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->''"The presents! They'll be destroyed! And I care! ...What is the deal?!"''
-->-- '''The Grinch'''

''Creator/DrSeuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' (or just ''The Grinch'', as it was promoted) is a 2000 Christmas film based upon [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the book of the same name]], directed by Creator/RonHoward and starring Creator/JimCarrey as [[TheGrinch the title character]].

The first film adaptation, as well as the first LiveActionAdaptation, of one of Seuss's works, the film finds Carrey cavorting a little more than usual, leaping around all over the place and wearing a green mask. [[Film/TheMask Again.]] While it follows the original book pretty closely, it features [[AdaptationExpansion an additional backstory]] to make the Grinch much more sympathetic. To date, it is the second-highest-grossing Christmas film of all time, next to ''Film/HomeAlone''.

[[Film/TheCatInTheHat A second live-action film based on Dr. Seuss' stories]] was released in 2003. However, it turned out to be a FranchiseKiller, putting the kibosh on any of Seuss's live-action adaptations.

[[WesternAnimation/TheGrinch2018 An animated film adaptation]] by Creator/IlluminationEntertainment is set for release in November 2018, starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as The Grinch.

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!!''How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: The title character at one point winds up flying face-first into the bosom of his childhood crush. Without removing his head from her chest, he greets her with the muffled words, "Hello, Martha."
* AccidentalRhyme: The Grinch does this a couple of times (to fit the original rhymes by Creator/DrSeuss) and then gets annoyed at himself because he hates rhyming.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie expands on the Grinch's character, actually creating [[FreudianExcuse legitimate motivation]] for his actions and a reason why he stole Christmas ''this'' year as opposed to any previous year, in comparison to the original story where he simply hated Christmas and randomly decided that after 53 years of putting up with it, he would ruin it.
* AdaptationalBadass: Of a sort. The Grinch is a much goofier character, but is an incredibly competent inventor, filling his lair with various contraption made of junk and trash.
** As a result of the above; his sleigh is rocket powered and capable of flight in this version.
*** Also, the fact that said sleigh would’ve probably taken anyone else days to build, he managed to build it in ''just a few hours!''
** Likewise Max is less put-upon and more of an equal to the Grinch even being something of a SilentSnarker, fitting since Max has been his only friend and companion for the past 53 years.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The Grinch is much more sympathetic than in the book, having become the mean-spirited {{Jerkass}} he is as a result of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer bullied by the Whos]], which also triggered his hatred of Christmas.
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Cindy Lou Who was simply an innocent two-year-old girl in the book, but in the film, she's a child prodigy who knows words like "superfluous" and thoroughly read the Book of Who enough to win an argument with the Mayor about it.
* AdaptationalJerkass: Until the ending, the Whos are far less sympathetic than in the book. They're [[ObliviouslyEvil not intentionally mean-spirited (save for Mayor Maywho), but are ultra-commercial and have lost sight of what Christmas really means.]]
* AdaptationalUgliness: In the original book, all of the Whos are small creatures with antennae who look rather cute. In the film, all of the background Whos are regular people with prosthetic noses and buck teeth that make them look [[UncannyValley rather strange and creepy]]. They're also given ugly and gaudy outfits to match them being portrayed as more greedy and materialistic.
* AdultsAreUseless: For most of the film the smartest characters are an eight-year-old girl and a 53+ year old Grinch.
** Also notice that in the Grinch's flashback that '''''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.
* 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.
* AffectionateParody: A subversion of sorts. The Grinch starts to realize he's speaking in rhyme at certain points, and goes out of his way to try and prevent it. He does, however, keep going just before his HeelFaceTurn. At the very least, it's in character for him in the beginning.
* AgeLift: Cindy Lou Who was "no more than two" in the original. Her age isn't specified in the film, but six-year-old Taylor Momsen is obviously not two.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Martha May Whovier has had a crush on the Grinch for years.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The Grinch was isolated from his peers (excluding Martha), especially from Augustus. He later snaps and hurls a Christmas tree at them before running off to live alone in Mount Crumpit for the next 53 years.
* AntiVillain: Grinch is a Type II, while Max is a Type IV.
* AscendedExtra:
** Sure, Cindy-Lou was the only Who with a name in the book, but she was only in a very small portion.
** All of the Whos really.
** As with the animated special, Max plays a more prominent role.
* AsideComment: After failing to scare Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch turns to the audience and says, "Kids today. So desensitized by movies and television."
* AsideGlance: The Grinch, a few times, looks toward the camera.
* AsYouKnow: The Mayor "[doesn't] need to remind" Lou Lou Who that this is the 1000th Whobilation.
* AwardBaitSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlgTPxlOUzQ Where Are You, Christmas?]]" by Music/FaithHill.
* BadSanta: The Grinch disguises himself as Santa during his attempt to ruin the Whos' Christmas.
* BaitAndSwitch:When the Grinch starts wrapping up Cindy Lou he chooses a bright red wrapping paper, during the wrapping of Cindy Lou he tells Max to pick out a bow. A short bit later and we see a properly packaged box and Cindy Lou screaming 'Hello?'. Don't worry, it's not her because if it was there would be no movie.
* {{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.]]
* BalloonBelly: The Grinch gets a large belly when the Whovians stuff him with food at the Whobilation.
* BatmanGambit: Unlike the book and the cartoon, the Grinch's plan hinging on Christmas being ruined by him stealing the presents actually holds merit as the Whovians truly are that materialistic. And it works....[[HeelRealization initially anyway.]]
* BeastAndBeauty: The Grinch and Martha May Whovier are respectively a hairy humanoid and an attractive woman.
* BerserkButton: The Grinch actually starts to enjoy being involved in the Christmas celebrations... until he opens his gift to find an electric razor, a bad joke that triggers his deep-seated childhood rage, increased when Augustus proposes to Martha right in front of him.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Grinch may be [[LargeHam over-the-top hammy]], but goes on an absolute rampage when Augustus pulls that cruel joke on him. He also isn't afraid to call out the Whos on their selfishness in his famous TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* BigNo: The Grinch yells "No" after reaching the top of Mount Crumpit to rescue his sleigh.
* BillBillJunkBill:
** The Grinch does this in reverse to the Whos, sending unpleasant mail to random destinations in the post office: "Jury duty! Jury duty! Jury duty! Blackmail! Pink slip! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Chain letter!]] Eviction notice! Jury duty!"
** He flips through the town phone book at random, loudly voicing his displeasure with each name he reads. "Hate, hate, hatehatehatehate, double-hate, LOATHE ENTIRELY!!"
* BlatantLies:
** The Grinch. "Look, I don't want to make waves, but..."
** Also Mayor Augustus: "Martha was ''my'' girlfriend..."
** Plus the whole thing the Grinch tells to Cindy Lou Who about the Christmas tree having a defective light.
* ABoyAndHisX: The Grinch's pet dog, Max, was his only friend for years.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: After the Grinch fails to scare off Cindy Lou Who.
-->'''Grinch''': "Kids today; so desensitized by movies and television."
-->'''Grinch''': (about [[{{CheerfulChild}} Cindy Lou Who]]) "Nice kid; ''baaad'' judge of character."
* BreakTheCutie: After enduring abuse in his childhood, it's little wonder that the Grinch was turned from a nice person to a reclusive jerk.
** 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."
* BreathWeapon: While wandering Whoville incognito, The Grinch knocks out a pushy hat salesman with his foul breath.
* BrickJoke: After he finishes pranking the Whos, he goes back to his lair and states that his heart size has gone "Down a size and a half!", meaning it's three and a half sizes too small. Near the end, his heart grows three sizes, leaving it still a half size too small. It explains his remaining JerkAss tendencies. And Martha May Whovier [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys wouldn't have it any other way.]]
--> '''The Grinch:''' Who wants the gizzard!?
--> '''Who:''' I do!
--> '''The Grinch:''' Too late! That'll be mine...
* BrokenAesop: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] The backstory presented in the film makes it clear that the Grinch's hatred of the Whos' way of celebrating Christmas is perfectly justified, yet the end is still presented as him needing to learn a lesson. On the other hand, as it was exposed in the bit of him disguised as Santa Claus with Cindy Lou, the Grinch believed in Christmas being about presents (and VENGEANCE!!!) because he learned that from the Whos. Thus, both the Grinch AND the Whos needed to learn a lesson about what Christmas' true meaning was; and it is ultimately Cindy Lou and her father who make sure that happened, first to Whoville and then to the Grinch.
* BrokenBird: The Grinch was mocked at by his classmates and most of Whoville and his life was a miserable one to say the least.
* BrokenEcho: The Grinch gets into an argument with his echo and ends it by saying "I'm an idiot." His echo responds with "You're an idiot." Twice.
* BullyingADragon: Even as a child, the Grinch was quite strong. Him being ridiculed and mocked by the Whos for his attempt to give a gift to a young Martha some 53 years in the past was what finally made him snap, and he utterly trashes the class' Christmas tree in response.
* ButtBiter: Max does this to the Grinch in the post office when he's about to leave, refusing to let him leave without saving Cindy:
-->'''Grinch''': Stop it, Max! Get that out of your mouth! You have ''no idea'' where it's been!
* CallousnessTowardsEmergency: When Cindy Lou falls into the machinery at the post office, the Grinch is largely unconcerned and intends to leave... but when [[MoralityPet Max]] refuses to let him do so, he gives in and saves Cindy.
* CanonForeigner: A few new characters are added into the story, including Mayor Augustus Maywho, his plucky assistant Whobris, and Martha May Whovier.
* CharacterExaggeration: In the original special, the Grinch's unhygienic traits were only brought up in the lyrics of "[[TheVillainSucksSong You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch]]", with the Grinch himself living as a reclusive hermit. In the movie, there are many scenes where the Grinch eats garbage and wallows in his own filth, explaining why he would choose such lyrics to describe himself when singing the song in this version.
* ChekhovsGun: Besides the mountain of junk outside of his cave which he builds his rocket sleigh from, the vacuum hose which he uses to suck up all the presents and the antlers he ties on Max for his role as reindeer in his "reverse-Santa gambit" are both seen early in the film when the Grinch returns home from playing a variety of harmful pranks in Whoville.
* CheshireCatGrin: When the Grinch gets his awful idea, he has a disturbingly large grin.
* ChewingTheScenery: Jim Carrey takes it a little too far when he eats a wine bottle.
* ChristmasCarolers: The one thing the Grinch hates most of all is when all the Whos down in Whoville gather together, and start caroling around the Christmas tree. There's a song on the subject by Ben Folds called "Lonely Christmas Eve".
* CobwebOfDisuse: The Grinch's mailbox at the Whoville Post Office is covered in it.
-->'''Lou Lou Who''': ''(to Cindy)'' Take a look at his mailbox, sweetie. Not a single Christmas card, in or out. Ever!
* CrapsaccharineWorld: A light example. While Whoville seems like a festive, friendly place at first, the Grinch -- and Cindy Lou -- feel that the Whos are very materialistic about Christmas. Not to mention how The Grinch was treated when he was a kid.
* CueTheSun: Arrives right after the Grinch's heart grows three sizes.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: The Grinch has green eyes and green hair.
* DeliveryStork: No actual storks, but baby Whos evidently drift down from the sky in "pumbercellas", bassinets equipped with [[ParasolParachute momentum-slowing umbrellas]].
* DevilInPlainSight: Mayor Augustus Maywho doesn't start out this way, but after after his past as a schoolyard bully is revealed, his sadistic traits become considerably noticeable, especially during the Who-bilation, where he sees to it that the Grinch has an absolutely horrible time there.
* DidNotGetTheGirl:
** The Mayor loses Martha to the Grinch.
** Subverted with the Grinch who didn't win Martha over as a child.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** After enduring enough of his bullying in school, the Grinch destroys his gift, his presents, and hurls a tree at the classmates saying that he hates Christmas.
** After the Mayor cruelly gives the Grinch his electric shaver to remind him of his harassing as a kid, the Grinch retaliates against him by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard shaving]] ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard his]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hair with the electric shaver]] as revenge for teasing him.
-->'''The Grinch:''' "Uh oh. Somebody's '''''FABULOUS'''''!"
* EasilyForgiven: While more cynical towards the Grinch in this interpretation, you have to give credit that the Whos are willing to give him a chance twice over after completely destroying the festivities ([[DownplayedTrope then again]], he did bring the stuff he stole back):
--> '''The Grinch:''' I am the Grinch that stole Christmas... and I'm sorry. ''*beat*'' Aren't you going to cuff me? Put me in a chokehold? Blind me with pepper spray?
--> '''Mayor Augustus Maywho:''' You heard him, Officer. He admitted it. I'd go with the pepper spray.
--> '''Officer Wholihan:''' Yes, I heard him all right. He said he was sorry.
* 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 (though, he ''was'' doing a good deed at the same time by going out of his way to make a gift for Martha).
* EnormousEngagementRing: The ring offered to Martha May Whovier by Mayor Augustus Maywho is visibly large. It's also hideously gaudy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While the Grinch is not above destroying anything Christmas related, he avoids running women pushing children on the stroller even if the end result ends with his (stolen) car exploding. In addition, just after his massive rampage on Whoville, he crashes the car he stole, notices it's going to explode, and yells out that it is going to do so. Granted, there wasn't any Who's around, but he still yelled it out, just in case they were. So the Grinch, Pre HeelFaceTurn, is not above causing massive mayhem and destruction, but he doesn't want to see them killed or hurt.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted for a bit at the beginning.]] Only after Max pushes the Grinch into saving Cindy from the machinery, he reluctantly saves her. He didn't seem too concerned at first.
-->'''Grinch:''' "[[SarcasmMode Bleeding hearts of the world unite!]]"
* 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 tank and runs it [[RefugeInAudacity explodes like an oil tanker.]]
* EvilOverlooker: As seen in the poster above, the Grinch can be seen with a menacing look on his face above Whoville.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Grinch eats a lot of garbage. For instance, he's seen eating a glass bottle at one point and is later seen eating an old banana peel during the performance of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". There's also the scene where he took a bite out of a Santa plate when he was a baby.
* {{Faceplant}}: The Grinch tries a DivingSave to grab the sleigh when it starts to slip, only to fall short and land face-first in the snow behind it.
* FailedASpotCheck: Cindy Lou doesn't recognize the Grinch while he's stealing her family's tree, despite him putting his head through the tree and talking to her at one point.
* FaceRealization: The Grinch, once his heart has grown three sizes and he sees the stolen presents about to fall off Mount Crumpit.
-->'''The Grinch:''' "Oh, no! The sleigh! The presents! They'll be destroyed! And I ''care!'' ...What is the ''deal?!''"
* FantasticRacism:
** The Mayor is prejudiced against the Grinch.
** The Grinch hilariously thinks this when he is passed up on the road.
--> '''The Grinch:''' "It's because I'm green, isn't it?"
** Cindy's father exhibits more subtle racism at the beginning of the movie.
--> '''Lou Lou Who:''' Actually, not a Who. He's more of a...
--> '''Cindy Lou Who:''' A what?
--> '''Lou Lou Who:''' Exactly, honey. And he's a What who...doesn't like Christmas.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mayor Augustus Maywho's politeness hides a sinister personality.
* {{Flashback}}: The Grinch's entire backstory, told by several folks that Cindy interviews, including the two old ladies who raised him, the Mayor, and Martha.
* FreudianExcuse: The Grinch is given one that previous versions lacked. He hates Christmas because of unpleasant memories involving the Whos picking on him when he was a kid.
* FunbagAirbag: The Grinch at one point has his face land into Martha May Whovier's breasts. Coupled with CrashIntoHello.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: "If you utter so much as one syllable, I'LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH! If you'd like to fax me, press the star key."
* 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.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: The Grinch was able to make a VTOL rocket-powered, flying sleigh out of junk and trash.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not nearly as many as [[Film/TheCatInTheHat the second live action film adaptation of a Seuss work]], but still some rather noticeable examples:
** 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.
** "Hey, honey! Our baby's here! ...He looks just like your boss."
** The Grinch cleavage-diving May -- and she ''likes it.''
** "Now pucker up and kiss it, Whoville!"
** The Mayor [[spoiler:kissing Max's rear]]
** In a blink it and you miss it bit of dialogue, when the old ladies dress the Grinch up in his Holiday attire, he says, "Don't touch me there!"
** In the extended version, Nogoff, a part of the Whobilation where the Grinch has to guzzle a load of egg nog, which is suspiciously reminiscent of challenges where people are dared to chug down an entire alcoholic beverage in one sitting.
** Late in the movie, the Grinch [[spoiler:along with Cindy Lou, as they ride down to Whoville to bring everyone's presents back,]] says this line:
-->'''Grinch:''' The sun is bright, and the powder's bitchin'!
* GeniusBruiser: The Grinch was shown to be strong enough to lift an entire Christmas tree as a child and is also shown to be quite cunning in the mischief he plans.
* GoodParents: While Cindy's parents are just as commercialized and competitive as the other Whos, they are still loving parents throughout the movie, and are the first ones to [[HeelRealization realize the true meaning of Christmas.]]
* GrimUpNorth: The Grinch lives "just north of Whoville", and his lair is pretty icy (although that may just be because it's winter.)
* TheGrinch: The Grinch, obviously. He hates Christmas due to childhood bullying.
* HasTwoMommies: The Grinch was raised by two women who lived in the same house. Whether they were friends, relatives or life partners is unknown.
* HateSink: Augustus fulfills this role, bullying the Grinch when they were kids, continuing to bully him when they're adults, and attempting to have the Grinch arrested after his HeelFaceTurn. It's clear that the audience is supposed to despise him.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Cindy Lou's interview of Martha May opens with Martha May flatly [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denying ever having had a crush on the Grinch]], to which a confused Cindy replies, "I didn't ask you that."
* HideYourOtherness: As a child, the Grinch tries to shave off his green hair after being teased about it. It doesn't work very well, as the kids instead make fun of how badly he cut himself while shaving.
* HollywoodGlassCutter: During the presents-stealing montage, the Grinch cuts an enormous hole in a plate-glass window with his sharp fingertips. And instead of using a suction cup device to remove the cut-out piece, he sucks on the glass with his mouth.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: The Grinch clutches his chest in pain when his heart grows three sizes.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: The Grinch's family force a sweater with lights reading "I heart X-mas" on him when he's named Cheermeister. He rips it off gleefully when he decides to go on a rampage instead.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Cindy Lou manages to be easily deceived by the Grinch even while being absolutely right about her belief that he isn't a monster. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Grinch when he says of her, "Nice kid, ''baaaad'' judge of character."
* 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.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Not entirely, but the Whos (especially Cindy) receive almost as much emphasis and screentime as the Grinch.
* IAteWhat: The Grinch during the Who Pudding Cookoff:
-->'''Old Who:''' This is ''not'' pudding.
-->'''Grinch:''' ''[does a SpitTake]'' What is it!?
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The Grinch, whilst throwing letters, doesn't miss any of the sorting shelves he throws at.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Cindy Lou Who. She's the only one not affected by the commercialism of Whoville's Christmas and the only one who is willing to give the Grinch a chance.
* InteractiveNarrator: The Grinch shushes the narrator when he's sneaking into the Whos' houses to steal their presents. After a brief pause, the narrator continues, but whispers the rest of his lines.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Eventually The Grinch (over 53 years old) and Cindy Lou (a little girl) become close friends.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** The Grinch, at first, is completely rude and takes great joy in causing havoc toward the Whos.
** Mayor Augustus Maywho, whose childhood bullying of the Grinch is why he's the way he is today and continues being an asshole to the Grinch to this day.
* JerkassHasAPoint: The Grinch calls out the Whos for being so greedy and demanding on Christmas. Even though he hates Christmas, he makes sure to point out what he sees in them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Grinch, after discovering the meaning of Christmas. He's still kind of a jerkass, but he's considerably more affable. His heart is still a half-size too small, and Martha probably wouldn't have it any other way. Even before. His to-do list included ''solving world hunger.'' And then not telling anyone, because he's the ''Grinch'', [[{{BlatantLies}} not a good guy.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* KidsAreCruel: When the Grinch was a child, Augustus and most of his classmates mock him for his looks, which led to his StartOfDarkness.
* LargeHam: Jim Carrey really packs on the ham as the Grinch.
** "Hello, ''little girl''... '''HOW DARE YOU ENTER THE [[TrillingRs GRRRRRINCH'S]] ''LAIAH!!!!'' THE ''IM''PUDENCE!! THE AU-DACITY! THE AHN-MIDDEHGATED GULL!!!''' You called down the thunder now, get rrready for the '''''BOOOM!!!''''' Gaze into the face of ''fe-ahhh!''"
** "DOUBT?! Another unmistakable sign of the heebie-jeebies! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOW! YOU'RE! DOOOOOMMMED!]]"
** You can see Taylor Momsen (Cindy Lou) genuinely giggling through some of his hamminess.
* LateToThePunchline: In the climax, Martha May Whovier [[spoiler: rejects Mayor Augustus' marriage proposal, saying she's in love with someone else]]. The Grinch looks around at the assembled crows wondering who it is, before realizing [[spoiler:it's ''him''.]]
* LaughablyEvil: The Grinch, obviously! Even as he's committing malicious acts, it's just ''so'' hard not to laugh our butts off. His [[LargeHam hamminess]] certainly helps.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: "It's not a dress! It's a kilt, sicko!"
* LicensedGame: ''The Grinch'' for Playstation and Dreamcast was a video game adaptation of this movie.
* LiteralAssKissing:
** The Grinch holds a piece of mistletoe over his ass. "Now pucker up and kiss it, Whoville!"
** Also when The Grinch is stealing the presents and gets to the mayor, he presents Max's ass to him while he sleeps and dreams off kissing Martha May Whovier. Max is very clearly NOT happy afterwards.
* LiveActionAdaptation: A live-action film based on ''Creator/DrSeuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!''
* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Grinch's backstory. He had a crush on a girl, but was rejected (mostly because of [[TheBully Augustus]]).
* LoveTriangle: The Grinch and Mayor Augustus Maywho are both attracted to Martha May Whovier.
* MadeOfExplodium: The tiny car that the Grinch steals. When he crashes it, it goes off like a [[RefugeInAudacity gasoline tanker]] thanks to the gas leaking.
* MassOhCrap:
** Augustus and his classmates when the Grinch hurls a Christmas tree at them.
** The Whos when the Grinch causes chaos in the Whobilation.
** Towards the end of the film, the Whos are similarly shocked when they realize that the Grinch stole Christmas and later when the Grinch can't stop the sleigh after returning to Whoville.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Grinch realizes that he went too far in his scheme to ruin the Whos' Christmas after his heart grows three sizes.
* MoodWhiplash:
** While obviously a comedy through and through, there are quite a few scenes foreign to the genre, like the [[AwardBaitSong "Where Are You, Christmas?"]] song.
** The Whobilation scene qualifies by the moment the Grinch gets the razor as a gift.
* MoralityPet: A literal version! Max the dog doesn't let the Grinch leave the Post Office without saving Cindy Lou.
* MuggingTheMonster: The kids at the Grinch's school didn't know who they were messing with when he snapped and hurled a Christmas tree at them.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: While not actually involving literal murder, Augustus Maywho tries to get rid of the Grinch and the Grinch takes extra care in ruining Maywho's life when terrorizing the Whos.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Max the Dog seems to be this, following the Grinch faithfully whether his intentions are good or bad. Almost like a... well, a ''dog.''
* MythologyGag: The opening shot depicting Whoville as being inside a snowflake is a shout out to ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'', where Whoville is located in a similarly microscopic speck of dust.
** Fridge Brilliance! Who's to say that it's not the same speck, but stuck on a snowflake? It would explain why Whoville can have both warm and snowy weather. Plus in ''Theatre/{{Seussical}}'', the Grinch makes a cameo in the speck of dust Horton finds.
** Many designs (including but not limited to the clouds over Whoville) are based on swirls and spirals, echoing design elements in the original book.
** The fake monster head that the Grinch uses to scare off intruders is based on his original book design, made to look much more terrifying.
* {{Narrator}}: Creator/AnthonyHopkins narrates the film.
* NeverMyFault: Augustus Maywho blames Cindy Lou for the Grinch stealing Christmas since she was the one who insisted on having him be their Cheermeister in the first place, despite the fact that it was his intentionally torturous treatment of the Grinch during the entire celebration and incredibly mean-spirited KickTheDog moment with the razor during the finale that drove the Grinch over the edge.
* NonHumanSidekick: Max the Dog to the Grinch, though the Grinch himself isn't exactly human.
* OfficialCouple: The Grinch and Martha May Whovier become an item by the film's end.
* OfficerOHara: Officer Wholihan is an Irish-accented cop.
* OhCrap: There are quite a few moments of characters realizing that they are in serious trouble.
** Cindy's brothers when they get scared out of the Grinch's home in Mount Crumpit.
** Cindy when she first encounters the Grinch.
** The Grinch himself is shocked when Cindy sees him attempting to steal her Christmas tree, and later when he discovers a cat in his sleigh and another cat when he is stealing some gifts in one of the Whos' cupboards.
** The Grinch has a similar one when his sleigh runs out of fuel.
** The Grinch again when he realizes that the sleigh is about to fall off Mount Crumpit.
* OhTheHumanity: The Grinch shouts this when the Whos run from him after he ruins the Whobilation.
* OldWindbag: Mayor Maywho. Martha actually goes ''cross-eyed'' at the thought of hearing his tonsil story again.
* OppositesAttractRevenge: The Grinch's girlfriend Martha almost marries Augustus Maywho, who bullied the Grinch as a child.
* OutrunTheFireball: Parodied with the Grinch running from the gas leak explosion of a car he wrecked the size of a ''skateboard.''
* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: This live action movie turned the scene from animated film UpToEleven by giving the Whos a device like a ''belt-fed machine gun'' to shoot decorations at their houses.
* {{Packed Hero}}ine: Cindy Lou Who ends up wrapped in wrapping paper early in the film.
* PapaWolf:
** Cindy Lou's father, despite being a timid man, stands up for her when the Mayor blames her for the Grinch's thievery. In fact, ''he'''s the one who makes those in Whoville realize the true meaning of Christmas.
** Also, despite being visibly scared, he steps in front of a crashing sleigh to stop it because his daughter's on board.
** The Grinch may not be related to Cindy Lou, but he still pulls this trope off at the end of the film when he realizes she's on top of his sleigh while trying to keep it from sliding down Mt. Crumpit and crashing.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** This ugly cave creature puts on a red coat and Santa hat. Boom! He automatically looks "just like Saint Nick." Partially justified as a way of keeping people from noticing him ''from a distance'' (i.e. "a figure on the roof tops in a Santa's hat on Christmas eve ''must'' be Santa!") When Cindy Lou approaches him, he tries to keep the tree between them to help keep her from seeing him properly.
** Also, when pranking and causing mischief around Whoville earlier in the film, the Grinch dons a brown hooded robe and a creepy grinning rubber mask to pass himself off as a Who. The mask isn't LatexPerfection quality, and his green furry hands and feet are still visible.
* ParentalBonus:
** During the Grinch's childhood, in one scene the sisters can be seen collecting keys in a bowl, which could either be an alcohol reference or a sex joke.
** Also shortly before that, when the Grinch and the other Who babies are arriving via stork, one new Who father asks his wife [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar why their new son looks like her boss]].
** [[FantasticRacism IT'S BECAUSE I'M]] ''[[FantasticRacism GREEN]]'', [[FantasticRacism ISN'T IT?]]
* ParentalObliviousness:
** Lou and Betty Lou Who. They never seem to question where Cindy Lou is when she's out looking for the Grinch.
** Also applies to Cindy Lou's older brothers, Stu and Drew, whose warnings about running into the Grinch at the beginning of the film are ignored as well.
* ParentService: Martha May Whovier in the film's present time is clearly there to provide fanservice for older audiences.
* ParodiesOfFire: The theme from ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' plays as the Grinch participates in a potato-sack race.
* ParrotExpowhat: When the Grinch is first told about the Holiday Whobilation. "Holiday Whobeewhatee?"
* PetTheDog: The first thing the Grinch does after his HeelFaceTurn is hug Max...and then throws him off when he milks it.
-->'''Grinch:''' One step at a time!!!
* ThePigPen: The Grinch. His breath is so foul that it knocks a Who out cold, and when he removes his socks after returning from a pranking spree in Whoville, they ''start moving away''.
* PokeThePoodle: The Grinch starts terrorizing the Whos… by rearranging their mail and giving them some unwanted mail (mostly Jury Duty).
* PrecisionFStrike: The Grinch says a swear near the end of the film.
--> '''Grinch''': Are you kidding? The sun is bright and the powder's bitchin'.
* PunnyName: The Mayor's yes-Who assistant is named "Whobris", a pun on "hubris".
* PyroManiac: The Grinch, burning down the Whos' Christmas tree.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: After Cindy Lou nominates the Grinch to be the Holiday Cheermeister, both she and the Mayor take turns quoting from the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book of Who]] to argue their positions. The Mayor tries to BS his way out halfway through, and Cindy still wins.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Grinch delivers this at the Whobilation, [[JerkassHasAPoint calling out the Whos]] for their conspicuous consumption and ChewingTheScenery all the way.
--> '''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]] ''[[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!''
* SadClown: The Grinch is adapted into one. Despite being far goofier in this film, his humorous attacks on the people of Whoville are sourced by the unrelenting rage from the miserable childhood they gave him.
* SavingChristmas:
** Inverted; in fact, the inversion of this trope is the premise of the story. Then it's played straight when the Grinch Saves Christmas from himself at the end.
** In a sense, his stealing of Christmas is what ended up saving it for the Whos, as it helped them to realize what was truly important about Christmas.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Mayor Augustus Maywho, and he hasn't changed a bit from when he bullied the Grinch as a kid.
* ShoutOut:
** When working with Max on his reindeer impression, the Grinch wears a baseball cap and affects mannerisms often displayed by director Ron Howard.
** The surname "Whovier" (as in "Martha May Whovier") is a {{pun}} on the name "Bouvier"; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' maiden name.
** [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk A green man rips through a shirt, warning an innocent to keep away "before he kills again".]]
** A news story about the Grinch being spotted in Whoville is accompanied by a photo of him striding like Bigfoot does in the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson-Gimlin_film Patterson-Gimlin film]].
** The Grinch hams [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd "Gaze into the face of fear!"]] at one point.
** The novelization has a running gag in which Rose Who-Biddy mistakes the Grinch for a “[[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Whoticus Finch]]”.
* ShrunkenOrgan: The Grinch's heart. Starts as two sizes too small before going down "a size and a half". It grows three sizes, meaning it is still a half size too small. It shows.
* ShutUpHannibal: Just while the mayor blames Cindy for letting the Grinch ruin Christmas, her father says "If she's not [glad], then I am. I'm glad he took the presents." Then he proceeds to smack [[AnAesop an awesome lesson]] onto him and the citizens, saying that gifts and contests weren't all that defines Christmas.
* 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' ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' in 2008?
* StartOfDarkness: Bullied as a child for his appearance, he was humiliated in front of the girl he had crush on. You can barely blame the guy for living as a recluse and hating Christmas.
* StepfordSnarker: The Grinch uses his dry wit to cope with his poor self-esteem, and he's well aware of it. The best example of this is him claiming he couldn't go to the Whobilation because his schedule was too full of him wallowing in self-pity.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Lou Lou Who: "Let's see, we've got a munkle for your uncle, a fant for your aunt, and a fandpa for your Cousin Leon."
* SuperStrength: The Grinch can lift heavy objects with ease. [[{{Determinator}} Increases in dire situations.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: One that wasn't even asked.
-->'''Martha''': Did ''I'' have a crush on the ''Grinch''? (Awkward chuckle) Of course, not.\\
'''Cindy''': I- I didn't ask you that.\\
'''Martha''': Oh. Right.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Played with. Unlike in the original story, the Whos actually were upset, and the festivities halted, by the Grinch stealing the presents, but they have a change of heart after realizing how shallow they've been and start celebrating without them, and this causes the Grinch to have his own change of heart about Christmas. However, when the presents start falling off the mountain like in the story and he can't pull the sleigh back from the edge, he actually considers just letting them drop since, after all, he's just learned that they aren't necessary for Christmas. [[DoubleSubverted But then it turns out Cindy Lou Who snuck aboard the sleigh to keep the Grinch from spending Christmas alone]], and with ''her'' life on the line as well, the Grinch finds the strength to save her, and the presents in the process.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Cindy Lou feels sympathetic toward the Grinch, especially after discovering his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* StuffBlowingUp: Parodied with the [[EveryCarIsAPinto inexplicably exploding]] toy car the Grinch rides on and wrecks at one point.
* TableclothYank: Done successfully by the Grinch on a table full of fragile objects... only for him to turn around immediately after leaving the scene, come back, and smash everything off the table himself.
* TearsOfRemorse: The Grinch cries after seeing the sunrise towards the end of the film.
* ThatPoorCat: During the Grinch's present-stealing plan in Whoville, he inadvertently sucks up a cat into the sleigh and gets attacked for it. Then, he ends up encountering ''another'' one in a different house's cupboard.
* TimeshiftedActor: Josh Ryan Evans plays 8-year-old Grinch, Landry Allbright plays 8-year-old Martha May Whovier, and Ben Bookbinder plays 8-year-old Augustus Maywho.
* TogetherInDeath: The Grinch comforts Cindy Lou as they plummet seemingly to their deaths so that they won't cry together on Christmas.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Martha May Whovier wears blue.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: The Grinch at the start of the movie is a jerk with some of the film's humor derived from how mean and crafty he is. By the end though he's [[CharacterDevelopment become a much better person]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Mayor attempts to paint Cindy Lou Who as this for being the reason their Christmas stuff was stolen.
* UpToEleven: Inverted in the beginning as the Grinch's heart is two sizes smaller than what a normal one should be. And then shrinks another size and a half. And then grows three sizes, but unlike the book, this still leaves it a bit on the small side.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: The Grinch used to be a nice boy until he gets ridiculed by Augustus and his classmates after using an electric shaver that was given to him.
* V8EngineNoises: While all Who cars seem to have tiny engines with, like, one cylinder, the small car the Grinch hijacks from a couple of small Whos sounds like it has a V8 under the hood (or grows one as soon as he guns the engine).
* VillainProtagonist: The Grinch, up until the end, since he likes to cause trouble for the Whos and attempts to ruin Christmas by stealing their presents and decorations.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Grinch loses it when his plan to ruin Christmas is foiled until he experiences a HeelFaceTurn.
* 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 (though that actually always the intention, but Boris Karloff couldn't sing by his own admission).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to that yodeler the Grinch stole his clothes from?
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Cindy Lou Who is incredibly mature for her age, especially compared to the adult characters. She even out-argues the Mayor in Who law.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Grinch may have been an antisocial recluse, but it's hard not to feel bad for him after seeing how the other Whos treated him when he was a child.
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