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  • The Trope Namer is Grumpy Bear of the Care Bears
  • The Smurfs: Grouchy Smurf. About 90% of his dialog consisted of the phrase, "I HATE (insert thing here)!" (except in the movie, where's he's more vocal and sarcastic). He becomes less of this by the end of The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol .
  • Gruffi of the Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Partially subverted in that while his irascible nature is irritating, he is also respected for his practical nature which is invaluable in times of crisis.
  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. "I'm never happy." And his girlfriend Mai.
  • Some of the human Looney Tunes characters can be grouchy. For example: Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, and some other minor characters like Casper Caveman.
    • Porky Pig is generally a nice guy, but sometimes he can be cantankerous and sarcastic. On top of that, he plays the role of the snarky Straight Man when paired with Daffy Duck.
  • Ratchet from Transformers Animated is justified in that he is a war hero who has seen enough to have lost his innocence about things and has become gruff to a fault. Even Captain Fanzone, the by-the-book police officer, has told Ratchet to work on his people skills.. Hilarity Ensues when Ratchet's attempts to bring a pregnant woman to the hospital in his ambulance mode make her leave and take a cab. His cynicism is often contrasted with Optimus Prime's idealism and patriotism.
    • When you've been mutilated by a part-stealing bounty hunter, seen the soldier you were supposed to protect mindwiped in front of you (hell, been the one to mindwipe her!), and the lobotomized body of your old war buddy is turned into a transport for some washout Elite Guard cadet, cranky makes sense.
    • Other versions of Ratchet have similar traits. His Transformers: Prime version is similarly irritable and short-tempered, plainly annoyed to be on a backwater like Earth trying to defend a species he doesn't particularly care for.
  • Beast Boy's ex-teammates the Doom Patrol show up in the last season of Teen Titans, and start reminding BB that sometimes you have to Shoot the Dog to save the world. Then the kids after whom the show is actually named show them that all the Heroic Sacrifices they only thought were necessary can just be undone off-screen anyway.
  • Benson from Regular Show, especially when threatening to fire Mordecai, Rigby, or both.
    • To be fair, he has this behavior based on dealing with the two of them. He sometimes acts like this towards Muscle Man when he's being obnoxious, but he's actually fairly nice towards Pops, Skips and Thomas. After all Pops may be the air-headed son of Benson's boss but is a fairly likable Nice Guy, while Skips and Thomas are both far more competent workers than Mordecai and Rigby.
  • The Happy Little Elves, a Show Within a Show on The Simpsons, had "Chilly, the elf who cannot love".
    • Also Moe Syzslak, a surly bartender that is a mix of this trope and The Eeyore. He is so unhappy that he regularly attempts suicide in later seasons. At one point, his highest point of the week was stabbing a rat in the eye. Justified, considering that most people in Springfield hate him.
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    • Even Homer Simpson (especially in the early years) does get quite aggressive. He's grumpier in The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • Mr. Grumpy on The Mr. Men Show, down to his very name.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilgiht Sparkle started out as a rare case of the Grumpy Bear being the main character, as well as the Only Sane Pony. Though she can still occasionally be huffy, she's much more upbeat in later episodes.
    • Later on we get Cranky Doodle Donkey: it takes an entire episode of being harassed by Pinkie Pie and a reunion with a long-lost lover to make him crack a smile.
  • In KaBlam!, June sometimes falls under this.
  • Mr. Mufflin in Fanboy and Chum Chum when he's at his worst.
  • Bob in Bob's Burgers is the Only Sane Man of his family, and though he loves his wife and kids he's also frequently annoyed by their wackiness and cynical of their Zany Schemes.
  • Dan from Dan Vs. fills the trope when things wrong him in the opening.
  • Lori Loud from The Loud House is the eldest and the Big Sister Bully of the Loud children.
  • Huffer from Transformers: Generation 1 was built for this role almost literally; fellow crank-case Gears might count as either this or a Sour Supporter, if A] he wasn't faking it for the sake of morale and B] he ever actually said anything in the cartoon.
  • Ed Bighead from Rocko's Modern Life is almost never in a good mood and gets along very poorly with almost everyone else on the show. In fact, his Catchphrase is "I hate my life".
  • Spinelli from Recess has quite the Hair-Trigger Temper. She is also smart-mouthed and very cynical for a nine-year-old girl in a Slice of Life elementary-school setting.
  • The Angry Cop from The Goode Family episode "Gerold's Way or the Highway".
  • Grumbly Green from The Blobs:
    I don't like where I'm going,
    I don't like where I've been.
    I'm grumbly, groany, leave-me-aloney,
    Mumbly, Grumbly Green.
  • Stu Pickles from Rugrats can be like this sometimes. So can Drew.
  • Donald Duck is a Grumpy Disney Duck. He can be very temperamental.
  • Morgan from Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja combines this with the Alpha Bitch and Surrounded by Idiots tropes.
  • Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants, mostly because of his annoying neighbors.
  • Mr. Reese, the school secretary and detention monitor in Clarence, frequently zigzags between this and Harmless Villain.
  • Care Bears: Grumpy Bear might say, "Of course you got all the way to the bottom of the Western Animation section before anyone thought of me, even though my name's on the page." He's the most practical of the bears, and the local Mr. Fix-it (which, according to Share Bear in the 1985 movie, is because he never complains). He tends to have the role of Butt-Monkey. Being so grumpy perhaps makes the writers feel less guilty about giving him so much trouble. In fact, the whole reason he was created was to teach children that it's ok to be grumpy sometimes (but it's silly to let grumpiness go too far).
  • Gordon the Big Engine from Thomas the Tank Engine. His arrogance seems to stem from his inability to tolerate everything around him. James even lampshades his grumpiness in the Season 5 episode A Better View For Gordon.
    James: Why are you complaining all the time?
    Gordon: Because I'm a big blue engine and I know everything! I shall complain whenever I want!


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