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True Facts is a series of videos created by Ze Frank that provide true facts about the various animals that inhabit our planet. What separates True Facts from your typical nature documentary is comedic writing delivered by a Morgan Freeman-like narrator. Ze Frank takes suggestions from his viewers on what animals to make videos for, and currently has over twenty of these short, informative, and hilarious videos. The series was on hiatus since August, 2014, but unexpectedly returned in April 2018 with True Facts: Frog Fish.


True Facts provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Beyond the Impossible: When talking about the Mantis Shrimp's ability to see colours that humans cannot, Ze Frank tells the viewer to "Imagine a colour that you can't even imagine", and to do it nine times.
  • Black Comedy: Since Nature Is Not Nice, jokes about animals killing each other are all around.
  • Blatant Lies: The very title itself is sometimes one, as despite claiming to be "true facts" about animals, they sometimes just make up nonsense for laughs, most notably in True Facts About the Hedgehog.
    Narrator: The hedgehog is technically a legume, and therefore has a second brain inside of its nipple.
  • Buffy Speak: The narrator resorts to this on occation.
    Narrator: This however does not mean they can... self-baby-make.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Jerry, one of the researchers.
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    • Also, David, one of the worker ants.
  • Catchphrase:
    • When describing an animal's unique action or behavior, the narrator will use the phrase "To understand this, imagine X. That is how the Y do."
    • "Just remember, if (insert nonsensical situation), then (insert something silly about featured creature)."
  • Censored for Comedy: Sometimes innocent words are bleeped out. For example, in "Carnivorous Plants", the word "clock" is censored while the word "cock" is not. The narrator himself is confused by the censorship.
  • Confusion Fu: The sea cucumber poops out it's lungs when threatened. "Needless to say, the predator is confused by this."
  • Content Warnings: "True Facts is not appropriate for children, or for adults who do not act like children."
  • Corpsing: In character, when a video "surprises" the narrator, he'll often start laughing.
  • Dissimile: Often. For example, when talking about how quietly the owl can fly:
    Narrator: If silence were loudness they would be the loudest flying bird... that's, that's a terrible metaphor.
    Narrator: Basically, the difference between a teddy bear and a mantis is...everything.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: "True Facts About The Hedgehog" was the very first of these videos. While later videos are a mix of actual facts and nonsensical jokes, this one is almost exculsively the latter, and the narrator sounds completely different, with no Morgan Freeman impression.
  • Face of a Thug: He comments during True Facts: The Ogre Faced Spider that one of the titular spiders appears to have an unusually furious face as it has a meal.
    Narrator: ...heh, she looks pissed. It's like a lunch date after a bad argument. Rage-chewing.
  • Freudian Slip: True Facts About the Armadillo starts this way.
    Narrator: Here are true facts about the arma-dildo - hmm, that's a typo. Here are true facts about the arma-dildo - oops. I said it again, two times.
  • Gag Penis: If the animal being discussed has genitalia, there's a good chance that a good portion of the video will be devoted to discussing it.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: In True Facts: Ant Mutualism, the narrator claims "Fungus Chambers" is a good name for a band.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: In True Facts About the Chameleon, the narrator notes that a chameleon's best deception isn't their color changing, but that it tricked humans into thinking they can do it sporadically.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Magaret the Ogre Faced Spider finds it ironic how the creature who gave her species' name is a nightmarish behemoth who has teeth as big as her face. She has given that creature the name of, "F*bleep*stick Bastard F*bleep*wad."
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Bobbit worm".
  • Insect Gender-Bender: Worker ants are sometimes referred to with male names and male pronouns.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: The narrator's description of bacon from a sea pig.
    Narrator: One way to tell the difference [between a land pig and a sea pig] is that bacon from a land pig tastes delicious, while bacon from a sea pig tastes like a fish farted on a dirty beach cracker.
  • Metaphorgotten: Often. e.g.:
    The land snail is just like a tiny human, who happens to look like a disembodied tongue. And is covered in mucus. And has a shell. The land snail breathes air, just like the peoples do, and eats with its mouth-hole...
  • Mind Screw: "The cuttlefish's brain is larger than its entire body. Including its brain. Which might not make sense but it does to the cuttlefish. Because it has a very large brain."
  • Monster Clown: The mantis shrimp is described as the ancestor of the modern clown, and like the modern clown, the mantis shrimp is a psychopath.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: The Narrator's response to the acorn worm, the only footage of which is it... excreting a very long, very large amount of waste material.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The start of the Chameleon video.
    Narrator: Here are some True Facts about the "Shyamaleon". What? The "ka-ME-leon", uhh, that word really looked that it would be more fun to say.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Ze Frank notes that the octopus is the most intelligent invertebrate, then goes on to say that this isn't as impressive as it sounds, since "clams are stupid."
  • Seldom-Seen Species: There are episodes about tarsiers, sea pigs and other sea cucumbers, polychaete worms (primarily the Bobbit worm), mantis shrimps, frog fish, star-nosed moles, naked molerats, leaf katytids, bolas spiders and myrmecophagous mammals including pangolins, numbats and aardwolves.
  • Shown Their Work: The facts, for most parts, are accurate, except when they're overruled by the Rule of Funny.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: Frequently, perhaps most notably when talking about octopus reproduction:
    Narrator: When her job is done, she is gone, but thousands of little bebbies emerge. Floating. Just beautiful. Sort of like the ending of Charlotte's Web, except under water. And without the farm animals too, they would, they would all drown. They'd die; the dancing pig wouldn't last a second really, it'd be, uh, babies interspersed with these dead and rotting animals being eaten by fish, it's, it's a different story really, less appropriate for children and I- the duck would do OK, but... one floating duck does not a children's book make. Just remember, if you're writing a children's book, one animal can die, not all of them. Only a clam would write that sort of crap, and they're dumb as hell.
  • Spoof Aesop: A common way of ending the videos:
    (from True Facts about the Owl) Just remember, don't do drugs, because an owl may just rip your face off.
    (from True Facts about the Sea Pig) Remember, if someone scares you, just bend over and fart your lungs all over that bastard.
  • Solid Gold Poop: True Facts: Ant Mutualism has a lot of insect secretions being quite valuable to ants, acting as nutritious meals to share with the colony.
    Narrator: There's just a lot of secretion. I feel a bit insecure about the value of my own secretions. Certainly nothing to write home about.
  • Something Completely Different: True Facts about Morgan Freeman
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Ze Frank can go from a scientific description of cavitation bubbles to summing it up as "Mortal Kombat finishing move shit" within the same sentence.
  • Stock Footage: Ze Frank obviosly uses stock footage for the videos, but he notably also lampshades how strange some stock footage is.
    Narrator: This is stock footage of a sea cucumber, it has been downloaded one times. By me.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: True Facts About the Hedgehog shows that a Hedgehog's diet has Angel Tears in it, which taste like chicken... tears.
  • Toilet Humor: There's a lot of talk about how animals urinate and defecate.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Sometimes when they get a bit more nonsensical than usual. For example, from True Facts About the Hedgehog:
    Narrator: The nation of France was named after a hedgehog. That hedgehog was named Kevin. Don't ask.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The cuttlefish can change color to match its background perfectly even in complete darkness... which is amazing but useless.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: As it common in Ze Frank's videos, he speaks in an odd but perfectly normal voice except for certain words which he consistently pronounces oddly.
    • Babies is "beybeys".
    • Bird is "byuuurd".
    • Ocean is "oh-see-un".
    • Pregnant is "preeeeg-nunt."
    • Dew is "deeuwr."
    • Glue is "gleewrr"
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: On describing the armadillo's armor:
    Narrator: ...the armadillo has plates of dermal bone on its back, covered with horn and leathery skin. Imagine having a bunch of horny bones on your back, constantly rubbing togeth-''I can't read this. I mean, I understand it's technically right...

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