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Grimms

     Aunt Marie (Kessler) 

Aunt Marie

Played by: Kate Burton

  • Badass
  • Bald Woman: Because she's dying of cancer.
  • Cool Old Lady: Still a badass hunter of evil well into her sixties.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: Willing to go to incredible lengths to achieve her goals, including pretending to be dead for decades to keep her enemies eyes off her son.
  • 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: When she first arrives in Portland she's already very handy with a machete and an accomplished killer of wesen, even though she doesn't know what they are or why they attack her.
  • Adorkable: She's very earnest towards Nick and Juliette
  • Anti-Hero: She's brutal in a fight and not opposed to shaking people down for an interrogation.
  • Bacon Addiction: Manages to steal and eat an entire plate of Bacon that Juliette had cooked for breakfast for the entire house.
  • 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.
  • But Now I Must Go: Voluntarily leaves Portland at the end of The Grimm Who Stole Christmas to help keep Joshua Porter safe.
  • Character Development: Goes from a mentally unstable drifter with trust issues to confident and knowledgeable warrior who'd do anything to protect her friends.
  • Chess Motifs: Has a black knight piece that she carries with her at all times. She feels a connection to it since it moves in unpredictable ways and is different from the other pieces, just like her.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After she, Monroe, and Rosalee go to the latter two's home to give a potioned Juliette looking like Adalind and Nick some privacy in order to complete a ritual to re-power Nick which involves consummation, the following exchange takes place:
    Monroe: ...Because I gotta stop thinking about Nick and Juliette and Adalind or Adalind with Juliette because the whole thing is like some bizarre, convoluted ménage à trois.
    Rosalee: Monroe, we have a guest!
    beat
    Trubel: Oh, I know what convoluted means.
    beat
    Rosalee and Monroe gulp beer.
  • Covered In Scars: She has claw and slash marks all over her back, probably from all her unexpected Wesen attacks.
  • Contralto of Danger: Despite being the youngest major female character, she's got the deepest voice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes several sarcastic comments about the weirdness of her life.
  • 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: Quite clever and good at thinking on her feet to manipulate people when the situation calls for it.
  • 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.
  • Mind Rape: Inverted. When the Gedatchnis Esser attacks her to take her memories, it only gets so far into her memories before realizing she was a Grimm. By taking her memories of the horrific wesen suddenly attacking her in her youth, it alleviated her of those troubling memories and made her a bit more mentally stable person.
  • 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.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Due to Nick and Juliette's growing status her Parental Substitutes she becomes incredibly uncomfortable when they're having sex and leaves the house for an entire day.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Goes from pragmatically saying that Nick and Juliette should stop focusing on the awkwardness of the magic ritual to restore Nick's Grimm powers via sex, but becomes incredibly awkward when it actually happens and has no clue what a ménage à trois is. If she was being serious.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves Portland with Joshua Porter to help him get his life back together and protect him from the Verrat at the end of The Grimm Who Stole Christmas.
  • 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." But it seems to have reversed itself. See Mind Rape.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She really does look nice when dressed to the nines.
  • Stephen Ulysses Perhero: Theresa Rubel, aka TRubel/Trouble.
  • 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
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: When a Gedatchnis Esser, a Mind Flayer-like Wesen, attempts to steal her memories, he ends up a screaming wreck on account of absorbing all of her traumatic experiences, and she sleeps well that night for the first time in years.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Her name is Trubel. She's also an adorable punk-rocky girl in her late teens/early twenties.
  • Unkempt Beauty: But she's also acknowledged as attractive when covered in dirt and posing as a homeless person.
  • When She Smiles: Her rare smiles are incredibly adorable.
  • Woman in Black: Very much like Nick's mom.

     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.

     Joshua Porter 

Joshua Porter

Not technically a Grimm, but since he's involved the Grim Treasure Key Myth Arc, he best fits here. The son of Rolek Porter. Because he didn't inherit the family's Grimm powers, he thinks his dying father is going crazy when he takes him on a cross country journey to fight monsters.

  • Action Survivor: Despite being a Muggle, when he's attacked, he's able to escape thanks to quick thinking and some carefully thrown objects.
  • The Dutiful Son: Despite not believing his father's stories about monsters and a treasure map, he helps his father across country to fulfill his dying wish. He is later seen returning his father's ashes home.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Once he discovers that his father's stories are real, he's glad he can't see Wessen, as he enjoys his mundane life. This comes back to bite him in the 4th season when the Verrat chase him out of his house and force him into hiding in an attempt to steal a key he no longer has.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: His dad's a badass Grimm and comes from a long line of Grimms stretching back to the Middle Ages. Josh is completely normal.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's completely unsuited for action.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He seems to constantly look sad or scared by the news he receives. It adds to his Woobie status.
  • Resigned to the Call: Seems to develop the attitude, knowing he's going to get attacked by Wessen, even if he can't see them, so he might as well learn about them.

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.
  • Adorkable: easily flustered and having a tendency to put his foot in his mouth when he inadvertently blurts out whatever he's thinking at the moment.
  • 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.
  • Grew a Spine: Throughout the series, Bud is building one, iota by iota. It appears full force in "The Tribunal," when he calls the Wesenrein the sick fanatics he knows they are.
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth
  • 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.
  • Biker Babe: First introduced riding on her bike, and normally dresses the part.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Angelina fits the bill, being very tough, but very cute, and very easy to underestimate.
  • Dark Action Girl: Angelina is a dangerous fighter, and incredibly strong. So much so she believed she could handle Nick (who was new and inexperienced at the time, by the time a rematch becomes possible its clear that ship has long sailed), she's likewise very morally shady
  • 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.

    Alicia 

Alicia

Played By: Alicia Lagano

Juliette's college roommate, she temporarily shelters with Nick and Juliette while fleeing her abusive husband, Joe. Once she arrives Nick realizes she's a fuchsbau, though she doesn't notice that he's a Grimm. Juliette tries to get her to open up about her wesen nature but Alicia is reluctant. She's frightened when she learns about Nick's Grimm status but makes peace with Juliette and herself when Nick and Juliette help get Joe out of her life for good. She moves into an apartment in Portland but we haven't seen or heard about her since.
  • Adult Fear: She runs away from an abusive husband only to have him pursue her and she doesn't know that she can trust her friends with the truth about who she or her husband are.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Juliette and Alicia beat the tar out of Joe when he pushes his way into the house, without assistance from Nick.
  • Domestic Abuse: Alicia's husband Joe is a klaustreich, a serial abuser and he stalks her from their home in Washington to Portland.
  • Oh, Crap: When Juliette tosses out that Nick is a Grimm, Alicia panics and makes a run for it. Nick is only just managing to talk her down when her abusive husband sucker punches him and crashes into the house.
  • You Are What You Hate: The secretive kind. Alicia has a serious hang-up about being wesen and refuses to even acknowledge it to Juliette. It probably doesn't help that Juliette starts stammering and crying when trying to bring it up. She finally seems okay once Juliette and Nick help her get rid of Joe.

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.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Although he gave his life to ensure Adalind and Diana made it to safety, not one word is spoken of his heroic sacrifice after the fact by Renard, Meisner, or Adalind.
  • 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.

     De Groot 

De Groot

Played by: Nurmi Husa

A member of the Wesen Council, who ordinarily gives Alexander his assignments.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Some of the Council’s decisions are really boneheaded, but he has to implement them anyway. He even brings up that they don't actually care about his opinion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In “Maréchaussée” he cuts loose with the snark about the Portland situation, not to mention his own lack of importance to the Wesen Council as anything other than being the one to implement their plans.
  • Dirty Business: Whenever the Council decides to do something illegal, he's the one to make the arrangements.
  • Only Sane Man: He is Genre Savvy enough to know that going after Nick is a very bad idea, but the Council won’t listen to him.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He’s responsible of enforcing the Council’s law, but takes no pleasure in ordering regrettably necessary things to be done.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When presented with a good alternative that avoids bloodshed he will take it.
  • Those Two Guys: With Alexander.

     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.
  • Those Two Guys: With De Groot.
  • 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.

     Baron Samedi 

Baron Samedi

Played by: Reg E. Cathey

A Cracher-Mortel that first appeared in "The Waking Dead".
  • Badass
    • Badass Baritone /Evil Sounds Deep: A very deep voice that only deepens when woged.
    • Badass Grandpa: Despite being in his fifties, Samedi is more than capable of leading Nick on a spirited chase across the cargo containers, engaging him in a sword fight, and even kicking the legs out from under him. A Cracher-Mortel venom-empowered Nick, along with the confines of a private jet in flight, prove way too much for Samedi, however.
  • Bald of Evil: Often concealed by his hat.
  • Beard of Evil: Specifically, a goatee.
  • Character Tics: Samedi has a habit of quietly singing to himself in French when bored.
  • The Dragon: For Eric Renard.
  • Evil Laugh: Quite a good one, probably best shown in the season 2 finale.
  • Killed Off for Real: His Cracher-Mortel venom works differently on Nick, which he discovers too late, onboard his escape plane.
  • Large Ham: Especially when rousing his zombie minions to battle.
  • Meaningful Name: Also the name of a Loa of Haitian Voodoo.
  • Nice Hat: A brown top hat worn at a jaunty angle.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Bonsoir, Mon Ami." (SPIT!)
  • Scary Black Man: Certainly dangerous enough to be scary, and boy does he play the part.
  • Sword Cane: His distinctive skull-tipped cane turns out to conceal a blade, as revealed in the second-season finale.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Baron thought his mind-control saliva and a locked steel coffin would keep Nick from escaping before he reached Europe. He was wrong.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seemingly with Eric Renard. Ironically, they both die as a result of the "Zombie Nick" plan crashing.

     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 Adalind'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.
  • Big Bad: Replaced Eric Renard in this role, and is proving to be much more competent as the prince.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Downplayed. He mentions how pretty Adalind is when he has her captive, and flirts with her rather shamelessly, but has yet to act on it.
  • Kick the Bitch: Tricks Adalind into de-powering Nick by letting her think he has her child (he doesn't) and when she comes to get her child, he throws her in the dungeon and cruelly rubs his deception in her face. That being said, no one could argue that Adalind didn't bring it on herself.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has absolutely no trouble tricking Adalind into thinking he has her baby and doing his bidding.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Viktor doesn't share Eric's foppish persona or taste for the dramatic. He also has no patience for Renard's bullshit.
  • Overly Long Name: Wu seems to think so.
    Renard: Does the 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 Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf von Kronenberg. I may have inadvertently dropped a "von" or a "dorf" or two.
  • 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 and threatening Sean, Sean's mother and Adalind with death if the baby is not returned to him. Then he manipulates Adalind into depowering Nick.
  • You Have Failed Me: Has the incumbent head of the Veraat eaten alive by his own minions after he screws up one too many times.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Reapers play an important role in the first season, but are only mentioned a couple of times in the second, as the Royals and the Council take center stage as antagonists. They disappear completely after that.
  • The Grim Reaper: Turned in a weird way to "the Reapers of the Grimms".
  • Off with His Head!: How they typically kill Grimms.
  • Sinister Scythe: Their Weapon of Choice, a foldable version.

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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Joins the other three perpetrators in the death of Nick's father IN death when he threatens to expose Renard to Nick.
  • 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.

     Elizabeth Lascelles 

Elizabeth

Captain Renard's mother. Referenced several times in the first three seasons, she finally appears in Season 4.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: The Captain was born in 1970, which should put her somewhere in her early 60s at the youngest. Instead, some think she looks younger than her son.
  • Blood Magic: Uses an impressive spell to transfer her blood to her son seconds after his death to bring him back to life.
  • British Accents: Despite previous episodes pointing to her being French.
  • The Chessmaster: Although we haven't seen her run her own game (yet), she effortlessly deduces most of the relevant plot points involving Adalind's actions and Diana's situation. Basically, she's the polar opposite of Adalind in this regard, highly observant and thinking things through before acting.
  • Defector from Decadence: At some point in her past, she was involved with the royal family and the lover of the King, but fled from them after the birth of Sean (and the King's wife tried to kill her and Sean). Now, Elizabeth just wants them to leave her and her son alone.
  • Glamour Failure: Deliberately, once Rosalee realizes she's impersonating Adalind she drops the act and it briefly sounds like Adalind has an English accent.
  • Good Counterpart: To Adalind and Catherine Schade. While Monroe is uneasy around her, so far she's been nothing but helpful to the heroes and cares about her son.
  • Hair of Gold: In further contrast to Adalind and Catherine.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Always seems to wear a stylish leather jacket.
  • Hot Witch: As acknowledged inverse, she's really good for her age.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Kelly Burkhardt. Both are mothers who are mentor figures to their sons and like to wear black but the similarities mostly end there. Both were driven into exile when their sons were young children but Kelly abandoned her son so that he could have a normal life where Elizabeth took hers with her. Elizabeth is blonde and young-looking where Kelly is brunette and old-looking. Elizabeth appears to be the best magic-user in the series where Kelly is the best fighter, etc.
  • Showing Off the New Body: Briefly, after using a potion to transform into Adalind, she uses one of Monroe's shirts as a makeshift blouse. She mockingly jokes that she inexplicably felt a little slutty after turning into her, before sheepishly noting that that was probably a bit of a rough thing to say about the mother of her grandchild.
  • Time Master: Briefly time-freezes the medical staff (or possibly just petrifies them for a few seconds) in order to get close enough to save Sean with Blood Magic.
  • Vain Sorceress: If her son's comments about "having some work done" were serious.
  • Woman in Black: It contributes to her mysterious, witchy aura.