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'Crooked cucumbers!'
— Mr. Grumpy, The Mr. Men Show
Mr. Grumpy


Book No.
27 (UK and US)
29 (France)
Release Date
5 March 1978
Preceded by
Mr. Strong (UK and US)
Mr. Lazy (France)
Followed by
Mr. Clumsy (UK and US)
Mr. Jelly (France)
First appearance

Mr. Grumpy is the twenty-seventh book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves.

About him[]



Mr. Grumpy in the books


Mr. Grumpy In The Nails Fatherhood

Mr. Grumpy is the grumpiest person in the world. He is always in a bad mood, hating anyone or anything he comes across.


One summer evening at Crosspatch Cottage, Mr. Grumpy was in his home. He picks up one book, but because he can't stand books, he tears out all of the pages from it, and he pulls up any flowers growing in his garden the following morning.

Mr. Happy threads into Mr. Grumpy's garden unbeknownst how bad his temper is. Upon addressing it, Mr. Grumpy stamps on his foot and slams the door behind the stranger. Mr. Happy requests the help of Mr. Tickle to teach Mr. Grumpy a lesson. They stalk him during his routine of going shopping and whenever Mr. Grumpy is unkind towards anyone, Mr. Tickle makes him jump with a tickle.

Eventually when facing Mr. Happy a second time, Mr. Happy delightedly tells him that if he was less grumpy that he wouldn't have that funny feeling that has been following him all day. With that, Mr. Grumpy has learnt his lesson and is no longer grumpy. When he picks up a book, he only tears out one page.

The Mr. Men Show[]



Mr. Grumpy in The Mr. Men Show

In the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Grumpy kept his blue colour, big dark blue nose and rectangle body, but now has an unibrow and has lines on the bottom of his nose and it's now a darker shade of blue. His top hat was replaced by a tall fedora that floats above his head, but retains its green colour with a jungle-green band around it.


Despite his grumpy attitude and unlike his book counterpart, he is relatively polite and civil to anyone he talks to, easy-going, easy to please and grateful if stuff is done well, unlike his book incarnation. His grumpiness vanishes, however, when his ticklishness is exploited. He is a frequent victim of Mr. Tickle and is quite bitter about it, going so far as to invent the Tickle Protector to ward the latter off. In Amusement Park, Mr. Grumpy himself tickled Mr. Tickle after the latter said that he was going to be sick. He was given a catchphrase: "Crooked cucumbers!".

According to what he said in the episode Farm, he was raised in the country. In the episode Dance, he was writing his life story, which he sold in Books. He lives next door to Mr. Happy in a house with various signs in front of it to keep guests away and a vegetable garden with a peach orchard in his backyard, which Mr. Scatterbrain and Little Miss Whoops ruined. He is known for being rivals with Mr. Stubborn. Which means they never get along.

Mr. Grumpy's accent in the US version is a typical American accent, while his accent in the UK dub is West Country. He is voiced by Donald Corren (credited as Sam Gold in) the US and Simon Greenall in the UK. He is first seen in Physical.


  • His book is the first that other Mr. Men characters appear.
  • He is good friends with Little Miss Hug as they are like-minded people. (Though Little Miss Hug thinks he is a bit TOO grumpy)
  • He has brown hair in Mr. Moustache.
  • He, along with Mr. Uppity, tried to make Mr. Perfect unhappy in One Day In The Life of Mr. Perfect.
  • In "Mr. Men Little Miss: Talent Show," it is revealed that Mr. Grumpy can sing opera.
  • Moral: It is one thing to be grumpy and irritable, but it's quite another thing to take your anger out on people who don't deserve it.

The Mr. Men Show trivia[]

  • In direct contrast to his original counterpart, who hated books and would tear all the pages out of them as a display of his bad temper, in the Mr. Men Show, Mr. Grumpy likes books and is often seen reading them as one of his hobbies, even writing his own autobiography in Dance, which he would go on to publish in Books.
  • He lives next door to Mr. Happy in the Mr. Men Show.
  • His conflict with Mr. Stubborn appears to be worse than his other conflicts.
  • He answers questions right as seen in Music (though in the UK version, he got his bonus wrong while in the US, he remarked about Miss Sunshine's playing the piano).
  • His favourite pastime is fishing and watching fishing-related shows.
  • His favourite food is liverwurst (liver sausage), as mentioned in Beach, Construction, Picnics and Pests (US version only).
  • He is one of the two characters to have worn a towel, the other Mr. Quiet.
  • He sometimes calls characters without saying Mr. or Miss when he is cross or fed up with them, mostly this happens with Mr. Stubborn and Mr. Scatterbrain. This also happens with Mr. Bump in Fish, Mr. Bounce in Travel, Miss Whoops in Dance Dance Dance and Home Improvement, Mr. Nervous in Toys, plus Mr. Noisy in Getting Around and also Mr. Rude in Supermarket and Post Office, as well as Miss Magic in Skyscrapers, and Mr. Quiet in Pirates, and Mr. Funny in Machines, and Mr. Happy in Next Door, and also Mr. Strong in Parks, and even Miss Scary in Bad Weather. This has not happened to Mr. Tickle and Miss Chatterbox.
  • He is a picky eater, (sometimes) but not as picky as Mr. Stubborn (mentioned in Lunch)
  • He seems to be a fan favourite across the Mr. Men Show fandom.
  • According to the air date of the Birthday episode, his birthday is March 5, "every year".
  • In Flying, Mr. Grumpy says he's worked as a flight attendant for 30 years. At the time of the episode's release, it was a reference to when his book first released, in 1978.


  • His 2008 design is one of two icons of the Grown-Up template, the other being Mr. Noisy.


See Counterparts Wiki.

International publications & translations[]

Mr. Grumpy appears under the titles

  • Mr. Cantalach (Irish)
  • Monsieur Grincheux (French)
  • Unser Herr Griesgram (German, 1990)
  • Mister Griesgram (German, 2017)
  • Don Malhumorado (Castilian Spanish, 1999)
  • Don Gruñón (Latin American Spanish)
  • Meneertje Brompot (Dutch)
  • Senhor Rabugento (European Portuguese)
  • Seu Zangado (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Ο Κύριος Κατσούφης (O Kýrios Katsoúfis) (Greek)
  • Fætter Gnavpot (Danish, 1981)
  • Hr. Hidsigprop (Danish, 2012)
  • Herr Surpomp (Norwegian)
  • Pan Marudek (Polish)
  • Господин Намћор (Gospodin Namćor; Serbian)
  • Мистер Брюзга (Mister Bryuzga; Russian)
  • Мистер Грампи (same transcription; Russian, 2023)
  • 暴躁先生 (Bàozào Xiānshēng; Taiwan/China)
  • 彆扭先生 (Bièniǔ Xiānshēng; Taiwan in The Mr. Men Show)
  • 暴燥先生 (Bou⁶ cou³ Sin¹ saang¹; Cantonese in Mr. Men and Little Miss)
  • 忟憎先生 (Mang² zang¹ Sin¹ saang¹; Cantonese in The Mr. Men Show)
  • きむずかしやくん (Kimuzukashi ya-Kun; Japanese)
  • ふくれっつらくん (Fukurettsura-kun; Japanese dub of Mr. Men and Little Miss only)
  • 심슬씨 (Simseul-ssi; Korean)
  • מר כעסן (Mar Ka'asán; Hebrew, 1980)
  • מר מקטר (Mar Mekatér; Hebrew in Mr. Men and Little Miss)
  • מר מצוברח (Mar Metzuvrákh; Hebrew in Little Miss Chatterbox Finds her Calling)
  • מר רגזן (Mar Ragzán; Hebrew in The Mr. Men Show)
  • מר זועף (Mar Zo'éf; Hebrew, 2013)
  • السيد متذمر (As-Sayyad Mutaḏammir; Arabic in The Mr. Men Show, Jeem TV Dub)
  • السيد نكد (As-Sayyad Nakid; Arabic in The Mr. Men Show, SpaceToon Dub)
  • آقای بد اخلاق (Âqâ-ye Bad Exlâq; Persian, Avae Andisheh)
  • آقا کوچولوی بد اخلاق (Âqâ Kučulu-ye Bad Exlâq; Persian, Gohar Danesh)
  • عبوس آقا ('Abus-e Âqâ; Persian, Ghadiyani)

List of characters[]

This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.

Mentioned but not seen:

  • Mr. Daily (newspaper seller)
  • Mr. Bottle (dairy owner)
  • Mr. Packet (grocer)
  • Mrs. Humbug (sweetshop owner)

Other Appearances[]

Book Appearances[]
Television Appearances[]

Mr. Men Little Miss / ミスターメン リトルミス[]

Mini Cinema[]




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