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.
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.
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.
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 someotherGrimms. Even after knowing Nick for a while, Monroe still seems more surprised by Nick's relative even hand than the deeds of Nick's ancestors.
No Sell: His Grimm powers allow him to ignore or work around many of the more-dangerous Wesen abilities. Downplayed with Cracher-Mortel venom. Although he was able to 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.
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.
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".
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.
Broken Masquerade: Finally finds out the truth in "Bad Moon Rising" after several weeks of thinking he's going crazy. It very nearly doesn't go well, but he fortunately gets through it without blowing his goddaughter's head off in a panic when he sees her Game Face. He's much happier for knowing.
Cowboy Cop: In "Game Ogre". It also extends further into his history, as the ogre of the episode went after Hank because Hank 'lost' evidence in order to convict said ogre. Granted, the ogre was still a bad guy but...
Also, the evidence he lost had actually been placed by the ogre as a false trail.
Dating Catwoman: Had a drink with Adalind in one episode. As it turns out, this has been developed offscreen and Hank, being the gentleman he is, declines because he wouldn't want to take advantage of the situation (i.e. he saved her life). Then again, the encounter with Adalind wasn't a coincidence and so Renard and Adalind take steps towards forcing the issue, prompting Adalind to sneak him a mind-controlling love potion.
Heroic Willpower: He's got a little of this considering he handles and recovers from the Broken Masquerade pretty well once he finds out he's not crazy. It probably helped that his goddaughter was one of the ones helping him through it.
Love Makes You Dumb: In his defense, he was mind-controlled into falling in obsessive love with Adalind, but he got to the point where he was starting to screw up relatively simple investigations because he was thinking about her.
Weirdness Censor: He generally accepts that there must be a mundane explanation despite things like suspects' fingers growing back, but he's still noticing how there are more and more strange cases popping up in Portland.
As of "Big Feet," Hank's censor has been badly damaged after seeing Monroe with his Game Face on, and even more after watching a Wildermann go from game face to human as he dies.
In Season 2, he works on building up tolerance over drinks with Monroe, after the events of "Bad Moon Rising," and by "Nameless" the woge no longer phases him.
Berserk Button: Do not harm his friends. It takes a lot for him to not go for your throat.
NEVER try to attack Rosalee in front of him.
Beta Couple: With Rosalee. Inverted in that, whereas the beta couple is usually an already established couple to contrast with a new alpha couple, Rosalee and Monroe just met whereas Nick and Juliette have been together for years and he's ready to propose.
Beware the Nice Ones: His high-school girlfriend, Molly, left him for a Klaustreich, who got her pregnant and then slashed her face when she told her parents who the father was. Monroe admits that the police never caught the guy... but someone did.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: He really would rather stay out of the way, but when someone’s helpless and in trouble, he just can’t seem to help himself, especially when it comes to kids.
A notable onscreen instance occurs in "Season of the Hexenbiest". On his own volition, he visits Hank in the hospital to see how he's doing and takes some initiative in helping find Hank's attackers. Despite the fact that he only really knows Hank through Nick and doesn't really have any other connection.
Civilian Villain: Played with. Monroe is actually a fairy tale creature — a "Wesen" — of the same type as The Big Bad Wolf, but with a careful regimen of "diet, drugs, and pilates", he has gone from a ravening beast to a mostly-regular guy leading a mostly-normal life in the 'burbs.
Cultured Badass: Among other things, he speaks German and Spanish, fixes clocks, plays the cello, collects stamps, is knowledgeable about antique cameras, is a highly proficient chef who makes his own sausages, appreciates fine wine, and such. He's also capable of ripping your arm off and chasing down a wild animal on foot.
Friend to All Children: In "La Llorona", we find out that he's pretty popular with the neighborhood kids (well... the bullies among them aside). All of them seem to address him as Mr. Monroe with some familiarity and know his house, describing with (during Halloween) comments like "Oooh! This is Mr. Monroe's house! I love this place!" The latter part is given justification in that, much like with Christmas, he really really enjoys and plays up the holiday.
However he admits he does try to avoid children wearing red. He's still a Blutbad after all.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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 isthesame way. This makes Nick and Juliette potentially the most stable and non-dramatic relationship on television. Of course, until she gets amnesia, that is. But she has gotten better, so they're displaying the potential to return to this trope.
You Go Girl: With Rosalee, who wasn't always like that, she is the one girl character who always remains level-headed and tries to know what is actually happening, refuses to be lead astray, and wants to assess her position as a capable person. Adalind is manipulated by Renard, Angelina loses control over her life due to being carried away by her impulsivity and emotions, and Ariel does her best to save her father and follow his ideas while having a demeaning job, but Juliette is both always in control and intuitive, and she wants to know what. In addition, she has a lucrative job (probably like Rosalee), and seems to have plenty of Hidden Depths.
Captain Sean Renard
Captain Sean Renard
Played by: Sasha Roiz
Affably Evil: Despite the fact that Woosley has a gun to his head, Renard is quite cordial with him. This is one of several examples of him being a stern but fair figure.
Ambiguous Allegiance: Seriously, whose side is this guy on? We know he is a Royal bastard, who is working for the Royals to get Nick's key but then gives it back to Nick once he finds it, is in direct contact with the Wesen Council, seems to genuinely care about his work as a Portland police captain, and is trying to get Nick for an ally and has, to a degree, succeeded. He's on none of those sides. He's also high up in another organization that's allied with but separate from the anti-Royal resistance, but we still don't know what their goals are.
Ambiguously Evil: Seemed like a clear-cut Big Bad at first, but his actual role is becoming more ambiguous as time goes on.
Anti-Hero: As of "Nameless", it is confirmed that he is working with the resistance to try to keep the royal families from reasserting their aristocratic control over society instead of democratic controls of modernity.
Unscrupulous Hero: That said, he's still very amoral about his actions, including calling in murders inside his police station.
Anti-Villain: Renard protects Nick, even though he is putting himself at risk to do so, but was looking to take the key entrusted to Nick by Aunt Marie.
He actually did obtain the key in "Face Off", but ended up giving it back to Nick.
Badass: The scene with the Grimm Reaper alone sums that up.
He's shown holding his own against Nick in "Face Off". Consider that the only others to have done that so far have been elite assassins, an Ogre, and Kelly Burkhardt. If Nick hadn't been overconfident and Renard had actually been fighting to win, it's not clear who would have won.
The Captain: When acting as a police officer, this applies. He wants to see bad guys taken down by legal means.
The Cast Show Off: Speaks fluent French in several episodes (Sasha Roiz is from Montreal and has Russian background and is trilingual, speaking English, French and Russian). Renard also is familiar with Latin and German.
The Dreaded: He's not as well known as Nick, but those who know him personally or by reputation are terrified of him. Royals and Grimm Reapers will surrender immediately, even if they think he might kill them anyway, rather than try to fight. So far we've only seen one case where Royals have tried to confront him directly and he effortlessly slaughtered them despite being ambushed and held at gun point.
Evil Counterpart: It hasn't been explicitly pointed out but his skills, methods and to a certain extent his personality are very similar to Nick's. Both are smart and pragmatic and never lose their cool. Both have an inherent ability that gives them status and that they use to intimidate and give themselves gravitas. Both are willing to use their status as cops to divert investigations when it suits them and both prefer to play the various Wesen sides off against each other in order to further their own goals. Just look at how Renard deals with his relatives compared to how Nick handles the two Grimm reapers.
A Father to His Men: His actions so far show that he genuinely cares for the well being of his men, Nick particularly. This last fact has made him no friends among the creature organization he belongs to.
On the other hand, he has no problem having Adalind drug Hank to get closer to Nick. And in the same note, when she is Brought Down to Normal, he has no compulsion to provide her with protection any more since she's of no use to him. So it may be that he's more motivated by pragmatism than any actual sense of compassion.
Impoverished Patrician/Self-Made Man: Implies that his family has lost most of its wealth and prestige since the French Revolution. Seems to be doing pretty well for himself, indicating that he's rebuilt his fortune and power base from the ground up.
As of Season 2 it turns out his family's doing just fine, but he's had to build up his own powerbase on account of being born on the wrong side of the sheet.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Hide Your Pregnancy: Bree Turner was heavily pregnant during season two. So far, Rosalee has been mostly seen standing behind a desk or with the camera zoomed in on her from shoulders and up, with baggy clothes, well-chosen camera angles, and bags and other items to hide her stomach doing the rest.
The Medic: She's handy with the supplies in the apothecary and knows what to do when someone passes out from hexenbiest magic gone wrong. In a later episode, she ends up helping with more medical related Wesen emergencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She seems be continuously holding this throughout her baby storyline but only time will confirm it whether it will all be worthwhile or if she is simply Too Dumb to Live.
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.
Meaningful Name: "Schade" means 'it's a pity'. Schaden is German for loss, harm, or misfortune; derives from Middle High German Schade. In a double play, her name is pronounced like "Shade" on the show. The pity part comes into another meaning when she's loses her power and is kicked to the curb by Renard.
Ms. Fanservice: spends quite a lot of time in the second half of the second season in sexy negligees or underwear
Never a Self-Made Woman: She may actually subvert this: her knowledge comes from a long maternal line of Hexenbiests, and Renard is shown to underestimate her, thus hinting that he didn't teach her everything.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played with. Claire Coffee is the kind of person who can play a teenager in a TV series with Dawson Casting, and her Season 1 characterization was, at first, "cute but dangerous shallow girl who does everything Renard says". We went a long way from here!
Pet the Dog: She seems to be genuinely grieving after her lover Eric Renard's death. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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."
He appears to be suffering symptoms of angina, which cause pain and shortness of breath, therefore creating an urge to cough.
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.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: When his fellow eisbibers choose to not have one of their own testify against a man who's not only murdered another eisbiber but has been extorting the entire community for years, he admits that for the first time he was ashamed to be part of a race that is so cowardly in nature. Nick admits that Bud himself was very brave to continuously help Nick out with small favours even though for all he knew Nick planned on killing him.
Plucky Comic Relief: How plucky he is can be up for debate, but so far his only major impact on the show has been comic relief, and he is rather persistent in his bugging Nick.
Starred in a web series, "Meltdown," which involved Bud having to fend off a cracher-mortel zombie.
Played by: Randy Schulman
A fuschbau that first appears in "Organ Grinder". He runs an apothecary. Unlike many, there's the stuff up front for the humans and then there's the stuff in the back for the Wesen. He reappears in "Island of Dreams" only to get killed by two drug-addicted Skalengecks.
Back for the Dead: Was first introduced in "Organ Grinder". When we see him again in "Island of Dreams", his first and only scene (not counting flashbacks) is the one where he's killed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evil Redhead: She kidnaps Juliette so Nick will have to fight her father.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: The first Veraat we meet is a solo agent and a legitimately BadassSociopath. 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.
Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he is in a dungeon very politely interrogating a man who is being so horribly beaten his skin is hanging in ribbons. Eric then answers a phone call and when the tortured man cries out in pain in the background, Eric's response is exasperated at best, "I'm on the phone!"
Faux Affably Evil: Always polite, never raises his voice (unless he's on the phone) and will watch you writhe in agony with glee.
Hoist by His Own Petard: It's not clear how much of a role he had in the various assassination attempts against Nick and Renard, but Renard is happy to show him how to do an intercontinental assassination right.
Out-Gambitted: He underestimated his half-brother's influence, and therefore died in a car bombing in his city of Vienna.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
An organization devoted to hunting down Grimms due to the actions of less discerning ones against peaceful Wesen.
A Steinadler who was once engaged to Marie Kessler. He shows up in "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau" seeking the titular coins.
Ambiguously Evil: It’s hard to tell which side of the fence this guy is really on.
Unreliable Narrator: There’s very good reason to think that he’s on the level about the things he tells Nick. But then all that gets thrown in doubt when it comes out he wanted the coins for himself all along.
Though we can now at least be reasonably sure that he wasn't directly involved in the deaths of Nick's parents.
Played by: 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.
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.
Walking Spoiler: Knowing about her existence spoils much of the third season.
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 Nick's books mention Japanese hunters with similar abilities, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Blood Magic: Especially emphasized in "power regeneration" rituals.
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.
Breath Weapon: They apparently do this by vaporizing their fat, “vomiting” that vapor into the air, then somehow igniting it through static electricity.
Our Dragons Are Different: They're humanoid, and can turn into humans. Also the way they breathe fire has a pseudo-scientific explanation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.