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Grunt family
Tank has always lived under the hard thumb of his father, General Buzz Grunt. In this domesticated boot camp, can Tank prove his worth to this demanding Dad?
Name Grunt family
Members General Buzz Grunt, Tank Grunt, Ripp Grunt, Buck Grunt
Number of generations 4 generations
Family connections Specter family, Curious family
Lot 51 Road to Nowhere
Funds §7,225
Other information
Game The Sims 2
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Strangetown
Grunt family
The Grunts from Sims 2 Strangetown are back just in time to celebrate the launch of Sims 4 StrangerVille! Tank has always lived under the hard thumb of his father, Grand Marshal Buzz Grunt. In this domesticated boot camp, can Tank prove his worth to this demanding Dad? How will Ripp and Buck fair in a family not quite their 'style'? Celebrate the 19th year of The Sims with these classic characters.
Name Grunt family
Members Buzz Grunt, Lyla Grunt, Tank Grunt, Ripp Grunt, Buck Grunt
Number of generations 2 generations
Funds §28,000
Other information
Game The Sims 4
Playability Gallery

The Grunt family is a military family from The Sims 2 and return in The Sims 4 available in The Sims 4 Gallery.[1] They live in Strangetown, a neighborhood that comes with the base game. General Buzz Grunt is the father of three sons named Tank, Ripp and Buck Grunt. Tank Grunt wants to be more like his father, while Ripp Grunt just wants some romance, and little Buck Grunt is just left out. His wife, Lyla Grunt, divorced him and was later electrocuted under mysterious circumstances. She is buried in the Specter family graveyard.

General Buzz and Tank have a grudge against the Curious family for being so strange, and the Smith family due to them being aliens, but Ripp and Buck have positive relationships with Johnny and Jill Smith, respectively.

The family picture to the right can give a pretty good image of the family members' personalities, and why they clash so much: Tank and Buzz are clearly domineering and tough. Ripp just seems lazy, while Buck appears to be more sensitive, thoughtful, and studious. Out of all their deceased relatives, only Lyla and Mary Melons can be resurrected.

When the family is first played, it is a Sunday morning.


Grunt -- Means to grunt. "Grunt" is also a derogatory slang term for "infantry". (US Military Slang from the Vietnam War)

General Buzz Grunt : his proper name could be Edwin, after Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, but that is speculative. (Edwin means rich, blessed friend). The name Buzz also might have something to do with the "buzz cut" haircut that a lot of army recruits get.

Lyla Grunt (Gen. Buzz's ex-wife) : Persian for "dark princess'", Hebrew for night.

Tank Grunt (Gen. Buzz's oldest son): Probably a reference to his father being in the Army.

Ripp Grunt (Gen. Buzz's middle son): Shortened form of the German name Rippert. It means "power and famous".

Buck Grunt (Gen. Buzz's youngest son): A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man. Also refers to the male deer.

General Chip Grunt (Gen. Buzz's father): Means a lot of things, such as French Fries.

Missy Grunt (Gen. Buzz's mother): A young female; It also means Miss Grunt.

Mike Steel (Missy's father): Mike is short for Michael, means "who is like god", and steel as in steel, a metal alloy of mostly iron plus carbon, harder than pure iron but malleable when hot.

Mary Melons (Missy's mother): Mary means "to be bitter", while Melons as in melon, a type of fruit. So her name means, "bitter fruit," possibly a reference to the fact that they probably didn't mean to have Missy as she was born illegitimate, therefore making her a "bitter fruit." The reason why Mary does not have the same last name as Mike is that Missy was an illegitimate child. She was born outside marriage.

General Rock Grunt (Chip's father): The name rock could be referencing a sort of harshness as rocks are known to be very hard and solid.

Wanda Grunt (Chip's mother): Wanda is a German name that is known to mean family or wander. It is likely she is meant to be the opposite of her husband.

Family tree




  • The military base in Lunar Lakes is named after this family, Grunt Military Base.
  • In The Sims 4, it says the household uses no material from packs, which is false. The family is still playable in the base game, but with certain aspects removed or changed, such as no members having the StrangerVille Mystery aspiration. However, some of the members still have the Home Turf trait and Lyla's death type is still poison in the base game, despite these normally being unavailable without certain packs.


The Grunt Family
Rock - Wanda - Chip - Missy - Buzz - Lyla - Tank - Ripp - Buck

fr:Famille Troufion nl: Grom familie ru:Семья Грант