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I have lost a lot of blood... OH-SHI
~ Mr. Gristle's last words before getting crushed by Archibald Snatcher's machine
Come back and let me hit you!
~ Mr. Gristle chasing box trolls.

Mr. Gristle is the secondary antagonist of the 2014 animated film, The Boxtrolls.

He was voiced by the comedian, Tracy Morgan.

The Boxtrolls

The shortest of Archibald Snatcher's henchmen, Mr. Gristle is perhaps the most sociopathic of the Red Hats, second only to Snatcher himself. Unlike Mr. Trout and Mr. Pickles, Gristle has no moral qualms or doubts about his job as a Boxtroll hunter, nor about hurting anyone along the way. He follows orders with sadistic joy, taking delight in other people's misery and discomfort, even his own colleague's- when Snatcher's face began to swell due to his cheese allergy, for example, he could only giggle with glee as Pickles and Trout looked on in horror and disgust. Though he did help heal Snatcher's cheese fix by throwing leeches on his face, it was less about helping his fellow Red Hat and more about it being "funny" to him. Gristle is also the least talkative of the Red Hats, often parroting single words that other people say with an enthusiastic shout, such as "Hat!" or "Throat!". At the climax of the film, Mr. Gristle aids Mr. Snatcher in attempting to kill Eggs shortly after Trout and Pickles redeemed themselves, though he is stopped when the Boxtrolls attack him and throw him into a nearby barrel of leeches, getting bitten by several of them in the process. After getting out of the barrel (and getting tossed around in the subsequent fight between Snatcher and the others), Mr. Gristle is finally killed after Snatcher's machine collapses on top of him.



  • Mr. Gristle is the only Red Hat beside Snatcher to know the truth about Boxtrolls.
  • He is the only member of Snatcher’s crew that never redeems himself.


          LaikaTitle Villains

Animated Features
Coraline: The Beldam | Other Mr. Bobinsky | Other Spink & Other Forcible | Other Father
ParaNorman: Agatha Prenderghast | Judge Hopkins
The Boxtrolls: Archibald Snatcher | Mr. Gristle | Mr. Trout | Mr. Pickles
Kubo and the Two Strings: Raiden the Moon King | Karasu and Washi | Giant Skeleton | Garden of Eyes
Missing Link: Lord Piggot-Dunceby | Willard Stenk | The Yeti Elder

Short Films
Moongirl: Gargaloons

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