Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

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Name: Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
Abbreviation(s): DHMIS
Creator: Don't Hug Me .I'm Scared, aka Becky and Joe
Date(s): July 29, 2011 to Sept 13, 2018
Medium: YouTube shorts
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
External Links: Official YouTube channel
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Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a web series of related shorts hosted on YouTube, created by a channel of the same name. The videos developed a cult following on Tumblr and other social media sites.


Don't Hug Me I'm Scared posted the first video on July 29, 2011, with 5 more installments releasing between January 8th 2014 and June 19, 2016. Some episodes included teaser videos ahead of time.

The videos were surrealist horror comedy, and were noted for being stylized similarly to children's puppet-show TV series complete with songs and practical effects using felt, puppets, and other craft supplies. The series were also considered notable for having extremely dark content, including pseudo-gore and psychological horror elements.

The creators released the songs for download on ITunes, had an official store for related merchandise, and an official Facebook group.

Notepad: Think you're getting the hang of it now Using your minds to have a good time

Yellow Guy: I might paint a picture of a clown

Notepad: Whoa there friend, you might need to slow down

Notepad: Here's another good tip (Yeah?) of how to be a creative wiz kid. Go and collect some leaves and sticks and arrange them into your favorite color

Duck: Blue, Red, Green

Notepad: Green is not a creative color [1]
Notepad: Now let's all agree to never be creative again [1]

Tony the Talking Clock: It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine

But eventually everyone runs out of time [2]

History of the Fandom

The fandom was extremely active during 2011-2013 after the first video was posted.

Characters and Pairings

The main characters of the shorts are unnamed but referred to as Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck. The first short featured a Sketchbook/Notepad (interchangably used) and the second short a clock, both anthropomorphized. The clock is referred to as Tony the Talking Clock. The 'teacher' characters of DHMIS were extremely popular.

In particular, there were a rush of gijinka designs for the Sketchbook and Tony the Talking Clock. Fanon consensus meant that the Sketchbook was often called Paige, Nancy or Notepad. The Sketchbook's gender was revealed to be "paper" [3] but is commonly drawn as feminine and wearing a dress. The ship name for the Sketchbook/Tony the Talking Clock was frequently referred to as Padlock.

Tony is considered an example of the Tumblr Sexyman.






Impact on Other Fandoms

Archives and Communities

Resources and Related Links


  1. ^ a b Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, aka The Creativity Song, YouTube Video, July 2011
  2. ^ Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - TIME, aka the Time Song, YouTube Video, Jan 8th 2014
  3. ^ Tweet, Archived version by Japelling, made Feb 14 2014