Gruntilda Winkybunion, also known as Grunty, is an evil witch and the main antagonist of the Banjo-Kazooie series. She has appeared in every game in the series so far.
In the first game, Gruntilda played the the role of "evil witch" quite nicely. She spoke only in rhyme, and was known for her extreme vanity; strange, considering how ugly she appears. She also rides on a broomstick. When Dingpot revealed that Tooty, the sister of Banjo, was the "fairest in the land", Gruntilda became incensed and kidnapped the child. She plotted to use a "Beauty Transfer Machine" to drain Tooty's youth and beauty and transfer it to herself. Banjo and his pal Kazooie chased the witch through her mammoth lair, where she had created various worlds filled with her minions and challenges. As the pair progressed, Gruntilda shouted rhyming taunts and various insults to keep the pair away. With help from various sources-including her sister Brentilda, Banjo and Kazooie were able to make through the worlds and reach the last challenge before rescuing Tooty, a twisted gameshow created by Gruntilda called Grunty's Furnace Fun. After the duo cleared the game, Gruntilda runs away and leaves them to rescue Tooty. Later, the two journeyed to the roof and battled Grunty, with aid from the Jinjos that she had imprisoned throughout the worlds. She was defeated by the Jinjonator and trapped beneath an enormous rock, which her minion Klungo spent two years attempting to remove. Oddly enough, she remained alive, and vowed revenge upon the pair.
Despite her comical nature and stupidity, Gruntilda proved herself to be Banjo and Kazooie's strongest enemy when first faced. She spends most of the fight riding her broomstick. During the first phase, she flies down fast and tries to impale Banjo and Kazooie with the teeth on her broom. Her broom starts to slow down after a few passes, leaving her vulnerable to jump attacks.
After taking enough damage, she starts to hover in place and throw fireballs. In a rare moment, she displays some intelligence when doing this, because if the player tries to run away from the fireballs before she fires, Gruntilda will throw them into the player's path. After throwing two, she will use a homing energy attack is impossible to dodge and has to blocked with the Wonderwing. When she finishes her attacks, the player has the opportunity to shoot eggs at her.
After repeating the process, Gruntilda starts to fly to high into the air, but Bottles fortunately creates a flight pad to use. When Banjo and Kazooie are flying, Gruntilda will only try and attack with fireballs, and is vulnerable to the Beak Bomb when she isn't moving.
After taking enough damage, Gruntilda will create a force field around that Banjo and Kazooie can't break through. At this point the Jinjos realize the two of the them need their help and intervene by creating four statues around the area. After a number of eggs are shot into the statues, a Jinjo will fly away like a missile and hit Gruntilda. The witch, however, doesn't remain idle during this and will continue to attack with fireballs and homing shots. While Banjo and Kazooie can't move the statues, Gruntilda's attacks will pass through them, so they don't provide any cover.
After all four Jinjo missiles fire, Gruntilda's broomstick will break and she will fall to the edge of the tower. She is still standing, however, and her force field still renders her immune to any of Banjo and Kazooie's attacks. At this point a larger statue containing the Jinjonator appears. This statue has four holes that the player must shoot eggs into. Like the smaller Jinjo statues, the statue provides no cover and Gruntilda's attacks will still pass through it. She is quite possibly at her most dangerous in this face because she will attack with four consecutive fireballs, followed by a homing shot. After the Jinjonator is activated, he will defeat Gruntilda and knock her off the tower, trapping her under a boulder.
After two years had passed, Gruntilda was suddenly freed from her prison by the sudden appearance of her sisters, Mingella and Blobbelda. Their evil spells levitated the rock that trapped Grunty, and they discovered that she had been degenerated into a skeleton. Furious at her new bony body, Gruntilda asked her sisters for help in restoring her. "Mingy" and "Blobby" had already planned for such an event, and the three prepared to leave Spiral Mountain. Before they did, when Mumbo Jumbo had wandered out of the Banjo's house to find the source of the ruckus caused when Mingella and Bloddelda entered with Hag 1, Grunty chased him and tried to kill him. Seeing him enter Banjo's house, she prepared a bigger spell to destroy it, and while Banjo, Kazooie, and Mumbo escaped, Bottles stayed behind assuming Mumbo was lying and trying to win at their poker game, resulting him being killed by the blast, which also ruined Banjo's house. The trio of witches then used the Hag 1 digging machine to reach Cauldron Keep on Isle o' Hags, where Mingella and Blobbedla revealed their B.O.B. machine. It was designed to suck the life out of anything captured in its beam; Gruntilda practiced this on King Jingaling, reducing him to a zombie. It is also interesting to note that Gruntilda stopped speaking in rhyme at this point (her sisters found it "annoying"). Gruntilda then wanted to use B.O.B. on the whole island, but is informed that it will take time for it to charge up before that can happen. For the rest of the game she stays in Cauldron Keep, but will usually talk to Banjo and Kazooie whenever they enter a minigame. They eventually meet her again in Cauldron Keep, where she makes an attempted to make with another gameshow, this competing against her two sisters, called Tower of Tragedy, in which the loser would have a 1-ton weight dropped on them. Her plan failed, and she ended up killing her two sisters, but because of her temper declares Banjo and Kazooie's win "invalid due to the faulty scoring equipment". Not sure of what to do next, Gruntilda takes Kazooie's advice to "escape a cowardly fashion like in Banjo-Kazooie", and she tells the duo she'll be at the top of the tower, though she of course boasts she will win this time. Sure enough, Banjo and Kazooie found Gruntilda in the Hag 1 waiting for them at the top of Cauldron Keep. In the end, Gruntilda was defeated yet again, and reduced to nothing more than a talking skull. She swore that she would get her revenge in Banjo-Threeie.
Mecha-Grunty is the main antagonist from Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge on Game Boy Advance. Two months after being crushed under a rock in the ending of Banjo-Kazooie, Grunty's spirit was able to escape, and she was able to live once more, using a mechanical version of herself as a body. Klungo built the robot, then Grunty's soul left the rock and got into the machine. You fight with Grunty many times through the game, and there is nothing "new" in the final battle related to the others battles in the game.
Many say that the game is based on a parallel universe many saying that this is what Banjo-Tooie would've looked like if Grunty's sisters never came for her. This was, indeed, the original idea, but the game does indeed take place in between the continuity of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie.
Grunty continues her role as an antagonist in this game as well. She first finds her way back to Spiral Mountain, even though she is still a head. Banjo and Kazooie challenge her to another showdown, but L.O.G. pauses the battle and makes them collect golden badges. This is another useless battle, as L.O.G. grows impatient of a head and fat bear running around. He restores Banjo and Kazooie to healthy bodies and Grunty is given a new robot- like body with her head in a jar perched on its shoulders. The two go to Showdown Town, where she waits as Banjo and Kazooie earn Jiggies. In the end, she fails again, and is forced to work for eternity in L.O.G.'s factory, though she swears to make her own video game.
Like the rest of the characters in the series, Gruntilda has a very comical personality, and often breaks the fourth wall. She isn't very smart. In Banjo-Kazooie, after kidnapping Tooty, she won't activate her machine unless the player gets a game over for no explained reason. She also lets Banjo and Kazooie actually have a chance in her Grunty Furnace Fun game as opposed to just immediately activating a trap in the game that will kill them. However, even though she's extremely comical, she is none the less very evil. Aside from the plan she had to take Tooty's beauty away in the first game, her evil nature is also shown with how she abuses her minions and everyone else throughout the game. In the first game, Gruntilda has a fairly typical witch personality, with her goal of being the best looking and trying to kill Banjo and Kazooie when they try to stop her.
During the second game, Gruntilda is overall more evil, though she is still just as comical. She is forced to stop rhyming (because her sisters won't help her get her body back if she doesn't stop), and she actually kills someone. Her aim is also more fiendish, in that she wanted to use B.O.B. to suck the life from all of the Isle O' Hags to restore her body. Finally, she didn't have any problem with crushing her sisters (this could also be partially because rhyming is Gruntilda's thing), Mingella and Blobbelda, when they lost at her Tower of Tragedy game. Because of Banjo and Kazooie foiling her plans and burying her under a rock, she holds a strong grudge against them. Despite that, she takes them just as lightly as she did in the first game. Her lack of intelligence is also seen in her Tower of Tragedy game, where she doesn't think of dropping the weight over Banjo and Kazooie when the game doesn't go the way she expected (though, considering the fact that their weight fell down just as they were about to leave, narrowly missing them, as well as the fact that the podium she escaped in also controls the weights, she most likely was trying to crush them).