- For the bootleg itself, see 7 GRAND DAD. For Vinesauce Joel's famous reaction to the bootleg, see Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD.
Grand Dad is a bootleg version of Super Mario that appeared on the title screen of 7 GRAND DAD. On the SiIvaGunner channel, he appears as his own character and acts as the personfiication of the 7 GRAND DAD meme.
Grand Dad is a bootleg recolor of Mario from the Super Mario series. His sprite is usually interpreted as having a red cap with a pink visor, a red shirt, pink overalls, white boots and gloves, white skin, blue hair and mustache, salmon-colored eyes, and a blue mouth with red teeth. Instead of an "M", his cap features the Chinese character "wáng" (王), a common Chinese surname. His proportions are also usually kept similar to those of the sprite, though this depends on the depiction, as he can also appear with Mario's normal proportions.
On the SiIvaGunner channel, he is mainly used as a mascot character and doesn't have a defined personality, aside from sometimes being depicted as only being able to say "FLEENSTONES!?" (using Joel's voice to do so).
Grand Dad is sometimes represented by a different form, based on the playable character in 7 GRAND DAD rather than the sprite seen on the title screen. It's basically the sprite of Fred Flintstone (from The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy) with Super Mario's head (from Super Mario Bros. 3). Despite the drastically different appearance, this is presumably supposed to be the same character as the more traditional Grand Dad, as there's no evidence that could suggest otherwise.
The badly drawn Super Mario lookalike character first appeared in the bootleg Taiwanese Famicom game Diànshì Mǎlì (電視瑪琍, lit. "Television Mari", also titled Big TV Mary Bar), developed by Bit Corp. and published by Fiver Firm (masquerading as "Namco Corporation") in 1989. His original color scheme was similar to Mario's. He had a red cap with a cyan visor, a red shirt, cyan overalls, white boots and gloves, white skin, black hair and moustache, cyan eyes, and a red mouth. He was nicknamed "Fortran" after people on the internet discovered the bootleg, after an unused string of text found in the game as well as the "F" on his cap instead of an "M" like on Mario's cap.
The same sprite, but with different color schemes, was stolen and used by at least three other bootleg games: Mario IV (a hack of the NES game Armadillo), Mario Fighter III (a hack of a hack of an unlicensed NES port of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior), and of course 7 GRAND DAD. The sprite was however altered to change the "F" to "王" in all three games. Due to NES limitations and lazy hacking, the sprite uses different colors in each game, specifically whatever colors were used for the sprite Fortran was pasted over. As such, although all three games use the sprite, 7 GRAND DAD is the only one with Grand Dad's specific color scheme.
The relatively short-lived "Weegee fad" of 2008-2009, based around Weegee meme, saw Fortran become one of its major characters, being one of the first characters made for the fad. This version of Fortran was commonly characterized as the father of Malleo and Weegee, and was also commonly depicted alongside a Luigi lookalike similar to Fortran named Ragamiicho. Ultimately, this fad would, for the most part, fade into obscurity. However, it gave Fortran a boost in popularity, and thus many online would remember him and Dian Shi Ma Li. There is at least 1 known instance of 7 GRAND DAD and Grand Dad as a character being referenced in this time, though the link has since gone defunct.
- Main article: Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD
After Vinesauce Joel played 7 GRAND DAD, his reaction became a running inside joke among Joel's fans. They also nicknamed the character "Grand Dad". Grand Dad soon became the subject of numerous pieces of fan art and fan games created by the Vinesauce community. Interestingly, Grand Dad is characterized as an evil psychotic murderer in Vinesauce lore, unlike his friendly and heroic role in both 7 GRAND DAD and in SiIvaGunner lore. Nowadays, whenever Joel finds Grand Dad he attempts to avoid it, since he thinks it's a dead meme.
- See also: Category:Rips featuring Grand Dad
Grand Dad was featured in the very first GiIvaSunner rip, "Wild Pokémon Battle - Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire". Since then, he has been treated as a mascot of sorts for the the SiIvaGunner channel, and (not counting channel events) is always featured inside the lighthouse on the banner image. He has also been featured on several album covers and rips, albeit many of these appearances just being by proxy of the 7 GRAND DAD title screen.
Use in lore
Curiously, despite his significance to SiIvaGunner, Grand Dad has never played a major part in the channel lore; the role of protagonist has instead been given to Chad Warden in SilvaGunner: Rebooted and Smol Nozomi in The SilvaGunner Christmas Comeback Crisis. Grand Dad has only been featured in "story" videos with unclear canonicity such as "Slot Machine (Beta Mix) - Star Fox", "Story Clear! - Love Live! School idol festival", and "PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENT" (where, oddly enough, he is portrayed as being SiIvaGunner). He does technically appear in the SilvaGunner: Rebooted finale, "A Grand New Era ~Ending~ - SilvaGunner: Rebooted", though just as part of the graphic announcing the end of the event.
His only concretly canon appearance as a lore character was in "Prologue - The SilvaGunner Christmas Comeback Crisis", where he was one of the first figments to be released into Grandiose City. He boarded the Halberd alongside Meta Knight and Loud Nigra, but went down with the ship when The Voice shot it. Grand Dad's whereabouts since the series prologue are not known (though it is worth noting that both Meta Knight and Loud Nigra were shown to have not been captured by The Voice), but during the MAGFest 2018 SiIvaGunner Panel, it was confirmed that Grand Dad would appear in Episode 11 and his character art was shown as a teaser.
- Rips featuring Grand Dad - YouTube playlist by Aidan Zamboni.
7 GRAND DAD (Playlist • Joel's reaction to • Meet the Flintstones • Grand Dad)
Collaborations: File Select Fusion • Message to Pesky Memers
Other: Who's been drawing dicks? • Puzzle Room (Felix the Cat)
Fuck Bees • Yankin • Super Mario Galaxy Repainted • Mario's Mystery Meat • The Legend of Cage: Beneath the Mask