"That's your Uncle Grandpa for ya. Drops in, shows you a good time, and then you never see him again. Just like your father."
Pete Browngardt originally pitched Uncle Grandpa in 2008 for the cancelled animated shorts vehicle Cartoonstitute (the same project which spawned Regular Show). When the finished cartoon was released through the Cartoon Network website, it quickly became a word-of-mouth hit within the animation community, eventually going on to be nominated for a Emmy.The character then went through a couple of years of Development Hell, only to reemerge on an episode of the equally surreal Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (also by Browngardt). When SMFA got axed Browngardt decided to switch gears and focus back on Uncle Grandpa, expanding its cast of characters and retooling it as a Variety Show, with almost each episode backed up by a short B-story that sometimes given other characters created by the crew their chance to shine. He succeeded, and the show eventually premiered in September 2013 much to the delight of fans of the original shorts. Even Golden Age Of Animation purist John Kricfalusi seems to getting pumped for the show judging by these sketches.
Ambiguous Syntax: In one skit Uncle Grandpa asks Mr. Gus, Pizza Steve, and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger if they know how to play the drums, the bugle, and the keyboard, respectively. They reply that they don't and proceed to play terribly, then Uncle Grandpa comments that they do know how to play; he was asking them if they know how to physically use their instruments, not if they were any good with them.
Arbitrary Skepticism / Hypocritical Humor: Mr. Gus in "Aunt Grandma" says it doesn't make any sense for someone to be both everyone's aunt and everyone's grandma, even though it's just a female equivalent of what Uncle Grandpa is. He also refuses to believe it when Pizza Steve tells him that he was robbed by elves in "Vacation", and he's pretty adamant that the hidden treasure in "Treasure Map" isn't real (though that's probably because in both cases all the evidence had obvious mundane explanations).
Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Viewer Special" is an entire episode where the scenery itself is composed of Fan-Art, while Uncle Grandpa and company comment on how weird the episode is. A subversion occurs in that the episode is presented as a Show Within a Show, and one lucky viewer of the cartoon draws the episode by drawing his pen directly on his own TV screen.
In "Jorts", Tiny Miracle attempts to help get Mr. Gus' embarrassing jorts off, but Mr. Gus decides it's taking too long and he'll do it himself. In the end, he comes to accept them. Then Tiny Miracle completes the task.
"Bad Morning" opens with Pizza Steve eating a breakfast which is so sugary that anyone who eats it will crash almost immediately. At the end this turns out to be the key to getting Uncle Grandpa to go back to bed and get up on the right side.
"Sick Bag" has two: We see Pizza Steve staring at a mirror, and Mr. Gus making chicken soup for Belly Bag, who is sick. Later, the insect that caused Belly Bag's illness fires the laser hammer callously, and it goes out of Belly Bag, then bounces off Pizza Steve's mirror to go back and hit the web Uncle Grandpa was trapped in. Then, when Belly Bag drinks the soup, it floods the room where Uncle Grandpa is fighting the bug. Uncle Grandpa then uses two of the noodles to slice off the bug's limbs, at which point it deflates to death.
In "Food Truck", at the beginning, Mr. Gus is shown coughing because of the exhaust from Pizza Steve's motorcycle. Later, Pizza Steve accidentally turns the RV into a hamburger, which is then raided by hungry customers. Pizza Steve then has the idea to make the RV taste bad, which he does by coating parts of it in exhaust.
Cloudcuckoolander: Uncle Grandpa hardly makes any sense... until he does. He once thought that the spelling of his name "Uncle Grandpa" was an imposter of him. Gus pointed out that it's only a spelling of his name, and he thinks it has magical spells, rushing off to find a way to deal with it.
The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In "Jorts", Uncle Grandpa sees a cactus and at first assumes it's an alien before Belly Bag corrects him. But when Uncle Grandpa pulls it out of the ground, it does indeed turn out to be an alien.
Cool Shades: Averted with Pizza Steve, who only thinks he's cool.
Cool Uncle: Uncle Grandpa is the living embodiment of this trope.
In "Uncle Grandpa Sitter", Pizza Steve states that his ice cream will be strawberry, chocolate, double chocolate, fudge, chocolate fudge, and gorgonzola.
Uncle Grandpa's Story-Time Storybook of Stories.
Determinator: Uncle Grandpa never gives up on a kid, or his friends, as seen in "Space Emperor" and "Tiger Trails", respectively.
Distaff Counterpart: Aunt Grandma, a beautiful Hourglass Hottie female version of Uncle Grandpa. She's not nearly as weird and cloudcuckolanderish as UG normally acts and always gives children the practical solution. This is because she's a normal human with no powers.
Eye Scream: Subverted in "Hide & Seek" when Uncle Grandpa looks for Mr. Gus in the salt shaker and the salt stops just above his eye, then immediately played straight when he gets hot sauce in his eye.
"Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "Brain Game", where Uncle Grandpa and Pizza Steve go inside a boy's head to make him better at video games.
Foreshadowing: In "Aunt Grandma", where Uncle Grandpa says the titular character looks familiar. Lampshaded by Belly Bag, who tells him there's no time for foreshadowing. Turns out Aunt Grandma used to be a kid Uncle Grandpa helped, but resulted in her getting second place at a science fair.
Forgot About His Powers: Uncle Grandpa can be in two places at once, but still has to leave the driver's seat of the RV to get peanut butter, and his being in the same room as Emperor Krell is taken by a kid as proof that they're two separate people.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Uncle Grandpa is Sanguine, Giant Realistic Flying Tiger is Choleric, Mr. Gus is Melancholic, Pizza Steve is Phlegmatic and Belly Bag is Leukine.
Furry Reminder: In "Funny Face", Mr. Gus eats a bug in a very lizard like way. In "Jorts", he describes something as "sliding off like a layer of skin in summer". In "Future Special", he mentions that he can regrow his tail.
In "Space Emperor", Uncle Grandpa says "As God as my witness...". Normally, religious references (up to and including saying "God" whether or not as an oath) are a no-no on American cartoons (which is why the English dub of Big O before it moved to [adult swim] had its references to God and Christianity edited). This is possibly the first time a Cartoon Network show that's not on [adult swim] got away with this.
In "Uncle Grandpa for a Day", one of the visuals in Uncle G's peanut butter song is him naked in bed with a jar of peanut butter. In this same sequence, he's even having the stuff injected into his veins.
In one episode, Uncle G and his gang end up in a sewer full of brown liquid. Everyone but Mr. Gus thinks it's root beer and starts drinking it. Apparently, it really is root beer and not something more disgusting.
Mr. Gus watching and reacting to being caught watching a program about crocodiles. His reaction to both is akin to someone watching and getting caught watching porn.
Look at Uncle Grandpa's head. His head is long and slender, he has a big chin. He kind of resembles a penis.
Uncle Grandpa is shown having dreams about chasing around a sheep with noticeable stereotypically feminine eyelashes. After he catches the sheep, it bites on his nose, and he wakes up with a pleased smile, saying the dream was getting good. Then we see he has the same sheep in his bedroom, next to his bed.
In "Mustache Cream", Uncle Grandpa at one point attempts to tame a rogue, giant, disembodied moustache by riding it.
Giving Up On Logic: At the end of "Treasure Map", Mr. Gus crashes through a sewer into the ship of a dolphin pirate who threatens to make him walk the plank if he can't answer what has no beginning, middle, or end, but touches every continent. He decides to embrace the weirdness and take Uncle Grandpa and Pizza Steve's suggestion to answer "Spaghetti fish sandwich", which it turns out was the correct answer.
Grievous Harm with a Body: In "Locked Out" when the UG-RV's self-destruct is activated and it grows arms, Uncle Grandpa cuts its lobster arm off by throwing Pizza Steve at it.
Groin Attack: In "Bad Morning" Uncle Grandpa does this to Mr. Gus while they're driving up a skyscraper.
Hartman Hips: Pretty much every woman that isn't a little girl.
Impact Silhouette: When Uncle Grandpa crashes through a glass window, he leaves the perfect silhouette of a slim, sexy woman.
Intelligible Unintelligible: Giant Realistic Flying Tiger can only communicate by roaring and Uncle Grandpa can understand everything she says despite the length of her roars.
I Resemble That Remark: In "Haunted RV", when a teenager calls Uncle Grandpa crazy, he replies "I'm not crazy! In fact, I'm the most normal guy I know" while he pulls his only tooth out and replaces it with one he pulled out of his nose.
Park > Drive > Reverse > Flip > Up > Plaid > Apple Pie > Nuts > Turbo > Explode > Implode > CRAZY BABY
Portal Painting: Uncle Grandpa once accidentally created one. It was a T-shirt design rather than a painting, but still.
Raising the Steaks: "Tiger Trails" features black belt zombie pets. One of them is a pet rock.
Reality Warper: He gives Haruhi Suzumiya a run for her money. Being able to do almost anything, there's no telling just how he'll solve a problem. Sometimes it seems like he doesn't alter reality so much as reality conforms to his desires.
Really 700 Years Old: Mr. Gus is at least 1.993 billion years old as shown in "Jorts", and Uncle Grandpa is even older according to "Uncle Grandpa Sitter" (if one fan theory is to be believed, he's a direct descendant of Adam and Eve who ate from the Tree of Life).
Rule of Funny: All common sense and logic has been thrown out the window in the name of this trope.
Mr. Gus is a dinosaur person who has seen everything in his billion plus years on planet Earth, so nothing ever fazes him.
Uncle Grandpa himself is such a Weirdness Magnet (when he's not the direct cause of the weirdness) that not even the most bizarre events ever catch him off guard or prompt anything more than an "uh-oh" from him. Not that that makes him enjoy them any less.
Serious Business: Saying "good morning", evidently, for Uncle Grandpa. In "Tiger Trails", he believes that not saying it to Giant Realistic Flying Tiger is what caused her to run away.
In "Space Emperor", the creature Melvin gets transformed into looks strikingly similar to Festro.
In "Afraid of the Dark", when Uncle Grandpa examines the poster of a knight fighting a motorcycle with a magnifiying glass and it turns into a map, it's drawn in a style reminiscent of the map screen from Super Mario World.
"Uncle Grandpa's Money Madness Spectacular" is a blatant parody of Monopoly, complete with Uncle Grandpa being in the same pose as the latter's mascot.
In "Treasure Map" we see that Mr. Gus has One Bad Lizard stitched on his wallet.
Spin-Off: A unique case of a double subversion. Uncle Grandpa started out as the star of his own pilot, then he was spun off into Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, then he was spun off again... Back into his own series.
Stable Time Loop: Apparently, when Uncle Grandpa was a kid (he still had his mustache back then), he was picked on for having a fat belly. His present self popped up and told him that it's cool to have a belly. All of this happened inside his own memories, thus he altered the past while he was remembering it.
Time Police: Named as such. In "1992 Called", Uncle Grandpa calls in the Time Police himself to resolve an otherwise untenable situation involving Christopher Columbus' refusal to return a pair of time-displaced parachute pants.
Widget Series: From the moment Uncle Grandpa reappears in the picture frame after disappearing from view from outside, and then walking into frame from the side (if not sooner), it's been made incredibly clear that this show isn't simply on a rocket train to Weirdsville, it already arrived long ago, made itself at home and set up shop.