The Grinch is a fictional green character created by Dr. Seuss. He is best known as the main character of the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957).
The Grinch is depicted as a hairy, pot-bellied, pear-shaped, snub-nosed humanoid. In full-color adaptations, he is typically colored avocado green
. He has spent the past 53 years living in seclusion on a cliff overlooking the cheerful and optimistic town of Whoville
. He scorns the Christmas season, making particular note of how disturbing the various noises of Christmastime are to him, including the singing of Christmas carol
s. Aided by his pet dog, Max, he disguises himself as Santa Claus
and breaks into the Whos' homes to steal everything they own and dump it off a nearby mountain. Although he pulls off the theft successfully, on Christmas morning, he is shocked to hear the Whos still singing cheerfully. Unable to fathom why they do so when all of their Christmas goods are gone, he realizes that the holiday has a deeper meaning
he never considered. Now with a much greater heart and superhuman strength, he stops the Whos' belongings from falling off the edge of the mountain, returns all the gifts he stole and gladly takes part in the Whos' Christmas celebration.