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F-CKIN' GIVE ME DA HEAD A--HOLE!!!
~ Gruagach

Gruagach is the secondary antagonist of the 2019 live-action superhero reboot film Hellboy. He is a monstrous boar-like fairy who was hired by Baba Yaga to find the remains of Vivienne Nimue in order to restore her and to also exact revenge on Hellboy.

He was portrayed by Douglas Tait, who also played the Black Shuck in The Conjuring franchise while his voice is provided by Stephen Graham, who also played Fulvio in Inkheart.

History

Background

In 1992, Gruagach and his fellow fairy folks kidnapped baby Alice in hopes of restoring their dying race with Gruagach himself acting like her changeling. However, Hellboy exposed him and branded Gruagach with iron before setting out to reclaim the real Alice. The vengeful Gruagach tried to stop the cambion only to be driven away with the attempt turned him into a humanoid boar he is now.

Meeting Baba Yaga

Seeking to end his feud against Hellboy, Gruagach consulted with Baba Yaga for the means to defeat their common nemesis. Through their conversation, it's revealed that the former has learned about the legendary dark witch Nimue and that she has the power to turn their tide against the cambion. As such, Baba Yaga implored Gruagach to gather up Nimue's remains all over the world in order to restore her.

The Search For Nimue's Remains

Upon entering a church where Nimue's severed head is being hidden, Gruagach slaughtered the silent monks within and coercing the last one for it. Finding Nimue's head, he demanded to the monk to speak the incantation to unseal it only to be forced to do the deed himself when the monk vehemently refused. Ripping off and consuming the monk's severed tongue, Gruagach gained the knowledge over the incantation and successfully recited it, awakening Nimue. As a severed head, Nimue instructs Gruagach on where to find the rest of her body which he succeeded.

Massacre At Osiris Club Headquarters

Gruagach participated in the massacre the Osiris Club, killing multiple members in brutal ways. Hellboy and his team find the people killed, but Hellboy runs into Gruagach as he is taking the last piece of Nimue with him. Hellboy fights Gruagach and goes after him, but Gruagach escapes after Nimue distracts Hellboy with a vision and plays with his mind over his feelings about how non-human creatures are treated. Hellboy recalled Gruagach, remembering when he first encountered the fairy back in 1992.

Fighting Hellboy, Betrayed by Nimue and Death

This ain't fair! F**k you Hellboy!
~ Gruagach's last words before his death.
When Hellboy and his allies arrive at the church in London, Gruagach confronted them. Although Hellboy and Ben Daimio shoot at him, Gruagach's durable skin deflected their bullets. Gruagach tells Hellboy that he doesn't know how long he's waited to kill him, but the latter provokes the creature as his allies move away before they fight. During the ensuing fight, Gruagach bests Hellboy with his enhanced strength and durability and impales him with one of his tusks. However, Hellboy broke off one of them, and stabbed the demon in the head.

Gruagach allows him to fall to the ground, mocking Hellboy before stating that he will allow him to lay there as he kills him. Before he kill Hellboy however, Daimio transforms into a monstrous jaguar and attacks Gruagach. Despite being attacked by Hellboy and Daimio, he defeats both of them, and attempts to crush Hellboy's skull. He is stopped by Nimue, but he reminds her that he resurrected her and that they made a deal. However, Nimue betrays Gruagach by making him shrink down to size. Before his death, Gruagach screams that it wasn't fair and curses Hellboy before exploding into a bloody mess.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Shapeshifting: Gruagach's fairy physiology allowed him to shapeshift, notably taking on the form of infant Alice in 1992.
  • Superhuman Strength: Gruagach had massive strength, being able to punch through walls, rip out a monk's jaw, and fight Hellboy with ease. He was capable of picking up boulders, and knock out Daimio in his jaguar form.
  • Superhuman Durability: Gruagach had extreme durability, with his body being impenetrable to bullets and attacks by Hellboy and Daimio in his jaguar form. However, Hellboy was able to wound him by stabbing Gruagach with his own tusk, but it didn't have that much effect on him during their final fight.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Gruagach's stamina was powerful, being able to fight without showing signs of becoming tired.
  • Sharp Tusks: Gruagach's tusks were sharp and strong enough to impale Hellboy, causing him to bleed.

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Trivia

  • Gruagach was based on a character of the same name in the Hellboy comics.

Navigation

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Movies
Hellboy (2004): Grigori Rasputin | Karl Ruprecht Kroenen | Ilsa Von Haupstein | Sammael | Ogdru-Jahad (Behemoth)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms: Thunder & Lightning
Hellboy: Blood and Iron: Hecate | Erzsebet Ondrushko
Hellboy: The Golden Army: Prince Nuada | Mr. Wink | Golden Army | Forest God
Hellboy (2019): Vivienne Nimue | Gruagach | Baba Yaga

Comics
Baba Yaga | Baron Ernst Koing | Black Flame | Grigori Rasputin | Gruagach | Hecate | Heinrich Himmler | Herman von Klempt | Karl Ruprecht Kroenen | Koschei the Deathless | Kriegaffe | Mennan Sea | Nimue | Nukekubi | Ogdru Hem | Ogdru-Jahad | Varvara | Vladimir Giuresu

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