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Your friendly internet professor.

Internet Historian is a YouTuber who creates informative videos on internet trends or events that have gone down in infamy throughout the web. There's little telling as to which topic will be covered and when, from the disastrous music festival Fyre Festival to a 4chan prank involving the blocking of a virtual game pool.

All videos are narrated with a sophisticated tone through and through, a comedic contrast with the bizarre facts and trends that are covered.

He also has a second channel for smaller/unedited projects and supplementation to some of his videos.

For a similar creator that covers bizarre individuals through the internet rather than events with a more biting tone, see Mister Metokur. For a similar creator who does both individuals and groups with a more neutral, impassive tone, see Down the Rabbit Hole.


Tropes Invoked by Internet Historian

  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • IH only considers one of planking's successors, beheading, to actually be pretty funny. He laments that it, along with the others, were simply poorly timed and didn't take off like its predecessor.
    • While he points out the situation would guarantee a cheer no matter what happened, Historian admits that the guy singing "Bring Me to Life" at Rainfurrest was actually a pretty good singer.
    • The guy trolling Dashcon asked a cosplayer dressed as a demon why he dressed as the Prime Minister of Israel. You can see the guy smiling and laughing before replying "I say dress for the job you want."
    • Kendall Jenner visibly collapses into laughter when paparazzi asks her about the Fyre Festival, which she was previously on board to promote.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Tay AI, a learning artificial intelligence chat bot that would give responses to users based on what was said to it. Within a matter of 24 hours, The Internet had turned it into a genocidal Hitler-loving, sexual-favour asking, anti-feminist, pot smoking maniac, which many users quickly fell in love with. Many other chat bots have fallen to this fate.
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  • After the End: Parodied in his video for the Y2K crisis, where the Internet Historian apparently spent 18 years in a fallout shelter only to find that pretty much nothing bad happened at all (at most a weather site or two accidentally displayed the date as January 1st, 1900).
  • Artistic License – History: When talking about Kurt Eichenwald showing his kids Hentai, IH uses a photoshopped stock picture of a family with young children to visualize Kurt's claims. A disclaimer subtitle clarifies that Kurt's children are fully grown adults by the time of the incident. It's just funnier to imagine it that way.
  • Ass Shove: Mary Bateman managed to predict the Rapture thanks to her hen laying eggs marked with "Christ is Coming." However, it soon transpired that these eggs were already laid, with the message written on them by Mary herself before she shoved them back into the hen so they could come out again, only in public this time. At the very least, God thinks it's funny.
  • Bait the Dog:
    • Fyre Festival acknowledged their mistakes and incompetency and offered to provide everyone with a full refund... then suggested the alternative where customers "let it ride" for tickets to 2018's Fyre Festival.
    • When the duffle bag controversy was reaching its peak, Bethesda decided to finally make the canvas bags for the angry customers... which would take 6 months, only to accidentally dox everyone who then tried to order the bags, exposing all their personal information and payment methods to anyone who accessed the website.
  • Batman Gambit: Historian portrays Prime Minister John Key's Totally Radical killing of Planking as an intentional strategy to stop kids from killing themselves doing the meme.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Harold Camping is shown saying "God has countless ways to get me out of this," only for the camera to zoom out and reveal that God is watching him on his computer and is considering smiting him. He suffered a stroke not long after that particular interview.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    • CuriosityStream sponsored him, and as a result, he's required to make an ad for them. Cue an extremely sarcastic and low-effort promo where IH obnoxiously winks at the viewer when he mentions you can cancel your free trial at any time.
    • His ad for Honey starts with a hilariously over the top scenario where a man is denied life saving medicine for his future-president daughter because he is one cent short. He then legitimately describes Honey's benefits, even if he does crack up every now and again while doing so.
    • To a lesser extent, his patrons, who are providing him with a source of his income, barely get any respect in the closing credits acknowledging them.
  • Bittersweet Ending: How he sees the resolution of the events surrounding KONY 2012. Invisible Children succeeded in their goal of raising awareness of Joseph Kony but in the process humiliated themselves, accidentally encouraged vandalism and caused the film's director to suffer a well publicized Creator Breakdown.
  • Black Comedy: Lots of it. You can easily spot examples of jokes about people ruining their own lives, sex, depravity, and death.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • The Dashcon organizers are seemingly compulsive liars, making ridiculous claims such as being "in a room containing 5000 people" (at most a few hundred in a festival that only attracted about a thousand people) and that they were "containing a riot" (cut to the room singing cheerfully while donating their money to the con.)
    • Billy McFarland (a conman) and his responses to the widespread media mockery of Fyre Festival's events, paraphrased by the Historian as "a big storm came in the night before and turned all of the marketing into lies". While the Fyre Festival did get hit with a storm that utterly destroyed what little progress the organizers had all made in building the festival, the thing was practically doomed from the start for various reasons.
    • Historian himself in a couple of Played for Laughs examples. The first was when he claims that he was left behind on the Great Exuma island because he was "rescuing someone... lost in the woods" (he's shown chasing a frisbee into said woods as the plane left). Another is where the Historian says that he needs his sponsor money because he bought a lifetime supply of toilet paper and lost it all because the rain (and crows) got to it and now he's back to square one.
    • Kurt Eichenwald is a prolific liar, claiming to be epileptic while fully capable of doing things real epileptics are not capable of doing (such as driving or editing flashy music videos); he also came up with an amazing excuse for why hentai was on his internet browsing tabs. He apparently was trying to show his kids how easy it was to find tentacle porn on the internet; despite the fact the Hentai he was looking at had nothing to do with tentacles. Kurt then backpedals and then claims that said category of porn is too difficult to find, and IH proves him wrong by literally doing a two-word Google search and 2 clicks to find many examples of that pornography in question.
    • Kurt Eichenwald's lawyer claims it took several weeks until he was even capable of speaking properly after his seizure, despite Eichenwald responding to the tweet the very next day and appearing on Newsweek in perfect health just three days after the incident.
    • The company that manufactured Fallout 76 Nuka Dark Rum, Silver Screen Bottling Company, responded to the controversy of their plastic-shelled Nuka dark rum by claiming "It actually cost us over twice as much to make the plastic than the glass one" which IH promptly responds with:
      IH: (sounding confused) Then what the fu-?
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Promoting desserts, are we? Brad's wife used to love desserts! New item on the menu? Brad's wife would've made it twice as good! Remembering 9/11, are we? Brad's wife used to love 9-"
  • Buffy Speak: "Scientists at the...s-science lab...did their...analysis!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The people at 4chan, between their typical tomfoolery and shitposting, were collectively smart enough to locate the "He Will Not Divide Us" flag in the U.S. by using knowledge of time zones, airline traffic, and astronomy to get its coordinates within two days, all in order to screw with Shia LaBeouf by taking down his flag. Once the fifth iteration of the project went live, they outdid themselves after finding the new location in just under four hours, with even fewer clues, and it could have potentially been anywhere in the world.
  • Call-Back:
    • When listing other social media platforms as suspects for the thievery of r/dankmemes content, 9gag is represented by its CEO from the Meme Rock announcement video.
    • One of the shown responses to Rainfurrest staff's report to congoers about shenanigans at the hotel pool is "Pool's Closed."
    • The Bikelock Fugitive reappears with his bikelock when Historian talks about how Fyre Festival's security was such garbage that guests were expected to bring their own locks for their lockers.
    • When discussing "Rapture pet care" in "Going Camping at the end of he World," the pet in question is a furry in dalmatian spandex.
    • In "Sonic Highschool," the "My Immortal" outfit description music returns when the narration is devoting an unusual amount of time describing Amy's oufit.
  • Caught Up in the Rapture: "Going Camping at the End of the World" deals with the scandal involving Harold Camping predicting that the Rapture would take place in 2011 and using math to discern it would be on May 21, only for that to not happen.
  • Closer to Earth: In The Failure of Rainfurrest a clip is shown of a fursuit-wearing furry angrily urging his fellow con goers to "put your pants on and stop breaking shit". Sadly, he was not listened to.
  • Cold Ham: Historian rarely raises his voice, but still provides an eloquent level of snark, jokes, and over-the-top descriptions of the things he's talking about.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Played for Laughs for his Dramatic Readings. For instance, Jeff the Killer is represented by pictures of Mark Zuckerberg and his brother Liu is represented by Fredrik Knudsen from Down the Rabbit Hole.
  • Cool Old Guy: IH uses pictures of the famous stock photography model András Arató to represent himself in his videos; AKA "Hide The Pain Harold", a bearded old man with a smile that contradicts his sad eyes, and has been subject to a lot of Memetic Mutation.
  • Corpsing:
    • "Friendship Ended." goes into the death of Asif's pet goat and inquires about a possible murder angle. IH audibly starts chuckling when he says "we can rule out suicide."
    • In "Jeff The Killer", IH almost loses his composure when reading some particularly silly lines (such as stifling his laughter when the mother tells the father to "get the gun"), and occasionally derails the reading to question particularly stupid plot points or to laugh at the bad grammar that permeates the story.
  • Could Say It, But...: Two-fold: after explaining how 4chan ultimately couldn't do anything else about 9gag's limestone meme rock due to it being in Almeria, Spain, the video seemingly ends there... before transitioning into Bill Nye!IH showing how limestone reacts to vinegar, and telling the audience not to get "any ideas". He then concludes with a word from their sponsor: The Español Board De Tourisimo.
    • To hammer the point home, the video description states "It's just satire, I swear." before immediately linking both a Cheapflights page for discounted flights to Almeria, and an Amazon listing for 30% pure vinegar.
  • Dated History: Happens a few times in IH's video on the Fyre Festival. Some of his facts ended up being proven incorrect after the video was posted. However, this is only because more evidence surfaced that eventually proved IH wrong, and most of what he got wrong were educated guesses using what info he had at the time.
    • IH said that Ja Rule was a financier who wasn't involved at all in the event's planning, as all publicly available evidence at the time pointed to this conclusion. However, the 2019 Netflix documentary used new footage and interviews revealing that Ja Rule was indeed heavily involved in Fyre Media. One of these videos showed being part of a conference call where Ja Rule refused to admit the festival was fraudulent. (Even to this day, Ja Rule still refuses to admit that Fyre Festival was a scam.)
    • IH does not portray Fyre Festival as a scam at all, though he does mention Billy McFarland's fraudulent company. There simply wasn't enough evidence at the time to definitively call Fyre Festival a scam rather than massive incompetence.note 
    • Crops up again during the "Instagrabbing of R Dank Memes." IH mentions how Redditors petitioned Instagram to shut down the meme theft accounts. It then makes a joke about how of this didn't work, but, after the controversy died down, Instagram actually did ban the meme theft accounts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Internet Historian's reporting style is deadpan and very subtle snarking.
  • Didn't Think This Through: IH gives his opinion in the Q&A video on Dashcon that the organizers were far too ambitious with their con, and that's assuming it wasn't an outright scam. The organizers failed to dedicate their focus on a more narrow topic, thus making it unclear what Dashcon was about. They overestimated the amount of people willing to spend 65 dollars on a ticket to a brand new convention — only about five hundred people were willing to give it a chance instead of the projected seven thousand. They underestimated the budget required to fulfill all the promises they made in the advertisements (thus the infamous ballpit). And for the special guests, the organizers either didn't get their guests' approval, or never got in contact with them at all. When added up, this all led to an unfocused dumpster fire of a convention with a myriad of empty spaces where all the promised fun and special guests were supposed to be.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did you know that NordVPN is so good at hiding your internet history that Jesus Christ himself is unable to see what you're looking up online?
    God (looking at a blocked screen of your depraved history): All looks wholesome to me...
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay:
    • He and Adam from try to find a pirated full version of Black Panther online without paying. They ultimately don't get it, but only because they gave up trying.
    • He doesn't seem to be nearly as tolerant of the for-profit meme thievery by Instagram. However, he seems satisfied with the conclusion after it was revealed that Reddit was also stealing memes from Instagram. So online piracy is okay, as long you yourself produce content for others to steal.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Kurt Eichenwald posts a screenshot of his browser window where he had the URL to a hentai site visible in another tab. Rather than come clean about it (or say he was researching it for a think piece or angry tweet decrying its evils like most people would), Eichenwald says he was showing his family how easy it was to find tentacle porn on the internet. Tucker Carlson and the IH both point out how much worse this excuse is. Then Fox News and IH refute it by pointing out that hentai in question does not actually contain tentacle porn. Eichenwald then contradicts himself by saying that he was demonstrating how hard it was to find tentacle porn on the internet, at which point Tucker just gives up, but the IH easily proves just how wrong Eichenwald's statement was. At the end of the day, Eichenwald went from being a known hentai enthusiast (embarrassing but his reputation could have recovered), to a lying idiot of a hentai enthusiast who thinks it's okay to show porn to your family (which is much, much worse).
  • Distaff Counterpart: On occasion, an Internet Herstorian shows up, heavily implied to be Historian's wife or girlfriend. She's usually represented by an old woman "Hide-The-Pain Harold" is often accompanied by in stock photos featuring him.
  • Double Take: When talking about what happened to Mary Bateman after she was hanged, he had this reaction verbally.
    IH: Strips of skin from her corpse were tanned and sold as magic charms to ward off evil spirits- what the fuck am I reading?
  • Dramatic Reading: The Sundance Rejects videos are this for infamous internet stories, complete with crude animation. So far, he did My Immortal, Jeff the Killer and Sonic High School.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Well, he did think it was a little funny, but Historian didn't think sending pizza to the house where the fifth version of "He Will Not Divide Us" was being held was cool.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: "The Y2K Apocalypse" and "Going Camping at the End of the World" both deal with promised world-ending apocalypses that end up never happening.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Asif of "Friendship Ended" was approached to do an ad for a local beauty parlor, which IH plays a clip from. The subtitles say, "I don't speak Urdu so I have no idea what they're saying."
  • Everybody Has Standards: Bikelock Guy is portrayed as a rogue who seriously injured a man trying to keep things under control with a deadly weapon. In spite of this, IH adhered to his disclaimers and made sure to censor all instances of the man's real name and social media handles in the footage.
  • Everything Is Racist: Xzibit attempted to stop Planking by claiming it's based on how slaves were arranged on slave ships. Nobody bought it.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Internet Historian's channel is literally him discussing and analyzing the best known internet events in a professional, deadpan, but very calm way.
  • Exact Words: “Every Poll’s a Goal” has 4chan and other trolls exploit internet polls to make the result as miserable as possible while still remaining within the poll's rules. Vote to send Justin Bieber on a tour anywhere in the world? Send him to North Korea. Sending Pitbull to any Walmart in the United States? Send him to the most remote one, in Kodiak, Alaska. Taylor Swift can only go to an American school? The Horace Mann School... for the Deaf. For understandable reasons, only the second of these was honored.
  • Face Palm: IH uses one of these in the video on Harold Camping. After May 21, 2011 came and went with no Rapture, Camping made yet another Rapture prediction on the first show after the failed prediction. Cue the mass Face Palm clip from The Naked Gun.
  • Flat "What": After he reveals the date of the end of the world as being May 21, 2011, he can only say "Wait what?", as he'd been building it up like it would have been the more wildly known date of 2012.
  • Foreshadowing: IH turns the ocean in an ad for Fyre Festival into a giant ballpit, foreshadowing how the festival would become a giant disaster not unlike a certain other event (coughDashconcough) that made similar promises in its promotional material.
  • Framing Device:
    • invokedThe "He Will Not Divide Us" series is shown as if every iteration of the project was a season of a TV show that should have ended seasons ago.
    • "The Great iPhone Massacre" is IH as Steve Jobs having risen from his "cold, dark grave" to announce a new product. And also apparently the whole presentation is a call on your iPhone.
    • "Friendship Ended." is presented as a Film Noir interrogation of Mudasir by IH dressed as a detective about the death of Asif's pet goat.
    • "The Failure of Fyre Festival" is the Historian stuck on Norman's Cay Cast Away-style as someone who was unlucky enough to buy tickets to the event.
    • In a downplayed example, "The Fall of 76" is presented as an audio log found in the ruins of Bethesda's offices from Fallout 3. It's downplayed in that this is never brought up again after the opening scene.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Each video is subtitled. The subtitles often contain additional jokes about what is being covered.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In the coverage of Kony 2012, it becomes abundantly clear that the project was a victim of its own success. It had only ever been intended as an awareness campaign to make the public aware of Kony and the kinds of atrocities he commits, but when the video becomes entire magnitudes more popular than expected (Jason mentions that the number of views they had expected to get over the entire year had been accrued over the first three hours), it also drew amounts of criticism that probably weren't expected, along with ire from other charities that they were drawing attention from. Adding that to the ridiculous number of interviews that Jason was accepting throughout the United States and the apparent impression by many that he and Invisible Children intended to put a stop to Kony personally, it's no wonder that the pressure got to him. There was some excellent foreshadowing in that Invisible Children's website had to be briefly taken down shortly after the film was first posted due to the amount of traffic that it was getting, perfectly displaying how Jason and Invisible Children weren't even remotely prepared for the amount of exposure (no pun intended) that they would soon receive.
  • Gratuitous German: He takes a moment in the Fyre Festival video to point out that Ja Rule's name, in German, means "Yes Rule".
  • Hope Spot:
    • Apple Wave was a false ad for the iPhone that fooled people into thinking they could actually charge their phones by microwaving them. IH at first points out that while news of these idiots falling for the prank was widespread, it was claimed that not that many people actually tried it. Cue Historian showing a montage of dozens upon dozens of Apple forum questions about what to do if you microwaved your phone.
      I'm stupid please help
    • Right from the beginning, Dashcon ended up being a disappointing disaster but most of the guests stuck around for the hope of seeing the promised live reading of Welcome to Night Vale. More than a full hour after it was supposed to start, the organizers reveal Night Vale quit.
  • How We Got Here: IH begins the Fyre Festival video with him being stranded on an island, and tells the viewer they might be wondering how... he got his tan.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mocked in Kony 2012 and covered further in the relevant discussion video. The media, comedians, and the internet mocked Jason Russell and those who participated in the event as "slacktivists" trying to make themselves feel better about themselves by doing the bare minimum of effort they could to help Africa. Annotations that pop up at this point out that this was coming from people doing literally nothing about a real problem, and undermining genuine efforts to help Africa.
  • Imagine Spot: In "The Fall of 76," Historian shows Bethesda executives watching as people happily accept their gift of 500 Atoms for getting screwed on the Collector's Edition of the game. It's then revealed to just be what the executives hoped would happen; when the Atoms offer went out, people in real life got even more angry.
  • Incest Is Relative: During his and Ranton's playthrough of "ways of life" they are given the option to name the relationship the player character has with three hot women he intends to have sex with. Internet Historian wastes no time in declaring them the player character's mum, sister and daughter.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Sometimes Historian has a habit of exaggerating the Internet's collective thought process. But sometimes it actually manifests in real life.
    • Pitbull's genius lyrical skills of rhyming Kodak with Kodak led to his concert being rigged to be in Kodiak Alaska, not because they just happen to sound alike, but because of the following chain of logic: Kodak is a brand of cameras, cameras have shutters, shutters are blinds, blinds shut out blinding light, blinding light can be caused by the Aurora Borealis... and the only place within the U.S. that you can find the Aurora Borealis and a Walmart is Kodiak, Alaska!
    • And let's not forget that Harold Camping based his entire Rapture prophesy on, for all intents and purposes, randomly smashing together numbers derived from various parts of the Bible and then adding 2011 as the year to the sum (for some reason known only to him), which just so happened to make a date in the upcoming year. After his first prediction didn't happen, Camping desperately tried to re-calculate the Rapture by adding the number of fish caught in the Book of John as extra days to his original sum, thereby "proving" how much time was left until the Rapture would actually happen. Thankfully though, he did come to his senses before the new Rapture day happened.
  • Large Ham: What else would you expect from inviting Mumkey Jones to voice act the main bully in Jeff The Killer?
  • Irony:
    • It's pointed out that Bikelock Guy, an Antifa member who attacked a bystander trying to stop violence from breaking out, was a teacher's assistant specializing in Ethics and Moral Philosophy at the time of the incident.
    • Camping's prophesizing of the end of the world actually goes against religious scripture, which outright states that no man can predict the Rapture.
  • It Amused Me: After 4chan tricked the stupid masses into things like drowning, microwaving, and bending their iPhones, the last "feature" to bother customers was a small seam in their phones that pulled out hair. It wasn't 4chan this time, but IH!Steve Jobs who intentionally included it.
    IH!Steve Jobs: I made that design decision. I thought it was funny.
  • It's Personal: The majority of the Historian's videos are presented through snarky but otherwise objective eyes, as the worst his mood usually gets is when calling out news media for needless and misinformed slander or just plain stupidity. For "The Fall of 76" however, it's clear that everything about the disastrous launch of Fallout 76 infuriated him on a personal level, with the video being one of his longest (clocking in just over twenty five minutes) and most passionate. The video almost ends on what amounts to a No Ending, with IH admitting he's not only failed to get to some more controversial stuff, but he's stopping because the video was already getting too long for his tastes.note 
  • Just Here for Godzilla: invoked As said in Hope Spot, most of Dashcon's attendees put up with a lot of the con's incompetence and disappointing turnout on the basis that they would get to watch a live reading of Welcome to Night Vale. Then it didn't happen.
  • Kangaroo Court: In the Jeff the killer Dramatic Reading, the two cops (who apparently act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner) decide to send a child to prison for a year with only an obviously self inflicted scratch on his arm as evidence.
    Cop: "Son, your coming with me"
    Kid: "Do I need a lawyer?"
    Cop: "Nah don't worry about it"
  • Karma Houdini:
    • "The Bikelock Fugitive of Berkley" covers a dedicated attempt to avert this trope. After a protester struck some bystander trying to keep things under control with a bikelock, /pol/ decided to find out the identity of the man. They used photos and videos of the event to find a picture of the guy without a mask, found out who the guy was, and then notified his parents, his place of work, and the police. Unfortunately, all the bike lock attacker got at the end of his court proceedings was three years of probation (which is a pretty light sentence, considering one of his crimes was attempted murder).
    • Whoever killed Rainfurrest by tossing diapers on cars and sending detailed letters to other hotels in Seattle telling them not to host the convention got away with it. The identity of the con killer has never been revealed. It's implied that it's someone the organizers knew personally, but didn't have enough evidence to actually legally accuse whoever did it.
    • Zigzagged with the Dashcon organizers. Yes, they scammed people out of money and didn't get sued because the stolen sums weren't big enough to be worth a legal battle. They didn't get away cleanly though, as their names are now permanently attached to the hilarious failure and scam that was Dashcon. In his Q&A, the IH notes that the amount of money they walked away with isn't worth the difficulty they will have finding jobs in the future.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • IH says that one can look at the Silver Screen Bottling Company's explanation of their choice to use the plastic shelled bottles in one of two ways. However, both of these ways make them out to be total assholes. The bottle controversy boils down to the Bottling Company being either complete dicks or incompetent fools, for no apparent gain in either case apart from making lots of people angry.
      • Option one: The company was flat-out lying about the design of the plastic-shelled bottle being more expensive than a glass version. This would mean the company believed its customers were morons willing to spend money on anything, and took advantage of this by charging more for a product that was cheaper to make. This shows contempt for customers who put down a lot of money — the drink was very expensive at eighty dollars a bottle — and were very patient in waiting through delays for it.
      • Option two: The company was totally telling the truth about the plastic-shelled bottles being somehow more expensive to make than the glass ones. This is arguably even worse, since it means that the company went out of their way to spend more time and more money for the purpose of selling a worse product, without realizing their mistake until the products were out the door. This could be seen as even more embarrassing for the Bottling Company, as IH mentions that the company was perfectly capable of making a similar glass bottle properly with much less effort.
    • Also, the canvas bag controversy. The "Duffle Kerfuffle" (as IH dryly puts it) had no logical reason to happen, either. Bethesda made total tits of themselves by including nylon bags in their Power Armor Edition rather than the previously advertised canvas ones, with Bethesda blundering through every attempt to calm the angry customers down. What makes this incredibly petty is that they previously demonstrated that they were perfectly capable of making commerative canvas bags, as seen with the previous New Vegas bags and those influencers that received an actual canvas bag for promoting Fallout 76. For some reason, Bethesda just made things worse for themselves.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: These are internet and internet-related phenomena given the gravitas they most definitely don't deserve. Special mention goes do "Friendship Ended," which is about the friendship struggles of three guys in Pakistan that's treated like a Noir murder mystery because a goat died during its events.
  • Never My Fault:
    • The Dashcon organizers, shown in the The Failure of Dashcon video and then explored further in the followup Q&A video. They falsely promised several acts and panels that never agreed to attend Dashcon — most weren't even aware of the event. The organizes then took the money that their customers paid for the advertised performances, and then told their congoers that the promised acts had walked at the last minute. They managed their money poorly and ended up with not enough cash on hand to pay for the venue, so the Dashcon organizers said the hotel was being racist/misogynistic/homophobic and had increased the price at the last minute to deflect the blame. Even during their apology to the remaining congoers, they never fully took responsibility for how things turned out.
      Chloe: Gotta blame somebody, otherwise it's my fault. Fuck that.
    • In 2011, Harold Camping made national headlines claiming the Rapture was coming in May, and then later in October. He suffered a stroke, which God claims responsibility for in hopes that he learned a lesson. In 2013, he passed away at the age of 92 from a stair-related accident in his home. God tries to pass the blame that he had nothing to do with it.
      • Downplayed with Camping himself, who initially dodged responsibility for the damages his Rapture message might've caused and tried to change things about his claims after the fact. What downplays this is the fact that not too long before his second predicted date, he rescinded the new prophecy and expressed genuine regret and guilt for what he had done.
  • Non-Indicative Name: You'd probably never guess that Dashcon was a convention based around Tumblr. Nor that the name was based on the site's dashboard.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: IH doesn't bother with talking without his New Zealand accent when voicing characters clearly not from New Zealand.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • Most of his videos are pretty much him summarizing the ridiculous things the internet has done and how it sometimes spills into Real Life.
    • How he prefaces his summarization of the United Nations' plan to capture Joseph Kony. When he describes their second plan, he lets out a completely un-professional reaction.
    • During the Fallout 76 video, IH becomes infuriated when seeing that Bethesda did make a nuke-shaped bottle for the Nuka Cola drink in their store, which begs the question why they didn't do the same for the controversial Nuka Cola Dark bottle.
      IH: What the fu-THEY MADE THE BOTTLE PROPERLY! YEAH, ONE OF THOSE PLEASE! But bigger, and brown! Is that so hard?!
    • In "Going Camping at the End of the World", he assures the viewer that "this is not just a bit" (i.e. not a joke on his part) before explaining the math Camping used to calculate the date of the Rapture.
  • Not So Above It All: Turns out that Historian is one of the unlucky fools to have bought a ticket to Fyre Festival.
  • Not So Stoic: IH audibly gets increasingly annoyed and angry over the the debacle that was the Nuka Cola Rum. He shows a rare bit of audible anger when he finds out that there was a glass Nuka Cola Dark bottle made of glass, but it wasn't shipped for whatever reason.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • During the whole Dashcon debacle, at least three people were the only ones who recognized something fishy was going on when the organizers asked for donations to pay the venue bill and called them out for extortion.
      Disgruntled con guest: What if they want more money?!
    • In the Rainfurrest video, one congoer is shown to be telling his fellow attendees "put your pants on and stop breaking shit!" No one listened to him.
  • Pungeon Master: IH can't help himself at times.
    • In the Bikelock Fugitive video: "This guy should be... locked up! (cue CSI: Miami music)", which he immediately apologizes for.
    • In the Rainfurrest episode: "They (the furries) were behaving like... animals". Wink.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When discussing the Balloon Boy story, he gets on the side of Richard Heene, who was Convicted by Public Opinion and points out that he was screwed over by a combination of media bias and judicial corruption. Heene would later watch the video and send IH a video explaining his side of the story, which the latter posted on his other channel.
    • During "Seize the Day," he elects not to show the video with the flashing lights that triggered the first half of the saga. In fact, besides to de-empathize Kurt Eichenwald and provide some context, the only reason that the "I have epilepsy" claim is discussed in the video is because the IH is disgusted someone would fake and/or grossly exaggerate having epilepsy, especially for such a petty reason.
    • He doesn't mock those who fell for Fyre Festival's scam, and goes as far as to point out that social media's merciless mockery of them was misinformed since a lot of guests were not snobby rich kids who all paid several thousands of dollars for their tickets like many thought thanks to misreporting. The regular ticket prices were genuinely low enough (at most about $1,200, with some "early bird" offers going as low as $500) for regular middle class people to be able to afford an all-expenses paid vacation to the Bahamas, which would have been otherwise impossible for said middle class people to afford at normal prices.
    • He sets it straight that Jason Russell was never masturbating in public, citing that there's absolutely no credible eyewitness accounts proving it, and candidly states that "it's just a very distressed man having a mental episode." In fact throughout the video, he doesn't really mock or attack Jason Russell (aside from being amused from his "Uganda Musical Dance") like how the media did, with IH making it clear as misguided as he was, Jason truly did want to help Uganda against Kony's predations.
    • He gives the inexperienced development team behind Fallout 76 his sympathy for having very little time on their hands and being given such a massive project to complete. By the end of the video, he also confesses to holding out hope that the game improves, also throwing a bone to No Man's Sky as another disastrous launch that eventually corrected itself into a good game.
    • In the Rainfurrest, Dashcon, and Fyre Fest videos, attendees who take an accurate stock of the situation are shown. For example, a fur-suited furry tells his fellow attendees to put their pants on, and some Dashcon attendees figure out it's a scam pretty quick. It goes to show that relatively normal/innocent people got involved in this stuff, instead of freaks or gullible people like most sources on these subjects would have you believe.
    • The IH admits that the first few iterations of Shia LeBouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" campaign did attract a lot of attention and created a lot of discussion, even saying of the project "it was arguably the greatest reality TV show over the last decade". It might not have been famous in the way Shia wanted, but people were going to tune out eventually even if everything went right. It's then subverted when he points out the fifth iteration of "He Will Not Divide Us" was boring and nobody was watching it even if it was not being disrupted. He did tell people at the time that it was wrong to prank the house or do anything illegal though.
    • Four separate instances occur in "Going Camping at the End of the World."
      • The first is Historian advising against lumping all of Christianity into the people who believed Harold Camping and pointing out to the uninformed that several Christian sects vocally denounced Camping for predicting the Rapture, which itself is considered a sin. Historian also explicitly shows that The Bible says that no one can know the date of the Rapture, and that anyone who says otherwise is trying to trick you.
      • The second is that Historian points out just how Camping amassed such a following (from decades of a well-managed evangelical radio program), and how Camping was effectively given control over the company when the other two chairmen became too old to do anything. This gave Camping a listener base that many radio stations would kill for, with nobody in the company to second guess or reign him in. Accordingly, all the people involved in the massive ad campaign weren't just morons looking for the end of days.
      • The third is Historian mentioning all the lives Camping inadvertently ruined by convincing them they were going to die soon, including several families who gave up everything they had so they could spend their final moments together and happy.
      • Finally, Historian gives Camping some points for owning up to his mistakes. In the end, Historian sees Camping as a man who truly believed what he was saying, but too many people got caught up in it. Not only that, but this had effectively destroyed what could be considered his life's work, as his reputation and the radio company he hosted collapsed due to dwindling viewership and donations after the Rapture failed to happen. All facts that Historian, while not dropping his sense of humor, portrays as pitiful.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • IH's take on the final result of Shia LeBouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" art piece (the last one IH himself covered). The first iteration was incredibly interesting because it caused Americans across the political spectrum to converge upon the project and start talking with people they normally wouldn't interact with. Then 4chan caught word of the project, so hilarity and trolling ensued. Shia decided to shut it down due to the ongoing hijinks (and because he got arrested on camera for harassing, then assaulting one of the protesters), turning the project into a stream of a flag with the project's titular phrase on it in an undisclosed location within the United States. After two more failed attempts on Shia's part to keep his project unmolested, the fifth iteration was another live stream of the flag... in a plain white room, quickly located by 4chan inside a private residence of one of Shia's friends within London. At this point, the flag was now an entire ocean away from where its message was politically relevant, and nobody could interact with the project without breaking the law. IH then asked if Shia really "won", because the only people watching the stream at that point were a few trolls who only used it as a strange sort of Ouija board when the odd fly landed on it. The point of the project (to protest Donald Trump's election) was defeated once the project was removed from the public space of its home country, and Shia was made to look like a bad sport during the process.note 
    • In a Q&A video on Dashcon, Historian says he feels this way about the organizers of the con. While they may have pulled off a scam and gotten away with a good deal of cash in the immediate short term, their names are now permanently attached to its failure, and the short-term gains weren't worth the long-term impact to their reputations.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After extensive research, 4chan manages to find out where 9gag's meme rock is buried so they can dig it up and smash it... except the average 4chan user doesn't have the time or money to go to Spain, drive out into the desert, and dig up a twenty-four-ton slab of stone for the sake of an internet grudge.
    • The aftermath of "Camping Out At The End Of The World". After his doomsday predictions turn out to be totally wrong, Camping's reputation is ruined, as is the reputation of the once-prestigious radio network that had hosted him. Meanwhile, dozens of people who had sold off their worldly possessions, racked up debt and/or quit their jobs in anticipation of the Rapture were left to pick up the broken pieces of their lives, as there was no easy Reset Button.
  • Running Gag:
    • Historian is never gonna let the ballpit from Dashcon fade into obscurity, as he uses the ballpit as a symbol for incompetent management.
    • "X had a brilliant idea."
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: An invoked case with the Dashcon event. IH explains that Dashcon was originally called "Tumblrcon." But the legal issues that inevitably arose from a small independent group attempting to use the site's name without prior permission led to the Non-Indicative Name of "Dashcon" to avoid legal trouble, after the site's "dashboard".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • "9gag's Meme Rock" starts off with 4chan elaborately tracking down the exact location of the buried stone based upon scant clues, similarly to the events of "He Will Not Divide Us". However, the entire effort is abruptly dropped when its discovered that the meme rock is buried in the middle of a desert in Spain, well beyond the practical reach of the (predominantly English-speaking) 4chan community.
    • As part of his framing device for the "Failure of Fyre Festival" video. The Historian bought a ticket for Fyre Festival, fooled by promises of a luxurious vacation and party. Besides the already known disastrous things about the Festival, Historian failed to leave with the other attendees due to chasing a frisbee into the woods and somehow got lost enough on the small island to be trapped on Norman's Cay a la Cast Away. He eventually decides to finally go home via a makeshift raft after finally burying Fyre Festival... only to end up drowning.
    • The "Going Camping at the End of The World" video is a mix of this and Sudden Downer Ending. Sure, for the rest of the world it was an outright Happy Ending, with the end of the world prediction turning out to be wrong. But for Camping and his followers, it was all for naught. The followers who sold all their valuables, quit their jobs, and abandoned their education are completely lost and had nowhere to go, besides trying to rebuild their broken lives. Camping himself is genuinely taken by surprise after his prediction turned out to be wrong, and ends up leaving the Family Radio where his program was broadcasted, now with a tarnished reputation with both his followers and the rest of the world. Oh, and he died two years later from a fall in his home.
  • Shipper on Deck: While reenacting the meeting between Billy MacFarlane and Ja Rule, IH can't help himself but to make the two start making out.
  • Shoddy Shindig: Historian has covered three so far.
    • The first is Dashcon, which was a weekend-long event planned by Tumblr users for Tumblr users that ended terribly due to poor management. Historian is among the many who speculate that it was a scam.
    • Second is Rainfurrest, which was another weekend-long event planned by furries for furries that ended terribly due to the attendees running wild and poor management.note 
    • The third is the Fyre Festival, which was planned to be a two-week-long summer vacation in the Bahamas, planned by a con man for millennials, and the festival ended terribly due to poor management.
  • Shout-Out: For "Going Camping at the End of the World," IH makes some obligatory references to Left Behind.
  • Sincerity Mode: In "Going Camping at the End of the World," IH says he truly believes that Harold Camping believed the Rapture was going to happen on May 21, 2011. IH also shows sympathy to Camping for owning up to his mistake and admitting that he sinned in trying to predict the Rapture in the first place. And while he offsets this by using footage of Shrek is Love Shrek is Life to visualize it, IH sounds genuinely horrified at how many people's lives were near-irreparably ruined by believing Camping's claims, such as several families who left behind everything they had to go out happy and together.
  • Skewed Priorities: IH claims that as her husband was convulsing from his triggered epilepsy, Kurt Eichenwald's wife made sure to take the time to tweet out that he was having a seizure, checked her Instagram, then her Tinder, then called an ambulance.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: Internet Historian and Sorrow TV can be heard stuffing their faces (most likely eating crisps) during the Ikea Erotica segments of the final part of the My Immortal Dramatic Reading.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He sounds like a documentary narrator along the lines of Richard Attenborough but often times will add a Precision F-Strike here or there along with the occasional meme.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The part where guests pool together donations for Dashcon is scored with inspirational music. But it also includes some people in the crowd yelling about how this was extortion.
  • Space Whale Aesop: His sponsored ads are pretty far-fetched scenarios that highlight the benefits of their promoted subjects.
    • If you don't sign up for CuriosityStream, then you will die a virgin with people knowing how dumb you really are in the event that a meteor is on course to impact with the Earth.
    • Medicine is overpriced (by one cent) and likely kills future president daughters due to how expensive they can be unlike Honey.
    • The following happens to those who don't have NordVPN:
      • You will be barred from ever getting into Heaven because when the Rapture comes, Jesus will see your search history and be disgusted by your depravity.
      • You'll be the ideal candidate for president and get elected, but then get denied on the spot and banished to the Virgin Islands when the judge sees your history, handing it to your opponent, luvs2smokecrak666. Also, getting NordVPN will make you 75% more handsome and stop your parents from divorcing.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: IH describes Rainfurrest and Dashcon as this to each other. Dashcon was a brand new event turned into a Shoddy Shindig by the sheer incompetence of its organizers, their mismanagement of their budget, and their murky sales revenue. They left their guests to suffer the consequences, and the event has been speculated by many to be an outright scam (including the Historian). On the other hand, Rainfurrest was a legitimate convention with competent organizers who were able to turn in the required payment, make certain they were well-insured for any damages, and weren't trying to scam anyone out of their money. The reason it turned into a Shoddy Shindig was because of its degenerate guests "acting like animals."note 
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The iPhone 6 was built with a cheaper and thus slightly more flimsy build that made it very easy to bend, requiring Apple to request that customers be delicate with their phones. IH points out you can just buy a case.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical:
    • The belief in the Rapture espoused by Harold Camping in "Going Camping at the End of the World" is not an universal one in Christianity with mainstream denominations like Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, several Protestants and Quakers pointing out that trying to decipher when it happens goes against the scriptures. In fact, some Catholics and Protestant groups mobilized to protest against this campaign. Unfortunately, it had little effect as Camping had denounced mainstream churches as corrupt anyways and he persisted on his folly.
    • In the Rainfurrest footage, one congoer can be seen telling some of the more lewd furries in attendance to "put your pants on" and behave themselves. No one listened to him, though.
  • Streisand Effect: Discussed in the Planking video. Planking went from being a viral fad to a practical epidemic after the media, multiple governments, police, and places of employment started to condemn it (after somebody died doing it). It spread and spread prompting more and more backlash which of course caused it to be more and more popular. And it was (take note people who want to stop things from spreading) a picture the Prime Minister of New Zealand uploaded of his son planking that made the whole thing become Totally Radical.invoked
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • His editing style, using a combination of slick editing and poorly imposed stock images for comedy.
    • Ads tend to be mocked relentlessly in this manner, with over the top scenarios or informing viewers how to take advantage of the free trials for the sponsors.
    • His Sundance Rejects videos utilize Limited Animation and various stock images crudely edited and photoshopped to serve as characters.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Going Camping at the End of the World has a surprisingly depressing ending, especially for an Internet Historian video. Dozens of people who bought in to the doomsday prediction had their lives ruined, be it through selling all their valuables, digging themselves into debt, or quitting their jobs/education. The doomsday forecaster Harold Camping leaves Family Radio (the Christian network he broadcast his predictions on) after realizing his mistake, only to die after a fall just under two years later... but not before leaving the network with a severely soiled reputation that caused vital donations to dry up. As a result, the once-respected Christian global media empire was forced to downsize greatly, and they got rid of archives of Camping's forum to distance themselves from his legacy. However, IH does try to end the video on a high note by displaying pictures of bizarre Renaissance-era paintings.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending:
    • Yes, the internet had fun voting for Pitbull to go to the most remote Wal-Mart in all of the United States. But ultimately, Pitbull managed to turn the whole thing into a great time for everyone in attendance and give Kodiak, Alaska a big Colbert Bump with his presence.
    • As much of a meme the whole Brad's Wife thing was, it surprisingly leads to various food chains opening up positions for her and one of them eventually hired her, with the meme often being credited for getting their attention.
    • "Friendship Ended." is the story of two Indian friends who had a very bitter falling out. And as memey as it was, the internet came together to push for the two to reconcile. Not only did they make up, but Asif, the guy who announced the friendship end, was promoted to moderator of r/indianpeoplefacebook where the story got its infamy.
  • Take That, Audience!: At the end of most videos, he lists patrons from his Patreon but always does something to distract from them or make them scroll too fast to be read.
    • Except for the Rainfurrest video, it scrolls by in sync with video clips of the different furries at the con, as if those people were the patrons.
    • And the Bikelock fugitive video, where he claims that he and the list of patrons are trying to join Antifa to assault people themselves.
    • On a more serious note, his disclaimers usually end with "Please behave yourselves," as if IH is fully aware of how many memelords could be frequent viewers and what kind of hateful trolling they are capable of.
  • Take That!:
    • While for the most part sounding very sophisticated and his sarcasm mostly subtle, the iPhone Massacre video ends with him getting very fed up with idiots falling for 4chan's fake ads and he unveils a new iPhone that allows them to do pretty much everything said ads said they can do... while being totally useless.
    • He disclaims his research into what happened to the money that went into Dashcon as merely speculation on his part, but it's very clear that he's calling out the event organizers for opportunistically stealing money.
    • He also throws some shade towards Tumblr's infamous reputation as a Political Correctness Gone Mad community, portraying the organizers as SJWs who blame anything that goes wrong on anyone but themselves, or accuses anybody who criticizes them of being misogynist, racist, homophobic, etc. (which as it turns out wasn't too far from the truth as the organizers actually did accuse the hotel hosting Dashcon of homophobia and racism when things turned sour). He also expresses plenty of disdain towards the death threats sent to the gay Hispanic panelist Mark Oshiro (creator of Mark Does Stuff), who was accused by Tumblr users of being a straight white man pretending to be gay for profit.
    • He has nothing but contempt for the 9gag Meme Rock and after pointing out how there's not much anyone can do due to it being 24 tons of rock that'll take days to dig up, he goes on a "tangent" about how limestone, which the rock happened to be made of, can be eroded quickly by vinegar. The video then ends with a flash of the rock's coordinates.
    • He advises his viewers to wear hazmat suits when journeying to r/dankmemes and warns them not to touch anything or else they'll "become retarded, too."
    • The video for Fallout 76 is laden with IH's scorn for the rampant incompetence of almost every part of the game's launch and Bethesda's inept responses to its many controversies, with only the beleaguered development team who got saddled with actually making the game getting any sympathy.
    • IH does not seem to be fond of Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is shown laughing at/ doing unfunny memes when they are discussed and he is shown in a box of tools during My Immortal.
    • He gives out a small What the Hell, Hero? to the Ugandan government for only starting to pay attention to Joseph Kony's crimes after what the Prime Minister contemptuously refers to as "a slick video on Youtube" goes viral.
    • During his Alliance: Heroes Of The Spire add, he lists that EA was not involved in the production as a bonus.
    • "The Walking Divided" makes it clear why he's making so many The Walking Dead references - to build up to the line "it's the series that should've ended seasons ago."
    • The "impure" shown in "Going Camping at the End of the World" are shown to be Minecraft Youtubers.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • At least implied, as Kurt Eichenwald (who is supposedly epileptic) willingly clicked on a video that literally read "you deserve a seizure for your post".
    • Those who decided to take planking to (sometimes literally) new heights, upon which they fell and either required surgery, went into a coma, or straight up died.
    • If Joseph Kony had fallen for Luis Moreno Ocampo's amazing plan (a plan that relied on using Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as bait to lure him to a fake dinner) then he definitely would have fallen into this category.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:invoked 4chan rigged a poll to send pop star Pitbull to the most remote Wal-Mart they could find in Kodiak, Alaska. However, Pitbull kept up his end of the bargain in spite of that, and it actually turned out well for everyone involved. Pitbull and the townsfolk had a lot of fun, and Kodiak got a Colbert Bump from the exposure, so everybody won.
  • Totally Radical:
    • What IH determines as the death of planking: the Prime Minister of New Zealand posting a "slightly ominous" picture of himself with his son planking. By having such a high-profile figure take part in the meme, it wasn't cool anymore.
    Historian: And... you did it. You killed the meme. It's done.invoked
  • This Means War!: As Internet Historian has showcased, the internet and its factions have had their fair share of wars.
    • Tumblr has gone to war with 4chan, and the provoked 4chan then goes to war with Tumblr (even though there is a theory that 4chan actually started it). 4chan wins.
    • Reddit has gone to war with Instagram users over meme thievery. Reddit loses interest not long after.
    • Reddit and 4chan joined forces in their war against CNN for meme freedom. A week long campaign which did severe damage to the latter.
    • Boomers supporting Brad's wife have been at war with Cracker Barrel for their injustice against Nanette. They still fight long after the war has receded.
    • 4chan began assaulting Shia Labeouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" art project because they thought it was stupid, and Shia naturally opposed them. 4chan conclusively won the war on all counts until the project was too boring to mess with.
  • Unreadable Disclaimer: All of Historian's videos start with a disclaimer about his videos' fair use and satirical and journalistic nature and usually ends with a condemnation of any viewer who interprets them as permission to harass any of the people discussed. However, they always go by fast enough to almost be Freeze Frame Bonuses. But considering they're on Youtube where you can pause easily and even go frame by frame, it's somewhat downplayed.
  • Very Special Episode: The video about the "Balloon Boy" is actually mostly serious, and deals with evidence the IH found in Richard Heene's favor. It also deals with media and police corruption.
  • Visual Pun: "The Failure of Fyre Festival" starts off with footage of a literal dumpster fire.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His voice and tone are sophisticated. What he covers is anything but.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • He gives one for the main players of KONY 2012: Jason Russell continues his activism and has thankfully been free of breakdowns; Invisible Children has been reduced to small-scale operations but overall has ceased their activities; Joseph Kony's forces are scattered and slowly disbanding, with the man himself effectively in hibernationnote .
    • Another one shows up in Camping at the end of the world. Camping himself retired in shame and died about two years after all the infamy. Family Radio sold off major stations to pay for the massive doomsday ad campaign, and had to sell off more when donations dried up following the backlash. They had to distance themselves as far as they could from Camping, even removing the archives of his work from their website. Finally, they filled the program slots with media produced by more mainstream sects of Christianity, the sort of churches that Camping spent a lifetime denouncing as corrupt. IH points out what a downer the whole situation is, and tried to lighten the mood with a few weird renaissance paintings.
  • You No Take Candle:
    IH: Big Boys at dashlane make video happen.


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