- "Have I mentioned I'm part space alien?"
—Grace to Jerry
Grace Sciuridae is a shapeshifting, human/Uryuom/squirrel/Lespuko hybrid who was created through genetic engineering to kill the prophesied creature who would be known as Damien. She originally came to Tedd seeking temporary protection for herself and a way to deal with her "brothers" (of which Vladia is the only genetic sibling), but remained in hiding from her old family with her new friends. In the Painted Black arc, she was forced to go back to her brothers and fight Damien, who killed himself at the end of their battle when he realized that he wasn't the god he'd thought himself to be. She has been in a relationship with Tedd since the Relations chapter of the original El Goonish Shive introductory story arc.
Because she spent most of her childhood either in a lab or held prisoner by Damien, she can be very naive. For instance, she used to have no idea why people can have problems with nudity, but a recent conversation with the (then male) Susan at the party educated her on this point. She also only recently found out about World War II and the atrocities that occurred during it. Grace had a disturbing childhood, being held captive by Damien and witnessing him committing many heinous acts, including murder. As a result, she was haunted by nightmares for a long time. After she killed Damien, she was for a time afraid of her own powers and refused to change shape, but her brothers managed to convince her otherwise: at which time she also managed to overcome the nightmares.
Grace was designed by Project Lycanthrope from a Uryuom, a Lespuko, a squirrel, and a naturally strong human male as a weapon to kill a coming prophesied master of fire, but Dr. Sciuridae replaced the human DNA with that of his deceased daughter so he could be with her again. It was he that named her Grace and gave her her hair band, the latter of which aroused suspicion and caused him to be transferred away. Later, when Damien came, she cowered in fear as he slaughtered the scientists and Grace's Uryuom father.
Escape and Meeting TeddEdit
After reading about the first goo incident in the newspaper, Grace chose to run away from Damien and see if Tedd could help her. After she escaped in her full squirrel form, she had nothing but her hair band, and had to steal a trench coat. When she first saw Tedd, she asked for his help; when she mentioned she wasn't wearing anything beneath her coat, Tedd quickly let her in. After she was welcomed into the home, she was quickly discovered by Tedd’s father, who was angry that Tedd let a strange girl into the house until he recognized her as Shade Tail. After that, he allowed her to stay in order to protect her and told Tedd not to tell anyone but Elliot and Sarah that she was there. When Tedd asked Grace why she was there, she was thankful that he called her Grace, and asked her to get to know her as Grace before they dealt with her past as Shade Tail. While watching boring TV, Grace suggested they do something normal, Tedd pointed out that people sleeping together was normal, but Grace countered with the fact that that only applies when they are in a relationship, instead of taking offense and hammering Tedd (as Sarah or Susan would have done). The next day, Grace met Elliot, who initially assumed she was a either a robot or that she had been kidnapped, since normally no girl he knew of would hang out with Tedd of her own volition. After going down to find Tedd, Grace was enamored with the video game Black and White. After playing for a while, Tedd had to literally drag her away so Sarah could look her over before the two could go buy clothes for her. After seeing that Grace had had to resort to wearing Tedd's clothes, Sarah realized she really needed to take Grace along to the mall to get the clothes, so she gave her a disguise to avoid being recognized by her brothers.
At the mall, Grace was more interested in video games than clothes, and was willing to spend the clothing money on them and just play them at Tedd's house naked if it came down to it. When Grace finally got to picking out clothes, she had difficulty finding clothes small and stretchy enough to cover her 160-pound body, since she had to consider shape shifting. After they finished shopping, Sarah and Grace exited out the wrong side of the mall, and had to cut through a unlit alleyway, where they were attacked by a mugger. Sarah tried to just give him her purse, but Grace managed to stop him by shapeshifting into her half-squirrel form and using her telekinesis to take away his knife (at which point he ran away, yelling "Repent!"). The strain of the telekinesis was too great for Grace, and, to the shock and annoyance of Sarah, who then swore vengeance on Tedd, she collapsed. Once Grace was brought home, it was assumed the shape shifting was Tedd’s fault, but his father set the record straight by explaining to Tedd, Elliot, and Sarah part of Grace and her brothers' history. When Grace woke up, she greeted Sarah and was worried that she had scared everyone away, but Sarah explained to her that they went to find more information. When Grace asked why Sarah wasn't afraid of her monster form, Sarah told her that she wasn't a monster and that she sort of knew what it was like. Grace asked her to elaborate, but they were distracted by the guys coming back. When everyone was together, Grace was forced by Elliot to explain why she sought out Tedd. Grace explained that her brothers were very dangerous and had no choice in the matter as they were created and trained to be the way they were. Grace wanted to find a way to change them and herself into forms that were not dangerous. When Elliot wanted to know why she was almost naked when she meet Tedd, she explained that in order to escape, she had had to turn into her full squirrel form, and that meant she could not take any clothing with her except her hairband. After Elliot apologized and left, Grace held Tedd back with her tail so he wouldn't leave her by herself.
During the events of the first Relations storyline, Grace welcomed Tedd home with a squirrel girl tackle glomp, explaining that she had remained in her squirrel girl form since she was still a little worried she might faint, and Tedd told her that he liked her in her squirrel form; Grace then confirmed that she really liked Tedd. When she changed back, Grace asked how Tedd's day had been. Once he mentioned that Elliot was acting weird, knew the Sarah liked him, and was taking her to the martial arts class, Grace realized that Elliot was "going to break [Sarah's] heart". Later, during the events of the second Relations storyline, Tedd and Grace began experimenting on a way to stop her brothers if they were to attack. Grace suggested they use the Tedd’s TF gun to change her brothers into less threatening forms. In order to test the theory, Grace insisted that Tedd blast her with the TF gun. When Tedd proved reluctant, she pressed the trigger and blasted herself, turning herself into a catgirl, which did not please Tedd. Grace was pleased with her new form, but Tedd said he was worried that their plan had worked and Grace wouldn't be able to change back. When Grace first tried to change back, she found that she couldn't, and asked Tedd to change her back. Tedd refused, and explained that Grace's powers had changed and she could still change into her original form if she focused hard enough. Grace tried this, and discovered she could switch to any of her forms at will. This meant that all their plan would do was give her brothers another dangerous form to use in combat. Tedd was about to give up, but Grace asked him to blast her with the best form he had for combat; that way, she could fight if it came down to it; the form in question turned out to be the Jeremy form. Grace wanted to know what other forms Tedd had, and checked the TF gun's programmed forms. She was confused by the gun's having both male and female forms, and Tedd claimed he "[had] no idea how those got there". When Grace was blasted with the Jeremy form, Jeremy jumped up on her. After changing back, Grace insisted on changing her shirt right away, not caring that the camera was still recording and that people who viewed the recording would see her topless. For the rest of the night, Grace and Tedd indulged in catnip. After that, Sarah came over, and they explained to her what they had been doing. Sarah asked why it was necessary for them to include Grace's being topless, but Grace insisted that it was important to the plot. That night, Grace was plagued by terrible nightmares and woke up screaming. Tedd ran over to comfort her, forgetting his glasses, and ended up sleeping in the same bed with her all night at Grace's insistence. While Grace had Tedd in bed with her, she took the opportunity to have Tedd explain about his glasses and how he met Elliot. After sleeping together, they narrowly avoided getting caught by Mr. Verres.
After Tedd was turned into a girl while testing the TF Gun, Grace was disturbed while playing on the computer by a female Tedd strip dancing on the computer screen. When Elliot was transformed, Grace began to research the means to make Elliot male again. When Elliot came over to hear her latest plan, Grace was wearing Tedd's glasses, which were set to the X-ray feature. After Grace annoyed Elliot, he pulled them off her and put them on Tedd. Unknown to him, they were still on the X-ray function, and Tedd was forced to see then-female Elliot naked, which made him blush. Grace then suggested that Tedd and Elliot use a magical jewel, which was in a low priority government building, to undo the V5 effects while Grace stayed behind. While she waited for their return, she got very bored and decided to change into her squirrel form just for the fun of it; it was at this time that she discovered that her shapeshifting now affected her mass; upon using a scale Grace found out that her squirrel form was 80 pounds, her human form was her normal 120 pounds, her cat-girl form was 137 pounds, and her Jeremy form was 200 pounds. As a result of her shapechanging, she met Sensei Greg (who was guarding her), who thought she was in danger. Grace was initially scared and hid in her full squirrel form while Jeremy attacked Greg. After Greg deflected Jeremy, Grace turned into her half-squirrel form to defend him, but Greg explained he sensed great power and was just there to protect her. Grace didn't understand why Greg sensed power in her (or why he told her to put a shirt on). After Greg fixed the door and camped out in front of the television, Grace went downstairs to use the computer, only to meet Beta Tedd, who popped up on the screen intending to warn Tedd of Lord Tedd. Before Beta Tedd gave his warning, Beta Ellen, who was dating Beta Tedd, appeared beside Beta Tedd. Upon learning of their relationship, Grace fell out of her chair laughing. The next day, Grace was waiting for Tedd to get back home when she fell asleep and had another nightmare. After being awoken by Greg, she told him she tried to design a video game, but an image on the computer frightened her. When Greg told her he didn't find it frightening, Grace saw that he was not looking at the picture and discovered a message from Tedd. The message told her about Ellen and asked her to pass the message to Sarah before morning.
After saying 'crud' multiple times in multiple ways and apologizing for 'swearing like a sailor' when in fact she hadn't cursed at all, Grace convinced Greg to take her to Moperville North so she could talk to Sarah and stop Ellen. After getting to the school, Grace literally ran into Sarah, who knocked her down. Grace told her that Ellen was not Elliot, which disturbed Sarah. When they found the Omega Goo, Grace explained that it had been sent from another dimension to hunt down Tedd. She then explained to Sarah what had happened to Elliot and Tedd and that Ellen was not going to die in a month, but could not figure out how to safely reach Ellen to tell her. After they decided to focus on defeating to goo, Grace explained that it was actually a demon nucleus the size of a marble that was using the goo as armor. After Nanase failed to stop the goo, Grace used her telekinesis to stop its final attack. Grace could not decide which form to assume to battle the goo, and accidentally transformed into a legion form that incorporated all her known forms at the time. The goo was then defeated by Ellen.
Once the goo had been defeated, Elliot and Tedd turned up, and Grace was so overcome with joy that she tackled him in her legion form. When Elliot explained how he got how he was (he had been transformed into a cat-man), Grace was shocked to hear that Hedge was in town looking for her, and was a little scared by the prospect. Mr. Verres then turned up and told Grace to put on a shirt, even though she said she didn't mind not having one. After she did so, Grace tried to convince Mr. Verres not to lock up Ellen. Mr. Verres told her to button her shirt and that he wasn't going to lock up Ellen. Grace was then worried that she forgot to feed Jeremy and didn't button up her shirt (it had a zipper). Grace and Tedd went to get towels, and when they got back, they had switched shirts, which didn't make Mr. Verres happy. While waiting for Ellen to shower, Grace told everyone about the scary image on the computer screen. After seeing the image, Mr. Verres noticed a second person, who turned out to look a lot like Grace but was clearly male. When Mr. Verres said that "Grace didn't die in that dimension", Grace became frozen in shock. After recovering and going upstairs to meet with everyone, Mr. Verres told everyone that Tedd owned a machine that could test beams, eliminating the need to test on people. When Tedd denied this, Grace said it was right next to the washing machine. After Ellen had turned Tedd into a girl in retaliation for Tedd's use of human test subjects, Grace became excited and wanted to style his hair later. After everyone left, Tedd started to take off his clothes because they were too tight, and Grace insisted that she take off her clothes, too.
New And Old FriendsEdit
A few days later, Grace went out for a walk in the newly created clone form that she had dubbed 'Claire', after remembering to bring a coat due to the nippy weather. She first stopped at a candy store and decided to walk in calmly and just get 'the essentials'. However, when she got in she got so excited she ended up buying a large bag of candy and three lollipops. Her next stop was the Dunkel residence. When Ellen answered the door, she was reluctant to let Claire in, but did when Claire said she knew her. After getting inside, Grace explained that she couldn't show Ellen her true form until she got inside in case someone else found out who she was. After Grace returned to her human form, she offered Ellen a lollipop and explained that Tedd had been working on a form that would allow anyone hit by it to look exactly the same regardless of who the beam was fired at. After she finished explaining the clone forms, Grace told Ellen that she had come over to invite Ellen to be her playmate: the two then played some video games. When Grace realized Tedd would be home soon, Ellen came up with a plan to surprise Tedd by having him guess which of them was the real Grace after Ellen zapped herself into Grace's Claire form. When Tedd arrived, he quickly deduced who was who and Grace had a photo shoot with Ellen and Tedd.
During the events of Squirrel Diplomacy Grace used her ability to talk to squirrels to negotiate between the squirrels in the yard and Tedd. She managed to convince them to not eat the birdseed as long as the squirrels got separate food. When Tedd was attacked by the squirrels, Grace explained that the squirrels found the food to be an insult and wanted an apology in the form of a statue. When Tedd got them a statue, Grace said the squirrels found it to be too girly and now wanted a 'manly' statue with shrubbery (insert a joke about the knights who say "Nih", as that would be appropriate).
Later, using the clone form technology, Grace and Tedd switched forms before Sarah and Elliot arrived and took them to the movies. When Elliot and Sarah rang the doorbell, Grace wasn't worried about being in Tedd's form, so she convinced Tedd to let them in. When they went downstairs, Grace blasted Tedd with the Claire form. When Tedd tried to convince her that they should be in their natural forms, Grace pointed out that since Tedd was now in the Claire form, he would get to indulge in the fun of being a girl in public without anyone knowing it, thus proving that she knew Tedd better than he himself did. Grace gave Tedd a new outfit that Ellen got her at "the promiscuous maiden" shop and told him to remember to act like her. While they were driving to the movie theater, Grace asked what movie they would be seeing, unknown to her Tedd was the one who picked the movie. Since Grace was in Tedd's form she had to pretend that she was so overcome by Grace's cuteness that she forgot what the movie was (which prompted a realization by Tedd that she really did know him well: that was exactly what Tedd would have said).
When the gang arrived at the movie theatre, Grace had to go to the washroom. Tedd told her to change back while using the washroom in Uryuomoco, and while Grace said she didn't see why, she agreed to do it. Only afterwards Tedd realized that he didn't taught Grace Uryuomoco so it's interesting she understand. While in the washroom, Grace met Tony. First, she confused him by admitting that she was with her boyfriend, then she freaked him out because she was in Tedd's form with its feminine appearance un-hidden by glasses, which unnerved Tony. After leaving the washroom, Grace told Tedd about meeting Tony and his obvious attraction to Tedd's form, which severely shocked Tedd. While watching the movie, Grace spent most of her time staring lovingly into Tedd's eyes and naively wondering where they had found a dragon to star in the movie. While Sarah and Tedd were in the ladies' room, Grace asked Elliot where they got the dragon for the movie, which Elliot thought was cute. When Grace got home, Grace asked Tedd if he enjoyed going out as Claire.
The Morning AfterEdit
The morning after Night Out, Mr. Verres found Grace suffering from insomnia. She asked him why he let her stay at his house. He tried to avoid the question using a figure of speech, but Grace didn't understand that, so he told her about an informant from whom he had learnt about her and her brothers and to whom he promised he would take of her, but not to reveal the informant's identity. When Tedd woke up, he found Grace had snuck into his bed after her talk with Mr. Verres. When Tedd told Elliot about Grace's behavior he was skeptical that Tedd didn't notice until he woke up, until Elliot himself found Grace had cozied up to him and had been sleeping there throughout his entire conversation with Tedd. Just then the doorbell rang, and since Grace couldn't be seen in her half squirrel form, Tedd had Elliot carry her to the basement while he answered the door. Grace woke up by the time Elliot had reached the basement. She stated her preference to stay in the basement in her half squirrel form because it felt more natural to her. When Tedd came downstairs, he spotted Grace trying out legion forms. When she assumed a Tedd/Grace form, Tedd was rendered almost speechless. After suggesting that Tedd give William and Gillian's human forms big fluffy tails, she looked at pictures of them and was reminded of Mr. Guyur, who had taught her Uryuomoco. When Tedd and Grace came upstairs, Tedd introduced Grace as Claire and Will revealed his shyness at being naked. Grace offered to also be naked, but Will said that would only be more awkward. When Grace came back upstairs, she complained about their opposition to casual nudity. Elliot tried to reason with her, but forgot her lack of knowledge of the nudity taboo. In anger, she took her shirt off. Mr. Verres came downstairs and learned from Grace that Will and Gill were there. He told them to tell Tedd he wouldn't be back for a while and told Grace not to worry but to stay indoors and away from windows. Elliot commented that despite his job description, Mr. Verres wasn't that good at hiding things. In Tedd's room, Grace told Tedd about what his father said, and Tedd said it couldn't be that bad or else he wouldn't have left her alone; therefore, there was nothing outside the ordinary to worry about. When asked, he defined 'ordinary' as events akin what took place during Sister, to which Elliot complained that that couldn't be defined as the parameters for normal activity as it had only happened once.
Grace was dreaming of when Damien killed everyone at Project Lycanthrope and thinking of what would happen if he turned up, worrying that people would get hurt. Tedd came to check if she was OK, and she pounced on him. When Elliot was captured by Hedge and Sarah barged into her room demanding an answer, she found Grace to be naked and writing a letter. Grace explained that she was leaving so she wouldn't put anyone at risk. When Sarah asked why she was naked, thinking graphic adult thoughts, Grace explained that she wanted to return the clothes she was given. After Sarah told everyone what happened, Grace wanted to go alone, saying that she could save Elliot with stealth and Damien would only hit her if she was caught. Grace was later convinced to bring Ellen and Nanase along on the rescue mission to The Nest. On the way, Grace explained about each of her brothers' powers and weaknesses, and said that she was fireproof. When they arrived in the area where The Nest was, Grace used squirrels to lead herself and Nanase to the underground base. Shortly after entering, they found Vlad sleeping and Grace told them to run, but she was quickly knocked out and captured by Damien.
When she woke up, she was tied to a chair in front of Damien alongside a man whom she recognized as the first scientist to call her Grace. When Damien told her they were going to wait for her friends, Grace said she didn't have friends, Damien pointed out Grace was wearing a Uryuom worker's uniform and that she must have got it from someone she knew. It was at this time that Grace learned from Dr. Sciuridae the full extent of her past. Dr. Sciuridae told her that she was aging at a slightly slower rate, and that she would be turning 18 next Saturday. Grace then became aware that she was created from DNA from Dr. Sciuridae's daughter, a squirrel, a Uryuom, and a Lespuko, making her a Tulougol Seyunolu. After that, she found out that she was specifically designed to kill Damien. The revelation that she had failed at her purpose to oppose Damien weighed heavily on Grace's conscience as she, once again, remembered that she cowered when she could have stopped Damien. Later, she was forced to watch her friends fight her brothers. When Elliot, Ellen, and Nanase were victorious, Damien announced that he had to deal with them personally and would kill them. After all the revelations, this was all Grace could take, and her Lespuko side was fully awakened when she broke out of the chair and tackled Damien through a window. She dominated the resulting battle due to her flameproof fur, Lespuko claws (which slowed Damien's healing), and rage, and once Damien realized he was losing, he retreated to the air, only for Grace to give chase and thus found that she could use her telekinesis to fly. When Grace was about to strike again, she looked down at her claws and remembered what it looked like when Damien came to her with bloodstained hands. Grace begged Damien to stop since she didn't want to kill him, but he attempted to take Grace out in a kamikaze attack, which was thwarted when Nioi appeared and shielded her.
When Grace got back on the ground, she wondered why Dr. Sciuridae was injured until it was pointed out that you couldn't just bust a metal chair without causing some shrapnel. After Commander Jaguar's team came to get everyone home, Grace turned into her full human form, referring to Dr. Sciuridae as "grandpa" and telling him to keep in touch. Grace told Hedge that she now hid her antennae because she wanted to be as human as possible. After Vladia appeared, Grace explained to Hedge that Ellen used her beam to change her. Jaguar then told Grace's brothers that they would need to be tested. Grace said she was never tested, but then remembered various incidents when Mr. Verres tested her without her knowing that that was what he was doing. Before they left, Grace gave her siblings a big hug, much to Vladia's annoyance. When she got home, Tedd rushed out to hug Grace with tears in his eyes. After everyone had gone home, Mr. Verres chastised Grace for her recklessness and praised her for her defeat of Damien.
Grace fell asleep with Tedd on the couch and dreamt of herself in her in her half-squirrel form without clothes on sitting on a hill. As she was thinking, the sky darkened and she turned around to face the horned skull which had frightened her in dreams before. This time, she stared it down and it crumbled to dust. Then, amongst clouds, she confronted a creature which appeared to be a Lespuko, which growled at her. She, however, hugged it and its expression changed to one of saddened calm, its horns morphing away. It disappeared (or maybe merged with her, considering she changed), and Grace looked sadly at the empty landscape of her dream.
The Painted Black incident deeply affected Grace; she did not enjoy the memories of her use of her Lespuko from and considered herself unworthy of transforming and using the power. While lost in these thoughts she was tackle hugged by Ellen. Shortly afterwords, Mr. Verres came into the room and told her that if everything went well with his meeting, she would be able to go to Moperville South with Ellen. Mr. Verres suggested that since Grace’s 18th birthday was that Saturday she should have a party. Ellen told Grace her party's festivities should match the occasion and Grace decided that her party would consist of her close friends switching their genders for the night.
Damien’s death weighed heavily on Grace, and she decided to reject her shapeshifting abilities and remain fully human. She remained depressed until Vladia rebuked her for feeling such guilt over a total monster like Damien.
During Grace's party, she kissed female Tedd while Grace was in a male form. This greatly discomforted Tedd and he ran away. When she went to him, they had a talk about it and it was discovered the Grace’s sexual preferences were part heterosexual human and part Uryuom; therefore, she was not attracted to people in the same way as ordinary humans were. Rather, her sexual preference was based on concepts and mental connections, meaning she is attracted primarily to Tedd, no matter what form or gender he was.
Going to schoolEdit
With Damien gone and her brothers no longer chasing her, Grace was finally able to go to school. In order to explain her lack of social awareness, she told people that she had been raised by an elderly lady and was sheltered most of her life. She was at first quite nervous about meeting many new people and embarrassed about not understanding how to function in a school; once it was explained to her, however, she managed to become quite happy.
And then she went to history class. Once she had read about World War 2, she was so overcome by emotion (due to the scope of the bloodshed and her immediate realization that Damien shared some characteristics with Adolf Hitler) that she ran into the bathroom where she met Diane and cried with Rhoda. Once she had calmed down, she was taken into the principal's office by Professor Raven, and almost put into a remedial class until she proved she could learn. It was also at this time Raven noticed something about her. What exactly he noticed is currently unknown and may be revealed at a later time, but it was likely her magical abilities. Her closeness with Ellen during school hours led students to believe the Ellen was a lesbian trying to trick the naive Grace. During the events of Sister 2, Grace was stuck in the classroom and was incapacitated by the sleep bomb; her inability to help her friends left her with guilt over not being able to help save Ellen from Abraham and the realization that had she done so, Nanase wouldn't necessarily have had to resort to the Guardian Angel spell and would consequentially not have had experienced a magic burnout (although it was later revealed that Nanase would have burned out anyway, due to the extensive amount of magic that she had used that day). That guilt may have made her determined not to let someone have a chance to harm her friends on her watch and led to her being more on edge than usual.
After the Moperville earthquake, Grace went with Susan and Sarah to investigate the disappearance of The Hammers. When Sarah was depressed that she did not have magic powers, Grace pointed out that she could still summon the Demonic Duck. After she succeeded in eating an entire pancake breakfast challenge meal that won her a spot on the wall of fame, the girls went to a hotel room and argued about who would get the bed until Grace pointed out she could just sleep on a pillow in squirrel form. After Susan told a story about her trip to France, Grace asked what weapons she could currently summon. Susan summoned the objects in turn until she came to the fairy doll Nanase made for her, which came alive. Grace expressed incredulity that it could be Nanase with her magic back. When Susan called Nanase and discovered the truth about the fairy doll Grace expressed joy that Susan would put her emotions on display like that. When the girls arrived at the cave of the hammer, Grace was delayed by tripping on a water bottle. Upon seeing Jerry, she assumed an Omega form in preparation for battle, but calmed down when Jerry said he did not want to fight. When Jerry was unable to give Sarah magic, Grace told her that Tedd could give her magic-like technology to make up for it. Jerry was surprised that Grace was so close to Mr. Verres and Mr. Raven and was shocked by the weirdness surrounding herself and her friends. Just before they left Grace accepted Jerry's offer to take the (now-inactive) artifact.
When the first fire summon attacked the comic store, Grace was at Tedd's house watching the news. Grace saw the incident and the report and when mild mannered Elliot arrived, she wanted to hug and comfort him. When Tedd told Elliot he had to find a female form that Elliot liked, Grace suggested he pick one he can lust after. After the first fire summon attack, Grace wondered how they would stop the summoner if the sleep spell didn't work. Grace was depressed because she was stuck between the mathematical proof that some people are better off dead and the feelings in her heart that told her that killing is wrong. Since she needed to protect innocent people from bad people, Grace decided to take Greg up on his offer to train her in martial arts. Right before the second attack of the fire summons Grace went to the martial arts dojo so Greg could train her. When the fire summons attacked, Grace was grabbed from behind and held until she managed to slip out of the fire summons hold in her full squirrel form. She stayed at the dojo and fought alongside Greg. When she realized she had to knock out Dex but lacked the know how to do so, Greg quickly trained her to use the sleeper hold. After Dex was knocked out, Grace met Noah and revealed to him that she was Shade Tail. Later, she got him to give her the pendant that Dex was wearing.
Grace has had problems with Tedd ever since Tedd became aware of magic and started to deeply study it. Every time Grace tried to talk to Tedd, he went on about his discoveries in magic, and while she found that interesting, she needed a break. Fearing that if she talked to Tedd about it she would discourage him, Grace went to Ellen for advice. Ellen told her she should take Tedd out on a date away from the basement and mad science. Grace decided to go on a dinner and bowling double date with Ellen and Nanase. After getting home from school Grace called out to Tedd, and when he did not respond she went down to the basement to talk with him. After Tedd informed her that he had made a spreadsheet with the estimated duration of supposedly month-long transformations, Grace loudly proclaimed that they were going out. She told him that they were going on a double date with Nanase and Ellen on Friday, so she expected food, romance, bowling, and hugging. Tedd agreed, which pleased Grace, and she then told him to show her his chart, since his work is awesome and sexy.
At the start of the date, Grace waited upstairs rather than sitting downstairs with Tedd, so that the date could start as they were leaving the house. When Ellen and Nanase arrived at the door, Grace gave Ellen a hug hello, much to the embarrassment of Nanase. When Tedd started to talk to Nanase about the possibility of having a lengthy discussion about hair and magic, Grace frowned at him until he remembered to postpone the conversation until after the double date was over. While driving to the date, Grace asked if she would need to use her transformation powers to increase her muscle mass so she could lift the bowling balls, but was informed that different balls had different weights.
At the restaurant, Grace was surprised by the pictures hanging on the wall. She asked Nanase why she dated a jerk once and talked about her training with Greg. When they arrived at the bowling alley, Grace left with Nanase to check the arcade games. When they noticed Ellen and Tedd talking, they decided to check on the wait time. Then Grace hugged Ellen and Tedd and told them the wait would be half an hour. When Gerald came by to annoy the group, Tedd talked him down and Grace backed Tedd up, posturing herself threateningly. After Gerald left, Grace hugged Tedd and told him he needed to be more of an assertive badass rather than a aggressive badass.
Saving the BoarEdit
After the Boar attack on Rhoda and Catalina, Grace overheard Mr. Verres arguing with Raven about whether the boar should live or die. Deciding to side with Raven and save the boar, Grace left him a note revealing who she was and that she knew he was an elf. After Adrian found the note he dragged Grace into his classroom and demanded that she explain herself. After she explained how she found out and what she was, Adrian told her to come to his house and tell no one. Once she arrived, Adrian told her the he was willing to consider the possibility of her helping him. Grace showed Adrian her antenna which Adrian said only proved she was a part-Uryuom Seyunolu but not necessarily a furry Seyunolu. Grace showed him her squirrel form but Adrian was confused and wasn't sure Grace was part squirrel. So Grace went behind the couch and turned into her full squirrel form. Adrian was then convinced she was part squirrel but said that her form didn't prove she could handle dealing with a giant boar. Grace transformed back and said she could do more but forgot to go behind the couch again and accidentally let Adrian see her naked in her normal form. Grace apologized and Adrian hid his eyes. Grace turned into her omega form and told Adrian it was OK to look. Grace dramatically asked how he liked her now then apologized if her dramatic reveal was too scary. She got startled by a hissing noise but regained her composure after seeing that it was a cat with hedgehog spines, just like Jeremy. Grace talked to the hedgehog cat, who Raven said was called Max, and proved to Raven that she could talk to and calm an upset animal. After she convinced Raven to let her help him, Grace told him that she didn't like that no one was considering options other then killing the boar. When she told Raven that she was Tedd's girlfriend, he almost didn't let her come with him, but she convinced him to let her help when she agreed to obey his orders while there.
The next day, Grace went to Raven's house and Raven cast a disguise spell on her that made her look similar to himself (and coincidentally also similar to Susan). When they arrived at the park, Grace learned Raven was 'tasting' his way to the boar using his ears. When the boar appeared, Grace tried to talk to it, but it charged when it learned of their intentions (because it enjoyed being big and didn't want to be 'fixed'), and Raven was forced to shoot it. Grace was sad that she couldn't save it, so Raven took her out for ice cream.
Grace and Tedd have been dating since the start of the Relations storyline. Grace fell in love with him the first time they met and went to great lengths to keep him happy. Since her sexuality is a combination of heterosexuality and Uryuom (through concepts and mental connections), she is attracted to Tedd regardless of whatever form he takes. Eventually Tedd began to focus more on his work with magic than his relationship with Grace. After going to Ellen for help, Grace decided that she and Tedd would go on a double date with Ellen and Nanase.
Practically Married Edit
Note that Dan mentioned Tedd and Grace being practically married in 2014 when commenting Tedd reading Edward's "Rorschach" note and later mentioned it's easy for him to forget they're not already married. Characters might see it similarly: Pandora mentioned they are practically married and Justin even asked if they elope when Grace didn't confirmed it fast enough.
Grace first met Sarah when Sarah came to Tedd's house to help Grace get some clothes. While at the mall, Grace had Sarah do her best to keep Grace focused. When Grace told Sarah about her weight, she was surprised by it. After shopping, Grace went with Sarah's suggestion that they cut through the dark alley where their voices could not be heard from the street. When they met a would-be mugger, Grace revealed her half-squirrel form to Sarah, who was the first of the main cast to see it.
Grace and Ellen have been "playing" every weekend since Grace obtained her Claire form. In turn, they have become best friends and later ended up going to the same school. As a result of Grace's hugs, the students at their school assume that Ellen is a lesbian trying to trick Grace into doing risque things, so Grace is holding back on the physical contact.
Grace first met Susan at Moperville North during the second goo incident. During that meeting, Grace told Susan her name was Claire and how to defeat the goo monster. She also used telekinesis and turned into her first legion form in front of her, which the latter took in stride. Grace next met Susan at Tedd's house during the Painted Black arc, where she revealed her backstory. They next met during Grace's birthday party, where Susan managed to successfully explain the reasoning behind the nudity taboo (to which Grace then had the sudden realization of the implications of this, and exclaimed quite forcefully her aversion to the subject). Grace spent a significant amount of time with Susan during the Hammerchlorians, arc in which they got to know each other more thoroughly.
Grace first met Elliot when he came over to Tedd's house and assumed she was a robot or had been kidnapped. After she got back from shopping with Sarah, Elliot demanded to know why Grace had a squirrel form, since he could sense she was powerful.
Grace has used Elliot as a pillow when she sleeps (Tedd is the only other character who has been used this way). She was also one of the people who went to save Elliot from Damien. Grace considers Elliot to be cute and beefy.
Grace first met Nanase when Grace saved her from the Omega Goo. During the events of Painted Black, Nanase and Grace were the first ones to enter the Nest. After Painted Black, Nanase and Grace began to hang out since they both had a lot on their minds, namely their revelations of being lesbian and being created to kill Damien, respectively.
Before she invited him to her birthday party, Grace had only met Justin during the second goo fight and while preparing for the rescue of Elliot during Painted Black. At the party, Grace told Justin that his female from was probably attractive. Justin, together with Nanase, gave Grace catnip as a present.
Grace considers Mr. Verres to be like a father to her. When it was pointed out that she is his son's girlfriend, Grace said they're a strange family.
Grace is protective of Jeremy and does not let Tedd use the TF gun on him. While in her Jeremy form, Grace acts motherly towards Jeremy and tells him not to pick fights.
Greg offered to teach Grace how to fight with her unique abilities, pointing out that if she did not learn how to subdue people without hurting them, the only option she would have would be to seriously injure her opponent. Grace was initially reluctant, but later came to the realization that she needed to learn how to take down people who did not possess superpowers without killing them. Greg has taught her how to use the sleeper hold. Grace describes the training as nice, but Greg has not yet started on "changy" stuff yet. She thinks this is because he doesn't want her to claw people.
She does, however, train using her telekinesis as shield.
Grace goes to the same school as Noah; they are in the same gym class, along with Ellen. After the attack on the ASMA Dojo, Noah discovered that Grace is Shade Tail, and therefore the one who defeated Damien.
Mr. Raven is Grace's history teacher. On her first history class, she was surprised by existence of Second World War: Raven didn't believed that she heard about it first time and recommended placing her in remedial course. He only changed opinion after noticing that Grace is not a normal human and Ellen was awake.
Grace came to Mr. Raven offering her help in capturing the boar, revealing who she was and that she knew he was an elf. When she came to his house, she proved she could shapeshift and convinced him to let her help him. In order to protect her, he shot and killed the boar. To cheer her up afterward, he took her out for ice cream.
Grace has been taught to use the sleeper hold by Greg, and can use it while in battle to knock out opponents without hurting them. She is currently training under Greg, but we haven't seen any details of this training so far except her training to use her telekinesis as shield.
Grace first used her telekinesis to disarm a mugger that was threatening her and Sarah. The resulting stress caused her to faint and Sarah was forced to carry her home. The next time Grace used it was to stop the Omega goo from killing Nanase and Ellen: this time, she managed to stay conscious. Her flight is also telekinesis: it's apparently easier for her to levitate herself than other things. She likely needs her antennae out for this ability.
Grace can sense stuff in way similar to remote touch. This seem to be related to her telekinesis (something like touching them with telekinesis without actually seeing them). This sense is not fast enough to allow her dodging stuff thrown at her from back ... but it allows her to recognize almost for sure that the number on top of d20 dice is 20 (It's easier with d6). She needs her antennae out for this ability.
Comparing figures and reading body languagesEdit
Either same sense or different one also only available with antennae out helps Grace with sizes and positions of both other people and herself, which helps if she wants to look exactly as someone else using mini-morphs. This is something she prefers not to have in crowds, however ... she already mentioned it's kinda nice to be able to turn those extra senses off before.
Grace is extremely powerful and at least some of her forms are fire resistant, specifically her fur is. She was designed to kill Damien, but she is a pacifist, terrified of abusing her strength, and only uses her offensive capacity when her friends are in mortal peril.
Originally, transforming made her dizzy and her weight did not change. When she was transformed by the TF Gun for the first time, her transformation was corrected: she can transform without getting dizzy and her weight changes with form. Because of her being part Lespuko, she not only gains new form from TF gun (as all Uryuom and greater chimeras do), she can mix and match forms. She gained the ability to morph away her antennae with the Claire clone form.
Grace's power level greatly fluctuates depending on her form. She is possibly the most powerful mortal character in the comic - or at least was at the time of her fight with Damien.
- Birth forms
- Squirrel (Shade Tail)
- Squirrel (non-anthropomorphic)
- Omega (Squirrel + Lespuko (angry))
- Omega (Squirrel + Lespuko (calm))
- Given forms
- Claire (clone form)
- Gillian Anderson (clone form)
- Tedd (clone form)
- Tedd (female)
- Birthday Party (male)
- Legion forms
- SCJ (Squirrel + Cat + Jeremy)
- Claire + Squirrel
- TG (Tedd + Grace)
- Grace + Squirrel
- Full Human (Normal - antennae)
Like all part-animal seyunolu, Grace has the ability to communicate with animals. So far she has been seen speaking to squirrels, Jeremy, Max, and the boar. She needs her antennae out for this ability.
- General Shade Tail (Alpha Universe) - General Shade Tail is Lord Tedd's right-hand man, and may even be the driving force behind Lord Tedd's apparent corruption. He was created in exactly the same way Grace was except with the blood of a strong human male instead of a recently deceased girl.
- Grace (Oblivious Wand Waving) - Grace is the same as she normally is, though has a different boyfriend - Sarah. Also, she doesn't care about hiding her antennae, and it seems that being in her Half-Squirrel form is normal in the Oblivious Universe.
- Grace (Goonmanji) - Grace in this reality was the same, but now inhabits Elliot's body.
- "You sound awfully annoyed for a guy with a furry fetish and a half-cat girlfriend."
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-05-09 ("Confidence")
- "Ugh! What is so wrong with my body that everyone is so obsessed with covering it up?!"
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-07-19 ("Fur Coat")
- "A lespuko? OK, great, that makes four parents, and I don't even know what one of them is!"
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-03-10 ("Back To The Information Overload")
- "I MADE SARAH THINK SEXY THOUGHTS ABOUT ME~!!!"
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-10-24 ("Improper Use of the Word 'Sexy'")
- "And I'm happy if you are! INFINITE HAPPINESS LOOP!"
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2006-08-14 ("The Return of Bubbly Girly Grace")
- "DIE BY THE SHELLS OF YOUR FALLEN COMRADES, YOU @#$! TURTLES! - I'm actually okay with turtles, but these ones kidnap princesses. That's just wrong."
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-05-07
- "Ellen, if anyone is really bad enough that we have to fight...I'll tear them to shreds. But ideally we'd, ya know, talk it over peacefully or something."
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-09-06
- "I NEED ROMANCE."
—EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-08-05
- She really likes toast and coffee.
- Grace was originally going to be a token female friend of Sarah's.
- Grace has a stuffed animal that appears in the main storyline, despite technically being a gift from EGS author Dan. It is a squirrel.
- She recently received, from Tedd, guinea pig, bat, and hedgehog plush dolls as birthday presents (each one representing one of her siblings), along with a massive pile of other gifts he purchased before finding a better one.
- While a pacifist by nature, Grace can get very... agitated... while playing video games.
- Grace was born in her half squirrel form, but remains human most of the time because she lives among them.
- Grace's Claire form is a third level form. It is not known what this means (or which other forms share this), except that humans can't have third level forms.
- Grace has invented a sadness measurement using the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark" as a baseline.
- Creator Dan Shive has unabashedly established Grace as one of his favorite characters (if not his favorite character period), and in an early sketchbook actually wrote an apology letter to her for all of the terrible things that happened in her backstory.
- Grace's ethnicity was described as "mixed. Very, very mixed".
- Grace has no visible body hair - which is possibly a shared trait with Uryuoms and other chimeras.
- Grace is sometimes used as a high baseline point of comparison for good traits:
- Neither she nor Justin would consider the option to watch a pirated version of Star Wars instead of Tensaided's laserdisk ones ... in canon.
Grace's Artistic evolutionEdit
Innate (accessible since birth)Edit
Acquired from TF GunEdit
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2007-06-23 ("Lisa Simpson/Grace T. Sciuridae FUSION!")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-02-23 ("Grace's 'I'm Shocked' Face Gets Overtime")
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2013-09-21
- ↑ EGS legacy background #0012 ("Word")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-01
- ↑ Post on original 910CMX Forum, global post ID #361020
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2012-01-13
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-12-16
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-06-12 ("The New Students - With Apologies to Caring, Competent Guidance Counselors Everywhere")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-03-10 ("Back To The Information Overload")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-10-16
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-12-01 ("Productive Peeping")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-07-15 ("Power Goes Up, Power Goes Down, Power Goes Up, Power...")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-05-19 ("Toilet Humor")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-05-14 ("She Lives!")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-09-01 ("Grace's Dream, Part III")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-11-13 ("And It Has Nothing To Do With Character Balance Or Convenient Plot, I Assure You")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-05-09 ("Vladia’s Tough Love")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-06-14
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2006-08-04 ("Blah, Blah, Blah... Just Say 'Teddsexual'!")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-01-29 ("Perhaps She's a Teddsexual?")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-12-19 ("Who Shall Save Yonder Elliot?")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-02-04
- ↑ elgoonishshive twitter status ID 1128720147177463815
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-07-25
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-07-25
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-02 ("And YOU Thought She Was The NORMAL One")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-09 ("Sweet!")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-03-20 ("Playtime")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-04-30 ("FYI: Hourglass (Low on Time) Plus Only One Shower (and Two of Them)")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-10-12 ("It's Fun to Learn Things!")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-03-04 ("But She’s Already A Sleepy Little Ninja!")
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-02-11
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-05
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2013-02-19
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-01-18 ("Obligatory "Sheltered Character Learns About WWII" Scene")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-02-22 ("Why the Raven Has Perched")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-04-07 ("Did He Just Realize They're Hot or Something?")
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2016-01-14
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2008-04-11 ("An Unexpected Complication")
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-05-06
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2013-02-14
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 43.2 EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-10
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-11-26 ("To The Rescue With Hidden Talents")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2018-12-17
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2018-12-19
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-10-17
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-01-16 ("Family Portrait")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-31
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-06 ("Clues Are Fun!")
- ↑ 51.0 51.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-05-08 ("Bad Kitty")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-07-27
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-07-15 ("Power Goes Up, Power Goes Down, Power Goes Up, Power...")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-02-17 ("Untitled. Grace first arrives.")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-03-24 ("Untitled. Grace explains her lack of clothes.")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-04-21 ("Omega Grace Unleashed")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-02-09 ("The After Party - Floating Three Tailed Omega Squirrel")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-05-15 ("I'm Scared...")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-03-13 ("Lady Mysterious")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-03-19 ("The Clone Forms")
- ↑ 61.0 61.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-05-12 ("Something's Not Quite Right Here...")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-06-21 ("Rationalization")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-12-05 ("Bending Genders: I Wonder What Different Variants a 'Sarah' Form Group Would Have...")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2006-01-13 ("Bending Genders: Male Grace")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2002-11-30 ("Legion Form: SCJ (Squirrel, Cat, Jeremy)")
- ↑ 66.0 66.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-09-04 ("Grace the Blender")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-09-10 ("Crying on the Inside")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-06-07 ("Bye-Bye")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-01-22 ("Through the Woods")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-11-07
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-12-23
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-05-31 ("Sleepy litte ninja-er, student")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-07-16 ("PB special features:The tale of lady Graces")
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2002-09-15 ("It's my comic and I'll cry if I want to")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-08-04 ("Tedd, the insecure Don Juan")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-06-02 ("So long and thanks for all the cake")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-05-07
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-05-13 ("The return of the squirrel")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-10-08 ("Will & Gill Move On")
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2002-09-15 ("It's My Comic and I'll Cry if I Want To")
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2015-01-09
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2015-10-28
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-07-05
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-09-11
- ↑ EGS Sketchbook Comic for 2012-09-05