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The Greatest Freakout Ever is a series of YouTube videos featuring Stephen Quire getting angry about various things and freaking out about them. There is much debate on whether or not the videos are staged. Over the span of ten years, the series is now 36 videos long and has garnered over a total of 357.7 million views.

The videos can be found here.

The Greatest Freakout Ever provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Stephen's dad and grandma, and occasionally his mom. Though to be fair, Stephen keeps asking for it.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It has been speculated that Stephen is autistic due to his hatred of people touching him, temper tantrums, and always stripping down to his underwear.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Stephen has a calendar featuring Jasper, Brian's Camp Gay cousin from Family Guy, one of his biggest Berserk Buttons is when he thinks people are calling him gay, and of course, there's the incident with the remote.
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  • Angrish: Mostly averted. The most notable occurrence was in the first video.
  • Ass Shove: A famous example from the first video, when he tried to shove his remote up his butt.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed. Stephen is violent and constantly angry but he never killed anyone.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Stephen has a lot: Touching him, preventing him from playing MMORPGs, telling him to do housework, calling him gay, interrupting what he's doing at the time, having Jack videotape him, the list goes on.
    • Stephen's tantrums are a big button for his parents.
    • Stephen and Jack's sister has dragged Stephen underwater just for forcefully pulling out one of her daughter's teeth when she was complaining too much.
  • Breather Episode: "The VERY VERY VERY Annoying Stephen" can be considered this trope, since Stephen is not going berserk, but rather playfully messing with Jack and his dad.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Stephen is usually on the receiving end of bad luck, though he normally brings it on himself.
  • Camera Abuse: Stephen often does this when he wants Jack to get the camera out of his face.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "NO!"
    • "I DON'T CARE!"
    • Jack has "Stephen, what are you doing!?"
    • Stephen's dad has, "I'll kick your ass!" (Always said to Stephen)
  • Chase Scene: Stephen gets chased by his dad at the end of some episodes.
  • The Chew Toy: Take a wild guess.
  • Christmas Episode: How The Stephen Stole Christmas is all about Stephen ruining Christmas for the whole family after Jack hides all his presents.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In the thirteenth video, there just happened to be a baseball bat there for Stephen to use to break their stuff.
  • Cool Old Lady: Jack and Stephen's grandmother.
  • Cutting the Knot: As of yet averted. Stephen will tell Jack to stop video-taping him, yell at Jack to stop video-taping him, throw things at Jack to get him to stop video-taping him, occasionally push, chase, or otherwise physically assault Jack to get him to stop video-taping him, and even threaten to (and then actually) break Jack's television to get him to stop video-taping him...but has yet to pursue the most straightforward way of getting Jack to stop video-taping him and simply breaking the camera as soon as Jack shows up with it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Stephen, mostly towards Jack.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Stephen tends to break things for minuscule reasons, like breaking a computer chair because his dad turned off his internet while he was still playing, or destroying a parade float because he didn't want to be on it.
    • After Jack hides all of Stephen's presents in "How The Stephen Stole Christmas" Jack gets punished, in fact the whole family is, when Stephen steals the Christmas tree and everyone else's presents and sets them on fire.
    • In episode 30, he was on the receiving end of this trope. When the Quires were in the pool, Stephen's young niece was loudly complaining about a loose tooth. Stephen, understandably annoyed, helped her by pulling out the loose tooth. Though he could've been a bit gentler, he successfully pulled out the tooth that was hurting his niece. And then Stephen's sister violently jumps on Stephen in the water, restraining him and holding him underwater. She even said, "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THAT!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stephen doesn't like cussing. At least heavy cussing.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Stephen gets chased and attacked by a dog at the end of #7.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even when Stephen tries to do normal stuff like cooking or trying to do housework, you just know it won't end well.
  • Flipping the Bird: A symptom of when Stephen's really pissed.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Zig-zagged. Stephen prefers the word "freaking", though he has no problem with Flipping the Bird or saying "faggot".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Three guesses who. And the first two don't count.
  • Hates Being Touched: "DON'T TOUCH ME!"
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: "How the Stephen Stole Christmas". He does so by burning the Christmas tree because Jack hid his presents.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one instance, Stephen rats out Jack for saying "ass" twice, even though he uses bad words himself (though not regularly).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: I will freaking kill you and eat your FIRST! BORN! CHILD!
  • Jerkass:
    • Stephen. Oh god, Stephen. His violent behavior is why Jack video-tapes him in the first place.
    • Also, Jack. He video-tapes his own brother during emotional breakdowns and puts it up on the Internet for everyone to laugh at.
    • Stephen's dad and grandmom are generally very unpleasant too. Even though Stephen's personality can make it hard to act friendly around him, they usually don't even try to get along with him and have no respect for how hard his life can be because of his temper.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Likewise, Jack does get along well with the rest of his family and even then, he's usually the first one to try and stop Stephen from destroying something.
  • Jump Scare: Admit it; you jumped in your seat when, in episode 29, Stephen suddenly opened Jack's door and screamed "BACK OFF!!"
  • Large Ham: Stephen has No Indoor Voice and screams most of his sentences.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While Stephen ends up on the receiving end of this often. He gets one on Jack when in Episode 28, Stephen goes into Jack's room and destroys his old TV.
  • Mama Bear: Jack and Stephen's sister is protective of her kids and will jump to their defense when Stephen hurts or insults them.
  • Mondegreen: Their last name is often mistaken as "Guire."
  • Mr. Exposition: At the beginning of every video, Jack talks to the camera to tell us what's going on and why Stephen is acting up.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Jack and Stephen's grandma, who's the only one who actually hit Stephen in the whole series.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Stephen. The things he flies off the handle about include his mom canceling his World of Warcraft account and not being able to get the Chaotic Crossbow in RuneScape because his dad turned the internet off.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Stephen sometimes does this when he's raging.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Stephen is the Red Oni to Jack's Blue Oni. For the parents, their mom is the Blue Oni, who just yells at the kids for acting out of line, while the dad is the Red Oni who curses at Stephen and threatens him with physical violence when Stephen gets angry.
  • Running Gag:
    • Stephen often calls people that he dislikes weirdos. Doubles as Hypocritical Humor.
    • Often, as Stephen is freaking out someone will be trying to get Jack to turn off the camera, usually Stephen's mom or Stephen himself.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot:
    • Surprisingly averted. Stephen gets angry, yes, but he doesn't swear. Actually, he's quite against swearing. Doesn't stop him from calling Jack a faggot, though.
    • Jack and Stephen's dad.
  • Spoiled Brat: The Quire family seems to be quite well off. Their property is so large, in #23 Jack actually needs to drive a motorized cart to go from the house to the garage. They also have several very nice cars (including a functioning Batmobile), multiple computers, a three-thousand dollar television, an arcade cabinet in their living room, and a pool. Stephen, however, seems to be considerably more interested in the things he doesn't have, or how the things he has aren't good enough.
    • Gets a truck (that apparently runs very well) for his sixteenth birthday, and becomes enraged over the fact that the truck is very ugly and begins hitting it with a baseball bat, complaining that his parents keep making him look like a 'poor kid' in front of his friends.
    • Broke the family's three-thousand dollar television when his mom wouldn't buy him Halo: Reach.
  • Spotting the Thread: If it is to be believed that the videos are scripted, there are some tells.
    • If Stephen dislikes being video-taped by Jack so much (particularly after he finds out why Jack is video-taping him), why doesn't he ever just destroy the camera before Jack catches him in a freakout?
    • Most of the things Stephen breaks in the videos are either suspiciously out-of-place in the house of the seemingly-wealthy Quire family (a microwave that doesn't work, an old tube-television) or could go either way (the guitar from #4, the vacuum from #7, the computer chair from #12, the assorted items from #13, pots, pans and appliances from #17, parade float from #25, and painting from #29 could easily have been junk that the kids decided would make good fodder for a new freakout video). Some of the stuff that was valuable (the three-thousand dollar television, the Guitar Hero guitar, the television remote) were broken off-screen, and others were clearly not very meaningful (the posters on Stephen's bedroom door). The only thing we see get broken that was definitely worth something was Stephen's bedroom door in #9. Though, for all we know, the family already had plans to replace the door for one reason or another.
  • Take That, Audience!: In #17, Stephen flips off the camera and berates the viewer(s) for watching the video, and says that he can kick all of their asses.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Stephen in almost every episode.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Boy howdy. Once Stephen starts, there's no stopping him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Stephen has one almost every single episode.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Stephen is often shirtless.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • From #18; kittens, of all things Stephen could be scared of...
    • In #33 he's obviously unnerved by chickens as well, particularily Jack's rooster, Sgt. Pepper.
    • #14 reveals he has a fear of drowning.
  • You Bastard!: Stephen mentions in #17 how Jack (and the audience at that) are laughing at his pain and anger.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Stephen in (almost) every video.


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