GROUCHES are a race of very GROUCHY, pessimistic, grumpy, rotten, miserable, unpleasant, argumentative, mean & unhygenic furry creatures who are the exact opposite of regular human beins. Everything that they like GROUCHES hate w/ a passion. GROUCHES also would never be caught dead living anywhere that is clean, looks nice, & has little to no filth or mud anywhere. They also absolutely HATE true love w/ a big passion & try their absolute best to NEVER fall in love. They hate getting kisses & hugs from anybody, especially other GROUCHES, even if that hug or kiss is a sign of friendship. They also prefer to live wherever TRASH will be found: TRASH CANS, dumpsters, city dumps, even landfills. However, some GROUCHES live in broken cars, crummy old houses (&, in a few cases, "yucky beautiful houses"). It is crucial to note that GROUCHES simply are not Monsters.
Being as GROUCHY & miserable as they possibly can be is any GROUCH's main mission in life. They also feel that they have to make everyone else feel the same way. Even though that makes them happy, however, a GROUCH will never admit to being happy no matter what the circumstances. Such is the stability of a GROUCH's life: so balanced, & yet so unbalanced. OSCAR THE GROUCH is especially aware of this, as is his girlfriend GRUNDGETTA, as they are, without a doubt, the 2 GROUCHiest GROUCHES in the world.
Anything a GROUCH likes is best described (to you & me only) as anything dirty or dingy or dusty, anything ragged or rotten or rusty or TRASHY to describe it in a couple words. They will only buy appliances that don't work, they normally keep elephants, WORMS, pigs, goats, & donkeys as pets, eat undesirable foods (particularly sardines), sing out-of-tune, play radios at the highest volume, & bathe in MUD as they hate being clean. GROUCHES also like to use phrases, such as "scram", "get lost", "go away", "beat it", & several others.
Even though OSCAR THE GROUCH & his girlfriend GRUNDGETTA are the GROUCHiest most famous GROUCHES ever, over the years, a very big number of GROUCHES have been introduced to the world. Many reside down in GROUCHland U.S.A, a disgusting place that can only be reached by entering OSCAR'S TRASH CAN on Sesame Street. Many of the new GROUCHES were actually made to completely spoof important figures in today's world. Some of those known GROUCHES are Spill O'Reilly, Donald Grump, Walter Cranky, Dan Rather-not, Oprah Grouchy, Meredith Beware-a, Diane Spoiler, Snow GROUCH, Sally Messy Yuckyael as well as many others. GROUCHES also figured prominently in both SESAME STREET films, the 1985 film Follow That BIRD & especially the 1999 film, The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland. Also, the latter explained that most Grouches actually come from GROUCHland U.S.A, presented as OSCAR's hometown, though many GROUCHES have been found internationally also. According to the production notes for Elmo in GROUCHland, apparently, 25 new GROUCH puppets were made for the film (& then reused in variations to create a large GROUCH population). Many of these are still used on the show today.
However, some GROUCHES actually have secret soft spots. OSCAR THE GROUCH has shown that several times. He has done so by, in the special Christmas Eve on SESAME STREET, going out to look for the missing BIG BIRD, letting Rizzo the Rat sleep in his TRASH CAN in A Muppet Family Christmas, taking care of a lost kitten in SESAME STREET episode 3120, unwillingly falling in love with GRUNDGETTA in episode 3763, & on several other occasions. However, he always does his best to hide that soft spot by driving everyone on SESAME STREET crazy.
1 thing that all GROUCHES have in common is that they're all Sack-body Muppet characters. A fair amount of live-hand Muppets are built with a sack-like body, whereas there's no actual structure to it. The arms are directly attached to the base rather than being separate sleeves.
- See GROUCH Gallery
- According to SESAME STREET Magazine, October 15th is National GROUCH Day.
- GROUCHES have teeth, but you can't see them.
- GROUCH Culture
- GROUCH Gallery
- GROUCHES on the Muppet Wiki
- GROUCHES on the Puppet Wiki
- GROUCHES on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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