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Happy Grouch Day! Six of the Grouchiest People in Fiction!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day—a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

 

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Since Sesame Street Magazine taught me everything I know, we’re going to celebrate National Grouch Day the only way we here at Bookstr know how—by making lists.

 

 

6-Ebenezer Scrooge

 

Ebenezer Scrooge

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The quintessential grouch, Ebenezer Scrooge is a cheap old miser who brings misery wherever he goes.

 

The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice

 

That’s a nice way of saying he’s a grouch. A miserable, old, grouch. Literally A Christmas Carol is about him “warming his cold heart”, a poetic way of saying him becoming less a dick.

 

Bah Humbug

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A less talented writer would make A Christmas Carol an anatomy lesson about Scrooge getting that stick out of his butt, but (pun intended) luckily Charles Dickens is a talented writer. He gives us a wonderful story, retold countless times, about this cold-hearted grouch warming up into a bright happy person during one of the coldest nights in winter.

 

5-The Grinch

 

The Grinch

 

What is it with stories about grouches becoming better people being set on Christmas? Is it because Christmas is so cold and authors can’t resist the irony of a grouch shedding their cold heart on one of the coldest days in the year?

Either way, the Grinch is a Grouch. In fact, he looks like Oscar the Grouch!

 

Grinch and Oscar

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And don’t blame his grouchiness on the face he has a medical condition—his heart is literally “too sizes too small”—and don’t give me that nonsense that the Whos were mean to him. That’s only in the Jim Carrey movie, and we’re talking about Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas here, so you can…

 

 

His hatred of a holiday stems from one fact and one fact only: he hates seeing other people happy. Talk about a grouch!

 

 

4-Argus Filch

 

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For all you Harry Potter fans and all you Hermione fans and all you David Bradley fans.

 

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When we first meet Filch, he’s quite an unpleasant person. He hates children, students in particular, and it’s quite a strange hatred seeing as he works in a school. I don’t know, maybe the pay is good.

Still, he barks “What are you doing?!” so much you’d think he’d have ground that gravelly voice of his into dust. Be wary, from the students who sneak out at night to the ones who forgot to wipe their feet! Actually, revise that, even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you should still avoid him.

Miserable all the time, he’s rather sadistic, taking this unnerving delight in dishing out punishment to the students of Hogwarts. Look, and re-read, how much he enjoyed punishing young Harry in the first book when Harry was only eleven!

The only thing he seems to love is his cat, Mrs. Norris, but everyone loves cats.

 

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Granted, as we learn more about him, his grouchiness becomes more understandable. He’s harassed by Peeves, the Poltergeist, and he’s a squib, meaning he can’t perform magic. He also evacuated all the students in the Battle of Hogwarts and, despite being unable to perform magic, fought against the Death Eaters. So you know what? Maybe he’s not too bad…

 

Slick

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He’s actually pretty cool, but still a major grouch.

 

3-Walder Frey

 

For all you Game of Thrones fans and all you David Bradley fans, Walder Frey.

 

Argus Frey?

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Ignoring his part in the Red Wedding, Walder Frey is still a prick.

After farting his way after Ser Edmure Tully’s call to arms because he wants to arrive when the battle is done, Walder Frey is immediately a prick and it only gets worse from there. When Catelyn Stark meets with him, we find that he’s not a nice old man at all. Toothless and wrinkled, he sits in his chair and brags about how he is still sexually active. With 28 kids roaming around, you’d think he’d care about at least one of them.

 

Walder Frey

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Not a chance. Even at the age of 91, Walder Frey is as self-serving as ever. Being the leader of his house, no one trusts him or his family. Thus, instead of making amends, Walder sees fit to complain about this and continue to deserve the contempt of noble houses throughout Westeros.

He’s a miserable person to be around. A real grouch.

And you know what? I’m not going to ignore the Red Wedding.

 

Walder Frey

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This man orchestrated it because some dude snubbed his ugly daughter and he wanted to get ahead in life. Screw you, you miserable old fart.

 

 

2-Smaug

 

Smaug
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Smaug is small. He’s a tiny dragon, but that’s no excuse for being such a grouchy ball of flames.

 

Smaug

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After destroying a kingdom just for the money, he then spends the next 150 years in a mountain. Mass murder for money he doesn’t plan to do anything with? Talk about a miser!

 

Bilbo

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I think we can all agree that Bilbo is the happiest man in the world, at least in The Hobbit!

 

Smaug and Bilbo

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When Bilbo visits Smaugh, what does Smaug do? Well, he’s amused by him, but ultimately he just wants to be left alone. What a grouch.

And then he burns a town down because he wants to be alone. What a grouch. A mass-murdering grouch.

 

 

1-Captain Ahab

 

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A megalomaniac fanatic, Captain Ahab is obsessed with capturing a whale because on a previous voyage the whale bit off his leg.

That’s it. Moby Dick, a book big enough to break someone’s jaw, is about how instead of calling it quits, instead of moving on, Captain Ahab wears a prosthetic leg made out of whalebone and intends to turn the whale who bit him into bones.

Get over it dude.

 

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And it wouldn’t be so bad if Ahab was the least bit likable. But he isn’t. His only drive in his life to find and kill the Whale. He forces his crew to support his insane mission just so he can kill a whale.

Three hundred pages just looking for a whale while his crew suffers, and he doesn’t stop and think “Maybe I should be considerate to the crew who is risking their lives for my stupid obsession”. That thought doesn’t even pass through his head.

 

Captain Ahab endangers his crew yet again

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Even when his ship is destroyed and he and what’s left on his crew is on the boat, he’s still chasing after a whale. GET OVER IT DUDE!

You weren’t even nice, Ahab, you were just a real grouch. You’re going to jump for joy when this grouch is dragged to the bottom of the sea by the very thing he’s been trying to kill.

DIE YOU GROUCHY GROUCHY MAN!

 

 

…HAPPY GROUCH DAY!

 

 

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The Top 10 Most Evil ‘Game of Thrones’ Villains

In the morally ambiguous world of Westeros, separating the good guys from the bad guys is hard, owing to complex characterization of the cast and crazy situations each and every character is plunged into. But when the bad people are bad, they’re really bad. Few villains can elicit such reactions from the audience as the Game of Thrones antagonists manage to pull off, making them truly hatable. Here are the top ten best Game of Thrones villains, each one making an impact on the audience. Let’s meet the bad guys as we count them down from number ten!

 

10. The Night King

 

The icy visage of the Night King with horns and armor standing before an icy wasteland

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This might be a bit of a controversial start, as the Night King is often thought of the ‘big bad’ of the series, THE ultimate villain who surpassed everyone else in both scale and power. Well, at least until the latest season, where he surprisingly killed off in Episode 3 and leaving Cersei to take the role of ‘final boss’. But while he was a fearsome presence and one of the main focuses of conflict for the show that got bigger as the shoe went on, the Night King himself didn’t have much beyond the surface, unlike most of the other characters. He was just a fearsome, silent dark necromancer who wanted to destroy Westeros because he hated the living. Still, there’s no denying he was an intimidating figure, leading legions of zombies and being especially terrifying up close. There’s just the nagging feeling he could’ve made more going for him than ‘evil’ but what we got was still pretty good.

 

9. Ser Gregor Clegane / The Mountain

 

The hulking, muscle bound figure of the Mountain wielding a giant sword

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The Mountain’s appearances throughout the series could be counted on one hand but he’s left a huge mark since he first came stomping onto the scene in Season 1. From his actions before the series (murdering Elia Martell and shoving his own brother, Sandor, into a fireplace and scarring him for life), to his horrific actions onscreen such as rampaging through the Riverlands to torturing people to death at the Dreadfort to murdering Obeyrn Martell by squashing his head, the Mountain has cemented himself as one of the worst. He became less of a character after he was revived as a zombie by Qyburn to serve Cersei, being a silent enforcer of her will but at least he got a final showdown with his brother, Sandor, that ended with both their deaths. The Mountain will always have been a memorable, destructive presence that inspired terror whenever he was onscreen.

 

8. The High Sparrow

 

The High Sparrow stands tall before the huddle masses inside a castle

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This guy. This guy right here. The High Sparrow was a man we wanted to punch in the face as soon as he came onscreen. A fanatic who hid behind pillars of self-righteousness and acted like what he was doing was in service to his god, the High Sparrow does horrible things while preaching about how good he is to the world. His smug attitude doesn’t help matters either and its thanks to him the Seven Kingdoms are turned upside down overnight, with Margaery getting arrested. He even makes us feel sorry for Cersei after he puts her through the infamous walk of shame. It is very satisfying indeed when he gets blown sky high by an explosion of wildfire in a trap by Cersei. Still, he’s quite effective as an antagonist and all good villains make you hate them.

 

7. Roose bolton

 

Roose Bolton stands on a grassland dressed in black leathers and fur lined cloak

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Oozing icy menace, Roose Bolton was just as sadistic as his dastardly son, Ramsay, but exercised self-restraint to put on a mask of civility that still made him quite scary. Cold and calculating, Roose began as a vassal to Ned Stark but always had his eye towards taking power for his own. His sadism is on display, with his methods of torture and his House’s symbol being a flayed man but he keeps in the Stark’s good graces until the time is right to strike. And strike he does, stabbing Robb Stark personally at the infamous Red Wedding and putting the North under Bolton control. Until, of course, Roose Bolton was killed himself by Ramsay, as Ramsay’s ambition led him to take Roose’s position by force. Roose may not have the manic energy of his son but he’s far more controlled and intelligent with how he used his villainy.

 

6. Walder Frey

 

Walder Frey sits at a dimly lit dinner table

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Walder Frey may not seem impressive to look at but he’s one of the villains who had the most impact on the series. A slimy, disgusting man who abused his own daughters to produce more heirs to the Frey bloodline. His worst act, however, was betraying his allies, the Starks, leading to the infamous Red Wedding massacre where Robb, Catelyn, and many more are murdered. Walder Frey rightfully pays for his crime later on when Arya kills him but his impact on the series is huge despite his small amount of screen time.

 

5. Ramsay Bolton

 

Ramsay stands in a boiled leather outfit in his fort

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Oh boy. Of all the antagonists of the series, few inspire open contempt the way Ramsay does. And for good reason. He’s a complete and utter monster, with no redeemable traits at all. He’s completely insane, living not for politics or power but desiring to hurt people. His introduction to the series, where he brutally tortures Theon Greyjoy, is the stuff of nightmares. Not to mention his various other despicable acts including raping Sansa, killing his own father, taking over Winterfell, and his habit of feeding his victims to his pack of dogs. Fortunately, this piece of work meets his end in a suitably karmic fashion, as Sansa locks him in with his own dogs after his defeat at the Battle of Basterds and lets him get eaten alive by them. Ramsay deserved that fate and we sure won’t miss this lunatic.

 

4. Petyr ‘littlefinger’ Baelish

 

A man stands in a snowy field wearing a grey tunic

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Petyr Baelish doesn’t have the over the top antics of some other villains but he’s very dangerous all the same. Almost a Shakespearen figure who relies on his wits and intelligence to play the game of politics, he’s a sly weasel who worms his way into positions of authority through constant scheming. It was Baelish who started the War of Kings with his secret letter to Ned Stark and his true nature is revealed when he betrays Ned Stark, putting a knife to his throat when Ned attempts to confront Cersei over her actions, causing Ned to be killed. He was a man who profited from chaos and its most satisfying to see Sansa eventually corner him, resulting in him being executed in Winterfell.

 

3. Tywin Lannister

 

Tywin Lannister stands with regal authority in a red tunic

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Tywin Lannister was played to perfection by Charles Dance and it was almost sad to see him go after he takes a crossbow bolt to the chest by his own son, Tyrion, at the end of Season 4. Still, we can’t deny Tywin was a bad, bad man despite how awesome his presence was, a ruthless man who was controlling and spiteful towards his children while being ruthless towards his enemies. Tywin’s relationship to his children showed how each of them had evolved under his tyrannical grip. But despite all his power, Tywin was ultimately a pathetic figure, hypocritical and a complete liar, being both physically and morally bankrupt. No love was lost when he died in complete humiliation on the privy.

 

2. Cersei Lannister

 

Cersei sits on the Iron Throne, wearing a crown and her queenly dress

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Cersei had a tough life. Born to a domineering father and forced into a loveless marriage, her circumstances are understandable for molding her into a dark person but this still does not excuse her present behavior. Her ambition grew more and more as she left redeemable traits behind. She’s been behind the murder of Robert Baratheon and killing thousands with the blowing up of a section of King’s Landing. She became a tyrant Queen of King’s Landing and rose to power through nothing but her determination, grit, and sheer desire to take what she believed was rightfully hers. If only she didn’t have such a lackluster death in the final season, she’d be number 1.

 

1. Joffrey Baratheon 

 

Joffrey Lannister sits on the iron Throne with a smug expression

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The best villain of the show, Joffrey is a snivelling, cowardly, sadistic, arrogant, conniving, selfish, bratty, vicious teenage king. Joffrey was a vile presence whenever he was onscreen, a brilliantly realized sociopath who flaunted his position of power to do whatever he wanted. His villainy was very pretty but it was this pettiness which made him so hatable and not to mention, he was very, very stupid. He tortured everyone he met he could get away with, especially his uncle Tyrion, Sansa, prostitutes, and even animals. He was the best villain on the show, doing everything he did out of short sighted sadism. His death was very satisfying, as we saw him choke to death and die in pain during the Purple Wedding, to the cheers of viewers around the world.

 

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