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"Hello internet, and welcome to the Paul Powers Show. I'm Paul Powers."

This Web Video series, hosted by the eponymous Paul Powers, is something of a "nerd culture" variety show, featuring reviews, analysis, and comedic skits. Subjects range from video games to anime to western cartoons and comics. Most videos use video game-style sprites to rerpresent Paul, as well as any "special guest" the episode may feature. The series can be watched here.


  • Advanced Tech 2000: The Fight Tron 5000. Noteworthy in that, despite 5000 being clearly written on the front, it was originally referred to as the Fight Tron 2000 due to a "scripting error."
  • Affably Evil: Shao Kahn appears to be this in The Flash vs. Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Affectionate Parody: The Legend of the Legendary Legend is this for JRP Gs.
  • The Alcoholic: Paul himself, going by Most Distrubing Christmas Songs and Nemesis Vs. Pyramid Head.
  • Amusing Injuries: Batman repeatedly brutalizing Paul throughout Finn the Human Vs. Steven Universe is Played for Laughs
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Noticeably, the watch on Paul's Sprite in the Who Would Win videos switches sides when he changes directions.
  • Apocalypse Wow: Superman and Goku's fight results in the entire earth being destroyed, at which point they call it a tie and go out for something to eat.
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  • Art Shift: While most of Superman Vs. Goku is animated with video game sprites, the actual "fight" is just two action figures (the hands holding them clearly visible) banging against each other.
  • Catch Phrase: "Hello internet" and "goodnight internet."
  • Character Exaggeration: The special guests in his Who Would Win videos are usually extremely exagerrated, humorous versions of the actual characters.
  • Christmas Episode: How Goku Saved Christmas is a parody of these, complete with rhyming narration.
  • Credits Gag: Finn the Human Vs. Steven Universe ends with Paul moaning and crying about Batman hurting him over the credits.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Batman's response to Paul saying he's overrated is to find every excuse to punch him in the face when he later makes an appearance as a special guest.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His descritption of Pyramid Head's sword.
    "Now, Pyramid Head is pretty well-equiped. Er, I mean, his equipment is impressive. No, no, I mean he's got an impressive sword...Uh, no homo."
  • Eight Deadly Words: invoked His main issue with Gantz, and the reason it didn't appear higher on his list of most disturbing anime series.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Inverted. Paul always wears a fedora, but tends to get knocked around by his guests, like Batman and Vegeta (and Slenderman... sort of...)
  • Gag Censor: In Top 10 Most Disturbing Anime, two exclamation bubbles with the word "BOOBS!" in them are used as censors when showing an example of the gratuitous nudity in Gantz.
  • Gainax Ending: Both The Truth Behind the Dress and Nemesis Vs. Pyramid Head end this way.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Appears to be the consequence of Paul being able to see "both versions" of the dress.
  • Haunted Technology: Near the end of Nemesis Vs. Pyramid Head, the Fight Tron 5000 makes bizarre, garbled noises before blood covers the screen and it fades out. Presumably the work of that episodes "guest," Slender Man.
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: The only reason the guest even showed up for the Batman is Overratted video.
  • NameTron: The Fight Tron 5000, the "most sophisticated in combat predictive technology."
  • Nepotism: Implied in the Finn Vs. Steven video.
    Batman: Laila POWERS? Is she related to you!?
  • Nice Hat: Whether in the form of a video game sprite, a cartoon drawing, or in person, Paul is never seen without his trademark gray fedora.
  • No Ending: The Pyramid Head vs. Nemesis video doesn't even name a winner. (Although it could be inferred that the Slender Man won, despite not being one of the combatants.)
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Appears to be developing this kind of rivalry with Batman in-universe.
  • Special Guest: Each Who Would Win video has a character show up as a guest announcer. Usually, Paul will favor one combatant and his guest will favor the other.
  • Stealth Pun: In Goku Saves Christmas, Santa Clause becomes a villain because he's lost his Christmas spirit. Goku defeats him with a spirit bomb. A CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Bomb.
  • Stylistic Suck: The Fight Tron 5000 isn't even an actual computer, it's just a cardboard box with buttons and panels drawn on with a sharpie. Batman calls him on this.
  • Title Scream: "Who... Would... Wiiiiin!?"
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The whole idea behind the Who Would Win videos. Also Superman Vs. Goku.

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