Groose is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. He is a student at the Knight Academy in Skyloft and a personal rival to Link. He commands a black Loftwing. He also has a crush on Zelda and is jealous of the closeness between her and Link.
Before the Wing Ceremony, Groose and his cronies, Cawlin and Strich, kidnap Link's Crimson Loftwing and lock it away in a hideout located near the Waterfall Cave in an attempt to prevent Link from participating. They also bully Fledge into keeping quiet after he overhears their plans. However, while discussing with his friends how difficult it was to capture Link's Crimson Loftwing, Link happens to overhear. When Link confronts him, he expresses his extreme dislike of Link due to his closeness with Zelda, while taunting him about his bird. However, Zelda shows up and scolds him, putting a stop to his rude behavior before he and his friends leave. During the Wing Ceremony competition, Groose rams Link out of the way as the latter approaches the Loftwing with the Bird Statuette, and Cawlin throws eggs at him to try to stop him from winning, but they are unsuccessful. Groose seems to only bully Link out of jealousy of his closeness with Zelda, who he is obviously attracted to.
Following Zelda's disappearance, Groose can be found in front of the mirror in his room, spending his time wallowing in his sorrow and blaming Link for the events that lead to Zelda's fall from the sky and into The Surface.
After the events that occur at the Temple of Time, Link returns to the Sacred Grounds, only for Groose to tail him in the hopes of finding Zelda before Link. After a rough landing, Groose freaks out at seeing the surface, expressing extreme confusion at the sight of small birds, a large number of trees, and even a passing Goron. He demands an explanation from Link, who calmly explains the situation to Groose. After calming down and assessing what he has just learned, Groose suggests that they name the world below the clouds "Grooseland." After regaining his composure, Groose goes ahead of Link to the Sealed Temple to ask the Old Woman where he can find Zelda. Much to his surprise, however, Groose is told by the Old Woman that he is not the one who will save Zelda, and, after expressing his anger at the idea of Link being the fated hero, storms out of the temple.
After Link learns the "Ballad of the Goddess" from the Old Woman, Groose is seen outside the temple shaking in fear as The Imprisoned breaks free of its seal. After Link seals the beast back into its prison, the trio regroups in the Sealed Temple, where Groose decides that the Old Woman is right and that he is of no use to Zelda. He leaves the temple, ignoring the Old Woman's encouragement that he would eventually have a role to play, and, after Link's departure, runs around to the side of the temple, lamenting over his uselessness.
Following Link's departure to obtain the three Sacred Flames, however, Groose manages to come out of his depression and begins work on a device that will help him beat back the Imprisoned should it escape its seal again. By the time Link returns, Groose has cleared away the fences and single-handedly laid down a circular track with a catapult-like device on the rails. When The Imprisoned escapes its seal once more, Groose gets ready to man this device, which he dubs the Groosenator, to help Link seal the beast away. His effort proves instrumental in re-sealing the monster.
When Link returns some time later to find the Water Dragon in Faron Woods, he can only descend to the Sealed Temple. There, he arrives just in time to witness the Imprisoned escaping its seal a third time. Groose intercepts Link at the entrance to the Sealed Grounds to warn him and heads back to the Groosenator. During the battle, Groose knocks the Imprisoned out of the air with the Groosenator, but the impact from its fall causes the ruins around his Bomb Flower stash to collapse, cutting him off from his ammunition. With no other choice, he quickly crafts the idea of launching Link onto the Imprisoned's head to seal it away. After the Imprisoned is sealed again, the Old Woman ponders how Link can get into the flooded Faron Woods. Groose decides to implement the Groosenator in the same way he just had, and launches Link into the woods.
When Zelda finally wakes up following the destruction of the Imprisoned, Groose displays wordless astonishment at finally seeing her again, only to begin openly crying. He soon collects himself and, overcome with joy, happily shakes Link before running over to the Old Woman to hug her. When Ghirahim reveals himself and attacks the group, Groose stands in his way at the Gate of Time, but is kicked out of the way by the Demon Lord along with the Old Woman before he proceeds through.
Shortly thereafter, when Demise is finally resurrected in the past, he casts Zelda's soulless body out of the air, but Groose manages to catch her before she suffers a fatal fall. He gives Link some words of encouragement and relays a message from the Old Woman: Link has enough time to stop Demise and save Zelda's soul. He takes Zelda back to the Sealed Temple, where he and Impa seal her into the room in the back to keep her safe.
Following the destruction of Demise, Groose congratulates Link and Zelda while joking that the story of their adventures should be called the "Legend of Groose." Finally content with his efforts to help, he, along with Link and Zelda, return to their own time to greet the Old Woman at the Sealed Temple, who is then revealed to be an aged Impa. As she fades away into particles of light, Groose, having spent much of the game with her as his only company, expresses the most distress of the three at her death, dropping to his knees on the verge of tears.
After the credits, Groose's Loftwing joins Cawlin and Strich as they fly down to join him. Soon after, the three return to the sky, with Groose waving a final farewell to Link and Zelda before departing.
- The punching bag in Groose's room at the Academy has a poorly drawn depiction of Link's face on it.
- If blown upon with the Gust Bellows, he will at first try to block the air and afterwards will groom his hair.
- Like Cawlin and Strich, his Loftwing has feathers that are arranged in a similar design to his hair.
- Groose's theme bears resemblance to the theme played near Tetra's Pirate Crew. Furthermore, the Groosenator can be compared to the catapult on Tetra's Ship, both of which are used to launch Link to access certain areas in the games.
|Names in Other Regions|
- "This is Groose, a somewhat vain and stubborn individual--but pure of heart. He also attends the Knight Academy, Master." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
- "Groose" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 337)
- "And don't think we haven't noticed the smug looks. "Ooh, Zelda and I are BEST friends. We go everywhere together." Ugh!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Just a little while ago, when I was cleaning the dining hall, Groose and his buddies came in. They didn't notice I was there and started talking about their plan to hide your Loftwing. I wanted to warn you, Link. But just as I tried to sneak away... Groose and his gang grabbed me... They said that if I told you, they'd make sure I would never be able to ride a bird ever again!" — Fledge (Skyward Sword)
- "Course it was. You thought a big Crimson Loftwing like that was gonna go down without a fight? But we got him, and I don't care how tough those birds are supposed to be. He's not getting out of that pen anytime soon, boys." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Whoa! Link! So, uh...yeah. Just how long you been standing there? What's your problem, anyway? Oh, wait...I got it. You're here to talk about today's race. I can see it in those dopey eyes of those. They're pleading, "Oh, Groose, can you please find it in your heart to let me win today? Please!"" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Well, sorry, pal. Groose doesn't do charity for wimps. My advice? Work hard and wish with all your heart. You might even come in second. ...Say, come to think of it, how come I don't see your bird? Where is that scruffy pile of red feathers? I can't imagine what could've happened to him. Do you think his tiny brain got confused by all the clouds and got lost?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "You know, we're all getting tired of how you never let anyone forget you and Zelda go way back. You've been friends since you were kids? Big deal. It doesn't change the fact that you float through life with your head in the clouds. Would you wake up, straighten up, and grow a backbone already? Dopes like you are dragging our honored academy through the mud." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Don't even try it, Groose! You're picking on Link again, aren't you? He's a student at the academy, like all of us. Why do you insist on bullying him around so much?" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
- "OK, we're outta here, boys. Later, Link! Hope you find your bird, or else you're gonna have to sit out today's race! That could be a major setback towards knighthood, so find that bird or get real used to the taste of failure! It's your special flavor." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Hey! Don't you know this is my day to get all the glory?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Yeah, you heard him! Let's see how you fly with egg on your face." — Cawlin (Skyward Sword)
- "Groose has been going on forever about how he's gonna be the one to be with Zelda. He's really got his pompadour in a ruffle about her!" — Cawlin (Skyward Sword)
- "Poor Zelda... You... This is your fault, you know. You can barely fly straight, and yet somehow you beat me in the race... It should've been me up there with her that day. But I guess now I'll just have to be the one to save her!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "...Ugh, rough landing. I think I mighta broke something. Hey, Link, seriously... Didn't anyone ever teach you to land without crash--" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "WHOA! B-birds? TINY birds?! Wh-what... ARE they?!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "And what's with all these trees? There are so many!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "And what is that thing?!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "What's going on here? Ever since Zelda vanished, you've been in and out of town all in a hurry! So I figured I'd tail you, and you might lead me to Zelda." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Just give it to me straight! I can take it. Where are we? Is Zelda here? What's the deal with this place?! If there's supposed to be nothin' below the clouds, what's all this?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Uhhhh... Whoa... You're kind of imploding my mind right now... But I think I get what you're saying. If I've got this right, Zelda is down here somewhere, and she's...OK? She's... She's OK. Oh, wow! That's so great! Duh huh huh... Hearing that is such a...huge weight off my mind." — Groose
- "You know, Link... It's sort of all right down here. This place needs a name. Yeah... A name fitting for this rugged, adventurous wilderness. From now on, we'll call it... Grooseland!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "So lemme see if I've got this right. The old lady living in the temple down the road from here knows where Zelda is? I see... Right, Link. Thanks for getting me here. You've done a good job. You can head home. Big Groose will handle the search for Zelda from here. Yup. I'll track her down, save her, and then give her a lift back to Skyloft... Then when we get back. I'll ask her if she wants to make our whole going-out thing official, and then the two of us will get some quality time together. Anyway, the point is your work here is done. I got it covered from here! Now, it's off to find that old lady you were talking about. Catch you later, Link!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Huh? You gotta be kidding me, Grannie! You're messing with me. Say it again, I dare you!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "I only speak the truth. You are not the one who will save her. The spirit maiden, your Zelda, can only be saved by another. It has been his fate to do this thing, and in doing so save us. As it was decided long before you were brought crying into this world." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "Shut it, Grannie! You obviously don't know me well, 'cause if you did, you'd know that if anyone's gonna save Zelda, it's Groose! How could it not be me? Plus, if it ain't me, why would I even be here? Pffft. If I'm not up to the job of being the hero, just who is?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Huh? Oh...now I getcha. Link, Grannie here has been trying to tell me you're gonna be the big hero who rescues Zelda. What a joke! Look, all I've heard so far is a bunch of babbling about destiny, but that's a load of garbage. I know you, and you're no hero, shrimp! Waaaah!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "I hate even sayin' this, but I guess you got it all figured out, Grannie. Me, well, there's nothin' I can do to help Zelda. I'm useless." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Ah. You sell yourself short, my friend. You'll see in time that you have your own role to play in all this." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- "I couldn't do a thing! I'm totally useless! Sniff... I'm just deadweight. What kinda use is that to anyone?" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Hey. How goes it, Link? You know, I've been doing some hard thinking lately. Grannie keeps telling me I got my own part to play in this whole thing, you know? I'm not cut out for slashing and skewering monsters with a sword like you, but maybe I don't gotta be. I think I got another way to help Zelda. I'm gonna do it the "Groose way." I'm not giving you any details right now, but just wait and see. I got an idea brewing that'll knock your green beanie off!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Duh huh huh! Try not to drool on your shirt as you stare at this amazing superweapon I've been working on! I call it...the Groosenator! ... I don't care how beefy you are--you're bound to stumble for a few moments after taking one of my big bombs to the body!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Not good! The road crumbled, and I can't get to the rest of my bomb stash! What do I do?! Link! Come up to the temple, and make your way over here. Hustle up!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Link, we're in trouble! I can't get to my stash of bombs! All right... Link! We've got no choice! You've got to get up onto that ugly thing's head! Quick now!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Want to head to Faron Woods, do you? No sweat. Just hop on into the Groosenator, and I'll fling you over!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Stand down. You're in my way, and the sight of your appalling hair makes my gorge rise." — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
- "Don't worry, Link! Groose has got this! Link, I... I caught her! She's OK!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Link, we're counting on you! Oh, and Grannie had some info for you. The old girl says it'll take time for that grease wad to absorb Zelda's soul completely! If you can take him down before her soul gets all sucked up into that...thing, you might still have a chance! I...I know you can do it! So...yeah! You've gotta do this! You're all Zelda's got! You've got to make this happen!" — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "Nice going, you two. You guys were totally amazing in this little adventure I like to call the Legend of Groose. ...That's a little joke." — Groose (Skyward Sword)
- "He is sort of a jock character. Want to sorta of be a douchy guy but we are trying to stick to a bird theme for this game. So like, I went from Bruce to Goose to Groose." —Mike Drucker (GI Show – Destiny: The Taken King, Inside Nintendo With Comedian Mike Drucker)