Unknown - possibly 68-75 (TV series)
Unknown (TV series)
Tuskegee Airmen (formerly)
Robert Jebediah "Granddad" Freeman is the secondary tritagonist of The Boondocks and is the paternal grandfather of Huey Freeman and Riley Freeman. He is the legal guardian of Huey and Riley, after their parents were in some sort of accident, and live in the exclusive suburb of Woodcrest. He is a regular character on The Boondocks cartoon, as well as the comic strip. He is voiced by John Witherspoon. His signature color is jade green. His nickname is "Bitches", which was given to him by Riley in the episode "The Real".
Robert was a Tuskegee Airman and flew a P-51 Mustang, and was an active participant in the U.S. civil rights movement. During the war, his wingman, Moe, often took credit for things that Robert did or that they dually accomplished together, and Robert's angst about this culminated at Moe's funeral, during which he blows the lid off of some of Moe's more embellished accomplishments. Had close relationship with his sister Cookie. Cookie was the smarter and more responsible of the siblings and often called Robert her "Favorite Dumb Ass."
Robert also lived in Alabama during the U.S. civil rights movement. He specifically recalled showing up late for a march because he forgot his raincoat, much to the indignation of his cohorts. He also had a grudge against Rosa Parks for "stealing his thunder", as he was sitting next to her on the bus and likewise refused to give up his seat. The bus driver was only offended by Rosa's, not his, unwillingness to move, however; also, he claims Malcolm X died owing him five dollars.
While living in Alabama during Jim Crow law, Robert was an accidental and unwilling participant in The Freedom Rides. Robert was trying to skip town back home to Chicago but got on the wrong bus with the Freedom Riders. Aftermath of the horrifically dangerous ordeal was Robert doing some jail time with the Freedom Riders leader, Who was of questionable sanity.
Robert's exact age is unknown. But for him to be present during World War II and several civil rights events, he would be 90 to 110 years old today (taking into account his cartoonish antics, his relative stamina and energy versus others his age, and the minimum age of World War II participants - at least 86 per 1945 participation). He obviously was married and fathered a son. The exact fates of his wife, son, and daughter-in-law are unknown but they are considered deceased by all accounts. In the episode Riley Wuz Here, Riley spray-paints a mural on the side of their house of Grandad and his deceased wife on their wedding day, copying a photo from the family album. After Granddad sheds a tear, he thanks Riley and takes a picture of the mural on his digital camera. He then forces Riley to paint over the side of the house.
Robert's personality is, quite frankly, horrid at best. He has been shown to be extremely prideful, impatient and intolerant. He believes in strict discipline, quick to go for his belt when the boys step out of line. As he says "I hate to see a child go unbeaten." He is not exactly the best father figure or influence. He is perfectly fine with sneaking into movies without paying. A dream sequence revealed that he is cowardly and quick to abandon friends and family to save himself.
Robert describes himself as a "Civil Rights Legend." However in reality, Contributions to the struggles were quite minimal to barely anything at all. When describing his experiences during those times he shamelessly includes himself alongside several important figures during that period. Quite frankly he earned more animosity from Blacks then he did White people. He also says he's related to Jackie Robinson. According to him the Freeman is silent.
Robert (aka Mr. Bitches) is also a pathological and compulsive liar; he is also quite selfishly motivated. Robert is also quite a womanizer with an extremely unhealthy attraction for women significantly younger than he is.
Robert has also been revealed to be extremely incompetent with money and finances. This has lead to him being in debt for two million dollars.
Robert does not use hand-to-hand combat to aid him, instead he uses his belt. Because he had children he knows when to use a belt, how to use a belt, and whom to use a belt. Robert his belt in the style of a whip, he along with Huey are the only ones with owned weapons (Riley's BB guns do not count because he uses random stuff to fight). Robert is next in line with Huey. Robert is shown to use this belt for whupping (normally Riley), restraining (even with no experience he can latch it on people's legs or arms), and offense during a fight. (See Granddad's Whip). He also uses his cane to fight, also similar to the fighting style of tonfa.
Huey for the most part loves his Granddad. But finds it extremely difficult to have any form of respect for him, given Robert's antics. Robert does not listen to Huey much, even when Huey says something right (which is in few episode) he doesn't listen and something bad happens. Huey is the only person that Robert did not whup with his belt (because of Huey's agility, he is able to dodge it and it winds up hitting Riley).
Robert treats Riley the way he does because of the way Riley disobeys Robert's authority. The rules that Robert sets do not get to Riley which makes him not used to them. Robert uses physical force to try to keep Riley in line, but Riley is already used to it so it does not change his actions towards Robert. He also treat Riley and Huey differently, he often goes by what Riley says instead of Huey. When Riley want to get in trouble Huey often stops him but when granddad comes Riley tells what happens and lets Riley go away free.
Robert and Ruckus have a love-hate relationship, where most of Robert's dislike of Ruckus is because Ruckus is very racist towards African-Americans (even though Ruckus is black) and/or any race that is not white. Robert and Ruckus are shown often playing checkers in the park, talking about social issues, women, and black and white dynamics where Robert will often defend the African-American community. Ruckus is seen doing yard work for Robert from time to time, so they may just tolerate each other if nothing else.
Wuncler owns the loan on Robert's house (as he does with every house in Woodcrest). Ed seems to have taken a general liking to Robert, referring to him as "old school". In the episode The Itis he funds Robert's Soul Food restaurant venture seemingly as part of a plot to lower property values in the area so that he could purchase the nearby park and develop it.
The closest thing Robert had to a mutually loving romantic relationship and quite frankly would have been the single most wonderful thing to happen to Robert was Ebony Brown. Robert dated Ebony for a time and they fell in love which each other. But he eventually became paranoid that she was cheating and thought he was not good enough for her. After she does not call Robert for 16 hours he becomes depressed and worried that she left him forever. Riley and Huey tracked Ebony down from information in her Twitter feed. Robert then travels to Malaysia and finds her where she explains she could not call him because her flight was delayed 12 hours and her phone did not work in the airport. While there, Ebony tells him that he does not love himself and kisses him goodbye.
Robert seems to have a soft spot for Jazmine, referring to her as "Little Baby" and often addressing her with a great deal of affection. This is likely due to Jazmine's more innocent and childlike nature, something both Huey and Riley lack. Jazmine, for her part, seems to return this affection and even seems to think of him as family to a degree. She does become justifiably angry with him when he gets her into trouble or convinces her to break the rules (...Or Die Trying), but seems quick to forgive him. It often seems that Robert treats Jazmine more like his grandchild than he does his own grandchildren. Although in Robert's dream about Stinkmeaner he throw her down the stairs with no regard and during the fired chicken flu he did not hesitate to reject her coming in the house.