Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Who is Grover Underwood? (2024)

By Oluwaniyi Raji

Don't be deceived by his innocent face and timid nature; this major character is Percy Jackson's best friend and demigod guardian.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Who is Grover Underwood? (1)


  • Grover Underwood is Percy Jackson's satyr friend from Greek mythology who plays a major role in the series.
  • Grover's job as a guardian is to bring demigods safely to Camp Half-Blood and offer emotional support.
  • Grover's knowledge of Greek mythology and strong sense of smell make him a valuable asset to Percy and the other demigods.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has been gathering steam with each episode as fans are excited about seeing their favorite characters in live action. Right from episode 1, one key character emerges with hairy hind legs and a genealogy dipped in Greek mythology. Percy Jackson is at Yancy Academy, but things aren't so easy at school. He has a hard time finding friends and has also become a prime target for bullies. Luckily, he's able to make a friend who shares his love for mythological creatures and his experience of getting bullied by his classmates.

Grover Underwood, who appears as Percy's friend in the human world in episode 1, season 1, is more than meets the eye. Grover plays the prominent role of Percy's best friend, as he did in Rick Riordan's book series. Viewers soon discover that Grover isn't just a school boy but a creature of Greek mythology straight from the history books. But while some fans of the show may not pay much attention to him, with each new episode, Grover proves himself as a force to be reckoned with. And since he plays a major role in the Percy Jackson books, understanding his role in this series can give fans a deeper insight into the show.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Things the Disney Plus Series Has Already Fixed

Percy Jackson fans were disappointed by the movies made in the 2010s. However, there is hope for the new Disney Plus series.

Who is Grover Underwood?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Who is Grover Underwood? (3)

Aryan Simhadri's Grover Underwood is a satyr, a creature from Greek mythology that is half man and half goat. The upper part of a satyr's body is human with horns on its head, while the lower body features goat-like hind legs. In Percy Jackson's lore, satyrs formerly served the god of nature, Pan, but since his death you can mainly find satyrs in Camp Half-Blood, operating on the instructions of Chiron, Dionysus, and the Council of Cloven elders. Satyrs also play the role of demigod guardians in Camp Half-Blood. In the Percy Jackson series, Grover's job as a guardian is what brings him to Percy at Yancy Academy.

Interestingly, Grover hasn't been a Guardian for so long but has been assigned as guardian to two forbidden children, Thalia Grace and now Percy Jackson. Bringing Thalia, Annabeth Chase and Luke Castellan to Camp Half-Blood was Grover's first mission, which failed, as Thalia was turned into a tree as she battled monsters to save her friends. He later on serves as a guardian to Bianca and Nico di' Angelo two other forbidden children that are featured in the Percy Jackson novels.

After failing his first mission, Grover is deployed some years later to bring Percy to Camp Half-Blood. Grover was one person Percy could comfortably talk to about his "imagination" without feeling stupid. Grover, on the other hand, made it a duty to talk to Percy about the mythical creatures he was seeing while also teaching him all he needed to know about them in preparation for the future.

He played a major part in Percy's expulsion from school by lying to the school authorities that Percy pushed Nancy into the fountain filled with water, even though truthfully, Percy’s hands never touched her. Though Percy is hurt, he soon learns that Grover did this for his own good to save him from the monsters that had found Percy. His journey to the other side of the world with Percy began when he appeared at the cabin used as a yearly getaway by Percy and his mom, Sally Jackson; this was also the first time Percy realized Grover was a Satyr.

However, it appears Grover's mission is a failure once more, as though he successfully brings Percy safely to Camp Half-Blood, Sally is attacked by the Minotaur and disintegrates right before Percy's eyes. The guilt drives Grover to find out what truly happened to Sally, and he goes against the wishes of Chiron and the camp director to inform Percy that his mum is in the underworld. But Percy's trust in Grover is still a bit shaky, especially after he hears the prophecy from the Oracle of Delphi that says he will be betrayed by a friend. Nevertheless, Percy chooses Grover to accompany him and Annabeth on the quest to rescue his mum and Zeus' master bolt from Hades, one of the big three gods.

Very quickly, fans realize that his timid nature doesn't stop Grover from playing his role as a guardian. He keeps a level head when Echidna attacks and isn't drawn to any side of the argument between Percy and Annabeth but acts as the middle ground, trying to resolve the conflict between the two. Moreover, Grover is also pretty knowledgeable about Greek mythology, and his strong sense of smell is perfect for sniffing out food and even monsters. In the Percy Jackson books, Grover's exploits grow, and he becomes the leader of the satyrs, lord of the wild, and still remains best friend to Percy Jackson.

What is a Guardian?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Who is Grover Underwood? (4)

In the Percy Jackson series, guardians are satyrs sent to find and bring demigods safely to Camp Half-Blood. Demigods are born in the human world and most have no idea of their heritage. This makes them the perfect prey for monsters who have a way of fishing out demigods from their scent. To make sure a demigod gets to Camp Half-Blood without being eaten by a monster, guardians are dispatched to bring them back safely. They are great at sensing mosters and rich with knowledge of the world of gods, which makes them a big help to demigods who know nothing about it.

But the job role is not so simple, guardians can also offer emotional support to demigods under their watch, as being a half-blood isn't easy. Grover especially becomes Percy's best friend in the course of being his guardian. When they aren't finding and bringing demigods to safety, you can find them in the forests of Camp Half-Blood. Guardians report to Chiron, Dionysus, and since they are satyrs, they also follow the instructions of the Council of Cloven Elders to lead the search to find the missing god of nature, Pan. As the first season of the Percy Jackson and Olympians series comes to an end, fans can hope to see more guardians in future seasons, depending on what storyline the series takes.


Gargoyles: What The Live-Action Disney Plus Series Should Do To Succeed

The original Gargoyles cartoon was so iconic there are a few things the live-action reboot should do to make it as iconic.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Who is Grover Underwood? (2024)


What is Grover described as in Percy Jackson? ›

Grover Underwood is a satyr, a creature that has some physical traits of a man and some of a goat. He also possesses the powers of woodland magic and ages at half the rate of a mortal being. Grover is tall with curly brown hair, brown eyes, a beard, horns, and brown goat legs.

What are the character traits of Grover Underwood? ›

Grover Underwood is, in my opinion, he third best character Rick has written about, bested only by Leo Valdez and Percy Jackson. He is kind and funny, he is a great protector, he has amazing determination and care for the environment, he came up with the dam puns and he put Pan's soul to rest.

Who does Grover have a crush on? ›

Juniper is Grover Underwood's girlfriend, as stated in The Battle of the Labyrinth.

What is Grover Underwood's weakness? ›

Weaknesses: Grover is pessimistic and unconfident. He has great fear of Cyclops.

Who is Percy Jackson's girlfriend? ›

Annabeth Chase

Demigod daughter of Athena. Girlfriend of Percy Jackson.

What does Percy call Grover? ›

Grover Underwood
Nickname(s)G-man (by Percy) Goat Boy (by Annabeth and Tyson)
OccupationBringing half bloods back to camp
6 more rows

Who is Grover's girlfriend? ›

Juniper is a character in the Percy Jackson book series. She is Grover Underwood's girlfriend, as stated in The Battle of the Labyrinth. She is a dryad (wood nymph), and her tree is a Juniper bush, hence her name.

Why did Percy choose Grover? ›

Although Grover is not the strongest fighter, their friendship motivates Percy to make this decision. Similarly, Percy knows Annabeth has been waiting for the opportunity to go on a quest to prove herself, so he invites her to go with them.

Why did Grover betray Percy? ›

While this may seem like a betrayal at first, it was actually Grover playing the part of protector to a tee. Knowing that monsters will find Percy at Yancy, Grover realizes he has to get him away from the school as quickly as possible.

Does Percy have a crush on Annabeth? ›

Throughout all series, Percy and Annabeth have shown many romantic feelings for each other, mainly in The Last Olympian and The Battle of the Labyrinth, though Annabeth shows it more than Percy, and Percy just thinks about it instead.

Did Annabeth betray Percy? ›

Despite Medusa suggesting that Annabeth will betray Percy, it is unlikely as she remains loyal to him throughout the series. Percy Jackson & the Olympians teases the outcome of Percy's quest with a prophecy from the Oracle, but the Oracle's predictions suggest he'll be betrayed by a friend before season 1 is through.

Does Grover have a crush on Artemis? ›

Tree Hugger. We had been concerned that Grover's all-consuming crush on Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt, would prevent him from settling down. Then he met Juniper, a playful wood nymph who took an instant liking to him. They've been together for years now and have a real connection.

Does Grover have ADHD? ›

In the series, ADHD is present everywhere from The Lightning Thief to The Last Olympian. Grover Underwood tells Percy that ADHD makes him inattentive to other things whenever he is in class. Grover also says that the instinct makes him want to get up and get outside to release that energy.

Who did Grover fail to protect? ›

This is because, five years before the novel begins, Grover's first keeper assignment went horribly: he was assigned to protect Thalia, Zeus's demigod daughter, but he failed to do so. He did manage to save Luke and Annabeth instead, but the Council of Cloven Elders failed Grover on his assignment anyway.

Can Grover run fast? ›

Goat Legs: He is able to run very fast and climb up mountain edges with ease. However, he is a slow walker when in disguised as a human. Enhanced Smell: Grover has a very strong sense of smell.

How do you describe Grover? ›

Grover is a blue Muppet character on the popular PBS/HBO children's television show Sesame Street. Self-described as lovable, cute, and furry, he is a blue monster who rarely uses contractions when he speaks or sings.

What is Grover's personality? ›

Personality… adventurous and hard-working. Grover is energetic, and usually picks up new challenges with gusto.

What type of character is Grover? ›

Grover Underwood is a satyr and a Lord of the Wild, along with Silenus and Maron. He is also a Chosen of Pan, and is carrying the soul of Pan. Grover is the satyr who found the demigods Thalia Grace, Nico and Bianca di Angelo, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Luke Castellan.

What did Grover look like in the books? ›

He's described as a tall satyr with a head of curly brown hair, a brown beard, and brown eyes. He has small horns and goat legs. He's 28 years old in the first book, but he's still in the sixth grade with the others because "satyrs mature half as fast as humans."

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Fr. Dewey Fisher

Last Updated:

Views: 5669

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (62 voted)

Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Fr. Dewey Fisher

Birthday: 1993-03-26

Address: 917 Hyun Views, Rogahnmouth, KY 91013-8827

Phone: +5938540192553

Job: Administration Developer

Hobby: Embroidery, Horseback riding, Juggling, Urban exploration, Skiing, Cycling, Handball

Introduction: My name is Fr. Dewey Fisher, I am a powerful, open, faithful, combative, spotless, faithful, fair person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.