Awesome: The Witcher

     Original Short Stories & Novels 
     2002 TV Series 
  • Yes, the TV Show version may be packed with Narm Charm, but it still has plenty of awesome moments and Michał Żebrowski really tries his hardest to portray the itinerant monster slayer.
    • The fact that Geralt pretty much fights a renegade Witcher in nearly every other episode. And wipes the floor with them, as his mutations are more advanced. And his abilities more honed.
    • One for whenever Geralt preaches tolerance for sentient monsters that co-exist without directly harming humans.
  • At the beginning of episode one, the boy who'd become the White Wolf pulls the Elderly Witcher's dagger away from his father's throat and decides to leave voluntarily.
  • Episode two is filled with so many establishing character moments for adult Geralt's badassitude, including:
    • Ozbert, a bullying master Witcher, canes his student, Gascaden, over the head until he's bleeding and concussed; for not being able to throw him off his horse during training. Geralt avoids his blows until the master is suitably pissed off.
    Ozbert: Stay still, coward!
    Geralt: (slow-motion judo flips him out of the saddle)
    Adela: Fight the normal way.
    Geralt: (grinning) What does it mean, 'normal'?
    • Our protagonist being forced to stand on a stump known as 'the square' for two days and nights as punishment for his unorthodox ways against the Witcher Code. Out of the three students forced to endure this torture; Geralt is the only one who doesn't collapse from muscle spasms. Then he defeats a vengeful and jealous Novitiate Witcher a mere hour later by making his rush attack carry him over the edge of a cliff!
    • Geralt defeating Witcher Thornwald in mortal combat, despite being weighed down by bulky armour and facing down a very experienced member of the Wolf School, who had not only been on the path long before his own metamorphosis, but who had also made his career by being the only Witcher to successfully fight in full plate as his signature style.
  • By episode three: the White-haired Wanderer shows us the full extent of his enhanced senses by using powdered elixir to increase the sensitivity of his hearing and sight to near supernatural levels and locate patrols over a mile away. Thereby being able to avoid most of Falwick's men-at-arms while trying to get Moren back to her home, in Brokilon.
  • Halfway through episode four, (though it's followed by the first truly bizzare moment in the series; where our protagonist does something to Yarpen with his sword.) Geralt trying but failing to rescue a dangling Yennefer, and then Dandelion saving the pair of them from falling down the ravine by being the only one to lower them a rope.
  • Some human youths mock Geralt's profession and call him a changeling at the beginning of episode five. Geralt shuts them down pretty damn fast.
    • This exchange.
    Herbolth: You're drunk, Witcher. Do you want trouble? Watch yourself, or you'll end up in the dungeon. Or on the end of a rope.
    Geralt: You. Are threatening me? (takes steel sword off the table and leans it up casually) Try to take me.
    Herbolth: ...
    Geralt: See? You've got your power, your hired dogs, and your pants full of shit.
    Herbolth: One hundred silver marks. Take them and leave Aedd Gynvael. I won't let Istredd risk his life for such a stupid reason, for some wh -
    Geralt: Get your eyesore of a face away from me, Herbolth. And the money you can shove up your ass. Go. Away. Now.
    Herbolth: Alright then, I wanted to go easy and fair with you. A Witcher entangled in a woman's skirt? I thought you were the people's defender? Where's your honour? Your mission? Fine. Fight for this wench who will put out for anyone -
    Geralt: (plants dagger between Herbolth's fingertips laying on the table in the blink of an eye) One more word... And this inn will burn with blood...
    • Geralt killing the renegade Witcher Maranga like the little bitch he is.
  • If you have to watch one episode in the series, this is it. Episode eight. Good God, episode eight. 'The Crossroads', or as I like to call it. 'Geralt makes everyone his bitch.'
    • When three vagabonds try and rob Geralt while at a bar in Vizima, the Witcher slaughters them to the last then uses the Axii sign, for the first time seen, on the guards that try to arrest him, making them take him to Velerad, the King's burgomeister; so he can inquire into a job that will become one of his most famous.
    • Geralt's promise to Foltest that he will do everything within his power to lift Adda's curse.
    • Ostrit having the brass balls to try and pay the Witcher off, and Geralt standing stock still, idly resting on the pommel of his silver sword like a boss.
    Ostrit: Look, I don't want you to kill her, Master Witcher. Here, a thousand Orens; now you're a wealthy man without the risk.
    Geralt: I've taken the job and I will do it. I have nothing to do with your plots.
    Ostrit: What are you talking about? (throws full coin pouch at his feet) Take it and get lost you tramp!
    Geralt: It's clear you want to remove Foltest. That will go much easier for you and your co-conspirators if his only daughter is still hunting and eating people. You should go now, my Lord. It's getting dark.
    Ostrit: Keep away! I have a turtle stone! I will kill you, Wizard! (draws sword and flails at Geralt) Your tricks won't do any good!
    Ostrit: (collapses like a sack of shit)
    • Lifting the curse. The White Wolf scares the monster out of the child, with a combination of his sorcery and fearsome presence and when she, (partially cured), digs her clawed hand into his carotid, Geralt manages to subdue her with the mere touch of his silver sword, then staunch his bleeding before he passes out from the nerve damage.
  • In episode nine: Geralt is riding down a road, when he's suddenly surrounded and stopped by lancers, Knights of the Order of the White Rose, and the captain of Hereward's guards, a dwarf named Dennis Cranmer along with his arch-nemesis, Count Falwick. Geralt is forced to accept the challenge of an arrogant young knight, Tailles, who you meet at the beginning of the second game; or face the gallows. The rules of the duel further state that Geralt must be blindfolded and that if he even touches Tailles with his sword, the Witcher will be made to suffer a slow death. Geralt easily evades the inept slashing of the adolescent douche and the duel promptly ends when their blades meet and Geralt's parry causes Tailles' sword to bounce back and slash his own face. Falwick, seeing that the boy is injured, demands that the footmen seize Geralt, but Cranmer stops him stating that the rules of the duel were fulfilled "to the letter", and that Geralt is free to go.
  • Geralt making a mockery of both Fifteen and Cykada, in episode ten, when the mercenaries both try to bully the monster slayer at separate intervals.
    • Ciri telling Falwick off and ordering him to leave her sight when he lies about Geralt abandoning her. He does!
    • Geralt trying to turn Renfri away from her hate-fueled crusade.
    Geralt: There is no lesser evil, Renfri. Evil is evil and always will be. I won't kill Stregobor, and nor will you. I won't allow any carnage here. Give it up. All of it. Then you'll prove for yourself that you can cut this chain of fate. That you can forgive. You can become someone else.
  • During the finale of episode ten: Renfri poisons Geralt while seducing him and leaves him for dead. But lo! We start up episode eleven revealing that that old Witcher metabolism has allowed our hero to crawl to his herbal bag and swig some Golden Oriole, burning out the arsenic the blood-crazed princess slips into his beer. He then soups himself up with so many potions and poultices that his pupils dilate to block out his golden iris'. Sufficiently buffed, Geralt goes to Blaviken's market square and annihilates Renfri's merry band of rapers and brigands.
    • The half-elf, Civril, fires a crossbow bolt at the Witcher. Geralt doesn't just intercept the quarrel, but bats it aside fast enough that it still buzzes into a wood support!
    • Special mention for Geralt's scary Slow Walk and his Stealth Hi/Bye in plain sight.
    • Renfri Dual Wielding her scimitar and barbed cape against the Witcher and being the only human foe in the series to land a blow on him before her own demise.
  • In the penultimate episode of the series, Geralt massacres his way through Falwick's compound in his search for Ciri, pulling off an awesome riding dismount, three ranged kills, along with employing several feints he used all the way back in episode two, a healthy dose of the Naev'de Feaine Glaeddyv sword style while fighting multiple opponents simultaneously and to top it all off; Geralt does all this without the aid of any reflex or strength enhancing potions and manages to deflect two arrows, one after the other before running the archers down and stabbing Ciri's jailer through a door.
    • Waiting for Falwick and his Nilfgaardian retinue to arrive so he can finally do away with the man he promised to kill, Geralt lets himself be taken prisoner, endures the Count's torture with taut stoicism, then turns his allies against him by using Ciri's absence as a construed betrayal on Falwick's part so that Baron Gausteberg, the Imperial Captain present, orders a judiciary duel to determine who the liar is...
    • Geralt punching out Tailles once again and killing three more Knights of the White Rose while initially unarmed.
    Geralt: Are you not going to blind-fold me this time?
    Black One: (offers sword)
     CD Projekt Red's Video Game 
  • The pre-rendered introduction cinematic before reaching the main menu is a retelling of Wiedźmin, published way back in 1991, and it's an excellent, action-packed sequence, staying almost entirely true to the original story, down to each individual blow. A breakdown on this fantastic intro to this mythos.
    • Geralt prepping all his tools of the trade as the sun sets on the old manor along with an awesome voice over narration.
    • A key game mechanic, but the detailed visuals of the potion imbibement definitely count. Geralt seems to take an infusion of Cat, Petri's Philter and an unknown third toxin to increase sensory perception and for a moment our protagonist looks as evil as the stories the old wives would have their children believe. The poisons course through his veins and brings them into sharp relief, his facial bones shift under his skin, becoming gaunt and bestial and his gold eyes blaze even brighter than before. A clear indication that our hero isn't remotely human.
    • The fact that Geralt can hear the Foltest family crypt inch open from his position across the courtyard and up from the deep catacombs.
    • Using the traitor responsible for Adda's curse, Ostrit. (Who tried to bribe, then threaten, Geralt to leave,) as bait to lure the monstrous Princess right where he wants her.
    • Geralt's use of Le Parkour to navigate the crumbling battlements and how he can passively fight a barrel-chested, incredibly powerful young monster by repeatedly diverting her clawed swipes and knocking her back with hand-to-hand combat.
    • Silver chain Weapon Twirling, plus catching Adda with it while she's in a mid-air leap.
    • Striga!Adda gets one too when she busts free of a material which is supposed to be as kryptonite to Necrophages.
    • Geralt using both the Quen and Aard Signs in tandem to unleash a Charge Attack that is literally a torrent storm of Hex power crackling from the monster hunter's hands. Also, the smirk he gives when he releases the Sign, sending Adda flying past and off her four paws for the second time due to the abrupt change in pressure when she manages to crawl up to him; roaring, just inches away from the source.
    • After punishing her with an interesting variant of the "Hey, You!" Haymaker. The silver sword finally comes out. But at this point, all Geralt has to do is an Intimidation Demonstration coupled with a bit of a Close Callhaircut that exemplifies his masterful control over blades and the traumatized girl of a monster runs for the hills.
    • The Witcher takes what could be White Honey to detoxify his souped up enzymes, seals himself in Adda's coffin for the rest of the night with a Yrden and promptly falls asleep while she futilely bashes on the stone lid from the other side!
    • Next morning. With the curse apparently lifted. Geralt somehow survives having his throat torn out by Adda's partially cursed arm and still rabid mind. Fridge Horror sets in when you see he has no reminders of the wounds on his neck in-game, imagine how grisly his other collection of injuries, seen all over his torso, arms and legs in the second installment, not to mention his facial scars in the first, must have been to leave marks when being "gravely wounded" turns out to be an eventual full recovery...
  • The establishing shot of the Old Sea Fortress as Vesamir and Eskel take a wounded and amnesiac Geralt to safety. Much like the witchers themselves, the music and panorama exemplify them as relics of the past, old and misbegotten yet still a mighty force in the world capable of affecting great changes. I dare you not to feel something close to awe during this scene.
  • When a dozen of Salamandra's hired bandits try to rush a weakened Geralt on the battlements of Kaer Morhen in the prologue, the White Wolf leads them up the ruined turret staircase and leaps up just as a section of the steps crumbles under the combined weight, sending three of his pursuers plummeting to their doom.
  • In the first major quest hub, if you chose to save the witch that's being hunted by the villagers of the Outskirts, Geralt delivers an awesome rebuke towards the torch and pitch-fork wielding mob and their crazed fanatic of a ring-leader. Did I mention he stops said instigator cold by holding him at blade-point?
    The Reverend: Begone, Witcher! And leave the witch, or we'll burn you too!
    Geralt: I'd like to see you try, pleb. (places steel sword tip under his beard)
    The Reverend: Uuuuuh!
    Geralt: Shove off. And maybe I'll let you be... You have two options. Wait until I leave and then murder Abigail - but then I'll come back. I'll slay every lice ridden peasant, anything that moves and can't climb a tree. Or, you can try to lead honourable lives, clear your conscience, start again - like humans. The choice is yours.
  • The fight with the Tower Golem in a raging thunderstorm.
    • Then clobbering Javed with your spiked glove after you solve the massive Salamandra case in Chapter II, and find out he's posing as Raymond with a magical illusion. Then you get to take on both him and the Professor within a burning circle of fire, sometimes at night and nearly always in the pouring rain, with embers dancing all around. Epic.
      • Geralt manages to get the best of both of them in regards to fencing. So the prof is forced to use an alchemical gas bomb to bring Geralt to his knees, then the pair of them flee through a teleportation portal before he recovers!
  • Vincent Meis, Captain of the Guard by day, Lycanthrope Batman of the Temerian Capital by night. When Geralt stumbles upon his lair, stocked with weapons and armour, he actually quips whether Vince thinks himself a superhero!
    • And if you spare him. He'll aid you later in the game against Salamandra thugs, whether he's cured or not.
  • When Geralt storms Salamandra's main lab in the Trade Quarter with his allies and cuts down the Professor, we get this awesome Call Back to when the infamous bandit shot poor Leo with a crossbow.
    Professor: You have what you came for... Show mercy. Never hurts to ask... (fires hidden wrist bolt launcher)
    Professor: So it's true. You can parry bolts in flight.
  • After escaping the turmoil in Vizima, Geralt resolves a conflict between a group of sentient amphibians called the Vodyanoi and the human settlement of Murky Waters. For his actions, the Lady goddess of the Lake knights Geralt, gives him a magic sword, and tells him to go and face his destiny. That's right, Geralt is now King Arthur.
    • Actually, the sword in question Geralt receives is a silver blade called Aerondight. "Arondight" was the sword given by the Lady to a very different, somewhat philandering knight, effectively turning Geralt into Lancelot. Which is actually even more appropriate!
  • When Ada's curse is renewed by the duplicitous Roderick de Wett, the witcher is press-ganged by Foltest into lifting the curse once more. The difference this time? The Striga is full-grown and Geralt is trapped in an elven crypt with her from midnight until dawn with nowhere to hide. Now the White Wolf could at this point unleash all his aggressive mutation strains, equip a Perun rune-stone emblazoned silver sword and lure the Princess away from her sarcophagus to kill her in a pitched battle. What's far more satisfying is utilizing signs and the environment to keep her at bay for a full six and a half-hours, (thankfully not in real game-time) but still undeniably impressive, as the later cutscene shows that canonically Geralt was not harmed at all during the entire night's tussle!
  • Geralt vs the Assassin in the closing cinematic.
    • Foltest gets one, armoured or no, for being able to last more than a second unarmed against a mutant on a potion-induced combat high.
    • Another for the White Wolf, the rival Witcher seems to be doped up to the gills on Blizzard and Willow, making both Geralt's enhanced reflexes and his telekinetic magic all but useless. Our hero is on the ropes, but, being a consummate professional, Geralt off-sets the assassin's guard by throwing his hefty reward pouch in his face, bursting coins out everywhere, lops off his right arm, lays his belly open and severs his spine; all before every last Gold Oren showers to the floor.
  • The sadly never realised and heavily improved version of the first Witcher, Rise of the White Wolf, never made it to the Xbox 360, PS3 or the PC but we do have this ridiculously awesome pre-rendered cinematic of Geralt shadow training at his campfire in the dead of night. The animation or mo-cap, whichever it is, is slick as hell.