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Basic Trope: Character who hates Christmas and tries to ruin it for everyone.

  • Straight: Bob hates Christmas and tries to ruin the neighbor's Christmas.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob pulls out a gun and goes on a killing spree because somebody said "Merry Christmas" to him.
    • Bob goes back in time to kill Jesus, hoping that it erases Christmas from history.
  • Downplayed: Bob does not hate Christmas… but he doesn't love it either.
  • Justified:
    • Bob grew up in a dysfunctional household where Christmas was always a chore to celebrate.
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    • Alice died/broke up with Bob on Christmas.
    • Everyone around Bob shoves Christmas, and all of their traditions and cheer, down Bob's throat (in some cases rather literally), and Bob eventually loses all tolerance at the sight of it.
  • Inverted:
    • The Anti-Grinch
    • Bob is obsessed with Christmas to the point where it becomes annoying and possibly even a little creepy.
  • Subverted: Bob does not hate Christmas per se, but his cynicism ruins everybody's day anyway and that day just happened to be Christmas.
    • It's not that Bob hates Christmas. It's that he hates all the "emotional labor" associated with Christmas. He'd rather just make some hot cocoa and watch Christmas movies in his pajamas all day, but since all the relatives are coming over (with all their expectations of a Hallmark Christmas in tow), he's got all this stuff to do: decorating, cooking, buying and wrapping presents, stuffing stockings, putting up the Christmas lights, church service or Mass, getting that "must-have" toy for his kid, remembering who prefers to be wished "Happy Holidays" and who will throw a face-down-on-the-floor tantrum if wished anything but "Merry Christmas," the office Christmas party and Secret Santa, putting up with the Obnoxious In-Laws, the racist uncle, the overly-dramatic aunt who's engaged yet again, and all the kids, figuring out gifts for people that are hard to buy for, an endless barrage of annoying Christmas music before Thanksgiving even happens, picking up his mom from the's all very overwhelming, and he just wants it all to be over.
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    • Bob used to love Christmas, but then his wife Alice contracted Soap Opera Disease and died on Christmas morning.
    • Bob doesn't hate Christmas, he hates how commercialized it's gotten. He remembers when Christmas shopping season started the day after Thanksgiving, and the radio stations didn't play Christmas songs until then. Now, it starts as early as October.
    • Christmas is not part of Bob's cultural or religious tradition, so while he doesn't hate it, he feels kind of excluded.
    • Bob is neopagan, and doesn't like that a lot of Christmas traditions and decorations are essentially Yule traditions. Like part of his culture was stolen. But he says nothing, ladles himself another glass of eggnog, and goes on with the party.
    • Bob is frustrated because everything in his Christmas prep has gone wrong. The roast burned, and he now has to order Chinese food, the lights aren't working, the cat knocked the tree over and broke several valuable ornaments, his mother is stranded at the airport and he now has to go get her, etc.
  • Double Subverted: Bob does not hate Christmas, but he planned on ruining everyone's day on a time-table and that ruined day just so happens to be on Christmas.
    • Bob decides enough is enough, this year, he's skipping Christmas and treating himself to a tropical vacation, and if other people don't like it, too bad! He's snapped at more than a few people who won't accept it.
    • Bob has not participated in Christmas celebrations, or even put up Christmas lights, since Alice's passing.
    • Because of this, Bob has just shut down, unwilling to participate in Christmas.
    • He's a bit cynical towards Christmas because he feels excluded.
    • He can't help but feel a little bitter when he see's Christian's Christmas decorations, especially since Christian tells him regularly that he's going to Hell for not accepting Jesus as his Personal Savior.
    • While struggling into his coat to get to the airport, Bob mumbles some Angrish that includes the words "Fuck Christmas!"
  • Parodied: Having a Grinch trying to ruin everybody's Christmas is just another Christmas tradition in our small town.
    • Bob actively tries to ruin every holiday, not just Christmas. Every Halloween, he turns the sprinklers on trick-or-treaters. Every Easter, he destroys all the eggs in the town's Easter egg hunt. Every Thanksgiving, he gives his guests food poisoning. This past Valentine's Day, he set it up so Alice would think he was going to propose to her on national television, only to dump her on TV instead. Every St. Patrick's Day, he serves non-alcoholic beer. And you don't want to know what he does on Arbor Day.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob tried to ruin Christmas, but he does not actually hate Christmas and he only did it because he hates consumerism. He hates consumerism because he always went off to buy expensive Christmas gifts for people but they do not put in that extra mile for him, and they only ever get him crap gifts because he told them that he did not like Christmas very much.
  • Averted:
    • Bob loves Christmas and did not try to ruin anything.
    • Bob celebrates Hanukkah instead and has a great time.
    • Bob doesn't like Christmas, but he's got no intention of taking it out on anyone else as long as they accept that he isn't joining in.
  • Enforced:
    • The director is Jewish and was forced by the studio to make a Christmas special. Best make a mess of it!
    • "We need a villain for the Christmas Episode, and a curmudgeon who despises the holiday to the point of wanting to get rid of it and not caring a damn about how this will affect other people would be the perfect choice."
  • Lampshaded: "Remind me why we invited Scrooge McHatesxmas again?"
  • Invoked: Bob is put on a "special" list by the justice department for his loathing of Christmas, said list used to narrow down suspects for crimes that happen around Christmas.
  • Exploited: Something goes wrong at your Christmas party? Blame it on Bob, because he hates Christmas. Let everyone think he’s just paranoid when really Bob did make that thing go wrong.
  • Defied:
    • "I don't allow people with green skin dressed like Santa to come to my Christmas party. It isn’t a race thing, I'm just making sure."
    • "Just because I don't care for Christmas doesn't mean I have to ruin it for the people who don't share my viewpoint. I'd rather live and let live."
    • "Bob, I'm not going to force you to love this season, because there's things even I find annoying about it, but so help me I'm going to do you a lot of hurt if you try to ruin it for me!"
    • Bob learns to delegate some of the Christmas preparation, so it's less burden and stress on him.
    • Even though Bob does not celebrate Christmas, he still wishes people well...and doesn't turn the sprinklers on the Christmas Carolers.
    • Instead of getting up on his soapbox about why he thinks Christmas sucks, Bob just ladles himself another glass of eggnog and does his best to have a good time.
    • Bob gets an invitation to a Christmas party from his neighbor Alice. He respectfully declines the invitation, without so much as a "Bah, humbug!"
  • Discussed: "Just because I don't like Christmas, does not mean I want to destroy it! Stop acting like I'm going to steal your shit!"
  • Conversed: "Oh gee, a reclusive man that gives blackened stares to anyone that wishes him a merry Christmas and has been reading Breaking and Entering for Dummies seems so pleasant. Lets hope nothing goes wrong at the holiday block party. Say, is that a shiny new assault rifle he's trying to hide in his coat?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob immediately gets arresting for breaking and entering with the intent of theft all because he doesn't like Christmas.
  • Reconstructed: Bob broke in and tried stealing his neighbor's Christmas presents and ornaments because his neighbor stole all of them from him only a few nights ago.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who tries to be left alone for the holidays (and fails epically). He tries to be threatening and rude, but quite honestly, the heroes are a whole lot more intimidating than he will ever be.
  • Played For Drama: Bob steals all Christmas-related items in his city block and makes the day a shit-fest for everybody else.
  • Played For Horror: The Day of Bob is the tale of how Bob became so fed up with Christmas that he went on a killing spree.

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