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TREY the Explainer is the man behind an edutainment Analysis Channel of the same name, which focuses primarily on paleontology, but also discusses the biology of modern animals, the Speculative Biology of cryptids, aliens and mythical creatures, and even an analysis of fictional works here and there (he did an entire scientific analysis on what Bill Cipher might be, for instance—one that, up until the Series Finale, felt strangely plausible).


His most noteworthy series include:

  • Paleo Profile - A series discussing usually obscure paleofauna.
  • Cryptid Profile - A series examining cryptids, analyzing how plausible their existence is (spoiler alert: it usually isn't plausible at all) and questioning what the organism is like if it's real.
  • The Accuracies and Inaccuracies of... - Somewhat self-explanatory; Trey discusses fictional portrayals of extinct species and gauges their accuracy and/or inaccuracy.
  • Paleoanthropology videos, which deal with...well, paleoanthropology. Usually used to describe the fascinating history of human evolution and often debunk misconceptions of primitive human life.

His deviantART can be found here, under the name aGentlemanScientist, and his Twitter can be found here.


Tropes in his videos:

  • Adorkable: Trey can be this at times—usually when he sings for the end credits of his videos just for fun, goofs around with his intros or makes anime references.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: He has to deal with this a lot.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Occasionally discussed. Arthropleura was the subject of one of his Paleo Profiles, while his speculative idea of what the Loch Ness Monster might be is a giant leech.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Trey can be this at times.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Has a tendency to repeat the same facts multiple times in the same video.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Was a smidge more angry and prone to ranting in a few of his earlier videos. This quickly died down.
  • The Greys: Talked about in his video on alien biology.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": Has admitted to having the condition, and often mispronounces words in his videos.
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  • Mascot: His is a dinosaur version of Dipper Pines. Later, also the Basking Owl.
  • Mellow Fellow: Comes off as this in most of his videos.
  • Ominous Owl: His idea of what the Mothman might be if it's real, a large relative of barn owls. He also considers the Flatwoods Monster to have been an actual barn owl perceived as larger and more fearsome than it is due to the perception from the young witnesses (and the follow-up video had him show a barn owl behaviour that was pointed out to him — making itself look larger through head and wing positioning when frightened — say, by suddenly encountering humans).
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious: In his Cryptid Profile videos, he discusses various cryptids, usually debunks their existence and argues what they would be like if they did exist.
  • Ptero Soarer: This is often talked about and usually averted or subverted.
  • Raptor Attack: Frequently discussed and nearly always averted or subverted.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Most of his Paleo Profiles are about these. Ever hear of Drepanosaurus before watching Trey's videos?
  • Shout-Out:
    • Among other things, his "Beast of Gevaudan" Cryptid Profile featured illustrations based on Jojos Bizarre Adventure characters.
    • His "Quirk Counter" in his video on Avatar is represented by a picture of Deku's face.
  • Speculative Biology: Dabbles in this, especially with his Cryptid Profiles and analyses on what certain mythical monsters could be like if they were real.
  • Starfish Aliens: Deems these to be more likely to exist than The Greys or any humanoid aliens for that matter.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Has done several videos on Tyrannosaurus rex, raptors, Spinosaurus and other such creatures, and did some Paleo Profiles on Carnotaurus, Dimetrodon, Dunkleosteus, Megalodon and Arthropleura.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Did a three-part series about the Loch Ness Monster and its probable identity. He ultimately declared it a myth, but suggested a speculative identity for it if it is real: In this case, a very large leech.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: As mentioned under Department of Redundancy Department, his older videos would often have him repeating the same facts multiple times, sometimes in the span of under a minute.

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