His videos take the form of satirical rants, in which he uses humor and crude cartoon characters to convey his argument, ranging from a couple of minutes to over 20 minutes long.
Despite his rapid growth in popularity, he actively and directly interacted with his fans. He made the cartoons by sequencing panels in Microsoft Paint, edited with Windows Movie Maker, recorded his voice with a Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II phone, and sometimes used the software OBS.
GradeAUnderA's rants were varied and didn't usually stick to one topic. The main focus of his rants was against YouTubers that lie or do something hypocritical. He backed up what he said about the YouTuber in question with facts and evidence by using videos of the person and debunking what they had said to prove his claims.
According to his channel's (joking) description, he is 6'9" tall, he weighs 420lbs, his birthplace is Buckingham Palace, England and he worked as a "Head Animator for Pixar Studios."
On May 15, 2016, he showed a picture of himself in his video How To Find Any Songs Name (+ 2M Face Reveal).
On May 26, 2016, in a video titled Stupid Things That Parents Do ( + FUPA ), he revealed that his real name is "Ram". Whether this is a nickname or a shortened name is yet to be known.
On May 22, 2017, after being inactive for nearly six weeks, GradeAUnderA stated he had "life issues" to handle but that he would upload in a few days. However, he would not upload another video until another four months had passed.
Hiatuses and Brief Returns
In response to PewDiePie being accused of being a Neo-Nazi, GradeAUnderA started a two-part video series discussing his thoughts on the situation. He began the series on February 27, 2017. On March 11, 2017, GradeAUnderA uploaded the second part of this series, titled How To Protest Online (Using the WSJ [Wall Street Journal PewDiePie Thing as a Case Study)]. He then stopped uploading.
On May 22, 2017, GradeAUnderA uploaded Is GradeAUnderA Dead? In this video, GradeAUnderA promised to return; but had to stay on hiatus due to various issues he was experiencing in his life. Then on September 20, 2017, he made his return to YouTube after the four-month absence, claiming he would start a new 2nd season of videos but for over a year, he did not upload a new video until 2019.On December 25, 2018, he tweeted "Hi" showing he's coming back. Also on December 27, he tweeted a picture of a video releasing soon.
On January 1, 2019, he uploaded a new video for the first time in over a year, "Political Correctness Manual 2019 - Things You Can't Say". The episode is listed as 'Season 3', despite the aforementioned Season 2 never being made.
On February 3, 2019, GradeAUnderA uploaded a video about sports called "Sports (And Ones That Aren’t Actually Sports) ".
On March 24, 2019, he uploaded "Why We All Hate Valentines Day (Tiny Bit Late...)". This was his last upload until he went on hiatus again.
By late November, he has removed the automatic subtitles/closed captioning feature from all of his videos.
It was not looking hopeful for him to return, though he was recently spotted in a youtuber's chat during a stream.
On May 17, 2020, after having not uploaded a new video in a year, GradeAUnderA uploaded a video about antidepressants titled "Antidepressants" and listed as 'Season 4'. At the end, he said that he will start uploading regularly again with the promise of not going inactive abruptly. He uploaded a video on the drama between H3h3Productions and DramaAlert eleven days later where he called out both parties involved.
One June 28, 2020, GradeAUnderA uploaded a video announcing that his main channel got demonetized. He accused the clip of the song "The Laughing Policeman" by Charles Penrose he used in his outro for getting several of his videos hit with copyright claims. According to the video, Grade was making approximately £900 (or $1100) for every 24 million views, and had lost most of his revenue due to the song he used getting his channel demonetized by YouTube. Despite the loss in revenue, Grade changed his outro song and released a video on dreams two days later. However, he hasn't uploaded a new video since then despite promising in his antidepressants video that he was back to uploading regularly and not going on abrupt hiatuses.
List of Rants
- Ray William Johnson
- Vegan Gains
- Jinx (Twice)
- Nicole Arbour (Twice)
- CJ SO COOL
- Most Prank Channels
- Most Reaction Channels
- Matthew Santoro
- The Wall Street Journal
- 2016 U.S. Presidential election (several)
- H3h3Productions Vs. Keemstar
GradeAUnderA released a rant on DramaAlert and Keemstar that lasted 2 episodes long, to which in the first part he accuses Daniel Keem (Keemstar) of beating his wife as a hacker supposedly got into his account quite a while back and made it seem like it was his wife saying he had cut her with her own car keys. In the second part of his rant, he makes the allegation that he was a pedo due to him cutting a clip so it makes it look like he is saying to another YouTube personality bigsnacks that he wants to rape his kids. He also shows a clip of a clothesless girl with signs covering her nether regions, the signs reading that she loved Keemstar. Since the time of the video, proof has come out that to be on BlogTV, you had to be 18+, and that she was also dating a 21-year-old and was either lying about her age, or she was above the age of 16 like she claimed.
In the video 'THE YouTubeRS COMPLAINING ABOUT DRAMA RANT (Exposing Matthew Santoro)', he strongly criticized Markiplier's video due to the lack of planning and the mistakes made in it. He also referred to Markiplier's hair to "period blood hair" since it was dyed red at the time, and he criticized his credibility due to referring himself as "Markimoo", a fan-given name.
Some fellow prominent YouTube channels have claimed that GradeAUnderA's content has dropped in quality, including other content creators such as DJ Killer Keemstar. One prominent issue users seem to have with him is calling out Keemstar in his DramaAlert rant videos, as exposed in "The Real LeafyIsHere" by YouTube commentator and Twitch streamer HeyWatchYourMouth. Another problem fans expressed about him are his videos just not being aimed towards humor anymore; citing his repetitive theme in videos like "Fuck Video Game Trophies - Top 5 Stupidest Trophies" and occasional video about easy topics such as the truth about Santa, video game trophies, and English spellings, which all come off as filler content.
He has also rode off of several trending topics such as the Wall Street Journal vs. PewDiePie drama or the division surrounding the 2016 U.S. Presidential election without including anything besides insults in his rants. Some of the drama went as far as his own subreddit turning against him though most just expressed general distaste with his toxicity. While he did contact a Reddit moderator in hopes of removing posts that were subjected to criticizing him, he later spoke harshly of them during a live-stream after they had refused to do so.
- 1 million subscribers: February 9, 2016.
- 2 million subscribers: May 5, 2016.
- 3 million subscribers: August 28, 2016.
- He tends to add “Easter eggs” to his tags, which can be seen using the vidIQ Google Chrome extension or a similar extension. Some include:
- "gradeaundera is forcing me to write tags at gunpoint against my will. please send help"
- "this video took a stupid amount of time to have me be happy with it"
- "i fucking hate writing tags for videos i fucking hate man it its so tedious"
- "i tried writing a stupid tag but it was too long – whats your problem YouTube?"
- According to his video “Racism Test” and a Reddit AMA, GradeAUnderA discovered a math formula on his own. This was later claimed to be a trivial discovery on the subreddit /r/theydidthemath.
- In a hidden message in his video on how things he found stupid about school, GradeAUnderA was actually a teacher himself before he was fired. He explained elsewhere that he was fired due to him and the head of the maths department not seeing eye to eye.
- Apparently, GradeAUnderA came up with his nickname as a sort of summary of himself. The "GradeA" part is in reference to him having supposedly been a grade-A student in exams and so on, whilst the "UnderA" part is him believing he underachieves in life.
- GradeAUnderA runs a second YouTube channel by the name of GradeBUnderB that is meant to serve as a back-up should he, for whatever reason, be forced to abandon his main channel. Although to current date it hasn't been used.
- According to his FAQ on his Twitch channel, GradeAUnderA actually fakes the voice he uses when making his videos. He cites the fact that he feels that the fake voice-over helps him speak slower and more clearly when making videos so people can understand what he's saying.
- GradeAUnderA has revealed several times in his videos that he admires American actress Karrueche Tran.
This page was made on December 1, 2015 by Brontornis.