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->''"I wanna make the insufferable suffer!''
->''Bring back the dark!''
->''Bring back the gruesome!''
->''Bring on the Grimm!"''
-> - Grimm

Once upon a time, people told stories with dark danger lurking around every corner and important warnings. But as time passed, the stories got watered down into a pile of mushy stuff that would put WaltDisney to shame.

In this episodic platformer, your player character is Grimm, a dirty dwarf who hates how the fairy tales have turned out and decides to bring back their darker aspects... by running around the settings of said tales, [[WalkingWasteland his very presence]] causing things to become as grim and gruesome as he is. The more things he darkens, the more powerful he becomes, allowing him to darken bigger objects and even people, until the whole setting and its inhabitants are grotesquely moulded to his satisfaction.

A ComicBook adaptation by Creator/IDWPublishing has Grimm, having successfully Grimmified the fairy tale world, moving on to various ComicBook settings, starting with a CaptainErsatz-filled superhero universe in "[[CrisisCrossover Crisis on Earth 57]]".

Originally released as weekly episodes on [=GameTap=] from July 2008 to April 2009, the whole series was made available on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} in January 2014.

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!Provides Examples Of:

* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The final part of Snow White's story, where Grimm goes and collects everybody from every story he's turned grim.
* AnAesop: Grimm delivers one of these at the end of each darkened fairy tale, they range from normal, to [[SpaceWhaleAesop Space Whale]], to (unsurprisingly) [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Family Unfriendly]].
* BloodyHilarious: Most definitely prevalent. Grimm seems to be doing it on purpose just to have a chuckle at burying a village under lava, or [[StuffBlowingUp setting TNT]] in a bunny warren.
* BrokenAesop: Stories like Cinderella or Rapunzel shouldn't be changed just because they have some unseemly parts to them...''unless'' they had a happy ending to begin with, like ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* CallBack: Most levels will feature things you grimmified in the previous scene nearby the start of a level.
* CatchPhrase:
** Grimm's motto is, ''"Happily Ever After" ends NOW!"''
** Grimm usually ends his commentary on the light version of the story with "If you disagree with [x], play on."
** He also ends each episode with ''"May all our stories end so well! Until next time."''
* CatsAreMean: Grimm comes to this conclusion in Puss in Boots. He even considers getting one of his own.
* ChristmasEpisode: Grimm takes on "Literature/AChristmasCarol", then goes on to trash Santa's workshop and hijack his sleigh in order to grimmify all of Edwardian London.
* TheCorrupter: This dwarf corrupts both the land and the people of every story he visits, such as turning the friendly lumberjack into an [[AxeCrazy axe-swinging]] madman who chases the uncorrupted to chop at them. Grimm goes after everyone, hero or villain.
* CrapsackWorld: Grimm's motivation is to transform the MarySuetopia of the fairy tale world into this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Grimm tries to turn the stories into this.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: This seems to be one of Grimm's beliefs. He believes that the "Happy Endings" in modern fairy tales are undeserved by the protagonists.
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: From episode 7 onward, pausing the game results in a tinny muzak rendition of the opening theme. The style and tinniness make it clear that this trope is being invoked.
* EpisodicGame: There are 23 episodes, each subverting a different fairy tale.
* EvilBrit: God help you if Grimm doesn't like the way your story goes...
* EvilerThanThou: Grimm is this to several of the villains he encounters. At one point he even berates ''Satan'' for having a half-assed plan.
%%* EyeScream
* FridgeLogic: In-universe. Grimm sometimes points out some of the less logical things in the stories he visits
* FourthWallObserver: Grimm speaks to the player and is aware that they are controlling him during gameplay. Makes some sense since he's also the narrator.
* {{Grimmification}}: Very literally here.
* GroundPound: Butt Stomping is an important part of the gameplay. Not only does it allow you to darken things out of your reach, but also stun cleaners. You could squish them too, but you have to turn them dark first and by then they are harmless.
%%* {{Gorn}}
* GrotesqueCute: The game's visual aesthetic. Behold puppet Satan!
* HalloweenEpisode: Grimm turns "The Master Thief" tale into a cheesy B-movie about vampires.
* HideYourChildren: Averted. They seem to be the official [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkies]] of the game.
* HumansAreBastards: After he's done, everyone in the story will live and breathe this. If there is any way to spin an action into a selfish act of violence, Grimm will point it out and then make the story reflect his interpretation.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Grimm often expresses a contempt for (characters he perceives to be) [[KarmaHoudini Karma Houdinis]] in spite of himself getting away with mass corruption, pollution, murder, and other grisly things within the story worlds.
* InfantImmortality: Resoundingly averted! Babies are spared, but young children can and will be killed or otherwise harmed.
* LarynxDissonance: Yup, that's a guy doing Cinderella's voice.
* LethalLavaLand: If there's a body of water, you can pretty much bet it'll be lava by the end of the level.
* LoonyFan: Grimm is a [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] fanatic.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame:
** ZigZagged. Grimm is much more filthy and cynical than most dwarves.
** [[https://youtu.be/If139GXIcUM?t=15m ...Until they're darkened.]] Then they're all exactly like Grimm, unless [[TastesLikeDiabetes emergency measures]] [[ReverseThePolarity are]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments taken]].
* ThePigpen: Grimm is a filthy, filthy little man. He weaponizes it in his crusade to make everything dark, and him just being near darkened people makes them vomit from the smell.
* PragmaticVillainy: What Grimm thinks cats follow, and he excuses Puss in Boots for it since he was going to die if the cat didn't do something to save himself.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Typically the lowest form of cleaners and as such, are easily blackened.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Grimm likes to give these to abused heroines, such as Cinderella and The Girl Without Hands.
* SpoofAesop: The ultimate result of much of Grimm's interference is such gems like "[[BlackAndGreyMorality you can't get rid of cruelty in your own generation, so why bother]]" and "[[CatsAreMean Felines are cruel and vicious creatures who only help others out of the knowledge that they'll come off better in the long term]]". To show just how bad the SugarBowl is before Grimm comes along, these actually make more sense then the [[BrokenAesop previous]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop ones]].
* ShoutOut:
** To many films, such as ''Film/TheTerminator'' and, more obscurely, ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
** At the end of the Golden Goose episode, Grimm plans to sail the ship the final level takes place in to ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland''.
** Even in the Puss in Boots story, after the {{Grimmification}}, he says the AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs {{Meme}}. In that episode, he also notes [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail the repression of peasants and the violence inherent in the system]]. Finally, the bunny warrens get turned into the lagomorph version of [[Film/{{Alien}} an Alien nest]].
** In The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs, the devil speaks with a Scottish accent and mentions [[Film/AustinPowers his 'belleh' and a 'turtle head']].
* SnowMeansDeath : In the ''Godfather Death'' episode, Grimm's progress turns most of the areas into frozen wastelands.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Grimm is like this at times. Despite his preference for filth and crude humor, he has a surprisingly large and elegant vocabulary.
* SugarBowl: The stories before Grimm does his dirty work.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Grimm's weakness is liquids of varying types, up to and including vomit.
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: In Episode 3 of Season 3, Grimm tackles the tale of Mulan. During the whole episode, he speaks in perfect Mandarin Chinese.
* TooDumbToLive: What Grimm thinks of several characters
* TooKinkyToTorture:
** Grimm himself. Hit him hard enough to send him flying? He'll treat it like an amusement park ride along with an unironic "Wheeeee!". Getting the boot from an angel or Death himself? Ditto.
** However, this quickly gets subverted in later episodes, where he obviously does ''not'' like getting hit and sent flying. Perhaps it was fun at first but the luster wore off quickly.
* VillainProtagonist: Grimm himself, though he might argue differently.
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYdmOYSAiw0 The Intro song]], sung to the tune of "The Hearse Song". The penultimate part of the last scene of the very last episode has him sing the song again, but with different lyrics.
* WalkingWasteland: Grimm brings decay and crapulence to those stories he chooses to rewrite.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Grimm's goals include delivering retribution to {{Karma Houdini}}s and granting some folks who were victimized like Cinderella and Mulan some closure (with brutal revenge against their oppressors) but he commits a great deal of morally and ethically questionable acts to do so.
* WombLevel: As to be expected, one of the scenes in Little Red Riding hood takes place inside the Big Bad Wolf.

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