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     Nick Burkhardt 

Nick Burkhardt

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Played by: David Giuntoli

  • Action Dad: Following his son being born.
  • Action Hero: He's a Grimm so it pretty much comes with the territory. As of the end of Season 5, he's personally responsible for the deaths of 56 people.
  • Adaptive Ability: He's been disabled multiple times and each experience left him with new abilities.
    • His temporary blindness resulted in him developing a heightened sense of hearing as well as the ability to accurately sense people and objects around him.
    • His experience as a zombie made him stronger and more resilient than the average Grimmnote  and gave his metabolism the involuntary ability to slow down and speed up as his body requires, meaning that physical exertion doesn't tire him like it used to. The last ability occasionally slows down his metabolism to the point where others think he's dead, however.
  • An Ax To Grind: His preferred weapon in the promotional materials. He finally starts wielding it in the season five finale, using it to kill multiple Black Claw soldiers.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: At the end of the season 2 finale Nick is "zombified" by Baron Samedi.
  • Anti-Hero: He's racked up a considerable body count, and he's not hesitant to use lethal force when the situation demands it.
    Nick (Looking fondly at his collection of weapons): Decapitari... I kind of like that.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Lampshaded by Eric just how many assassins Nick sends back in body bags.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Monroe in "Last Grimm Standing".
  • Badass Normal: Nick is a trained police officer and he's very good at his job, all this was before he gained his Grimm powers.
  • Badass Boast: "Next time, send your best."
  • Being Good Sucks: In the beginning of the show, Nick was a well-adjusted, law abiding police officer (who had never killed anyone) and ready to propose to his loving girlfriend. At the end of Season 4, Nick has been through so much trauma and tragedy, that he's struggling to hold on for the sake of his son.
  • 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, he succeeds.
  • The Big Guy: In addition to being The Hero. Somewhat surprising because, of the male characters, only Wu is smaller than he is. But his Grimm abilities means he's naturally stronger than most Wesen (only a Siegbarste's been able to beat him in a straight fight) and his experience with Cracher-Mortel venom amplified his physical abilities even more.
  • 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 Badass: Even after loosing his powers, Nick is still a trained and experienced police officer, and still just as willing to take on dangerous Wesen, he's just no longer so good at facing them.
  • 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. This gave him and Juliette much debate in the early episodes of season 4 if he still wants to protect Portland as a Grimm or not. In the end he does.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: With each passing season Nick gets more confident and used to his life as a Grimm and more willing to embrace his heritage. This also has the side effect of making him more ruthless: he goes from having trouble killing in self-defence during the first season to almost choking an evil Wesen to death while interrogating him in the fourth. By the fifth season Nick has fully embraced his Grimm nature, and lost any reluctance to killing dangerous and criminal Wesen when he knows the law can’t punish them.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Played with, Nick's most common weapon in the series, is his standard Glock side arm. However when it comes to his Grimm weapons, the two he uses most commonly is his crossbow and his kanabow.
  • 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 wry remark ready for most occasions.
  • Discard and Draw: This seems to be an In-Universe Grimm ability. When exposed to a disabling Wesen ability Nick seems to develop new abilities to compensate, case in point being his super hearing.
  • The Dreaded: Whenever someone realizes Nick is a Grimm for the first time, they are terrified and often beg not to be killed.
    • The reaction can either be the above-described gibbering terror, or a berserk attack (see Monroe's dad).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Downplayed Trope, but it becomes more apparent in the third season after Nick gets zombified.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Being a Grimm not only features the ability to see Wesen in their true form but something in his blood can turn at least a Hexenbiest human. Grimms also have superhuman strength, durability, agility, reflexes, and speed. As seen in season 2 with Nick's mother and Nick himself. Also shown when Nick's Aunt was able to take down her would be killer despite being heavily medicated and dying. As of "Mr. Sandman", he's developed Super Senses, and his stint as a zombie gave him incredible stamina as well as the ability to slow his metabolic rate, albeit involuntarily, to the point where people think he's dead.
  • Fair Cop: See Tall, Dark and Handsome. Both in-verse and out, Nick's considered very attractive.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Somewhere around the episode "Organ Grinders" he starts to get into this territory, doing things like using his reputation as a Grimm to terrify several Wesen into giving him the information he needs. However, he never oversteps what a good police officer could do without being reprimanded, which is probably his real standard for behavior.
    • Somewhere around the beginning of Season 2, Nick becomes willing to blatantly break the law when it comes to doing what's right. Case in point: disposing of the gun he used to kill the Mauvais Dentes.
    • Other case in point? Having beaten a Royal Family agent to death with a hammer after said agent attacked him with deadly intent, and thrown the body in the river. In fact, as the season progresses he's racking up an impressive body-count.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
  • 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.
    • He's gotten closer though in Season 3, willing to use knives and his Vambrace to kill.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: Nick investigates homicides for a living, so on occasion he gets called in to examine the scene of his battles with Wesen.
  • He’s Back: After losing his ability to be a Grimm for about 6 episodes, he comes back in force in "Highway of Tears" in Season 4.
  • Hot-Blooded: To an extent; In "Last Grimm Standing", after knocking out Dimitri, he shouts "Bring it on!" to the Lowen as they and the audience surround the cage to attack.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: While recovering his Grimm Powers after a temporary de-power, his acquired Grimm Abilities- super hearing and Super Strength / Metabolic Suspension come back uncontrollably, disabling him for brief periods.
  • Icy Gray Eyes: His gray eyes fit with Nick being strong willed and something of a stoic.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: His immediate reaction to learning of his inheritance is to ask how he can stop it. By Season Four he’s grown out of this.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He's a square-jawed justice-seeker.
  • Last of His Kind: Subverted. He's just the last of his family but there are other Grimms.
    • Subverted even further, as we learn that his mom is still alive. Then double-subverted at the end of Season 4 when she is murdered by Prince Kenneth.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Nick relies a lot on his enhanced agility, speed and reflexes in a fight, and can pull of some pretty impressive acrobatic tricks he's likewise faster than most Wesen. But make no mistake he's also incredibly strong, more so than the majority of wesen, and can easily switch to pure brute force when necessary.
  • 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 after 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. He finally does snap in “Cry Havoc”, after his mother is murdered; however, even then he only needs around five minutes before he’s back in control and plotting his vengeance.
  • Nice Guy: Especially compared to some other Grimms. Even after knowing Nick for a while, Monroe still seems more surprised by Nick's relative even hand than the deeds of Nick's ancestors.
  • No-Sell: His Grimm powers allow him to ignore or work around many of the more-dangerous Wesen abilities. Downplayed with Cracher-Mortel venom. Although he was able to resist the mind-controlling effect, the venom still left him in an extremely dangerous and feral state.
  • One-Man Army: Wesen often try and gang up on him, sometimes armed to the teeth. He'll just mow through them, leaving a pile of dismembered bodies in his wake.
  • Papa Wolf: Has vowed to protect his and Adalind's newborn son Kelly. The same applies to Adalind's daughter, Diana.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: In the epilogue, an adult Diana talks about "Mom and Dad" with her half-brother, Kelly, which indicates that she views Nick as her father, too.
  • Perma-Stubble: Starting season three, Nick develops this. As both a sign of his maturity in his role as a Grimm, and a sign of the stresses and toils catching up with him.
  • Powers in the First Episode: The pilot is when Nick first becomes aware of The Masquerade, because he starts seeing people turn into monsters that no one else notices.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Played with, Nick no doubt is not proud of the atrocities his ancestors committed, and tries to downplay his more aggressive heritage, preferring to focus on arresting over killing. However underneath it all, Nick clearly is near best when in battle and quickly adjusts his role as warrior (see Anti-Hero, Hot-Blooded). He also admires and respects the more noble aspects of his heritage and when temporarly stripped of his Grimm powers, after trying normality for a few weeks, finally confessing he truly misses being a Grimm and wants to go back. Plus there is constant reaction every time he takes a look at all his weapons.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Going with the fairy tale theme, Nick has dark black hair and his skin seems to get slightly paler with each season. For the beauty part, see Fair Cop and Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The season 4 finale features Nick killing Kenneth and storming the Royals' Portland estate following the murder of his mother.
    • And again in the season 5 finale after Black Claw takes Adalind and his son hostage. He attacks Renard inside his office and kills dozens of Black Claw agents.
  • The Scapegoat: Renard pins both the death of Bonaparte and the complete destruction of North Headquarters, which had been taken over by Black Claw, on him.
  • 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 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.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: While not the tallest (especially compared to his allies) Nick is never the less held in-verse as quite handsome, and certainly dark.
  • 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.
    • Seems to dip into this even more in the fourth season which sees him get much more physical during police interrogations with Wessen criminals.
  • 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 smarter 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.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Cry Havoc", after his mother is killed. He maintains a chillingly calm demeanour while embarking on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against those responsible.
  • True Sight: As a Grimm, he can see through the illusion hiding Wesens' true forms.
    • It is later revealed in the Season 3 episode Synchronicity that when Wesen woge, they suddenly see his eyes turn into solid black orbs, marking him as a Grimm. Neither Nick or the audience can perceive this.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Nick is subject to this a lot, like when a group of coyotls thinks he and Hank are just two cops with no idea what they are getting themselves into in addition to being out numbered, or in the rare instance where he gets to pull this on someone who knew he was a Grimm when the Reaper dispatcher sends two Reapers to catch him by surprise, only to get a rather disturbing package in the mail.
    • Also does this himself with Renard in "Face Off". You can tell from his expression that he had started to take for granted that he could defeat almost anything he faced in a fair fight. When Renard breaks out the ninja moves it really drives home what he's saying about how Nick doesn't know what he's dealing with. Though Nick did recover quickly, so its still unclear who would have won if they hadn't stopped the fight.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Subverted. He tries to be this after discovering that Juliette is a Hexenbiest, but she doesn't buy it after he doesn't kiss her while woged.
  • 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.
  • Weak to Magic: Nick Burkhardt, the Grimm, is an enhanced human, easily shaking off things that would injure if not kill most humans, usually requiring no more than a quick nap. However, he is shown to be susceptible to magic. For example, in the season 2 finale and season 3 premiere cliffhanger, he is kidnapped by Baron Samedi whose wesen power allows him to turn people into mindless zombies. However, Nick's Grimm status combined with the zombification simply increases his natural Grimm combat skills and situational awareness while stripping away his human ability to discriminate between the innocent and the guilty.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It seems highly coincidental that the one guy who can see Wesen gets so many Wesen-related cases. Partly it can be explained by the fact that only Nick can notice the Wesen element in more mundane cases, but even regular humans note that Nick and Hank get most of the "weird cases".
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Called out on this by Sean Renard in "A Dish Best Served Cold", when he angsts over having killed a non-Wesen human while Brainwashed and Crazy.
    Renard: What's really bothering you? The fact that you killed somebody, or the fact that you killed somebody who wasn't Wesen? Because God knows you've killed plenty of them. That's what you Grimms do isn't it?
  • Wild Card: To the basic status quo of the current system of Royals, Resistance, Wesen Council, and the lower class Wesen. He is willing to live and let live many wesen provided they aren't harming people, will befriend ones who would be his enemies, like Monroe, and is not of the "Most wesen are evil so kill them all" mind set.
    • His adventures have given him adaptive abilities that no other Grimm has been documented as exhibiting, meaning that Wesen who take him on even knowing he's a Grimm are in for a rude surprise when they discover that he's a much tougher opponent than they expected.
  • 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.
    • After his mother really is murdered, he turns this on Kenneth and kills him within barely an hour of her death.
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     Hank Griffin 

Hank Griffin

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Played by: Russell Hornsby

  • Anti-Hero: Has some elements of this, such as the parts listed under Cowboy Cop.
  • Badass Beard: A short brown one.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike Nick, Monroe, or any of the Wesen threats they face, Hank is just an ordinary cop with a mean right hook and excellent aim. This is enough for him.
  • Black Best Friend
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Hank falls victim to this thanks to evil mind control cookies from Adalind.
  • Break the Badass/Sanity Slippage: After the events in "Big Feet", Hank is (well, was) clearly starting to go off the deep end with paranoia.
  • Broken Masquerade: Finally finds out the truth in "Bad Moon Rising" after several weeks of thinking he's going crazy. It very nearly doesn't go well, but he fortunately gets through it without blowing his goddaughter's head off in a panic when he sees her Game Face. He's much happier for knowing.
  • Cartwright Curse: Hank's had no trouble marrying four times, and for good reason.
  • 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 off-screen 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.
  • Distressed Dude: When he is kidnapped by Black Claw so Conrad can extract information from him. He would have very likely been killed at the end of the ordeal if Nick, Trubel and Eve hadn't come to his rescue.
  • Foil/Not So Different: Of the non-villain type with Wu. Hanks takes the Broken Masquerade relatively well. Wu does NOT. Lampshaded in-universe when he urges Nick, Rosalee and Monroe to tell Wu what he's up against before it's too late. They don't listen.
  • Heroic Willpower: He's got a little of this considering he handles and recovers from the Broken Masquerade pretty well once he finds out he's not crazy. It probably helped that his goddaughter was one of the ones helping him through it.
  • The Lancer: His partner Hank is this to Nick when involving crime scenes, criminals and police matters. As learns more about what’s out there and what Nick is, he also shares this role with Monroe about Wesen matters as well.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In his defense, he was mind-controlled into falling in obsessive love with Adalind, but he got to the point where he was starting to screw up relatively simple investigations because he was thinking about her.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Nick, and one of them to Monroe and Rosalee.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: When he's serious, Hank is always sporting one of these.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Bad Moon Rising" he's fresh off a Broken Masquerade after weeks of nightmares and thinking he's going mad. And then a Coyotl in full Game Face rushes him. What does Hank do? Takes him out with one punch.
  • Weirdness Censor: He generally accepts that there must be a mundane explanation despite things like suspects' fingers growing back, but he's still noticing how there are more and more strange cases popping up in Portland.
    • As of "Big Feet," Hank's censor has been badly damaged after seeing Monroe with his Game Face on (although he didn't recognize him), and even more after watching a Wildermann go from game face to human as he dies.
    • In Season 2, he works on building up tolerance over drinks with Monroe, after the events of "Bad Moon Rising," and by "Nameless" the woge no longer phases him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He does not like rats.

     Monroe 

Monroe

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Played by: Silas Weir Mitchell

  • Adorkable: Watch him decorating for Christmas and geeking out over the historical value of the Trailer and try to say it's not true.
    • Heck, watching him giving flowers to Rosalee is this as well.
    • Gushing over his favorite cuckoo clock.
    Monroe: It's a baritone, not a tweety!
    • Also, while asking Rosalee to go on a picnic with him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Almost goes into this territory in "Cat and Mouse" when Rosalee is in danger. They're not even dating, god help everyone should we see this guy in full blown love.
    • Comes close again in "This Kiss" where he gets pissed at a hexenbiest 'haggling' Rosalee down by 50 bucks on some expensive item. She even notes that "It's very sweet."
    • We finally get to see what he'll do to defend Rosalee while in full blown love in "One Angry Fuchsbau". Mr. Zeigevolk, meet shelf.
  • Anti-Hero: Monroe's undoubtedly a nice guy, but he's not above going into his more savage and ruthless side, when the need is there.
  • The Atoner: He has done some very "Big Bad Wolf" things in his past that he isn't proud of, and seeks to be a better man than he was.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Nick has to silently tell him to dial it back when his melodramatic monologue endangers the gambit they're trying to pull on a Baueschwein chef.
  • Badass Beard: Has a very short one normally, but grows a proper one when he Woges.
  • Badass Bookworm: Fluent in at least two languages, plays the 'cello, and an expert at building and repairing clocks.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Nick in "Last Grimm Standing."
  • Battle Couple: With Rosalee. When push comes to shove, they have each other's back and will fight well together.
  • 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.
    • Whenever a Bauerschwein is involved in a case, don't expect him to keep calm.
  • 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.
    • As stated under Berserk Button, Bauerschwein tend to bring out the worst in him, and he's well capable of going 'Big Bad Wolf' when dealing with them.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Roddy.
  • The Big Guy: When he put his Game Face on, partially subverted as Nick proves to be the stronger and more physical of the group.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Rosalee.
  • Brainy Brunette: He did go to Brown University for graduate school. Likewise, Silas himself also graduated from Brown.
  • Captain Obvious: "What's my favorite color?" It's red. Duh.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He really would rather stay out of the way, but when someone's helpless and in trouble, he just can't seem to help himself, especially when it comes to kids.
    • A notable onscreen instance occurs in "Season of the Hexenbiest". On his own volition, he visits Hank in the hospital to see how he's doing and takes some initiative in helping find Hank's attackers. Despite the fact that he only really knows Hank through Nick and doesn't really have any other connection.
  • Cultured Badass: Among other things, he speaks German and Spanish, fixes clocks, plays the cello, collects stamps, is knowledgeable about antique cameras, is a highly proficient chef who makes his own sausages, appreciates fine wine, and such. He's also capable of ripping your arm off and chasing down a wild animal on foot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Monroe has a very dry wit.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Plays the cello wonderfully.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Before his Neutral No Longer moment, he sometimes had to be bought to help Nick. For tracking a scent, he willingly accepted a '78 Bordeaux.
  • Falsely Reformed 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.
  • Friend to All Children: In "La Llorona", we find out that he's pretty popular with the neighborhood kids (well... the bullies among them aside). All of them seem to address him as Mr. Monroe with some familiarity and know his house, describing with (during Halloween) comments like "Oooh! This is Mr. Monroe's house! I love this place!" The latter part is given justification in that, much like with Christmas, he really really enjoys and plays up the holiday. However he admits he does try to avoid children wearing red. He's still a Blutbad after all.
  • Genre Savvy: Monroe is often the one to hang the lampshade on the horror-movie tropes as they occur.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although he's The Atoner for his Dark and Troubled Past, Monroe has no problem with getting nasty when the situation calls for it. In one of his more notable moments, he helps Nick send the heads of two Reapers back to the man who sent them.
  • Heroic Neutral/Neutral No Longer: After getting the snot beaten out of him in "Of Mouse and Man", Monroe is no longer reluctant in helping Nick with his cases despite it conflicting with the status quo. As he says, "I'm not much of a status quo guy anyway."
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Monroe is way more physically capable than Nick if he goes wolfy, which admittedly isn't his favorite thing, and knows way more about Wesen traditions and the supernatural than Nick does.
    • Subverted somewhat, Nick actually the stronger of the two, he took down an opponent (a Skalenzahne, Giant Crocodile like beast) that beat Monroe in an inch of his life, plus Nick's mother was able to casually pin him down, and he required Nick to pull her off him. Nick's Grimm powers clearly pack a punch.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In "Highway of Tears," he and Rosalee take Trubel to their house while Nick and Juliette-looking-like-Adalind have sex, without missing a beat, he opens the fridge, gets a beer, hands it to Rosalee, then takes one for himself, before they drink in unison.
  • Informed Ability: Averted with him, whose day-job occupation as a clock-maker (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.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: In Season 1, he didn't like working with Nick, but he did it because it was the right thing.
  • Monsters Anonymous: In "Big Feet" we see that Monroe is part of a support group for wieder wesen.
  • More Dakka: Monroe's developed a fondness for Nick's elephant gun, which has two barrels for bullets big enough to take down the animal it gets its name from as well as a third, smaller, barrel for poison tipped bullets.
  • Mr. Exposition: To Nick. "What am I, your personal Grimmopedia?" This 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.
  • Nice Guy: Snarkiness aside, Monroe is actually a pretty friendly guy who is always ready to lend Nick a helping hand when it comes to his investigations.
  • 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.
  • The Nose Knows: He has a supernaturally strong sense of smell. The pilot episode has him leaning out of his car to track someone's scene. Makes sense, given that he's basically part-wolf.
  • 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.
    • Bitsie 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: The only name of his we know of is Monroe. Given that this is how his parents address him in "The Wild Hunt" it's probably his given name. His family name has yet to be revealed, especially notable considering we witnessed his and Rosalee's wedding (and Rosalee presumably took his name).
  • Papa Wolf: Heh..wolf. In any case, he doesn't take kindly to bullies picking on smaller kids.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Series 2 implies that this happens to Blutbaden who actively suppress their urge to Woge.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Rosalee over the course of Season 2. As of "Face Off," they're definitely a couple.
  • Retired Monster/Vegetarian Werewolf: Thanks to a "strict regimen of diet, drugs and pilates", he is less Big Bad Wolf and more ordinary suburban guy who just happens to mark his territory in his yard.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Apparently a Klaustreich stole his high school girlfriend only to knock her up and cut her face when she dumped him. The cops never found the guy, but "someone did."
    • Averted in "The Three Bad Wolves". Even though his friend Hap was killed and he felt responsible for leaving him alone, Monroe resists the very strong urge to seek revenge.
    • Goes on one leading a whole pack of Blutbad against a murderous Bauerschwein chef. It was all an act to scare the chef into confessing.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Monroe is breaking all kinds of taboos by helping Nick, but he is not going to let that stop him from doing what he thinks is right.
  • Totally Radical: Despite his status as a cultured badass, he proves to be a borderline example of this at times. His favorite word seems to be dude.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Unlike Nick or Renard, Monroe doesn't appear to have any formal combat training to compliment his natural abilities, and instead generally relies mostly on his enhancements in combat (which in all fairness, normally pack enough of a punch on their own). As such he's noticeably less successful when facing opponents who have similar abilities.
  • Waist Coat Of Style: He wears waist coats frequently, but usually they make him look more rumpled hipster than high class.
  • Weapon of Choice: If he has to take up a weapon, he'll usually make a beeline for Nick's elephant gun.
  • White Sheep: Sporadic mentions of his family suggest that the majority of them still follow the more "traditional" Blutbad ways.
  • Wolf Man: He's a Blutbad.

     Juliette Silverton 

Juliette Silverton/ Eve

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Played by: Bitsie Tulloch

  • Action Survivor: She got her moment of this in "Game Ogre", that has since developed into a full-on character trait. Until she becomes a Hexenbeist.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: She returns in the final scene in "Wesen Nacht", now working in Hadrian's Wall under her new alter ego Eve.
  • 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. With her turn into a Hexenbiest, she is an Empowered Badass Normal.
  • Baleful Polymorph: At the end of "Chupacabra", Juliette becomes a Hexenbiest.
  • Big Bad Slippage: When she becomes a Hexenbiest, her morality breaks down and starts fights, sets the trailer where Nick keeps his journals on fire, and conspires with several villains.
  • Blood from the Mouth: This is how we see that Trouble's shots hit home and that Juliette's truly dying.
  • Blood Magic: Uses it to open a gateway in a mirror so she can take the fight to the Zerstorer, who had attacked her a few times before.
  • Call-Back: Her marksmanship skills get a mention in the episode after the season 2 break.
  • 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.
  • Character Death: Juliette's behavior as a Hexenbiest in the second half of Season 4 fulfills Aunt Marie's fears from the pilot when Trubel is forced to perforate her with several crossbow bolts before Juliette can kill Nick. She is the first main cast character to die after a handful of close calls with her and the others throughout the series.
    • Revealed to be a more metaphorical take on this trope when she returns as the emotionless Eve in "Wesen Nacht".
    • Later occurs with Eve in the season 5 finale, after getting a shard of glass in the abdomen during her fight with Conrad. She later starts convulsing, passes out, and wakes up crying, thus regaining her emotion.
  • Cool Big Sis: How she behaves towards Trubel.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
  • 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?"
  • Emotionless Girl: When she returns to the show in season 5, she has evidently lost any and all personality she had after the Laufer "rehabilitated" her into a walking weapon. She speaks to Nick with zero emotion and now calls herself "Eve". Changes when Nick uses the stick to heal her. It ends up restoring her emotions, even prompting Nick to suspect that Juliette has returned.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In season 4 she's turned into an extremely powerful Hexenbiest.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After half a season of acting like a somewhat bland Satellite Love Interest, she achieves something in "Game Ogre", giving a new view of her character and redeeming her in the eyes of many viewers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She looked remorseful when Kenneth's plan to lure Kelly into a trap, kill her and retrieve Diana worked, as well as when Diana asks where her "mommy" is.
    • She later outright states to Nick that she only thought Kenneth wanted to return Diana into the Royals' custody without killing Kelly.
  • Evil Feels Good: Juliette begins to revel in her powers and begins to portray your typical wickedwitch.
  • Evil Wears Black: Juliette after her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She allies herself with Kenneth after Nick shields Adalind (who was pregnant with his child) from her, burning down Nick's Grimm trailer and becoming an accomplice in the ambush that kills Kelly, Nick's mother.
  • 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 importantly, they don't try to cut their heads off. However, Juliette has her limits. Ask the ogre... or Joe.
  • Guilt Complex: About not remembering Nick.
    • Eve feels terrible for all the horrible things she did as Juliette and is seeking redemption.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As Eve, she assists Hadrian's Wall against Black Claw in season 5 and works against Zerstorer because she is seeking redemption for her past actions as Juliette.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Nick is in love with her.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Science Hero, Combat Pragmatist, level-headed, and able to read those Spanish statements that Nick would love to read without efforts.
  • Humanshifting: Uses a potion to disguise herself as Renard in "The Believer".
  • 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.
  • In the Back: Trubel shoots her in the back with the double (lethal) shot of the Doppelarmbrust to subdue her in "Cry Havoc".
  • Kindly Vet: She's a vet, and she is in fact a friendly person (when she's not being threatened). Averted Trope after becoming a Hexenbeist.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She spends a long stretch of time remembering everything except for Nick.
  • Meaningful Name: Nick's Love Interest, whom he has been told he must leave for her own safety, is named a variation on "Juliet".
  • 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 teach 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.
  • Never My Fault: In "Hibernaculum" she starts blaming Nick, Monroe and Rosalee for her being turned into a Hexenbiest as a side effect of re-Grimm-ifying Nick, even though it was her decision to do it in the first place; Nick wanted to find a different way. Though, she didn't seem to feel that way at first, it seems to be a trait that comes with being a Hexenbiest. According to Adalind, being a hexenbiest changes the way you feel and think.
  • Power Incontinence: She hasn't gotten her new Hexenbiest powers under control yet and has damaged the glass in the picture frames around the house, made the back of a Wesenrein follower's head blast off, and blew up the car engine of a jerkass who almost hit her and walked away unapologetically. She didn't even realize she did the last one in her moment of rage.
  • Properly Paranoid: She turns down Nick's marriage proposal in the first season because she feels that he is hiding something important from her.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: The first thing she does after finding out Adalind is pregnant with Nick's child and allying with Kenneth? Burn everything in his trailer.
    "I guess I went a little overboard when I found out that whore was pregnant with... a little Grimm."
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Juliette isn't just a Hexenbiest, her blood is off-the-charts powerful to boot. It caused a potion to boil over and burn a hole deep into the earth.
  • 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.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Juliette/Eve has telekinesis strong enough to lift a grown human off the ground, the ability to basically rewrite someone's anatomy (removing a guy's mouth, ears and eyes by doing little more than touching him for a few seconds), the power of forcing someone into a coma and subsequently bringing them back, and that's just scratching the surface of what it's implied Hexenbiests are capable of. Henrietta even told Nick that Juliette is on a level of her own. She's easily one of the most powerful characters in the show. Subverted, however, when she tries to take on the dangerous Zauberbiest Conrad Bonaparte. While she gives a good fight, Conrad proves to be not only just as powerful but equally skilled and fatally wounds her.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Attempted in "Maréchaussée" by a bounty hunter that was after Nick. She turns the tables on him pretty quickly and kills him.
  • Suicide by Cop: By the end of Season 4, the guilt of what she's done (especially her part in the death of Nick's mother) starts to overpower the power trip induced by her Hexenbiest side. She goes back to the house and asks Nick to kill her, only attacking him when it becomes apparent that he can't follow through. Trubel ends up shooting her with arrows and Nick is devastated.
  • That Man Is Dead: Even though she retains all of her memories after becoming Eve, she's quick to correct Nick and always refers to Juliette as a separate entity. She still does this after regaining her emotions because she feels guilty about her actions after she first became a Hexenbiest though it is never made clear whether Eve is another personality or simply Juliette trying to start over.
  • Tranquil Fury: After committing herself to revenge against Adalind, she dips into this state and rarely leaves it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With the shooting class storyline.
    • Also, how she decided to step out over the giant abyss in her living room with a grim "Oh, to hell with this!"
    • And as of Season 3, she is badass enough to, with a little creativity, take on a Klaustreich in close quarters. And win.
    • In season 4, she becomes a Hexenbiest — a powerful one. And she beats the crap out of Adalind.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:She swings rather quickly from trying to accept herself as [[spoiler: a Hexenbeist (and fearing Nick's reaction to it) to aggressively confronting Nick about it. This leads to her leaving Nick (again) when he doesn't immediately kiss her Hexenbiest form. This is despite the fact that Nick was recently raped by a Hexenbeist. Also, a Hexenbeist's Wesen form bears a remarkable resemblance to a rotting corpse, which would make Nick border on I Love the Dead if he had gone along with it immediately. Following that, she gradually becomes more unpredictable and murderous until her complete Face–Heel Turn in "Iron Hans." She also burns down the trailer and becomes involved in the murder of Nick's mother though she didn't mean for Kelly to die.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Female version. 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Suffice to say, everything you know about her changes dramatically about halfway through season 4.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Every one of her significant relationships shown on-screen is a supernatural being of some sort. Her boyfriend is a Grimm, her college roommate is a Fuchsbau, her best friend turns out to be a ziegevolk and she was befriended by a Hispanic lady who seems to be a font of supernatural lore. And all of this was before she ever knew that any such people existed. She ends up becoming one of them and eventually is "brainwashed" into the services of the Laufer and Meisner.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Becoming a supercharged Hexenbeist took a major toll on Juliette's psyche, completely altering her personality. She tries to remain sane but her isolation from her friends results in her changing from a sweet, lovable person to a psychopathic villainess. When she returns halfway through Season 5 as "Eve", she drops any personality she had and becomes a Kubrick Starer.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Juliette's most obvious character trait is how calm, rational and well-adjusted she is... but for the most part Nick is the same way. This makes Nick and Juliette potentially the most stable and non-dramatic relationship on television. Of course, until she gets amnesia, that is. But she has gotten better, so they're displaying the potential to return to this trope. Until she became a Hexenbeist in Season 4 and it all went down the drain.
  • 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

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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. And later on, when Black Claw sought to turn him to their side, he accepted their offer and ran for mayor on their behalf, making enemies with both the Resistance and Nick. After Diana uses her powers to make him kill Bonaparte, he cuts his ties with Black Claw, reforming a shaky alliance with Nick.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arc Villain: During season 1, his machinations to obtain the key form the main subplot; things come to a head when Adalind poisons Hank and Nick takes her powers to cure Hank.
  • Badass Longcoat: Is almost never seen without his trenchcoat.
  • Bastard Bastard/Heroic Bastard: In both senses of the phrase. His hexenbiest mother was his royal father's mistress. Then again, he seems to be significantly more decent than his legitimate half-brother.
    Renard: Well I am royal, and I can be a bastard.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: To Adalind, after a fashion.
  • Body Horror: Not long after Weston Steward fatally shoots him and his mother brings him back , he starts bleeding at random intervals, although with no wounds to bleed from. Later revealed to be symptoms of Demonic Possession (see entry).
  • 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 Charmer: Renard is not above charisma to his advantage, and he's by no means bad at it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: See Ambiguous Allegiance. By the time the show is coming to a close, he's made friends and enemies with all the major factions involved.
  • Cultured Badass: Speaks several languages and enjoys fine arts, is knowledgeable in a variety of matters including world history and politics. He's also in the running for the second most Badass character in the whole show.
  • Da Chief: He's a police captain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining traits.
  • Demonic Possession: By Jack the Ripper. This ties in to his phantom bleeding after he was brought back from the dead.
  • Deuteragonist: With Nick. His story gets around the second largest amount of focus.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Pretty much every side we've seen of the greater conflict seems to think Renard is on their side. Except for his father's family.
  • The Dragon: To Bonaparte during the later half of season 5, as the public face of Black Claw's mayoral campaign and highest ranking supporter.
  • The Dreaded: He's not as well known as Nick, but those who know him personally or by reputation are terrified of him. Royals and Grimm Reapers will surrender immediately, even if they think he might kill them anyway, rather than try to fight. So far we've only seen one case where Royals have tried to confront him directly and he effortlessly slaughtered them despite being ambushed and held at gun point.
  • Ear Ache: Slices off a Grimm Reaper's ear.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. His mom's a badass Hexenbiest who taught him everything he knows about being a Magnificent Bastard. They're still close though.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His mother and daughter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Decides to give Meisner a quicker death than being painfully Force-choked by Bonaparte, and is also horrified to discover that his girlfriend was killed by his own daughter.
  • Evil Counterpart: It hasn't been explicitly pointed out but his skills, methods and to a certain extent his personality are very similar to Nick's. Both are smart and pragmatic and never lose their cool. Both have an inherent ability that gives them status and that they use to intimidate and give themselves gravitas. Both are willing to use their status as cops to divert investigations when it suits them and both prefer to play the various Wesen sides off against each other in order to further their own goals. Just look at how Renard deals with his relatives compared to how Nick handles the two Grimm reapers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: While he is morally dubious in some scenarios and had secretly worked behind Nick's back in Season 1 and the first half of Season 2, he was an honorable captain until getting involved with Black Claw. He turns on Nick and crew in the final season to save his prospects as mayor and returns to being an antagonist of Nick's at least in the early stages of Season 6.
  • Fair Cop: Check Tall, Dark and Handsome.
  • A Father to His Men: His actions so far show that he genuinely cares for the well being of his men, Nick particularly. This last fact has made him no friends among the creature organization he belongs to.
    • On the other hand, he has no problem having Adalind drug Hank to get closer to Nick. And in the same note, when she is Brought Down to Normal, he has no compulsion to provide her with protection any more since she's of no use to him. So it may be that he's more motivated by pragmatism than any actual sense of compassion.
  • The Good Captain: Zigzagged.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is half-Zauberbiest. But there is a twist in that it still not certain if his Royal half is completely human.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Renard has connections, political influence, charisma, strength, and the will (and possible evilness) necessary to say I Did What I Had to Do.
  • Impoverished Patrician/Self-Made Man: Implies that his family has lost most of its wealth and prestige since the French Revolution. Seems to be doing pretty well for himself, indicating that he's rebuilt his fortune and power base from the ground up.
    • As of Season 2 it turns out his family's doing just fine, but he's had to build up his own powerbase on account of being born on the wrong side of the sheet.
  • Kangaroo Court: He arranges one to acquit himself after Nick accuses him of killing Rachel Wood.
  • Kick the Dog: For the most part Renard runs on Pragmatic Villainy and Necessary Evil, but in Season One he betrays an exception in Adalind. When she loses her power, he kicks her to the curb.
  • Large and in Charge: Sasha Roiz is 6'4'.
  • Love Father, Love Son: In "Love Sick", it's revealed that he had a relationship with Adalind's mother Catherine.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To a whole lot of the crap that goes on in town, not least of all the local Hexenbiests and Grimm Reapers.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Renard is a brilliant manipulator, he often manages to get others to do what ever he wants, and has fooled multiple organisations into believing they can trust him.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name is Renard, a form of Reynard. Ring any bells?
  • Mirror Match: Finds himself in one with a Renard-ed Nick in "Oh Captain, My Captain".
  • Mixed Ancestry: His father is a King and his mother is a Hexenbiest.
  • The Mole: He's in league with the group that tried to assassinate Aunt Marie. In fact, he's the leader in Portland.
    • In fact, he seems to be this to every organization he's associated with, except his own.
  • Mole in Charge: He's Nick's boss and was occasionally asked by the Royals to kill Nick.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shirtless rage, anyone?
  • Nightmare Face: His Wesen side is certainly horrific.
  • Noble Demon: Far more noble than the rest of his family, but that doesn't make him a nice guy in the least.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He is well off but doesn't seem to delve into the Royal finances. Justified because his rich family wants him dead.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His surname is Renard, French for "fox", yet he is a Zauberbiest, not a Fuchsbau.
  • Omniglot: Speaks and reads at the very least English, French, German, Latin and Russian.
  • Pet the Dog: He demonstrates great disdain for the human organ harvesting operation in "Organ Grinder" even though it's a creature thing. It would suggest that he has an important distinction between creature business (wolves and pigs, bees and Hexenbiests, creature versus humans of ill-repute) and creature business that gets innocents involved. For instance, he gets pretty upset when a Lowen running an underground Wesen blood sport starts picking up (ie kidnapping) Wesen that aren't on an approved list of criminals and convicts - so much so that when the Lowen doesn't back down (stop the fights), Renard brings down God's Wrath and has the Lowen killed.
    • He also calls in the Wesen Council (basically, the Wesen version of the Reapers) in order to take down two Wesen who were hellbent on exposing the Wesen to the general public.
    • He was very happy to learn he has a daughter, despite the situation (such as there's a possibility she is his niece instead). And he wants her and her mother to be safe.
    • In a turnaround from his treatment of Adalind in the first season, he spends the third season trying to keep her safe even after their daughter is taken away from them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He likes to take the simple path most of the time.
  • Pride: The episode with the coins indicates that this is a major flaw of his.
  • Quip to Black: At the end of "Best Served Cold".
    Renard: And this little piggy... went to jail.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Generally is one in all matters not involving the Grimms or "fantasy" beings. On the latter matters, it is far less clear.
  • Royal Blood: He is referenced to have some royal line through him when another Wesen calls him "Your Highness" and refers to the old days.
    • Has mentioned that his family "lost a lot of heads" in the French revolution.
    • He is the illegitimate son of a King and a Hexenbiest mistress.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a cop and the leader of a group working against the Royal Families usurping power in Europe.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Is the "manly man" to Sebastien's "sensitive guy."
  • The Starscream: He seems to be a member of one of the "Seven Royal Families", which would associate him with the Verrat, but when a higher-ranking family member comes to Portland to demand results, Renard simply shoots him, and he is extremely passive aggressive towards a Verrat agent who demands assistance.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Boy howdy. His ability to maintain his human face under practically any circumstances is truly amazing. Whether in a fight or holding the coins, he has never ever slipped. The only time he does so is when he's about to chug a mysterious Zaubertrank which, rightfully, he's more than a little wary of.
    • He does also almost lose it as a result of the side effects of said Zaubertrank - namely, obsession with Juliette.
    • Renard has completely lost it at least twice, though both were partially intentional.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Renard fits the trope to a tee.
  • 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.
  • Tuneless Song Of Madness: When possessed by the psychopathic spirit of Jack the Ripper in Season 4, he can occasionally be heard belting out a Murder Ballad while doing something monstrous.
  • 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.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He's still very amoral about his actions, including calling in assassinations inside his police station.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes a very epic one in "Oh Captain, My Captain", when Nick, magically disguised as Renard, announces he is abdicating the Mayor's position and that Nick's estrangement from the force was an undercover operation (which it wasn't). Renard goes ballistic in front of Adalind for this.
  • 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Loses a fight to Prince Kenneth because his phantom bleeding came at a very bad time.
  • 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 becomes pregnant (although it could also be his brother's).

     Drew Wu 

Sgt. Drew Wu

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Played by: Reggie Lee

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: He gets a scratch from a werewolf in "Lycanthropia" and naturally, things start to develop from there.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Lampshaded.
    Nick: Can you see who he texted?
    Wu: Of course I can; I'm Asian.
    • It's later revealed that his hobbies include video games and solving puzzles, though he admits he's relatively rusty at the latter.
    • He's also apparently enthusiastic when it comes to learning about the Wesen world, and mentions at one point that he could stay in the trailer for hours.
  • Body Horror: He suffers from this 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.
  • 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 "Blond Ambition" when he spots Trubel's book about her own encounters with various Wesen.
    • This occurs a third and final time in "Chupacabra" after Nick and Hank come clean. Thankfully, he recovers early in the following episode, and actually seems eager to learn more.
  • 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.
    • This has gone Up to Eleven with him since the beginning of Season Four, due to the fact he knows Nick and Hank are hiding something from him.
  • 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.
    • He eventually puts two and two together and connects "criminology student" Theresa Rubel with the dual-homicide suspect that they were tracking earlier. Nick and Hank's evasions prompt him to take the matter to Renard.
  • Secret Keeper: As of "Chupacabra", he knows about wesen (though only that they are real and the general name, and nothing else), and promptly proceeds to Go Mad from the Revelation. Again. He gets better in the next episode when things are properly explained.
  • The Smart Guy: Once he becomes aware of the Broken Masquerade, he spends all his free time in the trailer, binge-reading from Nick's Grimm Books. By the time of Maréchaussée, he's so adept at the different types of Wessen, he's able to identify the recent murder victims as being from a Manticore just by looking at their wounds. For comparison, in the previous season, it took Nick and Hank most of the episode to even figure out what a Manticore was.
    • He's also the first one to make the connection between a body with a severed foot and the victim potentially being a rabbit-like wesen, to realize that there's a sick version of Lucky Rabbit's Foot in play.
  • Status Quo Is God: Everything with him is back to normal after he decided that his sighting an Aswang was all in his head.
    • Subverted in "Blond Ambition" where Wu sees a page from one of the Grimm books in Nick's house that shows both a wesen and a grimm decapitating it. While he's in the house with a decapitated body.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In "Nameless," he makes a major leap of deduction and contributes significantly to solving the case. Though he also gets stuck hanging off a broken fire escape.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: "Mommy Dearest" reveals that he is one to a woman who wound up unknowingly marrying a Wesen.
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     Rosalee Calvert 

Rosalee Calvert

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Played by: Bree Turner

A fuchsbau who first appears in "Island of Dreams" after her brother Freddy is killed, and takes over his apothecary. She ends up helping save Sgt. Wu's life after he eats special cookies intended to make Hank fall in love with Adalind. Rosalee and Monroe are obviously developing a romantic relationship, albeit quietly.


  • Badass Bookworm: 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. There's a reason you don't mess with The Smart Girl.
  • Badass Adorable: Able to handle herself and is a credible threat, while remaining cute and loveable.
  • Battle Couple: With Monroe. When push comes to shove, they have each other's back and will fight well together.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rosalee is by any standard a very nice person, being very sweet and caring. Doesn't mean she can't join in with the darker parts of Nick's job.
  • Big Brother Worship: Freddy was the only member of Rosalee's family to maintain ties with her while she was on the streets and the one who helped her recover from her addiction. Despite her first impulse to simply sell his shop, Rosalee winds up running it in his memory. He was also the one to explain her first woge to her. Rosalee also takes up his role as Wesen Council liaison in Portland.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Monroe.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's an apothecary and a font of lore on wesen biology.
  • Broken Bird: Her melancholy demeanor seems to be reflective of this.
  • Cute Monster Girl: When she goes Wesen she looks more like a plushie than a monster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She is rehabilitated from seven years of being addicted to the drug "J".
    • She was estranged from her mother and older sister when she missed her father's funeral. She was in jail for shoplifting and didn't find out until after her release.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Did not crack much of a smile until Monroe gave her some flowers.
  • Dynamic Entry: She saves Monroe this way with help of a brick.
  • Emotionless Girl: That reserved nature of hers can be misleading.
  • Former Teen Rebel: She wasn't interested in apothecary stuff, had a substance abuse problem, and was arrested several times for burglary. Hard to imagine when you meet her now.
  • Guile Hero: In "Cat and Mouse".
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Bree Turner was heavily pregnant during season two. So far, Rosalee has been mostly seen standing behind a desk or with the camera zoomed in on her from shoulders and up, with baggy clothes, well-chosen camera angles, and bags and other items to hide her stomach doing the rest.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: You do not want to mess with The Smart Girl. She is also connected to Wesen resistance from Europe, which may come in handy.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In "Highway of Tears," she and Monroe take Trubel to their house while Nick and Juliette-looking-like-Adalind have sex, without missing a beat, he opens the fridge, gets a beer, hands it to Rosalee, then takes one for himself, before they drink in unison.
  • The Medic: She's handy with the supplies in the apothecary and knows what to do when someone passes out from hexenbiest magic gone wrong. In a later episode, she ends up helping with more medical related Wesen emergencies.
  • Ms Exposition: Explaining the more esoteric aspects of wesen biology and abilities usually falls to her.
  • Nerves of Steel: She's faced down an angry hexenbiest, a Verrat assassin, and a zombie horde with cool aplomb.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally, when her aunt in Seattle had a stroke, she had to leave to be with her. Likely because of Bree's pregnancy.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Monroe over the course of Season 2. As of "Face Off," they're definitely a couple. In "The Wild Hunt" she's engaged to Monroe, though not without drama.
  • Reaction Shot: She doesn't get as many lines but makes up for it with plenty of reaction shots, typically in response to Monroe or Nick doing their thing.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In "Cat and Mouse", the Verrat assassin gives her a speech about why he's necessary, and there's no such thing as revolution and the oppressed always become the oppressors. Then he says she didn't understand anything he was saying.
    Rosalee: I'm sorry. I wasn't listening.
  • The Smart Girl: To Nick's Hero and Monroe's Lancer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The NBC website spells her name Rosalie even though the press releases spell it Rosalee. in the episode "PTZD" we see it spelled on screen as Rosalee.
  • The Strategist: Showed snippets of being this. She requested Monroe watch over her instead of a couple of police officers under the pretext that she would have more in common with him. The reality was that she knew the men who had attacked her earlier were Skalengecks. Not only would Monroe be more physically capable of taking them on but as an added measure of caution, due to his excellent sense of smell he would be able to detect them from at most, a mile away.
  • The Stoic: Rosalee is generally a very reserved person. Her Dark and Troubled Past left her somewhat closed off emotionally, although that's been gradually changing.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Is very stoic and unemotional around anyone other than her friends.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: And later wife. Don't mess with her Monroe, especially those who think they are muddying the bloodlines by being a mixed-wesen couple. In "Tribunal", she kills the Grandmaster of the Wesenrein. She's a very Cute Monster Girl, but those teeth are sharp.
  • When She Smiles: As noted above, she's a very stoic person. But when she finally opens up, she really lights up.
  • You Go, Girl!: Notably isn't the one who gets the storyline, because she doesn't need to. She is probably the most independant female character in the series, even before Juliette, who has this storyline currently, but she is immediately recognized as such.

     Adalind Schade 

Adalind Schade

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Played by: Claire Coffee

A Hexenbiest who worked for Renard at the start of the series. She lost her Hexenbiest powers early in the series but eventually regained them. She's a recurring antagonist of Nick's.

  • Anti-Villain: Had an abusive mom to whom she was fiercely devoted and was a Love Martyr to Renard. They actually used her as a pawn and were probably sleeping together, with the mother encouraging her daughter to pursue Renard in order to advance in her own agendas. Add that to the fact that Grimms are usually very dangerous to all Wesen and that all the evil things she did were to get back at Nick, whose goodness she knew little about, and, later, Renard, and you have an Anti-Villain, which still doesn't excuse casualties. However, it's hard to excuse selling your unborn child to a still unspecified fate just so you can get your powers back. For a while, it seemed that her new Mama Bear traits would pull her further into Anti-Villain territory. However, it was not to be. Whatever sympathy was garnered for her by the loss of her child was chucked out the window when she decided to rape Nick by deception and take away his powers in a bid to get her daughter back, which fails when the Royals capture her.
  • All Witches Have Cats: Though she isn't above using it as a guinea pig for her potions, and it dies around the same time as her being Brought Down to Normal.
  • Amoral Attorney: Along with a number of other Hexenbiests.
  • The Baroness: Has shades of the Sexpot version in the first season, but as time goes on she begins to lessen these traits.
  • 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.
  • Blood Magic: One of her species' powers.
  • Break the Haughty: She "dies" as a Hexenbiest, losing her powers, and when she tearfully tells her mother how it happened, her mother slaps her across the face. Then Renard, for whom she did it all, also rejects her now that she is "just another pretty girl" and less useful than the Grimm who made her lose her powers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Zigzagged. 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. Then, she loses them again towards the end of season 4, when she willingly tests a potion created to temporarily suppress Juleiette's Hexenbiest powers, and that lasts until about halfway through season 5.
  • The Bus Came Back: With a vengeance. She starts getting more screentime after the halfway point of Season 2.
  • The Chessmaster: After coming back to get her revenge. It's gets subverted in that her schemes rarely work out the way she plans.
  • Cute and Psycho: Adalind is undoubtedly cute, but she's also manipulative, callous, arrogant and occasionally borderline sociopathic.
  • Dark Action Girl: Sort of. With her Hexenbiest powers and 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 being Brought Down to Normal, she seemed to have no combat skills.
  • Dark Chick: Until she is Brought Down to Normal and rejected by Renard.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She has most of the traits. She's a magically-empowered young woman, one of Nick's most consistent nemeses and desperate for love and attention. Her mother treated her harshly, only worthwhile for her powers and potential use. Renard used her as a means to an end despite her feelings for him and discarded her when she lost her powers. She traded her baby to regain her powers, only to discover too late that she would rather be a mother. Although she fights Nick, the person she most seems to envy is Juliette.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nick seems to bring it out of her when the Femme Fatale routine no longer works
  • Defiled Forever: After Adalind lost her Hexenbiest powers when Nick tainted her with his blood, Captain Renard views her like this. Although since the middle of Season Two, Renard has been asking her to come back to his side. Then Defiled Forever is subverted when she regains her powers with a special twist.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Adalind is very smart and a strong Hexenbiest but she also very impulsive and never seems to fully consider the consequences of her actions. She is constantly tricked and used by others and almost all her plans end up blowing up in her face. Despite the fact that almost every bad thing that has happened to her is because of this she still acts without thinking things through.
  • The Dragon: To Captain Renard, at least seemingly. She's really the Dark Chick, as mentioned above.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Acts as this for Eric Renard when she returns to Portland.
  • Enemy Mine: After Kenneth throws her under the bus because he finds Juliette to be more useful (and them being on the same side wouldn't work out for obvious reasons), she willingly sides with Nick to help Monroe and Rosalee concoct a way to depower Juliette. She warms up to them later on, following the birth of her son.
  • Express Delivery: Due to her contamination ritual, she goes through a six-month pregnancy and delivers a full term baby.
  • Eyeless Face: When she's Woged.
  • Femme Fatale: Starts off as a pretty typical example in the first season, but gets less-so thanks to Character Development.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's left ambiguous whether her species 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Season 5, ever since having her Hexenbiest powers suppressed, she has come to understand how her actions across previous seasons wreaked havoc on the rest of the cast. She wants to make the change permanent so that she may somehow create a stable family unit for her son Kelly.
  • Hello, Attorney!: As is usual for a Hexenbiest, her human form is very attractive. Her true form, not so much.
  • Hot Witch: Hexenbiests are the witches of the Wesen world, but they become decidedly un-hot in woge, when they look more like zombies.
  • 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 continuously holds this from the point where she got pregnant. Seems like any time her baby becomes in involved all her senses just go right out the window, in the episode "Cry Luison" she fell for EVERY trap while trying to escape her dungeon, even when she was explicitly told how to avoid them and repeatedly places her trust in Prince Viktor's honesty despite him stabbing her in the back literally every time because he says he'll help her get her baby back.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Adalind's long parade of terrible life choices always ultimately come back to bite her. From losing her powers because she just couldn't leave Nick well enough alone, and downhill from there.Not to mention Juliette...Placing Juliette in a coma and then being involved in her transformation into a hexenbiest resulting in Adalind's ass being whipped by Juliette.She kinda deserved it at the time though.
  • Last Girl Wins: The one Nick ultimately ends up with after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Living MacGuffin: Became one in the latter half of Season 2, due to being pregnant with a Royal's child.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Started off as Renard's henchman with a crush on him, but has become increasingly evil as the series has gone on. And though she no longer loves Renard, her love for her daughter Diana seems to have made her more willing than ever to do terrible things.
  • Love Martyr: To Renard.
  • Mama Bear: Really Adalind's biggest redeeming trait is she's deeply loving and protective of her children. Although originally planning on selling her daughter to regain her powers she ends up falling in love with her, before she is born and tries to back out of the deal. Likewise in taking a darker direction, her attempts to get her back, cause her to resort to even eviler tactics than she normally uses. She also proves to love her unborn son whose Nick's despite the fact his existence means her life is danger. Its implied, that her mothers abuse is partially what motivates her to be a better mother.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Towards Hank, Nick, and eventually Renard. Trouble is, while her skills are present, she overestimates them.
  • Meaningful Name: "Schade" means 'it's a pity'. Schaden is German for loss, harm, or misfortune; derives from Middle High German Schade. In a double play, her name is pronounced like "Shade" on the show. The pity part comes into another meaning when she's loses her power and is kicked to the curb by Renard.
  • Morning Sickness: She's pregnant sooo...yeah.
  • Ms. Fanservice: spends quite a lot of time in the second half of the second season in sexy negligees or underwear
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: She may actually subvert this: her knowledge comes from a long maternal line of Hexenbiests, and Renard is shown to underestimate her, thus hinting that he didn't teach her everything.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played with. Claire Coffee is the kind of person who can play a teenager in a TV series with Dawson Casting, and her Season 1 characterization was, at first, "cute but dangerous shallow girl who does everything Renard says". We went a long way from here!
  • Oh, Crap!: She gives a nice one when she realizes her savior's choice of a safe-house is taking her to Nick's house.
  • 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. Although it unfortunately begs the question, what kind of a person mourns for Eric Renard?
  • 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 Juliette 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.
  • Second Love: For Nick after she has his son, Kelly.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Adalind has no actual combat skills, however her Hexenbiest powers, granted her enhanced strength, not to Nick level or Monroe's, but still enough to take on much bigger opponents. However this ended up backfiring on her, as after she was Brought Down to Normal she was left with no abilities to defend herself.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When asked about her teenager years, Adalind admits that she used to be a shy nerd who never got involved in any form of teenage rebellion. Turns out that when the hexenbiest side comes out, you turn into a real bitch. She also admits that she initially went into law to prove that she was different from her mother. Initially though, it didn’t work.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: She shares some tender moments with Nick as they adjust to living the domestic life and raising a son together.
    • And then she tells him and that she's in love with him and sleeps with him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Adalind’s attraction towards Nick stems in a large part from her admiring as well as benefiting from his chivalry, mercy and compassion. After a life time of virtually all her relationships (not just romantic, but platonic and even family) being people who were using her for either her powers or her body, having somebody in her life who not only forgives her and supports her attempt for redemption, but also voluntarily cares for her when she’s at her most vulnerable, with no strings attached, really matters to her.
  • 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, which she only finds out AFTER sleeping with Nick while magically disguised as Juliette and taking a flight back to the Royals. She is then captured by Viktor and Mind Raped into submission and loyalty. And when she decided to take Juliette hostage she ended up getting her butt whooped by the newly-powered Juliette instead. Then she found out she is pregnant with Nick's child after having raped him, followed up by her initial attempt to lie about it being Viktor's baby being blown to bits by Prince Kenneth, who reveals that Viktor is sterile.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's often got a smile so smug that you can see arrogance dripping down her chin, but really her life isn't that happy. She grows out of this as the seasons go on, and her life gets progressively worse (not that she doesn't bring a lot of it on herself).
  • 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, and all of her troubles begin because, essentially, she just couldn't leave Nick, who'd never done anything to wrong her, well enough alone. In fact, many of her schemes succeed not because they are particularly well-planned or -executed, but because the people she hurts simply can't think down to that level of petty spite.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The heroes show pity for her when Kelly spirits away Diana without her knowledge.
  • Taken for Granite: Briefly by Bonaparte during the season 5 finale.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Having to care for a child certainly taught her how to be compassionate, and after Nick and his allies take her in when Kenneth abandons her, she truly starts making an effort to atone for all the bad deeds she committed.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Her daughter; is it Captain Renard's child or his brother's?
  • Witch Species: The Hexenbiest.
  • Woman Scorned: A good deal of her activities throughout the first half of season two involve her taking revenge on Renard for dumping her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Though Renard dumps her rather than killing her.
    • Although now she seems to be playing for both Renard AND his brother, and is pregnant with either Renard (or his brother)'s child. He even says "I underestimated you before, it won't happen again."
  • You Killed My Mother: Subverted, though she's hurt over Kelly killing her mother, she quickly forgives her and is more interested in saving her daughter.
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