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[[caption-width-right:250: [[WhenIWasYourAge Back in my days, we didn't have these new-fangled clouds!]]]]

->''They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past,\\
but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!''
-->-- '''Creator/DrSeuss'''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, the old guy who loves to complain about how things were better in his day, and that kids these days show no respect. The GrumpyOldMan is similar to a SadistTeacher, but old — and not usually in direct authority over the youngsters. May possess unexpected wisdom — but is likely to just complain about the young whippersnappers walking on his lawn, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle damn young'uns, no respect, don't know how good they have it.]] In my day we had to walk [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} fifteen miles]] through the snow to get to school, uphill [[LogicBomb both ways]]! And we didn't complain, nosir, we were ''happy'', and we got a dime a year to work 17 hours a day in the mines, [[InflationNegation one cent an hour]], but did we complain? '''NO!''' [[WhenIWasYourAge We were]] ''[[WhenIWasYourAge satisfied]]'', [[WhenIWasYourAge dammit, because there was a]] ''[[TheGreatDepression depression]]'' [[WhenIWasYourAge going on, and we didn't dare complain when dad beat us, because it built character and we]] ''[[WhenIWasYourAge respected]]'' [[WhenIWasYourAge him for it, not like these days …]]

In some cases, the GrumpyOldMan might be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who is able to slowly warm up to the company of kids — but, more often than not, he's just an elderly {{Jerkass}}.

The '''Old Timer''' would be the FanDumb variant that doesn't appreciate those [[PeripheryDemographic young whippersnappers]] who have the unmitigated audacity to enjoy any of the TV shows, movies, music, or whatnot that were popular when ''he'' was young.

This character ''will'', at some point, yell at the darned kids to get off his lawn.

Compare NostalgiaFilter. Contrast CoolOldGuy, EccentricMentor. See also ScrewPolitenessImASenior, EvilOldFolks.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Abridged Series ]]

* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'' has the Third Hokage, Gladas the Village Elder and Bob the Other Village Elder (who still can't be Hokage).
* Yugi's grandpa in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. He frequently fantasies about dying as he hates his life so much, is increasingly senile and seems to find nothing in life enjoyable. Except of course, for his rendezvous with the poster of the Black Luster Soldier …
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* [[BigGood Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', a shinigami pushing at least several thousand years, who constantly complains about the younger generation of shinigami when he is forced into battle. Counteracted by the fact that he is a BadassGrandpa.
** ''Everyone'' is a kid to him and even when he does fight he speaks to his opponents as though they're naughty children he has to punish.
* Pryce in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Manga/{{PokemonSpecial}}''. Averted in the games, where he is considerably nicer.
* The three old guys in ''CowboyBebop''. Though the one with the ball cap is clearly much grumpier than the other two.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* A RareFemaleExample: Jade Singer from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries '' Issue #1.
* ''LobsterRandom''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Mr. Nebbercracker in ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'' is shown at first to be the basic "Stay off my lawn" old man who took any toy that came near his house. However later it is revealed that this is a cover for his true intentions of [[spoiler:protecting kids from the wrath of Constance, his child-hating deceased wife who has possessed his house for 40-so years and eats anybody who comes too close to her. Basically anytime he yells "Stay off my lawn" it is not so much a threat as it is a warning. Ultimately the main characters set her spirit free by blowing up the house and he loses his crotchety behavior, happily giving back all the toys he confiscated to everyone in the neighborhood.]]
* Carl Frederickson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. He's grumpy and crotchety because his beloved wife is dead, and because he feels overwhelming guilt from an unfulfilled promise he made to her.
* [[FanNickname "Pope Doll"]] 1 from ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''.
* Merlin describes himself as this in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
-->"There, you see? I'm an ugly, horrible, grouchy, old man!"
* The self portrait of the Painter from ''ThePainting''. [[spoiler: He softens up some when he starts teaching the group how to paint]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The movie ''Film/GrumpyOldMen'', featuring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, which focuses on two such characters fighting amongst themselves over old-man stuff and ages-long grudges. It got a sequel, ''GrumpierOldMen''.
* Walter Matthau and George Burns played a pair of [[GrumpyOldMen Grumpy Old Borscht-belt Comedians]] who despise each other in ''Film/TheSunshineBoys.'' But they used to be a partner act, and they're coerced into reuniting for a television special. Grumpy HilarityEnsues, of course.
* Sam Baines from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' seemed to be that sort of person. It's unlikely that kids would routinely jump in front of his car, and that he was just grumbling about "damn kids" in general.
* Allan Quatermain (Creator/SeanConnery) in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', who mixes this with BadassGrandpa.
* Miracle Max in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Norman Thayer Jr. in ''OnGoldenPond''.
* Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) in ''Film/GranTorino''. (Never has the phrase "Get off my lawn" sounded so terrifying … [[CoolOldGuy or awesome]].)
* Jetfire in the ''TransformersFilmSeries''. His father was the wheel! The first one! He may not have transformed into anything, but he did it with honor! Dignity! Overuse of exclamation points!
* Howard Beale from ''Film/{{Network}}''
* R.J. Fletcher from ''Film/{{UHF}}''
* Judge Smails from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''
* Grandfather Disguisey from ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise''
* Sheriff Bell in ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' (played for decidedly less humor than is usual for the trope).
* Kenny's father Bill in the {{Mockumentary}} ''Film/{{Kenny}}''.

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[[folder:Literature]]

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has the Gaffer (played for laughs) and Gandalf the Grey (mostly for laughs) as well as the Steward Denethor (played as an increasingly alarming DespairEventHorizon.)
* Justinian in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' and Theodora is a grumpy old lady. Making them a (sort of) HappilyMarried grumpy old couple.
* Several elders in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series are portrayed this way, complete with "WhenIWasYourAge…"
* Mr. Norrell of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' is the incarnate of Grumpy Old Men.
* Keith Robertson's ''Henry Reed, Inc.'' gives its young protagonist a Grumpy Old Couple (Mr. and Mrs. Apple) as neighbors.
* Lazarus Long in RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' is, at 2300 years old at the start of the novel, the oldest human ever and can be as grumpy as he wants to be.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Four Yorkshiremen sketch from ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'' (featuring John Cleese and Graham Chapman of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'') is basically a pissing contest between four old men trying to outdo each other in their "hard life" bit and taking to SerialEscalation levels: "We had to get up half a hour before we went to bed …"
** From the looks of this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDtLybu1A9c video]] Creator/JohnCleese has become this in RealLife, which is '''awesome'''.
* The program ''GrumpyOldMen'', which is devoted to real-life grumpy old celebrities complaining about stuff.
* [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Frank Barone]].
* There was a ''SaturdayNightLive'' character, played by Dana Carvey, who was actually ''called'' "Grumpy Old Man". Every time he appeared on the show, he would make a rant against modern-day society, starting off with his CatchPhrase ("I'm old and I'm not happy!"), contrasting how things were in his day. ("In my day we didn't have ''hair dryers''! If you wanted to blow dry your hair you stood outside during a hurricane. Your hair was dry, but you had a sharp piece of wood driven clear through your skull! And that's the way it was and you liked it! You loved it! Whoopee, I'm a human head-kabob!")
** "''Life was a carnival!'' We entertained ourselves! We didn't need ''moooovin' pitchurrrres.'' In my day, there was only one show in town -- it was called 'Stare at the sun!' ... That's right! You'd sit in the middle of an open field and stare up at the sun till your eyeballs burst into flames! And you thought, 'Oh, no! Maybe I shouldn't've stared directly into the burning sun with my eyes wide open.' But it was too late! Your head was on fire and people were roastin' chickens over it. ... And that's the way it was and we ''liked'' it!"
* StatlerAndWaldorf from ''TheMuppetShow''.
* Bernie Kibbitz from ''Series/AllThat''
* Oscar from ''Series/CornerGas''.
-->'''Brent:''' It's not just you. Dad's ''cranky''. I saw him yell at a butterfly once. Called it a son of a bitch, told it to get out of his garden.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC2CM7UVzPQ Sid Fields]] from the fourth season ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode, "The Old Man."
* Adam Schiff and, to a lesser degree, Arthur Branch on ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Basically, every Admiral/General or senior NCO on the show near retirement will exhibit these traits. It goes for those who have already retired too. It’s justified, since those characters are almost always involved to some extent in an investigation or trial.
* Creator/TheBBC series of one-off TV shows ''Grumpy Old X'' takes a bunch of RealLife grumpy old celebrities, and has them do talking heads about whatever the x is this time. The initial ones were ''Grumpy Old Men'' and ''Grumpy Old Women'', more recently there have been things like ''Grumpy Old Holidays'', ''Grumpy Old Christmas'' etc etc etc.
* [[DeadpanSnarker McCoy]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' shows traces of this, by being somewhat older than the other two in the PowerTrio, snarky, and somewhat phobic of transporters. He makes up for it by being a [[TheHeart compassionate]], [[TheMcCoy humanistic]] idealist and a [[TheMedic competent doctor]] as well.
** He takes it UpToEleven (well, up to 137) in his guest appearance on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]''.
** Captain Picard of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' started out as this, yelling at Wesley for coming onto ''his bridge''. Becoming more of a ''CoolOldGuy'' when the series took off, though he still held onto some of the traits of grumpiness.
* Peo Persson from ''{{Vintergatan}}'', every installment -- though he lightens up off-work, and with his wife. Of course, his wife is [[DistressedDamsel frequently kidnapped]], so this isn't often. He has become less of this later, though, instead becoming more of a jaunty old man.
* Andy Rooney on ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' embodies this trope so perfectly, it's usually pretty hard to take him seriously. Honestly, he probably knows how ridiculous some of his gripes are, but he also doesn't care.
* The "Old Man" of ''Series/PawnStars'' often reminiscences about the "good old days". Never seen even cracking a smile.
* Creator/WilliamShatner's character on ''S*** My Dad Says''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor started off like this. Thanks to TheNthDoctor, he's since racked up several centuries while generally looking younger (coming full-circle in his Peter Capaldi incarnation). The Tenth Doctor explicitly compares his early personae to a kid "trying to be old and grumpy and important, like you do when you're young."
* [[OneFootInTheGrave Victor Meldrew]] is a particularly spectacular example of this (though he is somewhat more sophisticated about it than most), and [[TheChewToy he does at least usually have a good reason for being upset about everything.]]
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Graduados}}''. Andy is a rocker in his forties, who just found his long-lost son…and he's a bit upset because he's such a nice, correct and good guy.

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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/WeirdAlYankovic song "When I was Your Age":
-->"Didn't have no swimming pool when I was just a lad
-->Our neighbor's septic tank was the closest thing we had
-->Didn't have no dental floss, had to use old rusty nails
-->Didn't have Nintendo, we just poured salt on snails
-->Didn't have no water bed, had to sleep on broken glass
-->Didn't have no lawnmower, we used our teeth to cut the grass"
* The GreenDay song "The Grouch":
-->"I was a young boy that had big plans
-->Now I'm just another shitty old man
-->I don't have fun and I hate everything
-->The world owes me, so fuck you"
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[[folder: New Media ]]
* Pete from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se8EVtZeZRw Pete the Puppet]]''
* Lampshaded and subverted by the Youtube-based anime-reviewer, Grumpy Jii-san (lit., 'grumpy grandpa'). Very rarely does he ever make some sort of complaint against something new, despite his name, and he has adapted to modern times quite well, going so far as to review anime that is being streamed on the internet. Jii-san also has some editing prowess: in his review of ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', Jii-san spliced images of himself into the intro of the anime. Every now and then, he brings out some Laserdiscs, or references some old movies or artifacts.
--> '''Grumpy Jii-San *during his review of ''Baccano!''*''': "For that matter, does anyone even ''remember'' passenger trains?"
* Grumpy Old Man Logan in this Marvel: What The?! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPqQvRrzqAw&feature=sub vid]].
* ''MeleesEnd'' portrays [[GameAndWatch Mr. Game & Watch]] as this.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is a young version, as nostalgia's his job. Likewise WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, a RareFemaleExample.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* Mr. Wilson from ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'', possibly the UrExample.
* Ed Crankshaft, originally from ''FunkyWinkerbean'' then later spun off into his own strip, ''{{Crankshaft}}''. He's not only a GrumpyOldMan, he's a school-bus driver, who keeps a running tally of how many times he's destroyed his neighbor George Keesterman's mailbox with the bus, and how far he can make parents or the kids chase the bus before they give up.
** Funky himself seems to have (d)evolved into this, after TimeSkip #2.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip, a scowling employee says that he had only plain zeros and ones to work with when ''he'' started programming, and sometimes not even ones.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The Mummy in ''Pinball/MonsterBash''.
-->'''Mummy:''' "Back in my day, we didn't have jackpots!"
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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]
* Comedian and ventriloquist JeffDunham's "Walter" character ''is'' a GrumpyOldMan.
* Comedian Godfrey's own father qualified. What makes this funnier is that his father is Nigerian, and is acted with an appropriate accent. When l'il Godfrey complained about missing the bus, he talked about how he had to walk one hundred miles to school every day. When Godfrey had managed to save up $195 towards $200 Air Jordans and asked for a loan, his father talked about how, in their day, he did not have feet. He had to borrow his feet.
* LewisBlack, full stop.
* BillyCrystal used to do routines based on his own grandfather, talking about the Bad Old Days ("Happiness? What happiness? We were miserable, and we loved it, goddammit!"). Listening to the routine, it's clear that he based Miracle Max off of this character.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Long Beards in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Their special ability allows units to reroll a morale test to prevent their grumpy leers and words of "told you so".

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[[folder:Theatre]]

* Mr. Macafee in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''.

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[[folder: Video Games]]

* Jolee Bindo from ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is an interesting example, he purposefully acts like a stereotypical GrumpyOldMan because he finds humor in it and (jokingly?) thinks youth expects him to act like it.
** Or he really is a GrumpyOldMan, but just happens to be really GenreSavvy about it. That's the beauty of his character.
* In JadeEmpire, another Bioware game, you can run into a pair of old men in Tien's Landing grumbling about the state of the town. Addressing one of them will get you moaned at, but the other will explain he means nothing by it, and they're just passing time.
* Victor Kudo in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations''. Wendy Oldbag is a female example.
* SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', of course. "His day" being the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' game.
* Cid Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' despite being 32
* [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore]] has become this by the time ''WesternAnimation/AssassinsCreedEmbers'' takes place. He's 65, and just wants to enjoy what little time he has left with his family in peace, away from the Templars and the Assassins, which is why he doesn't take too kindly to Shao Jun pulling him back into it all. However, he does warm up, in [[PatrickStewartSpeech typical Ezio fashion]], once he gets to know her properly.
* Huang Zhong from ''DynastyWarriors,'' a BadassGrandpa at 62, defeating generals half his age. He also tends to make comments that have him come across less like a legendary Chinese hero and more like a cranky old man with a bow and arrows.
* In LA Noire Finbarr "Rusty" Galloway and Hershel Biggs both fit this trope like a glove. Despite (or because of) his long history of service in the LAPD Rusty has become grumpy, ornery, and a borderline alcoholic who wants nothing more than to chalk each case up to a suicide and go home. Hershel Biggs is referred to as a basket case and an institution, and is explicitly partnered with disgraced protagonist Cole Phelps to spare the rejects from being partnered with anyone else on the Arson desk.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]

* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Jean's Uncle Cestus Poule. Also villain Fructose Riboflavin, when he's not trying to intimidate anyone.
* The ''BobAndGeorge'' comic strip tried to do this with [[VideoGame/MegaMan Skull Man]] as seen in [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=030215 this strip]].
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001031c Dr. Light pulls it one Halloween.]]
* The dirt farmer in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' — and [[TheHero Roy Greenhilt's]] ill-tempered ghost dad, Eugene.
* Ordog from ''OutAtHome'' is definitely one.
* Fred, Davan's DeadpanSnarker dad in ''SomethingPositive''.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2253 God plays this for a strip.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2521 So does Satan, when Ezekiel perches on his sign]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4476 Uncle Sam orders Tangerine and Li'l E off when they roll down the hill of his lawn -- and then the same for 2012 (December strip -- he's old.)]]
* In ''Webcomic/MonsieurCharlatan'', [[http://monsieur-charlatan.com/archive/page-12/ swearing at kids to get out of his way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-63/ Grizzlygum grumbles about the kids in his forest and how sick he is of it.]]
* Tagon's dad in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', a retired general, is every inch of this. Directly referenced when a young intelligence-analyst sarcastically asks if he walked uphill both ways to get to school as a kid... and he replies that yes indeed, he did, due to living in an old space-habitat with a flaky {{artificial gravity}} generator that they had to cycle around noon.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', long lived elves and drow make "old" people uncommon. That doesn't stop healthy, middle aged drow from [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7168 having the spirit of a grumpy old man.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha Heterodyne is a young and buxom blonde girl who has absolutely nothing to do with this trope. It does get a nod and a wink, though, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081107 when Gilgamesh Wulfenbach starts throwing lightning at Castle Heterodyne]].
-->'''Tarvek:''' A Wulfenbach assault on the Castle? Not good.\\
'''Agatha:''' Darn right! HEY YOU KIDS! ''STOP HITTING MY HOUSE!''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Eustace Bagge from ''CourageTheCowardlyDog''.
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy's grandfather, Pappy, fit this to a T until Timmy found some common ground with him.
* Grandpa Phil from ''HeyArnold''
* Uncle from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. [[BadassGrandpa He is totally badass, though]].
* Cotton Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* Heffer's Grandpa & Ed Bighead from ''RockosModernLife''.
* Lou Pickles in ''{{Rugrats}}''.
* Grandpa Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Notably, on one occasion, he reacted to hearing ''[[NationalAnthem The Star Spangled Banner]]'' with "''Turn that hippie crap off!''"
* Ratchet the ShellShockedSenior from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. He's older, he's grumpy, and he complains a lot about other ensemble members. People who have fun tend to annoy the slag out of him.
** And continuing the trend, we have Ratchet from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who is also old, grumpy, and [[FantasticRacism (initally) doesn't like humans]] [[NobleBigot or the things they create]].
* Grunkle Stan in ''GravityFalls''.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Clone of My Own". When Fry has to pretend to be the professor so the Planet Express crew can sneak into the Near-Death Star, but the robot guards are skeptical about his age, Fry instantly convinces them he is a 160-year-old man by shouting "Hey, you kids! Get off my lawn!"
* One of Mike's personalities from ''TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'', Chester, is an old man who complains and talks about his youth, never mind the fact that Mike is a teen.
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->'''Grandpa:''' … and your Blu-Ray Discs and your pierced scrotums and your bull frogs and your telekinesis and your MarvelComics and your Website/YouTube.com and your nuclear physics and your ingrowing toenails and your GearsOfWar and your Creator/QuentinTarantino and your power steering and your elevators and your six-person space capsules and your illegitimate offspring and your — hey, why did it fade to black? Am I dead?\\
'''Yugi: '''No, Gramps. It's just the end of the trope.\\
'''Grandpa: '''Oh, [[GoshDangItToHeck fiddlesticks]]!