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  • Acceptable Targets: Assassin's Creed and its fans.
  • Author's Saving Throw: His videos on Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, in particular the Pikachu video, can be seen as one of these for his controversial Octopath Traveler video. The Pikachu video, which is very much Played for Laughs, overexaggerates Dunkey's criticisms of the game and has many of them play into his personal distaste for anime-style JRPGs, which reflects much of the criticism towards his points in the more serious Octopath video.
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  • Broken Base:
    • His tribute video to Robin Williams. There are those who saw it as an appropriately more serious and heartfelt video, and those who felt the video was offensive and insulting to him.
    • Relaxing Space Safari got this in spades. Then again, uploading a video containing lush natural scenery onto a channel full of goofy gaming videos isn't exactly the most expected thing.
    • I'm Done With League of Legends. People hated the fact that his video was essentially saying that being an asshole is not only acceptable, but one of the few things he found fun about the game. Interestingly, a group unrelated to League players, the FGC (fighting game community), who are notorious for trash talking, defended him on the grounds that as long as a person has the skill to back up their words, a person should have the right to be toxic if they want to.
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    • His video on Splatoon 2 fractured his fanbase, with fans of the game believing he gave the game an unfair shake, making several Critical Research Failures and outright failing to mention the existence of several game modes. Some even went as far as to accuse him of making several of the same mistakes he criticized game journalists over in his infamous Game Critics video. Others believe this was entirely intentional, citing the lack of a regular "Dunkview" in the title.
    • As noted under He Panned It, Now He Sucks!, his Kingdom Hearts III dunkview split the fanbase. Dunkey's criticisms about the game's Kudzu Plot, Continuity Lockout, and storytelling were met with mostly acceptance from his viewership, but his criticism of the game's engine and fighting system were met with a lot of disagreement, especially since as a whole, he unironically gave the game a 1 out of 5, which led to accusations of letting his well-known unapologetic hate towards anime color his opinion of the game to an unfair degree.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Very frequently.
  • Discredited Meme: Played with, then subverted in his Knack II video, where he discusses how he feels the joke got away from what it was supposed to be - namely, that Knack was a mediocre, ugly, boring game that found itself being used as a showcase for the next-generation advancements of the PS4 and completely failed to deliver. Then he manages to turn it around into making it a joke that it still got a sequel, which is the best game ever because "YOU CAN PLAY AS ICE KNACK!"
  • Follow the Leader: Ever since Dunkey garnered hundreds of thousands of subscribers, many Let's Players have attempted to clone his balls-to-the-wall style of humor for better or for worse. Interestingly, he has quite a number of high-profile fans from the Dark Souls community, some of which not only sneak in a few of his Catch Phrases in their own videos on occasion but have also taken to emulating his unique manner of speech and bizarre in-game antics.
  • Fountain of Memes: Has become this due to his unique manner of speech and overall absurdity to his content.
  • Goddamned Bats: Dunkey loses to the frogs a lot in his Final Fantasy VII video. It eventually culminates with Sephiroth's true form being a pair of them, which he swiftly nukes with Bahamut ZERO.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: His "Bill Cosby" video, in which he played a game in which Cosby kills people and must hide them from neighbors and the police. This got much darker after hearing of Cosby's rape and sexual assault allegations.
    • His "The Jontron Rant" video, especially the "Fuck you Dunkey, I do not watch your videos because you are black" joke become a lot less funny when Jontron spoke openly about his political opinions which a number of people find to be ill-informed and/or offensive. Or more, for Jon's rather vocal hatedom or the people who don't care or even agree with him.
    • Everything about his videos with Sky, including the infamous "Dunkey beat Sky in Smash" meme, after Sky admitted in one of his videos that, due to personal drama, he and Dunkey are no longer friends.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • Played for laughs in "Remakes and Remasters"; when he argues that "GoldenEye fucking sucks", his number of subscribers immediately drops from 2,861,339 to 15.
    • Inverted and Played for Laughs again in "Dunkey's Best of 2016"; upon putting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the list, his suscriber count immediately drops to 15 again.
    • Some of the more extreme reactions to his Splatoon 2 video were along these lines.
    • Played straight with his Octopath Traveler video. Taking a more serious tone and approach, Dunkey's take on the game was not very well received by a good portion of his fans, due in large part to how Dunkey seemed to be spending the video painting the game as negatively as possible, from saying its artstyle (which was a purposeful choice) was bad, to the gameplay being slow and boring (while having a character poorly fight an enemy in what is clearly the wrong way to play), and even saying the voice acting was bad (which he did by taking a character saying "Your Excellency" several times out of context). The general issue people had however, was that Dunkey admitted to only playing ten hours of the game, and not completing all the characters opening chapters, which in rpg terms, is barely a footnote in the games overall story for times sake. Even ignoring that, many were quick to point out that Dunkey doesn't even like JRPG's, so him reviewing Octopath was a poor choice since it inevitably falls into Bias Steamroller. It doesn't help that viewers pointed out that Dunkey's footage misleads the viewer in dishonest ways, such as him attacking a snail weak to daggers, with a character not using a dagger despite the game showing he already discovered said weakness, missing party members, and doing damage that doesn't match where he was in the footage. Several viewers made responses debunking his points and calling him out for manipulative editing, and how hypocritical he was for making a review of a game that he hadn't finished, after calling out other reviewers for doing so.
    • Zig-Zagged with his Kingdom Hearts III dunkview. While many viewers disagreed with him giving the game such a low score (A 1/5, the lowest dunkview score he's given unironically), the overall consensus was that they found his complaints and points about the game's style over substance and Kudzu Plot to be valid, even if they still enjoyed it personally. Indeed, the general consensus was that Dunkey was right that the game's story, characters, and dialogue were not great, especially in the back half of the game, but they disagreed when it came to a lot of the gameplay elements, which were some of the most praised aspects of the game.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Dunkey's ''Smash Bros 4: Dream Roster'' video features Mario and Olimar discussing which characters they want in the new Super Smash Bros. game. This video came out two weeks before Olimar was revealed for the new game.
    • In his ''Top 100 Games'' video, Dunkey rates The Last of Us at #65 and says it looks pretty fun before saying that of course, it's not out yet, months before panning the game in his review of it.
    • One of his League videos is "Dubstep Singed". Come 2015, and the ultimate skin is DJ Sona, a dubstep-inspired skin.
    • In "History of Gaming", Dunkey makes a joke about a sequel to Knack. A couple of years later, Knack 2 was officially announced at PlayStation Experience 2016.
    • In Remakes and Remasters, he responds to Skyrim Special Edition with an exasperated "Seriously, Nintendo?" When the Nintendo Switch was revealed in October 2016, what was one of the games announced for the system? That's right, a new version of Skyrim.
    • His "Best of 2016" video features Sonic 3 & Knuckles in the #10 spot, and includes a clip of Dunkey trying to imitate the sound effect the boosters in Hydrocity Zone make when Sonic boards them. Fast forward seven months down the line, and Sonic Mania has this exact voice clip as an Easter Egg for Hydrocity Zone unlockable by a Cheat Code. Unfortunately, it was removed in Sonic Mania Plus.
  • Memetic Mutation: As expected.
    • Dunkey's Catchphrasenote  has become something of a meme to League of Legends players.
    • "Wid' da moneeey..."
    • "This reminds me of the time Dunkey beat Sky in Smash" or any variations thereof.
    • "This game has a rating of <X> Haunted."note 
    • "Thank you, Dark Souls."
    • "You're that ninja..."note 
    • "It was a accident!" and any of its variations.note 
    • "I'll have the spaghetti and meatballs."
    • "I don't watch Dunkey because he's black."note 
    • Knack
    • "Hey, can I get a pep-pep-aroni?"
    • Super Mario Bros. 2, baby! Game of the Year every year since 1988!
    • "It really makes you feel like X."note 
    • "This looks like a good spot to search for ingredients!" note 
    • Beeg Yoshi/"He's just sitting there..."
    • "I'm wearing a blindfold."note 
  • Never Live It Down: Dunkey's Black Best Friend Sky Williams is now known commonly as the guy Dunk beat in Smash.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now with its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: Apparently before Dunkey started his channel in 2010, he had a channel called Meatwadsprite that he started in 2008. And before that, he made a channel called jmonkey21 in 2006. And before that, he had a Newgrounds channel dating back to as early as 2003.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Relaxing Space Safari". All the way.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: His Mega Man 2 LP, which becomes a lengthy and strange story about him and his rival Steinfield, rarely saying anything relevant to the game.
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