- Undeath. It was brought up in one conversation that Jack is a type of undead, hence he would be much more relentless in his attack than the Grinch. Unfortunately, it’s not very clearly defined as to what exact type of undead Jack is. Yeah, he’s probably a skeletal being of some sort and could probably reform if destroyed, but that all takes time. If the Grinch gained the upper hand, he would be able to steal Christmas from Halloween Town and beat it out of there before Jack could regain his form.
- Power. Jack has got to have more than average. As the Pumpkin King, he’s sort of the living embodiment of a holiday. He’s definitely got some sway as the embodiment of Halloween and could no doubt call on many scary forces to do his bidding in a pinch (though, we’ve really only seen him at his jollyest). He’d be a tough one to take down. The Grinch, on the other hand, is an expert at taking down holidays. By the time he was done with Whoville, Christmas was in the bag. Literally. Sure, he had a change of heart due to his sympathy for the poor denizens of Whoville, but I don’t think that same change of heart would happen here. I think the Grinch, being mainly a Christmas character, would see the whole “Halloween/Christmas” thing as an abomination, fuelling him to steal more readily. It would probably find him willing to go through anything to get the job done. Even Jack.
- Meanness. The Grinch is surely a mean one, as witnessed by the comments. He’s a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce. He’s cut-throat. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals, even if it means stealing from little Cindy-Lou Who. He’s got a soft spot for the Whos, however, but as we’ve already said, we’re not dealing with Whos. We’re dealing with ghoulish night creatures. No soft spot there. Jack, on the other hand, seems to have a much larger soft spot than The Grinch. He’s not nearly as mean and, even when he’s trying to be, he only really scares for entertainment value.
- Dichotomy. Jack is trying to proliferate Christmas. The Grinch is trying to destroy it. Jack saved Christmas. The Grinch steals Christmas. Everything that Jack would do, the Grinch would undo. Essentially, we’re talking about a pencil vs. an eraser here. Sure, the eraser sometimes doesn’t fully eliminate the pencil’s intentions, but the eraser still wipes things out for the most part in the end.
Debate Winner – The Grinch
Vote Winner – The Grinch (4-2)
Overall Winner – The Grinch
Hope you guys enjoyed this one as much as I did, and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Stay tuned for Part 3.