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->''"[[OhCrap 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.

An animated film adaptation by Creator/IlluminationEntertainment is set for release in November 2018, starring Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as The Grinch.
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!!This Christmas film includes examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: The Grinch's pet dog, Max, was his only friend for years.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* AsYouKnow: The Mayor "[doesn't] need to remind" Lou Lou Who that this is the 1000th Whobilation.
* AwardBaitSong: "Where Are You, Christmas?"
* BadSanta: The Grinch disguises himself as one.
* BaitandSwitch:When the Grinch starts wrapping up Cindy Lou he choses 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.
* BalloonBelly: The Grinch gets one 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.
* 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.
* BigNo: The Grinch yells one 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 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; ''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.
* 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 Whovile 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.
* 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".
* 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: How baby Whos are delivered, evidently.
* DevilInPlainSight: Mayor Augustus Maywho doesn't start out this way, but after see him as a bully during his childhood, his sadistic traits become considerably noticeable, especially during the Who-balation, 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.
* 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 brought 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 wilverware or family heirloam.
* 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 sfter 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!]]"
* 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 'junk' food.
* {{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:''' "The presents! They'll be destroyed! And I ''care!'' ...What is the ''deal?!''
* 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?"
** 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.
* {{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.
* 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. Possibly justified, since the people explaining the Grinch's back story are telling it to a girl too young to know what sex is.
* GadgeteerGenius: The Grinch was able to make rocket-powered, flying sleigh out of junk and trash.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** 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]].
** "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
%%* 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: 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: The Mayor 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.
* 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.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: The Grinch clutches his chest in pain 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."
%%* HumanFocusedAdaptation
* IAteWhat: The Grinch during the Who Pudding Cookoff:
-->'''Old Who:''' This is ''not'' pudding.
-->'''Grinch:''' ''[does a SpitTake]'' What is it!?
* 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.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Eventually The Grinch and Cindy Lou.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Grinch, at first, and Mayor Augustus Maywho. In fact, the latter was largely responsible for turning the former into this trope.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: 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."
* 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''.]]
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: "It's not a dress! It's a kilt, sicko!"
* LicensedGame: ''The Grinch'' for Playstation and Dreamcast.
* 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: Of ''Creator/DrSeuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!''
* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Grinch's backstory. He had a crush on a girl but was rejected.
* 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]] 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 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.
* 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 ''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.
* 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 tortorous treatment of the Grinch during the entire celebration and KickTheDog moment with the razor during the finale that drove the Grinch over the edge..
* NonHumanSidekick: Max the Dog.
* OfficialCouple: The Grinch and Martha May Whovier become an item by the film's end.
* OfficerOHara: Officer Wholihan
* OhCrap:
** 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 leter 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.
* 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: 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.
** The Grinch may not be related to Cindy Lou, but he still pulls this trope off at the end of the film.
* 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, the 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: 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?"
* 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''.
* PrecisionFStrike
--> '''Grinch''': Are you kidding? The sun is bright and the powder's bitchin'.
* PunnyName: 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 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 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, and he hasn't changed a bit.
* 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.
* 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, [[Main/JimCarrey guess who voiced Horton]] in Blue Sky Studios' ''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, 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.
* SuperStrength: The Grinch. [[{{Determinator}} Increases in dire situations.]]
* 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 this way toward the Grinch, especially after discovering his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* 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.
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* 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 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.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Grinch 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.
* 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.
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