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YMMV / The Angry Grandpa

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  • Base-Breaking Character: A lot of people are very hit or miss with Charlie Chill. His recent behavior as outlined in THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE CHILL doesn't help his case much in the fandom.
  • Cool Old Guy: He voted for Obama, owns an iPod, and is very pro-gay rights.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Since the crossover with McJuggerNuggets, between the "Juggies", Jessie's fans, and the "Young uns".
  • Fan Preferred Pairing:
    • Either as a joke or not, a good number of fans agree that AGP and Tina (the neighbor) would make a pretty volatile and entertaining couple.
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    • Some fans have apparently shipped Jennifer (Michael's sister) with Doug (Bridgette's father).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Once he revealed the true reason why he hates Christmas, his Christmas meltdown videos become a lot less funny.
    • Ditto with the videos featuring him and Tina fighting. Ever since their marriage ended, those videos have become harder for some fans to watch.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Angry Grandpa debuted as a Grumpy Old Man living in a decrepit trailer park, prone to Tantrum Throwing over petty things, such as his children opening presents before he arrived on Christmas or misplacing his candy. It was shot in a decrepit trailer with a low-resolution camera by his Manchild son who lived with him. But as his antics drew a fandom, he and his son Michael began to open up, revealing a few key things:
      • A string of unfortunate events occurred on holidays; his dad going into a coma three days before Thanksgiving in 1959, and his mother dying on Christmas morning in 1999 being prominent examples. This left him bitter during the holidays.
      • His rages were fueled by bipolar disorder, which Grandpa claims in this video was the result of Michael hiding his medicine to make him extra-cranky.
      • His gastrointestinal issues that fueled the gross-out humor in early episodes were symptoms of Dumping Syndrome, a complication of his gastric bypass surgery (discussed here) that left him bathroom-bound for years and his bottom in continuous pain.
      • Michael, despite all of his pranks, was the only son who stood by him and took care of him when his son and daughters moved away, living with him and continuing to visit him even when moving out.
      • He was most likely unprepared to raise a family, marrying Tina when she became pregnant and suffering through an Awful Wedded Life for his kids' sake.
      • And so very much more. Thankfully the support of Angry Grandpa by his fans (which he has affectionately nicknamed Grandpa's Army) seems to have spurned a general trend of improvement in his life and the dynamic between him and his family.
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    • The prank videos in which Grandpa reacts fearfully to stalkers who have found out where he lives became a lot less funny after a YouTube user started blackmailing Grandpa behind the scenes, threatening to expose him as a fake to get a spot on Grandpa's Corner. Michael told viewers that the stress from this kind of drama started giving Grandpa high anxiety and chest pains.
    • The videos and vlogs featuring the family interacting with Tina The Neighbor and Charlie Chill have become a lot harder to watch since they cut ties with the former and the latter is no longer considered a part of the family.
    • Following Grandpa's death on December 10th, 2017, the videos that show him pretending to die from a heart attack or Faking the Dead in some other way becomes harder to watch.
    • Similarly, certain videos in which Grandpa casts doubt about living long into the future (and Michael reassuring him that he will) are heartbreaking. In one video a couple of years before his death, he says he would rather have the best sex in his life once rather than having sex every five years because he doubted he would live that long, and in another Michael reassured Grandpa that they would watch the next solar eclipse together after missing the 2017 solar eclipse due to the weather.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Despite Grandpa's foul language and violent temper tantrums, he was very popular with younger fans, some of whom watched the videos with their parents.
  • Nausea Fuel: Angry Grandpa eating off of a toilet (the video has since been deleted). Grandpa tells Pickleboy that the toilet he cleaned is now clean enough that someone could eat off of it. Pickleboy, of course, tells him that nothing could be that clean, prompting Grandpa to open up a can of Spaghetti-Os, toss it into the toilet bowl and the seat, and eat it. Then Pickleboy realizes that Charlie, his brother, had just taken a dump in it earlier that day. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Nightmare Fuel/Fridge Horror: His meltdown videos are very intense, especially with the knowledge that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • The Scrappy:
    • Michael, following the "tattoo saga", where he ended up ruining a moment between him and Angry Grandpa by pranking him while he was getting a tattoo. This resulted with Grandpa just flat out not wanting to talk to Michael, to the point where he was basically done with him.
  • Seasonal Rot: In 2012, Angry Grandpa divorced Tina, meaning that Grandpa had less fuel for his emotional outbursts in later videos. In addition, when Michael moved out of Grandpa's trailer, Grandpa became calmer and Michael wasn't around to witness as many outbursts, forcing Michael to stage more pranks to get a rise out of him. Some have argued that these effects contributed to a decline in the quality of the show, as it departed from its original from-the-sidelines format to a more clean and edited quality.
  • Special Effects Failure: The chainsaw that Neighbor Tina used to chase Grandpa out of the house was clearly a children's toy chainsaw, but Grandpa somehow confused it with a real chainsaw.
  • Uncanny Valley: Grandpa, when he smiled while wearing his false teeth.
  • What an Idiot!: Angry Grandpa freezes when a transformer blows and he forgets to flip his breaker back on.. What's worse is that his heater wasn't even turned on in the first place.

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