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     Nick Burkhardt 

Nick Burkhardt

Played by: David Giuntoli

  • And Then Nick Was A Zombie: At the end of the season 2 finale.
  • Anti-Hero: He's racked up a considerable body count, and he's not hesitant to use lethal force when the situation demands it.
    Nick (Looking fondly at his collection of weapons): Decapitari... I kind of like that.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Lampshaded by Eric just how many assassins Nick sends back in body bags.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Monroe in "Last Grimm Standing".
  • Badass: He's a Grimm so it pretty much comes with the territory.
  • Badass Boast: "Next time, send your best."
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: What he seems to try becoming to Teresa "Trubel" Rubel at the end of her introductory episode.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As a zombie during the season 3 premiere, he is an attempt at this. However, Baron Samedi underestimates the powers of a Grimm, so he skips out on the "brainwashed" and ups the crazy. He curb-stomps everyone he finds. This is solved a few episodes in.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the season 3 finale Adalind does some kind of crazy Hexenbiest thing to him to take away his Grimm abilities.
  • 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't like it, but he doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to win, seeing how it's typically a matter of life and death and his enemies certainly aren't going to hold back.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While not quite as snarky as Monroe, Nick has a rye remark ready for most occasions.
  • Discard and Draw: This seems to be an In-Universe Grimm ability. When exposed to a disabling Wesen ability Nick seems to develop new abilities to compensate, case in point being his Super Hearing.
  • The Dreaded: Whenever someone realizes Nick is a Grimm for the first time, they are terrified and often beg not to be killed.
    • The reaction can either be the above-described gibbering terror, or a berserk attack (see Monroe's dad).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Downplayed Trope, but it becomes more apparent in the third season after Nick gets zombified.
  • 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? Having beaten a Royal Family agent to death with a hammer after said agent attacked him with deadly intent, and thrown the body in the river. In fact, as the season progresses he's racking up an impressive body-count.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Spent most of season 2 this way due to Juliette's selective amnesiac state.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: His immediate reaction to learning of his inheritance is to ask how he can stop it.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He's a square-jawed justice-seeker.
  • 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. It's unclear whether his physiology has returned to its original level or remained elevated now that 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 lose his cool and is essentially never flustered or indecisive.
  • Nice Guy: Especially compared to some other Grimms. 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 resist the mind-controlling effect, 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.
  • Powers in the First Episode: The pilot is when Nick first becomes aware of The Masquerade, because he starts seeing people turn into monsters that no one else notices.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Nick's has dark black hair, and his skin seems to get paler each season.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Baron Samedi places Nick's comatose and heavily toxin-ed body into a coffin to transport him to Europe for Eric. Nick wakes up, punches his way out of the coffin, resists the Baron's second attempt to control him and proceeds to beat the crap out of everyone on the plane before crashing it and escaping.
  • 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 Northwest.
    • 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 helps 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 need be.
    • 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 around 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Nick has been steadily growing in strength, speed, stamina, durability and combat skill as the series has progressed.
  • True Sight: As a Grimm, he can see through the illusion hiding Wesens' true forms.
    • It is later revealed in the Season 3 episode Synchronicity that when Wesen woge, they suddenly see his eyes turn into solid black orbs, marking him as a Grimm. Neither Nick or the audience can perceive this.
  • 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".
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Called out on this by Sean Renard in "A Dish Best Served Cold", when he angsts over having killed a non-wesen human while Brainwashed and Crazy.
    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?
  • Wild Card: To the basic status quo of the current system of Royals, Resistance, Wesen Council, and the lower class Wesen. He is willing to live and let live many wesen provided they aren't harming people, will befriend ones who would be his enemies, like Monroe, and is not of the "Most wesen are evil so kill them all" mind set.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problems laying the smackdown on any woman he considers a threat.
  • 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.

     Hank Griffin 

Hank Griffin

Played by: Russell Hornsby

  • Badass Normal: Unlike Nick, Monroe, or any of the Wesen threats they face, Hank is just an ordinary cop with a mean right hook and excellent aim. This is enough for him.
  • Black Best Friend
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Hank falls victim to this thanks to evil mind control cookies from Adalind.
  • Break the Badass/Sanity Slippage: After the events in "Big Feet", Hank is (well, was) clearly starting to go off the deep end with paranoia.
  • 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.
  • Foil/Not So Different: Of the non-villain type with Wu. Hanks takes the Broken Masquerade relatively well. Wu does NOT. Lampshaded in-universe when he urges Nick, Rosalee and Monroe to tell Wu what he's up against before it's too late. They don't listen.
  • 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.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Nick, and one of them to Monroe and Rosalee.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: When he's serious, Hank is always sporting one of these.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Bad Moon Rising" he's fresh off a Broken Masquerade after weeks of nightmares and thinking he's going mad. And then a Coyotl in full Game Face rushes him. What does Hank do? Takes him out with one punch.
  • 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He does not like rats.

     Monroe 

Monroe

Played by: Silas Weir Mitchell

  • Adorkable: Watch him decorating for Christmas and geeking out over the historical value of the Trailer and tell me it's not true.
    • Heck, watching him giving flowers to Rosalee is this as well.
    • Gushing over his favorite cuckoo clock.
    Monroe: It's a baritone, not a tweety!
    • Also, while asking Rosalee to go on a picnic with him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Almost goes into this territory in "Cat and Mouse" when Rosalee is in danger. They're not even dating, god help everyone should we see this guy in full blown love.
    • Comes close again in "This Kiss" where he gets pissed at a hexenbiest 'haggling' Rosalee down by 50 bucks on some expensive item. She even notes that "It's very sweet."
    • We finally get to see what he'll do to defend Rosalee while in full blown love in "One Angry Fuchsbau". Mr. Zeigevolk, meet shelf.
  • The Atoner: He has done some very "Big Bad Wolf" things in his past, isn't proud of them now, and seeks to be a better man than he was.
    • Badass Beard: Has a very short one normally, but grows a proper one when he Woges.
    • Badass Bookworm: Fluent in at least two languages, plays the 'cello, and an expert at building and repairing clocks.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Nick in "Last Grimm Standing"
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Roddy.
  • The Big Guy: When he put his Game Face on.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Rosalee.
  • Bowties Are Cool: He wore one on a date with Rosalee.
  • Brainy Brunette: He did go to Brown University for graduate school. Likewise, Silas himself also graduated from Brown.
  • Captain Obvious: "What's my favorite color?" It's red. Duh.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Monroe has a very dry wit.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Plays the violin wonderfully.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Before his Neutral No Longer moment, he sometimes had to be bought to help Nick. For tracking a scent, he willingly accepted a '78 Bordeaux.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Monroe is often the one to hang the lampshade on the horror-movie tropes as they occur.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although he's The Atoner for his Dark and Troubled Past, Monroe has no problem with getting nasty when the situation calls for it. In one of his more notable moments, he helps Nick send the heads of two Reapers back to the man who sent them.
  • 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."
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Monroe is way more physically capable than Nick if he goes wolfy, which admittedly isn't his favorite thing, and knows way more about Wesen traditions and the supernatural than Nick does.
    • Subverted somewhat, Nick actually the stronger of the two, he 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.
  • Monsters Anonymous: In "Big Feet" we see that Monroe is part of a support group for wieder wesen.
  • Mr. Exposition: To Nick. "What am I, your personal Grimmopedia?"
    • Turns out to be justified as his many, many skills and vast knowledge base (See Cultured Badass) are useful to Nick.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Surprisingly enough, Monroe has a rather large female fanbase who especially love seeing him playing the cello.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's a blutbad and helps out Nick with his Grimm stuff right from the start.
  • 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.
    • Given that this is how his parents address him in "The Wild Hunt" it's probably his given name. No idea yet on what his family name might be.
  • The Nose Knows: He has a supernaturally strong sense of smell.
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't take kindly to bullies picking on smaller kids.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Rosalee over the course of Season 2. As of "Face Off," they're definitely a couple.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Series 2 implies that this happens to Blutbad who actively suppress their urge to Woge.
  • Retired Monster/Vegetarian Werewolf: Thanks to a "strict regimen of diet, drugs and pilates", he is less Big Bad Wolf and more ordinary suburban guy who just happens to mark his territory in his yard.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Apparently a Klaustreich stole his high school girlfriend only to knock her up and cut her face when she dumped him. The cops never found the guy, but "someone did."
    • Averted in "The Three Bad Wolves". Even though his friend Hap was killed and he felt responsible for leaving him alone, Monroe resists the very strong urge to seek revenge.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Monroe is breaking all kinds of taboos by helping Nick, but he is not going to let that stop him from doing what he thinks is right.
  • Submissive Badass: He tries to avoid physical conflict as best he can. That doesn't take away the fact that he is strong enough to tear your arm clean off.
  • Totally Radical: Despite his status as a cultured badass, he proves to be a borderline example of this at times. His favorite word seems to be dude.
  • Waist Coat Of Style: He wears waist coats frequently, but usually they make him look more rumpled hipster than high class.
  • White Sheep: Sporadic mentions of his family suggest that the majority of them still follow the more “Traditional” Blutbad ways.
  • Wolf Man: He's a Blutbad.

     Juliette Silverton 

Juliette Silverton

Played by: Bitsy Tulloch

  • Action Survivor: She got her moment of this in "Game Ogre", that has since developed into a full-on character trait.
  • 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 later recovers.
  • 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). She kicked the ass of a Klaustreich more or less by her self.
  • Bilingual Dialogue/The Cast Show Off: She can speak fluent Spanish in "La Llorona" since she had a Spanish grandmother. Like with Sasha and his mad French skills, Bitsie Tulloch has a real life background in Spanish, having lived abroad as a child and she has maternal relatives from Spain.
  • Cool Big Sis: How she behaves towards Trubel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ogre, meet boiling pot of water.
  • Continuity Lockout: Both In-Universe and out. Since she spent much of the first two seasons Locked Out of the Loop, she has no idea about a lot of the complex character relationships and secrets Nick is dealing with and often needs to have them re-explained. Meanwhile, her Amnesia storyline was hard for a lot of viewers to follow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her reaction to Nick and Renard showing up on her doorstep? "Now what?"
  • Re-Establishing Character Moment: After half a season of acting like a somewhat bland Satellite Love Interest, she pulls off an undisputed Crowning Moment Of Awesome in "Game Ogre", giving a new view of her character and redeeming her in the eyes of many viewers.
    • Another one in 2x12, when she demands to know what happens and refuses to listen to Nick, leading her own investigation and calling Nick out on his overprotectiveness, and his underestimating her.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's a vet. Lampshaded by Rosalee that she and Nick are rare people who don't judge Wesen and still remain friends with them. Most imporantly, they don't try to cut their heads off. However, Juliette has her limits. Ask the ogre... or Joe.
  • Guilt Complex: About not remembering Nick.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Nick is in love with her.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Science Hero, Combat Pragmatist, level-headed, and probably able to read those Spanish statements that Nick would love to read without efforts.
  • 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. This was referenced 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.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She spends a long stretch of time remembering everything except for Nick.
  • Meaningful Name: Nick's Love Interest, whom he has been told he must leave for her own safety, is named a variation on "Juliet". Subtle.
  • Nerves of Steel: When her home is attacked, Juliette does not cower or run. She faces it down with a dangerously calculating mind and all out pragmatism. She will use groin attacks or boiling water or frying pan or whatever else she can reach to smash into the attacker's hand. While she has a minor freakout when seeing Bud, Rosalee, and Monroe fully woge she bounces back in less than a minute and continues on strong.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Subverted, at least for her studies: she worked to pay them. However, Nick helped teaching her how to use a gun, and promptly commented that she didn't need much help.
    • Also subverted with the conclusion of the amnesia storyline. After the cure is administered, Juliette undertakes her own course of recovery and works to reclaim her memories herself.
  • Properly Paranoid: She turns down Nick's marriage proposal because she feels that he is hiding something important from her.
  • 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. 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With the shooting class storyline.
    • Also, how she decided to step out over the giant abyss in her living room with a grim "Oh, to hell with this!"
    • And as of Season 3, she is badass enough to, with a little creativity, take on a Klaustreich in close quarters. And win.
  • Understanding Girlfriend: She's incredibly patient with all the weirdness that's become a part of Nick's life since finding out he's a Grimm. He even says in The Inheritance that anyone else would've left him a long time ago.
  • 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 is the same 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 

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.
    • Seems to be at least as Badass as Nick.
    • 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.
    • Badass Longcoat: Is almost never seen without his trenchcoat.
  • Bastard Bastard/Heroic Bastard: In both senses of the phrase. His hexenbiest mother was his royal father's mistress. Then again, he seems to be significantly more decent than his legitimate half-brother.
    Renard: Well I am royal, and I can be a bastard.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: To Adalind, after a fashion.
  • 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.
  • Cleopatra Nose
  • Cultured Badass: Speaks several languages and enjoys fine arts.
  • Da Chief: He's a police captain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining traits.
  • Deuteragonist: With Nick.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Pretty much every side we've seen of the greater conflict seems to think Renard is on their side.
    • Except for his own family.
  • 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.
  • Ear Ache: Slices off a Grimm Reaper's ear.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His mother and daughter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Good Captain: Zigzagged.
  • Green Eyes: Of the untrustworthy kind.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is half-Zauberbiest. But there is a twist in that it still not certain if his Royal half is completely human.
  • Handsome Devil: Until he woges, at least.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Renard has connections, political influence, charisma, strength, and the will (and possible evilness) necessary to say I Did What I Had to Do.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: For the most part Renard runs on Pragmatic Villainy and Necessary Evil, but in Season One he betrays an exception in Adalind. When she loses her power, he kicks her to the curb.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Renard is a brilliant manipulator, he often manages to get others to do what ever he wants, and has fooled multiple organisations into believing they can trust him.
  • Meaningful Name: his last name is Renard, a form of Reynard. Ring any bells?
  • Mixed Ancestry: His father is a King and his mother is a Hexenbiest.
  • The Mole: He's in league with the group that tried to assassinate Aunt Marie. In fact, he's the leader in Portland.
    • In fact, he seems to be this to every organization he's associated with, except his own.
  • Mole in Charge: He's Nick's boss.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shirtless rage, anyone?
  • Nightmare Face: His Wesen side is certainly horrific.
  • Noble Demon: Far more noble than the rest of his family, but that doesn't make him a nice guy in the least.
  • 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, Latin and Russian.
  • 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.
    • He was very happy to learn he has a daughter, despite the situation (such as there's a possibility she is his niece instead). And he wants her and her mother to be safe.
    • In a turnaround from his treatment of Adalind in the first season, he spends the third season trying to keep her safe even after their daughter is taken away from them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He likes to take the simple path most of the time.
  • Pride: The episode with the coins indicates that this is a major flaw of his.
  • Quip to Black: At the end of "Best Served Cold".
    Renard: And this little piggy... went to jail.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Generally is one in all matters not involving the Grimms or "fantasy" beings. On the latter matters, it is far less clear.
  • Royal Blood: He is referenced to have some royal line through him when another Wesen calls him "Your Highness" and refers to the old days.
    • Has now mentioned that his family "lost a lot of heads" in the French revolution.
    • He is the illegitimate son of a King and a Hexenbiest mistress.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a cop and the leader of a group working against the Royal Families usurping power in Europe.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Is the "manly man" to Sebastien's "sensitive guy."
  • 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.
  • Warrior Prince: Renard is by all standards a great fighter, who can even take on Nick far better than most others can. He is also a fighter in the Resistance (when need be) and is technically the Prince of one of the Royal families.
  • 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).

     Drew Wu 

Sgt. Drew Wu

Played by: Reggie Lee

  • Asian and Nerdy: Lampshaded.
    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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Like Reggie Lee, Wu can speak fluent American English and Tagalog, the latter without an accent. This hints that he moved to America at a young age.
  • Broken Masquerade: Finally seems to have occurred in "Mommy Dearest" when he fights an Aswang and sees her un-woge after being killed. Unfortunately, he takes things even worse than Hank did, apparently checking himself into a mental facility as a result. It seems to be subverted for the time being though, as he believes that what he saw was all in his head.
    • This gets worse near the end of "Blonde Ambition" when he spots Trubel's book about her own encounters with various Wesen.
  • Butt Monkey: Things don't usually go well for Wu, from being cursed to eat anything and everything, to having a Heroic BSOD as a result of his first Wesen sighting.
  • 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/Horror Hunger: 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.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: At the end of "Mommy Dearest" Wu has finally seen a woged Wesen. Unfortunately its the mother-in-law of a childhood friend who's trying to kill and eat a baby. Wu saves the baby and Nick kills the Wesen, but Wu freaks out when he sees her change back. The next scene features Nick and Hank visiting him in a mental facility. he recovers in the next episode by facing his fears.
  • Last Name Basis: He's usually just referred to as Wu or Sergeant in the precinct. We don't hear his first name Drew until 3x14 "Mommy Dearest".
  • Reality Ensues: Inadvertent supernatural compulsion or no, eating inedible objects will land you in the hospital.
  • Status Quo Is God: Everything with him is back to normal after he decided that his sighting an Aswang was all in his head.
    • Subverted in "Blond Ambition" where Wu sees a page from one of the Grimm books in Nick's house that shows both a wesen and a grimm decapitating it. While he's in the house with a decapitated body.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In "Nameless," he makes a major leap of deduction and contributes significantly to solving the case. Though he also gets stuck hanging off a broken fire escape.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: "Mommy Dearest" reveals that he is one to a woman who wound up unknowingly marrying a Wesen.

     Rosalee Calvert 

Rosalee Calvert

Played by: Bree Turner

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 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.
  • Badass Bookworm: There's a reason you don't mess with The Smart Girl.
  • Badass Adorable: Able to handle herself and is a credible threat, while remaining cute and loveable.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rosalee is by any standard a very nice person, being very sweet and caring. Doesn't mean she can't join in with the darker parts of Nick's job.
  • Big Brother Worship: Freddy was the only member of Rosalee's family to maintain ties with her while she was on the streets and the one who helped her recover from her addiction. Despite her first impulse to simply sell his shop, Rosalee winds up running it in his memory. He was also the one to explain her first woge to her. Rosalee also takes up his role as Wesen Council liaison in Portland.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Monroe.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's an apothecary and a font of lore on wesen biology.
  • Broken Bird: Her melancholy demeanor seems to be reflective of this.
  • Brown Eyes: Of the mysterious, sensual variety.
  • Cute Monster Girl: When she goes Wesen she looks more like a plushie than a monster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She is rehabilitated from seven years of being addicted to the drug "J".
    • She was estranged from her mother and older sister when she missed her father's funeral. She was in jail for shoplifting and didn't find out until after her release.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Did not crack much of a smile until Monroe gave her some flowers.
  • Dynamic Entry: She saves Monroe this way with help of a brick.
  • Emotionless Girl: That reserved nature of hers can be misleading.
  • Former Teen Rebel: She wasn't interested in apothecary stuff, had a substance abuse problem, and was arrested several times for burglary. Hard to imagine when you meet her now.
  • Guile Hero: In "Cat and Mouse".
  • 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.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: You do not want to mess with The Smart Girl. She is also connected to Wesen resistance from Europe, which may come in handy.
  • 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.
  • Ms Exposition: Explaining the more esoteric aspects of wesen biology and abilities usually falls to her.
  • Nerves of Steel: She's faced down an angry hexenbiest, a Verrat assassin and a zombie horde with cool aplomb.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally, when her aunt in Seattle had a stroke, she had to leave to be with her. Likely because of Bree's pregnancy.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Monroe over the course of Season 2. As of "Face Off," they're definitely a couple. In "The Wild Hunt" she's engaged to Monroe, though not without drama.
  • 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.
    Rosalee: I'm sorry. I wasn't listening.
  • The Smart Girl: To Nick's Hero and Monroe's Lancer.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The NBC website spells her name Rosalie even though the press releases spell it Rosalee. in the episode "PTZD" we see it spelled on screen as Rosalee.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Rosalee is generally a very reserved person. Her Dark and Troubled Past left her somewhat closed off emotionally, although that's been gradually changing.
  • When She Smiles: As noted above, she's a very stoic person. But when she finally opens up, she really lights up.
  • You Go Girl: Notably isn't the one who gets the storyline, because she doesn't need to. She is probably the most independant female character in the series, even before Juliette, who has this storyline currently, but she is immediately recognized as such.

     Adalind Schade 

Adalind Schade

Played by: Claire Coffee

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to have a royal baby and exchange it for her powers. She now has her powers, and had her baby taken away.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Adalind might appear sweet and innocent, but it's just a mask for how spectacularly manipulative she really is. Plus, more often than not, she really is a bitch as far as attitude goes.
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Blood Magic: One of her species' powers.
  • 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.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After taking in Nick's blood, she loses her Wesen powers. However, as of the latter half of Season 3, she has gotten them back.
  • The Chessmaster: After coming back to get her revenge. It's gets subverted in that her schemes rarely work out the way she plans.
  • Dark Action Girl: Sort of, with her Hexinbiest powers of enhanced strength, she was able to kill a huge thug and even fight Nick for a short while (but was still completely beaten). However after loosing them, she was negated to have no combat skills.
  • Dark Chick: Until she is Brought Down to Normal and rejected by Renard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nick seems to bring it out of her when the Femme Fatale routine no longer works
  • Defiled Forever: After Adalind lost her Hexenbiest powers when Nick tainted her with his blood, Captain Renard views her like this. Although since the middle of Season Two, Renard has been asking her to come back to his side.
  • The Dragon: To Captain Renard, at least seemingly. She's really the Dark Chick, as mentioned above.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: Acts as this for Eric Renard when she returns to Portland.
  • Eyeless Face: When she's Woged.
  • Femme Fatale: Starts off as a pretty typical example in the first season, but gets less-so thanks to Character Development.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lace some cookies with your blood to give to Hank to make him obsessed about you? Once Nick got through with you, he makes you ingest his blood and your Hexenbiest half dies.
  • Living MacGuffin: Becomes one in the latter half of Season 2, due to being pregnant with a Royal's child.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Started off as Renard's henchman with a crush on him, but has become increasingly evil as the series has gone on. And though she no longer loves Renard, her love for her daughter Diana seems to have made her more willing than ever to do terrible things.
  • Love Martyr: To Renard.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Towards Hank, Nick, and eventually Renard.
  • 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.
  • Morning Sickness: She's pregnant sooo...yeah.
  • 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. She is also bonding with both Meisner and her baby daughter.
  • 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.
    • The Bus Came Back: With a vengeance.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Try as she might to be The Chessmaster, she usually ends up being one step behind those around her no matter what she does.
    Adalind: How did he know?
    Renard: Because he's smarter than you.
    • Let's go down the list for this trope: Adalind tries to get the key from Nick, and loses her powers. She poisons Juliette, but it ends up bringing Nick and Renard together as allies. She allies herself with Prince Eric, but he gets killed and his successor clearly thinks she may be involved. She gets herself pregnant by Eric or Sean Renard and sells the baby in exchange for her powers but her dealer betrays her to the Royals. And even her pregnancy goes awry in hideous ways, with Stefania exploiting the situation for all she's worth. She got her powers back but had to run from the Royals because of her child, and then she lost her child. In an effort to get her child back she makes a deal with Viktor to do his bidding, except he doesn't have her child, so we know that's not going to likely end well.
  • Stupid Evil: Does anything to get what she wants? Yes. Even things that have great potential to backfire horribly on her? Oh yes. She is ridiculously easy to trick and manipulate, by both heroes and villains alike.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The heroes show pity for her when Kelly spirits away Diana without her knowledge.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Captain Renard or his brother.
  • Witch Species: The Hexenbiest.
  • Woman Scorned: A good deal of her activities throughout the first half of season two involve her taking revenge on Renard for dumping her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Though Renard dumps her rather than killing her.
    • Although now she seems to be playing for both Renard AND his brother, and is pregnant with either Renard (or his brother)'s child. He even says "I underestimated you before, it won't happen again."

Grimms

     Aunt Marie (Kessler) 

Aunt Marie

Played by: Kate Burton

  • Covered with Scars: Her doctor reports this to Nick.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Aunt Marie was prepared with certain rare items and weapons for any supernatural threat.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Dies, killing an Assassin sent to murder her, with her bare hands.
  • Hidden Depths: If Farley Kolt is to be believed, she was willing to buck both their families and quit the Grimm life to marry him. Then she had to give that up to take care of Nick.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Aunt Marie's reason for being an old maid.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is truly dead by the third episode.
  • Maiden Aunt: She never married due to the responsibilities of raising Nick and being a Grimm.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Teaches Nick what it means to be a Grimm, and is dead within 3 episodes.
  • 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 and kills him with his own knife 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, and kept the secret for eighteen years.

     Kelly Burkhardt 

Kelly Burkhardt

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.
  • Action Mom: Kicks just as much ass as Nick, being that she's also a Grimm.
  • Badass: Clearly the most Badass of the main cast, with Nick, Meisner and Renard competing for a distant second place.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: She's killed so many Wesen that she can't even remember them all. Best exemplified in Synchronicity when Nick has to remind her that she killed Adalind's mother and she responds with a chipper "Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that."
  • Crusading Widow: She's spent the last couple of decades or so hunting down the Wesen who killed her husband and best friend.
  • Determined Widow: Shows signs of the advisor kind to Nick.
  • Dramatic Irony: Kelly has a soft spot for Adalind and her baby. However, she unwittingly killed Adalind's mother in an earlier episode.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Makes good use of a rolled up news paper in “The Kiss”.
  • Knight Templar: Much more extreme than her son.
  • Missing Mom: To Nick for complicated reasons.
  • Mama Bear: Her introductory scene in the series involves saving Nick from a bad guy.
  • Mommy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: She realized people were trying to kill her and she wanted to keep Nick safe, since he hadn't developed his powers yet.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Apparently her favorite way to enter a room.
  • Quirky Curls: Her standard hair style.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her involvement in "Synchronicity" is what sets off the Comedy Of Errors that brings all of the seasons plot threads together without any of the characters involved realizing what's going on:
    • Renard arranges for the Resistance to extract Adalind from Switzerland, not knowing that Kelly is the agent or even that she is working for the resistance.
    • Kelly rescues Meisner and Adalind from the Veraat, but since Adalind and Kelly have never met face-to-face neither recognizes the other.
    • When Kelly realizes that the resistance operation has been compromised, she arranges for the flight to divert to Portland, hoping that Nick will protect Adalind not realizing that Adalind is originally from Portland, that she and Nick have a history, and never having heard the name Sean Renard. For operational security she doesn't tell Adalind that they're going to Portland.
    • When they reach Portland, Adalind assumes that Kelly was working for Renard all along, only to be as surprised as anyone when Kelly brings her to Nick's house. Realizing what a colossal mix-up there has been, she goes to Renard for help, where a surprised Renard lets her in.
    • Meanwhile in Europe, based on sketchy evidence, Prince Victor correctly guesses for the wrong reason that Adalind and Kelly have flown to Portland, figuring that Adalind wanted to go home, not knowing of her connection to Nick, the involvement of Kelly, and having only a sketchy idea of Adalind's relationship with Renard.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Is usually very cold and aloof, but she clearly loves her son and later shows a soft spot for Adalind and her newborn daughter.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Is this for first season, but becomes more a case of It Was His Sled in later seasons.
  • Woman in Black: Wears black in all of her appearances so far and used to emphasize just how scary she can be to both Wesen and, occasionally, her own son.

     Theresa Rubel 

Theresa "Trubel" Rubel

Played by: Jacqueline Toboni

A young Grimm who drifts into Portland at the end of Season 3. Unaware of her nature as a Grimm, she thinks the monsters she keeps seeing means she's gone crazy. Nick takes her under his wing to help her cope.
  • Action Girl
  • Anti-Hero: She's brutal in a fight and not opposed to shaking people down for an interrogation.
  • Big Eater: Anytime we see her at the dinner table, expect her to have huge portions and then seconds afterwards. Understandable as a street urchin who often didn't have enough to eat.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Most likely done to exemplify her status as Tomboy and an Action Girl.
  • Broken Bird: She's actually a Grimm, and never knew what those strange creatures were.
  • Covered In Scars: She has claw and slash marks all over her back, probably from all her unexpected Wesen attacks.
  • The Drifter: She's drifted across the whole US over the course of her short life.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A lot like Nick and his Mother. In fact, it's beginning to look like the go-to physical trait of Grimms at this point.
  • Genre Savvy: One of the few characters who practices the appropriate amount of paranoia that the setting requires.
  • Guile Hero
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The only consistent part of her wardrobe has been a leather jacket.
  • Knife Nut: She has a switchblade on hand as backup in case she doesn't have her machete.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's effectively viewed as such by Nick, despite her being 21.
  • Machete Mayhem: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • No Social Skills: Years of being on the run and having random people turn into monsters and try to kill her have left her this way.
  • Sanity Slippage: Since she never had a Grimm mentor to explain things to her, she's been getting steadily more unhinged since she started seeing "monsters."
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She really does look nice when dressed to the nines.
    • Unkempt Beauty: But she's also acknowledged as attractive when covered in dirt and posing as a homeless person.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jacqueline Toboni could easily be David Giuntoli's little sister. Taken with other similarities in the character's personalities this may be an indication that Nick and Trubel are related a little more closely than "some time in the last six hundred years."
  • Sherlock Scan: A couple of times in "My Fair Wesen"
  • Shower Scene: Two of them in her introductory episode. However, since she spends the majority of them crying and trying to clean off blood, they're a definite case of Fan Disservice

     Rolek Porter 

Rolek Porter

An elderly Grimm on his deathbed who arrives in Portland not long after Trubel. He seeks Nick to give him his collection of Grimm-related things, as his own son hasn't inherited the family powers.

Portland Wesen

     Bud Wurstner 

Bud Wurstner

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.
  • The Ghost: Bud's wife. He frequently refers to her but we've never seen her on-screen, even when her presence would be fully expected. Bud often describes her as The Dreaded.
  • Incredibly Lame Visual Pun: he and his family are all big fans of Oregon State University's football team.
  • Lovable Coward/The So-Called Coward: Ironically he's one on the braver members of his species.
  • 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.
  • Recurring Extra: Has something of a Sixth Ranger vibe to him as well as he starts to get more involved in the gang's antics.
    • Starred in a web series, "Meltdown," which involved Bud having to fend off a cracher-mortel zombie.

     Freddy Calvert 

Freddy Calvert

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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Freddy was the only member of Rosalee's family to maintain ties with her while she was on the streets and was the one to help her recover from her addiction to J.
  • 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.
  • Underground Railroad: He is the last stop for runaway Wesen.

     Angelina Lasser 

Angelina Lasser

Played by: Jaime Ray Newman

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.

She died 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.
  • Back for the Dead: Came back in "Over My Dead Body" only to die protecting Monroe.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: Played out this scenario with three Bauerschwein brothers, only for the surviving brother to do it to her brothers.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Angelina fits the bill, being very tough, but very cute, and very easy to underestimate.
  • Destructive Romance: Her relationship with Monroe is treated this way. She makes him slip towards old habits, and his new lifestyle of self-control pisses her off as much as his influence tempers her.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Monroe's in her final episode.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Juliette, though she's not really "evil", per se, but more prone to fits of anger and certainly more abrasive and agressive.
  • Fiery Redhead: Again, not exactly evil, but she's definitely not an angel.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies saving Monroe, by taking the bullet for him.
  • 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Nick in "Over My Dead Body".

     Ariel Eberhart 

Ariel Eberhart

Played by: Danielle Panabaker

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.

     Catherine Schade 

Catherine Schade

Played by: Jessica Tuck

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially appearing bubbly and cheerful in her initial meeting with Adalind, Catherine quickly begins showing her inner bitchiness; on top of following suit in kicking her depowered daughter aside, she also has no problem using her Game Face to frighten Rosalee into cooperating with relatively minor requests.
  • Blondes are Evil: Like mother like daughter.
  • The Dragon: To Renard.
  • Evil Matriarch: To Adalind.
  • Evil Is Petty: Willing to woge out and threaten death if it means getting a discount of fifty dollrs.
  • Eyeless Face: When Woged.
  • Hot Witch: Like mother like daughter - Catherine has no problem in keeping herself looking pretty and fashionable.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Nick's mom.
  • Stage Mom: Her affections toward her daughter seem very dependent on Adalind's success; true to form, once Adalind is depowered, she's cast aside as a failure.
  • Witch Species: She's a Hexenbiest.

The Resistance

     The Laufer 

The Laufer

A Resistance Movement opposed to the Royal Families and the Verrat.
  • The Mole: They seem to have several planted in both the Royal organizations and even the Wesen Council.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Aside from not liking the Royals and their involvement with Renard, we don't really know anything about them or their goals.
  • The Resistance

     Sebastien 

Sebastien

Played by: Christian Lagadec

Renard's friend and mole within the Royal Family. Currently tracking down Adalind and heavily implied to be the one who killed Prince Eric Renard. He didn't actually do it - that was Meisner - but he facilitated it.
  • Badass Long Coat: Almost always seen wearing a cool trench coat.
  • Brown Eyes: Of the trustworthy sort. He's apparently utterly loyal to (Sean) Renard, but was tortured into giving Viktor the location of Meisner, Adalind and her baby. His look of utter self-disgust speaks volumes.
  • First Name Basis: For the longest time, he was known as "Renard's Confidant" or "Castle Spy". He only gained a first name after several appearances.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In "The Show Must Go On" still suffering from his beating, he takes a gun and waits to ambush Viktor and his men. He takes out all but Viktor, and would have killed him too, if he didn't run out of bullets.
  • The Mole: For Renard in Europe.
  • Omniglot: Seems to speak almost as many languages as Renard as it has shown he can speak English, French and German so far.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Is this with Captain Renard. No points for guessing which one's which.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Is it Sebastian or Sebastien?

     Martin Meisner 

Martin Meisner

Played by: Damien Puckler

An acquaintance of Renard who murdered Prince Eric Renard by planting a bomb in his car. He's more no-nonsense and physical than Sebastien.
  • Alliterative Name: Martin Meisner.
  • Badass Normal: Takes out several Verrat enforcers with his bare hands.
  • Delivery Guy: For Adalind.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: As befitting his role as the "tough guy".
  • The Big Guy: In the Renard-Meisner-Sebastien trio, he's definitely this.
    • Damian Puckler is actually a former Muay Thai champion.
  • It's Personal: Personally executed Konstantin Breslau after he found out he betrayed him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Nicely sculpted chest complete with tattoos.
  • Wild Card: Other characters have repeatedly spoken about how he's only interested in solidifying his own power base, and that he's a Loose Cannon.

Wesen Council

     The Council 

The Wesen Council

A Wesen organization separate from the Seven Houses and Grimms that govern and enforce Wesen law.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite not working with or even seeming to like Grimms and the Royals, the council worked with them to write a law dealing with Grausens, a type of dangerous human with Wesen-like traits, despite not being a Wesen.
  • Knight Templar: Their focus on maintaining secrecy has caused them to try and carry out murder on a number of occasions. Monroe especially seems to view them this way.
  • The Masquerade: They're the ones most focused on maintaining it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite everything, they can be reasoned with, especially once it turns out the threat isn't what it appears to be.

     Alexander 

Alexander

Played by: Spencer Conway

An employee of the Wesen Council, performing assassinations, enforcement, theft, and all sorts of other Dirty Business.
  • Badass: Is one of the few people to fight Nick and survive (not that Nick didn't completely beat him).
  • Dirty Business: Whenever the Council needs something illegal done, he's their man.
  • Evil Brit: although he's not strictly evil
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When woged, he gains glowing yellow-green eyes.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When he arrived and asked Nick for help dealing with a murderous wesen, the team felt something was off. They were right.
  • Panthera Awesome: He's a Pflichttreue, a wesen that turns into a kind of snow leopard when woged.
  • Punch Clock Villain: While a career criminal, he works in the service of a quasi-governmental body and usually only fulfills actions he deems regrettably necessary.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He has a job to do but is not without a free thinking mind. When Nick showed him evidence that the target for assassination was not as he thought and didn't need to be killed, he followed the old treaties and left.
  • Wild Card: He has very different goals from Nick and friends but cooperates with Nick when it suits him.

The Seven Royal Families

     The Families 

The Seven Royal Families

A group of seven powerful families who control the Wesen world from the shadows. For centuries, they've been competing to find the pieces of a map that leads to a powerful and mysterious treasure their former servants, the Grimms, hid away from them after discovering it during the Fourth Crusade.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being the apparent de-facto rulers of the Wesen world, none of the Royals have been seen to woge like normal Wesen species, aside from Renard, who is of Mixed Ancestry. Comments from various actors and writers imply that they are actually "Royal Grimms," which may explain this.
  • The Chessmaster: What many of them seem to be by default.
  • Hufflepuff House: While there are technically seven royal families, we've so far only met the House of Kronenberg, Renard's family, leaving the other six a case of Take Our Word for It.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Aside from Renard, none of the Royals we've seen have been in a fight.
    • Averted with Viktor, who is quite willing to get out there and kill good guys himself.
  • Princes Rule While there is a King who's the head of the family, the princes are the only ones who've gotten themselves in the plot or given orders to the Verrat.
  • Shadow Archetype: If they are in fact Royal Grimms, they'd be this by default to the more active and nominally heroic Grimms.

     The Verrat 

The Verrat

A Wesen organization that serve the Seven Royal Families as enforcers to maintain order in the Wessen world.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Has been secretly serving the bad guys for at least 100 years.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The first Veraat we meet is a solo agent and a legitimately Badass Sociopath. Since then we've never seen them except as groups of half a dozen or more who get easily slaughtered by Nick, Renard, or Meisner.
  • The Dragon: The leader of the Verrat seems to be the defacto Dragon to the royal family, but they've been so minor so far that they're more like a Mook Lieutenant.
  • Secret Police: Seem to serve as this to the Royal Families.

     Eric Renard 

Eric Renard, Crown Prince of House Kronenberg

Played by: James Frain

Captain Renard's older half-brother, who is the heir to their Royal House.
  • Royal Blood: He's a prince, the heir apparent until his untimely demise.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seemingly with Baron Samedi.

     Baron Samedi 

Baron Samedi

Played by: Reg E. Cathey

A Cracher-Mortel that first appeared in "The Waking Dead".

     Stefania Vaduva Popescu 

Stefania Vaduva Popescu

Played by: Shohreh Aghdashloo

Queen of a group of Gypsies who are aware of the existence of Wesen and the Royals. It is she who Adalind comes to in order to sell her unborn child. Her true intentions remain unclear.
  • The Chessmaster: Particularly in arranging Frau Pech's demise.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Probably the lowest, raspiest voice possible from a non-Wesen female.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite being devious, manipulative and thoroughly vicious, Stefania manages to make it all the more unsettling by being unfailingly polite and almost genial throughout the worst of her activities.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She doesn't seem especially tyrannical towards her fellow gypsies, but she's undoubtedly more than prepared to kill if it means getting her way.
  • Hypocrite: For someone who openly remarks about how untrustworthy and unpredictable Hexenbiests are, Stefania takes great delight in being deliberately obscure about her motives and plans even to her apparent allies.
  • Karma Houdini: Has completely gotten away with her cruel actions...so far.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Very much a schemer at heart, especially when it comes to getting Adalind and Frau Pech to dance to her tune.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Especially noticeable when she forces Adalind to sign her contract.

     Viktor Beckendorf 

Viktor Albert Wilheim George Beckendorf

Played by: Alexis Denisof

A second cousin to Eric and Sean Renard who comes to take over the family after Eric's death. He is much more proactive and direct in his actions against Sean than Eric was, and takes a particular interest in Adiland's baby.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: On the side of the Royals, and not a nice person.
  • Beard of Evil: As his actions get worse and worse, (torturing people, hunting down babies) he now sports a goatee.
  • Overly Long Name: Wu seems to think so.
    Renard: Does they visitor have a name?
    Wu: Uh... Quite a name. [takes out a piece of paper with the name on it] He's Royal Crown Prince Viktor Beckendorf von Kronenberg. I may have inadvertently dropped a "von" or a "dorf" or two.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has absolutely no trouble tricking Adalind into thinking he has her baby and doing his bidding.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is very focused on hunting down Adalind's baby and even joins the chase in the wilderness himself. And unlike Eric, he is willing to get his own hands dirty, like shooting Sebastien.
  • Unreliable Narrator: He tells Adalind that he and Eric were quite close, and then in another scene Sean Renard says that Eric never trusted Viktor.

     Reapers 

Reapers

An organization devoted to hunting down Grimms due to the actions of less discerning ones against peaceful Wesen.

Other Wesen

     Farley Kolt 

Farley Kolt

Played by: Titus Welliver

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.

     Akira Kimura 

Akira Kimura

Played by: Brian Tee

A Schakal hunting for the Coins of Zakynthos at the behest of the the Dragon's Tongue, a Japanese Wesen organization. He is responsible for the death of Nick's parents.
  • Badass: Actually managed to stand up to Nick, for a short while.
  • Facial Markings: He has a vaguely snowflake-like Norse tattoo on his temple that is supposed to signify invincibility. He's not actually invincible, but it does make him more recognizable.
  • The Worf Effect: Inflicts this on several characters only to fall prey to it himself. Upon arriving in Portland he murders several bystanders, then succeeds in taking Renard prisoner after ambushing him in his home. He then gives Nick the fight of his life, only to be speedily dispatched when Momma Grimm arrives on the scene.

     Diana 

Diana

A wesen who is coveted by Royals, Resistance, and Grimms alike. She demonstrated incredible powers even shortly after birth. This is but one reason she is coveted.
  • The Chosen One: Implied to be this at the end of Revelation. Monroe's father talks about how Wildesheer supposedly only appear as an important sign of things to come. We then cut immediately to Adalind giving birth to her.
    • Dark Messiah: But considering Monroe's father said it was a sign of something bad coming, the baby could be this as well.
  • Enfant Terrible: Seems to be an example of this, if her impressive powers at such an early age are anything to go by.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Due to Adalind sleeping with both Eric and Sean Renard, the baby's definitely a Royal, the only question is who her father is and how close her connection to the throne is.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes glow red when her powers activate.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing about her existence spoils much of the third season.

     Wesen Species 

Grimm

Not a species of wesen, but a subset of humans. They've existed as long as wesen have been around and aren't limited to one ethnic groupnote , but the ones seen on the show are Germanic in origin and take their name from, and are implied to be descendants of, The Brothers Grimm.
  • Adaptive Ability: It appears there powers work something like this, as after losing his sight Nick gained super hearing. And after being poisoned by Cracher-Mortel Venon, he gained incredible strength, durability and stamina.
  • Badass: A race of Badass's, they have been hunting and battling Wesen for thousands of years. All but the very strongest of Wesen fear them, and even they either admire or hate them.
  • Badass Family: Technically all Grimms are related somewhere along the lines.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Grimm's aren't exactly superhuman, but they can see Wesen's true forms, are stronger than humans, posses immunity to certain Wesen abilities and can strip Wesen of there Wesen side with there blood.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The reason why some wesen tactics don't work very well against them, including Cracher-Mortel poison, and some backfire.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Or at least that's how Wesen perceive them. It is revealed in the Season 3 episode Synchronicity that when Wesen woge, much like how only the Grimm can see their true forms, they suddenly see the Grimm's eyes turn into solid black orbs that makes them see their true forms reflected back at them.
  • The Dreaded: Among wesen in general, with only a few exceptions among the strongest and most dangerous races.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Something of a Downplayed Trope, but all the Grimms we've met so far have had pale skin and dark hair. However, they're definitely this to wesen.
  • The Hunter: Pretty much a race of hunters, they are renowned for hunting wesen.
  • More Deadly Than The Male: Women develop Grimm powers in their early teens where men don't gain them until their late 20s. This tends to result in female Grimms being more ruthless, since they grow accustomed to horror and violence from a younger age where males are already mature and have developed personalities when the change hits them. This also means that, other things being equal, a female Grimm will have a decade more experience than a male Grimm of the same age.
    • Although it appears male Grimms are physically stronger as Nick was able to restrain his mother and Trubel without to much trouble.
  • Not Quite Human: Similar to Kehrseite, but not exactly the same.
  • Off with His Head!: There favourite tactic for killing Wesen through out history, to the point they were once known as dēcapitāre, meaning one who decapitates in latin.
  • Super Strength: Tend to have higher than average strength, able to fight off wesen who could easily kill others.
  • True Sight: Capable of seeing partially woged wesen.

Blutbad


  • Animal Stereotypes: Of wolves. Powerful, frightening and explicitly loyal and protective of their own.
  • Badass: One of the most dangerous of all Wesen. Blutbad are feared by several other wesen, and only fear the strongest and most dangerous.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Their preferred method of attack, and since their victims are usually weaker than they are and unawares, it tends to work quite well.
  • The Nose Knows: A very keen sense of smell, as might be expected.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Transform between wolf-man and normal human, but in this case they're not human.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When they become angry, their eyes turn red.
  • Wolf Man: The basis for the Big Bad Wolf.

Eisbiber


  • Lovable Coward: As a whole, the species prefers to hide and not draw conflict onto them. In "Leave It To Beavers" Bud implied that he considered them Dirty Cowards for refusing to help Nick when one of them witnessed a Hässlich murdering one of their own, wanting to keep their heads down rather than risk upsetting the status quo.

Hexenbiest


  • Blood Magic: Especially emphasized in "power regeneration" rituals.
  • Eyeless Face: When Woged.
  • Faux Action Girl: In universe example, they do posses some superhuman abilities, such as enhanced strength and Adalind and Catherine both seem to think that they have a chance against a Grimm, but no Hexenbiest has yet been shown to actually win a fight or be anything remotely a match for a Grimm.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: We have only seen one Zauerbiest so far, but judging from Renard they seem to have much greater physical strength than their female counterparts (Renard can go toe to toe with Nick in unarmed combat) but lack the magical abilities (Renard is knowledgeable about Hexenbiest magic in an amateurish way, but never makes potions or the like himself.)
  • Hot Witch: In their human forms, yes. Not so much in their actual forms.
  • One-Gender Race: Played with. Hexenbiests are explicitly female, while male Hexenbiest are apparently called Zauberbiests, as Captain Renard is revealed to be part Zauberbiest thanks to his Hexenbiest mother. It is not known if the males share the same magic powers as the females.

Daemonfeuer


Mellifer


  • Bee Bee Gun: Mellifer queens can control huge hives of bees.
  • Bee People: Literally, both in biology and society.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: If you're an enemy of the hive, anyway.
  • Hive Mind: As noticed by the fact that they all seem to work in unison when assigned to a specific job.
  • Hive Queen: The master of both the Mellifer hive and the beehive.

Ziegevolk


  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The show outright says Casanova, Frank Sinatra, and JFK were one.
  • Kavorka Man: This is how they appear to the human society. Ziegevolk appear to be unattractive men who are able to land incredibly beautiful women due to their lust-inducing hormones.
  • Interspecies Romance: They are able to reproduce with human women.
  • Love Is in the Air: Have the ability to charm anyone with their touch.
  • One-Gender Race: It was thought that all Ziegevolk were male, up until webisodes "Love is in the Air". Rosalee expresses surprise when they find the female though, which seems to suggest that the females are exceptionally rare.

Seelengut


  • Animal Stereotypes: Of sheeps. They are timid and passive and have a herd mentality.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When pushed too far they can be dangerous, seen when a herd of them kill an asshole Blutbad that was scamming them.

Spinnetods


  • Animal Stereotypes: Of spiders. Sexy and seductive before they lure their male prey to devour their liquified organs.
  • Black Widow: Pun thoroughly intended. Even Spinnetod males aren't guaranteed safety.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: Females really like things that sparkle and will tend to take them as trophies after their kills.
  • Rapid Aging: What happens if a female Spinnetod fails to kill and eat three males every five years during the necessary period.

Reinigen


Siegbarstes


  • Feel No Pain: The episode one appears in, "Game Ogre", explicitly mentions "congenital analgesia", the disorder that causes this.
  • Made of Iron: They are ridiculously hard to kill, have incredibly dense bones and have a high tolerance to pain. Even Grimms have a hard time fighting them.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: Though there's no mention made of their hunger, they are known as "ogres".

Fuchsbau


Lebensauger


  • Internalized Categorism: Because of their frankly hideous appearances and poor reputations, lebensaugen frequently suffer from self-image problems and struggle to never woge.
  • Lamprey Mouth: When Woged they have one of these.

Wendigo


Jinnamuru Xunte


  • Breath Weapon: Wether feeding or fighting off an opponent, the Xunte's first means of attack is to breathe a cloud of parasites into their target's face.
  • Eye Scream: Blinds their victims by spewing parasitic worms into their eyes. Given time to grow, these worms then completely devour the eyeballs. Also a necessary part of curing the blindness, as someone has to scoop out the Jinnamuru Xunte's eye while it's still alive.
  • Flies Equals Evil: To its literal extreme. Flies are evil.
  • Fragile Speedster: Extremely fast, but not particularly strong at all.
  • Horror Hunger: Human tears are like opium for them.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Commonly used for licking up their victim's tears.

Fuchsteufelwild


  • Berserk Button: The notion of losing is so infuriating to them that it's enough to drive them to murder and even suicide.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: In live action, they only have three fingers per hand when woged.
  • Fragile Speedster: Very agile, but need to rely on stealth and can be seriously hurt by gunshots.
  • Hollywood Acid: Can secrete it from their muscles to enhance their cutting power of their bones.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Looks more or less the same, only with long sharp claws, the ability to excrete acid from them and incredible agility, speed and the ability to jump very high.
  • Pointy Ears: Another noticeable feature when woged.
  • Significant Anagram: All of their names are combinations of the letters in "Rumpelstiltskin".
  • Sinister Schnoz: When woged, they sport long, sharply-pointed noises.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In-universe, which gives their immoral behavior.

Musai


  • 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.
  • The Sociopath: Musai don't seem to believe what happens to those under their Magic Kiss is their fault.
  • True Love's Kiss: The only cure for a musai's Magic Kiss.

Cracher-Mortel


Lowen


Schakale


Naiads

  • Bioluminescence is Cool: When woged, the females have glowing eyes, gills, and fins.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Female naiads gain glowing gills, eyes, and fins, and retain the appearance of attractive females. Males, however, have dark red/yellow eyes and gain a row of shark-like teeth.
  • Human Mom, Non-human Dad: Inverted. The the males are infertile, so the females must mate with humans to reproduce.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names come from the Greek mythology for a type of water nymph.
  • Mermaid Problem: Averted; female naiads not only have sex with human men in their non-woged form but keep their legs in woged form as well.
  • Nature Spirit: They are based off a type of nymph.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: They are a mere-type of Wesen. They don't get tails, just webbed hands and feet, and gills. They cannot breathe underwater without being woged.

Pflichttreue


Gelumcaedus


Koschie


Malin Fatal


Yaguarate


Manticore


Aswang


  • Eats Babies: Eats the embryo of their first grandchild in order to extend their lifespan. If they don't, they are implied to die within a month or so of its birth.
  • Horror Hunger: Aswang mothers have to eat the first born child of their own first born or else they will die. No word on whether or not the reverse applies to male Aswang.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Their primary weapon and means of extracting the fetus from the mother's womb.

Anubis


  • Deity of Human Origin: It was believed that if someone was buried with an Anubis, they too would become a god, so they were hunted a lot in Ancient Egypt, including many non-wesen slaves while looking for Anubis.
  • Egyptian Mythology: Have a place in it, hence the name of their first episode, "Once We Were Gods". Apparently Ammit, Bastet, Khepri, and Tefnut are also wesen.
  • Like a God to Me: Were worshiped as the god(s?) of mummification in the time of Ancient Egypt. This didn't work out as well for them as could be expected, but they are protective of the dead and death-related artifacts.

Bauerschwein


  • Bad Ass Normal: The first Bauerschwein to appear qualifies as this easily. Bauerschwein have no particular abilities that would be useful in combat...but he does have a knowledge of explosives and firearms.
  • Cycle of Revenge: With the Blutbaden
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: There are plenty who wish Nick would just get out of their way and let them get about exterminating the Blutbaden once and for all.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: This is certainly how the Blutbaden see them. They were traditionally hunted for sport. However, both their two current appearances have been about them turning the tables on their oppressors.


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