Eat steel, Rocko!
~ A member of the Gripes trying to kill Rocko and his lucky shirt
The Gripes are giant sinister anthropomorphic socks from the episode "Unbalanced Load", appearing in the Nickelodeon series Rocko's Modern Life. The are known to steal someone's socks and hurt their clothes.

They also appear in the video game Spunky's Dangerous Day.


One of the Gripes snatches Rocko's lucky shirt and Rocko follows it in the dryer. Then Rocko knows about the Gripes, they steal their socks and hurt their clothes. Rocko goes on to rescue his lucky shirt.

The Gripes has an axe and sword to chop down the a clothes, they blowtorch an undershirt, and shoot canon at an underwear. Then Rocko finally saved his shirt from getting exploded by some dynamite. One of the Gripes say "Eat steel, Rocko!" and tries to slice him up, but instead slices itself up, and Rocko escapes.

At the end of the episode, one of the Gripes blowtorches the screen as the episode ends.