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Basic Trope: An elderly Motormouth character gives a Character Filibuster.

  • Straight: Grandpa Bob tells his grandchildren what life was like When I Was Your Age....
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Grandpa Bob gives a long speech, but rarely goes off topic and there is a decent moral to the story.
  • Justified:
    • Grandpa Bob has Alzheimer's or other dementia, and that's why his stories seem rather nonsensical and jumbled up.
    • Grandpa Bob is lonely, and just wants someone to talk to, but his Motormouth tendencies are perceived as having No Social Skills.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Grandma Alice gives a Character Filibuster.
  • Subverted:
    • Grandpa Bob tells a short bedtime story to his grandkids.
    • Grandpa Bob gives an organized speech that has a good point and/or moral.
    • Alice warns her boyfriend that Bob, who's prone to rambling, lives with her for whatever reason. Cut to Bob rambling on about something and both Alice and the boyfriend looking bored. Turns out he is her dad.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But bringing up a particular Berserk Button (such as how the government is handling/should handle the national budget crisis) is a Rant-Inducing Slight.
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    • When someone questions him about the point, he goes into a long, rambling speech about why is right.
    • ... Except Alice's real father walks into the room soon afterwards, and Bob is revealed to be Older Than They Look.
  • Parodied:
    • A listening character progresses from listening intently, to eyes glazing over, to struggling to stay awake, to trying to commit homicide and/or suicide so they don't have to listen to this ramble.
    • A Funny Background Event happens while Grandpa Bob rambles on.
  • Zig Zagged: Grandpa has Alzheimer's and is giving a long rambling, but when big brother leaves the home, he suddenly gets very coherent. It turns out the Alzheimer's was a lie. Then, he smokes some of the good stuff while he has a chance and starts rambling again... Until he gets a moment of clarity and starts to make sense again. HOWEVER, when big brother leaves the next day, grandpa starts rambling for no reason...
  • Averted:
    • No elderly characters appear in this particular story.
    • The stories are short and have a point.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, great. Now Grandpa's gonna tell us one of his stories!"
  • Invoked: Grandpa Bob is looking through the Nostalgia Filter.
  • Exploited:
    • The listener decides to torture one of their enemies, by inviting him in when grandpa goes on one his rants.
    • The (usual) listener needs a distraction. "QUICK! Get grandpa!"
  • Defied:
    • Grandpa Bob (for whatever reason) doesn't bring up the past.
    • Or when he seems about to start ranting, the others interrupt him, and he shuts up.
  • Discussed: "Why does grandpa do that? I know he's still quick-witted!"
  • Conversed: "Why do old people on television have to ramble?"
  • Implied: "You know how grandpa gets, right? Remember last time?"
  • Deconstructed: People find grandpa so boring that they avoid him and he ends up alone.
  • Reconstructed: Then someone actually listens to him and realizes how wise grandpa is. Even if there is no point to the story, it's the history and the journey that matters.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: As grandpa's long boring story goes on, it is obvious there is some truth to the story. Eventually, he starts talking about where he hide his stash of Nazi Gold from the war (he is too screwy to realizing that telling people that can get it stolen). The thing is, the family is short on cash and in desperate need of aid. But they never checks up on this and just put him in the retirement home.
  • Played For Laughs: The listener keeps trying to leave, but is polite to just tell grandpa that he's boring.
  • Played For Drama:

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