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->''"What's up with my neighbor\\
What's it gonna take to get a break\\
She's got us tiptoeing around in fear\\
Church mice at St. Leo's down my street\\
Have moved so far away\\
She has sent them packing and running scared\\
How much more does she think we will take?"''
-->-- Music/SmashMouth, "Heave Ho"

Cranky Neighbor - Not to be confused with NosyNeighbor, though the two tropes can overlap. This neighbor is never happy, and usually acts as an antagonist to the neighbors sharing the block with them, particularly the main characters. The cranky neighbor character is usually an old man, such as Mr Wilson on ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]''. Some cranky neighbors want simply to be left alone, while others take a more aggressive role in making the others who live around them miserable. Cranky Neighbors often do not recognize their own crankiness or choose to [[ForTheEvulz indulge in it anyway]], if they do.

Frequently combines with GrumpyOldMan. See Also: TheComicallySerious, RightThroughTheWall. Compare CrankyLandlord.

[[TruthInTelevision We've all had to deal with at least one of these]].


* Carter Allen from ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'' dislikes the 6 Kinsey Circle residents because they are all gay and isn't comfortable raising his sons around them.

%%* Toni Ware in ''Literature/ThePaleKing''.
%%* The Apples in Keith Robertson's ''Henry Reed'' series.
* Mr. Curry in the ''Literature/PaddingtonBear'' franchise. Apparently, the whole neighborhood loathes him as a cranky freeloader, to say nothing of yelling at a cute little bear who never means harm.

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%%* Mr. Roper on ''Series/ThreesCompany'' was a Cranky Neighbor. He was replaced with Mr. Furley who was a NosyNeighbor.
%%* Mr. Heckles from ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
%%* Fred Mertz from ''Series/ILoveLucy''
%%* Mr Wilson on ''Series/DennisTheMenace''
* In ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', one game of "Let's Make a Date" has Colin getting the role of one who's just trying to take a bath in peace. Strangely, the guys' impression of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKKtpH3n19c "World's Worst" Neighbor]] skip this trope completely.
-->'''Ryan:''' I'm naked and I'm going to ''point out all the knotholes in your fence!''
* British documentary ''The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door'' had a dozen neighbors like this mentioned... and what happened when they came to blows with their neighborhood. Examples include a guy who ran an illegal car repair shop out of his home before he was ordered to stop by a court of law... and turning his wrath on the couple next door who had reported him. Arguably a deconstruction.
** The series also showed what happens when efforts to combat neighbors like this make you look like the cranky neighbor and give you a bad reputation such as the couple who were conned out of their money and tried unsuccessfully to get it back (The I.O.U. wasn't considered a legally binding contract), as well as the viewpoint of one of these neighbours (a woman who published some sensitive personal information about her neighbors during the badger culls).
%%* Mrs. Steve in ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'', although she was really more of a NosyNeighbor.
* Don Ramón in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', although it's mainly the title character that gets this from him. Doña Florinda has her moments as well, but Doña Clotilde is perhaps the straightest example. The younger characters keep thinking she's a "bruja" ("witch) for a reason...

* One of Music/{{Voltaire}}'s funnier songs, "When You're Dead," has the narrator dealing with an old curmudgeon who doesn't like his new hat, which is exactly like the one the other guy has.
%%** And "The Man Upstairs" (which is NOT a ReligionRantSong) has Voltaire himself as one of these in an apartment complex -- and given who he has to deal with, one can hardly blame him.
* Music/TheSmallFaces frontman Steve Marriott once stated in an interview that he wrote "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" after getting into a dispute with his neighbours.

* Mr. Wilson from the American comic ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'' is possibly an UrExample. It's actually quite justified if you're familiar with the comic. Mr. Wilson is an elderly man who just wants peace and quiet. When you have an energetic, outgoing, ''young'' neighbor like Dennis who is prone to mischief, that's a bit hard to do.
* ''ComicStrip/{{For Better or For Worse}}'' has cranky apartment building neighbours who clash with Micheal and Deanna by complaining about things they actually have a point about. Eventually the whole building burns down because one of the neighbors was smoking in bed.

* In ''VideoGame/ShowByRock'', it's discussed that Takeppar started out this way to his bandmates, having given Fujiraid a hard time because he mistook him for the paper girl and chased Takubaning out of his apartment by complaining until he left. He's warmed up to everyone a bit since then, but he hasn't lost his crankiness.

* [[http://www.bitmapworld.com/smcomic.cgi?a=48 Mr Smiley]] from ''BitmapWorld'' isn't just cranky, he actively tries to get the main characters to move away.

* Squidward on ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' is the quintessential cranky neighbor. His intense dislike of Spongebob and Patrick (but ''especially'' Spongebob) and his desire to move as far away from them as possible are iconic enough that this trope might as well be called "The Squidward".
* Spiderus on the children's show ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends''. A particularly cranky neighbor, he will often threaten to ''eat'' the children who annoy him.
** Somewhat, but Spiderus also seems to fall into the role of JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He was the Scrooge in the program's YetAnotherChristmasCarol and ended up being quite a good buggysitter to the Spider children in one of the program's stories. He also lost a large amount of his crankiness when he became a father.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck also sometimes has troubles with a CrankyNeighbor, Jones, though Donald can be just as cranky as him. This also serves the inspiration for one of Donald's [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts shorts]], "The New Neighbor", in which Donald and the neighbor in question, {{WesternAnimation/Pete}}, become quite cranky toward one another. This short takes this trope UpToEleven, in fact, as they engage in all-out war with each other.
* Along the same lines, Pete on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' is a very antagonistic cranky neighbor to WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, though a lot of his problems would be solved if he just didn't insist on involving Goofy in his schemes.
* Ed Bighead on ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' was a cranky [[FunnyAnimal toad]] neighbor. Just like Mr. Wilson's, his wife Bev [[WomenAreWiser wasn't so bad]].
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The Flanders are the complete opposite of cranky, but are so full of cheerfulness and good fortune that it annoys Homer just the same. Though even Ned occasionally finds the Simpsons annoying. And when he had a mental breakdown, he calls Homer the "worst human being".
* Gaylord Robinson and his wife Margaret are examples in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. Similarly to [=SpongeBob=]'s relationship with Squidward, Gumball and Darwin love and idolize their neighbor and the feelings are not mutual.
%%* Mr. Wilson in WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace, as with the previous two versions.
* Old Man Rivers, who lives across the street from WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends. He's upset that people park in his lawn during Adopt-a-Thought Saturdays. [[spoiler:He also has a secret crush on Madame Foster.]]
* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. Justified, given the [[TheChewToy living]] [[TheyKilledKennyAgain hell]] they turn his life into.
* Mr.Grouse from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is a typical GrumpyOldMan who frequently gets upset by the Loud family's activities, especially if something of theirs falls into his yard. He also seems to enjoy mocking their misfortunes.