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The Grim Reaper (otherwise known as Death) is a legendary character being the bringer of death. Best known to be described as a skeleton in a hooded cloak (that usually hides his face) carrying a scythe. He has appeared various times in Disney toons and shorts and was featured as a cameo character in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was first featured as the main antagonist in the 1929 black and white animated short Haunted House in which he was voiced by Walt Disney himself, who also although uncredited also directed the 7 minute short. He also marked a prominent appearance in Darkwing Duck.


The Grim Reaper serves as the proprietor of a dilapidated Hill House in which he holds macabre musical ensembles comprising of his legion of spirits. He holds command over the skeletons which he has annually come to his Hilltop residence and perform for his dire amusement.

Physical Description

He is based on the folklore's Grim Reaper with skeletal hands, wearing a grey cloak, and his face is covered in darkness. His appearance changes with his various different appearences, in his first appearance in Haunted House his face is obscured in darkness, he dons a ragged grey cloak and his hands are outlined in thick, black shadow. As Marty in American Dragon: Jake Long he bears a light silver skull face with ominous, glowing dark red eyes, has a jet black cloak, light silvery skeletal hands and has a bone banner at the center of the top end of his cloak bearing two dark silvery hands hanging down. His appearance however in shading alters in American Dragon as the dark silvery hands protruding and the rest of his skeletal features lighten to a ghostly white in certain sequences. In Darkwing Duck he appears again with his face shrouded in darkness, his cloak however a faded grey and his hands a skeletal white.


The Grim Reaper is a dark, gothic character with a mysterious presence. Although nonchalant, he takes his duty over life and death seriously, and has no sense of humor. He possesses an ominous, sadistic malice to his behavior however as demonstrated in his antagonistic relationship with Mickey Mouse who wanders into his abode during a fretful storm to escape the rain. His only joy comes in the delirious tones of melodramatic, macabre music which he has played at his whim by his legion of the re-animated skeletons within his hilltop home. He displays a frightening impatience and intolerance for disobedience as Mickey expresses an inability to produce the music he will want. He is naturally intimidating and looming in his first appearance with a horrific, hoarse voice he slowly harrows at Mickey in order to get him to play for him and join his legion in producing the night's musical number. Despite his antagonistic personality in his first appearance later appearences have depicted him as a less self-serving malevolent entity. His power and high standing approach contrast with the terrifying Night on Bald Mountain villain Chernabog.


Haunted House

The Grim Reaper appears in the abandoned hilltop haunted home before Mickey Mouse who has unwittingly seeken refuge at his mysterious, seemingly uninhabited abode. He comes upon the shelter desperate hero and demands he play his piano so as to amuse him in the rainy night's macabre musical ensemble. He has his legion of skeletons perform alongside Mickey and prevents Mickey from escaping; with the intention of having him join the undead as a nightly performer of his for his own amusement. He plays on Mickey's fear to control him and eventually fails in his plot to integrate traveler Mickey from joining his undead troupe as the weary mouse leaps from a Haunted House window to freedom, fleeing as the sun begins to rise, signaling the end of the Reaper and the Skeleton ensemble.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Although not being named the Grim Reaper in the movie, a character personifying Death who looks like the Grim Reaper appears near the end, trying to kill the daughter of Darby, Sarah. In that version, the "Grim Reaper" only kill the person, the soul of the poor fellow being taken away by the Death Cab and its Coachman (who speaks at one point, while the Grim Reaper doesn't say a word). In that version, the Grim Reaper is translucid and has the ability of flying, lookink a lot like a traditional ghost. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

He appeared in the crowd during the Town meeting

Darkwing Duck

After Darkwing Duck was killed and came back to Earth, he was convinced when the Grim Reaper came. Many times he avoided him so he wouldn't come with him. Then, he finally caught him while was trying to save Gosalyn and Launchpad from Megavolt. While going, Darkwing made a challenge with the Reaper, if he can't do what Darkwing can do, he can have an hour to save Gosalyn and Launchpad from Megavolt. And the Reaper failed. He did managed to save them, when there wasn't a way to bring Darkwing back to life, the Reaper came and took a willing and dignified Darkwing. But on the way, Darkwing fell on his knees crying and kept on saying he didn't want to go, then he woke and realized it was all a bad dream.

American Dragon: Jake Long

He appeared in the episodes, Family Business and Nobody's Fu.

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