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

Mr Grumpy 9a

Book No.
Release Date
July 3, 1978
Preceded by
Followed by

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

About him

  • Colour: Blue
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair: None
  • Family: None
  • Pets: None
  • Friends: Mr. Grumble, Mr. Quiet, Mr Uppity
  • Rivals: Mr. Happy, Mr. Scatterbrain, Mr. Stubborn, Mr. Tickle , Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Rude, Little Miss Scary, Little Miss Giggles, Mr. Funny, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Noisy, Little Miss Whoops, Mr. Bounce
  • Occupation: Varies
  • Species: Shaped Human
  • Likes: Liverwurst, fishing, gifts (as long if it's something he likes), no bummed waiters.
  • Dislikes: Birds
  • Height: About 6 and a half feet tall
  • Weight: Above Average
  • Job: Being Grumpy, mean and in a bad mood.
  • Features: Green top hat (book), Dark green crooked hat with stripe and an unibrow (The Mr. Men Show)
  • Nationality: Bristolian (UK) American (US)
  • Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), Gordon Peters (Mr. Men and Little Miss), Len Carlson (US dub), Sam Gold (The Mr. Men Show), Simon Greenall (UK dub)
  • Catchphrase: Crooked cucumbers!



Mr. Grumpy in the books

Mr. Grumpy is the grumpiest person in the world. He's always in a bad mood, hating anyone or anything he comes across. He can't stand books so he tears out all of the pages from it (so it's a waste of money to buy them) and pulls up any flowers growing in his garden. and he is even rude to Mr. Happy who comes to visit - he stepped on his foot and slammed the door behind the visitor. Mr. Happy tells Mr. Tickle to tickle Mr. Grumpy if he is mean to somebody, it happened while he is doing his grocery shopping. After a long day of being tickled and dropping groceries, he learnt his lesson and was 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 (and the original show of the same name before it), Mr. Grumpy kept his blue color, big 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 crooked hat that floats above his head, but retains its green color with an jungle-green band around it, he looks much more mature. 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 him off. He was given a catchphrase: "Crooked cucumbers!" According to what he said in the episode Farms, he was raised in the country. In the episode Dance, he was writing his life story, which he sold in Books. He also now lives in a small brown house with signs that say "Go Away" and have frowns on them in his front yard, and a vegetable garden with a peach orchard in his backyard (which Mr. Scatterbrain and Little Miss Whoops ruined). Also, as seen In the US and UK Versions, he is voiced by Sam Gold and Simon Greenall respectively. He is first seen in Physical.


  • He seems to be good friends with Mr. Grumble, which is hardly surprising seeing as they are both miserable and complain a lot.
  • First 1995 Apperance: One Day in the Life of Mr. Perfect
  • Out of the 7 deadly sins, Mr Grumpy represents Wrath.
  • He often calls Mr. Scatterbrain's name without "Mr." This might be because he is annoyed of him.
  • Some of his script is for the moral for the adults. (Example: When he got hurt in "Machines" after he wasn't telling the right things to Mr. Funny.)
  • In "Flying", at the time the episode is aired, he is possibly over 30, stating that he's been working as a flight attendant 30 years ago (However, 30 years ago could also be referring to 1978, the year the Mr. Grumpy book was released). He could also have been exaggerating.
  • 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 favorite food is liverwurst, as mentioned in Beach, Construction, Picnics and Pests.
  • He has upgraded expressions in Season 2.
  • He may believe that Mr Rude is acting rude and has bad manners in Hats, Post Office, Lunch, Up and Down, and Travel. However he didn't care if Mr Rude has bad manners in Library.
  • He is one of (if not the most) life-threatening characters.
  • He is the only blue rectangle character, but is one of the 3 rectangle characters, the others are Little Miss Calamity and Little Miss Curious.
  • In Telephones, Miss Helpful gave Mr. Grumpy a phone.(His voice message said "Go Away!") Later in the same episode, he broke it, due to people he didn't want in the house from the answering machine.
  • He got kicked out of the supermarket by Mr. Strong (Supermarket).
  • He didn't want to sit behind Mr. Tall in the cinema. (Cinema)
  • He is a prison warden.
  • He was crying in Gardens
  • He has his hat off seven times! (Lake, Camping, Yard Work, Chores, Cars, Toys, Up and Down)
  • He hates birds because they poop on him. (Beach, Camping, Up And Down)
  • Mr. Grumpy has the worst luck in his life, even more so than Mr. Bump.
  • In Lunch he said he isn't going to complain about the cafeteria...yet, and he didn't complain about it at all, and didn't say anything cruel to Mr. Happy. so unlike his character!
  • He is one of the 2 characters to have worn a towel, the other Mr. Quiet.
  • He is one of four characters to have had a comma-shaped mouth at any point in the series, the other two being Mr. Quiet Mr. Bump and Little Miss Chatterbox.
  • 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. At least this hasn't yet happened to Mr. Tickle or Miss Chatterbox.
  • He was mentioned in the Chowder episode "Grubble Gum".
  • He has a soft side, but this is shown very rarely.
  • He tied Mr. Tickle's arms in Up and Down.
  • He has been seen with all characters (except Miss Giggles (unless you count talking on the phone in Goo being with her) and Miss Curious who haven't been seen with him so far.
  • He lives next door to Mr. Happy in the Mr. Men Show.
  • He made the story of his life in Dance and tried to sell it in the library in Books (Despite this, Books aired 6 episodes before Dance).
  • In Ships he was seen reading a book about mud.
  • He has been told to be quiet by Mr. Noisy in Cinema. He even called Mr. Noisy "Gollum" from Lord of the Rings, since both have two personalities.
  • Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Stubborn always argue each other to admit which is wrong.
  • His voice sounds similar to Jimmy Durante, but it nearly sounds exactly like Brian Griffin from Family Guy. When he said his name on the website, he sounded like Microsoft Sam.
  • Conflicts: Mr. Stubborn, Mr. Scatterbrain, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Noisy, Mr. Happy, Little Miss Sunshine.
  • When Mr Tickle tries to tickle him he often says "not if you value your arms", implying he will possibly break Mr. Tickle's arms
  • Despite his grumpy attitude and stubborn nature, he is relatively polite and civil to anyone he talks to, unlike his book incarnation.
  • He tried to make Mr Perfect unhappy [along with Mr Uppity] in One Day In The Life Of Mr Perfect.[1995 show episode]
  • Unlike the 1995 show, he is sometimes happy in the 2008 show.
  • He said to Mr Scatterbrain "You're not a well man, are you" in Hobbies
  • His house got turned into a castle in Home Improvement
  • He is a picky eater, but not as picky as Mr Stubborn (mentioned in Lunch)
  • He seems to be a fan favorite across the Mr. Men Show fandom.
  • Deep down he cares about Mr. Tickle and Mr. Rude since he shared his prize with them in Hats.
  • He also cares about Mr. Scatterbrain since in Adventure, he dragged him away from the lions when he just stood there, dumbfounded.
  • His theme song "Grumpy by Name and Grumpy by Nature" has gathered a cult following.
  • He has brown hair in Mr. Moustache


See Counterparts Wiki.

International publications & translations

Mr. Grumpy appears under the titles

  • Monsieur Grincheux (French)
  • Don Malhumorado (Spanish)
  • 暴躁先生 (Taiwan)
  • Ο Κύριος Κατσούφης (Greek)
  • Unser Herr Griesgram (German)
  • Мистер Брюзга (Russian)
  • きむずかしやくん (Japanese)
  • Herr Surpomp (Norwegian)
  • Hr. Hidsigprop (Danish)
  • מר כעסן (First Hebrew Release)
  • מר זועף (Second Hebrew Release)
  • Pan Marudek (Polish)
  • คุณบูดบึ้ง (Thai)

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

Mr. Grumpy doesn't appear in any more books, although he's in Mr. Men and Little Miss. He appears in these episodes:

  • Little Miss Hug
  • The Mr. Men Road Trip
  • Golly, Mr. Grumpy's Smiling (TV)
  • One Day in the Life of Mr. Perfect (TV)
  • Mr. Funny Puts on a Show (TV)(cameo)
  • Little Miss Sunshine Brings a Smile (TV)
  • A Very Happy Day For Mr. Happy (TV) (cameo)
  • What a Mess, Little Miss Helpful (TV)
  • Little Miss Star Goes To Jollywood (TV) (cameo)
  • Little Miss Chatterbox Finds Her Calling (TV)
  • Little Miss Chatterbox Goes To Seatown (TV)
  • Little Miss Naughty Goes Skiing (TV) (cameo)
  • Mr. Chatterbox and the Parrot (TV) (cameo)
  • Mr. Noisy, the Music Man (TV) (cameo)
  • Mr. Muddle Goes Skating (TV) (cameo)
  • Mr Grumpy Is Very Sad He Can't Eat (TV)


Artwork from the books

Artwork from the Mr. Men Show


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The Mr. Men Show Characters
Season 1 Characters

Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss NaughtyLittle Miss ScaryMr. LazyMr. NervousMr. MessyMr. QuietMr. StubbornLittle Miss HelpfulMr. BounceMr. SmallLittle Miss Chatterbox • Mr. Per(s)nickety (Mr. Fussy in Season 2) • Mr. GrumpyMr. NoseyMr. ScatterbrainMr. HappyMr. BumpMr. RudeLittle Miss WhoopsMr. NoisyLittle Miss Calamity (Season 1 Only) • Little Miss DaredevilMr. StrongMr. Tickle

Season 2 Characters
Little Miss GigglesLittle Miss MagicMr. TallLittle Miss BossyLittle Miss CuriousMr. Funny

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