofenshmirtz's are.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The basic premise of this segment, as the audience asks questions about the show's characters.
  • Noodle Incident: When asked about how Crafty's workers got zombified in Episode 2, Crafty himself shows up to explain that's just how they ended up after completing college. The reason for their zombification still technically remained unanswered.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Crystelle considers finding out more about Disgustilda to be this, describing it as like spending an evening with Tommy Wiseau.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The "Closet" in the title is spelled with a Q to match the alliteration.


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