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->''"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."''
-->-- '''Creator/HLMencken'''

The exact opposite of the WideEyedIdealist. A Grumpy Bear is grim and gritty, ready to [[ShootTheDog do the most unspeakable deeds]] to win. Yet he's living in a world of [[SugarBowl rainbows and fluffy bunnies!]] This character is a WrongGenreSavvy [[TheCynic cynic]] living in an ideal HappilyEverAfter setting; the Grumpy Bear lives in a rose-colored world, is [[PerpetualFrowner constantly frowning]] and is wearing JadeColoredGlasses. Those who are known for being grumpy are usually known for being either TheStoic or the IceQueen at times.

Can be treated as a ButtMonkey -- and the audience is primed to [[ComedicSociopathy laugh rather than worry about their misfortunes]]. Often an IneffectualLoner to boot. Unlike his [[WideEyedIdealist 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 [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] story in one piece. He will either learn AnAesop about ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove and live -- well, HappilyEverAfter, or at least be left alone, its grumpiness being mainly used for comedy. He is known for being GoodIsNotNice.

A Grumpy Bear who works with the other characters despite his skepticism is a SourSupporter. This trope is a specific type of AntiHero and UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Has a tendency to be [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers blinded by his cynicism]] in more realistic works.

Compare TheEeyore, who's pessimistic and depressed rather than grumpy.

!!Example Subpages:

* GrumpyBear/AnimeAndManga
* GrumpyBear/{{Literature}}
* GrumpyBear/LiveActionTV
* GrumpyBear/{{Theater}}
* GrumpyBear/VideoGames
* GrumpyBear/WebComics
* GrumpyBear/WesternAnimation

!!Other Examples

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Wobbly-Headed Bob, a character created by Creator/JhonenVasquez fits into this trope in a fairly extreme way. The character himself is something of an InsufferableGenius and/or NietzscheWannabe who lives in a world where dumb but [[TastesLikeDiabetes cutesy]] creatures live in blissful ignorance. Bob himself condemns others for their ignorant nature and tries to expose others to the supposed horrors of reality, upon which they are usually DrivenToSuicide. He does get called out for this, with a pig once telling him that it's ridiculous to tell happy people they're supposed to be miserable. The pig is eventually talked into killing himself.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': Kim Pine in is this early on in the storyline; she later becomes far more agreeable.
-->'''Hollie:''' Have you always been this way?\\
'''Kim:''' What way?\\
'''Hollie:''' Like, a totally hateful bitch.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' has Sourpuss, a [[MeaningfulName grumpy cat]] who especially complains about Mondays ([[{{Garfield}} hmm]]).

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%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Grumpy the dwarf ([[MeaningfulName of course]]) in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Kirby the vacuum cleaner in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': [[spoiler:Lotso]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Snorri the Miserable in ''Film/ErikTheViking''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Don Lino from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * King Malbert is the most moody person in ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Moe from ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ''Film/HomeAlone'': Harry and Uncle Frank from the first two films.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * 1 from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Nine}} 9]]''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Nigel, and to a lesser extent Jewel at first, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Sour Bill in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', a resident of ''Sugar Rush'', a literal SugarBowl.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * Kristoff from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', a hardy mountain-man.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' ([[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/280260 here]]: Charlie seems to be the only character in his magical world who isn't relentlessly cheery. [[spoiler: As for getting through the story in one piece...]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The internet gave us Tard, [[http://www.grumpycats.com/ the grumpiest cat in the world]]. Subverted: [[http://www.grumpycats.com/the-daily-grump-march-6-2013/03-06-2013-v2/ she actually isn't grumpy]], [[PerpetualFrowner she just looks that way]].
* Drizzle from Blog/AskKingSombra.