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  • 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 Pickles from Rugrats, as "Grinchelica", stealing all the chocolate candy from the other Nicktoon characters.

Comic Books

  • In the first Scary Godmother comic there's a full-page reference, complete with Jimmy smirking similarly to the Grinch:
    Then suddenly, an idea popped into his head.
    A nasty idea.
    A nasty, mean, selfish, and devilish idea.

Comic Strips

Films -- Live-Action

  • Home Alone:
    • In the original movie, Kevin falls asleep watching the special just before the Wet Bandits make their first strike.
    • In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Kevin is seen watching the special in a limousine, and Mr. Hector, Hotel Concierge, imitates the Grinch's smirk.
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  • Jingle All the Way: When the police arrive at the warehouse to arrest the phony Santas, Tony the Elf says, "It's the Grinch! Scatter!"

Live-Action TV

  • George Lopez: In "George's Grand Slam", George mentions the special when Carmen asks him to attend a poetry slam she'll be reading at.
    George: "We watch something about poetry every year. It's called How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
  • Glee: In "A Very Glee Christmas", Sue paints herself green and steals the glee club's holiday decorations, while performing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". Later, the gang sings "Welcome Christmas".

Puppet Shows

  • In the The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss episode, "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton", during the Jingle Day pageant rehearsal, one Seussvillian recites the opening and closing lines of the book.

Video Games

  • In The Muppets Inside for PC, this is one of the questions in the "Trivial... But True" mini-game:
    Only one kind of animal in the world is colored purple. Is it...
    A. The Pygmy Hamster
    B. The Grinch
    C. The Blesboknote 

Web Original

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: The 2010 Christmas special, How the Nerd Stole Christmas is a parody of the 1966 special, where The Nerd steals all the good video games gifted to families and replaces them with bad ones.
  • How It Should Have Ended: In "How Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Should Have Ended", one of the Jim Carrey Badniks that Robotnik summons in the final battle is modeled after The Grinch. The Grinch Badnik tells Big the Cat, "I do not like you, strange furry beast, I do not like you, not even the least!" before Big grabs him with his fishing rod and tosses him aside.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • The 1966 special is ranked #4 on his list of "Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials".
    • In his Nicktoons review, Critic says that the Bigheads are "the Grinch's testicles if they sprouted legs and started complaining about everything".
    • In his review of The Magic Voyage, Critic complains about the film's Lull Destruction and rants about "all the noise, noise, noise, NOISE!"
    • The Critic has reviewed the 2000 live-action film, with its framing device styled like the original cartoon.
    • A Running Gag in the review of The King and I the Critic is singing about Kralahome to the tune of "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch"

Western Animation

  • Family Guy:
    • In "A Hero Sits Next Door", a flashback shows that Joe got crippled one Christmas Eve while fighting the Grinch. Ten seasons later in "Joe's Revenge", Joe reveals that the story was a lie.
    • The episode title "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" is taken from the story.
  • King of the Hill: In "Hank's Got the Willies", Bill mutters "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!" when Hank talks negatively about Santa Claus.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Tanks for the Memories", Rainbow Dash gets the idea to keep winter from coming and makes a familiar-looking evil grin.
  • In the Christmas Episode of The PJs, Thurgood tries to earn money so that he can get Murel a computer for Christmas by making a deal with a pawn shop owner to steal all the things his tenants can't make their payments for; Grinch style.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from the "DP Christmas Special" has the Grinch seeing a doctor about his enlarged heart and is told that he will die.
    • A sketch from the "ATM Christmas Special" features the Nerd meeting the Grinch (specifically, "the stupid-ass Jim Carrey Grinch").
    • A sketch from the "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" features the grinch stapling an antler to Max's head, killing him.
  • In Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy, Jimmy makes a Grinch-like smirk when he gets the idea to try and stop Halloween from coming. Unfortunately, like his mother predicted, his face ends up sticking that way for the rest of the show.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Last Exit to Springfield", Mr. Burns' reaction to his workers continuing to strike after he cuts the town's power is based on the Grinch's reaction to the Whos singing after he steals their stuff.
    • In "The Old Man and the Lisa", it's mentioned that Mr. Burns stole Christmas from 1981 to 1985.
    • In "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Principal Skinner tells his students that he's putting on a movie about "a grinchy character who tries to steal Christmas". It's not this one.
    • In "'Tis the Fifteenth Season", Homer steals the town's Christmas presents in a direct parody of the special, complete with his own rendition of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
    • In "Kill Gill, Volumes I & II", Homer tangles with a green monster called the Grumple at a holiday ice show.
  • South Park:
    • In "Chef Aid", Johnny Cochran's heart grows three sizes.
    • The episode "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson" features the holiday special The Grinchy Poo.
    • In "Cartmanland", Cartman's rant about waiting in line at amusement parks spoofs the Grinch's "Noise!" monologue.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special", a blue Grinch can be seen early in the opening sequence about to steal Christmas from Shmagooville.
  • In My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, the ponies dance around the tree in a circle in a similar manner to the "Welcome Christmas" scene the TV adaptation, as well as both movies, use.

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