GROUCHES are a race of very GROUCHY, pessimistic, grumpy, ROTTEN, miserable, UNpleasant, argumentative, mean & UNhygienic furry creatures who are the exact opposite of normal human beings. 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. GROUCHES also prefer to live wherever TRASH will be found: TRASH CANS (OSCAR’s preferred choice), DUMPSTERS, CITY DUMPS, even LANDFILLS. However, some GROUCHES live in broken cars, crummy old houses (&, in a few cases, "YUCKY beautiful houses"). It’s also CRUCIAL to note that GROUCHES also 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", or even "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. Originally, they were made from a spare OSCAR puppet. In 1978, a new set of GROUCH puppets of various colors & sizes were created that could be repurposed into different characters (similar to an Anything Muppet). Many reside down in GROUCHland USA, 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 USA, 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 3519, & on several other occasions. However, he always does his best to hide that soft spot by driving everyone on SESAME STREET crazy.
Even though GROUCHES are usually presented as a unique species much like Monsters or Honkers, occasionally humans have also shown up as GROUCHES, likely designated as such due to a similarity & sympathy in temperament & personality.
- According to SESAME STREET Magazine, October 15th is National GROUCH Day.
- GROUCHES have teeth, but you can’t see them.
- GROUCH Culture
- GROUCHES article on the Muppet Wiki
- GROUCHES article on the Puppet Wiki
- GROUCHES article on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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