Super Grover is Grover as a superhero, one of his many jobs. His true identity in these sketches is Grover Kent (referencing Clark Kent), a doorknob salesman in Metro City. Super Grover uses his superpowers to help others, though generally he ends up not helping at all.
Originally appearing in an ongoing series of sketches devoted to his super heroic feats, Super Grover would crash through a wall bearing his logo whilst being introduced in narration by an announcer (voiced by Jerry Nelson). In later sketches, the title was upgraded to "The Adventures of Super Grover" and included an updated version of his superhero theme, originally written by Sam Pottle. His appearances usually involved trying to help someone in trouble by doing something ridiculous such as saying "Wubba, Wubba." In most cases, the distressed individual would solve their dilemma when he wasn't looking -- and Grover, oblivious, thinks that he has saved the day.
On Sesame Street, Super Grover's attire consists of a cape, with ropes tied around Grover's wrists, a helmet, and a patch with the letter G on his chest. However, in most illustrations, his attire consists of a shirt with the letter G on it, shorts, a cape, and a helmet (supplied by Grover's dad). When he appeared in Super Grover for The Street We Live On, he wore only a cape and helmet, with no emblem on his chest. In most situations, Grover requires a phone booth to change into his costume. One exception, such as in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, enables him to spin himself around until his costume appears, à la Wonder Woman.
According to the Associated Press, writer Jerry Juhl originated the character of Super Grover. At a 2006 panel, Bob Payne revealed that he built a helmet for the Palace Guard in Tales of the Tinkerdee, which was later used to build Super Grover's costume. The Exciting Adventures of Super Grover reveals "The Origins of Super Grover," by which it is explained that Grover took on super powers the first time he wore the Halloween costume his mommy had made.
Outside of the titled sketches, Super Grover has appeared in many episodes, books and specials taking on a featured role. In Follow That Bird he joins the efforts being made to search for a missing Big Bird, ultimately by teaming up with Gordon and Olivia. In 2004 he played a lead role in What's the Name of That Song?, while Season 36 marked the opening of his own superhero school.
Super Grover's popularity has stretched out to include a number of events and attractions outside of just Sesame Street. In 1998, Sesame Place opened a Super Grover themed roller coaster, the Vapor Trail. The ride invites visitors to enter by way of a telephone booth, to "help right wrongs and do good things." The area near the ride is even decorated with a flower and shrub sculpture in the super monster's likeness.
In February of 2002, the Stage Deli in New York City created a sandwich which was named in Super Grover's honor. In celebration of Episode 4000, Sonia Manzano and Super Grover made an appearance to introduce the sandwich, which is made with turkey and brisket topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and horseradish sauce, and served on a sesame hero.
From Season 33 to Season 37, Super Grover could be seen in the beginning of each show's opening sequence, holding the episode number title card (he is also featured in the opening and closing credits for Season 38). In 2003, he made an appearance on Martha Stewart Living and his likeness was immortalized as a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. Two years later, Vee Corporation extended Super Grover's reach to a touring capacity when it produced the live Sesame Street stage show, Super Grover.
Super Grover has graced the cover of Sesame Street Magazine through the years, including the April 1988, October 1993 and August 2005 issues. He's also been the subject of, and has appeared in several Super Grover. Merchandising for Super Grover has included a number of t-shirts, figurines (by Tyco, Applause, Enesco, Tra-la-la, and Colin), a puzzle, and a limited edition Super Grover made by Palisades Toys. For Palisades' action figure, comic book artist Alex Ross was commissioned to create a portrait of Super Grover for the packaging, which was later produced as a limited poster print direct from the company. Previously, a Super Grover action figure had been attempted by Fun 4 All, but the license never came to fruition. His likeness has been produced in various forms of Super Grover (including playsets by Super Grover and Gund), as a scented, bobble head pen, a jack-in-the-box, a plush bookmark, and a coffee mug.
Within the Sesame Street universe, his popularity can be evidenced by secret decoder rings and life-sized door posters as seen in the books What Did You Bring? and Spring Cleaning, respectively. Even Grover himself asks his mommy to read him Super Grover books on two occasions in The Sesame Street Dictionary.
- "Presenting the further adventures of everybody's favorite superhero, the man who is faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet... it's Super Grover!"
|Picture||Theme||Earliest Known Appearance||Description|
|Telephone Booth||Episode 0710||Grover Kent comes across a little girl crying because she can't get home. While Kent looks for a telephone booth, the little girl reads the sign she is standing next to and realizes that she is standing next to one. About to use a dime to call her mother, Kent rushes past her and transforms into Super Grover -- after a few times not quite changing into his costume properly. Now, ready for superhero'ing, Super Grover lifts the booth up with the little girl inside and attempts to take her home. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Apple Fight||Episode 0682||Super Grover helps Sammy and Frank, who are fighting over an apple. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Bus Stop||Episode 0708||A boy is confused -- his mother told him to take a bus home, but he doesn't know where to find the bus. Super Grover arrives, and they soon discover a sign that says "Bus Stop". The boy suggests that they found the answer, but Super Grover insists that his mother told him to take a bus home, not a sign.|
|Hair Cut||Episode 0717||Young Willy Nillie is scared to get his hair cut. Super Grover tells Willie that haircuts are scary, but he must be brave. However, a barber shows them both that haircuts do not hurt, and soon they are no longer afraid of hair cuts. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Boxes||Episode 0980||A girl on a farm needs help carrying many boxes. Super Grover suggests gluing them together, but the girl eventually figures out that taking them one at a time will work. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Computer||Episode 2107||A girl cannot get her computer to start. Super Grover tries to turn it on by jumping up and down and shouting "Wubba wubba!", but she soon discovers that the computer is not plugged in. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Dial S for SuperGrover||Episode 2963||When a little girl realizes that she has too much homework and can't play with her friend, Super Grover offers a number of ways she can resolve the issue. After a few failed attempts at convincing her that his ideas will work, he begins shouting for the boy to break the bad news. During the commotion, the little girl realizes that she can use the telephone to call her friend and explain the situation. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Fence Exit||Episode 3006||When a boy has trouble finding the gate in a fence, Super Grover attempts to bend the pickets. But eventually, the boy finds an exit sign.|
|Big and Little||Episode 3698||Super Grover asks Baby Natasha, as Super Baby, to help him demonstrate big and little. But Super Baby won't sit still long enough -- she keeps flying around, and ends up crash-landing on his head. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Number Waving||Episode 3884||Super Grover intends to fly into the air and wave at the number of the day. He claims that his springy legs will propel him into the atmosphere. After a few boingy jumps, he decides to forget the propelling part and just do the waving part. The following segment presents the number of the day.|
|Letter Pointing||Episode 3884||Super Grover says that he's going to fly up into the air and point to the letter of the day. He begins by getting a runing start, but only propels himself sideways, hurting himself inthe process. Leaning on the brick wall for support, he thinks maybe he will forget the flying part and just do the pointing part. The following segment presents the letter of the day.|
|Hat in a Tree||Episode 3915||A fat blue girl loses her wind-blown hat in a tree, but she can't cross the street to get it. Super Grover comes to the rescue, and tries to call the cap back. The girl realizes that she needs a grown-up to cross the street, and with her Aunt Edna she gets her hat back. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Letter of the Day||Episode 4028||Super Grover tries to help Cookie Monster present S as the Letter of the Day, by keeping the frosting covered cookie away in a basket.|
|Letter of the Day||Episode 4031||Super Grover helps Cookie Monster refrain from eating the letter "N," but is ultimately unsuccessful.|
|Number of the Day||Episode 4037||Super Grover reiterates the Number of the Day: 8|
|Letter of the Day||Episode 4037||Super Grover presents F.|
|Helmet||Elmo's World: Hats||During Elmo's quiz, in which he asks whether or not several things wear hats, Elmo deduces that Grover does not wear a hat. But Super Grover does; and he observes that it's a good thing, since Super Grover frequently crash lands out of the sky.|
|Super Grover and Super Mommy||Elmo's World: Families||Super Grover and his mommy crash land in Elmo's World. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Up and Down||Elmo's World: Up and Down||Super Grover demonstrates "up and down" in a video email to Elmo.|
|Open and Closed||Elmo's World: Open and Closed||Super Grover attempts to illustrate "open" when his helmet closes over his eyes. He struggles with opening it again until Herry comes along and lifts it with one finger.|
|Super Bike||Elmo's World: Bicycles||Super Grover tries to show Elmo how he can ride his super bike in the sky, but he loses his concentration and crashes to the ground, destroying the bike.|
|Super Grover and Super Elmo||Super Grover decides to teach Elmo how to be a super hero. However, Elmo wears his cape the wrong way, which causes him to trip whenever he wants to fly. When this segment aired in Episode 3170, Big Bird introduced it with a poem: "Soon you'll see / Super Grover flying in his cape / and then I'm coming back / so don't put on a tape."|
|Switch roles||Elmo suggests to Super Grover that they should pretend to be each other, so that Elmo would become Super Grover and he would become Elmo. Super Grover thinks it's a good idea, but decides it can't be done because they are too different. He then tries to explain why.|
|Telly's Ups and Downs||Telly is in the park demonstrating things you can find when you look up and when you look down. When he looks up, he can hear an object moving at great velocity, which he first assumes to be a bird or a plane. Ultimately, Super Grover crashes down upon Telly and asks if he can point him in the direction that goes up. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Up and Down with Telly||Telly and Super Grover are standing behind a wall addressing the audience. They speak of the differences between up (such as a bird flying) and down (as in when Grover crash lands on Telly).|
|Broken Grocery Bag||Judy Finstermacher has broken her bag of groceries, and Super Grover tries to find a way for her to get the groceries to her home. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Saving Energy||Super Grover crash-lands inside an apartment, and when he sees that the lamp light is on, he decides that he needs to save energy by turning off the lamp. His method to turning off the lamp is blowing the light out, but a girl just turns off the switch. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Superhero School||Super Grover teaches a class for potential superheroes. Among his students are Telly, Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Herry, and Merry. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Super Annette||Annette Bening wants to travel with Super Grover when he is helping others, but both have trouble in figuring out how to get around since Annette cannot fly. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Apple Tree||Elmo can't reach any apples in an apple tree, so Super Grover tries to help, first by telling the apples to come down, and then by shaking the tree. Eventually, Elmo finds a stick that he can knock an apple down with. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Don't Eat the Pictures||1983||To communicate with a display of Maximillian armor, Grover becomes his superhero alter-ego and professes his friendship in song.|
|The Exciting Adventures of Super Grover||1985||The storybook video adaptation of The Exciting Adventures of Super Grover included light animation added to Joe Mathieu's illustrations and a newly recorded voice track by Frank Oz to tell the story of Super Grover's origins and three other stories.|
|Follow That Bird||1985||Super Grover searches for Big Bird.|
|Adventure||1993||After Oscar the Grouch leaves En Vogue stranded on Saturn, Super Grover saves the day by flying them through the solar system and back to Earth. Super Grover and Elmo also groove to the repeated lyrics "Go!" for a matte shot that was later used in its own stand-alone segment on Sesame Street and later included on the CD-ROM disc available with Playtime with Grover.|
|The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland||1999||Waiter Grover, too busy to serve Mr. Johnson, hears that Elmo is trying to catch his runaway blanket. In a rare on-screen display of heroic ability, Super Grover leaps off of the ground and into the air to save the day. When he spots his destination, his usual crash is multiplied by a collision with Elmo and Telly.|
|Play With Me Sesame||2002||Super Grover plays "Super Grover Says", instructing the viewers to put on helmets and capes, and demonstrates a few times. Template:Sketchrelease|
|Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic||2003||After imagining himself as a cowboy and fireman, Grover then imagines himself as Super Grover, but is immediately struck by a giant rock from the sky. CGI animated "birdies" fly around his head.|
|Episode 4037||2003||Super Grover's new cape.|
|Episode 4050||2003||Zoe's tutu is stuck in a tree.|
|Episode 4071||2004||Professor Super Grover's School for Super-Heroes|
|A Celebration of Me, Grover||2004||When Grover is honored at the Flyer's Club Roost, he makes his grand entrance as Super Grover, crashing through the roof on top of Mr. Johnson.|
|The Street We Live On||2004||When Elmo wants to know more about Sesame Street, Super Grover crashes into his closet in Elmo's World. He offers to take Elmo through the time barrier to the Sesame Street that was. Unfortunately, he has trouble flying with Elmo on his back, and must transform into his taxi driver persona instead. Super Grover later appears in Super Grover.|
|What's the Name of That Song?||2004||Super Grover tries to find one song that everyone in the world can sing together.|
|Healthy Habits for Life||2005||Super Grover explain how walking is a super way to be healthy and strong. So instead of flying in the air, he decides to walk instead.|
|Episode 4105||2005||Super Chicken on Sesame Street.|
|Episode 4126||2006||When Elmo has trouble trying to decide on a present for Rocco's birthday, Super Grover at first suggests a gift horse (into whose mouth one should never look). After he mulls things over a bit more with his brain, he eventually decides (by way of Miles) that Elmo should give Rocco one of his drawings. Later when Super Grover arrives at the party, he lugs in a large boulder as his present for Rocco.|
|Episode 4131||2006||Gina has just come home with her new adopted baby, Marco. Despite Maria's efforts to secure their time alone to rest, Super Grover crashes through the apartment ceiling to help with the new baby, but it would seem he does not actally know what a baby is. Grover first identifies a pillow and a stuffed giraffe before realizing that the small person on Gina's lap is the baby.|
|Ready To Learn||2007||In a PSA for parents watching PBS with their children, the Ready to Learn initiative produced a spot starring Super Grover and his alter ego Grover Kent. Between the Lions’s Cleo assists him in drawing his superhero logo, which she hangs on the fridge. While the narrative establishes that Super Grover is revealing his identity to the world, the spot encourages parents to proudly display the letters and words written by their children.|
|Elmo's World: Helping||2007||Super Grover crash lands in Elmo's World offering Elmo some help. Although Elmo doesn't need any at the moment, Super Grover keeps checking in nearly every time Elmo says the word "help." When he's finally needed, Super Grover is snoozing against the door and spends some time thinking of other professsional helper jobs while Elmo speaks to a lifeguard, a nurse and a crossing guard.|
|Elmo's Christmas Countdown||2007||Elmo and Abby Cadabby await the arrival of several boxes that have gone missing from the Christmas Counter-Downer so that Stiller the Elf may restore the countdown to Christmas. Super Grover falls from the sky, having stumbled upon the box for 8 when it got caught in his cape. When Elmo proclaims the finding one of many Christmas miracles, Super Grover counters that it's actually an FAA violation. But since it's Christmas, he decides not to report Stiller, citing that he's tough, but fair.|
- The Exciting Adventures of Super Grover (1978)
- The Amazing Mumford Forgets the Magic Words! (1979)
- The Sesame Street Library Volume 15 (1979)
- The Sesame Street Dictionary (1980)
- The Count Counts a Party (1981)
- Sesame Street ABC (1986)
- Grover Takes Care of Baby (1987)
- Alice's First Words (1989)
- Smile for Elmo (2002)
- The Adventures of Super Grover activity pad (2004)
- Hooray for Our Heroes! (2005)
- S is for School! (2006)
- Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time (2007)
- Friendly, Frosty Monsters (2007)
- We're All Superheroes! (2007)
- Super Grover (2008)
- Sesame Street Online Stories
- "Elmo Goes to the Doctor"
- "Goodnight Grover"
- "The Nick of Rhyme"