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The Shadow Reader is a horror story narrator and writer who is well-known for narrating Creepypasta stories. He had also taken onto making rants about stories that had failed for numerous reasons, and he also tackles current internet trends. He has also written a Continuity Reboot of The Backyardigans entitled, "The Backyardigans: Backyard Adventures" (or mostly called as "the Unaired Reboot).

His channel can be found here and he currently stands at around 18,000 subscribers.

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    Tropes About Himself 

The Shadow Reader provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Has a few:
    • In most of his rants, he points out the instances where the author had employed lower case "I's."
    • He makes it clear that he values original works and chews out authors for deciding to rip off already established Creepypastas solely to go with the trend.
    • Mentioning other Creepypastas in a story sets him off as well.
  • Catchphrase: "Like always, roll the outro, cause I'm out."
  • Brutal Honesty: The Shadow Reader makes no ifs or buts when it comes to declaring a story terrible. He does lampshade this by stating continually that he is only harsh because he wants the anonymous writer to improve.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives this to many writers, but one in particular is when he reviewed Sweet Apple Massacre and called the author out for its disgusting premise.

    Tropes In His Own Creepypastas 

His Creepypastas provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The narrator’s parents in The Great Awakening Western Animation/Veggietales creepypasta. As they heavily enforce religious beliefs on him, even going so far as to beat him if he says or does anything against their religion, or even if he’s seen anything that doesn’t have to do with it. It gets worse when they discover the DVD and satanic bible he’d been hiding, and they not only beat him so badly they end up breaking his arm, but they take him to a ruthless priest who doses him in olive oil to “exorcise” him for hours.
    • Boris and Doris in "Caillou's Secret".
  • Balloon Belly: Richard is described as having one after coming back from his 3rd meal of the day (4th in total) at the Fat Rabbit Resturant.
  • Break Them by Talking: In "Caillou's Secret", the narrator's daughter Emily does this to her father, calling him a big, stupid monster and saying that she hates him and that everyone, including him, is stupid. This results in him crying in the bathroom for at least an hour.
  • Does Not Like Men: The narrator's abusive wife in "Caillou's Secret" certainly qualifies.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Ruby cuts him and sends him to bed without food, Max ends up killing and cannibalizing her.
  • Domestic Abuse: "Caillou's Secret" features the protagonist having a misandrstic wife who both physically and mentally abused him for years. And he put up with it every single time because he knew if he tried to get help, he'd lose his daughter Emily.
  • Fate Worse than Death: One of his The Amazing World of Gumball creepypastas "The Rage" features a device called "The Eraser". True to its name, anyone hit by it's beams of energy will cease to exist, and once it's done, there's not going back.
  • Karmic Death: Demetri ends up dying at the hands of Nicole in the ''The Amazing World of Gumball creepypasta "The Restaurant" after presumably killing Richard and planning to use his fat and organs to feed his next customers.
    • In another Gumball creppypasta "The Rage", a plethora of Elmore citizens willingly help erase Richard, Darwin, and Anais from existence and Rob ends up killing Gumball via bow and arrow. After Nicole's titular rage, they, along with the rest of the town end up experiencing the same fate as the former three.
  • Kick the Dog: Ruby does this in not 1, not 3, but 2 Max and Ruby creepypastas.
    • In The Animated Project, she goes as far as to hit Max so hard that he begins bleeding after he drives in on her tea party when she denies him asking for food, not even telling him to get a snack. If that wasn’t enough, she then sent him to bed with no food despite him being genuinely hungry. She later appears remorseful for her actions, but the damage had already been done.
    • In The Bogeyman, she cruelly berates Max for being afraid of the bogeyman for the 7th night in a row and even threatens him at one point. All when she did the same thing when she was younger and her parents had no problem letting her sleep with them.
    • All and we truly mean ALL of Boris and Doris' behavior towards Caillou in "Caillou's Secret". Doris smashes "dirty" dishes in front of Caillou that he cleaned that weren't even that dirty. After he says he didn't mean to, she slaps him, accuses him of talking back to her, and threatens to smash more dishes if he didn't clean them "properly". Boris later proceeds to cruelly force Caillou to clean the basement. And after he gets a bad spider bite, she tells him to go back to work in the basement, and he two then proceed to refuse to feed him til he's finished throughout the episode. And when he doesn't reach his expectations in cleaning the basement, Boris pushes him down the stairs, breaks his leg, and blackmails to deprive him of dinner. When Caillou's done, his parents berate him some more, and quite literallly threw him into his room, where he proceeds to outright die from the seemingly poisonous spider bite.
    • The parents in "The Great Awakening", at one point, break his arm by beating him and take him to a church where he's dosed in olive oil for 4 hours, completely ignoring his injuries, and locking him in his room, all for owning non-religious objects.
  • Kill 'Em All: "The Rage" ends with Nicole's titular fury wiping out all of Elmore, including herself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The parents of the narrator in “The Great Awakening” had practically enforced their beliefs on him for all his life, even going as so far as to become physical when he didn’t comply with their religion. Near theme end of the story, their sentenced to a lifetime behind bars.
    • The protagonist's wife in "Caillou's Secret" was an abusive misandrist who treated him like absolutely HORRIBLY for years without any escape for him, damaging him both physically and mentally. She ends up in jail for life and having her family turn against her near the end.
  • Mutagenic Food: His The Loud House creepypasta, "ABC Catastropy" has this trope. During a science fair, Lisa had invented a machine that can make whatever food you like, she wins and everything goes fine... Until one of the judges started to morph into the chocolate molten lava cake she had gotten from the machine, followed by another one of the judges melting down into the mashed potatoes with chunks of his body morphing into the fried chicken chunks. It doesn't stop there. Teachers and students who have at least taken a bite of the food started morphing into various food items they had gotten from the machine, such as fish sticks and even a shredded pulled pork sandwich. The reason why is because Lisa's machine has a thing where the molecules from it's food get scrambled with the molecules of the people, thus turning them into the food they had eaten. And there isn't a reverse for it all...
  • Revenge: The main character of "The Squillum Squeak" is determined to sabotage Nickelodeon after seeing his daughter's sadness over not being able to spend her Birthday with her family due to her two fathers' jobs their keeping them from having the time to. But after submitting a homemade, ultra-violent Spongebob episode, it ending up getting aired instead of just messing with the company like he wanted. If that weren't enough, he ends up getting nearly a plethora of innocent people fired and blacklisted, and when he did confess, he ended up getting threatened with legal actions, getting a fine and having to work overtime and unpaid. Worse, his family started struggling with bills, he started having more fights with and growing more distant from his husband, Dan.
  • Straight Gay: Austin, the protagonist of "The Squillum Squeak" has a husband named Dan.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The narrator's daughter in "Caillou's Secret", but, as it turns out, it wasn't the Caillou episode.

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