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Groot (/ɡruːt/) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel
Comics. Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to
Astonish #13 (Nov. 1960). An extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature, the original Groot first
appeared as an invader that intended to capture humans for experimentation.
The character was reintroduced as a heroic, noble being in 2006, and appeared in the crossover
comic book storyline "Annihilation: Conquest". Groot went on to star in its spin-off series, Guardians
of the Galaxy, joining the team of the same name. Groot has been featured in a variety of associated
Marvel merchandise, including animated television series, toys and trading cards. Vin Diesel voices
Groot, "baby" Groot, and "teen" Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the
Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers:
Endgame (2019), while Krystian Godlewski played the character via performance capture in the first
film. Baby Groot will return for the upcoming Disney+ short form show I Am Groot. Fred Tatasciore
voices Groot on the Disney California Adventure ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.
Diesel will return to voice the character in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and Guardians of the
Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023). Diesel also voiced Groot as a cameo in the 2018 Disney animated film Ralph
Breaks the Internet. Since his film premiere and animated series debut, Groot has become a pop
culture icon, with his repeated line "I am Groot" becoming an Internet meme.
Publication history
Fictional character biography
Original Groot
Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot
Powers and abilities
"I am Groot"
In other media
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Video games
Theme parks
Collected editions
See also
External links
Publication history[edit]
Groot's first appearance in Tales to Astonish #13
Groot first appeared in Tales to Astonish #13 (Nov. 1960), and was created by Stan Lee, Larry
Lieber and Jack Kirby.
ability to grow in size.
"Groot" is the Dutch word for "large", possibly referring to his stature and
He appeared again in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 Annual #5 (Oct. 1976),
alongside five other monsters from Marvel's anthology horror comics of the late 1950s and early
1960s. In The Sensational Spider-Man #−1 (July 1997), Groot was featured in a nightmare of the
young Peter Parker.
Groot reappeared in 2006 in the six-issue limited series Nick Fury's Howling Commandos, and
appeared in the Annihilation: Conquest and Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord limited series. Groot
went on to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in the series of the same name, and remained a fixture
of the title until its cancellation with issue #25 in 2010. Groot appeared in its follow-up, the limited
series The Thanos Imperative, and, alongside fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon, Groot starred in
backup features in Annihilators #1–4 (March–June 2011) and Annihilators: Earthfall #1–4
(Sept.–Dec. 2011).
Groot appeared in issues #6–8 of Avengers Assemble as a member of the Guardians. Groot is one
of the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, a part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch.
In March 2015, it was announced that Groot would be getting his very first solo series by writer Jeff
Loveness and artist Brian Kesinger.
The Groot that debuted in Tales to Astonish and the one that was introduced in Annihilation:
Conquest were retroactively established as being separate members of the same species in the
sixth and final issue of the Groot ongoing series that launched in June 2015.
With Infinity Wars in
August 2018, however, Groot specifically references the fact that during his first visit to the planet
Earth, he had promised to "march across the surface of the planet and doom all who dared to
oppose Groot."
This seemingly reverted the character's origins to having both eras of Groot
referencing the same persona, therefore invalidating the retroactive change from issue six of the
Groot series.
Groot is a Flora colossus from Planet X, the capital of the branch worlds. The Flora colossi are
tree-like beings whose language is almost impossible to understand due to the stiffness of their
larynxes, causing their speech to sound like they are repeating the phrase "I am Groot". Other
beings try to be friendly but become angry with the Flora colossi for not being able to speak. (Groot
was shown to be capable of speaking not just understandably but eloquently throughout Annihilation:
Conquest.) The Flora colossi are ruled over by the "Arbor Masters" and teach the children of the
species with "Photonic Knowledge", which is the collected knowledge of the Arbor Masters of the
generations and is absorbed through photosynthesis; this is a highly advanced education method,
making the Flora colossi geniuses.
The Flora colossus sapling that would come to be known as "Groot" came from an "Ennobled
Sap-line" and was gifted with a tremendous grasp of quasi-dimensional super-positional engineering.
Groot did not get along with fellow saplings but instead preferred the company of the "Maintenance
Mammals", which the other saplings treated with prejudice. Groot was exiled by the "Arbor Masters"
in Guardians of the Galaxy #14
after killing another sapling to defend a maintenance mammal it
was brutalizing.
An alternate origin was presented in the Groot ongoing series. In the story, it is revealed that the
other Flora colossi had been abducting organisms from other planets, including a young human girl
named Hannah. After seeing Hannah, Groot realized that what his people were doing was wrong,
and managed to save the child and send her back to Earth. However, for his disobedience, Groot
was exiled from Planet X and forced to wander the universe until he met Rocket Raccoon many
decades later, where this version of Groot later became a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Yet another alternate origin was presented in "Guardians of Infinity", written by Edgardo Miranda
Rodriguez, wherein a woman makes the claim that Groot is a ceiba tree from Ponce, Puerto Rico.
According to Puerto Rican folklore, a ceiba tree is believed to possess the spirits of the indigenous
Taino population that formerly thrived on the Caribbean island. By her logic, the woman considers
Groot to be Puerto Rican.
Fictional character biography[edit]
Original Groot[edit]
Groot is an extraterrestrial tree monster who initially came to Earth seeking humans to capture and
study. Groot was seemingly destroyed by termites used by Leslie Evans.
Xemnu made a duplicate of Groot by making a human and tree hybrid that was used to fight the
Hulk, but it was destroyed in the battle.
Groot was later revealed to have survived, but was a captive of the Collector and held in his zoo in
Canada until Groot and the other captive creatures were freed by the Mole Man. Groot and the other
creatures rampaged in New York City until they were stopped by a band of superheroes, and were
then dumped through a portal to the Negative Zone.
Groot was later tracked down and captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Paranormal Containment Unit,
nicknamed the Howling Commandos, when his tree scent was detected by Sasquatch and
Abominable Snowman.
While Groot was being held captive, Gorilla-Man talked to Groot about
joining the Howling Commandos.
When Merlin and his forces attacked the base, the Howling
Commandos let Groot and their other captives free, who proceeded to stampede on Merlin's army;
Groot was the only one to turn back, offering to join the Howling Commandos.
Howling Commandos as they assaulted Merlin's forces.
Groot aided the