These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not to mention him singing and that mocking voice. Bonus points go to his snorting sound when he's mocking something.
The music for 'Guess the Minority' is about thirty years past its sell-by-date.
"French doors, uh, French doors"
Money, Success, Fame, Glamour.
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.
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.
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 surgeradio.org guy. Ghost gave him the worst troll award for a good reason.
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.
Those puking sounds are a bit too realistic at times. Not to mention whatever actually causes such a reaction.
One of his lesser used threats also qualifies. "I'D STOMP A MUDHOLE IN YOUR ASS, I'D KICK IT DRY, AND THEN TAKE A DIRTY DIARRHEA CRAP RIGHT IN THERE, AND ALL YOU COULD DO IS LOOK AT ME WITH A BROWN SMILE ABOUT IT!!" Ew...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.