[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheGrinch_8852.jpg]]

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

Or just ''The Grinch''. A 2000 film based upon [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the book of the same name]]. JimCarrey cavorts a little more than usual as TheGrinch, 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 ''HomeAlone''.

----
!!Includes 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."
* 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.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Until the ending, the Whos are really less sympathetic than in the book. They're [[ObliviouslyEvil not intentionally mean-spirited, but are ultra-commercial and have lost sight of what Christmas really means.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: For most of the film the smartest characters are an eight-year-old girl and a 53+ year old Grinch.
* AffablyEvil: The Grinch.
** FauxAffablyEvil: Mayor Augustus Maywho.
* 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 alienated from his peers (excluding Martha), especially from the Mayor.
* 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.
* AsideGlance: The Grinch, a few times.
* AwardBaitSong: "Where Are You, Christmas?"
* BadSanta: TheGrinch disguises himself as one.
* 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!
** SpannerInTheWorks: What ruins the plan? Mayor Augustus blaming Cindy Lou for the disaster. If he hadn't, her father wouldn't have defended her and, thus, realize what the true meaning of Christmas was.
* BeastAndBeauty: The Grinch and Martha May Whovier.
* 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.
* 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 with Cindy Lou Who and the Christmas tree.
* 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, bad judge of character.
* 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: The backstory presented in the film makes it clear that the Grinch's hatred of the Who's way of celebrating Christmas is perfectly justified, yet the end is still presented as him needing to learn a lesson. To be fair, the Who's end up learning the same lesson too.
* CallousnessTowardsEmergency
* CheshireCatGrin: When the Grinch gets his awful idea.
* 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".
* 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.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: The Grinch has green eyes and green hair.
* DeliveryStork
* DevilInPlainSight: Mayor Augustus Maywho.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: The Mayor loses Martha to the Grinch.
** Subverted with the Grinch who didn't win Martha over as a child.
* 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:
--> '''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: The Grinch when he was a kid.
* 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. He'll cause a little chaos and mayhem, but he avoids people getting hurt. After Max gets the Grinch's attention that Cindy's in real danger from the machinery, he reluctantly saves her.
-->'''Grinch:''' "[[SarcasmMode Bleeding hearts of the world unite!]]"
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Grinch eats a lot of 'junk' food.
* 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.
* FantasticRacism: The Mayor 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?"
* {{Flashback}}
* FreudianExcuse: The Grinch is given one that previous versions lacked.
* FunbagAirbag: "Hello, Martha." 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.
* GadgeteerGenius: The Grinch.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** The flashback to the baby Grinch being delivered appears to take place at a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_party#Key_party key party]].
** "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 the extended version, Nogoff
* GeniusBruiser: The Grinch.
* GrimUpNorth: The Grinch lives "just north of Whoville", and his lair is pretty icy (although that may just be because it's winter.)
* TheGrinch: ''Obviously''.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Grinch And His Dog]]: The Grinch's pet dog, Max, was his only friend for years.
* HasTwoMommies: The Grinch was raised by two women who lived in the same house. Whether they were friends, relatives or life partners is unknown.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Was Not My Boyfriend]]: 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.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: The Grinch seems to have one when his heart grows three sizes.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Cindy Lou manages to do this even while being absolutely right. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Grinch when he says of her, "Nice kid, ''baaaad'' judge of character."
* InteractiveNarrator: The Grinch shushes the narrator when he's sneaking into the Whos' houses to steal their presents.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Eventually The Grinch and Cindy Lou.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Grinch and Mayor Augustus Maywho.
* 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.
* 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.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: "It's not a dress! It's a kilt, sicko!"
* 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. Max is very clearly NOT happy afterwards.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Obviously.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Grinch's backstory.
* LoveTriangle: The Grinch, Mayor Augustus Maywho and Martha May Whovier.
* MadeOfExplodium: The tiny car that the Grinch steals. When he crashes it, it goes off like a [[RefugeInAudacity gasoline tanker.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Grinch gets this 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 Whobiliation scene qualifies by the moment the Grinch gets the razor as a gift.
* MoralityPet: A literal version! Max doesn't let the Grinch leave the Post Office without saving Cindy Lou.
* 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 ''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 ''{{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.
* {{Narrator}}: AnthonyHopkins.
* NeverMyFault: Augustus Maywho blames Cindy Lou for the Grinch stealing Christmas, despite the fact that it was his brutal taunts that drove the Grinch over the edge the night before.
* NonHumanSidekick: Max the Dog.
* OfficialCouple: The Grinch and Martha May Whovier become an item by the film's end.
* OppositesAttractRevenge: The Grinch's girlfriend Martha almost marries Augustus Maywho, who bullied the Grinch as a child.
* {{Packed Hero}}ine: This happens to Cindy Lou Who.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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: Whenever Martha May Whovier is on screen. (Er, in adult form, that is.)
* ParodiesOfFire: Happens as the Grinch participates in a potato-sack race.
* ParrotExpowhat: "Holiday Whobeewhatee?"
* PrecisionFStrike
--> '''Grinch''': Are you kidding? The sun is bright and the powder's bitchin'.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: The Mayor's yes-Who assistant is named "Whobris."
* 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 loses badly.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Grinch delivers this at the Whobilation, [[JerkassHasAPoint calling out the Whos]] for their conspicuous consumption and ChewingTheScenery all the way.
--> '''Grinch:''' 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!''
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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 dad 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, [[Main/JimCarrey guess who voiced Horton]] in Blue Sky Studios' ''HortonHearsAWho'' in 2008?
* SuperStrength: The Grinch. [[{{Determinator}} Increases in dire situations.]]
* TearsOfRemorse: The Grinch after his {{Heel Face Turn}}
* TimeshiftedActor
* 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.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: The Grinch at the start of the movie. 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Who-bie, Destroyer of Christmas]]: The Grinch.
* [[HumanFocusedAdaptation Who-man Focused Adaptation]]
----