This post marks the first of an occasional series devoted to those characters who do their very best, all the time, often at great peril and personal expense.
I can think of no more deserving candidate for the opening article than Grover from Sesame Street, whose eagerness to help others has been the very cornerstone of his character, and who needs (and probably gets) more physiotherapy than even Gonzo The Great.
Over the years, the indomitable Grover has worked himself to the bone in helping the likes of Kermit the Frog and Herbert Birdsfoot to explain and demonstrate various principles, such as 'Long & Short', Heavy & Light, etc., and has even carried such demonstrations by himself, invariably collapsing from exhaustion at the end with little more than a 'Thanks, Grover,' from the person receiving his invaluable assistance.
His dogged determination in the face of all adversity, coupled with his boundless enthusiasm could, if properly harnessed, solve the world's energy problems.
Grover has been variously:
The world's most put-upon waiter:
A Superhero (and ace doorknob salesman):
A demonstration assistant:
And finally, in perhaps his finest hour:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Grover - Unsung Hero.