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'Drat! Drat and bother!'
— Mr. Mean
Mr. Mean

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Book No.
19 (UK and US)
21 (France)
Release Date
19 January, 1976
Preceded by
Mr. Funny (UK and US)
Mr. Quiet (France)
Followed by
Mr. Chatterbox (UK and US)
Mr. Messy (France)

Mr. Mean (Retitled Mr. Stingy in the USA) is the nineteenth book in the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves.

About him

  • Colour: Blue (seemingly Dark blue in the TV adaption of his story)
  • Shape: Extended oval with visible ears in his story and the 1970's and 1980's television series, shorter and slightly more wider normal oval in the 1995 television series.
  • Features: Yellow nose and visible ears
  • Gender: Male
  • Personality: Misery-guts, Gloomy, Discontented, Moody, Sullen, Dreadful, Fearful, Unhappy, Lonely, Cheap, Greedy, Frugal, Rude, Mean.
  • Relatives: A brother
  • Friends: At least Little Miss Tidy
  • Rivals: Everyone
  • Love: Money, Solitude, Food
  • Dislikes: Spending money (even just one single penny), having company and about everything.
  • Job: Being mean and never spends his money so he keeps it all in storage.
  • Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), Gordon Peters (Mr. Men and Little Miss), Len Carlson (US dub)


Mr. Mean in the books

Mr. Mean lives up to his name. He lived in what could've been a nice house, but wasn't. It had no pictures, curtains, carpets nor fires. He made his furniture out of old orange boxes and complained about the price of nails. He has a tiny appetite so he only eats very small meals, usually only one meal a day which isn't much at all. He never spends a penny of his money so he keeps his money in a box in a cupboard in his kitchen. He is so mean he gave his brother a piece of coal last Christmas.

One day an old rather fat and very wordy wizard pays Mr. Mean a visit and asks him for a glass of water (even though Mr. Mean doesn't have any glasses because they break easily and they can be expensive) to which Mr. Mean replies with a rude "No!" The wizard teaches him a valuable lesson that he is soon not to forget which he starts by magicking all his money in a wooden box into a box full of potatoes which upsets Mr. Mean so then the wizard turns all the potatoes back into money again. He decides to go into town to do some shopping, Mr. Mean would always walk there since he never took the bus as that costs money.

The wordy wizard starts disguising as people in need, an old washer woman with an enormous bundle of washing, an old woodchopper man who chops wood in his garden and a little boy who owns a ball. Each time Mr. Mean rejects helping them by responding to all of their favours with a negative "No!", a spell is placed on a part of his body, such as his nose turning into a carrot and his ears turning into tomatoes. He gives help when he realizes his feet are about to fall under a spell. Then he becomes a generous person and spends his money on getting his house done up and looking as good as new and spick and span, and now he gives his brother two pieces of coal for Christmas.

International publications & translations

US Cover

This is a list of alternate titles for this book being published internationally.

  • Mr. Stingy (USA)
  • Monsieur Avare (French)
  • Unser Herr Geizig (German, 1981)
  • Mister Knickrig (German, 2010)
  • Meneer Gierig (Dutch)
  • מר קמצא (First Hebrew Release)
  • מר קמצן (Second Hebrew Release)
  • Don Tacañete (Spanish)
  • 吝嗇先生 (Taiwan)
  • Herra Nískur (Icelandic)
  • Ο Κύριος Τσιγκούνης (Greek)
  • Mali Skopuh (Slovenian)
  • 討厭先生 (Cantonese)
  • آقای خسیس (Persian, Azabad/Avae Andisheh)
  • خسیس‌آقا (Persian, Ghadiyani)
  • 吝啬先生 (China)
  • Hr. Gnier (Danish)
  • 구두쇠씨 (Korean)
  • けちんぼくん (Japanese)
  • Herr Gjerrigknark (Norwegian)
  • Pan Liczykrupa (Polish)

List of characters

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

Title character in other appearances


Mr. Mean also appears in the grown up business title Mr. Mean's Guide to Management.



  • Out of the Seven Deadly Sins, Mr. Mean represents Greed.
  • He is the first Mr. Men character to be shown with visible ears; he is one of the two characters with that trait, with the other being Mr. Clever.
  • Much like Mr. Nosey, his shape has varied from his beginnings and nowadays is drawn as his interpretation in Mr. Men and Little Miss.
  • In the 1997 American dub, he speaks with a gruff voice.
    • In the same dub, despite his book being re-titled he is still called Mr. Mean.
  • He was visited by a wizard twice (in his book and A Big Surprise for Mr. Mean.)
  • Despite being a meanie, he seems to be friends with Little Miss Tidy given that he helped her find her purse and brought her lottery ticket back to her.
  • He is at his worse in The Christmas Letter when he not only tells Jack that he must pay him for directions to the North Pole, but also reveals that he had forced Little Miss Tiny into servitude when she asked him for a glass of water about 6 months prior to the events of the special!
  • Mr. Mean is one of the tallest Mr. Men.


See Counterparts Wiki.


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