History ComicBook / GrooTheWanderer

9th Mar '18 8:06:44 AM Farnham
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Megatheos and the other gods in Groo's world. 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.
9th Mar '18 7:59:57 AM Farnham
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In ''Groo: Fray of the Gods'' and ''Groo: Play of the Gods'' it is shown that the gods in Groo's world need people's belief and worship to exist, very much like the gods in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. 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.
9th Mar '18 7:42:49 AM Farnham
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* InsultBackfire: In the ''Day of the Pig'' arc, the main villain, a demagogue who has gathered a large following by telling people what they want to hear, falls victim of this when he tries to insult a man by asking him "Who died and made you king?" The man being asked is none other than the city's king himself. Predictably, his answer is a deadpan "My father."
30th Jan '18 11:18:10 PM SilentStranger
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* AuthorTract: Aragones, having escaped fascist Spain as a child when Franco and his jackboot thugs were getting insufferable, has little patience for authoritarians of any kind, secular or religious. This is not lost in the comics.
17th Aug '17 12:52:09 AM DrFraud
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''Groo the Wanderer'' is a ComicBook created and drawn by Creator/SergioAragones and written by him and Creator/MarkEvanier (with Creator/StanSakai lettering). It started off as a parody of {{Barbarian Hero}}es, most notably [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]], making fun of fantasy tropes along the way. As the series continued, however, the stories have shifted to general comedy, with occasional commentary on RealLife social events and situations. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 150 issues have been printed by five different publishers, most recently by Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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''Groo the Wanderer'' is a ComicBook created and drawn by Creator/SergioAragones and written by him and Creator/MarkEvanier (with Creator/StanSakai lettering). It started off as a parody of {{Barbarian Hero}}es, most notably [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]], making fun of fantasy tropes along the way. As the series continued, however, the stories have shifted to general comedy, with occasional commentary on RealLife social events and situations. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 150 issues have been printed by five different publishers, most recently by Creator/DarkHorseComics.



** Interestingly enough, Groo got one himself at one point from a woman called Macha (With her dog Buffas being one to Rufferto). Luckily both Groo and Rufferto realize that the best way to get rid of their abhorrent admirers is to act like cowards.

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** Interestingly enough, Groo got one himself at one point from point, a woman called Macha (With her dog Buffas being one to Rufferto). Luckily both Groo and Rufferto realize that the best way to get rid of their abhorrent admirers is to act like cowards.



* AlliterativeFamily: Though it's never explicitly stated, "Groo" appears to be a family name of sorts -- Groo's sister is named "Grooella", and his grandmother is Granny Groo. In the Life of Groo, Groo's father does refer to as the family name and the Sage calls Groo's father "Groo" ([[SarcasmMode would not be confusing at all]]). Apparently it means "The cattle are dying".
* AmazonBrigade: Both Groo and Chakaal fought a few, notably the Sirenas from issue 50 of the marvel run (With Chakaal killing their leader) and Queen Nada from the Friends and Foes issue 7.

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* AlliterativeFamily: Though it's never explicitly stated, "Groo" appears to be a family name of sorts -- Groo's sister is named "Grooella", and his grandmother is Granny Groo. In the Life of Groo, Groo's father does refer to it as the family name and the Sage calls Groo's father "Groo" ([[SarcasmMode which would not be confusing at all]]). Apparently it means "The cattle are dying".
* AmazonBrigade: Both Groo and Chakaal fought a few, notably the Sirenas from issue 50 of the marvel Marvel run (With Chakaal killing their leader) and Queen Nada from the Friends and Foes issue 7.



* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Done for drama in "The Death of Groo" graphic novel. Groo goes to his own funeral expecting there to be much sadness at his demise. There isn't; everybody at that funeral had endless trouble from him, and they were all delighted at his "death."

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* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Done for drama in "The Death of Groo" graphic novel. Groo goes to his own funeral expecting there to be much sadness at his demise. There isn't; everybody at that funeral had endless trouble from him, and they were are all delighted at his "death."



* BarbarianLonghair: The title character is a barbarian with long hair. He is very stupid and exceptionally skilled with the sword.
* BarefootSage: The Sage actually; granted, all of the setting's characters are barefoot with a handful of exceptions. Even stories set in the ''Arctic'' has the characters barefoot, even if they're wearing heavy furs everywhere else.

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* BarbarianLonghair: The title character is a barbarian with long hair. He is very stupid and exceptionally skilled with the a sword.
* BarefootSage: The Sage actually; granted, all of the setting's characters are barefoot with a handful of exceptions. Even stories set in the ''Arctic'' has have the characters barefoot, even if they're wearing heavy furs everywhere else.



* BigThinShortTrio: Pipil Khan's three sons, a large, burly warrior, a powerful magician, and the scheming, weasly runt of the family (who ironically is the son who physically resembles Pipil Khan the most).

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* BigThinShortTrio: Pipil Khan's three sons, a large, burly warrior, a powerful magician, and the scheming, weasly weasely runt of the family (who ironically is the son who physically resembles Pipil Khan the most).



* BullyingADragon: Despite knowing full well how violent and short-tempered Groo is, many people mock his lack of brains and laugh at him, often ''right in front of him'', and thats not even touching on the characters who try to take advantage of Groo and end up badly injured or dead for it.
* BuriedAlive: Happens in issue 110 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. The royal advisor began digging through the desert to find the king since only he knew the location of the royal treasury, with the aforementioned king wondering what was taking them so long...

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* BullyingADragon: Despite knowing full well how violent and short-tempered Groo is, many people mock his lack of brains and laugh at him, often ''right in front of him'', and thats that's not even touching on the characters who try to take advantage of Groo and end up badly injured or dead for it.
* BuriedAlive: Happens in issue 110 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 (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. The royal advisor began begins digging through the desert to find the king since only he knew the location of the royal treasury, with the aforementioned king wondering what was what's taking them so long...



*** The joke itself came from the letter's page, where it was a running gag to ask what the dog's name was (strangely, no one ever asked what The SAGE's actual name was). They combined the gags and made it canon.

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*** The joke itself came from the letter's letters page, where it was a running gag to ask what the dog's name was (strangely, no one ever asked what The SAGE's actual name was). They combined the gags and made it canon.
30th May '17 6:43:38 PM gregorian
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* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** Groo's faithful dog Rufferto is based on... Sergio Aragonès' faithful dog Rufferto. The "real" Rufferto occasionally appears in Sergio's autobiographical cartoons, and is drawn exactly like Groo's dog.
** In these autobiographical cartoons, Sergio's wife Charlene is drawn exactly like Chakaal.
** The characters of Weaver and Scribe are based on Mark Evanier and letterer Stan Sakai, respectively.

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* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** Groo's faithful dog Rufferto is based on... Sergio Aragonès' faithful dog Rufferto. The "real" Rufferto occasionally appears in Sergio's autobiographical cartoons, and is drawn exactly like Groo's dog.
** In these autobiographical cartoons, Sergio's wife Charlene is drawn exactly like Chakaal.
** The characters of Weaver and Scribe are based on Mark Evanier and letterer Stan Sakai, respectively.
30th May '17 5:34:40 PM nombretomado
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* BrickJoke: Wait... what does TVTropes mean "slow of mind"? (This was a brick joke the first time it occurred, but it quickly became a RunningGag.)

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* BrickJoke: Wait... what does TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes mean "slow of mind"? (This was a brick joke the first time it occurred, but it quickly became a RunningGag.)
23rd May '17 11:58:39 AM gregorian
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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Out of all the people Groo thinks of as "friends", only Sage and the Ministrel are actual friends (and even they lose patience with him on occasion). Pal and Drumm shamelessly exploit him, Grooella hates him and tries to kill him, Arcadio takes credit for his work, Taranto sets him up to get killed, the list goes on. Chakaal is one of his few aquintances who dont wish him any specific harm.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Out of all the people Groo thinks of as "friends", only Sage and the Ministrel are actual friends (and even they lose patience with him on occasion). Pal and Drumm shamelessly exploit him, Grooella hates him and tries to kill him, Arcadio takes credit for his work, Taranto sets him up to get killed, the list goes on. Chakaal is one of his few aquintances who dont does not wish him any specific harm.
15th May '17 8:37:03 AM SilentStranger
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Due to causing disaster wherever he goes, Groo is not welcome anywhere that has heard of him.
* OneHundredPercentAdorationRating: Chakaal's legend is deservedly great, and she is hailed as a great hero wherever she goes. So is Arcadio, but in his case, it's because he looks the part, not because he did all the things he took credit for.


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* MassOhCrap: Whenever Groo walks into a village, expect a large panel of villagers going "Groo?!"


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Out of all the people Groo thinks of as "friends", only Sage and the Ministrel are actual friends (and even they lose patience with him on occasion). Pal and Drumm shamelessly exploit him, Grooella hates him and tries to kill him, Arcadio takes credit for his work, Taranto sets him up to get killed, the list goes on. Chakaal is one of his few aquintances who dont wish him any specific harm.
15th May '17 7:31:27 AM SilentStranger
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* BarefootSage: The Sage actually; granted, all of the setting's characters are barefoot.

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* BarefootSage: The Sage actually; granted, all of the setting's characters are barefoot.barefoot with a handful of exceptions. Even stories set in the ''Arctic'' has the characters barefoot, even if they're wearing heavy furs everywhere else.



* BullyingADragon: Despite knowing full well how violent and short-tempered Groo is, many people mock his lack of brains and laugh at him, often ''right in front of him'', and thats not even touching on the characters who try to take advantage of Groo and end up badly injured or dead for it.



* DestructiveSaviour: Groo often falls into this role.

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* DestructiveSaviour: Groo often falls into this role. Part of the series premise is that he often causes more damage than whatever danger he's fighting.



** Just about everyone who really suffers from encountering Groo deserves it to some degree. And those few people who look beyond Groo's faults and show true heart and/or kindness are generally better off for having met him... even if it's generally by accident.
** He once did once help a free a group of slaves by exposing veins of gems by causing a block of rock they were excavating to fall off and shatter. But as the slaves came to thank Groo, he thought that they were chasing him off [[RunningGag (as so many other crowds have)]]. Groo ran away without ever learning the truth.

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** Just about everyone who really suffers from encountering Groo deserves it to some degree. And those few people who look beyond Groo's faults and show true heart and/or kindness are generally better off for having met him... even if it's generally mostly by accident.
** He once did once help a free a group of slaves by exposing veins of gems by causing a block of rock they were excavating to fall off and shatter.shatter (which had taken them ''20 years'' to get that far, and even Groo realized he'd screwed up massively this time). But as the slaves came to thank Groo, he thought that they were chasing him off [[RunningGag (as so many other crowds have)]]. Groo ran away without ever learning the truth.truth.
* TheDreaded: Almost everyone has heard of Groo, and everyone is absolutely ''terrified'' of him. A RunningGag in the series has one of the one-shot characters remark on the danger they're facing, and that the person who showed up to stop it is Groo, then remark that they were better off with the original threat.



* EveryoneHasStandards: 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.



* FakeUltimateHero: Arcadio. Whenever Groo manages to somehow get something right, Arcadio is always there to step in and take the credit.

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* FakeUltimateHero: Arcadio. Whenever Groo manages to somehow get something right, Arcadio is always there to step in and take the credit. Mind you, Arcadio is a powerful hero in his own right (he once killed a thousand dragons by himself, a situation Groo put him in), he's just not as stubborn or dedicated as Groo, who'll happily travel to the far corners of the Earth for even the most minor of tasks. Arcadio is just better at maintaining the image of a fantasy hero.


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** One early story had a magic crystal that was could only be seen by "men who liked other men more than women" as part of a long ChainOfDeals Groo had to make. It's a rather long way to go for a gay joke.


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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Rufferto thinks that Groo is a great, intellectual hero and that his idiotic bumblings are really subtle, ingenious strategies. He also thinks that everyone else loves and respects Groo as much as he does, while in reality, they're just scared shitless of him.


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* WhatTheHellHero: During the Magic Talisman arc, one of the wishes Groo makes is for the Ministrel to lose his ability to rhyme, leaving him unable to sing and plunging him into a depression. At first Groo is happy about it, since most of the Ministrel's songs were about how stupid Groo is, but Rufferto gives him such a disappointed glare that Groo eventually feels guilty and seeks out the Magic Talisman again just to restore the Ministrel's ability.
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