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Shane Dawson is an incredibly popular Youtuber, currently the third most subscribed youtuber overall. Strange, witty and Genre Savvy, his ability to mock himself and others and comedic skills have led to his massive following. He plays both fictionalised versions of himself and an assortment of strange, mentally ill characters, many of whom are inspired by people he knows. His work Crosses the Line Twice and is Refuge in Audacity / Refuge in Vulgarity.
Tropes Relating to Shane Himself:
- Ambiguously Gay: Oh, so much. He frequently LampShades this.
- Beautiful All Along: He used to be enormously fat, then lost all the weight.
- Camp Straight: He would have us believe so.
- Covers Always Lie: Uses missleading thumbnails for his videos to generate views.
- Disappeared Dad: Unfortunately. He occasionally ties this in to a moral.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Played for Laughs
If by song, you mean hearing 'Fat piece of shit! fat piece of shit!' then yeah, that was.. that was the most popular tune! *weak laugh*
- Mean Character, Nice Actor
- Self-Deprecation: Most of his humor involves lampooning himself.
- What Beautiful Eyes!
- Wholesome Crossdresser
Tropes Relating To Shane's Characters
- Ax Crazy: Everyone. But especially Shanaynay.
- Ambiguously Bisexual: S-Deezy and Paris
- Abusive Parents: Shane's Mom takes it up to eleven
- Bigger Is Better: All the male characters, in particular S-Deezy and Ned, believe this
- Comedic Sociopathy: Played straight with almost everyone. Aunt Hilda keeps the corpse of her dead husband at the dinner table, Shane's Mom abuses him mentally and S-Deezy and Shanaynay are violent murderers.
- Greedy Jew: Aunt Hilda
"This shirt cost three whole dollars! Yeah. Three."
- Hollywood Nerd: Ah, Ned. Classic Type 1, although he does occasionally get the girl ... kinda
- Nerd Glasses: Ned
- Stepford Smiler: Ned the nerd. Just.. Ned the nerd.
- Talking to Himself / Acting for Two: EVERY ONE of Shane's characters
- The Makeover: Shanaynay, Aunt Hilda and occasionally Shane himself will insist on giving you one. Don't let them