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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Alan deserve to be a Butt Monkey, or is the universe wronging him? And does he deserve to be one as much as he is one?
    • Is Charlie just a bastard with a disregard with everything that isn't connected to himself and a petty abusive douchebag to Alan or just a petty douche from being more abused then Alan when they were kids? Also his heterosexuality has been questioned a couple of times it may seem he's a repressed homosexual.
  • Creator's Pet: A lot of fans see Chelsea as this.
    • Mia and Kandi to some extent also.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Oshikuru".
    • "Save the Orphans".
  • Designated Hero: Charlie & Alan can flip-flop to this because there's so much douchebagggery between them.
  • Dork Age: Season 9
  • Dude, Not Funny: easily crossed some episodes, notably "Two Olympic Gymnasts in Bangkok" where all Jake did was act like a brat and Alan was the Chew Toy for the entire episode; and "It's Like Working for Caligula" where Alan's second wife, Kandi, divorces him and everyone bet how long until she did and his first ex-wife Judith gave Kandi her divorce lawyer to further screw over Alan for no just reason and Alan had no sympathy whatsoever, even from his own son.
    • In a new episode Charlie vomits on a baby.
      • It should be noted, however, that this was considered as such in-show, and resulted in Chelsea breaking up with him.
    • Even knowing the real life events with Charlie Sheen, the way they killed off Charlie in series just comes off as mean spirited. Then there's the funeral. And then, Good God, the ashes thing.
  • Ear Worm: Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men...
    • Oh, oh, oh, oh Oshikuru...
    • Saaaave the orphans...ah, ah, ah...
    • It's maple, maple maaaaaapleicious!
    • The music on the videogame Jake was playing in the episode "A Sympathetic Crotch to Cry On".
    • Who cut... the cheese? ::pththth:: Who cut... the cheese? ::pththth:: Could someone tell me, please, who cut... the cheese?
  • Fan Dumb : The part of the fanbase that thinks Chuck Lorre replacing Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher was Chuck's own choice apparently haven't caught up with the recent news...
    • ...or the preemptive hate Kutcher got for "replacing" Charlie Sheen even though Kutcher likewise played no role the Sheen's dismissal.
  • Flanderization : In the later seasons, Alan became much more cheap, Charlie became more of a Jerkass, and Jake grew even more stupid.
  • Fridge Brilliance / Visual Pun: Charlie keeps referring to Manny Quinn as ‘gay’ because of the alleged quoted Rose gives him. After he and Rose have sex, he runs out, and Manny falls out... of the closet.
    • Another one: notice the title given to the show was Two and a Half Men, as Jake was still a kid, so he was the half. Now that Jake is grown up he’s already a man, but Walden Schmidt is mentally a kid. He even takes Jake’s part in the opening sequence.
    • When Alan first meets Walden, he laments that he is "hung like a freakin' elephant". Walden just came from the ocean, which he remarked was freezing cold. Now, we all know what cold water can do to a person's manhood... it may in fact be even bigger.
  • Fridge Horror: Charlie Harper was once stated by a character to have slept with the entirety of the Sacramento area's female population, and was implied to have (however unknowingly) slept with people who were possibly married. The amount of people he slept with (in one episode its even implied to be on sight), which would have enough to have him either head for a venial clinic or have mandatory sex-offender registration and yet is even allowed to do some of these things in the public is... genuinely horrifying when really thinking about it.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: Some of Charlie's antics have creepily become real, as in 2009, Charlie Sheen had to go to rehab for personal problems and his marriage has taken a turn for the worse. Also Jon Cryer's exwife was reported to hire a hitman on him. When Charlie asks Judith if he wanted Alan dead, this gives an odd dose of realism to the joke.
    • Also, Charlie once mentioned that he'd rather close his eyes permanently than give up alcohol. It was funny at first, until Charlie Sheen got kicked off the show due in part to his drunken antics and his character got Killed Off for Real off-screen in the season premiere.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Trust me, darling. I promise to stick around long enough to identify your bloated, gin-soaked, syphilitic remains."
    • A throwaway exchange from one of the earlier seasons takes on a whole new level of hilarity with the season 9 premiere:

 Jake: If you died, would any of those women be at your funeral?

Charlie: As a matter of fact, a lot of them would. Granted, a few of them would just be there to make sure I'm actually dead.

  • Ho Yay: Spoofed in one episode when Charlie and Alan pretend to be gay. Alan gets rather too into it, whilst Charlie repeatedly denies anything in that direction, naturally squicked due to the fact that they're brothers.
    • Alan and Walden keep ending up together, with one of them naked. And Alan had a "problem" in the morning.
  • Jerkass Sue: Charlie can be petty, abusive and douchey all he wants with little provoction but he gets of rather scottfree in terms of punishment. Like the episode "Our leather gear is in the guestroom", all he does is be a prick to Alan. And the episode with Chelsea getting breast reductions from Alan's professional advice Charlie makes it clear that she's only attractive with them large. He then kicks him out for a numerous amount of days and Chelsea can't see that he wants her big breasted.
    • There's also the abusive way Charlie convinces Chelsea not to get the breast reduction. He tells her that without her big boobs to serve as a distraction, all attention will be focused on her "fat" ass. Then you get to the Unfortunate Implications that the reason she's having the procedure in the first place is because she's living with chronic pain and Charlie doesn't care as long as she's got big titties. Does Chelsea tell him to go to Hell because he's a selfish asshole? Nooooooo, she cancels her appointment and goes back home with him. The incident is never mentioned again.
      • Also, does this make her leave him? Does his constant dismissal of her feelings and him acting like treating her with any decency is a massive chore for him make her leave him? Does her meeting a great guy with whom she's wonderfully compatible and who treats her like a queen make her leave him? No, he has to do something truly heinous, vomiting on a baby, to make her dump him. And the final scene of the episode is framed in a way that tries to make us feel sorry for poor, wronged Charlie, even going so far as to have Evelyn show something resembling maternal interest for the first time ever.
        • It's not that he was wronged. For some, the fact that he was honestly trying with Chelsea yet still failed so spectacularly as a boyfriend and fiance makes him just pathetic enough to be pitiable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Rose, it's killing Charlie, no matter how much of a jerk he was and how crazy she is.
  • Never Live It Down: Alan's... experiments during his youth, which are mentioned from time to time (to be fair, Charlie apparently talked him into most of them).
  • Replacement Scrappy: Walden for some people.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Charlie.
  • The Scrappy: Rose, Kandi, Charlie, Judith, Evelyn & Jake are the most blatant.
    • Alan has also become this for some people in the later seasons due to him turning into a mooch who never wants to pay for anything if he can help it, and Walden has become one for quite a few people due to fans seeing him as a poor replacement for Charlie.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 9 for many people.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, some fans are claiming that while he is a talented actor, he just dosen't fit into the show very well and comes across as a poor man's substitute.
  • Unfortunate Implications: When you get separated, your wife will be a completely horrible bitch who will use alimony to squeeze you out of all the money you've got. She will use the money on herself, not the kid the money is intended for.
    • My mom does that
    • When Charlie gets consultation for a vasectomy, he's worried it'd interfere with his job. Remember he writes television jingles and children's songs.
  • The Woobie: Alan. Pretty much the last few seasons consist of screwing him over in some way, he was almost Driven to Suicide in "It's like working for Caligula", his son is probably one of the most bratty, unappreciative teenagers on TV, Charlie is an abusive sociopath, his mother is an unrepentive horrid mother that can't see any flaws in herself, his ex-wife is a bitch that said she'd rather die alone than be with him, the list just goes on and on. Its sad that Chuck Lorre really makes him a live action Meg Griffin.
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