Grampa Gruff
(Grandpa Gruff)
Kind Griffon
Sex Male
Residence Griffonstone
Occupation Historian
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Eyes Black
Coat Violetish gray (series)
Grayish cornflower blue (comics)
Feathers Medium gray neck with dark violetish gray wings (series)
White (comics)
Talons Light yellow
Relatives Gilda (granddaughter in some—but not all—material)
Voice Richard Ian Cox (English)
Michel Hinderyckx (French)
Antonio Paiola (Italian)
Janusz Wituch (Polish)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Alejandro Villeli (Latin American Spanish)
Yuriy Vysotsky (Ukrainian)

Grampa Gruff, or Grandpa Gruff, is a male griffon and supporting character who first appears in the season five episode The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone. It is stated in The Hearth's Warming Club that he is "Grampa" in name only and does not have any familial grandchildren, contradictory to The Elements of Harmony Vol. II guidebook's identification of Gilda as his granddaughter; Jim Miller has stated that Gilda, S08E15 Unnamed Male Griffon #1, Gruff, and Gabby are unrelated[1] and that Gruff is Gallus' guardian but not grandfather.[2]

Development and design

Regarding Grampa Gruff's appearance in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #24, issue writer Georgia Ball stated on Twitter that it was the result of minimal communication between her and issue artist Jay Fosgitt[3] and that she "didn't see [the completed] art until final approved letters".[4]

Depiction in the series

Gruff 'I'll tell you the whole tragic tale' S5E8
Grampa Gruff appears in the season five episode The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone as a resident of Griffonstone. When Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie are summoned to the dilapidated town by the Cutie Map, Gruff explains to them—for a few bits—that Griffonstone fell into misery and ruin due to the theft of the Idol of Boreas.

Grampa Gruff harbors more pride for Griffonstone than the average griffon, but he is just as greedy. Gilda makes a living in Griffonstone selling griffon scones using Grampa Gruff's recipe.

Grandpa Gruff appears in School Daze - Part 1 and School Daze - Part 2 as Gallus' representative at the School of Friendship. However, after Chancellor Neighsay's insensitive words toward the non-pony races, Gruff pulls Gallus out of the school and believes he is better off at home. At the end of the premiere, with enough pleading from Gallus, Gruff begrudgingly allows him to go back to school.

In The Hearth's Warming Club, Grampa Gruff briefly appears in Gallus' story.

Other depictions

IDW comics

Grampa Gruff appears, with a different design than in the series, on My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #24 page 16. As a spectator of the Boffyball game between Griffonstone and Yakyakistan, he grumbles about the ineptitude of today's players.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Grampa Gruff is a character in Gameloft's mobile game. An image of him, Gilda, Greta, Griffon Shopkeeper, and Li'l Griffon was posted on the My Little Pony Game Facebook page on February 19, 2016.[5] The game's description of him states, "Old Grampa Gruff wants to tell you a story of how Griffonstone fell from its former glory."


Grampa Gruff, Griffonstone Historian card MLP CCG
In the Equestrian Odysseys expansion set of Enterplay's collectible card game, card #53 C of Grampa Gruff gives him the description "Griffonstone history? He's your griffon. Baking powder? He's never heard of the stuff."

The Elements of Harmony Vol. II guidebook

GRAMPA GRUFF is an ornery old Griffon who longs for the days of yore! That's before his homeland of Griffonstone was so run-down. Life was tough back in the day, but he liked it! Oh, how he liked it. Nowadays, he just sits around waiting for outsiders to stop by so he can take advantage of them. What a greedy-pants. If only his granddaughter, Gilda, could talk some sense into him.


"You'd better believe in it! [coughs and wheezes]"
The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
"It was the best thing to ever happen to us griffons!"
— The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
"I'll tell you the whole tragic tale... [laughing] ...for a couple of bits."
— The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
"The first griffon king, King Grover, united our kind like we've never been united before or since! And he did it all with that incredible Idol of Boreas. [...] That idol brought pride to the heart of every griffon that saw it! From one king to the next, Griffonstone had our golden idol. We were the envy of all other species. It held us together – it gave us an identity – right up until the reign of King Guto. [...] That's when Arimaspi came to steal our griffon treasure! King Guto tried to fight him off, but Arimaspi managed to get away with the idol! [...] They say when our treasure fell into the Abysmal Abyss, our pride went with it. King Guto was the last king of Griffonstone, and we all lived miserably ever after. The end!"
— The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
"Aw, well... Tough tailfeathers! No refunds!"
— The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
"Well, this place seemed lame anyways."
School Daze - Part 1
"These boffypuff balls are making the players soft! In my day the ball was a needle-nosed scorpion on an all-bean diet. And we liked it!"
My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #24


Grampa Gruff wants some bits S5E8

Grampa Gruff image gallery

See also


  1. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "No one.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 15.
  2. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "Grandpa Gruff. Not his actual grandpa, tho.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 15.
  3. Georgia Ball (2016-01-08). @GeminiSaintFM usually you get some communication somewhere along the line if there are questions. There's only one Griffonstone ep?. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 January 21.
  4. Georgia Ball (2016-01-05). @lordofallfantas They are the same. I didn't see art until final approved letters so I can't help you there.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 January 21.
  5. Gilda the Griffon and her friends are.... Facebook (2016-02-19). Retrieved on 2016 February 19.