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YMMV: True Capitalist

  • Acceptable Targets: Ghost considers *deep breath* people with speech impediments, people with autism, people with depression, people with dwarfism (he believes if he killed one, the cops wouldn't care), people on welfare, overweight people, poor people, Russians, Canadians, Mexicans, bronies, communists, liberals, and those he deems 'fruity' to be this. As such, Ghost himself is considered to be an acceptable target by most other people.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Some of the trolls believe/perpetuate the idea that Ghost is simply a character played by a Man of a Thousand Voices from Manhattan (The call-in number is a Manhattan area code, and the one time Ghost was confronted with this he simply told the caller off and angrily claimed that it didn't need an explanation) who likes the attention and/or secretly gets paid depending on how many listeners he has, and his outbursts and abrasive attitude keeps people coming back for more. Of course, bringing up any of this to Ghost triggers the usual response. This isn't helped by the fact that Ghost does seem to have a natural talent with impressions at times, which is best heard when he mocks sensitive/effeminate guys (In one rant to a caller claiming if used a certain tone of voice and attitude the caller could attract any woman, he uses an extremely well-acted sensitive guy voice, with almost no signs of his southern twang slipping through).
      • However, all call-in numbers on BlogTalkRadio originate from New York City area codes, so that might take it out of the question.
    • There are also claims that The Engineer isn't an actual person and is simply Ghost using some ventriloquism to fool people, mostly because The Engineer's unintelligible babbling sounds suspiciously like one of Ghost's mocking voices, and neither of the two make any attempt to clarify things when asked. Ghost usually tells the caller off or The Engineer babbles from his faraway position and makes no attempt to get closer to clarify things.
    • Not to mention he clearly pretended to be his grandmother once in a similar style, in an attempt to get back at a particularly lame prank call (basically, when he couldn't get anyone on the phone, he made up a story for the voice message, claiming that the pranker had called his grandmother and insulted her so badly that she broke down mentally).
  • Award Snub: An interesting case. For about a month or two, the fans tried to get Ghost to win the Shorty Award in the Radio category. He ended up getting the most votes. Nobody took the award from him, the Shorty Awards didn't even show the Radio category. Fans were not happy.
  • Awesome Music: Due to the massive remix culture, there's been quite a few worthy songs.
  • Base Breaker: A few trolls have been either good or fail, depending on who you ask. "Ash-hole" in particular gets this reaction.
    • Tina the Transtesticle in particular. Is she one of the top tier trolls, or an annoying try-hard?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Ghost has auctioned a cow who he claimed was a caller's mother in middle of a broadcast, and a few days later proclaimed himself the king of mexicans. So much for Serious Business.
    • Whenever he plays "fruitbowl music," the song is played and no mention of it is heard from again.
  • Colbert Bump: Most any sort of link Ghost posts on his Twitter gets a major surge in views and comments regarding him and his show.
    • The show itself has arguably caused these for "Money, Success, Fame, Glamour", "Boss Nigger", and other relatively obscure works featured on the show.
  • Creator's Pet: KaraszKun seems to be turning into this as of April 20.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • On 10/31/11, Ghost extremely misunderstands the basics of global warming.
    • He also repeatately gets remix sources wrong, apparently prefering to say anything rather than admit he doesn't know it.
    • His stereotyping bronies as "Woody Allen butt loving paedophiles" (his nickname for child molesters) could possibly be this. As a matter of fact, his whole stereotyping people and cultures in general could be this or Unfortunate Implications.
      • Speaking of Woody Allen, categorizing him as a "butt-loving pedophile" is incorrect as well. Woody Allen wasn't gay. Although he did date his former wife's daughter, she was of the legal age, so therefore, not a pedophile either.
      • Oops.
    • On 1/20/12, Ghost has an entire rant about how Hasbro should treat the bronies better. He obviously didn't spend a second looking at how Hasbro treats the bronies, as they generally liked the bronies. They don't try to take any videos online, which is pretty much the opposite of what SOPA-supporting companies would do, and they communicate with the fanbase very often.
    • During the furore over Rick Perry's comments about Social Security being a "Ponzi scheme", Ghost repeatedly asserted that Baby Boomers own 77% of America's wealth. No concrete data backing this up exists, only statistics with no source from websites and articles about selling to Baby Boomers.
    • On March 20, 2012's episode, he fails to identify a Bret Hart remix of his voice as "some muscle-bound idiot wearing panties."
    • He often gets splices and remixes mixed up.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Between Ghost and the trolls... a lot.
    • The twitter names: Shakin' Like India, What's Shakin' Mexico, Semen Connoisseur, Radiation for Japan, The Whoremaster, Hot Deals in Texas, No Jobs for Apple, the Poopticklers, Colon Tenderizer, Mitt's Barber Shop, Fart Fetish Fiona ("You need help! You need therapy! And I don't even believe in therapy!")... it goes on and on.
    • Many of the splices.
    I hate to keep beating on my grandma here, but...
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Ghost x Applejack.
    • Well, they're both ponies, they've both got southern accents going on (although Applejack is more of a Missouri accent, but her entire look gives off the Texas/Farmgirl idea), they are both involved in capitalism (Applejack's family is heavily involved in the apple industry), etc.
    • This suggests otherwise.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: OH. SO. MUCH!
  • Cult Classic: The show itself.
  • Deader Than Disco: The majority of people (and even Ghost himself, mind you) think that the "Fuck You Texas" song is now a sign of newbies who can't think of anything original to spout off at him.
    • Mr. Ghost got this reaction from the host on January 6th's Radio Graffiti segment.
    • He also hates arrow to the knee jokes.
    • The hambone fad easily takes the cake as a gag that even Ghost and the fans are getting sick of hearing.
  • Drinking Game: Just look at how long the Catchphrase list is on the main page. This would be a bad idea.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Engineer is becoming this, since he "betrayed" Ghost a few times. He's also gotten a lot more shout-outs than Ghost himself.
    • Horny the Clown.
    • The Ghetto Capitalist. Heyyyyyy, Ghost baby!
    • The "Internet Buttstalker", a Camp Gay that makes extremely suggestive comments to Ghost, has quite a sizable fanbase.
    • The Tub Guy/614, another Camp Gay caller that calls in and makes a lot of suggestive comments with a gentlemanly voice. Oh my!
    • The Ban All Bronies Cult is quite popular, considering that they only appeared in one or two shows.
    • Johnny Walker, second/third/fourth harvest...
  • First Avatar Wins: Ghost's first avatar is much more recognised than his new one that debuted in early December 2011.
    • A literal First Installment Wins here: Whenever a whole group of Twitter names form a "group" of sorts, the PoopTickler series of names will always come up first. Then came knock-offs: ranging from the Gimp squad, the Slime girls/boys and a one episode wonder, a series of names with Constipation in it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the bronies. The True Capitalist fandom we know and love today was originally started by bronies, and it wasn't until DarkRazorZ's immensely popular "Trolling Ghost" video that non-bronies (who now comprise a majority of the fandom today) found it. Bronies and sick fruity-ass milky-licker no-life-having sick fruitbowls are still, for the most part, on quite good terms.
    • This doesn't seem to be so true as of late, as indicated by the increasing numbers of twitter feuds between the different groups of trolls and bronies post-cancellation.
  • Fountain of Memes: The show is endlessly quotable, with "hambone" and "melting pot of friendship" being some of the most popular memes spawned from it. #EngineerIsTheTalent became a minor meme in late 2011 as well.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On January 11, 2012's 4-Year Anniversary chatroom shout outs segment, there was a chatroom name "Don't Make It 5 Years." His show ended up not making it five years.
    • From the broadcast itself: "FOUR YEARS, I've been on this internet, FOUR YEARS! And there's going to be many many more years, for Christ's sake, 'cause you wanna know something? I CAN'T DIE! I CAN'T DIE, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!" Exactly 4 months and 4 days later...
  • Growing the Beard: Seems to have occurred around the time the show's name was changed from True Conservative Radio to True Capitalist Radio.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ghost's nickname for pedophiles ("Woody Allen butt loving paedophiles") is quite a bit less funny after Dylan Farrow claimed that Woody Allen molested her as a young girl. Even though no evidence has been found (which, alongside her behavior about the incident, has caused most people to believe it's a False Rape Accusation) it's still pretty cringeworthy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • On December 6, 2011, there was a Twitter account that retweeted the broadcast as NavySanhusky and Ghost reacted with disgust. On January 11, 2012, Ghost started calling NavyHuskie NavySanhuskie.
    • Ghost pointed out on his Twitter on 6/16/12 how Sweden is passing a law to force council members to urinate sitting down. Now remember when that Radio Graffiti caller played "I Sit Down When I Pee"?
    "We got songs promoting men sitting down to take a piss, fer Christ's sake!"
  • Ho Yay / Foe Yay: Deliberately invoked by trolls to enrage Ghost:
    Ghost and Alex Jones, sitting in a tree
    First comes fearmongering
    Then comes gay marriage
    Then comes my fruity-ass fruitbowl gay son- *cans.wav*
  • Jerkass Woobie: Some people have genuinely felt sorry for him, specially after his Christmas anecdotes on how he doesn't receive any presents. He also sounded genuinely sick several times.
    • Celtic Brony set himself up to look like one of these so no one would be prepared when he revealed himself to just be a plain Jerk Ass.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As far as the internet is concerned, the only part of the show worth paying attention to is "Radio Grafitti," where trolls can call and upset Ghost.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The "Melting Pot of Friendship"
    • When Ghost raged at somebody's Twitter name being Poop Tickler, it sparked an entire "family" of Poop Ticklers.
      • People have also tried to do other memes in a similar style; like Group Poop, Gimps, and Slime Girl. While they were good for a laugh, they didn't catch on quite as well.
    • cans.wav, the Unofficial Official Onomonopia for the sound of him throwing around the crap on his desk.
    • MORE BEER!
    • Hi, I'm John Conquest.
  • Misaimed Fandom: His show is serious business! But wait ... why are even the My Little Pony fans listening?!
    • The hambone fad kicked off when Ghost said to call the people in hover-rounds hambones. Of course, it launched into people calling Ghost a hambone and it created the hambone remixes. It quickly wore out its welcome.
    • Ghost clearly said the only reason why he sings songs is so the fanbase can identify the songs. Instead, people remixed his voice into the songs that he sang.
    • After TCR became famous for being so awful, Ghost developed a group of actual fans, who are usually found fruiting up his twitter feed with racism and misogyny- at this point, the main reason for listening to TCR is to mock it, so legitimate listeners are seen as a Misaimed Fandom of sorts. And, of course, there are those who both agree with some of what Ghost has to say and troll him anyway.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many viewed Celticbrony's actions towards the end of the show as this, such as him doxing Ghetto Capitalist for no reason and succumbing to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
  • Narm: One caller's description of his date with a high-functioning autistic woman ended up being so overwrought and goofy sounding that it was impossible for Ghost or the audience to take it seriously. The point Ghost lost it at was him casually mentioning how he was grinding in her face.
  • Narm Charm: Yes, his rages are sometimes over the top to the point where it couldn't be taken seriously. Part of the reason why his show remained so popular until its end on May 2012 was because of this.
  • Never Live It Down: Recently, Ghost has expressed a desire to break free of the fandom of trolls in favor of purely capitalists. It is unlikely, however, that the internet will ever allow him to break free of the image.
    • His allegations of racism were right up there for most of 2011. People used to call in and constantly called him racist, constantly triggering him to trigger his Berserk Button.
    • Someone made an audio splice of Ghost denouncing his son was "a fruity bastard" that was played on the show a couple times (the first time triggered a huge cans.wav storm) and that's what Ghost's son was best known as.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. Ban all bronies. BAN ALL BRONIES. BAN ALL BRONIES. BAN ALL BRONIES. BAN ALL BRONIES. BAN ALL BRONIES. BAN ALL BRONIES.
  • Older Than They Think: Most people aren't aware that Ghost has been trolled for nearly three (or four) years.
  • Old Guard Versus New Blood: The summer of 2011 tends to be recognized as the overlap between the two groups. The 'old guard' consists of Ghetto Capitalist, Tub Guy, the Internet Buttstalker (who was one of the first-ever trolls), and the like; the 'new blood' is much less universally liked, with only callers such as the Anti Brony Cult, Nikolai, and Tri$ha spawning running gags and being listener favorites.
    • Averted by the recurring jokes and splices; it's pretty widely agreed that the FBI and CIA prank calls and the John Conquest/Ghostler splices are some of the best to have come out of True Capitalist Radio in a long time.
  • Padding: After raging hard over a remix or splice, he often goes into a long fit of self-pity: "I'm jaded for Christ's sake, I mean, I'M DEPRESSED!"
    • Also, the discussion of the markets at the beginning of the show is only interesting if you're a serious caller; it's padding for everybody else.
  • Periphery Demographic: Although not the kind Ghost wants.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The caller from Area Code 417. He calls to "troll" Ghost and often fails (such as playing "Fuck You Texas" and being obnoxious; i.e. "Happy Baller Friday from San Francisco, butt boy."). He almost had his number announced on air when he was trolling Ghost with racial slurs. Nearly everyone hates this caller. He, thankfully, hasn't been calling lately.
    • For a lot of the long time listeners, Asho (appropriately titled Ash-hole by Ghost) is concerted this.
    • The guy. Ghost gave him the worst troll award for a good reason.
    • Goofy_Bone. He can't rap to save his life, and his gimmick consists of cursing every other word.
    • Area code 204, the "where's Kira" caller. He (or she's) painfully unfunny and annoying.
    • Kids that call in the show usually get this reaction from both the fans and the Trolls.
    • KaraszKun is becoming this because of his Creator's Pet status and how boring the show gets during Ghost's "Ask KaraszKun" segment.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The Internet Buttstalker was the first troll and the Trope Maker for many popular methods of making Ghost rage. These methods have been used so often now (and have been given so many variations) that the Buttstalker, if he called in now, would appear to be a boring Follow the Leader fail troll. Spermy the Cat qualifies as well.
    • As of May 9th: Johnny Walker, Third Harvest.
      • And now as of May 11, Fourth Harvest.
      • And as of May 15, Fifth Harvest.
    • Those puking sounds are a bit too realistic at times. Not to mention whatever actually causes such a reaction.
    • One of Ghost's often-used insults is "Their assholes are puckering!"
    • Any shocking or offencive twitter or chat room name.
    Ghost: "We got Diarrhea Soup...Jesus Christ with some of these names!"
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Every so often someone feels the need to bring up the likelihood that Ghost is a troll, when in fact most members of the Capitalist Army either already think that and don't care, or just don't want to know whether he's a troll or not to keep the show entertaining.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Despite being an insane, loud, arrogant, obnoxious asshole, some viewers have found themselves agreeing with some of the things he has to say.
    • Case in point, he actually went on record defending mentally handicapped people as pure beings. Though it's mixed with derogatory terms and the implication that he likes their nature more for the reason that they can do the crappy jobs for cheap.
    • There would probably be few people who would disagree with Ghost on his contempt for the SOPA and PIPA acts, or Jerry Sandusky. Of course, that doesn't mean that the trolls won't use the latter in order to make him rage...
    • He also went on a more detailed rant instead of the "scorched earth" for the whole wildfire jokes and said "People are losing their homes and losing their lives! And you people are laughing!"
    • Some of Ghost's rants, despite being filled with a lot of oversimplifications and stereotypes, often have a few good points in them. Occasionally, he can even be down right inspiring. A few random serious callers claimed that they were planning on trolling him to begin with, but couldn't after actually listening to what he has to say.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: A rare non-Pandering to the Base example: Tub Guy gave one of these to KaraszKun and Goofy Bone on May 3rd's episode. He suggested that Ghost, KaraszKun and Goofy Bone have a double blowjob.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans (both trolls and actual fans) didn't like Ghost's new avatar change in December 2011.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • "It's time to play Guess the Minority!" Gee, that doesn't add fuel to the "Ghost is a racist" fire.
    • A "representative" from the communist government of the People's Republic of China provides a rebuttal whenever Ghost bashes that country in particular. But you know something's a little fishy when his name is Mr. Fortune Cookie. Bad eggrulllll, "MATHAFACKA!"
    • And soon followed with "The Guru", who speaks in a stereotypical Indian accent, claims that all of Ghost's trolls have bad karma, and chants foreign sounding gibberish that includes "Hare Krishna" and "ku-reem-o-sum-yung-horr" (enunciate it); Machmud, a "representative of the Libyan rebel faction", who asserts that Barack Obama is going to implement Sharia law, and tells Americans to "pay your taxes for Allah". Machmud also spouts foreign sounding gibberish that sounds remarkably similar to the Guru's chant, as well Ghost's chant for absolution during his infrequent "Capitalist Confessions" segment.
    • He has Westboro Baptist Church-level hatred of LGBT people and Bronies.
    • After Ghost endorsed Herman Cain, an African-American, the Engineer promptly played this diabolical EarWorm. Could the Engineer be the real racist here?
    • Ghost calls Herman Cain "Sugar" Cain, as in sugarcane, something slaves were forced to harvest in the fields.
    • Ghost would beat the living bejeezus out of Eminem if he came to Austin, and would willingly go to prison for it. And he believes that Black people and Mexicans would celebrate him for it.
      "I'll become Mr. Black People!"
    • Ghost has recently and proudly taken on the title of "King of the Mexicans." "Melting Pot of Friendship" my ass.
    • "John Conquest" is actually the name of the guy running Third Coast Radio... And also whom Ghost stole his former avatar from...
  • What an Idiot:
    • When anyone calls, even when they're being serious, and they oppose his views, he doesn't even try to refute their points. He just says how he doesn't like his voice. And he still claims he's a good political commentator.
    • He even berated a caller who agreed with him about the voice.
    • He also keeps taking calls from names that are well known for trolling him, and lets some remixes play a lot longer than it should be taking him to realize they are trolling him.
    • On February 28th's episode, he said "he'd be taking Skype names from now on." The very next Skype name to be called in played a Ghostler remix/splice.
    • Caller plays offensive splice of Ghost using the N word, caller hangs up, Ghost calls back expecting him to do something different, caller plays same splice, Ghost uses this as an excuse to violate the caller's personal phone number.
  • The Woobie: Engineer can get like this when Ghost gives him particular amounts of grief.
    • Zigzagged with Celtic Brony, who seemingly evolved from Jerkass to Jerkass Woobie and then finally to Woobie the more he got kicked. Then it turned out he was a Jerkass the whole time.
    • Don't forget Goofy_Bone. (Though some may consider him more of a Chew Toy) No one likes his music, Tzeki especially treats him like shit, he can never really win.

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