"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."
The exact opposite of the Wide-Eyed Idealist
. A Grumpy Bear is grim and gritty, ready to do the most unspeakable deeds
to win. Yet he's living in a world of rainbows and fluffy bunnies!
This character is a Wrong Genre Savvy cynic
living in an ideal Happily Ever After
setting; the Grumpy Bear lives in a rose-colored world, is constantly frowning
and is wearing Jade-Colored Glasses
Can be treated as a Butt Monkey
— and the audience is primed to laugh rather than worry about their misfortunes
. Often an Ineffectual Loner
to boot. Unlike his polar opposite
(who will inevitably die or get its ideals smashed and be rendered a hollow shell of its former self), the Grumpy Bear will at least get through a cynical
story in one piece. He will either learn An Aesop
about The Power of Friendship
and The Power of Love
and live — well, Happily Ever After
, or at least be left alone, its grumpiness being mainly used for comedy.
A Grumpy Bear who works with the other characters despite his skepticism is a Sour Supporter
. This trope is a specific type of Anti-Hero
and Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
. Has a tendency to be blinded by his cynicism
in more realistic works.
Compare The Eeyore
, who's miserable rather than grumpy.
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