Is the appeal of Groot unique in the superhero genre?

In the midst of latex suits and end-of-world-scenarios, Groot is an anomaly. Why would ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writers give Groot a character arc which parallels stages of human development, including infancy? Arguably, his presence allows the compassion to be revealed in other characters and also, completes the idea of a family structure in Guardians. Are there other characters who play this role in other branches of the Marvel/DC universes?

  • Just going to leave this right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGAQuxSuTi4 – ProtoCanon 7 years ago
  • He is a classic gentle giant. His death in the first guardians really caught many viewers by surprise. – ivyskiss 7 years ago

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