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Cory Williams (born: November 9, 1992 ), better known online as CoryxKenshin, is an American gaming YouTuber. Fans refer to Cory as "THE SHOGUN HIMSELF". He is currently based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States.
Cory first joined YouTube on April 26, 2009 and uploaded his first video in May, when he was 17 years old. In October 2013, Cory played his first horror game, a survival game under the name, White Finger. The first game series he made was about the 1994 sports game called Super Punch Out!. Cory appeared in several gaming festivals such as Comic-Con International and PAX East, during which he met other YouTubers such as Muyskerm, Yamimash, LordMinion777, and jacksepticeye. Cory is also known to play horror games, especially RPG horrors, but he has also played action games such as Bloodborne and Dark Souls. His favorite playthroughs are the videos about Outlast, The Evil Within, and Corpse Party.
On August 27, 2021, one day after Cory returned to YouTube, his channel received a Community Guidelines strike on a Try Not to Laugh video he uploaded back in 2019, It is flaged as: "Child abuse". In response, on September 2, 2021, Cory uploaded a video titled "YouTube Gave Me A Strike & Won't Tell Me Why", in which he explains the situation as well as expressing his frustration and disdain for YouTube's lack of communication when situations like these occur. The video reached #1 on Trending within hours of being uploaded.
Cory Williams was born on November 9, 1992, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has a brother named Anthony, who appeared in one of his videos and a pet dog named Samson the Savage (also known as "Sam") who joined the Samurai Community on May 3, 2016.
Originally, Cory went to the University of Michigan but later dropped out to further pursue his YouTube career.
Cory makes it clear that he is of a Christian faith, adding verses to the end of most of his videos, as well as making many references to God on his channel.
On April 25, 2017, Cory announced in a video that he has Ectodermal Dysplasia, which is a rare genetic disorder which he inherited from his father: he has only 24 teeth instead of 32, and lacks any normal amount of hair on his body.
Cory has become notorious for his hiatuses. Since the first in 2011 he has had a total of 11 hiatuses.
On September 30, 2011, Cory would take a 2 year hiatus, not uploading again until July 4, 2013. This is not a well known hiatus as his 9 month break is his most famous hiatus and the fact that this occurred when Cory was just a small Youtuber.
On February 16, 2016, Cory stopped uploading for 2 months. During this time, he wasn't active on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. On April 29, 2016, Cory announced he would return, and uploaded a video on April 30. He said that he apologized for not updating any of his social media sites and also apologized for leaving his fans in the dark about what was going on.
2 years later, on January 16, 2018, Cory stopped uploading again, yet this time it was for 4 months. Cory was on a trip before he stopped uploading. He returned on May 20, 2018, with a live stream in which he explained that he was not 100% ready, he wasn't well-rested, and that he just wanted to quit.
On September 20, 2018, Cory announced he was taking a hiatus from losing his aunt due to cancer. This hiatus was the shortest, lasting only 4 days. On November 16, 2018, Cory took another hiatus, but returned one month later with a comical skit video called "ASMR HORROR GAMES".
On May 8, 2019, he uploaded the video "THE 100-DAY STREAK IS OVER! 100 Upload Days In a Row." in which he explains that it has been always his goal to upload daily for 100 days before taking a 4-month break as a joke. He considered this a test of perseverance and hard work. However, he uploaded a gameplay video one month later on June 12, 2019, and said he was going to return on June 16, 2019, but did not. During this time he took many trips, notably one to Japan with his friend Dashie, and was spending a lot of time with his family. Cory would also remove his Instagram page in July 2019, but then re-uploaded it in September 2019. This hiatus was the 2nd longest, lasting 9 months long from June 28, 2019, to April 3, 2020. This is his most famous hiatus when compared to the others.
On May 31, 2020 Cory uploaded a video stating why 2020 was the worst year of his life. In the video, Cory stated that he needed to spend some time away from his videos and social media. He revealed that he found himself depressed and anxious because of YouTube. He stated that he wished his life could've amounted to more and he felt he spent too much time focusing on his videos and overthinking them. Cory left for two weeks until June 19 when he uploaded a video in which he plays The Last Of Us 2, in which he stated had to come back for.
Throughout both July and August Cory uploaded videos consistently however he stopped uploading after September 19, 2020. Cory's 9th hiatus would last for nearly two months, with him returning on November 6, 2020. Cory would again upload consistently until January 25, 2021, in which he stated in a community post that he had personal stuff going on, and couldn't upload that day. He stated he would upload the next day at 2:00 pm but did not, and had a brief 10th hiatus which would last until January 28, 2021.
Following his 9 million subscriber milestone that was uploaded on March 6, 2021, Cory stopped posting on YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram, marking it as his 11th hiatus. On June 23, 2021, Cory reached 10 million subscribers. On August 26, 2021, Cory released a video titled "Regarding My Retirement" in which he announced he was not retiring, was going back to school while still uploading videos to the public, and unboxed his new Diamond Play Button for hitting 10 million subscribers.
- Life is Strange (Finished) - A game in which a supernatural teen girl has the ability to rewind time. The game was created by Square Enix. (DK)
- Yandere Simulator (Hiatus) - A game in which the main character (Ayano) tries to get her senpai's attention while also eliminating her rivals. By Yandere Dev.
- Kindergarten (Finished) - A game in which a child tries to survive his twisted kindergarten class. By Con Man Games and Smash Games.
- Cooking with Kenshin (Ongoing) - Also known as CoryxCooking, it's a cooking show by Cory, often including him cooking generic food entrees, suggested by his fans.
- Injustice 2 (Finished) - A fighting video game based upon the DC Universe. Created by DC Comics and NetherRealm Studios, creator of Mortal Kombat X.
- Emily Wants To Play & Emily Wants To Play 2 (Finished) - A horror game in which a pizza delivery man has been trapped in a house and he has to escape it in order to survive.
- Duck Season (Finished) - A VR horror game about a kid whose mother rented a seemingly normal game for a day. By Stress Level Zero.
- Mortal Kombat X (Finished) - A fighting game part of the Mortal Kombat franchise. Created by NetherRealm Studios.
- Five Nights at Freddy's (Ongoing) - An indie horror game about a security guard who must survive five nights at a haunted Pizzeria. By Scott Cawthon.
- Detroit: Become Human (Finished) - A game which takes place in a sci-fi world set in the year 2038. In it androids are constantly going rogue and becoming deviant. You decide their future by controlling three other androids, Connor, Markus, and Kara, through a complex story-driven game by Quantic Dream.
- Hello Neighbor (Finished) - A stealth horror game by TinyBuild, about sneaking into your neighbor's house to figure out what horrible secrets he's hiding in the basement.
- Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning (Finished) - A game in which the player must collect 7 notebooks their friend left behind at school. However, Professor Baldi won’t let you grab them and gives you math problems you have to solve. If you get even one wrong, Baldi gets angry and starts to chase you. Created by Micah McGonigal.
- Geometry Dash (Finished) - A 2D platforming game created by Swedish game developer Robert Topala. The game consists of 21 original levels made by RobTop (Robert Topala), with ~60 million online user-made levels that are available to play as well. There are 7 different vehicles in the game that the player controls depending on the gameplay in the level. The level difficulties of levels ranging from Easy to Extreme Demon.
- Granny (Finished) - A horror game in which you must escape Granny’s House in 5 days. If she catches you more than five times, the game is over. This game was made by DVLoper, who is also the creator of the Slendrina series.
- Resident Evil 2 (Finished) - In his last 2018 video, Cory said the original Resident Evil 2 was one of the first horror games he ever played. He finished playing the remastered edition of it and its DLC.
- Nun Massacre (Finished) - A horror game where there is a killer nun and you must find tools to escape. It is partly based on a book called by the same name and was written by Regina Watts. The game was created by Puppet Combo.
- Dark Deception (Ongoing) - A story-driven first-person horror maze game with monsters looking for the player as you collect "soul shards" to escape. Created by Glowstick Entertainment. Cory completed the first chapter (Monkey Business), the second chapter (Elementary Evil and Deadly Decadence), as well as the next three after that.
- Spooky Scary Sundays (SSS) (Ongoing) - A series in which every Sunday he watches scary videos sent in by his subscribers (the samurai) through the means of his Twitter account.
- Mortal Kombat 11 (Finished) - A continuation in the series of Mortal Kombat games. Originally played by Cory when the game was initially released to the public, Cory halted progress with the seventh leave of absence taken. In May of 2020, Cory resumed his playthrough after the release of the DLC for the game (Soon after Cory proceeded to finish the entire original story mode in the penultimate two and half hour video. Said task took 13 hours of Cory's life.)
- Minecraft (Ongoing) - A block texture style adventure game where you can explore the world and create whatever you can imagine.
- Among Us (Ongoing) - A game which takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors. The goal of the Crewmates is to identify the Impostors, eliminate them, and complete tasks around the map; the Impostors goal is to covertly sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they complete all their tasks.
- Friday Night Funkin' (Ongoing) - A rhythm based game where you have to impress your girlfriend's parents in order to keep dating the girlfriend. You also need to have rap battles against people
- Cory nicknames himself "The Ankle Breaker". This is a reference to the fact he often narrowly runs around and avoids enemies in video games, essentially "breaking their ankles" like one would in a game of basketball.
- Cory's brother Anthony has a YouTube channel named Certified AK.
- Cory hit 5 million subscribers while he was on hiatus. This would ironically be repeated with his 10 million milestone.
- Cory was involved in an automobile accident with his best friend BangBangBrandon in 2016.
- Cory also calls himself, as well as asks his subscribers to call him, "The Shogun".
- It is revealed in CoryxComments #2 that Cory forgot all of his Spanish and learned Japanese. He also said in that same video he wanted to learn Korean.
- In Cooking With Kenshin #7, Cory revealed he was announcing his retirement at 10 million subscribers.
- However, he has since scrapped the idea and announced that he is not retiring in the video "Regarding My Retirement".
- His username is a reference to Rurouni Kenshin, a samurai from the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin also known as Samurai X.
- He has made short "rap videos" for the start of Friday Night Funkin' videos.
- Funny enough, Detroit: Become Human, a game he plays, is set in his home state: Michigan.
- Cory's favorite video game character is Master Chief, his favorite actor is Will Smith, and one of his favorite superheroes is Spider-Man. 
- He has a crissie bird's nest fern plant named Momo, who is always featured at the end of his videos. She is known for interrupting Cory with her music intro, which was remixed by Krptic Unknown.
- " 'Sup YouTube, what's goin' on? CoryxKenshin here, and WELCOME!" (Intro)
- "What's goin' on guys, CoryxKenshin here, and WELCOME!" (Old intro)
- " 'Cuz my name is CoryxKenshin!" (When referencing himself to others, it is also used in his outro)
- "Hopefully you guys enjoyed it. If you did, be sure to S-S-S-S-SAMURAI slice that like button. Subscribe today to join the samurai. And until next time my brothers and sisters." (Outro)
- "CoryxCooking!" (CoryxCooking/Cooking With Kenshin episodes)
- "LET'S GOOO!!" (Cory's victory cheer)
- You know what I'm saying, girl!
- "Let's get it!"
- "LET ME TELL YOU SUUUM!!"
- "WHAT THE FREAK?!?!" (Everytime when Cory is surprised by something)
- "Who the freak is THIS/THAT?!"
- "GET OFF ME!!"
- "COME HERE!!" (Everytime when Cory tries to kill someone)
- "BUST IT WIDE OPEN!!" (When Cory kills an enemy or for emphasis)
- "MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!" (Everytime when Cory crushes on something)
- "OH MY GOD!!!!!" (When Cory gets jumpscared in any game)
- "Uhh, AAAAOOHOHO!!!!!" (Alternative line when Cory gets jumpscared in any game)
- "All rise." (Ghost of Tsushima)
- "Up down, up down."
- "Y'all don't want these problems!"
- "Freak you think you thought?"
- "How many times do I gotta sit through that?"
- "Catch this work!"
- "Sucka, who you think you talkin' to?"
- "Come catch this work sucka!" (Subnautica)
- "I am the chosen." (Try Not To Laugh Challenge)
- "Sit back, relax, go grab some snacks." (SpookyScarySunday)
- "This animation lookin' crispy!" (SpookyScarySunday)
- "Ya'll know during SpookyScarySunday, I'll be acting a little bit cra- cra- crazy..." (SpookyScarySunday)
- "Shut up." (Getting Over it)
- "You still freakin’ talking." (Getting Over It)
- "I'm not losing again." (losing against Nick Bruiser in Super Punch Out Episode 5)
- "Well, you know, he's dead."
- "What they throw, low cee blow?" (From COD: BOD)
- "Baldpai!" (Yandere Simulator)
- "Yo, look at that one hun harchoo... what?" (Happy Wheels Episode 12)
- "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, he was black and you never knew. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, his name was Cory and he had an afro. Look out, 'cause here comes-a Spider-Man." (Happy Wheels)
- "This game is too hard man. I have to watch all these cameras?" (Five Nights At Freddy's)
- "It's so unfair. It's so unfair that this dude can move like he's freakin' Michael Jackson, man." (Five Nights at Candy's 3)
- "Night 5 is going down the basement." (Five Nights at Wario's)
- "Check the cams for Squidward... Dang it, Squidward! FREAKIN' SQUIDWARD!" (Five Nights at the Chum Bucket)
- "Feels good when the light's off!" (One Night at Flumpty's 2 Hard Boiled Mode)
- "The light has always needs to be on." (FNATCB series)
- "What the freak?! Turn off stuff!" (Five Nights at Treasure Island)
- "I'm spectral, boi!" (Hello Neighbor, after activating the Ghost cheat code)
- "Let's Go Torpedo shot dang it I missed shot him again!!!"
- "LET’S GO! FINISH HIM ERMAC! Mmm! Come on, come on. PLEASE, NECK BREAK!" (Mortal Kombat X #16, X-Raying Sub-Zero with Ermac)
- "GET YO ANKLES BROKE!!!" (Ao Oni)
- "OH! IT'S TIME TO HIGHTAIL IT OUTTA, HERE ANKLE BREAKER DON'T FAIL ME NOW-" (Subnautica #6)
- "Get your freakin’ neck broke!" (Mortal Kombat X #12, X-Raying D’Vorah with Tanya)
- "Springtrap got them ankles spring snapped." (The Joy of Creation: Halloween Edition)
- "GOT EEM!!! RED DOT EEM!!!" (Finding Bigfoot)
- "BATMAN? MORE LIKE BLACK MAN!" (Batman: The Telltale Series)
- "I AM YOUR KING!" (Detroit: Become Human)
- "BISCUIT BALLS! GET YOUR BISCUIT BALLS HERE!" (Kindergarten & CoryxCooking Samurai Breakfast episode)
- "SIT DA FREAK DOWN!" (CoryxCooking/Cooking With Kenshin animation)
- "Welcome back, to TJOC:R." (The Joy of Creation: Reborn)
- "It's ok Cory, take your pills." (Evil Nun)
- "Yo Kokona! Bring me a Corona! I'm sendo girl, why don't you call me on the phona? Ayy, what? She on the other line with Senpai? Time to take my knife and this girl boutta DIE!" (Yandere Simulator)
- "Thank you for giving me a good life." (Forgotten)
- "Baldi the big spender, huh? Where'd you get your birthday hat, save a dollar?" (Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash)
- "My definition is simple, a hero is someone who’s willing to stand up and fight for what’s right." (Post-Mali Water Raising live-stream)
- "Do I look like a joke to you?" (Dark Deception)
- "This ain't no llama arts. People be getting BODIED in these stories."
- "This sucka' watching me?! YO, GET A LIFE!" (Hello Neighbor Alpha 1)
- "INTO THE INFERNO!" (The Evil Within)
- "Gimme that fist up!" (Detroit: Become Human)
- "Oh, he gettin' a little angry, huh?" (Friday Night Funkin' Week 6, during Roses' cutscene)
- "COME ON!! GET HARDER! Wait wha-..." (Friday Night Funkin' Week 6)
- "God has put in my lap 10 million of you all... There are no limits." (Regarding my Retirement)
- "They put that doll there for a reason." (CoryxKenshin Opening a door and finding a doll from a diffrent puppet combo game at nun massacre)
- " I didn't get the- I didn't get to read It." (CoryxKenshin Reading a note and then telporting and getting jumpscared by thunder and didn't get to read the note from nun massacre)
Note: The following dates are according to
- 1 million subscribers: November 22, 2016
- 2 million subscribers: September 21, 2017
- 3 million subscribers: July 24, 2018
- 4 million subscribers: March 26, 2019
- 5 million subscribers: October 13, 2019
- 6 million subscribers: April 25, 2020
- 7 million subscribers: August 20, 2020
- 8 million subscribers: December 31, 2020
- 9 million subscribers: March 6, 2021
- 10 million subscribers: June 23, 2021
- 11 million subscribers: September 21, 2021