- Acceptable Targets:
- Conspiracy Theorists, especially in the video about Justin Bieber being a reptile person.
- Vine stars like Zach King.
- Awesome Music: The music that plays at the end of each episode.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At the end of the Russian Ghost Car Debunk Captain D starts talking about Vladimir Putin and the Illuminati. He starts speaking in a weird demonic whisper and then the footage cuts out before cutting to Captain D doing his normal farewell as if nothing had happened.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Even harsher. In The Undebunkable, we learn that Captain Disillusion, among others, unintentionally altered the Zeitgeist, resulting in a generation of young people so disillusioned by society that they're rejecting the truth. And now we have a movement consisting largely of disillusioned people being fed promises that the movement will make things better: the alt-right.
- Moment of Awesome:
- In "The Undebunkable", the Captain is replaced by an evil Doppelganger named "Zeitgeist". Zeitgeist, as Disillusion, initally starts by "debunking" some videos that are actually real, if hard to believe. However, he then says that we never went to the Moon and that the moon landings were faked, that Paul is dead, and that the 9/11 attacks were all elaborately staged, before delivering a speech about how every tragedy in recent memory is an elaborate hoax. The real Captain then bursts into the room and shuts Zeitgeist up.Zeitgeist: When a natural disaster, a bombing or a shooting causes innocent people to die, it's probably not real! And someone, even if they didn't have our best interests in mind, was in control. Because if no-one was in control...that would be terrifying.
Captain Disillusion: It is terrifying. But the terror wears off!
- In a slightly more out-of-universe moment, the Captain's takedown of the Cicret Bracelet, not just focusing on the technical impossibility of their still-nonexistent product its creators made over a half-million dollars from, but also the seriously shady activity they've partaken in to gain it. The Captain even had the foresight to donate some of his own money just so he could have a legal reason to complain, and combined with the huge negative publicity Cicret gained from his debunking, they stopped soliciting donations out of panic and have effectively vanished from the web.
- In "The Undebunkable", the Captain is replaced by an evil Doppelganger named "Zeitgeist". Zeitgeist, as Disillusion, initally starts by "debunking" some videos that are actually real, if hard to believe. However, he then says that we never went to the Moon and that the moon landings were faked, that Paul is dead, and that the 9/11 attacks were all elaborately staged, before delivering a speech about how every tragedy in recent memory is an elaborate hoax. The real Captain then bursts into the room and shuts Zeitgeist up.
- Most Wonderful Sound: The shotgun sound effect when Captain D starts debunking a video.
- Paranoia Fuel: Quick D: Pop-up Videos. The video is about screamer pranks and how to detect and dampen the effectiveness of their Jump Scare, but the beginning of the video has Captain D mention how It's Quiet... Too Quiet where he is and worrying how a pop-up might appear. This might have the effect of leaving the viewer paranoid of it actually occurring mid-video, and thankfully, closest we get is a slight mid-sentence camera zoom on his face with a ghastly sound effect near the end.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- In "The Undebunkable", Captain D gives an uncharacteristically direct and passionate talk about the importance of not thinking everything is fake. Seeing as how his whole shtick is debunking fake videos, it can be easy to fall into Arbitrary Skepticism at anything that looks even a little unbelievable. He stresses critical thinking, not cynicism.
- Similarly in "The Mandaellah Effekt", he and Holly!Captain thoroughly explain the stupidity of using the Mandela Effect to form conspiracy theories about Alternate Timelines because skeptics want to feel special, or deny historical facts because "it's just interesting to think about."Captain D: Being fascinated with a quirk of the mind is great, but if your explanation for it blows right past Occam's Razor to "inter-universe leakage", it's kind of a problem for the rest of us.
Holly!Captain: It encourages sloppy, uncritical thinking, which is never a good thing. Knowing how to distinguish what you think is real from what is real is the most important skill in the universe. I'm saying that, and I'm an actual goddess.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Helping demonstrate Captain D's knowledge of visual effects, the show has very high production values, great CGI and other visual effects included, often times being able to directly replicate the effects in the videos he debunks to demonstrate how simple they can be.
YMMV / Captain Disillusion