Death Battle Combatant
The Dog That Takes a Bite out of Crime Wherever He Goes
McGruff the Crime Dog
Origin Public service announcements
Company National Crime Prevention Council
Appearance(s) Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog
Take a bite out of crime!
~ McGruff's catchphrase

McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic dog, who was created to increase personal safety and crime awereness. He appeared in the 83rd episode of DEATH BATTLE!, Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog, where he fought against another PSA mascot, Smokey Bear. He was voiced by Chris Rager.


In the years before McGruff's creation, America faced an increase criminal activity and the public was concerned about those crimes. In 1977, the Department of Justice approached the Ad Council to create a campaign to make the public reduce crime on their own. McGruff was first introduced in November 1979 and got his name July 1980 after a nationwide contest.

Ever since his creation, McGruff teached both kids and adults how to stay safe and how to correctly react towards crimes like drug consume, kidnappings and violence.

Death Battle Info


  • Full Name: McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Height: 6' | 1.8 m
  • Weight: 155 lbs | 70 kg
  • Bloodhound
  • Product of the War on Crime
  • Wears a cool trench coat
  • Created in 1979 by Jack Keil

Arsenal & Abilities

  • Superhuman perception
  • Circle of Respect
  • Reality switch
  • A monster truck
  • Time stopping capability
  • Presumed police training
  • Omnipotence concerning crime
  • Speed & strength of a bloodhound


  • Reduced crime nationwide
  • Can run 45 mph
  • Released a music album
  • Approved by 8 out of 10 Americans
  • Defeated numerous bullies
  • Impressive video editor
  • Bite can snap bone
  • Can drive, despite being a dog


  • ​"Remember, kids: fire is a dangerous tool, and should never be left unattended."
  • "Well, time to go!"
  • "I'll show you respect!"
  • "Remember, kids: if you're about to be mauled by a bear..." 
  • ​"Take a bite out of THIS!"
  • ​"Remember, kids... Remember me."


McGruff The Crime Dog BlindFerret version


  • McGruff and his opponent are the first two PSA characters to appear in Death Battle.
    • He and his opponent are also the first two characters in Death Battle to appear in a hand-drawn animation style.
  • McGruff is the second combatant to lose a Joke Battle, with the first one being Starscream.
  • McGruff and his opponent are the third and fourth combatants who have been confirmed to appear in Death Battle before their episode got revealed, after Toph Beifong and Bayonetta.


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