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Animated Grösse family

When the three members' sprites are shown animated together, the similarity between Hans and Gretel is illustrated, compared to the unique Trans.

The Grösse family (names often anglicized to Grosse) is a family of at least three related characters in the Wolfenstein 3D era, each of which is killed by BJ Blazkowicz. The known members of the family are:

CharacteristicsEdit

The known members of the Grösse family are all bosses with an affinity for heavy armor and dual Chain Guns. All of them drop gold keys upon death. In fact, apart from appearance and sounds created, their game mechanics are identical.

Gretel Grösse appears to be very nearly a palette swap to Hans, having a nearly identical appearance save for color changes (and chest and abdomen differences). Trans Grösse, however, was created at a later date and is more unique. Whereas both Hans and Gretel hold their heads high with pride, Trans walks with a scowl, his head dipped in fury.

Other membersEdit

The Apogee Software/3D Realms Official Wolfenstein 3D Hint Book claims that the Grösse family is "...a large family with one sister, Gretel, and many brothers", claiming that the player should "Watch out for them in future levels!".[2] This is an allusion to Episode 6, Floor 10, which contains three Hans Grösse bosses. They are identical in appearance and characteristics to Hans Grösse, indeed being treated as the same entity by the game, but the same manual claims their names are:[3]

  • Mans Grösse,
  • Pans Grösse, and
  • Fans Grösse.

This is most likely a hand wave to explain the preposterousness of having an already-killed enemy reappear three times in a single level.

Episode 2, Floor 8 also features Hans Grösses within the enormous pushwall maze, but they, and indeed the entire maze, are ignored by the Hint Book.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wolfenstein 3D hintbook, pg 71
  2. Cloud, Kevin. The Official Hint Manual for Wolfenstein 3D. Apogee Software, 1992. Page 15. Web. (Third-party scan)
  3. Cloud, Kevin. The Official Hint Manual for Wolfenstein 3D. Apogee Software, 1992. Page 71. Web. (Third-party scan)
  4. Cloud, Kevin. The Official Hint Manual for Wolfenstein 3D. Apogee Software, 1992. Page 25. Web. (Third-party scan)

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