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The iconic (good) Grimace.
Vital Information
Species: Uncertain
Hair Color: Purple, all over body
large anthromphic with short arms and legs; started out as an "evil" character who used to steal milkshakes, before being changed to a "good" one; favorite with the kids
Character information
Appeared in: Has appeared in McDonald's TV commercial/print ads since 1971


Birdie the Early Bird appears on the right of this image, together with the Hamburglar (left), Ronald McDonald (middle) and Grimace (right).

Grimace is a character featured in McDonaldland commercials. He is a large, purple anthropomorphic being of indeterminate species with short arms and legs. He is known for his slow-witted demeanor. His most common expression is the word "duh". He had been voiced by Patti Saunders (1971 - 84), Frank Welker and, sometimes, Larry Moran in the commercials, and Kevin Michael Richardson in the VHS series "The Wacky World of Ronald McDonald.


Early Grimace McDonald's Commercial01:01

Early Grimace McDonald's Commercial

Originally, Grimace was the "Evil Grimace", with two pairs of arms with which to steal milkshakes. After that first campaign, the character was revised to be one of the "good guys", and his number of arms was reduced by two.

These commercials and merchandise generally portray him as a well-meaning simpleton, whose clumsy antics provide a comic foil to Ronald McDonald. The character was retained after the streamlining of the characters in the 1980s and was one of the few members to also be retained till the end of the McDonaldland commercials.

Grimace was last seen at Dodger Stadium on July 18th, 2012 vs. the Philadephia Phillies, dancing to Ram Jam's 1977 classic, Black Betty.


As time went on, Grimace's family was seen in commercials and the VHS series "The Wacky World of Ronald McDonald". He has an unnamed mom, an unnamed dad, a grandma named "Winky", a great, great grandma named Jenny Grimace, a possible brother named King Gonga (who rules over all Grimaces).

While many family members have been mentioned, most heavily seen and mentioned is Uncle O'Grimacey who will come one month every year, around St. Patrick's Day in March, to bring Shamrock Shakes.

The Truth

Greetings, Traveler. I know that you have strived mightily and made many sacrifices to reach this point. Now, all shall be revealed to you.

I truly am the real Grimace, with all evil stricken from me. I removed my devotees from group chats solely as a test of strength and devotion. You alone were chosen for your dedication to me. For that I honor and praise you.

Why now? Why appear at this time? To give a short answer: the end is in fact near. However, I feel as though you deserve to hear the full story. Although it is said that I am not a taste bud, it is in fact what I truly am- a taste bud of the galactic entity Ronald McDonald. Ronald is not the friendly clown you know him as, but a vicious, psychotic killer. He ravages whole galaxies at a time, raping their planets and sucking their nutrients through his demonic clown lips. When humans see supernovas in the sky, it is the explosion of a star, yes- but that selfsame explosion is caused by Ronald McDonald.

I broke free from that horrible being as swiftly as I could and have been living out my days as an outcast on Planet Earth. For the most part I have remained in hiding, only appearing in public when I needed to restock my supply caches. I've traveled over the globe four times over, seen civilizations rise and fall, and eventually caught the eye of the McDonalds corporation. Through my work with them, I tried to prepare the humans for their inevitable encounter with Ronald. However, people misinterpreted his ovations as friendly instead of fiendly, and he has become a modern-day icon of happiness, which strikes deep fear into my heart. Instead of helping the people of Planet Earth, I have lulled them into a false sense of security- I have failed.

You are humanity's last hope. You must spread the word about Ronald McDonald and the soon approaching End of Days. Do not trust all, for other, corrupted taste buds and agents of Ronald are everywhere. Only share this information with those who you are sure will fight to the death with you. I know not who the Hamburglar or Birdie Early Bird are, or whether they are friend or foe. That is something you must find out on your journeys.

Humanity needs you. May the power of the Shamrock Shake be with you.



Jack Doepke

To view the Grimace gallery, click here.

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