An Aesop : Most Groo stories have a moral at the end, usually not very serious. Apparently it means "The cattle are dying". Always Accurate Attack : Groo was trained to be this with his katanas. Ascended Extra : When Rufferto first appeared in a story about a royal family that had lost their beloved dog and his incredibly valuable jeweled collar, nobody expected the dog to still be around after the story was over. Groo goes to his own funeral expecting there to be much sadness at his demise.
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An Aesop : Most Groo stories have a moral at the end, usually not very serious. Apparently it means "The cattle are dying". Always Accurate Attack : Groo was trained to be this with his katanas. Ascended Extra : When Rufferto first appeared in a story about a royal family that had lost their beloved dog and his incredibly valuable jeweled collar, nobody expected the dog to still be around after the story was over.
Groo goes to his own funeral expecting there to be much sadness at his demise. He is dead. Thank you. This is not lost in the comics.
Sadly, having multiple Groos bumbling about usually results in even greater catastrophe. Barbarian Longhair : The title character is a barbarian with long hair.
He is very stupid and exceptionally skilled with a sword. Berserk Button : Groo is not a mendicant. Started in the second issue ever, where it was kind of justified because he had just lost all his money, and continued for years even some time after he learned to read and found out what it meant. Blood Knight : Groo. Bloodless Carnage : Averted originally, but as the series progressed Mark Evanier joked that "red ink is too expensive.
This was a brick joke the first time it occurred, but it quickly became a Running Gag. Buried Alive : Happens in issue of the Marvel run. A greedy king fakes his death via a potion to leave the city because he hates how poor it is and because the people keep whining about Isagul an undead monster that terrorizes the city every night , even reminding his advisor that only he knows where the royal treasury is.
Unfortunately for him Groo used all the caskets to trap Isagul, resulting in him being buried in the desert. Calling Me a Logarithm : Groo becomes violently enraged whenever someone calls him a "mendicant," even though he has no idea what the word means. Even compliments outside his limited vocabulary such as "a true gourmand" or "Samaritan" can have the same effect. That is one of many ways the word was used. The tradition started with a story where Groo wandered into a village where all the women had been abducted by Sky Pirates.
Any mention of what the women were needed for made the villagers list several tasks, always ending with a reference to mulching some times accompanied by a shoveling motion. A number of readers asked what the word meant, and in the next issue the editor filled the letter column with their notes and his answers - which all consisted of the dictionary definition of the term.
The rest is history. The phrase also crept into other comics, such as Usagi Yojimbo including an overexpository "I will cut you into fertilizer or mulch! They combined the gags and made it canon. Also "I can drink eight beers! Bring me eight beers!
He traveled for weeks, only to find the owner of that item would only trade it for another. This went on for months and carried him all around the continent. When they are introduced in the Wager of the Gods arc, they are generally a childish and petty lot who are mostly interested in bragging about their respective heroes. Megatheos is also this, in addition to being lazier than the other gods, with Chakaal refusing to do his bidding on account of him being "a lazy god who neglects the people who call to him until he needs them for his own amusement," to quote her.
Much later, in Fray of the Gods and Play of the Gods, their personalities are very different, with all of them looking upon the events on earth with much concern, and with Megatheos in particular standing out as a level-headed and prescient god. Chess with Death : Groo once bested Death in a swordfight. Whenever Groo meets him, he asks, "Taranto, am I not mad at you for trying to have me killed? Groo: Sometimes, when people hire me to slay, I slay the people they hired me to slay, and then I slay the people who hired me to slay the people I slayed for them!
Indeed, as a result of the shenanigans in Play of the Gods, Groo ends up becoming the god of cheese dip and mindless fraying, much to the horror of all the other gods. They both have the incredibly foolish habit of including Groo in their schemes. Cool Boat : From issue 57 of the marvel run we got the ship Chinampa which is big enough to be a island in its own right. What makes it more epic is that Groo was captain for a time and was able to accidentally help the crew immensely, even when he took the plank and made it look like the ship sank Which was impossible due to Rufferto.
It was close enough to land that it turned the massive ship to its own island. Groo never knew that the entire inhabitant were extremely grateful and not only saw him as there hero, but also was ready to name there new island after him.
Cool and Unusual Punishment : Chakaal comes up with one for the music-hating King Debar, who banned music in his kingdom under pain of imprisonment: He is forced to listen to the same musicians he once imprisoned play music non-stop.
And now a miniseries with Conan. Delayed Reaction : Sometimes delayed for months. Someone: Groo, you can not understand this, since you are slow of mind. Groo: [pages later] What he mean "slow of mind"?
In one extreme case, he utters this phrase in response to a childhood flashback. Destructive Saviour : Groo often falls into this role. The Ditz : Groo. Does Not Like Shoes : Most characters including Groo : footgear seems reserved to royalty, priests, and the wealthy. But as the slaves came to thank Groo, he thought that they were chasing him off as so many other crowds have.
Groo ran away without ever learning the truth. The Dreaded : Almost everyone has heard of Groo, and everyone is absolutely terrified of him. The Drifter : Groo travels through an endless series of villages, kingdoms, and cities, all of whom are glad to see him move on. Many of the other characters are more welcome wanderers. Dumbass Has a Point : Groo was in the right when he pointed out that gurus can easily manipulate people into believing their words by saying things they want to hear.
Easy Amnesia : Taken to its extreme in a story where some characters need Groo to keep his memory while others need him to forget. Soon afterward Groo thinks he has eaten Rufferto and becomes overwhelmed with guilt. When Rufferto finally shows up alive and well, Groo genuinely become a caring master. Elephant Graveyard : An early comic plays this for laughs, with Groo following a wheezing, doddery old elephant in the hope of a meal, and finding a huge field of elephant bones.
Groo is excited at finding tons of ivory, but his celebration is cut short when the dying elephant falls on him. The End Or Is It? Soon after, Groo has forgotten the whole thing. As the heroes depart at the end of the story, the readers are shown what Groo discovered: The aranja was a female, and it had laid several eggs, which are just starting to hatch.
Exact Words : In one issue, Groo is hired by a kingdom at war to "guard this bridge" against an invading army. Groo takes up his position before the bridge, and the army approaches slowly, seeing Groo there. They cross the bridge under his watchful eyes unmolested. No one damaged the bridge! No one stole the bridge! No one soiled the bridge! When Groo guards a bridge, Groo guards a bridge!
The Exile : Pal is this as he was apparently banished by the Queen of Onovid for scamming. Extreme Omnivore : Groo. Even Evil Has Standards : Idiocy rather than evil, but while Groo is a sell sword through and through, and has no compunctions about theft or killing, he balks at slavery. He also refused an order to invade a country because it had no army, and its inhabitants had no swords.
Everyone Has Standards : Granny Groo once had Groo take part in her "fake wedding scheme" for him to marry the very ugly daughter of a rich farmer. Granny and the farmer both told their respective relatives that the looks of their future spouse didnt matter. Regardless, Groo not exactly a looker himself and the daughter took one look at eachother, then ran away screaming.
It doesnt get any better at the actual wedding, as the two are too horrified by eachother to kiss. Failure Is the Only Option : Because Groo causes trouble everywhere he goes, he has to keep wandering. Fake Ultimate Hero : Arcadio. Whenever Groo manages to somehow get something right, Arcadio is always there to step in and take the credit.
Arcadio is just better at maintaining the image of a fantasy hero. Fictional Currency : Kopins are the universal currency. When Groo travelled to a far off land to escape his reputation he ended being unable to pay for his meal because the local currency were "Varos".
Flanderization : In the early stories, Groo was just He later became so stupid it defies belief , at which point his stupidity also became a central premise of the comic. Groo may actually be too dumb to die. The Fool : Groo is probably the biggest example of them all. Barely capable of feeding himself, Groo brings bad luck wherever he goes and has a bad habit of decimating whole towns and cities, often as a result of trying to help the local residents.
Nearly every comic ends with him being chased by an angry mob while he tries to figure out why. Forged by the Gods : In a Groo special WAY back when he was in Eclipse the one who handed Groo his pair of katanas, they revealed a myth where both swords were forged by the gods and with them the gods severed the island he was on from the main land.
In fact to this day even though they existed for a long time they are still as sharp as of the modern day. Have to stress that he had to train himself to wield them at first.
Groo the Wanderer
This article describes a work or element of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. Please help rewrite it to explain the fiction more clearly and provide non-fictional perspective. October Learn how and when to remove this template message Groo the epithet "the Wanderer" is informal and rarely mentioned within the stories first appeared as a parody of the brutal sword and sorcery heroes who were popular at the time of his creation in the s, especially Conan the Barbarian as presented in Marvel Comics. Groo is a large-nosed buffoon of unsurpassed stupidity who constantly misunderstands his surroundings. Possessed of superlative skills in swordsmanship the only task at which he is remotely competent he delights in combat but otherwise is a peaceable and honest fellow who tries to make his way through life as a mercenary or by working odd jobs. He is incredibly accident-prone, and despite generally good intentions causes mass destruction wherever he goes.