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How the Character Stole Christmas
"Are those cave-kids gonna whimper when they find out I kooped all their toys! Hahahahaha! Merry Koopa Christmas, boys and girls!"
Bowser Koopa, the Super Mario World Christmas Episode

Any story in a show that is a take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (even if it's a different holiday).

Basically, a villainous character attempts to stop a beloved holiday from coming by stealing all the material elements of the occasion. However, he is stunned to see that all his victims care about is the holiday's true spiritual significance, which he could not steal. The villain is so profoundly moved that he has a change of heart, returns all his loot without prompting and is welcomed to celebrate the occasion with his former victims.

The story isn't in the public domain, but as long as they are clear parodies, the plot isn't violating any copyrights.

A Sub-Trope of Whole Plot Reference (so anything less than the plot is merely a Shout-Out).

Compare Yet Another Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Plot.

Not to be confused with The Grinch, which is the name for a character type (albeit one which might be likely to try this ploy).

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  • * FoxTrot did one where Jason wrote a story casting his mother as "Mrs. Grinch", a cheapskate who wouldn't buy expensive enough presents for the "Kids down in Kidville". Instead, she replaces all the cool game consoles with nutritious health bars.

    Radio 
  • Radio's The Bob and Tom Show had the skit "The Griswold Who Stole Christmas", in which co-host Tom Griswold steals the presents from the show's other regulars.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Back when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Capitol Steps did "How the Ging-Grinch Stole Congress."

    Video Games 
  • There are two instances of this in Hatoful Boyfriend Holiday Star, and neither completely follows this trope. In The Christmas Thieves, Miru and Kaku go around stealing trees - and assaulting people and blowing things up to get to them. It's not malicious, but they're extremely enthusiastic about the holiday, determined, and careless. This is Japan, where Christmas is more of a romantic holiday than taken seriously. They're stopped and the trees redistributed prior to the day itself.
    • Legumentines, in-universe, is a descendant of Valentines in which beans are exchanged. A petty and ineffectual villain decides to ruin it out of spite - how dare people have fun without him! - and decides to buy up all the beans. He's stopped halfway through when someone gives him "courtesy beans". It's also simplified and rendered in manga form.

    Webcomics 
  • And Shine Heaven Now's 2004 "How the Grinch Canceled Christmas'' arc.
  • Penny Arcade's Christmas 2009 story arc is How the Illithid stole Lolthmas.
  • The New Adventures Of Queen Victoria is currently doing a parody with Osama bin Laden.
  • Insonicnia's special "How The Eggman Stole Christmas", with a twist: Eggman planned to steal everything while wearing a Santa suit as camouflage... and then literally steal the holiday away by re-delivering the gifts as himself to make people think he was the one who sent them in the first place and thus make himself popular.
  • Brawl in the Family has a take.
    • And in-universe, he pulls that stunt every year. Enough that the other villains rob his house, knowing that he'll be gone.
  • Far Out There has How the Caligaris Stole Christmas. Inverted in that the theft in question is actually meant to SAVE Christmas (for Jenna, at least).
  • The Axe Cop Christmas Special uses some of the same ideas, but it's definitely not played straight; call it a parody or subversion or something. There's a whole planet of Christmas monsters (who look kind of like the Grinch) that steal all the presents from all planets because it's the only way they can have a Christmas. Axe Cop steals the presents back and delivers them again. Then, gaining the power of Christmas, he gives all the Christmas monsters presents of their own. They go back to celebrate happily... until it turns out the presents were all full of bombs and the whole planet explodes, saving Christmas forever.
  • Alex himself does it in guest comics in Captain SNES: The Game Masta. He's mostly doing it to screw with the censor-slash-narrator who wants him to get into the holiday spirit in precisely the way it thinks is best, whether he likes it or not, and he ends the series with a Take That at the narrator that stuns it so much that it stops censoring him.

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     Western Animation 
  • Homer from The Simpsons has stolen Christmas a few times, though he had good reasons...
    Homer: You're a smart one, Homer J.,
    You're as crafty as a skunk.
    You'll make everybody happy when they're rid of Flanders' junk,
    Homer Ja-a-ay.
    I'd call you a double bacon genius-burger,
    And just a little drunk!
    • Mr. Burns is said to have stolen Christmas in 1986.
  • A less direct example is Bowser in the Super Mario World Christmas episode.
  • There was one short TV parody called "How the Grinchy-Poo Stole Christmas!" from the South Park episode, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!" Also some characters from the episodes "Cartmanland" and "Woodland Critter Christmas" parody some "lines" they borrowed from ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
  • From 2002 to 2005, Nickelodeon ran a series of shorts parodying the classic 1960s Christmas specials with the Nicktoon characters every December. One segment, titled How the You-Know-Who Stole the You-Know-What!, featured Angelica from Rugrats, as "Grinchelica", stealing all the candy from the other Nicktoon characters.
  • A episode of The Emperor's New School does this. Although it is based on Halloween rather than Christmas. The episode is even called "The Yzma That Stole Kuzcoween".
  • This may have been before the original story was even written - a Tom Terrific storyline had bad guy Crabby Appleton steal all the holidays from the calendars, so he could have them all to himself as the kids had to stay in school. Being who he is, he doesn't have a change of heart.


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