Beware the Nice Ones: His response to Reapers attempting to kill him? Send their severed heads back in a box, with a note;
Nick: Next time, send your best.
Brainwashed and Crazy: As a zombie during the season 3 premiere. He curb-stomps everyone he finds. This is solved a few episodes in.
Came Back Wrong: It is heavily implied that returning from his state as a Cracher-Mortel Technically Living Zombie didn't leave him entirely the same, as his flesh and heat randomly drops to near nothing at times, scaring Juliette and putting off Hank. A doctor report also shows that his heart rate almost never changes, no matter the stress level.
The Chosen One: At least of his family. There are other Grimms active in the world.
Consummate Liar: Nick is an extremely competent if not habitual liar, he can come up with plausible lies in a split second with a straight face and can come up with elaborate and consistent stories relatively easily. Now if only he were that good at convincing people of the truth...
Dance Battler: When he gets his Grimm on he can pull some real acrobatic tricks.
Fake Nationality: Nick is German American, but David Giuntoli looks as Italian American as the day is long.
Genre Blind: Initially. Justified in that he is new and used to only going after human suspects.
Good Is Not Soft: Somewhere around the episode "Organ Grinders" he starts to get into this territory, doing things like using his reputation as a Grimm to terrify several Wesen into giving him the information he needs. However, he never oversteps what a good police officer could do without being reprimanded, which is probably his real standard for behavior.
Somewhere around the beginning of Season 2, Nick becomes willing to blatantly break the law when it comes to doing what's right. Case in point: disposing of the gun he used to kill the Mauvais Dentes.
Other case in point? Apparently having beaten a suspect to death with a hammer, and thrown the body in the river. In fact, as the season progresses he's racking up an impressive body-count.
Heroes Prefer Swords: Subverted, he's been known to use maces, clubs and crossbows in addition to his gun, but has yet to use a sword. Perhaps justified since crossbows are like guns, maces, and clubs would be like a baton or night stick, but bladed weapons aren't used by police.
Hired To Hunt Yourself: Nick investigates homicides for a living, so on occasion he gets called in to examine the scene of his battles with Wesen.
Hot-Blooded: To an extent; In "Last Grimm Standing", after knocking out Dimitri, he shouts "Bring it on!" to the Lowen as they and the audience surround the cage to attack.
Last of His Kind: Subverted. He's just the last of his family but there are other Grimms.
Subverted even further, as we learn that his mom is still alive.
Made of Iron: The fact that Nick was capable of taking a beating from a Skalenzahne in "Last Grimm Standing" and still managed to easily best it heavily implied that Grimms have far superior strength and stamina than most Wesen. The aforementioned Ogre, however, is something clearly beyond even their limits.
Following him being infected by Cracher-Mortel toxin, Nick's durability increased to an even higher level. Its unclear whether its returned to its original level or stayed up now he's been cured.
Naïve Newcomer: To the supernatural. At the start of the pilot episode, he's just started coming into his heritage and is only passingly familiar with the fairy tales.
Nerves of Steel: Has yet to seriously loose his cool and is essentially never flustered or indecisive.
Nice Guy: Especially compared to someotherGrimms. Even after knowing Nick for a while, Monroe still seems more surprised by Nick's relative even hand than the deeds of Nick's ancestors.
No Sell: His Grimm powers allow him to ignore or work around many of the more-dangerous Wesen abilities. Downplayed with cracher-mortel venom. Although he was able to ignore the mind-control, the venom still left him in an extremely dangerous and feral state.
Parental Abandonment: His mother faked her death and left him with his aunt when he was a child. This was in order to protect him from Wesen who might attack him in order to get to her.
Scarily Competent Tracker: The first fifteen minutes of "Last Grimm Standing" exhibit him showing off his tracking skills, probably something police detectives have to brush up on in the pacific north west.
Made significantly better by his enhanced hearing, as he can now track, identify, and fight an adversary with just the sound of their footsteps.
Super Senses: Being temporarily blinded in "Mr. Sandman" awakens extraordinary hearing and a heightened awareness of his surroundings. This remains intact after he is cured, and even help him find suspects.
Super Strength: It's revealed in "Last Grimm Standing" that Grimms possess superior strength than that of a normal human, allowing them to go toe-to-toe with Wesen if needs be.
Gone even further, following being Poisoned by Cracher-Mortel Toxin, Nick's Strength has increased to a truly superhuman level, he's now strong enough to dent solid steel with his fists and throw grown men like rag dolls. This level of strength is implied to have stayed despite him being cured of the toxin.
Super Reflexes: Appears to have gotten these due to the venom of the Cracher-Mortel Baron Samedi, to the point where he can catch a small statue thrown at him without even looking. They appear to have gone away with his return to semi-normal.
Terror Hero: Nick has been known to play on the murderous reputations of past generations of Grimms in order to intimidate Wesen into backing down or giving him information. It makes him something of a "second degree" Type 5.
To Be Lawful or Good: In "Beeware" and "Cat and Mouse". An unusual example in that he chooses Law about as often as he chooses good. As the series progresses, he's become more Genre Savvy about how to be both at the same time.
Monroe (On Nick about to enter a place when the owner is away): Don't you need a warrant for that?
Nick: You're right. (beat) You do it.
Monroe: Oh... okay...
Gets hit with this again in Season 3: Turn himself in for a crime he committed while poisoned and crazy or do nothing, knowing he technically got away with murder? For the sake of his True Companions and Renard, he shakily chooses the latter.
Underestimating Badassery: Nick is subject to this a lot, like when a group of coyotls thinks he and Hank are just two cops with no idea what they are getting themselves into in addition to being out numbered, or in the rare instance where he gets to pull this on someone who knew he was a Grimm when the Reaper dispatcher sends two Reapers to catch him by surprise, only to get a rather disturbing package in the mail.
Also does this himself with Renard in "Face Off". You can tell from his expression that he had started to take for granted that he could defeat almost anything he faced in a fair fight. When Renard breaks out the ninja moves it really drives home what he's saying about how Nick doesn't know what he's dealing with. Though Nick did recover quickly, so its still unclear who would have won if they hadn't stopped the fight.
The Watson: Has to have a lot of stuff about Wesen explained to him, but he’s slowly catching on. By around "Cat and Mouse", it's implied he's been studying and reading heavily about Wesen society and history to where he can carry light casual Wesen-related conversations with Monroe and Rosalee.
Weirdness Magnet: It seems highly coincidental that the one guy who can see Wesen gets so many Wesen-related cases. Partly it can be explained by the fact that only Nick can notice the Wesen element in more mundane cases, but even regular humans note that Nick and Hank get most of the "weird cases".
Renard: What's really bothering you? The fact that you killed somebody, or the fact that you killed somebody who wasn't Wesen? Because God knows you've killed plenty of them. That's what you Grimms do isn't it?
You Have to Believe Me: Tends to be averted - Nick is well aware that most people not already aware of Grimms and Wesen would probably think he was insane if he tried to tell them, so he instead lies about or feigns ignorance of the supernatural side of things. When he does have to tell Juliette, he plays this trope straight, taking her to the trailer full of books and weapons and then trying to tell her far too much too fast, so that in his eagerness to open up to her, he comes across as a babbling loon. Understandably, she thinks he needs professional help. He gets to the point he was about to have Monroe show her Monroe's Wesen form, despite knowing there was a very good chance she could Go Mad from the Revelation.
You Killed My Parents: To Kimura. In truth, his mother was alive and it was a friend, who was mistaken for her, who died in the crash.
Broken Masquerade: Finally finds out the truth in "Bad Moon Rising" after several weeks of thinking he's going crazy. It very nearly doesn't go well, but he fortunately gets through it without blowing his goddaughter's head off in a panic when he sees her Game Face. He's much happier for knowing.
Cowboy Cop: In "Game Ogre". It also extends further into his history, as the ogre of the episode went after Hank because Hank 'lost' evidence in order to convict said ogre. Granted, the ogre was still a bad guy but...
Also, the evidence he lost had actually been placed by the ogre as a false trail.
Dating Catwoman: Had a drink with Adalind in one episode. As it turns out, this has been developed offscreen and Hank, being the gentleman he is, declines because he wouldn't want to take advantage of the situation (i.e. he saved her life). Then again, the encounter with Adalind wasn't a coincidence and so Renard and Adalind take steps towards forcing the issue, prompting Adalind to sneak him a mind-controlling love potion.
Heroic Willpower: He's got a little of this considering he handles and recovers from the Broken Masquerade pretty well once he finds out he's not crazy. It probably helped that his goddaughter was one of the ones helping him through it.
Love Makes You Dumb: In his defense, he was mind-controlled into falling in obsessive love with Adalind, but he got to the point where he was starting to screw up relatively simple investigations because he was thinking about her.
Weirdness Censor: He generally accepts that there must be a mundane explanation despite things like suspects' fingers growing back, but he's still noticing how there are more and more strange cases popping up in Portland.
As of "Big Feet," Hank's censor has been badly damaged after seeing Monroe with his Game Face on, and even more after watching a Wildermann go from game face to human as he dies.
In Season 2, he works on building up tolerance over drinks with Monroe, after the events of "Bad Moon Rising," and by "Nameless" the woge no longer phases him.
Berserk Button: Do not harm his friends. It takes a lot for him to not go for your throat.
NEVER try to attack Rosalee in front of him.
Beta Couple: With Rosalee. Inverted in that, whereas the beta couple is usually an already established couple to contrast with a new alpha couple, Rosalee and Monroe just met whereas Nick and Juliette have been together for years and he's ready to propose.
Beware the Nice Ones: His high-school girlfriend, Molly, left him for a Klaustreich, who got her pregnant and then slashed her face when she told her parents who the father was. Monroe admits that the police never caught the guy... but someone did.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: He really would rather stay out of the way, but when someone’s helpless and in trouble, he just can’t seem to help himself, especially when it comes to kids.
A notable onscreen instance occurs in "Season of the Hexenbiest". On his own volition, he visits Hank in the hospital to see how he's doing and takes some initiative in helping find Hank's attackers. Despite the fact that he only really knows Hank through Nick and doesn't really have any other connection.
Civilian Villain: Played with. Monroe is actually a fairy tale creature — a "Wesen" — of the same type as The Big Bad Wolf, but with a careful regimen of "diet, drugs, and pilates", he has gone from a ravening beast to a mostly-regular guy leading a mostly-normal life in the 'burbs.
Cultured Badass: Among other things, he speaks German and Spanish, fixes clocks, plays the cello, collects stamps, is knowledgeable about antique cameras, is a highly proficient chef who makes his own sausages, appreciates fine wine, and such. He's also capable of ripping your arm off and chasing down a wild animal on foot.
Friend to All Children: In "La Llorona", we find out that he's pretty popular with the neighborhood kids (well... the bullies among them aside). All of them seem to address him as Mr. Monroe with some familiarity and know his house, describing with (during Halloween) comments like "Oooh! This is Mr. Monroe's house! I love this place!" The latter part is given justification in that, much like with Christmas, he really really enjoys and plays up the holiday.
However he admits he does try to avoid children wearing red. He's still a Blutbad after all.
Heroic Neutral —> Neutral No Longer: After his beating in "Of Mouse and Man", Monroe is no longer reluctant in helping Nick with his cases despite it conflicting with the status quo. As he says, "I'm not much of a status quo guy anyway."
Subverted somewhat, Nick actually took down an opponent (a Skalenzahne, Giant Crocodile like beast) that beat Monroe in an inch of his life, plus Nick's mother was able to casually pin him down, and he required Nick to pull her off him. Nick's Grimm powers clearly pack a punch.
Informed Ability: Averted with him, whose day-job occupation as a clockmaker (which he is evidently very good at) comes up in the 8th episode of the 1st season when he is called upon to identify and provide information about an antique watch. In the next episode, he is called out to fix a clock. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a ploy to send a message about his work with Nick. He takes it about as well as you'd expect from a Retired Monster—defiantly.
Non-Idle Rich: Though not exactly rich, Monroe is affluent enough to indulge in fairly niche hobbies and has enough spare time to help Nick out on a regular basis. Given his occupation, though, it's perhaps justified as people of his skill and talent are few and far between so he can charge a premium.
One Head Taller: Silas is 6'3" which is taller than most of the rest of the cast. This is why you don't see him standing very close to David (Nick) all that often.
Bitsy Tulloch (Juliet) actually posted a pic on twitter showing how it takes one makeup lady holding the other up in order to reach his face while he’s standing.
Only One Name: No word yet on whether Monroe is his first or his last name. Even the actor himself has stated he doesn't know.
Amnesiac Lover: Interestingly, she doesn't abandon Nick, and they still like each other, so this may be one of the more benign versions of this trope.
She acknowledges that she may never remember who Nick was... but she'd like to get to know him now.
She's gotten better.
Badass Normal: Starting to show signs of this (taking on the ogre, being clear-headed enough to take down the details of the car that was watching the house, not letting Nick treat her like a distressed damsel, etc).
Improbable Aiming Skills: “Island Of Dreams” is said to be the first time she’s ever shot a gun, and yet she dead eyes it at first shot. Just to prove that wasn't a fluke, she gets a perfect grouping around that first shot.
And then after she fires at Renard during their close brush with Destructo-Nookie, the police are called in and Nick remarks "These are warning shots - if she wanted to hit the intruder, he'd be dead. She's too good of a shot to miss."
I Need a Freaking Drink: She states this after seeing Bud, Rosalee, and Monroe explain what they are and fully woge in front of her. They agree and look to give her one.
Kindly Vet: She's a vet, and she is in fact a friendly person (when she's not being threatened).
Lady in Red: Not conspicuously so, but she wears red fairly often. Also, she wears a red dress in Nick's dream sequence in the pilot, which is meaningful because red attracts blutbaden.
Satellite Love Interest: A masterful subversion. Starts the first season as the sweet, level-headed girlfriend of the protagonist. Seems to be getting a bit of depth as the season progresses (after her encounter with the Ogre, whom she manages to really hurt in self-defense, she starts getting more solo screen time and is quite proactive in trying to figure out who's stalking her and Nick, and discovers many things about his secret). May be officially out of shallow waters as of "Plumed Serpent", when she knocks out a young woman who is dragon-like. Definitely goes out of it in the second season.
More precisely: As of season 1, episode 22, she is getting her own storyline and much more depth. She reacts to amnesia by having a Guilt Complex about not remembering Nick, rekindles their relationship, becomes a much more interesting Love Interest as we see the building of her relationship with Nick, has her situation tied to Renard, and reveals that she speaks fluent Spanish.
Also, how she decided to step out over the giant abyss in her living room with a grim "Oh, to hell with this!"
Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Juliette's most obvious character trait is how calm, rational and well-adjusted she is... but for the most part Nick isthesame way. This makes Nick and Juliette potentially the most stable and non-dramatic relationship on television. Of course, until she gets amnesia, that is. But she has gotten better, so they're displaying the potential to return to this trope.
You Go Girl: With Rosalee, who wasn't always like that, she is the one girl character who always remains level-headed and tries to know what is actually happening, refuses to be lead astray, and wants to assess her position as a capable person. Adalind is manipulated by Renard, Angelina loses control over her life due to being carried away by her impulsivity and emotions, and Ariel does her best to save her father and follow his ideas while having a demeaning job, but Juliette is both always in control and intuitive, and she wants to know what. In addition, she has a lucrative job (probably like Rosalee), and seems to have plenty of Hidden Depths.
Captain Sean Renard
Played by: Sasha Roiz
Affably Evil: Despite the fact that Woosley has a gun to his head, Renard is quite cordial with him. This is one of several examples of him being a stern but fair figure.
Ambiguous Allegiance: Seriously, whose side is this guy on? We know he is a Royal bastard, who is working for the Royals to get Nick's key but then gives it back to Nick once he finds it, is in direct contact with the Wesen Council, seems to genuinely care about his work as a Portland police captain, and is trying to get Nick for an ally and has, to a degree, succeeded. He's on none of those sides. He's also high up in another organization that's allied with but separate from the anti-Royal resistance, but we still don't know what their goals are.
Ambiguously Evil: Seemed like a clear-cut Big Bad at first, but his actual role is becoming more ambiguous as time goes on.
Anti-Hero: As of "Nameless", it is confirmed that he is working with the resistance to try to keep the royal families from reasserting their aristocratic control over society instead of democratic controls of modernity.
Unscrupulous Hero: That said, he's still very amoral about his actions, including calling in murders inside his police station.
Anti-Villain: Renard protects Nick, even though he is putting himself at risk to do so, but was looking to take the key entrusted to Nick by Aunt Marie.
He actually did obtain the key in "Face Off", but ended up giving it back to Nick.
Badass: The scene with the Grimm Reaper alone sums that up.
He's shown holding his own against Nick in "Face Off". Consider that the only others to have done that so far have been elite assassins, an Ogre, and Kelly Burkhardt. If Nick hadn't been overconfident and Renard had actually been fighting to win, it's not clear who would have won.
The Captain: When acting as a police officer, this applies. He wants to see bad guys taken down by legal means.
The Cast Show Off: Speaks fluent French in several episodes (Sasha Roiz is from Montreal and has Russian background and is trilingual, speaking English, French and Russian). Renard also is familiar with Latin and German.
The Dreaded: He's not as well known as Nick, but those who know him personally or by reputation are terrified of him. Royals and Grimm Reapers will surrender immediately, even if they think he might kill them anyway, rather than try to fight. So far we've only seen one case where Royals have tried to confront him directly and he effortlessly slaughtered them despite being ambushed and held at gun point.
Evil Counterpart: It hasn't been explicitly pointed out but his skills, methods and to a certain extent his personality are very similar to Nick's. Both are smart and pragmatic and never lose their cool. Both have an inherent ability that gives them status and that they use to intimidate and give themselves gravitas. Both are willing to use their status as cops to divert investigations when it suits them and both prefer to play the various Wesen sides off against each other in order to further their own goals. Just look at how Renard deals with his relatives compared to how Nick handles the two Grimm reapers.
Fan Nickname: Captain No Pants. To be fair, Sasha himself started it in response to David's (Nick) shirtless scenes during a friendly challenge on who could get the most twitter followers.
A Father to His Men: His actions so far show that he genuinely cares for the well being of his men, Nick particularly. This last fact has made him no friends among the creature organization he belongs to.
On the other hand, he has no problem having Adalind drug Hank to get closer to Nick. And in the same note, when she is Brought Down to Normal, he has no compulsion to provide her with protection any more since she's of no use to him. So it may be that he's more motivated by pragmatism than any actual sense of compassion.
Impoverished Patrician/Self-Made Man: Implies that his family has lost most of its wealth and prestige since the French Revolution. Seems to be doing pretty well for himself, indicating that he's rebuilt his fortune and power base from the ground up.
As of Season 2 it turns out his family's doing just fine, but he's had to build up his own powerbase on account of being born on the wrong side of the sheet.
The Man Behind the Man: To a whole lot of the crap that goes on in town, not least of all the local Hexenbiests and Grimm Reapers.
Non-Idle Rich: He is well off but doesn't seem to delve into the Royal finances. Justified because his rich family wants him dead.
Omniglot: Speaks and reads at the very least English, French, German and Latin.
Pet the Dog: He demonstrates great disdain for the human organ harvesting operation in "Organ Grinder" even though it's a creature thing. It would suggest that he has an important distinction between creature business (wolves and pigs, bees and Hexenbiests, creature versus humans of ill-repute) and creature business that gets innocents involved. For instance, he gets pretty upset when a Lowen running an underground Wesen blood sport starts picking up (ie kidnapping) Wesen that aren't on an approved list of criminals and convicts - so much so that when the Lowen doesn't back down (stop the fights), Renard brings down God's Wrath and has the Lowen killed.
He also calls in the Wesen Council (basically, the Wesen version of the Reapers) in order to take down two Wesen who were hellbent on exposing the Wesen to the general public.
The Starscream: He seems to be a member of one of the "Seven Royal Families", which would associate him with the Verrat, but when a higher-ranking family member comes to Portland to demand results, Renard simply shoots him, and he is extremely passive aggressive towards a Verrat agent who demands assistance.
Stiff Upper Lip: Boy howdy. His ability to maintain his human face under practically any circumstances is truly amazing. Whether in a fight or holding the coins, he has never ever slipped. The only time he does so is when he's about to chug a mysterious Zaubertrank which, rightfully, he's more than a little wary of.
He does also almost lose it as a result of the side effects of said Zaubertrank - namely, obsession with Juliette.
Renard has now completely lost it at least twice, though both were partially intentional.
Token Evil Teammate: Shaping up to be something like this to Nick. Prior to the series, he was this for every side in the overarching conflict as all seem to think and treat him as a necessary evil that's on their side. He's shown to have connections to pretty much every organization introduced in the series except for the Grimms themselves and that's only because Grimms are so rare and loosely organized at best.
Tranquil Fury: Rarely does his anger and and rage make him lash out. Only when under the influence of a potion did his inner fury come loose.
Two-Faced: In his woged form, half of his face is like a Zauberbiest (male Hexenbiest) due to his Mixed Ancestry. However, he's currently not a villain as a result, though he is a rather Unscrupulous Hero.
You Need to Get Laid: Suffers from a supernatural variety as a result of his Zaubertrank. He's able to alleviate the symptoms by boning Adalind... who's now pregnant (although it could also be his brother's). Crap.
Nick: Can you see who he texted? Wu: Of course I can; I'm Asian.
It's later revealed that his hobbies include video games and solving puzzles, though he admits he's relatively rusty at the latter.
Body Horror: He suffers from this HARD in “Island Of Dreams” thanks to eating an evil witch cookie not meant for him. Unlike other examples of this where the victim is cured, Hollywood Healing is not in play. Not only does he have to sleep off the trauma, but he also has a mess of open sores on his face from it. And for the next two episodes he is eating anything he gets his hands on, from his carpet, couch foam, to paperclips and chap-stick.
Came Back Wrong: He survives his poisoning because he ate a witch cookie not meant for him but develops supernatural Extreme Omnivore tendencies. He eats the foam padding out of his couch, then some paperclips, and then more inedible items, but he never remembers any of it despite being wide awake and even holding a conversation.
Deadpan Snarker: Almost bit him in the butt when he back-sassed Captain Renard, who's his boss. He beat a rather hasty retreat after that one.
Extreme Omnivore: As a side effect of eating the witch cookie not meant for him, he's developed a nasty case of pica. This eventually lands him in the hospital.
A fuchsbau who first appears in "Island of Dreams" after her brother Freddy is killed, and takes over his apothecary. She ends up helping save Sgt. Wu's life after he eats special cookies intended to make Hank fall in love with Adalind. Rosalee and Monroe are obviously developing a romantic relationship, albeit quietly.
Badass Damsel: When her brother's murderers return to get their score not only was she able to injure one of them but she was also able to lock them up in the apothecary before running away. Likewise, in "Cat and Mouse" when she's grabbed from behind, she elbows her attacker and throws him to the ground to buy time to run to safety. Heck when Nick's Mom jumps Monroe, she joins Nick in trying to keep the two from killing each other by physically interposing herself between them. Let's reiterate. In a fight between a blutbad and a Grimm, she's jumping in between the two.
Hide Your Pregnancy: Bree Turner was heavily pregnant during season two. So far, Rosalee has been mostly seen standing behind a desk or with the camera zoomed in on her from shoulders and up, with baggy clothes, well-chosen camera angles, and bags and other items to hide her stomach doing the rest.
The Medic: She's handy with the supplies in the apothecary and knows what to do when someone passes out from hexenbiest magic gone wrong. In a later episode, she ends up helping with more medical related Wesen emergencies.
Relationship Upgrade: With Monroe over the course of Season 2. As of "Face Off," they're definitely a couple.
Reaction Shot: She doesn't get as many lines but makes up for it with plenty of reaction shots, typically in response to Monroe or Nick doing their thing.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In "Cat and Mouse", the Verrat assassin gives her a speech about why he's necessary, and there's no such thing as revolution and the oppressed always become the oppressors. Then he says she didn't understand anything he was saying.
Special Snowflake Syndrome: Inconspicuous but still there. Her brother was concerned with shady business and worked with organ grinders and Hexenbiests while helping the resistance, and it is hinted that Fuchsbau are assigned ambiguous jobs. She is unambiguously heroic, though she is cold and not to be messed with.
The Strategist: Showed snippets of being this. She requested Monroe watch over her instead of a couple of police officers under the pretext that she would have more in common with him. The reality was that she knew the men who had attacked her earlier were Skalengecks. Not only would Monroe be more physically capable of taking them on but as an added measure of caution, due to his excellent sense of smell he would be able to detect them from at most, a mile away.
You Go Girl: Notably isn't the one who gets the storyline, because she doesn't need to. She is probably the most independant girl character in the series, even before Juliette, who has this storyline currently, but she is immediately recognized as such.
Never Mess with Granny: While dying of cancer, she manages to hold her own against a scythe-wielding monster using a knife and the cane she was using to walk. While bedridden in the hospital, she stares down someone strong enough to later rip someone's arm off by accident. She later fights off her human would-be-assassin before she dies
Parental Substitute: To Nick, who lost his parents when he was twelve. In his words, she is his family.
Secret Keeper: She knew that her sister was still alive for the past eighteen years.
Bud The Refrigerator Repairman
Played by: Danny Bruno
A hapless eisbiber who was fixing Nick's fridge when he found out that Nick was a Grimm. Subsequently, he's been a source of comic relief (for us, the viewers) and frustration in Nick's life. The latter because he's hilariously misinterpreting the situation and the former because he shows up at very awkward times trying to be very, very nice so that Nick doesn't kill him (or so he thinks). After several comic appearances, he has an episode proper that establishes more about both Bud and eisbiber. Subsequently, he shows up again in Season 2 multiple times with far bigger appearances than before almost getting killed in one of them.
Call Back: When he shows up in season two, he asks about the blanket and pies that his wife made for Nick and Juliette in season one. The blanket itself shows up as the blanket Nick is using.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: When his fellow eisbibers choose to not have one of their own testify against a man who's not only murdered another eisbiber but has been extorting the entire community for years, he admits that for the first time he was ashamed to be part of a race that is so cowardly in nature. Nick admits that Bud himself was very brave to continuously help Nick out with small favours even though for all he knew Nick planned on killing him.
Plucky Comic Relief: How plucky he is can be up for debate, but so far his only major impact on the show has been comic relief, and he is rather persistent in his bugging Nick.
Starred in a web series, "Meltdown," which involved Bud having to fend off a cracher-mortel zombie.
Played by: Randy Schulman
A fuschbau that first appears in "Organ Grinder". He runs an apothecary. Unlike many, there's the stuff up front for the humans and then there's the stuff in the back for the Wesen. He reappears in "Island of Dreams" only to get killed by two drug-addicted Skalengecks.
Back for the Dead: Was first introduced in "Organ Grinder". When we see him again in "Island of Dreams", his first and only scene (not counting flashbacks) is the one where he's killed.
Dark and Troubled Past: After his death, Rosalee and Munroe find an envelope of fake passports with his face on them.
And was apparently part of the resistance.
Wasn't just his past; he was also a well-known vendor of Wesen drugs and human organs up until he died.
He was also the liaison to the Wesen Council (sort of like the Reapers, only they put down any "unruly" Wesen who run the risk of exposing the others to the world).
La Résistance: He helps those Wesen trying to escape the Old World by providing means to fake documents.
A Steinadler who was once engaged to Marie Kessler. He shows up in "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" seeking the titular coins.
Ambiguously Evil: It’s hard to tell which side of the fence this guy is really on.
Unreliable Narrator: There’s very good reason to think that he’s on the level about the things he tells Nick. But then all that gets thrown in doubt when it comes out he wanted the coins for himself all along.
Though we can now at least be reasonably sure that he wasn't directly involved in the deaths of Nick's parents.
Played by: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Marie's sister and the source of Nick's Grimm genes, killed along with his father in a car crash when Nick was twelve. It later turns out that she was murdered by Wesen in an attempt to steal the Artifact of Doom she was entrusted with guarding. Turns out that she hadn't been killed, but she took the opportunity to fake her own death in order to hunt down the critters responsible for her husband's murder, leaving Aunt Marie to take care of Nick. She turns up again in the Season 1 finale tracking down Kimura.
Evil Matriarch: Nick's mom is not so much evil per se, but she's definitely one of the more militant Grimms, given the fact that she immediately attacks Monroe just for being a Blutbad.
Freudian Excuse: Her father impressed on her the brutal and horrifying nature of the Wesen she would face as a Grimm, starting when she came into her heritage at age ten; she was too terrified to sleep properly for months. Small wonder she grew up to hunt them as monsters.
The Hunter: Her father took her and her sister on "hunts" starting when she was eighteen. Presumably, she kept it up.
Van Helsing Hate Crimes: She doesn't seem to have been nearly as careful as Nick is at making sure the Wesen she kills are completely deserving. She tries to kill Monroe just because she sees he's a Blutbad, and it takes Nick pulling her off and physically blocking her from reaching him to keep her from finishing it.
Monroe's ex-girlfriend from his pre-Wieder days. She sees him again for the first time in years after her brother, Monroe's friend Hap, is almost killed when his house is blown up. Unlike Monroe, she makes no attempts to deny her more violent urges or to fit into human society.Killed Off for Real in "Over My Dead Body", when she sacrifices herself to save Monroe - and by extension Nick, and is shot by a Skalengeck, bleeding out in Monroe's arms.
The Lad-ette: Drinks? Check. Has casual sex? Check. Aggressive personality? Picks fights? Check and check.
New Old Flame: She and Monroe still have feelings for each other, despite the many issues that make it clear they're wrong for each other.
Sherlock Scan: She performs one when she pretends to be Nick's partner. The other cop present is greatly impressed by her ability to deduct exactly how a man was killed and she even finds evidence the other cops missed. She is cheating because she is the one who killed the man.
However, she's starting to slide more towards being a straight up villain. It's hard to excuse selling your unborn child to a still unspecified fate just so you can get your powers back. It likely hinges on whatever happens to her baby whether or not she will cross the Moral Event Horizon.
Break the Haughty: She "dies" as a Hexenbiest, losing her powers, and when she tearfully tells her mother how it happened, her mother slaps her across the face. Then Renard, for whom she did it all, also rejects her now that she is "just another pretty girl" and less useful than the Grimm who made her lose her powers.
Freudian Excuse: It's left ambiguous whether her specy is really Always Chaotic Evil (Monroe reformed, so why not an Hexenbiest ?) and if she chose to be so cold to get what she wants out of selfishness or if living with Abusive Parents shaped her into what she is.
Girl Friday: To Renard and a rare villainous example at that.
Hello, Attorney!: As is usual for a Hexenbiest, her human form is very attractive. Her true form, not so much.
Hot Witch: After all, Hexenbiests are the witches of the Wesen world.
Idiot Ball: Adalind knew just as well as any Hexenbiest that drinking a Grimm's blood would remove her powers. She's still directly responsible for it happening.
Meaningful Name: "Schade" means 'it's a pity'. Schaden is German for loss, harm, or misfortune; derives from Middle High German Schade. In a double play, her name is pronounced like "Shade" on the show. The pity part comes into another meaning when she's loses her power and is kicked to the curb by Renard.
Ms. Fanservice: spends quite a lot of time in the second half of the second season in sexy negligees or underwear
Never a Self-Made Woman: She may actually subvert this: her knowledge comes from a long maternal line of Hexenbiests, and Renard is shown to underestimate her, thus hinting that he didn't teach her everything.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played with. Claire Coffee is the kind of person who can play a teenager in a TV series with Dawson Casting, and her Season 1 characterization was, at first, "cute but dangerous shallow girl who does everything Renard says". We went a long way from here!
Pet the Dog: She seems to be genuinely grieving after her lover Eric Renard's death.
Put on a Bus: Gets the heck out of town after poisoning Juliette and is absent from the Season 2 premiere.
Becomes more like The Ghost in season 2 since she's directly responsible for the troubles affecting Juliet and Renard which she did as revenge towards Nick and Renard. It's suggested she's putting more cards into play as she's later then seen with Renard's half-brother making deals.
Save the Villain: Played with. Nick is bound by being a police officer to protect her when she's targeted for assassination by the Mellifer queen. As a Grimm, he would like to see her die for trying to kill Marie.
A daemonfeuer who appears in "Plumed Serpent". She loves her father such that she would rather have him die in combat versus homeless and in bed. To this end, she lures Nick into a fight with him before faking her own death. Though she has yet to show up again, the episode strongly suggests she will.
Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he is in a dungeon very politely interrogating a man who is being so horribly beaten his skin is hanging in ribbons. Eric then answers a phone call and when the tortured man cries out in pain in the background, Eric's response is exasperated at best, "I'm on the phone!"
Hoist by His Own Petard: It's not clear how much of a role he had in the various assassination attempts against Nick and Renard, but Renard is happy to show him how to do an intercontinental assassination right.
Out-Gambitted: He underestimated his half-brother's influence, and therefore died in a car bombing in his city of Vienna.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: An evil version. Although he occasionally visits the opera, he seems to spend most of his time quelling the Resistance and visiting other locations to consolidate his power.
Blessed with Suck: They are super strong, agile and can regenerate any torn limb. But if they're female they must feed on three human or Wesen males every five years, or they suffer massive rapid-aging.
Rapid Aging: What happens if a female Spinnetod fails to kill and eat three males every five years during the necessary period.
Magic Kiss: The musai's kiss instills the victim with an obsessive attraction that fuels artistic passion. Over time the obsession leads to madness and death.
Murder the Hypotenuse: It seems this is one way Musai move on from one victim to the other, by having a new one kill the previous one.
The Muse: An interpretation of it, with heightened artistic abilities once the attraction begins.
Our Fairies Are Different: An elf-like Wesen with blue skin, pointed ears and large eyes. The musai's M.O. seems identical to the legend of the leanansidhe, inspiring artists to great creative passion but driving them to madness and death in the process.