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"Anime may still be classed in the 'niche' market these days, but it has such variety, such potential, that I'm sure it will make it into the mainstream one day."
That Dude in the Suede, 2008

That Dude in the Suede, 2011

William DuFresne is That Dude in the Suede, a laidback, sardonic otaku in a leather jacket who hails from Christchurch, New Zealand and reviews anime and anime-related things. He was one of the first people to join Channel Awesome, as well as that site's first anime critic. He was also the first to leave the site, disappearing in 2009 to go on a mission with his church, and returning mid-2011 in the midst of the site's third anniversary special.

He got his start as an AMV-maker before turning to anime reviews in blatant emulation of That Guy with the Glasses, whom he defended on his YouTube channel after Doug Walker lost his. He was swiftly added to the site when Doug found his knowledge of anime was minimal compared to that of the fans demanding anime reviews.

During his initial run, he (like most reviewers) had a distinctive set and uniform, a brown suede jacket worn at his kitchen table, backed by pink drapes. Since his return, his set has been swapped to a living room armchair and his old jacket replaced by a full black suede suit.


He hosts a variety of shows, which are as follows:

  • Animenia, where he reviews specific anime and provides informative Top Ten Lists.
  • AMV Heaven, where he showcases anime Fan Vids in the style of Masterpiece Theatre.
  • Suede Played, which he describes as being somewhere between a straight-up review and a Let's Play of his favourite (yet silly) games. It's currently covering Ninja Gaiden Sigma.
  • Fandom Stranger, formerly Anime Weirdness, where he discusses Japanese Media Tropes and related cultural phenomena.
  • Suede's Stream of Consciousness, V-log esque videos where he asks the viewers about various topics, talks about progress on projects, responds to their comments, and even does a few top lists every now and again. Since renamed to Suede XS.
  • Suede's Pokemon Journey, reviews of every episode of the first season of the Pokemon anime. Episodes come out weekly, and included looks at each part of Pokémon Origins
You can see his reviews on
his official blog, Days Of Suede, and find his AMVs on multiple YouTube channels as well as at this site here. You can follow him on Twitter, deviantART, and blogTV as well.

As of March 2018, Suede has left Channel Awesome again.

Suede's shows provide examples of:

  • Arch-Enemy: Benzaie.
  • Art Evolution: The art of Linkara, Suede and Jesuotaku for the Pokemon reviews was updated during 4Ever.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Averted, unlike most of his co-workers, specially his rival Benzaie.
  • Badass Beard: Since he returned from his mission, and it looks like Green Arrow's beard.
  • Catch-Phrase: Uses some kind of variation of "Hi, I'm That Dude in the Suede".
    • He also frequently says, "Anime, man! It messes with you!"
  • Double Vision: Shows up in his Top 10 Anime Openings review, his AMV episode of Animenia, his Trigun review (with 3 of him) the third episode of AMV Heaven, his recent Atop the Fourth Wall cameo (see below) and his Top 11 American Anime (twice). Unlike other uses of this trope on TGWTG, he doesn't use this to play different characters, just to show him talking to himself or illustrate gags.
  • Dual Wielding / Katanas Are Just Better: In Suburban Knights (the katana used was actually real and he had to be careful not to accidentally cut anyone with it, though he hit Rob Walker in the forehead and left him with a scar) and his cameo in the Previously On of Atop the Fourth Wall: "Rise of Arsenal #3-#4". In the latter, he's dueling a better-dressed version of himself, who also falls into both these tropes.
  • Foe Yay: In-Universe. Spoony's cameo in GYMDK - Wiz'n'Liz: The Frantic Wabbit Wescue, were it reveals that they had drunken sex on halloween was originally meant for Suede, but he declined. In his farewell video to Suede, Benzaie confesses his love for him.
  • Gosh Dangit To Heck: Downplayed. He just avoids swears more taboo than "crap". Unlike Linkara who doesn’t use them to prove that you can be funny without using colourful words, Suede doesn't use them because he is never angry enough (though he did say that his Mormon upbringing could have been a cause).
  • He's Back: As of Suburban Knights.
  • I Have Many Names: even more than PsyWeedle:
  • Legacy Character: He never became one, but he expressed openness to the idea in his farewell video.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The suede jacket, though a more formal outfit has been used on occasion post-hiatus.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles
  • Logic Bomb: In August 2018, Suede released a video of his "Top 14 Screw-ups" of Suede's Pokémon Journey so far. It was supposed to be the Top 15 until he realised one of them wasn't really a mistake: "It's 14 instead of 15... because I screwed up." He also managed to screw-up with one of those that did make it into the listcontext , which was pointed out and acknowledged by Suede in the comments.
  • Mission from God: Literally—as a Mormon, he was on hiatus due to his scheduled missionary activities.
  • Nice Guy: Even-tempered and calm, especially when compared to his peers.
  • Nice Hat: Averted. He thinks that without the hat he can't do justice to his Green Arrow-esque beard.
  • Perma-Stubble: Had one in his later pre-hiatus videos and Suburban Knights.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kyuu/Cue, as of Fandom Stranger episode 1.
  • The Rival: Suede's is Benzaie.
  • Running Gag:
    • "What the Hell is going on? I mean what the HELL is going on?!"
    • Any depiction of his fanbase includes one comment about how awesome his curtains are.
    • In the "Suede's Pokémon Journey" episodes, whenever a character drops the line "Not like this," Linkara's over-top "NOT LIKE THIS!" plays faintly in the background.
    • Also from "Suede's Pokémon Journey", whenever a character display reprehensible and/or illogical behavior (usually for blatantly transparent plot reasons), but still is supposed to be sympathetic to the audience, Suede has them shout out "I'M QUIRKY!"
    • Another one from "Suede's Pokémon Journey", is when an Obviously Evil character with an accent appears, they usually proclaim "[stereotypical expression related to their accent], I sure do love being evil!"
    • Putting Gag Subs over scenes of Pokémon Speak, usually involving Pikachu wanting to rise up against humans in Giratina's name.
  • Shared Universe: Due to being part of Channel Awesome, and his numerous cameos and crossovers, he's part of the Reviewaverse.
  • Self-Deprecation: Takes several shots at himself for being (In his own words) "a rip-off of That Guy With The Glasses" and a "Bottom-Level, Z-Grade, Intern Class Almost Nearly Semi-Celebrity In Training".
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: His very first video he states that "I'm That Dude In The Suede, I'm a rip-off of That Guy With The Glasses and proud of it", even though he eventually grew into his own style.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Benzaie.
  • The Stinger: Has had one since his Top 11 American Anime video.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He is both the only Mormon and the only Kiwi in Channel Awesome.
  • World of Weirdness: The Reviewaverse, weird stuff can and has happened.

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    AMV Heaven 

    Fandom Stranger 
Formerly Anime Weirdness.
  • Anime Hair: Dedicated the first episode (then called Anime Weirdness) to it.
  • Content Warnings: "Warning: the hairdo you are about to see breaks all known laws of the universe. Be advised."
  • Drunk on Milk: During his review of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn, he feels compelled to crack open a case of "Mormon hooch" - that is, Indian tonic water.
  • Eye Scream: Played for Laughs in the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn review, were his eyes burn after seeing a few clips of the musical.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When he rants about a shoehorned love interest in the Phoenix Wright musical, the subtitle says he's a closet Phoenix/Maya shipper.
  • Mondegreen: He named the show Fandom Stranger because Return of the Phantom Stranger sounds like Return of the Fandom Stranger.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Return of the Phantom Stranger by Rob Zombie.
    • And, when it was Anime Weirdness, Let’s Fighting Love by DVDA.
  • Stillborn Serial: In spite of liking the concept, Suede spent the last months before the hiatus focusing on Animenia and AMV Heaven, making this his shortest series at the time with only one episode. Understandably, it's listed as an episode of Animenia on TGWTG (possibly due to Channel Awesome's 5 videos rule). Time will tell if the show's resurrection will fix that.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Similar to the Animenia example, his eyes start burning after seeing a few clips of Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn.
  • Take That!: Has one directed at Thom Yorke at the Phoenix Wright: The Truth Reborn video.
  • Tempting Fate: "Sweet Justice, how can it go wrong? Oh, Crap!, why did I just say that?"

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