History Film / HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas

20th Feb '18 9:50:13 AM PStriderFan
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* EnfantTerrible: Yes, it was the brutal taunting he received from his classmates that turned the Grinch into a full-fledged villain, but he always had sadistic traits going all the way back to his youth, especially in regards to Christmas. Examples include eating a Santa plate as a baby and drawing a picture of Santa falling off his sleigh to his death as a boy. Also, during his construction of the angel in an attempt to impress Martha and get into the Christmas spirit, he shows no regard or concern for the valuable family items he is building it from, such as the expensive silverware or family heirloam.

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* EnfantTerrible: Yes, it was the brutal taunting he received from his classmates that turned the Grinch into a full-fledged villain, but he always had sadistic traits going all the way back to his youth, especially in regards to Christmas. Examples include eating a Santa plate as a baby and drawing a picture of Santa falling off his sleigh to his death as a boy. Also, during his construction of the angel in an attempt to impress Martha and get into the Christmas spirit, he shows no regard or concern for the valuable family items he is building it from, such as the expensive silverware or family heirloam.heirloam (though, he ''was'' doing a good deed at the same time by going out of his way to make a gift for Martha).



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Unlike the Grinch, Mayor Augustus Maywho never seems to have redeemability in him and actually ''less'' friendly than the Grinch, even ''before'' the Grinch's HeelFaceTurn.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Unlike the Grinch, Mayor Augustus Maywho never seems to have redeemability in him and is actually ''less'' friendly than the Grinch, even ''before'' the Grinch's HeelFaceTurn.HeelFaceTurn.
* KickTheDog: When the Grinch is finally having the time of his life at the Whobilation, Augustus, for no good reason, gives the Grinch a razor solely to remind him of his cruel childhood. [[TheDogBitesBack Thankfully, the Grinch gets his payback.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The Grinch pulls this off twice.
** When the kids (save for Martha) cruelly mock him over his face cut, the Grinch throws their Christmas tree at them and scares them off.
** After Mayor Augustus' malicious joke, the Grinch shaves his head with the same razor he used to tease him with.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Grinch's backstory. He had a crush on a girl but was rejected.

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Grinch's backstory. He had a crush on a girl girl, but was rejected.rejected (mostly because of [[TheBully Augustus]]).


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* PokeThePoodle: The Grinch starts terrorizing the Whos… by rearranging their mail and giving them some unwanted mail (mostly Jury Duty).
15th Feb '18 7:18:25 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* OutrunTheFireball: Parodied with the Grinch running from the gas leak explosion of a car he wrecked the size of a ''skateboard.''
15th Feb '18 7:07:05 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* GRatedSex: The "baby Whos from the sky" method of reproduction. Could be interpreted as a fib, since the people explaining the Grinch's back story are telling it to a girl too young to know what sex is...but it's also shown in a flashback, and the rest of the sequence makes it clear that the flashback is what really happened, while the people telling the story in the present are lying about certain parts to make themselves look better. Unlike most versions of the trope, the "sex" part is also ''strongly'' emphasized, as seen when the father Who [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar asks his wife why]] [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe looks just like her boss.]]

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* GRatedSex: The "baby Whos from the sky" method of reproduction. Could be interpreted as a fib, since the people explaining the Grinch's back story are telling it to a girl too young to know what sex is...but it's also shown in a flashback, and the rest of the sequence makes it clear that the flashback is what really happened, while the people telling the story in the present are lying about certain parts to make themselves look better. Unlike most versions of the trope, the "sex" part is also ''strongly'' emphasized, as seen when the father Who [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar asks his wife why]] [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe their baby looks just like her boss.]]
15th Feb '18 7:05:07 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* {{Bathos}}: The Grinch violently freaking out at his party when the Mayor [[YankTheDogsChain ruins his one moment of triumph]] by [[KickTheDog cruelly presenting him with an insulting gift]] is legitimately upsetting because he's such a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic character]], but it's also hilarious when he totally ''destroys'' the party in the most ridiculous, cartoonish, and petty manner possible by [[RefugeInAudacity setting the tree on fire with a flamethrower]] and angrily driving away through the chaos on a [[HugeRiderTinyMount ridiculously tiny car.]]



* EveryCarIsAPinto: Parodied. At one point the Grinch rides on a tiny - not as in child-size, as in ''skateboard-sized'' - car that does not move particularly fast, and yet when he busts the gas leak and runs it [[RefugeInAudacity explodes like an oil tanker.]]



* GRatedSex: The "baby Whos from the sky" method of reproduction. Could be interpreted as a fib, since the people explaining the Grinch's back story are telling it to a girl too young to know what sex is...but it's also shown in a flashback, and the rest of the sequence makes it clear that the flashback is what really happened, while the people telling the story in the present are lying about certain parts to make themselves look better.

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* GRatedSex: The "baby Whos from the sky" method of reproduction. Could be interpreted as a fib, since the people explaining the Grinch's back story are telling it to a girl too young to know what sex is...but it's also shown in a flashback, and the rest of the sequence makes it clear that the flashback is what really happened, while the people telling the story in the present are lying about certain parts to make themselves look better. Unlike most versions of the trope, the "sex" part is also ''strongly'' emphasized, as seen when the father Who [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar asks his wife why]] [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe looks just like her boss.]]



** The flashback to the baby Grinch being delivered appears to take place at a [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_sex#Key_party key party]].

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** The flashback to the baby Grinch being delivered appears to take place at a [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_sex#Key_party key party]]. It could also be a drunk driving joke, which is ''equally'' inappropriate.



* HugeRiderTinyMount: The car that the Grinch steals and rides on - not in, ''on'' - is barely big enough for him to fit a shoe inside, so he just rides around on top.



--> '''Grinch:''' Of course, [gifts] are. That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's what it's ''always'' been ''about''! Gifts, gifts, ''giftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgifts!'' You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I'm saying? In your ''garbage!'' I could ''hang'' myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice. ''The avarice never ends!'' "I want golf clubs!" "I want diamonds!" "I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored with it and sell it to make ''glue!''" Look, [[BlatantLies I don't wanna make waves, but]] this whole Christmas season is ''stupid!'' ''Stupid!'' ''Stupid!'' There is, however, one teeny-tiny Christmas tradition that I find quite... meaningful. Mistletoe. Now pucker up and ''kiss it, Whoville!''

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--> '''Grinch:''' Of course, [gifts] are. That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's what it's ''always'' been ''about''! Gifts, gifts, ''giftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgiftsgifts!'' You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I'm saying? In your ''garbage!'' I could ''hang'' myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice. ''The avarice never ends!'' "I want golf clubs!" "I want diamonds!" "I want a pony [[CrossesTheLineTwice so I can ride it twice, get bored with it and sell it to make ''glue!''" make]] ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice glue!]]''" Look, [[BlatantLies I don't wanna make waves, but]] this whole Christmas season is ''stupid!'' ''Stupid!'' ''Stupid!'' There is, however, one teeny-tiny Christmas tradition that I find quite... meaningful. Mistletoe. Now pucker up and ''kiss it, Whoville!''


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* StuffBlowingUp: Parodied with the [[EveryCarIsAPinto inexplicably exploding]] toy car the Grinch rides on and wrecks at one point.
14th Feb '18 8:27:18 PM gjjones
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** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''EVEN THE GODDAMN TEACHER''''' is laughing at his predicament along with [[KidsAreCruel the other kids]], instead of, you know, scolding her students to not be so mean-spirited to a specific student. This actually gives ''another'' specific reason ''why'' he despises the Whos so much.

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** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''EVEN THE GODDAMN TEACHER''''' '''''even the god-damn teacher''''' is laughing at his predicament along with [[KidsAreCruel the other kids]], instead of, you know, scolding her students to not be so mean-spirited to a specific student. This actually gives ''another'' specific reason ''why'' he despises the Whos so much.
14th Feb '18 6:33:17 PM PStriderFan
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** Cindy gets this as well when the Mayor bullies her into tears after the Grinch goes berserk (this was actually because the Mayor [[KickTheDog plays the mean-spirited prank with razor onto the Grinch]]).
-->'''Mayor:''' "I'm hurt, Lou. I'm hurt, and I don't hurt easily. But you and your family. I'm so… ''dissapointed''. Can we just get back to Christmas... the way it ''should'' be: Grinch-less! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!"
-->'''Cindy:''' "(''heartbroken'') I just wanted everyone to be together for Christmas."



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Unlike the Grinch, Mayor Augustus Maywho never seems to have redeemability in him and actually ''less'' friendly than the Grinch, even ''before'' the Grinch's HeelFaceTurn.



* LaughablyEvil: The Grinch, obviously! Even as he's committing malicious acts, it's just ''so'' hard not to laugh our buts off. His [[LargeHam hamminess]] certainly helps.

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* LaughablyEvil: The Grinch, obviously! Even as he's committing malicious acts, it's just ''so'' hard not to laugh our buts butts off. His [[LargeHam hamminess]] certainly helps.
14th Feb '18 6:17:06 PM PStriderFan
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** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''EVEN THE GODDAMN TEACHER''''' is laughing at his predicament along with [[KidsAreCruel the other kids]], instead of, you know, scolding her students not to be so mean to a specific student. This actually gives ''another'' specific reason ''why'' he despises the Whos so much.
* AffablyEvil: The Grinch will sometimes display cordiality even while causing havoc toward the Whos.

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** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''EVEN THE GODDAMN TEACHER''''' is laughing at his predicament along with [[KidsAreCruel the other kids]], instead of, you know, scolding her students to not to be so mean mean-spirited to a specific student. This actually gives ''another'' specific reason ''why'' he despises the Whos so much.
* AffablyEvil: The Grinch will sometimes display cordiality even while causing havoc toward the Whos. He also has genuine fondness in Cindy, mostly because she's one of the only Whos (outside of Martha) who understands him properly.


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* LaughablyEvil: The Grinch, obviously! Even as he's committing malicious acts, it's just ''so'' hard not to laugh our buts off. His [[LargeHam hamminess]] certainly helps.
14th Feb '18 6:10:59 PM PStriderFan
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** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''EVEN THE GODDAMN TEACHER''''' is laughing at his predicament along with [[KidsAreCruel the other kids]], instead of, you know, scolding her students not to be so mean to a specific student. This actually gives ''another'' specific reason ''why'' he despises the Whos so much.
12th Feb '18 1:13:48 AM Cryoclaste
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* SpiritualSuccessor: 2003's live-action film of Dr. Seuss' ''The Cat in the Hat'', from the same production company and with Mike Myers as the Cat. Incidentally, [[Creator/JimCarrey guess who voiced Horton]] in Blue Sky Studios' ''HortonHearsAWho'' in 2008?

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* SpiritualSuccessor: 2003's live-action film of Dr. Seuss' ''The Cat in the Hat'', from the same production company and with Mike Myers as the Cat. Incidentally, [[Creator/JimCarrey guess who voiced Horton]] in Blue Sky Studios' ''HortonHearsAWho'' ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' in 2008?
25th Jan '18 7:08:30 PM Godzillawolf
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* TheVillainSucksSong: "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The stage and movie versions give it to the Grinch, making it a tongue-in-cheek VillainSong.

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* TheVillainSucksSong: "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The stage and movie versions give it to the Grinch, making it a tongue-in-cheek VillainSong.VillainSong (though that actually always the intention, but Boris Karloff couldn't sing by his own admission).
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